Day 1 Monday April 1, 2019 Departure, Singapore
Today we depart Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on our flight to the amazing city of Singapore. Upon arrival we are transferred to our city hotel.
Day 2 Tuesday April 2, 2019 Singapore, Embarkation
With our local guide we enjoy a comprehensive tour of this vibrant city including historic China Town, the magnificent Orchid Gardens and the Marina Bay Precinct. This afternoon it’s all aboard Celebrity Constellation for our fantastic 15 night cruise.
Day 3 Wednesday April 3, 2019 At sea
A free day to explore the Constellation, enjoy the daily activities, dine in one of the many restaurants and be entertained each evening at the world class shows.
Day 4 Thursday April 4, 2019 Phuket
Phuket, a rain forested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shores and is home to many high-end seaside resorts. Today we will take a relaxing boat journey of Phang Nga Bay. Explore pristine beaches, islands, mangrove forests, lagoons and caves on this fantastic exploration of the bay. We will also see the famed James Bond Island that was featured in the film The Man with the Golden Gun. There will be an included Thai lunch.
Day 5 Friday April 5, 2019 At sea
A relaxing day at sea. This afternoon test your knowledge with fellow group members as we play a fun game of Trivia.
Day 6 Saturday April 6, 2019 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the many activities offered in your daily ship program.
Day 7 Sunday April 7, 2019 Colombo
Today we arrive in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, which has a long history as a port on the ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. We travel out of Colombo to the famous Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants.
Day 8 Monday April 8, 2019 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun game of Bingo with prizes for the winners.
Day 9 Tuesday April 9, 2019 Cochin, India
Today we arrive in Cochin, a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. On our shore excursion today we visit the famous Chinese Fishing Nets. These nets are fixed land installations for fishing, reaching the length of 20 metres, and height of 10 metres. We visit St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi, dating back 1503, and boasting the title of the oldest European church in India. With our local guide we also explore Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, dating back to 1567. Another highlight of the day will be the Dutch Mattancherry Palace, featuring Kerala murals, depicting Hindu art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi and the Folklore Museum.
Day 10 Wednesday April 10, 2019 New Mangalore
This morning we arrive at the port of New Mangalore. From there we will visit Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, which was consecrated by Sri Narayana in 1912, who fought for social equality and used the temple to unify believers across the Caste system. We then visit the nearby Kadri Manjunatheshwara temple, a historic site of worship that dates back as far as 1068AD. For lunch we stop in the town of Mangalore, where there will be time to shop for souvenirs before returning to the ship.
Day 11 Thursday April 11, 2019 Goa
Our tour today begins with the history and heritage of Goa, with a short drive transporting us to Old Goa, once referred to as the ‘Rome of the East’. The several scenic churches, convents and colonial buildings are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have the chance to encounter Old Goa’s primary sites, including the stunning Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral, the latter home to the famous Golden Bell. We then travel to a spice plantation and see the River Zuari.
Day 12 Friday April 12, 2019 Mumbai, India
This morning we arrive in Mumbai, the biggest city in India. Made up of a collection of seven islands, Mumbai is famous for Bollywood, and has earned itself the reputation of being the City where dreams come true. We have a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Mumbai, with its majestic Architecture and its traditional red double-decker buses which will give us a taste of the wonders of India. We see the Gateway of India, which was officially opened in 1924. Located nearby is the majestic Taj Mahal Hotel built in 1903. We see Victoria Terminus, an extravagant Gothic building, which is the main railway station.
Day 13 Saturday April 13, 2019 At sea
A relaxing day at sea! This afternoon join us for a fun game of Scattergories.
Day 14 Sunday April 14, 2019 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
Day 15 Monday April 15, 2019 Muscat, Oman
This morning we arrive in Muscat, a port the likes of which cannot be found anywhere in the world. We will visit the Grand Mosque, a glorious example of modern Islamic architecture, which was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign. We also visit the enchanting Fort of Nizwa, an impressive fortress built in the 17th century, then continue on to the cattle market and the souk, famous for its Bedouin silver jewellery. Later we visit one of Oman's most beautiful forts, famous for its wall and ceiling murals, before returning to the ship.
Day 16 Tuesday April 16, 2019 Dubai, UAE
This afternoon we arrive in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, a city that has undergone an almost miraculous transformation from desert town to a sophisticated and wealthy centre of Arab influence. On our tour we visit the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. We travel in a lift up this amazing building where we have spectacular views of Dubai. We travel out to the reclaimed Palms and see the new Atlantis development. We will also stop at the famous mall of the Emirates, where you can see the indoor skiing Celebrity Constellation in the desert. The tour continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai. We cross the Creek to the Spice Souk and there will be time to shop in the most famous landmark of Dubai – the Gold Souk.
Day 17 Wednesday April 17, 2019 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Today we arrive in Abu Dhabi, capital of the Emirates, known as the “Arabian Jewel”. Jebel Ali Port, the biggest man-made port in the world is one of the landmarks that we pass by on the way to Abu Dhabi. After disembarking we board our air-conditioned coach for a tour of this fascinating city. The first destination is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. We then continue to the Women’s Handicraft Centre. Admire the skill and dexterity of local ladies making traditional handicrafts. Enjoy a magnificent view of the city by driving along the beautiful Corniche and make a photo-stop at the Breakwater. We then visit the Heritage Village and journey into the past to explore the lifestyle before oil was discovered before arriving at our hotel.
Day 18 Thursday April 18, 2019 Abu Dhabi
This morning we visit the brand new Louvre Museum and see some of the stunning exhibits of this modern museum. Mid-afternoon we are transported across the desert with photo-stops during an exciting dune drive and visit to a camel farm. The drive continues across the desert as the sun sets. Reaching our campsite, we have the opportunity to do camel riding, sand boarding and try out a henna design on hands or feet. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe) and watch our belly dancer performing her show around the campfire by starlight.
Day 19 Friday April 19, 2019 Departure
This morning is free to do some shopping before we are transferred to Dubai airport to board our flight back to Australia.
Day 20 Saturday April 20, 2019 Arrive Australia
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.