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Hong Kong to London (Southampton)

Ancient Seas, Imperial Kingdoms | 71 Nights | Departs Mar 27, 2015

 

Cochin, India

Ports:

Mar, 27

-Hong Kong, China

Mar, 28

-Cruise the South China Sea

Mar, 29

-Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan

Mar, 30

-Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Mar, 31

-Cruise the Luzon Strait

Apr, 1

-Manila, Philippines

Apr, 2

-Boracay Island, Philippines

Apr, 3

-Cruise South China Sea

Apr, 4

-Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Apr, 5

-Muara, Brunei

Apr, 6

-Cruise South China Sea

Apr, 7

-Nha Trang, Vietnam

Apr, 8

-Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Apr, 9

-Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Apr, 10

-Cruise South China Sea

Apr, 11

-Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Apr, 12

-Cruise South China Sea

Apr, 13

-Singapore

Apr, 14

-Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia

Apr, 15

-Penang, Malaysia

Apr, 16

-Phuket, Thailand

Apr, 17

-Cruise the Andaman Sea

Apr, 18

-Yangon (Burma), Myanmar

Apr, 19

-Yangon (Burma), Myanmar

Apr, 20

-Yangon (Burma), Myanmar

Apr, 21

-Cruise the Indian Ocean

Apr, 22

-Cruise the Indian Ocean

Apr, 23

-Cruise the Indian Ocean

Apr, 24

-Cochin, India

Apr, 25

-New Mangalore, India

Apr, 26

-Goa (Mormugao), India

Apr, 27

-Mumbai (Bombay), India

Apr, 28

-Cruise the Indian Ocean

Apr, 29

-Cruise the Indian Ocean

Apr, 30

-Muscat (Port Qaboos), Oman

May, 1

-Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

May, 2

-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

May, 3

-Dubai, United Arab Emirates

May, 4

-Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

May, 5

-Muscat (Port Qaboos), Oman

May, 6

-Cruise the Arabian Sea

May, 7

-Salalah, Oman

May, 8

-Cruise the Gulf of Aden

May, 9

-Cruise the Red Sea

May, 10

-Cruise the Red Sea

May, 11

-Cruise the Red Sea

May, 12

-Petra (Aqaba), Jordan

May, 13

-Cruise the Gulf of Suez Canal

May, 14

-Transit Suez Canal

May, 15

-Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

May, 16

-Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

May, 17

-Limassol, Cyprus

May, 18

-Rhodes, Greece

May, 19

-Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

May, 20

-Taormina (Sicily), Italy

May, 21

-Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

May, 22

-Palma de Mallorca, Spain

May, 23

-Barcelona, Spain

May, 24

-Valencia, Spain

May, 25

-Alicante, Spain

May, 26

-Málaga (Granada), Spain

May, 27

-Gibraltar, United Kingdom

May, 28

-Seville (Cádiz), Spain

May, 29

-Lisbon, Portugal

May, 30

-Lisbon, Portugal

May, 31

-Oporto, Portugal

Jun, 1

-La Coruña, Spain

Jun, 2

-Bilbao, Spain

Jun, 3

-Bordeaux, France

Jun, 4

-Bordeaux, France

Jun, 5

-Cruise Bay of Biscay and English Channel

Jun, 6

-London (Southampton), England

Cochin, India-port

Popularly referred to as the ’Queen of the Arabian Sea,’ Cochin (Khochi) has been a trading post since early Roman times, due to its strategic location between Europe and China. From the court of Kubla Khan to the captains of Europe’s great Age of Exploration, travelers and merchants from far-off lands have been coming here since ancient times in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory. Explore St. Francis' Church, the oldest existing European church in India. View one of the oldest synagogues in the world – a jewel of incomparable beauty with its brass columns, Belgian hanging lamps, and exquisite hand-painted, blue-and-white Chinese porcelain tiles.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • City Highlights & Harbor Cruise
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Cochin
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Traditional Sojourn
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Tranquil Backwaters
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • City Highlights & Harbor Cruise

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: cok-002

    Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is a pleasant seaport built on a series of interconnected islands and peninsulas. Considered one of the best natural harbors in the world, Cochin was for centuries the center of the spice trade, and its geography and history distinguish it from any other city in India. The oldest European settlement in India, Cochin is an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and English country village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. On your tour explore exotic Cochin, with its spice-filled markets, lush foliage and pastel houses.

    Leaving the pier, drive to Mattancherry to visit the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift for the Maharaja of Cochin in exchange for trading rights. The Palace houses royal costumes, palanquins, furniture and weapons but its striking feature is a series of murals painted on wooden walls.

    Continuing on, stop at the ancient district of Jew Town. Jews used to occupy virtually all the houses on Jew Town Road, where they sold fruits, vegetables and spices or worked as carpenters or oil pressers. The spice markets are still located on the narrow street, but most of the homes and businesses belong to non-Jews. Of the seven synagogues that once graced this street, only one remains.

    Drive to Fort Cochin with a stop at St. Francis Church, built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars. This is India's oldest European-built church, and the original burial site of Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. Continue to the Chinese Fishing Nets, the first visual symbol of the ancient trade and age-old shared influences of Cochin. Lined along the sea-front, these intriguing fishing nets exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish, introduced by Chinese traders from the court of Kublai Khan.

    The final portion of your tour will be by motorized boat. Observe the diverse activities of the busy harbor, including local fishing colonies and glimpses of locals going about their daily lives on the assorted islands. Pass by the outlying island of Vallarpadam, where an enormous construction project is underway to make it one of the largest container ports in Asia. Cruise past Gundu, the smallest island in the harbor. See the long narrow peninsula of Bolghatty, famous for the Bolghatty Palace built by the Dutch in 1744, and now a resort hotel.

    Light snacks and refreshments are served on the boat while returning to ship.

    Please note: Order of sites visited may vary

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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