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Join us to cruise from 'the Land of the Long White Cloud' to the UK aboard sleek, majestic Magellan. Among the highlights of your voyage are the glittering cities of Hong Kong and Singapore, plus Egypt, Jordan and the islands of the Mediterranean.
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Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- 78 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
- On-board entertainment as arranged
- Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
- The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
- Port charges and taxes
Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
At 46,000-tonnes and with a passenger complement of around 1100, spacious Magellan retains a sense of traditional cruising and small-ship intimacy, thanks to the beautiful layout and tasteful contemporary style of her public areas, and of course the presence of her friendly, welcoming crew and cruise staff. A major refit in 2010 has ensured her position as a thoroughly modern, bright and supremely comfortable floating home, and she is a hugely welcome addition to the fleet.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
- Days 1-9 - Auckland to Sydney
- Days 10-19 - Around Australia
- Days 20-33 - Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines
- Days 34-43 - Hong Kong and Vietnam
- Days 44-51 - South East Asia
- Days 52-57 - India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
- Days 58-66 - The Arabian Sea, Egypt and Jordan
- Day 68 - Suez Canal Transit
- Days 69-72 - From Jerusalem to Malta
- Days 73-75 - Gibraltar and The Mediterranean
- Days 76-79 - Lisbon to London Tilbury
N.B. For more details about the ports of call, please see the Detailed Itinerary below.
All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Magellan. Ports of call may be subject to change.
Board Magellan in Auckland, the world's largest Polynesian settlement, where some 20 per cent of the inhabitants are of Maori or South Pacific descent. Visit Auckland Museum to see its priceless carvings and artefacts, or enjoy a trip up the 328-metre Sky Tower, the country's tallest structure.
Crossing the Cook Strait, Magellan makes a last New Zealand call in the nation's cosmopolitan capital, Wellington. You'll find striking modern architecture, colourful Botanic Gardens and a host of bars, restaurants and cafes here, before the ship turns west and heads across the Tasman Sea.
Days Eight to Nine
Vibrant, fun-loving Sydney is one of the world's great cities - and its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and famous beaches are just the tip of the iceberg in this wonderful place.
Magellan calls at privately owned Hamilton Island, in the paradise that is Captain Cook's Whitsundays archipelago (named after the day he arrived in 1770). Spend a lazy day here, take a boat to the other islands in the group or search out one of the glass lifts in the resort hotels for some stupendous views.
Bustling former gold town Townsville boasts the impressive Museum of Tropical Queensland, and is not only a gateway into the bush beyond the city but is close to beautiful Magnetic Island, where koala bears can often be seen clinging to the eucalyptus trees.
Two days in sun-baked Cairns brings opportunities to take a glass-bottomed boat to a coral cay - as this is the stopping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef - or to head inland on an excursion to the magnificent tropical rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands.
Sail round the Cape York Peninsula, through the Arafura Sea, to a final Australian call - the classic frontier town, Darwin. Take a shore excursion to discover the swamps, mangroves, resident salt-water crocodiles and ancient aboriginal art of Kakadu National Park, before you bid farewell to Australia.
Today, a first Indonesian island call offers the possibility of seeing the fearsome Monitor Lizard. The legendary giant 'dragons' are found only here and neighbouring Rinca, so join a National Park ranger to explore. Magellan sails this afternoon, heading towards the next paradise isle.
Magellan stays overnight in Bali's port of Benoa, a welcoming and colourful place. Go ashore by tender to discover some of the delights of the south of the island, or take an excursion to explore further afield.
A fascinating old town, and a colourful Chinese quarter, are among the attractions in the former Dutch colonial outpost of Semerang, Java. A shore excursion will offer the opportunity to discover the world's biggest Buddhist shrine, at Borobudur.
A cruise through the South China Sea brings Magellan to oil-rich Brunei, with its preserved rainforests and its capital Bandar Seri Begawan. Highlights include the stupendous Omar Saifuddien Mosque and the Royal Regalia Building (housing the Sultan's priceless treasures). And no visit is complete without a trip to the delightful water village at Kampong Ayer.
Idyllic Kota Kinabalu is the principal settlement of the state of Sabah, close to Malaysia's highest peak, and another delightful mix of Chinese, Malay, expatriate European and local culture. Take a shore excursion into the interior before Magellan turns north to head across the South China Sea.
Raised from the ruins of WWII, the prosperous capital of the Philippines is a jaw-dropping, cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures. While Old Manila provides an insight to the city's past, and the restored cathedral reflects its status as Asia's largest Christian settlement, reminders of its long-term ties with the west can be seen throughout.
Two full days in the shadow of Hong Kong's amazing skyline bring ample opportunities to discover this exciting metropolis. Explore under your own steam, or choose from optional excursions - to view the skyscrapers from Victoria Peak, visit the floating city of Aberdeen and colourful Stanley Market, cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry, or take in the North Shore's spectacular skyline and buzzing Nathan Road.
After a wonderful visit, be on deck as Magellan sails away from the incomparable skyline and heads south.
Crossing the Qiongzhou or Hainan Strait between the Leizou peninsula and Hainan Island, Magellan cruises into bewitching, UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the water in a spectacular seascape.
An optional shore excursion offers a trip to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Here you'll find labyrinthine '36 Streets', tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and its island Ngoc Son Temple. Other highlights might include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader's traditional house, the fascinating Museum of Ethnology and the colourful Dong Xuan market.
Today, Magellan calls in the tiny port of Chan May, gateway to central Vietnam's stunning beaches and ancient treasures. Take a shore excursion, perhaps to pretty riverside Hoi An, with its preserved traditional buildings, or to the enchanting imperial city of Hue, where royal pavilions and the tombs of emperors hide behind its imposing walls.
An overnight stay close Vietnam's famous Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), brings opportunities to join fascinating optional shore excursions. Visit the remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex - a former Viet Cong base - or the Mekong Delta's scenic landscape of rice paddies, orchards and colourful market towns.
Conclude your South China Sea passage with an overnight stay in Singapore - gleaming island-city and former British colonial outpost. Remnants of its history - in Little India, China Town, the Colonial District and Raffles Hotel - meet glitzy malls and Marina Bay's futuristic wonders. Shop and sightsee or join optional excursions to experience it all.
Cruising along the Malaysian coast, Magellan calls at historic Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur. The Malay capital itself boasts the sky-piercing Petronas Towers among its spectacular sights, and a shore excursion will reveal this buzzing, cosmopolitan city, where the preserved Old Railway Station contrasts with glitzy new developments.
Colourful, Malaysian Penang is a feast for the senses. Step ashore to discover sensational street food, George Town's traditional Chinese shophouses, stunning beaches and breathtaking tropical gardens.
Island paradise Phuket has luxurious developments, rubber plantations and a bustling main town. Enjoy a last 'taste of the east', or perhaps a last visit to an idyllic beach, before Magellan heads across the Andaman Sea and into the Indian Ocean.
Arrive in the Indian sub-continent at Chennai, formerly 'Madras', the country's fourth-largest city. 'Clive of India' once worked here, at historic Fort St George, as a humble clerk for the East India Company.
Optional shore excursions will reveal relics of the Raj at the Fort Museum, Marina Beach, the Chepauk Cricket Stadium and St Mary's Church, the oldest British building in India, or Kanchipuram, a city of 1000 temples, renowned for its exquisite hand-woven silks and saris.
Today Magellan calls in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Explore the restored Fort area of this bustling city, and the ancient street markets of Pettah, or perhaps to take a shore excursion into the lush, temple-studded countryside.
Male is the island capital of the idyllic Maldives archipelago. Dominated by the dome of the Friday Mosque, and a wonderfully colourful, bustling place, it's the last Asian call before Magellan heads across the Arabian Sea.
After yet more relaxing days aboard your floating home, you'll arrive in Salalah, the 'Perfume Capital of Arabia'. The Sultanate of Oman's second city, this ancient settlement is also gateway to a landscape of frankincense trees and coconut palms. Step ashore to explore or perhaps visit the ruins of ancient Khor Rori.
From the Red Sea port of Safaga, an optional full-day excursion will take you to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes. Discover temples at Luxor and Karnak, the vast columns of the Hypostyle Hall, and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun's tomb.
Today brings another unforgettable optional excursion - from the luxurious Jordanian port of Aqaba to the extraordinary 'Rose Red' City of Petra. Etched into the sandstone cliffs and hillsides the lost city's extraordinary buildings are among the most unforgettable sights on Earth.
Passage through the world's most famous - and busiest - waterway, the Suez Canal, brings Magellan into the Mediterranean, where a quintet of calls brings the opportunity to discover yet more wonders a little closer to home.
Another extraordinary, exciting day awaits at Ashdod, gateway to Israel and the Holy Land. Optional shore excursions include coastal resort city Tel Aviv, with its ancient neighbour Jaffa. Alternatively, travel into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem itself to discover the Wailing Wall, the labyrinthine souks of the Old City and Christianity's holiest shrine - the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Magellan's final Mediterranean island call is Malta, with its stunning natural Grand Harbour at Valletta. Explore the surrounding streets, or head into the rugged interior - perhaps to the haunting 'silent city' of Mdina.
A morning call in Gibraltar - 'more British than Britain' - brings a first real taste of home. Wander past the familiar shops on Main Street, or perhaps to take the cable-car to the top of the Rock for views across the Straits to Africa.
An appropriate final call for Magellan is the great seafaring city of Lisbon - hub of the Age of Discovery. A last shore excursion will introduce the Portuguese capital, before Magellan begins her final two-day passage home in the afternoon.
Magellan arrives back in Tilbury, at the end of an amazing exploration.
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