Regent Seven Seas MS Voyager cruise Bangkok to Abu Dhabi

GERHARD'S ODYSSEYS

 

The Captivating East

Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Singapore – Malaysia
Myanmar – India – Oman – Dubai – Abu Dhabi

April 3rd to May 2nd, 2017
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Join us on an adventure to explore jade colored landscapes, tranquil country villages and the world of ancient dragons. We begin the trip with four nights at deluxe hotels in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Discover life as it was, when Thailand was named Siam. After we board the ship in Bangkok we cruise the South China Sea, Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. We’ll visit vibrant seaports and bustling bazaars filled with exotic spices, perfumes, frankincense, handicrafts like daggers and other intricate silverware, as well as a plethora of other items. You will also be amazed by the range of attractions for the modern tourist. Discover the blend of traditions, colors, and contrasts that is India.

Twenty-four nights of the trip will be Abuard the MS Voyager. The atmosphere on board is easy going informality in a luxurious environment. Service and comfort will be the six-star standard for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises is renowned. The European stewards and staff are meticulously trained and eager to meet every need. Maximum passenger capacity is 700, served by a crew of 447. All staterooms are spacious with a minimum of 356 square feet - including the private balcony. They all have a full size bathtub and a separate shower and a choice of king bed or two twin beds.

The ship has four gourmet restaurants to choose from. Menus change daily and offer a multitude of tempting selections. Also available is the al fresco Pool Grill serving casual breakfasts and lunch with specialty and themed regional barbecues. You can enjoy all the great dining without the guilt after a session in the fully equipped fitness center and Canyon Ranch SpaClub. There will also be lots of walking opportunities during our daily excursions in each port and at times we may even find time for an optional bike ride.

The tour has been planned for your convenience. Leisure time is always balanced with scheduled activities. All gratuities, port charges, shore excursions, transfers and porterage are included in the cost of the trip. All meals are included, except for three lunches and three dinners.

It would be my pleasure to have you join us.

Gerhard Meng
Director, Gerhard’s Odyssey

Fares From $14,999
- Free Round trip air fare – Business Class
- Free Unlimited Shore Excursions at all ports visited.
- Free Transfers between Hotels, Airports and the ship.
- Free Specialty Restaurants.
- Free Unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits.
- Free In suite replenishment of items in mini-bar.
- Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Ship.
- Free 24-Hour Room Service.
- Free Prepaid gratuities and port charges.
- Free Smithsonian Journeys lecture series during the voyage.

Additional items included by Gerhard:
- Waiver of the air deviation fee (one time only).
- An additional hotel night in Bangkok and a Bangkok city tour.
- $500 ship board credit per suite.
- Hosted cocktail party every evening.
- Lots of walking and exercise.

DAILY ITINERARY

Monday, April 3rd - to Bangkok.
Depart North America on your flight to Bangkok. You lose a day when you cross the International Date Line.

Tuesday, April 4th – Bangkok.
Arrival in Bangkok. You will be met at the airport and transferred to our luxury hotel located in the heart of the city center. Get Acquainted reception this evening. Royal Orchid Sheraton.

Wednesday, April 5th, Bangkok.
This morning we get a glimpse of life as it used to be lived through much of Bangkok by taking a ride on a longtail boat through small canals and Chao Phraya River, the “River of Kings”. We see the people living along the river and canals of Thonburi and then visit the Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this Asian wonderland. Royal Orchid Sheraton.

Thursday, April 6th, Chiang Mai.
Fly north to Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Lanna. Set amidst the rolling foothills of the Himalayas, the region boasts stunning natural beauty and indigenous cultures preserving their unique identities. This evening we enjoy a traditional Thai dinner accompanied by a Northern Thai dance performance. Shangri-La, Chiang Mai.

Friday, April 7th, Chiang Mai.
We see how trained elephants are used in different tasks such as the logging industry as well as other tasks that show the ability and agility of these creatures. After lunch we visit the Hill Tribe Village which is famous for the production of highly skilled embroidery especially with hemp. You will also visit the Long-neck Karen Tribe whose women wear numerous rings around their elongated necks. Shangri-La, Chiang Mai

Saturday, April 8th – MS Voyager – sail at 6 pm.
After breakfast we visit a famous handicraft village to see silk and cotton weaving, colorful umbrella painting, lacquerware and the celadon villages - a type of high fired stoneware. After some time at leisure we fly back to Bangkok and board our ship late afternoon. Relax and enjoy the amenities provided for your comfort and enjoyment Abuard the MS Voyager as we set sail for our next port.

Sunday, April 9th – Ko Samui, Thailand – in port from 10 am to 6 pm.
With exquisite beaches and lush coconut plantations, this stunning island of natural beauty has been relatively undiscovered until recent years. Rumor claims that in 1971 the first tourists to set foot on Koh Samui were hippies who arrived by way of a coconut boat from Bangkok. We have the option of visiting one of the local beaches, with soft white sands and shopping for gifts and souvenirs or view an entertaining monkey show. You will learn how locals use monkeys to pick ripe coconuts. This centuries-old tradition certainly comes in handy as Ko Samui, the Island of Coconuts, produces over three million coconuts per month.

Monday, April 10th – cruise the Gulf of Thailand.

Tuesday, April 11th – Singapore – in port from 8 am to 6 pm.
Strategically located at the end of the Malaysian peninsula, the tiny island nation of Singapore is a modern, thriving metropolis and a true melting pot of cultures. Singapore offers diverse colorful ethnic quarters, tropical gardens, pace-setting architecture, a fantastic array of superb cuisines, and a shopping mecca second to none. One of the featured excursions visits Chinatown, the Singapore Riviera, the central district and includes a refreshing Singapore sling in the long bar of the famous Raffles hotel. This is an active tour with lots of walking and travel by subway, riverboat and trishaw.

Wednesday, April 12th – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – in port from 9 am to 7 pm.
Spend the day discovering this cosmopolitan city and its many cultural levels, from the soaring Petronas Towers to a Royal Palace, Gothic churches, stolid Colonial remnants and a restored Malay timber house, once the residence of a local headman in a lovely Heritage Center. Browse in the markets and shops. Shop for crafts, excellent pewter, jewelry and batik. Malaysian Batik is created by four methods: block-printing, hand-drawn freestyle, silk-screening and tie-dyeing. Batik fabrics are typically cotton and silk. Block-printed Batik cloth is produced by dipping the copper mold design in wax, then stamping and dyeing the material. After the first dyed color has dried, a second wax design is stamped and the material is dyed again. After repeating this process two or three times, the wax is melted away by boiling the cloth; resulting in an intricate and beautifully-colored design.

Thursday – April 13th – Penang, Malaysia – in port from 8 am to 6 pm.
Pulau Pinang, as it is known locally, is the northern gateway to Malaysia and also the country's oldest British settlement. The word "Pinang" in Malay refers to the areca nut palm, which provides the betel nut, an essential ingredient in a delicacy chewed by millions in the Far East. You can see the largest collection of pre-war houses in Southeast Asia. We have an opportunity to visit a butterfly farm, featuring over 120 species of exotic butterflies. The unique design of the tropical setting on this fascinating tour will enable you to observe a live exhibition of insects, scorpions, tarantulas and other rare insect species from the tropical jungle thriving in their natural environment.

Friday, April 14th – Phuket, Thailand – in port from 7 am to 4 pm.
Phuket Island is Abuut the same size as Singapore, making it Thailand's largest island. Known as the "Pearl of Thailand," this beautiful retreat offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages, and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that tower over the turquoise waters of Phang-Nga Bay. Apart from tourism, much of the province's wealth derives from tin production, which started in the 16th century. Most of the buildings in the town’s center were built nearly a hundred years ago, and show an enchanting mix of Chinese and Western influences the architecture.

Saturday, April 15th – cruising the Andaman Sea.

Sunday, April 16th – Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma) – in port overnight, from 8 am (Sun.) to 4 pm on Tuesday.
Myanmar (Burma) provide travelers with a unique opportunity to discover a relatively untouched Southeast Asian country which is full of cultural highlights. Colonial architecture, vibrant markets and picturesque streets can be found throughout Yangon with lake pagodas and well-maintained parks presenting a peaceful oasis in the center of the city. Exotic Yangon was founded as Dagon in the 500s by the Mon, who dominated the lower portions of present-day Myanmar. Yangon harbors the most sacred site in the country, the magnificent Scwedagon Pagoda with its amazing complex of pavilions and shrines. Nearby is the colossal reclining Buddha, almost as large as the famous statue in the town of Bago. As a former British Colony, you can still see many fine examples of colonial architecture including the famous Strand Hotel. One of our tour excursions includes a special dinner under the stars at Padonmar Restaurant - one of the finest Myanmar cuisine restaurants in Yangon. Set on the grounds of a 50 year old colonial residence and surrounded by beautiful gardens adorned with colorful lanterns and hanging lights - Padonmar offers a relaxed and elegant ambiance. The multi-course meal showcases the country’s most famed dishes, bursting with authentic home-cooked flavor. While you dine enjoy a specialty cultural variety show. Myanmar dancing is essentially postures in movement of the feet, hip, head and hands.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – cruising the Bay of Bengal and Laccadive Sea.

Saturday, April 22ndCochin, India – in port from 4 am to 6 pm.
Cochin (Khochi) has been a trading post since early Roman times, due to its strategic location between Europe and China. From the court of Kubla Khan to the captains of Europe’s great Age of Exploration, travelers and merchants from far-off lands have been coming here since ancient times in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory. Explore St. Francis' Church, the oldest existing European church in India. View one of the oldest synagogues in the world – a jewel of incomparable beauty with its brass columns,

Sunday, April 23rd – Mangalore, India – in port from 8 am to 7 pm.
A major port on the Arabian Sea located in Southern India, Mangalore derives its name from a goddess. The city has a rich historical past, part of it even dating back to major epics that are the bedrock of the Hindu mythological pantheon. Mangalore has 11th century temples, scintillating beaches dotted with coconut palm trees, museums and lighthouses. You will find many shops and marketplaces selling silks, handlooms, sandalwood, rosewood figurines, jewelry and spices.

Monday, April 24th – Goa, India – in port from 8 am to 5 pm.
Enjoy this marvelous old Portuguese and Hindu city with vibrant temples and majestic churches. Visit the stunning baroque cathedral and quaint, colorful Panjim for a taste of Portugal in India. Explore the countryside and its spice farms, local markets and the region’s exquisite beaches. Buy fragrant spices and search for colorful local crafts in the bustling markets. One of the featured excursions visits a spice farm of verdant forestland and home to more than 84 different species of bird, 100 varieties of orchids, and almost every spice imaginable. Take a guided tour of the grounds and inhale the aromas of beetle nuts, peppers, turmeric root, cinnamon and cashew trees, as well as the vanilla plant. Learn Abuut the natural healing properties of spices, and sample refreshing lemon grass tea made from boiled water, fresh lemon grass, ginger, and cardamom.

Tuesday, April 25th – Mumbai, India – in port overnight, from 9 am (Tues.) to 8 pm on Wednesday.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most populous city in the world. This bustling city offers a seemingly endless array of sights and cultural activities, and is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Mumbai is home to India’s Hindi film and television industry, known as “Bollywood.” Mumbai is also one of the few cities that accommodates a national park, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, within its city limits. One of our excursion selections is titled “Bombay by Lights” - as dusk falls, you'll leave the ship and immerse yourself in the scintillating after-dark ambience of this intriguing city. Your experience begins with a visit to the Regal Cinema Hall, Bombay's first Art Deco theater, where you will have a short viewing of a typical Hindi film. Nicknamed Bollywood, the city's film industry actually produces more movies per year than Hollywood. Next, it's a scenic drive past the impressive gothic style buildings of the High Court, the Art District of Kala Ghoda, Victoria Terminus, the Center of Science and the landmark Gateway of India at Apollo Blunder. Illuminated at night, each of these notable sights seems to take on a distinctive and perhaps more beguiling character than is seen during the day. Before returning to the pier, a final stop will be made at a local night market where you'll have time to stroll amongst the stalls, shopping for silks and jewelry while enjoying the aroma of exotic spices.

Thursday and Friday – cruising the Arabian Sea.

Saturday, April 29th – Muscat, Oman – in port from 8 am to 5 pm.
Situated on a striking cove on the Gulf of Oman, ringed by striking volcanic mountains and guarded by two ancient Portuguese forts, diminutive Muscat is the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. Its architecture is a picturesque blend of Arab, Indian, African and European styles. Look for the sultan's palace at the water's edge, or visit the important national museum. Excursions include dolphin watching and off-road desert adventures. Visit the local market and observe local fishermen bringing in their daily catch of glistening fish from the Arabian Sea and vendors selling a variety of fresh vegetables.

Sunday, April 30th – Dubai, UAE – in port from 1 pm to 11 pm.
Bustling Dubai attracts visitors with its international facilities and exotic, yet cosmopolitan lifestyle. Known as the Hong Kong of Arabia, Dubai’s modern duty-free shopping malls and traditional souks offer some of the best bargains in the world on such luxury items as gold jewelry and designer creations. On excursion you can see the dazzling luxury hotel, Burj Al Arab, designed to resemble a billowing sail and dominating the Dubai coastline. The Jumeirah Mosque, an impressive example of Islamic architecture with its two towering minarets, is another photo opportunity. For a more historic outing, visitors can explore the museum at Al Fahidi Fort or venture out into the Old Quarter of Bastakia.

Monday, May 1st – Abu Dhabi, UAE – in port from 7 am.
The discovery of oil in 1958 transformed this rural backwater into a modern metropolis with the highest per-capita income in the world. Today, Abu Dhabi boasts sky scrapers, shopping malls, tree-lined boulevards and picturesque gardens, while still maintaining a subtle Arabian mystique. Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity of 41,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. Tour heritage Village, a living museum where artisans ply their crafts; or shop the central souk area for gold and Bedouin silver jewelry. The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry is scheduled for completion in early 2017. It will showcase a prestigious collection of modernist and contemporary art and promises to be the largest of the Guggenheim museums.

Tuesday, May 2nd – Return to North America.
Our adventure comes to a close as we jet home from the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

PRICE PER PERSON: from $14,999 (single surcharge applies)

Round trip Business Class air from nearly all cities in North America.
Four pre-cruise nights in deluxe Bangkok and Chiang Mai hotels.
Hosted Get Acquainted reception in Bangkok.
Private Bangkok city tour.
Twenty-four nights on board the MS Seven Seas Voyager – “H” category suite, with balcony.
All meals are included, except three lunches and three dinners.
Complimentary wine, beer, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks during all meals and at all times throughout the ship while cruising on board the MS Seven Seas Voyager.
Hosted group cocktail party each evening on the ship.
Free in suite mini-bar replenished daily with beverages of your choice.
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell party on board the MS Seven Seas Voyager.
Unlimited shore excursions at all ports visited during the cruise.
All gratuities, port charges, visas, taxes, service charges for the restaurants, hotel staff, coach drivers, local guides and the MS Seven Seas Voyager crew. No additional tipping.
Transfers between airports, hotels and the ship.
Porterage and handling of luggage at the hotels and on the ship.
Laminated luggage tags and tour information packet.
A careful balance of free time to pursue your own interests.
Hosted by Gerhard and Darlene.
• Special feature: a brisk pre-breakfast or after dinner walk for those who would like to start or finish the day with a bit of exercise.

 

GROUP SIZE IS LIMITED TO 28 GUESTS: Notify us that you wish to join the tour and your space will be reserved.

RESERVATIONS: Early reservations are essential. A deposit of 15% of the per person fare is required within six days of reservation. This and the final payment can be charged to a credit card.

CABIN UPGRADES: The tour price is based on accommodation in “H” category suites and may not be available at time of reservations. Upgrades are available to higher category staterooms at an additional cost. Ask us for details.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Depending upon the category of suite reserved on the MS Seven Seas Voyager, the single supplement will be approximately 75% of the tour cost.

COST OF TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE: Expenses of passports, laundry, telephone and items of a personal nature; beverages other than those mentioned as being included; excess baggage charges; health and accident and baggage insurance; or any services other than those specifically mentioned as being included. Gerhard’s Odysseys is not responsible for delays or missed portions of your cruise relating to flight delays or incorrect travel documents.

Additional information Abuut the MS SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER
Free unlimited shore EXCURSIONS

Regent Seven Seas, Inc. manages and owns the MS Voyager and the ship’s registry is the Bahamas. Shore excursions are made available and operated by Regent Seven Seas, Inc.

Questions? Call us at 503-223-2402

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