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Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

25 Nights featuring Dubai, Abu Dhabi, The Maldives, Mumbai, Delhi and the Taj Mahal Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: December 18, 2020
(Sailing December 21, 2020)

About This Journey

Ancient history, diverse cultures and flavorful cuisine surround the famed trade routes of the Arabian Sea. As you set sail into the Indian Ocean, the azure waters give way to thousands of islands with powder-white sand beaches. On this Journey you will explore this unique region, filling your appetite for adventure and one-of-a-kind experiences. Start your Journey in Dubai where you’ll tour the modern skyscrapers, visit the man-made marvel that is Palm Island and peruse the gold and spice souks. Enjoy dinner under the stars during a Desert Safari dinner, including some dune bashing (off-roading on sand dunes) on the way. You’ll also visit two other Emirates: Sharjah for a cultural tour, and Abu Dhabi for a luxurious lunch and a visit to the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Onboard the Oceania Sirena, sail to ancient Oman and the pristine beaches of the Maldives before finishing your cruise in bustling India. While in Mumbai, there will be an exclusive tour for Enrichment Journeys guests only. Continue your journey inland to visit the famed Golden Triangle—Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. Along the way, you will discover 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Amer Fort, Agra Fort and the highlight of the trip—the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. You’ll no doubt be reminiscing about this incredible Journey for years to come.

Oceania Sirena, Oceania, Visits: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Muscat, Male, Cochin, Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Leap Sale

Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

Itinerary

Start Date: December 18, 2020
(Sailing December 21, 2020)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Dubai – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Dubai – City Tour
3 Dubai – Tour to Sharjah and Evening Desert Safari
4 Dubai – Embarkation
5 Dubai, UAE 11:00 PM
6 Abu Dhabi, UAE – Included Shore Excursion 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
7 Fujairah, UAE 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
8 Muscat, Oman 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 At Sea
11 At Sea
12 Male, Maldives 10:00 AM
13 Male, Maldives 6:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 Cochin (Kochi), India 5:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 Mangalore, India 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
17 Goa (Mormugao), India 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
18 Mumbai, India – Included Shore Excursion 8:00 AM
19 Mumbai – Disembarkation and Cultural Tour
20 Mumbai to Jaipur – Flight to Jaipur and Gala Dinner
21 Jaipur – Tour including Amer Fort
22 Jaipur – City Tour
23 Jaipur to Agra – Enroute Tour of Fatehpur Sikri
24 Agra to Delhi – Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, Transfer to Delhi
25 Delhi – City Tour
26 Delhi – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Dubai

Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring you 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 – Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Today we will enjoy a city tour of Old and New Dubai. The full-day tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history—passing royal palaces, visiting historical buildings with their ancient wind towers, 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 at the Dubai Marina and the beach with Burj Al Arab Hotel as a backdrop, repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. We will then enjoy lunch at the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Jumeirah Island. This island is 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. We will end the tour with breathtaking views of Dubai’s skyline from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, before returning to the hotel. (B, L)

Day 3 – Dubai

Dubai Desert

Dubai Desert

This morning we will drive to Sharjah Emirate, the third largest of the seven Emirates. First, we will stop at Quran Square, also known as Cultural Square, and the Sharjah University for photoopportunities. Then, continue to the Blue Mosque, which was designed in the classic Ottoman style and features intricate, yet subtle, designs adorning its domes, arches and pillars. We will then visit the Islamic museum, which offers a fascinating collection of masterpieces and artifacts from all over the Islamic world. Head back to Dubai where you will have some time to relax and grab a bit to eat.

This afternoon we will 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 4 – Dubai Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Oceania Sirena for a 15-night cruise to other cities within the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Maldives and India. (B)

Day 5 – Cruising onboard the Oceania Sirena (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 6Abu Dhabi Shore Excursion

Abu Dhabi UAE Mosque

Abu Dhabi, UAE

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Abu Dhabi! The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a fascinating mix of tradition and progression. Start the tour with a drive along the waterfront to enjoy the city skyline as we make our way to the Abu Dhabi Marina. After the Marina we will visit Heritage Village where you will get a sense of how the locals survived in the desert before modern facilities were built. Then, for the highlight of our tour, we will visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. It is an architectural masterpiece, containing beautiful reflective pools, the world’s biggest chandelier and carpet (both handmade) and precious stone designs inspired by the Taj Mahal. Next, enjoy a visit to the newly opened Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum, an art and civilization museum with ties to the Louvre Museum in Paris. After working up an appetite, we will then indulge in a luxurious lunch at the Emirates Palace Hotel before heading back to the cruise port. (L)

Day 7-17 – Cruising onboard the Oceania Sirena (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 18Mumbai Shore Excursion

Spice Market

Spice Market

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, enjoy a traditional Khyber lunch, including a tantalizing selection of curries, Indian breads & Kebabs. Many famous personalities have dined here, including Sir Richard Branson, Sir Paul McCartney, Richard Gere, Demi Moore, the Prince of Luxembourg and more. 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 19 – Mumbai

Taj Mahal Palace

Taj Mahal Palace

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Oceania Sirena and enjoy your second day of touring Mumbai. Our first stop will be at the Hanging Gardens, built on a water reservoir (hence the name “Hanging Gardens”) which supplies water to South Mumbai. The British first built a garden here in 1881. You will visit the Banganga Lake, a sacred tank surrounded by 400-year-old temples and modern skyscrapers. Within the narrow streets of the ancient temple complex you will find the local barber, cobbler, blacksmith and residents of the area going about their daily life. We will then head to the ISKCON Temple at Chowpatty, a Hare Krishna temple, community, and ashram. Hare Krishna was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York City in 1966. Devotees arrive daily from all over the world to chant the manhamantra and take part in the temple’s evening prayers and bhajans. In the prayer hall, men and woman are segregated in different sections and sing devotional songs. We will witness the afternoon Raj Bhoga Arati, enjoying the rhythmic drumming and singing. We will then go to a nearby restaurant to enjoy a traditional Indian Vegetarian Thali lunch, where the server will tempt you with unlimited choices of savories, main courses and desserts. After lunch we will head to the hotel for check-in. Experience true grandeur at 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. Tonight, enjoy an elegant buffet dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 20 – Mumbai to Jaipur

Samode Palace Gala

Samode Palace Gala

This morning we will transfer to the airport for your flight to Jaipur. Then, transfer to the town of Samode and check in to your palace-turned-hotel. This evening you will enjoy a special Gala Dinner at the Samode Palace. Assemble outside the palace where we will join a procession of camels and soldiers all dressed up for this special welcome. Walking towards the Palace steps, adorned with a red carpet and floral decorations, the fort will become illuminated as musicians play alongside. You will then move into the second courtyard, where a Bhopa (musician playing a one stringed instrument) welcomes you inside. Then, in the third courtyard, delight in a local puppet show before continuing into the Sheesh Mahal, where you will be served a welcome drink and light snacks. Finally, sit down to an elegant dinner on the terrace, complete with a performance of music and folk dances. The evening ends with fireworks, resembling those of India’s festival of lights, Deepavali. (B, L, D)

Day 21 – Jaipur

Amer Fort

Amer Fort

After breakfast we will take a stroll through the local village before driving an hour and a half back to Jaipur. We will then visit Jaipur’s famous Amer Fort (also known as Amber 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 and showcases a Chamber of Mirrors. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art—panels of alabaster with fine inlay work. After a couple hours exploring the fort, we will then go to an 18th century palace hotel to enjoy a decadent lunch. Following our leisurely meal, we will head to the hotel for check-in, where you will enjoy some free time before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 22 – Jaipur

Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur

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. We will then proceed to Castle Kanota, which was featured in the 2011 film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” as a Viceroy Club. After exploring the museum, we will enjoy lunch at the castle. In the afternoon, we will visit Abhaneri, one of the oldest and deepest stepwells in Rajasthan, before heading to the hotel for check in. Dinner is at the hotel this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 23 – Jaipur to Agra

Fatehpur Sikri,

Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast, board your motor coach for the drive to Agra. 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. Upon arrival in Agra, check-in and have a leisurely dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 24 – Agra to Delhi

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

This morning we will visit the Taj Mahal. 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.

Continue our tour with a visit to 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. After concluding our tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, we will stop for lunch and then depart Agra for Delhi. Upon arrival, check-in and enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 25 – Delhi

Qutb Minar, Delhi

Qutb Minar, Delhi

After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi, a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, lively bazaars, and colonial-era town planning. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century. Then, we will pay a visit to Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. We will then see New Delhi as you drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the India Gate and through the impressive Rajpath to the World War I Memorial Arch. Finish the tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutb Minar with its 236-foot-high minaret. After lunch you will have some free time in the evening. Then, enjoy one last meal together as a group. (B, L, D)

Day 26 – Delhi

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

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Abu Dhabi. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

Muscat, Oman

Muscat, Oman

Muscat, Oman: Admire the colorful Sultan’s palace and the Jelali and Merani forts, stroll through the markets and narrow alleys and browse in the bustling souks. Or view the city from above by traveling on the Corniche and head out along the scenic Batinah coast and enjoy the desert, the oases, fishing villages and the historic medieval Nakhl Fort. Then spend time at a glorious beach resort.

Fujairah, UAE: The only emirate on the Gulf of Oman rather than the Persian Gulf, Fujairah is blessed with fine beaches and offers excellent deep-sea fishing and snorkeling. It’s separated from the rest of the country by the Hagar mountain range that looms majestically behind the port of Fujairah. Built in 1670, Fujairah Fort and the spring-fed Ain Al Madhab Gardens lie nearby.

Male, Maldives

Male, Maldives

Male, Maldives: As the capital of the low-lying, coral-bed Maldives, winsome Malé is surrounded by a sea wall, where you might watch the fishing dhonis return with the day’s catch.

Cochin (Kochi), India: Discover the amazing contrasts of this cosmopolitan, Portuguese-founded city with its lovely colonial architecture, Dutch-style palaces, historic churches, Jewish quarter and huge Chinese fishing nets. Or explore tranquil canals by boat and see ancient villages, exquisite scenery, plantations and temples. See Indian cotton made in traditional fashion.

Mangalore, India: Enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Arabian Sea, watch the fishing boats and explore the city, especially the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius College Chapel, the Sultan Battery, Light House Hill Garden, Mangala Devi Temple and the Jumma Masjid. See a traditional South Indian dance performance or perhaps encounter a festival honoring a local deity.

Goa (Mormugao), India

Goa (Mormugao), India

Goa (Mormugao), India: Enjoy this marvelous old Portuguese and Hindu city studded with vibrant temples and majestic churches. Visit the stunning Baroque cathedral and quaint, colorful Panjim for a taste of Portugal in India. Explore the countryside and its spice farms, local markets and the region’s exquisite beaches.

Mumbai, India – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Mumbai. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 3-night pre-cruise land program in Dubai
    • Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Dubai
      • Half-day tour of Sharjah
      • Evening Desert Safari with dinner
  • 7-night post-cruise land program in India
    • Mumbai, India: 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
    • Samode, India: 1-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner and Show
    • Jaipur, India: 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Amer Fort
      • Full-day tour of Jaipur
      • Half-day Fatehpur Sikri tour and transfer to Agra
    • Agra, India: 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and transfer to Delhi
    • Delhi, India: 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Tour Leader throughout pre- and post-cruise land programs and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 15-night sailing aboard Oceania Sirena
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Abu Dhabi, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Mumbai, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • 10% Off Shore Excursions (see “Special Offers”)
    • Featuring standard Oceania inclusions:
      • The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM
      • Access to the Canyon RanchSpa®
      • Shows and guest lectures
      • Spacious staterooms
      • Much more
    • OLife Choice of 1:
      • 8 FREE Shore Excursions
      • House Beverage Package
      • $800 Shipboard Credit

Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. 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. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to 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.

Cultural Focus

Dubai and India offer a rich culture with an eclectic combination of the old and the new. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

Dubai and Oman are Islamic countries, 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 leans more conservative as well. Be respectful and dress conservatively, especially at religious places; it will be appreciated. If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

Transportation while on tour:

Mumbai to Jaipur: 2-hour flight

Jaipur to Agra:  5-hour coach transfer

Agra to Delhi: 4-hour coach transfer

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

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

Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

1-night Dubai Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Dubai a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $110 per person includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Dubai with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

Dates & Prices
12/18/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Inside (G) $11,065 $8,299 $2,766 CALL FOR DETAILS
Obstructed–Oceanview (E) $11,732 $8,799 $2,933 CALL FOR DETAILS
Deluxe-Oceanview (C2) $12,132 $9,099 $3,033 CALL FOR DETAILS
Balcony (B2) $13,199 $9,899 $3,300 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge-Veranda (A3) $13,732 $10,299 $3,433 CALL FOR DETAILS
Penthouse–Suite (PH3) $15,599 $11,699 $3,900 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

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Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $350.00 Houston Intercontinental $350.00 Phoenix $400.00
Boston $300.00 John F. Kennedy $0.00 Toronto $250.00
Denver $450.00 Los Angeles $450.00 Vancouver $300.00
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400.00 Miami $350.00 San Francisco $450.00
Newark $100.00 Chicago – O’Hare $250.00
Washington – Dulles $250.00 Philadelphia $250.00
– 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.

– 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 India, Dubai and the Maldives

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.

Accommodations
JW Marriott Marquez

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

Telephone: +971 4 414 0000

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown district with modern luxury and award-winning service. Soaring high above Sheikh Zayed Road, it is one of the tallest hotels in the world and boasts awe-inspiring views of the water and the Dubai cityscape. Gracefully furnished rooms and suites provide a restful sanctuary, with deluxe bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, sleek marble bathrooms and 24-hour room service. The Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Opera are all minutes away.

Taj Mahal Palace and Towers

Apollo Bunder Colaba, Mumbai 400 001 India

Telephone: +91 22 6665 3000

The Taj Mahal Palace, a recently trademarked flagship hotel, overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary luxury hotel has hosted kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe, and is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality. Each of the 285 rooms & suites are a blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. Located in Mumbai’s prime historical and commercial hub, The Taj Mahal Palace is walking distance from Colaba Causeway, which is known for its touristy tiny roadside shops. The city’s financial hub, parliament, stadium, offices and shopping districts are all located within close proximity; as well as an art and heritage precinct with many museums, art galleries, churches and synagogues.

Samode Palace

Village Samode, Tehsil Chomu, Samode 303806 India

Telephone: +91 141 2632407

Samode Palace, both exclusive and discreet, has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and the discerning traveller. Exemplifying regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode. Each room, with its own unique personality, is elegantly and luxuriously furnished. Four poster-beds draped with sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches invite you to relax completely.

Jai Mahal Palace

Jacob Rd Civil Lines, Jaipur 302006 India

Telephone: +011 91 141 660 1111

The Jai Mahal Palace, which was built in 1745, is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage— a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Recently restored and refurbished, it is now a luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts. The 94 rooms and six suites offer unbeatable views of the city and palace gardens. Perfectly located downtown in the heart of the Pink City in Civil Lines, the Palace is close to the main shopping areas and prime historical sites such as Amber Fort, HawaMahal and City Palace.

Tajview Hotel

Fatehabad Road Tajganj, Agra 282001 India

Telephone: +011 91 562 660 2000

Experience the famed splendor of The Taj Mahal at Tajview, Agra. Spread over six acres of manicured gardens and equipped with smart rooms, the property offers the finest amenities alongside hassle-free services. With friendly staff that are ready to offer impeccable service and hospitality, Tajview, Agra blurs the lines between business and pleasure.

Taj Palace

2 Taj Palace, New Delhi Sardar Patel Marg Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 110021 India

Telephone: +011 91 11 2611 0202

The luxurious Taj Palace, 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, yet still in the middle of the city’s action. The 403 luxury rooms and suites have played host to princes, heads of state, corporate czars and high-powered conferences and the grandest of weddings for close to four decades. Located in close proximity to the protected greens of Delhi offering a breath-taking view, Taj Palace holds a prominent place in the city’s prestigious Palace. Close to the seat of the Government, Delhi’s business district, the commercial hub of Gurgaon and the Domestic & International airport, the hotel offers modern business facilities seamlessly infused with epitomizing elements of exquisite Indian art.

Oceania Sirena

Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises

Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax on board luxurious ships and savor exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea, but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. Considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound and there are never supplemental charges in any of the onboard restaurants. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.®

Ship: Sirena

Elegant sister ship to charming Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, Oceania Cruises’ newest addition, Sirena embodies the most treasured elements of our celebrated fleet, and features a few highlights all her own. With the introduction of two fresh culinary experiences, Sirena offers even more ways to savor The Finest Cuisine at Sea™. Tuscan Steak, a brand new specialty restaurant, serves Italian favorites, succulent steaks and fresh seafood inspired by Toscana and Polo Grill. The Grand Dining Room offers a surprise transformation into Jacques Bistro during lunch, which serves classic French fare. Also featuring the beloved restaurant Red Ginger, Sirena invites you to enjoy bold Asian cuisine in a fresh new way.

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Before You Go

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.

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 items 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)
  • Camera(s)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 one 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.

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 India, Dubai and the Maldives

Journey to India, Dubai and the Maldives

Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you 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

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

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.

Note: as of December 2019, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to India are required to obtain a visa. A full visa with multi-entry is required; the electronic visa is not sufficient. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as India has been changing their policies frequently in recent months.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are 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 own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

United Arab Emirates uses the United Arab Emirates Dirham (د.إ), currency code AED

Oman uses the Omani Rial (ر.ع.), currency code OMR

India uses the Indian Rupee (₹), currency code INR

Maldives uses the Maldivian Rufiyaa (Rf), currency code MVR

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

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. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Dubai 75/58 78/60 83/64 91/70 100/77/ 103/82 105/86 107/87 102/82 96/76 87/69 79/72
Abu Dhabi 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 75/58 78/60 83/64 91/70 100/77 103/82 105/86 107/87 102/82 96/76 87/69 79/62
Male 87/79 88/80 89/80/ 89/81 88/81 88/80 87/80 87/79 87/79 87/79 86/79 87/79
Delhi 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 86/64 75/51 86/60 98/70 103/78 101/82 96/81 93/80 93/80 91/66 83/55 73/47
Mangalore 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 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 89/74 89/75 90/78 91/78 90/78 86/76 85/75 85/75 86/76 87/75 88/75 89/74

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 key words and phrases:

United Arab Emirates and Oman: Arabic

  • Marhaban: Hello! Welcome!
  • Salam!: Hi
  • Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)
  • Na’am: Yes
  • Laa: No
  • Ma’a salama: Goodbye
  • Alma’derah: Excuse me (to pass by)
  • Kam howa thamanoh?: How much is this?
  • Esmee …: My name is …
  • Hal tatakallamo alloghah al enjleziah: Do you speak English?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/arabic/ for more phrases with sound.

India: Hindi

  • Namastey: Hi
  • Alvida: Goodbye
  • Hum kho gaye hain: I’m Lost
  • Yeh kaisey diyaa? How much is this?
  • Kshama keejeeae: Excuse me
  • Shukriyaa (Bahut dhanyavaad): Thank you (very much)
  • Hum kho gaye hain: I’m lost
  • Kya aap meri madad kar saktey hain?: Can you help me?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/hindi/ for more phrases with sound.

Maldives: Dhivehi

  • Assalaamu Alaikum: Hi
  • Vakivelan / Dhanee: Goodbye
  • Shukuriyaa: Thank you
  • Aan: Yes
  • Noon: No
  • Ma-aaf kurey: Excuse me

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.

Oman

  • Oman is 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.
  • 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 producer with chai as its most popular beverage.
  • India is the birthplace of chess, or chaturanga in Sanskrit, which translates to “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.

Maldives

  • Maldives contains more than 1190 low-lying coral islands, of which about 200 are inhabited.
  • It is the lowest and flattest nation in the world, its highest point reaching a whopping 7 feet 7 inches in elevation.
  • During the middle ages, Maldivians used shells as currency. On modern coins they pay homage to that tradition by using the image of a cowry shell.
  • Maldives islands are of coralline origins. Their amazing sand is white and extremely fine. Coralline beaches are rare, they represent less than 5% of the World beaches.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • India: Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • India: Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel
  • India: After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha
  • Dubai: The Sand Fish: A Novel from Dubai by Maha Gargash

Travel Guides

Films

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