You’re in for incredible sights and experiences throughout your Asian adventure, and even before you set sail. After meeting your ship in Benoa, you’ll have a chance to discover the many attractions of beautiful Bali. Untrodden beaches, ancient temples and dense forests and mangroves alive with fascinating fauna and flora, such as Balinese long-tailed monkeys, are just some of this idyllic island’s highlights. In contrast to Bali, Singapore boasts soaring man-made marvels and vibrant city life.
Your stop here affords you an opportunity to experience Asia at its most modern among the towering skyscrapers and office blocks of this city-state’s bustling Financial District, or perhaps explore Chinatown and see the striking Sri Mariamman Temple. Alternatively, you could choose to visit the gorgeous Gardens by the Bay, with its array of fragrant flora from around the globe; and stop by Raffles to enjoy high tea in the opulent surroundings of the world-famous hotel.
The epitome of paradise, fabulous Phuket – the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ – is sure to delight, with its glistening clear-blue waters and palm-lined white sand beaches. Make the most of your time to relax in the soothing sunshine, or perhaps venture into Phuket Town to see the impressive temples and shrines in the centre. For breathtaking scenery, don’t miss your chance to take a short speedboat ride to legendary Phang Nga Bay and ‘James Bond Island’. In Myanmar, Thilawa is your stopping point for taking in the wonders of this extraordinary country. The awe-inspiring golden and gem-laden spires of the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, is not-to-be-missed in nearby Yangon, while the spiritual city of Bagan is within reach on a tour from Thilawa too. Finally, it’s on to Sri Lanka to conclude your cruise in Colombo. Before heading home, you’ll have time to enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Sri Lankan capital, home to impressive Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, museums and busy bazaars.
Highlights of this cruise:
The rain-forested, mountainous island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most spectacular beaches situated along the clear blue waters of its western shore. This idyllic high-end island resort contrasts nicely with the culturally-rich capital, Phuket Town, which offers busy markets and fabulous food.
Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, is connected to the southern tip of the country by a couple of short road bridges. The island has wonderful soft white beaches, fringed by shady palm trees and grass huts. Just offshore, many uninhabited outcrops of tall limestone crags rise straight out of the sea and cry out to be explored. Phuket is the ideal spot to truly relax and unwind with incredible views of the surrounding bays.
In Phuket Town, the Thalang National Museum has fascinating displays about the island’s indigenous culture. There are a couple of Hindu Temples on the island, as well as a number of Buddhist shrines, including the Wat Chalong Temple, which is the centre for worship on Phuket. High in the Nakkerd Hills, northwest of Chalong Circle, the 45m-high Big Buddha sits in imposing fashion on the island's finest viewpoint.
Yangon has earned the nickname ‘The Garden City of the East’ due its lush green trees, shaded parkland and beautiful lakes. But Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is also the commercial and increasingly cosmopolitan capital of Myanmar.
From the port Thilawa, a visit to Yangon reveals a mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas that define its eclectic skyline. The downtown pavements are one huge open-air market, and feature some of the most impressive colonial architecture in Southeast Asia, alongside a swathe of new shops, restaurants and bars.
The city has barely changed at all, and the Shwedagon Paya, a glistening, awe-inspiring golden Buddhist monument is seemingly the centre of everything. An eye-catching wealth of colour and pigments on its 326ft-high curved exterior gives way to the top of the Pagoda’s crown which is encrusted with diamonds, rubies and other gemstones. Locals and monarchs often donate gold to ensure this incredible structure maintains its beauty.
The city's other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule Pagodas, both containing Buddhist relics.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The port city of Colombo on Sri Lanka's Western coast is rich with colonial heritage, religions, races and cultures. With a population of over 4.5 million people, Colombo is a bustling, fascinating and noisy city. It combines Dutch and British colonial buildings, with Buddhist temples, Islamic mosques, Christian churches, and modern gleaming skyscrapers. The impressive Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, is worth uncovering and it borders the sprawling Viharamahadevi Park, home to a giant Buddha.
The narrow cobbled streets of Pettah, the main bazaar district, are full of shops and street markets selling an amazing array of goods at bargain prices. There are plenty of places to eat, from small shops selling pancakes to coffee shops and upmarket restaurants.
A more rustic, slow-paced Sri Lankan experience can be found in nearby Negombo, with its quaint village streets and lively fish market. Alternatively, sun seekers can venture to the private beach of Mt. Lavinia, located on the breath-taking Golden Mile beachfront; a living legacy to the secret love story between the British Governor General of Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, and the mestizo dancer, Lovina.
- Economy airfare to Bali, return from Colombo
- Transfer to hotel
- 3 NIGHT pre-cruise accommodation in Bali
- 14 NIGHT cruise aboard Boudicca
- Main meals~ & entertainment on board
- 3 NIGHTS post-cruise accommodation in Colombo
- Negombo Full Day Excursion^*
- Transfer to airport
- Air taxes, port charges & government fees