UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Singapore.
On arrival, you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or start exploring this exciting capital.
In dynamic Singapore, centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of innovative skyscrapers. Visit the heavenly Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore; marvel at the incredibly detailed façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, and stroll in the city's UNESCO-listed Orchid Gardens. This evening, there is an optional safari at Singapore Zoo, to see nocturnal animals in naturalistic habitats.
Day 4 - Singapore
Choose an optional excursion to the Gardens by the Bay, then transfer later to embark Aegean Odyssey (4T), to set sail early this evening.
Day 5 - Malacca, Malaysia
Malacca, a once-sleepy fishing village, became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Discover the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits. Then continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, and wander to Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops and craft stores.
Day 6 - At sea
Day 7 - Penang
Our tour of Penang’s capital, George Town, begins with a drive along the bustling ‘road of harmony’, where many different faiths are represented by places of worship. Visit the brightly-painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses the 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha and the tranquil Botanic Garden. Created more than a century ago at the feet of jungle clad hills, the gardens are bound by tropical forests and cascading streams. You may see the wild monkeys roam in their natural habitat.
Day 8 - Phuket, Thailand
Today, choose to navigate Phang Nga National Park aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat. Sail amongst the dramatically stunning limestone karsts that rise from the turquoise sea, and around the island of Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island since it appeared in The Man with the Golden Gun. Then experience local hospitality with a stop at the Sea Gypsy Village, built entirely on stilts, where you can visit a school, shop for pearls and glimpse a fascinating way of life. Alternatively, don your swimsuit and head to the Phi Phi Islands, with beautiful soaring cliffs, powdery sands and the crystal-clear waters of Maya Bay, seen in the film The Beach. Lunch is arranged at a beachside restaurant, and the afternoon is free to enjoy enchanting Bamboo Island, with opportunities to snorkel amid the coral beds.
Days 9-10 - At sea
Day 11 - Yangon, Burma (overnight)
Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known, has changed over recent decades. Yangon may have lost its capital status, but it hasn’t lost focus as Burma’s commercial and artistic hub. Amongst the chaos of traffic jams and new restaurants, a stunning golden Buddhist temple offers a respectful tranquillity. The 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda preserves holy relics including strands of the Buddha’s hair. Its standing as the most sacred Buddhist site in Burma is visible in its décor, including the 4,531 diamonds that encrust the top of the stupa. We visit this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to experience the devotion of the Myanmar people.
Day 12 - Yangon (overnight)
This morning we visit Bogyoke Aung San Market, known also as Scott’s Market. Over 1,600 shops fill this building with handicrafts, jewellery, puppets, clothes and food. We also visit the National Museum, where ornate beds, palanquins and ceremonial robes show the elaborate tastes of Burma’s kings; and galleries display the country’s cultures and natural history. The afternoon is at leisure. Alternatively you can choose a full-day optional excursion to fly to Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital and location of the Shwenandaw ‘Golden Palace’ and the Mahagandayon Monastery at Amarapura, one of the largest in Burma and home to over 1,400 monks. A flight to the vast archaeological site at Bagan will reward you with one of the world's wonders - a landscape studded with over 2,200 magnificent ancient temples. Highlights include the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, the colossal standing Buddhas at Ananda Temple, the pyramidal Dhammayangyi, and the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, with remarkable frescoes showing scenes from Buddha's life.
Day 13 - Yangon
Today is free to enjoy Yangon. After exploring the hectic streets or getting lost in the animated markets, a stroll along one of the city’s lakes or gardens can offer a tranquil respite. We sail early evening.
Day 14 - At sea
Day 15 - Port Blair, Andaman Islands
On the boundary of the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal are the Andaman Islands. Port Blair was the first European settlement here, visited by traders sailing between India and Burma. Today it is the largest town on the Andaman Islands. This morning we take a city tour, including the brutal Cellular Jail and museums of aboriginal culture and tribal art. This afternoon you have the option to explore another of the Andaman Islands - Ross Island - where dilapidated colonial buildings evoke the old British regime and a small museum houses old photographs of Ross during the colonial era.
Days 16-18 - At sea
Day 19 - Colombo, Sri Lanka (overnight)
Colombo is an interesting mix of Sri Lankan traditions, colonial remnants and the demands of a commercial capital. Discover Colombo on our tour, taking in the sacred Kelaniya Temple, once visited by the Buddha to quell a quarrel between two warring Naga leaders; the excellent Colombo National Museum and Independence Square, where Ceylon gained freedom from Britain in 1948. Alternatively, you can take a full-day excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Or take an optional tour to Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings. The scenic drive takes you through small towns into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth, which holds a sacred tooth of Lord Buddha.
Day 20 Colombo - UK
After breakfast, disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.