Asia & The Pacific

Scandinavian Taster Cruise


The largest city in the United Arab Emirates, the futuristic skyline of Dubai is dominated by the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The city is also famous for its artificial island groups in the shape of palm trees and a world map, both of which can be seen from space. A haven of luxury and tradition in the desert, there is nowhere else like this incredible metropolis.



Medieval forts, Moorish mosques and modern architecture mingle enchantingly in Muscat, the seaside capital of the Sultanate of Oman. The country’s political, economic and commercial hub has a wealth of landmarks to discover, including the Grand Mosque and the Muttrah Souq, where everything from copper bracelets to camel bone vases can be found.


Beaches, blow holes and a biblical site form just a part of the fascinating mosaic to be found within Oman’s second largest city, where colourful souqs and marketplaces sit in the shadow of a grand Sultan’s Palace.



One of the greatest moments in world travel is surely to emerge from the long narrow winding path known as the Siq for an encounter with the extraordinary rose-red city of Petra, where the magnificent spectacle of Al Khazneh (The Treasury) was carved out of the rock by Nabatean Arabs some two thousand years ago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and after passing the obelisk tombs to reach its interior, you will fully understand why.


The Taj Mahal

Built by the Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th-century, the ornamental sarcophagi of the emperor and empress lying side by side inside the tomb are a moving testament to undying love. A walk through the lush gardens alongside the reflecting pool reveals the bench made famous by Princess Diana, for the perfect photo opportunity.


Old Goa was founded by the Portuguese and is home to historic buildings dating back to the middle of the 16th-century, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus. In the State of Kerala, Kochi has a remarkable history and is home to the oldest church in India, as well as palaces from the days of the Raj. It was here that the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died and was entombed before being disinterred to Portugal in 1538.

Sri Lanka

The magnificent sites of the Indian Subcontinent have been attracting travellers for centuries, but another Asian country that is home to some equally marvellous Buddhist buildings, temples and monuments is Sri Lanka.


The bustling capital of Colombo is an astonishing blend of modern and exotic culture. Tuk-tuks honk at every street corner and modern hotels rub shoulders with crumbling colonial architecture, while the Galle Face Green is alive with street vendors and morning joggers.


Deep in the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect unweaned baby elephants found wandering in the forests. From a nucleus of five baby elephants in 1975, the sanctuary is now home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants, many of which have been bred here and will stay for life. A visit offers a moving and rare experience with these affectionate young animals.


Founded in the 14th-century and the last capital of Sri Lankan kings, the sacred city of Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty that is also revered throughout the Buddhist world as the location of a monumental temple containing a tooth of the Buddha.


Kuala Lumpur

In colonial times Port Kelang (or Port Klang) was known as Port Swettenham and is Malaysia’s largest port. Just thirty-eight kilometres southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the port is a convenient springboard to the architecturally brilliant capital of the country, where the Petronas Towers where the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004.

George Town

When the Malaysian state of Penang was ceded to the British East India Company in 1786, its capital was renamed in honour of King George III. This was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia and its legacy is apparent throughout the well-preserved colonial centre, where buildings like the Eastern & Oriental Hotel offer a tantalising glimpse into the style and glamour of Old-World Penang.



Sailing up the Yangon River to berth in the former capital of Burma is a suitably truly spectacular way to arrive in one of the most mysterious, beautiful and deeply spiritual countries in the world. Dominating the city skyline is the magnificent 99-metre-high golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which Rudyard Kipling visited in 1889 and described as: ‘A beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.’

The South China Sea

Cruising the enchanting islands of Indonesia and Southeast Asia is a journey of exciting contrasts, from the sleek modernity of Singapore to Semarang in Java, home of the majestic Borobudur temple and the stunning vistas of Mount Merapi.

In Brunei, relax on the beautiful beaches of Maura, or explore the architectural wonders of Bandar Seri Begawan. The Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu offers more serene beaches and is not far from the jungle-covered slopes of Mount Kinabalu and the historic North Borneo Railway.

From Sandakan, Borneo’s northeastern jungles are home to unique wildlife, as well as the fabulous marine life of the Turtle Islands. On the island of Ternate in Maluku, and the Banda Islands, smell the fragrance of exotic spices, hike along crater-lakes, enjoy some mountain treks and perhaps try some snorkelling.

In Papua New Guinea, take a cultural stroll through the capital city to the National Museum, or spend some time birdwatching in Port Moresby Nature Park, topped off with an exhilarating Melanesian long boat ride.

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