Jewels of the Spice Route: Singapore to Dubai

  • CAD $13,850

  • February 19 - March 7, 2021 | 17 Days / 15 nights

Travel in luxury on board the world’s highest rated cruise ship, MS EUROPA 2, the only ship to earn a 5-star-plus rating in the latest edition of the renowned Berlitz Cruise Guide. Explore the magnificent architecture of Singapore, a city that seamlessly blends ancient and modern, East and West. Then trade the excitement of the modern megalopolis for the tranquility of Malaysian beaches. Enjoy the coastal wonders of the Similan Islands in Thailand. Get an up-close look at leopards and elephants on a safari in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. And finish the journey in Dubai, where you will experience unparalleled Arabian hospitality. This tour package is perfect for those who would like to see Asia from a unique perspective.

Itinerary

Departure flight to Singapore.

Meet your local guide and travel to the pier, where you will begin your 10-night stay on board the luxury cruise ship MS EUROPA 2.

Accommodation: MS Europa 2 (10 nights)
Meals included: Dinner

A glittering city-state where the ultra-modern stands side-by-side with the traditional, this multicultural metropolis is an ideal place to begin your Asian journey. Get a bird’s eye view of Singapore with a ride on the world’s second-largest Ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer*, and discover some of the boldest contemporary architecture in Asia.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Optional shore activities (additional costs apply).

In Kuala Lumpur, modern skyscrapers share the city with traditional temples, mosques, and century-old homes on stilts. Visit the Petronas Twin Towers* – two of the world’s tallest buildings – and the Batu Caves*, or gain insight into Malaysian cuisine with a cooking class*.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Optional shore activities (additional costs apply).

Secluded beaches invite you to unwind. Alternatively, relax on a catamaran excursion* through the islands of Langkawi, or explore the exotic mangrove forests by kayak*. Then, see the glorious landscape from above, on a cable-car ride* from the island’s second-highest mountain.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Optional shore activities (additional costs apply).

Travel by zodiac to the beach, where you can don a snorkel and dive into the colourful world under the sea. Your time on Ko Miang is entirely your own – spend it as you please.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As MS EUROPA 2 sails into one of the world’s finest natural harbours, see one of the most fascinating ancient cities of Asia. From here, visit Pigeon Island* and its colourful coral reefs. Immerse yourself in 2,000 years of Buddhist history at the ruins of Thiriyai*, or visit Anuradhapura*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first capital of Sri Lanka.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Optional shore activities (additional costs apply).

Take a safari through Yala National Park* or Udawalawe National Park*, where you’ll be surrounded with spectacular flora and see wild animals such as crocodiles, leopards, buffalo and elephants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Optional shore activities (additional costs apply).

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town of Galle is the ideal starting point for a journey to explore the rural life in Sri Lanka*, or for a trip to a tea plantation* to learn about this island nation’s best-known export.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Optional shore activities (additional costs apply).

Disembark and say goodbye to the MS EUROPA 2. Accompanied by your guide, start a panoramic city tour of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial hub. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city, a mix of ancient and modern. On the modern side, Colombo boasts shopping malls that offer renowned brands at highly discounted prices. On the ancient side, visit the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo Museum, and the Independence Memorial Hall. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant, and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, discover the lifecycle of tea. Find out how this much-loved plant makes its way from plantation, to auction, to your cup. Sample an assortment of teas varying in origin and elevation, from blends of herbal, black and green, to white teas, otherwise known as silver tips. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Dubai. You are met on arrival and transported to the hotel. Dinner at hotel.

Accommodation: Taj Hotel or similar (3 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of Dubai. At the Dubai Mall, use the glassed-in footbridge in the sky to get to the soaring Burj Khalifa. There, at the top observation deck, you can walk the entire perimeter to take in the stunning views. In the afternoon, prepare for a Desert Safari Extravaganza in the high dunes. Drive to a Bedouin camp after sunset, where you will be welcomed in traditional Arabic style with dates and coffee. Enjoy the sounds of local music and the entertainment of belly dancers. Return to the hotel in 4×4 vehicles.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

After an early breakfast at the hotel, begin your visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and one of the wealthiest city-states in the world.

As we will be visiting a mosque, please dress conservatively. At the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest in the UAE, guests are asked not to touch the Holy Quran or any architectural elements in the main prayer hall. Our next stop is Heritage Village, where you can experience traditional desert life. On our return to Dubai, stop at the Ferrari World amusement park for a photo stop. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Travel date: February 19 – March 7, 2021
Prices are in CAD, per person

Cabin Category Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Category 1 CAD $13,850 CAD $17,650
Category 2 CAD $14,470 CAD $17,650
Category 3 CAD $15,350 CAD $18,150
Category 4 CAD $15,740 CAD $18,150

*Category 5 to 13 suites upon request only.
Early Booking Discount of CAD $350 per person for bookings / deposit made before July 15, 2020.

DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS
First Deposit: CAD $2,000 per each confirmed passenger at the time of booking
Second Deposit: CAD $3,000 per each confirmed passenger, due on August 21, 2020
Final Payment: Due on November 20, 2020

Note:

  1. Passenger names must match passport.
  2. Please ensure that passports are valid up till after six (6) months at last destination
  3. No visa is required to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and UAE for Canadian passport holders.
CANCELLATION CHARGES
From time of booking to June 30, 2020: No charge
July 1 – August 20, 2020 CAD $2,000 per person
August 21 – November 19, 2020 CAD $5,000 per person
November 20, 2020 – date of departure 100% of tour cost

Air cancellation penalties are subject to airline regulations.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation or comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Please contact us for a quotation. Prices above are in Canadian Dollars. The program and all related travel services described herein are subject to the detailed terms & conditions of GLP Worldwide which are available at any time upon request and which will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Ship Information

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MS EUROPA 2

Small ship. Great Freedom. Enjoy smart casual travel and a discerning lifestyle in a modern, relaxed atmosphere – with no formal attire, fixed mealtimes or traditional seating plans in the restaurants on board the best cruise ship in the world according to the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020.

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