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Road Scholar World Academy Segment 5: Southeast Asia, India & Sri Lanka

Program Number: 21086RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/27/2014 - 3/22/2014;
Duration: 23 nights
Location: India/Sri Lanka/Thailand/Malaysia/Singapore
Price starting at: $5,296.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 59; 20 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 21 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience Road Scholar World Academy 2014 on this segment of the voyage exploring Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Uneven terrain and stone stairs without railings will be common. Conditions can be hot and humid.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Phnom Penh (Cambodia), 1 night; Siem Reap, 2 nights; Bangkok (Thailand), 1 night; aboard Voyager, 17 nights.



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


Day 3: Arrival Phnom Penh (Cambodia):

Discover Cambodia’s charming capital and examine ancient artifacts of the mighty Khmer Empire at the National Museum of Cambodia. Lodging: Four-star hotel in upscale neighborhood.



Days 4-5: Flight to Siem Reap:

Explore the amazing temples of Angkor Wat and the ancient Khmer capital Angkor Thom. Lodging: Stylish four-star hotel.



Days 6-7: Flight to Bangkok (Thailand) / embark Voyager:

Discover the Wat Pho temple and ride through the “klongs” (canals) on a traditional long-tail boat. Lodging: Luxurious boutique hotel.



Days 8-10: At Sea / Singapore:

Sail down the coast to Singapore, where you learn about the unique culture of the Peranakan people.



Day 11: Port Kelang (Malaysia):

Begin your passage through the Strait of Malacca, going ashore to discover the spectacular Hindu shrines of Batu Caves.



Day 12: Langkawi:

Take an exciting cable car ride to a mountaintop on this Malaysian island.



Day 13: Phuket (Thailand):

Enjoy an independent day on the Thai island of Phuket.



Days 14-15: At Sea / Andaman Islands (India):

Navigate among the exotic Andaman Islands of India, going ashore in historic Port Blair, a former penal colony.



Days 16-18: At Sea / Colombo (Sri Lanka):

A westward course takes you across the Bay of Bengal to Sri Lanka. On an expert-led field trip, walk through the colorful bazaars of Colombo’s Pettah neighborhood and visit Independence Hall.



Days 19-20: At Sea / Kochi (India):

Sail to the Indian mainland and explore the Arabian Sea port of Kochi with its iconic Chinese fishing nets.



Days 21-22: At Sea / Goa:

Continue up the coast to Goa to discover Idalcao Palace, built for a 17th century sultan, and impressive Portuguese colonial mansions.



Days 23-24: Mumbai / disembark / overnight flight to the U.S.A.:

Complete your voyage in energetic Mumbai. See the Gateway of India, step into Mahatma Gandhi’s Mumbai headquarters and visit the beautiful Prince of Wales Museum. Board your return flight late in the evening and arrive home the next day.



Voyager

Sail aboard the 540-guest Voyager, Voyages of Discovery’s newest flagship. Newly upgraded in 2012, Voyager boasts all the amenities and facilities of a large ocean liner while offering the convenience, flexibility, and intimate ambience of a small ship. It features spacious public areas, comfortable staterooms and balcony suites, a choice of open seating restaurants and al fresco dining, a variety of lounges and bars including the elegant Scott’s Lounge, a library and internet center, a swimming pool, two whirlpools, a beauty center and a gym. Voyager is your home at sea and you will be welcomed back warmly each time you return to the ship.


Meals and Lodgings
   Sunway Hotel
  Phnom Penh, Cambodia 1 night
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 2 nights
   Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel Bangkok
  Bangkok, Thailand, Thailand 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 16 nights
 Sunway Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located next to Mount Phnom and across the street from the new U.S. Embassy, the hotel is within walking distance of all of Phnom Penh’s attractions and shops.
  Contact info: #1, Street 92, Sangkat Wat Phnom
P.O. Box 633
Phnom Penh,  12202 Cambodia
phone: +855 23 430 333
web: phnompenh.sunwayhotels.com/
  Room amenities: Hair dryer, air-conditioning and safety-deposit box.
  Facility amenities: Lounge, restaurant and sundeck.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Tara Angkor Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Tara Angkor is equipped with modern amenities and elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness your stay will be something not to be forgotten.
  Contact info: Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Siem Reap,   Cambodia
phone: (+855) 63 966 661
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com/facility.php
  Facility amenities: The Tara Angkor Hotel's stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap’s accommodation sector. Our facilities include 213 magnificent rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness center and sauna.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel Bangkok
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: 40 minutes by road from Suvannabhumi International airport. River transportation from the hotel's pier to Grand Palace, Wat Arun Temple etc. as well as connections to shopping centers and other hotels along the river is available.
  Contact info: Charoenkrung Rd., Bangkorlaem
Bankok,  10120 Thailand
phone: +6626881000
  Room amenities: Room Facilities: air conditioning, internet access (wireless), bathrobes, coffee/tea maker, complimentary bottled water, mini bar, daily newspaper, non smoking rooms, desk, satellite/cable TV, hair dryer, separate shower and tub, in room safe, television
  Facility amenities: 525 guest rooms: Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Plaza Suite and Royal Thai Suite Outdoor Swimming Pool • with Jacuzzi • Fitness & Health Club • Steam Room • Aerobic • Traditional Thai Massage • 24 Hours Room Service • 24 hours Doctor Service on call • Airport Transfers • Wheel Chairs • Tailor Shop • Baby-sitting • Beauty Salon • Business Center • Car Rental / Limousine Service • Concierge & Luggage Storage • Conference Facilities • Foreign Exchange Counter • Free Shuttle Boat Service from Hotel Pier to/from Sky Train Station • Tour Counter
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
web: www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 3 in the late evening at the program hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. You will be joining another group for dinner. You will be staying at Sunway Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Day 24 in the very early morning (12am-6am) disembark the mv Voyager in Mumbai. You will be staying at MV Voyager the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.voyagesofdiscovery.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended for this program.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Phnom Penh
  Transportation to site: There will be taxis readily available from the airport to the program hotel at the beginning of the beginning of the program, There will also be a designated group transfer from the airport to the hotel. The group arrival flights are: MI 0602, arrives PNH 8:35AM 01 March 2014 SQ 5004, arrives PNH 8:35AM 01 March 2014 PG 0931, arrives PNH 9:15AM 01 March 2014 You will be met at the airport by a representative holding a Road Scholar sign.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation from site: The mv Voyager will be docked at the Mumbai port. The group flight will depart very early in the morning of March 22nd and there will be a group transfer that corresponds to the group flight very late in the evening on March 21st. The group departure flights are: SQ 0423, departs BOM 12:05AM 22 March 2014 CX 0684, departs BOM 1:30AM 22 March 2014 For those on the extension, you will disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Jaipur.
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: Departure from home
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Depart From: Depart on your international flight to Cambodia.

Day 2: En route
(Friday, February 28)
   
 In Transit: En route to Cambodia.

Day 3: Arrival Phnom Penh/ Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, March 1)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival to Phnom Penh and transfer to your program hotel.
 Afternoon: We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Join another group for a welcome dinner. Please note, there is a group that has been travelling together for some time and this dinner is to welcome you to the group and to the program.
   
Accommodations: Sunway Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Phnom Penh Discovery / Fly to Siem Reap / Explore Ta Phrom
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Known once as the “Paris of the East,” discover the charming capital city of Phnom Penh. First visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda and finish the afternoon at the National Museum. The National Museum in Phnom Penh is the most significant public repository of Khmer artifacts in the country, displaying many important Angkorian artifacts and rare pieces from later periods.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, booked by our ground partner. Your tickets will be delivered to you in Cambodia.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Siem Reap / Sunrise at Angkor Wat / Angkor Thom
(Monday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Depart for an early morning visit to Angkor Wat to experience the sun rising over this magnificent architectural structure. Then return to your hotel for breakfast.
 Morning: This morning, discover the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. Contineu to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Continue to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the magnificent Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. View Angkor Wat at sun set when the temple is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Siem Reap / Fly to Bangkok
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Remainder of the morrning free for you to explore Siem Reap or more of the temples before your flight to Bangkok.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. (Your tickets will be delivered to you in Cambodia). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel Bangkok
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Bangkok / Klong Discovery
(Wednesday, March 5)

Note: You will be require to get off and on small boats.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the Grand Palace, the icon of Bangkok. Explore the main sites including the magnificent throne halls and the emerald Buddha. then join an exhilarating long tail boat ride through the klongs (canals) of Bangkok to Nonthaburi in the far north of the city, where the cityscape turns into countryside and the skyscrapers give way to teak houses, noodle shops, fruit orchards and rice fields. Stop the boat to walk through a bustling local market place and discover a riverside temple with an impressive reclining Buddha far from the tourist crowds.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon before transferring back to board the ship. (Note: Transfer time is approximately 1.5-2 hrs).
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea / Presentation
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea / Presentation
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Singapore / Peranakan Culture
(Saturday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Spend the morning learning about the Peranakan culture, a new culture that evolved from the intermarriage between Malays and Chinese and Malays and Indians. Begin with a stop at the Peranakan Museum, here you would be able to see and understand how the Peranakan Culture evolved and started, their style of clothing, their influence in the arts and pottery and lifestyle. Continue your journey continues to the Peranakan enclave in an area called Joo Chiat. Here you are able to see the influence of the Peranakan Culture in architecture. You would have the opportunity to visit a traditional Peranakan Deli and taste some of the Peranakan delights and see some of the great embroidery works. End the morning with a pedicycle ride through the enclave of little India before for your free time for lunch and returning to the Cruise Terminal.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Singapore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Port Kelang, Malaysia / Batu Caves
(Sunday, March 9)

Note: This is a difficult day. There are 272 steps up to the cave. however there are many activities at the bottom of the stairs that one can enjoy if you cannot make the steps.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Depart for Batu Caves, the site of the annual Thaipusam festival (in January/February) when over 1.5 million devotees congregate. It comprises of three caverns and several smaller caves. It is the shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu deity - a flight of 272 steps lead up to the temple cave. Another cave, called the museum cave, is filled with images of deities and murals depicting scenes from the Hindu Scriptures. While climbing up, beware of the cheeky monkeys that line the way.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Port Kelang on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Langkawi, Malaysia
(Monday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a 15-minute cable car ride through the rainforest and waterfalls to the peak of Gunung Mat Chincang, one of the highest mountains in Langkawi. Breathe in the cool air as you take in the bird’s eye view of Langkawi Islands and more. Explore the mountain top with stunning vistas of waterfalls amidst tropical rainforests.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Phuket, Thailand / Free Day for you to choose your own shore excursion
(Tuesday, March 11)

Note: Cost for this day is not included in the program cost.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Due to varying interest, Phuket is a port that is left for you to choose your own shore excursions. The ship has many options for you to choose from, or you can also just spend a day on the beach.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your own independent exploration of Phuket.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea / Presentation
(Wednesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Port Blair, Andaman Islands
(Thursday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore the capital Port Blair with its old penal colony. Discover the islands’ exotic flora and fauna, or stroll along the meandering coastline where palm trees sway to the rhythm of the seas.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time for you to explore Port Blair.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At Sea / Presentation
(Friday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea / Presentation
(Saturday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Colombo, Sri Lanka / Colombo Discovery
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join a walking discovery of Pettah. Pettah is a neighborhood in Colombo, located east of the City centre Fort. The Pettah neighborhood is famous for its open air bazaars and markets. Walk east of Fort and arrive at Pettah, probably the most vibrant and colorful parts of the city. Pettah is also of the most ethnically mixed parts of the city and the streets are dotted with several interesting Mosques, Hindu Kovils, Churches and Buddhist Temples. The beautiful, red and white candy-striped, Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque is a popular tourist destination.
 Lunch: Lunch in town.
 Afternoon: After lunch proceed to visit Bandaranaike Memorial International and see the replica of Avukana Buddha. Also visit Independence Hall, and the Independence Square and National Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At Sea / Presentation
(Monday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Cochin, India / City Discovery / Family Hosted Lunch
(Tuesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning, explore Cochin with visits to the Mattanchery Palace, Chinese Fishing nets, St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue and the antique market.
 Lunch: Family hosted lunch on shore.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon for you to explore Old Fort Cochin.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: At Sea / Presentation
(Wednesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Marmagoa (Goa), India
(Thursday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore the sites of Goa with visits to the Idalcao Palace, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (Main Church), and the Braganza Institute. Please note that we will only be able to view the church from the outside as it is only open during services. In addition, the Idalcao Palace and Menezes Braganza Hall are currently undergoing renovation. We will be able to see these monuments from the outside. Continue to Panjim and enjoy an orientation drive past the old mansions showcasing Portuguese architecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Join your group leader and the rest of your group for a program wrap-up to cruise.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Mumbai / City Discovery / Early morning flight
(Friday, March 21)

Note: Most flights out of India depart in the early morning. For those continuing on the extension, your flight will be after breakfast.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore this city highlights. Drive by the “Gateway of India” built in 1927 to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary at the Delhi Durbar held in 1911. The buildings on the waterfront (Fort Bombay) are British in architecture but Indian in detail. Many locals like to walk along the water's edge on "Marine Drive" to watch the sunset. Continue on to Malabar Hill. On the northern promontory of Back Bay is the wealthy residential area of Malabar Hill, favored for its cool breezes and fine bay views. The colonial bungalows that peppered the hillside in the 18th century have now been replaced by the apartment blocks of Mumbai's nouveau riche. Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park, terraced gardens (also known as "Ferozeshah MehtaGardens") provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian sea. From there, continue your journey to Mani Bhawan. Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhawan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. Finish today's excursion with a visit to the Prince of Wales Museum. It stands not too far from the Gateway of India and has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Carefully preserved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surrounding it is worth visiting in Mumbai.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or on your own in town.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Mumbai.
 Dinner: Join your group for a farewell dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: Late evening flight for those returning home and not continuing on our India land extension.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: En route / Arrival home
(Saturday, March 22)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive back to North America.

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Phnom Penh Central Market
One of the largest and busiest markets in Phnom Penh, the market was built in 1937 by French architects. This market is a good place to purchase silk scarves, silverware, gems and antiques.
  National Library
Located near Wat Phnom, this graceful building, another example of French colonial architecture, was built in 1924 and set in floral gardens. It was sacked by the Khmer Rouge and turned into a stable.
  Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung)
This popular market has a more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks than the Central Market. It also has a good selection of CDs, videos, fabric, electronic goods and the city's best source of objets d'art. Items for sale include wooden and stone carvings, various ritual objects, silverware, and old Indochinese notes and coins, antiquities, Cambodian and Chinese silk and clothing.
  Sisowath Quay
Sisowath Quay is an attractive boulevard running along the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap, fronted by a pleasant park. The built-up side of the street houses cafés and shops and the better class of bars, and is extremely popular with tourists and expatriate Westerners. The esplanade along the river is equally popular with Cambodians, who come here in the cool of the evening to enjoy the quasi-carnival atmosphere. It begins at the riverfront park opposite the Palace and is perhaps best experienced in the early evening.
  Siem Reap Akira's Land Mine Museum
During the Khmer Rouge period, Akira's parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge and he was raised by them. Later, he worked for the Vietnamese army and the U.N. force. Now he is removing land mines. The museum houses a huge volume of the land mines removed by him, unexploded bomb shells and photos. Volunteers who lost arms or legs guide you around this museum. TEL: 012-598951. Free.
  Tonle Sap
The Tonle Sap is the largest fresh-water lake in Southeast Asia. Its size changes five-fold from dry season to the end of the rainy season. The lake is home to a number of floating villages; half-day tours can be arranged through the hotel.
  Bangkok, Thailand A Stroll Through Chinatown
One of the best ways to experience the true flavor of a city is to walk its streets. Discover Bangkok’s Chinatown, one of the most densely populated, richly ethnic neighborhoods in the city. Walk at your own pace through narrow lanes, peer into the doorways of apothecary shops with their medical herbs and natural cures. Take the opportunity to watch fresh Chinese delicacies being prepared and served while the aromatic fragrance of spice and herbs saturates the air. Pay special attention to the “funeral shops,” where they sell paper models of worldly items that ensure the deceased will have the complete comforts of home on the journey to the afterward. Wonder at the intricate architecture of ancient Chinese Temples, perhaps even donating some coins to the temple “burial society,” a charity devoted to recovering the bodies of unfortunate road accident victims.
  Suan Pakkad Palace
Suan Pakkad was built by Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nakhon Sawan, who moved five traditional Thai houses from Chiang Mai in 1952. The cabbage garden was turned into one of Bangkok’s finest landscaped gardens and is calm in a uniquely Eastern way. The princess was one of the country’s most dedicated art collectors, and the house has been turned into a museum displaying objects such as perfume bottles, betel nut boxes and musical instruments. Antiques including an exquisite Buddha head from Ayutthaya, Khmer statues and European prints of old Siam. Located Prayatahi Road.
  Vimanmek Palace
The Palace is a magnificent, golden, teakwood residence of King Chulalongkorn that houses numerous exhibits, including antiques furniture, glassware, porcelain and many other items of historic interest. Located on Ratchavithee Road.
  Wat Pho
The temple was originally built in the 16th century and covers twenty acres. One of its pavilions houses a 150-feet long reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also home to Thailand’s most famous school of massage. (See listing). Respectful dress required: Shorts, flipflops and bare shoulders are not permitted inside the temple complex and you should be prepared to take off shoes to enter temples. Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission fee of 20 baht. For additional information, visit www.watpho.com
  Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School
In the eastern end of the Wat Pho complex is the country’s most famous school of massage. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is a good idea to start your exploration of Wat Pho here before the line becomes too long. A 60-minute, full body massage costs approximately 300 baht ($8 U.S.) and is done fully dressed. A set of cotton clothing is provided for the 60-minute herbal massage that costs 400 baht ($10 U.S.). For additional information, visit www.watpho.com
  Wat Phra Kaeo
Home of the Emerald Buddha and located within the grounds of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew is the most sacred and the most beautiful of Thailand’s temples. Open daily 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Admission 200 baht ($5 U.S.). The dress code is very strict: No shorts, no bare shoulders, no slippers or sandals. For additional information, visit thailandforvisitors.com/north/chiangrai/prakeo/index.html
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