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CRYSTAL CRUISE & PALACE ON WHEELSDUBAI BOMBAI AND DELHI

From: November 8, 2020
To: December 2, 2020

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PRICELESS PEARLS OF THE MIDDLE EAST 25 days including Crystal Symphony Cruise, Mumbai, Delhi & a train journey on Palace on Wheels through Rajasthan

DAY 1, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2020, SUNDAY: DUBAI

If you are flying from one of Scandinavia’s capital cities – Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm – Norwegian flies daily to Dubai. The flights depart from Scandinavia just before midnight, arriving Dubai around nine the following morning.

DAY 2, NOVEMBER 9TH, MONDAY: DUBAI + CRUISING TO DOHA

Home to the world’s biggest shopping mall, tallest skyscraper, and dozens of ultra – glamourous luxury hotels, Dubai is truly a modern wonder. We sail for Qatar at 18.00.

DAY 3, NOVEMBER 10TH, TUESDAY: DOHA

The cruise to Qatar is a short one as we arrive Doha seven o’clock in the morning. Doha is a major cultural and political hub of the Persian Gulf and is constantly growing.

DAY 4, NOVEMBER 11TH, WEDNESDAY: DOHA + CRUISE TO MANAMA

There is a lot to see and explore in Doha. One of the exciting excursions offers a visit to Al Shaqab Royal Stables – to experience the legend of the Arabian Horse. We set sail at 18.00 and continue our voyage to Bahrain.

DAY 5, NOVEMBER 12TH, THURSDAY: AL MANAMAH + CRUISING THE PERSIAN GULF

We arrive Al Manamah at seven o’clock this morning. Enjoy breakfast on the top deck with wonderful vistas of the Bahrainian capital. This city on the Persian Gulf offers a compelling mix of local culture and world influences.

DAY 6, NOVEMBER 13TH, FRIDAY – CRUISING THE PERSIAN GULF

After having had some busy days in the bustling cities along the Arabian peninsula, we can enjoy a full day at sea and enjoy all the luxurious facilities onboard the Symphony.

DAY 7, NOVEMBER 14TH, SATURDAY: ABU DHABI

We arrive at the United Arab Emirates at eight o’clock. Abu Dhabi is a bustling city with extraordinary sky scrapers, wide, tree-lined boulevards, and some of the most elite cultural destinations.

DAY 8, NOVEMBER 15TH, SUNDAY: ABU DHABI + CRUISING THE GULF OF OMAN

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping mega-centres such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.

DAY 9, NOVEMBER 16th, MONDAY – CRUISING THE GULF OF OMAN

A full day at sea to enjoy the six stars this fantastic ship has to offer.

DAY 10, NOVEMBER 17TH, TUESDAY: MUSCAT

We arrive at eight o’clock in Oman. Ringed by volcanic mountains and guarded by two Portuguese forts, Muscat is a picturesque blend of Arab, Indian, African and European styles.

DAY 11, NOVEMBER 18th, WEDNESDAY – CRUISING THE ARABIAN SEA

Another full day at sea to enjoy the six stars this ship has to offer.

DAY 12, NOVEMBER 19th, THURSDAY – CRUISING THE ARABIAN SEA

We continue our voyage due south as we cruise the Arabian Sea.

DAY 13, NOVEMBER 20TH, FRIDAY: MUMBAI

We arrive India this morning at eight o’clock and enjoy breakfast as we approach the Indian continent. Formerly known as Bombay, experience the most populous city in the world that features the former home of Mahatma Gandhi, the breath-taking cave temple at Elephanta, and India’s exciting Hindi film and television industry; Bollywood.

DAY 14, NOVEMBER 21ST, SATURDAY: MUMBAI

On this 14th day of the cruise, we disembark the ship that has been our home for almost two weeks and continue the tour in Mumbai and later in New Delhi. In the afternoon, we check into our elegant hotel, The Tai Mahal Palace, and meet for a Welcome to India dinner this evening.

DAY 15, NOVEMBER 22ND, SUNDAY: MUMBAI

After breakfast, we sojourn in the lobby for a tour of Mumbai – this is not merely a city tour, as this presentation of vibrating Mumbai is in the footsteps of Shantaram, the successful book written by Gregory David Robert.

DAY 16, NOVEMBER 23RD, MONDAY: MUMBAI – NEW DELHI FLYING

After breakfast this morning, we transfer to Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport for a short flight to New Delhi (included) – India’s famous capital. Later we check into Leela Palace New Delhi Hotel – one of the new luxury hotels New Delhi has to offer.

DAY 17, NOVEMBER 24TH, TUESDAY: NEW DELHI

After breakfast, you are invited on a unique full day city tour of New and Old Delhi, visiting Qutab Minar – which is the tallest brick minaret in the world, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate – a war memorial which was built to salute the brave Indian soldiers of the British Army who lost their lives in World War 1 – among many sites we stop at today.

DAY 18, NOVEMBER 25TH, WEDNESDAY: NEW DELHI+BOARD THE TRAIN

Transfer to the Safdarjung station to board the Train Palace on Wheels. Once you have settled in your cabin our, executive will bid good bye and the train leaves Delhi at around 18.30 and proceeds towards its first destination Jaipur. Dinner is served on board.

Day 19, 26th of November 2020, Thursday: Jaipur.

The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well-planned cities of the world of its time. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in1727 A.D.

Day 20, 27th of November, Friday: Sawai Madhopur & Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

Arrival at Sawai Madhopur. One can almost sense a life of the wilderness, as the Palace on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur, a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I.

Day 21, 28th of November, Saturday: Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Arrival in Udaipur. The city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughals. In the afternoon, departure for Jaisalmer, dinner will be served on board.

Day 22, 29th of November, Sunday: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Arrival at Jaisalmer. In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156 A.D. Here the yellow sandstone fort is an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city.

Day 23, 30th of November, Monday: Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Arrival at Jodhpur a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. is known for its rocksolid Mehrangarh Fort.

Day 24, 1st of December, Tuesday: Bharatpur, Rajasthan & Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Arrival at Bharatpur, Early next morning, the Palace on Wheels arrives in Bharatpur, the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. Visit to the world-famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds. Later we arrive at Agra Railway Station and visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A pristine monument of undying love; it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.

Day 25, 2nd December, Wednesday: Delhi (Train Disembark).

Arrival at Safdarjung Railway Station. Breakfast on Board. Bid farewell to the Palace on Wheels. You will be met by our executive at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station and he will transfer you to Delhi Airport for your onward onward journey.

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Starting Price USD 11.999,00
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