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Maldives (Male) A Chennai

AFRICA Y OCÉANO ÍNDICO crucero de expedición Silver Discoverer

El subcontinente indio sigue siendo un misterio, tanto para los que nunca han estado ne él como para quienes lo conocen bien. Su variedad cultural y su naturaleza, sorprendentes y espectaculares, ejercen un hechizo al que es difícil sustraerse. Empezaremos por las puras e intactas islas Laquedivas e iremos tomando impulso hasta aterrizar en el colorido Bollywood, en un viaje que a la vez elegante y espiritual, desde las Maldivas a Bombay.
Viaje 9901

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Itinerario del crucero

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There are many nations around the world with bragging rights to miles of pristine white coral sand and balmy turquoise seas but few can take it to the same level as the Maldives. Its 1,200 islands are spread out over 26 coral atolls; the combined land of all the islands is little more than 100 square miles. That means you are rarely more than a few steps from the beach. Many of the villas are actually built on stilts out over the water, so you may actually have to walk onshore in order to get to the beach.

Uligamu is one of the northernmost inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll in the Maldives. Based on its location, the island is visited by many yachts on their way into or out of the Arabian Sea. The island has been selected as the first in the Maldives to use a combination of renewable energies via wind turbines and solar panels in a micro grid, helping the island through more efficient and non-pollutant energy distribution. The sustainably powered community has approximately 300 inhabitants.
Kochi, formerly and still commonly known as Cochin, is one of the west coast's largest and oldest ports. The streets behind the docks of the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are lined with old merchant houses, godowns (warehouses), and open courtyards heaped with betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, and tea. Throughout the second millennium this ancient city exported spices, coffee, and coir (the fiber made from coconut husks), and imported culture and religion from Europe, China, and the Middle East.

Suheli Island is an oval-shaped coral atoll located in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. Suheli consists of a reef that forms a large lagoon that encircles two other uninhabited islands (Cheriyakara and Valiyakara). The atoll is surrounded by rich marine life and has been proposed to be designated as a Marine National Park. The atoll is teeming with reef fishes and is an important site for tuna fishing. Turtle nesting also occurs in this lagoon near Valiyakara Island. Bird lovers visiting this atoll may spot Grey Herons or Black-capped Kingfishers.
Tinnakara Island is referred to as the jewel of the Lakshadweep Islands and part of the Bangaram Atoll off the western coast of the Indian peninsula. The tiny, tear-drop shaped island is idyllically covered in palms, offering white sand beaches on its western side and views of serene, crystal clear emerald waters. Snorkelers can feast their eyes on a diverse array of sea life that dwells in the coral. Tinnakara is uninhabited and visitors in need of respite can relax in the peaceful solitude the island offers.
Lakshadweep is a diver’s dream, with excellent visibility and a plethora of marine life living on undisturbed coral reefs. Comprising a string of 36 palm-covered, white sand-skirted coral islands 300 km off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep is as stunning as it is isolated. Only 10 of these islands are inhabited, mostly with Sunni Muslim fishermen, and foreigners are only allowed to stay on a few of these.
The coastal port of Vizhinjam is tucked into the Malabar Coast of southern India. It rests in the state of Kerala, which has over 600 kilometers (373 miles) of shoreline bordering the Arabian Sea. Kerala is known for its unique culture, music, cuisine and stunning seashores. Here visitors find beaches lined with palm trees, and a vast system of canals and waterways. It is the 13th largest state by population, with a total population of around 33 million. The port city of Vizhinjam is home to trendy seaside resorts that cater to tourists throughout the year.
Galle is an ancient Muslim port where different political influences from Europe have merged. In fact, the Galle Fort was occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British until the late 19th century. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, it is surrounded by the sea on three sides. The surviving Dutch-colonial architecture and narrow streets exude the historic atmosphere of this living fort. The 18th century Dutch church has a splendid wooden memorial to one of the commanders of Galle, while the Arab quarter has a distinctly Moorish touch.
Trincomalee has one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Because of this several European nations fought over Trincomalee, which was already one of the most visited places of Hindu worship. Close to Trincomalee are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the former capital of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa dating back to the 12th century with its impressive ruins and statues. The second site is Sirigiya; the city of the Rock Fortress. Sirigiya is Asia’s best-preserved city center dating back to the first millennium.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Madras was the site of the East India Company’s first settlement, founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri. A small fort was built on the settlement in 1644, and a town which subsequently became known as George Town, in the area of Fort St. George was built north of it. The settlement became independent of Banten, Java in 1683 and was granted its first municipal charter in 1688 by James II. It is therefore the oldest municipal corporation in India. During the 18th and 19th centuries, when the British and French competed for supremacy in India, the city’s fortunes waned.

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incluido en la tarifa del crucero

  • Elegantes y espaciosas suites, más del 85% con terraza privada
  • Servicio personalizado, prácticamente un miembro de la tripulación por huésped
  • Servicio de mayordomo en cada suite. Todos los huéspedes reciben el mismo tratamiento y servicio
  • Cenas con servicio de libre elección de mesa y horario
  • Gran variedad de oferta gastronómica; casual, romántica, especialidades regionales y cocina gourmet inspirada por Relais & Châteaux
  • Bebidas en la suite y en todas las áreas de el barco: vinos y licores premium, selecta variedad de cafés y refrescos. Servicio personalizado de cocktails en el bar
  • Comidas en la suite y servicio a la habitación las 24 horas incluido
  • Amplia variedad de opciones de entretenimiento desde música en vivo hasta espectáculos de gran producción
  • Consultor de destinos y/o conferencista de enriquecimiento cultural
  • Servicio de traslado gratuito a la ciudad en la mayoría de los puertos
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  • Acceso ilimitado a Internet
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Silver Discoverer

El fiel público de viajeros aventureros de Silversea ya puede explorar los remotos archipiélagos del vasto Pacífico a bordo del elegante crucero Silver Discoverer  para 116 huéspedes. Es la plataforma perfecta para contemplar estos indómitos paisajes, con todas las suites con vistas al mar y multitud de espacio en cubierta de modo que el salto de una ballena o una manada de delfines siempre queda a la vista. El poco calado de Silver Discoverer le permite navegar más cerca de la costa, y con una flota de 12 zódiacs y un barco con el suelo de cristal, los huéspedes podrán aterrizar en remotas costas y explorar los pantanos y ecosistemas sumergidos, de cerca y en profundidad.  

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Zonas públicas

Reconocidos por su excelencia culinaria y su espíritu innovador, todos los cruceros de lujo de Silversea ofrecen una variedad de espacios de restauración siempre abiertos, así como varios locales especializados a bordo.

2 Hoteles

Nuestros programas en tierra (varios días, antes, después o durante el crucero) proporcionan oportunidades adicionales para descubrir más sobre lo esencial y los tesoros escondidos en los destinos que visites.

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Su expedición le llevará de un descubrimiento a otro. Un programa adicional de experiencias únicas en la costa, en pequeños grupos, lideradas por un equipo de expertos guías y con charlas, le permitirá conocer plenamente el destino que visite.

puntos esenciales del viaje

Join us for a journey to see astounding varieties of cultural and natural aspects along the west coast of India. Accompany us from untouched islands to historical and religious sites influenced by various cultures of the East and the West. Be surprised by Asia’s second largest and the world’s second most populous country and its many faces. 

Expedition Highlights:
• Explore the underwater world of the Lakshadweep Islands
• Take a local boat through Kerala’s famous Backwater 
• See UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka
• Enjoy different Indian cuisine prepared by renowned chefs

Day 1 — Male, Maldives
Embark Silver Discoverer this afternoon and depart on your exciting 12-day Silversea Expedition –“From the Untouched Lakshadweep Islands to Colourful Sri Lanka”. After a mandatory safety drill head out onto the Pool Deck for a ‘Sail Away’ party. Later during the afternoon, the Expedition Team and important crew members will be introduced.
In the evening enjoy the first of many fine dining experiences in The Restaurant and relax in the Discoverer Lounge or on the open decks.

Day 2 — Uligamu, Maldives
The Maldives are made up of 1190 islands, of which 200 are inhabited, and during the morning Silver Discoverer will head for Uligamu, one of the northernmost inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll and the Maldives. Based on its location the island is visited by many yachts on their way into or out of the Arabian Sea.
Our Expedition Staff will start the lecture series during the morning, preparing you not only for the underwater world we will encounter during the next few days in the Maldives and Lakshadweep Islands.
We will disembark after lunch, and while you might want to have a look at the small community of some 300 inhabitants, our Marine Biologist will be looking for the perfect snorkelling spot southwest of the village.
South of the village is a nice beach and offshore are some good snorkelling sites where damselfish, rabbitfish, surgeonfish, angelfish, butterfly fish and chromis can easily be seen. Hawksbill turtles and even manta rays were present during earlier visits. 

Days 3-4 — Cochin India
Have a leisurely breakfast and attend a pertinent lecture presentation about one of the many facets of India while we approach the state of Kerala and southern India’s port of Cochin. Because of the location between China and Europe and the spice trade the port and town with the easy access to the sea used to be called “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.

We will use the afternoon and the following day to get a better insight into this port and the surrounding area and will drive through one of India’s most beautiful and tranquil landscapes to visit Alleppey, the “City of Canals” or “Venice of the East”, located south of Cochin between the Arabian Sea and Lake Vembanad, India’s longest lake.

We will board a houseboat and cruise the river, lake and canals, collectively known as “the Backwaters”, and have a look at old colonial warehouses and typical thatched local homes. Brilliant green paddy fields where farming is done below sea level, will give way to views of village life and glimpses of churches, mosques and temples. While we cruise the “Backwaters”, a typical Keralan snack with tea, south Indian coffee and fruit juices will be served.

After the cruise we will reach a special location, for an exclusive Mohiniyattam performance that will be done by Keralan women in traditional attire. After this exceptional presentation, you will be treated to a special Syrian Christian dinner, mixing Indian and European influences.

The following morning we will board local cruise boats to reach Fort Cochin. In Cochin we will walk through the Heritage city to see the wonderful array of architectural styles dating back to the Portuguese, British and Dutch periods, before the East India Company took over in 1814. During the walk we visit the Indo-Portuguese Museum and finally the David Hall Gallery. Here a prominent historian will talk about the history of Cochin and the spice trade, followed by a Kalaripayattu (martial arts) performance.

Following the performance you will be treated to a special Mopilah lunch catered by celebrity chef Mrs. Faiza Moosa. The Mopilah are Muslims from the Malabar region and known for their food. While we are there, Mrs. Moosa will present autographed copies of her cookbooks. From the gallery you will take local Tuk-Tuks (open 2-seater taxis) to reach the Mattancherry Palace built by the Raja of Kochi. We will visit the Palace, walk to the Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace and will have some spare time to wander around Jew Town, looking at souvenir and antique shops before being taken back to Silver Discoverer by local boats. 

Day 5 — Suheli Island, Lakshadweep Islands, India
Largely unexplored and unknown, both above and below the water, the Lakshadweep Sea is home to 36 little islands, one of the most spectacular tropical island systems. Most of the islands are inhabited only by birds and hermit crabs. Today Silver Discoverer will reach one of the rarely visited atolls of the Lakshadweep Islands. The atoll has three little islands at the northern, eastern and southwestern corner of the reef.
Our Marine Biologists will be looking for the perfect snorkelling site and our other experts will be there to help you ashore, conditions permitting. Ashore we hope to offer activities such as walks along the beach, beachcombing, looking for birds or explaining the local botany.

Day 6 — Thinnakara Island, Lakshadweep Islands, India
North of Suheli are Thinnakara Island and Bangaram Island -both share a vast lagoon and coralline banks. The actual lagoon area amounts to 125 square kms. 
Thinnakara is a tiny almond shaped island within the magnificent lagoon. The sun-drenched beaches and the swaying palms form a perfect backdrop to the spectacular marine flora and fauna. The shallow lagoon with crystal clear water, the coral reef and blue lagoon invite to spend the morning in the water, swimming or snorkelling, discovering graceful schools of fish in the water, or looking ashore for hermit crabs on the beach and seabirds in the lush coconut groves.

Day 7 — Cheriyum Island, Lakshadweep Islands, India

Cheriyum is one of the easternmost islands in the Lakshadweep Archipelago. Together with Kalpeni it sits on the same eastern side of an atoll of roughly 26 square kilometres. Cheriyum is the northernmost of the two, and although owned by the 49 families of Kalpeni, it has only 10 inhabitants. A road leads from the small settlement to a lighthouse on the northern tip.

Officials and representatives of Kalpeni will come to meet us and umbrellas, chairs and tables will have been set up to relax on the beach and under the trees. The reef wall drops steeply and is alive with fish. The island has clear, shallow lagoon waters not only ideal for sea cucumbers but also for relaxing moments in the water. Perhaps you will choose to relax in the shade, take walks on the wonderful beach, explore a little inland amongst the coconut groves, or snorkel off a Zodiac and swim from the beach.


Day 8 — Vizhinjam, India
Today we visit Padmanabhapuram, the largest wooden palace in India dating back to the 16th century. The palace is a fine specimen of Keralan architecture with antique interiors, intricate rosewood carvings and sculpted décor. The sheer size, style and materials are overwhelming –the palace used to feed 2000 people on a daily basis with a hall able to accommodate everyone. Later we have a traditional welcome and will have a special vegetarian sadhya lunch served on banana leafs, and will watch a Kathakali dance performance.

During the afternoon, Silver Discoverer will leave and head for Sri Lanka and Galle.

Day 9 — At Sea and Galle, Sri Lanka
During the morning, Silver Discoverer will sail on a southeasterly course, giving you time to attend a seminar or talk, relax on the outer decks, make use of The Gym or let yourself be pampered in The Spa. Our experts will want to share information regarding Sri Lanka and our upcoming port and its Portuguese heritage. 
As soon as we have been cleared into Sri Lanka, we intend to visit Galle and its magnificent fort. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 as the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions, it is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Some of the colonial Dutch architecture has survived and the National Museum of Galle uses a building going back to 1656, the oldest remaining Dutch building in the fort. The Rampart Hotel then will have high tea waiting for us and those interested to see more of Galle can do so in local tuk-tuks.

Day 10 — Galle, Sri Lanka
Today we intend to visit a working tea plantation near the small village of Akuressa. This privately owned property is the only organic tea factory in southern Sri Lanka. The head planter will introduce you to the fascinating process of tea production. You will walk the fields, see the picking of the tea leafs by the local women and partake in a tea tasting session. 
During the afternoon, Silver Discoverer will sail along the eastern coast of Sri Lanka and our experts would like you to attend a lecture or seminar or help our naturalists looking for whales, dolphins and seabirds on the way to Trincomalee. 

Day 11 — Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Embark on a full-day excursion to Anuradhapura, the greatest monastic city of ancient Sri Lanka and the island’s first capital. It was royal capital for more than 100 Sri Lankan Kings and at its heights was home to thousands of monks from dozens of monasteries. One other choice would be to travel to Sigiriya, Asia’s best-preserved city centre dating back to the first millennium known as the Rock Fortress. The third option would be a visit to the former capital of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, dating back to the 12th century. All three sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Day 12 — At Sea 
Our final day at sea will give you a chance to attend last presentations or seminars, taste some culinary specialties –perhaps comparing Sri Lankan and Indian food- and edit your many photos before the onboard Photographer/Videographer presents the official Voyage-DVD, highlighting the many interesting objects, animals and sights seen and activities done. 

Day 13 — Chennai, India
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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