- All Entrance Fee
- Experienced Guide
- Lunch at Cochin & Goa
- Pick-up & Drop from Cruise Terminal
- Small group Tour
Cochin & Goa Port pickup and drop-off , Buffet lunch in cochin and Goa ,Bottled water Driver/Local guide ,River cruise , Transport by air-conditioned van
Muziris heritage – Day Tours is excited and proud to present our “India Highlights – Dec 2018” for your upcoming cruise from Abu Dhabi – Singapore, DEC 14 – 17, 2018.
Our small group tours in Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Mangalore and a overland tour to Taj Mahal feature some of the best of India.
This tour includes:
• Air conditioned mini coach and English-speaking Tour guide
• Pick up and drop off at pier
• Small group tour of 10 people
• Lunch at Cochin and Goa
Kerala’s Backwaters and Fishing Nets on 14th Dec 2018
8.30 AM to 4.30 PM
Choose between a private or small-group excursion. You will not have to form your own group and we will be happy to place you with other cruisers from Constellation . Enjoy the mesmerizing Kerala backwaters on this relaxing full day houseboat guided tour. Your expert guide will focus on your comfort and relaxation as you marvel at beautiful backwater sights and also visit the Chinese Fishing nets, characteristic of Fort Cochin. Experience the backwater village life and enjoy lunch ONBOARD when you discover this Alleppey houseboat tour is perfect if you’re searching for a unique experience and want to see India’s natural beauty. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, rests on the Western side of the Arabian Sea. The remarkable network of rivers flowing into it gave Alappuzha the nickname “”The Venice of the East”” in the early 20th century. Explore this region of India’s natural beauty by booking your excursion now.
Your houseboat tour begins with comfortable transportation from Port Cochin when you drive to Alleppy Backwater Village, approximately 1 hour-30 minutes ride, to your beautifully crafted Kerala wooden houseboat. Before cruising the waterways, take a walking tour around Fort Kochi, a well-preserved historic neighborhood that reflects Cochin’s colonial past. See the magnificent Chinese fishing nets that were a gift to Kochi from Chinese traders during the reign of Kublai Khan. Continue to St. Francis Church, one of the oldest European churches in India and built by Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Also admire the Santa Cruz Basilica, an architecturally impressive Catholic church, view the soaring spires and white-washed exterior and beautiful canvas murals inside. Meander around Mattancherry Palace and admire the amazing murals depicting scenes from Hindu legends.
Your palm-fringed backwaters cruise is on a private houseboat that is a traditional thatched craft typical of this area where these boats have been plying the waterways for centuries, connecting villages and transporting rice, spices and other goods. Gently cruising through scenic backwaters and village areas, you’ll marvel at lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and other noteworthy sights. At lunch time you’ll enjoy a delicious and typical Keralan meal onboard the Houseboat
Mangalore Land Excursion with Artisans village (15th Dec 2018)
Discover India’s Mangalore highlights and Pilikula Nisargadhama’s Artisan Village on a 7-hours tour. Enjoy a ride past the city of Mangalore’s main-highlights, including Gokarnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Town Hall, and a local fish and vegetable market. Visit Pilikula Nisargadhama’s Artisan Village and experience the area’s rich tradition of craftsmanship. Explore traditional cottages dedicated to preserving various arts and see the traditional manor house of the coastal landlords, the Guthu House.
• Mangalore: A panoramic ride takes you past points of interest, including Gokarnath Temple, Town Hall, and local markets.
• Artisan Village: Experience the area’s rich traditions of craftsmanship, watch live demonstrations and shop for souvenirs.
• Guthu House: A traditional manor house of coastal landlords, with intricately carved woodwork; built for climate extremes by skilled artisans.
•Lunch at Ocean pearl Hotel
The Life of Goa with Spice Plantation (16th Dec 2018)
Goa is renowned for it’s churches which have now become UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here you can explore the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St Francis Xavier lie,Visit panjim Market and a spice plantation on a guided 6-hours tour. Travel away from Portuguese influence through small towns and villages for large elegant homes and hidden Hindu temples of the lush valleys and forests of Ponda. Take a guided spice plantation tour and learn about the myriad spices for which India is renowned.
•Bom Jesus: A magnificent church, guarding the partially exposed body of St. Francis Xavier who died in 1562.
• A walk through Panjim flower and vegetable Market
• Spice Plantation: Learn about countless spices as you identify, smell and taste them with a detailed guide.
• Spice Lunch: Enjoy an Indian lunch in an ideal setting where things are fresh, fragrant and prepared for western tastes.
MUMBAI AS LOCAL ON 17th Dec 2018
10 Am to 4 PM
Explore the unique local culture, industries and people in the frenetic sprawl known as Mumbai, the capital and economic engine of India, on this full day excursion.
0930 hrs: Depart to Depart to Crawford Market (Fruit / Flowers / Vegetable / Pets Market)
1000 hrs: Arrive and visit Crawford Market.
1045 hrs: Depart to CST station (Victoria Terminus – World Heritage Site).
1055 hrs: Arrive at CST station to see the Mumbai local lifeline.
1110 hrs: Depart to the Dhobhi Ghat at Colaba (Open air laundry) enroute drive past Marine drive, Nariman Point, Mumbai University and High Court.
1130 hrs: Arrive and visit Dhobhi Ghat and enjoy a photo-stop of the washing place.
1145 hrs: Depart to visit Dabawalla.
1200 hrs: Arrive and visit Dabawalla.
1215 hrs: Depart to Hotel Taj Mahal Hotel (If you wish you can have your lunch here)
1230 hrs: Arrive at Hotel Taj Mahal (Time free for lunch on your own)
1330 hrs: Walk up to Gateway of India which is just opposite Taj Mahal hotel.
1345 hrs: Arrive and visit Gateway of India.
1400 hrs: Depart to Churchgate railway station to take a short ride by the local train.
1415 hrs: Arrive at Churchgate railway station and take a local train ride till Charni road railway station.
1440 hrs: Arrive at Charni road railway station and later depart to Girgaum Iskcon Temple.
1450 hrs: Arrive and visit Girgaum Iskcon Temple.
1520 hrs: Depart to the ship en-route drive past via Marine Drive.
1545 hrs: Arrive back at the ship.
In the full day tour you may choose to stop off at a local restaurant for lunch. Ask your Guide for suggestions. There are some world class restaurants serving a variety of cuisines so there is so much to choose from..
Please Note: A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Since tourist visas are not provided by cruise lines to visit India, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise.
FOR US citizens – https://www.indianembassy.org/pages.php?id=18
For other nationals INDIA VISA – https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
for the “Cox & Kings Global Services” website to start your visa application- ://www.in.ckgs.us/
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