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Treasures of the East

Explore the historic sights, teeming cities and glorious, varied landscapes of South East Asia, India, The Middle East and the Mediterranean as Vasco da Gama cruises home from Singapore to London Tilbury.

Discover island idylls like Phuket, Cyprus, Santorini, Malta and Sicily. See the contrasting capital cities of Colombo, Lisbon and Istanbul, and perhaps visit the glorious Taj Mahal, the mesmerising souks of Marrakesh or the astonishing ancient ruins of Luxor, Petra, Jerusalem, Cairo, Athens and Rome on optional shore excursions, as Vasco da Gama cruises back to the UK in comfort and style.

What does this price include?

  • 45 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port Taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 2200hrs

    Join Vasco da Gama in the island city-state of Singapore. Settle in to your cabin, then relax on board and get to know the ship, her crew and your fellow travellers.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 2400hrs

    huket, Thailand’s largest island, is Vasco's first stop. Step ashore to enjoy a day of Thai hospitality in this island paradise of luxurious developments and rubber plantations, and to get a taste of one of the world’s most famous holiday destinations in its bustling main town.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 2300hrs

    Today Vasco da Gama 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 take a shore excursion into the lush, temple-studded countryside.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs
    Depart: 1700hrs

    Kochi (also known as Cochin) on India's southwestern coast is built across a series of islands. A trading port for centuries, the city has a distinctly European feel, especially in Fort Cochin. It is also the port from which you can depart on a three-day excursion overland to discover Delhi and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, before re-joining Vasco da Gama in Mumbai.

  • Arrive: 0730hrs
    Depart: 2000hrs

    In the city once known as Bombay you'll see sweeping Marine Drive, the monumental arch of the Gateway of India and the colonial splendour of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Explore the grand former Prince of Wales Museum and the vast, Gothic fantasy of the Victoria Terminus railway station - all highlights on today's optional shore excursion.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 1800hrs

    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 your gateway to a landscape of frankincense trees and coconut palms. Step ashore to explore or perhaps visit the ruins of ancient Khor Rori.

  • Arrive: 0400hrs
    Depart: 2000hrs

    From the Red Sea port of Safaga, an optional full-day excursion will take you to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes. Discover the ruined temples of 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.

  • Arrive: 0930hrs
    Depart: 2100hrs

    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 Vasco da Gama into the Mediterranean, where a trio of calls brings the opportunity to discover yet more wonders a little closer to home.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs
    Depart: 1800hrs

    Today Vasco ties up in Ashdod, a modern port-city and your gateway to Israel and the Holy Land. Step ashore to explore, or take an optional shore excursion to the coastal city of Tel Aviv, or into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. Here you'll see the sights of this iconic city, including the Wailing Wall, the labyrinthine old city with its souks, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, perhaps Christianity’s most important shrine.

  • Arrive: 0500hrs
    Depart: 2100hrs

    Early this morning, Vasco arrives in Port Said. Join an optional shore excursion to visit Cairo, explore Saladin’s great Citadel at Saqqara, site of the legendary Step Pyramid of Zoser, or step onto the plateau at Giza, to see the enigmatic Sphinx and the Great Pyramid - the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still survives.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs
    Depart: 1900hrs

    Cyprus’ second city welcomes you, today. Discover Limassol’s fascinating sights, excellent shopping, and compact old city - home to the city’s picturesque fishing harbour and yachting marina. Stroll through the streets of the Turkish Quarter surrounding the Castle, and don’t miss the historic Grand Mosque.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 1800hrs

    Once a humble fishing village, Kusadasi is now one of Western Turkey’s most celebrated holiday havens. Stroll the harbour promenade, or visit the pleasant terraced gardens of tiny Pigeon Island, and discover the delights of the colourful old town. Alternatively, join a fascinating shore excursion to the ruins of Ephesus, some of the finest Greco-Roman archaeology in the entire Mediterranean.

  • Arrive: 1300hrs (Day 29)
    Depart: 2000hrs (Day 30)

    Head out on deck as Vasco da Gama sails through the narrow strait of the Bosphorus to moor in Istanbul. Head ashore to discover the extraordinary Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque with its six minarets, and the great Byzantine church of Aya Sofya. Take in the colourful spice market, and visit the world’s largest covered bazaar, the vast Kapali Carsi. Vasco moors overnight, here, giving you plenty of time to explore and enjoy this fascinating, complex city.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 1600hrs

    Passing through the narrow Straits of the Dardanelles, Vasco stops in Canakkale. Step ashore to explore, or join one of our fascinating excursions. Cross the Straits to the Gallipoli Peninsula and the WWI battlefields that surround ANZAC Cove, or visit the site of the legendary battle of Troy, now guarded by a replica giant wooden horse.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 2200hrs

    Today Vasco da Gama docks in Piraeus for a visit to beguiling, bustling Athens. Don't miss the chance to climb the Acropolis to the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the world's most enduring monuments, and an awe-inspiring window onto the city's rich Classical past.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 2200hrs

    This morning, Vasco drops anchor off Santorini. The rocky crescent of the island’s shoreline traces the crater of the vast volcano that once erupted here, while the white buildings, cobbled lanes and blue-domed churches of the main town wait to be explored on the hillside above.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 1800hrs

    Today Vasco cruises into the stunning natural Grand Harbour of Valletta, capital of Malta. Step ashore to explore the surrounding streets, or to head into the island's rugged interior, perhaps to the haunting "Silent City" of Mdina. This evening, take the opportunity to enjoy the nightlife in one of the resorts of this famously welcoming holiday isle.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs
    Depart: 1300hrs

    The Sicilian town of Messina guards the strait between mainland Italy and the island at its 'foot'. This morning’s call will provide an opportunity to visit breathtaking Taormina, which clings to the slopes above a bay overlooked by a Saracen castle and by brooding Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs
    Depart: 2200hrs

    Join an optional shore excursion from the Italian port of Civitavecchia, today, and discover the stunning Eternal City of Rome. Explore at your leisure and see world-famous sights like the Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum and the Forum, St Peter's Basilica, the Piazza Navona, and the Fontana di Trevi, into which many a trio of coins has been thrown.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs
    Depart: 1800hrs

    Ancient Cadiz, with its elegant squares, great Cathedral and wonderful Botanical Garden, is a fascinating city. Step ashore to explore, or to join today’s optional excursions which may include a trip to Seville (the Cradle of Flamenco) with its sumptuous cathedral, famous bell tower, wonderful Alcazar and bullring.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs
    Depart: 2400hrs

    This morning Vasco docks in Casablanca, forever associated with the film of the same name. Much of the city is now startlingly modern, but you'll find traditional life and traces of its long history in the medina, and gigantic Hassan II Mosque. Visit the wonderful beaches, and make the most of the designer shopping, or perhaps join an unforgettable shore excursion to Marrakech to explore the tiny stores, alleys and hidden courtyards of the souks, and its vast, bustling square, the Djemaa El Fna.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs
    Depart: 1400hrs

    Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, is Vasco da Gama's last port before home. Wander up through the cobbled streets of the Alfama towards Sao Jorge Castle, relax by the fountain in Rossi Square or follow the shoreline along to where the ornate battlements of the Belem Tower guard the mouth of the River Tagus.

     

  • Arrive: 0900hrs


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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