Jewels Of India & Arabia
Day 1 - Singapore Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. Two years later, it became an independent island-state, developing into one of the world's most prosperous countries. With ultra-modern skyscrapers combined with a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color, exhibiting a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.
Day 2 - Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia Port Kelang is your portal to the "Garden City" of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia's famous Batu Caves. Discover Kuala Lumpur's diverse architecture in giant sky scrapers, Malay mosques, Hindu temples, and impressive municipal buildings; marvel at the colorful displays of Hindu deities in the limestone Batu Caves; and visit the 222-acre Lake Gardens with its Orchid Garden, Butterfly Park and Bird Park.
Day 3 - Penang, Malaysia The name Penang comes from the Malay words for the betel nut, Palau Pinang. Ever since its founding over two centuries ago, Penang has been a favored destination of travelers for both its scenic beauty and places of ethnic and historic significance. Today, Penang is one of the most culturally diverse destinations in Malaysia. Established in 1786 as a trading post by the British, the island is a contemporary metropolis with old world charm, offering the best of both worlds while maintaining its illustrious, rich heritage.
Day 4 - Phuket, Thailand Phuket, nestled in the balmy Andaman Sea waters, lies 536 miles south of Bangkok. Initially, Phuket derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. Located on a major trade route between India and China, Phuket was frequently mentioned in foreign trader's ship logs. Blessed with a natural heritage of stunning white-sand beaches, sapphire blue seas, exotic marine life and lushly forested hillsides, Phuket is one of Southeast Asia's most popular destinations.
Day 5 - At Sea
Day 6 - At Sea
Day 7 - At Sea
Day 8 - Colombo, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka. A name that calls to mind the exotic and mysterious. This is a land of jungles inhabited by leopards and elephants, wondrous ruins of the great civilizations of ages past, and a modern city, Colombo, where western technology is superimposed on the passion of a traditional Asian metropolis. Originally known as Ceylon, the island became famous for producing the world's finest teas. Bright fragrant spices, sparkling sapphires, and the colorful trappings of a variety of ceremonies and religious festivals make this a most rewarding destination. Today, Colombo is a bustling mix of diverse races and religions, and contrasts of old and new. The tangible history of the city is a unique mix of relics from its Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences throughout.
Day 9 - At Sea
Day 10 - At Sea
Day 11 - Mumbai (Bombay), India Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a captivating city, known for its striking contrasts. The fastest growing, most affluent and industrialized city in India, Mumbai represents the ever-changing face of today's India: the old coupled with the dynamic new. This vibrant city is a kaleidoscopic mixture of intriguing people and incredible places, where within a block or two you can find modern skyscrapers, ornate Victorian buildings, and bustling bazaars.
Day 12 - At Sea
Day 13 - At Sea
Day 14 - Muscat, Oman Oman, "The Pearl of Mystic Arabia," is one of the oldest civilizations on the Arabian Peninsula. Wedged between the Arabian Gulf and the Western Al Hajar Mountains, Muscat boasts an ancient history and rich Islamic heritage, evident in its prominent landmarks such as forts, castles, towers and mosques. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development, leading to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.
Day 15 - At Sea
Day 16 - Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates
Day 17 - Abu Dhabi, U.A.E Wide expanses of desert sands stretching up to the ‘Rub Al Khali' – the Empty Quarter, blue waters of the Gulf, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, sailing and fishing, archeological sites and ultra-modern malls and shops. Abu Dhabi is a fine example of how well a community survived adverse environments for thousands of years by observing strict tribal codes. Today, the values, heritage and culture which were refined by the adoption of Islam over the past millennium continue to thrive notwithstanding the ultra modern infrastructure and facilities of a cosmopolitan, moderately liberal lifestyle. Despite the limitations of a mainly desert environment and a semi-nomadic lifestyle that prevailed up to the 20th century, Abu Dhabi has a rich past evidenced by scores of restored mud fortresses and remains of underground irrigation systems in Al Ain, which has been continuously inhabited for more than 4,000 years and is considered as the cultural centre of the emirate.
Day 18 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates is strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, and the traditional trading routes from Asia and the Far East to Europe and further afield are even more significant today than they were hundreds of years ago. Nestled at the very heart of the Islamic world, the country is unique in its embrace of the Western world. Here you can see the contrasts of the nomadic Bedouin people, and the opulence and splendor of the Sheiks, set against a backdrop of Western lifestyles.
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