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The Coast of India Aboard Minerva: From Colonial Ports to Modern Metropolises

Program Number: 21635RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/12/2015 - 3/30/2015;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: Sri Lanka/India/Oman
Price starting at: $4,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 46; 15 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Embark on a voyage up the coast of India to experience the many faces of this intriguing country. Discover the modern energy of Mumbai, observe a timeless way of life in backwater villages, delve into the life of Mahatma Gandhi and see the elegant architecture left behind from the colonial period. Plus find an elephant orphanage and a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka and complete your voyage in the elegant Arabian city of Oman.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven, hilly terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Colombo (Sri Lanka), 1 night; aboard Minerva, 14 nights; Muscat (Oman), 1 night.



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


Days 3-5: Arrival Colombo (Sri Lanka) / embark Minerva:

Observe the largest captive elephant herd in the world and see baby elephants being fed at the renowned Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Journey over emerald hills to the sacred city of Kandy, a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Day 6: Tuticorin (India):

Sail through the Laccadive Sea to India and step ashore in Tuticorin. Journey to Tirunelveli, a hub of missionary activity for centuries, and examine the life-size sculptures of the Krishnapuram Temple.



Days 7-8: Kochi:

Discover this port where the spice trade has flourished since ancient times. Explore the old Fort Kochi district and see the iconic Chinese fishing nets. The next day, board a traditional houseboat for an excursion on the scenic Kerala backwaters.



Days 9-10: At Sea / Marmagao:

Experience Old Goa — built by the Sultanate of Bijapur in the 15th century, it later became the capital of Portuguese India. Visit two magnificent colonial churches: Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.



Days 11-12: Mumbai:

Explore this vibrant city, a symbol of the globalized India, on two expert-led excursions. Step inside Mani Bhavan, the house that served as Gandhi’s headquarters. Examine artifacts reflecting India’s history at the Prince of Wales Museum.



Days 13-14: At Sea / Porbandar:

Discover the “real India” in this port town. Visit Kirti Mandir, the Gandhi family home where the Mahatma was born. Climb aboard a tuk-tuk (auto rickshaw) to absorb the sights and sounds of the local street life.



Days 15-19: At Sea / Muscat (Oman) / disembark / departure:

Sail west to the Arabian Peninsula and the city of Muscat, set dramatically between mountains and sea. Step inside the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to admire its stunning interior. Delve into Oman’s history at the Bait Al Zubair Museum. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Ramada Colombo
  In Flight 1 night
   MV Minerva
  Aboard the MV Minerva, UK:England 14 nights
   Muscat Holiday Inn
  Aboard the MV Minerva, UK:England 1 night
 Ramada Colombo
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Ramada Colombo is a 4 star hotel located in the heart of the city just minutes away from the Central Business District.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 30 Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha
Colombo,  03 Sri Lanka
phone: (+94)11-2422001
web: www.ramadacolombo.com
  Room amenities: 1 King bed or 2 double beds (please specify your preference) Separate seating area 42 inch LED TV Ergonomically inspired work space Bathroom with bathtub and a separate shower cubicle with rain shower. Hair Dryer WiFi
  Facility amenities: Wifi from any location of the hotel Outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi adjacent to coffeeshop Fitness Center Steam and Sauna 24 hour in-room dining menu Business Center Laundry Service Travel Counter Gift Shop Facilities for differently abled travellers
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services to arrange additional nights.

 MV Minerva
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: No matter which corner of the globe you choose to discover, after exploring ashore, you will always appreciate Minerva’s stately comforts: a relaxed lounge with entertainment, well-stocked library, restaurants, gym, Wheeler bar and Shackleton's bar. An elegant environment in which polished wood and gleaming brass are complemented by works of art and fresh flowers. With over 50 years experience in discovery cruising, Swan Hellenic knows all the ingredients for the perfect cruise. From the on board environment to inspiring itineraries, and from our knowledgeable reservations team to our European ship's officers and attentive crew, we are committed to providing you with the ultimate discovery cruise experience. You will travel with like-minded people and as you share the experiences of your voyage, you may find acquaintances turn into lasting friendships. Your cruise will be further enriched by the presence of distinguished speakers drawn from the academic, diplomatic and media worlds. Their presentations and the more informal conversations you can enjoy in the Darwin Lounge will really bring our destinations to life.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449 Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin Registration - Bahamas Passengers - 350 Crew - 160; mainly Filipino and Ukrainian Officers - British and European Entered Service - 29th April 1996
  Contact info: Swan Hellenic - North America
1800 S.E. 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-923-9182
web: us.swanhellenic.com/homeus.html
  Room amenities: TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin
  Facility amenities: Facilities include: 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars Cinema Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Muscat Holiday Inn
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Set amidst a picturesque landscape, Holiday Inn Muscat Al Seeb exudes serenity, comfort and convenience. The hotel is merely 8-minute drive away from the Muscat International Airport and close to Muscat Al Seeb City Center, the city’s most popular shopping destination. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Mutrah Souq and other historical interest places as well as the business hub are just a stroll away. The 185 modern and ergonomically designed rooms, suites and apartments focus on comfortable stay experiences ensuring guests Stay Real and feel at home. A fully equipped business center and complimentary wireless Internet in all rooms and public areas will ensure that you will stay connected with your friends and business partners alike. Holiday Inn Muscat Al Seeb offers guests a whole host of facilities including an outdoor pool, fitness center and steam rooms. Start your day with our delicious and lavish Holiday Inn breakfast buffet or enjoy a lunch or dinner in Omede all-day dining restaurant serving Mediterranean and International delights. The contemporary atmosphere of the Halwa Lounge Cafe located on the ground floor invites you to just relax after a busy day.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Al Hail
Muscat,   Oman
phone: 888-HOL-IDAY
  Room amenities: Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room Valet Service Cable / Satellite TV Color TV In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Workspace / Desk Work Desk w/ Lamp Desk Level Electrical Outlet Electrical Adapters Available Power Converters Available Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Phone with Voice Mail Two-Line Phone Direct Dial Phone Speaker Phone Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Electrical Adapters Available Power Converters Available Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Bathroom / Personal Care Bathrobe Bathtub Hairdryer Private Bathroom Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Mini Bar Tea Maker Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board Separate Hanging Closet Sofa-bed Number of Closets in Some Rooms : 1
  Facility amenities: Business Center Health and Fitness Center (On-site) Standard Internet service is free for all guests Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas Entertainment and Recreation Outdoor Pool Activities and Services for Children Daily Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Shoe Shine Miscellaneous A/C Public Areas Concierge Services Porter/Bellman Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services to book additional nights.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins at 6:00 pm on Day 2 at the program hotel in Colombo You will be staying at Ramada Colombo that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the MV Minerva. You will be staying at Muscat Holiday Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Swan Hellenic requires all guests to register online prior to sailing. They will ask you 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.swanhellenic.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. The embarkation date is the date you board the ship. 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 did not receive a booking number or if you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
We do not recommend driving to the site
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train/Bus not recommended
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Minerva
  Transportation to site: All participants who purchase their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services will be provided with a transfer from the airport in Singapore to the program hotel. If you did not purchase your air travel through Road Scholar, you may join the desginated group transfer as long as your flight arrives at the same time or before the group flight. The designated group transfer time will be sent with your final program materials, approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of your program. Please try to arrive by 4:00pm, so you join the Program Orientation and Welcome Dinner.
  From End of Program
  Location: Aboard the MV Minerva
  Transportation from site: All participants who arranged their air travel through Road Scholar will be transfer from the ship to the airport in Colombo at the end of the program. If you did not purchase your air through Road Scholar, you may join the designated group transfer as long as your flight departs at the same time or after the group flight. The designated group transfer time will be sent with your final program materials, approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of your program.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
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 from the US
(Thursday, March 12)
   
 Arrive To: Flights depart the U.S.

Day 2: In Flight
(Friday, March 13)
   
 In Transit: In flight en route to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Day 3: Arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Saturday, March 14)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Colombo Sri, Lanka. In the early evening, meet your group leader for a program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Ramada Colombo
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Sunday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of the organization was originally inclined towards tourism, but soon becasme an important conservation and educational center. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding program. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for mating, and in 1984 the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists all over the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at Elephant Bay Restaurant
 Afternoon: Transfer to embark the MV Minerva.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Monday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Drive through the beautiful scenery of the Hill Country to Kandy, renowned as an important centre for pilgrims throughout the Buddhist world. Explore the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya before driving to a hotel where you can relax over lunch, during which you’ll enjoy a display of traditional Kandyan dancing. Continue by coach to Kandy where you can discover the lakeside Temple of the Tooth and the Kandy Museum, which traces the history of the development and culture of the Kandyan Kingdom.
 Lunch: Lunch on shore
 Afternoon: Excursion to Kandy will continue. Minerva will be in port until 19:00
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Tuticorin, India
(Tuesday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: In Palayamkottai, the headquarters of the Church Missionary Society, visit Holy Trinity Cathedral and Christ Church – built for the British in 1846. Continue to the market town of Tirunelveli, one of the oldest Christian centres in Tamil Nadu, where St Francis Xavier began his ministry in the 16th century. Here you can explore Krishnapuram Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu with its beautiful pillars and life size sculptures. A comfort stop will be made at a local hotel on the return journey and refreshments will be served before you continue your journey back to Minerva.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kochin, India
(Wednesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Morning at leisure as you sail towards Kochin. Minerva is scheduled to arrive at 11:30.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Discover colourful old Kochi on a sightseeing tour, seeing the historic Fort Cochin area including St Francis Church – the first church built by Europeans in India, the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets – introduced by traders from the court of Kubla Khan, and the fish market. Continue to the Mattancherry district where other highlights will include a visit to the 16th century Dutch Palace, a visit to the Indo Portuguese Museum and a walk along Jewish Street.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Kochin, India
(Thursday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Drive to Allepey and set off on a delightful cruise along the peaceful and wonderfully picturesque Kerala backwaters. As you glide through the network of narrow canals and wide lakes you’ll see numerous unspoilt villages and, at close hand, many traditional activities which are so typical of this region’s way of life. A photostop will be made at the Chinese fishing nets before your return to Minerva.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served on shore during your excursion.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart Kochin at 19:00.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea
(Friday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Relax on board the ship. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Marmagao, Goa
(Saturday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: See the centre of Old Goa, the state’s one-time Portuguese capital, and visit the Se Cathedral dedicated to St Catherine, one of the largest churches in the city. Also visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, one of the most important churches in Goa built by the Jesuits in the 16th century and housing the relics of St Francis Xavier. Later drive through Panjim, the present capital city, passing through streets lined with old villas characteristic of Portuguese Goa, as well a enjoying a short walk through the ‘Fountainhas’ Latin Quarter.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Ship will be in port until 17:00
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Mumbai, India
(Sunday, March 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Morning at leisure as you sail towards Mumbai. Minerva is scheduled to arrive at 13:00.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Admire some of the sights of this bustling city including a photostop at the Gateway of India and a visit to Mani Bhavan, where Gandhi lived from 1917-1934. You will also have an independent visit to the Prince of Wales Museum, housing a good collection of Indian carvings, statues and artefacts. During the tour pass Marine Drive, Churchgate Station and the High Court.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Mumbai, India
(Monday, March 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Iskon Temple as well as a short visit to the Hanging Gardens. A photostop will also be made at Dhobi Ghat's immense open air laundry. During your sightseeing drive, you will also pass the Parsi Towers of Silence, Victorian Chhatrapatti Shivaji Railway Terminus and Chowpatty Beach.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva will remain in port until 22:00.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea
(Tuesday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Porbandar, India
(Wednesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Experience the ‘Real India’ and discover Kirti Mandir, the birthplace and family home of Mahatma Gandhi. You will also visit Sudama Mandir – a temple dedicated to Sudama, friend of Lord Krishna, with idols said to date back 5,000 years. Between Kirti Mandir and Sudama Mandir enjoy a local tuk tuk ride and enjoy street life. There will also be the opportunity to see the local street market.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart Porbandar at 17:00.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At Sea
(Thursday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At Sea / Muscat
(Friday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising Minerva. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Muscat at 18:00 and will remain in port for 2 nights. There are no planned field trips this evening.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Muscat, Oman
(Saturday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Muscat has been described as a port unlike any other in the Arab world, enchanting visitors with its distinctive trading areas and beautiful Corniche, set against a mountainous backdrop. Enjoy visiting the Al Alam Palace area of Muscat, viewing Sultan Qaboos’ official residence, a striking example of modern Arabic architecture, and the famous medieval Portuguese twin forts. Visit the Grand Mosque to admire its stunning interior. You will also visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a private collection showcasing excellent artefacts of Omani heritage including jewellery, weapons, traditional clothing and manuscripts. The coach will drop you at the Fortress Tower and the Twin Forts, Mirani and Al Jalali. From here enjoy a short walk through the grounds of the Sultan’s Palace before returning to Minerva.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva will remain in port overnight.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Muscat, Oman - Disembark
(Sunday, March 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Drive to Barka to visit a local fish market and witness how local people barter fresh catch fish. Proseed to visit Rustaq and Nakhl. Rustaq fort is famous for it's hot water springs. The hot springs (Ain Al Kisfa) are said to have medicinal value and in the olden days people used to travel far and wide just to take a healing dip in the waters and experience the nostalgia of days gone by. Photostop at Al Hazm Fort in Rustaq. the fort is known far and wide for its beautiful gates which are adorned with verses from the Holy Koran and flower etchings.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: The next stop is Nakhl which also has the highest fort in Oman, standing proudly on top of a hilltop. The fort is 350 years old and is set in a gorge, surrounded by a mountain enclave. In 1990, sympathetic restoration work began using traditional building materials and period furnishings. The carved master gate is believed to date back to the 1830's during the reign of Sayyid Said bin Sultan. Continue to the Al Thowara Oasis where one can witness the source of the natural springs. Check into your comfortable hotel for one night. Your evening is free to pack and rest before your early morning flights.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Muscat Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Muscat, Oman - Departures
(Monday, March 30)
   
 Depart From: Early morning transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America.
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.

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