Silversea Luxury Cruises To COLOMBO

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Colombo, Sri Lanka
COLOMBO

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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SINGAPORE To COLOMBO
  • Departure
    Feb 29 2020
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    11 Days
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SINGAPORE To MUMBAI
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    Feb 29 2020
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    15 Days
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PHUKET To MUMBAI
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    Mar 02 2020
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    13 Days
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SINGAPORE To MUMBAI
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    Apr 07 2020
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SINGAPORE To ROME (Civitavecchia)
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    Apr 07 2020
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    29 Days
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DUBAI To SINGAPORE
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    Nov 22 2020
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MUMBAI To PHUKET
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    Dec 01 2020
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MUMBAI To SINGAPORE
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COLOMBO To SINGAPORE
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    Dec 07 2020
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    Mar 12 2021
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Excursions in COLOMBO

A Day Spent in Galle

Enjoy a day spent viewing the highlights of Galle.


Colombo and Galle

Formerly known as Gimhathiththa, the city that was once the main seaport of the island of Sri Lanka from where King Solomon traded in ivory, peacocks and other valuables. The modern history of Galle begins in 1505 with the arrival of a Portuguese ship, driven to its shores by a storm. The Portuguese ruled until 1640, before they surrendered to the Dutch East India Company; the British took over from the Dutch in 1796. This fortress city saw the height of its development during the 18th century colonial rule of the Dutch.


Stilt fishermen and Southern Coast

Catch a glimpse of one of Sri Lanka's iconic scenes, the stilt fishermen of the southern coast. In water about chest deep, the fishermen sit at a height of about 2 metres on a cross bar, or petta, tied to vertical poles, or stilts, that they've planted before. They're hoping to catch herrings and mackerel which are then stored in a plastic bag tied around their waist or to the pole. Stilt fishing, although now a dying tradition, has been passed from father to son for generations; some of the older fishermen recall that it started after the Second World War as a skillful and innovative way of earning their livelihood!

Folk Museum and lunch

Proceed then to visit a Folk Museum dedicated to late Martin Wickremasinghe, one of Sri Lanka's renowned writers. Holding over a thousand artefacts of Sri Lankan rural life, it is a unique store-house of knowledge on the local folk culture and folk technology dating back hundreds of years. The museum includes many sections representative of this folk culture and way of life: Buddhist religious artefacts, folk religious practices, the evolution of the Sinhala alphabet, writing utensils, fishing, pottery, and metallurgical technologies, folk dance and puppetry, a unique collection of masks, musical instruments and drums, folk games, traditional lace making, costumes and jewellery - are all showcased here.

Lunch will be served at Amari Galle Hotel.


Galle Fort, Dutch Church and free time at leisure

Continue your tour with a stop at the Galle Fort. Enter through the old gates, explore the walled city on foot and walk on the ramparts, for a spectacular view of Galle. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the fort was built first by the Portuguese. The Dutch during their invasion of 1640 captured the fort; hence it is also known as the Dutch Fort. The Fort is really a walled city, and after almost 400 years of existence, it is one of the best preserved examples of 17th century colonial fortifications in the world. Interestingly, the Fort withstood the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 which destroyed Galle town. Today, the Sri Lankan government as well as many Dutch people who still own property inside the Fort, are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. Next visit the Dutch Church, an excellent model of Dutch colonial architecture, and the oldest Protestant Church still in use in Sri Lanka. Completed & consecrated in 1755, part of the floor is covered by about 20 heavily embossed and engraved gravestones, moved by the British into this church in 1853 from older locations. The organ loft has a lovely semicircular balustrade while the pulpit's enormous canopy was made of calamander wood from Malaysia. It holds services in English twice monthly. Explore at leisure the surrounding area or walk around the shops displaying an interesting variety of antiques, jewellery and handicrafts. Drive back to Colombo and return to the pier, where you will rejoin the ship.

A Taste of Tea

Experience the history of tea and its unique journey from the tree to your cup during this half-day excursion to Ingiriya, located in Western Sri Lanka.


Ingiriya Tea Plantation

Depart the pier for the approximate 2-hour drive to the Ingiriya Tea Plantation .Formerly a British colony known as Ceylon, this small Indian Ocean island is famed for producing some of the finest teas in the world. Since the 1880s, Ceylon tea, the name by which it is still popularly known, has been the country's principal and most famous export; for generations, it has formed the backbone of the Sri Lankan economy, and plays a major part today in the country's fortunes. Arrive at the plantation to a special welcome with garlands made from tea leaves.


Gain firsthand knowledge on how tea is processed - beginning with the plucking from the tea bushes, to the grading of the finished product - as you tour a tea plantation and factory. For guests who would like to purchase some tea, a sales point is available within the complex.


Then, with rubber growing in the same region, you also witness a demonstration of the rubber tapping process by which the latex is extracted from the rubber tree. The rubber industry too occupies an important place in the economy of Sri Lanka and is the second most important plantation crop, as also a major foreign exchange earner.


Guided Tour & Tasting

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the facility and learn about tea-grading, packaging, bagging and more. Next, witness a tea-tasting session, and see how the expert tasters and packers offer tea aficionados a truly unique tea experience. A sales outlet is available in the lobby to purchase some tea before leaving.


Experience the added privilege of enjoying a cup of pure Ceylon tea before boarding your coach for the approximately 2-hour drive back to the pier.

An Evening at Ministry of Crab

Savour the exquisite flavours, legendary lagoon crabs and seafood of Sri Lanka in an historical setting during this palate-pleasing, half-day excursion to the Ministry of Crab.


Colombo, Pettah Bazaar, Old Parliament, Clock Tower, Temple, Mosque, Colonial Buildings, Park

Your tour begins with a scenic, approximately one-hour sightseeing drive through Colombo. Along the way, pass by the commercial district of the city, Pettah Bazaar area, Old Parliament, century-old clock tower, a temple, mosque, and Colonial buildings. The views are more peaceful when driving past Vihara Mahadevi Park; formerly known as 'Victoria Park', it has since been renamed for a Sinhalese queen. Across the street is the imposing, neo-Classical Town Hall.

Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Ministry of Crab Restaurant

Your sightseeing drive ends at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, one of Colombo's oldest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Built by the Dutch in 1677 as a hospital, the site formerly housed the Colombo Apothecaries and served as the Colombo Fort Police Station, among other things. Today, the newly-refurbished Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex serves as a high-end shopping complex. Your dinner this evening has been arranged at the renowned Ministry of Crab restaurant, which is housed in these historical surroundings.


Seafood Dinner, Lagoon Crabs, King Prawns, Clams, Oysters

Brainchild of Chef Dharshan Munidasa, host of the former 'Culinary Journeys' TV show, and in collaboration with foodies and former Sri Lankan cricketer friends Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara, this highly-acclaimed restaurant is a celebration of Sri Lankan heritage and cuisine that pays homage to fresh and diverse local produce. Created as a culinary homecoming of Sri Lanka's legendary lagoon crab, the Ministry of Crab also celebrates Sri Lanka's fine seafood, from amazing king prawns found in the rivers running across the island, to fresh clams and oysters from the lagoons. Forks and knives are optional, as specialised crab utensils help pry the succulent meat from its shell, and digging in with your hands is permissible. After dinner, your tour concludes with a short drive back to the pier.

Colombo Highlights with High Tea & Live Music

Experience the diverse cultural and architectural influences of Colombo during a picturesque, half-day excursion through this fascinating Sri Lankan capital and port city.


Colombo, Pettah Bazaar and Fort, Old Government Buildings, Vihara Mahadevi Park, Town Hall

Your tour begins with a scenic, approximately 75-minute drive through the commercial district of the city and Pettah Bazaar area, and past the Pettah Fort and old government buildings. The views are more peaceful as you drive past Vihara Mahadevi Park, now renamed for a Sinhalese queen. It was named Victoria Park when it was created by the British as a botanical garden for tropical species. Across the street is the imposing, Neo-classical Town Hall.


Cinnamon Gardens, University, Colonial Mansions, Independence Square, Gangaramaya Temple

A former cinnamon plantation is now the upscale residential district of Cinnamon Gardens. Here, you can also see the University and most of the embassies, located in Colonial mansions lining lovely, shaded avenues. Drive along some of these streets, and enjoy their elegance and serenity. From here, proceed for a photo stop at Independence Square, then delve deeper into the local culture during a visit to the bustling Gangaramaya Temple, the nicest and most intimate Buddhist temple in all of Colombo.

Galle Face Green and Hotel, Colombo Club, Taj Samudra, High Tea, Live Band

Next, drive along the Galle Face Green, a former haunt for members of Colombo's high society. This beautiful area is nestled in the foreground of the neo-Classical facades of the Colombo Club and Galle Face Hotel. Today, there are joggers who talk politics and business as they run, and kite-flyers trying to catch a breeze. Your last stop is at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Upon arrival, proceed for High Tea accompanied by the sounds of a live Calypso band. Leaving the hotel, your tour concludes with a short drive back to the pier.

Colombo's Art & Architecture Medley

This half-day excursion shows you the varied hues of the city, taking you slightly off the beaten track.


Colombo and Geoffrey Bawa's former residence

Depart the pier for Colombo, capital and major port of Sri Lanka and a fascinating city that links the past with the present. Its culture and art are a unique mix of relics of Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences.

Your tour begins at house number 11, on 33rd Lane, residence of renowned architect, the Late Geoffrey Bawa. It is an architectural bricolage housing arts and artefacts from his collection. This interesting composition in a row of four houses slowly acquired over a period of time, started with the construction of a pied-à-terre in 1958. The final result is an introspective labyrinth of rooms and garden courts which together create the illusion of limitless space. While the main house evokes a feeling of a lost world of verandahs and courtyards, the new tower serves as a periscope with views across the treetops towards the sea.


Panoramic drive and lunch

Re-board the vehicle for a panoramic drive past some of the city's highlights.

Lunch today is at Gallery Café - another legacy of Geoffrey Bawa. His former office now houses the café and art gallery run by Shanth Fernando.


National Museum and city sightseeing

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


At the conclusion of the tour, drive past the Colonial heritage of Colombo - the Old Parliament and government buildings; Galle Face Green where Colombo high society once strolled, to see and be seen by those who mattered, against the backdrop of the neo-classical facades of the Colombo Club and the Galle Face Hotel. Today there are joggers who talk politics and business as they run, and there may be kite flyers trying to catch a breeze.

Culinary Experience with a Master Chef

Discover the exotic flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine and the secrets behind its preparation during this interactive, full-day excursion with a celebrated master chef.


Colombo, Pettah Bazaar, Local Fruit, Vegetables and Spices

Your newly-designed tour begins with a short drive to the Pettah Bazaar. Upon arrival, you are introduced to the street food of the area during a gld Cruise guests, your guided stroll through this local colourful, bustling local market. Along the way, discover the local fruit, vegetables and spices used in Sri Lankan cooking, as well as their importance and health benefits. You can even purchase some spices for your cooking session, or to take them home. The cacophony, palette of colours and locals are all an audio-visual delight, and make for wonderful photo opportunities.


Independence Square, Comfort and Photo Stop, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Master Chef Dr. Publis Silva

Leaving the market, re-board your coach and head to Independence Square. After a comfort and photo stop here, re-board your coach for the approximately 45-minute transfer to the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Upon arrival, you are greeted by celebrated Sri Lankan Master Chef Dr. Publis Silva and escorted to the kitchen.


Sri Lankan Cooking and Cocktail-Making Demonstration with Dinner

Next, Master Chef Silva shares his culinary expertise with you during a lively and informative cooking demonstration. Observe and learn to how to prepare typical Sri Lankan dishes, curries and salads, each differing in their taste, aroma, colour and flavour. To add some fun to the evening, a Sri Lankan cocktail-making session using the local Arrack has also been arranged. Following your cooking demonstration, enjoy a dinner consisting of the dishes prepared by Master Chef Silva. After dinner, your tour concludes with an approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Elephants of Pinnawela

Learn about and observe the care, feeding and conservation of the elephants of Pinnawela during this memorable full-day tour to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.


Depart the pier for a short 15-minute drive to the Colombo Railway Station. On arrival, board the train for the approximate 2-hour ride to Rambukana Railway Station where your coach will be waiting for the short transfer to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Rest assured, the short journey is well worth it! During the ride, take in the scenic beauty of the lush, green Sri Lankan countryside from the grandeur of your air-conditioned train car.


Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was created to care for baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned. Today, approximately 80 animals are cared for, fed, studied and trained by the Sri Lankan Wildlife Authority. Once acclimated to a lifestyle in captivity, the elephants are unable to care for themselves in the wild. As a result, they grow up and reproduce in the protection of the reserve, and very small babies may be spotted amongst the ever-growing family.


Elephant Care, Bathing & Feeding

During your visit, the staff explains and demonstrates the care afforded to these magnificent animals, as well as the on-going battle for the conservation of their native habitats. If your timing is right, you can observe the staff helping the elephants take their daily bath in the nearby river. Your visit includes a relaxing lunch at the Pinnalanda River View restaurant, followed by an opportunity to watch the elephants being fed.


At the conclusion of your visit, board your coach for the approximate 3.5 hour drive back to the pier. A comfort stop will be made en-route.

Galle's Gems - The Fort & Madu River

Explore the medieval history, abundant waterways, and flora and fauna of Sri Lanka during this panoramic, full-day excursion to Galle.

Colombo, Galle, Traditional Stilt Fishermen

Your tour begins with a scenic, approximately two-hour drive to Galle. Formerly known as Gimhathiththa, Galle dates from the early-16th century, and was once the main seaport of the island of Sri Lanka, from which King Solomon traded in ivory, peacocks and other valuables. Upon arrival, catch a glimpse of one of Sri Lanka's iconic scenes, the traditional stilt fishermen of the southern coast.


Galle Fort, Old Gates, Rampart, Dutch Church, Free Time in Galle, Shopping and Exploring

Next, drive to the Galle Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter through the old gates, explore the walled city on-foot and walk on the ramparts, which offer a spectacular view of Galle. Originally built by the Portuguese, the Galle Fort is one of the best-preserved examples of 17th-century Colonial fortifications in the world. Afterward, a visit is made to the Dutch Church. Built in 1755, the church is an excellent model of Dutch-Colonial architecture, and the oldest Protestant Church still in use in Sri Lanka. Its interior features about 20 heavily-embossed and engraved gravestones, an organ loft with a lovely semi-circular balustrade, and the pulpit's enormous canopy. Following your tour, some free time is made to explore the surrounding area, and browse the local shops offering a variety of antiques, jewellery and handicrafts.


Lunch, Madu Ganga River Cruise, Flora and Fauna, Local Lifestyles, Old Sri Lankan Temple

After lunch at the Aamari Galle Hotel, drive to the Balapitiya Boat Centre. Upon arrival, embark a small boat for a river safari cruise on the Madu Ganga River. Traverse dozens of mangrove forested islets, and an eco-reserve that is a breeding ground for many endangered species of flora and fauna. A bird-lover's paradise, this wetland features 46 species of birds, including 14 aquatic varieties. Along the way, look for water monitors, kingfishers, eagles, monkeys, and colourful butterflies. In addition, observe the traditional lifestyles of Sri Lankans, such as fishing, prawn-tapping, coir-making, cinnamon-farming, and coconut leaf-weaving. A brief stop is also made at a 200-year old Sri Lankan temple. Following your river safari, your tour concludes with an approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.

Kandy by Seaplane

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.


Kandy by Seaplane

Duration: 8.5 hours

Departs from: Colombo

Re-join ship: Colombo

Reserve: At least 60 days prior to sailing



This tour requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 60 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


This tour is non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason within 60 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this program. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 60 - 0 days prior to the voyage sailing date: 100% of the program fare per person is due.



Avail yourself of this unique opportunity of flying by private air taxi into the midst 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 a take-off point for your air taxi. Here, board the chartered seaplane for a flight of approximately 30 minutes to the Victoria/ Pollgolla Reservoir. 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/ Pollgolla Reservoir, your trip continues by road to Peradeniya Botanical Garden.


Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens originally built for the pleasure of Sinhalese queens in the 14th century. Beautifully manicured, with huge trees and bright bougainvillea, it contains a wide variety of tropical and temperate flora, 4,000 species in all. There is also a spice garden with centuries old nutmeg trees, cinnamon, cardamoms, vanilla and clove trees, a medicinal herb garden with plants used in Ayervedic medicine, and an orchid house which houses 450 hybrid species.

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


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


Leaving the Temple of the Tooth, proceed to 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 Victoria/Pollgolla Reservoir where your chartered seaplane stands ready to fly you back to Colombo. Then conclude this memorable experience with the 60-minute transfer to the pier.


Programme Includes:

One forward & back flight to & from Kandy by chartered sea plane

One lunch (drinks included)

All sightseeing, transfers and entrance fees as per itinerary


Not Included:

Visa, any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

Life & Lore in Colombo

Explore the religious and cultural history of Colombo during a half-day sightseeing excursion through this historic capital and major port city.


Scenic Colombo City

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive through the city's commercial district and Pettah Bazaar area. Along the way, pass by the Pettah Fort, old government buildings and Victoria Park, or 'Vihara Mahadevi Park', a botanical garden for tropical species. Across the street is the imposing, Neo-classical Town Hall. A visit is made to Cinnamon Gardens, a former cinnamon plantation turned upscale residential district. Here, see the University and most of the embassies in Colonial mansions lining the lovely, shaded avenues.


National Museum

Next, a visit is made to National Museum. Upon arrival at this elegant, white, colonnaded building, view a scary and fascinating mask collection, a gallery filled with outstanding Hindu and Buddhist bronzes, a collection of the regalia of the King of Kandy and more. Some of the images are mobile to enable ritual processions around the temple or through the streets of the town. (A video camera fee of USD $18.00, at time of printing, is required to be paid directly to the Museum.)


Galle Face Green & Gangarama Temple

Leaving the museum, re-board your coach and drive to Galle Face Green. A former haunt of Colombo high society, Galle Face Green is situated in the foreground of the Neo-classical facades of the Colombo Club and the Galle Face Hotel. After a refreshment stop at a local hotel, proceed for a visit to the Gangarama Temple, the nicest and most intimate of Colombo's Buddhist temples.


Afterwards, commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Sights of Colombo with High Tea

Colombo, capital and major port of Sri Lanka, is a fascinating city that links the past with the present. Its tangible history is a unique mix of relics of Portuguese, Dutch and English settlement, blended with Indian influences.

Colombo sightseeing

Depart the port, past the commercial district of the city, and through the Pettah bazaar area. The views are more peaceful when driving past Vihara Mahadevi Park, now renamed for a Sinhalese queen. It was called Victoria Park when it was created by the British as a botanical garden for tropical species. Across the street is the imposing neo-classical Town Hall.

A former cinnamon plantation is now the upscale residential district of Cinnamon Gardens, with the University and most embassies in colonial mansions lining lovely, shaded avenues. Cruise through some of these streets and enjoy their elegance and serenity.

On Galle Face Green Colombo high society once strolled, to see and be seen by those who mattered, against the backdrop of the neo-classical facades of the Colombo Club and the Galle Face Hotel. Today there are joggers who talk politics and business as they run, and there may be kite flyers trying to catch a breeze. The hotel is still there, as it has been since 1864, enjoying the oceanfront view, and still laying claim to its position as the first hotel in Asia.


Shopping Complex and High-Tea

End your drive at one of Colombo's oldest heritage site, now refurbished in to a high-end shopping complex - the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. You'll have some time at leisure to explore for souvenirs.

Before returning to the pier and the ship, make one last stop at the legendary Galle Face Hotel for high-tea.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

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


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

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

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

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

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

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


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

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

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


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

The Temple of Kelaniya & Shopping

Explore the religious, cultural and artistic influences of Sri Lanka during this memorable, half-day visit to the Kelaniya Temple, with a shopping stop in Colombo.


Scenic Drive & Kelaniya Temple

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive into the countryside, and a visit to Kelaniya. Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to the Kelaniya Temple, an active Buddhist temple purportedly built on a site visited by the Buddha over 2,000 years ago. He is said to have preached his doctrine to a gathering of serpent kings here. Today, worshippers come to lay sprigs of lotus flowers around the great white 'dagoba', light oil lamps and sprinkle the base of the Tree of Enlightenment with purified water.


During your visit, marvel at the temple's fine drawings, lovely frescoes, fascinating, geometrically patterned ceilings, and three important images of Buddha; two seated and one reclining. Adorning the outer walls are more light-hearted works, including rows of whimsical dwarfs and elephants in bas-relief.


Shopping In Colombo

Following your visit, re-board your coach and return to Colombo for an opportunity to do some shopping. Colombo is renowned for its precious and semiprecious stones; sapphires, star rubies, topaz, garnets, citrine, and more can be found at the gems and jewellery outlet. Generally two venues are visited, a handicraft store and a jewellers.


Browse for tea, woodcarvings, brass, silverware, batiks, and souvenirs before commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Whispers from the Past

Explore the unique history, culture and architecture of Colombo during a picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion to this fascinating port city.


Colombo, Pettah Bazaar, Vihara Mahadevi Park, Botanical Garden, Town Hall, Cinnamon Gardens

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour orientation drive through Colombo, the capital and major port city of Sri Lanka. Colombo is a fascinating city that links the past with the present, and its tangible history is a unique mix of relics of Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements blended with Indian influences. Pass through the commercial area of the city, rows of shops in the Pettah Bazaar area and Vihara Mahadevi Park. This park was created by the British as a botanical garden for tropical species, and is situated cross the street from the imposing, Neo-classical Town Hall. From here, drive through Cinnamon Gardens, a former cinnamon plantation that has evolved into an upmarket residential district, where the University and most of the embassies are based in Colonial mansions along beautiful, shaded avenues.


National Museum, Mask Collection, Hindu and Buddhist Bronzes, Statuettes, Shiva Sculptures

Next, proceed for a guided visit to the elegant, white, colonnaded National Museum. The museum houses a fascinating mask collection with its share of demons, including Prince Maha Kola, who is displayed wearing a diadem of interwoven snakes. Another gallery contains a display of outstanding Hindu and Buddhist bronzes. One group of statuettes is connected with the cult of Shiva, and includes a fine sculpture of Shiva as 'Lord of the Dance'. The National Museum also houses a trilingual stone tablet inscription that Zheng He brought to Sri Lanka on his third trip, and offers praise to three religions; Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Following your tour, re-board your coach and explore Sri Lanka's strong Buddhist identity at your last stop, the Kelaniya Temple.


Kelaniya Temple, Carvings, Frescoes, Ceiling Paintings, Buddha Images, Flower Offerings, Incense

This active Buddhist temple was built on a site believed to have been visited by the Buddha himself over 2,000 years ago, and where he preached his doctrine to an assembly of serpent-kings. Today, human worshippers come to lay sprigs of lotus flowers around the great, white dagoba, light oil lamps and sprinkle the base of the Tree of Enlightenment with purifying water. Artistic highlights of the temple include very fine carvings and lovely frescoes, fascinating geometrically patterned ceiling paintings, and three important images of Buddha; two in a sitting position, and one in a reclining pose. During your guided walking tour, explore this fascinating temple, and have a chance to offer flowers and light incense. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 200 yards (about 183 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 30 steps at the National Museum and 30 steps at the Kelaniya Temple. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Kelaniya Temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must remove their shoes before entering the temple. A thick pair of socks is suggested, as the ground may be hot. Anticipate crowds, traffic and waiting times at the sites visited. As in any large city, please take precautions to protect your belongings. Leave all valuables on board; do not wear any jewellery shore-side, and anticipate pickpockets may be present. A videography fee of US$18 is assessed to guests opting to videotape inside the National Museum, and paid at their own expense. Flash photography is prohibited inside the Kelaniya Temple to avoid damaging frescoes. Photography is also completely prohibited in certain areas of the temple. Keeping local sentiments in mind, guests should not take photos of themselves beside/in front of the statues of Lord Buddha. The tour sequence may vary.

Land programmes in COLOMBO

4N PRE DIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka

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Ship: Silver Discoverer

Voyage Number: 9822 (Pre-cruise)

Departure Date: 24 September, 2018

Program Nights: 4 Nights

Start of Program: Colombo

End of Program: Colombo

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Highlights:

● Travel by special charter Helicopter exploring the holy sites of Sri Lanka

● Enjoy private lectures bringing the country and its history to life

● Experience the best in unique luxury accommodations during your exploration of the Cultural Triangle

● Visit the Sri Dalada Maligwa or Temple of the Tooth - located in the Royal Palace of the former Kingdom of Kandy

● Enjoy a private visit to a local artist

● Enjoy curated meals throughout your journey offering the best of Sri Lankan cuisine

● Explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura

● Marvel at Sigiriya Lion's Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Day 1 - COLOMBO


Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport and meet your transport to Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. Galle Face Hotel is a grand testimony to both Sri Lanka's colonial past and its independent present located on the ocean. After check-in and lunch there is a Colombo half-day city bus tour that will take you around the city. Stops include the Gangarama Temple, Independence Square, Viharamahadevi Park and a visit to the famous Barefoot Gallery for Tea/ Coffee and shopping. Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel with a special guest lecturer to welcome you to Sri Lanka.


Day 2 - COLOMBO/ KANDY


Enjoy an overnight trip to Kandy; the spiritual capital of Sri Lanka. The journey begins with a helicopter ride, followed by a bus excursion to the Temple of the Tooth, located in the gorgeous Royal Palace complex of the former kingdom of Kandy. Lunch will be hosted at the Royal Bar, followed by a visit to a family of artists at their atalié. Unwind, connect, talk art, and enjoy the view from the studio veranda before retreating to the eco-boutique hotel at Ulagalla Resort. The evening offers a "Dinner of Dreams" with dancers and drummers, and soft jazz poolside.


Day 3 - ANURADHAPURA


Wake up with the dawn chorus and take a pre-breakfast guided walk round the estate and beyond. This leisurely 90-minute ramble includes ample birdwatching and a walk along the banks of Wannemaduwa; a traditional irrigation reservoir designed two thousand years ago. Enjoy breakfast on the paddy field before choosing a morning of spa-treatments, archery, or a tour of Ulagalla on horseback. After lunch we visit the city of Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka.


Day 4 - ANURADHAPURA


Choose between two day-trip offerings; either visit the Visit to Sigiriya Lion's rock Fortress, an impressive and awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by lunch at the Elephant Corridor Hotel; or a visit to Polonnaruwa and its many beautiful ancient sites, including the Vatadage, followed by lunch at the Lake House. Return to the hotel for a gala farewell dinner with a Sri Lanka theme with sarongs, local dance, and fireworks.


Day 5 - ANURADHAPURA/ COLOMBO


Departure to Colombo airport will commence after lunch.


Program Inclusions:

· One night at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo

· Three nights at Ulagalla Resort in Anuradhapura

· Transfer by MI 17 helicopter for Colombo to Kandy and Anuradhapura to Colombo

· Entrance fees to above mentioned sightseeing.

· Meal Plan: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

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

· All tips and gratuities

Flight Details:

Day 2: Colombo/ Kandy via MI 17 Helicopter- duration approximately 00h45

Day 5: Anuradhapura/ Colombo via MI 17 Helicopter - duration approximately 01h00

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.


Luggage Information:


Your entire luggage will accompany you on this program.


Visa Information:


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


Accessibility:


The sights visited on this program are suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that they are accompanied by someone who can assist if needed. The Sigiriya Lion's Rock Fortress 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. Please note there is a second option to visit Polonnaruwa if mobility is an issue.



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.


Lunches and dinners (except in-flight meals) include two glasses of local beer, soft drinks or mineral water.


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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Taj Mahal, Agra & New Dehli

Taj Mahal, Agra & New Dehli

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Colombo

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-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. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Sri Lankan (Transit Visa) and Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian Rupee; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).



A visit to India's treasured sites evokes images of erstwhile royalty and legendary tales of love and valour. There are few places in the world that compare with the mesmerizing Taj Mahal and the awe-inspiring Agra Fort. These outstanding attractions are amongst the '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 massive Agra Fort, and from the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi to a Sikh Temple guests are able to enjoy a treasure trove of unforgettable sights that will enthrall even the most jaded traveler. Your programme ends with panoramic tour of Mumbai.



DAY ONE - Colombo /Delhi

Depart the ship this morning and transfer to Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just approximately 3.5 hours in length. Lunch will be served on board. Upon arrival you will be taken to The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel with an en route panoramic drive. The remaining evening is at leisure to settle in to your new surroundings.



Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.



DAY TWO - Delhi/Agra

After breakfast, commence your 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 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 towards the Taj Mahal across the river. Proceed to your hotel for lunch followed by some time to settle in.


The Taj Mahal - Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love awaits you, where you will remain until sunset! This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is a thing of astonishing beauty and an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and immaculately intricate execution all contribute to the breathtaking first impression as you pass through the arch of the entrance gateway. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughals was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal (jewel of the palace). She died at the age of 39 giving birth to her fourteenth child. He resolved to build his wife a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty and, it must be admitted, wild extravagance. Twenty thousand labourers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were put into action to construct this unrivalled masterpiece. The rays of the setting sun make this monument a wonder to behold!


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra.



DAY THREE - Agra/Delhi

An awe-inspiring sight awaits you early this morning - a sunrise view of the Taj Mahal! The most unusual story about the Taj is that there might have been two of them. The Emperor intended to build a second tomb in black marble, a negative image of the white Taj for Mumtaz. Tragically, before he could begin he was deposed by his son and imprisoned in Agra Fort, where he remained until his death, spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting-place of his wife. Shah Jehan and Mumtaz Mahal are now both buried in the underground chamber of the Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel for breakfast.


Following breakfast, set-off on your return journey to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi and proceed to your hotel The Oberoi New Delhi for check in and lunch.


This afternoon visit Gandhi Smriti, where the Mahatma spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated. Originally a residence of an Indian business tycoon and devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, it is now converted into a multimedia museum dedicated to the Father of Indian democracy. Proceed next to a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). There are three main functions which are carried out in all public Gurudwaras - Kirtan (the singing of hymns), Katha (reading of the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib) and Langar (a free community kitchen for all visitors of all religions). Visit the community kitchen where you will see how food is cooked and served daily for a thousand visitors. We will arrange food supplies as a contribution for the day's meal and you are welcome to lend a helping hand. This is an experience like no other!


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.



DAY FOUR - Mumbai

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Lunch will be served on board. On arrival, your awaiting coaches will transfer you to the pier with a panoramic tour past the city's highlights. Re-join the ship.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone and gravel surfaces, with many steps to climb at visited sites. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The driving distance between Delhi and Agra is approximately 3-3.5 hours in each direction. Coaches, guides and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Pack lightly; the luggage weight restriction is limited to 33 pounds (about 15 kilograms). Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the temples; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Shoe covers are provided at the Taj Mahal to enter the mausoleum. Shoes and hats must be removed prior to entering the temples. The tour itinerary and sequence are subject to change without prior notice, and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour itinerary, tour sequence and/or programme content.


Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at The Oberoi - New Delhi

· One-night stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Colombo/Delhi and Delhi/Mumbai (Business-Class may be requested at a supplemental charge per flight, and is subject to availability. The availability of Business-Class flights is based on equipment utilised and each segment is quoted separately, if available)

· Three breakfasts, four lunches (including two in-flight) and three dinners

· 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:

Sri Lankan and 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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: In search of Tigers

In search of Tigers

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Colombo

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-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. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Sri Lankan (Transit Visa) and Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian Rupee; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).


Your Indian safari will begin with an overnight stop in Delhi. 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.



DAY ONE - Colombo/Delhi

Depart the ship this morning and transfer to Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just approximately 3.5 hours in length. Lunch will be served on board. Upon arrival you will be taken to The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel with an en route panoramic drive. The remaining evening is at leisure to settle in to your new surroundings.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.


DAY TWO - Delhi/Jaipur/Ranthambore

After early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your approximately 1 hour flight to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur you are met and transferred to Rambagh Palace for lunch. After lunch, commence on your approximately 3.5 hour drive to Ranthambore.


On arrival, settle in to your new surroundings before dinner.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore.

DAY THREE - Ranthambore

Embark on early morning and afternoon game drives 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! Tigers are sighted almost daily especially during early mornings and very often one can get natural glimpses of tigers hunting and taking care of their cubs.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore.


DAY FOUR - Ranthambore/Jaipur/Mumbai

Enjoy another early morning game drive exploring the game reserve, tracking the Tiger!


After breakfast, drive back to Jaipur. Enjoy a sumptuous boxed lunch en route. You are transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, transfer to the pier to re-join the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone and gravel surfaces, with many steps to climb at visited sites. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Coaches, guides and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Pack lightly; the luggage weight restriction is limited to 33 pounds (about 15 kilograms). Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes. Sun protection and mosquitos repellent are recommended. The tour itinerary and sequence are subject to change without prior notice, and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour itinerary, tour sequence and/or programme content.



Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at The Oberoi - New Delhi

· Two-night stay at The Oberoi Vanyavilas - Ranthambore

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Colombo/Delhi, Delhi/Jaipur and Jaipur/Mumbai (Business-Class may be requested at a supplemental charge per flight, and is subject to availability. The availability of Business-Class flights is based on equipment utilised and each segment is quoted separately, if available)

· Three breakfasts, two lunches, one in-flight lunch, one box lunch, three dinners

· Three game drives

· Still and video camera fees

· Bottled water on coach

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Gratuities on meals


Not Included:

Sri Lankan and 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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Spiritual India

Spiritual India

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Departs from: Colombo

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-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. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Sri Lankan (Transit Visa) and Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian rupee; however, Euros, British Pounds and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in the largest shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).



Colourful, charismatic, steeped in history and legend is Varanasi - India's most sacred city. At 1,500 years old, it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. As Mark Twain said, Varanasi 'is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend.' As the beating heart of the Hindu universe, it's a 'thin place' where the spiritual realm and physical realm meet. This four-day sojourn will help you immerse in the philosophy of Hindusim.

This new program will appeal to guests who may have already visited the Taj Mahal and Agra, India's 'Pink City'.


DAY ONE - Colombo / Delhi

Depart the ship after breakfast this morning and transfer to Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just approximately 3.5 hours in length. Welcome to Delhi, the intriguing cultural and historical centre of India's past and future. Delhi was built over 450 years by a succession of empires - first the Hindu and Muslim dynasties, followed by the powerful Mughal dynasty who ruled until British colonization. Upon arrival you will be taken to The Taj Mahal Hotel.


Dinner and overnight at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.


DAY TWO - Delhi / Varanasi

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi of approximately 1.25 hours duration.

Varanasi is probably the place in India that has the most profound impact on visitors. Formerly known as Benares, it sits on a bend of the River Ganges, and its spiritual significance comes from its status as a "crossing place", where gods and goddesses can descend to earth. It has been a pilgrimage site since the sixth century BC. Hindus try to visit at least once in their lifetime to pray and bathe in the holy river. The Old City is a maze of tiny alleys. It has several temples, including the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple - which is only accessible to Hindus - and many cows, which have traffic priority!


Your home for this holy experience is the 18th century Taj Nadesar Palace with its jasmine and mango-scented grounds. Proceed to the hotel for lunch with some time to settle-in. In magical Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, is where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place - a rare place where an ancient yet still thriving religious tradition is so incredibly accessible. Proceed to the river ghats at sunset - when the setting sun casts mystical shadows upon the darkening water, and tiny sacred lamps that line the banks are ceremoniously lit. Here you will enjoy a singular experience: an aarti, or prayer ceremony. Seemingly both a fiery celebration and solemn entreaty, the aarti is said to have a connection to fire rituals referenced in the Vedas and is a striking sensory experience.


Dinner and overnight at Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi.



DAY THREE - Varanasi

Thousands of pilgrims visit Varanasi daily to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges, which in Hindu religion is believed to wash away sins. Observe the holy rites on a boat ride at dawn on the river, as devotees perform ritual sunrise baths and religious ceremonies in the pink and gold light-an ancient tradition that has remained throughout centuries. Chanting of mantras, singing of hymns and the sweet fragrance of incense fill the morning air with mystery. Along the way you'll get a chance to visit a Hindu temple. Afterwards, return to your hotel for breakfast.


Following breakfast, get an insider's view on the age-old, world-renowned local craft with a visit to an artisanal silk weaving workshop. Silk weaving originated in Varanasi, and the fabrics made on these looms are still second-to-none. Later in the afternoon, visit Sarnath - the religious centre where Buddha delivered his first speech after gaining enlightenment - and the Dharmekh Stupa - where Buddha delivered his first sermon. Stop by the museum, housing a small but renowned collection of Buddhist and Brahmanist antiquities.


Dinner and overnight at Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi



DAY FOUR - Varanasi / Mumbai

The morning is at leisure today. After an early lunch, transfer to the airport directly for your approximately 2.25 hours late evening flight to Mumbai. On arrival your awaiting coaches will transfer you to the pier with a panoramic tour past the city's highlights. Re-join the ship.




Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. All vehicles utilised are the best available; however, they may not always be to western standards. Pack lightly; luggage weight restriction is limited to 33 lb (15 kg). Please plan to dress conservatively (shoulders & knees should be covered) as you are visiting holy sites. Include lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat or scarf 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.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at The Taj Mahal Hotel - New Delhi

· Two night stay at Taj Nadesar Palace - Varanasi

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

· Three breakfasts, two lunches and one in-flight lunch, 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


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.

Kandy by Seaplane

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

Taj Mahal & Agra

Duration: 3 Days/ 2 Nights

Departs from: Colombo

Re-join ship: Cochin

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-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. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Sri Lankan (Transit Visa) and Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian Rupee; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).



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.


DAY ONE - Colombo/Delhi

Depart the ship this morning and transfer to Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just approximately 3 hours 30 minute in length. Upon arrival you will be taken to The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.


DAY TWO - Delhi/Agra

After breakfast, commence your day 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 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 towards the Taj Mahal across the river.


Take a short break at a local hotel for lunch.


Visit next the Taj Mahal - Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love - your highlight of the trip! This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is a thing of astonishing beauty and an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and immaculately intricate execution all contribute to the breathtaking first impression as you pass through the arch of the entrance gateway. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughals was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal (jewel of the palace). She died at the age of 39 giving birth to her fourteenth child. He resolved to build his wife a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty and, it must be admitted, wild extravagance. Twenty thousand labourers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were put into action to construct this unrivalled masterpiece. Following your visit, embark on your return drive back to Delhi.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.


DAY THREE - Delhi/Cochin

A very early morning transfer is arranged for your flight to Cochin. Breakfast will be served on board. On arrival, your awaiting coaches will transfer you to the pier. Re-join your ship.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, sandy, grassy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, board/de-board the airplane and embark/disembark the boat, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to airsickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Drives between citiies are approximately from 2 to 3 hours each way with comfort stops. Guests are advised to bring lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection, insect repellent, raingear, a weatherproof jacket, medication, a camera, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the temples; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Hats and shoes must be removed when entering religious sites; bring an extra pair of heavy socks for comfort, as the pavement may be hot. Photography an videography might be prohibited at some sites. Hotels, restaurants, coaches, guides, and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Guests should be respectful towards local sentiments and customs. Avoid bringing valuables (such as jewellery or large amounts of cash) on this tour. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at The Oberoi New Delhi - Delhi

· One breakfast, one in-flight breakfast, one lunch, one in-flight lunch, two dinners (drinks included)

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Colombo/Delhi/Cochin. Business Class may be requested at a supplemental charge, subject to availability


Airlines baggage limitation is 15 kgs (only one piece of luggage is permissble) for checked in luggage and 7 kgs for hand luggage. Liquids and sharp items are not permitted in hand luggage. It is advisbale to carry liquid medicines alongwith their medical prescription. At time of booking guests should advise their names exactly as on their passports, as booking of air seats on an international sector is involved.



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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Regal Sojourn - Fort, Mausoleum & Palaces

Regal Sojourn - Fort, Mausoleum & Palaces

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Departs from: Colombo

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE: This Tour is designed for in transit Guests only. It is not suitable for Guests disembarking the cruise in Mumbai.

This Silver Shore Mid-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. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Sri Lankan (Transit Visa) and Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian Rupee; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).



A visit to India's treasured Mughal-era sites evokes images of erstwhile royalty and legendary tales of love and valour. There are few places in the world that compare with the mesmerising Taj Mahal, the awe-inspiring Agra Fort and the opulent Falaknuma Palace. These outstanding attractions are amongst the '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 massive Agra Fort; from living like the opulent and tasteful Hyderabad royalty to visiting their legacy, view some the best examples of a fort, mausoleum and palace built by the Mughals. This treasure trove of unforgettable sights will enthrall even the most jaded traveller. Your programme ends in Mumbai.


DAY ONE - Colombo/Delhi

Depart the ship this morning and transfer to Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just approximately 3 hours 30 minute in length. Upon arrival you will be taken to The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.



DAY TWO - Delhi/Agra

After breakfast, commence your journey to Agra, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours with a comfort 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 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 towards the Taj Mahal across the river.


Proceed to your hotel for lunch followed by some time to settle in.


Then it will be time to experience your sunset visit of Taj Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is a thing of astonishing beauty and an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and immaculately intricate execution all contribute to the breathtaking first impression as you pass through the arch of the entrance gateway. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughals was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal (jewel of the palace). She died at the age of 39 giving birth to her fourteenth child. He resolved to build his wife a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty and, it must be admitted, wild extravagance. Twenty thousand labourers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were put into action to construct this unrivalled masterpiece. The rays of the setting sun make this monument a wonder to behold!


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Amarvilas.



DAY THREE - Agra/Delhi/Hyderabad

Early this morning view the Taj Mahal again - this time to gain a different perspective from across the River Yamuna, as Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. Watch the effect of the rising sun on this awe-inspiring monument. The most unusual story about the Taj is that there might have been two of them. The emperor intended to build a second tomb in black marble, a negative image of the white Taj for Mumtaz. Tragically, before he could begin he was deposed by his son and imprisoned in Agra Fort where he remained until his death, spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting-place of his wife.


Return to your hotel for breakfast, before embarking on your return drive to Delhi.


Lunch awaits you at The Oberoi New Delhi, after which you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hyderabad of approximately 2.25 hours.

Welcome to Hyderabad - the capital and largest city of the newly formed southern Indian state of Telangana. Modelled after Isfahan in Iran, the city was built under the supervision of the prime minister Mir Momin, a poet, architect and an aesthete like his master Muhammad Quli. He aimed to create a replica of Paradise itself to suit Muhammad Quli's status as the greatest of the Qutb Shahi rulers. The French traveller, Tavernier in 1652, compared Hyderabad to Orleans 'well-built and opened out'.


On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel - the majestic Taj Falaknuma Palace. It's Hyderabad's pièce de résistance epitomizing 19th-century magnificence. This former residence of the Nizam has been lovingly restored and presents its guests with the most spectacular city view.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at Taj Falaknuma Palace.



DAY FOUR - Hyderabad

After breakfast, proceed to Charminar. This major landmark of the city stands at a height of 180 feet and is the structure around which the glory and history of the city has developed. This legendary edifice of four minarets engraved with intricately crafted leaves has been built upon four grand arches to commemorate the end of plague. The arch is illuminated daily in the evening, truly an unforgettable sight!


Proceed to Laad Bazaar. Get under the skin of this ancient city as you explore this local market. While it is a celebrated destination for pearls, you can also shop for attars (Indian perfumes), jewellery, bangles of lac and glass as well as traditional South Indian sarees. Explore the meandering streets dotted with seller's kiosks and to truly experience this ancient 400-year-old-city.


Your last stop before lunch will be the Chowmahalla Palace, an estate with four palaces, the official residence of the Asaf Jahi dynasty while they ruled the state. Built by Nizam Salabat Jung, all ceremonial functions including the accession of the Nizams and receptions for the Governor-General were held at this palace.


Return to your hotel for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy your majestic surroundings.


Explore the city further with a visit to Salarjung Museum. It houses over 35,000 exhibits from all corners of the world including sculptures, woodcarvings, religious objects, Persian miniature paintings, illuminated manuscripts, armour and weaponry. The most famous exhibit is the veiled Rebecca - a translucent white marble statue by Bezoni, an Italian sculptor.


A tour of your historic imperial residence is arranged to discover it's hidden historical and architectural marvels. Designed by an Italian architect, it was built by a Paigah noble and later bought by the Nizam. Feel its history come alive as you walk through its corridors being regaled with stories of yore!



DAY FIVE - Hyderabad/Mumbai

Early this morning proceed to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Breakfast is served on board.


On arrival, your awaiting coaches will transfer you to the pier with an en route panoramic drive through the city. Re-join your ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, sandy, grassy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, board/de-board the airplane and embark/disembark the boat, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to airsickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Drives between citiies are approximately from 2 to 3 hours each way with comfort stops. Guests are advised to bring lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection, insect repellent, raingear, a weatherproof jacket, medication, a camera, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the temples; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Hats and shoes must be removed when entering religious sites; bring an extra pair of heavy socks for comfort, as the pavement may be hot. Photography an videography might be prohibited at some sites. Hotels, restaurants, coaches, guides, and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Guests should be respectful towards local sentiments and customs. Avoid bringing valuables (such as jewellery or large amounts of cash) on this tour. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. This Tour is designed for in transit Guests only. It is not suitable for Guests disembarking the cruise in Mumbai.


Programme Includes:

Two-night stay at The Oberoi New Delhi - Delh

One-night stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra

One-night stay at The Taj Falakhnuma - Hyderabad

Three breakfasts, one in-flight breakfast, three lunches, one in-flight lunch, four dinners (drinks included)

All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Colombo/Delhi/ Hyderabad/Mumbai. Business Class may be requested at a supplemental charge, subject to availability


Airlines baggage limitation is 15 kgs (only one piece of luggage is permissble) for checked in luggage and 7 kgs for hand luggage. Liquids and sharp items are not permitted in hand luggage. It is advisbale to carry liquid medicines alongwith their medical prescription. At time of booking guests should advise their names exactly as on their passports, as booking of air seats on an international sector is involved.



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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Taj Mahal, Agra, New Delhi & Jaipur

Taj Mahal, Agra, New Delhi & Jaipur

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Departs from: Colombo

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE: This Tour is designed for in transit Guests only. It is not suitable for Guests disembarking the cruise in Mumbai.

This Silver Shore Mid-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. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Sri Lankan (Transit Visa) and Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian Rupee; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).



A visit to India's treasured sites evokes images of erstwhile royalty and legendary tales of love and valour. There are few places in the world that compare with the mesmerising Taj Mahal, the awe-inspiring Agra Fort, City Palace and observatory. These outstanding attractions are amongst the '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 massive Agra Fort and Pink City of Jaipur. Treasure trove of unforgettable sights that will enthrall even the most jaded traveller. Your programme ends in Mumbai.



DAY ONE - Colombo /Delhi

Depart the ship this morning and transfer to Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just approximately 3 hours 30 minute in length. Upon arrival you will be taken to The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.


DAY TWO - Delhi

Begin your day with an exploration of Old Delhi. Special transportation has been arranged for this escapade - brightly coloured bicycle rickshaws, the best way to navigate the narrow, bustling alleyways. When entering Chandni Chowk, the first view is that of the mosque, India's largest, built in 1658 by Shah Jehan. Its style is traditional with the exception of the innovative addition of red and black stripes running up and down the white marble domes.


Chandni Chowk was the hub of the Mughal era's commercial centre and today is one of the country's best- known wholesale markets for textiles, electronic goods and watches. This fascinating area was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan's favourite daughter, and was then inhabited by the well-to-do families of the time. The buildings still retain their original structures and seem to lean inquisitively over the narrow streets below. There are gaily decorated little shops on every narrow, winding lane, with vendors busy selling their wares. Each lane specialises in a different commodity - brightly coloured bangles, shining silverware, brass artefacts, gold jewellery, brilliantly dyed fabrics, hardware, and last but not least mouth-watering food cooked on the spot, filling the air with the aromatic scents of spices. This is an experience that no one would forget in a lifetime.


Return to the hotel for lunch.


Proceed further to explore New Delhi. With its orderly, spacious, tree-lined avenues, this part of Delhi exhibits a unique blend of monumental British and Indian styles. Built as an imperial capital by the British, all the main buildings, designed in the 1920's by the British architects Lutyens and Baker, remain today. The division between new and old cities is by no means straightforward, and New Delhi contains its share of ancient monuments. Continue with your tour and visit Humayun's Tomb. Emperor Humayun, the father of Emperor Akbar, lies buried in this magnificent monument built in red sandstone. Haji Begum, Humayun's first wife and mother of Emperor Akbar designed and supervised the entire construction. Her design was way ahead of the times and is the basis for the design of the famous Taj Mahal, built almost a hundred years later!


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.


DAY Three - Delhi/Agra

After breakfast, commence your journey to Agra, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours with a rest stop en route.


Welcome to Agra - capital to the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries. Agra was also the repository of many of the Mughals most famous monuments. The city has long astonished visitors and many places of interest date back to the Afghans, who predated the Mughals.


Visit the magnificent and sprawling Agra Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. The fort is made predominantly of red sand stone. Its vast halls echo a bygone era and transport you back through the passage of time.


Proceed to your hotel for lunch followed by some time to settle in.


This evening a view of the Taj Mahal - Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love has been arranged for you from across the river Yamuna. You will remain here until sunset! This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is a thing of astonishing beauty and an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and immaculately intricate execution all contribute to the breathtaking first impression. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughals was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal (jewel of the palace). She died at the age of 39 giving birth to her fourteenth child. He resolved to build his wife a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty and, it must be admitted, wild extravagance. Twenty thousand labourers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were put into action to construct this unrivalled masterpiece. The rays of the setting sun make this monument a wonder to behold.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Amarvilas.


DAY Four - Agra/Jaipur

Early this morning visit the Taj Mahal - this time watch the effect of the rising sun on this awe-inspiring monument. The most unusual story about the Taj is that there might have been two of them. The emperor intended to build a second tomb in black marble, a negative image of the white Taj for Mumtaz. Tragically, before he could begin he was deposed by his son and imprisoned in Agra Fort where he remained until his death, spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting-place of his wife.


Following breakfast, drive to Jaipur. On arrival, lunch awaits you at the hotel!


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. 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.


Proceed this afternoon to explore Jaipur. Your first stop will be 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.


You also visit the neighbouring Jantar Mantar, or the Observatory. Built from 1728 to 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built on a grand scale and was way beyond its time.


Dinner and overnight accommodation at Rambagh Palace.


DAY FIVE - Jaipur/Mumbai

Early morning proceed to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Breakfast will be bought on board.


On arrival, your awaiting coaches will transfer you to the pier with an en route panoramic tour past Mumbai's highlights. Re-join your ship.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, sandy, grassy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, board/de-board the airplane and embark/disembark the boat, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to airsickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Drives between citiies are approximately from 2 to 3 hours each way with comfort stops. Guests are advised to bring lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection, insect repellent, raingear, a weatherproof jacket, medication, a camera, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the temples; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Hats and shoes must be removed when entering religious sites; bring an extra pair of heavy socks for comfort, as the pavement may be hot. Photography an videography might be prohibited at some sites. Hotels, restaurants, coaches, guides, and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Guests should be respectful towards local sentiments and customs. Avoid bringing valuables (such as jewellery or large amounts of cash) on this tour. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. This Tour is designed for in transit Guests only. It is not suitable for Guests disembarking the cruise in Mumbai.


Programme Includes:

Two-night stay at The Oberoi New Delhi - Delh

One-night stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra

One-night stay at The Rambagh Palace - Jaipur

Three breakfasts, one in-flight breakfast, three lunches, one in-flight lunch, four dinners (drinks included)

All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Colombo/Delhi/Jaipur/Mumbai. Business Class may be requested at a supplemental charge, subject to availability


Airlines baggage limitation is 15 kgs (only one piece of luggage is permissble) for checked in luggage and 7 kgs for hand luggage. Liquids and sharp items are not permitted in hand luggage. It is advisbale to carry liquid medicines alongwith their medical prescription. At time of booking guests should advise their names exactly as on their passports, as booking of air seats on an international sector is involved.



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.

Hotels in COLOMBO

SIMPLY HOTEL: HILTON COLOMBO

Hilton Colombo


Awarded the title of Sri Lanka's Leading Hotel and Sri Lanka's Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards, this Colombo hotel is centrally located. With a range of accommodation from guest rooms, executive rooms, to suites, this hotel offers stunning views over the Indian Ocean. With seven specialty restaurants and bars- from Il Ponte, Sri Lanka's only Italian trattoria, to Curry Leaf, severing its fame Sri Lankan cruises- the Hilton Colombo is a city favorite.

SIMPLY HOTEL: HILTON COLOMBO

Hilton Colombo


Awarded the title of Sri Lanka's Leading Hotel and Sri Lanka's Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards, this Colombo hotel is centrally located. With a range of accommodation from guest rooms, executive rooms, to suites, this hotel offers stunning views over the Indian Ocean. With seven specialty restaurants and bars- from Il Ponte, Sri Lanka's only Italian trattoria, to Curry Leaf, severing its fame Sri Lankan cruises- the Hilton Colombo is a city favorite.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.