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Voyages to Antiquity: Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India

Program Number: 20574RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/5/2013 - 3/29/2013; 3/10/2015 - 4/3/2015;
Duration: 24 nights
Location: Singapore/Malaysia/India/Sri Lanka
Price starting at: $6,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 66; 22 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 22 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Beginning in the bustling city-state of Singapore and ending in the energetic metropolis of Delhi, sail to some of Southeast Asia and India’s most fascinating ports aboard the Aegean Odyssey. Experience bustling bazaars, exotic temples and magnificent fortresses and learn the stories they hold.

Activity Particulars

Walking over uneven terrain; standing for up to 90 minutes at a time; stairs without railings; hot and humid conditions.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Singapore, 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 13 nights; Jaipur (India), 2 nights; Agra, 2 nights; Delhi, 2 nights.

Days 1-2: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 3-5: Arrival Singapore / embark Aegean Odyssey:

Explore the three main ethnic regions of Singapore and visit their gardens, temples and marketplaces. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.

Days 6-10: Malacca (Malaysia) / Penang / At Sea:

Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Malacca and visit the historic British settlements in Georgetown.

Days 11-12: Colombo (Sri Lanka) / Kandy:

Stroll along the colorful Pettah Bazaar in Colombo before making your way to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

Days 13-15: At Sea / Cochin (India) / Mangalore:

Enjoy a demonstration of traditional Kerala cooking techniques in Cochin and discover the tile-roofs, cashew gardens, Hindu shrines and Catholic churches of Mangalore.

Days 16-17: Goa / Mumbai:

Join an expert for an exploration of the villas and beaches of Goa. In Mumbai, enjoy a field trip to the Gateway of India.

Days 18-19: Disembark / flight to Jaipur:

Walk through the colorful bazaars of Jaipur and thrill in a jeep ride to the Amber Fort. Lodging: Four-star hotel.

Days 20-21: Coach to Agra:

Visit Itmad-ud-Daluah, known locally as 'Baby Taj', before watching the sun set and rise over the extraordinary Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lodging: Four-star hotel.

Days 22-25: Coach to Delhi / departure:

Spend a day in New Delhi and see its grandest sites, from the Great Mosque to the president’s house. Lodging: Five-star luxury hotel.

Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Elissavet (Elsa) Savva

Born in Monte Carlo, Elissavet Savva spent the first 12 years of her life in this region of Monaco, before moving to Athens where she completed her high school education. Later, she graduated from the Sorbonne as an art historian and received a master’s degree from the Chelsea School of Art in London. During her career, she has led educational excursions for American and French groups in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.
Meals and Lodgings
   PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
  Singapore, Singapore 3 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 13 nights
   Trident Jaipur
  Jaipur, India 2 nights
   Trident Agra
  Agra, India 2 nights
   The Suryaa New Delhi
  Delhi, India 2 nights
 PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road hotel stands in the heart of the Singapore's Little India district. This location provides the opportunity to closely experience the spirit of this distinct neighborhood that’s brimming with culture and dotted with quaint shops. The friendly staff at the PARKROYAL hotel can recommend the best of the community. In fact, with their personal recommendations, you’ll feel like a local in no time at all. Walk down Serangoon Road and be enthralled by the colors and aromas along the streets.
  Contact info: 181 Kitchener Road
Singapore,  208533 Singapore
phone: +65 6428-3000
  Room amenities: Each room includes air-conditioning, bathrobes, complimentary wireless Internet access, television with cable and movie channels, telephone, personal safe, hair dryer, bar sized refrigerator, and tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café and bar, 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, currency exchange desk, dry cleaning and laundry service, wireless and wired Internet access for a fee, and two restaurants. Enjoy a steam bath or work up a sweat in the fully equipped hotel gym, and then cool off on the spacious sun deck around the enticing swimming pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MV Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MV Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: MV Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge. Or perhaps an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa and Jacuzzi; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, no wireless available); beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Trident Jaipur
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Trident Jaipur is located just opposite the historic Jal Mahal and Mansagar Lake. The hotel itself is gracefully furnished and equipped with modern facilities, and its breathtaking views of the lake and striking Aravalli range welcome guests from all corners of the world.
  Contact info: Amber Fort Road
Jaipur,  302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, coffee and tea making facilities, wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, a bar, swimming pool, fitness room, air conditioning, business center, currency exchange, safety-box, laundry services, and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Trident Agra
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Trident Agra is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains and courtyards, and is literally a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
  Contact info: Fathehabad Road
Agra,  282001 India
phone: +91 0562-2235000
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, iron and ironing board, personal safe, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, wireless Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, air conditioning, fitness center, swimming pool, business center, currency exchange, laundry services, beauty salon, and both wired and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 The Suryaa New Delhi
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a luxurious five-star hotel that is located in the heart of New Delhi. Fully equipped with modern conference facilities and situated amidst historical monuments and shopping sites, this hotel is the ideal choice for business and leisure travelers alike.
  Contact info: New Friends Colony
New Delhi,  110 065 India
phone: +91 2683 5070
  Room amenities: Each room has tea and coffee making facilities, personal safe, iron and ironing board, television, telephone, mini bar, free morning paper delivered, individually controlled air conditioning, wireless Internet, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers three restaurants, a bar, pastry shop, night club, 24-hour room service, laundry services, air conditioning, gym, swimming pool, business center facilities, shopping arcade, and wireless Internet throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Singapore, Singapore. Program starts at 12:00 PM with lunch in the Spice Brasserie, at the hotel. You will be staying at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road that night.
  End of Program:
Delhi, India. After dinner on the last day. You will be staying at The Suryaa New Delhi the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Singapore
  Transportation to site: A taxi from the Singapore airport to the hotel cost approx. SGD 25-30 and takes approx. 30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Delhi
  Transportation from site: For participants NOT on the group transfer, we recommend that you book a transfer from the hotel to the airport (approx. INR 2450). Call Road Scholar at 413-253-9736 to book a transfer.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit.
(Tuesday, March 5)
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit.
(Wednesday, March 6)
 In Transit: Continue international flight. Cross International Date Line. Prepare for an estimated 1:05 AM (March 7) arrival in Singapore.
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road

Day 3: Arrival / Singapore, Singapore.
(Thursday, March 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Early morning (estimated 1:05 AM) arrival at airport in Singapore. Transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: Welcome lunch in Spice Brasserie, at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Program orientation and group introductions. Get acquainted with Singapore during a guided bus excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner in Spice Brasserie.
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Singapore, Singapore.
(Friday, March 8)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today a full day field trip takes you to the three main ethnic areas of Singapore - Malay, Chinese and Indian. Your day begins with a visit to the Botanic Gardens to the Orchid Enclosure to admire one of the very best hybrid Orchid collections in the world. Then continue down fashionable Orchard Road to Arab Street. Arab Street is believed to be named after a noble Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed Al Junied, and was a residential "kampong" for Muslims of Arab, Malay, Indian, Bugis, Javanese and Boyanese descents. We take a short walk through this area discovering the local life. The area includes many longstanding textile, carpet, basket and bag shops. Built in 1928, the Sultan's mosque is one of the largest mosques in Singapore and includes the Sultan's Palace, which is known today as the Malay Heritage Center. Moving on, we visit Little India, experience the hustle and bustle of the market place, and see Indian jewellers and flower garland makers at work.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional Chinese Restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, explore Chinatown and enjoy a short visit to the Hindu temple, Sri Mariamman Temple. Then explore the Chinatown Heritage Centre to learn the story of Chinatown.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Singapore, Singapore / Embark.
(Saturday, March 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Free time to relax or explore Singapore on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation at 3 PM. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Malacca, Malaysia.
(Sunday, March 10)

Note: There are approx. 120 shallow steps to reach the ruins of St Paul’s Church.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square, and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name. Malay history is said to have begun with the founding of Malacca in 1403. This once-sleepy fishing village became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Centuries of colonization influenced the architecture and cultures. Start your field trip with a drive to Dutch Square and a visit to either the 17th century Stadthuys, once the former governor's residence that is now a History Museum, or the Istana Melaka Museum. Ascend St Paul's Hill for spectacular views over the waters once plied by schooners laden with silks and spices. Visit St Paul's Church, built to honor St Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Malacca. At Porto de Santiago, view the remains of a Portuguese fortress whose 9-foot-thick walls once encircled the entire hill. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, there'll be time to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores, and colorful restaurants.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Penang, Malaysia.
(Monday, March 11)

Note: Order of sites may vary.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga before attending a stimulating lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: See the many sides of Penang, starting in Georgetown, an historic city on the Straits of Malacca and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin with a visit to the Chew Jetty – an early Chinese settlement established by immigrant workers, where houses are built on stilts perched over the water. Next a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light landed in 1786 and, according to legend, fired a cannon of gold coins into the brush to encourage locals to clean the jungle. Then, visit the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram with its 108-foot-long Reclining Buddha covered in golf leaf. For centuries this region has produced batik, fabric art created by a complicated process using wax and dyes. See a demonstration of this unique art form at the Craft Batik Workshop. Complete your excursion in Georgetown, at the Penang Museum with its collection of old photographs, maps and historic artifacts. View the profusion of architectural styles along the "road of harmony," home to the Anglican St George's Church, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple and the Kapitan Kling Mosque.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At sea.
(Tuesday, March 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea.
(Wednesday, March 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Find your way to one of the ship's lounges and enjoy a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea.
(Thursday, March 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine and the shipboard guest lectures as the ship makes its way to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Colombo, Sri Lanka.
(Friday, March 15)

Note: Shoes must be removed at the temple, and modest dress required. Camera fees apply at the museum.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Join friends on deck to trade travel stories, reflect on all you have experienced on this adventure, and make plans for your next destination. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other. On this tour you will drive past Dutch and British colonial-era architecture, including the Wolvendhal Church and the old Town Hall, interspersed with Hindu temples, the neoclassical National Museum and the colorful Pettah Bazaar. Make a visit to Independence Square where this former British colony of Ceylon was given self rule in 1948. Wind past the cricket stadium through such neighborhoods as affluent Horton Place and Kotte, the legislative capital. Admire the colorful murals and statues of the Lord Buddha at the Asokaramaya Temple, built over a century ago. A refreshment break will be made during the tour, and one further stop included: either at the National Museum, or at the Janakala Kendraya handicrafts village to see local artisans at work. (Please note that the museum closes on Fridays and public holidays, in which case the visit would be to the handicrafts village.)
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Colombo, Sri Lanka.
(Saturday, March 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a full day's drive through Sri Lanka's stunning hill country to the picturesque, naturally fortified town of Kandy. Here you will visit the Temple of the Tooth containing the famous dental relic of the Buddha, the lush Botanic Gardens and the National Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At sea.
(Sunday, March 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cochin, India.
(Monday, March 18)

Note: Men and women need to cover shoulders and knees. Shoes must be removed to enter Synagogue and no bags, cameras or goods of any kind can be taken inside, but can be left on the motorcoach. Comfortable shoes, socks and a hat are recommended. There is no wheelchair access in the Dutch Palace. Order of sights visited may vary.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Centuries of invaders, traders and rulers have shaped the culture and architecture of the Indian state of Kerala's premier city. 15th and 16th century palaces, mosques, churches, and even an active synagogue mark the myriad periods in Cochin's history. Begin your sightseeing with a drive to Fort Cochin, located in the historic center, and visit the oldest European church in India, St Francis Church, where the explorer Vasco da Gama was once buried. Just outside the church, see the bamboo and teak poles of the city's often photographed Chinese fishing nets and then catch the lively action at the local Fish Market. Head next to the Mattancherry area where the old merchant houses were once home to a flourishing Jewish community. Visit the charming Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555, renovated by the Dutch in 1663 and today flanked by shrines to Krishna and Shiva. Tour the Synagogue, built in 1568, with its hand-painted blue-and-white tiles from China and sparkling, oil-burning chandelier from Belgium. Afterward, stroll along historic Jew Street, lined with spice and antique shops. The first wave of Jewish migration to Cochin dates to the 1st century BC, but long before it is said the ships of King Solomon traded here.
 Lunch: Enjoy a home hosted lunch and a cooking demonstration on traditional Kerala cooking techniques.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to discover the history of Cochin. There will be an optional excursion to Kumbalangi Village (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance of Kathakali, the classical dance-drama of Kerala. This art form dates back to the 17th century and has its roots in Hindu mythology. Elaborately made up and costumed performers tell stories using stylized hand gestures. Since facial expression is such an integral part of the performance, you won't want to miss the demonstration of make-up application, called Chutty, that is part of the presentation. Working with materials like sulphur, indigo, rice paste, lime and coconut oil, the artist creates an enthralling spectrum of visages. The dazzling costumes are the result of hours of painstaking labor and the headgear is carved wood, an ancient specialty of this region. Much of the script is sung by vocalists, accompanied only by percussion instruments, most notably the Chenda, a drum played with sticks. Other instruments include the Maddalam (a drum played with fingers), Chegila (a gong) and Ilathalam, (cymbals). This evening's performance combines five art forms: literature, music, painting, acting and dance into one not-to-be-forgotten experience.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Mangalore, India
(Tuesday, March 19)

Note: Socks are recommended, as footwear must be removed at the temple. Please dress respectfully for religious sites by covering shoulders and knees.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Discover the tile-roofs, cashew gardens, Hindu shrines, and Catholic churches of Mangalore where Indian and Portuguese heritages intertwine. Fronted by the Arabian Sea and backed by the Western Ghat mountains, the city takes its name from the goddess Mangaladevi. For centuries this major seaport on the Malabar Coast was fought over by Nayaka princes, Mysore sultans, and European powers. Today, the area's mellow charm belies that turbulent past, but the port continues to thrive, exporting 75% of India's coffee and the bulk of its cashews. Visit a local processing plant and learn about this popular nut, brought here in the 16th century by the Portuguese. Continue to the beautiful Hindu temple dedicated to Gokarnath, another name for Shiva. The founder, Narayana Guru, is considered a saint for his work on behalf of India's most downtrodden, and the temple is a site of daily pilgrimage. When you visit St Aloysius Chapel, you'll see why it is so often compared to the Sistine Chapel. Remarkable biblical frescoes and oil paintings cover virtually every square inch of the interior ceiling and walls. Created over a period of two years by the Italian artist, Brother Antonio Moscheni, this church is one of India's hidden gems.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Marmagoa, India.
(Wednesday, March 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Today, Goa is chiefly known for its magnificent beaches and laid-back lifestyle. It is, however, one of the most architecturally beautiful and historically interesting places in India. Old Goa was founded by the Portuguese and is enclosed by a fortified wall. It is home to magnificent churches dating back to the mid-16th century. Visit the historic villas of the Portuguese era and the Basilica of Bom Jesus to see the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. You will also experience Goa's other attractions: the wonderful tropical scenery and fragrant flower market.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Set sail for Mumbai. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker. Enjoy a late afternoon Road Scholar cocktail party.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Mumbai, India.
(Thursday, March 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Immerse yourself in the swirling contrasts of India's economic powerhouse, home to nearly 20 million people, global corporations and the Bollywood film industry. View the colonial heritage as you drive from the pier past such Victorian Gothic Revival landmarks as Rajabhai Clock Tower, Mumbai University, High Court, Crawford Market and the marvelous Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Stop at Dhobi Ghat to watch men flogging clothes in the stone tubs of an immense open-air manual laundry. Glimpse political India when you visit the charming residence of Mahatma Gandhi, Mani Bhawan, a museum to the leader's life and work. The father of the nation lived here from 1917 to 1934, when the city was still called Bombay. Capture the flavor of spiritual India at the ISKON Krishna Temple. Then ascend Malabar Hill to the Hanging Gardens for panoramas of the entire city. Continue to the award-winning Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. On the return, enjoy a photo stop before the 262-foot-high Gateway of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea, built to mark the 1911 visit of King George V.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax on board or for independent exploration in Mumbai.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Disembark / Jaipur, India.
(Friday, March 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark at 8:30 AM and transfer to the airport for a 10:50 AM flight to Jaipur (estimated arrival 12:25 PM). Transfer to hotel for check-in.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Jal Mahal Restaurant in the hotel.
 Afternoon: No visit to Jaipur is complete without exploring the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Jal Mahal Restaurant in the hotel.
Accommodations: Trident Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Jaipur, India.
(Saturday, March 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Begin your full day excursion of Jaipur, the pink city, with an elephant ride up to the Amber Fort with its lavish interiors and panoramic views of Jaipur, and a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Palace Cafe.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Jaipur. View the City Palace (a palace complex with an impressive array of gardens and buildings) and the Royal Observatory (known for its giant sculptural astrological instruments).
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Trident Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Agra, India.
(Sunday, March 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Check-out from hotel. Coach transfer to Agra. En route, visit the city of Fatehpur Sikri, which served as the Mughal Empire's capital from 1571 until 1585. Though the court took 15 years to build, it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply was unable to sustain the growing population. Today, the complex of buildings, including the royal palaces and courts is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route to Agra.
 Afternoon: Join a local expert to learn about the Mughal history as you cross the Yamuna River to watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh. Shah Jahan was the son of Jehangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India and the grandson of Akbar the Great. In 1612 he married the Persian princess Mumtaz Mahal and on becoming Emperor in 1628 bestowed his beloved wife with the title of Mumtaz Mahal, "Jewel of the Palace." In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died in childbirth and Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and would build the richest mausoleum ever seen over her grave. He proved to be a man of his word and it took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal and this magnificent monument came to be known as "Taj Mahal."
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Trident Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Agra, India.
(Monday, March 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Free time to explore or relax.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Then explore the Agra Fort, the 16th-century Mughal monument of red sandstone which encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers and the Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb, the beautiful and elaborate garden tomb which was finished in 1622 and is covered in white marble, colorful mosaic, stone inlay, and lattice work.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Trident Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Delhi, India.
(Tuesday, March 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Coach transfer to Delhi. En route, visit Sikandra (Mughal Emperor Akbar's Tomb), a perfectly symmetrical red sandstone mausoleum surrounded by a vast, walled garden where deer and monkeys roam free.
 Lunch: Lunch at Country Inn, Kosi.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Delhi and check-in at the hotel. In the late afternoon, attend a lecture on comparative religions presented by a university professor.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: The Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Delhi, India.
(Wednesday, March 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: In 1639, the Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new, walled city in Delhi that served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857. After the British East India Company had gained control of much of India during the 18th and 19th centuries, Calcutta became the capital both under Company rule and under the British Raj, until George V announced in 1911 that it was to move back to Delhi. A new capital city, New Delhi, was built to the south of the old city during the 1920s. Start your full day field trip with a rickshaw ride in Chandi Chowk, a visit to the immense Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), and drive past the Red Fort.
 Lunch: Lunch at Chor Bizarre.
 Afternoon: Visit the Gandhi Smriti where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Here, take in a lecture entitled "The Relevance of Gandhi in Today's World." British-built New Delhi offers a fascinating contrast: here, the dusty alleys are replaced by broad, arrow-straight boulevards and the monuments of Empire. Drive past Government Buildings, Parliament, the President's House, and the mighty arch of India Gate, designed by Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at Restaurant Seven, in the hotel.
Accommodations: The Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Delhi, India / Departures
(Thursday, March 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy free time this morning to relax or prepare for your departure.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Lodi Garden Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Lovely Lodi garden is a popular place for a morning/evening stroll or jog, and it is especially pretty at dusk. The gardens encompass the crumbling tombs of the Sayyid and Lodi rulers, including the impressive 15th-century Bara Gumbad. Enjoy a guided excursion of these lovely, peaceful gardens.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant, en route to the airport.
 Evening: Evening transfer to the airport for a late night departure.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: In transit.
(Friday, March 29)
 Arrive To: North America.

Free Time Opportunities
  Singapore Chinatown Heritage Center
The history of Singapore's Chinese settlers comes alive in three floors of an old shophouse on Pagoda Street. Uncover the secret societies, underground gambling rings, and hopeful narratives of settlers during a walk through this unique museum. Be transported back to the 1950s with the reconstructed, private interiors of shophouse tenants.
  Singapore Flyer
Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Marina promenade before getting into the gigantic ferris wheel known as the Singapore Flyer. Delight in the astounding views of the Singapore skyline during the 30 minute ride. Reaching 541 feet, this ferris wheel is the tallest in the world.
  Sultan's Mosque
The Sultan's Mosque is often considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. Built by the Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore with a grant from Sir Stamford Raffles, this mosque was built in 1825 and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers.
  Cochin Santa Cruz Basilica
Originally built in 1502, the Santa Cruz Basilica is one of the oldest churches in India. Marvel at the bold pastel interior and beautiful collection of Cochin artifacts revealing local history.
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Suggested Reading List

A History of Malaysia

Author: Leonard Y. Andaya, Barbara Watson Andaya

Description: This scholarly yet readable work tracks Malaysia’s sociopolitical development, from the appearance of the famed Malay empire Srivijaya onto the historical scene in the late seventh century to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia and its transition into the 21st century. This is a panoramic historical overview of a multicultural society that supports one of the most dynamic economies in Asia.

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God

Author: Jonah Blank

Description: Blank's entertaining portrait of contemporary India and Sri Lanka mixes reporting, anecdote and myth as he travels, sometimes in the footsteps of India's great hero Rama.

Arts of Southeast Asia

Author: Fiona Kerlogue

Description: A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.

Birds of India

Author: Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp

Description: Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference.


Author: Karen Armstrong

Description: A concise, thought-provoking biography of the Buddha in the Penguin Lives series, written by one of the foremost experts on world religions.

Burmese Days

Author: George Orwell

Description: Orwell, a veteran of the Colonial police force in Rangoon, writes with irony and insight in this sharp novel of politics, folly and the British.

Culture Smart! Indonesia

Author: Graham Saunders

Description: A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Culture Smart! Thailand

Author: Roger Jones

Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people.

In Buddha's Land

Author: Moe Min

Description: This beautiful, illustrated portrait of monuments, monasteries and rituals is both a striking visual overview of Buddhism as practiced in Burma, and a splendid introduction to the country.

Midnight's Children

Author: Salman Rushdie

Description: Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations.

Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

Author: Ayesha Jalal, Sugata Bose

Description: This scholarly, brief history of India up to the 1990s is particularly good at its coverage of the post-Independence political landscape. It's a popular textbook, co-authored by a Pakistani and an Indian.

Running in the Family

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Description: Award-winning author Ondaatje returns to his native Sri Lanka in this hypnotic travelogue. His lovingly traced family memoirs are interspersed with poetry and ruminations on the island's post-colonial history.

Sri Lankan Wildlife

Author: Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Description: A concise, illustrated field guide to the plants, animals and habitats of Sri Lanka in the popular British series.

The Glass Palace

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Description: In this panoramic novel full of tales and anecdote, Ghosh follows the lives and fortunes of Rajkumar and his family over three eventful generations in Burma, India and Malaysia.

The Moor's Last Sigh

Author: Salman Rushdie

Description: A sweeping family epic that tackles many of the most complex aspects about Indian culture. In his characteristically rich prose, Rushdie tells the history of India, set among the spice traders of Cochin.

What the Buddha Taught

Author: Walpola Sri Rahula

Description: A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia.

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