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Silversea Cruises
Dec 21, 2014 14 Days
Silver Wind 2438
WAITLIST
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
December 21st, 2014 Sunday Singapore   6:00 PM
December 22nd, 2014 Monday Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
December 23rd, 2014 Tuesday Belawan, Sumatra 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
December 24th, 2014 Wednesday Phuket 8:00 AM  
December 25th, 2014 Thursday Phuket   2:00 PM
December 26th, 2014 Friday Day at Sea    
December 27th, 2014 Saturday Yangon 7:30 AM  
December 28th, 2014 Sunday Yangon    
December 29th, 2014 Monday Yangon    
December 30th, 2014 Tuesday Yangon   8:00 AM
December 31st, 2014 Wednesday Day at Sea    
January 01st, 2015 Thursday Langkawi 1:00 PM 11:00 PM
January 02nd, 2015 Friday Penang, Georgetown 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
January 03rd, 2015 Saturday Malacca 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
January 04th, 2015 Sunday Singapore 8:00 AM  
Included in this Cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Gentleman Hosts
Overnight in Port

Excursions

Enjoy a day golfing at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf Club, the perfect getaway for golf and recreational pleasures. Designed by Ross Watson, the 18-hole course is carved out of an oil palm estate.


Depart the pier and travel along the modern highway towards suburb of Shah Alam Township. Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah is the country's premier golf resort offering a 27-hole USGA class championship golf course,  the first and only course in the world with all holes lit for night play. The 27-hole course is designed by world-renowned golf course designers, Thompson Wolveridge and Associates which is helmed by 5-time British Open Champion, Peter Thompson. Utilising the terrain's natural undulations and the lakes' natural beauty, combined with over 25,000 replanted trees and shrubs, the result is a scenic landscape that is most breathtaking. The course also encompasses mounds and foothills to provide golfers with the thrills they seek. The fairways here are broad yet the greens are deceivingly tricky.


Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is USD 55 per set. A bucket of practice range balls is USD 10.00; a sleeve of new balls is USD 10.  If available, caddy service is USD 15. All prices quoted in USD and are subject to change without notice.  Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted.  Golfers must wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 72 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. A minimum participation of two golfers is required to operate this tour.

Excursions

Explore the diverse architecture, cultures and landmarks of Kuala Lumpur during this scenic, half-day tour of the city.


National Monument and Independence Square

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to the National Monument. Designed by acclaimed sculptor Felix De Weldon, this 50-foot-high (15-metre-high) bronze monument was constructed in 1966. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and drive past the railway station en route to a photo stop at Independence Square. The former site of the Royal Selangor Club, Independence Square overlooks the main historical buildings of the city.


Jamek Mosque and KL Tower

Next, proceed to the Jamek Mosque. Built in 1909, it is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur, and features graceful arches and domes that are reminiscent of Moorish architecture. After a photo stop here, your tour concludes with a visit to KL Tower. Upon arrival, proceed to the Observation Deck for breath-taking panoramic views of the city.


Following your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and ten steps at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair, able to embark/disembark the coach without assistance. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.  The drive from Port Klang is approximately one hour in each direction. The order of sites seen may vary.  This tour does not enter the Petronas Towers. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Excursions

This programme offers the flexibility of shopping and sightseeing at your own pace.


Depart by coach from the pier for a scenic drive to Kuala Lumpur, traveling past the township of Klang and viewing the beautiful passing sights.  En-route, an experienced guide will be happy to answer your questions while pointing out several points of interest.


Following the one-hour drive from Port Klang, the coach delivers you to the Pavillion Shopping Complex.  With over 450 retail shops spread across seven levels offering some of the world's most renowned brand names, you will be spoilt for choice.  Within walking distance are Starhill, Lot 10, Bukit Bintang Plaza and Berjaya Times Square.  From here, follow your own programme - your itinerary, on your schedule.


At the appointed time, meet the waiting coach where you originally arrived at the Pavilion Shopping Complex for the transfer back to Port Klang.


Please note: This coach transfer tour is intended for guests wishing to pursue their own interests in Kuala Lumpur. It provides round-trip coach transportation, accompanied by an English-speaking hostess. Lunch is on your own.

Excursions

Explore the culture, landmarks and lifestyles of Malaysia during this half-day sightseeing excursion to Klang, and a visit to a local home.


Klang and Local Home Visit

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Klang. The former capital of the state of Selangor, Klang has become a major industrial town. Upon arrival, a visit is made to a traditional Malay home. Meet your hosts and be treated to coffee or tea served with small cakes in their home. An interpreter is on-hand to assist the flow of conversation.


Sultan Sulaiman Mosque & Alam Shah Royal Palace

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the Sultan Sulaiman Mosque. This is Selangor's mosque which is located in Klang Town. Constructed by the British in the early 1930s, the mosque's architecture is a combination of Western Art Demo and Neoclassical cathedral styles. After a photo stop here, proceed for another photo stop at the Alam Shah Royal Palace, residence of the former Sultan of Selangor.


Little India

Your tour concludes with a visit to Little India. Upon arrival, experience the sights and sounds of one of Klang's oldest districts. Some free time is made available here to browse the shops for souvenirs and exotic Indian spices, or perhaps purchase a garland of fresh flowers.


Following your visit, commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 60 feet (20 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Shoes must be removed at the Malay House.

Excursions

Explore the natural and manmade treasures of rural Kuala Lumpur during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Batu Caves and Pewter Factory

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to the limestone outcrops of the Batu Caves. Upon arrival, ascend the 272 steps en route to the Cave Temple to view elaborately painted sculptures of various Hindu gods inside. From here, proceed for a guided tour of the Royal Selangor Factory. Royal Selangor is the world's largest producer of quality pewter housewares and gifts, and internationally recognised for its innovative design and superior craftsmanship.


Petronas Twin Towers

Afterwards, proceed to the magnificent, world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest twin buildings. This 88-story structure soars to a dizzying height of 1,483 feet (452 metres) above the city skyline.


Following a photo stop at the entrance to the Petronas Twin Towers, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 65-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (about two kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 272 steps up and again down at the Batu Cave and approximately 28 steps at the other sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic, guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Shorts, short pants or short skirts are not permitted in the Batu Caves.

Excursions

Explore Kuala Lumpur at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge desk on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Kuala Lumpur at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore the culture and heritage of Kuala Lumpur during this full-day sightseeing tour via coach and on foot.


Independence Square & Jamek Mosque

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to Independence Square. The former site of the Royal Selangor Club, Independence Square overlooks the main historical buildings of the city. After a photo stop here, walk over to the Jamek Mosque. Built in 1909, it is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur, and features graceful arches and domes that are reminiscent of Moorish architecture.


Central Market, Sze Yeh Temple & Chinatown

Your walk continues on to the Central Market. Once a bustling wet market, this heritage building houses many shops offering antique clocks, jewellery, gems, woodcarvings, batik, pewter, and more. A stop is then made at a nearby coffee shop for a refreshing cup of local 'pull tea' and 'pratta ' bread. From here, walk to Chinatown for a visit to the Sze Yeh Temple, believed to be the oldest Chinese temple in Chinatown. 'Chi-Chong-Kai', as the local Chinese call Chinatown, is a fun place to shop and eat.


Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Next, visit the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Built in 1968 to worship Goddess Mariamman, the temple features an approximately 75-foot-high (about 23-metre-high), five-tiered, pyramid-shaped tower adorned 228 Hindu gods and goddesses. Stop for lunch following your temple visit.


Petronas Twin Towers & Shopping

After lunch, a photo stop is made at the entrance to the magnificent, world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest twin buildings. This 88-story structure soars to a dizzying height of 1,483 feet (452 metres) above the city skyline. Your tour concludes with approximately one hour of free time at the Suria KLCC, a modern, six-level shopping mall. You can sit and relax, or browse for mementoes in the wide array of retail shops.


At the designated time, re-join your coach and commence the approximately 80-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.1 miles (about five kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 100 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Shoes must be removed at the Sri Maha Mariaman Temple prior to entering; you may wish to bring socks. Lunch is offered at Atmosphere 360, the revolving restaurant in the KL Tower.

        

Excursions

This half-day orientation offers the chance to see some of the highlights of Medan City, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, and watch a show of traditional dance.


Depart Belawan pier via coach for Medan City, an approximate 15-mile (25-kilometre) drive along the Belmera Highway, passing small fishing villages, coconut trees, and mangroves. Belawan is the third largest port in Indonesia, situated downstream from Medan, on a mangrove-lined estuary at the confluence of the Belawan and Deli Rivers.  It is home to over two million inhabitants.  The highlights seen are:


Museum of North Sumatra

The Museum of North Sumatra has an extensive collection of dog-eared artefacts covering the North Sumatran history and culture.


Grand Mosque

Drive past the Mesjid Raya or Grand Mosque. Built in 1906 in Moroccan style, the Mosque was designed by a Dutch architect. Its marble was imported from Italy; the chandelier came from Amsterdam, and the stained-glass from China. The grounds contain the tombs of the sultans.


Maimoon Palace

The unique architecture and interior design of this palace gives a distinctive character. Maimoon (or Maimun) Palace was built by Sultan Ma'mun Al-Rashid Alam Perkasat, designed by an Italian architect in 1888. As a legacy of the Malay Sultanate-Deli, Maimoon Palace is dominated by yellow colour, typical Malay.


Tiara Convention Center or Kenanga Garden.

Located approximately seven miles (12 kilometres) from Medan is the Tiara Convention Center or the Kenanga Garden.  Enjoy some refreshments while seeing a live performance representing the traditional dances of several of Sumatra's tribes including the Batak, Deli Mali, and Aceh.


Re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier in Belawan.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and some steps to climb to see all sites. Guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair can remain on the coach. Most venues are not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on/off the coach with minimal assistance.  Guides may be heavily accented. Due to the limited number of guides and vehicles, all seats on the coach will be utilised.  


Local conditions may be challenging, therefore we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit these unique, and somewhat remote destinations. Guides and transport are the best available in the area but may fall short of your expectations. Guides and vehicles charge a premium to relocate to Belawan to assist Silversea guests.  In the case the Tiara Convention Center is not available the Kenanga Garden will be visited.  This is reflected in the price of the tour.  We thank you for your understanding.  

Excursions

The philosophy behind Thai cuisine is that it is the medicine for health and longevity.  Thai dishes are designed to balance all of the body elements and feed them on all levels with satisfying tastes and aromas that are visually appealing, withcolorful textures.  Herbs and spices are the main ingredients in Thai cuisine.  This class is recommended as a great introduction to the art and science to enhance an easy understanding to Thai Cuisine.


Blue Elephant Restaurant

Depart from ship via van for an approximately half hour scenic journey to the Blue Elephant Restaurant in Phuket Town.  A welcome drink is served to refresh you before going to the fresh market.  After a visit to the fresh market, you will be back to the Blue Elephant for a Thai Cooking Class which will be consist of 4 different dishes, they are a starter, a soup, a main dish and an accompany dish. All of your cooking dishes will be served as your lunch. After lunch, you will be back to the ship.  


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking approximately 15 steps up and down to the second floor of the Fresh Market. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests under the age of 15 are not permitted to participate in this tour. Local currency or credit card required for any purchases.

Excursions

Explore Phuket at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Phuket at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore the splendid natural beauty, landmarks and history of Phuket during a half-day sightseeing tour of this colourful island.


Phuket Orientation

Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately 30-minute sightseeing drive through Phuket Town. Learn about the island and its colourful history from your guide as you pass by lush vegetation, villages, century-old Sino-Portuguese mansions, Provincial Hall, the local fresh market, the Tin Dregder monument, and the Chinese Shrine.


Next, your drive continues north of Phuket Town. Pass by the Two Heroines monument and a mosque, then take in splendid vistas whilst driving along the beaches of Surin, Kamala, Patong and Karon.


Chalong Temple and Shopping

A brief visit is made to the Chalong Temple, Phuket's largest and most sacred Buddhist temple. Inside, see its renowned shrine, which has long been revered for its moulded bronze images of three respected monks. Afterwards, a comfort and refreshment stop is made at a local handicraft centre, where you may also browse for local souvenirs, clothing, and a wide array of Thai arts and crafts.


Your tour concludes with a 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and shoes must be removed before entering. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Excursions

Enjoy a day of golf at the Red Mountain Golf Club located just a 30-minute drive from Phuket.


The course is a standard par 72 covering just under 7000 yards (6400 metres) in total, making it a challenging but enjoyable course for players of all levels. There are natural waste bunkers, towering precipices, deep ravines and flooded gullies, all seamlessly integrated and challenging even to the most experienced players. And as you weave your way through the dramatic changes in elevation, you are rewarded with panoramic views over Phuket before heading back down another gully lined with tropical forest.


Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is USD 50.00 per standard set. All prices quoted in USD and are subject to change without notice.  Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted.  Golfers must wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 48 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. Golf carts are mandatory. A minimum participation of four golfers is required to operate this tour.

Excursions

Discover one of the most picturesque and beautiful seascapes in Thailand during this memorable, half-day speedboat excursion to Phang.


Phang Nga Bay National Park

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the speedboat jetty. After receiving your safety and boating instructions, embark the speedboat for an unforgettable cruise to Phang Nga Bay National Park. En route, pass by a breath-taking seascape of limestone stacks, and marvel at how the dramatic colouring of ochre and amber hues contrasts vividly with the marvellous blue of the water. The seascape of the bay is nothing short of magical, and its awesome scenery is well worth the trip.


Khao Ping Kan Island

Whilst exploring this wondrous region, visit some of its most distinct landmarks. Your first stop is at Khao Ping Kan Island. Popularly known as James Bond Island, it was here where the filming of the last scene of The Man with the Golden Gun took place. Following some free time at your leisure on the island, your cruise continues on to Koh Panyi.


Koh Panyi & Scenic Cruise

This water village is comprised of more than 200 houses built on stilts, with attached wooden walkways. Its residents originally migrated from Indonesia over 200 years ago. After a brief stop here, embark the speedboat for the return ride to the jetty. Along the way cruise past mangrove swamps, Hong and Panak islands, and the grotto cave. Tide permitting, a brief visit is made inside the cave.


Upon arrival at the speedboat jetty, transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of travelling by speedboat and approximately 547 yards (500 metres) of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the speedboat. Guests should be physically fit and prepared for a fast ride that may be bumpy at times. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, those with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with beach or boat shoes that can get wet, and bring a towel and sun protection from the ship.

Excursions

In addition to beautiful beaches, Phuket is noted for its lush and varied countryside. This tour includes a stop at Chalong Temple, with a visit to an elephant camp for various activities.


Following the first stop at Chalong Temple, the most revered monastery in Phuket, a short drive brings you to an Elephant Camp.


Elephant Camp

Enjoy a short elephant show, followed by a leisurely walk to the elephant riding area. Doubling up with a partner on the elephant's back; amble for approximately 30 minutes through tropical forest and plantation land, on this somewhat unorthodox mode of transportation. Here there will be a demonstration of rubber tapping.


Before returning to the pier, a short stop at a handicraft centre allows you to browse through the centre displaying local products such as Thai silk, pewter, cultured pearl, and precious stones.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking at the safari camp. Guests must be able to manoeuvre on and off the elephant's back and we suggest that ladies wear slacks or Capri-style trousers. Elephants carry two guests per ride. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests weighing more than 264lbs (120 kilogram or 18.8 Stone) are not able to participate.  At times, there may be little shade; please bring a sunhat. Proper attire is required to enter the temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and shoes must be removed before entering.        

Excursions

Discover the picturesque and historic landmarks of Phuket during this half-day sightseeing tour of the island.


Giant Buddha Image

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Giant Buddha Image, a new local landmark located atop Narkerd Mountain. The Giant Buddha Image measures approximately 148 feet (about 45 metres) in height, and is approximately 82 feet (about 25 metres) across its base.


Seang Tham Chinese Shrine & Phuket Town

Next, visit the Seang Tham Chinese Shrine. One of the oldest Chinese shrines in Phuket City it was built for the Chinese migrants who moved to Phuket to work as tin labourers. Although not as large as other shrines, Seang Tham is unique in its structure and wall paintings. Your tour continues with a sightseeing drive through Phuket Town. Along the way, pass by Provincial Hall, the local fresh market, the Tin Dredger monument and the Chinese Shrine.


Phuket's Old Town & Shopping

From here, proceed to Phuket's Old Town. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll along Talang Road, see the century-old Sino-Portuguese mansions and stop for refreshments at a local coffee shop. Following your visit, commence the drive back to the pier. En route, a brief stop is made at a local handicrafts shop to browse for souvenirs before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 875 yards, (about 800 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and many steps at the Big Buddha Image and Phuket Town. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Modest attire is required to enter the temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and shoes must be removed before entering.  Bring a pair of socks for comfort. Local currency or credit card required for any purchases.

Excursions

Explore Phuket at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore the splendid natural beauty, landmarks and history of Phuket during a half-day sightseeing tour of this colourful island.


Phuket Orientation

Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately 30-minute sightseeing drive through Phuket Town. Learn about the island and its colourful history from your guide as you pass by lush vegetation, villages, century-old Sino-Portuguese mansions, Provincial Hall, the local fresh market, the Tin Dregder monument, and the Chinese Shrine.


Next, your drive continues north of Phuket Town. Pass by the Two Heroines monument and a mosque, then take in splendid vistas whilst driving along the beaches of Surin, Kamala, Patong and Karon.


Chalong Temple and Shopping

A brief visit is made to the Chalong Temple, Phuket's largest and most sacred Buddhist temple. Inside, see its renowned shrine, which has long been revered for its moulded bronze images of three respected monks. Afterwards, a comfort and refreshment stop is made at a local handicraft centre, where you may also browse for local souvenirs, clothing, and a wide array of Thai arts and crafts.


Your tour concludes with a 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and shoes must be removed before entering. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Excursions

Enjoy a day of golf at the Red Mountain Golf Club located just a 30-minute drive from Phuket.


The course is a standard par 72 covering just under 7000 yards (6400 metres) in total, making it a challenging but enjoyable course for players of all levels. There are natural waste bunkers, towering precipices, deep ravines and flooded gullies, all seamlessly integrated and challenging even to the most experienced players. And as you weave your way through the dramatic changes in elevation, you are rewarded with panoramic views over Phuket before heading back down another gully lined with tropical forest.


Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is USD 50.00 per standard set. All prices quoted in USD and are subject to change without notice.  Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted.  Golfers must wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 48 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. Golf carts are mandatory. A minimum participation of four golfers is required to operate this tour.

Excursions

Discover one of the most picturesque and beautiful seascapes in Thailand during this memorable, half-day speedboat excursion to Phang.


Phang Nga Bay National Park

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the speedboat jetty. After receiving your safety and boating instructions, embark the speedboat for an unforgettable cruise to Phang Nga Bay National Park. En route, pass by a breath-taking seascape of limestone stacks, and marvel at how the dramatic colouring of ochre and amber hues contrasts vividly with the marvellous blue of the water. The seascape of the bay is nothing short of magical, and its awesome scenery is well worth the trip.


Khao Ping Kan Island

Whilst exploring this wondrous region, visit some of its most distinct landmarks. Your first stop is at Khao Ping Kan Island. Popularly known as James Bond Island, it was here where the filming of the last scene of The Man with the Golden Gun took place. Following some free time at your leisure on the island, your cruise continues on to Koh Panyi.


Koh Panyi & Scenic Cruise

This water village is comprised of more than 200 houses built on stilts, with attached wooden walkways. Its residents originally migrated from Indonesia over 200 years ago. After a brief stop here, embark the speedboat for the return ride to the jetty. Along the way cruise past mangrove swamps, Hong and Panak islands, and the grotto cave. Tide permitting, a brief visit is made inside the cave.


Upon arrival at the speedboat jetty, transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of travelling by speedboat and approximately 547 yards (500 metres) of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the speedboat. Guests should be physically fit and prepared for a fast ride that may be bumpy at times. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, those with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with beach or boat shoes that can get wet, and bring a towel and sun protection from the ship.

Excursions

In addition to beautiful beaches, Phuket is noted for its lush and varied countryside. This tour includes a stop at Chalong Temple, with a visit to an elephant camp for various activities.


Following the first stop at Chalong Temple, the most revered monastery in Phuket, a short drive brings you to an Elephant Camp.


Elephant Camp

Enjoy a short elephant show, followed by a leisurely walk to the elephant riding area. Doubling up with a partner on the elephant's back; amble for approximately 30 minutes through tropical forest and plantation land, on this somewhat unorthodox mode of transportation. Here there will be a demonstration of rubber tapping.


Before returning to the pier, a short stop at a handicraft centre allows you to browse through the centre displaying local products such as Thai silk, pewter, cultured pearl, and precious stones.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking at the safari camp. Guests must be able to manoeuvre on and off the elephant's back and we suggest that ladies wear slacks or Capri-style trousers. Elephants carry two guests per ride. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests weighing more than 264lbs (120 kilogram or 18.8 Stone) are not able to participate.  At times, there may be little shade; please bring a sunhat. Proper attire is required to enter the temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and shoes must be removed before entering.        

Excursions

Discover the picturesque and historic landmarks of Phuket during this half-day sightseeing tour of the island.


Giant Buddha Image

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Giant Buddha Image, a new local landmark located atop Narkerd Mountain. The Giant Buddha Image measures approximately 148 feet (about 45 metres) in height, and is approximately 82 feet (about 25 metres) across its base.


Seang Tham Chinese Shrine & Phuket Town

Next, visit the Seang Tham Chinese Shrine. One of the oldest Chinese shrines in Phuket City it was built for the Chinese migrants who moved to Phuket to work as tin labourers. Although not as large as other shrines, Seang Tham is unique in its structure and wall paintings. Your tour continues with a sightseeing drive through Phuket Town. Along the way, pass by Provincial Hall, the local fresh market, the Tin Dredger monument and the Chinese Shrine.


Phuket's Old Town & Shopping

From here, proceed to Phuket's Old Town. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll along Talang Road, see the century-old Sino-Portuguese mansions and stop for refreshments at a local coffee shop. Following your visit, commence the drive back to the pier. En route, a brief stop is made at a local handicrafts shop to browse for souvenirs before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 875 yards, (about 800 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and many steps at the Big Buddha Image and Phuket Town. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Modest attire is required to enter the temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and shoes must be removed before entering.  Bring a pair of socks for comfort. Local currency or credit card required for any purchases.

Excursions

An impressive landmark by day, Shwedagon becomes a stunning vision by night as the ancient, jewel-encrusted stupa is illuminated with light. Explore the temple, home to major Buddhist relics on this evening tour.


Depart the pier via coach for the one-hour drive into the city where you will see some of the major attractions on your way to the temple.  


Shwedagon Pagoda by Night

The 2,500-year-old Shwedagon dominates the city from its hillside location and attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. This amazing site exudes a unique atmosphere, both serene and exciting. Rising 300 feet to its blazing crest, this spiritual center is covered with 60 tons of gold leaf, gold and silver bells, rubies, sapphires and topaz. The meticulously maintained pagoda was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha.


Follow your guide up the escalator to the temple on the third level. During a walking tour of approximately one hour you will learn about the history and significance of this impressive complex.  Before the journey is over enjoy participating in the candle lighting ceremony.


After your tour of the temple, re-board your coach and proceed to People Park for a brief photo stop that offers a panoramic view of the great pagoda lit up at night.


Then, board your coach for the return transfer to the pier in Thilawa.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and some stairs to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Local custom requires moderate dress and that temples have to be entered barefoot.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

For a more complete visit of fascinating Yangon, you may want to consider taking this full-day tour that includes lunch at the legendary Strand Hotel.


Begin your tour with the one-hour drive from the port into the city, where the tour shows you some of the major attractions:


Shwedagon Pagoda

The 2,500-year-old Shwedagon dominates the city from its hillside location and attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. This amazing site exudes a unique atmosphere, both serene and exciting. Rising 300 feet to its blazing crest, this spiritual center is covered with 60 tons of gold leaf, gold and silver bells, rubies, sapphires and topaz. The meticulously maintained pagoda was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha.


Follow your guide up the escalator to the temple on the third level. During a walking tour of approximately one hour you will learn about the history and significance of this impressive complex.


Chaukhtat Gyi Pagoda

See the enormous statue of a reclining Buddha almost as large as the one in Bago. The image is housed in a large metal-roofed shed a short distance from the Shwedagon Pagoda. It is not as famous as the Bago statue, but for those not going to Bago, the colossal Chaukhtatgyi should not be missed.


Maha Bandoola Park

Now admire a monument of a different kind with a visit to Maha Bandoola Park. In the center of the park stands the 150-foot Independence Monument.  Honoring a Burmese general of the first Anglo-Burmese War, the obelisk is surrounded by five pillars, representing the harmony of Burma with its five former semi-autonomous states.


Lunch at the Strand

Enjoy a set menu of excellent Myanmar cuisine, for which the Strand is renowned in the city. The hotel was constructed by the Sarkies brothers of Raffles and Oriental fame in 1896 and became one of the fabulous outposts in the British empire. During World War II, the hotel was closed and later nationalized. In the 1990s, an extensive renovation project by a Dutch-Indonesian consortium restored the grand dame to her original splendor and spirit. Lunch at the Strand will be among the highlights of your tour.


National Museum

After lunch, proceed to the nearby National Museum, housed in the former Bank of India building. Many exhibits feature memorabilia of the last two kings of Burma. Some of the items are richly decorated with rubies, diamonds and other precious stones. The pride of the museum is the 24-foot-tall gilded Lion Throne from the royal palace at Mandalay. The museum also contains a collection of statues, carvings, Buddha images, paintings, costumes and crafts.


Bogyoke Market

Sometimes called by its British name, Scott Market, the 70-year-old market has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts found under one roof. Time is allowed for browsing in this fascinating market.


Karaweik Royal Barge

Next, a stop for photos and refreshments will be made at this concrete reproduction of a royal barge sitting at the edge of Kandawgyi Lake. After taking photographs and enjoying a cold drink, proceed with your drive back to Thilawa Port and the ship.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and some stairs to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Local custom requires moderate dress and that temples have to be entered barefoot.  Order of tours may vary.  The famous Scott Market is closed every Monday and will not be visited on calls to Yangon on Mondays.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

This morning excursion will take you to the old port town of Thanlyin and the 'mid-river' pagoda of Kyeik Khauk. It also provides a panoramic view of Yangon's skyline as seen from the Bago River.


Morning Market

Your first stop will be at the morning market in Thanlyin. As you stroll through the morning market, you will delight in the fresh fragrances of fruits and flowers.  Continuing on, you will be given a brief orientation before given the opportunity to ride a local horse cart. Merchants use these carts to transport goods in and out of the market.  

Kyeik Khauk Pagoda

The large, golden pagoda is an impressive sight as it rises on a hillside outside the town of Thanlyin. According to legend, the temple contains two Buddha hairs delivered to the site by the great sage himself.


Kyaikhmaw Wun Island Pagoda

Next, board a local boat to visit this island shrine perched on a tiny island in the middle of the river. Inside the temple are pictures of other famous pagodas from all over Myanmar.


On your drive back to the ship, a stop at a local village will provide a glimpse into the daily life of the country people. Soft drinks will be provided.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and some stairs to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Local custom requires moderate dress and that temples have to be entered barefoot. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Take in the local sights of Yangon aboard an original Omnibus and savour High Tea on this afternoon half-day 'step back-in-time' tour.


Come ashore and meet your guide before climbing aboard a completely refurbished 1940s Omnibus.  Originally brought to Myanmar during the Second World War as military service transport, these vehicles were rebuilt by Myanmar carpenters for public transportation use after the war. Today, three of them are still preserved with teak walls, curtains and upholstered chairs.


An hour's drive brings you to Yangon where your panoramic city drive begins. Listen as your guide points out local landmarks and watch as the locals go about their daily life.


Arrive at The Strand Yangon, originally opened in 1901 and considered the only luxury hotel in Rangoon, Burma. With interiors of polished teak, rattan furniture, chandeliers and black-lacquered ceiling fans, The Strand is truly the elegant colonial splendour of a bygone era.


High Tea is served in this colonial wonder. Sip tea and savour local treats as you relax to the sounds of a classical Myanmar harpist.


Your tour concludes with the drive to your awaiting ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and a few steps to climb.  Guests must be able to negotiate steps to get on/off the vehicle with minimal assistance. Omnibus cannot accommodate wheelchairs.  This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility.  Suggested attire is smart casual dress that covers shoulders and knees.  Bring your camera and local currency for any purchases from the hotel. Space is limited; we suggest you reserve in advance to avoid disappointment.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

An impressive landmark by day, Shwedagon becomes a stunning vision by night as the ancient, jewel-encrusted stupa is illuminated with light. Explore the temple, home to major Buddhist relics on this evening tour.


Depart the pier via coach for the one-hour drive into the city where you will see some of the major attractions on your way to the temple.  


Shwedagon Pagoda by Night

The 2,500-year-old Shwedagon dominates the city from its hillside location and attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. This amazing site exudes a unique atmosphere, both serene and exciting. Rising 300 feet to its blazing crest, this spiritual center is covered with 60 tons of gold leaf, gold and silver bells, rubies, sapphires and topaz. The meticulously maintained pagoda was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha.


Follow your guide up the escalator to the temple on the third level. During a walking tour of approximately one hour you will learn about the history and significance of this impressive complex.  Before the journey is over enjoy participating in the candle lighting ceremony.


After your tour of the temple, re-board your coach and proceed to People Park for a brief photo stop that offers a panoramic view of the great pagoda lit up at night.


Then, board your coach for the return transfer to the pier in Thilawa.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and some stairs to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Local custom requires moderate dress and that temples have to be entered barefoot.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Venture into southern Myanmar to explore the once capital of the Mon Kingdom, Pegu, now Bago, on this full-day excursion, with lunch of local fare.


Meet your guide on the pier and board the coach for the drive northeast of Yangon to the port city of Bago, a storehouse of Burmese culture. The city was established in 1369 by King Byinnya and experienced its Golden Age between 1385 and 1635. When the Pegu River changed its course, the city was cut off from the sea and gradually lost its importance. The Mon Kingdom was powerful in Myanmar from the 9th to the 11th and from the 13th to the 16th century and for a brief period in the mid-18th century.


During your two-hour drive to Bago, the coach stops to allow you to stretch your legs and take in some noted sights.


Local Market

About one hour from Yangon, a stop will be made at morning local Market for a glimpse at local life and activities before another one-hour drive brings you to Bago.


Continue your journey and arrive in Bago.  The following sites are pointed out or explored with your guide


Kyakhatwine Monastery

Next, a special visit to the Kyakhatwine Monastery has been arranged on your behalf. This is southern Myanmar's largest abbey and is a sight to behold. Here, you are invited to observe the resident monks partake of their final meal of the day in total silence.


Shwemawdaw Pagoda

The pagoda is one of the most venerated and impressive monuments in Southeast Asia, with origins dating back a thousand years. Severely damaged by earthquakes, the structure was rebuilt between 1952 and 1954 to its original glory. A soaring golden dome makes it the highest pagoda in Myanmar and one of its main attractions.


Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy Myanmar cuisine at a Local Restaurant.


Shwethalyaung Buddha

After lunch, continue your sightseeing program with a visit to Bago's most famous site - the huge reclining Buddha. At 165 feet (50 metres) long and 48 feet (14.6 metres) high, it is reputed to be the largest as well as the most lifelike of all reclining Buddhas. Originally built in 994 AD, it deteriorated and was lost in a jungle overgrowth. Only in the 1880s British era were the remains rediscovered during the construction of the railway line. Restoration began in 1881 and today a sturdy iron shed houses the colossal image. The walkway up to the viewing platform is crowded with souvenir and handicraft stalls.


Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Standing on Bago's outskirts is this 15th-century structure with huge Buddha images on each one of the four pagoda sides. A short walk from the coach allows for a closer look and a better photo opportunity.


On the way back to Yangon, stop at a typical Mon village for a look at the villagers' activities and a short visit to the World War II Cemetery. Then, conclude your day's excursion at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking and some stairs to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Wear modest attire, with easily slipped-on/off walking shoes. Shorts (men's or women's), miniskirts, and sleeveless tops are not appropriate for temple visits. Shoes have to be removed when entering religious sites; bring a pair of socks for comfort. Wear sun protection. Restrooms at tourist sites are of local standard. Don't forget your camera. Bring local currency for any purchases or personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar.  Order of sites may vary. Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Explore Yangon which is a one hour drive from the port at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own city sightseeing itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Enjoy an evening of Myanmar cuisine along with a cultural show at the exclusive Governor's Resident Hotel. Your transportation for this evening will be aboard a completely reburbished 1940s Omnibus originally brought to Myanmar during the second world war. After the war, the vehicles were used for public transportation. Three of them have been outfitted with teak walls, curtains and upholstered chairs. Step back in time to Yangon's colonial days on this evening's tour.


Depart the pier with your guide for the one-hour drive to the Governor's House. On the way, enjoy a brief stop at the beautifully illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda. See the glistening gold plates adorning the pagoda's spire whose dome is topped with 6,500 diamonds, rubies and other precious stones. Per tradition of the Buddhist faith, walk around the pagoda clockwise and return to the coach.


Re-board the coach and head for the elegant Governor's House, a colonial-style teak mansion. Originally built in 1920 and formerly a state guest house, this stunning property was recently restored by the French hotelier Pansea and now stands as Yangon's premier boutique hotel. In true Myanmar tradition, generous teak flooring and furnishings enhance the spacious rooms, and tropical gardens, flowing water ponds and a large swimming pool complete the paradise. Here, you will not only enjoy an introduction to the longyi but also learn how to wear this traditional attire for Myanmar men and women.


After the festive show of fashion and culture, you will savor an authentic Myanmar-styled dinner at the poolside garden, while light cultural entertainment sets a romantic, charming ambiance. All too soon, it will be time to drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Collection must be pre-reserved 45 days prior to the start of the cruise. If cancelled within 45 days, penalties will apply. This tour involves minimal walking is suited for guests with limited mobility. Guests utililsing a wheelchair must be able to transfer from the chair to the coach. Local custom requires moderate dress and that temples have to be entered barefoot. Space on this tour is extremely limited so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

See Yangon in lights on your panoramic evening drive to Governor's Residence.  Dine poolside on Myanmar cuisine as you are treated to a performance of local dancers on this night out in the city.


Depart the pier via coach for a panoramic tour of Yangon on the way to Governor's Residence. Pass by some of the city's better known landmarks, Shwedagon Pagoda, Royal Lake, and Karaweik.  Stop at the People's Park, a great vantage point for photos of the lit Shwedagon Pagoda.


The coach then delivers you to Myanmar's finest boutique hotel, the Orient Express Governor's Residence.  Originally built in 1920 and formerly a state guest house, this stunning property is styled in true Myanmar tradition.  Generous teak flooring and furnishings enhance the spacious rooms, and its tropical garden, shaded by ancient trees, lotus ponds, and a fan-shaped swimming pool is the setting for your dinner and entertainment this evening.


Before dinner, you are introduced to the longyi, brightly coloured cloth that is fashioned into traditional attire for Myanmar men and women. A demonstration teaches you how to wear this local garment.


Proceed to the gardens where dinner is served poolside. During your Myanmar-style, set-menu meal, a local cultural show is offered to enhance the ambience, entertain you, and complete the evening.


After dinner, re-board your coach for the one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, all guests must be able to negotiate a few steps to get on/off the coach with minimal assistance. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. The attire this evening is in keeping with Silversea's Informal dress code; modest dress is required. Remember to bring your camera and any local currency for purchases from the hotel's gift shop, if desired.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Discover the highlights of Yangon, capital city and main gateway to Myanmar on this scenic and memorable, half-day orientation tour.


With lush tropical greenery, shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon has earned the name 'Garden City of the East.' Founded by King Alaungphaya on the site of a small village in 1755, Yangon now boasts a population of over five million. Begin your tour with the one-hour drive from the port into the city to visit these highlights:


Shwedagon Pagoda

The 2,500-year-old Shwedagon dominates the city from its hillside location and attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. This amazing site exudes a unique atmosphere, both serene and exciting. Rising 300 feet (90 metres) to its blazing crest, this spiritual centre is covered with 60 tons (54.4 tonne) of gold leaf, gold and silver bells, rubies, sapphires and topaz. The meticulously maintained pagoda was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Follow your guide up the escalator to the temple on the third level.


During a walking tour of approximately one hour, learn about the history and significance of this impressive complex.


Chaukhtat Gyi Pagoda

Here resides a huge reclining Buddha image, housed under a large sheet metal roof. The head reaches a height of about 2 1/2 storeys. Like most Payas, this is a working shrine, filled with the faithful who stop by to pray as a part of their daily goings-on.


Karaweik Royal Barge

The Karaweik, a local attraction, is a concrete reproduction of a royal barge, sitting at the eastern edge of the lake. Enjoy a photo stop and a soft drink before re-boarding the coach for the drive back to Thilawa Port and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking and with some stairs to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Wear modest attire, with easily slipped-on/off walking shoes. Shorts (men's or women's), miniskirts, and sleeveless tops are not appropriate for temple visits. Shoes and socks must be removed when entering religious sites. Tiles are extremely hot to walk on around the Pagoda.  Wear sun protection. Restrooms at tourist sites are of local standard. Don't forget your camera. Bring local currency for any purchases or personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar.  Order of sites may vary.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction.

Excursions

This morning excursion will take you to the old port town of Thanlyin and the 'mid-river' pagoda of Kyeik Khauk. It also provides a panoramic view of Yangon's skyline as seen from the Bago River.


Morning Market

Your first stop will be at the morning market in Thanlyin. As you stroll through the morning market, you will delight in the fresh fragrances of fruits and flowers.  Continuing on, you will be given a brief orientation before given the opportunity to ride a local horse cart. Merchants use these carts to transport goods in and out of the market.  

Kyeik Khauk Pagoda

The large, golden pagoda is an impressive sight as it rises on a hillside outside the town of Thanlyin. According to legend, the temple contains two Buddha hairs delivered to the site by the great sage himself.


Kyaikhmaw Wun Island Pagoda

Next, board a local boat to visit this island shrine perched on a tiny island in the middle of the river. Inside the temple are pictures of other famous pagodas from all over Myanmar.


On your drive back to the ship, a stop at a local village will provide a glimpse into the daily life of the country people. Soft drinks will be provided.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and some stairs to negotiate. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Local custom requires moderate dress and that temples have to be entered barefoot. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

See and taste Myanmar cuisine, from the market to home kitchen preparation, on this half-day exploration into the flavours of local Burmese cooking with lunch.


Myanmar's cuisine has been influenced by China, India, and Thailand.  It is characterised by the extensive use of seafood in coastal cities, while meat and poultry are more commonly used in landlocked cities. Today you visit a typical market, see food being prepared in a family home, and then attend a chef's cooking demonstration where you sample the dishes afterwards.


Meet your guide on the pier and depart via coach on a 30-minute drive to a local market in Thalyin.


Market Visit

Walk past the many stands and feast your eyes on the exotic displays of fresh fish, vegetables, Indian and Myanmar spices, traditional foods, textiles and cosmetics, both for wholesale and retail. Fresh fish, vegetables, and spices will be selected for today's food preparation.


Myanmar Traditional Kitchen

Re-board the coach and head to a village home, where you are invited to watch lunch being prepared for the family. The typical Myanmar kitchen serves as an important hub of the home, where women of the household discuss family matters and relate gossip gathered at the market. All this is done while pounding chili, crushing onion, and deboning and filleting fish.


Cooking Demonstration

Re-board the coach for a 30-minute drive that brings you to an open kitchen set in a lovely garden, the site of the cooking demonstration. Here, a Myanmar executive chef explains about the various food items that were selected from the market and are prepared as part of your lunch menu. Then, if you wish, try your hand at cooking some of the dishes or just watch as the chef prepares lunch.


Afterwards, relax and enjoy this specially-prepared meal. Curries, coconut and peas are just some of the featured items in your multi-dish lunch sampler. Soft drinks, green tea or a bottle of beer are offered to help quench your thirst.


Your tour concludes with a 30-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, for about 15 minutes in the village and 45 minutes at the market. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair or guest with any allergies to seafood. Casual dress and closed-toe shoes are recommended. There is no opportunity to shop at the market. The majority of the food is prepared by the chef and some dishes may have been partially or fully prepared in advance.  Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Take in the local sights of Yangon aboard an original Omnibus and savour High Tea on this afternoon half-day 'step back-in-time' tour.


Come ashore and meet your guide before climbing aboard a completely refurbished 1940s Omnibus.  Originally brought to Myanmar during the Second World War as military service transport, these vehicles were rebuilt by Myanmar carpenters for public transportation use after the war. Today, three of them are still preserved with teak walls, curtains and upholstered chairs.


An hour's drive brings you to Yangon where your panoramic city drive begins. Listen as your guide points out local landmarks and watch as the locals go about their daily life.


Arrive at The Strand Yangon, originally opened in 1901 and considered the only luxury hotel in Rangoon, Burma. With interiors of polished teak, rattan furniture, chandeliers and black-lacquered ceiling fans, The Strand is truly the elegant colonial splendour of a bygone era.


High Tea is served in this colonial wonder. Sip tea and savour local treats as you relax to the sounds of a classical Myanmar harpist.


Your tour concludes with the drive to your awaiting ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and a few steps to climb.  Guests must be able to negotiate steps to get on/off the vehicle with minimal assistance. Omnibus cannot accommodate wheelchairs.  This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility.  Suggested attire is smart casual dress that covers shoulders and knees.  Bring your camera and local currency for any purchases from the hotel. Space is limited; we suggest you reserve in advance to avoid disappointment.  Tour timings are approximate only, the road between the pier and the city is inferior and of poor construction. Departures times are subject to change prior to arrival in port.

Excursions

Experience the beauty of mystical Langkawi with its centuries-old rainforest, interesting geological formations and deep blue Andaman Sea. Following a scenic 30-minute drive through the island's western part, arrive at the foot of Mount Mat Cincang, site of the cable car station.


Cable Car Ride

Board the clear, bubble-shaped gondola and enjoy a ride up the mountainside on a 42-degree incline. Explore the summit of 2,300-foot (700-metre) Mount Mat Cincang, and marvel at the spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and numerous islands that make up the Langkawi archipelago.


Please Note: If the cable car cannot operate due to unfavourable weather, a visit to the Crocodile Farm will be substituted.


The Datai Resort

After your descent from the summit, continue driving to the north-western tip of mystical Langkawi and the tropical oasis of the exclusive Datai Resort. Surrounded by the lush greenery of a tropical rainforest, the hotel overlooks the sparkling waters and pristine, white sandy beach of Datai Bay.  Enjoy afternoon tea in a charming setting overlooking the rainforest canopy at The Dining Room Restaurant.


Kuah Town

After tea, travel back south toward Kuah, where an orientation drive acquaints you with the island's small capital. A stop at Eagle Square allows for photographs of the brown eagle monument, Langkawi's stunning symbol. Then, conclude your outing back at the jetty.


Please Note: This tour involves only brief periods of walking; however, there are approximately 35 steps to climbs at the cable car. We recommend wearing lightweight cotton clothing and a sun hat.  Long lines should be expected at the Cable Car ride, we appreciate your understanding.

Excursions

Tropical Langkawi offers adventurous guests the opportunity for an outing off the beaten track by exploring the mangrove swamps and the natural habitats of local wildlife.


Depart the pier and begin your tour with a 40-minute drive to Kelim Jetty - located at the north-eastern tip of the island. En route, your journey will take you past Malay kampongs (villages), rice fields, rubber plantations and fruit orchards. Upon arrival, view the delta of the river that feeds the mangrove swamps' ecological system.


River Safari Cruise

Board your motorised, eight-seater boat for a cruise along the Sungei Kelim. Stops will be made to visit a fish farm established by the local people, to observe the feeding of wild eagles and for a walk through a limestone cave, known for its stalactites, stalagmites and bats.


Rejoin your coach for a relaxing drive back to the Star Cruise Jetty.


Please note: Guests must be able to enter and disembark the local boats, making the tour unsuitable for anyone with physical disabilities. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and flat, rubber-soled shoes. Remember to bring a hat and sun protection. Boats have canopies for shade and carry life jackets.

Excursions

Explore Langkawi's intriguing places of legends and folklore. Begin with a 20-minute drive inland to visit one of the island's popular attractions.


Makam Mahsuri

Thi small mausoleum is famous for the legend connected with it. Listen as the guide tells the tragic story of Princess Mahsuri and the curse she cast on the island. In the vicinity, visit a replica of a traditional Kedah Malay House, built without the use of nails.


Tanjung Rhu

Continue driving to the northern tip of Langkawi and the white sandy beach, Tanjung Rhu, for a photo stop. En route, pause for a demonstration to see how latex is skilfully tapped from the rubber tree.


Galleria Perdana

On your return drive, visit Galleria Perdana and view exhibits of over 2,500 state gifts and awards presented to Malaysia's longest serving former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.


Afterwards, continue southward on your way back to the pier and the ship.


Please note: Moderate walking is required with some steps to climb. Moderate walking is required with some steps to climb. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing sun hat.

Excursions

Discover Langkawi's scenic attractions and get acquainted with the island's cultural and artistic heritage. From the pier, take a drive to the Oriental Village - a resort-style, duty-free shopping centre. Shortly after leaving the pier, a photo stop will be made at the Telaga Harbour Park marina.


Cable Car Ride

Upon arrival at the Oriental Village, board the bubble-shaped gondola and enjoy a ride up the mountainside on a 42-degree incline. Explore the summit of 2,300-foot (700 metre) Mount Mat Cincang, and marvel at the spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and numerous islands that make up the Langkawi archipelago. Following your descent, proceed to Atma Alam.


Please Note: In case the cable car cannot operate due to unfavourable weather, a visit to the Wildlife Park will be substituted.


Batik Art Village (Atma Alam)

At this village you can observe the traditional art of beautiful fabric designs being created by accomplished artists using wax and dyes.


Laman Padi

Rice is the bread of Asia, and a staple dish at every meal. On your way back to the ship, pause for a visit at this place resembling a delightful park. Visitors cross a bridge over mini-rice fields into a square with a museum and exhibits on display. The Rice Garden Museum is dedicated to the humble grain and its cultivation.


Leaving Laman Padi, head back to Tanjung Malai and the Star Cruise Jetty.


Please note: We recommend wearing lightweight clothing. To enter the gondola of the cable car, a short flight of steps must be climbed.

Excursions

Explore the second largest island of Langkawi and home to a verdant rainforest teeming with an amazing collection of flora and fauna. Take a break and enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake on this half-day tour.


Board a minivan on the pier for a short transfer to the boat landing pier. Board an eight-seater, motorised boat for the 20-minute ride to Pulau Dayang Bunting, the Island of the Pregnant Maiden.


Dayang Bunting Island

Once on the island, follow the guide on a hike of approximately 150 yards (137 metres) with a mild incline to a large lake nestled amidst limestone cliffs. Separated from the sea by a thin ridge, the lake, according to legend, is said to have magical properties. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the freshwater lake that was formed when a huge underground limestone cave collapsed.


Then, walk back to the boat and transfer to the secluded, white sand beach of Beras Basah Island, where you can relax and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea.


Re-board the motorboat for the return boat ride to the pier, your tour concludes with a short minivan transfer back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour is not suitable for guests utilising a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. It requires extensive walking, some of which is uphill, with approximately 150 steps to climb. Guests must be able to manoeuvre on and off of the boats, which have canopies to provide shade. Wear a swimsuit under a cover up, flat, rubber-soled shoes, and bring protection from the sun (glasses, a hat, and lotion).

Excursions

This outing is a perfect getaway for adventure-minded guests and those keen on exploring the colourful Malaysian marine world and pristine beach hideaways.


From the pier, a 30-minute van ride will bring you to the boarding point of your speedboat, which will take you on an hour-long ride to Pulau Payar, home to the only Marine Park off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.


Pulau Payar

The Marine Park comprises four islands, including Pulau Payar, an island only 1.2 miles (1.9 km) long and 250 yards (229 metres) wide. Luxuriant vegetation, calm and crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and dazzling marine wonders never fail to delight visitors to Pulau Payar. The surrounding coral reefs, home to a multitude of marine life and large species of coral, make the marine park an ideal place for snorkelling. The clarity of the water allows for excellent visibility of the myriad coral flowers on the seabed.


During the 2 hours of leisure time at Pulau Payar, enjoy this tropical paradise, its crystalline waters, white sand beaches and diverse marine life, for which Langkawi is justly famous. Some shelter has been set up by the marine park authorities to provide shade. There are no beach chairs available.


At the appointed time, rejoin your speedboat for the cruise back to Langkawi. At the landing, take the van or return to the ship on foot.


Please note: Transportation is via 12-seater speedboat, involving a ride of one hour each way. Guests should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring a hat and sunscreen. Flat, rubber-soled shoes will be best for entering and disembarking the boat. A box lunch and snorkel equipment are provided. Since the marine park is designated a natural habitat, infrastructure on the island is very basic. Participation is limited.

Excursions

Spend a half day exploring Langkawi at your leisure. In the comfort of your own private van, discover the city and its surrounding areas with a knowledgeable guide. Create your own itinerary, see sights at your own pace with friends and family if you wish, and learn about this fascinating part of the Far East.


Your half-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with your driver and English-speaking guide.  Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in Langkawi. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

For those guests interested in touring independently while in Langkawi, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's discovery of the city and its surrounding areas at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private van. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of the Far East with friends and family, if you wish.


Your full-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with your driver and an English-speaking guide.  Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note:  This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in Langkawi. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guest. Only one person in the party need reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

This easy overview of Penang Island departs the port for a drive along the scenic north coast pass Batu Ferringhi, the most popular stretch of beach on the island.


Batik Factory

Visit the handicraft Batik Factory to see the traditional technique of printing cloth with wax and dye.


Farmers Fruit Stand

Wind through fruit orchards, and see spice plantations growing clove and nutmeg. Here, make a stop at a farmer's fruit stall. The stalls are a riot of colour with their arrays of exotic tropical fruit.


The Snake Temple

Travel through the rural countryside passing idyllic Malay kampongs for the next visit of the legendary Temple of the Azure Cloud, better known as the Snake Temple. Donated in 1840 by a Scotsman cured of a disease by a local priest, the 'Temple of the Azure Cloud' is dedicated to the deity Chor Soo Kong. His disciples include the pit vipers living in the temple, rendered harmless by the clouds of incense (and mostly defanged). In the vicinity, there is also a variety of live snakes on display for the intrepid visitors.


En route back to Swettenham Pier, catch a glimpse of the Penang Bridge, the longest bridge in South-East Asia connecting Penang to the mainland.


Please note: This tour requires very little walking and is suitable for those with limited mobility; however, guests must be able to climb steps to access the Snake Temple. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing. Toilet facilities are of the local standard (squat variety). The order of sights may vary.

Excursions

Discover the unique blend of east and west cultures and the well-preserved buildings of George Town by coach, on foot and by trishaw on this half-day excursion. George Town a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a multicultural trading port permeating with layers of history and colourful past, attracting Arab, Chinese, Indian and British colonial settlers, which resulted in an eclectic mix of races and religions.


Chew Jetty

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Chew Jetty, one of the Chinese clan jetties established in the 19th century by immigrant workers.  A wooden settlement perched on stilts over the water allows you to walk over the narrow wooden platform and immerse yourself in the trading history of the island.  


Khoo Kongsi Ancestral House

Next drive along Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, popularly referred to as the 'road of harmony' to view various places of worship - the Anglican St. George's Church, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.  At the end of the road, is the impressive Khoo Clan Ancestral House.  A building of great historical and cultural value, porcelain tiles cover the rooftops whilst intricate carvings decorate the walls and pillars.  


Fort Cornwallis & Morning Tea

At Fort Cornwallis, the site where Capt. Francis Light first landed facing the Esplanade, experience the novelty of travelling at a leisurely pace in a trishaw to the Eastern & Oriental Hotel for morning tea.  Built by the Sarkies brothers in 1885, this elegant hotel once played host to famous guests like Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling.  


Wat Chayamangkalaram

Your last stop is to Wat Chayamangkalaram.  This temple is home to an enormous reclining Buddha that rests serenely above a floating veil of incense. Note the sculptures resembling mythical creatures guarding the entrance.


Leaving the temple, a 15-minute drive returns you to the pier.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, a total of approximately 700 yards (630 metres), with steps to climb.  Guests must be able to climb in and out of a trishaw.  This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility but is not wheelchair accessible. Trishaws accommodate two guests.  The trishaw portion of this tour is through the city streets of Penang and you are exposed to the elements. Wear lightweight clothing and comfortable footwear that can be easily removed; no shoes are permitted inside the Wat. Order of sights may vary.

Excursions

Explore Penang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Penang at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Penang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Penang at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Relive the rich cultural and architectural heritage of yesteryears and explore the largest temple complex in South-east Asia on this afternoon outing.


Kek Lok Si Temple

Meet your coach and guide at the pier and drive to Ayer Itam village in the central part of the island to explore on foot the Kek Lok Si Temple perched at the foothills.  Terraced against the hillside, the temple features a tortoise pond, Hall of Wisdom, the seven-tiered Pagoda and the image of the Goddess of Mercy - Kuan Yin.  Listen as the guide explains the Taoist and Buddhist worshipping rituals practised by the Chinese community.  Afterwards the coach takes you to Suffolk House. An Anglo-Indian designed garden house, it is Malaysia's only surviving Georgian mansion and one of the finest in Asia.  


Tea at Suffolk House

At the former home of Capt. Francis Light who established the island under British rule, enjoy tea, scones and sandwiches at the Suffolk House Restaurant overlooking a river.  One of Penang's important heritage landmarks, Suffolk House was also the home to early governors during British colonialism.  Re-board the coach for the 30-minute drive to the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.


Arriving in George Town, visit the beautifully-restored stately Chinese-designed dwelling house - the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.  Winner of UNESCO's Conservation Award 2000, the 'blue mansion' represents 18th and 19th century Chinese architecture.  Built in the 1880s by a Guandong businessman, the interior of the building features many rooms, courtyards and ceremonial halls packed with carvings and woodwork.


Your tour concludes at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking; there is a flight of 250 steps to climb at the Kek Lok Si Temple and staircase at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Shoes have to be removed when entering some parts of the Kek Lok Si Temple.

Excursions

Discover your artistic side while learning the traditional art of Batik during this scenic and informative tour of Penang.


Depart the pier for the drive to the seaside district of Telok Bahang. Upon arrival, a local artisan will teach you the traditional way to make your own hand-drawn, 36-inch x 36-inch (91-cm x 91-cm) Batik cotton voile scarf using wax and dyes.


Malaysian Batik is created by four methods: block-printing, hand-drawn freestyle, silk-screening and tie-dyeing. Batik fabrics are typically cotton and silk. Block-printed Batik cloth is produced by dipping the copper mould design in wax, then stamping and dyeing the material. After the first dyed colour has dried, a second wax design is stamped and the material is dyed again. After repeating the process two or three times, the wax is melted away by boiling the cloth; resulting in an intricate and beautifully coloured design.


After the necessary treatment to set the colours, your handicraft design is packed and mailed to your residence.


Following your visit, you are transferred back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but not those who utilise a wheelchair.  The workshop is an open-air facility with no air-conditioning or fans. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Experience the highlights of Melaka during this half-day river cruise and sightseeing excursion.


Melaka River Cruise

After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, embark a boat for a scenic cruise on the Melaca River. Along the way, pass through the downtown area, where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and traditional Malay villages.


The Stadthuys and Christ Church

Next, a short walk from the jetty brings you to the Stadthuys and Christ Church for a brief photo stop. The Stadhuys is the most imposing relic of Dutch rule in Melaca. It features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. Once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers, it now houses the Historical Museum. The adjacent Christ Church is a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753.


Porta de Santiago, Sultanate Palace and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Next, proceed on-foot to the Porta de Santiago, or 'A Famosa'. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. After a photo stop here, proceed to the Sultanate Palace, a replica of a 15th century palace in Melaca that currently serves a cultural museum. Following your visit, take a trishaw ride along the Street of Harmony where you will pass the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia, the Kampong Kling Mosque with its three-tiered roof. Make a brief stop at the Cheng Hoon Temple, built in 1646. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Note the ornately decorated mythological figures, carvings and lacquer work inside the temple. Your tour concludes with a brief coach transfer back to the tender pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with 10 steps to negotiate at the sites visited, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the riverboat and tender. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.   Trishaw ride will be shared with two guests.  Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.  Shoes must be removed before entering the Sultanate Palace.






Excursions

Explore the culture and heritage of Melaka during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.

Straits Mosque, The Stadthuys & Christ Church

After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, board a coach for the approximately 30-minute drive to Melaka for an overview. Upon arrival, your first visit is Melaka Straits Mosque that built on stilts over the water and facing the famous Malacca Strait, it looks like a floating structure if the water level is high. This mosque showcase the excellence and glorious modern Islamic architecture. Next stop is at the Stadhuys, the most imposing relic of Dutch rule in Melaka. It features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. Once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers, it now houses the Historical Museum. From here, a brief stop is made at the adjacent Christ Church, a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753.  


Porta de Santiago & The Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Leaving the Stadthuys square proceed by foot to Porta de Santiago or 'A Famosa for a photo stop. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. From here you will have a view of St. Paul Hill and St Paul Church where, St Francis Xavier was temporary buried before his body was transferred to Goa, India. Proceed on for a visit to The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was built in 1912. Visitors will be able to view a collection of exhibits - displayed in chronological order and divided into several sections - including manuscripts, videotapes and other audio and visual collections which all document Malaysia's struggle to achieve its independence from the British colonial rule.


Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum & Jonker Street

Re-board your coach and proceed to the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum. Named after Chinese descendants who adopted the Malay culture and customs, the museum reflects the artefacts, furniture and trappings of a wealthy Peranakan family in the early-20th century. Items of interest to be seen during your guided visit include expensive brandy, silver cutlery and bone china dinner services.


Your final stop is at Jonker Street, a testament to the rich Baba-Nyonya heritage of Melaca. The buildings are immaculately constructed, and adorned with elaborate carvings on their pillars and walls. The street is also famous for its antique shops. Upon arrival, 30 minutes is made available for independent exploration before re-boarding your coach and commencing for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 766 yards (about 700 metres), at times over flat, hilly and sloping surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. No videotaping or cameras are permitted inside the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum. The tour sequence may vary. Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum, museum is closed from 1230hrs till 1400hrs daily.

Excursions

Malaysia is a veritable paradise for golfers offering several choices of golf courses, spread over undulating terrains and verdant greenery.


From Parameswara Jetty, travel along the modern highway towards suburb of Ayer Keroh.  Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club had the distinction of being ranked the 4th Best Golf Course in Malaysia in 2007 by the International Golf Magazine. The facility was constructed on an old rubber plantation and former mine, with holes laid out in the lower portions of the site to take advantage of some of the lakes left from tin mining operations.  Enjoy a round of golf at this course complete with return private transfers, all green fees and shared cart.


Please note: Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is USD 30 per standard set. Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted.  Golfers may wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 72 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. A minimum participation of four golfers is required to operate this tour.

Excursions

Discover the landmarks, lifestyle and economy of Malaysia's most historic city during this half-day excursion to Melaka and its environs.


Malaysian Countryside and Agricultural Farm

After tendering ashore, depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 50-minute drive into the Malaysian countryside. Your first stop will be at a private agricultural farm located in Selandar, a small district in Melaka. It is 8 acres (3 hectares) of agricultural land with various local fruits plants, vegetable, herbs trees and also learn about the tapping of rubber trees.  Learn how latex is collected and subsequently processed for export and the cultivation of palm oil.  A guided walk within the farm on cemented pathway with various fruit trees along the way.  You may also find classic collections item which was used in the earlier time.


Malay House and Sightseeing

Leaving the agricultural farm, a visit is made to a traditional Malay 'kampung' house, experience a fascinating spectrum of cultures and traditions during the visit.  A light refreshment will be served.  Shoes must be removed upon entering Malay house.  


Following your visit, re-board your coach for a sightseeing drive past local historical sites en route to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Shoes must be removed prior to entering the Malay house.

Excursions

A lovely way to experience the many quaint streets of Melaka is by trishaw.  Melaka's trishaws are interestingly decorated with flowers and flags.  Some trishaws even play loud music while bringing visitor for a city tour.


Stadhuys

After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, board the trishaw for an overview tour.  Your first stop is at the Stadhuys, the most imposing relic of Dutch rule in Melaka.  It features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. Once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers, it now houses the Historical Museum (currently closed for restoration).


Christ Church

From here, a brief stop is made at the adjacent Christ Church, a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753.


Porta de Santiago

Next Porta de Santiago is one of the most famous landmarks. It is one of the four main entrances to the A'Famosa fortress, which was built in 1511 by Alfonso d'Albuquerque, a Portuguese admiral.  Even though the rest of the fortress was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion in 1641, its iconic gateway still stands to this day.


The Melaka Sultanate Palace

Afterwards proceed on to The Melaka Sultanate Palace is a wooden replica of a Sultan's palace during the ruling era of Sultan Mansur Shah.  Housing a cultural museum, it was built based on description taken from the Malay annals of the original 15th-Century palace.  Apart from the building's unique design and ornate wood carvings, marvel at the numerous dioramas portraying the true palace atmosphere of the era.  


Heeran Street

Re-board your trishaw and proceed to Heeran Street (Gentlemen's Street) now called Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, where the rich families and notables of Melaka lived, Heeren House today stands along a street of traditional shop houses whose architectural features are unique to Melaka.  


Street of Harmony

Proceed to Street of Harmony the unique street to find three different places of worship for three different religions side by side.  Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple was one of the first Hindu temple in Malaysia, Kampong Kling Mosque, which has a three-tier roof and photo stop at the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia - Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.


The trishaw ride ends at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 21-32 yards (about 20-30 metres).  This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility however it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Trishaw ride will be shared with two guests.  Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.  Shoes must be removed before entering the Sultanate Palace.

Excursions

Singapore is well-known for the bustling activity along its streets and waterfront. Explore the sights and sounds up close as you experience a Singapore run-around on the city's different forms of transportation - river boat, MRT (Subway), and trishaw.


Depart the pier with your guide on foot. Depending on the day of the week and the traffic patterns, your guide will lead you through the city. Each group is limited to 12 participants who will 'make their own way' on a customised route, armed with a Singapore survival kit of essential items like a map, coins for subway, mineral water, tiger balm ointment, and a sandalwood fan.


City Highlights

Explore Chinatown or Bugis Village, where the streets are lined with century-old shop-houses, selling food items and trinkets. Ride along the Singapore River in one of the colourful riverboats. In Raffles' days, these vessels were used to transport goods. Today, they are a popular way to experience a kaleidoscope of historic river images, including the 'godown' warehouses and the gracious buildings of the old waterfront set against the skyline of the new business district. Enjoy the architecture and quaint feel of the Colonial District.


Raffles Hotel

This fun-filled trip concludes at the legendary Raffles Hotel where you are treated to the hotel's signature drink, a Singapore Sling. If you wish, walk through the hotel gardens at your leisure or perhaps visit the Raffles Hotel shops, which include the Raffles Gift Shop, Raffles Museum and Thos. S B Raffles for any last minute souvenir hunting.


Afterwards, a short transfer returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour is offered to guests continuing on to the following cruise. It requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is self-exploration and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests wishing to may walk through the hotel gardens at their leisure. Casual-smart dress is recommended for entrance into the Raffles Hotel; no shorts, please. Price is per person, based on two guests per trishaw. The order of sights may vary and the tour route is subject to the conditions of the day. The riverboat may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.

Excursions

Experience a unique fusion of distinctive Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures during this scenic and informative tour of Singapore.


Chinatown & Little India

Depart the port for the drive to Chinatown. Next, proceed for a visit to the Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest and most colourful Hindu temple, then the neighbourhoods of Little India. After viewing displays of aromatic spices, brightly-coloured saris and other exotic items, your drive continues along Arab Street for an opportunity to photograph the Sultan Mosque.


Trishaw Ride

Ride comfortably through the narrow lanes of Arab Street, passing the resplendent Sultan Mosque. Built in 1928, it is a prominent landmark in this quarter. The duration of your trishaw ride is about 20-30 minutes.


Asian Civilisations Museum

Your next stop is the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). It is the region's first museum to present a broad yet integrated perspective of Pan-Asian heritage and cultures.


Raffles Landing Site

A brief stop is then made at the site where Thomas Stamford Raffles is believed to have first landed in Singapore in 1819. An imposing statue commemorates the site.


Riverboat Ride

A ride along the Singapore River in one of the colourful riverboats makes for a fun-filled experience. In Raffles' days, these vessels were used to transport goods. Today, they are a popular way to experience a kaleidoscope of historic river images, including the 'godown' warehouses and the gracious buildings of the old waterfront set against the skyline of the new business district.


After disembarking your riverboat at picturesque Clarke Quay, your outing concludes with a transfer to the airport.


Please note:  This tour is offered to guests who have flights departing after 4:30 pm.  It requires a moderate amount of walking with some steps to climb and guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the riverboats. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear lightweight clothing and rubber-soled shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Grande Hotel program will enjoy accommodations in the Valley Wing:

As the accommodation of choice for heads of states, captains of industries and discerning travellers, the Valley Wing epitomises the very best in luxury accommodation. With 131 beautifully furnished guestrooms including 26 suites, this elegant wing's exclusivity is experienced once the guests arrive at the private lobby.

From arrival to departure, guests in the Valley Wing enjoy an unparalleled level of luxurious amenities and personalised services:

  • Complimentary breakfast in the private Summit Room
  • 24-hour personalised menu
  • Bathrooms with LCD televisions and choice of mood lighting
  • Complimentary champagne and cocktails
  • Complimentary WiFi and broadband Internet access
  • Largest and most luxurious deluxe rooms in the city
  • Personalised butler service for all suites
  • Personalised stationery
Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Simply Hotel program will be accommodated in Tower Wing Deluxe rooms.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Grande Hotel program will enjoy accommodations in the Valley Wing:

As the accommodation of choice for heads of states, captains of industries and discerning travellers, the Valley Wing epitomises the very best in luxury accommodation. With 131 beautifully furnished guestrooms including 26 suites, this elegant wing's exclusivity is experienced once the guests arrive at the private lobby.

From arrival to departure, guests in the Valley Wing enjoy an unparalleled level of luxurious amenities and personalised services:

  • Complimentary breakfast in the private Summit Room
  • 24-hour personalised menu
  • Bathrooms with LCD televisions and choice of mood lighting
  • Complimentary champagne and cocktails
  • Complimentary WiFi and broadband Internet access
  • Largest and most luxurious deluxe rooms in the city
  • Personalised butler service for all suites
  • Personalised stationery
Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Simply Hotel program will be accommodated in Tower Wing Deluxe rooms.

Laurel Corona

Ph.D., Author and Historian Laurel Corona has combined her love of writing and teaching
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Land Programmes

In central Myanmar, on the Irrawaddy River, lies Bagan. It is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and ranks on par with such awe-inspiring monuments as Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Java. Once the capital of the first unified empire of Anawrahta and founded in 849A, .Bagan is the famous for its more than 3000 religious monuments, ancient pagodas, temples and other religious buildings in its surrounds. These buildings, many of them in ruins today, constitute one of the architectural wonders of the world



01MIDRGN-A  Temples & Pagodas of Bagan  

Offered on Silver Wind Voyage 2438

Departure: December 28, 2014 from Yangon  

Duration:  1.5 Days/1 Nights

Re-join ship: December 29, 2014 in Yangon

Reserve by: September 22, 2014        

      

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by the applicable date above. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  Although a minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme, only a limited number of hotel rooms are available.  We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment. Requests received after the Reserve By date may be accommodated on a space-available basis if possible and the programme price is subject to change.


Journey to unbelievable Bagan, where over 3,000 stupas sprawl across a vast plain.  Burma's ancient capital is one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, awe-inspiring at dusk or dawn. Visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, the greatest temple of King Anawrahta's reign, and admire the temples that dot the horizon.  Your night at the Aureum Resort and an optional balloon ride over the plains makes this a memorable overnight excursion.


DAY ONE - Yangon/Bagan

Disembark the ship and meet your guide and driver.  Travel by coach to Yangon's Airport where you check-in for your 80-90-minute scheduled flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, board your awaiting coach and begin your exploration with a visit to the Nyaung Oo market, a colourful introduction to the local way of life and exotic wares.


Shwezigon Pagoda

From here, proceed to the splendid Shwezigon Pagoda, a paragon in the perfection of its architectural design. This important shrine, and the main centre of pilgrimage in Bagan, derives its name from Jeyyabhumi, "Ground of Victory".  Completed in the 12th century the pagoda is 160 feet (49 metres) in both its height and width (at its base).  Its golden umbrella is surrounded by four small pagodas at the corners.  Although situated on a flat plain, many say the pagoda appears to be standing on a hill.


Next, stop to see the wall paintings at the 13th-century Gubyaukgyi Temple, depicting scenes from the previous lives of the Buddha, before heading to the Ananda Temple,


Ananda Temple                           

Built in 1091 by King Kyanzittha, the temple is said to represent the endless wisdom of the Buddha. The central square has sides of 175 feet (53 metres) and rises in terraces to a height of 168 feet (51 metres) above the ground. Its architecture, stone sculpture, stucco, glazed plaques, terra cotta, wood carving, and artwork of blacksmith are all to be admired. One of the finest, largest and best-preserved of the Bagan temples, the Ananda suffered considerable damage in the earthquake of 1979 and in 1979 reconstruction took place.


After a photo stop to take in the stunning panorama of the Bagan temple site, lunch awaits at the Bagan Viewing Tower.


After lunch, proceed to the nearby Aureum Palace Hotel for check-in. Enjoy approximately one hour of free time to relax, explore the hotel property and refresh for the afternoon.


Archaeological Museum

Re-group for the short drive to the Archaeological Museum, home to various collections of art and artefacts found in temples around Bagan. Situated at the Gawdaw Palin Pagoda, It has a collection of more than 2500 items including Buddha statues, stucco pieces, terra-cotta cups and pots. Museum also houses stone sculptures, wood carvings, metal works, lacquer works, and many more. Different postures of Buddha images (Mudra) made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood are also displayed. Among them, one can see the significant bronze lotus Bud, a masterpiece of bronze sculpture of Bagan period.


Village Life & Damayangyi Temple

Leaving the museum, visit the site of one of Myanmar's home industries, lacquerware.  The art of lacquer takes its roots in China, where it has been practised for over three thousand years, and then developed in all the Southeast Asia. In Myanmar the tree which one takes the resin is the Thit-si. Learn more about this art form, with the chance to purchase a souvenir if you wish.


Next, your guide takes you to a local village for a glimpse into the everyday-life of its residents before your visit to

Damayangyi Temple, one of the four most significant monuments of Bagan. This massive structure is similar in architecture to the Ananda Temple and equally as impressive.


Conclude your afternoon of sightseeing with a short ride on a local horse cart to Sunset Temple to take some photos and enjoy the sunset.


Your guide returns you to the hotel.  Upon arrival, watch a Myanmar Longyi Demonstration in lobby, arranged exclusively for our guests.   Listen as the guide explains how one wears a Myanmar Longyi ".  A Longyi is a sheet of cloth that is worn around the waist extending down to the feet and is held in place by folding the fabric over without tying a knot. Each guest is offered a Myanmar Longyi, with our complements.  You may keep the Longyi and wear it to the Myanmar Royal dinner with Traditional Show that awaits you this evening at the hotel. Classical Myanma traditional performances are staged under a canopy of stars, while Myanma customs and traditions are presented by leading academics of Myanma history.


After dinner, retire for the evening.  Accommodations are at the Aureum Palace Hotel - Bagan.


DAY TWO - Bagan/Yangon

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check-out at the time advised by your guide.   The coach delivers you to the airport for your morning flight to Yangon.


OPTIONAL:  Balloon ride at dawn.  Depending on the weather conditions, guests may purchase an optional balloon ride.  


Transfer to the airport in Bagan, check-in and board your scheduled flight to Yangon.  Flying time is generally 90 minutes.  Upon arrival, your driver awaits to return you to the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. A warm jacket or sweater is necessary this time of year. Dress code throughout the trip is casual with sturdy walking shoes. It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Remember to bring your camera. There are baggage restrictions as follows: hand baggage gross weight is limited to 7 kg (15 lb.) and size is limited to 23*36*56 cm. One checked bag must be less than 23 kg (50 pounds). As Myanmar is an emerging destination, flexibility and a sense of adventure is necessary.  This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Aureum Palace Hotel (or similar) - Bagan.

·        One breakfast, one lunch, one dinner (restaurant-served lunch and dinner include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, water)

·        Flights (Economy Class) - Yangon/Bagan return. At this time there is no upgrade to First or Business Class available as all seats are economy class.

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government/citizens' activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Nothing quite compares with Myanmar's former capital, which still retains vestiges of its royal past. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure provides the rare opportunity to visit the legendary city of Mandalay and see its remarkable sights. Viewing the sunset from Mandalay Hill is an unforgettable experience; the pagodas and remains of the Royal Palace are equally impressive.


01MIDRGN-B  Legendary Mandalay  

Offered on Voyage 3404

Departure: February 20, 2014 from Yangon  

Duration:  1.5 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: February 21, 2014 in Yangon

Reserve by: December 15, 2013    


Offered on Voyage 4405

Departure: March 25, 2014 from Yangon  

Duration:  1.5 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: March 26, 2014 in Yangon

Reserve by: December 19, 2013


Offered on Voyage 2438

Departure: December 28, 2014 from Yangon  

Duration:  1.5 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: December 29 in Yangon

Reserve by: September 22, 2014                  

      

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by the applicable date above. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  Although a minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme, only a limited number of hotel rooms are available.  We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment. Requests received after the Reserve By date may be accommodated on a space-available basis if possible and the programme price is subject to change.


Journey to legendary Mandalay, last capital of the Emperors of Myanmar. Mandalay was founded in 1857 as the capital by King Mindon and remained the capital city of the Konboung, Myanmar's last dynasty until it fell to British troops in 1885 and was moved to Yangon. Today, Mandalay, known as the centre of Myanmar culture, is the second largest city and famous for its monasteries, pagodas and temple, and the resource of Myanmar arts and architecture.  The city is both a bustling commercial centre and a repository of a rich cultural heritage, with the remains of the old Royal City and its many ancient monasteries.  Explore the past and present of this legendary city on your overnight adventure.


DAY ONE - Yangon/Mandalay

Disembark the ship and meet your guide and driver.  Travel by coach for about an hour to Yangon's Airport where you check-in for your 90-minute scheduled flight to Mandalay.   Upon arrival, receive a special welcome with flowers.


Amarapura & U Bein Bridge

En route from the airport to Mandalay, stop at Amarapura, the old capital and site of the first British embassy in Myanmar in 1795. See the U Bein's Bridge, built in 1782 when Amarpura was the Royal Capital.  The .75-mile-long (1.2-kilometre-long) bridge was constructed by Major U Bein, using salvaged teak columns from the deconstruction of Ava Palace. An amazing attraction, it remains the longest teak span in the world.  


Mahagandayon Monastery

Continue to the Mahagandayon Monastery, the largest Monastery in Myanmar, where more than a thousand monks live and study. Mandalay is the religious centre of Myanmar and houses nearly 60% of the nation's monks. If time cooperates, you may observe the monks' final meal of the day, eaten in total silence.


Your next stop is to a traditional hand woven silk workshop. Myanmar silk is used mainly to make Cheit longyis, special garments worn by both men and women. Then, sit back and enjoy the panoramic drive to the Sedona Hotel.


After checking-in and enjoying lunch at the hotel, some free time if offered for you to freshen up and explore independently before regrouping at the appointed time.


Mahamuni Pagoda

Head out to experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay, including one of the most revered religious images in Myanmar - the Mahamuni Pagoda. Admire the beautiful gold leaf covered statues on display, Time permitting, you may witness the process of beating gold leaf into wafer thin pieces.

        

Golden Palace Monastery

Continue your exploration with a visit to the Golden Palace Monastery also known as the Shwenandaw Monastery. Famous for its intricate wood-carvings, this monastery is a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Palace.  Tour the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the world's largest book. It has 730 leaves and 1460 pages; each page is 3.5 feet ( 107 centimetres ) wide, five feet (153 centimetres) tall and five inches thick (13 centimetres) thick. Each page is made of marble and is placed upright on a stand of its own. Combined, the book's pages cover thirteen acres (5.25 hectare).


Mandalay Hill

Your final visit of the day is to Myanmar's primary landmark, Mandalay Hill. According to legend, Buddha once visited the site and prophesied that a great city would be founded at his foot. Today, Mandalay Hill is graced by an impressive array of stupas and is considered a holy mount. Enjoy the magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside from Mandalay Hill as the sun sets on the horizon.


Return to the hotel and meet for dinner. Tonight's menu is a Myanmar-styled supper with a traditional dance show, served poolside. Retire for the evening.


Overnight accommodations are at the Sedona Hotel - Mandalay


DAY TWO- Mandalay/Yangon

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check-out at the time advised by your guide.   Drive to the airport and check-in for your flight to Yangon, about 90 minutes in duration. Your coach awaits at the Yangon Airport to return you to Thilawa Port, about an hour's drive away.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Anticipate hot and humid weather during the day. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. A warm jacket or sweater is necessary for evening/early morning. Dress code throughout the trip is modest casual, with easily slipped-on/off walking shoes. Shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate for temple visits. Shoes have to be removed when entering religious sites; bring a pair of socks for comfort. Restrooms at tourist sites are of local standard. Remember to bring a hat or scarf, sunglasses and your camera. Bring local currency for any purchases or personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar.  It is recommended that you leave jewellery and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. There are baggage restrictions as follows: hand baggage gross weight is limited to 7 kg (15 lb.) and size is limited to 23*36*56 cm. One checked bag must be less than 23 kg (50 pounds). The Sedona Hotel is a four-star property and the best available on these dates. At least 25 guests are required to offer the show with dinner in Mandalay. As Myanmar is an emerging destination, flexibility and a sense of adventure is necessary.  This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require.



Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Sedona Hotel (or similar) - Mandalay

·        One breakfast, one lunch, one dinner (restaurant-served lunch and dinner include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, water)

·        Flights (Economy Class) - Yangon/Mandalay return. At this time there is no upgrade to First or Business Class available as all seats are economy class.

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government/citizens' activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.