Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: November 16, 2022
(Sailing November 26, 2022)
Ancient trade routes have connected the cultures and civilizations of Asia, Africa and Europe for centuries. The most profitable goods that were traded were spices, once valued as highly as gold or silver. As early as 2,000 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 Journey, you can revisit history as you follow the old Spice Route from Delhi to Singapore. Start your Journey in India and travel the famed Golden Triangle, visiting the 3 cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. Along the way, you will discover 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Fatephur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ancient city. In Agra, an awe-inspiring experience is in store, witnessing the stunning beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After your time in India, fly to Dubai where you’ll tour the gold and spice souks and take in spectacular views from the Burj Khalifa. Enjoy dinner under the stars during a Desert Safari adventure, which will include some dune bashing (off-roading on sand dunes). Next, you will be escorted to Abu Dhabi for a full-day tour, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum. Then, board the Azamara Quest, cruising to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore as you follow the trade routes. While in Mumbai, enjoy an exclusive full-day tour for Enrichment Journeys guests only. After disembarking in Singapore, experience the colonial city that was England’s central hub of the Silk Road with a city tour, from the tropical Singapore Botanical Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Chinatown to the spectacular views from one of the city’s most unique architectural wonders. On this epic 25-night Journey, you will navigate an age-old path in human history, traveling over 3,000 nautical miles, visiting five countries, and making countless connections with those you come across.
Visits: Azamara Quest; Azamara; Mumbai, Cochin, India; Colombo, Hambantota, Sri Lanka; Sabang, Indonesia; 33596
Start Date: November 16, 2022
(Sailing November 26, 2022)
|1||Arrive Delhi – Transfer to Hotel, 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 – Half-day City Tour and Samode Palace Dinner|
|6||Jaipur to Delhi – Tour of Amer Fort and transfer to Delhi|
|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||6:00 PM|
|15||Bombay (Mumbai), India- Exclusive Shore Excursion||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|17||Cochin, India||9:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|18||Colombo, Sri Lanka||6:00 PM||—|
|19||Colombo, Sri Lanka||—||8:00 PM|
|20||Hambantota, Sri Lanka||7:30 AM||6:00 PM|
|23||Sabang, Indonesia||8:00 AM||2:00 PM|
|25||Disembark Singapore- City Tour||7:00 AM|
|26||Singapore – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight Home|
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Day 1 – Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to the hotel where assistance will be provided for check-in. You’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Delhi, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension, which will add one night to your Delhi hotel stay.
Day 2 – 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Rejoin the group for dinner in the hotel restaurant this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Delhi to Agra
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. Return to the hotel for dinner and an evening at leisure. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Agra to Jaipur
Rise early for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. 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 to Jaipur. Check-in and have a leisurely dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Jaipur
After breakfast, you will have a half-day tour of the city 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 via an exciting common mode of transportation in India, a Tuk Tuk ride (an auto rickshaw) with time to prepare for a celebration of the senses.
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, Diwali. Please Note: The Gala Dinner requires a minimum of 10 guests. In the event of a smaller group size, it may be replaced with an alternative cultural dinner experience. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Jaipur to Delhi
This morning we travel seven miles north of Jaipur to visit 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 departing for Delhi. Check-in and have dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Delhi to Dubai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai. Check-in to your hotel and have dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 8 – Dubai
Your first stop will be a city tour of Old and New Dubai. This 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. You’ll enjoy lunch at the beautiful Atlantis hotel located on the famous Palm 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.
We will make a photo stop on the beach with Burj Al Arab Hotel as a backdrop, 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 to your hotel. (B, L)
Day 9 – Dubai
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 photo opportunities. 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 10 – Dubai
After breakfast, the group will depart to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates for a full-day tour. Abu Dhabi is a fascinating mix of tradition and progression, from the magnificent 5-star Emirates Palace Hotel that cost over $3 billion dollars to construct (and where an extravagant buffet lunch awaits you!) to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, considered to be the key site for worship in the country. Another highlight includes a visit to the Heritage Village, offering insights into the traditional Bedouin life. Conclude with entrance to the new Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi that opened in 2017, created in partnership with the famous Paris Louvre. This museum showcases artworks from around the world. Return to the hotel by coach and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 11 – Dubai Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Quest for a 14-night cruise to Singapore. (B)
Day 12–14 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Quest (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 15 – Mumbai Shore Excursion
During this full-day private group tour of Mumbai, you will see all the “must-see” sites of Mumbai, and more! 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 16–24 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Quest (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 25 – Singapore Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast on board 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. The tour continues with a visit to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples on the island, built with donations from the early Chinese immigrant workers before driving past Chinatown. You will continue to the National Orchid Garden, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Botanic Gardens boast a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants comprising of 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids. You will also visit Chinatown with fascinating temples and traditional turn-of-the-century shop houses before continuing on to Little India where you will be enthralled with the scent of spices, jasmine, orchid garlands and exotic fruits.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking in the breathtaking views from the Skypark observation deck, located 57 stories above the city, atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Your last stop will be at the Long Bar inside the fully restored historic Raffles Hotel for a taste of Singapore’s unofficial national drink that was invented here in 1915, ‘the Singapore Sling’. As the saying goes, “If you have not been to Raffles, you have not been to Singapore”. Conclude at your hotel for check-in this afternoon. (L)
Day 26 – Singapore
Check out of the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Singapore, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension, which will add one or two nights to your Singapore hotel stay.
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.
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.
Cochin, India: The mixture of cultures and influences in Cochin—from giant Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi and a 400-year-old synagogue to ancient mosques and Portuguese-style homes—is a reminder of the city’s history as the former center of the Indian spice trade. But don’t mistake this combination of old and new, east and west as being inharmonious; Cochin is actually a renowned center for Ayurvedic medicine.
Colombo, Sri Lanka: This teardrop-shaped island gem offers engaging encounters both in the capital city and the surrounding countryside. Wind your way through the streets of Colombo’s old quarter to find some world-famous tea and explore eclectic cafés and shops. Trek out into the jungle and meet the friendly residents of an elephant orphanage.
Hambantota, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s southern coast is a treasure trove of biodiversity and Hambantota is the gateway to most of it. Yala National Park holds the world’s largest concentration of leopards and elephants, while Uda Walawe National Park rivals the savannahs of Africa. The UNESCO World Heritage-protected Galle Fort is an 18th-century Dutch walled town with chic shops, grand colonial houses, and beautiful beaches.
Sabang, Indonesia: For gorgeous views of the bay across the peninsula to Kasih Beach, venture to Kota Ata, where you’ll also find colonial buildings, a vestige to its former Dutch residents. The real appeal is the atmosphere of Sabang and its people. Some locals say the island’s name comes from the phrase santai banget, meaning very relaxed. Whether it’s true or not, after your visit to Sabang, you’re sure to agree.
The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions. The pace of this Journey is more strenuous than most Enrichment Journeys, as the land program spans 10 days, each with at least a half or full day tour. Most days include two or three meals. In the case that only two meals are included, all hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine for the third, 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.
The land portion of the trip should be considered 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 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.
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 is still expected that you dress more conservatively in public. Dress in India and Southeast 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.
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. Indian and Asian cuisine may be considered spicy to Westerners with its use of various hot peppers and curry-based dishes. If you are sensitive to spicy dishes, please discuss with your Guide or restaurant staff before meals. 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.
Be mindful of Arab and Asian culture and pack modest clothing. We ask that you please be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals. 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.
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:
Delhi to Agra : 4-hour coach transfer
Agra to Jaipur: 5-hour coach transfer
Jaipur to Delhi: 4.5-hour coach transfer
Delhi to Dubai: 3.5-hour flight
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.
Want an extra night to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Delhi a day early and have one extra night to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $175 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|11/16/2022||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Oceanview (8)||$11,999||$8,999||$2,999||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (V3)||$12,532||$9,399||$3,133||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda Plus (P3)||$12,932||$9,699||$3,233||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Suite||CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE|
Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $6,099 per person.
|Boston||$200||John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$400|
|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.
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.
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.
Taj East Gate Rd, Taj Nagari Phase 1, Telipara, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Agra’s newest landmark, the Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, lies a short walk away from the Eastern Gate of the fabled monument. This modern 5-star hotel near Taj Mahal reimagines all that Agra can be. The luxury hotel in Agra has 239 plush rooms including 12 lavish suites and one presidential suite to whisk guests away into a world of repose. A refreshing rooftop infinity pool with magical views of the Taj Mahal, an invigorating spa and a buzzing fitness centre are at hand to rejuvenate every guest. There is also an abundance of dining options to delight the epicurean.
Tehsil, Agra Rd, Jamdoli, Ballupura, Rajasthan 302031, India
Stretched 20 acres across the foot of the Aravalli mountains, Devi Ratn, our luxury hotel in Jaipur, is a kaleidoscopic rendition of everything Jaipur stands for with its avant-garde, surreal and intricate design. With design and geometry, Devi Ratn narrates an astronomical story. Its sprawling architecture, inspired by the 18th century Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory and the coral pink reception with a domed ceiling ensures that. It follows through with latticework, geometric shapes, red-stone art, thekri (broken mirror) work, local craft like blue pottery, paisley and leheriya prints – strong local influences at every nook and corner with a rather contemporary treatment.
Sheikh Zayed Road 308 Road, 51, Dubai United Arab Emirates
+971 4 332 5555
In the heart of this unique destination is Fairmont Dubai. Conveniently located, this luxury hotel in Dubai is just 10 minutes away from the world’s largest shopping centre – The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world, and the Dubai Fountain, as well as being minutes from Dubai’s coastline with a number of popular beaches like Jumeirah beach.
1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore
Telephone: +65 6593 8888
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.
Cruise Line: Azamara
Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With the hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touring, Azamara will not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.
Ship: Azamara Quest
Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Quest is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where the attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with Verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 June, 2021, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Sri Lanka and India are required to obtain a visa. It is no longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival. For India, a full visa with multi-entry is required, or a one-year multi-entry electronic visa. 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 well as for all countries on your itinerary.
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.
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.
India uses the Indian Rupee (₹), currency code INR
United Arab Emirates uses the United Arab Emirates Dirham (د.إ), currency code AED
Sri Lanka uses the Sri Lankan Rupee (Rs or රු or ரூ), currency code LKR
Indonesia uses the Indonesian rupiah (Rp) currency code IDR
Singapore uses the Singapore Dollar ($ or S$), currency code SGD
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 is customary in India, as well as in Dubai, due to the large expatriate community. It is less common in Singapore, however always appreciated. For all locations, 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.
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.
With the tour covering various regions, you will mostly experience the tropical climate of India and Southeast Asia where you can expect warm to hot weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. In Dubai, the desert climate can bring hot temperatures during the day and cool weather at night. 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:
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:
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/hindi/ for more phrases with sound.
United Arab Emirates: Arabic
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/arabic/ for more phrases with sound.
Singapore: While English is one of the official languages of Singapore and many of its residents are bilingual, Chinese Mandarin and Malay are also very common.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/chinese/ for more phrases with sound.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/malay/ for more phrases with sound.
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
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.
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