Golden Triangle Tour, Dubai to Southampton Voyage, 22 March 2018 (28 nights)

Ship:
Arcadia
Line:
P&O Cruises
Depart Date:
22nd March 2018
Duration:
28 nights | View itinerary
Customer Rating:
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Cruise Type:
Cruise and Stay
  • Hotel Included

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Holiday Features

  • Fly UK to Delhi
  • 2 Nt stay in Delhi
  • Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi
  • 1 Nt stay in Agra
  • Sightseeing tour of Agra
  • Visit the world-renowed Taj Mahal, referred to as one of the Wonders of the World
  • Visit Agra Fort
  • 2 Nts stay in Jaipur
  • Visit Amber Fort
  • Sightseeing tour of Jaipur
  • 1 Nt stay in Delhi
  • Fly Delhi to Dubai
  • 2 Nt stay in Dubai
  • All overseas transfers

Due to the geographical location of this voyage, local customs and languages may predominate, though English will be spoken by the crew.

Journey times throughout India by vehicle can vary between 5-8 hours.

Arcadia: Indulgent & Stylish

  • Spacious ensuite cabin accommodation
  • Meals and snacks onboard
  • 24 hour complimentary (standard) room service
  • Continental Breakfast in your cabin
  • West End/Broadway style shows
  • Oceanview Gymnasium & Fitness Centre
  • 2 Pools, 5 jacuzzis & thermal suite
  • Sports Court and Golf nets
  • Library & comprehensive shore guides
Exclusively for adults only.
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly UK/Delhi
2 Delhi - 2 nights stay
3 Delhi - Tour of Old Delhi
3 Delhi - Tour of New Delhi
4 Travel Delhi to Agra
4 Agra Hotel Stay - 1 Night
4 Agra City Tour & Taj Mahal
5 Travel Agra to Jaipur
5-6 Jaipur Hotel Stay - 2 Nights
6 Jaipur - Amber Fort Tour
6 Jaipur - Tour of Jaipur
7 Fly Jaipur/Delhi
7 Delhi - 1 night stay
8 Fly Delhi/Dubai
8-9 Dubai Hotel Stay - 2 Nights
10 Dubai - Overnight onboard
11 Dubai
Dubai
One of the most exclusive cities in the world, rich with the contrasting highlights of amazing shopping, stunning desert landscapes and a delightful coastline.
12 Muscat
Muscat
For a once in a lifetime opportunity, spend a following dolphins from a speedboat at Marina Bander.
13-17 At Sea - 5 days
18 Aqaba (for Petra)
Aqaba (for Petra)
Aqaba, an ancient city carved from ochre-coloured sandstone cliffs, guaranteed to mesmerise.
19 Sharm el-Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh
Year round sunshine and golden beaches mean the jewel of the Red Sea Riviera is the place to be.
20 Suez Canal Transit
Suez Canal Transit
Lying at the Red Sea end of the Suez Canal, the busy Egyptian port of Suez can also be your starting point for exciting trips to Cairo and the Pyramids at Giza. If your ship goes through the Canal, be out on deck throughout the transit, as it is one of the world’s most fascinating maritime experiences, creating the bizarre impression that you are sailing right through the dry heart of the desert. The present, 101-mile-long Canal took 15 years to build, was completed in 1869 and shaved a mere 7,000 miles off the journey from England to India. It is the second to cross the Isthmus of Suez – the first was constructed in the 5th century BC and was in use until the 8th century.
21 At Sea
22 Messina Strait - Cruising
23 Naples
Naples
Cruising into the Bay of Naples is a memorable experience. The Naples port is overlooked by the imposing Sant Elmo medieval castle, high up on Vemero Hill, as well as the 13th century Castel Nuovo, which is right next to the Naples cruise terminal in the heart of the city. Within a short walk, to the left of the terminal, are three of Naples best-known landmarks: Castel Nuovo, the 17th century Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale), and the elaborate 18th century San Carlo Opera House. To reach Naples’ fascinating old town, go straight past Castel Nuovo and then over the Piazza Municipio.
24-25 At Sea - 2 days
26 Seville (Cadiz)
27-28 At Sea - 2 days
29 Southampton

Golden Triangle Land Tour - 6 Nts

Delhi, India
Day 2
Arrive in Delhi. You will be met as you exit the arrival terminal building, after which you will be transferred to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3
Morning: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Visit
Tama Masjid: The great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three great gateways, four angle towers & two minarets standing 40m high & constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone & white marble. Broad flights of steps lead up to the imposing gateways. The visitors can enter by the north or south gate. Those people considered unsuitably dressed (bare legs for either men or women) can hire robes at the northern gate. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people.

Red Fort: The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638,  were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of  the city. (Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)

Raj Ghat
: Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Lunch at local restaurant.

Lunch at Local Restaurant 

Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi 
Humayun's Tomb: Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is an early example of Mughal architectme. The elements in its design - a squat building, lighted by high arched entrances, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal   gardens - were to be refined over the years to the magnificence  is thus of  great interest for its relation  to  the  later Taj. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red-and-white sandstone, black-and-yellow marble tomb. Other tombs  include that of Humayun's barber  and the Tomb of Isa Khan, a good example  of  Lodi architecture.  An excellent view can be obtained  over the surrounding country from the terraces of  the tomb.

Qutub Minar: The 72.5m high tower dates back to the 13th century and is one of the greatest bequests of Islamic culture. At its base lies the Quwwatul-Islam Masjid, the first mosque in India. A famous iron pillar, of the 5th century, stands before it; it has remained rust free for 1500 years. According to local belief if you can get your fingers to touch, with your back to the pillar, your wishes will be granted.

Then drive past:
India Gate: This 42m high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW I the North West frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco.

Rajpath: The Kings Way is another focus of Lutyens New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side of ornamental ponds. The Republic Day parade is held here every 26th February, and millions of people gather to enjoy the spectacle.

Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House): The official residence of the President of India stands at  the  opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Completed in 1929, the palace like building is an interesting  blend of and western architectural styles, the most obvious Indian  feature being the huge  copper  dome. To the west of  the building is a Mughal garden, which occupies  130 ha.
Overnight at Delhi
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
This morning, you will be met and driven to Agra (204 kms & approx 5 hrs) 
The city of Agra, the quintessence of the grand Mughal era, reigns to this day in the public mind as the embodiment of royal grace, imposing architecture and power. No tour to India can be complete without paying a visit to this erstwhile capital of the Mughals and the city of the Taj Mahal, the world's most beloved monument 

Arrive in Agra and check in at the hotel for 1 night stay

Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Agra 
Agra Fort: lies on the bend of the River Yamuna,  almost in the heart of  the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1565-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

Taj Mahal by sunset: the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. The Taj complex comprises a forecourt, a lof ty entrance, a charming formal Mughal garden with canals and a cenh·al tank with a series of fountains, the tomb proper, and an attached mosque on the west and its symmetrical counterpart on the east. The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportions and rich pietra dura, with minute details executed with great skill. The building, often styled "a dream in marble" is said to have taken at least 22 years (1631-1653) to build.
Overnight at Agra
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 5

Morning after breakfast, you will drive a little over 7 hours to the Pink city Jaipur via Fatehpur sikri Fatehpur Sikri: Built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti.
It was the Mughal capital for 14 years after which it was abandoned  due to paucity  of  water. It is made  of  red sandstone and combines influences from both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Even to this day, the entrance to the fort is through the road that Akbar built which leads to the Buland  Darwaza, a huge 54  metres gateway.
Later, continue drive to Jaipur.
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 6
Morning: Excursion to Amber Fort 
Amber Fort: Visit the fabulous Amber Fort (due to animal welfare we don't recommend Elephant ride) Crowning the crest of a hill, the Fort offers a view of Maota Lake & historic old town located at the base of  the hill, which formed the early seat of  the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital.

Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur 
Hawa Mahal (Photo stop only): perhaps Jaipur most famous building; the Hawa Mahal is the pink sandstone facade of a palace built for the ladies of the harem by Sawai Pratap Singh. The facade contains  953 small casements under a huge curve, each with a balcony and crowning arch. The windows enable cool air (hawa) to circulate and the zenana to watch processions below without being seen. This will be a photo stop.

City Palace: as described by some writers "spectacular synthesis of Rajput and Mughal architecture". The city palace occupies the center of Jaipur, covers one seventh of its area and is surrounded by high wall.

Jantar Mantar Observatory
: Jantar Mantar built between 1728 and 1734 houses precise instruments for measuring "the harmony of heavens" each instrument serves a particular function and gives an accurate reading. Note worthy instruments worth visiting are the Samrat Yanh·a (sun dial), Dhruva Yantra (locates the position of the Pole star and the twelve Zodiac sings), Nari Valya Yantra (Sun dial for Southern hemisphere), Raj Yantra (used once a year to calculate the Hindu calendar) and observers seat.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 7
Buffet breakfast at the hotel 
Morning: check out of the hotel. Fly Jaipur - Delhi and transfer to a hotel for a 1 night stay.

Day 8
Transfer to the airport.

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Customer reviews for Arcadia

  • Arcadia
  • P&O Cruises
  • 06 Sep 2018

We had a great time on our first cruise. My daughter and I took my Mum for her 80th birthday. There was one downside (nothing to do with the ship) on returning to the ship from Cherbourg the lift from the dock to the ship broke down and we were stuck in there for 2 hours until the local fire brigade came to the rescue (every girls dream, except when you are living it). My Mum is diabetic and it was close to lunch time also, my daughter suffers from anxiety and was very upset. The crew came down and made sure we were OK and if we needed the medical staff.

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  • Arcadia
  • P&O Cruises
  • 05 Sep 2018

first time on this ship well impressed and had everything I could ask for great service at check in and good cabin steward delicious food every day would recommend this ship anyday

  • Arcadia
  • P&O Cruises
  • 03 Sep 2018

Booked a fairly last-minute cruise to the Baltic which was very enjoyable with just a couple of negative issues. Our Restricted view cabin on Egypt deck was lovely, apart from the lighting. Why put a huge strip light above the window and only a tiny light by the desk/dresser ? Apart from that it was clean, quiet and comfortable. The decor of the Arcadia is lovely but again there are design issues. The Buffet is not big enough and very illogical and badly organised. Unlike the Aurora and Oriana there is only one Club/Freedom Dining Restaurant. And why does the Cinema only seat 30? The Gym is excellent and even has Kettlebells and on this cruise the Headliners Theatre group were outstanding and the Palladium Theatre provided an excellent venue for all performers. There was even a Comedian who was funny, a first for a cruise ! The Excursions staff were good on this cruise and we booked excellent trips including ...Norwegian Explorers, to 3 ship museums, a Russian Folk Evening in St Petersburg and a Swedish Sojourn, across “The Bridge” all of which were well worth the money. As a Vegetarian, the Catering on the Arcadia is woeful and lacking in imagination. There is often only one dish on the menu which will be repeated for lunch and dinner., the protein content is minimal or completely lacking and if you are not a fan of Goat’s cheese or curry then forget it. You also have to hunt around the Buffet for items us Veggies can eat...and do not expect anything to be labelled. Also, prepare for hostile looks from the meat-eaters when you try to access the veggie curry sauce which is hidden in amongst the meat dishes. And finally, the staff on the ship were all lovely but the staff in the Southampton Baggage reclaim were dreadful, rude and didn’t have the first clue as to what to do during a fire alarm.

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All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. Prices are based on two passengers sharing unless otherwise stated and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Cabin and Flight supplements may apply. Other supplements may apply in addition to the price shown above. Flight details, timings and routing may be subject to alteration. Other tour operator charges may also apply. Any Onboard Spending money or drinks package value shown will be per cabin, again based on two sharing.

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