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Jan 05 2015
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World Cruise 2015

Most travellers’ lifelong dream is a world cruise. Especially one that crosses both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and makes an entire circle around the planet. It is this that distinguishes Silversea’s 2015 World Cruise.

The itinerary is simply astonishing — 50 ports in 30 countries including the jewels of French Polynesia, the orangutans of Borneo, the Buddhas of Borobudur, Vietnam and the great cities of Asia, both east and west coasts of Africa … an array of far-flung cultures and world wonders that is truly breathtaking in scope. And it does it by completely circumnavigating the globe.

We invite you to embark next January for a luxury cruise aboard Silver Whisper as she sails west toward the setting sun from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, from Polynesia to New Zealand and Australia, from Bali and Borneo to China and Southeast Asia, and across the Indian Ocean to the most mysterious continent of all — Africa, where it all began. In 115 days you’ll discover some of the most exotic places on the planet on this world cruise. Volcanic islands thrusting out of the sea. Sculptural dunes of a coastal desert. Gilded pagodas and African gamelands. The stuff that dreams are made of.

Golden Moments. A Lifetime of Memories.

Join us as we sail from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on this full world circumnavigation. You’ll visit 54 ports in 29 countries with many overnights in major cities to give you ample time ashore. And you can explore each place intimately thanks to Silversea’s celebrated shore program. Small-group tours, multi-day land extensions and private arrangements provide a more immersive experience of the local flavours and cultures.

Sydney, Australia

AN EVENT AT THE OPERA

There is no more iconic building than the Sydney Opera House. Even the well-travelled never tire of its contribution to one of the Read more

Colombo, Sri Lanka

TRAIN TO PINNAWALA

Nothing is more nostalgic than train travel. Add an exotic location and you have the makings of an unforgettable day on your world Read more

Cape Town, South Africa

PICNIC IN THE SHADOW OF TABLE MOUNTAIN

Savour the best flora and fauna, wine and cuisine that Cape Town has to offer, all set amid the majestic presence of Table Mountain Read more

Itinerary

You’ll sail around the entire globe in 115 days: the South Pacific, Australia’s less-travelled West Coast, Southeast Asia — both the old and the new. And you’ll spend an entire month circling Africa, discovering the glorious gamelands and intriguing cultures of the most mysterious continent of all.

Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
January 05th, 2015 Monday Los Angeles, California   6:00 PM
January 06th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
January 07th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
January 08th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
January 09th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
January 10th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
January 11th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
January 12th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
January 13th, 2015 Tuesday Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
January 14th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
January 15th, 2015 Thursday Rangiroa 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
January 16th, 2015 Friday Moorea 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
January 16th, 2015 Friday Papeete, Tahiti 7:30 PM  
January 17th, 2015 Saturday Papeete, Tahiti    
January 17th, 2015 Saturday Papeete, Tahiti   7:00 PM
January 18th, 2015 Sunday Bora Bora, Society Islands 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
January 19th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
January 20th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
January 21st, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
January 22nd, 2015 Thursday Date Line lose a day    
January 23rd, 2015 Friday Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
January 24th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
January 25th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
January 26th, 2015 Monday Noumea 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
January 27th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
January 28th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
January 29th, 2015 Thursday Sydney 8:00 AM  
January 30th, 2015 Friday Sydney    
January 30th, 2015 Friday Sydney   6:00 PM
January 31st, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
February 01st, 2015 Sunday Melbourne 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
February 02nd, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
February 03rd, 2015 Tuesday Adelaide 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
February 04th, 2015 Wednesday Port Lincoln 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
February 05th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
February 06th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
February 07th, 2015 Saturday Fremantle (Perth), Western Australia 4:00 PM  
February 08th, 2015 Sunday Fremantle (Perth), Western Australia   4:00 PM
February 09th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
February 10th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
February 11th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
February 12th, 2015 Thursday Bali (Benoa) 8:00 AM  
February 12th, 2015 Thursday Bali (Benoa)   11:00 PM
February 13th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
February 14th, 2015 Saturday Semarang, Java 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
February 15th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
February 16th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
February 17th, 2015 Tuesday Muara 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
February 18th, 2015 Wednesday Kota Kinabalu 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
February 19th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
February 20th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
February 21st, 2015 Saturday Haikou 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
February 22nd, 2015 Sunday Hong Kong 9:00 AM  
February 23rd, 2015 Monday Hong Kong    
February 23rd, 2015 Monday Hong Kong   11:00 PM
February 24th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
February 25th, 2015 Wednesday Chan May, (Hue/Danang) 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
February 26th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
February 27th, 2015 Friday Ho Chi Minh City 10:00 AM  
February 28th, 2015 Saturday Ho Chi Minh City   2:00 PM
March 01st, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
March 02nd, 2015 Monday Bangkok (Klong Toey) 8:00 AM  
March 03rd, 2015 Tuesday Bangkok (Klong Toey)   4:00 PM
March 04th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
March 05th, 2015 Thursday Singapore 7:00 PM  
March 06th, 2015 Friday Singapore    
March 06th, 2015 Friday Singapore   5:00 PM
March 07th, 2015 Saturday Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
March 08th, 2015 Sunday Penang, Georgetown 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 09th, 2015 Monday Phuket 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
March 10th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
March 11th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
March 12th, 2015 Thursday Hambantota 8:00 AM 9:00 PM
March 13th, 2015 Friday Colombo 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
March 14th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
March 15th, 2015 Sunday Maldives (Male) 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 16th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
March 17th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
March 18th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
March 19th, 2015 Thursday Mahe 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
March 20th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
March 21st, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
March 22nd, 2015 Sunday Mombasa 7:00 AM  
March 23rd, 2015 Monday Mombasa    
March 23rd, 2015 Monday Mombasa   9:00 PM
March 24th, 2015 Tuesday Zanzibar 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 25th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
March 26th, 2015 Thursday Dzaoudzi 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 27th, 2015 Friday Nosy Be / Komba 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
March 28th, 2015 Saturday Mahajanga 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
March 29th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
March 30th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
March 31st, 2015 Tuesday Richards Bay 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
April 01st, 2015 Wednesday Durban 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
April 02nd, 2015 Thursday East London 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
April 03rd, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
April 04th, 2015 Saturday Cape Town 8:00 AM  
April 05th, 2015 Sunday Cape Town    
April 05th, 2015 Sunday Cape Town    
April 06th, 2015 Monday Cape Town   6:00 PM
April 07th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
April 08th, 2015 Wednesday Luderitz 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
April 09th, 2015 Thursday Walvis Bay 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
April 10th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
April 11th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
April 12th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
April 13th, 2015 Monday St Helena 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
April 14th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
April 15th, 2015 Wednesday Ascension Island 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
April 16th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
April 17th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
April 18th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
April 19th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
April 20th, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
April 21st, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
April 22nd, 2015 Wednesday Devil’s Island 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
April 23rd, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
April 24th, 2015 Friday Bridgetown 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
April 25th, 2015 Saturday St George’s 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
April 26th, 2015 Sunday Castries 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
April 27th, 2015 Monday Gustavia, St Barts 9:30 AM 6:00 PM
April 28th, 2015 Tuesday San Juan 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
April 29th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
April 30th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
May 01st, 2015 Friday Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00 AM  

Routes

For those who don’t have three months for a full World Cruise, perhaps two or three weeks sounds more feasible and affordable. World Cruise 2015 is available in seven shorter segments of 11 to 26 days. Or combine two or more segments and enjoy combination cruise savings on a magnificent journey to that portion of the planet that interests you most.

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

With its towering razor-like peaks, lush secluded valleys, plunging waterfalls and sacred marae, the largest island in the Marquesas is arguably its most beautiful. Here, Marquesans have proudly safeguarded their rich Polynesian heritage, especially woodcarving and tattooing.

Rangiroa, Tuamotu Archipelago

The passes and lagoon of the world’s second largest atoll are spectacular dive sites. But snorkelers, too, can explore this vast natural aquarium, where shimmering sun rays illuminate thousands of neon fish, while dolphins come to play in the waves.

Moorea, Society Islands

Saw-toothed ridges rise nearly 4,000 feet, and the dark-green hulk of Mount Rotoi separates two of the most gorgeous bays in the world. “In the South Seas, the Creator seems to have laid himself out to show what He can do,” wrote the poet Rupert Brook. Once experienced, you’ll have to agree.

Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

The Island of Love is the largest in French Polynesia. There is an authentic market in the capital of Papeete, but don’t miss the  beautiful mountainous interior where you can hike to ancient marae in fern-lined valleys, passing skyhigh waterfalls and bathing pools along the way.

Bora Bora, Society Islands

The imposing volcanic peaks of Mount Otemanu overlook the incredibly beautiful blue lagoon in this ultimate island escape. Cruise around the island, stopping now and then on a sandbar to snorkel or play in the surf and discover paradise, both above and beneath the sea.

Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga

Located next to the international dateline, time has virtually stood still in this untouched corner of the world. Tonga was settled by Polynesian navigators nearly 3,000 years ago, and reminders of these ancient times are dotted throughout the islands, the last remaining kingdom in Polynesia.

Noumea, New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s capital is a bastion of French culture with charming bistros and boutiques, and a coastline like the Côte d’Azur. Yet just down the road, the Kanaks fish with spears along one of the three most extensive reef systems in the world.

Sydney, Australia

Australia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city offers all that a traveller’s heart may desire: great beaches, world-class cuisine, a vibrant nightlife, high-end shopping, museums, and grand parks – not to mention Sydney’s Opera House that is one of the great buildings of the 20th century.

Melbourne, Australia

Hop on a tram to experience the café culture and landmarks of Australia’s culture capital with its broad leafy streets, the Royal Botanic Gardens and stately Victorian architecture. Or tour the bizarre underground world of Coober-Pedy in the Outback, “Opal Capital of the World.”

Adelaide, Australia

Where once miners toiled in the hopes of striking it rich, vintners are creating liquid gold in the Barossa Valley with its old world charm and world-famous Shiraz. Spend the day sipping and savouring the fruits of the vine, or interact with a koala at the famous wildlife park.

Fremantle (Perth), Australia

Closer to Singapore than Sydney, Western Australia’s capital is one of the most isolated in the world. Yet with near-perpetual sunshine, Perth also rates as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Experience its easy-going lifestyle on a leisurely Swan Valley wine cruise.

Bali, Indonesia

It is a vision of ethereal beauty, where ribbons of white unravel along an azure sea. Stone carved temples and misty volcanoes pierce a jade landscape; and Hindu gods inspire the highest form of human creativity. Bali is rightly known as the “Island of the Gods.”

Semarang, Indonesia (Borobudur)

Journey across the lush Javanese landscape to one of Asia’s reatest sites of antiquity. Buried by volcanic eruptions and jungle growth, the orld’s largest Buddhist complex was discovered by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1814, but restoration was complete only a few ecades ago

Muara, Brunei

The golden dome of the Sultan’s 1,788-room palace hints at the normous wealth of this tiny, oil-rich sultanate. Reluctant to give up traditional lifestyles, many still live in houses on stilts in water villages where little has changed for centuries save for the speed boats and flatpanel TVs.

Kota Kinabalu, Indonesia

Primeval beauty contrasts with the modern towers of the Malay capital of Sabah. Rising above the city, Southeast Asia’s highest mountain is a natural  wonderland, home to some of the world’s richest flora and fauna from carnivorous nepenthes to hundreds of species of exotic birds.

Hong Kong

One of Asia’s most exciting cities in one of the world’s most exquisite settings, Hong Kong never ceases to amaze. Admire its jewel-like harbour from Victoria Peak, ride a sampan to a floating village, and shop the posh emporiums and bazaars.

Chan May, Vietnam

A cache of World Heritage Sites are within easy reach of this modern port — the “Old Asia” charm of Hoi An; My Son, ancient capital of the Cham people; the imperial monuments of the Nguyen Dynasty in Hue.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Two days in Ho Chi Minh City gives you time to see the Reunification Palace and Cu Chi tunnels. Then head across the countryside for a boat ride through the breadbasket of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta with its visions and vistas of everyday life.

Bangkok, Thailand

The silent grandeur of over 400 wats form one of Asia’s great pectacles in Thailand’s capital. Take a tuk-tuk to the magnificent Grand Palace. Cruise Bangkok’s colourful klongs. Or join a land adventure to Chiang Mai, Burma or beyond.

Singapore

From celebrated cuisines, and ethnic neighbourhoods to the high-end shops of Orchard Road, the attractions are endless. Walk the Civic District Trail through the colonial heart of this garden city. Then sip a Singapore Sling at the legendary Raffles Hotel.

Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia

In spite of its towers and soaring prosperity, the Malaysian capital has not relinquished all ties to its colonial past. Walk around Merdeka Square where British architectural sensibilities are peppered with Moorish spice. Then take in the views atop the Petronas Towers.

Penang, Malaysia

Temples shrouded in incense smoke and palmfringed beaches have been attracting visitors to Penang for centuries. Walk along the Heritage Trail in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage City.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

A landscape draped in greenery, stunning beaches, great wildlife refuges and the ruins of an ancient civilization beckon. Don’t miss Kandy, home of the tooth relic of Gautama Buddha, and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, one of the largest in the world.

Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Ringed by steep mountains, few capitals can claim a lovelier backdrop than Victoria. But beaches are the big draw in gorgeous, romantic Mahé. You can snorkel for buried treasure at St. Anne Marine Park, or spend the day swimming and relaxing on the white sands of Beau Vallon.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Once known as the Spice Island for its export of cloves, this Tanzanian archipelago has become one of the most exotic flavours in Africa. Wander the labyrinth of ancient, tangled streets in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings and elaborately carved doors.

Nosy Be, Madagascar

Cut off from the African mainland for millions of years, the world’s fourth largest island is one of the ecologically richest countries on the planet. The heady fragrance of ylang-ylang blossoms fill the air in Nosy Be, while nearby Nosy Komba is known as the “lemur island.”

Durban, South Africa

Durban is the gateway to some of South Africa’s greatest attractions. Discover the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills, the Kingdom of the Zulu. Search for the “big five” in one of the great reserves in Natal. Or set out along the famous Garden Route, an explorer’s dream.

Cape Town, South Africa

Ride the cable car atop massive Table Mountain for a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With your overnight stay, you’ll have time to explore the gorgeous Cape Winelands and its historic towns.

Walvis Bay, Namibia

Take a 4x4 through the Namib desert, a landscape of epic beauty with some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then gaze upon the flamingos, pelicans and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds wading in the huge natural lagoon at Walvis Bay.

Luanda, Angola

The climate is tropical, the beaches spectacular and the economy is flourishing in Angola’s bustling capital thanks to the nation’s booming diamond and oil trade. Explore the 1575 Fortress of San Miguel de Luanda and the Anthropology Museum with its impressive array of traditional masks.

São Tomé, São Tomé & Principe

These ancient volcanic islands are home to some of the world’s most spectacular rock formations, both above and below the waterline. Marvel at the birds and bursts of orchids as you hike through the rainforest of Sao Tome, an ornithologist’s paradise.

Takoradi, Ghana

Welcome to Ghana, the Land of Sunshine. Visit the Cape Coast Castle, known for its role in the ancient slave trade. Take a canopy walk at Kakum National Park to glimpse rare butterflies, birds and perhaps the elusive bongo antelope.

Suites

Silver Whisper’s oceanview suites are some of the most spacious at sea. All include the services of a personal butler, thanks to the highest service ratio at sea. And almost all have a private teak veranda so that you can breathe in the fresh sea air by merely stepping outside your door.

Vista Suite

A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area of the Vista suite has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed during the cruise.

287 sq ft / 27m2
Up to 3 US$58,950
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  • Large view window(s)
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom
  • Choice of bathroom amenities
  • Personal safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Flat screen television with DVD and satellite reception
  • Wifi available (fees apply)

Terrace Suite

With a shared veranda, this accommodation on the Silver Whisper provides an easy transition from peace and privacy of your suite to the energy and excitement of the onboard social scene.

287 sq ft / 27m2
Up to 3 US$64,850
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  • Shared teak veranda
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Flat screen television
  • Radio/Alarm with iPod docking station

Veranda Suite

A Silversea signature suite. Spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Some Veranda Suites on the Silver Whisper accommodate three guests. Veranda 3 and 4 offer preferred central location with identical accommodation to Veranda 1 and 2.

345 sq ft / 32m2 including veranda (60 sq ft / 6m2)
Up to 3 US$73,750
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  • Veranda or balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom
  • Personal safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Flat screen television

Medallion Suite

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. An extravagant suite for an extravagant cruise.

521 sq ft / 49m2 including veranda (81 sq ft / 8m2)
Up to 2 US$121,650
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  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Personal safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Flat screen television(s) with DVD and satellite reception

Silver Suite

Stylish and sophisticated is the Silver Suite of the Silver Whisper. Separate dining and living rooms. Larger verandas. Situated midship. Perfection in design for comfortable living. Silver Suites accommodate three guests.

653–701 sq ft / 61–65m2 including veranda (110–123 sq ft / 10–11m2)
Up to 3 US$129,950
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  • Veranda or balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Flat screen television(s) with DVD and satellite reception

Royal Suite

Stately describes the Royal suite. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for entertaining while you cruise. Enough living space to roam. The pinnacle of good living. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

One Bedroom: 967–1,007 sq ft / 90–94m2 including veranda (110–116 sq ft / 10–11m2)

Two Bedroom: 1,312–1,352 sq ft / 122–126m2 including veranda (170–176 sq ft / 16–17m2)
Up to 4 US$141,550
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  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors;
    two-bedroom has additional veranda
  • Living room with sitting area;
    two-bedroom has additional sitting area
  • Separate dining area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed;
    two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom(s) with full-sized bath and;
    two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe

  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s)
  • Flat screen television(s) with DVD and satellite reception
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/Alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)

Grand Suite

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends on your luxury cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Whatever you wish. Available as a one-bedroom suite configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

One Bedroom: 941–1,090 sq ft / 87–101m2 including veranda (103–116 sq ft / 10–11m2)

Two Bedroom: 1,286–1,435 sq ft / 119–133m2 including veranda (163–176 sq ft / 16–17m2)
Up to 4 US$148,950
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  • Teak veranda(s) with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom(s) with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s)
  • Flat screen television(s) with DVD and satellite reception
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)

Owner's Suite

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic, as is the Silver Whisper itself. For those whose standards are higher than most on a luxury cruise ship. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Vista Suite.

One Bedroom: 919 sq ft / 85m2 including veranda (220 sq ft / 20m2)

Two Bedroom: 1,264 sq ft/ 117m2 including veranda (220 sq ft / 20m2)
Up to 4 US$173,250
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  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom(s) with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe

  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s)
  • Flat screen television(s) with DVD and satellite reception
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)

Ports

Learn all about the places you’ll visit on World Cruise 2015. All 52 fascinating ports are at your fingertips.

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Rangiroa
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Moorea
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Noumea
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Sydney
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Sydney
Port
Sydney
Port
Melbourne
Port
Adelaide
Port
Muara
Port
Haikou
Port
Hong Kong
Port
Hong Kong
Port
Hong Kong
Port
Singapore
Port
Singapore
Port
Singapore
Port
Phuket
Port
Hambantota
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Colombo
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Mahe
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Mombasa
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Mombasa
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Mombasa
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Zanzibar
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Dzaoudzi
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Mahajanga
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Durban
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Cape Town
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Cape Town
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Cape Town
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Cape Town
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Luderitz
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Walvis Bay
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St Helena
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Bridgetown
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Castries
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San Juan

Guest Lecturers

As a traveller we seek to gain more knowledge, more tolerance and more understanding of the worlds we sail to. That is why a stimulating program of enrichment is a fundamental component of World Cruise 2015. Your days at sea will be filled with a cast of guest hosts from eminent lecturers and wine experts to renowned chefs, certified ACBL instructors, and our ever-popular L’École des Chefs by Relais & Châteaux.

Lawrence d’Almeida

Silversea Wine AmbassadorLawrence d'Almeida, who grew up in Paris and studied history
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David Bilsland

Chef, Silversea Culinary Trainer Chef David was educated in classical French cooking at Thames
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Dr. George Losey

Marine BiologistA Professor of Zoology and Marine Biology at the University
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Henry and Monica Bradsher

Journalists, Intelligence ExpertsHenry has won American national prizes in two different careers,
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Land Adventures

Want to go glimpse gorillas in Uganda? Experience the gamelands of the Maasai Mara, or embark on a magical journey to Jaipur and the Taj Mahal? World Cruise 23015 includes an exciting array of mid-cruise overland journeys to further your explorations ashore.

Land Programmes

An overnight in an over-the-water bungalow offers an Intimate Escape to a romantic island where you can watch the marine life from your balcony or climb down the steps directly to snorkel in your little piece of paradise.  Fly to Papeete to return to your cruise the following day.



01MIDMOZ-O Over-the-Water Overnight

For In-transit Guests Only on Voyages 4501 and 5502

Departure: Moorea

Duration: 1.5 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: Papeete

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations at least 90 days prior to the start of your cruise. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  This programme is offered to guests sailing on the following cruise, beyond Papeete.


Perched above the water on stilts, over-the-water bungalows offer a one-of-a-kind escape.  They are iconic, thatch-roofed symbols of a tropical paradise.  Moorea is Polynesia's second-most popular tourist attraction after Tahiti. Located a mere 12 miles (19 kilometres) west of the island of Tahiti, Moorea is a triangular shaped island encircled by a lagoon of translucent green, fringed by an azure blue Polynesian sea. It is rumoured that James Michener based his mythical, idealized island, Bali Hai on Moorea. And it is easy to see why. Many people have described Moorea as the most beautiful place on earth. Here, you'll find the real South Seas' experience - a casual, barefoot existence amidst white sand beaches and multi-hued lagoons surrounded by jagged mountains and volcanic spires that reach into the clouds, while below, valleys are blanketed with the colours that one only finds when tropical climates and rich, volcanic soils meet.


Venture ashore for the night on Silversea's Land Adventure that begins in Moorea and concludes in Papeete and a wonderful stay in an overwater bungalow in between.  The story is yours to write.


DAY ONE - Moorea

Begin your adventure by tendering ashore to meet the crew of your awaiting lagoon boat. Moorea's idyllic beauty is yours to discover during this sailing and snorkelling adventure aboard a private vessel.


Depart from the wharf for the cruise toward the beautiful Cook's and Opunohu Bays. Weather permitting, the captain will sail both inside and outside the lagoon, where you may catch a glimpse of wild dolphins. After the crew drop anchor, venture on a snorkelling exploration through the nearby coral garden.


Return to the wharf to meet your driver.  Depending on where the ship is anchored, your drive to the hotel might be 10-30 minutes.  Enjoy lunch, followed by check-in at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa, Moorea.  Nestled between scenic mountains and a tropical lagoon, the Moorea Resort & Spa is an idyllic location to experience authentic French Polynesia. Set within 27 acres of lush gardens, the hotel boasts local and international cuisine and an infinity pool with a swim-up bar. Enjoy a range of activities from swimming with dolphins, kayaking in the surf, diving into the turquoise seas, or just relaxing with the "wide screen" view that nature projects from your balcony or from the glass window in the floor of your bungalow.


The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure. Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.


Overnight at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa - Moorea


DAY TWO - Moorea/Papeete

Awake to the rays of the sun and sparkle of the sea as it dances through your window.  Have a morning swim or sip your coffee just soaking in the ambience.  Make you way to breakfast as you wish.  The morning is for you to enjoy as you wish.


At the appointed time, check-out and meet your driver for the transfer to the airport.  Board the aircraft for the 7-15-minute flight to Papeete.  Admire the water views as you soar above the sea.  Papeete is just 28 miles (44 kilometres) away.  Upon landing you are met and taken to the ship in time for a later lunch onboard the ship that awaits your return.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Papeete on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Papeete. It requires a minimal amount of activity; the snorkelling is optional and at your discretion. Guests must be able to get in and out of the boat without assistance.  Changes in flights by the airline are outside of Silversea's control and may cause changes to the above described itinerary. If necessary, travel to Papeete will be by scheduled ferry instead. Anticipate warm and humid weather with a cool breeze in the evening. Attire is resort casual.  Remember to wear a bathing suit under your clothing and water shoes if you wish to snorkel before arriving to the hotel. Sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated; marine life will be present in the waters around the bungalows. Please to note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.  Baggage allowance is 22 pounds (10 kg).  


Programme Includes:

·        One-night's stay at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa - Moorea

·        Flight Moorea/Papeete - one class of service only offered.  This can be substituted with a transfer by local high-speed catamaran ferry if the weather dictates.

·        One breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

·        Any meals and drinks not specified above, traditional gratuities to driver/guides and safari director, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

The Hunter Valley offers you a choice of coast and country, wilderness and wineries and a glimpse of genuine country life in its historic towns. Less than two hours' drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport, The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's oldest and most well-known wine regions. Over 100 wineries are spread across sweeping vine-lined hills where generations of family winemakers are still onsite and inviting you to try their white and red varieties while telling their tales. The region is also renowned for its exquisite regional produce, such as cheeses, olive oil and olives as well as over 60 restaurants with acclaimed chefs adding their own unique but distinctly Australian style.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Australia. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain the appropriate visas before cruising.

    

Day 1 - ARRIVE SYDNEY

As you arrive in Sydney you are met by a local Silversea representative, once you have cleared Customs & Immigration and transferred to your hotel for check-in.  


The Four Seasons is superbly situated right on Sydney Harbour in the city's historic Rocks area and has unbeatable views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It is only a short walk from Sydney's major shopping and business districts.


The afternoon is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.


Overnight at the Four Seasons Sydney


Day 2 - SYDNEY / HUNTER VALLEY

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before you begin your Hunter Valley experience with a visit to the Tempus Two winery which is a recognized award winner, both in Australia, and abroad.


Enjoy a light lunch and tour of the Hunter Distillery which is one of only four independent commercial distilleries in Australia. Today's tour includes a tasting of the premium vodkas, spirits and liqueurs.


After lunch visit the Australian Woodwork Gallery which has been purposely built to showcase the beauty and diversity of Australia's native timbers, crafted with skill and imagination by the best of Australia's designer makers.


The next stop is the Hunter Valley Cheese Company where a guided tour and the opportunity to sample a selection of delicious cheeses is scheduled.


Continue to indulge your taste buds at two of the regions exclusive well known wineries, Poole's Rock & Audrey Wilkinson. The cornerstone Poole's Rock Wines division is highly regarded for its diverse portfolio of three memorable award-winning labels - Poole's Rock, Cockfighter's Ghost and Firestick.


Nestled in the heart of New South Wales' Hunter Valley wine country, Peppers Guest House is one of the region's best loved retreats perfect for a weekend getaway or short break. Peppers Guest first opened its doors in 1984 as the very first Peppers Retreat. The concept of a contemporary style guesthouse in luxury surroundings with fine wine and gourmet dining was an instant success and remains as the defining elements of all of the Peppers Retreats today.


Overnight at Pepper's Guest House -Vintage Class Suite


Day 3 - HUNTER VALLEY

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before you begin another day of great sightseeing.  Today, start with the Hunter Valley Gardens situated in the heart of the vineyards and spanning over 60 acres.


Continue your morning with a visit to Moorebank Estate for a taste of some outstanding wines which come from this family owned & operated business since 1986.


Your next stop before lunch is a visit to Adina, a family-owned estate in the Lovedale area of the Hunter Valley. Here you not only taste wines but you also have the pleasure of tasting delicious olives as well.  Lunch today is at Bimbadgen, located high on a hill in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country.  


Lastly spend some time at the Ogishi Craft Centre. Setsuko Ogishi's glass is well known by Australian art glass lovers. Setsuko has been working with glass for over twenty years and exhibiting throughout Australia.  Your day concludes back at the hotel.  


Dinner tonight is on your own.


Overnight at Pepper's Guest House - Vintage Class Suite


Day 4 - SYDNEY/EMBARKATION

After breakfast, enjoy some free time in the morning before transferring back to Sydney to board the Silver Shadow.  Along the way, stop at Manly beach for a delicious lunch right by the water.


Continue after lunch over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy a scenic tour through Sydney before reaching the pier.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises

          

Program Inclusions:

One night at the Four Seasons Sydney in Deluxe City Harbour View Room Accommodations

Two nights at Pepper's Guest House in the Hunter Wine Valley in Vintage Class Suite Accommodations

Daily breakfast, three lunches

Tours as described above

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Australia. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain the appropriate visas before cruising.


Luggage Information:

Your entire luggage will travel with you throughout this program.    


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Spain. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


Accessibility:  

Some of the sights visited on this program  are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests.  This program includes extensive walking over uneven ground, therefore it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.



Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Discover world famous attractions in the heart of South Australia - the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, also known for its unique style of underground living, and the picturesque Barossa Valley, Australia's premier winemaking region.  



02MIDMEL-K Australian Opal & Wine Treasures

Offered on Voyage 4503

Departure: Melbourne, February 1, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Adelaide, February 3, 2015

Reserve by: November 1, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 1, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Discover Australia's amazing contrasts during this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure that takes you into the undulating hills of the verdant Barossa Valley wine region and the red outback landscape of Coober Pedy, home to the world's foremost opal mining industry. The Barossa Valley delights with charming small towns and visits to some of the best known wineries. There is time to get acquainted with Adelaide, a city of picturesque parks and gardens, and streets lined with historic buildings.


DAY ONE - Sunday, February 1, 2015 - Melbourne/Coober Pedy

Depart the ship in Melbourne and transfer to the airport for a scheduled flight to Coober Pedy via Adelaide. Coober Pedy is situated in the heart of the South Australia outback. The opal-mining town's name was quite appropriately coined by the Aborigines as 'white fellow's hole in the ground', since nearly half of the population live underground to escape the area's soaring summer temperatures. As the plane begins its descent, get your fist glimpse of the 'painted desert', pock-marked with craterlike surface diggings that are reminiscent of a lunar landscape. It is the first sign of Coober Pedy's claim to fame as the Opal Capital of the world.


Since 1915, Coober Pedy has lured those who seek the elusive gemstone to be found below layers of rock and jasper. Today there are hundreds of mines producing the world's most colourful and fascinating gemstone. Upon arrival, board the coach and drive directly to the Desert Cave Hotel for a late gourmet BBQ lunch on arrival.  Check-in and freshen up in preparation for this afternoon's touring program.


The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas - all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy. Rooms are available above and below the ground. The room allocation is at the hotel's discretion. Requests can be made, but not guaranteed.  Sleeping underground is a unique experience. Quiet, cool, dark and airy - the rooms are spacious with high ceilings.


Tour the town, learn its history, and listen to the facts surrounding its precious water supplies and power generation. Every element of life is hard-won in Coober Pedy. Visit a working opal field to see the various mining methods.  Venture down a former working mine to see opal traces embedded in the sandstone. Wonder at 'The Breakaways', a range of colourful exposed sandstone outcrops - spectacular views over the Moon Plain - once an inland sea. This dramatically beautiful area has been the set for many internationally known movies. Next, proceed to the famous Dog Fence (dingo fence), stretching nearly 3,300 miles (5,300 km) across Australia. The last stop is at a genuine underground home or 'Dugout', to see how the locals live.


Return to the hotel for about an hour of free time before re-joining the group for a sunset look at Coober Pedy. Watching the sun set at 'The Breakaways', while sipping some sparkling wine is sure to be a highlight.


Later re-gather at the hotel's restaurant for a three-course dinner and spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure.


Overnight accommodation at the Desert Cave Hotel - Coober Pedy.  


DAY TWO - Monday, February 2, 2015 - Coober Pedy/Adelaide/Barossa

After a hearty breakfast and check-out, embark on a 'Down & Dirty' tour that will introduce you to the treasures that lie below the ground and made Coober Pedy famous. At the Quest Mine, watch an informative and entertaining video, introducing you to the mysterious world of the stone of fire, known as 'The Coober Pedy Opal'. Then, fitted with a hard hat, torch and handpick, you have a chance of 'fossicking' (mining) your own opal. Ramps provide easy and safe access into the mine, where your visit will be a fun experience. After returning to above ground, proceed with a transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Adelaide.


Arrive in Adelaide, collect you baggage and board your awaiting coach.  Head out and into Australia's premier wine growing region, the Barossa Valley, home to some 50 wineries ranging from boutique to world recognised names. Charming old towns are notable for their multitude of historic buildings, reflecting the history and culture of German emigrants.


Begin your exploration of Barossa with a stop at Seppeltsfield Winery. With a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is Australia's iconic wine estate. Seppeltsfield is famed for the Centennial Collection - an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to current year. Seppeltsfield remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year old, single vintage wine each year.


Enjoy a late lunch of Barossa's finest produce; including an assortment of locally-smoked Barossa meats, locally-grown beef, and freshly-baked breads with local olive oil. Then, begin your in-depth look at this historic winery. Step inside the Seppelt family homestead, followed by a private tasting of super-premium fortified wines in the estate's Trophy Cellar. In the 1878 Centennial Cellar, we offer you a taste your birth year Tawny (direct from barrel) as well as the legendary 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny.


As the afternoon draws to a close, board your coach for the drive to the hotel, The Louise. Situated in the heart of the legendary Barossa wine country in South Australia, The Louise offers lovely vineyard views and its restaurant Appellation is highly regarded as one of Australia's finest dining destinations.  Check-in and explore the property before meeting at the appointed time for dinner.  Tonight's meal of local fare is served in Appellation.


Overnight accommodation at The Louise - Barossa Valley  


DAY THREE - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - Barossa Valley/Adelaide

Ask for an early wake-up call and rise for a unique experience only available to guests of The Louise. The Barossa is adjacent to a large conservation park, teeming with native Australian flora and fauna. The Louise has developed a unique guest experience that offers you the opportunity of seeing kangaroos up close while in their natural habitat.  Depart on a private, escorted, early morning, easy walking tour of a nearby conservation park with a local guide. Spread on a picnic blanket or arranged on a massive tree stump, and enjoy a valley-type breakfast of tart of smoked salmon, fresh baked scones with Jersey cream, rice pudding with seasonal fruit, a bowl of fresh seasonal berries, juices and a lightly sparkling Moscato.


Walk back to the hotel for check-out before boarding the coach for the drive to Jacob's Creek Winery. Today, Jacob's Creek remains one of the most well-known, trusted and enjoyed Australian wines around the world. It delivers fresh, elegant and great tasting wines that show true varietal character. Learn more about what goes into making great wines through participating in a walking tour of their new interpretive vineyard. Listen as your host provides an overview of the 14 different grapes varieties grown in the vineyard that are featured in some of Australia's most famous wines. A tutored tasting incorporating seven wines and basic wine education on the sensory evaluation process will be followed by lunch.

Depart Jacob's Creek for your next stop at Penfold's Magill Estate Cellar Door. Nestled in the foothills of Adelaide and only 15 minutes its Central Business District (CBD), the historic Penfolds Magill Estate is the original home of Penfolds wines and of Australia's most prized wine, the famous Grange.

This winery exudes the charm and character of its founders, whose pioneering spirit brought their family name into the homes of the Australian people more than 165 years ago. A visit allows you the chance to immerse yourself in the history, philosophy and spirit of Penfolds, at the first home of Penfolds. Join one of the Penfolds team on a personalised and fascinating journey through the underground tunnels, Grange cottage - the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, the heritage-listed bluestone cellars and Still House, before taste-testing your way through the famous Penfolds wines. Followed by a tasting of six Penfolds luxury wines, including the iconic Penfolds Grange, enjoy a plate of South Australian cheese.


Afterwards, journey into Adelaide's CBD, where you will have free time before re-joining the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is on uneven ground and with steps to negotiate. All guests must be able to climb the steps onto/out of the coaches unassisted.  This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Coober Pedy is a frontier-style, opal mining town that requires a certain sense of adventure to ensure its enjoyment. We recommend wearing comfortable, lightweight clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Remember to bring your camera, sunscreen, and a sunhat. Due to luggage restrictions on domestic flights, particularly the flight to/from Coober Pedy, it is suggested to keep luggage to a minimum. Regional Express requires baggage weigh no more than 33 lb. (15 kg).  Cabin baggage may include two small bags, each not exceeding: depth 9" (23 cm), height 13" (34 cm), length 19" (48 cm) or weighing over 15 lb. (7 kg). Transfers and sightseeing in Coober Pedy are provided by the Desert Cave Hotel and may not be exclusive for Silversea guests.  The order of sights seen may vary and the tour 'sequence may be amended in case of flight changes or other unforeseen factors.  


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Desert Cave Hotel (or similar) - Coober Pedy

·        One-night stay at The Louise (or similar) - Adelaide

·        Two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners (regular lunches and dinners include choice of two beverages - soft drinks, mineral water or wine.

·        Scheduled domestic flights Melbourne/Adelaide/Coober Pedy and Coober Pedy/Adelaide in Economy Class

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

Hailed as Australia's Galapagos and animal kingdom, Kangaroo Island is one of the earth's last unspoiled refuges. Its original character, comprising rugged headlands, wind-sculpted boulders, secluded coves, splendid beaches and abundant wildlife remains largely intact. Combined with a two-night stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia's first true luxury eco lodge, this Silver Collection overland confers the very essence of Australia.



02MIDMEL-L Kangaroo Island Luxury Expedition

Offered on Voyage 4503

Departure: Melbourne, February 1, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Adelaide, February 3, 2015

Reserve by: November 1, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 1, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Widely regarded as Australia's Galapagos and brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty, Kangaroo Island is a place of extraordinary contrasts. With a rich heritage and a world class food and wine culture, Australia's third largest island offers great opportunities for exploration and adventure. Your home away from home is the Southern Ocean Lodge, which is renowned for providing their guests a complete Kangaroo Island experience in unbridled luxury, including all dining. With exceptional experiences and adventures under the tutelage of private naturalist guides as part of your stay, you can enjoy a personalised itinerary of the island's unique natural attractions. Relaxation is also a high priority at Southern Ocean Lodge that may include indulging in some of the lodge's facilities, such as the Southern Spa.


DAY ONE - Sunday, February 1, 2015 - Melbourne/Kangaroo Island/South Ocean Lodge

Depart the ship and proceed with the transfer to the Melbourne airport. Board your scheduled flight to Adelaide and then onward to Kangaroo Island. Fly from Adelaide to Kingscote.  On arrival you are met and transferred to the beautiful Southern Ocean Lodge.


Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia's first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.


A 30-minute drive takes the lodge where you are met by the resort staff with snacks and drinks to refresh you.  Check-in, freshen up and meet at the appointed time for the resort's Discover Island Heritage.  Hosted by resident naturalist staff, this presentation provides insight into the Island's natural history as well as giving an overview of its many spectacular attractions. Learn the intriguing natural heritage of this wild island in the Baudin Lounge.


Afterwards, you are invited to 'Kangaroos & Kanapés'. Soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, a historic island property reached by a short drive from the Lodge and where local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies congregate to graze. Observe these creatures in their natural environment, sip on premium South Australian beverages and nibble on a canapé whilst the sun goes down on a magical day.


This evening dinner will be served at your leisure in the lodge restaurant. Visit the alluring walk-in cellar, which features exclusively South Australian wines. Make your selection to complement Southern Ocean Lodge's sophisticated island epicurean adventure.


Overnight at Southern Ocean Lodge - Kangaroo Island


DAY TWO - Monday, February 2, 2015 - Kangaroo Island/South Ocean Lodge

A leisurely breakfast will be served this morning before heading out to see the wonders of Kangaroo Island.


This half-day experience, operated exclusively for lodge guests is a spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island's wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes, taking advantage of the lodge's unique location. The focus of this morning outing will be Flinders Chase National Park, known for its rugged coastline, vast wilderness and wildlife. Visit Cape du Couedic, a lighthouse constructed in 1909, which is considered to be one of the island's finest structures.


Discover one of Australia's largest reserve areas and marvel at the island's best known icons, the Remarkable Rocks. This cluster of huge, weather-sculptured granite boulders is perched on a dome that plunges 328 feet (100 metres) into the sea. The granite, consisting of crystals of quartz, feldspar and mica, was formed from the cooling of molten magma. Some areas are covered with living organisms, such as striking orange-coloured lichen. Other highlights include wandering among the rare Cape Barron Geese and searching nearby eucalyptus trees for a sleepy koala.


Return to the lodge for lunch in the restaurant overlooking the cinematic vista of Hanson Bay.


This afternoon, the focus is on Australian sea lions, resident on the local sandy beach. See the seals napping or playing in the surf, look for old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes, and learn about their unique breeding biology.


Seal Bay is home to Australia's third largest colony of Australian sea lions. Join our naturalist guide for an exclusive tour on the beach with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the on-going research programs implemented on site. There will be time to walk through the Seal Bay gift shop as you leave.


Return to the lodge's Great Room with its open bar, fireplace and sumptuous lounge as if it were your own private residence. Sunset drinks and canapés are served from 6-7pm.


This evening enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant. Afterwards, you may wish to take a walk and look at the evening skyscape before retiring.


Overnight at Southern Ocean Lodge - Kangaroo Island


DAY THREE - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - Kangaroo Island/Adelaide

Enjoy breakfast and afterwards, check-out and then meet your driver at the appointed time for the transfer to Kingscote airport.  The 35-minute flight to Adelaide returns you to the mainland.


Drive from the Adelaide airport to Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door. Nestled in the foothills of Adelaide, the historic Penfolds Magill Estate is the original home of Penfolds wines and of Australia's most-prized wine, the famous Grange. This winery exudes the charm and character of its founders, whose pioneering spirit brought their family name into the homes of the Australian people more than 165 years ago. A visit here allows you the chance to immerse yourself in the history, philosophy and spirit of Penfolds, at the first home of Penfolds. Join one of the Penfolds team on a personalised and fascinating journey through the underground tunnels, Grange cottage - the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, the heritage-listed bluestone cellars and Still House, before taste-testing your way through six Penfolds luxury wines, including the iconic Penfolds Grange.  Lunch is served in the estate's restaurant.


Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes with the 45-minute drive to the pier.  Re-join your awaiting ship.  


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on uneven ground and with steps to negotiate. There is at least 6-7 miles (10 km) of walking during the programme.  This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend you dress in layers and wear sturdy walking shoes. Sunhats and sun protection are needed as is a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Due to luggage restrictions on domestic flights, particularly the flight to/from Kangaroo Island, it is suggested to keep luggage to a minimum. Regional Express requires baggage weigh no more than 33 lb. (15 kg).  Cabin baggage may include two small bags, each not exceeding: depth 9" (23 cm), height 13" (34 cm), length 19" (48 cm) or weighing over 15 lb. (7 kg). Transfers and sightseeing in Kangaroo Island are provided by the Southern Ocean Lodge and may not be exclusive for Silversea guests.  The order of sights seen may vary and the tour sequence may be amended in case of flight changes or other unforeseen factors.  


Programme Includes:

·        Two-nights' stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge - Kangaroo Island

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners (regular lunches and dinners include choice of two beverages - soft drinks, mineral water or wine. Due to flight timings on Day One, lunch may be purchased by guests directly at the airport.

·        Scheduled domestic flights Melbourne/Adelaide/Kangaroo Island and Kangaroo Island/Adelaide in Economy Class

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

Experience Bali's and Central Java's magnificent temples and natural beauty during this three-day Mid-Voyage Land Adventure. Visit traditional villages, exquisite palaces and immerse yourself into the heritage and culture of this enchanting land. From Bali, a flight takes you to the royal city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java for a two-night stay at the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel and then onward to the port of Semarang, with a visit to fabled Borobudur en route.


02MIDDPS-E Bali to Java Escapade

Offered on Voyage 4504

Departure: Benoa, February 12, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Semarang, February 14, 2015

Reserve by: November 14, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 14, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  



Discover the magnificent temples and exquisite beauty of the islands of Bali and Java during this three-day overland excursion. Take in Bali's highlights as you visit Celuk Village to visit the gold and silver smiths and the Batuan Temple.  Lunch at a local restaurant before flying to Yogyakarta in Central Java. Here, explore Royal Yogyakarta's rich history and cultural heritage as evidenced at the Sultan's Palace, or Kraton, the old Water Palace, the Bird Market and Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the ancient splendour of Borobudur, Indonesia's most famous attraction. This impressive 9th-century stone structure is the world's largest Buddhist monument, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, journey through scenic Central Java to Semarang, with a stop at Banaran Café 9 for toilet stop and refreshment before re-joining the ship in the port of Semarang.


DAY ONE - Thu, Feb 12, 2015 - Bali/Yogyakarta

Departing the ship at Benoa, begin your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure travelling through lush, tropical landscape to Celuk Village.  Celuk Village is located in the district Sukawati within six miles (10 km) from the city of Denpasar and is known for its excellence in production of gold and silver crafting. Most of the shopkeepers, Balinese artists, are well-accomplished gold and silver smiths.  See them at their craft and if you wish, time is available to peruse and purchase.  Try to negotiate in rupiah and aim for about 50-60% of asking price.


Continue to Batuan Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple set in the middle of Batuan Village. It is a local village temple and a part of three major temples in a village that is called Tri Khayangan. Batuan Temple features three areas - Nista Mandala (outside area), Madya Mandala (Middle area,) and Utama Mandala (Main temple area). The temple is designed beautifully with Balinese ornaments and the temple roof is made from the fibre of chromatic black palm tree.


Leaving the Batuan Temple, proceed to local restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards, transfer to the Denpasar Airport for an 80-minute flight to Yogyakarta in Central Java.  Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel for check-in. Dinner will be at the hotel.  


Overnight at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Yogyakarta.


DAY TWO - Friday, Feb 13, 2015 - Sights of Yogyakarta

After breakfast, depart the hotel head out of the city to the Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is steeped in legend and represents a masterpiece of early Hindu culture. The entire complex spans several square miles, with large areas still waiting to be excavated and restored. Of significant interest is the central compound, where the main building, surrounded by several smaller temples, rises 154 feet (47 meters) above the ground. Following an earthquake in May 2006, Prambanan was closed for a time, but has since been reopened.


Continue with an orientation of Royal Yogyakarta. Learn about the city's rich history and cultural heritage. In the centre of the city stands the Sultan's Palace, or Kraton. Built in the mid-18th century, the palace is comprised of two parts, the Main Court and Residence, which still serves as the home of the sultans of the Mataram Kingdom to this day. During a guided tour of the palace, fascinating details are revealed as you pass through ornate reception halls, the Throne Room and Gallery, where exhibits include the royal family tree and photographs. Other rooms contain displays of gifts from various state visits and other royal mementoes.


Next, proceed for lunch at the nearby open-air Bale Raos Restaurant. After lunch, visit the Tamansari Water castle. Built in 1758, this large complex once served as a pleasure garden for the royal family. Today, some of its old grandeur can still be found among the ruins.  Finally, stop at the Bird Market featuring rows of bird cages lining both sides of the street.


The coach then returns you to the hotel.  At the appointed time, meet your guide and meet depart for dinner at a local restaurant, after which you are treated to a traditional dance performance.  Retire back to the hotel.


Overnight at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Yogyakarta.


DAY THREE - Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 - Yogyakarta/Borobudur/Semarang

After breakfast and check out, depart the hotel and begin the journey to Semarang. About 60 minutes into your drive, arrive at magnificent Borobudur, Indonesia's most famous temple complex. Built in the 9th century with more than two million cubic feet of stone, Borobudur is the world's largest Buddhist monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its fame ranks with Egypt's Great Pyramids and Cambodia's Angkor Wat.


The construction of Borobudur exhausted five generations of Central Java's people. Yet, within little more than a century after completion, Borobudur was mysteriously abandoned. When neighbouring Mount Merapi erupted, volcanic ash covered the site, concealing the monument for the better part of a millennium. It was rediscovered in 1814 when Thomas Stamford Raffles visited Semarang and heard rumours of a mountain of Buddhist sculptures in stone. During the next century, Borobudur's painstaking excavation and restoration was accomplished at a cost of $25 million. Today, this awesome monument stands as a symbol of an ancient and glorious heritage.


At the end of your visit, a buffet awaits at the nearby Manohara Restaurant. After lunch, continue your journey through the Central Java highlands, with a brief rest stop at Banaran 9 Café for toilet stop and refreshment.


From here, the last stretch takes 1.5 hours to reach the Semarang pier, where the ship welcomes you back from your Indonesian escapade.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking at the temple sites, with many steps to climb and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent and your camera. Attire for this programme is modest casual.  Lightweight clothing is essential; however, proper dress is required at the Sultan's Palace; shirts and pants must reach below the knees. Baggage is restricted to one checked piece weighing no more than 45 lb. (20 kg) and one carry-on bag. The order of sights seen may vary and the tour itinerary may be amended in case of flight changes or other unforeseen factors.  Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

-        Two-night's stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (or similar) - Yogyakarta

-        Scheduled one-way, Economy-Class flight: Bali/Yogyakarta

-        Two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two drinks (small beers or soft drinks)  

-        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

Depart Hong Kong for a short jetfoil ride across the Pearl River to fascinating Macau. Experience life as it was meant to be at the Banyan Tree Resort and Villas, with an atmosphere of peace and serenity. Macau also offers a UNESCO World Heritage site city center with a unique blend of communities from the East and West complementing each other and the many cultures of people who come to visit.


Guests should schedule their homeward-bound flights to depart from Hong Kong's International Airport.


Guests on this program should be comfortable with independently navigating their way in foreign environments.


DAY 1 -HONG KONG / MACAU

Upon disembarking the vessel, the local Silversea representative will meet you and take your largest luggage pieces to be stored at the InterContinental Hong Kong.  They are also on hand to assist you with your transfer to

The Shun Tak Ferry Terminal for the high-speed jetfoil trip across the Pearl River.  Immigration formalities will take place when exiting Hong Kong and when entering Macau.  


Following these required procedures, claim your luggage at the Luggage Counter after immigration. Proceed to the Arrival Hall.  Once there, locate the representative for Banyan Tree Macau who will assist you with your shuttle bus transfer to the property.  


Following check-in at the Banyan Tree Resort, the balance of the day and all meals are at your leisure.  

Overnight at the Banyan Tree Resort


DAY 2 - MACAU

Following breakfast this morning, you'll have to decide whether to spend the day luxuriating at the resort, or exploring this last outpost of the Portuguese empire.  Macau has re-invented itself as 'Asia's Las Vegas' since becoming part of China in 1999 and is now world famous for its fantastic variety of world-class entertainment.

The historic center is the product of cultural exchanges between East and West spanning over 400 years.  It is currently the oldest, most complete and consolidated collection of European architecture standing intact on Chinese territory today.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Overnight at the Banyan Tree Resort


DAY 3 - MACAU / HONG KONG

Enjoy breakfast at the resort again this morning.  Spend several more hours at your leisure before returning to Hong Kong via the same jetfoil service that delivered you here two days ago.  


Upon arrival in Hong Kong, once you have completed the re-entry formalities at the Shun Tak Ferry Terminal. you are met by the local Silversea representative and transferred to the InterContinental Hong Kong.  The balance of the day is at your leisure.  Whether this is your first visit or you've been here many times, there's always something delightful to discover here.  Glittering shopping malls, bountiful street markets, exotic ingredients and world-class dining; bustling streetscapes and tranquil temple gardens - whatever your heart desires.  All meals are on your own account.


Overnight at the InterContinental Hotel - Hong Kong


DAY 4 - DEPART HONG KONG

Breakfast is served at the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your international flight. Please note that the official check-out time of the hotel is 12:00 Noon. If your flight departs in the evening, Silversea can arrange for a guaranteed late check-out for an additional charge.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two nights Banyan Tree Resort, Macau - Grand Cotai Suite

·        One night InterContinental Hong Kong - InterContinental Harbour View Room

·        Breakfast daily

·        All transfers between airport, hotel and pier.

·        Upper-deck seating on the jetfoil between Hong Kong and Macau.  An upgrade to a helicopter transfer is available for an additional cost, but imposes stricter limits on luggage.  


Luggage Information:

The local Silversea representative will check your large luggage with the bell staff at the InterContinental.  You will only need a small suitcase for your time in Macau.  Baggage allowance on the jetfoil is one piece of maximum 20kg and one carry-on bag limited to 60x20x35cm. per person.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Macau.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas before your cruise.  


Accessibility:

This tour is accessible to all guests.  


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

With its sheer limestone peaks jutting up from the Li River, Guilin is straight out of a traditional Chinese landscape painting, and remains one of China's most breathtaking sights.  


DAY 1 - HONG KONG / GUILIN

Your Silversea representative meets you at disembarkation in Hong Kong. As you make your way out of the city, stop for a visit to the Chi Lin Nunnery.  This tranquil retreat was first established in 1934, and rebuilt in 1990 using wooden frames and without a single nail.  It is the only temple complex of its kind remaining in Hong Kong today.  Adjacent to the nunnery is the Nan Lian Garden - well worth stopping in for a few moments of peace and quiet in the midst of urban Kowloon.   Continue on to the airport for your flight to Guilin (approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes).  


Transfer upon arrival to the Sheraton Guilin.  Take some time to settle in at the hotel.  Dinner tonight is served in the hotel.  Afterward, a short transfer takes you to Tianhu Pier where you can witness the ancient tradition of fishing with tamed and trained cormorants.

Return to the hotel.  Overnight at the Sheraton Hotel - Guilin, China


DAY 2 - GUILIN

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting out for a scenic cruise on the renowned Li River.  Have your camera ready for photos of the uniquely shaped limestone peaks, verdant bamboo groves, and idyllic views along the way.  The portion of the river you see has been called a "one-hundred-mile natural art gallery".   A boxed lunch provided by your hotel can be enjoyed onboard.


Disembark the vessel at Yangshuo and spend some time enjoying the scenic and quiet countryside.  This glimpse of Southern China's country life shows you the flora, fauna, rice paddies and small bridges that are not always visited by Western tourists.  


From this idyllic setting, board an electric cart for a close look of the country life.  The fields, the buffalos, the zigzag lanes and the fresh air allow you escape from the noisy metropolis.   Your visit includes the Yulong River Scenic Area. The Chinese word 'Yulong' refers to 'meeting a dragon'. Local legend has it that a dragon from the East Sea strolled across the Yulong River and, being deeply impressed by the attractive landscape, decided to stay there forever. The villagers living on the river bank saw the dragon several times, and hence the river is so named. The languid river is surrounded by a primitive, but pure, natural landscape, combined with green bamboo forests and rolling hills.


Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.  Take a moment to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant.  Return to the hotel at the end of your meal for a well-deserved nights rest.


Overnight at the Sheraton Hotel - Guilin, China


DAY 3 -  GUILIN / HONG KONG

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out of the hotel and start for the airport with a few interesting sites enroute.  First stop is Reed Flute Cave, named after the stand of bamboo near its entrance that were used to craft flutes.  Inside the cave there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which date back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). These ancient inscriptions tell us that the cave has been an attraction in Guilin for over 1,200 years.


Your next stop is at Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li River <http://www.chinahighlights.com/guilin/attraction/li-river.htm> and Peach Blossom River. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is considered by many to be the symbol of Guilin and its karst landscape.


At the end of your tour, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before bidding farewell to Guilin and checking in for the flight to Hong Kong.  Once there, return to the InterContinental and enjoy the balance of the day, including dinner, at your leisure.


Overnight at the InterContinental Hotel - Hong Kong


DAY 4 - HONG KONG

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.  The local Silversea representative will be on hand to assist with your transfer to the airport.   The official check-out time of the hotel is 12:00 noon.  For guests with late flights, late check-out can be arranged for an additional cost.    


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two nights at the Sheraton Hotel, Guilin - Deluxe Room

·        One night at the InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong - InterContinental Harbour View Room

·        Included Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners  

·        Economy-class flights: Hong Kong / Guilin / Hong Kong (Upgrades to Business-class may be available for an additional charge)

·        Touring as described above

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Days 1 & 3:        Hong Kong / Guilin - flight duration approximately 1.5 hours  


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Guilin.  Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Chinese flights (maximum 44lbs/20kg).  The remainder of your luggage is stored at the hotel until your return to Hong Kong.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details about Chinese visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.


Accessibility:

This tour requires a good amount of walking, some strenuous, and some over uneven terrain.  Therefore it is not recommended to guests in wheelchairs.  

Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Stand in awe before the treasures of Beijing, the Great Wall, the Tang Dynasty city of Xi'an, plus the life-size terra-cotta army of 8,000 individual figures, each a unique work of art.


Guests should schedule their homeward-bound flights to depart from Beijing International Airport.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for China. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.


Please note: Guests on this program in April, 2014 (voyage 3409) will be visiting during a very busy holiday period.  All reasonable efforts will be made to minimize any inconvenience or disruption to this program.


DAY 1 - HONG KONG / XI'AN

Your Silversea representative meets you at disembarkation in Hong Kong. As you make your way out of the city, stop for a visit to the Chi Lin Nunnery.  This tranquil retreat was first established in 1934, and rebuilt in 1990 using wooden frames and without a single nail.  It is the only temple complex of its kind remaining in Hong Kong today.  Adjacent to the nunnery is the Nan Lian Garden - well worth stopping in for a few moments of peace and quiet in the midst of urban Kowloon.  Continue on to the airport for your flight to Xi'an (approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes).  


Upon arrival in Xi'an you are met by the local Silversea representative and transferred to the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel.  Check-in and take some time to freshen up before dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel


DAY 2 - XI'AN

After your breakfast at the hotel begin your visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. This fascinating museum houses the famous Terra cotta Warriors - silent sentinels, an army of thousands of hand-shaped, life-size Terracotta warriors who were to be the first Qin emperor's garrison in the afterlife.  After the fall of the Qin, the Terracotta army was forgotten and only rediscovered in 1974.  After lunch at the Friendship Restaurant that is part of the museum complex, continue on for a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  This impressive 209-ft high Buddhist pagoda is one of the best-known in the country.  Return to your hotel to freshen up before departing to dine and be entertained at a Tang Dynasty Cultural Show.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel


DAY 3 - XI'AN / BEIJING

Following breakfast this morning, leave the hotel and visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum.  Built in the Tang Dynasty style, it is rated at the top of its class. Transfer to the airport and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant prior to check in for your flight to Beijing.


Arriving into Beijing in the late afternoon, check-in at the Raffles Hotel and enjoy the balance of the day (including dinner) on your own.


Overnight at the Raffles Hotel


DAY 4 BEIJING

After breakfast today visit one of the greatest wonders of the world - The Great Wall.  With portions dating back nearly 2,000 years, and at times stretching as far as the eye can see, this spectacular structure remains a testament to the strength and perseverance of the Chinese people. Visit a section of restored wall that is perched on a high ridge above serene wooded canyons that you will reach by cable car. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in the area. This afternoon, continue on to the Summer Palace, an expansive park-like imperial retreat dating from the Yuan dynasty. As you return to the hotel stop for photos of two of the iconic buildings from the 2008 Beijing Olympics - the Bird's Nest and the Aqua Cube.  The balance of the evening and dinner is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Raffles Beijing Hotel


DAY 5 BEIJING

Following breakfast at the hotel, depart for a visit to The Forbidden City where, for more than 500 years, 24 emperors and two dynasties ruled the Middle Kingdom from its 200 acres. From here you make your way to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest square. Tian'anmen Square owes little to the grand imperial dynasties and everything to the dynasty of Mao Zedong whose tomb resides here.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue on to the Temple of Heaven which UNESCO describes as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design". Toward the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel for a little relaxation before stepping out for a roast duck dinner at a fashionable Beijing restaurant.

Overnight at the Raffles Hotel


DAY 6 BEIJING

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure until it is time to depart for the airport for your flight home.  Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.  If your homeward flight is scheduled for this evening, you might wish to consider guaranteeing late check-out for an additional charge.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two nights at the Shangri-La Golden Flower, Xi'an, People's Republic of China -Deluxe Room

·        Three nights at the Raffles Hotel, Beijing, People's Republic of China - Landmark Room

·        Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):

o        Hong Kong / Xi'an - approximately 2h40

o        Xi'an / Beijing - approximately 1h50

·        Meals:  5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners (Tang Dynasty dinner show & Beijing dinner)

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 1:  Hong Kong / Xi'an          Duration approximately 02h40

Day 3:  Xi'an / Beijing                 Duration approximately 01h50

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Upgrades to Business and First-class are available for an additional cost.  


Luggage Information:

Your entire luggage will accompany you on this program.  The baggage allowance is 20kgs (44lbs).  At time of writing excess baggage charges are as follows:

Hong Kong - Xi'an        U.S. $7.50 per kg

Xi'an - Beijing                U.S. $4.50 per kg

Rates are subject to change.  Guests are responsible to pay for all excess baggage charges incurred.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for China.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests.  Therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who may rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Between the 9th and 13th centuries, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire, a colossal city renowned for its superb architecture and sculptures, vast lakes and temples.  Hidden in the jungles of Cambodia until the late 19th century, it's one of the world's greatest wonders, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Silversea's Mid-Voyage Land Adventure gives you an in-depth look at the Angkor Wat site that includes many structures still intact, including the grand Angkor temple.


02MIDCHM-G   Angkor Wat!  

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Departs from: Chan May

Re-join ship:  Ho Chi Minh City

Reserve by:  90 Days Prior to the Start of the Cruise


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the start of your cruise. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


IMPORTANT:  Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.



Once the capital of the Khmer Empire from 800 AD to approximately 1200, Angkor spreads out over an area of about 40 miles (63 km). The city and its famous temples were abandoned in the early 15th century and remained unknown to the outside world until 1860, when a French botanist stumbled upon them in the jungle overgrowth. Today, travellers flock to Angkor to see this spectacular temple city, rated among the world's premier architectural sites and since 1992 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure begins with an exploration of Cham civilization and the city of Da Nang before you travel to Cambodia to explore Angkor Wat.


Experience the magical Angkor Temple City, acclaimed as being one of the most incredible ancient religious monuments in the World and Asia's most famous archaeological attraction.


DAY ONE - Chan May/Da Nang/Siem Reap

Depart the ship immediately after arrival and begin your day with the hour's drive to Da Nang, Vietnam's third largest city.  It was on Da Nang's coast where the first U.S. troops landed on March 8, 1965. Despite its war-torn history, Da Nang is one of the most progressive cities in Vietnam.  Among its highlights is the renowned Cham Museum, housing close to 300 Cham sculptures.  Stop here for a guided look at Cham history before arriving at the Embroidery Workshop to see the artisans who can spend months on a single piece, with embroidery themes that include Vietnamese daily life and literature. The ancestor of this embroidery workshop came from Hue and trained many generations of workers, dedicated to this form of art.


Next, a short drive takes you to Marble Mountain for a brief photo stop.  King Minh Mang in 1837 named the mountains of Ngu Hanh after the five basic elements of the universe: Kim mountain (metal); Moc mountain (wood); Thuy mountain (water); Tho mountain (earth); Hoa mountain (Fire); (Hoa mountain consist of two peaks). Then, proceed to Marble Mountain Village.  Here, thousands of stone statues have been created by the skilful hands of the area's talented workers.  Most marble is transported here from Thanh Hoa province.  Of particular note are the different coloured pieces, very interesting to most stone lovers.


Complete your look at Da Nang with a stop at Sandy Beach.  Often referred to as "China Beach", Sandy Beach is more than 25 miles (40 kilometres) long.  During the Vietnam War, American Marines and South Korean troops used this area as a base camp.  Since then, many famous resorts have been built along the beach.  Sip a local drink, relax and enjoy the sea breeze, sun and sand.  If you feel adventurous, climb the nearby mountain with more than 100 steps to see both the area pagoda and caverns, or just to admire the view of Da Nang, before a light lunch at one of the resorts.


After lunch, the coach delivers you to Da Nang Airport for your onward flight to Cambodia.  Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the five-star Sokha Angkor Hotel. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, the hotel's decor is inspired by the local culture. Check-in and relax before dining at the hotel. (Your photograph will be taken at the hotel and your temple pass issued, facilitating admission to the temple sites next morning.)


Overnight accommodation is at the Sokha Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY TWO - Siem Reap/Angkor Wat  

After breakfast, begin your day with a visit to Angkor Wat temple, the most famous of the Angkor sites and the largest Buddhist monument ever built. It spans an area of 500 acres (202 hectares), and is surrounded by a 660-foot-wide (201-meter-wide) moat. The construction required some 385,000 workers and 40,000 elephants over a 35-year period. The site remained covered by dense jungle growth until the late-19th century, when French archaeologists began a long restoration process. While some sections are still in ruins, others are used for worship and are occupied by Buddhist monks.


Entrance to this majestic and vast complex is via a long causeway across the moat. Then begin your exploration with a guided walking tour through corridors and courtyards. The walls are covered with bas-reliefs featuring battle scenes, dancing deities and visions of punishment in hell and rewards in paradise. The temple's central building is three stories high and accessible via a steep staircase (only recommended for very fit and agile guests).


After an extensive visit of approximately two hours, continue your exploration with a visit to the Angkor National Museum as a preview to the Angkor temple. Through interactive exhibits you will be able to gain a deeper understanding of tradition and different beliefs of the ancient empire. Statues, remnants from the great temples themselves, as well as artefacts depict all manner of social customs throughout the evolution of the unique Khmer civilization.


Next, head to a local hotel where your buffet-style lunch awaits. Then proceed to Angkor Thom.


Angkor Thom, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. King Jayavarman VII established Angkor Thom in the late-12th century. It spans 3.5 square miles (90.65 square km), and features 25-foot-high (7.6-metres-high) gates at each of the cardinal points.


After entering via the narrow South Gate, continue to Angkor Thom's most significant sites, including Bayon, a temple known for its 49 towers and a terrace full of colossal heads with smiling faces. The stunning architecture and unusual décor makes Bayon one of the most visited sites at Angkor Thom. Other highlights include the Terrace of Elephants and the Leper King, representing one of Angkor's many mysteries.


Exit the site of Angkor Thom for the short drive to Ta Phrom. The temple is reached via a footpath through the forest and your first glimpse is of an extraordinary sight. The invading jungle-like growth has been left in place. Serpentine trunks of towering fig trees wind around the temple ruins, across walls and through doorways, creating an incredible atmosphere. Ta Phrom is also featured in scenes of Angelina Jolie's movie, Tomb Raider.  As you enter and exit the sites of Angkor, you may notice children selling various souvenirs.  To promote education of the area's youth, Silversea has made a donation on your behalf to the school of the local orphanage to encourage education and the betterment of these children.


As the day concludes, return to the hotel. Dinner this evening is enhanced by a performance of lovely Apsara dancers.


Overnight at Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY THREE - Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh City

Following breakfast and check out, you are transferred to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival and following Immigration formalities, a transfer coach will take you to the port and your awaiting ship.


Please note:    This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. A Cambodian visa is included and will be issued upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative.  Remember also to bring your camera. Angkor Temple is still an active place of worship. Dress modestly, with any skirts or shorts well below the knee and shoulders must be covered. Monks will be at the sites; their picture may only be taken after obtaining their permission and women may not touch monks. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. Airlines restrict baggage to 44 lb. (20 kg) per person; hand luggage cannot exceed 11 lb. (5 kg) in weight, should smaller aircraft be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or itinerary may change. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is one of Silversea's "Good Citizen" tours. A portion of your Land Adventure cost is donated to the school of the Siem Reap Children's Orphanage. If you wish, you may bring school supplies to add to your donation.  Our representatives will ensure these are delivered to the school's directors for a very welcomed distribution. Please refrain from giving money to children begging at the sites as this encourages the practice.



Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel (or similar), deluxe category- Siem Reap

·        Scheduled flights: Da Nang/Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh (Economy Class).  Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability as most aircraft do not offer business seating    

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

·        Apsara dance performance with dinner at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel on the second evening

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Angkor Temple Pass

·        Cambodian visa


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 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

Discover one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries, which recently started to attract ever more savvy and adventurous travellers. Thanks to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful landscape, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle the country's isolation is now quickly changing and becoming a popular destination for those in the know. Visit the country's capital, Vientiane and temple-filled Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site situated 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level amid a backdrop of scenic mountains.


02MIDSGN-N Discover Laos

Departure: Ho Chi Minh City,

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Bangkok,

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the start of your Cruise    


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the start of your cruise. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


IMPORTANT:  Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.


Discover Laos, one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries. Officially called Lao People's Democratic Republic, the country has only recently begun to attract the attention of savvy and adventurous travelers due to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful nature, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle. The country's isolation is now quickly changing and the number of visitors is ever more increasing. On this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure you will have the opportunity for a brief visit to Laos' capital, Vientiane and to Luang Prabang, the country's showpiece and a World Heritage Site, situated 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level amid a backdrop of scenic mountains.


DAY ONE - Ho Chi Minh City/Vientiane

Depart the ship in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Vientiane, via Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Laos' capital city, you are met and taken to the Settha Palace Hotel for check-in. Built in the 1930s, this Vientiane landmark hotel underwent extensive restoration and now serves once again as a testament to classical elegance and gracious service. After settling in, join your fellow tour members for dinner at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at the Settha Palace Hotel - Vientiane.


DAY TWO - Vientiane/Luang Prabang  

Following breakfast and check-out, enjoy an overview of Southeast Asia's 'biggest village'.  An interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and American influences, makes Vientiane a charming and fascinating capital.  A morning tour of the city will show you the major highlights, ending at the airport. Most of the sites are in relatively close proximity of each other.


Visit Wat Sisaket, the temple famous for its cloister wall with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Vientiane's oldest surviving monastery, it was built by King Anouvong in 1818, in the Siamese style.  Its grounds are richly planted with a variety of vegetation that is lovingly tended, so it becomes a restful retreat as well. Next, proceed to the most important national monument in Laos, Pha That Luang. This impressive gold-covered stupa is a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. The exterior of the 'Great Stupa' resembles a fortress surrounded by high walls. The main stupa stands 148 feet (44 metres) tall and is covered with gold leaf.  Legend has it that Ashokan missionaries from India erected a thâat or reliquary stupa here to enclose a piece of the Buddha's breastbone as early as the 3rd century BC. Excavations have found no trace of this, but did find suggestion of a Khmer monastery that might have been built near here between the 11th and 13th centuries AD.  Before heading to the airport, stop for photos at the imposing Patuxai Monument, or 'Victory Gate', touted as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. It was built in the 1960s to commemorate those who fought in the struggle for independence from the French.


Arriving at Vientiane airport, check-in for a 40-minute flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Vitoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel for check-in and lunch. This five-star hotel was the last residence of the Laos Royal Family. Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, surrounded by the golden spires of the town's famous Buddhist temples, this beautiful boutique property has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and once more sits proudly on the banks of the Mekong River.  Look out upon the majestic Wat Xiengthong - the town's most famous temple, or simply sit back and soak up the ambience of this UNESCO protected palace, the perfect place to discover the wonder and charm of Luang Prabang - the Jewel of Indochina.


After lunch, a trip to Kuang Si Falls some 18 miles (30 kilometres) out of town follows a road that winds through hills with spectacular views, terraced rice fields and farmlands. Closer to the falls the weather gets a bit cooler due to the higher elevation and its forest location. From the parking area, a short hike on a well maintained forest trail leads up some 279 feet (85 metres) to the view point of the falls. Cascades, typical of travertine waterfalls, are intermingled with basins and pools. Be careful around the falls area as the ground may be wet and slippery. Photographers will enjoy the opportunity for pictures. Then retrace your steps down to the parking area, where souvenir shops line the square.


Your return trip to Luang Prabang takes in a stop at Wat Prabath, a Meditation Temple situated on a hillside from where you can enjoy lovely views and the opportunity to watch the sunset. Often, orange-clad monks can be seen mingling on the grounds of Wat Prabath. Back downtown, you may want to take a stroll through the night market before returning to the hotel. This evening, dinner will be served at one of Luang Prabang's popular restaurants.


Overnight accommodation at Vitoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel - Luang Prabang.


DAY THREE - Luang Prabang/Bangkok

Optional: For early risers a special treat awaits. Near the hotel you can watch one of Luang Prabang's most fascinating rituals as hundreds of orange-robed monks begin their walk at dawn to collect alms from faithful residents. It is a great opportunity for some very unusual and memorable photographs.


After breakfast and check-out, discover the major sites of Luang Prabang. The beautiful setting, splendid scenery and blend of foreign influences have earned the town top billing as the country's showpiece. Located at an elevation of 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level, Luang Prabang is encircled by impressive mountains and wedged between the Mekong and Khan Rivers. As the former royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang has long been a centre of culture and preserved heritage.


The main attractions of this World Heritage Site can be seen within a short period of time and include ornate temples of and charming colonial architecture.  A stop at Wat Mai lets you admire the most richly decorated of all the temples in Luang Prabang.


Next, visit the nearby Royal Palace Museum. Once the residence of the kings of Luang Prabang, exhibits feature a collection of personal memorabilia of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments and numerous gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries. Many of the rooms have been preserved since the day of the revolution when the royal family was forced into exile. (Shoes have to be removed at the entrance to the museum.)


From here proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Golden City and one of the most important temples in Laos. The temple's rear wall is adorned with one of the best known artworks in Laos - the exquisite Tree of Life mosaic.


Conclude your Laos' Discovery with a transfer to the airport and a one-hour flight to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, where you are met and assisted with arrival formalities. Then, board your transfer coach that will bring you to the ship at Klong Toey Pier.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Visa for Laos is included and will be issued upon arrival at the airports. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. You will be charged USD $70 for a Vietnam departure visa, not included, while onboard the ship. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Bring a jacket or shawl for the cooler region of Luang Prabang.  Comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip on and off are essential.  Out of respect, dress modestly, with any skirts or pants well below the knee and shoulders must be covered for visits to Buddhist shrines. Some temples and the Royal Palace Museum require shoes be removed at the entrance.  Remember to bring your camera. Monks may be at the sites; their picture may only be taken after obtaining their permission and women may not touch monks. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited however you should carry small change. Bargaining is common at markets. Airlines restrict baggage to 44 lb. (20 kg) per person; hand luggage cannot exceed 11 lb. (5 kg) in weight, should smaller aircraft be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or the itinerary may change.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Settha Palace Hotel (or similar) - Vientiane  

·        One-night stay at Vitoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel (or similar) - Luang Prabang  

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners  (Lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; dinner includes also house wine as an additional choice)

·        Flights in Economy Class: Ho Chi Minh City/Vientiane,  Vientiane/Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang /Bangkok

·        Laos visa      

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, Vietnam departure visa, gratuities to drivers and tour guide, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

Kanchanaburi evokes visions of scenic and serene beauty but mainly is known for its connection to World War II and the infamous River Kwai Bridge and the 'Death Railway'. Visits to the World War II cemetery and museum, as well as a ride on the 'Death Railway' bring to mind the fate of Allied POWs who laboured here under the most inhuman conditions. Spend the night at the Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa nestled on the banks of the Kwai River and experience a kaleidoscope of local colour.



01MIDBKK-J River Kwai & World War II Memorials

Offered on Voyage 4505, 2506

Departure: Bangkok, March 2, 2015

Duration: 1.5 Days / 1 Night

Re-join ship: Bangkok, March 3, 2015

Reserve by: November 25, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 1, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  



This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure offers a historic look at the River Kwai's premier attractions, mainly the War Cemetery, the JEATH Museum, a ride on the 'Death Railway', and the Muang Sing Historical Park. An overnight stay and complimentary in-house Thai traditional massage at the Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa evokes the atmosphere of a bygone Colonial era.


A visit to Kanchanaburi offers both scenic and serene natural beauty. But for many travellers the main draw is its link to the Second World War and the world famous River Kwai Bridge memorised in numerous books and films. The two-day programme includes the area's premier attractions, mainly the War Cemetery, the JEATH Museum, a ride on the 'Death Railway', and the Muang Sing Historical Park. An overnight stay at the Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa evokes the atmosphere of a bygone Colonial era


DAY ONE - Monday, March 2, 2015 - Bangkok/Kanchanaburi/River Kwai  

Depart from Klong Toey pier and travel for approximately two and a half hours to the town of Kanchanaburi, gateway to the famous River Kwai. Set in a landscape of limestone hills, the town is most famous for its World War II role as POW camp and as base for the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway. The 257-mile (415-km) railway, ordered by the Japanese to be built during World War II was to facilitate their forces in the Burma Campaign. Other World War II memorials include a museum and war cemeteries.


Arriving into Kanchanaburi, your first stop is at the Don Rak War Cemetery. Here, almost 7,000 POWs, who perished during the construction of the River Kwai Bridge and the 'Death Railway', found their final resting place. Today, the cemetery is lovingly maintained by local volunteers and the graves are decorated with colourful flowers.


Next, stop at the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre across from the cemetery. This attractive facility contains a small railway museum, souvenir shop, cafeteria and restrooms.  


Re-join your coach and head to the five-star Dheva Mantra Resort for lunch and check-in. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and overlooking the Kwai River, the hotel offers deluxe accommodations that evoke the beauty of a bygone colonial era.


After lunch, drive to Muang Sing Historical Park and visit some of the major monuments within the ancient walled city of Muang Sing dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. The architectural style of the temple ruins indicates the relationship between Muang Sing and the ancient Khmer Kingdom. Covered for centuries by dense vegetation, the park was officially opened in 1987 as a cultural heritage site. Its large expanse allows driving between various monuments.  


Leaving Muang Sing Historical Park, proceed next to the Wang Pho train station. Board a car for a 30-minute ride along a small segment of the Burma-Thailand railway, commonly known as the 'Death Railway'. With open windows, the old train cars rumble noisily though the countryside, passing small villages, farm land, attractive resorts and parts of the Kwai River. The ride may not be the most comfortable, but it offers fun and an interesting scenario while provoking thoughts about its painful history.


Upon disembarkation at the Tha Kilen train station, your vehicle awaits to return you to the Dheva Mantra Resort. A set-menu Thai dinner will be served at either the open-air Rice Barge or the hotel's air-conditioned restaurant, subject to weather conditions. A chance to experience Thai massage, Le Dheva Spa at the hotel offers you a choice of 60-minute Thai Traditional Massage or Foot Reflexology Massage.


Overnight accommodation is at the Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa - Kanchanaburi.



DAY TWO - Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - JEATH Museum/Bridge Over the River Kwai/Bangkok  

After breakfast and check-out, depart the hotel and head to the nearby JEATH War Museum. JEATH stands for Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland, the nationalities of the Prisoners of War who were forced to build the infamous railway and River Kwai Bridge. The museum, located within the grounds of the Chai Chumphon temple, features an exact copy of the original bamboo huts that housed the POWs. Displays of graphic images, photographs and accounts written by former POWs serve as tribute to the terrible conditions under which men were forced to build the railway.  


Leaving the JEATH War Museum, continue on your drive to Kanchanaburi's major landmark, the Bridge on the River Kwai, Brought in parts from Java by the Japanese army, the bridge was reassembled by Allied prisoner of war labour under Japanese supervision. During 1945, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids but was rebuilt after the war. Still in use today, the curved, black iron spans are the original sections and visitors can take a walk on the bridge, high above the River Kwai. Following a photo stop, there is time to browse the shops at the adjacent shopping complex offering local products and jewellery items.


Afterwards, commence the return journey of 2.5-hour drive to Bangkok and the Klong Toey pier, where the ship awaits your return.  



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires a moderate amount of walking, much of which is over uneven ground, particularly at Muang Sing Historical Park. There are many steps to climb. This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. There are three fairly high steps to board and disembark the train and the old train cars make for a bumpy, noisy ride, with open windows and no air conditioning. The train ride has to be considered for its historic value and interesting scenery rather than comfort. The sequence of visits and timings on Day 1 is subject to the train schedule. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, a hat and sun protection are recommended and a small overnight bag only is suggested as porterage may not be available. Remember to bring your camera. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this programme.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa - Kanchanaburi or similar

·        One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (lunch and dinner include free flow soft drinks, juices and beer)

·        Snack box (ordered from the hotel) served on the coach during the return journey to Bangkok

·        A choice of 60-minute Thai Traditional Massage or Foot Reflexology Massage at Le Dheva Spa at the hotel

·        Ride on the 'Death Railway'

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary.


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, tips 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 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

Venture into one of the most isolated countries in the world, aptly referred to as the 'Last Shangri-La', and discover the extraordinary Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan at the 'Roof of the World'. Bhutan is truly an unspoiled preserve with a cultural heritage that has largely remained intact due to its isolation from the rest of the world until the early 1960s. Stay in Thimphu, the capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom, with a two-night stay at the luxurious Amankora Resort.  The climb to the Tiger's Nest completes your adventure.  



04MIDBKK-O  The Dragon Kingdom - Bhutan

Offered on Voyage 4505

Departure: March 3, 2015 from Bangkok

Duration:  4.5 Days/4 Nights

Re-join ship: March 7, 2015 in Port Klang

Reserve by: November 25, 2014            


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 25, 2014. 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.



Please Note: Guests need to bring two passport photos with them.


IMPORTANT:  Silversea will contact you once you 4-6 weeks prior to departing to Bhutan to complete the necessary paperwork for our group visa needed for your participate.



Located in the Himalayas between China and India, visitors find not only stunning natural scenery but also unique architecture that, by law, must conform to traditional design. Historically and culturally the mountain kingdom is linked with Tibet, but politically and economically the country today is drawn much closer to India. The nation is a bastion of Vajrayana Buddhism, which influences all aspects of life in the kingdom.


Bhutan has been a monarchy since 1907, and in April of 2007, King Jigme Singye Wangchuk abdicated in favour of his son, Jigme Khesa Namgyal Wangchuck. According to a royal decree, parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in 2008 for the first time in the country's history.  Our Mid-Voyage Land Adventure focuses on two areas:


THIMPHU

The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.


PARO

The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country's only airport. Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.


Tourism in this landlocked country is still relatively slow and regulated by the government in an effort to sustain the current culture and traditions. There are some rules that need to be remembered: When visiting temples, hats and shoes have to be removed; modest dress is required for visits to sacred sites, and smoking in public is a fineable offence. The outlined programme may require adjustments due to local conditions beyond Silversea's control.  We invite you to join us on this adventure!


DAY ONE - Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Bangkok/Paro/Thimphu

Disembark Silver Whisper for your fascinating trip to The Dragon Kingdom, Bhutan. Your guide awaits to transfer you to Bangkok's airport for your Druk Air flight to Paro, Bhutan's only international airport. The total travel time is approximately 3.5-4 hours, with a 30-minute stop at Dakka. The flight to Paro in itself will be a thrilling experience as it passes over the green wall of hills known as the gateways into Bhutan and then gradually ascends into the Himalayas.


Paro

Upon arrival at Paro airport, proceed through the necessary final visa formalities where your visa stamp is issued.  All foreign nationals require a visa for Bhutan and Silversea will apply for this visa several weeks before your departure. Once completed, you are met by your Amankora guide and begin the two-hour scenic drive to Thimphu, the capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom.  Check-in and enjoy lunch at the luxury Amankora Resort.  


Thimphu

This afternoon explore the sites of Thimphu including the National Memorial of Chorten, erected in 1974 in honour of the late king, National Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library.  See the stunningly beautiful 17th-century Thimphu Dzong, a national treasure and symbol of Bhutan, Trashi Chhoe Dzong, where houses the secretariat, the throne room and the offices of the King, and some ministries offices.


If time permits, stroll along the main street and the market for an opportunity to experience some local colour and to browse for regional handicraft items.


Dinner and overnight accommodation are at the hotel, the Amankora Resort - Thimphu  

DAY TWO - Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Thimphu/Paro

Following breakfast, check-out of the hotel and start the day with a visit to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, where provides training in the 13 aspects of traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You will also have a chance to peek the classes and to shop the students' works from the showroom.


Bhutan is also famous for producing unique and innovative stamps. After selling peculiar 'CD-Rom Postage Stamps', they now offer personalised stamps. You will be invited to Thimphu General Post Office for making a custom-made stamp with one of your favourite holiday photographs.


Drive back to Paro. Check-in at the Amankora Resort before stopping for lunch.  This afternoon, tour the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower), where an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, walk across Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and then your driver takes you to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings.


Dinner and overnight accommodation are at the hotel, the Amankora Resort - Paro


DAY THREE - Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Paro

This morning will begin with a hike up to view one of Bhutan's most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the 'Tiger's Nest'.  Please ensure you have a hearty breakfast.


Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

The temple is built on a 3,000-foot (914-metre) cliff and is the country's most famous and sacred site. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff and was devastated in a fire in 1998. The government took immediate steps to restore the complex to its original structure. The climb to the viewpoint will take you past small settlements and through pine forests. The four to five hour return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery and its surrounds, high above the valley floor. (Horses/mulls will be provided to take guests up to the viewpoint and thereafter guests need to walk to the monastery, another 45-60 minute walk down and up the steps.)


Return to the hotel for lunch. Time permitting, your afternoon in Paro will include a visit to the Kyichu Lahkhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan or go browsing shops in town. If you prefer, just enjoy the ambience that only the Amankora can offer. Dinner will be served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation is at the hotel, the Amankora Resort - Paro


DAY FOUR - Friday, March 6, 2015 - Paro/Bangkok

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before check-out. A morning transfer takes you from your hotel to Paro Airport for the flight to Bangkok, with a stop in Gaya.  Total flying time today is approximately 6 hours. Due to the limited flights from Paro, at the time of this printing it was not possible to return guests to Singapore with adequate time to clear immigration and customs formalities and make it to the ship on time.  Guests will therefore overnight in Bangkok and fly the following morning to Kuala Lumpur.


Upon arrival in Bangkok, your guide awaits to transfer you to the Peninsula Hotel, where dinner is served.  The remainder of the evening is spent at your leisure.


Dinner and overnight accommodations - Peninsula Hotel (or similar), Bangkok


DAY FIVE - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Bangkok/Port Klang

Meet your guide at the appointed time in the hotel lobby.  A boxed continental breakfast, prepared by the hotel is offered to you; an additional meal is served in-flight.  Transfer to Bangkok Airport for your two-hour scheduled flight to Kuala Lumpur.


Upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, an hour's transfer returns you to the ship waiting in Port Klang.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. The hike to the Tiger's Nest is about 5 hours in total and is taken at a slow pace. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.  This programme is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. Due to a wide range of temperature (approx. 27-29c during the day/18c at night) and climate conditions, it is recommended to bring appropriate clothing for protection against the changing conditions. Shorts, hats, sleeveless blouses are not permitted to wear in the monasteries. Dress code throughout the trip is modest 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 5 kg (11 lb.) and size is limited to 23*36*56 cm. One checked bag must be less than 20 kg (44 pounds). Guests must be aware that Bhutan's infrastructure is still very limited and touring in the country requires some 'roughing it'. As travel within the Kingdom needs to be flexible, your understanding 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. Guests need to bring two passport photos with them.



Programme Includes:

-        One-night stay at Peninsula Hotel - Bangkok

-        One-night stay at Amankora Resort - Thimphu  

-        Two-night stay at Amankora Resort - Paro

-        Three breakfasts, one continental boxed breakfast, three lunches, two in-flight meals, four dinners (restaurant-served lunch and dinner include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, water)

-        Flights (Economy Class) - Bangkok/Dakka/Paro and Paro/Gaya/Bangkok and Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur.  At an additional charge, an upgrade to First or Business Class may be requested, subject to availability. Requests must be submitted at the time of booking this programme. Each flight is quoted separately and is non-refundable once confirmed.

-        Visa for Bhutan

-        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

Siem Reap is your gateway to the grandeur of the ancient Khmer.  View the majesty of Angkor Wat rising from the silence of its jungle setting.  Explore the mysteries of the royal city of Angkor Thom as well as the exquisite, but lesser known, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples.  


Please contact your travel agent or local Silversea reservation office to reserve this program.


Please note: Below is a general description of this program.  Changes to airline schedules and other elements may alter the order in which these sites and/or activities are presented once you arrive in the destination.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Singapore.  As of August, 2014, a Cambodian visa may be secured upon arrival at the airport (requires 1 - 2 passport sized photos), however you may find yourself faced with a lengthy wait.  The availability of this service is subject to change.  It remains the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas on a timely basis for travel.  


DAY 1 - ARRIVE SINGAPORE

Arrive in Singapore and transfer to Shangri-La Hotel.  If your flight is scheduled for an evening arrival, you might wish to consider adding an additional night in order to begin your program rested and refreshed.  The balance of the day is yours to rest, relax and soak up the excitement of Singapore.  Enjoy as much time as your flight permits to explore on your own.  All meals today are at your expense.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel - Singapore.


DAY 2 - SINGAPORE / SIEM REAP (ANGKOR WAT)

An early breakfast will have you on your way to the airport for the flight  to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat.  


Arriving in the late morning, the local Silversea representative meets you in the public arrivals area of the airport and assists with your transfer to the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor.    Take a moment to freshen up before leaving the hotel for lunch at a local restaurant.  


After lunch, pay a visit to the workshops of the Artisans d'Angkor.  Dedicated to the revival and preservation of ancient Khmer arts and crafts, the artists are dedicated to presenting the best that Cambodia has to offer in silk-making, stone and wood carving, lacquering and painting.


Overnight at the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor - Siem Reap


DAY 3 - SIEM REAP (ANGKOR WAT)

Rise and shine for an early breakfast this morning before heading out to the temple complex for a full day of sightseeing.  After meeting your guide this morning proceed to the Angkor Wat Temple complex.  This 400 square kilometer (nearly 99,000 acres) World Heritage site is replete with temples to both Hindu and Buddhist deities.  


NB: All visitors to Angkor Wat must queue at the check-point for a photograph.


Your first stop will be the city of Angkor Thom - a fortified Royal City built by King Jayavarman VII who ruled from 1181 to 1201.  The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide (over 100 yards).  In the center of the walled city are the city's most important monuments, including the Bayon Temple.  It is a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with more than 200 smiling faces.


As you continue through the site, your guide points out the mysterious Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of the Elephants as you make your way to lunch at a local restaurant.


This afternoon spend several hours at Angkor Wat.  Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu in the 12th-century, the temple of Angkor Wat is world famous for its beauty and splendor.  It features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world running along the outer gallery wall.  A climb to the top, for those who can do it, is well worth it but remember that you must also climb down!


Note: During the visit of the Bakan tower of Angkor Wat temple, visitors are required to wear proper attire, meaning covered shoulders and knees as this temple is still considered as a sacred site (no shorts, miniskirt or short trousers). Children under twelve years old are not allowed to climb up this tower. It will be closed on Buddhist Sabbath Days, Buddhist religious days, four days a month in accordance with the Lunar Calendar.


Return to the hotel at the end of the day and enjoy a dinner show and Apsara dance presentation at the hotel.


Overnight at the Grand Hotel d'Angkor


DAY 4 - SIEM REAP (ANGKOR WAT) / SINGAPORE

After breakfast, depart for a visit to the nearby temples of Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre.  Be sure to ask your guide to relate the legend of the peasant who became king thanks to his crop of cucumbers!   Here again you are visiting a sacred site.  Please be prepared with proper attire (covered shoulders and knees, no shorts, miniskirts or short trousers).


After enjoying a nice lunch at Champey restaurant it will be time to head to the airport for your evening flight to Singapore.  Upon arrival in Singapore, and after you have claimed your luggage, transfer back to the Shangri-La Hotel for check-in.  Dinner this evening is on your own.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel


DAY 5 SINGAPORE

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day with breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to Silver Whisper with other Silversea guests to commence your cruise.  


Program Inclusions:

Two nights Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Deluxe Tower Wing rooms

Two nights Grand Hotel Raffles D'Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia - State rooms

Included Meals:  4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Economy-class Flights:  Singapore / Siem Reap / Singapore

Escorted tours as described including 2-day Angkor Wat pass


Flight Information:          Day 2 - Singapore / Siem Reap - approximately 02:15 hrs

                Day 4 - Siem Reap / Singapore -approximately 02:15 hrs

                Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

Please have one bag packed and ready to go with you (maximum weight 20 kg / 44 lbs).  The remainder of your luggage is stored at the hotel and delivered to you upon your return to Singapore.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Singapore.  


As of August, 2014, a Cambodian visa may be secured upon arrival at the airport (requires 1 - 2 passport sized photos plus USD $30 per person in cash), however you may find yourself faced with a lengthy wait.  The availability of this service is subject to change.  It remains the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas on a timely basis for travel.  


Passports must be valid at least 6 months after departure date from Cambodia.


Along with the photos required for the Cambodian visa, all participants are required to have their photo taken at the entrance gate to the Angkor Wat temple complex.  At this time, there is no charge for this service.


Accessibility:

This tour is accessible to all guests; however there is extensive walking and in some cases steep stairs in the temple complexes, where uneven ground is unsuitable for wheelchairs.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

Please note that several of the temples that will be visited in Cambodia are active places of worship.  Dress should be appropriately respectful - shorts and sleeveless shirts are not appropriate.  Shoes should have closed toes and heels.


Please remember that we have done everything we can to provide the best available services in the region, however you should be prepared that traveling in this part of the world is different from what you may be accustomed to at home.


We use the best available means of transportation and lodging.  However, travel delays are to be expected.  Rest assured we will do everything in our power to make sure that things run smoothly and efficiently.


All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


Changes to airline schedules and other elements may alter the order in which sites and/or activities are presented once you arrive in the destination.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

There are few places in the world that evoke such profound impact on its visitors as the Taj Mahal in Agra. Once the capital of the great Mughal Empire, Agra in itself is well worth a visit for its repository of some of the Mughals most famous monuments. Both the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983. And there are few places in the world that compare with the Pink City of Jaipur, where you stay on this magical journey into India's wonders.


04MIDHKT-A Taj Mahal & Jaipur - A Magical Journey to India

Offered on Voyage 4506

Departure: Phuket, March 9, 2015

Duration: 4.5 Days/ 4 Nights

Re-join ship: Colombo, March 13, 2015  

Reserve by: December 6, 2014

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 6, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.


Guests must be in possession of an Indian and Sri Lankan visa obtained prior to joining the cruise.  Visa details must be communicated to Silversea no later than 60 days prior to the operation of this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure.


A visit to India's treasured World Heritage Sites evokes images of royalty and legendary tales of love and valour. There are few places in the world that compare with the mesmerising Taj Mahal and the awe-inspiring Agra Fort. Jaipur is known as the 'Pink City' for its pink sandstone buildings. These outstanding attractions are amongst India's 'jewels in the crown', drawing thousands of visitors each year from all over the globe. From the magnificent and timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal to the imposing Agra Fort and the shimmering buildings of the 'Pink City', guests are able to enjoy a treasure trove of unforgettable sights that will enthral even the most jaded traveller.


DAY ONE - Monday, March 9, 2015 - Phuket/Bangkok/Delhi

Enjoy lunch on the ship or ashore before meeting in the afternoon for the transfer to Phuket airport for a scheduled flight to Bangkok, approximately 1.5 hours in length. Connect further to your 4.5 hours flight to Delhi. Dinner is served in-flight. Upon arrival in Delhi, you are met and taken to The Oberoi for check-in. The Oberoi New Delhi represents contemporary Indian style in the bustling heart of New Delhi, with a mix of traditional luxury and modern amenities. As you will arrive after midnight, retire upon arrival so you are ready for the trip to Agra in the morning.


Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi - New Delhi.


DAY TWO - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - Delhi/Agra  

After breakfast and check-out, depart the hotel and commence the journey to Agra, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours with a rest stop en route. As the coach passes through farmlands, your guide will fill you in on the region and its people.


Welcome to Agra! As the capital of the Mughal dynasties in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra also was the repository of many of the Mughals most famous monuments. The city has long astonished visitors with sites that date back to the Mughal Empire.


Proceed directly to Agra Fort, the town's second important attraction after the Taj Mahal. The massive fort contains within its 1.5 mile-long (2.5 km-long), red sandstone walls the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two beautiful mosques. Founded in the 16th century, the vast complex experienced many additions by subsequent rulers. Here Shah Jehan was held captive by his son and spent his days gazing out from his room toward the Taj Mahal across the river.


Leave Agra Fort and transfer to The Oberoi Amarvilas for lunch and check-in. The luxury hotel is a mere 650 yards (600 metres) from the Taj Mahal, thus offering you a first glimpse of the stunningly beautiful mausoleum. After lunch, time is yours to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your hotel.


Late in the afternoon, proceed for a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal - Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love. The unique beauty of this magnificent mausoleum in pure white marble provides a breath-taking image as soon as you emerge from the arched entry gateway. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughal emperors was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal, meaning literally jewel of the palace. She died at the age of 39 giving birth to their fourteenth child. The shah envisioned a memorial that would surpass anything the world had ever seen. Thousands of labourers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were commissioned to construct this incredible masterpiece. The rays of the setting sun make the monument a wonder to behold. You can enter part of the mausoleum and stroll around the extensive grounds.  


Return to the hotel, where dinner is served.


Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra.


DAY THREE - Wednesday March 11, 2015 - Agra/Jaipur

For another look at the Taj Mahal during sunrise, leave the hotel before breakfast. Then, return to the hotel and enjoy the morning's meal, followed by check out. Commence the approximately four-hour drive to Jaipur, with a comfort stop en route.


Arriving at the Rambagh Palace Hotel, you are invited to lunch and check-in. From the home of the queen's favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja, Rambagh Palace, the 'Jewel of Jaipur' has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions. Its elegant rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens echo with history, and every corner has a story to tell. The sprawling hotel was built in Indo-Saracenic style and served as a royal residence for many years before being converted into one of the country's premier hotels.


Welcome to Jaipur, the Pink City that glows with a singular beauty derived from the shimmering pink sandstone used everywhere in its construction. The effect of this glorious extravagance, most especially at sunset, has enchanted visitors for centuries.  This afternoon a tour of the city awaits you. Nestled in the Aravali Hills, the city was built in 1727 to the highest standards of city planning. Its founder was Jai Singh II, an extraordinary man who was not only a Prince, but also a military champion of his people and a dedicated astronomer who built advanced observatories in Jaipur, Delhi and elsewhere in India.


Your first stop is the mesmerising City Palace. In an unending series of delights, from its grand aged entrance to the play of ornamental fountains, the City Palace is a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Amongst the pleasures of the Palace is a museum with ample evidence of opulence. Visit the neighbouring Jantar Mantar, the Observatory. Built from 1728 to 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was constructed on a grand scale and was way beyond its time.


Return to your hotel where dinner is served before you retire for the evening.


Overnight accommodation at Rambagh Palace Hotel - Jaipur.


DAY FOUR - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Jaipur/Delhi/Colombo  

After breakfast, check-out and proceed to the airport. Check-in for the one-hour, scheduled flight to Delhi, anticipated to depart at approximately 12 noon. On arrival in Delhi, lunch will be served at a local hotel before you return to the airport for your approximately 3.5-hour flight to Colombo. Dinner is served in-flight.


Welcome to Colombo! Being the capital and a major port of Sri Lanka, it's a fascinating city that links the past with the present. Its tangible history is a unique mix of relics of Portuguese, Dutch and English settlement, blended with Indian influences.  Upon arrival, you are met and taken to Taj Samudra Hotel for check-in. Spread across 11 acres (4.5 hectare) of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel boasts a peerless view of the Indian Ocean and the Galle Face Green, a hallmark of Colombo.


DAY FIVE - Friday, March 13, 2015 - Colombo

After breakfast, embark on a tour of the city's highlights. Drive past the commercial district of the city, and through the Pettah bazaar area. The views are more peaceful as you drive past Vihara Mahadevi Park, now renamed after a Sinhalese queen. It was called Victoria Park when it was created by the British as a botanical garden for tropical species. Across the street is the imposing neo-classical Town Hall.

Delve deeper into this culture at the elegant, white, colonnaded National Museum. View the fascinating and sometimes scary mask collection, which has its share of demons, including Prince Maha Kola, wearing a diadem of interwoven snakes. Another gallery contains a display of outstanding Hindu and Buddhist bronzes. One group of statuettes is connected with the cult of Shiva, and includes a fine sculpture of Shiva as "lord of the dance." Some of the images are mobile - not intended to be worshipped in the most sacred places, but destined for ritual processions around the temple or through the streets of the town. The museum also houses a collection of the regalia of the King of Kandy.

You'll enjoy your


Re-join the ship in time for lunch.  


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking with many steps to climb at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  This programme involves fairly long drives. The driving distance between Delhi and Agra is now 3-3.5 hours. The drive to Jaipur is approximately 4 hours in duration. All vehicles utilised are the best available; they will not be of western standards.  Pack lightly; luggage weight restriction is limited to 33 lb. (15 kg).    Include lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat and your camera. Shoe covers are provided for the platform and part interior visit of Taj Mahal mausoleum.  The tour itinerary and order of sites are subject to change without prior notice and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour content. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion. Guests must be in possession of an Indian and Sri Lankan visa obtained prior to joining the cruise.  Visa details must be communicated to Silversea no later than 60 days prior to the operation of this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure.  Full World Cruise guests participating on this programme will join the other guests in the morning to catch the Train to Pinnawela.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at The Oberoi New Delhi (or similar) - Delhi

·        One-night stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas (or similar) - Agra

·        One-night stay at Rambagh Palace (or similar) - Jaipur

·        One-night stay at Taj Samudra (or similar) - Colombo

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Phuket/Bangkok/Delhi, Jaipur/Delhi and Delhi/Colombo (Business Class may be requested at a supplemental charge per flight and at this time is only offered on the flights Bangkok/Delhi and Delhi/Colombo - subject to availability. Business class flights between Jaipur and Delhi are based on equipment utilised.  All business class flights are quoted separately per flight.

·        Four breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks), in addition to two in-flight dinners served with soft drinks.

·        Roundtrip transfer by battery operated vehicles to and from the Taj Mahal entrance gate

·        Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal to enter mausoleum

·        Still and video camera fees

·        Bottled water on coach

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Indian and Sri Lankan visas, 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 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

Visit the Africa of your imagination at the finest game sanctuary in the country, home to an astonishing number and variety of animals. At The Maasai Mara roam the "Big Nine", which includes Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe and Hippo. It's a land of breath-taking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains.



01MIDMBA-B Animals at Sunset & Sunrise - Maasai Mara Safari Overnight

For In-transit Guests Only

Departure: Mombasa, March 22, 2015

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: Mombasa, March 23, 2015

Reserve by: December 6, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 6, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operates this programme.  This programme is offered to guests sailing on both voyage 4506 and 4507 and is not available to guests disembarking in Mombasa.


This is the Africa of your imagination, where panoramas are vast and groves of acacia woodland provide hiding places for predators. The Mara is considered the finest game sanctuary in the country, home to an astonishing number and variety of animals. Depending on the season, hundreds of thousands of migratory wildebeest, gazelle and zebra move back and forth between the Mara and the plains and woodlands to the south. Late afternoon and early morning game drives will introduce you to the Mara's wildlife.


DAY ONE - Mombasa/Maasai Mara

Upon disembarking the ship, transfer to the Mombasa Airport, where you board the aircraft for the two-hour flight inland, over hills and the vast African plains to the Maasai Mara. If the weather is clear, you may see glimpses of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro looming above the area at 19,340 feet (5,895 meters).


Upon arrival at the Maasai Mara National Reserve, join your waiting safari vehicle and set off into the bush on your first game drive. There is no way to predict what you might see, so keep your eyes trained on the bush. Luxuriant forest grows along the banks of the Mara River, where hippos and crocodiles bask in the sun. The trees showing up in the distance may turn out to be a family of giraffes, and what looks like a clump of bushes may be a pride of lions. There is a good chance that with some luck you may encounter a herd of elephants, rhinos, a family of cheetahs or warthogs crossing your path.


After a short game drive, proceed to the Exploreans Mara Rianta Camp for lunch and check-in. The Luxury tented accommodation and all buildings are directly overlooking the Mara River which winds itself around the camp with gently flowing waters surrounded with wild life and teeming with large groups of Hippos. The lodge is immersed in the original bush among indigenous plantations and trees.  The camp offers luxury tents; all built on elevated wooden platforms and each one has its own private viewing deck from where hippo and other wildlife are often seen. Each room has a King size four-poster bed and full en-suite facilities.


A more extensive game drive follows in the late afternoon. Then relax and take in the unique ambiance of the lodge as a set-menu dinner is served.


Overnight at the Exploreans Mara Rianta Camp - Maasai Mara


DAY TWO - Maasai Mara/Mombasa  

Rise early for breakfast this morning and get ready for another game drive. Set out with your ranger and tracker in search of wildlife. This is truly big game country, where prides of more than twenty lions, including the majestic black-mane male, are not uncommon. Other inhabitants of the Mara include buffalo, leopard, hyena and gazelle.


Back at the lodge, check-out of your room, with the remainder of the morning at leisure (tents have to be vacated by mid-morning). Lunch is offered before the transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Mombasa. The flight may stop in Ukunda before terminating in Mombasa and the airline will advise on or before flight check-in. Upon arrival at the Moi Airport, Mombasa, you are met and transferred to the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Mombasa on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Mombasa. It requires a moderate amount of activity and all guests should be physically fit and able to get in and out of safari vehicles without assistance.  Due to the rough ride and bumpy nature of game drives, the programme is not recommended to guests who suffer from neck or back problems. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Changes in flights by the airline are outside of Silversea's control and may cause changes to the above described itinerary. Weather can be cool during early morning/late evening when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated; bring insect repellant. Please to note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.  This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in forest camps. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 2 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa and Kenya. Kenyan visas are issued upon arrival and must be paid directly, USD $50 per person, all nationalities.  This fee is subject to change at the discretion of Kenyan Immigration Officials. Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kg).  Malaria is rare in most highland areas (both Kenya & Tanzania), but travelling in hot bush and coastal areas requires precaution. Silversea recommends guests take all medical precautions against malaria but is unable to make individual recommendations.  Guests should check with their physician about obtaining a malaria prophylactic prior to the start of the safari program. Since cholera is a water-borne disease, the best protection against the disease is the avoidance of tap water. Do not drink (or brush your teeth with) the tap water in Kenya.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Exploreans Mara Rianta Camp - Maasai Mara

·        Scheduled flights Mombasa/Maasai Mara/Mombasa - one class of service only offered

·        One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water)

·        Game drives as stated in non-air-conditioned 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicle/s with maximum 6 persons per vehicle

·        All park conservation fees

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

·        Kenyan visa, $50 per person at the time of printing for all nationalities, to be paid in cash directly on arrival

·        Any meals and drinks not specified above, premium alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

An experience of a special kind is offered with this Silversea Mid-Voyage Land Adventure to northern Tanzania, home to the Ngorongoro Crater. The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest, unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 12.5 miles (20 km) across, nearly 2,000 feet deep (600 metres), and 116 square miles (300 sq. km) in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breath-taking natural wonder. Enjoy the landscape of the highlands of northern Tanzania and a visit to this world-famous caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater, renowned for its multitude of wildlife.


02MIDMBA-C Ngorongoro Crater Expedition (for In-transit Guests)

Departure: Mombasa, March 22, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Zanzibar, March 24, 2015

Reserve by: December 6, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 6, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  This programme is offered to guests sailing on both voyage 4506 and 4507 and is not available to guests disembarking in Mombasa.



Indulge in the magical setting and abundant wildlife of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, often called the eighth wonder of the world. This spectacular Crater itself is home to more than 25,000 large mammals. Once a large volcano that later collapsed, it is now the largest intact caldera in the world, with a lake on its floor and walls covered in lush vegetation.  Offering easy sightings of the 'Big Five' this is truly a unique safari destination for our in-transit guests


DAY ONE - Mombasa/Ngorongoro Lodge  

From the port of Mombasa, transfer to the airport and board our chartered 12-seater Caravan aircraft (or similar) for the one-hour flight to Kilimanjaro for Customs and Immigration clearance. The route inland overflies hills and the vast African plains. In clear weather, you may catch a glimpse of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival, you are met and greeted with a picnic lunch.  Afterwards, proceed to the Ngorongoro highland area for check-in, and then spend time at leisure to experience the unforgettable Ngorongoro Lodge.


Set in 50 acres (20 hectare) of virgin Tanzanian bush in the Ngorongoro volcanic landscape, Ngorongoro Lodge is an all-suite, wood log cabin-style retreat, located a few steps from the Game Reserve Gate, and a 20-minute drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater.  Settle into your spacious private cottages with an open fire place in the bedroom and living room and large private viewing terraces with sofa and dining area.  The king-size canopy bed is welcomed at the evening's end.  Indulge in moments of relaxation at the swimming pool or if you desire, visit the Mvua African Rain Spa after a full-day game drive. There is a butler on-call.


Dinner and overnight at Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge - Ngorongoro


DAY TWO - Ngorongoro Crater Exploration

After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with a picnic lunch at about mid-day.  The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 892 square miles (2286 square kilometres) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece is the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breath-taking.


From the rim of the Crater, you will make your descend into this great caldera. Declared a sanctuary in 1928, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area contains within its borders 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators, including the last population of black rhino in northern Tanzania and all the 'big five' game animals. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles (260 square kilometres). Diverse habitats of forest, swamp, grassland and lake make it a fascinating area to explore. The multitude of wildlife found inside the Crater and the fact that the animals do not seem to take notice of humans, enables photographers to shoot with ease.


The largest expanse of water on the crater floor is Lake Magadi, where you may see thousands of flamingos shimmering like a pink haze. Relax from tracking and picture taking with a picnic lunch at the bottom of the Crater in the company of hippos and birds.


After spending most of the day in the crater, proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter depart to your lodge, and have some time to relax before meeting the rest of the group for sundowners, followed by dinner.


Overnight at Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge - Ngorongoro


DAY THREE - Ngorongoro - Arusha - Zanzibar

Enjoy an early breakfast and then after check out, proceed to Arusha for safari de-briefing.  Afterwards, drive to Arusha Airport for schedule flight to Zanzibar departing at 12:30hrs. A boxed picnic lunches will be provided.


Approximately 1.5 hours later, arrive at the Zanzibar Airport, collect your baggage and meet our representative.  Transfer to seaport to board ship, where you re-join the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Mombasa on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking or disembarking the ship in Mombasa. It requires a moderate amount of activity and all guests should be physically fit and able to get in and out of safari vehicles without assistance.  Due to the rough ride and bumpy nature of game drives, the programme is not recommended to guests who suffer from neck or back problems. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Changes in flights by the airline are outside of Silversea's control and may cause changes to the above described itinerary. Weather can be cool during early morning/late evening when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated; bring insect repellant. Please to note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.  This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in forest camps. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 3 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Visa fee for both Tanzania and Kenya are to be paid directly.  Fee for Kenyan visa is US $50.00 per person regardless of nationality.  The visa fee in Tanzania is US $50.00 per person, except for US citizens for whom the charge is US $100.00 per person. Baggage allowance is 22 pounds (10 kg).  Silversea recommends guests take all medical precautions against malaria but is unable to make individual recommendations.  Guests should check with their physician about obtaining a malaria prophylactic prior to the start of the safari program. Anti-malarial medication is recommended by the CDC for all travellers to Tanzania. Your doctor will prescribe the best choice based on your own health history and your specific destination(s) in Africa. In addition to an anti-malarial drug regimen, personal protection measures should be taken to avoid mosquito bites, especially the hours between dusk and dawn when malarial mosquitos are most active. It is suggested that you keep your arms and legs covered as much as possible, avoid the use of perfume, hairspray, and other scented products that attract mosquitos and using a good insect repellent.


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge - Ngorongoro

·        Flight by chartered, 12-seater Caravan aircraft Mombasa/Kilimanjaro and scheduled flight Arusha/Zanzibar - only one class of service offered.

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, one picnic lunch, one boxed lunch and two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wines, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

·        Visa fee for both Tanzania and Kenya are to be paid direct US$50.00 for all Nationalities in Kenya while Tanzania US$50.00 except for USA citizen which is US$100.00 per person

·        Any meals and drinks not specified above, traditional gratuities to driver/guides and safari director, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

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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 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

Tsavo East National Park is a great walking country.  Embark on an adventure and marvel at discovering the diversity of the park on foot.  You may have an intimate encounter with the wildlife that frequent this area to include lion, cheetah, Serval cat, zebra, fringe-eared Oryx, eland, mongoose and monitor lizard.  Two game drives are also included to maximise your time at Tsavo.



01MIDMBA-D Tsavo East National Park Bush-Walking Safari

For In-transit Guests Only

Departure: Mombasa, March 22, 2015

Duration: 2 Days/1 Nights

Rejoin ship: Mombasa, March 23, 2015

Reserve by: December 6, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 6, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operates this programme.  This programme is offered to guests sailing on both voyage 4506 and 4507 and is not available to guests disembarking in Mombasa.


Tsavo East National Park, the "Theatre of the wild".  Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks together form one of the largest National parks in the world and cover a massive 4% of Kenya's total land area. Tsavo East the larger of the two, offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya.  The Park is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust -red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola.  The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.


DAY ONE - Mombasa/Tsavo East National Park

Upon disembarking the ship, transfer to the Mombasa Airport.  After clearing the check-in formalities, board our private charter flight and fly over the Taru Desert and on to the Tsavo East National Park.


You will be met on arrival at the Manyani Airstrip by your safari driver guides and proceed on a morning game viewing drive en route to your camp for check-in and lunch. Galdessa Camp has a coastal/bush relaxed feel and is designed to blend with the environment using earthly colours and natural wood throughout. Accommodation is in spacious, comfortable thatched semi-tented bungalows on wooden platforms with en-suite bathrooms. Each tent has a verandah situated a good distance apart to provide privacy and peace of mind


In the early evening, meet at the appointed time and begin a guided bush walking safari accompanied by an armed Kenya Wildlife Services Ranger from the camp. The walk will take you to the Lugard's Falls.  Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile -infested pools.  Walk along the Galana River in search of the hippos and crocodiles and see the remarkable water-worn rocks.


Thereafter, sip sundowners from the top of the hills with great views of the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow before returning to camp in the evening.  Then relax and take in the unique ambiance of the lodge as a set-menu dinner is served.


Dinner and overnight at the Galdessa Camp - Tsavo East National Park


DAY TWO - Tsavo East National Park/Mombasa  

After your overnight stay, an early morning wake-up call announces the start of your day. Depart for an early game viewing drive.  Later, you will be led to a dry, sandy riverbed to find a table laid with pristine linen and china under the shade of doum palms for a "bush breakfast".  Waiters appear from the bushes with cold, refreshing face towels to take your orders, as the welcome smell of freshly cooking bacon and sausages wafts through the air. Hidden from view, a camp cook manages to produce a farmhouse breakfast in the most rudimentary bush kitchen. Just relax and enjoy…nothing more


Afterwards, board your safari vehicles for the drive back to the Camp with game viewing en route.  Check out of your room and then lunch is served at the Camp.


In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Manyani Airstrip with game viewing en route to embark on our private charter flight departing for Mombasa.  Upon arrival you are met and driven to Mombasa port where the ship awaits your return.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Mombasa on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Mombasa. It requires a moderate amount of activity and all guests should be physically fit and able to get in and out of safari vehicles without assistance.  Due to the rough ride and bumpy nature of game drives, the programme is not recommended to guests who suffer from neck or back problems. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Changes in flights by the airline are outside of Silversea's control and may cause changes to the above described itinerary. Weather can be cool during early morning/late evening when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated; bring insect repellant. Please to note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.  This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in forest camps. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 2 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa and Kenya. Kenyan visas are issued upon arrival and must be paid directly, USD $50 per person, all nationalities.  This fee is subject to change at the discretion of Kenyan Immigration Officials. Baggage allowance is 22 pounds (10 kg).  Malaria is rare in most highland areas (both Kenya & Tanzania), but travelling in hot bush and coastal areas requires precaution. Silversea recommends guests take all medical precautions against malaria but is unable to make individual recommendations.  Guests should check with their physician about obtaining a malaria prophylactic prior to the start of the safari program. Since cholera is a water-borne disease, the best protection against the disease is the avoidance of tap water. Do not drink (or brush your teeth with) the tap water in Kenya.



Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Galdessa Camp- Tsavo East National Park

·        Chartered flights Mombasa/Tsavo East Manyani Airstrip/Mombasa - one class of service only offered

·        One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water)

·        Game drives as stated in non-air-conditioned 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicle/s with maximum 6 persons per vehicle and bushwalking guided safari

·        All park conservation fees

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

·        Kenyan visa, $50 per person at the time of printing for all nationalities, to be paid in cash directly on arrival

·        Any meals and drinks not specified above, premium alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

From the wide grasslands to the majestic wildlife that roams within it, there is no place like Kenya for the classic safari. This two-night expedition to Tsavo East National Park offers days abuzz with bush walks, evening drives aboard comfortable 4x4 vehicles and nights in spent in tented suites under a blanket of stars. Venture deep into the park that contains the country's highest concentration of big game, including iconic creatures such as lion, hippo, crocodile and elephant.  Silversea's Kenya safari offers you the opportunity to experience nature's astounding beauty.


02MIDMBA-G Wildlife in Kenya - Galdessa Camp Tsavo East

For In-transit Guests Only

Departure: Mombasa, March 22, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Zanzibar, March 24, 2015

Reserve by: December 6, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 6, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  This programme is offered to guests sailing on both voyage 4506 and 4507 and is not available to guests disembarking in Mombasa.


Tsavo East National Park, the 'Theatre of the wild'.  Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks together form one of the largest National parks in the world and cover a massive 4% of Kenya's total land area. Tsavo East, the larger of the two, offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya.  The Park is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust - red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, and waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola.  The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.


DAY ONE - Mombasa/Tsavo East National Park

Upon disembarking the ship, transfer to the Mombasa Airport.  After clearing the check-in formalities, board our private charter flight and fly over the Taru Desert and on to the Tsavo East National Park.


You will be met on arrival at the Manyani Airstrip by your safari driver guides and proceed on a morning game viewing drive en route to your camp for check-in and lunch. Galdessa Camp has a coastal/bush relaxed feel and is designed to blend with the environment using earthly colours and natural wood throughout. Accommodation is in spacious, comfortable thatched semi-tented bungalows on wooden platforms with en-suite bathrooms. Each tent has a verandah situated a good distance apart to provide privacy and peace of mind


In the early evening, meet at the appointed time and begin a guided bush walking safari accompanied by an armed Kenya Wildlife Services Ranger from the camp. The walk will take you to the Lugard's Falls.  Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile -infested pools.  Walk along the Galana River in search of the hippos and crocodiles and see the remarkable water-worn rocks.


Thereafter, sip sundowners from the top of the hills with great views of the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow before returning to camp in the evening.  Then relax and take in the unique ambiance of the lodge as a set-menu dinner is served.


Dinner and overnight at the Galdessa Camp - Tsavo East National Park


DAY TWO - Tsavo East National Park

After your overnight stay, an early morning wake-up call announces the start of your day. Depart for an early game viewing drive.  Later, you will be led to a dry, sandy riverbed to find a table laid with pristine linen and china under the shade of doum palms for a 'bush breakfast'.  Waiters appear from the bushes with cold, refreshing face towels to take your orders, as the welcome smell of freshly cooking bacon and sausages wafts through the air. Hidden from view, a camp cook manages to produce a farmhouse breakfast in the most rudimentary bush kitchen. Just relax and enjoy…nothing more


Afterwards, board your safari vehicles for the drive back to the Camp with game viewing en route.  Rest of the morning is at your leisure - enjoy the camp facilities, watch what is happening by the river, take a siesta or read a good book, whatever your pleasure is.


In the afternoon, meet at the appointed time and climb back into your game drive vehicle.  Head along the 'Athul Bissan Circuit' an area most famous for possibly sighting of some of the rarest animals, such as the lesser kudu and the hirola antelope.  This park is also famous for its birdlife with over 450 bird species recorded within its boundaries. Galdessa Camp works very closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service's black rhino re-introduction project. Within Galdessa's vicinity, there are about 50 black rhinos; Africa's largest unfenced rhino population. Perhaps you will see one today.  Remember to bring your binoculars and zoom lens.


Return to the camp with time to freshen up before dinner.


Dinner and overnight at the Galdessa Camp - Tsavo East National Park


DAY 3 - Tsavo East Park - Mombasa - Zanzibar

Begin your day with breakfast at the Camp.  Afterwards, check-out, board the vehicle, and depart with a game viewing drive en route to the airstrip. Board our private charter flight for the 45-minute flight to Mombasa.


Having landed and deplaned at the Moi International Airport, you are met and assisted with check-in formalities for the international scheduled flight to Zanzibar. It is a brief flight, approximately 50 minutes to you destination.  On arrival at the Zanzibar International Airport, you will be required to clear through the Immigration and Customs.  You will be met outside the arrivals lounge by our representative and ushered onto the air-conditioned coach that awaits.  A 30-minute drive returns you to the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Mombasa on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Mombasa. It requires a moderate amount of activity and all guests should be physically fit and able to get in and out of safari vehicles without assistance.  Due to the rough ride and bumpy nature of game drives, the programme is not recommended to guests who suffer from neck or back problems. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Changes in flights by the airline are outside of Silversea's control and may cause changes to the above described itinerary. Weather can be cool during early morning/late evening when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated; bring insect repellent. Please to note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.  This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in tented camps. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 3 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Visa fee for both Tanzania and Kenya are to be paid directly.  Fee for Kenyan visa is US $50.00 per person regardless of nationality.  The visa fee in Tanzania is US $50.00 per person, except for US and Canadian citizens for whom the charge is US $100.00 per person. Baggage allowance is 22 pounds (10 kg).  Malaria is rare in most highland areas (both Kenya & Tanzania), but travelling in hot bush and coastal areas requires precaution. Silversea recommends guests take all medical precautions against malaria but is unable to make individual recommendations.  Guests should check with their physician about obtaining a malaria prophylactic prior to the start of the safari program. Since cholera is a water-borne disease, the best protection against the disease is the avoidance of tap water. Do not drink (or brush your teeth with) the tap water in Kenya.



Programme Includes:

·        Two-nights' stay at the Galdessa Camp- Tsavo East National Park

·        Chartered flights Mombasa/Tsavo East Manyani Airstrip/Mombasa and scheduled flight Mombasa/Zanzibar - one class of service only offered

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, or house wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water)

·        Game drives as stated in non-air-conditioned 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicle/s with maximum 6 persons per vehicle and bushwalking guided safari

·        All park conservation fees

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

·        Visa fee for both Tanzania and Kenya are to be paid direct: US$50.00 for all Nationalities in Kenya; Tanzania charges US$50.00 for all nationalities except for US citizens for whom the fee is US$100.00 per person

·        Any meals and drinks not specified above, traditional gratuities to driver/guides and safari director, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

As you disembark in Mombasa this morning, you are met by the local Silversea representative, and along with other guests are transferred to the airport for the flight to Nairobi.  


On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.  Along the way, stop for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Check-in at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel


DAY 2: NAIROBI / NGORONGORO

After breakfast, check out and store the excess baggage that cannot accompany you with the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Manyara (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Manyara.  Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival at Manyara airstrip, you are met and transferred through the renowned Ngorongoro Crater area en route to the charming Manor at Ngorongoro.  


The Manor at Ngorongoro is reminiscent of an elegant, up country farm home in the Cape Dutch style of architecture. With its 20 luxurious guest cottage suites, guests enjoy a luxury safari experience fusing East African safari hospitality with old world Afro-European architecture, and decor. Each suite has a private courtyard and deck, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, en suite bathrooms with traditional bath tubs and showers.

Dinner is enjoyed at the Manor.  Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro


DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with picnic lunch provided.


The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2286 square kilometres (892 square miles) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators.

After spending most of the day in the crater, proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter return to the Manor and take some time to relax before meeting the rest of the guests for sundowners, followed by dinner.


Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro


DAY 4: NGORONGORO / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Manyara airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  DEPART NAIROBI

Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning.  Check-out time at the hotel is 10:00am.  If your flight today is late in the evening, you may wish to guarantee late check-out for an additional cost.  Please contact Silversea at least 30 days in advance to make these arrangements.


The local Silversea representative will coordinate your transfer to the airport at the time most appropriate for your flight.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

  • 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro - Standard room category  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - Deluxe room category

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Ngorongoro

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  All flights are in economy-class

Day 1 - Mombasa / Nairobi - approximately 1 hour

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Manyara - approximately 45 minutes

Day 4 - Manyara / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with stop in Arusha

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 50 minutes


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Upgrade to Ngorongoro Grande Explorer for only USD $720 per person/double occupancy*

Comparison of Ngorongoro Explorer vs Ngorogoro Grande Explorer


The following are the highlights of the features for each level of service:

Ngorongoro Explorer:

  • Nairobi - Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
  • Accommodations at The Manor at Ngorogoro - located on the edge of the conservation area, a 20 - 30 minute drive to the edge of the crater
  • Economy-class air from Mombasa to Nairobi

Ngorongoro Grande Explorer:

  • Nairobi - Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
  • Accommodations at the Ngorogoro Crater Lodge - located right on the edge of the crater with panoramic views of the crater floor
  • Business-class air from Mombasa to Nairobi

*in Sterling:  £440 ;  in Euro:  €520;  in Australian Dollars: A$750 -  based on per person/double occupancy



Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Manyara / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Mombasa to Nairobi on Day 1, economy-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 23kg (50Ibs) each whose total dimensions shall not exceed 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H) for each bag.  Any charges by the airline for additional/overweight luggage are the responsibility of the guest.  


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  



Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

As you disembark in Mombasa this morning, you are met by the local Silversea representative, and along with other guests are transferred to the airport for the flight to Nairobi.  Your seats are in business-class for this segment.


On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.  Along the way, stop for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Check-in at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel


DAY 2: NAIROBI / NGORONGORO

After breakfast, check out and store the excess baggage that cannot accompany you with the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Manyara (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Manyara.  Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival in Manyara airstrip, you will be met and transferred to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater area. Once there, proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for check in, and then time at leisure to experience this unforgettable property.

Perched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sumptuous safari suites at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer breath-taking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta, or homestead, this is without doubt one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa.

Three separate and intimate camps totalling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era.

Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, while antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements. En-suite bathrooms with a dramatic centrepiece of red roses feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butler discretely cater for each guest's every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious bubble baths. Frequently described as Maasai meets Versailles, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas, as well as viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, turns every meal into a special occasion.


Dinner is served at the Lodge.  Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with picnic lunch provided.


The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2286 square kilometres (892 square miles) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators.

After spending most of the day in the crater, proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter return to the Lodge and take some time to relax before meeting the rest of the guests for sundowners, followed by dinner.


Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


DAY 4: NGORONGORO / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Manyara airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  NAIROBI / MOMBASA

Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning.  Check-out time at the hotel is 10:00am.  If your flight today is late in the evening, you may wish to guarantee late check-out for an additional cost.  Please contact Silversea at least 30 days in advance to make these arrangements.  


The local Silversea representative will coordinate your transfer to the airport at the time most appropriate for your flight.



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Standard room category  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - Deluxe room category

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Ngorongoro

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  Flight on Day 1 is in business-class, all other flights are in economy-class

Day 1 - Mombasa / Nairobi - approximately 1 hour

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Manyara - approximately 45 minutes

Day 4 - Manyara / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with stop in Arusha

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 50 minutes


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Manyara / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Mombasa to Nairobi on Day 1, business-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 32kgs (70lbs) each whose three dimensions shall not exceed a total of 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H)  for each bag.



Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  


Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

As you disembark in Mombasa this morning, you are met by the local Silversea representative, and along with other guests are transferred to the airport for the flight to Nairobi.  


On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.  Along the way, stop for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Check-in at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel


DAY 2: NAIROBI / SERENGETI

After breakfast, check out and store your excess baggage that cannot accompany you at the hotel.  The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Serengeti (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Serengeti.   Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival at Seronera airstrip, you are met and transferred through the renowned Serengeti National Park en route to the Four Seasons Lodge, enjoying a game-viewing drive en-route.


The Serengeti is arguably the most famous national park in the world; it perhaps defines the safari experience as surely as the wildlife that inhabit it. The famous short and long grass plains of the south slowly unfurl into the Acacia savannah of the central area, the hilly, more densely wooded areas of the north, and the extensive woodland in the western corridor, each with its own resident variations of African wildlife. The principal attraction of the Serengeti is the passing of the wildebeest migration: 1½ million wildebeest, and a retinue comprised of hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game that follow close behind, stalked by the inevitable predators who make the most of the 'feast' close at hand.

The Four Seasons Lodge perfectly combines the intimacy of a lodge and the indulgence expected of a luxury hotel. Nestled within the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, in the vicinity of the great annual migration, the Four Seasons Lodge is a dream African hideaway offering spectacular views of wildlife, an active watering hole and superior accommodations.  


Note: The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.  

Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge.  Overnight at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.


DAY 3: SERENGETI

After breakfast, depart on a full day game viewing outing, accompanied by an experienced driver who also serves as your guide, thanks to his or her knowledge of the local area and its wildlife. Lunch boxes are available for a Four Seasons dining experience in the heart of the Serengeti, which is home to millions of stunning wildebeests during the migration period, as well as numerous species of birds and mammals, especially the big cats: leopards, cheetahs and lions.


Dinner is served again this evening at the lodge.  Overnight at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.


DAY 4: SERENGETI / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Seronera airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.  Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. After you have had time to freshen up, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the hotel.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  DEPART NAIROBI

Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning.  Check-out time at the hotel is 10:00am.  If your flight today is late in the evening, you may wish to guarantee late check-out for an additional cost.  Please contact Silversea at least 30 days in advance to make these arrangements.


The local Silversea representative will coordinate your transfer to the airport at the time most appropriate for your flight.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at Four  Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Serengeti

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  All flights are in economy-class

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Serengeti - approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 4 - Serengeti / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Serengeti / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Mombasa to Nairobi on Day 1, economy-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 23kg (50Ibs) each whose total dimensions shall not exceed 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H) for each bag.  Any charges by the airline for additional/overweight luggage are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.


Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.


DAY 2: NAIROBI / SERENGETI

After breakfast , check out and store your excess baggage that cannot accompany you at the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Serengeti (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Serengeti.   Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival at Seronera airstrip, you are met and transferred through the renowned Serengeti National Park en route to the Four Seasons Lodge, enjoying a game-viewing drive en-route.


The Serengeti is arguably the most famous national park in the world; it perhaps defines the safari experience as surely as the wildlife that inhabit it. The famous short and long grass plains of the south slowly unfurl into the Acacia savannah of the central area, the hilly, more densely wooded areas of the north, and the extensive woodland in the western corridor, each with its own resident variations of African wildlife. The principal attraction of the Serengeti is the passing of the wildebeest migration: 1½ million wildebeest, and a retinue comprised of hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game that follow close behind, stalked by the inevitable predators who make the most of the 'feast' close at hand.

The Four Seasons Lodge perfectly combines the intimacy of a lodge and the indulgence expected of a luxury hotel. Nestled within the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, in the vicinity of the great annual migration, the Four Seasons Lodge is a dream African hideaway offering spectacular views of wildlife, an active watering hole and superior accommodations.  


Note: The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.  

Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge.  Overnight at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.


DAY 3: SERENGETI

After breakfast, depart on a full day game viewing outing, accompanied by an experienced driver who also serves as your guide, thanks to his or her knowledge of the local area and its wildlife. Lunch boxes are available for a Four Seasons dining experience in the heart of the Serengeti, which is home to millions of stunning wildebeests during the migration period, as well as numerous species of birds and mammals, especially the big cats: leopards, cheetahs and lions.


Dinner is served again this evening at the lodge.  Overnight at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.


DAY 4: SERENGETI / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast , check out and transfer to Seronera airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. After you have had time to freshen up, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the hotel.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  NAIROBI  / MOMBASA

Following breakfast, check out and enjoy a half day city tour, before continuing to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mombasa.


On arrival at Moi International Airport, you are met by the local representative and transferred to the ship with a brief  orientation tour provided en-route.


Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at Four  Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Serengeti

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  All flights are in economy-class

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Serengeti - approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 4 - Serengeti / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Serengeti / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Nairobi to Mombasa on Day 5, economy-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 23kg (50Ibs) each whose total dimensions shall not exceed 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H) for each bag.  Any charges by the airline for additional/overweight luggage are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  

Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel  


DAY 2: NAIROBI / NGORONGORO

After breakfast, check out and store the excess baggage that cannot accompany you with the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Manyara (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Manyara.  Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival in Manyara airstrip, you will be met and transferred to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater area. Once there, proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for check in, and then time at leisure to experience this unforgettable property.

Perched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sumptuous safari suites at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer breath-taking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta, or homestead, this is without doubt one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa.

Three separate and intimate camps totalling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era.

Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, while antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements. En-suite bathrooms with a dramatic centrepiece of red roses feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butler discretely cater for each guest's every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious bubble baths. Frequently described as Maasai meets Versailles, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas, as well as viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, turns every meal into a special occasion.


Dinner is served at the Lodge.  Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge



DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with picnic lunch provided.


The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2286 square kilometres (892 square miles) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators.

After spending most of the day in the crater, proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter return to the Lodge and take some time to relax before meeting the rest of the guests for sundowners, followed by dinner.


Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


DAY 4: NGORONGORO / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Manyara airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  NAIROBI / MOMBASA

Following breakfast, check out and enjoy a half day city tour, before continuing to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mombasa.  Your seats are in business-class for this segment.


On arrival at Moi International Airport, you are met by the local representative and transferred to the ship with a brief orientation tour provided en-route.


Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Standard room category  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - Deluxe room category

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Ngorongoro

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  Flight on Day 5 is in business-class, all other flights are in economy-class

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Manyara - approximately 45 minutes

Day 4 - Manyara / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with stop in Arusha

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 50 minutes

Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Manyara / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Mombasa to Nairobi on Day 1, business-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 32kgs (70lbs) each whose three dimensions shall not exceed a total of 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H)  for each bag.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  


Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel.   Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.


Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.


DAY 2: NAIROBI / NGORONGORO

After breakfast , check out and store the excess baggage that cannot accompany you with the hotel.   The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Manyara (via Kilimanjaro).   As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Manyara.   Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.


On arrival at Manyara airstrip, you are met and transferred through the renowned Ngorongoro Crater area en route to the charming Manor at Ngorongoro.  


The Manor at Ngorongoro is reminiscent of an elegant, up country farm home in the Cape Dutch style of architecture. With its 20 luxurious guest cottage suites, guests enjoy a luxury safari experience fusing East African safari hospitality with old world Afro-European architecture, and decor. Each suite has a private courtyard and deck, indoor and out door fireplaces, en suite bathrooms with traditional bath tubs and showers.

Dinner is enjoyed at the Manor.  Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro


DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with picnic lunch provided.


The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2286 square kilometres (892 square miles) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators.

After spending most of the day in the crater , proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter return to the Manor and take some time to relax before meeting the rest of the guests for sundowners, followed by dinner.


Overnight at The Manor at Ngorongoro


DAY 4: NGORONGORO / NAIROBI

Following an early breakfast , check out and transfer to Manyara airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi.  You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro.  A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.


Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles.   Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

DAY 5:  NAIROBI  / MOMBASA

Following breakfast, check out and enjoy a half day city tour, before continuing to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mombasa.


On arrival at Moi International Airport, you are met by the local representative and transferred to the ship with a brief  orientation tour provided en-route.


Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro - Standard room category  

·        2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - Deluxe room category

·        Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

·        2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)

·        Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles

·        Park entrances fees to Ngorongoro

·        English-speaking driver guide on transfers

·        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

·        Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)

·        Professional Safari Guide


Not Included:

·        Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls

·        Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)

·        Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)

·        Personal Health Insurance Coverage

·        International flights

·        Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

·        Any other services not mentioned above


Flight Information:  All flights are in economy-class

Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Manyara - approximately 45 minutes

Day 4 - Manyara / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with stop in Arusha

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 50 minutes

Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour


Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.


Upgrade to Ngorongoro Grande Explorer for only USD $870 per person/double occupancy*.

Comparison of Ngorongoro Explorer vs Ngorogoro Grande Explorer


The following are the highlights of the features for each level of service:

Ngorongoro Explorer:

  • Nairobi - Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
  • Accommodations at The Manor at Ngorogoro - located on the edge of the conservation area, a 20 - 30 minute drive to the edge of the crater
  • Economy-class air from Nairobi to Mombasa

Ngorongoro Grande Explorer:

  • Nairobi - Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
  • Accommodations at the Ngorogoro Crater Lodge - located right on the edge of the crater with panoramic views of the crater floor
  • Business-class air from Nairobi to Mombasa

*in Sterling:  £500 ;  in Euro:  €630;  in Australian Dollars: A$930 -  based on per person/double occupancy


Luggage Information:

On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Manyara / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs).  Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush.  For the flight from Nairobi to Mombasa on Day 5, economy-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 23kg (50Ibs) each whose total dimensions shall not exceed 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H) for each bag.  Any charges by the airline for additional/overweight luggage are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania.  Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival.  This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair.  In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.  


Please note:

Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.



All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

More than an authentic, tented-camp experience, more than a dream safari destination, more than an African escape, Thanda Private Game Reserve offers a genuine South African wildlife adventure.  Matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment, Thanda is known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa's magnificent Big Five. Overnight in a tented camp and participate on two game drives during this traditional safari Land Adventure.


01MIDRCB-L Thanda Tented Camp Safari & Zulu Culture

Offered on Voyage 4507

Duration:  1.5 Days / 1 Night

Depart: March 31, 2015 in Richards Bay

Re-join Ship: April 1, 2015 in Durban

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Silversea invites you to a tented-safari experience with world-class service. Considered ruggedly elegant and utterly romantic is the Thanda Tented Camp. From the décor to the cuisine, guests truly learn to appreciate the rich, and still very much alive, traditions of the Zulu people.  Two game drives give you the possibility to see each of the 'Big Five' residing at this private game reserve.


DAY ONE - Richards Bay/Thanda Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a leisurely but hearty breakfast on-board before disembarking mid-morning.  Your Mid-voyage Land Adventure begins with an approximate two-hour drive to Thanda Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the main entrance gate, you will be met by rangers who will transfer you to Thanda Tented Camp in four-wheel drive open vehicles.


On arrival at the camp, a welcome drink is served, while registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Afterwards, proceed to your tent to freshen up before high tea is served.


Within Thanda Tented Camp you will encounter minimal lighting, with beautiful nature and jaw-dropping scenery enhanced by flickering firelight from the boma and warm paraffin lanterns to guide your feet along the walkway.  This is the bush as nature intended: open, inviting, unconstrained. You will encounter unparalleled closeness to the bush and its sounds; unspoilt views of the night's millions of stars; and absolute authenticity.


Thanda Tented Camp offers a relaxed and real safari experience. It comprises 14 spacious tents, each with a private sun deck and en-suite canvas bathroom.  To add to the genuine bush atmosphere, the camp is non-electrified. However, it does have limited solar and battery power with a back-up generator to power the tents for a few hours each day. To deter wild animals, there is a partial electrified fence along the perimeter of Thanda Tented Camp.


The camp's shared areas include a reception area, a curio shop, a recently refurbished Hemingway-style lounge area, a dining area featuring authentic African curios, a large rim-flow pool surrounded by loungers and umbrellas, a new waterhole to entice large and small game, and a new boma - all decorated in rustic natural shades and complemented by the rich, warm hues of the African sunset.


Enjoy a traditional High Tea and then depart on an afternoon/early evening game drive in an open 4X4 vehicle. Head out in search of the animals that begin to arise after the heat of the day has passed.  The philosophy 'For the love of nature, wildlife and dear ones' embraces Thanda's vision of creating harmony between man and nature. 'Thanda', meaning 'love' in Zulu, is truly a game reserve centred on love.


Search for the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo): the animals that inspire a long-lasting connection with the continent. Then, go looking for Africa's other famous five - the Little Five (elephant shrew, rhino beetle, leopard tortoise, ant lion and buffalo weaver).  Your guide and tracker offer wildlife lessons from their own cultures and knowledge. Listen as they share their knowledge and tell stories of the land and its wondrous animals.  With 35,000 acres (14,000 hectares) to explore, your tracker will attempt to seek out wildlife that also includes cheetah, hyena, warthog and the occasional wild dog, as well as abundant bird and plant life.  Stop for sundowners and light snacks in the bush.  As you make your way back to camp in the early evening, spotlights may be used.


Return to the lodge for dinner skilfully prepared by a dedicated team of professional chefs. The menu includes a variety of Western and traditional Zulu cuisine. Relax in the evening as you prepare for tomorrow's early morning game drive.


DAY TWO - Thanda Private Game Reserve/Durban

An early morning wake-up call begins the day, with tea, coffee and biscuits waiting at the lodge.  This morning's game drive takes you by open 4X4 back into the bush in search of wildlife out enjoying the cool morning breezes.


Return to the lodge for a full breakfast, after which you have time to freshen up and to pack your belongings. Depart the lodge by safari vehicle to the main entrance, where you re-board the coach.  Silver Whisper awaits in the port of Durban.  A 3.5-hour coach ride returns you to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended only to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility unable to get in and out of the game drive vehicle with ease or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive traverses over uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. Accommodations are in a non-electrified tented camp with some battery power. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and will bring you close to nature. Guests should anticipate exposure to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Thanda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Animal sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night at Tented Camp (or similar) - Thanda Private Game Reserve

·        One breakfast, High Tea and one dinner (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac), and snacks as described

·        Two games drives in open 4X4 vehicles

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, 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 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

Discover Africa's wildlife in four-wheel drive open vehicles whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 56,800 acres (23,000 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino.


01MIDRCB-A Phinda Private Game Reserve  

Departure: Richards Bay, March 31, 2015

Duration: 2 Days/1 Nights

Re-join ship: Durban, April 1, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Discover Africa's wildlife whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 43,240 acres (17,500 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino. Exciting game drives in 4-wheel drive open vehicles allow freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down the reserve's incredible diversity of mammals. Phinda is the proud winner of prestigious ecotourism awards.  


DAY ONE - Richards Bay/Phinda Private Game Reserve

Depart the ship in Richards Bay and travel by luxury coach the 1.5 hours to Phinda Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the Reserve's main gate, you are met and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the deluxe Forest Lodge. A welcome drink is served whilst registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Then, enjoy a light lunch, after which you will be shown to your rooms. (Rooms are not usually available before 2:00 p.m.) There is time to freshen up and enjoy the amenities of your deluxe accommodation, complete with sitting area, personal bar, private veranda with plunge pool and romantic al fresco shower.


Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building with a central courtyard incorporating sitting and dining areas. A shaded terrace offers spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld.


Gather for afternoon tea on the patio before departing on a late afternoon game drive in 4-wheel drive open vehicles. These provide off-road tracking for Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. After dark, spotlights are used which may reveal nocturnal creatures and carnivores out hunting.


Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, followed by the drive back to the lodge and a sumptuous dinner.  


Overnight in Forest Lodge Suites - Phinda Private Game Reserve.


DAY TWO - Phinda/Durban

After an early wake-up call, gather in the living area for tea/coffee and biscuits. Thereafter, depart on a game drive at sunrise, a time that is particularly exciting when the bush comes to life. After approximately two hours of tracking wildlife, return to the lodge and enjoy a full breakfast. After breakfast, prepare to check out and depart Phinda by open safari vehicle taking you back to the exit gate of the private reserve. Here switch to the coach for the 2.5-hour journey to Durban. Before heading to the port, a brief orientation drive will acquaint you with the highlights of Durban. Your return to the ship concludes your Phinda Safari experience.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive traverses over uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Phinda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Animal sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night at Forest Lodge (or similar) - Phinda Private Game Reserve

·        One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, 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 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

Shamwari is an African dream. Embark on a safari adventure to a game reserve that unfolds the very soul of an untamed continent, along with the most luxurious means of accommodations. Experience a multitude of plant, animal and birdlife at the southern most private, big game reserve in Africa, stretching along the Bushman's River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. In keeping with its conservation policy, Shamwari has a complete wildlife research team as well as its own anti-poaching unit, ensuring an ecological balance prevails on this reclaimed piece of wilderness.  


02MIDCPT-S Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Offered on Voyage 4507  

Departure: April 2, 2015 from East London

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: April 4, 2015 in Cape Town

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Embark on a safari adventure that will take you to Shamwari, one of the biggest private game reserves in the Eastern Cape. Steeped in settler history, the reserve dates from the time when game roamed freely in the Eastern Cape region. Home to Africa's 'Big Five', Shamwari has been rewarded with a number of international awards for its efforts to conserve a vanishing way of life. Immerse yourself in an African dream and experience the very soul of an untamed continent whilst luxuriating in Shamwari's elegant facilities.


Your home for two nights is the Shamwari Long Lee Manor. This gracious Edwardian Manor House echoes traditions of the past offering colonial style accommodation, manicured gardens, pools and ponds, terraces and verandas - all overlooking the magnificent plains teaming with wildlife. Guests at Shamwari can enjoy superb, malaria-free, 'big five' game viewing.


DAY ONE - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - East London/Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a hearty lunch onboard and upon the ship's arrival to East London, disembark and meet your guide for the three-hour overland transfer to Shamwari. Upon arrival, check-in at the luxury Long Lee Manor Safari Lodge, Shamwari's flagship and a reminder of an era of gracious living. Its skilled staff and highly trained rangers will ensure that you have a comfortable stay and a memorable safari experience. Then, embark on a "teaser" evening game drive. Enjoy drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown, before returning to the lodge for dinner.  The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy, mindful of the early wake-up call that awaits your dawn game drive.


Overnight at the Long Lee Manor - Shamwari Private Game Reserve


DAY TWO - Friday, April 3, 2015 - Shamwari Private Game Reserve  

Just before sunrise, you will be woken for an early morning open vehicle game drive. Meet for hot beverages, before departing with the rising sun. For the next three hours, journey in your open 4X4 game vehicle both on tracks and off-road, in search of the free-roaming 'Big Five'. Afterward, return to the lodge for breakfast and the remainder of the day at leisure. You can participate in guided walks, visit the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary or at your option, visit the luxurious spa offering massage therapies and beauty and facial treatments. Lunch is served at the Lodge at about 1:00pm.


Later, gather for Afternoon Tea followed by a game drive with professional and experienced rangers. For the next 3-4 hours, search for the free-roaming 'Big Five'. Stop for drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner.   Return times to the lodge are dependent upon game sightings on the reserve


Overnight at the Long Lee Manor - Shamwari Private Game Reserve


DAY THREE - Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Shamwari/Cape Town  

Head out for yet another game drive before sunrise in search of the 'Big five'. Return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before packing your belongings and check out.  Depart the lodge together with your local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on your transfer to Port Elizabeth airport.  A boxed lunch prepared by the lodge if offered during your 1.5-hour transfer.


Upon arrival at the airport, check-in and board the scheduled flight for the two-hour flight to Cape Town.  Here you are met and taken to your awaiting ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. Getting in and out of safari vehicles requires a certain amount of agility and may be a problem for guests with limited mobility.  The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bring a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Shamwari is in a malaria-free area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication.  Changes to flight schedule can alter programmes content and/or itinerary. Domestic luggage restrictions apply; guest may take one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg) only.  The lodge management reserves the right to change the programme without prior notice.


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Long Lee Manor (or similar) - Shamwari Private Game Reserve

·        Scheduled flight (economy-class): Port Elizabeth/Cape Town

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches (one is pre-prepared), an Afternoon Tea, two dinners (all soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers are included with meals, except champagne, cognac, cellar wines)

·        Registered local English-speaking guide to accompany guests on all road transfers

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary.


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, excess luggage fees assessed by the airline, 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 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, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Embark on a safari to Pumba Game Reserve - a malaria free game reserve situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape and home to the Big Five, as well as giraffe and the elusive leopard. The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and dense bushveld environment is favoured by elephants. The five-star game lodge offers the ultimate essence of Africa's luxury and style.



02MIDELS-P  Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge  

Offered on Voyage 4507

Departure: East London, April 2, 2015

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Cape Town, April 4, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Indulge in a two-night stay at Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge as you escape to this privately owned property in the Eastern Cape. Nestled in the midst of a malaria-free reserve of 6,500 hectares, Pumba, with its five star game lodge luxury, offers guests every opportunity to enjoy the essence of an African safari experience. Explore bush and grasslands, looking for the formidable Big Five, plus the endangered and elusive white lion. The reserve covers four of the seven South African vegetation biomes, resulting in an amazing diversity of flora and fauna.  Luxury accommodation and fine dining add to the magic of your safari experience.


DAY ONE - East London/Pumba Private Game Reserve

After the ship has arrived in East London and clearance is given to go ashore, meet your guide who will accompany you on the three-hour journey to Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge.  Standing by awaiting your arrival is your experienced ranger.  Climb into the open Land Rover and begin your afternoon game drive. Your luggage will be taken directly to your room while you explore the property and you can complete the check-in formalities upon your return.


Be on the lookout for the 'Big Five', as well as white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, antelopes and various bird species.  The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and the dense bushveld environment is also favoured by elephants.  Cap your game drive experience with drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner.  Five-star chefs will tempt your palate with an array of gourmet safari cuisine served in the restaurant overlooking the water hole.


After dinner, enjoy a night cap around the central fire, recalling the excitement of the earlier game drive.


Overnight accommodation at Pumba Water Lodge.  


DAY TWO - Full Day Pumba Game Experience

Just before sunrise you are woken to take part in an early morning game drive. Nothing quite compares awaking to the sounds of the African bush as the sun rises from the morning mist. It is an ideal time to venture out on a game drive and observe a large variety of wildlife.  Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge.


In the late afternoon you are taken on another game drive, including drinks and snacks in the bush. Dinner this evening is served at the lodge, once again offering the ideal setting to share in your day's highlights.


Overnight accommodation at Pumba Water Lodge.  


DAY THREE - Pumba Private Game Reserve/Cape Town  

Don't miss the opportunity for another early morning game drive. Meet for hot beverages before heading out with the rising sun.  End your last game drive with a sumptuous breakfast back at the lodge followed by check out.  At mid-day, depart Pumba together with your local English-speaking guide who will accompany you on your two-hour drive to the airport in Port Elizabeth.  A packed lunch is provided during the transfer.  


Check-in for the 80-minute scheduled flight to Cape Town, where upon arrival you are met and assisted to the vehicle for the hour's drive to the port.  Re-join the ship with fond memories of an intimate and thrilling African safari experience.  



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Getting in and out of safari vehicles requires a certain amount of agility and may be a problem for guests with limited mobility.  The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bring a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Pumba is in a malaria-free area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication.  Changes to flight schedule can alter programmes content and/or itinerary. Domestic luggage restrictions apply; guest may take one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg) only.  The programme at Pumba Private Game reserve is solely handled by the camp management and arrangements are at their discretion. Pumba Private Game Reserve's Curio Shop does not accept foreign currency and guests need to bring local Rand currency.


    

Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Pumba Water Lodge (or similar) - Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, one packed lunch and two dinners (lunch and dinner include coffee, tea, water and local alcoholic drinks, except champagne, cognac, cellar wines)

·        Scheduled flight (economy-class): Port Elizabeth/ Cape Town

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Professional local guides will accompany guests on all transfers but will not stay at the Game Reserve.


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, excess luggage fees assessed by the airline, 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 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

Ngala Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the world renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world.  As one of the first concessions to be officially incorporated into the exclusive greater Kruger National Park, it enjoys otherwise unheard of traversing rights to this spectacular area. With luxury facilities, and a genuine sense of the adventure native to the Kruger, Ngala is a stunning safari getaway.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their flights to depart from  Johannesburg, South Africa


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN / HOEDSPRUIT / NGALA

Following disembarkation in Cape Town, proceed directly to the airport with all of your luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) for the flight to Johannesburg.  At Johannesburg Airport you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored there. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport, and only 1 bag weighing no more than 44 lbs (20 kg) can travel with you on safari.  Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Hoedspruit.    


On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport, a Ngala Tented Camp representative is waiting to meet and transfer you by road to your camp (approx. 50 minute transfer time).

Ngala Tented Camp is situated in Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve.

Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation set within the tranquil bush.  It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, overhead fans, air conditioning and private wooden decks.


After some time to freshen up in your room, embark on an afternoon sunset game drive in the company of a qualified Game Ranger and Tracker.

Return to camp for a delicious dinner.


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp



DAY 2 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Spend the day at Ngala Tented Camp, enjoying delicious cuisine and embarking on early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall as well as the option of interpretive bush walks.

Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights over 14 700 hectares of game-rich wilderness. The reserve offers an intimate African wildlife experience, with game drives led by expert ranger and tracker teams. Sensitive off-roading practices allow close-up game sightings, while walking safaris and bush walks are also offered.

The camp is also home to a contoured lap pool as well as a massage sala overlooking the river (treatments at an additional cost).


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp


DAY 3 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / JOHANNESBURG

Enjoy one last morning game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast and time to gather your belongings and complete check-out formalities.

Depart the camp and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport.  Check in and board your onward flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, the local representative is on hand to greet you and assist with collecting  your stored luggage.   An  air-conditioned vehicle transfers you directly to Michelangelo Hotel.


The remainder of the day is at your leisure.  Dinner tonight  is on your own account.


Overnight at the Michelangelo Hotel


DAY 4 - DEPART JOHANNESBURG

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.  The local Silversea representative will be on hand when it's time to transfer to the airport for your international flight.   The hotel's check-out time is 11:00 am.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two night's stay in a Luxury Tent at the Ngala Tented Camp

·        One night stay in a Superior Luxury Room at the Michelangelo Hotel - Sandton, S. Africa

·        Economy-Class flights: Cape Town / Johannesburg / Hoedspruit / Johannesburg - upgrades to Business Class are not available on flights to or from the bush

·        Meals:  Three breakfasts; two lunches and two dinners

·        Escorted game drives / tours as described

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 1 - Cape Town / Johannesburg - approximately 2 hours

Day 1 - Johannesburg / Hoedspruit - approximately 1 hour

Day 3 - Hoedspruit / Johannesburg - approximately 1 hour

Please note we allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you return to Johannesburg Airport at the end of your safari.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Health:

Emergency first aid is available at the safari camp.  We advise all guests to travel with a comprehensive insurance policy.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

The Cape Peninsula on the tip of the African continent is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Travel down to the Cape of Good Hope. Discover the penguins of Boulders Beach. Then sip and savour your way through the vineyards, cellars and breathtaking scenery of Cape Wine lands, South Africa's largest wine region, and admire the oak-lined streetscapes and Dutch architecture of historic Stellenbosch.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.  


Please note that departure flights should be scheduled to depart after 4:00 PM.


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN

After disembarking the ship, a local Silversea representative meets and guides you to your waiting vehicle to embark on a brief orientation tour en route to the Table Bay Hotel.


The Table Bay Hotel, located on Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, straddles the antique breakwater and is an architectural masterpiece, capturing the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, combined with the contemporary design of today. It is in perfect harmony with the backdrop of Table Mountain, the historic working harbour and the yacht bay. Lunch and dinner today are on your own account.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel


DAY 2 -CAPE TOWN

After breakfast travel on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south westerly tip of Africa.   Drive through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles.


From Hout Bay continue via the scenic Chapman's Peak en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs is the main attraction in the Reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point from where you can enjoy breathtaking views. Continue to a scenically situated restaurant for lunch.


After lunch pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and continue to the colourful fishing harbor of Kalk Bay. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, the remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel


DAY 03 - CAPE TOWN/CAPE WINELANDS

After breakfast and checkout of the hotel, depart for the Cape Wine lands. Travel to Stellenbosch, a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and streets lined with oak trees. After an orientation tour you will have time to explore the town and have lunch on your own.  Continue to one of Stellenbosch's wine estates where you will enjoy a wine tasting and a glimpse of the wine cellar.


Leave Stellenbosch and proceed back to Cape Town.  Please note:  departure flights should be scheduled to depart after 4:00PM.



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

Two nights at the Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa - Luxury Room

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, 1 lunch

Tours as described

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available)


Luggage Information:

Luggage will travel with you throughout the tour.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program require a fair amount of walking, so are not recommended for mobility-impaired guests. However, guests in wheelchairs can manage this tour if accompanied by an assistant.  The tour guide is not able to assist guests who require a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  

Minimum Participation:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.  


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or 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 and weather, require.  The programme described here 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

Welcome to Southern Africa!  See amazing wildlife in Botswana's Chobe Chilwero.  View mighty Victoria Falls.  Enjoy a sunset river cruise.  Open vehicle safaris allow unforgettable close-ups of African wildlife and stunning natural landscapes, all while surrounding yourself in luxurious accommodations with fine, gourmet cuisine   Witness some of the most beautiful species in Africa - rhinoceros, elephants and buffalo, leopards, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippos and impalas, just to name a few.  Whether in the cosmopolitan suburbs, lively cities or tucked away in lodge while on a Safari, your Southern African adventure will be unforgettable.


Guests should schedule their departure flights from Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.  Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.  


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN

After disembarking the ship, a local Silversea representative meets and guides you to your waiting vehicle to embark on an orientation tour en route to the Cape Grace Hotel.

Set in the iconic Victoria & Alfred waterfront complex, Cape Town's most popular shopping and tourist attractions are all easily within reach. The Cape Grace melds modern luxury with traditional Cape culture, bringing the charm of Cape Town to life.   Dinner this evening is on your own account.


DAY 2 -CAPE TOWN/ JOHANNESBURG / VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE CHILWERO

After an early breakfast and check-out from the hotel, you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Johannesburg with your entire luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) There you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport. Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.    


When you arrive in Victoria Falls, the local representative greets you and directs your transfer to the Lodge.  En-route, a guided walking tour of the famous falls is included.  Learn how they were formed and the role they play in local customs and traditions.  With its vast curtain of water, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful cascades in the world, and certainly the most accessible.  Gaze at the mighty Zambezi as it flows, broad and placid, to the brink of a basalt lip seventeen hundred metres wide before taking a headlong plunge into the frothy chasm of the gorge below.  


Following your tour, continue with the drive to Kasane, Botswana.  Clear customs and immigration and continue on to Chobe Chilwero Lodge for your two-night stay and safari adventure. The Chobe Chilwero Lodge is named for its panoramic views over the Chobe River, islands and floodplain.  Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness, it is an enchanting safari sanctuary with gorgeous vistas and an abundance of creatures of the bush.  You can look forward to the most pleasant of creature comforts - elegantly appointed accommodations, silver service and gourmet meals.

Arriving in the late afternoon, check-in formalities are quickly dispensed with and you can relax with traditional 'sundowners' at the Lodge as evening shadows deepen.  Dinner is served at the Lodge this evening.

Overnight at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge


DAY 03 - CHOBE CHILWERO

An early wakeup call starts your day, along with coffee and tea served at the Lodge.  Sunrise is one of two 'peak' times to see wildlife.  Late night predators who have yet to settle down and daylight grazers who are just awakening.  


Game drives are conducted in 4 x 4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River.


Return to the Lodge for a full, hot breakfast.  Then explore the many pampering amenities and facilities the property has to offer - or simply relax on your private veranda and try to identify the animals that come and go from view.  


Both lunch and afternoon tea are served at the Lodge before it's time to head out for a late afternoon 'sundowner safari cruise' on the Chobe River.  Water is a magnet for wildlife in Africa and the variety of animals drawn to the river will delight you.


Return to the Lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.


DAY 04 - CHOBE CHILWERO/JOHANNESBURG

Your final day starts with a full breakfast at the Lodge.  Bid farewell to your safari guide before you begin the drive back to the Victoria Falls airport for your flights to Johannesburg.  


On arrival to O.R. Tambo International Airport you will reclaim your left luggage and will be given assistance with your onward flight arrangements.   Please do not schedule your onward flights before 7:00PM



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

One night at the Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa - Luxury Rooms

Two nights at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Botswana - Private Suite accommodations

Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):

Cape Town/Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Escorted game drives / tours as described

Sundowner Cruise on the Chobe River

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available)


Flight Details:

Day Two: Cape Town/Johannesburg Duration approximately 2 hours/ Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - duration approximately 1 hours 45 minutes

Day Four:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg - duration approximately 1 hour 40 minutes


Please note we allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you claim it in Johannesburg.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.  


Citizens of most nationalities will be able to obtain the required double entry visa for Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls airport (see below).  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas required for participation in this program.  At time of printing, rates for Zimbabwean visas are as follows:


                                        Double Entry                Single Entry

US Citizens:                                 USD$ 45                USD$ 30

UK Citizens:                                 USD$ 70                USD$ 55

Canadian Citizens:                        USD$ 150                USD$ 75



***Please note the visa fees must be paid on the spot and is the responsibility of each guest.  Fees above are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change without notice.  The local consulates would have the most updated requirements available.  Also note that it is necessary to have at least two blank pages in your passport per entry.


BOTSWANA: Currently a visa is not required for U.S. /U.K. citizens - all other nationalities should check with the Botswana Consulate. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.  


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  Anti-malaria medication is not required but we strongly recommend that you discuss this topic thoroughly with your personal physician.  


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or 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 and weather, require.  The programme described here 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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this "impenetrable forest" also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas - roughly half of the world's population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.



05MIDCPT-H Gorillas in the Forest

For Guests In-transit V4507/V4508

Departure: April 4, 2015

Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights

Rejoin ship: Luanda April 10, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014.Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operates this programme.  This programme is offered to guests sailing on both voyages 4507 and 4508 and is not available to guests disembarking in Cape Town.




Guests must obtain an Angolan Visa prior to sailing.

Once confirmed on the program and after receipt of final payment, guests will be provided with the letter of introduction needed for the visa application; however, guests are solely responsible for obtaining their visa and satisfying the Angolan government's requirements.


All guests require proof of yellow fever vaccination.


Ugandan visas are issued upon arrival.



Guests continuing in Cape Town to the next cruise have the opportunity to experience a true adventure of a special kind at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.  Track mountain gorillas at this exclusive, tented camp that is frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location.  Interact with the local community through the staff at the camp, with an opportunity to meet the local Batwa Pygmies. Take away memories of a lifetime.


DAY 1: Cape Town - Johannesburg - Entebbe

This morning disembark from the Ship and transfer to the Airport. Fly Cape Town / Johannesburg / Entebbe.  Upon arrival in Entebbe, you will be met by our local representative and driven to Lake Victoria Serena Resort.


Dinner and overnight at the Hotel - Lake Victoria Serena Resort- Entebbe



DAY 2: Entebbe - Bwindi

After an early breakfast, transfer the airport for the scheduled morning flight to Bwindi.


You will be met on arrival at Kihihi airstrip and transferred to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, a drive of about 1.5 hours.


Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp lies at the edge of the forest within Bwindi National Park. Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the natural habitat for just over half the world's last surviving population of mountain gorillas, as well as to chimpanzee, and over 300 species of birds and other forest creatures.  


Accommodation at the camp is in eight large 'tents', with two queen-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms and the amazing experience of a bathtub looking out onto the forest. Each tent has a large wooden deck where guests can relax or enjoy private dining. The main building overlooks the rain forest, and has a raised natural platform for dining under the stars.


Overnight at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp- Bwindi National Park



DAY 3 and 4:  Bwindi

The next two days' activities may be amongst the most exciting and challenging of our entire expedition. The Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 600 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of two habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild.


The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts.


Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before one returns to camp. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is one of the world's truly memorable experiences - a look into one of these magnificent creatures' eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us. It also brings home the poignant fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that our presence here contributes to ensuring their continued survival. The hour is often over all too quickly, and we slowly make our way back to camp to recount the day's adventures.


Overnight at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp- Bwindi National Park



DAY 5:  Bwindi - Entebbe                                 

Enjoy breakfast at the camp. Thereafter transfer to the airstrip for your morning return flight to Entebbe.


On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Lake Victoria Serena Resort.Rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish, with lunch and dinner at the hotel.


Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena Resort- Entebbe



DAY 6: Entebbe - Luanda                        

After an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your onward flight to Nairobi.

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, our representative will meet you and help you with your check in to your flight to Luanda, Angola.


Upon arrival in Luanda, our representative will assist you to the waiting coach, standing by to take you back to the ship.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Cape Town on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Cape Town. All guests must possess a certificate of yellow fever vaccination and an Angolan visa prior and provide proof of such to Silversea no later than 30 days prior to departure.


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only suitable for guests who are physically fit, able to get in and out of small planes and safari vehicles without assistance and able to manage a very active program. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, heart or breathing issues, or guests with back/neck problems. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in forest camps. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 3 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa, Uganda and Luanda. Guests are responsible for ensuring they have the necessary Angolan visa prior to leaving home. Requirements are different for each nationality.  Guests must work with their travel professional to obtain their visa.  Silversea will provide the letter of introduction needed once the program has been paid in full, however, all guests are solely responsible for ensuring they have the visa required to participate. Ugandan visa will be issued on arrival at the airport and must be paid in cash by each individual.  At the time of this printing the cost is USD $50. Baggage allowance is 66 pounds (23 kg) on international flights but only 33 pounds (15kg) within South Africa (excess baggage can be stored at Lake Victoria Serena).  The price of this program includes necessary Gorilla Permits, $1,200 per person.  Anti-malarial medication is recommended by the CDC for all travellers to Uganda.  Your doctor will prescribe the best choice based on your own health history and your specific destination(s) in Africa. In addition to an anti-malarial drug regimen, personal protection measures should be taken to avoid mosquito bites, especially the hours between dusk and dawn when malarial mosquitos are most active.  It is suggested that you keep your arms and legs covered as much as possible, avoid the use of perfume, hairspray, and other scented products that attract mosquitos and using a good insect repellent.  


Programme Includes:

-        2 nights at Lake Victoria Serena Resort(or similar) - Entebbe, with meals and two local drinks served at dinner

-        3 nights at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp on a Full Board Basis

-        Drinks except champagne and premium brands at Gorilla Forest Camp

-        Permits for trek in gorilla territory, $1200 per person

-        Cultural tour in Bwindi

-        All transfers with English -speaking driver guide

-        Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person

-        Mineral water during transfers and game-drives (1 bottle per person on transfers / 2 bottles per person on full day)

-        Professional Safari Guide

-        Flying Doctor Service (evacuation to Nairobi)


Not Included:

Visa application fees, Any meals and drinks not specified above, premium alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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

Ngala Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the world renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world.  As one of the first concessions to be officially incorporated into the exclusive greater Kruger National Park, it enjoys otherwise unheard of traversing rights to this spectacular area. With luxury facilities, and a genuine sense of the adventure native to the Kruger, Ngala is a stunning safari getaway.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their flights to arrive into Johannesburg, South Africa


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met by the local Silversea representative, and assisted with your transfer to the charming suburb of Sandton.  Check-in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.  All meals today are on your own account.


Please note that the hotel check-in time is 2:00pm.  If your flight arrives early in the morning, you might consider reserving an additional night to guarantee immediate occupancy upon check-in.


Overnight at the Michelangelo Hotel

  

DAY 2 - JOHANNESBURG / HOEDSPRUIT / NGALA

Following breakfast this morning, return to the airport to begin your safari adventure.  You should be prepared to take all of your luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) for the airport.  At Johannesburg Airport you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored there. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport, and only 1 bag weighing no more than 44 lbs (20 kg) can travel with you on safari.  Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Hoedspruit.    


On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport, a Ngala Tented Camp representative is waiting to meet and transfer you by road to your camp (approx. 50 minute transfer time).

Ngala Tented Camp is situated in Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve.

Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation set within the tranquil bush.  It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, overhead fans, air conditioning and private wooden decks.


After some time to freshen up in your room, embark on an afternoon sunset game drive in the company of a qualified Game Ranger and Tracker.

Return to camp for a delicious dinner.


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp


DAY 3 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Spend the day at Ngala Tented Camp, enjoying delicious cuisine and embarking on early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall as well as the option of interpretive bush walks.

Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights over 14 700 hectares of game-rich wilderness. The reserve offers an intimate African wildlife experience, with game drives led by expert ranger and tracker teams. Sensitive off-roading practices allow close-up game sightings, while walking safaris and bush walks are also offered.

The camp is also home to a contoured lap pool as well as a massage sala overlooking the river (treatments at an additional cost).


Overnight at Ngala Tented Camp


DAY 4 - NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / JOHANNESBURG

Enjoy one last morning game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast and time to gather your belongings and complete check-out formalities.

Depart the camp and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport.  Check in and board your onward flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, the local representative is on hand to greet you and assist with collecting  your stored luggage.  Continue to the main terminal and check-in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.


Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport  a local guide is waiting to transfer you to the hotel.  Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at Victoria & Alfred Hotel


DAY 5 - CAPE TOWN EMBARKATION

Enjoy  a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.  In the late morning, the local Silversea representative is available to assist with your transfer to the pier.     Bon Voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        One night stay in a Superior Luxury Room at the Michelangelo Hotel - Johannesburg, S. Africa

·        Two night's stay in a Luxury Tent at the Ngala Tented Camp

·        One night stay in a Mountain Facing room at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel - Cape Town, S. Africa

·        Economy-Class flights: Johannesburg / Hoedspruit / Johannesburg / Cape Town - upgrades to Business Class are not available on flights to or from the bush

·        Meals:  Four breakfasts; two lunches and two dinners

·        Escorted game drives / tours as described

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 2 - Johannesburg / Hoedspruit - approximately 1 hour

Day 4 - Hoedspruit / Johannesburg - approximately 1 hour

Day 4 - Johannesburg / Cape Town - approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes

Please note we allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you transit Johannesburg Airport on your way to Cape Town.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a South African visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Health:

Emergency first aid is available at the safari camp.  We advise all guests to travel with a comprehensive insurance policy.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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

The Cape Peninsula on the tip of the African continent is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Travel down to the Cape of Good Hope. Discover the penguins of Boulders Beach. Then sip and savour your way through the vineyards, cellars and breathtaking scenery of Cape Wine lands, South Africa's largest wine region, and admire the oak-lined streetscapes and Dutch architecture of historic Stellenbosch.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.  


DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a local Silversea representative meets and guides you to your waiting vehicle to embark on a city orientation tour en route to the Table Bay Hotel. Along the way, you have the opportunity to ascend Table Mountain for a bird's eye view of the "Mother City".


The Table Bay Hotel, located on Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, straddles the antique breakwater and is an architectural masterpiece, capturing the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, combined with the contemporary design of today. It is in perfect harmony with the backdrop of Table Mountain, the historic working harbour and the yacht bay.


Lunch & dinner this evening are on your own account.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel  


DAY 2 -CAPE TOWN

After breakfast travel on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south westerly tip of Africa.   Drive through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles.


From Hout Bay continue via the scenic Chapman's Peak en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs is the main attraction in the Reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point from where you can enjoy breathtaking views. Continue to a scenically situated restaurant for lunch.


After lunch pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and continue to the colourful fishing harbor of Kalk Bay. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, the remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.


Overnight at the Table Bay Hotel  


DAY 03 - CAPE TOWN/CAPE WINELANDS/EMBARKATION

After breakfast and checkout of the hotel, depart for the Cape Wine lands. Travel to Stellenbosch, a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and streets lined with Oak Trees. After an orientation tour you will have time to explore the town and have lunch on your own.  Continue to one of Stellenbosch's wine estates where you will enjoy a wine tasting and a glimpse of the wine cellar.


Leave Stellenbosch and proceed back to Cape Town to transfer to the quayside to embark the ship.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

Two nights at the Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa - Luxury Room

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, 1 lunch

Tours as described

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available)


Luggage Information:

Luggage will travel with you throughout the tour.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program require a fair amount of walking, so are not recommended for mobility-impaired guests. However, guests in wheelchairs can manage this tour if accompanied by an assistant.  The tour guide is not able to assist guests who require a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  

Minimum Participation:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.  


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or 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 and weather, require.  The programme described here 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

Welcome to Southern Africa!  See amazing wildlife in Botswana's Chobe Chilwero.  View mighty Victoria Falls.  Enjoy a sunset river cruise.  Open vehicle safaris allow unforgettable close-ups of African wildlife and stunning natural landscapes, all while surrounding yourself in luxurious accommodations with fine, gourmet cuisine   Witness some of the most beautiful species in Africa - rhinoceros, elephants and buffalo, leopards, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippos and impalas, just to name a few.  Whether in the cosmopolitan suburbs, lively cities or tucked away in lodge while on a Safari, your Southern African adventure will be unforgettable.


Guests should schedule their arrival flights into Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.  


DAY 1 -JOHANNESBURG

Your Silversea representative meets you at Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo International Airport and assists you with your transfer to The Michelangelo.


The Michelangelo Hotel was strategically positioned to overlook the cosmopolitan piazza of Nelson Mandela Square, providing guests with access to a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, as well as cinemas and theatres in the shopping centre - all within walking distance of the hotel.  Following check-in, the balance of your day is at leisure for independent activities.  Please note that if your flight arrives much earlier than 2:00 pm, you might wish to reserve an additional night to insure immediate check-in upon arrival.


Overnight at the Michelangelo Hotel



DAY 2 - JOHANNESBURG / VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE CHILWERO

Following breakfast this morning transfer with your entire luggage (safari luggage as well as the balance of your baggage) to the airport for the flight to Victoria Falls.  At Johannesburg Airport you are met and your excess luggage pieces can be stored there. A maximum of 1 piece of luggage per person may be stored at the storage facilities at Johannesburg Airport. Once finished with this task, you are directed to your connecting flight onward to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.    


When you arrive in Victoria Falls, the local representative greets you and directs your transfer to the Lodge.  En-route, a guided walking tour of the famous falls is included. Learn how they were formed and the role they play in local customs and traditions.  With its vast curtain of water, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful cascades in the world, and certainly the most accessible.  Gaze at the mighty Zambezi as it flows, broad and placid, to the brink of a basalt lip seventeen hundred metres wide before taking a headlong plunge into the frothy chasm of the gorge below.  


Following your tour, continue with the drive to Kasane, Botswana.  Clear customs and immigration and continue on to Chobe Chilwero Lodge for your two-night stay and safari adventure. The Chobe Chilwero Lodge is named for its panoramic views over the Chobe River, islands and floodplain.  Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness, it is an enchanting safari sanctuary with gorgeous vistas and an abundance of creatures of the bush.  You can look forward to the most pleasant of creature comforts - elegantly appointed accommodations, silver service and gourmet meals.

Arriving in the late afternoon, check-in formalities are quickly dispensed with and you can relax with traditional 'sundowners' as evening shadows deepen.  Dinner is served at the Lodge this evening.


Overnight at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge


DAY 3 - CHOBE CHILWERO

An early wakeup call starts your day, along with coffee and tea served at the Lodge.  Sunrise is one of two 'peak' times to see wildlife.  Late night predators that have yet to settle down, along with daylight grazers who are just awakening.  


Game drives are conducted in 4 x 4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River.


Return to the Lodge for a full, hot breakfast.  Then explore the many pampering amenities and facilities the property has to offer - or simply relax on your private verandah and try to identify the animals that come and go from view.  


Both lunch and afternoon tea are served at the Lodge before it's time to head out for a late afternoon 'sundowner safari cruise' on the Chobe River.  Water is a magnet for wildlife in Africa and the variety of animals drawn to the river will delight you.


Return to the Lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.


DAY 4 - CHOBE CHILWERO / CAPE TOWN

Start your day with a very early wake-up call.  Coffee and tea are served before setting off for your final early morning game drive with your guide (if time and flight schedules allow).  Return to a hearty breakfast.  Bid farewell to your safari guide before you begin the drive back to the airport for your flights to Cape Town.  


With connection in Johannesburg, total travel time today is approximately 5 hours.  Upon arrival in Cape Town, the local representative meets you and assists with your transfer to the charming Cape Grace Hotel.  Set in the iconic Victoria & Alfred waterfront complex, Cape Town's most popular shopping and tourist attractions are all easily within reach. The Cape Grace melds modern luxury with traditional Cape culture, bringing the charm of Cape Town to life.   Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Cape Grace Hotel.


DAY 5 - CAPE TOWN

After a leisurely breakfast and check-out formalities, embark on a city orientation tour en route to the ship. Sights include the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Parliament Buildings, Company Gardens and the Cape Malay Quarter also known as the Bo-Kaap. Your tour will end at the quayside to embark the ship.



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

One night at The Michelangelo, Johannesburg

Two nights at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Botswana - Private Suite accommodations

One night at the Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town - Luxury accommodations

Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):

Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg / Cape Town

Included Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Escorted game drives / tours as described

Sundowner Cruise on the Chobe River

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (when available).


Flight Details:

Day Two:  Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Day Five:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Johannesburg - duration approximately 1 hour 40 minutes

Day Five:  Johannesburg / Cape Town - duration approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Please note we will allow 2 hours for check-in on regional/international flights and at least 1 hour for domestic flights.


Luggage Information:

Due to limited luggage space on flights to safari camps, guests are limited to one bag (44 lbs. / 20 kg.) for the safari portion of this tour.  Please note that weight restrictions are imposed for your safety and are strictly enforced.  The balance of your cruise luggage will be stored in Johannesburg and returned to you when you transit Johannesburg Airport on your way to Cape Town.  Excess baggage fees are charged by the airline, and are the responsibility of the guest.



Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.  


Citizens of most nationalities will be able to obtain the required double entry visa for Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls airport (see below).  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain the appropriate visas required for participation in this program.  At time of printing, rates for Zimbabwean visas are as follows:


                                        Double Entry                Single Entry

US Citizens:                                 USD$ 45                USD$ 30

UK Citizens:                                 USD$ 70                USD$ 55

Canadian Citizens:                        USD$ 150                USD$ 75



***Please note the visa fees must be paid on the spot and are the responsibility of each guest.  Fees above are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change without notice.  The local consulates would have the most updated requirements available.  Also note that it is necessary to have at least two blank pages in your passport per entry.


BOTSWANA: Currently a visa is not required for U.S. /U.K. citizens - all other nationalities should check with the Botswana Consulate. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.  


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.  Anti-malaria medication is not required but we strongly recommend that you discuss this topic thoroughly with your personal physician.  


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.  


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or 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 and weather, require.  The programme described here 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

Embark on a unique safari adventure at Etosha National Park, one of Namibia's finest and most important Game Reserves. The park is home to more than 100 mammal species, including elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. The Onguma Lodge is known for luxury and comfortable accommodations. The program involves a scheduled flight to Windhoek and charter flight to/from Etosha.


02MIDCPT-G Escape to Etosha (For Guests In-transit V4507/V4508)

Departure: April 5, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Rejoin ship: Walvis Bay April 7, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operates this programme.


Guests continuing in Cape Town to the next cruise segment have the opportunity   to experience a safari adventure of a special kind at one of Namibia's finest and most important Game Reserves, Etosha National Park. Covering an area of more than 8.685 square miles (22,750 square kilometers), the park is home to more than 100 mammal species, including elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions.


Your home for two nights is the luxurious Onguma Plains Lodge, also known as The Fort due to its unique architecture, evoking a classical African feel combined with Indian flavours. Onguma is one of several safari camps situated on the eastern side of Etosha and amidst the vast Onguma Game Reserve, arguably one of Namibia's best kept secrets. Here, guests will be able to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity, whilst enjoying the amenities of a deluxe and most unusual safari 'camp'.


DAY ONE - Cape Town/Walvis Bay/Onguma

Departing the ship in Cape Town, you are met and transferred to the airport for a scheduled flight to Windhoek, from where a 2-hour scenic flight by charter plane will take you to Etosha. On arrival at Mokuti airstrip, 4x4 vehicles stand ready to bring you to the Onguma Plains Lodge. Check-in to your suite and spend time at leisure until afternoon tea is served. Admire the beautifully decorated lounge and large wooden deck with scattered seating spaces allowing full view of the waterhole.  


In the late afternoon, set out on a game drive in the Onguma Reserve and Etosha National Park.  Etosha offers guests the opportunity of viewing various game in the largest national park in Namibia. Several waterholes ensure fantastic photographic opportunities and the thrill of seeing some of the largest mammals in the world.


Return to the lodge and after some time to freshen up, a sumptuous dinner will be served.


Overnight accommodation at Onguma Plains Lodge - Etosha.


DAY TWO - Etosha and Onguma Plains Reserve

Today's programme starts with an early wake-up call and a game drive, followed by breakfast. The remainder of the morning is at leisure. Lunch is served around 1:00 p.m. in the main dining area. There is time to relax until the departure of your sundowner safari, which will return in time for dinner at the lodge.  


Overnight accommodation at the Onguma Plains Lodge - Etosha.


DAY THREE - Onguma/Walvis Bay

After a game drive, enjoy breakfast, followed by check-out and leisure time until the transfer to the airstrip and the charter flight to Walvis Bay. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to Walvis Bay Harbour where the ship welcomes your return.  


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Cape Town on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Cape Town. It is suggested to guests who are physically fit, able to get in and out of small planes and safari vehicles without assistance and able to manage a very active program. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. The charter flight to and from Etosha takes approximately two hours each way in a five-passenger Cessna plane. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 2 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa and Namibia. Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kg).  


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Onguma Plains - Etosha

·        Scheduled flight: Cape Town/Windhoek

·        Charter Flight Windhoek/Etosha/Walvis Bay in 5-seater aircraft

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, afternoon tea, and two dinners (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Packed Lunch on Day 3


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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 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.

Benefits

World Cruise 2015 includes a luxurious array of benefits to ensure you’ll travel in comfort, and to make this voyage-of-a-lifetime an even more extraordinary experience.

In 2015, Silversea’s World Cruise includes more outstanding amenities than ever before with 3 amazing shoreside events and the most luxurious array of benefits.

Sail 115 days, Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on a world cruise and receive:

  • Business Class Air with Private Car Transfers
  • $4,000 Onboard Spending Credit per double occupancy suite
  • Gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight accommodation  the evening of January 4 before the luxury cruise at Montage Beverly Hills

Three Exclusive World Cruise Events

  • Sydney: An Event at the Opera
  • Colombo: Train to Pinnawala
  • Cape Town: Picnic in the Shadow of Table Mountain

Two Silversea Experiences for guests travelling 50+ days:

  • Walvis Bay: Namib Dinner Experience
  • Brunei: Royal Brunei Polo & Riding Club

Included Services:

  • Special Commemorative Gifts
  • Silver Shore Baggage Valet between home and the ship in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale
  • Complimentary Laundry Service
  • Complimentary Internet Package

Restrictions Apply — See World Cruise 2015 Terms & Conditions for full details.