Jan 05 2016
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World Cruise 2016

Discover lands of wonder or shrouded in mystery on this global circumnavigation with a luxury cruise. Places like Easter Island with its enigmatic Moai, haunting Petra, and isolated Pitcairn Island, home of the Bounty mutineers.

With numerous late-night and overnight calls, and even more connections to re-join the ship, you’ll have ample time to explore a breathtaking succession of highlights including Ayer’s Rock, Angkor Wat, the bejewelled temples of Burma and biblical treasures of the Holy Land on this world cruise.

For a fitting finale, our World Odyssey ends in Venice, a proud reflection of our Italian heritage and the inspiration for our own Venetian Society, Silversea’s loyalty club.

VENETIAN WORLD ODYSSEY 2016

From the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu to the newly emerging nation of Myanmar (formerly Burma), Venetian World Odyssey reveals the mysteries and marvels of some of the world’s most intriguing destinations. You’ll visit 51 ports in 115 days. And you can explore each one 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.

Click here to read the 2015 World Cruise Blog by Jon Fleming and follow along as we experience the extraordinary.

Lunch at The Taj Mahal

Arguably the most romantic of temples built to express love and loss is the beautiful Taj Mahal. Let us jet you off in chartered Read more

Masked Ball in Venice

Many say Venice seen in the twilight is at its most magnificent and mysterious. We embark our elegant water taxis in the early Read more

Island in the Harbor

Sydney Harbour has arguably two of the world most iconic structures – the glistening sails of the opera house roof and the Read more

Itinerary

Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Silver Whisper will sail around the world in 115 days, transiting the Panama Canal to South America, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Arabia. Revel in the paradise isles of Polynesia. Discover the bejewelled pagodas of Bagan. Gaze amazed at ancient wonders like Petra and Luxor that straddle the shores of the Red Sea.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
<p>Like many southeast Florida neighbors, Fort Lauderdale has long been revitalizing. In a state where gaudy tourist zones often stand aloof from workaday downtowns, Fort Lauderdale exhibits consistency at both ends of the 2-mile Las Olas corridor. The sparkling look results from upgrades both downtown and on the beachfront. Matching the downtown's innovative arts district, cafés, and boutiques is an equally inventive beach area, with hotels, cafés, and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new resort-style hotels replacing faded icons of yesteryear. Despite wariness of pretentious overdevelopment, city leaders have allowed a striking number of glittering high-rises.
Key West, Florida, United States of America
Along with the rest of Florida, Key West-the southernmost city in the continental United States-became part of American territory in 1821. In the late 19th century it was Florida's wealthiest city per capita. The locals made their fortunes from "wrecking"-rescuing people and salvaging cargo from ships that foundered on nearby reefs. Cigar making, fishing, shrimping, and sponge gathering also became important industries. Locally dubbed the "Conch Republic," Key West today makes for a unique port of call. A genuinely American town, it nevertheless exudes the relaxed atmosphere and pace of a typical Caribbean island.
Key West, Florida, United States of America
Along with the rest of Florida, Key West-the southernmost city in the continental United States-became part of American territory in 1821. In the late 19th century it was Florida's wealthiest city per capita. The locals made their fortunes from "wrecking"-rescuing people and salvaging cargo from ships that foundered on nearby reefs. Cigar making, fishing, shrimping, and sponge gathering also became important industries. Locally dubbed the "Conch Republic," Key West today makes for a unique port of call. A genuinely American town, it nevertheless exudes the relaxed atmosphere and pace of a typical Caribbean island.
Key West, Florida, United States of America
Along with the rest of Florida, Key West-the southernmost city in the continental United States-became part of American territory in 1821. In the late 19th century it was Florida's wealthiest city per capita. The locals made their fortunes from "wrecking"-rescuing people and salvaging cargo from ships that foundered on nearby reefs. Cigar making, fishing, shrimping, and sponge gathering also became important industries. Locally dubbed the "Conch Republic," Key West today makes for a unique port of call. A genuinely American town, it nevertheless exudes the relaxed atmosphere and pace of a typical Caribbean island.
Puerto Limón, Costa Rica
Christopher Columbus became Costa Rica's first tourist when he landed on this stretch of coast in 1502 during his fourth and final voyage to the New World. Expecting to find vast mineral wealth, he named the region Costa Rica ("rich coast"). Imagine the Spaniards' surprise eventually to find there was none. Save for a brief skirmish some six decades ago, the country did prove itself rich in a long tradition of peace and democracy. No other country in Latin America can make that claim. Costa Rica is also abundantly rich in natural beauty, managing to pack beaches, volcanoes, rain forests, and diverse animal life into an area the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.
The unique location of the Panama Canal at Central America's narrowest point between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean provided the idea for creating a passageway between these two bodies of water. In 1880, the French made the first attempt to build a canal, but disease and financial problems defeated them. In 1903, Panama and the United States signed a treaty by which the United States agreed to take over the project. The following year, the U.S. purchased the rights and properties from the French Canal Company and construction began. The project took ten years to complete at a cost of about $387 million.
The unique location of the Panama Canal at Central America's narrowest point between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean provided the idea for creating a passageway between these two bodies of water. In 1880, the French made the first attempt to build a canal, but disease and financial problems defeated them. In 1903, Panama and the United States signed a treaty by which the United States agreed to take over the project. The following year, the U.S. purchased the rights and properties from the French Canal Company and construction began. The project took ten years to complete at a cost of about $387 million.
Manta, Ecuador
Manta is Ecuador's major port along the central coast. Colorful fishing villages, unspoiled beaches and unusual tropical dry forest make this an important tourist destination and the starting point for day trips. The nearby town of Montecristi was founded in the early 1600s. With its colonial architecture, this small town is best known for its weaving wickerwork, and as the birthplace of the "Panama hat".
Manta, Ecuador
Manta is Ecuador's major port along the central coast. Colorful fishing villages, unspoiled beaches and unusual tropical dry forest make this an important tourist destination and the starting point for day trips. The nearby town of Montecristi was founded in the early 1600s. With its colonial architecture, this small town is best known for its weaving wickerwork, and as the birthplace of the "Panama hat".
Salaverry, Peru
Located about nine hours north of Lima, Trujillo was founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro. The attractive, colonial city retains much of its original charm with elegant casonas, or mansions, lining the streets. Nearby is Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú, a local Indian tribe who came under the rule of the Incas. The area has several other Chimú sites, some dating back about 1500 years. The region is also famous as the home of the Peruvian Paso horses, as well as excellent beaches offering world-class surfing and other water sports.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Callao (Lima), Peru
<p>When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood. But wander around the regal edifices surrounding the Plaza de Armas, among the gnarled olive trees of San Isidro's Parque El Olivar, or along the winding lanes in the coastal community of Barranco, and you'll find yourself charmed.
Easter Island, Chile
<p>The most isolated island in the world—2,985 km (1,850 mi) from its nearest populated neighbor and 3,700 km (2,295 mi) off the Chilean coast—Easter Island was uninhabited until around 1,500 years ago. That's when, according to local legend, King Hotu Matu'a and his extended family landed on a beach on the northern shore. Exactly where they came from is still a mystery. Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl believed they came from South America and, to prove the journey was possible, set sail in 1947 from Peru in a balsa-wood boat called the Kon-Tiki. Most archaeologists, however, believe the original inhabitants were of Polynesian descent.
Easter Island, Chile
<p>The most isolated island in the world—2,985 km (1,850 mi) from its nearest populated neighbor and 3,700 km (2,295 mi) off the Chilean coast—Easter Island was uninhabited until around 1,500 years ago. That's when, according to local legend, King Hotu Matu'a and his extended family landed on a beach on the northern shore. Exactly where they came from is still a mystery. Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl believed they came from South America and, to prove the journey was possible, set sail in 1947 from Peru in a balsa-wood boat called the Kon-Tiki. Most archaeologists, however, believe the original inhabitants were of Polynesian descent.
Easter Island, Chile
<p>The most isolated island in the world—2,985 km (1,850 mi) from its nearest populated neighbor and 3,700 km (2,295 mi) off the Chilean coast—Easter Island was uninhabited until around 1,500 years ago. That's when, according to local legend, King Hotu Matu'a and his extended family landed on a beach on the northern shore. Exactly where they came from is still a mystery. Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl believed they came from South America and, to prove the journey was possible, set sail in 1947 from Peru in a balsa-wood boat called the Kon-Tiki. Most archaeologists, however, believe the original inhabitants were of Polynesian descent.
Adamstown, Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn Island of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame lies roughly mid-way between Peru and New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. The small volcanic island was discovered in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.

An Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, Pitcairn was the first Pacific island to become a British colony in 1838. It is administered under the British High Commissioner in New Zealand who is governor of Pitcairn and the neighboring Henderson, Ducie and Oeno islands.

Rugged in appearance and rising to almost 1,000 feet, the island is about one third the size of Washington, D.C.
Adamstown, Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn Island of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame lies roughly mid-way between Peru and New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. The small volcanic island was discovered in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.

An Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, Pitcairn was the first Pacific island to become a British colony in 1838. It is administered under the British High Commissioner in New Zealand who is governor of Pitcairn and the neighboring Henderson, Ducie and Oeno islands.

Rugged in appearance and rising to almost 1,000 feet, the island is about one third the size of Washington, D.C.
Adamstown, Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn Island of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame lies roughly mid-way between Peru and New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. The small volcanic island was discovered in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.

An Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, Pitcairn was the first Pacific island to become a British colony in 1838. It is administered under the British High Commissioner in New Zealand who is governor of Pitcairn and the neighboring Henderson, Ducie and Oeno islands.

Rugged in appearance and rising to almost 1,000 feet, the island is about one third the size of Washington, D.C.
Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
<p>Fakarava is oblong shaped and has an almost continuous string of reef and motu stretching for 40 km (25 mi) on its eastern edge. It's the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls, located 450 km (280 mi) northeast of Tahiti, and 120 km (75 mi) southeast of Rangiroa. It's renowned for the drift diving in its two passes—Garuae (also spelled Ngarue) in the north near the main town of Rotoava (and the airport) and Tamakohua Pass, 48 km (30 mi) across the lagoon in the south. The tiny village of Tetamanu, situated by the southern pass, was once the capital of the Tuamotus and houses the first church built in the archipelago in 1874.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Tahiti's heart-shaped sister island Moorea is located only 9 miles (14.5 kilometres) across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti. Although Bora Bora and Tahiti are destinations most prominently advertised, it is Moorea, the ‘Magical Island’, that is the best-kept secret of this trio of famous islands in French Polynesia. In fact, Moorea has often been likened to James Michener’s mythological island of Bali Hai, and it is easy to see why. Picture-perfect lagoons and gleaming white beaches are surrounded by jagged mountains and volcanic spires. Moorea’s six mountains include Mount Rotui, which offers spectacular views of Opunohu Bay and the island from its summit.
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Formed by two ancient volcanoes and joined at the isthmus of Taravao, Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Archipelago and economic heart of French Polynesia. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin immortalized Tahitian maidens in vibrant colours on his canvasses, Tahiti has embodied a mysterious allure and still summons up the romance of the South Pacific as a tropical paradise. Rising in the centre, Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai are the island’s highest points; deep valleys radiate in all directions from these central peaks, and steep slopes drop abruptly from the high plateaus to coastal plains.
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Formed by two ancient volcanoes and joined at the isthmus of Taravao, Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Archipelago and economic heart of French Polynesia. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin immortalized Tahitian maidens in vibrant colours on his canvasses, Tahiti has embodied a mysterious allure and still summons up the romance of the South Pacific as a tropical paradise. Rising in the centre, Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai are the island’s highest points; deep valleys radiate in all directions from these central peaks, and steep slopes drop abruptly from the high plateaus to coastal plains.
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Formed by two ancient volcanoes and joined at the isthmus of Taravao, Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Archipelago and economic heart of French Polynesia. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin immortalized Tahitian maidens in vibrant colours on his canvasses, Tahiti has embodied a mysterious allure and still summons up the romance of the South Pacific as a tropical paradise. Rising in the centre, Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai are the island’s highest points; deep valleys radiate in all directions from these central peaks, and steep slopes drop abruptly from the high plateaus to coastal plains.
Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
<p>Chances are that if you were asked to draw your idea of a Pacific island, you might come up with a picture that looks pretty much like Bora Bora—soaring rain-forest covered peaks, a classic lagoon of blues and greens, and a ring of coral reef and tiny islets with lovely beaches and coconut trees. The island itself can be explored in a few hours; there are sweeping beaches in the south and ancient Polynesian temples hidden in the jungle. It's populated by 8,880 Polynesians who love to show visitors their treasured lagoon and its marine inhabitants. They also love to entertain visitors with music and dance.American writer James A.
Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
<p>Chances are that if you were asked to draw your idea of a Pacific island, you might come up with a picture that looks pretty much like Bora Bora—soaring rain-forest covered peaks, a classic lagoon of blues and greens, and a ring of coral reef and tiny islets with lovely beaches and coconut trees. The island itself can be explored in a few hours; there are sweeping beaches in the south and ancient Polynesian temples hidden in the jungle. It's populated by 8,880 Polynesians who love to show visitors their treasured lagoon and its marine inhabitants. They also love to entertain visitors with music and dance.American writer James A.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are scattered like tiny jewels over a large stretch of sea between Tahiti and Samoa, lying virtually in the center of the Polynesian Triangle of the South Pacific. The first settlers arrived around the 8th century from the Society Islands, Samoa and the Marquesas, while the first Europeans made contact at the turn of the 16th century. In 1824, a Russian cartographer put the islands on the map, naming them after Captain Cook, who discovered five of the islands in the Southern Group in the 1770s. The natural beauty of Rarotonga, the principal island of the Cook archipelago, is profound and overwhelming.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are scattered like tiny jewels over a large stretch of sea between Tahiti and Samoa, lying virtually in the center of the Polynesian Triangle of the South Pacific. The first settlers arrived around the 8th century from the Society Islands, Samoa and the Marquesas, while the first Europeans made contact at the turn of the 16th century. In 1824, a Russian cartographer put the islands on the map, naming them after Captain Cook, who discovered five of the islands in the Southern Group in the 1770s. The natural beauty of Rarotonga, the principal island of the Cook archipelago, is profound and overwhelming.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are scattered like tiny jewels over a large stretch of sea between Tahiti and Samoa, lying virtually in the center of the Polynesian Triangle of the South Pacific. The first settlers arrived around the 8th century from the Society Islands, Samoa and the Marquesas, while the first Europeans made contact at the turn of the 16th century. In 1824, a Russian cartographer put the islands on the map, naming them after Captain Cook, who discovered five of the islands in the Southern Group in the 1770s. The natural beauty of Rarotonga, the principal island of the Cook archipelago, is profound and overwhelming.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are scattered like tiny jewels over a large stretch of sea between Tahiti and Samoa, lying virtually in the center of the Polynesian Triangle of the South Pacific. The first settlers arrived around the 8th century from the Society Islands, Samoa and the Marquesas, while the first Europeans made contact at the turn of the 16th century. In 1824, a Russian cartographer put the islands on the map, naming them after Captain Cook, who discovered five of the islands in the Southern Group in the 1770s. The natural beauty of Rarotonga, the principal island of the Cook archipelago, is profound and overwhelming.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are scattered like tiny jewels over a large stretch of sea between Tahiti and Samoa, lying virtually in the center of the Polynesian Triangle of the South Pacific. The first settlers arrived around the 8th century from the Society Islands, Samoa and the Marquesas, while the first Europeans made contact at the turn of the 16th century. In 1824, a Russian cartographer put the islands on the map, naming them after Captain Cook, who discovered five of the islands in the Southern Group in the 1770s. The natural beauty of Rarotonga, the principal island of the Cook archipelago, is profound and overwhelming.
Tauranga, New Zealand
The population center of the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest-growing cities, thanks in large part to retirees and young families escaping the bustle of Auckland. Along with its neighbor, Whakatane, this seaside city claims to be one of the country's sunniest towns. Unlike most local towns, Tauranga doesn't grind to a halt in the off-season. Not only does it have the country's largest export port, but the excellent waves at neighboring Mount Maunganui always draw surfers; there's also a fun café scene.
Auckland, New Zealand
<p>Auckland is called the City of Sails, and visitors flying in will see why. On the East Coast is the Waitemata Harbour—a Māori word meaning sparkling waters—which is bordered by the Hauraki Gulf, an aquatic playground peppered with small islands where many Aucklanders can be found "mucking around in boats."Not surprisingly, Auckland has some 70,000 boats. About one in four households in Auckland has a seacraft of some kind, and there are 102 beaches within an hour's drive; during the week many are quite empty. Even the airport is by the water; it borders the Manukau Harbour, which also takes its name from the Māori language and means solitary bird.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
<p>You'll be best served on a trip to Northland by taking in inspiring views from winding coastal roads or reading on a quiet beach with some fruit from owner-operated shops. This isn't the place for good coffee or fancy food—those desires are best left for the cities—but you can relax at a luxury lodge or comfortable motel. Northland is a contradiction. The high unemployment rate, particularly among the area's Māori population, contrasts with the area's lodges, and scenery that goes from rugged to pastoral in a matter of kilometers. You will notice the change about an hour after leaving the sometimes-confusing jumble (both charm and scourge) that makes up Auckland.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
<p>You'll be best served on a trip to Northland by taking in inspiring views from winding coastal roads or reading on a quiet beach with some fruit from owner-operated shops. This isn't the place for good coffee or fancy food—those desires are best left for the cities—but you can relax at a luxury lodge or comfortable motel. Northland is a contradiction. The high unemployment rate, particularly among the area's Māori population, contrasts with the area's lodges, and scenery that goes from rugged to pastoral in a matter of kilometers. You will notice the change about an hour after leaving the sometimes-confusing jumble (both charm and scourge) that makes up Auckland.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
<p>You'll be best served on a trip to Northland by taking in inspiring views from winding coastal roads or reading on a quiet beach with some fruit from owner-operated shops. This isn't the place for good coffee or fancy food—those desires are best left for the cities—but you can relax at a luxury lodge or comfortable motel. Northland is a contradiction. The high unemployment rate, particularly among the area's Māori population, contrasts with the area's lodges, and scenery that goes from rugged to pastoral in a matter of kilometers. You will notice the change about an hour after leaving the sometimes-confusing jumble (both charm and scourge) that makes up Auckland.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
<p>You'll be best served on a trip to Northland by taking in inspiring views from winding coastal roads or reading on a quiet beach with some fruit from owner-operated shops. This isn't the place for good coffee or fancy food—those desires are best left for the cities—but you can relax at a luxury lodge or comfortable motel. Northland is a contradiction. The high unemployment rate, particularly among the area's Māori population, contrasts with the area's lodges, and scenery that goes from rugged to pastoral in a matter of kilometers. You will notice the change about an hour after leaving the sometimes-confusing jumble (both charm and scourge) that makes up Auckland.
Sydney, Australia
Sydney belongs to that exclusive club of world cities that give you a sense of excitement from the first time you see them. Home to 4 million people, it is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Indented with numerous bays and beaches and gilded with a glistening Opera House, Sydney Harbour is the presiding icon for the city, and for urban Australia. But Sydney didn't have an easy beginning. The first residents were prisoners, flushed from overcrowded jails in England and sent halfway around the globe to live out their sentences and their lives. Sydney has long since outgrown the stigma of its convict origins, but the passage of time has not tamed its rebellious spirit.
Sydney, Australia
Sydney belongs to that exclusive club of world cities that give you a sense of excitement from the first time you see them. Home to 4 million people, it is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Indented with numerous bays and beaches and gilded with a glistening Opera House, Sydney Harbour is the presiding icon for the city, and for urban Australia. But Sydney didn't have an easy beginning. The first residents were prisoners, flushed from overcrowded jails in England and sent halfway around the globe to live out their sentences and their lives. Sydney has long since outgrown the stigma of its convict origins, but the passage of time has not tamed its rebellious spirit.
Sydney, Australia
Sydney belongs to that exclusive club of world cities that give you a sense of excitement from the first time you see them. Home to 4 million people, it is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Indented with numerous bays and beaches and gilded with a glistening Opera House, Sydney Harbour is the presiding icon for the city, and for urban Australia. But Sydney didn't have an easy beginning. The first residents were prisoners, flushed from overcrowded jails in England and sent halfway around the globe to live out their sentences and their lives. Sydney has long since outgrown the stigma of its convict origins, but the passage of time has not tamed its rebellious spirit.
Newcastle with a population of 250,000 is the second largest city in New South Wales, located at the mouth of the Hunter River. Founded as a penal colony, coal deposits quickly led to Newcastle becoming an important centre for shipping and commerce by the 1860s. Industrialisation increased after iron and steel mills were built in 1915. Today, Newcastle, known as the gateway to the Hunter Valley, is an attractive destination full of historic buildings. The city is the commercial, administrative and industrial centre of the region and has the largest export harbour in the Commonwealth. Attractions include numerous beaches, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and a fabulous lookout at Mount Sugarloaf.
Newcastle with a population of 250,000 is the second largest city in New South Wales, located at the mouth of the Hunter River. Founded as a penal colony, coal deposits quickly led to Newcastle becoming an important centre for shipping and commerce by the 1860s. Industrialisation increased after iron and steel mills were built in 1915. Today, Newcastle, known as the gateway to the Hunter Valley, is an attractive destination full of historic buildings. The city is the commercial, administrative and industrial centre of the region and has the largest export harbour in the Commonwealth. Attractions include numerous beaches, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and a fabulous lookout at Mount Sugarloaf.
Newcastle with a population of 250,000 is the second largest city in New South Wales, located at the mouth of the Hunter River. Founded as a penal colony, coal deposits quickly led to Newcastle becoming an important centre for shipping and commerce by the 1860s. Industrialisation increased after iron and steel mills were built in 1915. Today, Newcastle, known as the gateway to the Hunter Valley, is an attractive destination full of historic buildings. The city is the commercial, administrative and industrial centre of the region and has the largest export harbour in the Commonwealth. Attractions include numerous beaches, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and a fabulous lookout at Mount Sugarloaf.
Founded in 1864, Townsville is the heart of North Queensland with a population of 130,000. It is the focal point of the region, attracting many people due to its pleasant climate and relaxed lifestyle. Townsville is the port city for the agricultural and mining production of the vast inland region of northern Queensland, as well as the starting point of the main road to the Northern Territory. In recent years, millions of dollars have been spent in an effort to attract more visitors to stay in Townsville rather than heading on to Cairns. A hotel-casino and marina have been built on the oceanfront and other parts of the city are being redeveloped while still retaining many of its 19th-century buildings.
Cairns, Australia
<p>Tourism is the lifeblood of Cairns (pronounced Caans). The city makes a good base for exploring the wild top half of Queensland, and tens of thousands Of international travelers use it as a jumping-off point for activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the Barrier Reef, as well as boating, fishing, parasailing, scenic flights, and rain-forest treks. It's a tough environment, with intense heat and fierce wildlife. Along with wallabies and grey kangaroos in the savannah and tree kangaroos in the rain forest, you'll find stealthy saltwater crocodiles, venomous snakes, and jellyfish so deadly they put the region’s stunning beaches off- limits to swimmers for nearly half the year.
Cairns, Australia
<p>Tourism is the lifeblood of Cairns (pronounced Caans). The city makes a good base for exploring the wild top half of Queensland, and tens of thousands Of international travelers use it as a jumping-off point for activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the Barrier Reef, as well as boating, fishing, parasailing, scenic flights, and rain-forest treks. It's a tough environment, with intense heat and fierce wildlife. Along with wallabies and grey kangaroos in the savannah and tree kangaroos in the rain forest, you'll find stealthy saltwater crocodiles, venomous snakes, and jellyfish so deadly they put the region’s stunning beaches off- limits to swimmers for nearly half the year.
Cairns, Australia
<p>Tourism is the lifeblood of Cairns (pronounced Caans). The city makes a good base for exploring the wild top half of Queensland, and tens of thousands Of international travelers use it as a jumping-off point for activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the Barrier Reef, as well as boating, fishing, parasailing, scenic flights, and rain-forest treks. It's a tough environment, with intense heat and fierce wildlife. Along with wallabies and grey kangaroos in the savannah and tree kangaroos in the rain forest, you'll find stealthy saltwater crocodiles, venomous snakes, and jellyfish so deadly they put the region’s stunning beaches off- limits to swimmers for nearly half the year.
Thursday Island, Australia
The colourful outpost of Thursday Island is one of only 17 inhabited islands in the Torres Strait. This important shipping channel is located between Cape York on the mainland of Australia and the southern coast of Papua New Guinea. ‘T.I.’, as the island is known, was settled in 1877 due to its well-sheltered harbour. Today, Thursday Island boasts a population of some 3,500; the majority is native islanders, with a mix of Malay, Polynesian, Chinese and Japanese. The island has an interesting history, and was once the base for a fleet of more than a hundred pearling vessels.
Thursday Island, Australia
The colourful outpost of Thursday Island is one of only 17 inhabited islands in the Torres Strait. This important shipping channel is located between Cape York on the mainland of Australia and the southern coast of Papua New Guinea. ‘T.I.’, as the island is known, was settled in 1877 due to its well-sheltered harbour. Today, Thursday Island boasts a population of some 3,500; the majority is native islanders, with a mix of Malay, Polynesian, Chinese and Japanese. The island has an interesting history, and was once the base for a fleet of more than a hundred pearling vessels.
Darwin, Australia
<p>Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.
Darwin, Australia
<p>Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.
Darwin, Australia
<p>Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.
Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
<p>Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali
apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a
living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.</p>.
Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
<p>Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali
apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a
living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.</p>.
Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
<p>Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali
apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a
living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.</p>.
Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
<p>Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali
apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a
living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.</p>.
Sandakan, Malaysia
One of Southeast Asia's most diverse countries, Malaysia has a population of 23 million, about 50% of whom are Malay, 24% Chinese, and 7% Indian. The remainder is a mix of immigrants from other places and non-Malay indigenous tribes. Malaysia is officially a Muslim country, but Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia's two northern Borneo states, are primarily Christian, the legacy of 20th-century missionaries. Sabah encompasses some 75,500 square km (29,388 square mi), but it only has about 2 million people, of which the Kadazans are the largest ethnic group. Along the west coast, the Bajau grow rice and raise ponies; on the east coast, a group related to the Bajau are mostly fishermen.
Sandakan, Malaysia
One of Southeast Asia's most diverse countries, Malaysia has a population of 23 million, about 50% of whom are Malay, 24% Chinese, and 7% Indian. The remainder is a mix of immigrants from other places and non-Malay indigenous tribes. Malaysia is officially a Muslim country, but Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia's two northern Borneo states, are primarily Christian, the legacy of 20th-century missionaries. Sabah encompasses some 75,500 square km (29,388 square mi), but it only has about 2 million people, of which the Kadazans are the largest ethnic group. Along the west coast, the Bajau grow rice and raise ponies; on the east coast, a group related to the Bajau are mostly fishermen.
Manila, Philippines
The urban sprawl that is metropolitan Manila is a fascinating, even surreal, combination of modernity and tradition. In Manila's streets, you'll see horse-drawn calesas (carriages) alongside sleek Mercedes-Benzes, Japanese sedans, passenger buses, and the ubiquitous passenger jeepneys — once converted World War II Jeeps, but now manufactured locally. Manila's upscale Makati City is the country's financial center, with wide, well-kept boulevards, high-rise apartment and office buildings, ultramodern shopping centers, and well-guarded walled enclaves of the fabulously rich. Getting around the city can be a daunting proposition in thelegendary traffic jams.
Manila, Philippines
The urban sprawl that is metropolitan Manila is a fascinating, even surreal, combination of modernity and tradition. In Manila's streets, you'll see horse-drawn calesas (carriages) alongside sleek Mercedes-Benzes, Japanese sedans, passenger buses, and the ubiquitous passenger jeepneys — once converted World War II Jeeps, but now manufactured locally. Manila's upscale Makati City is the country's financial center, with wide, well-kept boulevards, high-rise apartment and office buildings, ultramodern shopping centers, and well-guarded walled enclaves of the fabulously rich. Getting around the city can be a daunting proposition in thelegendary traffic jams.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are divided both physically and psychologically by Victoria Harbour. On Hong Kong Island, the central city stretches only a few kilometers south into the island before mountains rise up, but the city goes several more kilometers north into Kowloon. In the main districts and neighborhoods, luxury boutiques are a stone's throw away from old hawker stalls, and a modern, high-tech horse-racing track is just around the corner from a temple housing more than 10,000 buddhas.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are divided both physically and psychologically by Victoria Harbour. On Hong Kong Island, the central city stretches only a few kilometers south into the island before mountains rise up, but the city goes several more kilometers north into Kowloon. In the main districts and neighborhoods, luxury boutiques are a stone's throw away from old hawker stalls, and a modern, high-tech horse-racing track is just around the corner from a temple housing more than 10,000 buddhas.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are divided both physically and psychologically by Victoria Harbour. On Hong Kong Island, the central city stretches only a few kilometers south into the island before mountains rise up, but the city goes several more kilometers north into Kowloon. In the main districts and neighborhoods, luxury boutiques are a stone's throw away from old hawker stalls, and a modern, high-tech horse-racing track is just around the corner from a temple housing more than 10,000 buddhas.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are divided both physically and psychologically by Victoria Harbour. On Hong Kong Island, the central city stretches only a few kilometers south into the island before mountains rise up, but the city goes several more kilometers north into Kowloon. In the main districts and neighborhoods, luxury boutiques are a stone's throw away from old hawker stalls, and a modern, high-tech horse-racing track is just around the corner from a temple housing more than 10,000 buddhas.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are divided both physically and psychologically by Victoria Harbour. On Hong Kong Island, the central city stretches only a few kilometers south into the island before mountains rise up, but the city goes several more kilometers north into Kowloon. In the main districts and neighborhoods, luxury boutiques are a stone's throw away from old hawker stalls, and a modern, high-tech horse-racing track is just around the corner from a temple housing more than 10,000 buddhas.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
<p>A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind-sculpted limestone formations jut from foggy lagoons. Dotting the bay are tiny islands bordered by white sandy coves and hidden caves, adding to the majestic landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adding to this naturalist's dream is the biodiversity of islets, grottos, and Cat Ba Island national park. The bay, however, shows tourism's impact: the clearing of mangrove forests to make way for jetties and piers, marine life threatened by game fishing, and garbage from passenger boats and fishing villages found lining the shores.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
<p>A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind-sculpted limestone formations jut from foggy lagoons. Dotting the bay are tiny islands bordered by white sandy coves and hidden caves, adding to the majestic landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adding to this naturalist's dream is the biodiversity of islets, grottos, and Cat Ba Island national park. The bay, however, shows tourism's impact: the clearing of mangrove forests to make way for jetties and piers, marine life threatened by game fishing, and garbage from passenger boats and fishing villages found lining the shores.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
<p>A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind-sculpted limestone formations jut from foggy lagoons. Dotting the bay are tiny islands bordered by white sandy coves and hidden caves, adding to the majestic landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adding to this naturalist's dream is the biodiversity of islets, grottos, and Cat Ba Island national park. The bay, however, shows tourism's impact: the clearing of mangrove forests to make way for jetties and piers, marine life threatened by game fishing, and garbage from passenger boats and fishing villages found lining the shores.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
<p>Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and the engine driving the country's current resurgence. It may be the most capitalist city in the country, but HCMC hasn't forgotten its role in the struggle for Vietnamese independence, as attested by such sites as Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Communist ideals aside, HCMC is once again a dynamic business-minded city, as a stroll down Dong Khoi Street or through Ben Thanh Market will prove. Aside from pockets of older architecture, HCMC is a sprawling, rapidly modernizing city that offers an urban buzz unlike anywhere else in Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
<p>Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and the engine driving the country's current resurgence. It may be the most capitalist city in the country, but HCMC hasn't forgotten its role in the struggle for Vietnamese independence, as attested by such sites as Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Communist ideals aside, HCMC is once again a dynamic business-minded city, as a stroll down Dong Khoi Street or through Ben Thanh Market will prove. Aside from pockets of older architecture, HCMC is a sprawling, rapidly modernizing city that offers an urban buzz unlike anywhere else in Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
<p>Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and the engine driving the country's current resurgence. It may be the most capitalist city in the country, but HCMC hasn't forgotten its role in the struggle for Vietnamese independence, as attested by such sites as Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Communist ideals aside, HCMC is once again a dynamic business-minded city, as a stroll down Dong Khoi Street or through Ben Thanh Market will prove. Aside from pockets of older architecture, HCMC is a sprawling, rapidly modernizing city that offers an urban buzz unlike anywhere else in Vietnam.
Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand
<p>Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels and Venice of the East, will hit you like a ton of bricks. It's hot, polluted, and chaotic, and it thrills with energy; there's such a vast array of sightseeing, shopping, and eating possibilities that you'll have little time to rest. When you do find a moment, pamper yourself with spa treatments, skyline-view bars, luxurious hotels, and excellent restaurants. The city is a mesmerizing blend of old and new, East and West, and dizzying contradictions. Temples and red-light districts, languid canals and permanent gridlock, streetside vendors and chic upscale eateries, all make their home together, all at the same time.
Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand
<p>Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels and Venice of the East, will hit you like a ton of bricks. It's hot, polluted, and chaotic, and it thrills with energy; there's such a vast array of sightseeing, shopping, and eating possibilities that you'll have little time to rest. When you do find a moment, pamper yourself with spa treatments, skyline-view bars, luxurious hotels, and excellent restaurants. The city is a mesmerizing blend of old and new, East and West, and dizzying contradictions. Temples and red-light districts, languid canals and permanent gridlock, streetside vendors and chic upscale eateries, all make their home together, all at the same time.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand’s third largest island, Ko Samui, lies 420 miles (675 kilometres) south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand. The first settlers were islanders from Hainan Island (now part of China) who took up coconut farming some 150 years ago. Today, in addition to tourism, coconut palms still provide a major source of income to residents. In fact, up to two million coconuts are shipped to Bangkok every month. Most of Ko Samui’s population lives in the port city of Na Thon. Located on the western side of the island, it is also the oldest town. While originally all travel was by boat or foot, a main road encircles the island, with several offshoots into the interior.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand’s third largest island, Ko Samui, lies 420 miles (675 kilometres) south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand. The first settlers were islanders from Hainan Island (now part of China) who took up coconut farming some 150 years ago. Today, in addition to tourism, coconut palms still provide a major source of income to residents. In fact, up to two million coconuts are shipped to Bangkok every month. Most of Ko Samui’s population lives in the port city of Na Thon. Located on the western side of the island, it is also the oldest town. While originally all travel was by boat or foot, a main road encircles the island, with several offshoots into the interior.
Singapore
To arrive in Singapore is to step into a world where the call to prayer competes with the bustle of capitalism; where old men play mah-jongg in the streets and white-clad bowlers send the ball flying down well-tended cricket pitches; where Chinese fortune-tellers and high-priced management consultants advise the same entrepreneur. This great diversity of lifestyles, cultures, and religions thrives within the framework of a well-ordered society. Singapore is a spotlessly clean, modern metropolis surrounded by green, groomed parks and populated by 4.6 million orderly and well-regulated people, including many foreigners.
Singapore
To arrive in Singapore is to step into a world where the call to prayer competes with the bustle of capitalism; where old men play mah-jongg in the streets and white-clad bowlers send the ball flying down well-tended cricket pitches; where Chinese fortune-tellers and high-priced management consultants advise the same entrepreneur. This great diversity of lifestyles, cultures, and religions thrives within the framework of a well-ordered society. Singapore is a spotlessly clean, modern metropolis surrounded by green, groomed parks and populated by 4.6 million orderly and well-regulated people, including many foreigners.
Singapore
To arrive in Singapore is to step into a world where the call to prayer competes with the bustle of capitalism; where old men play mah-jongg in the streets and white-clad bowlers send the ball flying down well-tended cricket pitches; where Chinese fortune-tellers and high-priced management consultants advise the same entrepreneur. This great diversity of lifestyles, cultures, and religions thrives within the framework of a well-ordered society. Singapore is a spotlessly clean, modern metropolis surrounded by green, groomed parks and populated by 4.6 million orderly and well-regulated people, including many foreigners.
Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur presents modern, urban Southeast Asia in a manageable package. Malaysia's largest city universally known as KL is a grab bag of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures with European and Islamic influences. Colonial architecture mixes with modern skyscrapers; grand urban monuments obscure ancient alleyways where weather-beaten clerks tend to Oriental delights. The city isn't a particularly old one. When miners discovered tin between two murky rivers Kuala Lumpur means "muddy confluence" in Malay in 1857, Chinese traders promptly set up shop and the city was born. The British moved their colonial administration from nearby Selangor during the 1880s, and KL's urban sprawl began.
Penang, Georgetown, Malaysia
<p>An island off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia, Penang is blessed with a multicultural history that's led to a fascinating fusion of East and West. Claimed by the British East India Company in 1786, the island's city center of Georgetown—listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is filled with colonial architecture, temples, and museums. The island has also attracted many Chinese immigrants, who now make up the majority of the population. On Penang you'll find an exciting mix of jungle, coast, farmland, and fishing villages, along with the country's largest Buddhist temple.</p>.
Phuket, Thailand
Thailand's only island province is connected to the mainland by the Thep Krasettree Causeway. Known as the "Pearl of Thailand", Phuket offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that rise above the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay. With a land area of 215 square miles, Phuket Island is Thailand's largest island and about the same size as Singapore. Arab and Indian navigators have called here since the end of the 9th century, while the first Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Apart from tourism, much of the province's wealth derives from tin production, which started back in the 1500s.
Phuket, Thailand
Thailand's only island province is connected to the mainland by the Thep Krasettree Causeway. Known as the "Pearl of Thailand", Phuket offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that rise above the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay. With a land area of 215 square miles, Phuket Island is Thailand's largest island and about the same size as Singapore. Arab and Indian navigators have called here since the end of the 9th century, while the first Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Apart from tourism, much of the province's wealth derives from tin production, which started back in the 1500s.
Yangon, Myanmar (former Burma)
Myanmar, called Burma by the British, is the name long used by its people for their homeland. Myanmar is also known as the “Golden Land” for its rich soil and the wealth of minerals and precious stones.The country was consolidated in the 11th century by King Anawrahta with Bagan as its capital. His empire collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols 200 years later. In 1852, the British annexed Burma and gradually transformed Yangon (formerly Rangoon) into a booming trading center for rice, oil and teak.Their colonial rule lasted until 1948, interrupted only by the Japanese occupation during World War II. Yangon’s cosmopolitan air dissipated after the country achieved independence in 1948.
Yangon, Myanmar (former Burma)
Myanmar, called Burma by the British, is the name long used by its people for their homeland. Myanmar is also known as the “Golden Land” for its rich soil and the wealth of minerals and precious stones.The country was consolidated in the 11th century by King Anawrahta with Bagan as its capital. His empire collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols 200 years later. In 1852, the British annexed Burma and gradually transformed Yangon (formerly Rangoon) into a booming trading center for rice, oil and teak.Their colonial rule lasted until 1948, interrupted only by the Japanese occupation during World War II. Yangon’s cosmopolitan air dissipated after the country achieved independence in 1948.
Yangon, Myanmar (former Burma)
Myanmar, called Burma by the British, is the name long used by its people for their homeland. Myanmar is also known as the “Golden Land” for its rich soil and the wealth of minerals and precious stones.The country was consolidated in the 11th century by King Anawrahta with Bagan as its capital. His empire collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols 200 years later. In 1852, the British annexed Burma and gradually transformed Yangon (formerly Rangoon) into a booming trading center for rice, oil and teak.Their colonial rule lasted until 1948, interrupted only by the Japanese occupation during World War II. Yangon’s cosmopolitan air dissipated after the country achieved independence in 1948.
Yangon, Myanmar (former Burma)
Myanmar, called Burma by the British, is the name long used by its people for their homeland. Myanmar is also known as the “Golden Land” for its rich soil and the wealth of minerals and precious stones.The country was consolidated in the 11th century by King Anawrahta with Bagan as its capital. His empire collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols 200 years later. In 1852, the British annexed Burma and gradually transformed Yangon (formerly Rangoon) into a booming trading center for rice, oil and teak.Their colonial rule lasted until 1948, interrupted only by the Japanese occupation during World War II. Yangon’s cosmopolitan air dissipated after the country achieved independence in 1948.
Yangon, Myanmar (former Burma)
Myanmar, called Burma by the British, is the name long used by its people for their homeland. Myanmar is also known as the “Golden Land” for its rich soil and the wealth of minerals and precious stones.The country was consolidated in the 11th century by King Anawrahta with Bagan as its capital. His empire collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols 200 years later. In 1852, the British annexed Burma and gradually transformed Yangon (formerly Rangoon) into a booming trading center for rice, oil and teak.Their colonial rule lasted until 1948, interrupted only by the Japanese occupation during World War II. Yangon’s cosmopolitan air dissipated after the country achieved independence in 1948.
Yangon, Myanmar (former Burma)
Myanmar, called Burma by the British, is the name long used by its people for their homeland. Myanmar is also known as the “Golden Land” for its rich soil and the wealth of minerals and precious stones.The country was consolidated in the 11th century by King Anawrahta with Bagan as its capital. His empire collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols 200 years later. In 1852, the British annexed Burma and gradually transformed Yangon (formerly Rangoon) into a booming trading center for rice, oil and teak.Their colonial rule lasted until 1948, interrupted only by the Japanese occupation during World War II. Yangon’s cosmopolitan air dissipated after the country achieved independence in 1948.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
<p>Sri Lanka's capital and largest city, Colombo, is at first glance a confusing jumble of bustling streets, modern office blocks, peeling colonial buildings, and downcast apartments. But get past the traffic fumes and you'll find plenty to see and do. There are fine restaurants, a buzzing nightlife scene, and good museums, parks, and beautiful Buddhist temples that are all worth visiting. The beach resort of Mt. Lavinia is only a short taxi ride from the downtown area and offers a golden, sandy beach and sunset views to die for. As an exciting blur of colors and cultures, Colombo presents a neatly packaged microcosm of this island nation.</p>.
Cochin, India
<p>Kochi, formerly and still commonly known as Cochin, is one of the west coast's largest and oldest ports. The streets behind the docks of the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are lined with old merchant houses,
godowns (warehouses), and open courtyards heaped with betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, and tea. Throughout the second millennium this ancient city exported spices, coffee, and coir (the fiber made from coconut husks), and
imported culture and religion from Europe, China, and the Middle East. Today Kochi has a synagogue, several mosques, Portuguese Catholic churches, Hindu temples, and the United Church of South India (an amalgamation of several
Protestant denominations).
Cochin, India
<p>Kochi, formerly and still commonly known as Cochin, is one of the west coast's largest and oldest ports. The streets behind the docks of the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are lined with old merchant houses,
godowns (warehouses), and open courtyards heaped with betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, and tea. Throughout the second millennium this ancient city exported spices, coffee, and coir (the fiber made from coconut husks), and
imported culture and religion from Europe, China, and the Middle East. Today Kochi has a synagogue, several mosques, Portuguese Catholic churches, Hindu temples, and the United Church of South India (an amalgamation of several
Protestant denominations).
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, more popularly known as Bombay, is the economic powerhouse of India. It is the fastest-growing and most industrialized city in India. At one time, there existed nothing but a group of low-lying, swampy, malarial mud flats passed on to the British by the Portuguese as a dowry when Catherine of Braganza married England's Charles II in 1661. After the British takeover, Mumbai started to develop as an important trading port. It steadily grew over the next century; its most dynamic development took place in the mid-1800s. In 1854, the opening of India's first railway line from Mumbai to Thane prepared the route to the Deccan Plateau, stimulating cotton production for export and for milling in India.
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, more popularly known as Bombay, is the economic powerhouse of India. It is the fastest-growing and most industrialized city in India. At one time, there existed nothing but a group of low-lying, swampy, malarial mud flats passed on to the British by the Portuguese as a dowry when Catherine of Braganza married England's Charles II in 1661. After the British takeover, Mumbai started to develop as an important trading port. It steadily grew over the next century; its most dynamic development took place in the mid-1800s. In 1854, the opening of India's first railway line from Mumbai to Thane prepared the route to the Deccan Plateau, stimulating cotton production for export and for milling in India.
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, more popularly known as Bombay, is the economic powerhouse of India. It is the fastest-growing and most industrialized city in India. At one time, there existed nothing but a group of low-lying, swampy, malarial mud flats passed on to the British by the Portuguese as a dowry when Catherine of Braganza married England's Charles II in 1661. After the British takeover, Mumbai started to develop as an important trading port. It steadily grew over the next century; its most dynamic development took place in the mid-1800s. In 1854, the opening of India's first railway line from Mumbai to Thane prepared the route to the Deccan Plateau, stimulating cotton production for export and for milling in India.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
<p>Dubai sits on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, where the warm azure waves of the sea meet the desert. A high-rise oasis, this city is a pleasure-dome surrounded by dunes; one of the most fashionable on the planet thanks to its ability to satisfy the needs of legions of demanding vacationers. Dubai is about having fun—and it's one big adult playground. Nature plays her part here, with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, dramatic arid landscapes, and warm waters, but it's the man-made attractions that make Dubai so alluring. You can launch yourself into high-adrenaline desert adventures, diving and water sports, and some of the world's best golf courses.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
<p>Dubai sits on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, where the warm azure waves of the sea meet the desert. A high-rise oasis, this city is a pleasure-dome surrounded by dunes; one of the most fashionable on the planet thanks to its ability to satisfy the needs of legions of demanding vacationers. Dubai is about having fun—and it's one big adult playground. Nature plays her part here, with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, dramatic arid landscapes, and warm waters, but it's the man-made attractions that make Dubai so alluring. You can launch yourself into high-adrenaline desert adventures, diving and water sports, and some of the world's best golf courses.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
<p>Dubai sits on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, where the warm azure waves of the sea meet the desert. A high-rise oasis, this city is a pleasure-dome surrounded by dunes; one of the most fashionable on the planet thanks to its ability to satisfy the needs of legions of demanding vacationers. Dubai is about having fun—and it's one big adult playground. Nature plays her part here, with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, dramatic arid landscapes, and warm waters, but it's the man-made attractions that make Dubai so alluring. You can launch yourself into high-adrenaline desert adventures, diving and water sports, and some of the world's best golf courses.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
<p>Dubai sits on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, where the warm azure waves of the sea meet the desert. A high-rise oasis, this city is a pleasure-dome surrounded by dunes; one of the most fashionable on the planet thanks to its ability to satisfy the needs of legions of demanding vacationers. Dubai is about having fun—and it's one big adult playground. Nature plays her part here, with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, dramatic arid landscapes, and warm waters, but it's the man-made attractions that make Dubai so alluring. You can launch yourself into high-adrenaline desert adventures, diving and water sports, and some of the world's best golf courses.
Muscat, Oman
Oman is the second-largest country in the Arabian Gulf after Saudi Arabia, sprawling over 212,500 square km (82,047 square mi) roughly the size of the state of Kansas. The country was enigmatic and isolated until the present ruler of the country, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, assumed the throne in 1970. Since then, Sultan Qaboos has been busy transforming this once-feudal nation into a modern state. Unlike its more cosmopolitan neighbor, the United Arab Emirates, this progress has been slow but steady.
Muscat, Oman
Oman is the second-largest country in the Arabian Gulf after Saudi Arabia, sprawling over 212,500 square km (82,047 square mi) roughly the size of the state of Kansas. The country was enigmatic and isolated until the present ruler of the country, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, assumed the throne in 1970. Since then, Sultan Qaboos has been busy transforming this once-feudal nation into a modern state. Unlike its more cosmopolitan neighbor, the United Arab Emirates, this progress has been slow but steady.
Salalah, Oman
The lush landscape around Salalah is the intriguing result of a quirk of nature. Since it is uniquely situated in the path of the Khareef, or South Western Monsoon, this stretch of the Dhofar Coast is covered in fine mist and frequent rain from mid-June through mid-September. By the time the monsoons cease, the entire coastline is a verdant stretch. Waterfalls, rolling grasslands, and thickly wooded wadis (riverbeds) thrive alongside rapid mountain streams. Unique in this desert region, Salalah attracts many visitors from the surrounding Arabian Gulf countries who are anxious to experience a rare lushness in a region where rain and greenery are in short supply.
Salalah, Oman
The lush landscape around Salalah is the intriguing result of a quirk of nature. Since it is uniquely situated in the path of the Khareef, or South Western Monsoon, this stretch of the Dhofar Coast is covered in fine mist and frequent rain from mid-June through mid-September. By the time the monsoons cease, the entire coastline is a verdant stretch. Waterfalls, rolling grasslands, and thickly wooded wadis (riverbeds) thrive alongside rapid mountain streams. Unique in this desert region, Salalah attracts many visitors from the surrounding Arabian Gulf countries who are anxious to experience a rare lushness in a region where rain and greenery are in short supply.
Salalah, Oman
The lush landscape around Salalah is the intriguing result of a quirk of nature. Since it is uniquely situated in the path of the Khareef, or South Western Monsoon, this stretch of the Dhofar Coast is covered in fine mist and frequent rain from mid-June through mid-September. By the time the monsoons cease, the entire coastline is a verdant stretch. Waterfalls, rolling grasslands, and thickly wooded wadis (riverbeds) thrive alongside rapid mountain streams. Unique in this desert region, Salalah attracts many visitors from the surrounding Arabian Gulf countries who are anxious to experience a rare lushness in a region where rain and greenery are in short supply.
Salalah, Oman
The lush landscape around Salalah is the intriguing result of a quirk of nature. Since it is uniquely situated in the path of the Khareef, or South Western Monsoon, this stretch of the Dhofar Coast is covered in fine mist and frequent rain from mid-June through mid-September. By the time the monsoons cease, the entire coastline is a verdant stretch. Waterfalls, rolling grasslands, and thickly wooded wadis (riverbeds) thrive alongside rapid mountain streams. Unique in this desert region, Salalah attracts many visitors from the surrounding Arabian Gulf countries who are anxious to experience a rare lushness in a region where rain and greenery are in short supply.
Salalah, Oman
The lush landscape around Salalah is the intriguing result of a quirk of nature. Since it is uniquely situated in the path of the Khareef, or South Western Monsoon, this stretch of the Dhofar Coast is covered in fine mist and frequent rain from mid-June through mid-September. By the time the monsoons cease, the entire coastline is a verdant stretch. Waterfalls, rolling grasslands, and thickly wooded wadis (riverbeds) thrive alongside rapid mountain streams. Unique in this desert region, Salalah attracts many visitors from the surrounding Arabian Gulf countries who are anxious to experience a rare lushness in a region where rain and greenery are in short supply.
Safaga, Egypt
The port city of Safaga is located on the western flank of the Red Sea, across from the shores of Saudi Arabia. The dusty streets are for the most part quiet, save for the occasional truck or bus. Diving enthusiasts come to the few resort hotels located north of Safaga to enjoy one of the world's best and relatively unspoilt locations for underwater exploration. Their number is steadily increasing. As a result, Safaga's facilities are gradually improving. For cruise vessels, Safaga serves as the starting point for excursions to Luxor, which ranks amongst the most important destinations in Egypt.
Aqaba, Jordan
Jordan is one of the most fascinating destinations in the Middle East, offering attractions that are manifold and unequalled. The country is not blessed with rich oil supplies; its treasures lie in the beauty of the land and a unique combination of antiquities, natural environment and traditions. The rose-red City of Petra and the captivating desert of Wadi Rum draw scores of visitors to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan each year.
Aqaba is Jordan's only port and of tremendous importance to the country's economy. Countless trucks ply the route between Aqaba and the capital Amman, a journey of some 220 miles. With stark mountains rising in the background, Aqaba enjoys an attractive setting.
Sharm el Sheik, Egypt
The port and town of Sharm-el-Sheikh lies near the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula where the Straits of Tiran meet the Gulf of Aqaba. With its strategic position, the Sinai posed a desirable target for various rulers over the centuries. In recent times, the last battle for the Sinai was fought between Egypt and Israel from 1967 to 1979, ending with a peace treaty signed in Washington, D.C. Since the withdrawal of the Israelis, more and more Egyptians have settled in the Sinai, taking advantage of the booming tourist trade. However, vast interior regions are still sparsely populated.
Suez Canal Transit, Egypt
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Port Said, Egypt
One of the world's great cosmopolitan cities for well over a thousand years, Cairo is infinite and inexhaustible. Different religions, different cultures, sometimes, it seems even different eras-coexist amid the jostling crowds and aging monuments gathered here at the start of the Nile delta. But if you come expecting a city frozen in time, you're in for a shock: Cairo's current vitality is as seductive as its rich past. Like so much else in Egypt, Cairo's charm is a product of its history, the physical remains of a thousand years of being conquered and reconquered by different groups. Cairo gradually reveals its treasures, not with pizzazz and bells and whistles, but with a self-assured understatement.
Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel
Busy Ashdod is not only one of Israel's fastest-growing cities, it's also the country's largest port. Perched on the Mediterranean, it processes more than 60% of the goods imported into Israel. Home to many ancient peoples over the centuries, Ashdod today is a modern, planned city. It's also a convenient jumping-off point for exploring several of Israel's most interesting cities, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Bethlehem.
Haifa (Tel Aviv, Nazareth), Israel
<p>Spilling down from the pine-covered heights of Mt. Carmel, Haifa is a city with a vertiginous setting that has led to comparisons with San Francisco. The most striking landmark on the mountainside is the gleaming golden dome of the Baha'i Shrine, set amid utterly beautiful garden terraces. The city is the world center for the Baha'i faith, and its members provide informative walking tours of the flower-edged 100-acre spot, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the top of the hill you'll find some small but interesting museums, the larger hotels, and two major universities. At the bottom is the lovingly restored German Colony, a perfect area for strolling.
Haifa (Tel Aviv, Nazareth), Israel
<p>Spilling down from the pine-covered heights of Mt. Carmel, Haifa is a city with a vertiginous setting that has led to comparisons with San Francisco. The most striking landmark on the mountainside is the gleaming golden dome of the Baha'i Shrine, set amid utterly beautiful garden terraces. The city is the world center for the Baha'i faith, and its members provide informative walking tours of the flower-edged 100-acre spot, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the top of the hill you'll find some small but interesting museums, the larger hotels, and two major universities. At the bottom is the lovingly restored German Colony, a perfect area for strolling.
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Corfu, Greece
<p>Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island's east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of
Corfu and has a remarkable historic center that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007. All ships and planes dock or land near Corfu town, which occupies a small peninsula jutting into the Ionian Sea.
Kotor, Montenegro
Located in Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), Europe's most southerly fjord, Kotor lies 50 miles (80 km) west of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, from which it is separated by a belt of dramatic, rugged mountains. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor's medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries and presided over by a proud hilltop fortress. In the Middle Ages, as Serbia's chief port, Kotor was an important economic and cultural center with its own highly-regarded schools of stone-masonry and iconography.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
<p>Lying 216 km (135 miles) southeast of Split and commanding a splendid coastal location, Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers. In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island, which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
<p>Lying 216 km (135 miles) southeast of Split and commanding a splendid coastal location, Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes, and elegant bell towers. In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island, which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up.
Venice, Italy
It's called La Serenissima, "the most serene", a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and immense power of this city that was for centuries the mistress of trade between Europe and the Orient. Built largely on water by men who both defied and loved the sea, Venice is unlike any other town. No matter how many times you've seen it in movies or on TV, the real thing is more startlingly beautiful than you could ever imagine. Its landmarks, the Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, are exotic mixes of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles.
Venice, Italy
It's called La Serenissima, "the most serene", a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and immense power of this city that was for centuries the mistress of trade between Europe and the Orient. Built largely on water by men who both defied and loved the sea, Venice is unlike any other town. No matter how many times you've seen it in movies or on TV, the real thing is more startlingly beautiful than you could ever imagine. Its landmarks, the Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, are exotic mixes of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles.
Venice, Italy
It's called La Serenissima, "the most serene", a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and immense power of this city that was for centuries the mistress of trade between Europe and the Orient. Built largely on water by men who both defied and loved the sea, Venice is unlike any other town. No matter how many times you've seen it in movies or on TV, the real thing is more startlingly beautiful than you could ever imagine. Its landmarks, the Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, are exotic mixes of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles.

Routes

For those who don’t have three months for a full World Cruise, perhaps two or three weeks sound more feasible and affordable. World Cruise 2016 is available in seven shorter segments of 11 to 23 days. Or combine two segments or more and enjoy combination cruise savings on a magnificent journey to the regions of the world that interest you most.

The Greatest Shortcut on Earth

For any travel enthusiast, a Panama Canal transit is an awesome event, a 51-mile crossing through an intricate lacework of dams, lakes and locks. As Silver Whisper snakes through the wildlife-rich jungles of Panama, you’ll enjoy a unique dichotomy: a man-made marvel entwined with untamed wilds on either side. This is one shortcut you may wish would never end.

The Cloud Forests of Costa Rica

Wander through the mists of lofty cloud forests where hummingbirds outnumber crows back home. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature on a boat ride through the wildlife-rich Tortuguero canals. Zip over the rainforest canopy or snorkel the largest coral reef system in the country. Costa Rica is an eco-wonderland for adventurers and nature lovers alike.

Treasures Along the Inca Coast

Peru’s landscapes leave travellers breathless, whether it is the cloud-kissed terraces of Machu Picchu or the otherworldly expanses of the Altiplano, a landscape of fire and ice, wind and salt. The remnants of legendary empires abound, from Incan ruins to the sites of ancient Moche and Chimu civilizations near Trujillo.

Lima — Colonial Splendour, Pre-Columbian Treasures & Nonstop Nightlife

Hailed as the “City of Kings” by Spanish conquistadores, Lima is reigning once again as a culinary hotspot and global epicentre of the arts, while its museums rank as some of the finest in South America. Admire the splendid 17th century architecture in the historic centre, the colonial capital founded by Pizarro, and don’t leave without savouring the capital’s culinary genius.

The Echoes of Easter Island

Carved by the Rapa Nui people, the mysterious moai statues stand in silence but speak volumes about the achievements of their creators. Over 800 stone blocks, some almost 13 feet tall, are scattered amid an eerie landscape. Join us as expert guides explain the origin of these remarkable monoliths and attempt to unravel the mystery of their creation.

Pitcairn Island: In the Wake of the Bounty

The siren call of tiny Pitcairn Island once lured the sailors of the HMS Bounty, causing the infamous mutiny. The crew was enticed by the promise of a leisurely life among the islanders here, and quite a few found it—many of the 50 current residents are direct descendants of the mutineers.

Fakarava – An Untouched World

A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this Polynesian island is one of the 77 atolls that make up the stunning Tuamotu archipelago, narrow coral rings encircling turquoise lagoons. It is a pelagic wonderland of biodiversity, while life along the shores is an idyll of quaint villages, old coral churches and warm, friendly people. Welcome to the island of your dreams.

A Journey to Paradise — The Society Islands

The “Magical Island”, the “Pearl of the Pacific”, the “Island of Love”… the spell-binding allure of Tahiti and her islands is apparent in these sundry sobriquets. From Moorea with its legendary bays to Tahiti, home of artist Paul Gauguin, these islands capture the pure essence of paradise – both above and beneath the sea.

James Michener’s Bali Ha’i

Bora Bora was Michener’s Bali Ha’i in Tales of the South Pacific. Dive into its spectacular turquoise lagoon, pick your way through the cool shade of a bamboo forest, and discover why the Society Islands have been immortalized by world-renowned authors from Melville to Michener to Maugham.

Cook Islands: The Best Kept Secret in the South Pacific

In a region renowned for its island paradises, the Cook Islands are an under-the-radar jewel. The pristine, picturesque setting here — including white-sand beaches, thick jungle, limestone caves and turquoise lagoons — is perfectly complemented by fascinating Polynesian traditions.

Maori Myths and Geothermal Wonders

From the site of Captain Cook’s first landing to its boiling mud pools and gushing geysers, the diversity of North Island is dazzling. Admire the Bay of Islands with their white sandy beaches, pristine subtropical forests and spectacular inlets, and experience the volcanic moonscape of Rotorua from Tauranga, heartland of the Maori people.

Auckland, City of Sails

In a nation where stunning scenery is taken for granted, Auckland sparkles like a freshly polished jewel. Nearly fifty volcanoes encircle the city. An endless succession of bays and inlets stretch along its untamed shores and lush green parkland exudes a sense of spacious beauty. No wonder Aucklanders are devoted to their 3 B’s: boats, beaches and barbecues.

Reefs, Rainforests & ‘Roos

The varied thrills of Australia’s eastern coast await. Whether you’re looking up at the Sydney Opera House, eye-to-eye with a kangaroo, snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef or roaming the rugged expanse of the Outback, the wonders Down Under never cease to amaze.

Bewitching Bali

Bali is known as the “Island of a Thousand Temples”: a Hindu enclave teeming with fascinating sanctuaries and millennia-old rituals. Of course, travellers will also enjoy the tropical trappings of this legendary island — lush emerald rice paddies, ribbons of white sand and imposing volcanoes that rise into the mist.

Wild Man of the Jungle: the Borneo Rainforest

Exotic and endemic wildlife roam the ancient rainforests of Borneo while indigenous cultures carry on as they have for thousands of years. Set out from Sandakan to the world-famous Sepilok, the renown orangutan sanctuary enclosed inside a tropical virgin rainforest, and revel in the “lost world” feeling of the world’s third largest island.

Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient

Hong Kong is a vibrant metropolis and a cacophony of contradictions. Upscale boutiques are juxtaposed with rickety food stalls, and towering office buildings share streets with humble Buddhist temples. Though the streets thrum with modern bustle, they are laced with Old World charm.

Vietnam: A Blanket of Emeralds from End to End

Red-sailed junks on Halong Bay, water buffalo in emerald rice paddies and harvested rice left to dry in the sun; Vietnam’s pastoral beauty is the first thing to strike you. Yet as you explore its urban landscape, cities like Hue and French-colonial Hanoi, you’ll experience a cultural heritage as rich as the Mekong Delta.

Bangkok: Temples & Tuk-Tuks

The intimate Silver Whisper can cruise up the river directly into the heart of Bangkok. Take a tuk-tuk and go exploring. The silent grandeur of over 400 wats form one of Asia’s great spectacle in Thailand’s bustling capital. Stroll through the grounds of Grand Palace. Admire the shrines that line the banks of the colourful klongs. Behind a maelstrom of modernity you’ll discover the heart and soul of this ancient land.

Ko Samui

With its powder white beaches, aquamarine waters and sleepy lagoons, this tropical retreat has justifiably become of Asia's premier beach resorts. Seek out the hidden waterfalls and bathing pools and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of a tropical paradise.

Singapore: the “Lion City”

Singapore’s reputation as a gleaming city of excitement and enterprise is well-earned: it has more millionaires per square mile than anyplace else. The “Lion City” is also a shopper’s wonderland, an epicurean’s delight, and a fascinating melange of cultural influences ranging from Chinese and Malay to British and Indian.

Penang & Phuket — Beaches and Islands

Talcum beaches lay tantalizingly close to Buddhist temples in these world-class resorts. In Penang, karstic seascapes rise above the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay, while ornate temples and colonial mansions recall the glory of the spice trade in George Town, the capital of Penang.

The Jewels of Burma

Turn back the clock during your three-day stay in time-warped Myanmar. The Shwedagon Pagoda pierces the skyline of Yangon, a wonderland of towering spires, glittering statuary and saffron-robed monks. In the ancient capital of Bagan, over 2,000 pagodas and temples sprawl across a high plain, one of Asia’s most spectacular and important archaeological sites.

Passage to India

Sail across the Bay of Bengal to Sri Lanka, the “Emerald Isle,” a quilted landscape of villages, tea plantations and primeval rainforest. Then India draws us with its painted elephants and the vibrancy of its contrasting cultures. Find serenity as you glide through the backwaters of Kerala from Cochin, and heart-breaking beauty as you stand before the Taj Mahal.

Dubai — Showplace of the Persian Gulf

The world's tallest tower, manmade islands, underwater hotels, an indoor ski resort — in just a few wild decades, “the little fishing village that could” has become a tomorrowland that’s hard to believe. Bedouins may still roam the desert, but sun-seekers and sightseers flock to this futuristic city and luxury shopping mecca, and development continues at a frenetic pace.

Oman, Ancient Centre of the Frankincense Trade

Modernity and deep tradition are woven together into one brilliant tapestry in the land of Sinbad and the Queen of Sheba. Low-rise pastel buildings and sparkling domed mosques form the skyline of Muscat, the Omani capital. Relax on a dhow cruise through the spectacular fjords of Musandam. Smell frankincense and myrrh in the souks of Salalah, and visit Job’s Tomb where pilgrims come to pay homage.

The Red Sea & Legends of Antiquity

Haunting Petra. The temples of Luxor. Bustling souks and Bedouin herders. Visions both foreign and fascinating straddle the banks of the Red Sea. Swim and snorkel the spectacular reefs of Sharm el Sheik. Then cross the desert to the Pyramids of Giza and stand before the Sphinx.

The Biblical Bounty of the Holy Land

The Holy Land has been a fount of faith for millennia. Along with the Biblical treasures of Jerusalem from the Western Wall to Vad Yashem, you can visit Bethlehem, the Galilee, or Masada and the Dead Sea, and experience the palpable spiritual energy that has drawn both prophets and pilgrims.

The Breathtaking Dalmatian Coast

Cruise in the wake of Roman galleons to the sun-drenched gems of the Dalmatian Coast, ancient Adriatic ports recognized for their beauty and historic treasures by UNESCO. Discover Medieval Dubrovnik with its magnificent old city walls. Stroll through Kotor’s Baroque old town and admire its magnificent setting along the largest European fjord this side of Norway.

Suites

Silver Whisper’s oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising. 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.

Owner’s Suite

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.

In the Owner’s Suite, you can enjoy breakfast on your private veranda, or watch the sun set along the horizon from the comfort of your spacious living room. Pamper yourself with a luxurious bath in your Italian marbled bathroom. Primp in front of your vanity table while preparing for a sumptuous onboard dinner.

Rest easy in a space where your dreams are only the beginning.


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$181,350
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Features
  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Two-bedroom has additional large picture window
  • Living room with sitting area; Two-bedroom has additional sitting area
  • Separate dining area and bar
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathrooms with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Dry cleaning and pressing throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Dinner for two in Le Champagne, one evening per voyage
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Grand Suite

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, the Grand Suite is the ideal space for both entertaining friends and enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda. With a large living room and beautiful Italian marbled bathroom, this suite offers an abundance of fine comforts.

Unwind as you wish. Sip cocktails while reclining on the furnished patio. Soak in a relaxing hot bath. Prepare for an elegant meal with your own vanity and walk-in wardrobe. Or enjoy a relaxing dinner in-suite and get comfortable while watching an on-demand movie in bed.


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$151,449
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Features
  • 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 and bar
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathrooms with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; Two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Dry cleaning and pressing throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Royal Suite

Commanding and majestic, the stately Royal Suite is perfect for entertaining, with enough living space to roam and relax. Select a one-bedroom configuration or, to double your comfort, expand to two bedrooms by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

Sip cocktails on the spacious veranda, where you can delight in spectacular ocean views and calming sea breezes. Engage in fascinating conversation while relaxing in the spacious living room. Or host supper with friends or family in your very own dining area. Here, experience the pinnacle of good living.


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$143,949
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Features
  • 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 and bar
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool tub, plus a powder room; Two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with full-sized bath
  • Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Dry cleaning and pressing throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Dinner for two in Le Champagne, one evening per voyage
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Silver Suite

Style and sophistication epitomises the  Silver Suite and are a favourite among returning Silversea guests. And it’s really no wonder. From the minute you enter this suite, a spacious sitting area warmly welcomes you.

Admire panoramic views while gazing through the suite’s expansive glass doors, or step onto your veranda to relish the calm feeling of the ocean breeze. A beautiful marbled bathroom, large wardrobe and vanity table allow you to prepare for the evening’s activities in refined comfort. Wind down after an active day spent ashore by melting into your bed’s plush linens and viewing a movie on the flat-screen television.

With a preferred midship location, the Silver Suite lands you closest to all of our incredible onboard offerings.


653–701 sq ft / 61–65m2 including veranda (110–123 sq ft / 10–11m2)
Up to 3 US$137,150
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  • Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
  • Sitting area
  • Separate dining area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking system
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Direct-dial telephone(s)
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Laundry service throughout the voyage
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Medallion Suite

A mark of distinction, the Medallion Suite boasts a sumptuous and spacious living area, complete with rich textures and panoramic views – from both your large private veranda and cosy indoor sitting area.

Nestle up under plush bed linens and watch a complimentary movie on your flat-screen television. Rejuvenate after a busy day of exploring onshore with a hot shower in your lavish marbled bathroom. Relax with ease, as the grandeurs of this suite surround you with distinguished luxury.


521 sq ft / 49m2 including veranda (81 sq ft / 8m2)
Up to 2 US$127,449
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  • Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area and dining area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Veranda Suite

A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite offers a spacious and welcoming living area  ­– both inside and out. Elegant décor, a stunning marbled bathroom and ample sitting area provide a generous expanse of interior comforts. Whether you are preparing for a dynamic day on shore, primping for a romantic dinner on board, or settling down for a quiet evening in, you will be enveloped by this inviting suite’s warm touches.

The interior of the Veranda Suite is only the beginning. Perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda. Here, each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone.


345 sq ft / 32m2 including veranda (60 sq ft / 6m2)
Up to 3 US$74,950
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  • Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm clock with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Terrace Suite

A quiet sanctuary where large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views, the Terrace Suite provides a splendid repose for guests. With a shared teak veranda, this suite provides an easy transition from peace and privacy to the energy and excitement of the onboard social scene.

Lounge in your spacious sitting area. Enjoy breakfast in bed under the warmth of fine linens. Refresh the mind in your inviting marbled bathroom after a dynamic shore excursion. Get ready for an evening out on the ship at your personal vanity. Then merely step outside on the veranda to savor a cocktail or embrace the calming ocean breeze.


287 sq ft / 27m2
Up to 3 US$65,950
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  • Shared teak veranda and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Vista Suite

A peaceful enclave, the Vista Suite is the perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. You can watch the sun rise before the excitement of an early shore excursion, or toast cocktails as it sets behind the horizon. Whichever way you choose to enjoy your suite, the sitting area offers plenty of room to relax.

Freshen up in the stunning marbled bathroom, with your choice of amenities. Catch a movie on the satellite-equipped flat-screen television. Or if it is sleep you are after, draw the drapes and drift off soundly while nestled among soft bed linens.


287 sq ft / 27m2
Up to 3 US$59,950
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Features
  • Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub
  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens and down
    duvet covers
  • Premium mattresses and a choice of pillows
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Choice of European bath amenities
  • Vanity table(s) with hair dryer
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery, binoculars, and umbrella
  • WiFi access (fee applies)
  • Flat screen TV(s), on-demand movies, and satellite news
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content

Ports

Learn all about the places you’ll visit on World Cruise 2016. All 51 fascinating ports are at your fingertips.

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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 2016. 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.

Land Adventures

Want to climb to the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu? Glimpse “Old Asia” in the fairytale kingdom of Laos? Follow the exotic “Road to Mandalay” in Myanmar? Or visit the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, one of the most isolated countries in the world? Venetian World Odyssey includes an exciting array of mid-cruise overland journeys to further your explorations ashore.

Land Programmes

Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas', breathtakingly situated amongst craggy peaks and billowing clouds.  Visit historic Cusco high up in the Andes and travel to Machu Picchu via the Hiram Bingham luxury train.



03MIDMTA-M Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley & Cusco

Departure: Manta

Duration:  3.5 Days/3 Nights

Re-join ship: Callao

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  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 one of South America's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas', one of the most beautiful and enigmatic sites in the world. From Manta, travel by land and air to Lima via Guayaquil.  In the morning, a scheduled flight takes you to Cusco, nestled in the Andes. Travel via the Orient Express luxury train 'Hiram Bingham' to Machu Picchu and visit the Inca's breath-taking 'Citadel in the Clouds' ringed by green-clad mountain peaks. Stay in the beautiful Sacred Valley as well as in the historic city of Cusco high up in the Andes before re-joining the ship in Callao.


Day ONE - Manta/Guayaquil/Lima

Arrange for an early breakfast with your butler and depart the ship at for your four hour transfer to Guayaquil.  Located on the banks of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador's principle port and largest city, with almost 4 million inhabitants. Guayaquil's strong culture and traditions stand in amazing contrast to the modernity of its new constructions. Guayaquil's port, "Puerto Maritimo", is the main sea port of the country and is where 80% of the country's imports and more than 50% of its exports are handled. The commercial and industrial centre of Ecuador, Guayaquil lies about 37 miles (60 kilometres) from the Gulf of Guayaquil and the Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before heading to a local restaurant for lunch.  Afterwards continue to the airport for your flight to Lima.


Upon arrival in Lima, claim your baggage and board the coach to the Miraflores Park Hotel where you will have dinner and spend the first night of this wonderful journey.


Overnight accommodation at Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima


Day TWO - Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley              

Begin your day with an early breakfast in the hotel restaurant before transferring to Lima's airport for your flight to Cusco.  The 80-minute flight offers impressive views of the Andes, if the sky is clear. Upon arrival in Cusco, claim your baggage and then board the coach.


Visit the Koricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (Quri Kancha 'Golden Temple'). According to the chronicles, the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden images. The city's showpiece is the main square, faced by the magnificent, 16th-century cathedral, also known as the Church of Victory. Proceed to the San Blas quarter, originally used as dwellings for the Inca nobles, which built impressive stone constructions at a short distance of the Main Square. Today, the quarter is a conglomerate of charming small cobblestone streets and the San Blas Church is at its center.


Lunch is served at a local restaurant before continuing to Sacsayhuaman, once an important Inca cultural centre located on the city's outskirts. Visitors to this magnificent Inca fortress, which overlooks the city of Cusco, cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. Sacsayhuaman can be variously translated as 'speckled falcon' or 'speckled head'. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally attributed to the period of Inca Pachacuti, the man who essentially founded the Inca Empire. This huge fortress was built with large stones, to this day the transportation of the stones remains a mystery. It is estimated that today you can see only twenty per cent of the original structure since at the arrival of the Spaniards it was dismantled and its stones used for new buildings like the Cathedral.


To help you acclimate and adjust to the change in altitude, the coach will take you over the mountain pass to a lower altitude into the Sacred Valley. See a weaving demonstration in the small Andean town of Chinchero en route to the Sacred Valley.  To help adjust to the change in elevation, it is suggested for you to take things easy, do not overly exert yourself, and avoid alcohol.  The local remedy is to drink coca tea.  


Afterwards continue the drive to your hotel, Tambo del Inka a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa located in the Sacred Valley.  Relax and rest and meet for dinner at the suggested time.


Overnight at Tambo del Inka a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa - The Sacred Valley.


Day THREE - Machu Picchu

Enjoy a light breakfast if you choose at the hotel before checking-out of the hotel. Board the coach for the drive to the train station.  Your luggage will be transported directly to Cusco. Here you will board the Hiram Bingham luxury train for Machu Picchu. The trip will take approximately two and a half hours during which brunch is served. Watch as the train passes through the spectacular scenery of the Urubamba Valley. The trip ends at the Aguas Calientes station at the foot of Machu Picchu. From here, a 25-minute bus ride will take you up a winding road to 'the Lost City of the Incas', arriving around 1:00 p.m. - at an hour when many tourists are on the way back to the train station. The setting of the ruins amongst green-clad mountain peaks is a spectacular and unforgettable sight.


Proceed with a guided walking tour of the Citadel along ancient pathways, staircases and terraces, past temples and towers. For centuries, the site was buried in the jungle until discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Excavations have been on-going ever since. Much of the walking is on uneven ground and involving steps. Conclude your visit with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.


In the early evening, head back to the train station and enjoy once more VIP treatment aboard the Hiram Bingham. During the return journey, relax whilst sipping cocktails, watching live entertainment and enjoying a four-course gourmet dinner. At approximately 8:30 pm, arrive at the train station, disembark the Hiram Bingham, and settle on the coach for the 90-minute ride to the historic Monasterio Hotel.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco.


Day FOUR - Cusco/Callao

After breakfast and check-out, a short drive takes you to the airport for your 80 minute flight to Lima.  Collect your luggage, board the coach and begin the 30-minute drive to Callao, where the ship awaits your return.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces.  There are many steps to climb.  This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.  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. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing.  You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.  Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated..  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. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Miraflores Park Hotel (or similar) - Lima

·            One-night stay at Tambo del Inka a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa - The Sacred Valley

·            One-night stay at Monasterio Hotel - Cusco

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Guayaquil/Lima and Lima/Cusco/Lima.  At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

·        Round trip travel aboard the 'Hiram Bingham' Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley

·        Three breakfasts, one brunch, two lunches, afternoon tea and three dinners (lunch and dinner include 2 drinks: one soft drink or bottle of water and choice of one glass of local beer or one glass of local wine. Coffee and hot infusions are also included.

·            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 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

Mashpi Lodge is located in the evergreen wilds of the Andes' western slope. The sudden shift in altitude allows you to discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape.  Travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera's western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and finally reach Mashpi, a nature sanctuary located in the spectacular Chocó, one of the most celebrated bioregions in the world, known for its record-high endemism, rainfall and altitudinal range. Birding here is renowned and naturalist guides are available to maximise your viewing opportunities.


03MIDMTA-B Cloud Forest at Mashpi Lodge

Departure: Manta

Duration:  4 Days/3 Nights

Re-join ship: Callao

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  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.  


The wonders waiting at Mashpi Lodge will delight the worldliest nature lover. Perched at 3,116 feet (900 metres) above sea level and surrounded by lower montane rainforest and cloud forest, the Lodge is surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, many newly-discovered. A staggering 500 species of bird - including some 36 endemics - are estimated to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills.  Although we cannot guarantee all of the wildlife will be posed and waiting for you to photograph them, your Mid-Voyage Land Eco-Adventure will offer you a unique look at the cloud forest and its environs.


Day ONE - Manta/Quito                                                          

Depart the ship in Manta for the 4-hour transfer to the Guayaquil Airport for your onward flight to Quito, Ecuador.  Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.  


Quito, nestled at the foot of 15,696-foot (4,784-metre) (Volcán Pichincha, is known for its eternally spring-like climate and for the beauty of its well-preserved colonial centre. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic centre's splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city's preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978.  The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,186 feet (2,800 metres), making it the second highest capital city in the world.


Tonight, begin your tour of colonial Quito. This evening's sightseeing demonstrates some of the reasons why Ecuador's capital earned its honour as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Drive by the San Francisco Church, built on the site of Atahualpa's Palace, and La Compañía Church's Baroque façade. Marvel at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Quito. Gaze at the beautiful centuries-old buildings lit up around you and watch the lights of the city twinkle in the night. With quaint cobblestone streets, flowering balconies, and a way of life little changed for centuries, the historic centre is the lifeblood of Quito.


Dinner this evening will be served at one of the fine restaurants located in the colonial district of Quito


Overnight accommodations - Casa Gangotena - Quito


Day TWO - Quito/Mashpi Lodge                                                                                                                  

Enjoy an early breakfast, check-out of the hotel and meet at 8:00am to begin the three-hour journey to Mashpi Lodge.  On your way to Mashpi, visit the archaeological ruins at Tulipe, said to have belonged to the ancient Yumbo civilization of pre-Inca Quito, set in a magical forested location. Taste delicious Ecuadorian appetisers and fresh-brewed coffee prepared by members of the local community before your final one-hour descent into Mashpi Reserve.


Arrive at the Hummingbird Station. Mashpi boasts a total 32 hummingbird species identified to date, many of which inhabit different altitudinal ranges, with around 19 species considered common at the specially designed feeder station. Observe the various hummingbirds, with a chance to see toucans, tanagers, squirrels, and other indigenous species. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breath-taking views of the reserve's forested hills. This is a veritable photographer's paradise, regardless of your level of experience.


Check-into the hotel and freshen up in your room.  Then, you are introduced to your naturalist guides who will briefly speak about the cloud forest and its conservation, the activities offered during your stay, and helpful tips about what to wear and bring to the excursions. This will take place before lunch at the library (lasts around 30 minutes).  After lunch our guide will recommend an activity: walks into the forest or just relax and explore the property. Meet at the appointed time for dinner at the Lodge.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day THREE - Mashpi Lodge

The forest always rewards the "early birds", as the dawn light lures a variety of fascinating species in their search for food. A good place to find birds is actually right at the hotel's terrace, with a cup of fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate in hand, from where we can enjoy not only the beauty of the forest but also the many species that come to feed on insects and fruits at nearby trees.


Your guides will help you spot what is in the area, offering a peek inside their telescope for a close-and-personal view of the incredible bird richness Mashpi possesses. This activity begins at 6:30 AM and lasts about an hour. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant.


After breakfast, your guide shows you the options you will have this morning to discover the amazing cloud forest.   Venture out for approximately two hours.  Returning to the Lodge, a refreshing natural juice and fresh towels await and then stop for a welcomed lunch at the Lodge's restaurant.


Following lunch your guide will recommend an afternoon activity based on the weather and movement of animal/bird life.  If you wish, just enjoy the Lodge and visit the spa and explore the treatments they offer.


Dinner and accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day FOUR - Mashpi Lodge/Callao

This morning's activity begins at 6:30 AM in the hotel lobby and takes advantage of the fact that many bird species come to the hotel to feed. After a cup of coffee, walk down the road seeking out mixed-species feeding flocks.  These usually feature different insectivorous bird species that move together while foraging. In a single flock, you may see over 20 different species, making these more-or-less common encounters an undeniable treat for bird aficionados. The activity takes one hour; return to the lodge for breakfast.


Approximately at 8:30 AM, leave the hotel and head to Copal Waterfall. This beautiful two-hour-long hike features a landscape of moss-covered trees, bromeliads and orchids at every corner. The trail ends at a spectacular waterfall over 165 feet (50 metres) high.  


Return to the hotel by noon for check out and enjoy a last meal at Mashpi before heading to the Quito Airport for your flight to Lima.  Once in Lima, you are met and transferred to the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces.  There are many steps to climb.  This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.  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. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing.  You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.  Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. 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 rainforest lodges.  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. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Casa Gangotena Hotel (or similar) - Quito

·        Two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge  - Andean Rainforest

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Guayaquil/Quito and Quito/Lima.  At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

·        Three breakfasts, four lunches, one in-flight meal en route to Lima, and three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks), in addition to one in-flight snacks served with soft drinks, tea or coffee.

·        Naturalist programs at the Lodge

·        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 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

Enjoy the beauty of Quito´s colonial centre, drive through the amazing Avenue of the Volcanoes, discovering the Humboldt's route, get an up-close look at the people and culture of the towns you visit, and taste the delicious Ecuadorian food. For a really thrilling Andes train ride, the Riobamba - Devil's Nose train ride (Nariz del Diablo) is a must. This journey, a great Ecuador tourist attraction, originally formed part of the Trans-Andean Railroad and is one of the few remaining sections of train track which still operates in Ecuador.


04MIDMTA-A The Andes & the Train to the Devil's Nose

Departure: Manta

Duration:  5 Days/4 Nights

Re-join ship: Callao

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  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.  


Quintessentially Ecuador, the Andean region (also known as the Sierra and the Highlands) is the most visited region in the country. Its cultural and natural diversity spans grassy highlands (paramo), cloud forests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, thermal baths, Indian markets, colonial towns and haciendas. One highlight of this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure will no doubt be the Devil's Nose Train ride.


Ecuador's train system is quite remarkable. For the workers and engineers to have created a viable passage from Quito to Guayaquil over a century ago with the technology available at the time is nothing less than heroic. The track goes over rocky ravines, along raging rivers, through dense cloud forests and around mountains. But by far the most impressive section of the railway is the so-called "Devil's Nose", a hair-raising trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes through some of Ecuador's most breath-taking scenery.


Day 1 - Manta/Quito                                                          

Upon arrival in Manta and after the ship has been granted clearance, meet your guide for the 4-hour transfer to the Guayaquil airport for your flight to Quito, Ecuador.  Upon arrival you are transferred to the Casa Gangotena for check-in.  


Quito, nestled at the foot of 15,696-foot (4,784-metre) (Volcán Pichincha, is known for its eternally spring-like climate and for the beauty of its well-preserved colonial centre. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic centre's splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city's preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978.  The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,186 feet (2,800 metres), making it the second highest capital city in the world.


Tonight, begin your tour of colonial Quito. This evening's sightseeing demonstrates some of the reasons why Ecuador's capital earned its honour as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive by the San Francisco Church, built on the site of Atahualpa's Palace, and La Compañía Church's Baroque façade. Marvel at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Quito. Gaze at the beautiful centuries-old buildings lit up around you and watch the lights of the city twinkle in the night. With quaint cobblestone streets, flowering balconies, and a way of life little changed for centuries, the historic centre is the lifeblood of Quito. Afterwards, head out for a memorable dinner experience at one of Quito's finest restaurants located in the historic centre of the city.


Overnight accommodation at Casa Gangotena Hotel - Quito


Day 2 - Quito/Cotopaxi National Park

After breakfast, check-out and meet at the appointed time.  Dress in layers so you can remove clothing that allows you to be comfortable, wear warm clothes as the temperature varies between 40 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (4-20o C). Bring rain gear, comfortable shoes and do not forget your camera and sunscreen. Join your guide for the approximate 1.5-hour drive to Cotopaxi National Park.  Drive south from Quito along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes, a nickname bestowed by Alexander Von Humboldt, the German scientist who came to Ecuador in the 18th century and gathered valuable information on the biology and geography of the country.


The park is named for its volcano, the perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi.  One of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 19,356 feet (5,900 metres), Cotopaxi dominates the landscape.  While in the park, walk around the beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo or visit the Salitre pre-Inca ruins. Keep an eye out for wild horses and the endangered Andean Condor.  Lunch is at Tambopaxi - a cosy mountain refuge that has llamas grazing in the surroundings that delights with a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi (weather permitting, of course). Continue to Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo, built with a magnificent view of the valleys around.


The Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo lies on a farm on the slopes of Pasochoa Volcano and is surrounded by the Cotopaxi, Antisana and Sincholagua volcanoes, with spectacular panoramic views. Cotopaxi Pungo means 'Gate to Cotopaxi', and it caters to guests headed to the national park.  Many come just to relax and share the gourmet cuisine by a big log fire.  Explore the property and meet for dinner with the remainder of your evening to be spent as you wish.


Overnight accommodation at Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo - Pasochoa


Day 3 - Cotopaxi/Riobamba

Today you will visit Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular crater lake in the Andes after breakfast at the hotel.  Drive through a fantastic mountain landscape towards the western side of the Andes. Observe small villages and fields sprinkled with farmers and shepherds along the way. One cannot see the breath-taking, aquamarine Quilotoa until the last few steps approaching the rim. Then the whole lake and its vista leave one with a sense of awe. All sides of the volcano have a ragged, rugged ridge which drops over 1,320 feet (400 metres) down to the shore. While in the area, visit the villages of Tigua and Pujilí, each known for their artisans.


After enjoying a boxed lunch, continue on to Riobamba. Surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks such as Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest peak at 20,565 feet, (6,310 metre), Riobamba, the former capital of Ecuador, is known as the Sultan of the Andes. With its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, Riobamba's Old Town is a local favourite.


Enjoy time at your leisure at the hotel.  Tonight's accommodation is at the Hacienda Abraspungo, surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is named after a glacial valley which is situated between the Chimborazo Volcano and Carihuairazo, in the exact centre of Ecuador. The architectural style found here offers the best of traditional colonial design often used in the ancestral mansions and haciendas of Ecuador.  The Hacienda is adorned with old photographs and illustrations of Andean landscapes, which today constitutes as a testimony to eras gone by. The antiques on display in the social areas give a colonial flavour as well as a feel for the pre-Colombian cultures of the region.


Dinner and accommodations - Hacienda Abraspungo, Riobamba.


Day 4 - Train to Devil's Nose/Cuenca

Depart early this morning for one of the most beautiful and impressive train journeys on the continent. Today, this classic train ride is run purely for visitors who can enjoy the experience of travelling through the fantastic Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausi, then the adventure of travelling down the Devil's Nose section of the line which zigzags along the edge of the Andes in a truly exhilarating and exciting ride of a lifetime. This train journey is classed amongst the most spectacular in the world. Learn about the Incas during their short time in Ecuadorian Lands and visit the monuments they left during this time.


Upon arriving in the quaint town of Alausí, board the classic train to the Devil's Nose. Along the way, we encounter breath-taking Andean scenery, the Palmira desert and, finally, the Devil's Nose itself. One of the most unique train routes in the world, and certainly one of the best known in South America, the Devil's Nose is truly an amazing feat of engineering. While constructing the Quito-Guayaquil train line in the early 20th Century, the engineers were faced with a major obstacle - The Andes. With no clear path into and out of the forbidding range, the engineers finally decided to tackle the problem head on. They created a series of switchbacks that allow the train to navigate a 45 degree rock slope while descending over 2,600 feet (800 metres). It makes for a spectacular journey through one of Ecuador's most scenic landscapes. Recently re-opened after years of reconstruction, it is now available to experience just as it was a century ago.


After descending the Devil's Nose, stop to enjoy some refreshments while exploring the beautiful surroundings. There is also a charming museum offering information about local culture, history, flora, and fauna in the area.


Arriving back in Alausí, head to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Before your visit, lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Ingapirca, meaning "The Inca wall" in Quichua, is the most important complex of ruins existing in the country and it was built on top of Cañari constructions which go back to 1200 AD.  The site was used as a political and religious centre until the Incas conquered the Cañari and started the construction of a temple in 1460. Upon completion it served as a site for Sun worship and as a calendar for agricultural purposes. The complex also has other important sections such as the ancient residing place of the virgins of the sun, the Inca baths, and more. There is also a small museum on-site featuring artefacts from both Cañari and Inca civilizations.


Drive for about 90 minutes to Cuenca, where dinner and your hotel room await.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mansion Alcazar - Cuenca.


Day 5 - Cuenca/Lima

Rise and enjoy breakfast and check-out of the hotel before embarking on a panoramic tour of the city of Cuenca.   Cuenca is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country and is often hailed as "The hidden treasure of Ecuador". It was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, primarily for having been able to preserve the most valuable cultural and architectural features found in its historic centre.  


Drive along Cuenca's cobblestoned streets, visiting flowery plazas and picturesque sites.  See Cuenca's famous flower market and its dazzlingly colourful displays of arum lilies, orchids, and roses. Continue to the neo-Gothic 'New Cathedral' and its distinctive blue domes which dominate the skyline. Construction on the New Cathedral began in 1880; it was erected to replace the Old Cathedral (still standing across from the new one), built by the Spanish in 1557, the year the city was founded.


Approximately three hours of driving will bring you back into Guayaquil, your guide will take you on an informative panoramic city tour. Located on the banks of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador's principle port and largest city, with about 3 million inhabitants. Guayaquil's strong culture and traditions stand in amazing contrast to the modernity of its new constructions. Guayaquil's port, "Puerto Maritimo", is the main sea port of the country and is where 80% of the country's imports and more than 50% of its exports are handled. The commercial and industrial centre of Ecuador, Guayaquil lies about 37 miles (60 kilometres) from the Gulf of Guayaquil and the Pacific Ocean.


Visit the commercial centre, the Malecón 2000 along the Guayas River, the Parque Seminario, locally known as "Iguana park" due to the many land iguanas lounging in the grass and trees, and then through the historic neighbourhood of Las Peñas for a visit to one of the local museums.  


Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant before you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be transferred to the ship in time for a later dinner, to be served onboard


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces.  There are many steps to climb.  This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.  This programme involves fairly long drives. All vehicles utilised are the best available. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg) plus one carry on limited to 22lbs. (10 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing for comfort depending on the weather.  You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.  This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. 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. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at The Casa Gangotena (or similar) - Quito

·        One-night stay at Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo (or similar) - Pasochoa

·        One-night stay at Hacienda Abraspungo (or similar) - Riobamba

·        One-night stay at Mansion Alcazar (or similar) - Cuenca.

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Guayaquil/Quito and Guayaquil/Lima.  At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

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

·        Train Passage to Devil's Nose

·        Bottled water on coach

·        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 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

Escape from reality and jettison to one of the most idyllic places in the southern hemisphere - a luxury island resort on ancient coral cay with a rainforest that is home to over 120 species of native plants, colourful bird and marine life and beautiful coral gardens waiting for you to explore. Fly over the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel, take a walk in the rainforest, gaze under the sea by glass-bottom boat, or simply relax as you watch the sunset. Your resort suite is nestled amid lush rainforest, accessible only by air or sea.


01MIDCNS-C Great Barrier Reef Retreat

Departure: From Cairns

Duration: 1.5 Days / 1 Night  

Re-join Ship: In Cairns

Reserve at least 90 Days prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations at least 90 days before sailing. 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.



A coral cay, a luxury resort, a natural wonderland unlike any other - Green Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most unique and memorable destinations in Tropical North Queensland. Indulgence, romance, and adventure all await on this tropical island paradise. A highlight of your stay is undoubtedly your helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef to your island getaway.


DAY ONE - Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - Cairns/Green Island Resort

Disembark the ship shortly after its arrival in Cairns and meet your guide, who leads you to the air-conditioned catamaran, your transport to the reef today.  Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef and sip some tea or coffee as you listen to the marine naturalist's presentation.


Catamaran Cruise to Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef, located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. It stretches over 1240 miles (2,000 kilometres) in length and can be seen from space. The first European explorer to see the Great Barrier Reef was Captain James Cook during his 1768 voyage. Cook discovered the reef by running aground on it June 11, 1770.


The Great Barrier Reef is a large system of about 3000 reefs and 900 islands that are mostly offshore. Due to its vast biodiversity, warm clear the Great Barrier Reef is sometimes referred to as the single largest living animal being in the world. In reality it is many colonies of corals. A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.


Outer Reef Marine Experience

Spend approximately three hours at the Outer Reef pontoon. Here you can participate in guided coral viewing from a semi-submersible craft or glass-bottom boat. The on-board touch tank gives you the opportunity to experience unique marine life up-close. If you prefer, snorkel in a specially-designed enclosure, with rest and view stations or watch a fish feeding demonstration from an underwater observatory. A tropical buffet lunch that includes seafood, salads and hot dishes is offered during your stay. Freshwater showers and change rooms allow you to be in comfort.


Helicopter Flight

From the reef pontoon, board your helicopter and fly to Green Island. Experience the exhilaration of flying above one of the wonders of the world. Opal like formations of coral appears to float in the pristine blue waters, while the sun pierces through and enhances this natural beauty. Flying above such a vast array of marine life and spectacular colour provides irresistible photo opportunities. An aerial perspective of the Great Barrier Reef is a vision that stays with you long after you return home.

Check-in, briefly freshen-up and regroup to watch the fish being fed and the sun as it begins to dip, enjoying sunset drinks on the beach (weather dependent). Dinner tonight is at the resort's restaurant, featuring fresh and local produce.

Overnight accommodations are at the Green Island Resort - Great Barrier Reef


DAY TWO - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Green Island Resort/Cairns

After breakfast, meet your guide and begin your island walk. Learn about the flora and fauna, and in particular, the birds, and how they have evolved. Continue your exploration aboard a glass-bottom boat as you look closely at the reef surrounding the island, with all its varied marine life.


Enjoy lunch at the resort with free time to walk along the beach, explore independently or just take in the idyllic surrounds.


Check out of your room and transfer by catamaran back to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves an extensive amount of activity to participate in all activities: walking, snorkelling, swimming for extended periods of time.  Guests with limited mobility may be accommodated with less activity. The natural-style of the reef/island requires a certain sense of adventure to ensure its enjoyment. Some of the walking here will be on uneven ground and with steps to be negotiated. This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Dress code throughout the trip is casual. Pack a swimsuit, towel, cover-up, clothing to explore the island and a cover-up for the evening dinner. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on board. Snorkelling equipment is provided; you may wish to bring aqua shoes. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. At Green Island, all transfers and sightseeing is handled by the resort. The dinner is in a public restaurant; it is not exclusive to Silversea guests. Operation of some of the components of this programme is dependent on favourable weather; the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Optional activities available at the hotel can be booked and paid for at the resort. The helicopter flight is 15 minutes in duration and seating is subject to the discretion of the pilot; not every seat is adjacent to a window.  Guests must provide their weights in advance. When the ship arrives into Cairns in the morning, the half-day program operates on Day One.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Green Island Resort - Great Barrier Reef, in an Island Suite

·        One breakfast, two lunches, one dinner (meals include 2 beverages, choice of beer, house wine, soft drinks)

·        Full-day Outer Great Barrier Reef tour

·        Helicopter Flight one-way, between the reef pontoon and the resort

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, optional activities purchased through Green Island Resort, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, Australian visas, 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

Contemplate the beauty of the Red Centre and watch over the ever-changing colours as the sun rises and sets over Uluru (Ayers Rock).  Stay two nights at the luxury wilderness camp, Longitude 131°gateway to both Ayers Rock and the Olgas, complete with private views of this magical monolith with its Dreamtime legends.  Board the The Ghan for one night from Alice Springs to Darwin, stop to enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Katherine River before arriving in Darwin.  

Land Programmes

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.  

Experience Malaysian's Borneo in the Lowland Rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area.  The thousands of acres of undisturbed tropical flora and fauna in the eastern part of Sabah are home to more than 340 species Birds, 124 species of Mammals, 72 species of Reptiles, 56 species of Amphibians and a staggering list of plants. per hectare.  Search for orang-utan and other animals while learning about the conservation projects during your rainforest nature treks and guided safari night drives.


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

Enjoy this unique overland program provides a memorable experience of visiting the most famous treasures and wonders of China - the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall.



02MIDHKG-A Forbidden City & Great Wall (For In-transit Guests)

Departure: Hong Kong  

Duration:  2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Hong Kong

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to sailing. 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 obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.


A two-night stay in Beijing gives you the chance to take in the area's premier highlights.  The capital of China since 1057BC is yours to visit as you take a guided tour of the Forbidden City, parts of the palace complex not usually open to the public, famous Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven.  Travel to the legendary Great Wall, the longest manmade structure in the world, with a look at the countryside en route.


DAY ONE -Hong Kong/Beijing

Depart the ship and transfer to the Hong Kong airport for a scheduled flight to Beijing. For dinner dine on an in-flight meal on board. Upon arrival in the capital of the People's Republic of China, you are transferred to Four Seasons Hotel for check-in. Beating to the pulse of China's cultural heart, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing showcases a landmark residence from which to connect to the prestige and vitality of this compelling capital city. Enjoy the evening at your leisure


Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing.


DAY TWO - Beijing

After breakfast, depart the hotel and take a drive out of the city for a visit of the Great Wall of China. After about two hours, you will reach the Badaling section of what has justifiably been declared one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. With portions dating back nearly 2,000 years and an overall length of some 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometres), this spectacular structure remains a testament to the strength and perseverance of the Chinese people. At first sight, you will be struck by its breathtakingly scenic location, with forests covering much of the area. The roundtrip cable car service (weather permitting) provides a leisurely and less strenuous way to take in the stunning scenery and the beauty of the Great Wall of China.


Leaving the Badaling area, proceed next to a local restaurant for lunch, afterwards drive back to town for afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. Built between 1606 and 1420, the complex of buildings that make up the Temple of Heaven cover 273 hectares and represent the pinnacle of Ming and Qing architecture. This was the place where the Ming & Qing emperors went to worship Heaven and pray for better Harvest. In early morning when the air is filled with the fragrance of old cypresses, the temple grounds are full of people practicing a dozen or more forms of exercise, from qigong of martial arts, from opera singing to disco. It is one of the best places in Beijing to observe ordinary Chinese at play.


The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening enjoy a dine-around program in one of the hotel's three restaurants: set menu Chinese dinner at Cai Yi Xuan, set menu Western cuisine at the Opus Restaurant, or set menu Western cuisine at the Mio Restaurant.  


Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing.


DAY THREE - Beijing/Hong Kong


Following breakfast and check out, head to famous Tiananmen Square. Meaning "Gate of Heavenly Peace," the square is overwhelming by its sheer size. Since imperial times, Beijing's national symbol has always provided an impressive stage for declarations and key events in Chinese history. In modern times, the solemn flag-raising ceremony has become a revered daily celebration under the watchful eyes of the gigantic portrait of Chairman Mao. It was from the giant gate that the People's Republic was declared on October 1, 1949.


Next, proceed to the Forbidden City for an extensive walking tour. Off-limits to the public for 500 years, the vast complex was opened in 1949 as the Palace Museum. Within its walls lies a maze of palaces built between 1417 and 1420 as the residence of China's emperors. With some 800 buildings and 9,000 rooms, maintenance and restoration are an ongoing process.


A buffet lunch will be provided at a leading hotel before transferring to airport for your flight back to Hong Kong where you will rejoin the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. A warm jacket or sweater is necessary this time of year. Dress code throughout the trip is casual with sturdy walking shoes. It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Access to certain areas of the Forbidden City are restricted by the Chinese government. The cable car ride is subject to favourable weather conditions and can be cancelled. 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 20*40*55 cm. One checked bag must be less than 20 kg (44 pounds). A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.  

Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing (or similar) - Beijing  

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches, one in-flight dinner, and one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, water)

·        Flights (Economy Class) - Hong Kong/Beijing, Beijing/Hong Kong. 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.

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Chinese visa, 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

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 departing flights out of 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.  


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 dining in the hotel this evening.  


Overnight at the Sheraton Renmin Hotel - Xi'an, China


DAY 2 - XI'AN

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.  Then, your guide meets you and begins your introduction to the fascinating museum that houses the famous Terra cotta Warriors - silent sentinels, an army of thousands of hand-shaped, life-size terra-cotta warriors who were to be the first Qin emperor's garrison in the afterlife.  After the fall of the Qin, the terra cotta army was forgotten and only rediscovered in 1974.  Enjoy lunch at museum restaurant.


Following your visit, continue on to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  This impressive 209-ft high Buddhist pagoda is one of the best-known in the country.


As the afternoon comes to a close, return to the hotel to relax.  This evening, dine and enjoy the entertainment at a Tang Dynasty Cultural Show.


Overnight at the Sheraton Renmin Hotel - Xi'an, China


DAY 3 - XI'AN / BEIJING

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before checking out.  Enroute to the airport, stop for a visit to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Its collection focuses on the highlights of the Shaanxi culture and shows the development of Chinese civilization. Due to the importance of Shaanxi Province in Chinese history, the state invested 1.44 billion yuan in the establishment of the Shaanxi History Museum just to honor the wishes of the late Premier Zhou Enlai.


Following your visit, continue on to the airport for the short (1 hour, 50 minutes) flight to the capital.  There, you are met by the local Silversea representative and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel. The remainder of the day, as well as dinner this evening is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Four Seasons - Beijing, China


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 are accessed via 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 Four Seasons - Beijing, China


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 local restaurant.


Overnight at the Four Seasons - Beijing, China


DAY 6 - DEPART BEIJING

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.  The local Silversea representative is on hand to coordinate your transfer to the airport.   The official hotel check-out time is 12:00 noon.  If your flight does not depart until this evening, you may wish to consider guaranteeing your room for late check-out for an additional charge.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two nights at the Sheraton Renmin Square, Xi'an, People's Republic of China - Luxury Room

·        Three nights at the Four Seasons, Beijing, People's Republic of China -Deluxe Room


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

o        Hong Kong/Xian - approximately 2h40

o        Xian/Beijing - approximately 1h50

·        Meals:  5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

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


Flight Details:

Day 1:  Hong Kong/Xian - duration approximately 02h40

Day 3:  Xian/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/Xian        USD $9.50 per kg

Xian/Beijing                USD $6.50 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

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 Shangri-La 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 Shangri-La - 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 Shangri-La - 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 evening, 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 Shangri-La 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.   When combined with your cruise itinerary, you may be required to secure a multi-entry visa for China well in advance of your voyage.


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

The Chengdu Panda Research Base has not only dedicated itself to giant panda conservation, but has also made great efforts to combine natural scenery and man-made landscapes to create wonderful and humane living areas for these endangered animals. See the pandas close up and witness the work needed to conserve this unique species.


Guests should schedule their outbound flights to depart from Hong Kong 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.

DAY 1 - HONG KONG / CHENGDU

Upon disembarking in Hong Kong you are met by a Silversea representative and transferred to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. An in-flight lunch is served. Once there, transfer and check-in at the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel.


Freshen up in your room and then leave the hotel to walk and browse historic Jin Li Street. Recreated to reflect the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period and local folk customs, the buildings here evoke the architectural style of a traditional old town in Western Sichuan Province from the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty.


Continue from here to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by an authentic cultural show.

Overnight at the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel

DAY 2 - CHENGDU

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you drive to the Chengdu Panda Research Centre to learn about the care and feeding of these lovable creatures. After a safety briefing and basic training, guests are divided into small group to observe panda's activity while the Centre's representative demonstrates how to domesticate pandas. View a fascinating documentary film about a panda's daily life and its living conditions. Guests may participate as a keeper's assistant to prepare food, clean the exercise square. If preferred, guests may choose to visit the Panda Museum instead. A highlight of the day is the opportunity for a photo session with a baby panda and its keeper (at an additional cost, paid directly to the Centre). Lunch is served at a local restaurant and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.


Overnight at the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel


DAY 3 - CHENGDU/HONG KONG

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Sanxingdui Museum. Here China's storied past is highlighted through a wide array of ceramic, jade, gold and bronze artefacts dating back 3,000 years. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a transfer to Chengdu Airport to check in for your flight to Hong Kong. On arrival in Hong Kong, you are met and transferred to the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong for check-in.  Dinner this evening is on your own.


Overnight at the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong

DAY 4 - 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-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel - Chengdu

·        One-night stay in an Superior Harbour View Room at the Inter-Continental Hotel - Hong Kong

·        Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Hong Kong/Chengdu and Chengdu/Hong Kong

·        Three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners

·        All tours as per itinerary

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (where appropriate)


Please note order of visits may be changed. 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.


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

Day 1: Hong Kong/Chengdu - approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes

Day 3: Chengdu/Hong Kong - approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes

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


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small suitcase to travel with you into mainland China. Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kilograms) per person for economy-class travellers. The balance of your luggage will be stored at the hotel in Hong Kong and delivered to you when you return.


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.  Guests on voyage 3528 will require a multiple entry visa for China to participate in this program.


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

Depart Hong Kong for a short jetfoil ride across the Pearl River to fascinating Macau. Experience a taste of the island's Portuguese heritage at the Four Seasons.  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 the Four Seasons who will assist you with your shuttle bus transfer to the property.  

Following check-in at the Four Seasons, the balance of the day and all meals are at your leisure.  

Overnight at the Four Seasons

DAY 2 - MACAU

Following breakfast this morning, you'll have to decide whether to spend the day luxuriating at the hotel, 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 Four Seasons


DAY 3 - MACAU / HONG KONG

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before your return journey to 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 Hotel.   The remainder of the day is open for independent sightseeing or shopping.  Meals are on your own.


Overnight at the InterContinental Hong Kong


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two nights Four Seasons, Macau - Deluxe Room  

·        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

The Chengdu Panda Research Base has not only dedicated itself to giant panda conservation, but has also made great efforts to combine natural scenery and man-made landscapes to create wonderful and humane living areas for these endangered animals. See the pandas close up and witness the work needed to conserve this unique species.


Guests should schedule their inbound flights into Hong Kong 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.

DAY 1 - HONG KONG

Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport you are met by a Silversea representative and transferred to the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax at leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own.


Overnight at the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong  

DAY 2 - HONG KONG / CHENGDU

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. An in-flight lunch is served. Once there, transfer to check-in to the Sofitel Wanda Hotel.


Freshen up in your room and then leave the hotel to walk and browse historic Jin Li Street.  Recreated to reflect the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period and local folk customs, the buildings here evoke the architectural style of a traditional old town in Western Sichuan Province from the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. Continue from here to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by an authentic cultural show.  


Overnight at the Sofitel Wanda Hotel - Chengdu, China


DAY 3 - CHENGDU

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you drive to the Chengdu Panda Research Centre to learn about the care and feeding of these lovable creatures.  After a safety briefing and basic training, guests are divided into small group to observe panda's activity while the Centre's representative demonstrates how to domesticate pandas. View a fascinating documentary film about a panda's daily life and its living conditions. Guests may participate as a keeper's assistant to prepare food, clean the exercise square, or other simple tasks. If preferred, guests may choose to visit the Panda Museum instead.  A highlight of the day is the opportunity for a photo session with a baby panda and its keeper (at an additional cost, paid directly to the Centre).  Lunch is served at a local restaurant and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.


Overnight at the Sofitel Wanda Hotel - Chengdu, China



DAY 4 - CHENGDU/HONG KONG

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Sanxingdui Museum. Here China's storied past is highlighted through a wide array of ceramic, jade, gold and bronze artefacts dating back 3,000 years. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a transfer to Chengdu Airport to check in for your flight to Hong Kong.  On arrival in Hong Kong, you are met and transferred to the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong for check-in.  Dinner this evening is on your own.

Overnight at the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong

DAY 5 - 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 pier to embark the ship.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two-night stay in an Executive Room at the Sofitel Wanda Hotel - Chengdu

·        Two-night stay in an InterContinental Harbour View Room at the Inter-Continental Hotel - Hong Kong

·        Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Hong Kong/Chengdu and Chengdu/Hong Kong

·        Four breakfasts, three lunches (one in-flight) and two dinners

·        All tours as per itinerary

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (where appropriate)


Please note order of visits may be changed. 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.


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

Day 2: Hong Kong/Chengdu - approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes

Day 5: Chengdu/Hong Kong - approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes

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


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small suitcase to travel with you into mainland China.  Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kilograms) per person for economy-class travellers.  The balance of your luggage will be stored at the hotel in Hong Kong and delivered to you when you return.

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.  When combined with your cruise itinerary, you may be required to secure a multi-entry visa for China well in advance of your voyage.  Guests should secure the required visa(s) well in advance of their departure date.


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

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

Arriving at  Hong Kong International Airport, you are met by the local Silversea representative and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel overlooking Victoria Harbour.  Following check-in, the balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner is on your own account.


Overnight at the InterContinental Hotel - Hong Kong


Please note: Check-in time at the hotel is 2:00PM.  If your flight arrives in the early morning, you may wish to guarantee your room for check-in upon arrival for an additional cost.


DAY 2 - HONG KONG / GUILIN

Following breakfast this morning, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin.  Transfer upon arrival to the Shangri-La 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 Shangri-La Hotel - Guilin, China


DAY 3 - 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 closer look at country life.  The fields, the water buffalos, the zigzag lanes and the fresh air allow you escape from the noisy metropolis.   Your visit includes a stop at 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 you meal for a well-deserved nights rest.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel - Guilin, China


DAY 4 -  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 5 - 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 pier for embarkation.  Bon Voyage!  


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two nights at the InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong - InterContinental Harbour View Room

·        Two nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin - Deluxe Room

·        Included Meals: 4 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 2 & 4:        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

Depart Hong Kong for a short jetfoil ride across the Pearl River to fascinating Macau. Experience a taste of the island's Portuguese heritage at the Four Seasons.  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 flights to arrive into Hong Kong's International Airport.


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


DAY 1 - ARRIVE HONG KONG

Arriving in Hong Kong you are met outside of Customs & Immigration and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel.  If you arrive on an early flight and wish to guarantee immediate check-in upon arrival, please make these arrangements with Silversea well in advance.


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 2 - HONG KONG / MACAU

Breakfast is served this morning at the hotel.  Check out of the hotel and store your largest pieces of luggage with the bell staff.  They will be picked up and transferred to the ship on embarkation day.


Your driver arrives to transfer you 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 the Four Seasons who will assist you with your shuttle bus transfer to the property.  

Following check-in at the Four Seasons, the balance of the day and all meals are at your leisure.  

Overnight at the Banyan Tree Resort

DAY 3 - MACAU

Following breakfast this morning, you'll have to decide whether to spend the day luxuriating at the hotel, 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 Four Seasons


DAY 4 - MACAU / EMBARK HONG KONG

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before your return journey to 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 pier.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        One night InterContinental Hong Kong - InterContinental Harbour View Room

·        Two nights Four Seasons, Macau - Deluxe 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 also imposes much stricter limitations on luggage.  


Luggage Information:

Your large luggage should be checked 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

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 arrival flights into 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.  


DAY 1 - BEIJING

Upon arrival in Beijing airport you are met by Silversea representative and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is at your leisure. All meals are on your own.


Overnight at the Four Seasons - Beijing, China


DAY 2 - 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 local restaurant.


Overnight at the Four Seasons - Beijing, China


DAY 3 - 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 are accessed via 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 Four Seasons - Beijing, China


DAY 4 - BEIJING / XI'AN

Leave your hotel and Beijing very early this morning for the flight (approximately 2 hour 15 minutes) to Xi'an.  Upon arrival at Xi'an, your local Silversea representative meets you and begins your introduction to the fascinating museum that houses the famous Terra cotta Warriors - silent sentinels, an army of thousands of hand-shaped, life-size terra-cotta warriors who were to be the first Qin emperor's garrison in the afterlife.  After the fall of the Qin, the terra cotta army was forgotten and only rediscovered in 1974.  Enjoy lunch at museum restaurant.


Following your visit, continue on to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  This impressive 209-ft high Buddhist pagoda is one of the best-known in the country.


As the afternoon comes to a close, proceed to the Sofitel Renmin Square for check-in and leisure time before dinner. This evening, dine and enjoy the entertainment at a Tang Dynasty Cultural Show.


Overnight at the Sofitel Renmin Square - Xi'an, China


DAY 5 - XI'AN / HONG KONG

Following breakfast this morning in Xi'an, leave the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong (approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes). An in-flight lunch will be served. Once there you are met by the local Silversea representative.  As you make your way into the heart 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.  From here, continue on to the Inter-Continental Hong Kong where the remainder of the day and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the Inter-Continental Hong Kong



DAY 6 -HONG KONG

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the morning at leisure before being transferred to the pier to join other Silversea guests for embarkation.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Three nights at the Four Seasons Beijing, People's Republic of China -Deluxe Room

·        One night at the Sofitel Renmin Square, Xi'an, People's Republic of China - Luxury Room

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

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

o        Beijing / Xi'an - approximately 2h

o        Xi'an / Hong Kong - approximately 2h30

·        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 4:  Beijing / Xi'an - duration approximately 01h55

Day 5:  Xi'an / Hong Kong - duration approximately 02h30

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:

Beijing - Xi'an                USD $6.50 per kg

Xi'an - Hong Kong        USD $9.50 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

Take in many of Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this spotlight overland. Sail aboard a junk in Ha Long Bay amongst its 1960 islands. Visit Hanoi, uniquely Vietnamese, with its Ancient Quarter, shrines and squares, intertwined in this modern capital.  Travel to Hue to see the Imperial City and its monument, temples and pagodas from the Nguyen dynasty. Complete your exploration of Vietnam in Hoi An; the Ancient Town is most attractive with its Japanese-built bridge and Chinese Assembly Hall.


01MIDHAL-A Vietnam World Heritages

Departure: Halong Bay

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Rejoin ship: Ho Chi Minh City    

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by the applicable booking deadline specified above. 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.


Explore ancient and modern Hanoi with more time to take in the many sites that make Vietnam's capital and second largest city. Vietnam's culture and heritage fascinate all who visit.


DAY ONE - Ha long/ Hanoi:

Ha Long Bay, approximately 580 square miles (1,500 square kilometres) area means "Bay of the Descending Dragon".  It consists of about 3,000 limestone monolithic islands, rising from the ocean with their thick, jungle-like vegetation.  Several of these islands are hollow, while other appears to be floating on the water, their bases having eroded over thousands of years.  It is no wonder this was listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994.

A cruise by local junk offers a wonderful opportunity to fully enjoy this magical scenery. After tendering ashore, your junk is ready for boarding as you head out for a cruise past craggy outcrops and strange images that rise from the sea.

Disembark the junk for the four-hour drive to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, a light snack lunch will be served along the way. Boasting of glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, the city is the jewel in Vietnam's crown.  Blending of East and West with bicycle as they clutter the streets.  The very smooth road from the pier to Ha Noi offers ample chances of photos of buffaloes, rice fields, farmers working together on the cooperatives, mountains, coal mines, old factories, old battlefields, and cemeteries.

On arrival in the city, walk into the old quarters of Hanoi of 36 streets.  You will see arrays of shops and many local things.  The old quarter is full of colors and is very crowded. Enjoy dinner at the Local restaurant before walking to the Water Puppet Theater to enjoy a charming water puppet show.  The folk live music accompanying the water puppet shows is very enjoyable.  Transfer to the Inter Continental Hanoi Hotel for check-in.


Overnight at the Inter Continental Hanoi Hotel - Hanoi

DAY TWO - Ha Noi - Da Nang

After breakfast, drive to Hanoi's imposing Ba Dinh Square which is dominated by the impressive marble and granite tomb where the father of the country lies in state.   Visit President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum area including his tomb, stilt house and one pillar pagoda.  

Continue to visit the Temple of Literature, dating from 1070, it is dedicated to Confucianism. In 1076, Vietnam's first national university was built next to the temple.  Enjoy walking through the tranquil five walled courtyards and see the pavilion where 'men of letters' once recited their poetry.  

Continue to drive to Hoa lo prison.  Here you will see all rooms where the French imprisoned many Vietnamese  patriots.  The prison is famous because this was also a place to imprison many American pilots including Senator John McCain.

Transfer to a local restaurant for lunch with Vietnamese food.  After lunch, transfer to airport for your scheduled flight to Da Nang.


Upon arrival in Da Nang your guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the hotel.  Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel's restaurant


Overnight at the Grand Mercure - Da Nang

DAY THREE - Da Nang/ Hoi An/ Hue

After breakfast an check out begin the full day exploration.  Travel for approximately 15-minutes via coach from the Hotel to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, with its ornate temples and colonial-style buildings. Stroll through its outdoor exhibits of sandstone sculptures and temple decorations created between the 4th and 14 centuries by the Cham people. The displays are grouped into four time periods, and named after the regions in which the sculptures were discovered.


Your next destination is Hoi An, a pretty river town that has earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Your walking tour begins along its colourful streets, which have remained largely unchanged for centuries before you enter the Hoi An Museum. Housed in a traditional merchant's house, this museum is known for its fine collection of objects relating to the town's heydays as an important trading port.


Visit the Phuoc Kien Temple, a structure built in honour of Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea.


Perhaps one of the most intriguing and beautiful of Hoi An's sights is the Japanese covered bridge. Built in 1593 over a stream, it is a wonderful amalgamation of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese architectural characteristics. Appropriately, it connects Hoi An's Japanese and Chinese districts. At the centre of the bridge stands a small temple.


Following lunch at a local restaurant, return to the town and its busy streets for some shopping in the lively open-air market.


Before traveling to Hue City, pause to take photographs at Marble Mountain, the famous collection of five marble and limestone formations that take the shape of a dragon at rest.


Arrive in Hue, check in Hue Le Residence Hotel on the back of Perfume River.  Some time is given to freshed up before driving to a local restaurant for dinner.


Overnight at the Hue Le Residence Hotel - Hue City

DAY Four - Hue/Saigon

Located eight miles (thirteen kilometres) from the coast and close to the Laos border, Hue has long been known as the 'Imperial City of the Nguyen Emperors'. The Emperors rose to glory during their reign from 1802 to 1945 and were the last ruling family of Vietnam. The city's fascinating treasures include the Imperial Citadel, Kings' Tomb, temples, and pagodas.


After breakfast and you have checked out you will begin the day.  Functioning as the centre of imperial activity for 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, the city boasts impressive buildings and a sense of history. Gain an appreciation of that history with an exploration of the Royal Citadel.  Built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804, the citadel features what is called the Noon Gate, or 'Ngo Mon'. This is the spot where kings announced the yearly calendar and the names of new doctors of philosophy.


The Palace of Supreme Harmony and adjoining Esplanade of Great Salutation were equally important in imperial life, hosting coronations, emperors' birthday parties, and court proceedings. Having been restored, the early-19th-century palace retains much of its original grandeur.


Continue your walking tour of the Citadel with a look at the Imperial Enclosure. The Citadel's comparison to China's Forbidden City will be apparent as you observe this intriguing citadel within a citadel.


Next, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, located a short drive from the Citadel. Founded in 1601 by Lord Nguyen Hoang, the governor of Thuan Hoa Province, Thien Mu is the symbol of the city and one of the holiest pagodas in all of Vietnam. With its days as a hot-bed for anti-government protests long past, the pagoda today is a serene place where novice gardeners tend bonsai and monks deliver incantations.


Awaiting you in front of the pagoda is your dragon boat. Climb aboard and cruise on the Perfume River in a similar manner to that of the kings who travelled this route before you. Take in the sights and savour the tranquility as you relax. At the conclusion of your cruise, witness skilled workers crafting fine pieces of embroidery as you visit their workshop. Afterwards, transfer to the lunch venue, where Vietnamese cuisine is offered.


After lunch there is one more stop, a visit to the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. Considered to be the most brilliant emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Minh Mang had his tomb built on the west bank of the river. The tomb features unique green and yellow tiles.


Re-board the coach and travel to the Phu Bai airport for the scheduled flight to Ho Chi Minh City.  Meet your tour guide and bus at the airport for transfer to the 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. An overnight Vietnamese visa will be issued upon departure and is included in the cost of this program. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly in a small overnight case. Casual, lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. The tour sequence may vary and traffic patterns may affect tour timings; order of sites may change. The duration of the drive between Ha Long Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3.5-4 hours in each direction. Comfort stops are made along the way and drive


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Inter Continental Hotel (or similar) - Hanoi

·        One  night  at  Hue Le Residence Hotel (or similar) - Hue

·        One  night  at  Grand Mercure Hotel (or similar) - Da Nang

·        Three breakfast, four lunches, three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

·        Water Puppet Show experience

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Entrance fees as per itinerary

·        Private (for the overland group) junk cruise

·        Shoreside overnight visa


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, personal charges incurred at the hotel (a credit card must be registered prior), 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

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

Departure: from Bangkok

Duration:  4.5 Days/4 Nights

Re-join ship: in Singapore

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing

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.


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 - Bangkok/Paro/Thimphu

Disembark the ship for your fascinating trip to The Dragon Kingdom, Bhutan. Your guide awaits your arrival 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.


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.  


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 - 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 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 - 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.


The Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest) 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 - 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 Singapore.


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/Singapore

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 thee-hour scheduled flight to Singapore.


Upon arrival in Singapore, an hour's transfer returns you to the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. 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/Singapore.  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

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


01MIDRGN-B Legendary Mandalay  

Departure: From Yangon  

Duration:  1.5 Days /1 Night

Re-join ship: In Yangon

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


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


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


DAY ONE - Yangon/Mandalay

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


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


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


Your next stop is to a traditional hand woven silk workshop. Myanmar silk is used mainly to make Cheit longyis, special garments worn by both men and women.


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


Then, sit back and enjoy the panoramic drive to the Mandalay Hill Resort. After checking-in and enjoying lunch at the hotel, some free time if offered for you to freshen up and explore independently before regrouping at the appointed time.


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


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


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


Overnight accommodations are at the Mandalay Hill Resort - Mandalay


DAY TWO- Mandalay/Yangon

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


Please Note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Anticipate hot and humid weather during the day. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. A warm jacket or sweater is necessary for evening/early morning. Dress code throughout the trip is modest casual, with easily slipped-on/off walking shoes. Shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate for temple visits. Shoes have to be removed when entering religious sites; bring a pair of socks for comfort. Restrooms at tourist sites are of local standard. Remember to bring a hat or scarf, sunglasses and your camera. Bring local currency for any purchases or personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar.  It is recommended that you leave jewellery and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. There are baggage restrictions as follows: hand baggage gross weight is limited to 7 kg (15 lb.) and size is limited to 23*36*56 cm. One checked bag must be less than 23 kg (50 pounds). The Sedona Hotel is a four-star property and the best available on these dates. At least 25 guests are required to offer the show with dinner in Mandalay. As Myanmar is an emerging destination, flexibility and a sense of adventure is necessary.  This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. If the ship is docked in Bo Aung Kyaw Wharf the travel time to and from the ship is approximately 30 minutes less and the tour duration is shorter than advertised.



Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar) - Mandalay

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

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

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

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


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. On-board 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

Kandy, the charming hill capital, lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, 1525 feet (465 metres above sea level. Steeped in history, the focal point is the Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth, where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. As Sri Lanka's cultural centre and sacred city, Kandy was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988. A unique way to make the trip in one day is offered by private air taxi, a chartered seaplane.


00MIDCMB-K Kandy by Chartered Seaplane

Departure: Colombo

Duration:  8 hours

Re-join ship: Colombo

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  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.  


Avail yourself of this unique opportunity of flying by private air taxi into the centre of the Kandy plateau, site of the charming hill capital of Kandy.  Considered to be the jewel of Sri Lanka, the town lies between hills at an altitude of 1525 feet (465 metres). Steeped in history, Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese monarchy. Its' most famous attraction is the Temple of the Tooth, home to a sacred relic of Lord Buddha.


Depart the ship and drive to Peliyagoda. Here, board the chartered seaplane for a flight of approximately 30 minutes to the Victoria Reservior.  During the flight at an altitude of 1500 to 2000 feet (450 to 600 metres) you will be able to enjoy breathtaking aerial views.  After deplaning at Victoria Resivoir, your trip continues by road to Kandy.


Nestled in a valley surrounded by hills and dense jungle bordering the city's gardens, Kandy enjoys a regal location, with a beautiful artificial lake and a pagoda in its center.


The major highlight of the day will be your visit to the Temple of the Tooth.  Built to house this precious relic of the Buddha, which is enshrined in an inner chamber, the temple is a work of art in itself. An impressive stone rampart encloses the shrine, which stands two storeys high on a platform in the centre of the courtyard. The upper gallery is connected to the first floor of the temple by a small bridge. There, behind a gilt railing, the golden reliquary rests on a silver table. It contains a nest of six boxes - the famous tooth lies within the smallest one. Ritual prayers by the monks are accompanied by beating drums, trumpets and hypnotic chants.


Leaving the Temple of the Tooth, proceed to the Earl's Regency Hotel and enjoy lunch, including two beverages of your choice - domestic beer, house wine, or soft drinks.  


Following lunch, drive back to the Victoria Reservoir where your chartered seaplane stands ready to fly you back toPeliyagoda. Then conclude this memorable trip to Kandy with the 45-minute transfer to the pier in Colombo.


Please note: We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and light cotton clothing, although the temperature in Kandy may be slightly cooler than in Colombo.  Moderate dress is required to enter the Temple of the Tooth.  No shorts or short skirts and ladies must have their shoulders covered. Shoes have to be removed prior to entering the temple (you may want to bring a pair of socks as the pavement may be hot).  There is a short walk of about 10 minutes to the temple as vehicles cannot approach the building. Walking is on both firm and uneven surface, plus a considerable number of steps need to be climbed at the Temple of the Tooth.  Being a popular pilgrim site, guests may encounter a line waiting to go inside. The chartered seaplane is exclusive for Silversea. Therefore a minimum is required to operate, but space is limited. Operation may be subject to weather.


Programme Includes:

·        Roundtrip Chartered Seaplane flight - Colombo/Kandy/Colombo

·        Lunch at Earl Regency Hotel (includes choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks)

·        Bottled water on coach

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, 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

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. 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.


03MIDCMB-A Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur

Departure: Colombo

Duration:  4 Days/3 Nights

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  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.  


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 - Colombo/Delhi

Depart the ship and transfer to the Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just over 3.5 hours in length. Lunch is served in-flight. Upon arrival, 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. Dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi - Delhi.


DAY TWO - 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.


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 most 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.


This evening 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 breathtaking 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 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 - Agra/Jaipur

For another look at the Taj Mahal during sunrise you will leave the hotel before breakfast. Then, return to the hotel and enjoy breakfast followed by check out. Commence the four and a half hour drive to Jaipur, with a comfort stop en route. Arriving at the Rambagh Palace Hotel, you are invited to lunch and afterwards, to 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 - Jaipur/Mumbai/Embark  

An early breakfast is served at the hotel prior to check-out and your transfer to the airport. Check-in for the one hour and forty-five minute, scheduled flight to Mumbai, anticipated to depart at approximately 8:25 am. Your coach and guide await your arrival at Mumbai's airport, and offer you a panoramic tour of some of the city's highlights before taking you to the pier.


Re-join the ship in time for lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day in city known as the 'gateway to India'.  


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 4.5 hours in duration. All vehicles utilised are the best available; they may not always be to 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 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 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.


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

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

·        Three breakfasts, two lunches plus one lunch in-flight, and three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, 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

·        Gratuities on meals


Not Included:

Indian visa, 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, 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

NEW - In Search of Tigers (for In-transit Guests)

Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife sanctuary, known for its tigers and is one of the best places to observe these animals in their natural habitat.  Morning and afternoon game drives offer the best chance to see Royal Bengal Tigers in the wild, in addition to jackal, leopard, mongoose, gazelle and numerous species of birds. Conclude your Indian safari with a visit to Jaipur and New Delhi.

Land Programmes

NEW - Udaipur & the Palace on a Lake

Stay in the former royal summer palace on an island in Lake Pichola, Udaipur and explore this city of lakes with visits to the City Palace and Crystal Gallery, the Nagda and Eklingi Temples. Rich in history and culture, it is the many palaces that amaze visitors. A sunset cruise and lunch at Devigarh Fort compliment your stay. Overnight in Delhi before returning to the ship in Dubai.

4 Days / 3 Nights          Depart:  Mumbai        Return:  Dubai                        

Available on Voyage 4606

Land Programmes

Experience both the famous temples of Luxor and the remote Valley of the Kings, where ancient Egypt's illustrious rulers found their final resting place. Venture off the beaten path and explore sites that normally are not part of the regular tourist circuit, such as the Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Nobles, Temple of Dandara, and Deir el Medina. Retrace Howard Carter's steps through ancient Thebes.

Land Programmes

Cairo & the Great Pyramids

Marvel at the splendour of the Great Pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx, then explore a wealth of ancient treasures at the world-famous Museum of Antiquities. Other sites to be visited include the Citadel of Medieval Cairo and the Khan El Khalili market in the Old Town, hailed as one of the Middle East's largest and best-known bazaars.

2 Days / 1 Night          Depart:  Sharm el Sheik        Return:  Port Said        

Available on Voyage 4607

Land Programmes

Experience the best of Israel during this two-day Mid-Voyage Land Adventure that encompasses the mesmerising sights and heritage of this truly extraordinary country.


01MIDASD-A Ancient & Modern Israel

Departure: Ashdod

Duration:  2 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: Haifa

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  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.  


Depart from Ashdod and ascend the Judean hills to visit Jerusalem's venerated religious and cultural landmarks, including the Old City, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the Shrine of the Book, housing the fascinating Dead Sea Scrolls. Spend the night at the historic American Colony Hotel. Head north to discover the heart of the Galilee and dwell on its importance during biblical times. Your overland excursion concludes with the drive to Haifa where you re-join the ship.


DAY ONE - Ashdod/Jerusalem

You will depart from the Ashdod port and proceed up through the Judean hills to Jerusalem, renowned for its timeless beauty and once considered the center of the world. Take in breath-taking panoramic views from the Mount of Olives and enjoy the photo opportunities over the walled Old City. From the Mount of Olives, you will continue to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Opened in 2005, the museum is dedicated to documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.  Your visit shows insight into the victims' experience through original artefacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. This unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-lined walkways that lead to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials.


Next, you will carry onto the Israel Museum. Within the 20-acre complex are a Model of Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book, the subterranean home of a number of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls. The building of the Shrine is unique in its distinctive design. The dome was contoured to resemble the lids of the earthenware containers that held the scrolls when they were discovered by a shepherd in 1947. This visit takes you to the heart of the Shrine to see a display of original Dead Sea Scrolls, examples of sectarian texts and the oldest biblical manuscripts in existence.

Experience the best of Israel during this two-day Mid-Voyage Land Adventure that encompasses the mesmerising sights and heritage of this truly extraordinary country.


01MIDASD-A Ancient & Modern Israel

Departure: Ashdod

Duration:  2 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: Haifa

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  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.  


Depart from Ashdod and ascend the Judean hills to visit Jerusalem's venerated religious and cultural landmarks, including the Old City, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the Shrine of the Book, housing the fascinating Dead Sea Scrolls. Spend the night at the historic American Colony Hotel. Head north to discover the heart of the Galilee and dwell on its importance during biblical times. Your overland excursion concludes with the drive to Haifa where you re-join the ship.


DAY ONE - Ashdod/Jerusalem

You will depart from the Ashdod port and proceed up through the Judean hills to Jerusalem, renowned for its timeless beauty and once considered the center of the world. Take in breath-taking panoramic views from the Mount of Olives and enjoy the photo opportunities over the walled Old City. From the Mount of Olives, you will continue to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Opened in 2005, the museum is dedicated to documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.  Your visit shows insight into the victims' experience through original artefacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. This unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-lined walkways that lead to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials.


Next, you will carry onto the Israel Museum. Within the 20-acre complex are a Model of Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book, the subterranean home of a number of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls. The building of the Shrine is unique in its distinctive design. The dome was contoured to resemble the lids of the earthenware containers that held the scrolls when they were discovered by a shepherd in 1947. This visit takes you to the heart of the Shrine to see a display of original Dead Sea Scrolls, examples of sectarian texts and the oldest biblical manuscripts in existence.


View the detailed 1:50 scale Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Covering nearly one acre, it recreates the topography and architecture of ancient Jerusalem at its peak in 66 BC. As one of the city's cultural landmarks, it provides a three-dimensional contextual illustration for the period documented by the Dead Sea Scrolls. It also makes a striking visual connection to the Shrine of the Book.


Following your visit, proceed to lunch at a local restaurant.


After lunch, drive to the Old City.  Enter through the Jaffa Gate and begin your walking tour passing the bazaar, the Christian Quarter and a part of the Via Dolorosa, offering a view of the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. A stop is made at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. Next proceed to Golgotha Hill and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, for a visit of the site that marks Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. If time permits, a stop may be included for shopping.  A short drive takes you up the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view.


In the afternoon, you will proceed to the American Colony Hotel for check-in. There is time to freshen up before dinner is served at the American Colony Hotel. This small, but sophisticated boutique hotel, has hosted many famous actors, politicians and influential personalities.  Be sure to take note of the historic memorabilia throughout. After dinner, enjoy an evening drive through the streets of the city. Your scenic drive concludes back at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at the American Colony Hotel (or similar) - Jerusalem


DAY TWO - Jerusalem/Nazareth/Haifa

After a leisurely breakfast and check-out, drive to Nazareth the home of Jesus.  Upon arrival in Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of Christendom's most revered shrines and the largest church in the Middle East. The Basilica was built on the same site where the Archangel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Sites to be seen here include the altar and a remarkable 170-foot (52.3-metre)-high cupola that rises high above the upper church. During your guided visit inside the Basilica, see magnificent mosaics, ceramic reliefs, and other superb works of art from around the world.  See the church of St. Joseph built over chambers that housed the Carpentry shop. Walk through the Bazaar of Nazareth, drive by the white stone fountain known as Mary's well.


Leaving Nazareth, you will drive through Canna the location where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine and on to the Sea of Galilee.  Lunch will be served on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Next, proceed to the Yardenit baptismal on the banks of the Jordan River. From here you will drive north to Capernaum.


Continuing on for the picturesque drive to Capernaum situated on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. This ancient fishing village is frequently mentioned in the gospels and, according to tradition it was the base of Jesus' ministry where he chose his first disciples. Take in the atmosphere of this revered site and observe nearby Mount of Beatitudes, famous as the place where Jesus gave his sermon on the mountain to the multitude that assembled to see and hear him. Visit the remains of a 4th-century synagogue located just inland from the shore with its façade facing Jerusalem. From a hillside you can view Tiberias, one of the four Jewish Holy cities and the capital of the Galilee. Founded by the Romans, the city was named in honour of Emperor Tiberius.


At the conclusion of your adventure, re-join your coach and commence the 1.5-hour drive to Mount Carmel. Ascend Mt. Carmel for a breath-taking view of Haifa Bay and the golden dome of Haifa's Baha'i Shrine. Drive along the reconstructed German Colony, built by the Templers during the 18th century.


At the conclusion of your adventure, re-join your ship pier side in Haifa.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking at a very steady pace to see all the sites on this itinerary.  Uneven, cobbled walkways with many steps are traversed throughout.  The stone walkways are polished with time and can be very slippery.  This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise wheelchair.  Dress code is modest casual.  Conservative attire is required during visits to religious sites - no shorts and sleeveless shirts. We suggest dressing in layers as the morning/evening will be cooler. Wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and your camera. Cameras and videos can be used at every site without charge. Bring local currency for any purchases. Expect crowds at religious venues. The tour sequence may vary and depending on the pace of the group, it may not be possible to see all sites. Some flexibility within the itinerary is required; this is a general overview of the program only.  Be aware that an Immigration procedure takes place before re-boarding the ship in Haifa.


Program Includes:

·        One-night stay at the American Colony Hotel (or similar) - Jerusalem.  

·        One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a choice of two glasses of local wine, beer or soft drinks, mineral water).

·               All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:  

Any meals and drinks not specified above, 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

Benefits

Luxurious benefits that ensure you travel in comfort and that add an array of enriching cultural events make this voyage-of-a-lifetime an even more extraordinary experience.

An impressive array of value-added benefits and exclusive cultural events … all designed to make the luxury Venetian World Odyssey 2016 world cruise truly a voyage of a lifetime.

THE BENEFITS OF A FULL WORLD CRUISE:
  • Business Class air is available from select US/Canadian air gateways for guests who book in the US office.
    Business Class air is available from select UK air gateways for guests who book in the UK office.
    Business Class air is available from select German/Scandinavian gateways for guest who book in the EU office.
  • $4,000 Onboard Spending Credit per double occupancy suite
  • Gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight accommodation the evening of January 4 at Mandarin Oriental Miami
  • Three Exclusive World Cruise Events:
    Lunch at the Taj Mahal
    Masked Ball in Venice
    Island in the Harbor
  • Three Silversea Experiences for guests travelling 50+ days:
    Easter Island
    Junks of Halong Bay
    Music in Muscat
    Special Commemorative Gifts
  • Complimentary Silver Shore Baggage Valet between home and ship in Fort Lauderdale and Venice
  • Complimentary Laundry Service
  • Complimentary Internet Package

 

Restrictions Apply — See World Cruise 2016 Terms & Conditions for full details.