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Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

26 Nights featuring Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mumbai, Dubai and India’s Golden Triangle Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds, Jaipur, India

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers

Departs: February 21, 2020

About This Journey

From the earliest times, the journey of goods and trade in the ancient world became the routes by which man explored his environment and shared his culture. The principal and most profitable goods that were traded were spices – giving the routes their name. As early as 2000 BC, spices such as cinnamon from Sri Lanka and cassia from China made their way along the Spice Routes to the Middle East. On this Enrichment Journey, you can revisit history as you follow the old Spice Route from Delhi to Singapore. You will start your journey In India where you will experience both Old and New Delhi. You will travel inland to visit the famed Golden Triangle – Jaipur, Agra and Delhi! Along the way, you will discover 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Fatephur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ancient city. End your journey with an almost-incomprehensible experience, the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After your time in India, you’ll fly to Dubai where you’ll tour the gold and spice souks. Enjoy dinner under the stars during a Desert Safari dinner, which will include some dune bashing (off-roading on sand dunes) on the way. Next, you’ll be escorted to Abu Dhabi for a full day tour, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The following day, you will board the Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi, cruising to Sri Lanka, India and Singapore as you follow the trade routes. While in Mumbai, there will be an exclusive full day tour for Enrichment Journeys Guests only. After disembarking in Singapore, you will experience the colonial city that was England’s central hub of the Silk Road. See colonial Singapore and its 21st century architecture, visit the tropical Singapore Botanical Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and view the city from one of the city’s most unique architectural wonders.

Visits: Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Cochin, New Mangalore, Taj Mahal, India; Dubai, UAE, Muscat, Oman; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Phuket, Thailand; Singapore; Kathmandu, Nepal (optional); Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Constellation

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Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Delhi – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Delhi – Full-day City Tour
3 Delhi to Agra – Tour of Agra Fort
4 Agra to Jaipur – Taj Mahal at Sunrise, Enroute Tour of Fatehpur Sikri
5 Jaipur – Full-day Tour including Amer Fort
6 Jaipur to Delhi – Transfer and Leisure Time
7 Delhi to Dubai – Flight and Group Dinner
8 Dubai – City Tour
9 Dubai – Tour to Sharjah and Evening Desert Safari
10 Dubai – Tour of Abu Dhabi
11 Dubai – Transfer to Port for Embarkation
12 Dubai, UAE 4:00 PM
13 Muscat, Oman 12:00 PM 8:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 At Sea
16 Mumbai (Bombay), India – Included Shore Excursion 6:00 AM
17 Mumbai (Bombay), India 8:00 PM
18 Goa (Mormugao), India 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
19 At Sea
20 Cochin, India  7:00 AM 4:00 PM
21 Colombo, Sri Lanka 12:00 PM 8:30 PM
22 At Sea
23 At Sea
24 Phuket, Thailand 12:30PM 9:00 PM
25 At Sea
26 Disembark Singapore – City Tour 7:00 AM
27 Singapore – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight

Land Package Highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
    Upon arrival at the airport in Delhi, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with boarding the bus and transferring to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
  • Day 2: Delhi
    Qutb Minar, Delhi

    Qutb Minar, Delhi

    After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. Modern Delhi is a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, dusty bazaars, and colonial-era town planning. Tour Old and New Delhi with a visit to Jama Masjid. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century and the Red Fort. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Then see New Delhi as you drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, through the impressive Rajpath to the World War I Memorial Arch and the India Gate. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutb Minar with its 72-meter-high minaret. Dinner will be at the hotel and you will have the evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

  • Day 3: Delhi to Agra
    Agra Fort

    Agra Fort

    After breakfast at your hotel, depart by motor coach for Agra where you will have lunch upon arrival. In the afternoon, you will visit Agra Fort. With the Taj Mahal overshadowing it, one can easily forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Construction of the massive red-sandstone fort, on the bank of the Yamuna River, began by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Further additions were made using white marble. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace, and later it became his gilded prison for eight years after his son Aurangzeb seized power in 1658. Evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

  • Day 4: Agra to Jaipur
    Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

    Rise early for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. This is the perfect way to create a special memory, as the grounds are quiet and uncrowded, the vibrant colors of the sunrise reflect on the Taj Mahal’s white marble, and there is a general sense of calm and peacefulness in the air. There is no doubt that this special moment will be one of the highlights of your trip! The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Construction of the Taj began the following year and, although the main building is thought to have been built in eight years, the whole complex was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz. In total, some 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. Specialists were brought in from as far away as Europe to produce the exquisite marble screens and pietra dura (marble inlay work) made with thousands of semiprecious stones. The Taj was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983 and looks as immaculate today as when it was first constructed—though it underwent a huge restoration project in the early 20th century. Arrive back at the hotel for breakfast.

    After breakfast, board your motor coach for the drive to Jaipur. Enroute, a visit will be made at Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ancient city that was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Akbar visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque—still in use today—and three palaces for each of his favorite wives, one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian (though Hindu villagers in Sikri dispute these claims). The city was an Indo-Islamic masterpiece and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    A stop for lunch will be made in Bharatpur before continuing on to Jaipur. Check-in and have a leisurely dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

  • Day 5: Jaipur
    Jaipur Palace

    Jaipur Palace

    After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour of Jaipur. Seven miles north of Jaipur is Amer Fort, a honey-colored fortress, in the Aravalli hills. The somber exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments, which open on to striking views of the gorge. It also possesses a Chamber of Mirrors. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art—panels of alabaster with fine inlay work. Enjoy lunch before proceeding to a city tour of Jaipur. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the world outside. Visit Jai Singh’s Observatory, Jantar Mantar, built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being the prince was also a soldier, astronomer and builder. Then visit the City Palace—part of which is a museum displaying Rajput and Mughal paintings, rare manuscripts and Royal costumes. After exploring Jaipur, return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

  • Day 6: Jaipur to Delhi
    After breakfast at your hotel, depart Jaipur by motor coach and drive to Delhi, where you will have lunch upon arrival. Check-in and have dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Delhi to Dubai
    After breakfast, you’ll transfer to airport for a flight to Dubai. Check-in to your hotel and have dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
  • Day 8: Dubai
    Burj Khalifa, Dubai

    Burj Khalifa, Dubai

    Your first stop will be a city tour of Old and New Dubai. The half-day tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history—passing royal palaces, visiting historical buildings with their ancient wind towers, crossing Dubai Creek, and exploring the city’s vibrant souks. There will also be a visit to the Dubai Museum, the oldest existing building in Dubai, as well as a photo stop on the beach with Burj Al Arab Hotel as back drop, repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. Next, get breathtaking views of Dubai’s skyline from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa before returning back to your hotel. (B, L)

  • Day 9: Dubai
    Dubai Desert

    Dubai Desert

    Today, you will drive to Sharjah Emirate where you will stop in Quran Square and Sharjah University for photo opportunities before continuing on to Blue Mosque and the Islamic museum. After a short rest at the hotel, set off on a Desert Safari Adventure! Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, trained safari guides drive 4×4 vehicles over sand dunes, through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the desert. A feast under the stars includes grilled meats, sweets and beverages at a traditional Bedouin-style camp. At the campsite, you can opt for a camel ride and have a henna design applied on your hands or feet. (B, D)

  • Day 10: Dubai
    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    After breakfast, drive through Palm Jumeirah Island, a series of artificial archipelagos in the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf which looks like a stylized palm tree from above, and was originally billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a fascinating mix of tradition and progression, from the magnificent Emirates Palace Hotel to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, considered to be the key site for worship in the country. Other highlights include Heritage Village and Museum of Abu Dhabi. You will also pass by the Presidential Palace, Ferrari World and Yas Island. (B, L)

  • Day 11: Dubai 
    After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and transfer to the port to embark the Celebrity Constellation. (B)
  • Day 12-25: Cruising
  • Day 16: Mumbai
    Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India

    Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India

    During this full-day private group tour of Mumbai, you will see all the “must see” sites of Mumbai! Departing the cruise pier, you will set off on a walking tour of some of Mumbai’s best preserved Colonial buildings from the days of British rule. Sites include the Asiatic Library (Old Town Hall); Flora Fountain, which was built in 1864 and depicts the Roman goddess Flora; High Court, one of the most distinguished High Courts in the country and housed in a beautiful Gothic building; Mumbai University; and Rajabai Clock Tower, modeled after London’s Big Ben. We will then walk past Hornimon Circle and make an interior visit to the St. Thomas Cathedral, the city’s first Anglican Church and the oldest British-era building standing in Mumbai. Continue walking towards the David Sassoon Library and the Army and Navy Building, then board the coach for a drive through the Fort district. In this area we will see the General Post Office, Municipal Corporation building and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai market (formerly Crawford Market), one of the most vibrant markets in the city. At the end of the morning program we will step inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formally Victoria Terminus Station), an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The first train in India departed from this station in 1853. Then, experience true grandeur at lunch inside the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the iconic sea-facing landmark in Colaba, South Mumbai. This flagship Taj hotel offers you splendid views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India, the most famous monument in Mumbai. After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive past the Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest outdoor laundromat, and Haji Ali, a mosque and dargah (tomb) which is one of the most recognizable religious landmarks of Mumbai. You will also see the Mani Bhawan residence, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1934. The leader formulated his philosophy of satyagraha (nonviolent protest) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign from this house. No other full-day tour covers this many places – you will see and experience more than you would anywhere else!  (L)

  • Day 26: Singapore
    Singapore Parliament House

    Singapore Parliament House

    Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and starting your tour. Today, you will drive past Padang field at the Cricket Club, one of the world’s more picturesque sports grounds. At Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall, glimpse at landmarks of Singapore’s colonial past and journey to independence; these buildings have borne witness to many pivotal events in the nation’s history. You will also visit Chinatown with fascinating temples and traditional turn-of-the-century shop houses before continuing on to Little India. Enjoy breathtaking views from the Skypark observation deck, located 57 stories above the city, atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel and enjoy lunch in a local Chinese restaurant before going to your hotel in Singapore for check-in. (L)

  • Day 27: Singapore
    Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing

 

Port Highlights

Dubai, UAE: Everything in Dubai is the biggest, tallest, and the first of its kind, including a manmade island shaped like a palm tree, the world’s first underwater hotel, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, and the Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building. Located in the middle of a desert where almost nothing existed 20 years ago, Dubai is a like a futuristic oasis. To find some of your own glitz and glam, head to the Dubai Gold Souk. Haggle with merchants for one-of-a-kind pieces that will shine and sparkle in the desert sun. And if malls are more your thing, Dubai is also home to—you guessed it—the world’s largest shopping mall.

Muscat, Oman: From its prominence as a trading port in the first century, to its importance as a modern-day commercial center, this elegant town with fine houses has an ocean of things to discover. Take a stroll along the Corniche and enjoy sweeping views and some of the best shopping in the city at the Mutrah Souq. After you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, grab a freshly squeezed fruit juice from a street vendor and climb to the base of Mutrah Fort at the east end of the Corniche for a spectacular view of the city. Moving uptown, be sure to visit the Sulan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The third largest in the world, it features a massive Swarovski crystal chandelier with over 600,000 crystals and a hand-woven prayer rug with more than 1.7 billion knots.

Mumbai, India: India’s premier metropolis is a city of stark contrasts, modern towers of steel and glass stand next to stately stone edifices from the days of the Raj. Automobiles race down the crowded streets and everywhere one confronts the paradox of India. The commercial capital of the subcontinent, a large percentage of Mumbai’s population lives in hutments without running water or electricity. India’s principal seaport, Bombay is “Mumbai” in Marathi. When the Portuguese acquired the city from Bahadur Shah in the 15th century, they called their new possession Bom Baim, “good bay.”

Goa (Mormugao), India: The magical state of Goa used to be an outpost of Portugal, so the palms on its beaches still sway with a certain Portuguese rhythm. The laid-back lifestyle in India’s smallest, most prosperous state attracts many world travelers. You can explore world-heritage architecture, fragrant spice plantations, and cuisine that blends Portuguese technique with Indian flavors.

New Mangalore, India: Feast your senses on the sights, sounds, and scents of New Mangalore. You can admire the work of craftsmen in the artisan village and browse local markets for photo ops. Explore a 17th-century Christian church, a 15th-century temple with a thousand carved pillars, and a former Buddhist temple dating to 1068. Go nuts for cashews, a major crop, and learn all about the tasty kernels. Stand amid a hundred-acre spice farm, peppers, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and inhale deeply. Ride to nearby Ullal and stroll the beautiful beaches.

Cochin, India: Cochin on the Kerala coast of India is an exotic fable sprung to life. The city has been a major seaport and trading center since before the Roman Empire. Cultures from three continents met here in trade, and their legacy is reflected in the city’s rich heritage. Cochin boasts a Portuguese church, a Dutch palace, an exquisite Synagogue with Chinese floor tiles and old godowns (warehouses) still bursting with spices and coir. Cochin is a series of small islands and peninsulas linked by bridges.

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Old world meets new in the capital of Sri Lanka. Stroll past colonial architecture and lush gardens in the Fort district, shop a traditional marketplace in Pettah, then step into the modern era at Colombo’s many stylish restaurants, galleries and museums. From the city, it’s a short trip to visit an elephant orphanage or ornate Buddhist temple.

Phuket, Thailand: Thailand’s largest and most visited island, Phuket, offers gorgeous beaches lined with palm trees, plus fabulous coves and bays. Water sports include sailing, diving, and snorkeling. Golf enthusiasts will love the championship courses, while nature lovers will be thrilled by the tropical forests and waterfalls. Tour historic mansions and top off the day enjoying the extensive nightlife.

Singapore: This diamond-shaped island off the coast of Malaysia is also the smallest country in Southeast Asia. It’s one of only two cities in the world to have a significant rain forest within its boundaries. Here, you’ll find more than 840 varieties of flowering plants and 500 species of wildlife. Boasting mouthwatering cuisine, incredible shopping, and a thriving arts scene, this island is an exhilarating blend of cultures.

Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

Included Features

  • Included international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 10-night pre-cruise land program in India and the UAE with included tours
    • Delhi – three-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day tour of Old and New Delhi
    • Agra – one-night hotel stay
      • Sunrise Visit to Taj Mahal
      • Half-day tour of Agra Fort
      • Half-day Fatehpur Sikri tour and Jaipur transfer
    • Jaipur – two-night hotel stay
      • Full-day Jaipur City tour and Amer Fort
    • Dubai – four-night hotel stay
      • Half-day Dubai City tour
      • Half-day tour of Sharjah
      • Evening Desert Safari with dinner
      • Full-day tour of Abu Dhabi
  • One-night post-cruise land program in Singapore with included tours
    • Singapore – one-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour
  • Local Tour Hosts during land program
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 15-night sailing aboard Celebrity Constellation
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Mumbai, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Choose 1 of the following (for Oceanview and higher): Classic Beverage Package, Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Internet or $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 26-night Journey, you will explore India, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore by land, cruise, air and motor coach. Most days of the land program include full-day tours. On most days, breakfast and lunch is included, leaving dinner and the evening hours at your leisure. Your guide will be able to assist you with dinner and shopping options, or you may choose to get room service and relax at the hotel instead. During the cruise, optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered as moderately active involving walking to numerous historical sites. Walking on different types of land, roads, and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in India. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses when applicable. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up narrow stairways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Please note: Most historic areas in India were developed during a time when traffic was by foot, or horse-drawn vehicle. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Many pavements are made up of brick or cobblestone (often original) and therefore are rough and/or uneven. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites in these areas often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.

Cultural Focus

Dubai and India offer a rich culture, and eclectic combination of the old and the new. Dubai is an Islamic country, and while there is a strong expatriate community and relaxed Western influences, it’s still expected that you dress more conservatively in public. Dress in India and Souteast Asia leans more conservative as well. Be respectful and dress conservatively in religious places, especially temples and while on tour in India; it will be appreciated.

A trip of a lifetime through Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Thailand and Dubai will be unforgettable and very different. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes attractions, beaches and the cities themselves can be crowded.

New cuisine can be the biggest difference travelers experience abroad. Dishes are prepared fresh and can often be modified to your tastes. The local host or tour manager as well as any staff would be happy to recommend new types of cuisine for you to sample and are willing to explain the flavorful components.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. Be mindful of Asian culture and pack modest clothing. We ask that you please be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.

Recommended Reading List

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux (Singapore)

Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)

Kim by Rudyard Kipling (India)

Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel (India)

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha (India)

The Sand Fish: A Novel from Dubai by Maha Gargash

 

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Sri Lanka

Fodor’s Essential India

Oman (Bradt Travel Guide) by Diana Darke and Tony Walsh

Insight Guides: Explore Dubai

Blogs

Singapore Mom Bloggers: http://www.singaporemombloggers.com/

Sri Lanka Blog: https://nerdnomads.com/guide-to-sri-lanka

India Blog: https://breathedreamgo.com/category/india/

Love Happens Blog: http://www.bykoket.com/blog/travel-my-trip-to-india/

Dubai Blog: http://dubaitravelblog.com/

Thailand Blog: https://www.twowanderingsoles.com/thailand/

Films

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Dubai)

The Beach (Thailand)

Eat Pray Love (India)

Life of Pi (India)

Million Dollar Arm (India)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (India)

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Delhi – Dubai Airplane 3.5 Hours
Delhi – Agra Coach 4 Hours
Agra – Jaipur Coach 5 Hours
Jaipur – Delhi Coach 4.5 Hours

Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

Special Offers

Celebrity’s Go Big Better Best – Enhance your cruise with onboard amenities
(Applicable to bookings with 2 guests per stateroom and in an Oceanview or higher)

Applicable Bookings CHOOSE 1:

  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Pre-paid Gratuities for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same staterooms must select the same option(s). Click here to view Celebrity Terms and Conditions ». Offer Expires 12/31/18. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

Dates & Prices
2/21/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Inside (12) $9,999 $7,499 $2,500 CALL FOR DETAILS
Oceanview (8) $10,932 $8,199 $2,733 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (2C) $11,865 $8,899 $2,966 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C3) $12,465 $9,349 $3,116 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $13,066 $9,799 $3,267 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Houston-Intercontinental $300 Phoenix $400
Boston $200 Los Angeles $100 San Francisco $0
Chicago O’Hare $200 New York-Newark $100 Vancouver $300
Denver $400 New York-JFK $0 Washington-Dulles $200
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi

2 Sardar Patel Marg Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, New Delhi – 110021 India

Telephone: +91 11 2611-0202

The luxurious Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, is spread out over six acres of lush gardens in the heart of India’s capital city. It is an oasis of calm while still being right in the middle of the city’s action. The 403 rooms and suites have played gracious host to princes, heads of state, corporate czars and high-powered conferences and the grandest of weddings for close to four decades. The hotel is a legendary food and wine connoisseur’s heaven. It is home to a several multi-award-winning fine-dining restaurants specializing in Vietnamese, Continental-European and Indian cuisines. Alongside, there is a tea and coffee lounge serving the world’s finest brews; a multi-cuisine coffee shop.

The Gateway Hotel, Agra

The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra, Taj Ganj, Agra – 282001, Uttar Pradesh, India

Telephone: (91) (562) 6602000

Gracious interiors, personalized service and The Gateway Hotel’s unique style are complemented by Agra’s glittering monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Set amidst six acres of landscaped gardens, this tranquil retreat is an ideal spot for a business or leisure stay, offering a magnificent view of The Taj Mahal from most rooms.

Jai Mahal Palace

Jacob Road, Civil Lines Jaipur Rajasthan India 302006

Telephone: +91 141 6601111

Email: jaimahal.jaipur@tajhotels.com

Set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, this incomparable Palace dates back to 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight-grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai 121000, United Arab Emirates

Telephone: +1 844-631-0595

Dubai is a city of awe-inspiring ambition and unsurpassed luxury. Home to the world’s tallest building, the largest shopping mall, the iconic Palm and now JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, it is a place where dreams come true. This landmark 4.5-star hotel in Dubai is set to become one of the region’s most desirable destinations, offering 14 diverse dining options for the most discerning of travelers. JW Marriott is a brand synonymous with intuitive service and refined taste, a title given only to the finest properties in the Marriott portfolio. Elevated above Dubai’s business district, on Sheikh Zayed Road, this hotel’s height makes it the world’s tallest accommodation. Spread across two iconic towers, the spectacular hotel features an enticing array of relaxing recreational activities and the sublime SARAY Spa and Health Club. Experience innovative luxury when you stay at one of the leading hotels in Dubai.

Park Hotel Clarke Quay Singapore

1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore

Telephone: +65 6593 8888

Email: info.phcq@parkhotelgroup.com

An icon along the Singapore River with its signature red roofs inspired by Singapore’s colonial past, Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a central, downtown location that is minutes from the Clarke Quay entertainment precinct and Central Business District. Located away from the hustle and bustle along the quaint streets of Robertson Quay; this perfect tropical retreat comes with an 82 foot long award-winning outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi, chill out on the spectacular poolside bar and cabanas for the perfect getaway. What’s more, all rooms are equipped with complimentary smartphones with free, unlimited local data and IDD calls so staying connected is more convenient than ever.

You can also enjoy the Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill—a popular choice among locals and tourists alike, thanks to glorious sunset views of the city skyline and the weekend BBQ Buffet Dinner.

Celebrity Constellation

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.

Ship: Constellation

Luxurious and upscale on every level, Celebrity Constellation® continues to set new standards in modern luxury vacations. Qsine is hands down one of the most unique and popular restaurants in Celebrity’s fleet, and it is now on Celebrity Constellation®. The Constellation also has new outdoor spaces, too. The inviting Rooftop Terrace features chic, cozy furniture, surprising artistic elements, and a large soundscape and movie screen that lets you kick back and catch Taste of Film—a unique way to experience movies. Below deck, the Penthouse and Royal Suites will be updated and you’ll discover some of the top names in fashion in a completely refreshed shopping area. Celebrity even brought updated technology to your stateroom with new RFID door locks. All you’ll need to do is tap your room card on your door lock, and your stateroom door will automatically unlock itself for you. It’s your room’s way of saying, “Welcome back”!

Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key item to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

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Journey to the Ancient Spice Routes of India, Dubai and Singapore 2020

Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into India and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you also e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home, in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. For personal travel of 30 days or fewer in the United Arab Emirates and 90 days or fewer in Singapore, US citizens holding valid tourist passports do not need a visitor visa. In Oman, all visitors except GCC nationals require visas. Cruise ship visitors are entitled to a free visa if their visit is for less than 48 hours. Visas to Sri Lanka and India are required by US citizens. It is no longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival. All guests need to apply for a full visa; the electronic visa is not sufficient.

If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into the UAE, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your Journey starts on land.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your discretion and consider your own personal medical history when deciding what vaccinations to get. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this journey:

United Arab Emirates – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Oman – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

India – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Sri Lanka – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Thailand – Short-term travel shots for Tetanus and Hepatitis A

Singapore – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or click here to visit the website.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure you electronics stay charged. UAE, Sri Lanka and Thailand run on 220v. Singapore and India use 230v and Oman runs on 240v. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Click here for current exchange rates.

UAE – United Arab Emirates Dirham

Oman – Omani Rial

India – Indian Rupee

Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan Rupee

Thailand– Thai Baht

Singapore – Singapore Dollar

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not required. In Thailand, tipping is NOT usually expected in any instance, but will be accepted if offered. In Singapore it is standard to tip 10%. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Thailand, the UAE, Oman and India that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Avoiding coins may be advisable, as it can be a cultural faux-pas to use these as tips.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides/drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Dubai, UAE 75/58 78/60 83/64 91/70 100/77 103/82 105/86 107/87 102/82 96/76 87/69 79/62
Abu Dhabi, UAE 73/56 76/58 82/63 91/69 100/75 102/79 106/84 105/85 103/80 95/73 86/65 78/59
Muscat, Oman 75/58 78/60 83/64 91/70 100/77 103/82 105/86 107/87 102/82 96/76 87/69 79/62
Delhi, India 69/46 75/51 86/60 98/70 103/78 101/82 96/81 93/80 93/80 91/66 83/55 73/47
Mumbai, India 86/64 88/64 90/70 91/75 91/81 90/79 86/77 86/77 88/77 91/75 91/72 90/66
New Mangalore, India 91/69 91/71 92/75 93/77 92/77 86/74 83/73 83/73 85/73 88/73 90/72 91/70
Goa, India 85/65 85/66 87/71 89/79 90/86 87/89 84/88 83/84 83/83 85/79 86/71 85/67
Cochin, India 89/74 89/75 90/78 91/78 90/78 86/76 85/75 85/75 86/76 87/75 88/75 89/74
Colombo, Sri Lanka 89/72 91/73 91/75 90/77 89/79 87/79 86/78 87/78 87/77 87/76 87/74 88/73
Phuket, Thailand 90/72 91/73 93/73 91/75 90/77 90/77 88/77 88/77 86/75 88/75 88/73 88/73
Singapore 87/75 89/76 90/76 90/76 90/78 89/77 89/77 89/76 89/76 89/76 88/76 87/75

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

United Arab Emirates and Oman – Arabic

Salam!: Hi

Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)

Na’am: Yes

Laa: No

India – Hindi

Namastey: Hi

Shukriyaa (Bahut dhanyavaad): Thank you (very much)

Haan: Yes

Naa: No

Thailand – Thai

Sa-wat-dii: Hello.

Khop khun: Thank you

Chai: Yes.

Mai chai: No

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Dubai

  • Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and has the largest population in the UAE of 2,106,177 people.
  • Dubai is bordered by Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
  • Only roughly 17 percent of Dubai’s population is comprised of Arab UAE nationals
  • Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East,” with more than 70 shopping malls including the world’s largest.
  • Dubai is home to the world’s largest flower garden, the Dubai Miracle Garden.

Oman

  • Oman is also one of the oldest human-inhabited places on the planet. It is estimated that humans have been living in the country for at least 106,000 years.
  • The national symbol of Oman has a pair of crossed Khanjars (daggars). This symbol is also used on the national flag and other government logos.
  • Almost all signs and writings appear in both Arabic and English.
  • Mountain Dew is the top-selling beverage in Oman. Coca-Cola products are not found in abundance in the country.
  • Ornamented, decorated and embroidered doors are common in Oman, providing a popular attraction for visitors.

India

  • The national fruit of India is the mango, and the national bird is the peacock, which was originally bred as a food source.
  • 70% of the world’s spices come from India, and India is the world’s largest tea produces with chai as its most popular beverage.
  • India is the birthplace of chess or chaturanga in Sanskrit, which translates to means “four members of an army”.
  • There are six seasons in India’s Hindu calendar: (1) spring, (2) summer, (3) monsoon, (4) autumn, (5) winter and (6) prevernal.
  • India has the second largest population in the world and is the world’s largest democracy.

Sri Lanka

  • Due to its shape, Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” and the “Teardrop of India”.
  • Sri Lanka is powered by hydro-energy because of its waterfalls.
  • Until 1972, Sri Lanka was named Ceylon.
  • Sri Lanka is home to approximately 20,000 elephants.

Thailand

  • Of the 67 million people in Thailand, roughly 6.9 million live in the capital city of Bangkok.
  • Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free”.
  • The world’s smallest mammal, the Craseonycteris thonglongyai (the bumble bat), is found in Thailand.
  • Thailand shares a border with four countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the north and west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south.
  • In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.

Singapore

  • Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands with a population of 4.6 million people. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
  • Although English is the official working language and the most widely used language in Singapore, the national anthem ‘Majulah Singapura‘  is actually sung in Malay.
  • The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angoustura bitters and limes.

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