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About Mumbai

Gateway to one of the world’s most vibrant cities, India’s cruise port Mumbai (formerly Bombay) offers so many memorable experiences it is hard to know where to begin. Perhaps a stroll along Marine Drive, the broad seafront promenade, which links the skyscrapers and bustle of Nariman Point with the serene greenery of Malabar Hill, is the best introduction to the sheer variety of this fascinating city.

Or climb to the top of Malabar Hill to visit the terraced Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, which overlook the Arabian Sea and the famous Towers of Silence. Then make your way to Crawford’s Market (now Jyotiba Phule), which will take you back in time to Victorian days - the frieze above its entrance was designed by Rudyard Kipling’s father, and Rudyard’s childhood home lies right opposite.

Bargain hunters should not miss the famous Chor Bazaar and the antique shops of Motton Street at its heart, where you can pick up fabulous memorabilia – and do not be afraid to bargain.

 

Shore excursions in Mumbai

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Elephanta Caves

Activity high

Duration: 5 hours

Elephanta Island’s caves are home to magnificent sculptures of Hindu deities carved from solid rock.

After a short drive to the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s most famous landmark, you’ll board a motor launch for the hour-long trip to Elephanta Island.

Elephanta Island was named after the statue of an elephant was found near the landing area of the island. The caves date from the 8th century and house remarkable statues in bas-reliefs that unfold a story carved in stone. The guides will bring to life the panels as they elucidate stories from Indian mythology. The carvings centre on the life of Lord Shiva, The Destroyer, but the most impressive panel is that of the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva: The Creator, The Preserver and The Destroyer.

After your fascinating insight into the Hindu religion, the boat will return you to Mumbai, where your coach transfer will be waiting.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves a considerable amount of walking on rough, rocky slopes and uneven ground with over 120 steps to climb. The steps are not steep and they are interspersed with landings, however the tour is quite strenuous. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended and a sunhat and sunscreen should be worn. Video cameras are not permitted inside the caves and there is a charge for the use of video photography outside the caves.

Heritage Walk

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

A walking tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture, architecture and heritage of this historic city.

As you travel to the Fort area of Mumbai you’ll pass many architecturally impressive buildings, including the General Post Office; Victoria Terminus; Municipal Corporation Building; St Xavier's College and St Thomas Cathedral.

Enjoy a brief visit inside St Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai’s first Anglican church, before beginning your historic walking tour. As you stroll through parts of the Heritage Precinct, your guide will regale you with stories and facts about this bustling city. You will see and learn all about the many buildings and monuments that contribute to the special history of Mumbai. These include the ornate Flora Fountain, the gothic style Mumbai University and High Court buildings. View the unusual façades of the David Sasson Library, Jehangir Art Gallery and the Prince of Wales Museum, with its carved features and elaborate brackets.

Absorb the local culture around you as the horns blare out from the passing traffic and spicy aromas waft from the food stalls. Watch the locals rushing about their daily activities and the ladies with their colourful clothing. As you reach the waterfront, you’ll notice the imposing Gateway of India. This famous monument, erected to commemorate the visit of King George V, combines both Hindu and Muslim architecture. You’ll have time to take a photo before boarding the coach for your journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 1½ hours of walking over some uneven ground. Flat, comfortable, enclosed shoes, water, sunscreen and a sun hat are recommended.

Journey to the Taj Mahal (Double Accommodation)

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 4 nights

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience India and one of the world’s most breathtaking sights, the fabled Taj Mahal.

DAY 1 – MUMBAI & DELHI
Your overland adventure begins in Mumbai with a panoramic tour of some of the city’s most prominent landmarks including the Gateway of India and the fascinating open air laundry Dhobi Ghat. The next stop will be Mumbai airport for the two hour flight from Mumbai to Delhi, lunch will be served during the flight. On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your Indian escort and transferred to the Crowne Plaza New Delhi hotel to check in and enjoy dinner.

DAY 2 – AGRA & TAJ MAHAL
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before embarking on your journey overland to Agra. The City of Agra was the capital of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries and is home to some of their most famous monuments including Agra Fort, situated on the bend of the River Yamuna, its imposing gates and red sandstone walls dominate the centre of the city’s surroundings. Check into the ITC Mughal Hotel, where you will be served lunch. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset. Emperor Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love. Experience its splendour graced by the rays of the setting sun. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and intricate execution contribute to its place as one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Return to the hotel for dinner in the evening.

DAY 3 –TAJ MAHAL & AGRA FORT
Your day begins early as you visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise. Absorb the atmosphere of this serene monument bathed in the early morning light. Return to your hotel for breakfast before the return journey to Delhi where you will check into the Crowne Plaza New Delhi hotel. After lunch at the hotel embark on a tour of New Delhi to learn about India’s cultural past and present and see architectural combinations of both British and Indian design. Travel past India Gate and the Presidential House. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, an incredible red sand stone memorial which formed the basis of the design for the Taj Mahal, built 100 years later.

DAY 4 – DUBAI
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai. On arrival you will be fast tracked through immigration and transferred to the Le Meridien Hotel Dubai where you will check in for 1 night and have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the hotel faciliies. An Al Fresco dinner will be served at the Meridien Village Terrace and will be inclusive of all house beverages.

Day 5 – DUBAI
The final day of your overland adventure will begin with an early breakfast at the hotel. Hop onboard an air conditioned coach and venture out to experience old and new Dubai. Take a break for photos at the Burj Khalifa and 7* Burj Al Arab Hotel before a visit to the Dubai Museum to uncover what Dubai was like before the glitz and glamour. After your tour you will return to the port where Arcadia will have just arrived for her overnight stay in the Emirate and rejoin to continue your cruise.

Essential information

The booking deadline for this tour is the 14th December 2014, bookings after this date will be on a request basis only.
There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =BOM808A. Single =BOM809A). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after the booking deadline will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Flight times and further details will be advised on board and the hotels listed are subject to change. Be prepared for very early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and delays at airports. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. This tour will depart from Mumbai on the 31st March 2014 and return in Dubai on the 4th April 2014. You may book this tour if you are disembarking in Dubai on the 5th April.
The fare includes: transport by coach, economy class air tickets, sightseeing and entrances as described, meals as stated, and hotel accommodation.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature, other than stated above, such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication and travel insurance. All guests must purchase an Indian visa prior to embarking Arcadia.
What to pack: please remember your passport and any medication you require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 15kg. You are advised to wear modest attire covering shoulders and knees.

Journey to the Taj Mahal (Single Accommodation)

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 4 nights

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience India and one of the world’s most breathtaking sights, the fabled Taj Mahal.

DAY 1 – MUMBAI & DELHI
Your overland adventure begins in Mumbai with a panoramic tour of some of the city’s most prominent landmarks including the Gateway of India and the fascinating open air laundry Dhobi Ghat. The next stop will be Mumbai airport for the two hour flight from Mumbai to Delhi, lunch will be served during the flight. On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your Indian escort and transferred to the Crowne Plaza New Delhi hotel to check in and enjoy dinner.

DAY 2 – AGRA & TAJ MAHAL
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before embarking on your journey overland to Agra. The City of Agra was the capital of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries and is home to some of their most famous monuments including Agra Fort, situated on the bend of the River Yamuna, its imposing gates and red sandstone walls dominate the centre of the city’s surroundings. Check into the ITC Mughal Hotel, where you will be served lunch. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset. Emperor Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love. Experience its splendour graced by the rays of the setting sun. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and intricate execution contribute to its place as one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Return to the hotel for dinner in the evening.

DAY 3 –TAJ MAHAL & AGRA FORT
Your day begins early as you visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise. Absorb the atmosphere of this serene monument bathed in the early morning light. Return to your hotel for breakfast before the return journey to Delhi where you will check into the Crowne Plaza New Delhi hotel. After lunch at the hotel embark on a tour of New Delhi to learn about India’s cultural past and present and see architectural combinations of both British and Indian design. Travel past India Gate and the Presidential House. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, an incredible red sand stone memorial which formed the basis of the design for the Taj Mahal, built 100 years later.

DAY 4 – DUBAI
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai. On arrival you will be fast tracked through immigration and transferred to the Le Meridien Hotel Dubai where you will check in for 1 night and have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the hotel faciliies. An Al Fresco dinner will be served at the Meridien Village Terrace and will be inclusive of all house beverages.

Day 5 – DUBAI
The final day of your overland adventure will begin with an early breakfast at the hotel. Hop onboard an air conditioned coach and venture out to experience old and new Dubai. Take a break for photos at the Burj Khalifa and 7* Burj Al Arab Hotel before a visit to the Dubai Museum to uncover what Dubai was like before the glitz and glamour. After your tour you will return to the port where Arcadia will have just arrived for her overnight stay in the Emirate and rejoin to continue your cruise.

Essential information

The booking deadline for this tour is the 14th December 2014, bookings after this date will be on a request basis only.
There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =BOM808A. Single =BOM809A). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after the booking deadline will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Flight times and further details will be advised on board and the hotels listed are subject to change. Be prepared for very early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and delays at airports. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. This tour will depart from Mumbai on the 31st March 2014 and return in Dubai on the 4th April 2014. You may book this tour if you are disembarking in Dubai on the 5th April.
The fare includes: transport by coach, economy class air tickets, sightseeing and entrances as described, meals as stated, and hotel accommodation.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature, other than stated above, such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication and travel insurance. All guests must purchase an Indian visa prior to embarking Arcadia.
What to pack: please remember your passport and any medication you require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 15kg. You are advised to wear modest attire covering shoulders and knees.

Leisurely Mumbai and Cultural Dance

Activity low

Duration: 2¾ hours

A leisurely tour with a cultural dance performance – a great way to see the city, without the walking.

In the heart of the city, you’ll find some of the most beautiful buildings dating from the British period. A leisurely drive takes you along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, past the Old Town Hall and the Mumbai University, dominated by the famous Rajabai Clock Tower. Past these landmarks, the High Court comes into view, topped with the statues of Justice and Mercy and then you’ll see the highlight of all the buildings from the Victorian era - the Victoria Terminus Station. This neo-Gothic building boasts flying buttresses, friezes and stained glass.

A short stop will be made to take a photo of the famous Gateway of India. Built to commemorate King George V’s visit to India in 1911, it is situated opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel. The Hotel was built in 1903 and is an architectural marvel, bringing together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles (exterior only).

The highlight will be the cultural dance performance held in the National Centre for Performing Arts. Enjoy the colours and sounds of the 5 different dances, each representing a different Indian State. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the coach, with the exception of the photo stop. The National Centre for Performing Arts is wheelchair accessible.

 

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