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Voyages to Antiquity: Singapore to Delhi

Program Number: 21111RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/22/2014 - 3/29/2014;
Duration: 35 nights
Location: Singapore/Malaysia/India/Sri Lanka
Price starting at: $10,968.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 99; 33 Breakfasts, 33 Lunches, 33 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Embark on a voyage alive with bustling modernity, shrouded in centuries-old mystique and teeming with exotic natural beauty as you sail northwest from Singapore to India. Absorb tales of sultans in Singapore, take in Malaysian markets, gilded stupas in Myanmar and Sri Lankan countryside. Culminate your journey with a stunning sunset over the magnificent Taj Mahal.




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 MV Aegean Odyssey, 6 nights; Bagan (Burma), 1 night; aboard MV Aegean Odyssey, 18 nights; disembark Mumbai (India), fly to Jaipur, 2 nights; coach to Agra, 2 nights; coach to Dehli, 2 nights.



Days 1-2: Overnight flight from the U.S.A. / Cross International Date Line:


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

Discover the Marina Bay area and enjoy a panorama of Singapore’s modern architecture. Explore the three main ethnic areas of Singapore — Malay, Chinese and Indian. Lodging: Four-star hotel in heart of Little India district.



Day 6: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia):

Take a walk to encounter the Petronas Towers, at one time the world's tallest buildings.



Days 7-8: At Sea / Phuket (Thailand):

By small boat, explore the colorful marine life of the Phi Phi Islands.



Days 9-12: At Sea / Yangon (Burma) / fly to Bagan / fly to Yangon:

Learn about the gentle, Buddhist way of life as you visit the golden Shwedagon pagoda. View the archaeological site of Bagan, and thrill in the panoramic views from Tayoke Pyay.
Lodging: Four-star boutique hotel in New Bagan.



Days 13-16: At Sea / Penang (Malaysia) / Malacca:

Learn about Penang’s British roots and the influence of the Portuguese, Dutch and British on Malacca.



Day 17: Singapore:

Relish a full day on your own to explore this city-state that has self-governed since 1959.



Days 18-19: Malacca (Malaysia) / Penang:

Visit Malacca’s Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia, and learn about batik fabric art in Penang.



Days 20-24: At Sea / Colombo (Sri Lanka):

Drive through stunning hill country en route to the naturally fortified town of Kandy.



Days 25-26: At Sea / Cochin (India):

Explore Cochin’s remarkable history including the oldest church in India and the palace from the days of the Raj.



Days 27-31: Mangalore / Marmagao (India) / Mumbai / disembark Aegean Odyssey / transfer for flight to Jaipur:

Discover the tile-roofs, cashew gardens, Hindu shrines and Catholic churches of Mangalore. Take in laid-back lifestyle on Goa and explore Mumbai’s Mani Bhavan, a museum that was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi. In Jaipur, enjoy an elephant ride to the Amber Fort.
Lodging: Four-star hotel with view of Mansager Lake.



Days 32-36: Agra / coach to Delhi / departure:

Experience sunset over the Taj Mahal and a visit to the immense Jama Masjid.
Lodging: Four-star hotel near Taj Mahal and luxurious five-star hotel.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium class ship especially rebuilt for cruising in the coastal waters and among the islands of the Mediterranean, visiting small, uncrowded harbors that large ocean liners can't reach. Public areas include Mediterranean-influenced restaurants, a library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.


Meals and Lodgings
   PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
  Singapore, Singapore 2 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 6 nights
   Areindmar Hotel
  Bagan, Myanmar 1 night
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 18 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
web: www.parkroyalhotels.com
  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
web: www.voyagestoantiquity.com
  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; 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

 Areindmar Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Located in New Bagan, a 10 minute drive from the archaeological zone of Bagan, the Areindmar Hotel is a four-star boutique property. Thirty-eight thoughtfully designed, Deluxe rooms surround a manicured courtyard.
  Contact info: 2nd Street, New Ni and Cherry Street
New Bagan,   Myanmar
phone: +95 1-377956
  Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, a telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, a personal safe, satellite television, mini bar, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: This hotel has a restaurant, swimming pool, laundry service, and wireless Internet in common areas.
  Smoking allowed: No

 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
web: www.tridenthotels.com
  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 Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
  Contact info: Fatehabad Road
Agra,  282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com
  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
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com
  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. 1:30 PM Lunch at the hotel. You will be staying at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road that night.
  End of Program:
Delhi, India. After breakfast 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:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Singapore
  Transportation to site: Taxis are also plentiful and fares start around SGD $2.40 and are approximately 10¢ for each additional 220m.
  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
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival / Singapore, Singapore
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Morning: Arrival at airport in Singapore. Transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: Welcome lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Program orientation and group introductions. Introductory excursion of Singapore.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Singapore, Singapore
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 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 local 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
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 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: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Port Kelang is our gateway to Malaysia's impressive capital, Kuala Lumpur. A boomtown in the 19th century due to its rich resources of tin, today Kuala Lumpur is a thriving modern metropolis and home to the Petronas Towers, once the world's tallest buildings. View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums, historic memorials and ethnic marketplaces during your afternoon excursion. Discover the 19th-century Cathedral of St. Mary and historic buildings of Independence Square.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At sea
(Friday, February 28)
   
 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: 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.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Phuket, Thailand
(Saturday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Phuket is Thailand's largest island and although it is a popular resort, Phuket has retained much of its local culture. From Phuket, a local boat will take you to the natural wonders of the Phi Phi Islands: with crystal clear blue waters filled with colorful marine life, astounding rock formations and classic sandy beaches, the Phi Phi islands are some of the most spectacular in Southeast Asia.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a beachside restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon on enchanting Bamboo Island. There will be free time to feed the fish, snorkel amid the coral beds, or sample a local refreshment at one of the tiny bars.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Yangon, Myanmar
(Monday, March 3)
   
 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 Yangon, Myanmar.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Continue sailing to Yangon. The Aegean Odyssey will berth in the heart of Yangon in the early evening.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Bagan, Myanmar
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Transfer with your Road Scholar group to Yangon's Mingalardon airport for a flight to Bagan. With thousands of ancient stupas and temples, Bagan is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th to the 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Upon arrival, you will take in the stunning, panoramic views from Tayoke Pyay. While at the Shwezigon Pagoda, learn about the Burmese belief in Nats, or spirits, which was officially replaced by Buddhism in the 12th century, but continues to the present. Also visit the nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite "jakata" mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Sunset Garden restaurant overlooking the river.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the hotel for check-in before continuing with an afternoon excursion. The afternoon excursion begins with a visit to the Ananda temple, an excellent example of early-style Bagan architecture. Nearby Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. Pass through Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture titled, "The History of Bagan."
   
Accommodations: Areindmar Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Yangon, Myanmar
(Wednesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Nyaung U airport for a return flight to Yangon. On arrival, explore Yangon and take a close look at the local life of this historical city. Travel to the Sule pagoda in the center of the city and enjoy a leisurely walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and city hall. Afterwards, stroll through Boyoke Market, formerly known as Scott Market, which offers a wide variety of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Monsoon Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the awe-inspiring golden Shwedagon Pagoda with its 98-meter high stupa that is covered in genuine gold plates (these are donated by ordinary Myanmar people from all over the country): it is truly a remarkable sight. Unlike many great sites around the world, Shwedagon is visited mostly by local Burmese people. The giant gold gilded Paya serves as a meeting point for families, friends, and teenagers looking to enjoy the cool night air. Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At sea
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 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. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Relax on deck and attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Enjoy conversation with your fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Penang, Malaysia
(Saturday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, take advantage of free time to wander the streets of Georgetown with its historical buildings including 19th century merchant houses, well-preserved colonial core and street markets.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Malacca, Malaysia
(Sunday, March 9)

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 given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Malacca is a unique experience and its rich historical background earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in July 2008. Malacca was the capital of the Malacca Sultanate and was the center of the Malay world in the 15th and 16th centuries. It fell to the hands of the Portuguese in 1511 and centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British have influenced the architecture of the town. This rich history will come to life as you discover the main colonial sites including the ruined Portuguese fort "A Famosa," St. Paul's Church that overlooks the Malacca Strait, and Dutch Square.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Singapore, Singapore
(Monday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time to explore Singapore on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Singapore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Malacca, Malaysia
(Tuesday, March 11)
   
 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: Enjoy a guided excursion of Malacca.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Penang, Malaysia
(Wednesday, March 12)
   
 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 Penang.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided excursion of Penang.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: At sea
(Thursday, 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. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: At sea
(Friday, March 14)
   
 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. Join friends on deck to trade travel stories, reflect on all you have experienced on this adventure, and make plans for your next destination.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: At sea
(Saturday, March 15)
   
 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. 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 23: Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 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: A jewel of an island, Sri Lanka offers a unique combination of scenery, culture, and history. Arrive in Colombo, disembark, and depart for a field trip. Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other. On this field trip 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 field trip, and one further stop included: either at the National Museum, or at the Janakala Kendraya handicrafts village to see local artisans at work.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Kandy, Sri Lanka
(Monday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha. The scenic three-hour drive takes us out of Colombo, through small towns growing all kinds of exotic fruit, past pineapple plantations and paddy fields and up into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. One of the day’s highlights is a stop at Peradeniya to walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens. A visit to the Orchid House should not be missed! Continue on to Kandy, founded in the 14th Century and the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served in a colonial hotel overlooking the Kandy Lake. On the opposite side of the picturesque valley, make a guided visit of the monumental Temple of the Tooth where the sacred relic is enshrined.
 Afternoon: A visit will be made to either the Kandy Museum or to the fascinating Garrison Cemetery. During the return drive from this ancient kingdom, make a stop at a Spice Garden and learn about Sri Lanka’s ayurvedic tradition.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: At sea
(Tuesday, March 18)
   
 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 Cochin.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Enjoy a selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches, cakes and scones served in the Observation Lounge. Accompanying these is a selection of refreshing teas and a choice of coffees.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Cochin, India
(Wednesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Situated in the State of Kerala, Cochin has a remarkable history: here you will see the oldest church in India, 500-year-old Portuguese houses, a long-established Jewish community, and a 16th-century synagogue and palace from the days of the Raj. Also, it is here in 1524 that the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died and his body was entombed in the chapel of Santo Antonio until it was removed to Portugal in 1538.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Some free time. Then 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Mangalore, India
(Thursday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Visit the ancient city of Mangalore.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Marmagao, India
(Friday, March 21)
   
 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: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Mumbai, India
(Saturday, March 22)

Note: If the Prince of Wales Museum is closed, the award-winning Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum will be substituted.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Trade has always been at the heart of Mumbai and today it is at the center of India's remarkable economic renaissance. It was made the headquarters of the British East India Company in 1687 but it was the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 that transformed the city - then known as Bombay - into one of the world's great trading centers. New York may be known as the city that never sleeps but Mumbai never even stops to take a breath: this truly is a vibrant and dynamic place. Your exploration of Mumbai will include visits to the main sights including Mani Bhavan, a museum that was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, the Victorian architectural monuments of the British Empire, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Gateway of India.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax on board or for independent exploration of Mumbai.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Mumbai, India / Disembark / Jaipur
(Sunday, March 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark the Aegean Odyssey and transfer to the airport for a flight to Jaipur. Transfer to hotel for check-in.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Explore the coloful bazaars of Jaipur.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Trident Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: Jaipur, India
(Monday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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 a local restaurant.
 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 the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Trident Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: Agra, India
(Tuesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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 in hotel dining room.
 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 33: Agra, India
(Wednesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy the breath taking 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 34: Delhi, India
(Thursday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the 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 a local restaurant.
 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 35: Delhi, India
(Friday, March 28)
   
 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 a local restaurant.
 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 in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: The Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36: Departures
(Saturday, March 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Depart India on international flight.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.
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Suggested Reading List


A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


Author: J.M. Barwise, Nicholas J. White


Description: A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels.



Behind the Beautiful Forevers


Author: Katherine Boo


Description: A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and writer at The New Yorker, Boo turns her four years among the people of a Mumbai Slum into an absorbing tale of the clash of India, new and old, prosperous and disenfranchised.



Birds of Southeast Asia


Author: Craig Robson


Description: This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.



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.



Collected Short Stories, Volume 4


Author: W. Somerset Maugham


Description: Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter."



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.



Eyewitness Guide Malaysia & Singapore


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: A visually stunning guide to Singapore and surroundings, featuring hundreds of photographs and illustrations, detailed city maps, and information on history, culture and attractions.



Finding George Orwell in Burma


Author: Emma Larkin


Description: An American journalist fluent in Burmese, Emma Larkin (a pseudonym) masterfully interweaves her travels in the footsteps of the British colonial officer and writer with interviews and an astute, moving history of modern Burma.



Fodor's Singapore's 25 Best


Author: Fodor's


Description: This pocket guide and map includes information on essential highlights, including sightseeing, walking itineraries, restaurants and shopping.



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.



Inspector Singh Investigates


Author: Shamini Flint


Description: Flint introduces the bumbling yet endearing Inspector Singh, who is sent from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to clear the name of a famous model accused of murder.



Letters from Burma


Author: Aung San Suu Kyi, Heinn Htet


Description: A collection of candid and affectionate letters on Burmese culture, daily life and politics written by the country's iconic Nobel Prize-winning human rights leader who was held under house arrest by the military junta for many years.



Lonely Planet Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: This comprehensive practical guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style includes local and regional color maps, a section of photographs, and chapters on history, culture and attractions.



Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)


Author: Joe Cummings, Michael Clark


Description: Featuring maps, travel information and a good overview of society, culture, history and politics.



Malaysia Map


Author: Periplus Maps


Description: A handsome map covering Peninsular Malaysia (and Singapore) and Malaysian Borneo.



Myanmar (Burma) Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A double-sided map of Burma at a scale of 1:1,500,000, with an inset of Rangoon.



South Southeast


Author: Steve McCurry


Description: A remarkable portfolio of striking photographs taken in and around Afghanistan, Burma, India, Pakistan and other sites in South and Southeast Asia over a long career. Saturated with color, light and evocative of daily life.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A clear, double-sided map of all of Southeast Asia at a scale of 1:4,500,000.



The Skeptical Romancer, Selected Travel Writing


Author: W. Somerset Maugham


Description: Pico Iyer introduces this choice edition of Somerset Maugham's razor-sharp travel writing, set in Spain, China, Burma and Southeast Asia, including a long excerpt from Gentleman in the Parlour, a vivid account of travels from Rangoon to Haiphong by canoe, riverboat, rickshaw and pony. Also included is The Land of the Blessed Verigin (Spain), On a Chinese Screen and The Partial View (diverse places).



Where China Meets India, Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia


Author: Thant Myint-U


Description: Home to 60 million people and bigger than France, Burma -- as Thant Myint-U so effectively argues --- is hardly small or politically isolated; it is at the center of Asia. Mr. Thant mixes anecdote, travel, memoir and history in this compelling personal portrait -- and Cri de Coeur for western engagement in the region.





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