WORLD CRUISE 2017

On January 6, 2017, Silver Whisper will begin her epic world cruise. She’ll sail across San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge, a gleaming harbinger of wonderful things to come — tropical edens across the vast Pacific, smouldering Antipodean landscapes, Bali, Bangkok … and beyond to India, the kingdoms of the Persian Gulf, the antiquity of Egypt and Jordan, and a covey of Mediterranean treasures. By journey’s end, she’ll have called at 62 ports in 25 countries in 116 days.

When you cruise aboard a ship with only a few hundred fellow guests, you can connect more authentically with the lands you visit, exploring hidden corners and immersing yourself more fully in the lifestyle of the people. And you’ll be sailing with kindred travellers from around the globe, sharing their warm fellowship in an ambiance of pampered elegance and privilege. May we also add that with six maiden ports of call, our World Cruise 2017 is our most unique and exotic ever. Come with us — the world awaits.

Now included for full World Cruise 2017 guests — a complimentary 3-night sailing aboard Silversea’s divine new boutique ship, Silver Muse, during her Venetian Society inaugural voyage from Nice to Rome, May 3 – May 6, 2017. Join key Silversea executives and be among the first to experience her exciting innovations, exquisite décor and sumptuous, hand-crafted suites.

WORLD CRUISE 2017

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Broad decks, panoramic lounges, gourmet dining options and all-suite accommodations ensure the most comfortable journey. Along with the incomparable luxury that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today’s discerning travellers.

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 193,950 (per guest)

Grand Suite

Grand Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 157,750 (per guest)

Royal Suite

Royal Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 149,950 (per guest)

Silver Suite

Silver Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 148,550 (per guest)

Medallion Suite

Medallion Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 134,650 (per guest)

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 76,950 (per guest)

Terrace Suite

Terrace Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 67,750 (per guest)

Vista Suite

Vista Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 61,550 (per guest)

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Silver Whisper’s oceanview suites are some of the most spacious at sea. All include the services of a 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

Owner's Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 193,950 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: One bedroom: 919 ft² / 85m² including veranda | Two bedroom: 1,264 ft² / 117m² including veranda

Number of guests: Up to 4

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 193,950 (per guest)

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  • 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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • 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
suite plan

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NOTE: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
SUITE LOCATION FARES (PER GUEST) SELECT YOUR SUITE
OWNER'S 1 VIEW DECK US$ 193,950
OWNER'S 2 VIEW DECK US$ 219,350
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Grand Suite

Grand Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 157,750 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: One bedroom: 941–1,090 ft² / 87–101m² including veranda | Two bedroom: 1,286–1,435 ft² / 119–133m² including veranda

Number of guests: Up to 4

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 157,750 (per guest)

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  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Two-bedroom has additional veranda
  • Living room with sitting area; Two-bedroom has additional sitting area
  • Separate dining area 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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • 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
suite plan

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

NOTE: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
SUITE LOCATION FARES (PER GUEST) SELECT YOUR SUITE
GRAND 1 VIEW DECK US$ 157,750
GRAND 2 VIEW DECK US$ 197,750
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Royal Suite

Royal Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 149,950 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: One bedroom: 967–1,007 ft² / 90–94m² including veranda | Two bedroom: 1,312–1,352 ft² / 122–126m² including veranda

Number of guests: Up to 4

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 149,950 (per guest)

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  • Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Two-bedroom has additional veranda
  • Living room with sitting area; Two-bedroom has additional sitting area
  • Separate dining area 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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • 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
suite plan

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

NOTE: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
SUITE LOCATION FARES (PER GUEST) SELECT YOUR SUITE
ROYAL 1 VIEW DECK US$ 149,950
ROYAL 2 VIEW DECK US$ 194,650
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Silver Suite

Silver Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 148,550 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: 653–701 ft² / 61–65m² including veranda

Number of guests: Up to 3

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 148,550 (per guest)

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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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • Special chocolate welcome
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Dry cleaning and pressing service (fee applies)
  • Complimentary Laundry
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Medallion Suite

Medallion Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 134,650 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: 521 ft² / 49m² including veranda

Number of guests: Up to 2

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 134,650 (per guest)

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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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Dry cleaning and pressing service (fee applies)
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Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 76,950 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: 345 ft² / 32m² including veranda

Number of guests: Up to 3

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 76,950 (per guest)

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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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Dry cleaning and pressing service (fee applies)
suite plan

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

NOTE: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
SUITE LOCATION FARES (PER GUEST) SELECT YOUR SUITE
VERANDA 1 VIEW DECK US$ 76,950
VERANDA 2 VIEW DECK US$ 79,250
VERANDA 3 VIEW DECK US$ 83,850
VERANDA 4 VIEW DECK US$ 84,150
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Terrace Suite

Terrace Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 67,750 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: 287 ft² / 27m²

Number of guests: Up to 3

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 67,750 (per guest)

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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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Dry cleaning and pressing service (fee applies)
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Vista Suite

Vista Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 61,550 (per guest)

DIMENSIONS: 287 ft² / 27m²

Number of guests: Up to 3

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.

FARES FROM: US$ 61,550 (per guest)

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  • 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
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen TV(s)
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Dry cleaning and pressing service (fee applies)
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Silver Privilege Fares: book early for the best fares and availability; Silver Privilege Fares are structured to reward guests who book early with the best possible fare and the privilege of being able to select their desired suite when the best inventory is available. All Silver Privilege Fares shown are cruise-only per guest unless otherwise noted, based on double-occupancy. Availability of all suite categories cannot be guaranteed. Fares for single guests are available upon request. Additional restrictions may apply. Silversea Fare Guarantee Programme: Silversea’s Fare Guarantee Programme provides guests with the peace of mind in knowing that when they plan ahead and book early, not only will they be able to reserve their desired suite, but they can also benefit from any future reduction in the Silver Privilege Fares for their voyage, upon request. All voyages are eligible.

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ROUTES

Departing from idyllic San Francisco, Silver Whisper will sail for the picturesque shores of Hawaii and then cross the International Dateline to the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Arabia. Enjoy more multi-day calls and late-night departures in each destination and incredible options for exploring beyond the shore.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA TO AUCKLAND

PACIFIC CROSSING

DATE PORT ARRIVE DEPART
FRI 6 JAN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 18:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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San Francisco, California, United States of America

With its myriad hills and spectacular bay, San Francisco beguiles with natural beauty, vibrant neighborhoods, and contagious energy. From the hipster Mission District to the sassy Castro, from bustling Union Square to enduring Chinatown, this dynamic town thrives on variety. The city makes it wonderfully easy to tap into the good life, too: between San Francisco's hot arts scene, tempting boutiques, parks perfect for jogging or biking, and all those stellar locavore restaurants and cocktail bars, it's the ultimate destination for relaxed self-indulgence.

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THU 12 JAN HILO, HAWAII, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 08:00 18:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Hilo, Hawaii, United States of America

In comparison to Kailua-Kona, Hilo is often described as "the old Hawaii." With significantly fewer visitors than residents, more historic buildings, and a much stronger identity as a long-established community, this quaint, traditional town does seem more authentic. It stretches from the banks of the Wailuku River to Hilo Bay, where a few hotels line stately Banyan Drive. The characteristic old buildings that make up Hilo's downtown have been spruced up as part of a revitalization effort. Nearby, the 30-acre Liliuokalani Gardens, a formal Japanese garden with arched bridges and waterways, was created in the early 1900s to honor the area's Japanese sugar-plantation laborers

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FRI 13 JAN LAHAINA, MAUI, HAWAII, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 08:00 23:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America

Lahaina, a bustling waterfront town packed with visitors from around the globe, is considered the center of Maui. Some may describe Lahaina as tacky, with too many T-shirt vendors and not enough mom-and-pop shops, but this historic village houses some of Hawaii’s most excellent restaurants, boutiques, cafés, and galleries. If you spend Friday afternoon exploring Front Street, hang around for Art Night, when the galleries stay open late and offer entertainment along with artists demonstrating their work. Sunset cruises and other excursions depart from Lahaina Harbor. At the southern end of town an important archaeological site—Mokuula—is currently being researched, excavated, and restored

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SAT 14 JAN HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 07:00 23:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States of America

Here is Hawaii's only true metropolis, its seat of government, center of commerce and shipping, entertainment and recreation mecca, a historic site, and an evolving urban area—conflicting roles that engender endless debate and controversy. For the visitor, Honolulu is an everyman's delight: hipsters and scholars, sightseers and foodies, nature lovers and culture vultures all can find their bliss.

Once there was the broad bay of Mamala and the narrow inlet of Kou, fronting a dusty plain occupied by a few thatched houses and the great Pakaka heiau (shrine). Nosing into the narrow passage in the early 1790s, British sea captain William Brown named the port Fair Haven

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Apia, Samoa Islands

Samoa is proud to be the first independent nation of Polynesia, and home to the largest concentration of full-blooded Polynesians. Some scholars consider Samoa to be the cradle of Polynesia, allowing visitors a look at a traditional Polynesian society that follows the Samoan way of life, or ‘fa’a Samoa’. Located on Upolu Island, Apia is shaded by palms and huge umbrella trees, and has the appearance of a typical South Seas town. Traditional open-sided houses with thatched roofs on platforms of coral or concrete, also known as ‘fales’, can be seen everywhere. Nearly all of the population wears the typical local dress; skirts, or ‘lavalavas’ for men, and long, mumu-style dresses for women

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MON 23 JAN DAY AT SEA
TUE 24 JAN NUKU'ALOFA, TONGATAPU 07:00 13:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu

As the Kingdom of Tonga's largest island and capital, Nuku'alofa is the hub of city life, with Tonga's greatest concentration of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. It is also the seat of Tonga's government and the island's historic center, where you'll find the royal palace, the government and business districts, as well as churches, the colorful Central Market, and ancient vestiges of the island's storied past. As Tonga's only deep-water port, Nuku'alofa is also its hub for boat rides and excursions to the many outer islands.

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FRI 27 JAN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND 07:15 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Auckland, New Zealand

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

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AUCKLAND TO MELBOURNE

WINES & WONDERS DOWN UNDER

DATE PORT ARRIVE DEPART
FRI 27 JAN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND 19:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Auckland, New Zealand

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

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SAT 28 JAN TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND 08:00 17:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Tauranga, New Zealand

The population center of the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest-growing cities. 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, because it has one of the busiest ports in the country, and the excellent waves at the neighboring beach resort of Mount Maunganui—just across Tauranga's harbor bridge—always draw surfers and holiday folk.

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SUN 29 JAN GISBORNE, NEW ZEALAND 08:00 18:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Gisborne, New Zealand

With a population of around 35,000 and located on the north island, Gisborne exudes history at every turn. Maori for “Great standing place of Kiwa”, Kiwa was a leading figure aboard the Maori ancestral canoe, Takitimu, which ran aground in Gisborne around 1450 AD. After landing, Kiwa became a coastal guardian, eventually marrying Parawhenuamea, the keeper of the streams. The union point of three rivers and the first place to see the sun, the city is filled with light and laugher and gracefully squeezes surfer’s beaches with the district’s colonial past

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MON 30 JAN WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND 12:00 22:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand's capital is, arguably, the country's most cosmopolitan metropolis. It's world-class Te Papa Tongarewa-Museum of New Zealand is a don't-miss attraction, and the burgeoning film industry led, of course, by the Lord of the Rings extravaganzas has injected new life into the local arts scene. Attractive and compact enough to be explored easily on foot, Wellington is a booming destination. Modern high-rise buildings gaze over Port Nicholson, surely one of the finest natural anchorages in the world. Known to local Māori as The Great Harbor of Tara, its two massive arms form the jaws of the fish of Maui from Māori legend

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TUE 31 JAN NELSON, NEW ZEALAND 08:00 18:00
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New Plymouth, New Zealand

When asked to describe his homeland, (Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit director) Peter Jackson said “New Zealand is not a small country but a large village” and never a truer word was spoken about New Plymouth. Named after Plymouth in England when the first British settlers arrived in 1841, the city is a hybrid of traditions. Treasure, stories and culture fuse perfectly together with coastal walkways, botanic gardens and award winning golf-courses in this bubbly, artsy city.

Located in the Taranaki Region on New Zealand’s North Island, New Plymouth has won multiple awards for its positive attitude towards pedestrians and cyclists and community sustainability

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Newcastle, Australia

Once known as the Steel City, today Newcastle is one of Australia’s hippest cities. It’s flanked by the Pacific Ocean and six beaches on its eastern side and a harbor on its west side. Gentrification began when the steel mills closed in 1999. Nowadays the old wharves and warehouses form part of the lively Honeysuckle precinct, which buzzes with hotels, cafés, and restaurants.

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney belongs to the exclusive club of cities that generate excitement. At the end of a marathon flight there's renewed vitality in the cabin as the plane circles the city, where thousands of yachts are suspended on the dark water and the sails of the Opera House glisten in the distance. Blessed with dazzling beaches and a sunny climate, Sydney is among the most beautiful cities on the planet.

With 4.6 million people, Sydney is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. A wave of immigration from the 1950s has seen the Anglo-Irish immigrants who made up the city's original population joined by Italians, Greeks, Turks, Lebanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thais, and Indonesians

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Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Burnie overlooks Emu Bay, on the north-west coast. This proudly industrial city is Australia’s fifth largest container port and a vibrant place to visit. Burnie was once surrounded by dense rainforest, but this has slowly disappeared, while fortunes were made felling and milling timber. The paper and pulp mill on the city’s outskirts operated from 1938 to 1998. Burnie was first explored by Bass and Flinders and was known as Emu Bay when it was settled by the Van Diemen’s Land Company in 1827. Today, Burnie has a population of almost 19,000. Burnie experiences temperate conditions, with an average maximum of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) in January and 56.5 degrees Fahrenheit (13

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Melbourne, Australia

Consistently rated among the "world's most livable cities" in quality-of-life surveys, Melbourne is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe of Port Phillip Bay. The city center is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament, banks, multinational corporations, and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush now stand. This is Melbourne's heart, which you can explore at a leisurely pace in a couple of days.

In Southbank, one of the newer precincts south of the city center, the Southgate development of bars, restaurants, and shops has refocused Melbourne's vision on the Yarra River

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Melbourne, Australia

Consistently rated among the "world's most livable cities" in quality-of-life surveys, Melbourne is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe of Port Phillip Bay. The city center is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament, banks, multinational corporations, and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush now stand. This is Melbourne's heart, which you can explore at a leisurely pace in a couple of days.

In Southbank, one of the newer precincts south of the city center, the Southgate development of bars, restaurants, and shops has refocused Melbourne's vision on the Yarra River

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Adelaide, Australia

Australians think of Adelaide as a city of churches, but Adelaide has outgrown its reputation as a sleepy country town dotted with cathedrals and spires. The Adelaide of this millennium is infinitely more complex, with a large, multiethnic population and thriving urban art and music scenes supported by a "space activation program" that encourages pop-up shops, markets, performances, street food, mini festivals, art exhibitions, and other "off-the-cuff" experiences in the cities underutilized streets and public spaces.

Bright and clean, leafy and beautiful Adelaide is a breeze to explore, with a grid pattern of streets encircled by parkland

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Fremantle (Perth), Western Australia

The port city of Fremantle is a jewel in Western Australia's crown, largely because of its colonial architectural heritage and hippy vibe. Freo (as the locals call it) is a city of largely friendly, interesting, and sometimes eccentric residents supportive of busking, street art, and alfresco dining. Like all great port cities, Freo is cosmopolitan, with mariners from all parts of the world strolling the streets—including thousands of U.S. Navy personnel on rest and recreation throughout the year. It's also a good jumping-off point for a day trip to Rottnest Island, where lovely beaches, rocky coves, and unique wallaby-like inhabitants called quokkas set the scene

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Geraldton, Australia

Surrounded by beaches, sun-drenched Geraldton in Western Australia is a thriving city facing the Indian Ocean. Located on the Coral Coast, the city has a friendly country town feel but is infused local history and cultural heritage. Like many coastal towns, the dining and café culture is superb and the choice of which restaurant to choose is a happy dilemma for most travellers!

Celebrated for its annual display of spectacular wildflowers, Geraldton’s flora attracts visitors from all regions, with guides taking tourists on as much as 300 mile/500 kilometre round trips in order to make sure that they receive the best possible experience

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Exmouth, Western Australia

The key location of Exmouth along the Western Australian coast has meant that this area lays claim to many interesting historical landmarks, industries and research stations, including the old Navy Pier and the Learmonth Solar Observatory, which is jointly operated by the IPS Radio and Space Services and by the US Air Force. In fact, Exmouth was built in 1967 to serve the American Naval Communication Station but has since become a tourist base for visits to the Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park. The cloud-free atmosphere especially suited for VLF (very low frequency) transmissions and the prolific marine wildlife has helped to attract tourism. But the infrastructure still remains rather limited.

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Bali (Benoa), Indonesia

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.

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Bali (Benoa), Indonesia

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.

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Celukan Bawang, Bali, Indonesia

If Indonesia is considered to be the Emerald of the Equator then surely Bali would be the crown jewels. An island of paradise, Bali is a thought, a feeling, a way of life … Mystical, musical and magical, it is impossible not to fall in love with the utopian smiles and hospitality of Bali.

Situated 55 miles/90 kilometres away from the busy tourist spots of Ubud and Kuta lies Celukan Bawang. The port is a typical Balinese dichotomy between ancient and modern, with high-prowed Bugis schooners floating elegantly beside brand new cruise ships and age-old architecture sitting next to modern, streamline buildings

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Sandakan, Malaysia

Borneo's forbidding interior made it less attractive to early traders and explorers than neighboring areas, so what is now the state of Sabah remained unexploited by the British until the late 19th century, although traders long visited for exotic items such as bird's nests (for the celebrated Chinese soup). In 1963, Sabah joined Sarawak, Malaya, and Singapore (which later seceded) in forming the Federation of Malaysia. Known as the "Land Below the Wind" because it's south of the typhoon belt, Sabah occupies Borneo's northern tip. It shares its southwestern border with Sarawak and the rest of its southern border with the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan

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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

The Spanish arrived at this beautiful corner of the world in March of 1872, founding the city, that would eventually become the Capital of Palawan. In 2011, the area received a huge boost, when New7 announced its list of the 7 Wonders of Nature – counting 500 million votes in the process. Puerto Princesa’s stunning underground river - complete with a cavernous, sunken lagoon - beat off wonderful sites like the Great Barrier Reef, to claim a spot on the final, prestigious list. Set sail across the glowing green water, on a journey into the gaping mouth of the limestone caves at Puerto Princesa

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Coron, Philippines

Spoken of with awed reverence in scuba-diving circles, Coron's dramatic rock protrusions, which jut from emerald seas and glorious sweeps of sand, make it a destination that you can't help but dive into. The perfect base for an adventure holiday, Coron's exquisite setting means you'll face taxing choices on a daily basis - to spend the day relaxing on the soft sand, or to pound through the jungle on horseback? Whether you choose relaxation or all-out-action, you're sure to fall head over heels for Coron's beauty.

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Manila, Philippines

MANILA, the capital city of the Philippines, was founded in, 1571 by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and was the seat of power for most of the colonial rules of the Philippines. It is situated on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and contains a multitude of landmarks, some of which date back to the 16th century. It is home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison. In the 19th century Manila became one of the most modern cities in Asia. Before the Spanish–American War, Manila saw the rise of the Philippine Revolution

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city, its biggest seaport, and the world’s fourth largest container port. It entered the 21st century as a newly emerging international metropolis. In the forefront of Taiwan’s expansion and modernisation efforts are the China Steel Corporation and China Shipbuilding. They are perfect examples of what Taiwan’s export-oriented economy is all about. The Love River, which has seen some recent landscaping, adds to the beauty of the city. Coffee shops along its banks offer good opportunities to view the river’s activities and enjoy a nice breeze

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Keelung, Taiwan

With the glittering lights of Taipei - a futuristic metropolis of culture and ideas - sparkling nearby, Keelung is the first calling point for many visitors arriving in Taiwan. While this port city essentially serves as Taipei's ocean gateway, you shouldn’t be too hasty in dashing off to Taipei's neon-lit magic – first it’s well worth spending some time exploring the famous glowing night market, which hums with life each evening and is famous for its local seafood.

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai is a city of two faces. It is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, miles of luxury goods shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. But look just beyond the main streets and you’ll find narrow alleyways packed with traditional lane houses, where laundry billows from bamboo poles, and local communities are alive and well.

Shanghai has always been China’s most Westernized city. In its heyday, Shanghai had the best nightlife, the greatest architecture, and the strongest business in Asia. Nearly a century later, after extreme tumult and political upheaval, it’s back on top

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Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, even New York were centuries in the making, while Hong Kong's towers, bright lights, and glitzy shopping emporia weren't yet part of the urban scene when many of the young investment bankers who fuel one of the world's leading financial centers were born. Commerce is concentrated in the glittering high-rises of Central, tucked between Victoria Harbor and forested peaks on Hong Kong Island's north shore

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HONG KONG TO SINGAPORE

SOUTHEAST ASIA: CITIES OF CONTRAST

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Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, even New York were centuries in the making, while Hong Kong's towers, bright lights, and glitzy shopping emporia weren't yet part of the urban scene when many of the young investment bankers who fuel one of the world's leading financial centers were born. Commerce is concentrated in the glittering high-rises of Central, tucked between Victoria Harbor and forested peaks on Hong Kong Island's north shore

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Nha Trang, Vietnam

Home to some of Vietnam's best beaches and dive sites, the coastal city of Nha Trang is a magnet for those seeking sunshine and underwater adventure. Backdropped by mountains, white sandy coves shelter lovely bays and distant islands. The capital of Khanh Hoa province, Nha Trang lacks the culture found in neighboring areas but still has a few temples and such to remind you that you're in Vietnam. But don't be surprised to find signs written in Russian—more than 10,000 Russians come here each month. Now is the time to visit Nha Trang; Bai Dai Beach is slated for development, and by 2018 it won't be so pristine

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Romantically referred to by the French as the Pearl of the Orient, Ho Chi Minh City today is a super-charged city of sensory overload. Motorbikes zoom day and night along the wide boulevards, through the narrow back alleys and past vendors pushing handcarts hawking goods of all descriptions. Still called Saigon by most residents, this is Vietnam's largest city and the engine driving the country's current economic resurgence, but despite its frenetic pace, it's a friendlier place than Hanoi and locals will tell you the food—simple, tasty, and incorporating many fresh herbs—is infinitely better than in the capital.

This is a city full of surprises

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Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand

Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels and Venice of the East 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 rarely fails to make an impression, and yes, you might need to go spend a few days on the beach to recover from it all

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Koh Samui, Thailand

This is the most popular tourist destination on the Western Gulf coast, which isn't surprising, considering Koh Samui's gorgeous beaches, perfect weather, and sparkling blue, almost turquoise, water. Koh Samui has seen rapid development since the 1990s, and you'll encounter hotels in all price ranges. Koh Samui is half the size of Phuket, so you could easily drive around it in a day. But Koh Samui is best appreciated by those who take a slower, more casual approach. Most people come for the sun and sea, so they head straight to their hotel and rarely venture beyond the beach where they are staying. Every beach has its own unique character, and with a little exploration you may find the one for you

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Singapore

The main island of Singapore is shaped like a flattened diamond, 42 km (26 miles) east to west and 23 km (14 miles) north to south. Near the northern peak is the causeway leading to West Malaysia—Kuala Lumpur is less than four hours away by car. It is at the southern foot where you will find most of the city-state’s action, with its gleaming office towers, working docks, and futuristic "supertrees," which are solar-powered and serve as vertical gardens. Offshore are Sentosa and over 60 smaller islands, most uninhabited, that serve as bases for oil refining or as playgrounds and beach escapes from the city. To the east is Changi International Airport, connected to the city by metro, bus, and a tree-lined parkway

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Singapore

The main island of Singapore is shaped like a flattened diamond, 42 km (26 miles) east to west and 23 km (14 miles) north to south. Near the northern peak is the causeway leading to West Malaysia—Kuala Lumpur is less than four hours away by car. It is at the southern foot where you will find most of the city-state’s action, with its gleaming office towers, working docks, and futuristic "supertrees," which are solar-powered and serve as vertical gardens. Offshore are Sentosa and over 60 smaller islands, most uninhabited, that serve as bases for oil refining or as playgrounds and beach escapes from the city. To the east is Changi International Airport, connected to the city by metro, bus, and a tree-lined parkway

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Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, or KL as locals refer to it, intrigues visitors with its diversity and multicultural character. The city's old quarter features stretches of shop houses that hint at its colonial past, while modern buildings—including the iconic Petronas Towers—give a glimpse of its modern financial ambitions. The city is filled with culturally colorful quarters dedicated to Chinese, Malay, and Indian communities. New shopping malls with designer labels, five-star hotels, and top-notch restaurants also proliferate in this bustling city of 1.6 million.

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Penang, Georgetown, Malaysia

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.

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Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of the region's economic powerhouses—millions of tourists visit the island every year, enjoying the many delights that are offered in this established resort island. Phuket is a modern, vibrant island with more than 6 million annual visitors, a number that is only increasing year-to-year. If you've never been to Phuket, you will likely love it; returning visitors will find a new island that eagerly greets its next wave of tourism. Koh Phuket is linked to the mainland by a causeway, and the rest of the world by an international airport. Its indented coastline and hilly interior make the island seem larger than its 48-km (30-mile) length and 21-km (13-mile) breadth

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Sabang, Pulau We, Indonesia

Sabang is the largest city on the island of Weh or Pulau Weh. Weh is a small, active volcanic island, just northwest of Sumatra. It's at the northern end of the Indonesian Archipelago and at one time, was a coal loading station for ships passing between Europe and Asia. Today, the island is known for its ecosystem and much of its surrounding sea and inland areas have been declared as wildlife protection areas by the Indonesian government. Pulau Weh attracts visitors seeking underwater diving, hiking through the volcanic mountains and relaxation by the beach. Those venturing into the city will see some of the remaining colonial buildings and the large trees that offer them shade

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's capital and largest city, Colombo offers 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.

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Cochin, India

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)

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Mumbai, India

Delhi may be the capital city, but it's Mumbai that encapsulates all the dynamic, chaotic parts that make up modern India. This is where you'll find everything from succulent street food to haute cuisine, bargain-basement bazaars to the finest haute couture, humbling poverty to staggering wealth, sacred temples to hedonist nightclubs. Mumbai is India—vibrant, hectic, frustrating, enervating, and exhilarating, warts and all. Mumbai is a city of extremes, where slum-dwelling strivers making dollars a day serve Bollywood stars and industrial billionaires. It's a 24-hour city stocked with some of the best late-night street food in the world, as well as fine-dining restaurants of renowned chefs

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Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

A visit to the Emirate of Fujairah is a chance to see a different side to the United Arab Emirates, swapping the flashy mega-towers for heritage-rich mosques and crumbling forts. While elements of Dubai’s and Abu Dhabi's skyward dash are present in Fujairah city, on the whole, you can expect to enjoy a much more down to earth version of the UAE than you might be used to, as you explore this intriguing destination of history and heritage. The Al Bidya Mosque is a true link to the past, and this incredible building is the UAE's oldest mosque. With a history dating back to 1446, the builders of the mosque remain unknown

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Just a few decades ago, Abu Dhabi, the island capital of the United Arab Emirates, was a small fishing village with houses made of mud-brick and palm fronds. Today, as a result of revenue from oil, Abu Dhabi is one of the world's richest cities, with wide, tree-lined okulevards, lush green parks, gushing fountains and imposing skyscrapers. Somewhat of a dichotomy, Abu Dhabi is a combination of ultra-modern sophistication and Arab mystique, with friendly and hospitable people offering a warm welcome to visitors. Abu Dhabi's history originated in the 18th century, when, according to legend, a group of tribesmen pursuing a gazelle came upon a freshwater well which they named Abu Dhabi, or "Father of the Gazelle"

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Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates

Located 105 miles/170 kilometres southwest of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas is the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates. Known not only for its spectacular beauty, conical mountains, gently sloping shores and crystal clear waters, Sir Ban Yas has gained international recognition in recent years for its spectacular nature reserve. Established in 1971 by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the reserve now covers 60% of the island — a vast 1,400 hectares — and is home to some 13,000 rare and indigenous animals (over 100 species), including gazelles, Barbary sheep, giraffes and the hawksbill turtle; rarities include the Indian blackbuck and Arabian oryx, one of the world’s most endangered species

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Doha, Qatar

Doha (population 700,000) is the capital of the State of Qatar, an emirate occupying the small Qatar Peninsula bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and otherwise surrounded by the Persian Gulf. Qatar was ruled by many different powers through the centuries, in fact historians have traced human habitation dating back 5000 years. From its earliest history, Qatar was a very important trade route connecting Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. Among its occupiers were the Portuguese, the Ottomans and finally the British during the turbulent years of the 20th century

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

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DUBAI TO PIRAEUS (ATHENS)

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

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Muscat, Oman

Oman's capital city is hemmed in on one side by spectacular jagged-peaked mountains and on the other by royal blue sea. The architecture is a traditional, sophisticated arabesque blend of white-washed, low-rise buildings surrounded by manicured palms, intricately designed domes set atop the minarets of the mosques, sand-colored villas, a surprising blend of modern art installations, like a giant incense burner that towers over the Corniche, and ancient forts set in the rocky hills

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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

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Safaga, Egypt

Port Safago has been undergoing a transformation, slowly metamorphosing into a holiday rsort. Like other cities on the Red Sea, the commercial port town sits close to great offshore dive sites. Unlike others, however, tourist development hasn't taken off in a meaningful way. But if the mass tourism in Hurghada is a turnoff, Safaga offers a small-scale and much more low-key alternative, though the best dive sites can still be seen on a day trip from Hurghada. Safaga is also the closest beach resort to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, which lies 200 km (124 mi) to the southwest; when cruise ships offer land excursions to Luxor, they often do so through Safaga.

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WED 19 APR AQABA, JORDAN 09:30 21:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Aqaba, Jordan

The resort town of Aqaba, on the Red Sea at the southern end of Jordan, is a popular spot for divers with some of the best coral reefs in the world. Snorkeling and other water sports are popular, and it's easy to hire a boat for a day or half-day, including lunch.

Aqaba has become quite a bustling destination, with several large luxury hotels and a large shopping area. There are many jewelry stores selling pearls, gem stones, and gold and silver jewelry. It's worth noting that although it's an international beach resort, Aqaba is quite conservative—certainly much more so than Amman—and North Americans tend to be more comfortable at the private hotel beaches.

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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

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Suez Canal Transit, Egypt

After several debates over its building, the Suez Canal opened under French Control on 17 November 1869, paving a gateway from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. This history-bound canal enhanced the colonisation of Africa throughout the next 50 years and facilitated World Commerce. Today, it still plays a pivotal role in trading and tourism, offering a fast access to Asia from the Mediterranean and vice versa.

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Port Said, Egypt

Seaside Bur Sa‘id is a charming and lively town with a decidedly European feel—and fading glamour from the era of the big ocean liners. Much of the architecture is French colonial in style, giving the city a slight resemblance to the New Orleans French Quarter. It is a pleasant town to roam around in and to enjoy the seafront and canal-side promenades—think of it as a less-crowded, more tranquil alternative to Alexandria—but it isn't the kind of place that screams for a stop if you're in Egypt to see antiquities. The city was founded in 1859 by Khedive Sa‘id, in time for the start of excavation. Much of the area is built on sand fills from the digging of the canal

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Alexandria, Egypt

There is a wonderful Italo Calvino story about a city so removed from its own history that it is as if the modern metropolis sits on the site of an unrelated ancient city that just happens to bear the same name. At times Alexandria, which Alexander the Great founded in the 4th century BC, feels like that. Yet the fallen Alexandria of the ancient Greeks, of Ptolemy, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and the Romans, and of pagan cults and the Great Library is underfoot, quite literally, as all of modern Alexandria has been built on the ruins of the old, a city that was capital of Egypt from the 3rd century BC until AD 642, when the Arabs first arrived

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Piraeus (Athens), Greece

It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense

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PIRAEUS (ATHENS) TO MONTE CARLO

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Piraeus (Athens), Greece

It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense

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Nafplion, Greece

Oraia (beautiful) is the word Greeks use to describe Nafplion. The town's old section, on a peninsula jutting into the gulf of Argos, mixes Greek, Venetian, and Turkish architecture; narrow streets, often just broad flights of stone stairs, climb the slopes beneath the walls of Acronafplia. Tree-shaded plazas surround neoclassic buildings. The Palamidi fortress—an elegant display of Venetian might from the early 1700s—guards the town. Nafplion deserves at least a leisurely day of your undivided attention, and you may want to spend several days or a week here and use the city as the base from which to explore the many surrounding ancient sights.

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WED 26 APR DAY AT SEA
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Valletta, Malta

Malta's capital, the minicity of Valletta, has ornate palaces and museums protected by massive fortifications of honey-color limestone. Houses along the narrow streets have overhanging wooden balconies for people-watching from indoors. Generations ago they gave housebound women a window on the world of the street. The main entrance to town is through the City Gate (where all bus routes end), which leads onto Triq Repubblika (Republic Street), the spine of the grid-pattern city and the main shopping street. Triq Mercante (Merchant Street) parallels Repubblika to the east and is also good for strolling. From these two streets, cross streets descend toward the water; some are stepped

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FRI 28 APR SIRACUSA, SICILY, ITALY 08:00 22:00 DISCOVER MORE CLOSE INFO
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Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Siracusa, known to English speakers as Syracuse, is a wonder to behold. One of the great ancient capitals of Western civilization, the city was founded in 734 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and soon grew to rival, and even surpass, Athens in splendor and power. It became the largest, wealthiest city-state in the West and a bulwark of Greek civilization. Although Siracusa lived under tyranny, rulers such as Dionysius filled their courts with Greeks of the highest cultural stature—among them the playwrights Aeschylus and Euripides, and the philosopher Plato

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Lipari, Italy

The largest and most developed of the Aeolians, Lipari welcomes you with distinctive pastel-color houses. Fields of spiky agaves dot the northernmost tip of the island, Acquacalda, indented with pumice and obsidian quarries. In the west is San Calogero, where you can explore hot springs and mud baths. From the red-lava base of the island rises a plateau crowned with a 16th-century castle and a 17th-century cathedral.

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Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento may have become a jumping-off point for visitors to Pompeii, Capri, and Amalfi, but you can find countless reasons to love it for itself. The Sorrentine people are fair-minded and hardworking, bubbling with life and warmth. The tuff cliff on which the town rests is spread over the bay, absorbing sunlight, while orange and lemon trees waft their perfume in spring.

Winding along a cliff above a small beach and two harbors, the town is split in two by a narrow ravine formed by a former mountain stream. To the east, dozens of hotels line busy Via Correale along the cliff—many have "grand" included in their names, and some indeed still are

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Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Italy's vibrant capital lives in the present, but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists, and common citizens have left their mark here. Archaeological remains from ancient Rome, art-stuffed churches, and the treasures of Vatican City vie for your attention, but Rome is also a wonderful place to practice the Italian-perfected il dolce far niente, the sweet art of idleness. Your most memorable experiences may include sitting at a caffè in the Campo de' Fiori or strolling in a beguiling piazza.

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Nice, France

United with France only since 1860, Nice has its own history and atmosphere, exemplified by the stark contrast between the openness and modernity of the Promenade des Anglais to the narrow, ocher-tinted streets of the Old Town against the center of town and the sleek tramway whizzing down the main shopping thoroughfare Avenue Jean Médecin. (A second tramway line running to the airport is expected to be operational by 2017.) It was on Colline du Château (now château-less) and at the Plage des Ponchettes, in front of the Old Town, that the Greeks established a market-port and named it Nikaia

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Monte Carlo, Monaco

On one of the best stretches of the Mediterranean, this classic luxury destination is one of the most sought-after addresses in the world. With all the high-rise towers you have to look hard to find the Belle Époque grace of yesteryear. But if you head to the town's great 1864 landmark Hôtel de Paris—still a veritable crossroads of the buffed and befurred Euro-gentry—or enjoy a grand bouffe at its famous Louis XV restaurant, or attend the opera, or visit the ballrooms of the casino, you may still be able to conjure up Monaco's elegant past

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SILVER WHISPER

When you cruise aboard a ship with only a few hundred fellow guests, you can connect more authentically with the lands you visit, exploring hidden corners and immersing yourself more fully in the lifestyle of the people. And you’ll be sailing with kindred travellers from around the globe, sharing their warm fellowship in an ambiance of pampered elegance and privilege. May we also add that with six maiden ports of call, our World Cruise 2017 is our most unique and exotic ever. Come with us — the world awaits.

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Broad decks, panoramic lounges, gourmet dining options and all-suite accommodations ensure the most comfortable journey. Along with the incomparable luxury that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today’s discerning travellers.

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 193,950 (per guest)

Grand Suite

Grand Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 157,750 (per guest)

Royal Suite

Royal Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 149,950 (per guest)

Silver Suite

Silver Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 148,550 (per guest)

Medallion Suite

Medallion Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 134,650 (per guest)

Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 76,950 (per guest)

Terrace Suite

Terrace Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 67,750 (per guest)

Vista Suite

Vista Suite

FARES FROM: US$ 61,550 (per guest)

KEY FACTS

Silver Whisper
  • CREW 302
  • OFFICERS European
  • GUESTS 382
  • TONNAGE 28,258
  • LENGTH 610 Feet/186 Metres
  • WIDTH 81.8 Feet/24.9 Metres
  • SPEED 18.5 Knots
  • PASSENGER DECKS 7
  • BUILT 2001
  • REGISTRY Bahamas

A HOST OF ADDED-VALUE AMENITIES

In addition to our all-inclusive fares, you will enjoy exclusive attention and services reserved for our World Cruise 2017 guests. An impressive array of value-added benefits and exclusive cultural events have been designed to make this truly a voyage of a lifetime.

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.

THE BENEFITS OF A FULL WORLD CRUISE:
    • Now Including an Exclusive Grand Finale – 3 Nights Aboard Silver Muse
      • Be among the first special guests to experience her exciting innovations, exquisite décor and handcrafted suites as you sail from Nice to Rome, May 3 – May 6, 2017.
      • Transfers, flights home, luggage … we’ll take care of all the details for a stress–free experience.
    • Four Exclusive World Cruise Events:
      • Gala Bon Voyage reception, dinner and overnight accommodation the evening of January 5 at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco.
      • Swing Under the Wings (Honolulu, Hawaii)
      • Terra Cotta Warriors (Shanghai, China)
      • Amazing Island of Animals (Sir Bani Yas, UAE)
    • One Silversea Experience for guests travelling 50+ days:
      • An Evening at the Teatru Manoel
  • 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/Austrian/Swiss/Scandinavian gateways for guest who book in the EU office.
  • Complimentary Silver Shore Baggage Valet between home and ship in San Francisco and Monte Carlo (Up to 2 bags, 50 pounds each, per guest)
  • Complimentary Laundry Service plus Dry Cleaning
  • Complimentary Unlimited WiFi
  • $4,000 Onboard Spending Credit per double occupancy suite
  • Guests sailing 50+ days will receive a $2,000 Onboard Spending Credit per double occupancy suite

Restrictions Apply — See World Cruise 2017 Terms & Conditions for full details.

EVENTS

Silversea is proud to offer full World Cruise guests three exclusive cultural experiences to complement their journey of a lifetime. Enjoy!

FULL WORLD CRUISE 2017 EVENTS

SILVERSEA EXPERIENCES FOR GUESTS TRAVELLING 50+ DAYS

EXCURSIONS

More information on our exciting World Cruise 2017 excursions to come shortly.

LAND ADVENTURES

More information on our exciting World Cruise 2017 land adventures to come shortly.

WINES & WONDERS DOWN UNDER

Tauranga, New Zealand
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND
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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Maori Mysteries & Rotorua
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Discover one of New Zealand's most fascinating geothermal and cultural regions. Take a guided walk through Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world's newest geothermal system, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and world-renowned trout fishing capital.  Explore Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Lastly, no visit to this region would be complete without a tasting of superb local wines.


02MIDTRG-A  Maori Mysteries & Rotorua

Departure: Tauranga, January 28, 2017

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Re-join ship: Wellington, January 30, 2017

Reserve by: November 15, 2016


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 15, 2016. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.



Saturday, 28th January - TAURANGA - ROTORUA

From Tauranga travel through Te Puke, the heart of the kiwi fruit country, past beautiful rugged countryside and dense forest before reaching the famous geothermal area of Rotorua. On arrival at the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you'll be welcomed by a Maori guide before being led on a walk through the thermal area past bubbling mud pools, natural springs and sprouting geysers. Further along, at the Maori Arts and Crafts center, you will be immersed in Maori culture as you watch the Maori carvers and weavers at work.


From Te Puia travel by way of the Government Gardens, dominated by the Tudor-style Bath House which is now a Museum. The Gardens are also noted for their bowling greens and croquet lawns which are well used by the local people. Leaving the Gardens the tour passes Queen Elizabeth Hospital, world renowned for its treatment of arthritic and rheumatic ailments, then follow the Rotorua Lakefront, where you may see duck, black swans and some sea birds.


After a short journey, you'll board an 8-seater aerial gondola for a leisurely scenic ride up Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant for lunch. As you gently ascend, you'll be rewarded with a 180° stunning panorama of Rotorua, the surrounding geothermal areas and lakes. At the summit, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in spectacular surroundings.


Return down the cableway and transfer to the hotel, where the rest of the afternoon is free to explore independently until the transfer to dinner this evening.


This evening transfer to Mitai for a Maori Concert and Hangi dinner. Located near the Rainbow Springs complex Mitai was started in 2003 for the express purpose of giving visitors a more personal, unique and authentic cultural experience. The show is held outdoors in the forest and the Hangi meal is provided at the completion of the show. Time is available for questions and photographs for those who wish to get up close and personal with the warriors.


The show is a raw, unembellished and enriching experience suited to the traveler who is looking for something a little bit more authentic than is provided elsewhere. Also included is a short bush walk to look at glow-worms in their natural surroundings. Following tonight's concert and dinner, you will be transferred back to your hotel.


Overnight at the Regent Rotorua or similar.


  

Sunday, 29th January - ROTORUA - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.


Depart from Rotorua and travel through the manmade pine Forest to Waimangu.  This unique scenic reserve is the only large hydrothermal system in the world wholly formed in recent times and as the direct result of volcanic eruption. Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana were created on June 10 1886 by the Tarawera Eruption, and their history is extremely well documented. This is one of the few places in the world that has had its development recorded and measured since the day it was created.


Waimangu Valley is a tranquil, uncrowded place with an easy walkway partly through bush. The pathways have been designed to allow intimate involvement with the outstanding geothermal features and plants. Often referred to by visitors as "the most beautiful place we have seen in New Zealand." You will see spectacular large craters filled with hot colored or clear water, silica terracing, hot running streams, fumaroles and hot springs.


Following the visit continue to Huka Falls. At the Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 110 yards wide, is squeezed through a 20 yard wide gorge and over a 66 foot drop. Every second up to 7,800 cubic feet of water gushes through the gorge and shoots out over 26 feet beyond to create a beautiful blue/green pool. The name Huka is the Maori word for 'foam', which is appropriate as the falling water and rapids certainly resembles foam, especially under flooding conditions.


Continue to Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and a world-renowned trout fishing site.  Lunch is included in the Beach Brasserie at Manuel's Resort. This is right on the beach, and offers you a casual style restaurant featuring fresh New Zealand produce. Enjoy the fantastic menu options and relax as you take in the scenic lake views.

        

This afternoon, travel around the northern and eastern shores of Lake Taupo. Continue through the village of Turangi to enter the Tongariro National Park.


Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as a mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Site. The Park stretches around the massif of the three active volcanoes Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Tongariro. In 1886 in order to prevent the selling of the mountains to European settlers, the local tribe had the mountains surveyed in the Native Land Court and then set aside as a reserve in the names of certain chiefs one of whom was Te Heuheu Tukino IV (Horonuku), the most significant chief of the Maori Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe. Later the peaks of Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and parts of Mount Ruapehu, were conveyed to The Crown on 23 September 1887, on condition that a protected area was established there.


Whakapapa, on the northern side of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand's Tongariro National Park, is one of the mountain's two commercial ski fields. Access to the ski field is by the 4 mile Bruce Road. A stop will be made at the 'Top o' the Bruce', for photographs before descending to your hotel.


The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. An optional self-guided walk is available should you wish to the Taranaki Falls. This is a great afternoon walk. The falls tumble over the edge of a large lava flow, which erupted from Ruapehu 15,000 years ago, then plunges into a boulder-ringed pool. From below the falls there are fabulous views into the water-worn gorges of the Wairere Stream. This is a loop track of less than 4 miles and will take about 2 hours.


Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.


Overnight at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel.



Monday, 30th January - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK - MOUNT BRUCE - WELLINGTON


Start your day with a good breakfast at the hotel.


On leaving the hotel, retrace yesterday's route to join Highway 1 at Rangipo. The Rangipo Desert receives 59-98 inches of rainfall per year, but resembles a desert because of a poor soil quality and drying winds, and also due to the mass sterilization of seeds during a series of violent eruptions, particularly ignimbrite flows about 20,000 years ago. The vegetation is low and sparse, consisting of mainly tussock and snow grasses. The headwaters of many small streams, which later turn into large rivers, gouge deep serrated valleys through the unconsolidated ash and pumice-rich earth. The climate here is harsh and alpine as much of the desert lies at an altitude of over 3,300 feet above sea level.


Continue south, with the volcanos of the Tongariro National Park to your right, to Waiouru, where the New Zealand Army's largest military establishment and training grounds is located.  Descend from the Volcanic Plateau through a number of small settlements to Woodville before passing via Pahiatua and Eketahuna to Mount Bruce.


Puhaka Mount Bruce is New Zealand's National Wildlife Centre for conservation of some of the most endangered wildlife. It is also a center for environmental education and an eco-tourism destination. Kiwi, kokako, kaka and other wildlife are now being restored to the forest with the support of the local community. It is here that you will become knowledgeable about New Zealand's unique conservation history. Interactive displays in the visitor center are fascinating and fun for children and adults alike. Intriguing stories are told about Mount Bruce and its vision, challenges and achievements via interpretation displays. The National Wildlife Centre at Puhaka Mount Bruce is a nationally and internationally recognized captive breeding facility for a number of threatened bird species. Join a Department of Conservation Guide for a walk around through the ancient lowland pod carp forest and learn about the species recovery program.


A light lunch will be included today at Mount Bruce.


Departing from Mount Bruce continue to Masterton and through the Wairarapa farmlands to Greytown. Greytown was first settled on 27 March 1854 under the Small Farms Association Settlement Scheme and was named after Governor Sir George Grey, who arranged for the land to be bought from local Maori. There is a short time to browse the main street stores in Greytown with their Victorian architecture before travelling to Martinborough. John Martin is regarded as the town's founder and set out the first streets in the pattern of the Union Flag in the 19th century. Many of the town's streets are named after foreign cities visited by Martin.


A tasting of local wines is included at Murdoch James wines. Roger and Jill Fraser first planted Pinot Noir and Syrah on the river-stone terraces of the region with the focus on producing wines of distinction. Today, Roger's son Carl Fraser is a winemaker. The lime based soils of their Blue Rock Vineyard allow Murdoch James Estate to create white wines that combine vibrant fruit flavours with a long, lingering minerality, and red wines of complexity and character.


From Martinborough the route is through Upper and Lower Hutt, skirting the western shore of Wellington Harbour to the city itself.  The capital, at the southern tip of the North Island, is a cosmopolitan center of government and commerce. It is known for its winds, its winding streets, its homes clinging to the hillsides, but above all - its harbor. Wellington has one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. It became the capital in 1865 when the seat of government was transferred from Auckland.

On arrival undertake a tour of the city which will include Oriental Bay, Mount Victoria and the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House. The tour will end upon your return to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves a moderate amount of activity - some uneven surfaces, stairs and periods of standing.  This programme is not suitable for guests confined to a wheelchair.  Not all sites are accessible nor served by elevators.  This programme will be accompanied by a driver/guide.  For dinner at Chateau Tongariro, gentlemen will need a shirt with collar and a jacket.


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Chateau Tongarira

·        Two breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (soft drinks, house wine, local beer are included with all meals except at the Phuhaka Mt. Bruce café)

·        Services of a driver/guide throughout programme

·        All sightseeing and transfers as described in itinerary above


Not Included:

All meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities for driver/guide, 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 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.

Newcastle, Australia
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Australia's most visited wine region, the Hunter Valley is world-renowned for some of Australia's finest wines, in particular Semillon and Shiraz. Visit some of the best wineries, sample their wares, indulge in some gastronomical delights, and relax on the balcony of your villa.


02MIDNTL-A  HUNTER VALLEY WINE & MORE!

Departure: Newcastle, 04 February, 2017

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Re-join ship: Sydney, 06 February, 2017

Reserve by: November 15, 2016


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 15, 2016.  Requests received after this date mya be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change.  Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing.  This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants is required for its operation.


Day 1 - Saturday 04th February 2017        

Departing Silver Whisper after an early lunch, your group makes its way up to The Hunter Valley. From Mt View,  descend into the Hunter Valley and enjoy the first of several wine tastings at a few of the very special boutique wineries in the area. Chat to the owners, admire their cottage locations and let them show off the best of their vintages. Late afternoon, continue on to your accommodation for the next two nights, Chateau Élan at the Vintage, a luxury escape in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Settle in to your room, then a two-course Table d'hote dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.


You may wish to make time to visit the Spa at your hotel (at your own expense) during your stay.


Overnight  at Chateau Élan at the Vintage.        


Day 2 - Sunday 05th February 2017        

After a leisurely breakfast, head out for visits to some more wineries as well as to a chocolate shop where you can purchase some local products.


In the foothills of the Broken Back Range, enjoy lunch, featuring a selection of fine local produce and wines before spending the remainder of the afternoon visiting some of the larger vineyards for more superb wine tasting.   Later we visit Sabor for an delightful sweet treat before returning to your accommodation.


Dinner will again be served in the hotel restaurant.


Overnight  at Chateau Élan at the Vintage.        


Day 3 - Monday 06th February 2017        

Departing this morning after breakfast, your group will make its way to the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens. Spanning over 25 acres, you will be amazed by the sensational sights, colours, and fragrances of the ten stunning feature gardens at Hunter Valley Gardens. Explore the thousands of flowers, trees, and shrubs with discovery at every turn.


Then, enjoy a private cheese tasting before returning back to Sydney where you will enjoy lunch before returning to the Silver Whisper at White Bay.

        


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves a modest amount of activity. This programme is suitable for guests who rely on a wheelchair, though a companion is required and some modifications will need to be made.  Not all sites are accessible nor served by elevators.  


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Chateau Élan at the Vintage

·        Two breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (soft drinks, house wine, local beer are included with all meals)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as described in itinerary above


Not Included:

All meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities for drivers or guides, optional excursions, 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 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.









        

Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
BURNIE, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
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Mid-Cruise Land Adventure: Cradle Mountain (for In-Transit guests only)
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Travel to the centre of Tasmania, the Apple Isle, for a rejuvenating experience filled with incredible scenery, wildlife and food in Cradle Mountain National Park. Visit spectacular Dove Lake, see the Cradle Mountain, meet some of the local wildlife, and relax in your private cabin in the trees.


03MIDBRN-M Cradle Mountain (for guests in-transit on voyages 4702 & 4703 only)

Departure: Burnie, Tasmania 08 February, 2017

Duration: 3.5 Days / 3 Nights

Re-join ship: Adelaide, Australia 11 February, 2017

Reserve by: November 15, 2016


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 15, 2016. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.



Wednesday, 08 February, 2017 - Burnie to Cradle Mountain


Depart the ship in Burnie, and head south, deep into the wilderness state, passing through some beautiful Tasmanian towns where a stop will be made to enjoy some morning tea.


In 1827 Joseph Fossey saw a dramatic mountain peak at the northern end of what is now the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, in the World Heritage Area. He immediately named the peak Cradle Mountain, and as soon as you see it you will know why he chose the name.


The mountain is one of the favourite features in the park and is surrounded by stands of native deciduous beech (wonderfully colourful in autumn), rainforest, alpine heathlands and buttongrass.


A lunch of fresh local produce and wines at a local café will be provided.


On arrival at your hotel for the next two nights, the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to get settled before  dinner.  Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is a superb showcase of the best Cradle Mountain has to offer with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments, breathtaking scenery and magnificent wilderness surrounds. Set discreetly within the wilderness setting, the Lodge provides the perfect haven to escape, rejuvenate, indulge and explore.


The resort offers a selection of easy, self-guided walks, providing the opportunity to spot a wombat or the elusive platypus and some spectacular King Billy pines, which are up to 1500 years old. In the Waldheim Alpine Spa (treatments at own expense), experience complete relaxation with beautiful views of the wilderness.


Overnight at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge


Thursday, 09 February - Cradle Mountain


This morning after a leisurely breakfast, join the group as they make their way down to the icy streams that cascade down the mountainsides.  The image of the ancient pines reflected in the still glacial lakes is stunning.


The track to the top of the mountain (1,545 metres above sea level) is an eight-hour return walk, but most of the group will likely opt for one of the shorter, easier walks around Dove Lake.  Any guest wishing to undertake a more rigorous walk may certainly do so.


Lunch will be a casual affair today (i.e. picnic-style) and after a day of amazing landscapes we will return you to your accommodation to enjoy the resort.


Dinner is again in the central lodge of the resort.


Overnight at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge


Friday, 10 February - Cradle Mountain to Hobart


After breakfast, meet your guide and depart Cradle Mountain to make your way to back to 'civilisation', stopping along the way for lunch before arriving into Hobart in the early afternoon.


An introduction to Hobart's city sights highlights the diversity of this multi-cultural city. Hobart is Tasmania's state capital and the second oldest city in Australia behind Sydney. First settled in 1804, the early population consisted largely of convicts. Hobart's early life revolved very much around the waterfront, frequented by whalers and colonial traders so as you walk around this area your guide will tell you colourful stories of those days.


Descending onto Salamanca place, famous for its market and historic warehouses, wander around the classic colonial sandstone architecture of buildings such as Parliament House. The Gardens are known world-wide for their exotic tree collection and fuchsia displays, and also have a large collection of Tasmanian native plants. A short stroll takes you to the historic Government House. Lastly, travel to the pinnacle of Mount Wellington, which forms a spectacular backdrop to Hobart city. The amazing views from the 1300 metre summit is sure to make a lasting memory of your trip.  


Check-in to the hotel and freshen up before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night's sleep.  


Overnight at the Hotel Grand Chancellor  


Saturday, 11 February - Hobart to Adelaide


Have an early breakfast before your departure for the airport for your flight to Adelaide (via Melbourne).  Upon arriving in Adelaide, the local Silversea representative is standing by to assist with your transportation to the pier and the waiting Silver Whisper.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves a modest amount of activity - principally walking or hiking at Cradle Mountain. This programme is suitable for guests who rely on a wheelchair, though some modifications will need to be made.  Not all sites are accessible nor served by elevators.  Changes to flight schedules may necessitate revisions to this programme.


Guests are limited to 1 suitcase of no more than 23kg (50 lbs.).  The weather at Cradle Mountain can be unpredictable, so guests are encouraged to bring comfortable clothing and walking shoes, a hat and layers in case it turns chilly.


Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

·        One-night stay at the Hotel Grand Chancellor

·        Economy-class flights from Hobart to Adelaide (via Melbourne).  Upgrades to Business-class are available on the Melbourne to Adelaide sector only at an approximate cost of USD $830 per person, subject to availability and fares offered at time of booking.

·        Three breakfasts, 2 lunches (including 1 picnic-style lunch), 3 dinners (soft drinks, house wine, local beer are included with all meals)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as described in itinerary above


Not Included:

All meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities for drivers or guides, optional excursions, 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 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.

Melbourne, Australia
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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Experience the best of Melbourne's Wine and Wildlife from the luxury of the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, featuring Grand Club Lounge access. Explore Melbourne's history with a private tour of Melbourne Museum then look to the horizon from Eureka Tower and The Edge. Indulge in a day of food & wine in the world famous wine region of Yarra Valley. Take a trip to Phillip Island for an EcoBoat tour to see the local wildlife, enjoy a dinner in Cowes, then learn about the Little Penguins on a guided ranger tour of the Penguin Parade.


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


DAY 1 - MELBOURNE

Disembark in Melbourne where the local Silversea representative will be waiting to greet you and assist with directing you to the transportation for the short drive into the city and the Grand Hyatt.  


Grand Hyatt Melbourne is the city's centre of luxury.  A spectacular Melbourne landmark, the hotel rises above the city's vibrant retail precinct, offering unparalleled luxury accommodation and leisure facilities with an impeccable standard of guest service and attention to detail.


Meet your guide in the early afternoon for a half-day city tour.  


A visit to Melbourne Museum, including a private tour, is a rich, surprising insight into life in Victoria. It showcases Victoria's intriguing permanent collections and introduces you to the natural environment, the culture and history from several different perspectives.


Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 metres (nearly 975 ft.) above the streets of Melbourne. Take the elevator to the 88th floor and see the breath-taking views. For the adventurous, The Edge extends from Eureka Tower and suspends you nearly 300 metres over Melbourne in a glass cube - glass walls, ceiling and floor - you can see through it all!


At the end of your tour, return to the Grand Hyatt Melbourne to enjoy the evening at leisure.  All meals today are on your own account.


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne


DAY 2 - MELBOURNE / YARRA VALLEY

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning, before heading out for a full day of sightseeing and wine tastings in the Yarra Valley.  


Travel through the suburbs of Melbourne to the rich greenness of Yarra Valley. Over 50 wineries are established in the valley, varying in size from small family vineyards to large international establishments.


The first stop is Coldstream Hills. Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. From its initial vintage of 450 cases it has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries, its wines sold in some 16 countries and a reputation out of all proportion to its size. Take in a hosted private tasting.


Next visit Domaine Chandon for a wine tasting. Chandon is a celebration of its traditional French heritage and the know-how enjoyed in its Australian homeland. Moët & Chandon meets Australia in a world-class winery.


Next enjoy tastings and a delightful meal at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate. Locale Restaurant is where the family philosophy of sharing good food and wine with family and friends has come together in a magnificent vineyard setting. De Bortoli has some of the oldest plantings in the Yarra Valley region. These carefully cultivated vines are handled with care and each year continue to produce exceptional quality fruit, producing a range of wines to suit every palate.


To complete your day of tastings, visit Yarra Yering which is one of the oldest and most beautiful vineyards in the Valley. This beautiful, boutique winery consists of 28 hectares of vines located at the foot of the Warramate Hills.


Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.  Dinner tonight is on your own account.  Your guide or the hotel's concierge will be happy to recommend favourite dining spots.  (Itinerary and wineries are subject to change due to availability).


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne


DAY 03 - MELBOURNE / PHILLIP ISLAND

Take time for a leisurely breakfast and some additional time on your own.  Your morning is at leisure to explore Melbourne - make a purchase from one of the exclusive shops at the Paris end of Collins Street, explore the wonders of Victoria Market, or wander around the National Gallery of Victoria.


Mid-afternoon, head south of the city through beef and dairy cattle farms, horse breeding studs and swampland, before crossing over the bridge to Phillip Island. Recognised as a world leader for environmental conservation, Phillip Island's sandy and rocky shorelines teem with wildlife including over 200 species of birds.


Travel to the main town on Phillip Island, Cowes, and experience the thrill of a high speed boat ride along Phillip Island's rugged and spectacular coastline to enjoy an up close encounter with one of Australia's largest colonies of fur seals (non-exclusive cruise). Watch the antics of playful seals as they surround the boat, ducking their heads in and out of the water.


Each evening at dusk, Little Penguins arrive in groups on the beach at the Penguin Parade after a day of fishing. Join your private ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand, or if conditions allow, right on the sand, offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. Use the supplied binoculars to try and spot the penguins gathering in the water before they make their way across the beach to their burrows.


Your evening finishes with dinner in the township of Rhyll before returning to Melbourne late evening.


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne



DAY 04 - DEPART MELBOURNE

Breakfast is served at the hotel.  The local Silversea representative will have confirmed your pick-up time for the transfer to the airport.  


Please note: The hotel's check-out time is 12:00 noon.  If your flight is late this evening, we recommend that you consider making advance arrangements for a late check-out.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

Three nights at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia - Club View King Room

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, one lunch, one dinner

Tours as described

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


Visa Information:

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


Accessibility:  

The sights visited on this program require a fair amount of walking, so are not recommended for mobility-impaired guests. However, guests in wheelchairs can manage this tour if accompanied by an assistant.  The tour guide is not able to assist guests who require a wheelchair.


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.

AUSTRALIA’S SPECTACULAR WEST COAST

Melbourne, Australia
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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Experience the best of Melbourne's Wine and Wildlife from the luxury of the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, featuring Grand Club Lounge access. Explore Melbourne's history with a private tour of Melbourne Museum then look to the horizon from Eureka Tower and The Edge. Indulge in a day of food & wine in the world famous wine region of Yarra Valley. Take a trip to Phillip Island for an EcoBoat tour to see the local wildlife, enjoy a dinner in Cowes, then learn about the Little Penguins on a guided ranger tour of the Penguin Parade.


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


DAY 1 - MELBOURNE

On arrival at Melbourne International Airport, a local Silversea representative meets and guides you to your waiting vehicle to for the short drive into the city and the Grand Hyatt.  


Grand Hyatt Melbourne is the city's centre of luxury.  A spectacular Melbourne landmark, the hotel rises above the city's vibrant retail precinct, offering unparalleled luxury accommodation and leisure facilities with an impeccable standard of guest service and attention to detail.


Meet your guide in the early afternoon for a half-day city tour.  


A visit to Melbourne Museum, including a private tour, is a rich, surprising insight into life in Victoria. It showcases Victoria's intriguing permanent collections and introduces you to the natural environment, the culture and history from several different perspectives.


Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 metres (nearly 975 ft.) above the streets of Melbourne. Take the elevator to the 88th floor and see the breath-taking views. For the adventurous, The Edge extends from Eureka Tower and suspends you nearly 300 metres over Melbourne in a glass cube - glass walls, ceiling and floor - you can see through it all!


At the end of your tour, return to the Grand Hyatt Melbourne to enjoy the evening at leisure.  All meals today are on your own account.


Please note: If your flight arrives early in the morning, you may wish to reserve an additional night to guarantee immediate check-in upon arrival.


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne


DAY 2 - MELBOURNE / YARRA VALLEY

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning, before heading out for a full day of sightseeing and wine tastings in the Yarra Valley.  


Travel through the suburbs of Melbourne to the rich greenness of Yarra Valley. Over 50 wineries are established in the valley, varying in size from small family vineyards to large international establishments.


The first stop is Coldstream Hills. Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. From its initial vintage of 450 cases it has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries, its wines sold in some 16 countries and a reputation out of all proportion to its size. Take in a hosted private tasting.


Next visit Domaine Chandon for a wine tasting. Chandon is a celebration of its traditional French heritage and the know-how enjoyed in its Australian homeland. Moët & Chandon meets Australia in a world-class winery.


Next enjoy tastings and a delightful meal at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate. Locale Restaurant is where the family philosophy of sharing good food and wine with family and friends has come together in a magnificent vineyard setting. De Bortoli has some of the oldest plantings in the Yarra Valley region. These carefully cultivated vines are handled with care and each year continue to produce exceptional quality fruit, producing a range of wines to suit every palate.


To complete your day of tastings, visit Yarra Yering which is one of the oldest and most beautiful vineyards in the Yarra Valley. This beautiful, boutique winery consists of 28 hectares of vines located at the foot of the Warramate Hills.


Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.  Dinner tonight is on your own account.  Your guide or the hotel's concierge will be happy to recommend favourite dining spots.  (Itinerary and wineries are subject to change due to availability).


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne


DAY 03 - MELBOURNE / PHILLIP ISLAND

Take time for a leisurely breakfast and some additional time on your own.  Your morning is at leisure to explore Melbourne - make a purchase from one of the exclusive shops at the Paris end of Collins Street, explore the wonders of Victoria Market, or wander around the National Gallery of Victoria.


Mid-afternoon, head south of the city through beef and dairy cattle farms, horse breeding studs and swampland, before crossing over the bridge to Phillip Island. Recognised as a world leader for environmental conservation, Phillip Island's sandy and rocky shorelines teem with wildlife including over 200 species of birds.


Travel to the main town on Phillip Island, Cowes, and experience the thrill of a high speed boat ride along Phillip Island's rugged and spectacular coastline to enjoy an up close encounter with one of Australia's largest colonies of fur seals (non-exclusive cruise). Watch the antics of playful seals as they surround the boat, ducking their heads in and out of the water.


Each evening at dusk, Little Penguins arrive in groups on the beach at the Penguin Parade after a day of fishing. Join your private ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand, or if conditions allow, right on the sand, offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. Use the supplied binoculars to try and spot the penguins gathering in the water before they make their way across the beach to their burrows.


Your evening finishes with dinner in the township of Rhyll before returning to Melbourne late evening.


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne



DAY 04 - EMBARKATION

Breakfast is served at the hotel.  Late morning, meet the local Silversea representative for the transfer to the pier.  The staff and crew of Silver Whisper are looking forward to welcoming you aboard.   Bon voyage!



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

Three nights at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia - Club View King Room

Included Meals:  breakfast daily, one lunch, one dinner

Tours as described

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


Visa Information:

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


Accessibility:  

The sights visited on this program require a fair amount of walking, so are not recommended for mobility-impaired guests. However, guests in wheelchairs can manage this tour if accompanied by an assistant.  The tour guide is not able to assist guests who require a wheelchair.


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.

Adelaide, Australia
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Experience the wonder that is Uluru from the tented luxury of Longitude 131°. Learn about the history and stories of the local Anangu people. Indulge in exceptional culinary offerings as you watch the sun set over Kata Tjuta. Fly to Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia, and join the legendary Ghan train. Sit back and watch the red earth pass by in the deluxe comfort of Platinum Class. At Katherine, witness the grandeur of a monumental natural wonder with a leisurely Nitmiluk Gorge cruise. Arrive refreshed in Darwin. Take in some of the highlights of this tropical city before flying to Perth and rejoining the Silver Whisper in Fremantle.


04MIDADL-G The Red Centre & the Ghan Train

Departure: Adelaide, Australia 11 February, 2017

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Re-join ship: Fremantle, Australia 15 February, 2017

Reserve by: 11 November, 2016


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by 11 November, 2016. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.



Saturday, 11 February, 2017 - Adelaide, Australia to Ayers Rock


Depart the ship at Adelaide Cruise Terminal and transfer to the airport for your flight to the Red Centre.  Upon arrival at Ayers Rock, you'll be met by a representative of Longitude 131° and transferred to your home for the next two nights.


Standing at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131° is the closest accommodation to the red rock formation known as Uluru, Australia's most endearing and enduring icon. An intimate fifteen luxury tents, elevated atop rust-red dunes, complement the pristine natural environment and provide a private place to rest, relax and refresh.  In the crisp, white linen of a king-sized bed, find the serene, silent sleep of the desert. Above the sweeping tent canopy floats a great expanse of Southern sky, endless and sparkling. Constellations brimming with tales from the Anangu (local Aboriginal people) give rise to the rich dreams found only in the heart of sacred, powerful places. As one of only a select number of guests, awake to your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru, drenched in its fabled light and find unprecedented solitude and serenity.


Guests at Longitude 131° take the road less travelled, sharing exclusive and authentic adventures with small groups of fellow adventurers. An exceptional touring program is included in the wilderness experience and a personalised itinerary is presented upon arrival. Signature experiences with lodge naturalist guides are shared with fellow guests in custom touring vehicles. Expeditions operate at scheduled times on a rotating basis, dependent on day of arrival.  Private touring can be arranged at additional cost subject to availability.


Walpa Gorge & Kata Tjuta

This experience heads to Kata Tjuta which comprises 36 majestic dome-like rock formations. A walk through Walpa Gorge wends its way through the canyon, sheer rock walls rising obliquely on each side. You will discover how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created today's landscape with expert commentary describing the natural history, ecology and indigenous significance of the area. The tour calls briefly at the Kata Tjuta Viewing Area for a longer distance perspective and photo opportunity before a visit to the Cultural Centre where the informative and interactive displays provide insight into the spiritual and cultural meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.


Uluru Sunset

A drive into the dual World Heritage-listed National Park leads to the twilight viewing area where you can take in the sunset over Uluru with a glass in hand. This is the perfect location to capture the changing lights reflected over the Rock's many faces as the sun slips below the vast desert horizon.


Table 131°

Dine out on sumptuous outback fare and discover the wonders of the southern night sky. On arrival at your dinner setting, enjoy canapés and cocktails as the sun dips below the horizon, and later be mesmerised by indigenous performers with a cultural dance.  Feast on four delicious courses complemented with the finest Australian wines at the outdoor dining venue under the stars. Return to the Dune House for after-dinner drinks or float back to your luxury tent for a deep slumber under the stars. Table 131° operates subject to weather and climatic conditions.


Overnight at Longitude 131°


Sunday, 12 February - Ayers Rock


Today is a day for as much activity or relaxation as you wish.  As part of your programme, all Signature Activities are included.  Some highlights are:


Mutitjulu Meander

Venturing to Uluru whilst the morning sun lights up the ancient monolith, meander along the pathway to the peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as guides share the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru.


Mala Walk & Kantju Gorge

After arriving at the base of Uluru the guide leads you on a gentle walk as you learn about the history of the Mala people, pointing out cave paintings and other relevant sites important to both Anangu and the early explorers. Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the gorge walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Enjoying sunset drinks and canapés, guests revel in the silence and solitude.


Dune House

Dine and relax in the earth-toned Dune House, the heart of Longitude 131°, with its panoramic views and dramatic domed roof. Breakfast begins early with freshly baked pastries, fruit and a la carte menu selection. Premium espresso coffee and a generous selection of fine leaf teas are signature elements.  After a morning filled with walks, or simply spent relaxing with a book by the pool, appetites are up for lunch. The three course menu offers a selection of seasonal treats and is deceptively light, leaving room for afternoon tea served to coincide with departure of the afternoon activity. A selection of Australian and international cheeses and homemade lavosh are provided on tour.


Overnight at Longitude 131°



Monday, 13 February - Ayers Rock to Alice Springs, board The Ghan


After a leisurely breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Alice Springs.


Experience the highlights of Alice Springs on a tour with your fellow Silversea travellers. Visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air, Overland Telegraph Station and Mbantua (Aboriginal Cultural Museum and Gallery). Meet some of the desert's most unusual animals at Alice Springs Desert Park, and enjoy a lunch during your short stay in The Alice.


Late in the afternoon, you'll be transferred to the Alice Springs railway station to join the legendary Ghan train for your journey to Darwin. When camels and their handlers arrived in the 1800s, they joined the efforts to open up Australia's centre, carrying the materials for tracks that would later become the famous Ghan line. Since its inaugural journey in 1929, The Ghan has served hundreds of outback towns relying on rail to survive. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, The Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit. Enroute from Alice Springs to Darwin, The Ghan takes you to Nitmiluk Gorge near Katherine, where you can touch millions of years of nature's work and discover the rich Dreamtime stories of the Top End.


Platinum Service offers guests a range of luxury extras including in-cabin breakfasts, access to the exclusive Platinum Lounge and Restaurant and Off Train Excursions. Spacious Platinum Service cabins feature full size en-suite facilities and the choice of double or twin bedding.

·      Cabins are twice the size of a Gold Twin cabin.

·      By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans. By night, lounges are converted into double or twin beds.

·      Full size en-suite facility equipped with shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and Australian amenities

·        Power outlets and in-cabin safe

·        In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available

·        Picture windows offering view from both sides of the train

·        All-inclusive dining, beverages, Off-train Excursions and Short Stops

·        Exclusive use of Platinum Lounge and Restaurant for dining and socialising

·        Freshly prepared continental in-cabin breakfast served upon request

·        Refreshments served in cabin


Overnight aboard The Ghan


Tuesday, 14 February - Aboard The Ghan to Darwin


Happy Valentine's Day!


Shortly after breakfast you can step off the train at the town of Katherine.  Included as part of your programme is your choice of several uniquely local experiences on the Katherine River.  Those who don't care to walk too far can take a leisurely boat tour down the First Gorge listening to Dreamtime stories and the significance the Gorge played in the lives of its indigenous owners.  A more active option is the Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise that takes you through both First and Second Gorge (approx. 3km of walking involved).  You may also choose to upgrade your time here with a choice of two different flightseeing excursions that can be purchased directly onboard the train.


Return to the train and continue on your journey with an anticipated arrival time into Darwin at 17.30h.  The local Silversea representative meets you at the station and assists with your transfer to the hotel.  The balance of the evening is at your leisure.  The hotel concierge will be happy to assist you in choosing a local restaurant for dinner on your own.


Overnight at the Adina Waterfront Hotel


Wednesday, 15 February - Darwin to Fremantle


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver/guide for a short city tour of Darwin.  Drive through Darwin and make two brief photo stops (Botanic Gardens & East Point), visit Fannie Bay Gaol, enjoy some free time at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, where you can purchase some lunch, before heading to the airport.


On arrival in Perth, you'll be met and returned to Silver Whisper at Fremantle.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves a modest amount of activity - some walking at Ayers Rock and in Katherine. This programme is suitable for guests who rely on a wheelchair, though some modifications will need to be made.  Not all sites are accessible nor served by elevators.  Changes to flight schedules may necessitate revisions to this programme.


The weather in the desert may be chilly during early morning and late evening, and usually warm and dry during the day.  The wet season in Darwin starts November and initially brings hot and steamy weather with the occasional spectacular lightning storm and short but intense rains. Most of Darwin's rain falls between January and March.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Longitude 131°

·        Two-night stay aboard The Ghan in Platinum Class accommodations

·        Economy-class flights from Adelaide to Ayers Rock.  Upgrades to Business-class may be available, but are non-refundable and require immediate payment to be confirmed.

·        Four breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (soft drinks, house wine, local beer are included with all meals)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as described in itinerary above


Not Included:

All meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities for drivers or guides, optional excursions, 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 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.

SAILING THROUGH THE CHINA SEAS

Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
BALI (BENOA), INDONESIA
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Discover a rich tapestry of landscapes, religion, people, customs, traditions and the unique Balinese way of life on the 'Island of Paradise'.  Local culinary delicacies, traditional dances, amazing architectural style, the most revered Hindu temple and treasured cultural heritage awaits you!.

  


DAY 1 - BENOA

After you have finished with all entry procedures, you are met by the local Silversea representative and transferred to your hotel.  Nestled in lush tropical gardens, along a stretch of white sand beach, the InterContinental Bali is the perfect place to re-charge your energy after a long flight.  Meals today are on your own account.


Overnight at the InterContinental Bali Resort


DAY 2 - BENOA / UBUD

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.  Then, check-out and meet your guide for a full day of exploring this wondrous island.  


Admire the scenery as you make your way to the small village of Singapadu to visit a typical Balinese house compound.  In contrast to most western style houses, traditional Balinese houses are enclosed by walls to form a compound.  Several separate structures are found within the compound.


Continue on to the mountainous village of Kintamani.  The high mountain district of Kintamani takes its name from the ancient market village at the west end of the Batur crater. Mount Batur is a volcano within a crater, the original caldera offers the occasional wisp of smoke, but the volcano remains quiet.  Lunch is served at one of the local restaurants as you take in the tranquil scenery.  


After lunch, your journey continues with the drive toward the village of Tampak Siring to visit Tirtha Empul Temple, also known as Tampak Siring Temple.  Here you find a spring believed to have magic curative powers, surrounded by a large temple complex, and fronted by public bathing pools. This holy spring was sanctified in the year 962 A.D when it was given the name Tirtha Empul.


At the end of your visit, your final stop will be for check-in at the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa.  The balance of the evening is at your leisure.  Dinner this evening is served in the hotel's restaurant.  


Overnight at the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa


DAY 3  - UBUD

Breakfast is served at the hotel again this morning.  Then it's time to meet your guide for another full day of discovery.  


Your first destination this morning is the village of Batubulan to observe traditional Balinese dances popularly called Barong and Kris dances.  Depicting the eternal fighting between good and evil, this timeless story endures in every culture around the world.  Afterward, proceed for a visit to the village of Celuk, known for its gold and silver workshop.  


As you leave Celuk village, your journey continues to the small town of Klungkung to visit Kertha Gosa, an ancient Royal Court of Justice.  It serves as a reminder of the power and glory of the former Kingdom and dates from the  18th century.  The fantastic ceiling murals, in the traditional " wayang " style of painting, depict the punishments in hell for wrong doers, as well as the rewards in heaven for those who are good and honest in their lifetime. It shows a highly evocative view of the Balinese belief in " karmapala "  where every action bears fruit, be it good or bad.


Continue on from here to a local restaurant located at the small village of Rendang and its gorgeous scenery of rice terraces. After lunch, proceed toward the slope of Mount Agung to visit Besakih Temple, revered by all Balinese as the " Mother Temple " of Bali.  This site originated as a shrine for the worship and pacification of the gods of great Mount Agung, Bali's highest volcano. It has developed over the centuries to its present complex which contains nearly 30 full temples complex.  


At the conclusion of your visit, head in the direction of Ubud for dinner at a local restaurant before finally returning to your hotel after a very busy day.  


Overnight at the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa


DAY 4 - UBUD / BENOA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide for the return trip to Benoa.  


Before you leave this area, however, make a stop at the well-known Neka Museum in Ubud.  Opened in 1982, it  is named after a Balinese teacher, Mr. Suteja Neka, who collected paintings as a means of artistic documentation. Nowadays the museum has a great selection of works from many famous Balinese artists and experts who have lived here and influenced local artists.


At the conclusion of your visit, continue with the drive directly to the ship at Benoa Harbor, where the Silversea staff and crew are looking forward to welcoming you aboard.   Bon voyage!



For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        One night stay at the InterContinental Bali - Singaraja Room

·        Two nights stay at the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa - Deluxe Pool Villa

·        Included Meals: Breakfast daily, two buffet lunches and two set-menu dinners (Lunches & Dinners include 2 drinks per person of your choice of local beer, soft drinks or fruit juice)

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (subject to availability)

·        Please note that order of visits may differ.


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Ubud.  The remainder of your luggage can be stored at the hotel in Benoa and transferred to the ship.  


Visa Information:

It is the responsibility of the guest to insure that proper documentation is arranged in advance of travel.  


Accessibility:

This tour is recommended for the physically fit only.  It requires quite a bit of walking, some of which may be strenuous.  Therefore, it is not recommended to guests who require wheelchairs or other mechanical assistance.


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,  weather or other factors may affect the program.


Camera fees, required visas, 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.

Shanghai, China
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Guilin has always been famous for its scenery; it has been immortalised in numerous literary works as 'the most beautiful place in China.'  Cruise down the winding Li Jiang River with its limestone pinnacles as you glide past bamboo groves, boat villages and cormorant fishermen. Visit the Reed Flute Cave to view some of the most extraordinary underground scenery of multi-coloured lighting and fantastic stalactites and stalagmites. The cave has been praised by poets as the 'Abode of Immortals.' Wonder at Elephant Trunk Hill and Seven Star Park, on this look at China's rare beauty.

        

03MIDSHA-A   Guilin - Tradition & Beauty  

Departure:  March 7, 2017 from Shanghai

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Re-join ship:  March 10, 2017 in Hong Kong  

Reserve by : November 24, 2016


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by November 24, 2016. 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.


With its sheer limestone peaks jutting up from the Li River, Guilin is straight out of a traditional Chinese landscape painting.  For centuries, the Li River has shaped life in this region - both in the natural landscape as well as the livelihood it provides for many fishermen and merchants.  This is a must-see destination for many photography fans.



DAY ONE - HONG KONG / GUILIN

Following a relaxing breakfast this morning, disembark and transfer to Shangahi Pudong Airport for the 2h 45 flight to Guilin. A boxed lunch will be provided along with an in-flight snack.  Arriving at approximately 5:00pm, you will complete entry formalities and transfer to the Shangri-La Guilin Hotel.   Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.  


Overnight at the Shangri-La Guilin Hotel - Guilin, China



DAY TWO - 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 your meal for a well-deserved nights rest.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Guilin Hotel - Guilin, China



DAY THREE -  GUILIN

Following breakfast at the hotel, board the motorcoach to visit some of the city's most notable highlights.  Start with Seven Star Park - so named because the seven peaks have some resemblance to the star pattern of the Big Dipper.


Your next stop is at Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li and Peach Blossom Rivers. 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 the morning, stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  Then continue on to the 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.


Return to the hotel and freshen up.  Dinner this evening is served in a local restaurant. Afterward, enjoy an example of the ancient method of cormorant fishing.  


Fishing with birds is an ancient Chinese tradition.  Generations of fishermen have tamed and trained these birds to catch and deliver fish to their owners. Training starts when the young birds are fully grown and feathered.  The cormorant plunge into the river and catch fish, they cannot swallow it because their throat is bound by metal collars, (when their work is done the rings are removed so they can eat) and the fishermen sit in stern of the boat to collect the catch. The boats are flat, narrow rafts consisting of five or six large, round bamboo trunks tied together and upturned at the stern.


Return to the hotel after a very full day.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Guilin Hotel - Guilin, China


DAY FOUR -  GUILIN / HONG KONG

Linger over breakast and enjoy the morning at your leisure.  


The group will gather for lunch at the hotel followed by the transfer to the airport for the flight to Hong Kong.  Upon arrival, after you have collected your luggage, you are transferred back to Silver Whisper.  


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. Expect cool temperatures with occasional rain showers.  Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. Dress code throughout the trip is casual with sturdy walking shoes. It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Remember to bring your camera. There are baggage restrictions as follows: Hand Baggage gross weight is limited to 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.

Important: Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.  


Programme Includes:

·        Three-night stay at Shangri-La Guilin (or similar) - Guilin  

·        Three breakfasts, two lunches (including two boxed lunch) and two dinners (lunch and dinner include non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks and mineral water)

·        Flights (Economy Class) - Shanghai / Guilin / 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 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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Xian & Beijing Treasures
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Taking 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, plus a chance to view  the life-size terra cotta army in Xian, consisting of 8,000 individual soldiers and horses, each a unique work of art.  


03MIDSHA-L Xian & Beijing Treasures

Departure: from Shanghai

Duration:  4 Days/ 3 Nights

Re-join ship: in Hong Kong

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.


IMPORTANT: Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.


Experience the highlights of fascinating Beijing, the legendary Great Wall, and the famous Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian during this four-day Mid-Voyage Land Adventure.  After travelling to Beijing, discover the major attractions of China's bustling capital city. Take a guided tour of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the famous Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of numerous historic events.  

DAY ONE - Shanghai / Xian

Departing the ship, transfer to the airport for the approximate three-hour mid-day flight to Xian. A box lunch is provided for you to enjoy before arriving in Xian. Explore Xian and its surrounds starting with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This 1,300-year-old structure from the golden days of the Tang Dynasty has long been the hallmark of the city. The Pagoda, along with the Drum Tower and Bell Tower are part of the Buddhist Temple of Grace complex located in the centre of Xian.


Next proceed to the Ancient City Wall. The City Wall's sheer mass, 39 feet (12 meters) high and nearly 9 miles (14 kilometres) long, may explain why the wall is considered the most complete fortified structure still standing.


Following your visit, drive through the city and proceed to the Wyndham Grand Xian (or similar) for check-in. There is time to freshen up before departing for the cultural Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. This fabulous performance of classical entertainment depicts a variety of historical relics, providing insight and keeping alive the splendid culture of the ancient Tang Dynasty. Enjoy dinner served during this spectacular show. Thereafter, return to the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at Wyndham Grand Xian South or similar - Xian.


DAY TWO - Xian / Beijing

After breakfast and check out, a 60-minute drive takes you to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum located about 20 miles (32 km) north of Xian. Commence your visit to China's premier archaeological site and Xian's most famous attraction.  


Nothing prepares the visitor for the amazing sight of a stunningly well-preserved, life-size honour guard standing in ranks near the tomb of Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang-ti, who died in 210 BC. The soldiers were first discovered in 1974 by a local farmer who was digging a well. So far, three vaults have been excavated, the first alone containing more than 6,000 men and horses arranged in an imposing formation. Every soldier differs in facial features and expressions and most carry actual weapons of the day. The find is regarded by many as the most sensational archaeological discovery of the 20th century. A protective hangar constructed over them now comprises the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors.


Time permitting, a stunning audio-visual show can be viewed in a separate building and shops offer a wide variety of souvenir items.


After lunch at local restaurant inside the Museum, drive to the Xian airport for the afternoon flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel for check-in. The hotel features luxury accommodations as well as fine dining venues. There is time to relax and freshen up before a dine-around dinner, choosing dinner at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants: Set menu dinner at Cai Yi Xuan (Chinese), Opus (Western), or Mio (Western).  All meals include choices of  two drinks from soft drink, local beer or house wine.


Overnight accommodation at the Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing.


DAY THREE - Beijing

Following breakfast, begin today's sightseeing with the visit to Beijing's national symbol, Tiananmen Square. Known as 'Gate of Heavenly Peace', the square is dominated by a gigantic portrait of Chairman Mao. Since imperial times, Tiananmen Square has always provided an impressive stage for declarations and key events in local history. In modern times, the solemn flag-raising ceremony has become a revered daily celebration. It was from the giant gate that Chairman Mao proclaimed the People's Republic on October 1, 1949.


Your next visit will be to the legendary Forbidden City. Off-limits to the public for 500 years, the vast complex of this World Heritage Site 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 on-going process.


From here, re-board the coach and enjoy a scenic drive out of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant near the Wall, proceed to the Great Wall. 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, justly deserving to be named as one the New Seven Wonders of the World. The roundtrip cable car ride (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 wall, drive back to city and return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure and dinner is on your own this evening.


Overnight accommodation at the Four Seasons Hotel - Beijing.


DAY Four - Beijing / Hong Kong

After breakfast and check out, depart hotel to the Temple of Heaven - the largest group of temple buildings in China, and the largest heaven-worshipping architecture in the world. The Temple of Heaven was firstly built in 1420 in the Ming Dynasty. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was the place where the emperors worshipped the God of Heaven and prayed for a good harvest. Temple of Heaven was not only listed as one of the important historical monuments, but also regarded highly in the architectural world. The main architecture inside is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. It is a unique Chinese style wooden architecture completely made of wood without any use of steel, cement or even the use of a single nail. It's a dovetail structure joined together by a number of wooden bars, laths, brackets, mortise and tenon joints and rafters.


Enjoy lunch at local restaurant before transferring to the airport for afternoon flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival in Hong Kong in the evening, meet your local guide and transfer to pier and rejoin your 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.

Important: Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.  

Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Wyndham Grand Xian South (or similar) - Xian  

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

·        Three breakfasts, four lunches (including one boxed lunch) and two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, water)

·        Flights (Economy Class) - Shanghai/Xian/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 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.

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3NT POST-CRUISE CHENGDU PANDAS
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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 Sofitel Chengdu Taihe Hotel - Chengdu, China

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 and subject to panda conditions on the day). 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 Chengdu Taihe Hotel - Chengdu, China


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 Luxury Room at the Sofitel Chengdu Taihe Hotel - Chengdu

·        One-night stay in an InterContinental Harbour View Room at the InterContinental 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.

3NT POST-CRUISE INTIMATE MACAU
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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 Silversea representative who will assist you with your 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 (which may differ from China).  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.

SOUTHEAST ASIA: CITIES OF CONTRAST

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3NT PRE-CRUISE INTIMATE MACAU
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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 Silversea  representative 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 Resort, Macau

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 (which may differ from China).  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.

5NT PRE-CRUISE WALLS & WARRIORS
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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 is 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 the 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 2h15

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 02h15

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.

4NT PRE-CRUISE SCENIC GUILIN
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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.  


PLEASE NOTE:  When combined with your cruise itinerary, you may be required to secure a multi-entry visa for China well in advance of your voyage.  Please check with your travel professional for more details.


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 Sheraton Hotel 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 your transportation 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 your 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 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 Sheraton Hotel, Guilin - Premium 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.   PLEASE NOTE:  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.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Discover Laos
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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 quickly giving way to change 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 Victoria 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 two-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 $75 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 Victoria 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.

2 Nt. Mid Voyage Land Adventure: Angkor Wat!
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Once the capital of the Khmer Empire from 800 AD to approximately 1200, Angkor spreads out over an area of about 40 miles (63 km). The city and its famous temples were abandoned in the early 15th century and remained unknown to the outside world until 1860, when a French botanist stumbled upon them in the jungle overgrowth. Today, travellers flock to Angkor to see this spectacular temple city, rated among the world's premier architectural sites and since 1992 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Three with a short flight to Thailand to rejoin the ship in Bangkok.          



02MIDSGN-K   Angkor Wat!  

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Departs from: Ho Chi Minh City

Re-join ship:  Bangkok  

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations 90 days prior to sailing. Requests received after the applicable 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.


Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.  Passports must be valid for 6 months or more after the date of departure from Vietnam and must have two completely blank pages.



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


DAY ONE - Ho Chi Minh City / Siem Reap

Depart the ship after lunch and transfer to the airport for the one-hour flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, drive to your hotel and check-in to the five-star Sokha Angkor Hotel. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, the hotel's decor is inspired by the local culture. Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.  poolside and is enhanced by a performance of lovely Apsara dancers.


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


DAY TWO - Siem Reap

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


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


With the vision of Angkor Wat uppermost in your mind, a visit to the Angkor Museum is the ideal way to spend the remainder of the morning.  Given the heat in this region, a couple hours spent in the cool environment of a top-notch museum is welcome.  The impressive galleries put the story of Angkor and the Khmer empire into perspective.


Lunch is served at a nearby hotel where menu items include both local and western items.


This afternoon's activities begin with a visit to Angkor Thom, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. King Jayavarman VII established Angkor Thom in the late-12th century. It spans 3.5 square miles (9.065 square km), and features 25-foot-high (7.6-metres-high) gates at each of the cardinal points.


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


Continue on to Ta Phrom. The temple is reached via a footpath through the forest and your first glimpse is of an extraordinary sight. The invading jungle-like growth has been left in place. Serpentine trunks of towering fig trees wind around the temple ruins, across walls and through doorways, creating an incredible atmosphere. Ta Phrom is also featured in scenes of Angelina Jolie's movie, Tomb Raider.  


At the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel.  Take a few minutes to freshen up before a poolside dinner and entertainment featuring a performance by Apsara dancers.


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


DAY THREE - Siem Reap / Bangkok

An early breakfast at the hotel will help to start your day.  Just after 7:00 am (approximately) check-out and meet the group for the transfer to the airport.  A short flight (less than 1 hour) takes you to Bangkok where you are met and transferred 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. A Cambodian visa is included and will be issued upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport.Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. You will be charged USD $75 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, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative.  Remember also to bring your camera.


Angkor Temple is still an active place of worship. Dress modestly, with any skirts or pants well below the knee and shoulders must be covered. Scarves and skirts are NOT available for those who have their legs or shoulders exposed and access to the top floor of the Angkor Temple will not be permitted. Monks will be at the sites; their picture may only be taken after obtaining their permission and women may not touch monks.


US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited.


Airlines restrict baggage to 44 lb (20 kg) per person; hand luggage cannot exceed 11 lb (5 kg) in weight, should smaller aircraft be utilised (at the discretion of the airline).


The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or the itinerary may change. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is one of Silversea's "Good Citizen" tours. A portion of your Land Adventure cost is donated to the school of the Siem Reap Children's Orphanage. If you wish, you may bring school supplies to add to your donation.  Our representatives will ensure these are delivered to the school's directors for a very welcomed distribution. Please refrain from giving money to children begging at the sites as this encourages the practice.


Programme Includes:

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

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

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, an evening supper and a dinner/performance (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

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

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Angkor Temple Pass

·        Cambodian visa


Not Included:

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



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

Bangkok (Klong Toey), Thailand
BANGKOK (KLONG TOEY), THAILAND
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Mid-Voyage Adventure: The Dragon Kingdom - Bhutan (In-transit guests only)
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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: March 19, 2017 from Bangkok

Duration:  4 Days/3 Nights

Re-join ship: March 22, 2017 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 the group visa required for your participation.


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.  This 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 many monks, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.


PARO

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

A very early start (approximately 4:00AM) is necessary to begin your fascinating trip to The Dragon Kingdom, Bhutan. Your guide awaits pierside 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 in Guwahiti.  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 1.5 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, the 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 the secretariat, the throne room and the offices of the King, and some ministries offices are located.


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 the Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, where training is offered in the 13 aspects of traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You will also have a chance to peek at 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. At the Thimphu General Post Office you will have the opportunity to have a custom-made stamp with one of your favourite holiday photographs made just for you.


Drive to Paro with a stop at Tachugang and take a short walk to the riverside - bridge to see the pray flags, 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 continue on 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 Monastery 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 or mules will be provided to take guests up to the viewpoint and thereafter guests need to walk to the monastery, another 45-60 minute walk up and down 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 time for browsing in 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 / Singapore

Enjoy a very early breakfast (approx. 5:00AM) at the hotel before check-out. A morning transfer takes you from your hotel to Paro Airport for the 5-hour flight to Singapore Iincluding stopover).   Upon arrival in Singapore, return to Silver Whisper where the staff and crew are eager to welcome you back.



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 / 80-84f days, 65f nights ) 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 Amankora Resort - Thimphu  

-        Two-night stay at Amankora Resort - Paro

-        Three breakfasts, three lunches, one in-flight meal, three dinners (lunches and dinners in restaurants include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, water)

-        Flights (Economy Class) - Bangkok/Guawahati/Paro and Paro/Guawahati/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.

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Singapore
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4NT PRE-CRUISE CAMBODIA & ANGKOR WAT
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Siem Reap is your gateway to the grandeur of the ancient Khmer.  View the majesty of Angkor Wat rising from the silence of its jungle setting.  Explore the mysteries of the royal city of Angkor Thom as well as the exquisite, but lesser known, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples.  


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


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


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


DAY 1 - ARRIVE SINGAPORE

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


Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel - Singapore.


DAY 2 - SINGAPORE / SIEM REAP (ANGKOR WAT)

A leisurely morning with breakfast served at the hotel will help in your adjustment to the local time.  Late morning, you return to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap.  


Following your arrival in mid-afternoon, the local Silversea representative meets you in the public arrivals area of the airport.  As you make your way to the hotel, stop for a visit to Tonlé Sap Lake.  The lake itself is the largest body of fresh water in South East Asia. Its dimensions change depending on the monsoon and dry seasons.  In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the local population living at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive - floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters.


Your day comes to an end upon check-in at the Raffles Grande Hotel d'Angkor.  Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.


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


DAY 3 - SIEM REAP (ANGKOR WAT)

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


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


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


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


After lunch visit the highlight of your trip - the magnificent temple at Angkor Wat.  Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu in the 12th-century, the temple of Angkor Wat is world famous for its beauty and splendor.  You'll have plenty of time to photograph the longest continuous bas-relief in the world running along the outer gallery wall.  


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


Return to the hotel at the end of the day and enjoy a special dinner and Apsara dance performance at the hotel.


Overnight at the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor


DAY 4 - SIEM REAP (ANGKOR WAT) / SINGAPORE

Breakfast is served once again at the hotel this morning.    Then, depart for a visit to the nearby temples of Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre.  Be sure to ask your guide to relate the legend of the peasant who became king thanks to his crop of cucumbers!   Please note:  You are visiting a sacred site.  Please be prepared with proper attire (covered shoulders and knees, no shorts, miniskirts or short trousers).


Lunch is served at a local restaurant.  This afternoon, as you make your way back to the airport, stop for a visit to the Artisans d'Angkor and the new Senteurs d'Angkor workshop where more than 100 people - 80% of whom are disadvantaged rural women - are employed.


Your local guide will assist with your check-in at the airport.  Upon arrival in Singapore, and after you have claimed your luggage, transfer back to the Shangri-La Hotel for check-in.  Dinner this evening is on your own.


Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel


DAY 5 SINGAPORE

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


Program Inclusions:

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

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

Included Meals:  4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Economy-class Flights:  Singapore / Siem Reap / Singapore

Escorted tours as described including 2-day Angkor Wat pass


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

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

                            Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

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


Visa Information:

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


As of July, 2016, a Cambodian visa may be secured upon arrival at the airport (requires 1 - 2 passport sized photos plus USD $35 per person in cash), however you may find yourself faced with a lengthy wait.  The availability of this service is subject to change.  It remains the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas on a timely basis for travel.  


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


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


Accessibility:

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


Vaccinations:

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


Please note:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur
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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 Gurgaon for check-in. The Oberoi Gurgaon is located near the airport so less time is spent transferring to/from the property for a simple overnight stay.  Dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi - Gurgaon (Delhi).


DAY TWO - Delhi/Agra  

After an early 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 very early breakfast (approximately 5 - 6AM) is served at the hotel prior to check-out and your transfer to the airport. Check-in for the two hour 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.  Guests should be aware of ongoing restoration works at the Taj Mahal that involve exterior scaffolding.  This programme involves fairly long drives. The driving distance between Delhi and Agra is nearly 4 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.  Guests who require a Sri Lankan visa are urged to procure one prior to this programme.  Visa details and exact passport names 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 Hotel (or similar) - Gurgaon (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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Kandy by Chartered Seaplane
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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.


The Seaplane operator requires Silversea to provide guest's weight in advance of departure.  The total weight of all passengers cannot exceed 1400 lbs (635 kg).


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 Reservoir, 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. (Please note:  Flash photography is not permitted inside the temple).


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 to Peliyagoda. 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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Udaipur & the Palace on the Lake
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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. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Mumbai before returning to the ship.


03MIDBOM-U Udaipur & the Palace on the Lake

Departure: Colombo

Duration: 3.5 Days / 3 Nights

Rejoin ship: Mumbai    

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.


Guests must be in possession of Indian and Sri Lankan visas 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.


Explore the City Palace and the exquisite crystal collection before you relax on an evening boat ride to watch the sunset.  Marvel at the two fourth century temples and village of Delwara, this imposing structure is a haven of tranquility, away from the bustle of the city.


DAY ONE - Colombo / Delhi

After breakfast disembark the ship and transfer to Colombo airport for your scheduled flight to Dehli. At the end of your 3.5 hour flight land in Dehli, complete all entrance formalities and transfer to the Taj Mahal Hotel. Dinner this evening is served in the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at Taj Mahal Hotel - Dehli


DAY TWO - Dehli / Udaipur  

After breakfast, the day begins with a return trip to the airport to continue on to Udaipur.  An in-flight snack is served.  Once you have arrived in Udaipur, transfer to the magnificent Taj Lake Palace, check-in and enjoy a late lunch.  


At mid-afternoon gather with your fellow Silversea travellers for a visit to City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It is a spectacular complex containing decorated mirror works and galleries adorned with frescoes. The Maharana's Crystal Gallery, at the Fateh Prakash Palace has an exquisite crystal collection of over 600 rare objects that range from crystal-made beds to cups, tables and chairs.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at Taj Lake Palace.



DAY THREE - Udaipur

Enjoy an early breakfast before your visit to Nagda and Eklingji temples. Nagda is the site of two fourth century temples, both embellished with intricately carved royal edicts, recalling the harsh rulers of centuries past. This temple complex has some intricate and beautiful carvings on the pillars, ceilings and the walls depicting stories from the mythologies of Mahabharat and Ramayana.


You will proceed to the 18th century Devi Garh Palace for lunch.  Nestling in the Aravali hills of Rajasthan, in the village of Delwara, this imposing structure is a haven of tranquility, away from the bustle of the city. Following lunch, you may return to the hotel and spend time at leisure or your guide is available for a tour of one or two of the local markets.  


Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.  A sunset boat ride on the lake is an excellent way to relax and will provide the ideal opportunity to photograph the hotel from the water.  Dinner is once again served at the hotel.


Overnight at Taj Lake Palace



DAY FOUR - Udaipur / Mumbai  

After a very early breakfast (approximately 4:00AM), check out and proceed to the airport for the short flight to Mumbai.  On arrival, transfer to the pier to re-join 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. Guests are required to arrange a visa to enter India from their local embassies/consulates prior to embarking the ship.  A Sri Lankan visa should be secured prior to departure.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. Pack lightly; luggage weight restriction is limited to 33 lbs. (15 kg) and 15 lbs. (7 kg) for hand carry-on. Casual, lightweight cotton clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera.  It is recommended to leave jewelry and valuables on the ship.  The tour sequence may vary and traffic patterns may affect tour timings; order of sites may change. Anticipate crowds at the sites visited. Comfort stops are made along the way and drive time can vary.  Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the The Taj Mahal Hotel (or similar) -  Delhi

·        Two-nights stay at the Taj Lake Palace - (or similar) - Udaipur

·        Three breakfasts, two lunches plus one in-flight meal, three dinnesr (lunch and dinners at restaurants include choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Entrance fees as per itinerary

·        Scheduled flights: Colombo / Delhi, Dehli / Udaipur, Udaipur/Delhi (Economy class). Business Class upon request (Colombo / Delhi segment only) at an additional charge and subject to availability at the time of booking.  



Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, Indian or Sri Lankan visas, 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.

Mid-Cruise Land Adventure: Jodhpur & the Mehrangarh Fort
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A visit to India's 'Blue City', Jodhpur, evokes images of royalty and legendary tales of valour.  Explore the 'jewels in the crown' of this city - the 400 ft. high Meherangarh Fort, described by Rudyard Kipling as the "work of giants"; Jaswant Thada mausoleum - built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.  A trip through the Bishnoi Villages offers insight into the life and nature-worship traditions of the local tribe.


03MIDCMB-B Jodhpur & the Mehrangarh Fort

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.  


This new program will appeal to guests who may have already visited the Taj Mahal and Agra, India's 'Pink City'.  You will have the pleasure of staying at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, formerly one of the world' largest private residences, now a luxury hotel.  It will introduce you to the distinct styles - in architecture, culture and dress - of this region of Rajasthan.  Lastly, you will get a glimpse of tribal life on the edge of the Thar desert.  


DAY ONE - Colombo / Delhi

Enjoy a leisurely morning onboard Silver Whisper.  Late morning, transfer to the airport for the scheduled flight (approximately 3.5 hours)  to Delhi.  An in-flight lunch is served.  Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel where dinner will be served.


Overnight Taj Mahal Hotel - New Delhi


DAY TWO - Delhi / Jodhpur

Following breakfast, return to the Delhi airport for the short (1h 40) flight to Jodhpur.  En route to the airport, enjoy a panoramic drive through Lutyen's Delhi.  Arriving in Jodhpur, transfer to your hotel for check-in and a late lunch.


Afterward, your exploration of Jodhpur begins with a visit to the Meherangarh Fort.  Built in 1459 atop a steep hill by the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodha, the majestic fort stands 120 metres (400 ft.) high - a grand, invincible structure of colossal proportions.  Yet, despite its size, the fort exhibits a haunting beauty.  The imposing walls are unbelievably solid but enclose intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.  Several exquisitely decorated palaces, including the Moti Mahal (the Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (the Flower Palace) and Sheesh Mahal (the Mirror Palace) are all part of this immense structure.  The fort also houses a large museum with a fine collection of exhibits that include musical instruments, rare and interesting artefacts, textiles and paintings.  Cap off your visit with a special high tea.


As you descend from the fort, you will see the Jaswant Thada mausoleum.  It is one of the architectural landmarks of Jodhpur - a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.  The thin, polished mable is actually built out of intricately carved sheets of marble.  When the sun's rays fall on it, the effect is spectacular.


Return to the hotel, freshen up and enjoy dinner.


Overnight at the Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur


DAY THREE - Jodhpur

This morning after breakfast set off for a visit to the nearby Bishnoi Villages.  Like many countries throughout the world, India has a long history of nature worship, and that practice continues today in particular throught the veneration of forest groves.  The Bishnoi tribes manage sacred groves, called orans, in the arid desert regions of Rajasthan.  The basic philosophy of the Bishnoi faith is that all living things have a right to live and share resources.  The group has a set of abiding laws that include a ban on killing animals and on felling trees, especially their most revered khejadi tree, which they believe has numerous life-sustaining properties.  The Bishnoi still follow their traditional ways, including the Opium Tea Ceremony which has been a ritual for the tribe for ages.  It is offered to honoured guests as a sign of respect and to welcome them into a host's home.


Return to the hotel in time for lunch.  Then enjoy a free afternoon to relax.  Dinner this evening is once again served at the hotel.


Overnight at the Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur


DAY FOUR - Jodhpur / Mumbai

After breakfast, set out to explore the older part of Jodhpur by auto rickshaw and on foot.  Discover its hidden treasures and gain insight into local life.  Spend some time soaking in the sights and sounds of the bustling alleyways of the old-world bazaar.  Roam the narrow lanes dotted with tiny shops selling exquisite Rajathani textiles, handicrafts, pottery, curios and, of course, the intricate silver jewelry of the region.  


At the end of your morning's adventure, proceed to the airport for the short (approx. 2h) flight to Mumbai.  Once you arrive, transfer to the pier and re-join Silver Whisper.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking with many steps to climb at the several sites. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  This drive through the local village is over bumpy, uneven roads.  Those who suffer from motion-sickness should not take this programme. 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. 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.  Guests who require a Sri Lankan visa are urged to procure one prior to this programme.  Visa details and exact passport names 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 Taj Mahal Hotel (or similar) - New Dehli

·        Two-night stay at The Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Colombo / Delhi and Delhi / Jodhpur and Jodhpur / Mumbai  (Business Class may be requested at a supplemental charge per flight subject to availability.)

·        Three breakfasts, two lunches plus one lunch in-flight and one boxed lunch, one champagne high tea and three dinners (lunches and dinners at restaurants include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks)

·        Still and video camera fees

·        Bottled water on coach

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Gratuities on meals


Not Included:

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


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, 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.

Mumbai, India
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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: In Search of Tigers (for In-transit Guests)
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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 and overnight stop in New Delhi.


04MIDBOM-T In Search of Tigers (for In-transit Guests)

Departure: Mumbai

Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights

Rejoin ship: Abu Dhabi  

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.


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.


Embark on morning and afternoon safaris drive in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger.  Visit Jaipur, the Pink City that glows with a singular beauty derived from the pink colour used everywhere in its construction.  See the City Palace is a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture.


DAY ONE - Mumbai / Jaipur

Depart the ship in mid-afternoon and transfer to Mumbai airport for a scheduled flight to Jaipur of approximately 1h 45 in length. Upon arrival in Jaipur you will be met and transferred to Rambagh Palace for a late dinner.  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.


Dinner and overnight accommodations at Rambagh Palace - Jaipur



DAY TWO - Jaipur / Ranthambore

After breakfast begin the approximately 3.5 hour drive to Ranthambore.  Upon arrival stretch your legs and check-in to the hotel.


Once you've settled in to your new surroundings embark on an afternoon game drive in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger!  Ranthambore is one of the best locations to get a close view of the tigers, sometimes as near as 30 feet (9 metres)! Tigers are sighted almost daily and very often one can get natural glimpses of tigers hunting and taking care of their cubs.


After the game drive proceed back to The Oberoi Vanyavilas.  Dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight The Oberoi Vanyavilas - Ranthambore



DAY THREE - Ranthambore

Enjoy another spectacular day starting with an early morning exploration of the game reserve, tracking the Tiger. Keep your camera ready for that amazing shot to share with your friends and family.  Big cats are often very active first thing in the morning.  Breakfast is served when you return.


Enjoy some time at your leisure before lunch is served at the hotel.


At the appointed time gather for one last game drive. At the conclusion of the game drive return to the hotel for dinner.


Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Vanyavilas - Ranthambore



DAY FOUR - Ranthambore / Jaipur / Delhi

After breakfast, drive back to Jaipur, the Pink City that glows with a singular beauty derived from the pink colour used everywhere in its construction. The effect of this glorious extravagance, most especially at sunset, has enchanted visitors for centuries. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a local hotel, before you visit the mesmerizing 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.


Also visit the neighbouring Jantar Mantar, or the Observatory. Built between 1728 and 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built on a grand scale and was way before its time.


Following your tour, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to The Oberoi Hotel in Gurgaon. The Oberoi Gurgaon is located near the airport so less time is spent transferring to/from the property for a simple overnight stay.  Dinner is served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi - Gurgaon (Delhi).



DAY FIVE - Delhi / Abu Dhabi

After an early breakfast and check-out, return to the airport.  Check in for the almost four hour, scheduled flight to Abu Dhabi, anticipated to depart at approximately 09.30 am. On arrival, transfer to the pier to re-join 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. Guests are required to arrange a visa to enter India from their local embassies/consulates prior to embarking 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 in a small overnight case. Pack lightly; luggage weight restriction is limited to 30 lbs. (13 kg) and 15 lbs. (7 kg) for hand carry-on. Casual, lightweight cotton clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera.  It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on the ship.  The tour sequence may vary and traffic patterns may affect tour timings; order of sites may change. Anticipate crowds at the sites visited. Comfort stops are made along the way and drive time can vary.  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, along with names as they appear in your passport, 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 Rambagh Palace - Jaipur

·        Two-night stay at The Oberoi Vanyavilas (or similar) -Ranthambore

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

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

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Entrance fees as per itinerary

·        Scheduled flights: Mumbai / Jaipur, Jaipur / Delhi, Delhi / Abu Dhabi (Economy class). Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability at the time of booking.  


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, Indian visa, 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. 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 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.

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POST-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: KEMPINSKI THE PALM
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Amid 2 hectares of gardens and private beach on Palm Jumeirah's lagoon, this premium all-suite resort with a palatial exterior is the ideal property to begin or end your Silversea cruise.  Your spacious one-bedroom suite features a separate living room and bedroom with over 97 square meters (1000+ square feet) of space.  Please note: this is a non-smoking property.

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Muscat, Oman
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Mid Voyage Land Adventure: Majestic Mountain Experience
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The Sultanate of Oman boasts a stunning array of attractions, amongst them the formidable mountain region of the interior with stunning canyons and breathtaking panoramas that rank high on visitors list.  


This two-day adventure trip into Oman's interior offers guests a unique and amazing experience that will be remembered long afterwards. Traveling by Jeep (Toyota Land Cruiser or similar) will allow exploring off-the-beaten-path areas and negotiating mountain roads and canyons. Along the way, you visit remote villages, ancient forts and breathtaking panoramas. An overnight stay at the Eco Camp, The View adds to the adventurous nature of this two-day overland sojourn. A perfect ending is provided with an overview of Salalah's Grand Mosque and Al Husn Souq.    


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by January 9, 2017. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing.  Requests received after this date are on a space available basis and may not be accommodated.  This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.


02MIDMCT-B Majestic Mountain Adventure

Departure: April 11, 2017 from Muscat

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Rejoin ship: April 13, 2017 in Salalah

Reserve by: January 9, 2017


DAY ONE - Muscat /Interior Mountain Region/The View Camp

Depart the pier in four-wheel-drive vehicles and head toward the Seeb Spice Market.  A delight for shutter-bugs, the colors and scents make a lasting impression.  


Then, continue to Hazm Fort, an outstanding example of Omani Islamic architecture.  The fort was built in 1711AD by Imam Sultan bin Seif (the 2nd.) when he established Al Hazm town as the capital of Oman instead of Rustaq. The Castle is distinctive from other Omani castle and forts because of its magnificent shape and massive size. From here, proceed to the village of Wadi Sahtan, after which you will visit the Snake Gorge where one can enjoy a short walk  


The next stop is Bilad Sayt, one of Oman's most quaint villages with an old world appeal.  Explore this tranquil village on foot with its patchwork of terrace farming and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes.  Then, head towards Sherfath Al Ayman which is 2000 meters (6,500 feet +) above sea level and have a view of the Omani Grand Canyon.  If your schedule permits, you will enjoy a picnic lunch here.


Afterward, continue on to Misfah, a scenic mountain village where old stone dwellings evoke a feeling of time having stood still. The village is a popular tourist attraction and offers great photo opportunities.  


Next, head toward the town of Al Hamra. The drive crosses a plateau with views of the scenic Hajar Mountains. The town is renowned for its interesting architecture and numerous date plantations. One of its main attractions is the Bait Al Safah heritage house. More than 500 years old, the house features some 20 rooms on three floors. During your visit you are shown the storage area on the ground floor and the working and living quarters upstairs. The hospitable family will proudly introduce you to the traditional ways of weaving, grinding flour and making Arabic-style coffee.


Leaving Al Hamra, proceed on a winding road to The View. The tented camp offers comfortable overnight accommodations with en-suite facilities and a spacious terrace that overlooks the valley and mountains. The tents are of high quality cotton fabric with windows that allow for natural light to come in. A Buffet Dinner is served at the open-air restaurant.


Overnight at The View Tented Camp


DAY TWO - Wadi Nakher / Nizwa Fort / Muscat / Salalah

After breakfast and check out, begin your day with a 30-minute drive to Wadi Nakher. The dry river bed meanders through the depth of one of Oman's deepest canyons. Expect the ride to be bumpy, but you are rewarded with incredibly amazing scenery.


Back on paved road, your journey continues to Bahla, known for its imposing fort. After many years of restoration work, the immense, 9th-century fort has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Exterior view and photograph stop.


Following a buffet lunch at the Hotel Falaj Daris, enjoy the drive back to Muscat, Oman's bustling capital where traditional culture blends harmoniously with modern attributes.  


Head directly to the airport for the late evening flight to Salalah.  Once there, continue on to the Anantara Al Baleed Resort where dinner and a comfortable nights sleep awaits.  


Overnight at the Anantara Al Baleed Resort


DAY THREE - Rejoin ship in Salalah

After breakfast, discover Salalah by driving into the Salalah city and surrounding area to see the contrast between the lush vegetation of the Garden city and the arid, craggy landscape of the desert.  


Start with visit beautiful Salalah Grand Mosque with its exquisite art work and stained tiles.


Note:  Salalah Mosque is open from Saturday to Thursday from 0800 hrs to 1100 hrs only. Women must wear modest clothing, which covers the body and the head, including the hair.  Arms and legs must be covered to wrists and ankles. One must also take a scarf to cover your head. Men must wear modest clothing befitting the sanctity of the Mosque.  Shorts are not allowed. Food, drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited. Slip on shoes recommended, as guests are to remove the shoes before they enter the Mosque.


Afterward, make a stop at the Al Husn Souq and stroll among the vendors. The colorful stalls are heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh, incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils and a large variety of fascinating artifacts.

Enroute to the pier, drive by Mugsail Beach, nearly two miles of unspoilt white sandy beaches.

Your adventure comes to an end as your rejoin Silver Whisper.


Please note: This overland excursion is geared to guests who are looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience and a unique adventure. The tour sequence may vary. Transportation is in 4WD vehicles (Toyota Land Cruiser or similar) and driving is partially on very bumpy and winding roads. Expert drivers are supported by a professional guide who will ride in one of the vehicles and provide explanations at each site. Walking includes uneven terrain and climbing stairs at various sites. We recommend wearing layered, moderate clothing (no shorts or sleeveless outfits) and flat, comfortable shoes. A sweater or jacket will come in handy as temperatures drop during the evening and early morning in the higher elevations. The Oman visa will be issued on board and charged to your shipboard account. U.S. dollars are accepted in the souq. The Tented Camp befits the nature of this adventure tour.   In accordance with local practices, alcoholic beverages are not available at either hotel.




Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at The View Tented Camp (or similar) - Hail Al Shas

·        One-night stay at Anantara Al Baleed Resort - Salalah

·        Two breakfasts, one boxed or picnic lunch, one buffet lunch, two set menu dinner served buffet style (dinners includes mineral water, soft drinks or juice, but no alcoholic beverages.)  

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary in 4WD vehicles

·        Experienced drivers and one professional local guide


Not Included:

Oman visa fee, any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guide, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other items which are not mentioned in the list of inclusion.


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.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Sharm el Sheik, Egypt
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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Cairo & the Great Pyramids
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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.


01MIDSSH-A  CAIRO & THE GREAT PYRAMIDS

Departure: Sharm El Sheikh

Duration: 1.5 Days / 1 Nights

Rejoin ship: Port Said

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.


Visits to Sakkara and Giza will acquaint you with the fascinating history of Egypt's ancient rulers and the incredible monuments they left for generations afterwards to admire.  Learn about the city's Islamic and early Christian history during visits to the Citadel and Old Cairo. Then feast your eyes on the splendid relics of antiquities during your visit to the famed Egyptian Museum. At the end of your visit, a short drive will take you to the Four Seasons Nile Plaza for check-in and dinner.


DAY ONE - Sharm El Sheikh / Cairo

Very early this morning, depart the pier to Sharm El Sheikh Airport for a one hour flight to Cairo. Once you arrive at Cairo airport, you will board the coach and start the day with a visit to Sakkara.  The Step Pyramid of Sakkara dates from 2700 BC, and is the oldest stone structure in the world.  It was designed for King Djoser.  In addition, there are 16 more pyramids on the site in various states of perservation.  Because the necropolis was lost beneath the sands for much of the past two millenia, many of the tombs have been superbly preserved with both their structures and lavish internal decorations intact.


Lunch will be served in one of the local deluxe hotels before continuing on to Giza.


The colossal Great Pyramids are considered the most famous of Egypt's attractions and the only monuments left of the ancient wonders.  The three main Pyramids at Giza were built as tombs by Cheops, his son Chephren, and Chephren's son Mykiernus to preserve each of the pharaohs' mummified body for eternity. For centuries, these unique structures have intrigued the world while surviving the rise and fall of great dynasties.


A short drive takes you to the top of the plateau for a panoramic view across the desert and the pyramids. A string of camels usually provide great photo opportunities for a nomimial fee.  Southeast of the great pyramid stands the sphinx carved out of solid rock around 2650 BC. Steeped in legend and superstition, the sphinx was a monument either to the sun god Ra or to Pharaoh Chephren.  It has the head of a man and the body of a lion. The monument faces east, probably to greet the rising sun and the return of life each day.


A quick stop for souvenir shopping is made on the way back in to Cairo and your hotel.  Check-in and enjoy some leisure time before dinner is served.


Overnight at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza - Cairo



DAY TWO - Cairo / Port Said

After an early breakfast, check-out and begin with an introduction to the metropolis of Cairo.  Start your tour with a visit of the Citadel & Mohamed Ali mosque. The Citadel was fortified by the Ayyubid ruler Salah al-Din (Saladin) between 1176 and 1183 CE, to protect it from the Crusaders. Only a few years after defeating the Fatimid Caliphate, Saladin set out to build a wall that would surround both Cairo and Fustat.


The Mosque of Muhammad Ali is the most popular Islamic mosque among tourists. This mosque is also sometimes referred to as the Alabaster Mosque due to its extensive use of that stone on some of the exterior walls and other surfaces. Sometimes it is popularly known as al-qal'a, meaning citadel, and thus confused with the fortress in which it is located.


The first of three final stops in Old Cairo features the so-called Hanging Church, which refers to the fact that it's built on the ruins of two old towers of the Fortress of Babylon.  The original structure dates back to the end of the 3rd-century / beginning of the 4th-century, though some historians believe that it was a Roman Temple converted to a Roman Church and finally to a Coptic Church.


Nearby, the Ben Ezra Synagogue is another religious structure with a storied past.  It was originally a Christian church that the Copts had to sell, to the Jews, in 882A.D in order to pay the annual taxes imposed by the Muslim rulers of the time, and therefore Abraham Ben Ezra, who came from Jerusalem during the reign of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, bought the church for the sum of 20,000 dinars.


Lastly, if you ask any local citizen or savvy tourist visiting Egypt about the most famous and the largest bazaar in Egypt, the answer would be the same; it is the Khan El Khalili Market.  Although it appears at first as if it only serves the needs of the tourists who are looking gifts and souvenirs to take with them back home. However, if time allows, you might consider exploring deeper inside the lanes and narrow streets of the bazaar  where you will find small workshops with artisans producing wonderful jewelry, glass, copper, and brassware.


End your visit of Old Cairo with a buffet lunch served in one of the nearby deluxe hotels.  From here, continue on to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.

The museum was established by the Egyptian government in 1835. The present building was built in 1900, in the neo classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon. The collections now exceed 12,000 objects ranging from pre historic era to the Greco Roman period.


The museum consist of two floors.  The ground floor follows the history of ancient Egypt, and  the second floor consists of  thousands of smaller items from the span of Egyptian history.  Most significant, of course, are the rooms that display the treasure of Tutankhamun the boy-king who ruled Egypt for nine years. Beyond his famous treasures, and his god-like golden mask, Tutankhamun appears as a shadowy figure in Egyptian history. The pharaoh is indeed gone, but the mightiness of his treasures still fascinates us to this very day.  Next, you will also be visiting the Mummies room where you can come 'face to face' with some of the great rulers of ancient Egypt.


At the end of your visit, rejoin your coach and conclude your journey into Egypt's fascinating past with an approximate 3-hour drive to Port Said. Upon arrival, proceed to the pier and rejoin the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking (approximately 4.5 km / 3 miles).  Motorized scooters may not be transported on the flight from Sharm El Sheik to Cairo.  Guests with limited mobility or those who rely on a wheelchair may not be able to access all sites, in particular the Egyptian Museum where there is no elevator to the second floor.  Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing (no shorts) with comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes and sandals are not permitted. Remember to carry sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and your camera. Taking photos is forbidden inside the Egyptian Museum.  Guests can bring one checked luggage with a maximum weight of 50lb (23kg) and one carry-on with the maximum weight of 17lb (8kg). The tour sequence may vary.  Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.  


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Four Seasons Nile Plaza (or similar) - Cairo

·        One breakfast, two lunches, one dinner (restaurant-served lunch and dinner include choice of one glass of house wine or one bottle of local beer and one soft drink)

·        Flight (Economy Class) - Sharm El Sheikh / Cairo.  Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability as upgrades are not available on all flights    

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary    



Not Included:

Photos of the camels, any meals and drinks not specified above, personal charges, 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.

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 2017. 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.

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TRACY FLEMING
Photographer
TRACY FLEMING
Tracy has been fascinated by photography ever since asking for her first Brownie camera at the age of 9, which led to her building her own darkroom soon after.
Unluckily for her, she was also adept at Mathematics, so she ended up studying this at York University, and then spent the next 14 years working as a Chartered Accountant in London. During those years, although her passion for photography took a back seat, that did not stop her from attending photography courses, joining a camera club as well as taking on assignments shooting weddings and studio portraits.
Then, 10 years ago she was given the opportunity to travel full time with her husband, Destination Consultant Jon Fleming, and she has used this fantastic round-the-world experience to hone her skills in travel photography, providing thousands of photos for his presentations. She is always interested in expanding her knowledge, and constantly on the lookout for different angles on familiar subjects. Tracy will be sharing her years of experience behind the camera with you in a number of lessons that will take you from the basics of your digital camera to editing your shots, so that you can produce your own masterpieces.
 
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JON FLEMING
Destination Consultant
JON FLEMING Jon Fleming’s combination of personal experience and historical knowledge, plus an entertaining presentation style has made him very sought after in the cruise industry. He has sailed on almost 100 cruises worldwide including complete round-the-world itineraries. Over the last six years, Jon has lectured on over 250 cruise destinations across Europe (the Baltic, the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, and the British Isles), and worldwide (including the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and the Pacific). He has an informal and humorous lecture style that aims to make history interesting, accessible and relevant for his audience, without bombarding them with dates and facts. Jon was born in London, and studied Modern History at York University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom.  After university he pursued a successful career in marketing, before deciding to get out of the rat race and devote himself to travel full-time either by cruise ship, or at the other end of the luxury scale, in his beloved camper van with his wife Tracy His interest in travel was sparked by a two month train trip around Europe, when he was 18, and he has been looking for excuses to travel ever since! He has travelled extensively throughout the world, visiting over 110 countries in the process (the number is growing all the time).
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JOHN ALTMAN
JOHN ALTMAN John Altman began his musical career at age 3 with Judy Garland at the London Palladium! Commencing his recording and live career as an in-demand saxophonist in the late 60s he has performed with all the major figures in music over the last few decades, including Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake, Muddy Waters, Bob Marley, Jimmy Page, Little Richard, Prince, Van Morrison, Hot Chocolate and many more. Beginning in the mid-70s he found great success as an arranger/conductor. Among his hit records have been Sir Rod Stewart's Downtown Train, George Michael's Kissing a Fool, Tina Turner and Barry White's Wildest Dream, Diana Ross' Christmas Album. He is also a frequent guest conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and serves on the board of ASMAC (the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers), and as a member of the governing Council of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He has had a parallel successful career as a composer/arranger/producer for films and television, winning most of the prestigious film composer awards -an EMMY and an ASCAP Film Award for RKO 281 - The Making of Citizen Kane, the Anthony Asquith Award (BAFTA) for Hear My Song, a second ASCAP Award and the Choreographer’s Carnival Award for best dance score for Shall We Dance, a TRIC Award for Peak Practice, a Golden Reel nomination for Little Voice, a BAFTA nomination for The Old Devils, an Oscar mention for the period music for Titanic, which he also produced, and a second Emmy nomination in 2003 for his score for The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone. Along the way he has found time to be the most prolific writer of music for commercials, having scored over 4,000 worldwide, winning every major creative award, including the inaugural MPA Music in Advertising Award, and being named by Campaign magazine in 2002 as one of the 100 most influential figures in contemporary British advertising, and in 2005 as one of the 5 top composers. For the London stage, John is currently involved as musical consultant for the forthcoming West End production of Feelin’ In The Mood – a new musical about Glenn Miller, and also contributed songs for a stage musical devised by Terence Frisby from his best selling book Kisses On A Postcard. John is also a highly accomplished jazz musician, lauded by allaboutjazz.com as “a world class saxophonist” and by respected critic Don Heckman in the LA Times as "one of the few film composers with authentic jazz skills." He conducted the Stan Tracey Big Band and the Durham Cathedral Choir for an album of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music. He also leads a highly successful big band, heard on many of the above records and soundtracks.
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GAVIN MCLEAN
New Zealand historian
GAVIN MCLEAN An historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in Wellington, New Zealand, Dr. Gavin McLean has written nearly 50 books on diverse topics and worked on a number of heritage projects. In 2012, he completed a book on First World War hospital ships and produced the historical texts for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Visitor Center at Government House in Wellington, which was opened by HRH Prince Charles. Gavin’s many maritime works include Captain’s Log, which partnered the 2001 TV series of the same name. In 2005 he co-edited a massive national history, Frontier of Dreams: The Story of New Zealand, and appeared in the accompanying 13-part TV series, the country’s most ambitious documentary in 25 years. His heritage background makes Gavin a natural at bringing history alive at the places where it took place, and he is a regular speaker with heritage and community groups. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Otago.
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DR. NORMAN CAISSE
Astronomer
DR. NORMAN CAISSE Norman Caisse’s richly illustrated presentations will take us on a fascinating journey from our own Solar System, through the Milky Way galaxy, and on to the edge of the known Universe.  In addition to his lectures, be sure to join him on deck for special night sessions to view the Southern sky. During his career with Jet Propulsion Labs and GTE Corporation, Dr. Caisse, a registered professional engineer, participated in a variety of NASA projects, including the Apollo missions.  These vocational contributions to the space program greatly enhanced his love for astronomy – a passion he has communicated on the lecture circuit for over 20 years. Norman received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from Northeastern University and completed his Astronomy doctorate program at the University of Texas.  An active participant in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program through the University of California, Berkeley, he is also a member of the Planetary Society, the Cousteau Society, and various amateur astronomer groups.
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BILL BRYSON
Best-selling Author
BILL BRYSON Bill Bryson is a best-selling author whose books have sold more than ten million copies and been translated into over 45 languages. His science book A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize of the Royal Society and the European Union's Descartes Prize, the EU's highest literary award. His other best-selling books include The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and an acclaimed biography of William Shakespeare. His latest book, At Home: An Informal History of Private Life, was published last June. In 2006, Bryson was created an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). He is Chancellor of Durham University, president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and a former commissioner of English Heritage. In 2009 he was made an honorary fellow of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Kavli Institute of Particle Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Before becoming a fulltime writer in 1987, he worked for several years as an editor on The Times, and was one of the founding journalists of The Independent. He and his wife, Cynthia, have four grown children and live in Norfolk, England.
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LAWRENCE D’ALMEIDA
Silversea Wine Ambassador
LAWRENCE D’ALMEIDA Lawrence d'Almeida, who grew up in Paris and studied history at Yale and Harvard, was for years a winemaker and production consultant in Tuscany before becoming a wine buyer and educator.  He lives near Florence, in the heart of Tuscany. After working for an Italian Art Publishing company in Milano (Electa) and becoming the European agent of the Medieval and Renaissance music ensemble The Boston Camerata, Lawrence finally took the wine plunge, first working in the wine distribution and re