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Explore far-flung lands in style

27/08/2017

If you’re looking for a holiday that takes in different cultures in some of the world’s most iconic destinations, try an Exotic fly-cruise

Vietnam: Po Nagar Cham temple complex near Nha Trang

Vietnam: Po Nagar Cham temple complex near Nha Trang

In early 2018, you can fly directly to iconic cities to join Arcadia on her World Cruise. With a range of options to choose from, fly to the destination of your choice with an itinerary that suits you. With Arcadia as your elegant home base, it’s the flexible way to get a taster of exotic cultures and exciting adventures. We’ve picked three example itineraries that pack a globetrotting punch.

 

From Sydney sunshine to Hong Kong street food

Fly to the sunshine of Sydney to start your holiday with a dose of cosmopolitan fun. This confident city has it all: arts and culture, iconic architecture, an outdoor lifestyle and, of course, stunning beaches if you simply want to relax. See the range of great Sydney shore excursions.


Then it’s on to Brisbane, the sophisticated riverside capital of Queensland. Eat, drink and potter on the cultural hub of the South Bank, cuddle a koala on the Brisbane Sights and Koala Sanctuary shore excursion or cruise down the famous Gold Coast. To complete your unforgettable experiences down under, the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands await you with tours from Airlie Beach. The Catamaran to Whitehaven Beach shore excursion is one you won’t want to miss: the beach has been voted among the world’s top 10 thanks to its pure waters and brilliant pure-white silica sand.

 

Then it’s on to Manila, the buzzing capital of the Philippines, before Arcadia sets sail to take in the wonders of Shanghai and Hong Kong. These cities each offer two fascinating sides: both are steeped in ancient Chinese culture and heritage yet blaze the trail for modernity with dazzling skyscrapers, cutting-edge culture and high-tech city living. Hong Kong in particular is a foodie’s paradise; don’t go without snacking on fast-food favourites dim sum, wontons, rickshaw noodles and fried tofu, plus local favourites sweet and sour pork and roast goose. For an authentic encounter with this fascinating city, try the A Local Hong Kong Experience shore excursion.

 


For details of this 19-night cruise departing 23 February 2018, click here

 


From ancient Vietnam to sleek Singapore 

If you’ve more time to extend your adventure, the following ports of call can be added to the itinerary above.

 

After an overnight stay in Hong Kong, Vietnam is next on the agenda. With its fascinating history (including the more recent chapter of the Vietnam War), the country is a heady mixture of ancient customs, historic architecture, stunning rural countryside, beautiful coastlines and buzzing emerging capitalism. You’ll experience it all with a wealth of activities at the charming coastal resort of Nha Trang followed by the dynamic capital Ho Chi Minh (on tours from Phu My). For insight into the many faces of this fascinating city, book a Highlights of Ho Chi Minh shore excursion.


Singapore is your final port of call. One of the slickest and most orderly cities in south-east Asia, it offers an array of attractions, from glorious gardens and parks to lively markets and world-class cuisine. It’s a true melting pot: head to Chinatown, Little India and Mosque Street to soak up the various cultural influences before unwinding in the colonial-style luxury of Raffles Hotel, home of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail. Relax as we take you to this oasis of cool and calm for tiffin on the High Tea at Raffles shore excursion

 

For details of this 25-night cruise departing 23 February 2018, click here >

Dramatic views looking down from one of Dubai’s skyscrapers

Dubai: dramatic views and record-breaking attractions

From Arabian Gulf wonders to Seville’s tapas scene

Jet off to Dubai to start your holiday with a bang. The dazzling capital of the United Arab Emirates is sensational – from the heat and enormity of the desert sand dunes to the stunning cityscape of skyscrapers and record-breaking man-made attractions. Take it all in from the top of the lofty Burj Khalifa on the A Walk in the Clouds shore excursion or go local and explore the gold and spice souks.

 

After the hustle and bustle of Dubai, Muscat in Oman offers more serene pursuits: go on a dolphin-spotting boat trip, marvel at ancient palaces or relax on beautiful beaches. Then it’s on to Aqaba in Jordan, your gateway to the hidden city of Petra. Cut from the rocks of the Jebel al-Madhbah mountain, this ancient world wonder is the nation’s most valuable treasure and it is an unforgettable day out on The Lost City of Petra shore excursion.

 

After a stop in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, Arcadia transits a true feat of engineering: the Suez Canal. Once back in the Mediterranean, there’s time for two iconic European ports of call. First is Naples. Overshadowed by Mount Vesuvius, the residents of this southern Italian city live each day to the full and love their city, their food and their culture with a passion. Equally passionate is the Spanish city of Seville (accessed from the final port of call Cadiz), with its rich array of cultural attractions, fine architecture and music and flamenco heritage. Highlights include the Moorish Alcázar palace and the Plaza de España, both of which can be seen on the Sights of Seville shore excursion. Refuel with local dishes as you go, taking your pick from more than 1,000 tapas bars.

 

For details of this 19-night cruise departing 31 March 2018, click here

 

 

For full details of Exotic fly-cruises and to find out how to extend your holiday with a City Stay or a Land Tour, visit here.

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