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Holiday Voyage: From Africa to Asia

Program Number: 21504RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/18/2014 - 1/9/2015;
Duration: 22 nights
Location: Kenya/Tanzania/Comoros/Seychelles/Maldives/Sri Lanka
Price starting at: $7,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 59; 20 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 19 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

The holidays have never been as memorable as they are on this incredible journey from East Africa across the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka. Bookended by two nights each in the bustling metropolises of Nairobi and Colombo, this epic voyage spans the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, indulging you with the natural, cultural and historical gifts of Kenya, Tanzania and the island nations of the Comoros, Seychelles and Maldives en route to Sri Lanka. Observe wild animals and sea life, admire French and Dutch colonial architecture, walk on pristine beaches and in Buddhist temples adorned with murals, and hear from distinguished speakers and local experts who bring these destinations to life.




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

Nairobi (Kenya), 2 nights; Maasai Mara Reserve, 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 15 nights; Colombo (Sri Lanka), 2 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival Nairobi (Kenya):

Visit the Giraffe Center to learn about work to protect and increase the numbers of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Lodging: Conveniently located, historic hotel.



Days 4-6: Coach to Maasai Mara National Reserve / coach to Nairobi / flight to Mombasa / embark Aegean Odyssey:

Set out on game drives to observe hippo, crocodile and birdlife and join a local Maasai Moran on a nature walk through the edges of the reserve while learning about local flora and fauna. Lodging: Luxury safari camp.



Days 7-11: Zanzibar (Tanzania) / At Sea / Mayotte (The Comoros) / At Sea:

Explore Zanzibar’s Stone Town, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On beautiful Mayotte, the southernmost island in the Comoros archipelago, soak up Gallic charm against a backdrop of waterfalls, lush forests and volcanic peaks.



Days 12-14: Mahé (Seychelles) / Praslin / La Digue:

Explore granite-peaked Mahé with its exotic trees and white-sand beaches. Experience the coral reef on the island of Praslin and savor La Digue, considered the most beautiful island in the Seychelles.



Days 15-19: At Sea / Kuda Bandos (Maldives) / At Sea:

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon and barbecue on the sandy beaches of the uninhabited island of Kuda Bandos.



Days 20-23: Galle (Sri Lanka) / Colombo / disembark / departure:

Explore Galle, home to the best-preserved 17th-century Dutch fort in Sri Lanka, and recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In Colombo, the contrast between modernity and Old World charm emerges on visits to the colorful Pettah Bazaar and the incredible murals of the Asokaramaya Buddhist temple. Enjoy a full-day's drive through Sri Lanka's stunning hill country to the picturesque, naturally fortified town of Kandy. Lodging: Five-star hotel overlooking Indian Ocean.



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.
Alexandre Paiva Cardoso

Raised in France, Alex Cardoso is of Portuguese nationality, has lived in New York and London, and is now a resident of Barcelona. He studied Portuguese culture at the Portuguese consulate and languages at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Alex is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese – making him truly multi-cultural and multi-lingual! With 10 years of experience as a Road Scholar Group Leader in Europe, South America and South East Asia, Alex has embraced the Road Scholar mission and loves to share his passion for cross-cultural learning and international exploration. His unflagging good humor and incredible knowledge have made him a favorite of many Road Scholar participants.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
  Nairobi, Kenya 2 nights
   Fig Tree Camp
  Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 15 nights
   Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
  Colombo, Sri Lanka 2 nights
 Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: This historic hotel enjoyed its first heyday in 1940's colonial Kenya. It has retained its distinctive architecture and lush gardens. Situated in the popular shopping and residential suburb of Parklands, close to the city center, the hotel previously known as the Holiday Inn Nairobi is only 20km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  Contact info: Parklands Road, Parklands
PO Box 6680
Nairobi,  00800 Kenya
phone: +254 2 037 40920/1
web: www.southernsun.com/Hotels/Nairobi/Pages/overview.aspx
  Room amenities: Each room has room service, TV, phone, tea/coffee making facilities, high speed Internet access, hairdryer, safe, iron/ironing board.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a pool with deck and terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy beverages and light meals from the Oasis Restaurant (open daily from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM). The hotel is also home to Golden Spur Steak Ranch, a full-service restaurant (open 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM). High speed wireless Internet is available to all hotel guests through prepaid vouchers. Additional hotel amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, sauna, hairdresser and laundry services.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: TBD 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: 2:00 PM

 Fig Tree Camp
Type: Luxury Tented Camp
  Description: Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River in the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve. The Camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during game drives.
  Contact info: Mada Hotels Central Reservation
PO Box 40683,  00100 Nairobi Kenya
phone: +254 020 600 5072
web: www.madahotels.com
  Room amenities: Standard safari tents are on permanent foundations with verandah, overlooking the Talek River and are equipped with two beds, mosquito netting and private bathroom with shower. No hairdryer, no TV, no iron, no safe box, no telephone, no Internet.
  Facility amenities: The camp has several facilities and services. These include two bars, a main dining room, an open-air dining area and a tree house coffee deck. Also available is a video room, guest lecture facilities, swimming pool and gift shop. A fleet of four-wheel drive vehicles with expert drivers is available at the camp. The camp has a resident nurse and medical clinic. Power is supplied by generator from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM. New additions at Fig Tree Camp included new conference rooms and a new dining area overlooking the Talek River.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The 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: 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 enjoy 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; 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. Internet: The Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, wireless available in reception area). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The 5-star Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is situated on over 7 acres of land overlooking the tranquil Beira Lake. This award-winning hotel offers serenity and luxury in the heart of the city.
  Contact info: 115, Sir Chittampalam A.
Gardiner Mawatha
Colombo 02,   Sri Lanka
phone: +94 11 2491000
web: www.cinnamonhotels.com
  Room amenities: Each newly refurbished room has a mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers, iron, daily newspaper, telephone with voicemail, satellite LCD television, safe box, free WIFI, tea/coffee making supplies, 24-hour room service and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers several restaurants, bars and lounges as well as meeting rooms and a business center with computers and printers, fitness center with indoor pool, sauna and steam bath, outdoor pool, a full-service spa offering a range of treatments (for a fee), free WIFI throughout the hotel, laundry services and air conditioning.
  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:
Nairobi, Kenya. The program begins at 6 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after the farewell dinner on January 8th due to very early morning departing flights on January 9th. You will be staying at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required. A yellow fever immunization is REQUIRED for Tanzania – participants MUST show proof of vaccination upon entry. The Centers for Disease Control lists a number of recommended vaccines (www.cdc.gov or 800-232-4636). Please consult your physician at least 4-6 weeks prior to the program to determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health/immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: A yellow fever immunization is REQUIRED for Tanzania – participants MUST show proof of vaccination upon entry. The Centers for Disease Control lists a number of recommended vaccines (www.cdc.gov or 800-232-4636). Please consult your physician at least 4-6 weeks prior to the program to determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health/immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. Malaria pills are a consideration.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nairobi
  Transportation to site: Transfers via minibus from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport can be arranged by calling the Southern Sun Mayfair at +254 2 037 40920 and costs approx. $20/person.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Colombo
  Transportation from site: You may take a taxi from the hotel to the airport (approx. 20 miles, 40 minutes, $48).


Required innoculations:

Yes: A yellow fever immunization is REQUIRED for Tanzania – participants MUST show proof of vaccination upon entry. The Centers for Disease Control lists a number of recommended vaccines (www.cdc.gov or 800-232-4636). Please consult your physician at least 4-6 weeks prior to the program to determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health/immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. Malaria pills are a consideration.

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: Departures
(Thursday, December 18)
   
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Day 2: Welcome
(Friday, December 19)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Meet group outside of customs. Transfer to hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room for program orientation.
   
Accommodations: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Nairobi, Kenya
(Saturday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Visit to the Giraffe Center to learn about the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya's work to protect and increase the numbers of the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Later, visit an elephant orphanage where you will have the opportunity to feed these gentle giants and learn about conservation efforts.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free-time in the afternoon to enjoy the hotel's wonderful amenities.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Prepare your soft sided duffle-type bag for your journey to the Maasai Mara. Your bag cannot exceed 33 lbs (15 kg).
   
Accommodations: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Maasai Mara National Reserve
(Sunday, December 21)

Note: The drive from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara will take at least 4 hours and part of the road is unpaved and will be dusty. Please bring a soft sided duffle-type bag to pack belongings you will require for your two night stay in the Maasai Mara. The safari vehicles that will transport you from Nairobi cannot accommodate hard suitcases. Your bag cannot exceed 33 lbs (15 kg). You will reunite with suitcases upon return to Nairobi for flight to Mombasa and embarkation.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Early morning departure through the heart of Kenya on the way to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
 Lunch: Lunch upon arrival at the camp.
 Afternoon: The Maasai Mara is known as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. As you approach the reserve, be on the look out for crocodiles and hippos in the Talek River. After settling in at the camp, enjoy a relaxing game drive.
 Dinner: Welcome bush dinner by camp fire.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Maasai Mara National Reserve
(Monday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning game drive followed by breakfast.
 Morning: After breakfast, head toward the river to observe some of the 450 species of birds that thrive in the Mara including crowned cranes, long-crested eagles, marabou storks and African pygmy falcons. Before lunch, join a local Maasai Moran on a nature walk through the edges of the Maasai Mara Park. Learn about the flora as well as the park's smallest residents: insects and lizards.
 Lunch: Lunch at camp.
 Afternoon: Game drive. Sightings may include a variety of animals: zebra, cheetah, hyena, gazelle, elephant, and topi, amongst others. After a brief rest, there will be a presentation with a focus on the culture and customs of the Maasai.
 Dinner: Dinner at camp.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Flight to Nairobi / Flight to Mombasa / Flight to Zanzibar / Embarkation
(Tuesday, December 23)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning game drive followed by breakfast.
 Morning: After breakfast, transfer to air strip for return flight to Nairobi. You will arrive at Nairobi's Wilson Airport, and transported to the Southern Sun Mayfair hotel to pick up your luggage before continuing on to Nairobi International Airport for your flight to Mombasa.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Upon arrival into Mombasa, take a charter flight to Zanzibar where you will embark the Aegean Odyssey. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Zanzibar, Tanzania
(Wednesday, December 24)

Note: Shoes and socks must be removed to visit the monastery, pagoda and temple, and guests are advised to dress modestly.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A former center of the spice and slave trades, present-day Zanzibar is infused with African, Arab, European and Indian influences. During this morning's excursion, explore its Stone Town, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the house of David Livingstone, the legendary Scot who was a pioneer medical missionary and an explorer of the sub-continent.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Christmas Day at sea
(Thursday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a leisurely Christmas morning at sea.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Enjoy a special Christmas dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Mayotte, Comoros
(Friday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore beautiful Mayotte, the southernmost island in the crescent-shaped Comoros archipelago. Long a department of France, the island retains much of its Gallic charm. Against a backdrop of waterfalls, lush forests and volcanic peaks, there is a feeling of rural tranquility.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Mayotte on your own before the ship departs in the early evening.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 In Transit: Enjoy live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea
(Saturday, December 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library. It has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture and philosophy, not to mention classical and contemporary novels.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At sea
(Sunday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Relax poolside and reflect on your adventures in East Africa.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Mahé, Seychelles
(Monday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Sink into a book from the library as the ship approaches Mahé.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Explore granite-peaked Mahé with its exotic trees and white sand beaches. There is a quaint, ramshackle charm to the city's tin roofs and broad verandas of Victoria, the capital.
 Dinner: Dinner on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Evening: Overnight onboard in Mahé.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Mahé, Seychelles
(Tuesday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: During an excursion to the Marine National Park, experience the beauty of the Seychelles choral reef.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to continue independent exploration of the island or to relax on the beach before the ship departs in the early evening.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Praslin / La Digue, Seychelles
(Wednesday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a field trip to La Digue, long considered to be the most beautiful island in the Seychelles and home to many rare species of birds. Also visit Praslin, a sanctuary for the rare black parrot and home to the Coco-de-Mer palm tree, whose huge fruit contains the largest seed in the plant kingdom.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free-time for independent exploration.
 Dinner: New Year's Eve dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy some champagne to celebrate the new year.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: New Year's Day at sea
(Thursday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Find you way to one of the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At sea
(Friday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At sea
(Saturday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the views of the expansive Indian Ocean on deck.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Kuda Bandos, Maldives
(Sunday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Relax poolside as the ship approaches the Maldvies.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon and barbecue on the sandy beaches of the uninhabited island of Kuda Bandos.
 Dinner: Enjoy an island barbecue at Kuda Bandos.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At sea
(Monday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Join friends on deck to trade travel stories, reflect on all you have experienced on this adventure, and make plans for your next destination.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Galle, Sri Lanka
(Tuesday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A jewel of an island, Sri Lanka offers a unique combination of scenery, culture and history. Galle is the largest city in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, the city is the finest example of a Portuguese-built fortified city in Southeast Asia. Visit Galle Fort, built in the 17th century by the Dutch. It is the best-preserved colonial fort throughout Asia and is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration of Galle.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Free evening to prepare belongings for disembarkation.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Disembark / Kandy, Sri Lanka
(Wednesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Following disembarkation, 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Following its conclusion, check-in to the hotel in Colombo.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22: Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Thursday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Although Colombo is a thriving modern city, it has not lost its Old World charm, spiritual heart and historical interest. This contrast will become apparent as you see the colorful Pettah Bazaar and visit the Asokaramaya Buddhist temple.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon for indepdendent exploration of Colombo.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) for departures. Flights are scheduled for very early in the morning of January 9th.
   
Accommodations: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Departures
(Friday, January 9)
   
 Morning: In flight.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List


Animals of the Masai Mara


Author: Adam Scott Kennedy


Description: This photo guide by two safari guides focuses on the lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, giraffe and other celebrated wildlife.



Bradt Guide Seychelles


Author: Lyn Mair, Lynnath Beckley


Description: A detailed overview of Seychelles, its history, wildlife, culture and major attractions in the series by Bradt. Geared for the independent traveler, it includes maps, town plans and lots of practical travel information.



Giraffe Reflections


Author: Dale Peterson


Description: A unique, comprehensive portrait of these most fascinating of African animals. In spite of their size, defensive abilities and graceful manner, giraffes may not survive this century and here you will learn why.



Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar


Author: Emily Ruete


Description: Born Princess Salme in the Sultan's court on Zanzibar, the author wrote this book for her children in the 1800s as a tribute to the island. It is rich in details of a long-lost way of life, recalling the time when the sultans reigned on Zanzibar.



Out of Africa


Author: Isak Dinesen


Description: The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass.



Reef


Author: Romesh Gunesekera


Description: This slim novel tells the story of modern Sri Lanka through the eyes of a servant and his oblivious master. Haunting and atmospheric.



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.



The Safari Companion


Author: Richard Estes


Description: An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.



The Song of the Dodo


Author: David Quammen


Description: Clearly written and engaging, Quammen narrates his adventures on the trail of natural wonders in Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Galapagos and Komodo and explains complex evolutionary phenomena with humor, wit and understanding.



The Tree Where Man Was Born


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Masai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.



The White Nile


Author: Alan Moorehead


Description: This lively history of the Victorian search for the source of the Nile includes the extraordinary tales of Burton and Speke, not to mention the famous meeting of Livingstone and Stanley. The narrative includes vivid descriptions of Zanzibar, the last days of Khartoum and the building of the Suez Canal.



The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior


Author: Ole Saitoti


Description: Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides.



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.



Wildlife of East Africa


Author: Martin B. Withers


Description: This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.



Wildlife of the Seychelles


Author: John Bowler


Description: A photographic guide to the wildlife of the Seychelles, featuring 51 color plates of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates.





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