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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca

A magnificent 29-day cruise tour through 8 fascinating countries which includes 7 overnight hotel stays, a 19-night full board cruise and 14 exceptional guided tours. Starting in the historical hotspot of India, this adventurous cruise tour voyages to the stunning Maldives and the cultural country of Sri Lanka before stopping at Andaman Islands. The cruise then journeys to the glorious beaches of Thailand and the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia before finishing with a two-night hotel stay in Singapore. Includes guided excursions and expert guest lecturers.

Fly Cruise
28 nights

Discovery Holiday
  • Agra Fort, India
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Koh Tapu Island, Thailand
  • Kuala Lumpur Skyline
  • Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanical Gardens
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Taj Mahal, India

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Discover vibrant cities, cultural villages and tranquil beaches as you journey through eight diverse countries on this 29-day cruise tour.During 5 overnight hotel stays, explore India's magnificent “Golden Triangle” of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra before boarding the remarkable Aegean Odyssey and sailing to the historic Marmagoa and architectural wonder of Cochin city.

Enjoy a BBQ on a beautiful beach in the Maldives, get up-close to baby elephants in Sri Lanka’s Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and tour the exciting city of Colombo before voyaging to the historic town of Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands, explore Phang Nga National Park and immerse yourself in the Thai culture in Sea Gypsy Village.

Visit remarkable mosques, local marketplaces and grand museums during a tour of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia before cruising to Singapore where you will disembark the Aegean Odyssey. Finally, spend two nights in the dynamic city of Singapore where you can explore centuries-old traditions, extraordinary Temples and the city’s National Orchid Gardens.

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The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca

Day 1 - London (England)

Fly from the UK to Delhi.

Day 2 - Delhi (India)

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3 - Delhi

Spend your day exploring Delhi on a full-day sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the spectacular victory tower known as Qutub Minar; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the impressive Islamic architecture and explore India's first mosque before visiting Raj Ghat, the tranquil national shrine where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his 1948 assassination.

Day 4 - Delhi - Agra

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive from Delhi to Agra where you will explore the remarkable Agra Fort. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and boasts fairy-tale palaces that tell the tale of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Tonight you will stay overnight in Agra.

Day 5 - Agra - Jaipur

Spend your morning exploring the fascinating Taj Mahal on a guided tour. The famous white marble mausoleum took 22 years and 20,000 workmen to complete. This afternoon drive from Agra to Jaipur via the famous Fatehpur Sikri and stay overnight in Jaipur.

Day 6 - Jaipur

Spend your day discovering Jaipur, the historical capital city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Enjoy an exciting jeep ride to the hill-top Amber Fort, stopping en route for a photo opportunity at the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds. Explore the glorious 17th-century fortress palace which boasts breath-taking views of the gorge and stunning gardens.

Day 7 - Jaipur - Mumbai

Fly to Mumbai and enjoy a guided tour of the bustling city. Pass Victorian Gothic Revival landmarks such as the Rajabhai Clock Tower and the amazing Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus before stopping to witness men flogging clothes in the stone tubs of an immense open-air manual laundry. Next, visit the home of Mahatma Gandhi which has now been turned into a museum of the leader's life and work before hiking up Malabar Hill to the Hanging Gardens for panoramas of the entire city. Embark the Aegean Odyssey this afternoon.

Day 8 - At Sea

Spend the day cruising the Arabian Sea and enjoying the amenities on board your ship.

Day 9 - Marmagoa

Today, you will have a choice of two tours. The first tour will allow you to explore Old Goa which is home to two magnificent churches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Marvel at the amazing architecture as you stroll through St Cajetan Church and witness the marble mausoleum which entombs Goa's Patron Saint in the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesus. Finish the tour with a guided walk through the charming and tranquil Fontainhas Latin Quarter. Alternatively, take a tour away from the city, through small towns and quaint villages to the lush valleys and forests of Ponda. Here you will find a number of hidden Hindu temples including the Mangueshi Temple which is considered to be the most important Hindu temple in Goa. Next, visit the Sahakari Plantation and enjoy a guided walking tour through a world of spice.

Day 10 - At Sea

Spend the day cruising the Arabian Sea and enjoying the amenities on board your ship.

Day 11 - Cochin

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Cochin's highlights including St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, the local Fish Market, the Dutch Palace and the Synagogue which houses hand-painted blue-and-white tiles from China and sparkling, oil-burning chandelier from Belgium. Finish the tour with a leisurely stroll along the historic Jew Street. This afternoon, join the optional Kumbalangi Village tour which will give you the opportunity to experience traditional village life as you enjoy a scenic boat trip and guided walk through the village. Alternatively, choose the full day optional tour of Kerala, one of India's most beautiful regions which includes a tourist boat ride through sleepy backwater villages and narrow canals. Witness a glimpse of the tropical lifestyle as children play beneath mango trees and villagers bathe in the river.

Day 12 - At Sea

Spend the day cruising the Indian Ocean and enjoying the amenities on board your ship.

Day 13 - Kuda Bandos (Maldives)

Sit back and relax as you enjoy a delicious BBQ on the beautiful beach before setting sail this afternoon.

Day 14 - At Sea

Spend the day cruising the Arabian Sea and enjoying the amenities on board your ship.

Day 15 - Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Today you can choose from two very different yet equally magical tours. Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a famous site which was established in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect un-weaned baby elephants. Watch the elephants as they bath and socialising in the Oya River, get up-close to these majestic animals and hopefully see the younger elephants being fed. Alternatively, travel to the sacred, vibrant city of Kandy which houses a temple containing a tooth of Buddha. Stop at Peradeniya and stroll through the exceptional Royal Botanical Gardens before arriving in Kandy.

Day 16 - Colombo

This morning, explore the modern and exotic city of Colombo on a guided tour. Learn about the history of Sri Lanka's Buddhism at the magnificent Kelaniya Temple, explore Sri Lanka's cultural heritage at Colombo's National Museum and visit the Independence Square where this former British colony of Ceylon was given self rule in 1948. Set sail this evening.

Day 17 - At Sea

Spend the day cruising the Indian Ocean and enjoying the amenities on board your ship.

Day 18 - Trincomalee (Sri Lanka)

Today, there are two exciting city tours to choose from. Perhaps discover the World Heritage Site of Royal Polonnaruwa which has the Polonnaruwa Vatadage structure; a circular stone shrine built to a design that is wholly unique to Sri Lanka. Only ten of these structures remain in existence and Sri Lanka's is widely considered as the finest. Also, witness the Royal Palace and Audience Hall, statues of Parakramabahu the Great, the Lotus Bath and the Gal-potha stone book. Alternatively, explore the natural deep-water harbour of Trincomalee. Discover Fort Frederic; the remains of what was once the largest European Fort in Sri Lanka and explore the Trincomalee War Cemetery. Finally, explore the Velgam Vihara temple; one of Sri Lanka’s most important Archaeologically Protected Monuments.

Day 19 - 20 - At Sea

Spend the day cruising the Indian Ocean and enjoying the amenities on board your ship.

Day 21 - Port Blair (Andaman Islands)

Port Blair, the largest town on the Andaman Islands is situated between lush forest and rugged coastline. Spend your morning exploring the small yet fascinating city and its number of museums including the Naval Marine Museum and the Anthropological Museum. Visit the intriguing Callular Jail which is one of the murkiest chapters in the history of the colonial rule in India.

Day 22 - At Sea

Sail the Andaman Sea.

Day 23 - Phuket (Thailand)

Hop on a speedboat and head to the crystal-clear waters and white sands of the Phi Phi Islands. Explore the stunning Maya Beach; seen in the Leonardo DiCaprio film 'The Beach', discover the fjord-like Pileh Cove and marvel at the 3,000-4,000 year old rock carvings in a viking cave. These magnificent rock carvings are thought to resemble Scandinavian longboats. Watch the fascinating marine life as you snorkel through the beautiful waters and spend your afternoon exploring the enchanting Bamboo Island. Alternatively, take a traditional Thai longboat ride through the dramatic landscape of the Phang Nga National Park which is known for the sheer limestone karsts that rise from the sea. Circle the island of Koh Tapu which featured in the James Bond film 'The Man with the Golden Gun' before heading to Sea Gypsy Village; a Muslim village built entirely on stilts. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you visit a school, meet the locals and enjoy a typical Asian buffet lunch on Pan Yi Island.

Day 24 - At Sea

Spend the day at sea cruising the Strait of Malaca.

Day 25 - Port Kelang (Malaysia)

Enjoy a morning of exploration as you uncover the historic memorials, grand museums and beautiful mosques in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Visit the fascinating national museum, pass the blue-domed National Mosque and the fantastical Edwardian Moorish-style Railway Station and explore Independence Square. Check out the spectacular architectural ensemble that surrounds the Independence Square and explore St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican church. Set sail for Singapore around 2pm.

Day 26 - Singapore

Arrive in the vibrant city of Singapore and disembark your ship. Explore Chinatown which boasts centuries-old traditions, visit the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore and marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. Stroll through the city's remarkable National Orchid Gardens, drive past Parliament House, the Supreme Court, Raffles Hotel and City Hall and ascend 300 ft. to the top of Mt Faber for spectacular panoramas of the city. Stay overnight in Singapore.

Day 27 - Singapore

This morning, your time is spent at leisure as you further explore this dynamic city. Perhaps join the optional tour of Gardens by the Bay. This horticultural wonderland houses a wonderful collection of extraordinary plants from all over the world and showcases how these plants have evolved to thrive in arid environments. Check out the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and gain an understanding of the unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

Day 28 - Singapore - UK

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 29 - London (England)

Arrive in the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 19 nights on board the Aegean Odyssey
  • 2-night hotel stay in Delhi
  • 1-night hotel in Agra
  • 2-night hotel stay in Jaipur
  • 2-night hotel stay in Singapore
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Lecture programme with expert guest speakers

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Beverages (other than those included with dinner)
  • Beauty and spa treatments, laundry, internet, telephone

Additional Information

  • Delhi Old and New Guided City Tour Complimentary
  • Agra Fort Visit Complimentary
  • Taj Mahal Visit Complimentary
  • Jaipur's Amber Fort Visit Complimentary
  • Mumbai City Highlights Tour Complimentary
  • Old Goa and Latin Quarter Guided Walk Complimentary
  • Temples and Spices Tour Complimentary
  • Cochin City Guided Tour Complimentary
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Complimentary
  • Colombo City Tour Complimentary
  • UNESCO Polonnaruwa Tour Complimentary
  • City Tour of Trincomalee Complimentary
  • Port Blair City Tour Complimentary
  • Phi Phi Islands Complimentary
  • Phang Nga by Longtail Boat Complimentary
  • Kuala Lumpur City Tour Complimentary
  • Spirit of Singapore Tour Complimentary
  • Alleppy Backwater Cruise Optional 65$
  • Kumbalangi Village Tour Optional 75$
  • Kandy & Temple of the Tooth Tour Optional TBC$
  • Ross Island Tour Optional TBC$
  • Singapore Night Safari Optional TBC$
  • Gardens by the Bay Optional TBC$
Map for The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca