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Empires and Cultural Treasures: South Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Mediterranean - 2021

Singapore • 65-night expedition cruise with Sri Lanka, India, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Monaco • Spain
  • DISCOVER THE WORLD ON THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF THE OCEAN EXPLORER, VANTAGE'S FIRST SMALL SHIP OCEAN-CRUISING EXPEDITION VESSEL
  • GET A CLOSER LOOK AT HERDS OF ASIAN ELEPHANTS AND OTHER WILDLIFE AT MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK — PART OF YOUR OVERNIGHT EXCURSION IN SRI LANKA
  • EXPLORE DUBAI’S BREATHTAKING SKYLINE AND TRADITIONAL SOUKS ON A HALF-DAY TOUR
  • VISIT THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS AND BE SWEPT UP IN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LORE DURING AN OVERNIGHT EXCURSION IN LUXOR
  • ADMIRE THE VIEWS AT MYKONOS AND SANTORINI AS YOU CRUISE THE GREEK ISLES
  • MARVEL AT BARCELONA’S MANY MONUMENTS DURING A FULL-DAY TOUR
DATES & PRICES
STARTING FROM
$35,899
  • $512
    PER DAY
  • 70
    DAYS
  • 138
    TOURS
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72 DAYS FROM $35,899
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5 DAYS FROM $1,349

Barcelona, Spain

3 DAYS FROM $999

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What to Expect
Moderate activity level
Somewhat Different Cultural Immersion
PACING:
  • The pacing of this trip is moderate
  • Your 72-day expedition cruisetour includes 63 nights onboard the 5-star m/s Ocean Explorer; plus Deluxe hotel stays for 6 nights total in Singapore, Habarana (Sri Lanka), Luxor, and Barcelona. (72 days including the day you depart from home and your overnight flight, plus the day you depart for home)
  • Over the course of 72 days you'll visit 45 ports of call in 18 different countries. Sightseeing is usually offered in half-day tours, with time to relax every day
  • There are 14 days at sea when you have ample time to relax and enjoy the amenities on board your luxury expedition vessel
  • We often cruise overnight but some scenic sailing will be conducted during daylight hours

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • You should be in relatively good health to fully enjoy this tour
  • This journey does not entail walking for great distances in most destinations but you will be on your feet for an hour or two at a time and sometimes more
  • Many days feature full-day excursions
  • Most city sightseeing takes place on air-conditioned coaches with guides
  • There are several walking tours through archaeological sites, historic centers, and villages where uneven steps and cobblestones should be expected
  • You will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, kayak, and ride bikes
  • This cruise tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking or require wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Please refer to Vantage's wheelchair and handicapped traveler policy

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION:
  • Your ship is your main means of transportation between destinations
  • All land transportation is conducted on board deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoaches
  • In some locations you may ride along uneven or bumpy roads, especially in more rural areas or at historical sites
  • You will have several opportunities to enjoy local modes of transportation: a Singapore trishaw; a Koh Samui minivan safari; a Kerala houseboat in Alleppey; a tuk-tuk ride in Porbandar; dhow cruises in the Emirates; a horse-drawn carriage in Petra; a scenic cruise in Corsica; and more

CLIMATE:
  • Between Singapore and Barcelona you will be crossing several different climactic zones. Since you will be in tropical or subtropical regions during the winter and early spring; in the dry desert and then Mediterranean climes during the spring; and in western Europe during the late spring, you will be missing the most intense seasonal temperatures and therefore can expect relatively moderate temperatures
  • There will be some temperature variations so it is important to pack accordingly, and in general plan on dressing in layers. 
  • In most of your Southeast Asian destinations the climate is subtropical or tropical, and the farther south you travel, the more abundant the rainfall and high humidity. On the Arabian Peninsula, you will be visiting desert locales where the weather is hot and dry, with little or no rainfall. Evenings are always cooler and often quite pleasant since there is no humidity. In the Mediterranean and western Europe, you can expect some humidity and the chance of rainfall.
  • During your days at sea it can occasionally be windy. A windbreaker, sweater, or light jacket is recommended
  • The sun is strong in all our destinations, so sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun hats are musts
  • Stay cool by wearing lightweight fabrics (such as cotton or linen)
  • For protection from the sun, do as the locals do and cover up by wearing longer pants or skirts, and shirts with sleeves
  • Bring a light rain jacket or umbrella

Please note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew.

Important: Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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