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Energetic, electric Hong Kong and Singapore... Halong Bay... the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef, the ancient treasures of Luxor... Experience a breadth of wonder few holidays can match as you cruise homewards from Sydney aboard stylish, stately Magellan - your home-from-home on this unforgettable adventure.
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Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- 71 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 1-12 - Sydney and the Australian coast
- Days 13-26 - Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines
- Days 27-36 - Hong Kong and Vietnam
- Days 37-44 - South East Asia
- Days 45-52 - India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
- Days 53-59 - The Arabian Sea, Egypt and Jordan
- Day 61 - Suez Canal Transit
- Days 62-65 - From Jerusalem to Malta
- Days 66-68 - Gibraltar and The Mediterranean
- Days 69-72 - 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.
Days One & Two
With its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and famous beaches, fun-loving Sydney is the perfect place to explore before you sail on an epic adventure aboard Magellan. Settle into your cabin, enjoy the first of many delicious dinners and get to know your travelling companions.
Magellan calls at privately owned Hamilton Island, on the Whitsundays archipelago named for Captain Cook's arrival date in 1770. Spend a lazy day here, take a boat to the other islands or search out stupendous views offered by glass lifts in the resort hotels.
Call at the former gold town Townsville, which boasts the impressive Museum of Tropical Queensland, and a gateway to the bush beyond the city. It's close to beautiful Magnetic Island, where koala bears can sometimes be seen clinging to the eucalyptus trees.
Days Seven & Eight
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 your final Australian call - the classic frontier town of Darwin. Take a shore excursion to discover swamps, mangroves, salt-water crocodiles and ancient aboriginal art at 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 the night at Bali's port of Benoa, a welcoming, 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, home to preserved rainforests and the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. Highlights include the Omar Saifuddien Mosque and the Royal Regalia Building, housing the Sultan's treasures. While you're here, be sure to visit the delightful Kampong Aye water village.
You'll find a delightful mix of Chinese, Malay, expatriate European and local culture at idyllic Kota Kinabalu. The principal settlement of the state of Sabah is close to Malaysia's highest peak - enjoy a shore excursion into the interior before Magellan heads over 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.
Today, arrive in Hong Kong to spend two full days. A number of excursions are on offer to introduce this exciting metropolis, including Victoria Peak, floating city Aberdeen or colourful Stanley Market. After a wonderful visit, be on deck to catch views of the incomparable skyline as Magellan sails away.
Crossing the Qiongzhou or Hainan Strait, Magellan now cruises into the bewitching, UNESCO-listed Halong Bay. Here limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise up in a spectacular seascape.
An optional shore excursion offers a trip to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, home to the labyrinthine '36 Streets', peaceful 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 Museum of Ethnology and the Dong Xuan market.
Today, Magellan calls in the tiny port of Chan May, gateway to central Vietnam's stunning beaches and ancient treasures. Shore excursions include pretty riverside Hoi An, with its traditional buildings, and enchanting imperial city Hue, where royal pavilions and the emperors' tombs are hidden behind imposing walls.
An overnight stay close to 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. This gleaming island-city and former British colonial outpost has a rich history - in Little India, China Town, the Colonial District and Raffles Hotel - plus glitzy malls and futuristic skyscrapers. Experience its contrasts as you shop, sightsee or join optional excursions.
Magellan passes along the Malaysian coast to call at historic Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur. The Malay capital boasts the extraordinary Petronas Towers among its spectacular sights. You'll have the chance to experience this buzzing, cosmopolitan city, with its Old Railway Station and glitzy new developments.
Feast your senses in Penang, today, with sensational Malaysian street food, George Town's traditional Chinese shophouses, stunning beaches and breathtaking tropical gardens.
Phuket is an island paradise with 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.
Arriving in the Indian sub-continent at Chennai, formerly 'Madras', you'll enter the country's fourth-largest city. 'Clive of India' was once a resident here, working at historic Fort St George as a clerk for the East India Company.
Shore excursions will reveal relics of the Raj: perhaps visit 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.
A day is spent 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, island capital of the idyllic Maldives archipelago, is a wonderfully colourful place dominated by the dome of the Friday Mosque. 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, there's an optional full-day visit to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes. Discover temples at Luxor and Karnak, the Hypostyle Hall's vast columns, and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings - where the fascination with Egyptology began in 1922, with the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.
Today brings another unforgettable optional excursion - from the luxurious Jordanian port of Aqaba to the extraordinary 'Rose Red' City of Petra. The lost city's extraordinary buildings are an unforgettable sight, etched into the sandstone cliffs and hillsides.
Passage through the Suez Canal, the world's most famous - and busiest - waterway, brings Magellan into the Mediterranean. A quintet of calls brings the opportunity to discover 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 Tel Aviv, with its ancient neighbour Jaffa. Alternatively, travel into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem itself to discover the Wailing Wall, the maze-like souks in 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.
As you near home, make a morning call in Gibraltar - 'more British than Britain'. 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 visit for Magellan is the great seafaring city of Lisbon - hub of the Age of Discovery. A last shore excursion will wander the Portuguese capital, before Magellan begins her final two-day passage home this afternoon.
At the end of an amazing exploration, Magellan arrives back in Tilbury. Bid farewell to the crew and make your way back home.
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