Seabourn elevates cruise experience with land-based journeys
Seabourn is offering guests lasting memories in exotic locations through its expanded land-based excursion programme, Seabourn Journeys. Offering a selection of pre- and post-cruise trip extensions through land-based immersive experiences in remarkable destinations, Seabourn Journeys are available in conjunction with select voyages in 2018 and 2019.
Guests will enjoy experiences of local culture, history, beauty, hospitality and relaxation. The fully escorted Journeys have been curated to showcase the best of the destination they visit and include select meals, transportation and guided experiences. Luxury hotels and lodges have been selected to offer guests accommodations at the finest properties in the best locations that showcase their surroundings – all conveniently timed to the start or finish of scheduled Seabourn cruises.
“We are delighted to offer opportunities to extend our on board luxury experience with these new on shore Seabourn Journeys,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Each Seabourn Journey is expertly curated with customised, guide-led tours of the most memorable sites and scenes around the world. They are perfect for luxury travellers desiring a complete and seamless land-and-sea experience.”
All Seabourn Journeys are available pre- and post-cruise, with transfers to and from Seabourn ships and various destinations included. Departures on most journeys are guaranteed with a minimum of two guests.
The following are 10 Seabourn Journeys currently offered around the world:
Splendours of Peru: Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu (eight-day pre-cruise/seven-day post-cruise)
Experience ancient and contemporary culture in the capital of Peru, the former capital of the Inca empire. Highlights include the Church of Santo Domingo and Lima’s oldest mansion, 16th-century Casa Aliaga; impressive displays of Inca masonry at the Convent of Santo Domingo and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cuzco, as well as the fortress of Ollantaytambo; and mountaintop Machu Picchu.
Cambodia: Phnom Penh & Temples of Angkor (six days)
Cambodia’s ancient and modern history are on display in Phnom Penh including the Silver Pagoda of the Royal Palace, ancient Khmer art at the National Museum, and infamous Khmer Rouge sites. Explore the complex of Angkor Wat by helicopter and then on foot with a guided tour of the ruins including Bayon Temple, fig tree-wrapped Ta Prohm Temple, and other temples including Angkor Thom and Rolous Khmer.
India’s Golden Triangle: The Taj Mahal & Jaipur (six days)
Tour Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid mosque and Chandni Chowk in a cycle rickshaw. In New Delhi, it’s the Parliament House, India Gate and more, with dining on heirloom recipes in the elegant residence of a local family. In Agra, marvel at Agra Fort and the marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, then proceed to the Pink City of Jaipur with sites including the ornate Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. The Amber Fort and the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing round out a very full experience.
Sydney, The Red Centre & Great Barrier Reef (eight-day pre-cruise/sevem-day post-cruise)
Sydney welcomes guests with the historic Rocks precinct, the Royal Botanic Garden and a private tour of the Sydney Opera House. Fly to the Red Centre to tour the 500-million-year-old red rock domes of Kata Tjuta and catch sunset over Uluru during the Sounds of Silence experience, which includes a dining experience and introduction to Aboriginal culture and a traditional Anangu performance. Take time to explore Uluru by camel, then a sunrise helicopter tour before transferring to Cairns and Port Douglas for the UNESCO World Heritage Daintree National Park, with a cruise on the Daintree River, guided forest walk to the Botanical Ark, and more. Guests then can experience a full day of snorkelling underwater the Great Barrier Reef from a catamaran.
Myanmar: Yangon, Bagan’s Temples & Inie Lake (eight-day pre-cruise/seven-day post-cruise)
Enjoy previously inaccessible Myanmar with access to timeless attractions and experiences. In Yangon, visit 2500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, the 70-metre Reclining Buddha statue, and the magnificent carved Lion’s Throne. In Bagan, float over thousands of stupas in a hot-air balloon and visit Shwezigon Pagoda, Kubyaukgyi Temple, Ananda Temple and Htilominio Temple. At Inle Lake, a boat ride includes views of the gold-leaf Buddhas at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Ngaphechaung Monastery perched on stilts over the lake.
South Africa: Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari Lodge (seven-day pre-cruise/six-day post-cruise)
Enjoy luxury and adventure in South Africa’s scenic Cape followed by a multi-day safari experience amid one of Africa’s densest concentrations of native wildlife. Pop a cork on Cape Town’s oldest wine-producing region, Groot Constantia, and visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens under Table Mountain, then head for the top by cable car. See Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, with additional highlights including the Castle of Good Hope and Company Gardens. Then fly to Kruger National Park for a stay at Singita Lebombo Lodge overlooking the N’wanetsi River, with two game drives daily to see leopard, lion, white and black rhino, elephant, hippo, cheetah and more.
UNESCO South America: Rio, Iguazú Falls & Buenos Aires (six days)
Two of South America’s most captivating cities bookend this journey to the UNESCO World Heritage natural wonder of Iguazu Falls. In Rio de Janeiro, pass lush Tijuca Rainforest Park crowned by the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Peak en route to Copacabana Beach. Absorb the earth-shaking roar of Iguazu Falls from a suspended walkway on the Brazilian side with a helicopter ride to dinner to follow. Finally, spend a day in Buenos Aires with Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and colorful La Boca, and finish with a tango lesson at Café de los Angelitos.
UNESCO Treasures of China: Beijing, Xi’An & Hong Kong (six days)
Explore the world’s oldest civilisation through the contrasts of burgeoning Beijing, the Silk Road outpost of Xi’An and the melting pot of Hong Kong. Follow a welcome feast of Peking duck with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City in Beijing. Observe the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall by cable car and see highlights of the Beijing Olympic Village. In Xi’An, tour the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Chinese-style Great Mosque and the ancient City Wall. Then enjoy Hong Kong with tours of a market, the Man Ho Temple and Hollywood Road, as well as scenic views from the Peak Tram.
The Denali Experience (five days)
Take in the many natural splendours of Alaska at the highest mountain in North America with travels focused on the looming, snow-capped peak and its National Park. Fly over the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier before heading deep into the park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more. After a day at leisure in the park with many options for activities, ride in a domed observation car on a scenic railway to enjoy celebratory hospitality in Anchorage, viewing taiga forest and wild rivers all along the way. *This Journey requires a minimum of 10 guests per departure.
South Pole Quest (13 days)
From the Chilean capital of Santiago, fly to Punta Arenas, starting location for the Antarctic portion of the adventure, then head by plane to Union Glacier Base Camp with a stay in comfortable camp facilities. Expedition guides share knowledge of life in an Antarctic climate and wildlife likely to be encountered. There will be opportunities to explore the glacier including Elephant’s Head, Drake Icefall, Hidden Valley and the beach at Rossman Cove. Then board a ski-plane and head for the bottom of the world, with time at the South Pole before return to base camp and Punta Arenas. *This Journey requires a minimum of 10 guests per departure.