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Journey to India, Sri Lanka and Singapore

21 Nights featuring India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore

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

Start Date: February 13, 2024
(Sailing February 21, 2024)

About This Journey

The stunning beauty of the Taj Mahal has enticed travelers for centuries; but you’ll soon discover that the Taj Mahal is simply the tip of the iceberg in a land full of grand palaces, captivating music, colorful fabrics and tantalizing, aromatic dishes. On this Journey, indulge your senses with an inland tour through India’s famous Golden Triangle, visiting the 3 cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, plus the ancient seaport of Mumbai. Your expert guide will lead you through multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, modern monuments, a local bazaar and more. You’ll stay the night in a former palace and revel in the excitement of an extravagant gala dinner, complete with local performers, camels and fireworks. In both India and Sri Lanka, you’ll sample their famous tea and indulge in flavorful dishes prepared by expert chefs. Then, while onboard the Celebrity Millennium, you’ll discover the pristine islands of the northern Indian Ocean, exploring the temples and rainforests of Sri Lanka and the beach paradises of Thailand and Malaysia. The local cuisine will slowly transition from Indian curries and naan to Asian spring rolls and pad Thai. 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, to the spectacular views from one of the city’s most unique architectural wonders. On this incredible 21-night Journey to India, Sri Lanka and Singapore, you’ll discover awe-inspiring wonders that will reinvigorate your sense of adventure.

Visits: Mumbai, Cochin, India; Colombo, Hambantota, Sri Lanka; Penang, Port Klang, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Celebrity Millennium; 35183

Journey to India, Sri Lanka and Singapore

Itinerary

Start Date: February 13, 2024
(Sailing February 21, 2024)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Delhi – Transfer to Hotel, Welcome Dinner
2 Delhi – Full-day City Tour
3 Delhi to Agra – Tour of the Taj Mahal
4 Agra to Jaipur – Tour of Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
5 Jaipur – Half-day City Tour and Samode Palace Dinner
6 Jaipur – Tour of Amer Fort
7 Jaipur to Mumbai – Flight and Group Dinner
8 Mumbai – Cultural Tour
9 Mumbai – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 5:00 PM
10 Goa (Mormugao), India 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
11 At Sea
12 Colombo, Sri Lanka 10:45 AM
13 Colombo, Sri Lanka 9:00 PM
14 Hambantota, Sri Lanka 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 At Sea
17 Phuket, Thailand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
18 Penang, Malaysia 8:30 AM 6:40 PM
19 Port Klang, Malaysia 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
20 Singapore 9:15 AM
21 Disembark Singapore – City Tour
22 Singapore – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight

**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.

Land Program

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

Qutb Minar, Delhi

Qutb Minar, Delhi

After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. Modern Delhi is a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, crowded bazaars, and colonial-era town planning. Start our tour of Old and New Delhi with a drive past the Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century, the 17th-century Jama Masjid Mosque, and the magnificent 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. (B, L)

Day 3 – Delhi to Agra

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

After breakfast at your hotel, depart by motor coach for Agra where you will have lunch upon arrival. We will then make our way to the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic structures. The soft hues of white marble against a dusty blue sky reflect on the water, creating a breathtaking image. 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. After our visit to the Taj Mahal is complete, return to the hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Agra to Jaipur

Agra Fort

Agra Fort

This morning we will visit the 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.

Fatehpur Sikri,

Fatehpur Sikri

After visiting the Agra Fort, board our 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

Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds, Jaipur, India

Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds, Jaipur, India

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

Amer Fort

Amer Fort

This morning we travel seven miles north of Jaipur to visit Amer Fort (also known as the 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. It also possesses a Chamber of Mirrors. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art—panels of alabaster with fine inlay work. After working up an appetite, indulge in a delicious lunch at the luxurious Raj Palace. Then, enjoy some free time to peruse the stalls at the local bazaar.

Return to your hotel, a former palace, for an evening at leisure. Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace hotel is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. The 5-star hotel has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur and has been painstakingly restored and recently refurbished. This evening you will have time to simply relax and enjoy the hotel, perhaps taking a stroll through the gardens or a swim in the pool. (B, L)

Day 7 – Jaipur to Mumbai After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Experience true grandeur at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the iconic sea-facing landmark in Colaba, South Mumbai. This flagship 5-star Taj hotel offers you splendid views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India, the most famous monument in Mumbai. After checking in to the hotel, join your fellow travelers for a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant. (B, D)
Day 8 – Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai, India

During this full-day tour of Mumbai, you will see all the “must see” sites of Mumbai, and more! Departing the hotel, 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); St. Thomas Cathedral, the city’s first Anglican Church and the oldest British-era building standing in Mumbai; 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; and Mumbai University. Continue walking towards the David Sassoon Library, then board the coach for a drive to 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. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a scenic drive past the Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest outdoor laundromat, and 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. Return to the hotel where you will enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 9 – Mumbai Embarkation After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Millennium for a 14-night cruise to Singapore. (B)

 

Day 10–20 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Millennium (see below for cruise highlights)

 

Day 21 – Singapore Disembarkation

Botanic Gardens Singapore

Botanic Gardens, Singapore

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.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

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 22 – 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.

Port Highlights

Goa (Mormugao), India

Goa (Mormugao), India

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

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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.

Leopard Yala National Park

Leopard at Yala National Park

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.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

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

Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia: Often called the “Pearl of the Orient,” this northern gateway to Malaysia is the country’s oldest British settlement. Although this city is best known for its breathtaking beaches, sites such as Khoo Kongsi, a well-preserved ancestral Chinese clan house, and the Butterfly Farm, the world’s first tropical live butterfly exhibition, must-sees on the list for this amazing destination. Also visit Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the finest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, featuring among other things, a tortoise sanctuary.

Port Klang, Malaysia

Port Klang, Malaysia

Port Klang, Malaysia: Less than an hour from the Port is bustling Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s modern capital city. It rose up from the forbidding jungle terrain to become one of the most fascinating architectural landscapes on earth. A blend of native Malaysian, Chinese Imperial, and European influences has created a city that is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is alive with culture. Replete with fine dining, a fertile arts community and plenty of nightlife, Kuala Lumpur has earned a reputation as a must-see world destination.

Journey to India, Sri Lanka and Singapore

Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 8-night pre-cruise land program in India
    • Delhi, India – 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day tour of Old and New Delhi
    • Agra, India – 1-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Agra Fort
      • Visit to Taj Mahal
      • Half-day tour of Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur Transfer
    • Jaipur, India – 3-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour
      • Samode Palace Gala Dinner
      • Half-day tour of Amer Fort
    • Mumbai, India – 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day culturual tour
  • 1-night post-cruise land program in Singapore
    • Singapore – 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
  • Tour Leader throughout land program in Switzerland and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard Celebrity Millennium
    • Drinks, Wi-Fi and Tips are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
  • Black Friday Offer—Ends 12/8!
    • Take $200 OFF the prices you see per person, plus enjoy up to $1350 Onboard Credit. Learn More ➤

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

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.

Physical Activity

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.

Cultural Focus

India offers a rich culture, and eclectic combination of the old and the new. Dress in India and Southeast Asia leans more conservative. 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.

Unique Factors

Be mindful of 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.

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:

Delhi to Agra : 4-hour coach transfer
Agra to Jaipur: 5-hour coach transfer
Jaipur to Mumbai: 1.5-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.

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1-night Delhi Extension (pre-cruise)

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 $190 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

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

Additional extensions to destinations like Bali and Angkor Wat may also become available at a future date. Speak to your Personal Vacation Manager for details.

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Dates & Prices
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Veranda (V2) $10,666 $7,999 $2,667 CALL FOR DETAILS
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Air Add-Ons
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Boston $200 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $400
Denver $400 Los Angeles $100 Toronto $250
Newark $100 Vancouver $300 San Francisco $0
Washington – Dulles $200
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

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

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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
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.

Taj Hotel and Convention Centre Agra

Taj East Gate Rd, Taj Nagari Phase 1, Telipara, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

+91-562-2335555

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.

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.

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.

Park Hotel Clarke Quay Singapore

1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore

Telephone: +65 6593 8888

Email: info.phcq@parkhotelgroup.com

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

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

Celebrity Millennium

Cruise Line: Celebrity

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

Ship: Millennium

A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium® includes many award-winning Solstice® Class features. She’s been renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. There is no better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia and the South Pacific than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely.

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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.

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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 CIBTvisas. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of July, 2022, 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, however e-visas are now available. For India, make sure you obtain a multi-entry visa since you will enter twice (first for the Enrichment Journeys tour and then again during your cruise when the ship ports at Goa). You will also enter Sri Lanka multiple times during your cruise (three days at two different ports). 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

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

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

Sri Lanka uses the Sri Lankan Rupee (Rs or රු or ரூ), currency code LKR

Thailand uses the Thai Baht (฿), currency code THB

Malaysia uses the Malaysian Ringgit (RM), currency code MYR

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 Guidelines

Tipping is customary in India. 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. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.

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 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 northern India, the dry 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:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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 88/64 90/70 91/75 91/81 90/79 86/77 86/77 88/77 91/75 91/72 90/66
Colombo 89/72 91/73 91/75 90/77 89/79 87/79 86/78 87/78 87/77 87/76 87/74 88/73
Singapore 87/75 89/76 90/76 90/76 90/78 89/77 89/77 89/76 89/76 89/76 88/76 87/75

Practice the Local Language

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

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.

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.

Chinese Mandarin

  • nǐ hǎo (Knee how): Hello
  • Zài jiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
  • Shì (Shr): Yes
  • Búshì (Boo shr): No
  • Qǐng (Ching): Please
  • Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
  • Búyòng kèqì (Boo yong sheh): You’re welcome
  • Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
  • duō shǎo qián (Dor sheow chen): How much?
  • Wǒ tīng bù dǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
  • kuài zǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick

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

Thailand: Thai

  • Sa-wat-dii: Hello.
  • Sabaai-dii mái?: How are you?
  • Yin-dii thii dai ruu-jak: Nice to meet you
  • Karunaa: Please
  • Khop khun: Thank you
  • Chai: Yes.
  • Mai chai: No
  • Kho thot: Excuse me
  • Thâo’rai’ or kii: How much, how many?
  • A-ròi: Delicious

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

Malaysia: Malay

  • Halo (Ha lo): Hello
  • Terima kasih (terima ka say): Thank you
  • ya (ya): Yes
  • tidak (ti dak): No

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.

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.

Sri Lanka

  • Due to its shape, Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” and the “Teardrop of India”.
  • Sri Lanka’s primary power source is hydro-energy, utilizing its abundance of waterfalls.
  • Until 1972, Sri Lanka was named Ceylon.
  • Sri Lanka is home to the largest and darkest subspecies of the Asian elephant.

Thailand

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

Malaysia

  • Malaysia is made up of two noncontiguous regions: West Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula, which consists of 11 states, and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, which consists of two states.
  • Malaysia’s national dish is Nasi lemak, a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
  • Some buildings in Malaysia do not have a fourth floor. They are replaced by “3A” as the sound of four (sì) is similar to the sound of death in Chinese (sĭ).
  • Malaysia is the world’s third largest natural rubber producer. It is also famous for being the world’s largest supplier of rubber gloves.
  • Malay brides wear their engagement rings on the fourth finger of their right hand. The ring is placed there by a senior female relative of the groom, instead of the groom himself.

Singapore

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

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

  • Singapore: Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux
  • Singapore: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew by Lee Kuan Yew
  • Singapore: Crossroads: A Popular History of Malaysia & Singapore by Jim Baker
  • Sri Lanka: Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
  • 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
  • Malaysia: A History of Malaysia by Barbara Watson

Travel Guides

Films

  • India: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • India: Life of Pi (2012)
  • India: Million Dollar Arm (2014)
  • India: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
  • Malaysia: Anna and the King (1999) was filmed in Malaysia
  • Malaysia: Entrapment (1999)
  • Malaysia: Sandokan (1976)
  • Singapore: Saint Jack (1979)

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