Sri Lanka and an Authentic India Cruise
20 days from £3,749 per person
Fall in love with the tropical interior of Sri Lanka and the bustling cites and sedate temples of India, on this utterly intoxicating cruise. We start with time in the wildlife rich surrounds of Habarana, joining a safari to search for magnificent Sri Lankan elephants. From spectacular Colombo, our cruise then takes us to some of India’s most important coastal destinations including magnificent Mumbai, home to Bollywood, and Porbandar, birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and the ‘Father of India’.
Your holiday includes:
3 excursions and visits
- Panoramic tour of Colombo
- Dambulla golden cave rock temple
- Game drive at Minneriya National Park
- 4 nights in hotels, 14 nights cruise on Boudicca and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Emirates from London Heathrow - outbound via Dubai. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 53 meals: 18 breakfasts (days 3-20) 17 lunches (days 3-19) 18 dinners (days 2-19)
- Exclusive Titan drinks party on board
- £75 per person onboard credit
- Included onboard drinks package
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment on board
- 3 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Colombo.
On arrival we transfer to our hotel for the night, the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo (4.5-star) and dinner is included.
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo (4.5-star)
Colombo - Habarana
We take a panoramic tour of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital dating back over 600 years, when sea merchants and colonial rulers gathered. You’ll notice the wide array of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches, the beautiful façades of old, colonial buildings and modern shopping arcades. We’ll continue towards the small town of Habarana, stopping en route for lunch and we’ll stay three nights at the Cinnamon Lodge (4.5-star), the perfect, tranquil escape.
Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana (4.5-star)
Choose to rise early this morning and you can join an optional bird and butterfly watching tour around the local area, which is home to over 138 species of exotic bird, plus troupes of two primates - toque macaque and grey langur. This afternoon, we all head to the UNESCO-listed Dambulla Cave Temple, a vast cave complex regarded as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries, holding large collections of paintings and statues.
Minneriya National Park
After a free morning, we’ll head to Minneriya National Park for a game drive. Holding a reservoir which attracts the largest known meeting of Asian elephants in the world, it is one of the best places on the island to view the Sri Lankan elephant up close, plus a host of other mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.
Day 6 - Colombo (overnight)
We depart Habarana for Colombo, stopping en route for lunch. On arrival in Colombo, we’ll transfer to embark Boudicca (3.5-star) and settle in ready for an evening sailing.
Day 7 - Colombo
Spend time exploring Colombo. Maybe visit the street markets of Pettah, the impressive Colombo National Museum dedicated to Sri Lankan history, or Viharamahadevi Park, home to a giant Buddha.
Days 8-9 - At sea
As we sail towards Kochi, you’re free to do as much (or as little) as you wish. Maybe start your day off with a brisk walk around the deck. Or opt for a yoga class. Spend the afternoon learning a craft, or perfecting your golf swing. After your choice of dinner, you can catch a show or dance into the night.
Days 10-11 - Kochi, India (overnight)
Kochi (known previously as Cochin) has also been drawing traders, explorers and travellers to the Kerala state’s picturesque shores for over 600 years. This ancient trading centre is a melting pot of cultures and religions, holding the oldest synagogue in the British Commonwealth and the Dutch Mattancherry Palace, but it is perhaps most famous for the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that billow out across its harbour.
Day 12 - At sea
Today is free as we continue our cruise. Enjoy a hearty breakfast then take your pick from the variety of activities on board. Show off your general knowledge in an afternoon or evening quiz. Try your hand at bridge, bingo or deck quoits. Or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea to while away your time. Top off the day with a sumptuous dinner or a simple tasty buffet.
Days 13-14 - Goa (overnight)
Goa is renowned for its scenic beauty - golden beaches and spice plantations - and a colonial history that combines the best of Indian and Portuguese culture, from striking temples to bustling markets. The Arch of the Viceroys commemorates Vasco da Gama’s arrival in India; while the Basilica of Bom holds the remains of Francis Xavier, a founder of the Jesuit order and patron saint of Goa. The common reasons for visitors though, are spiritual exploration and the wonderful scents, spices and flavours of Goa’s cuisine.
Days 15-16 - Mumbai (overnight)
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is a sprawling, vibrant city, home to Bollywood, India’s most prolific film industry. At its centre stands imposing colonial-era architecture, secret bazaars, hidden temples and India’s top restaurants. Maybe spend time observing the extraordinary religious sites and the Gandhi Memorial Museum. Or venture beyond Mumbai to Elephanta Island - the eerie Buddhist and Hindu caves here, their honeycomb of halls, shrines and pillars, are a must-see.
Day 17 - Porbandar
Porbandar was the birthplace of the ‘Father of India’ and the loyal friend and devotee of Lord Krishna, Sudama. As a result, it is of great religious and spiritual importance and a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. It was also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. The must-see Kirti Mandir, a memorial dedicated to Gandhi, contains various pictures and paintings depicting his life and influences.
Days 18-19 - At sea
As we sail towards Dubai you may want to rest after all your sightseeing. If you’re still full of energy, there‘s lots to fill your time - from quizzes, games and music recitals to walks on deck and dance classes. And of course there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the tasty food options.
Day 20 Dubai - UK
We disembark in Dubai and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.