India, Burma & the Malay Peninsula

21-Days | Dubai • Khasab • Mumbai (Bombay) • Goa • Kochi • Colombo • Yangon • George Town • Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) • Singapore

Fares From £4,795

Single Supplement 20%

India, Burma & the Malay Peninsula – Cruise Summary

After a stopover in the Sultanate of Oman, set sail for India on a breathtaking voyage to Myanmar and beyond. Board a traditional dhow for a tour of discovery across the turquoise waters of Khasab, an idyllic Omani fishing city renowned for its enchanting fjords

Cross the Arabian sea to the Indian megacity of Mumbai, a place of intoxicating energy that is home to nearly 20 million people, global corporations and the Bollywood film industry. Enjoy an overland journey to one of the most famous buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal, a white marble mausoleum that took twenty-two years complete.

Alternatively, stay aboard your ship and sail to the hippie idyl of Goa on the stunning Malabar Coast, where centuries of invaders, traders and rulers have shaped the culture and architecture of Kerala’s premier city, Kochi.

The Sri Lankan capital of Colombo is a bustling city where tuk-tuks honk at every corner, modern hotels rub shoulders with crumbling colonial architecture, and the Galle Face Green is alive with street vendors and morning joggers.

Visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, which protects unweaned baby elephants found wandering the forests. Or journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of stunning beauty and the location of a temple said to contain a tooth of Buddha.

Sail up the Yangon River to berth for two nights in the capital of one of the most mysterious, beautiful and spiritual nations in the world, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which has only recently re-opened to visitors.

Travel for one night to Bago to see the Golden Rock Buddhist pilgrimage site, or visit another awe-inspiring golden pagoda at Shwedagon, one of the most important and breathtaking stupas in the world.

On the historic island state of Penang, visit the glittering temples and places of worship in the capital of George Town. Then explore the beautiful mosques, grand museums and historic memorials of Kuala Lumpur during a tour of Malaysia’s capital, before disembarking in the cosmopolitan city of Singapore.

 

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Traditional dhow boat ride along the Omani coast

  • Overland excursion available to the UNESCO World Heritage Taj Mahal

  • Choice of tours in Sri Lanka, including the sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy

  • Extended stay in Myanmar with the chance to travel overland to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

  • Discover Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Dubai

Departure time: 22:00
Dubai, capital of the emirate of the same name and largest city in the United Arab Emirates, will captivate you with its ultra-modern architecture. The Burj Khalifa, the world-famous 830 m high skyscraper, dominates the skyline. But the Dubai Fountain, whose jets of water show a choreography accompanied by music, or the artificial islands off the coast also make the city unique. Thanks to the numerous malls, shopping lovers are spoiled for choice.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – Kashab, Oman

Berthing time: 06:00 Departure time: 12:00
The idyllic fishing village of Kashab is known for its magical fjord landscape. Board a traditional dhow and embark on a journey of discovery through the turquoise waters of the fjords. With a bit of luck, your trip will be accompanied by dolphins.

 

 

 
 

Day 3-4 – At Sea

Enjoy everything Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 
 

Day 5 – Mumbai, India

Docking time: 11:00
Plunge into the chaos of the metropolis of Mumbai and discover lively markets, magnificent palaces and enchanting parks. The former Bombay is the largest city in India and also its financial center. At Mumbai Harbour you’ll find the famous stone archway of the Gateway of India, built in 1924 by the British colonial government. On the nearby island of Elephanta there are ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city is also the center of the Indian Bollywood film industry.

 

 
 

Day 6 – Mumbai, India

Departure time: 18:00
Plunge into the chaos of the metropolis of Mumbai and discover lively markets, magnificent palaces and enchanting parks. The former Bombay is the largest city in India and also its financial center. At Mumbai Harbour you’ll find the famous stone archway of the Gateway of India, built in 1924 by the British colonial government. On the nearby island of Elephanta there are ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city is also the center of the Indian Bollywood film industry.
 
 

Day 7 – Marmagao (Goa), India

Docking time: 11:30 am Departure time: 23:30
An Indian island experience awaits you in Goa. Colourful cities with UNESCO World Heritage sites, history, local cuisine and spices make up the place. And of course you will always come across traces left by the namesake of our ship, the Portuguese seafarer Vasco da Gama.
 

 

 

 

Day 8 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 
 
 
 
 

Day 9 – Kochi, India

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 23:30
Chinese fishing nets adorn the waterfront of Kochi, the Indo-Portuguese Museum and the Santa Cruz Cathedral reflect the most diverse influences. Above all, the spices should be tasted in the city known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 10 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 
 
 

Day 11 – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 20:00
With the tuk tuk you can discover Colombo and enjoy the island’s former namesake, Ceylon tea, but of course also coffee. Imposing temples and picturesque colonial buildings are typical of the city.
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 12-14 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 15-17 – Yangon, Myanmar

Berthing time: 08:00 – Departure time: 12:00
Myanmar’s capital, which has only recently been opened to tourists, will captivate you with its thousand-year-old temple complexes, tasty street food and charming colonial-style alleys. Take advantage of your stay to visit Chinatown or visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s landmark and one of the most famous stupas in the world.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 18 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 
 
 

Day 19 – George Town (Penang, Malaysia)

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 6:00 p.m
Located on Penang Island, George Town awaits you with its authenticity. The historic, colonial-style quarters with their numerous shops and delicacies invite you to take a stroll. Also visit the magnificent temples and places of worship, take the cable car to Penang Hill and visit the orangutans.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 20 – Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Berthing time: 07:30 Departure time: 5:00 p.m
From Port Kelang we head to Kuala Lumpur, the diverse metropolis and capital of Malaysia. The Petronas Towers stand out from the other skyscrapers, and colonial architecture and markets bring the city to life.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 21 – Singapore

Berthing time: 08:00
 

Disembarkation until 09:00 

 

 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £4,795

Single Supplement 20%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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