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Experience the living cultures of India | 2017


Dear Traveller Welcome to the first edition of our exclusive 2017 Far Horizon brochure, brought to you by Fred.\ River Cruises. Far Horizon Tours, established in 1992 by two passionate tourism industry professionals offers sailings along the Brahmaputra, one of the greatest rivers of Asia, aboard the prestigious river cruise vessel M.V Mahabaahu. The Brahmaputra river in Assam spans from 3 to 40 kilometres across (2-25 miles), flowing under the shadows of the eastern Himalayas with mountains reaching a height of over 7400 metres (24,278 feet). The area along the river is a true natural history paradise. Here you find over 850 different species of birds, fresh water dolphins, and four national parks with abundant elephants, single-horned rhinos, and wild buffalo. Perhaps most fascinating to visitors, are the over 40 different tribal cultures found in the region. Far Horizon Tours also takes you on a journey through the heart of the Dravidian South, through the backwaters of Kerala aboard a 9 cabin eco-friendly houseboat M.V Vaikundam. Visit famous temples of South India with their elaborate carvings and architectural styles, while witnessing wildlife in its natural habitat. Kerala is also known for its wonderful food. The backwaters give you an opportunity to experience the living cultures of Kerala at close quarters. Walk through the spice plantations for a glimpse of the exotic spices used in Indian cooking. Fred.\ River Cruises understand that every customer is different. Our team of specialists are on hand to help tailor-make your special trip to your requirements. Call today and start planning your next adventure! Yours sincerely,

Steve Williams Managing Director Fred.\ River Cruises 2


Contents 4.

Explore the real India by river

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Golden Triangle

10. Bhutan 14. Sikkim 18. Kolkata 22. M.V. Mahabaahu 24. M.V. Mahabaahu Ship Facts 26. South India 30. Sri Lanka 34. Eco Houseboats 36. Eco Houseboats Ship Facts 38. MV Mahabaahu Dates 2016-18 39. Terms & Conditions

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Mangalore

Hassan Mysore

Ooty Kochi

BACKWATERS

Kerala Thiruvananthapuram

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Kollam


Route map of M.V. Mahabaahu From/to Delhi From/to Delhi Arunachal Pradesh BHUTAN

West Bengal

Manas Dhubri

Tezpur Hajo

Goalpara

Guwahati

Biswanath Ghat

Dibrugarh Majuli Island

Dhansiri Ghat Silghat Kaziranga National Park

Sibsagar

Neemati Johat Mon MYANMAR (BURMA) Nagaland From/to Kolkata

Meghalaya

Manipur BANGLADESH

From/to Kolkata

Tripura Mizoram

Waterways Roadways

Embrace...

Far Horizons’ uniquely personal and fresh approach to travelling the Indian subcontinent. Why simply view the famous monuments of this great land when you can experience the living cultures and natural history of India up close and personal. Book your river cruise with your Travel Agent or call 0800 021 3189

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xplore the Golden Triangle’s rich and cultured history with a tour of its most iconic landmarks, including the Taj Mahal

and Amber Fort, followed by a cruise along the fabled Brahmaputra river. This unique combination makes for a truly enchanting journey like no other.

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SHORT ITINERARY Day 1 Delhi

Hotel check-in

Day 2 Delhi Day 3 Delhi/Agra

City tour Visit Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

Day 4 Agra/Jaipur

Visit the sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri

Day 5 Jaipur

Amber Fort Visit the Palace of Winds the Hawa Mahal and the ‘Pink City’

Day 6 Jaipur/ Guwahati

Flight to Guwahati Day at your leisure

Day 7 Guwahati Kamakhya Temple visit MV Mahabaahu EMBARKATION Day 8 Full Day Sail

Village visit and full day sail

Day 9 Silghat

Visit a tea estate & Jute Mill

Day 10 Kaziranga

Kaziranga National Park,

Bishwanath Ghat Weavers Village

Day 11 Dhansiri

Boat Safari

Day 12 Majuli Island

Visit Mishing Village

Day 13 Neamati Ghat

Sibsagar and home hosted Lunch

Day 14 Neamati Ghat/ Jorhat

Morning wildlife watching DISEMBARKATION Flight home

WHAT’S INCLUDED...

DEPARTURE DATES

s Pre cruise accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis s Life enriching tours and excursions s Buffet breakfast & lunch, A La Carte dinner during the cruise s Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water during the cruise s Luxurious air conditioned cabins on board

2016

LAND START DATE

CRUISE & LAND PRICE PP

Oct

24, 31*

£2,817

Nov

14*, 21, 28*

£2,817

Dec

5, 26*

£2,817

2017 Jan

2, 23*

£2,817

FEATURED EXCURSION

Feb

6*, 13, 20*, 27

£2,817

Kaziranga National Park

Mar

6*, 13, 20*, 27

£2,817

Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is

Apr

3*

£2,817

home to the most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga - the

Oct

9, 16*, 23, 30*

£2,817

Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros - as well as many other

Nov

6, 13*, 20, 27*

£2,817

varieties of wildlife. If you are lucky, you may spot the beautiful

2018

Bengal Tiger. You will also have the opportunity for a

Jan

22*

£2,817

once-in-a-lifetime elephant safari at sunrise to immerse yourself

Feb

5*, 12

£2,817

Mar

5, 12*, 19, 26*

£2,817

in this magical land.

*Sailing operates in reverse Cruise & land prices are per person in a Superior Cabin (without balcony) Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares Internal flights: Additional £402 per person (upstream cruise direction), £379 per person (downstream cruise direction) Single Supplement – please call for further details Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to India. Please consult with your Consulate for more information To upgrade to a higher category, add per person: Superior Cabin (with private balcony) – additional £291 Suite (with private balcony) – additional £1039

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Detailed Itinerary: Golden Triangle with Upstream Cruise

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Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Welcome to the capital city of India where

“Pink City” of India, Jaipur. The City Palace occupies the centre

you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Explore this wonderful

and houses the Royal residence along with museums of textiles,

city then stay overnight at hotel.

costumes, manuscripts, and paintings. You will also get to visit

Day 2: Delhi City Tour. Begin with a tour of Old Delhi and a

Jantar Mantar, a monument built by King Jai Singh II. Overnight at

visit to the Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the

hotel. (B)

Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. A tour through the bazaars

Day 6: Fly Jaipur/Guwahati. Taking a packed breakfast - transfer

of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India

to the airport to board your early morning flight to Guwahati. You

Gate, the President’s estate and the Parliament House. In the

will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the

afternoon, visit the capital’s most striking monument; the 70

day is at your leisure. Overnight at hotel. (B)

metre high Qutab Minar. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 7: Guwahati/Kamakhya Temple/MV Mahabaahu/Peacock

Day 3: Delhi/Agra. Drive to Agra and check in at your hotel. Visit

Island. The morning is at your leisure. At noon, you will be met at

the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands on the banks of the

your hotel and driven to the Kamakhya Temple - devoted to the

Jamuna River. Afterwards it is time for one of the highlights of this

eternal Feminine, Kama Khya, the goddess of desire. After the

trip - the Taj Mahal, surely the greatest monument and one of the

Temple visit, drive towards Pandu Port where you are welcomed

wonders of the modern world. Overnight at hotel. (B)

aboard the MV Mahabaahu. As you set sail for the first time,

Day 4: Agra/Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri. Leave for Jaipur, visiting

everyone gathers on deck to scan the river for a fleeting sight of

Fatehpur Sikri along the way. This sandstone city was the glorious

the Gangetic Dolphins. Visit Peacock Island and return for a talk

but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar. Lying on a rocky ridge, it

on ’Kamakhya and the Occult Assam‘. An evening in the Soma

features palaces, forts and mosques. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Lounge is followed by the ‘Kamrup Swaagat Bhoj’ welcome

Day 5: Jaipur. Take a half-day tour to the Amber Fort. En route,

dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu.

there’ll be a photo stop at the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal.

(B, packed L, D)D

This 5-storied building has 953 windows so that ladies of the royal

Day 8: Village Visit/Full Day’s Sail. Your ship lifts anchor early

family could see the procession and events in the city without

today and you can enjoy yoga on the deck for an hour before

being visible to the people.This afternoon, you will arrive in the

breakfast. Afterwards, there’s a talk on ‘Assam, its location,

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international context and how it is gaining recognition’. Visit a

Day 11: Dhansiri Boat Safari. This morning sail towards the eastern

village that is occupied predominantly by a Bangla-speaking

range of Kaziranga for a boat safari. Enjoy breakfast and a talk on

Muslim community. Returning to the ship for lunch, sail towards

‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’. The

Orang Point. Enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal

shores are high but you might get to see array of wildlife. Sightings

life’ over a cup of tea and some snacks. Anchor at a deserted

are always determined by weather conditions. Return for lunch and

island for the evening and enjoy a bonfire to indulge in barbequed

the evening includes a cooking demonstration by the chef. There’s a

snacks. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

talk on Majuli Island before ending the evening on a deserted island

Day 9: Silghat/Visit Tea Estate and Jute Mill. Yoga and breakfast

with bonfire. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

are followed by a talk on ‘Wildlife in Kaziranga and in India’. Enjoy

Day 12: Mishing Village/Majuli Island. After yoga and breakfast,

a relaxed lunch, until you reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea and

sail towards the Mishing Village and on to Majuli, a cosmos of

Jute Assam’, take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate to see the

Assamese culture. The Mishings live on the river bank in houses

women pick tea leaves. Visit the tea factory to understand the

with raised platforms. After lunch, enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the

process of producing Assam Tea. Returning to the ship, take a look

Ahom civilization’ followed by a visit to Majuli Island. A short drive

around a nearby Jute Mill where you will see how the Jute material

takes you to a scenic corner of a Satra for a cultural performance by

is turned into eco-friendly gunny bags. Later, enjoy a cultural

Satriya singers and dancers. Next, drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness

evening on the ship, an early dinner and then retire for the evening.

the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

chanting in the temple premise. Return to the ship and prepare for a

Day 10: Kaziranga National Park/Weaver’s Village at

traditional Assamese evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Bishwanath Ghat. An early start as you take some snacks and drive

Day 13: Neamati Ghat/Sibsagar/Home hosted Lunch. After an

towards the Kaziranga National Park. The park is not only home to

early breakfast, start the day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city

the fantastic greater one-horned rhino but as many as 180 more

and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms. ‘Sibsagar’ literally means

mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, buffalo and a rich

‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’. Explore the Shiva Dol, believed to be the

variety of birds. You will get the opportunity to experience a once-

tallest Shiva temple in India, the Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the Palace

in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari. After breakfast in Kaziranga,

of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre which held

drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of the park, swap the

important meetings for the royals and their guests. After the tour

elephants for a jeep and continue your explorations. Later, return

of the town, drive to a tea estate and enjoy a traditional Assamese

to the ship for lunch and a relaxed afternoon. After a break and a

lunch with a family who have been involved in the tea-making

chance to catch up on any lost sleep, we get together for a talk on

industry for around a century. Return to the ship by sunset and enjoy

‘Silk in Assam’ before heading ashore at Bishwanath Ghat. We visit

a relaxed evening before dinner. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

the Shiva Dol and watch weaver women helping their community

Day 14: Neamati Ghat/Jorhat/departure. Start the day with yoga

thrive. The evening features a talk on ‘Kamakhya, the Occult and

and/or a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of an aubundance

Peacock Island’ and is followed by a traditional Assamese dinner.

of wildlfe. After breakfast, bid farewell and prepare for your

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

onwards flight.

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nlock the secrets of the mysterious and magical Bhutan – one of the last Shangralas of the world. Known as the ‘Land of

the Thunder Dragon’ this Himalayan holyland mixes Buddhist traditions with new-found modernity like nowhere else on earth.

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SHORT ITINERARY Day 1 Arrive Kolkata

Hotel check-in

Day 2 Kolkata/Paro/Thimphu

Flight to Paro

Visit Tashichhodzong

Day 3 Thimphu

Guided tour Thimphu

Day 4 Thimphu/Punakha

Visit Punakha Dzong temple

& local markets

Day 5 Punakha/Paro

Visit National Museum of

the Bhutan

Day 6 Paro

Visit Taktsang Monastery

Day 7 Paro/Kolkata

Flight to Kolkata

Guided tour Kolkata

Day 8 Kolkata/Jorhat

Flight to Jorhat

MV Mahabaahu

Day 9 Sibsagar

EMBARKATION Guided tour

Home hosted lunch

Day 10 Majuli Island

Visit Mishing Village

Day 11 Dhansiri

Boat safari

Day 12 Silghat

Visit a tea estate & Jute Mill

Day 13 Kaziranga

Kaziranga National Park

Day 14 Peacock Island

Visit farming community

Day 15 Guwahati

DISEMBARKATION

Visit Kamakhya Temple

Flight home DEPARTURE DATES

WHAT’S INCLUDED... s Pre cruise accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis s Life enriching tours and excursions s Buffet breakfast & lunch, A La Carte dinner during the cruise s Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water during the cruise s Luxurious air conditioned cabins on board

2016

LAND START DATE

CRUISE & LAND PRICE PP

Oct

23*, 30

£3,923

Nov

13, 20*, 27

£3,923

Dec

4*, 25

£3,689

2017

FEATURED EXCURSION

Jan

1*, 22

£3,695

Thimphu

Feb

5 , 12*, 19, 26*

£3,695

The capital of Bhutan, Thimphu is situated amongst the mighty Himalayas approximately 2000 metres above sea level. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals as you learn more about the city on a guided tour. Visit the National Library which houses an extensive collection of ancient Buddhist literature as well as Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) and the colourful farmers market.

Mar

5, 12*, 19, 26*

£3,928

Apr

2

£3,928

Oct

8*, 15, 22*, 29

£3,923

Nov

5*, 12, 19*, 26

£3,923

Jan

21

£3,695

Feb

4, 11*

£3,695

Mar

4*, 11, 18*, 25

£3,928

2018

*Sailing operates in reverse Cruise & land prices are per person in a Superior Cabin (without balcony) Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares Internal flights: Additional £763 per person (upstream cruise direction), £775 per person (downstream cruise direction) Single Supplement – please call for further details Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to India. Please consult with your Consulate for more information To upgrade to a higher category, add per person: Superior Cabin (with private balcony) – additional £291 Suite (with private balcony) – additional £1039

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Detailed Itinerary: Land of the Thunder Dragon with Downstream Cruise

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Day 1: Arrive Kolkata. Arrive at Kolkata International Airport where

The district is famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone

you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

carvings. Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 2: Kolkata/Paro by flight & drive to Thimphu. Today you take

Day 5: Punakha/Paro. After breakfast, begin your journey back to

a flight to Paro. The journey into the Himalayas reveals breathtaking

Paro via Simtokha Dzong, which houses a school for religious studies.

views of the world’s highest peaks. Upon arrival, you will be met by

Arrive in Paro and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Ta

your Bhutanese tour director and driven to Thimphu, the capital of

Dzong, the National Museum of the Bhutan which holds a fascinating

Bhutan. As afternoon turns to evening, visit Tashichhodzong, the

collection of art, artifacts and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Walk

beautiful medieval fortress/monastery. Overnight at the hotel.

down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)

(B, L, D)

Day 6: Paro. After an early breakfast, leave for an excursion to the

Day 3: Thimphu. The morning takes you on a sightseeing tour of

Taktsang Monastery. Non-Buddhists are not allowed inside the

Thimphu. Visit the National Library which has a vast collection of

monastery however you can look on from a view point nearby. The hike

ancient Buddhist texts. Later, drive to the Painting School, famous for

to the view point is about 5-hour round-trip. This afternoon, drive north

traditional thangkha paintings. You also visit the Traditional Medicine

to the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong. Visit a nearby Bhutanese Farm

Institute, where centuries-old healing methods are still practiced.

House which offers a good insight into the lifestyle of the local people.

Explore the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony

On the return, stop at the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most

to Bhutanese culture. After lunch enjoy the Handicrafts Emporium

sacred shrines in all of the Kingdom. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)

before driving to the Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in memory of

Day 7: Paro/Kolkata. This morning drive to Paro airport to board your

Bhutan’s Third King. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)

flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your

Day 4: Thimphu/Punakha. With a short stop en-route at the Dochula

hotel. Enjoy a guided tour of Kolkata including a visit to the Victoria

pass, you drive to Punakha and check into your hotel. Later, visit the

Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of

Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has had an important

Charity. Overnight at hotel. (B)

influence on modern Bhutan. Stop at a local market, before seeing

Day 8: Kolkata/Jorhat/M.V. Mahabaahu. After breakfast, drive to

the newly built stupa at Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. Drive to

Kolkata airport and board your flight to Jorhat. On arrival, you will be

the nearby town of Wangduephodrang and visit the local market.

greeted with smiling faces and a packed lunch, before driving to Neamati

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Ghat to board the MV Mahabaahu. This evening enjoy a welcome

Day 12: Weaver’s Village at Bishwanath Ghat/Sail to Silghat. You

dinner and an educational talk about ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom people

can attend an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’

of Assam’. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu. (B, packed L, D)

this morning, before heading to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat.

Day 9: Sibsagar/Home Hosted Lunch. Start your day-excursion

Enjoy a walk through the village, meeting the local weavers, and

to Sibsagar. Explore the Shiva Dol, believed to be the tallest Shiva

see how this suburban village thrives. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxed

temple in India; the Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the Palace of the Ahom

lunch onboard before we arrive in Silghat. Take a short drive to the

Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre which also held important

Kaliabore tea estate, where you will watch the women pick tea leaves

meetings for the royals and their guests. Drive to a tea estate to enjoy

and discover the process behind producing Assam Tea. Returning to

a traditional Assamese lunch with a family who have been involved in

the ship, stop at a Jute Mill to understand how the Jute fibre is made

the tea-making industry for around a century. Return to the ship by and

into eco-friendly gunny bags. Enjoy a cultural evening on the ship, an

enjoy a relaxed evening before dinner. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

early dinner and retire for the evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Majuli Island/Mishing Village. Start the day with the option

Day 13: Kaziranga National Park. An early start as you drive out

of yoga or a walk along the swamps. During breakfast, sail towards

towards the Kaziranga National Park. You will get the opportunity

Majuli Island. On arrival, you will enjoy a talk about ‘Majuli’, the largest

to experience a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari. After

river island in the world, and an interesting cultural performance by

breakfast in Kaziranga, drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of the

Satriya singers and dancers. Next, drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness

park, swap the elephants for a jeep and continue your explorations.

the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and

Later, return to the ship for lunch and a relaxed afternoon. The

chanting in the temple premise. Savour a hot lunch on board and

evening features a talk on ‘Kamakhya, the Occult and Peacock Island’

sail towards the nearest Mishing Village. The Mishing People live on

and is followed by a traditional Assamese dinner. Overnight onboard.

the bank of the river in raised houses known as ‘Chang ghars’. After

(B, L, D)

learning about the culture of the Mishing People, the ship heads

Day 14: Village Visit/Peacock Island. Yoga and breakfast are

towards Dhansiri Mukh. At this time, there will be a talk on ‘Assam, its

followed before heading towards an island that is occupied by a

geographical location & importance’. The evening will be spent on a

Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming. Return to

deserted island. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

the ship for lunch and sail towards Peacock Island, home to some

Day 11: Dhansiri Boat Safari. Sail on towards Kaziranga for a river

golden langurs. Later, sail towards Pandu Port and anchor at a jetty.

safari. Enjoy breakfast and a talk about the Brahmaputra and the life

Get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘AlvidaBhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed

that surrounds it. Whilst exploring in the tender boats, you may be

evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

able to spot the various wildlife that populates the river - this will be

Day 15: Guwahati/Kamakhya Temple Visit/Departure. Enjoy a

dependent on weather conditions. Return for lunch followed by a

relaxed breakfast whilst the crew organises your transport to the

cooking demonstration by the chef and a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in

Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine -

Assam.’ Enjoy dinner on board and gather around a bonfire onshore.

the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya. Prepare for your

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

onward flight. (B, packed L)

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howcasing India’s most picturesque side, Sikkim is hailed as one of the world’s last utopias. Beginning in the magnificent Himalayas, the

lovely towns of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok offer fabulous views, beautiful monasteries, visits to picture-perfect tea estates and interactions with the warm local people to enable you to Experience the Living Cultures of India.

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SHORT ITINERARY Day 1

Kolkata

Hotel check-in

Day 2 Kolkata Day 3 Kolkata/Gangtok

City tour Flight to Bagdogra & drive to Gangtok

Day 4 Gangtok

Monastery of Rumtek visit

Day 5 Gangtok/Darjeeling Day at your leisure Day 6

Darjeeling

Ghoom Monastery

Day 7 Darjeeling/Guwahati Bagdogra & fly to Guwahati Day 8 Guwahati Kamakhya Temple visit MV Mahabaahu EMBARKATION Day 9 Full Day Sail Day 10 Silghat Day 11 Kaziranga

Village visit & full day sail Visit a tea estate & Jute Mill Kaziranga National Park & Bishwanath Ghat Weaver’s Village

Day 12 Dhansiri

Boat safari

Day 13 Majuli Island

Visiting Mishing Village

Day 14 Neamati Ghat

Sibsagar and home hosted lunch

Day 15 Neamati Ghat/ Jorhat

Morning wildlife watching DISEMBARKATION Flight home

WHAT’S INCLUDED... s Pre cruise accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis s Life enriching tours and excursions

DEPARTURE DATES

s Buffet breakfast & lunch, A La Carte dinner during the cruise

2016

LAND START DATE

CRUISE & LAND PRICE PP

s Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water during the cruise

Oct

23, 30*

£3,040

s Luxurious air conditioned cabins on board

Nov

13*, 20, 27*

£3,040

Dec

4, 25*

£3,040

FEATURED EXCURSION

2017

Darjeeling

Jan

1, 22*

£3,040

Its tea is considered one of the best in the world, yet Darjeeling is renowned for so much more than its famous tipple. A beautiful city in its own right, Darjeeling treats its guest to stunning mountain vistas, enchanting lakes and valleys. From here you will visit the Ghoom Monastery and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Zoological park, which is home to magnificent creatures including the Siberian tiger, black bear and elusive snow leopard.

Feb

5*, 12, 19*, 26

£3,040

Mar

5*, 12, 19*, 26

£3,040

Apr

2*

£3,040

Oct

8, 15*, 22, 29*

£3,040

Nov

5, 12*, 19, 26*

£3,040

Jan

21*

£3,040

Feb

4*, 11

£3,040

Mar

4, 11*, 18, 25*

£3,040

2018

*Sailing operates in reverse Cruise & land prices are per person in a Superior Cabin (without balcony) Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares Internal flights: Additional £290 per person (upstream cruise direction), £349 per person (downstream cruise direction) Single Supplement – please call for further details Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to India. Please consult with your Consulate for more information To upgrade to a higher category, add per person: Superior Cabin (with private balcony) – additional £291 Suite (with private balcony) – additional £1039

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Detailed Itinerary: Sikkim with Upstream Cruise Day 1: Arrive Kolkata. Arrive at Kolkata International Airport where

enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha. Visit the Himalayan

you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Mountaineering Institute and the adjacent Himalayan Zoological Park.

Day 2: Kolkata. After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a guided

The latter is a wildlife park home to several high-altitude animals.

sightseeing tour of Kolkata. You’ll see the colonial buildings of

Overnight at hotel (B & D)

British Kolkata, explore the flower market on the bank of the Hoogly

Day 7: Darjeeling/Bagdogra & fly to Guwahati. After breakfast,

River and visit Kumhartuli - the idol-makers colony where you can

drive to Bagdogra airport for your flight to Guwahati. Arrive and check-

see craftsmen making clay idols. After lunch, drive to the Victoria

in at your hotel. The day is at your leisure. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Memorial to see this British era monument from the grounds/gardens

Day 8: Guwahati/M.V. Mahabaahu/Peacock Island. The morning

surrounding it. The tour also includes visits to St. Paul’s cathedral and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Overnight at hotel. (B)

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is at your leisure. Later, you are met at your hotel and drive to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to the eternal Feminine,

Day 3: Fly Kolkata/Bagdogra & drive to Gangtok. You will be

Kama Khya - the goddess of desire. After the Temple visit, drive

transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival, you

towards Pandu Port where you are welcomed aboard the MV

will then be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel. (B & D)

Mahabaahu. As you set sail for the first time, everyone gathers on

Day 4: Gangtok. Today you will visit the famous monastery of Rumtek,

deck to scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins.

which was the official seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Kagyu

Visit Peacock Island and return for a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult

order of Tibetan Buddhism. You will also see the Do Drul Chorten

in Assam’. An evening in the Soma Lounge is followed by the ‘Kamrup

(Stupa), the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the Institute of Cottage

Swaagat Bhoj’ welcome dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu.

Industry, and the Enchey Monastery. Overnight at hotel (B & D)

(packed L, D)

Day 5: Gangtok/Darjeeling. After a leisurely breakfast, check out

Day 9: Village Visit/Full Day Sail. The ship lifts anchor early today

from the hotel and drive to Darjeeling. The rest of the day is at your

and you can enjoy yoga on the deck for an hour before breakfast.

leisure. Overnight at hotel (B & D)

Afterwards, there’s a talk on ‘Assam, its location, international context

Day 6: Darjeeling. Get up at sunrise to enjoy the magnificent views

and how it is gaining recognition’. Visit a village that is occupied

over Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalayan peaks from Tiger

predominantly by a Bangla-speaking Muslim community who are

Hill. Enjoy a ride on the miniature train to Ghoom Monastery, which

involved in extensive farming. Return to the ship for lunch and sail

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towards Orang Point. Enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and

talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’.

the tribal life’. Anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy

The shores are high but you might get to see array of wildlife.

sitting around a bonfire to indulge in barbequed snacks. Overnight

Sightings are always determined by weather conditions. Return

onboard. (B, L, D)

for lunch. The evening includes a cooking demonstration by the

Day 10: Silghat/Visit Tea Estate and Jute Mill. Yoga and breakfast

chef. There’s a talk on Majuli Island before ending the evening on a

are followed by a talk on ‘Wildlife in Kaziranga and in India’. Enjoy a

deserted island with bonfire. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

relaxed lunch, until you reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea and Jute

Day 13: Mishing Village/Majuli Island. After yoga and breakfast,

Assam’, take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate to see the women

sail towards the Mishing Village and on to Majuli, a cosmos of

pick tea leaves. Visit the tea factory to understand the process

Assamese culture. The Mishings live on the river bank in houses

of producing Assam Tea and learn everything that goes into its

with raised platforms. After lunch, enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and

preparation. Return to the ship, take a look around a nearby Jute Mill

the Ahom civilization’ followed by a visit to Majuli Island. A

where you will see how the Jute material is turned into eco-friendly

short drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra for a cultural

gunny bags. Later, enjoy a cultural evening on the ship, an early

performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, drive to

dinner and then retire for the evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the

Day 11: Kaziranga National Park/Weaver’s Village at Bishwanath Ghat. An early start as you take some snacks and drive towards the Kaziranga National Park. The park is not only home to

rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. Return to the ship and prepare for a traditional Assamese evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

the fantastic greater one-horned rhino but as many as 180 more

Day 14: Neamati Ghat/ Sibsagar/ Home Hosted Lunch. After an

mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, buffalo and a rich

early breakfast, start the day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city

variety of birds. You will get the opportunity to experience a once-

and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms. ‘Sibsagar’ literally means

in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari. After breakfast in Kaziranga,

‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’. Explore the Shiva Dol, believed to be the

drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of the park, swap the

tallest Shiva temple in India, the Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the Palace

elephants for a jeep and continue your explorations. Later, return

of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre which held

to the ship for lunch and a relaxed afternoon. After a break and a

important meetings for the royals and their guests. After the tour

chance to catch up on any lost sleep, we get together for a talk on

of the town, drive to a tea estate and enjoy a traditional Assamese

‘Silk in Assam’ before heading ashore at Bishwanath Ghat. We visit

lunch with a family who have been involved in the tea-making

the Shiva Dol and watch weaver women helping their community

industry for around a century. Return to the ship by sunset and

thrive. The evening features a talk on ‘Kamakhya, the Occult and

enjoy a relaxed evening before dinner. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Peacock Island’ and is followed by a traditional Assamese dinner.

Day 15: Neamati Ghat/Jorhat/departure. Start the day with yoga

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

and/or a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of an ubundance

Day 12: Dhansiri Boat Safari. This morning we sail towards the

of wildlfe. After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow passengers as

eastern range of Kaziranga for a boat safari. Enjoy breakfast and a

you prepare for your onward flight.

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ndia’s intellectual and cultural capital, Kolkata is the city of feasts and festivals, with arguably the best Bengali cuisine in the region. A blend

of colonial-era architecture, juxtaposed with urban slums and modern suburbs afford visitors a glimpse into past and future of this country’s ‘second city’.

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SHORT ITINERARY Day 1 Kolkata

Hotel check-in

Day 2 Kolkata

City tour

Day 3 Kolkata/Jorhat

Flight to Jorhat

EMBARKATION

M.V. Mahabaahu

Day 4 Sibsagar

Guided tour and home hosted lunch

Day 5 Majuli Island

Visit Mishing Village

Day 6 Dhansiri

Boat safari

Day 7 Bishwanath Ghat/ Weaver’s village

Silghat

Visit a tea estate and Jute Mill

Day 8 Kaziranga

Kaziranga National Park

Day 9 Peacock Island

Visit farming community

Day 10 Guwahati

DISEMBARKATION

Kamakhya Temple visit

Flight home

WHAT’S INCLUDED... s Pre cruise accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis s Life enriching tours and excursions s Buffet breakfast & lunch, A La Carte dinner during the cruise s Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water during the cruise s Luxurious air conditioned cabins on board

FEATURED EXCURSION Majuli Island Enjoy a cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers and soak up the picturesque landscapes of this lush island. The welcoming local people live in stilted houses to stop water flooding their homes during the monsoon season - each year, the Brahmaputra helps itself to chunks of the island, leaving Majuli (once contender for the title of worlds’ largest river island) - just 400 sqm large. You will be privileged to visit this land before the river swallows it completely.

DEPARTURE DATES 2016

LAND START DATE

CRUISE & LAND PRICE PP

Oct

28*,

£2,247

Nov

4, 18, 25*

£2,247

Dec

2, 9*, 30

£2,247

Jan

6*, 27

£2,247

Feb

10, 17*, 24

£2,247

Mar

3*, 10, 17*, 24, 31*

£2,247

Apr

7

£2,247

Oct

13*, 20, 27*

£2,247

Nov

3, 10*, 17, 24*

£2,247

Dec

1

£2,247

Jan

26

£2,247

Feb

9, 16*

£2,247

Mar

9*, 16, 23*, 30

£2,247

2017

2018

*Sailing operates in reverse Cruise & land prices are per person in a Superior Cabin (without balcony) Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares Internal flights: Additional £226 per person (upstream cruise direction), £203 per person (downstream cruise direction) Single Supplement – please call for further details Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to India. Please consult with your Consulate for more information To upgrade to a higher category, add per person: Superior Cabin (with private balcony) – additional £291 Suite (with private balcony) – additional £1039

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Detailed Itinerary: Kolkata with Downstream Cruise

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Day 1: Arrive Kolkata. Arrive at Kolkata International Airport where

sight of the Gangetic Dolphins. As the evening comes, enjoy a

you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

welcome dinner and an educational talk about ‘Sibsagar and the

Day 2: Kolkata. Visit the Victoria Memorial. This marble-white

Ahom people of Assam’. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu.

monument is one of the most fascinating landmarks in Kolkata.

(B, packed L, D)

Here, you will find images of Queen Mary, King George V and

Day 4: Sibsagar/Home Hosted Lunch. After an early breakfast,

Queen Victoria. Highlights include the Queen’s dresses, the

start the day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital

famous Rosewood piano, the Whispering Gallery in the dome and

of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who arrived in the 13th Century from

numerous artillery weapons used in the Battle of Plassey. You will

the north-east. ‘Sibsagar’ literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’

then move on to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Standing at 201 feet high,

as it is built around a huge man-made water tank ordered by the

it has the rare distinction of being the first Episcopal Church built

Ahom Queen. You will explore the Shiva Dol, believed to be the

in this part of the world. After the devastating 1934 earthquake,

tallest Shiva temple in India; the Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the Palace

the tower was redesigned in the image of the famous Bell Harry

of the Ahom Kings; and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre which

Tower at Canterbury Cathedral. Finish your tour with visits to

also held important meetings for the royals and their guests. After

Mother Teresa’s House, known as ‘Nirmal Hriday,’ and Shishu

the tour of the town, drive to a tea estate and enjoy a traditional

Bhawan, located nearby. The latter is a centre which continues the

Assamese lunch with a family who have been involved in the tea-

important work that Mother Teresa carried out by offering a home

making industry for around a century. Return to the ship by sunset

to the abandoned children on the streets of Kolkata. Overnight at

and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before dinner.

hotel. (B)

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Kolkata/Jorhat/MV Mahabaau. Transfer to the airport

Day 5: Majuli Island/Mishing Village. Start the day with the

and board your flight to Jorhat (flight via Guwahati). On arrival

option of yoga or a walk along the swamps to catch sight of

at Jorhat airport, you will be greeted with smiling faces and a

various birds including owls, eagles, storks and kingfishers. During

packed lunch, before driving to Neamati Ghat to board the MV

breakfast, sail towards Majuli Island. On arrival, you will enjoy a

Mahabaahu. Once you have checked into your cabin, gather for

talk about ‘Majuli’, the largest river island in the world, and an

the essential safety briefing and sailaway. During this time, the

interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers.

team on board will encourage you to scan the river for a fleeting

Next, drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests

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dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the

Day 8: Kaziranga National Park. It’s an early start today as

temple premise. Savour a hot lunch on board and sail towards

you drive out towards the Kaziranga National Park. The park is

the nearest Mishing Village. The Mishing People live on the

not only home to the fantastic greater one-horned rhino but as

bank of the river in raised houses. Afterwards MV Mahabaahu

many as 180 more mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer,

heads towards Dhansiri Mukh. At this time, there will be a talk on

buffalo and a rich variety of birds. You will get the opportunity

‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. The evening

to experience a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari as

will be spent under the stars on a deserted island. Overnight

you go in search of these animals. After breakfast in Kaziranga,

onboard. (B, L D)

drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of the park, swap the

Day 6: Dhansiri Boat Safari. Sail towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for a river safari. Enjoy breakfast and a talk about the ‘Brahmaputra and the life that surrounds it’. Whilst exploring in the tender boats, you may be able to spot the deverse wildlife along the water’s edge - this will, of course, be dependent on

elephants for a jeep and continue your explorations. Later, return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. The evening features a talk on ‘Kamakhya, the Occult and Peacock Island’ and is followed by a traditional Assamese dinner. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

whether conditions,. Return for lunch and the afternoon brings a

Day 9: Village Visit/Peacock Island. Yoga and breakfast are

cooking demonstration by the chef followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk

followed by the ship lifting anchor and heading towards an island

and Jute in Assam.’ Enjoy dinner on board and gather around a

that is occupied by a Muslim community who are involved in

bonfire onshore. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

extensive farming. After visiting the village, return to the ship for

Day 7: Weaver’s Village at Bishwanath Ghat/Sail to Silghat. Attend an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’ this morning, before heading to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. Enjoy a walk through the village, meeting the local weavers, and

lunch and sail towards Peacock Island, home to some golden langurs. Later, sail towards Pandu Port and anchor at a jetty. Get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘AlvidaBhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

see how this suburban village thrives. Afterwards, sail on for the

Day 10: Guwahati/Kamakhya Temple Visit/Departure. Enjoy a

next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch before you arrive

relaxed breakfast onboard whilst the crew organises your transport to

in Silghat. Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, where

the Kamakhya Temple - situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western

you will watch the women pick tea leaves and discover the process

part of Guwahati city in Assam. This Hindu Temple is devoted to

behind producing Assam Tea. Returning to the ship, stop at a Jute

the eternal feminine - the goddess of desire whose name is Kama

Mill to understand how the Jute fibre is made into eco-friendly

Khya. It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu

gunny bags. Enjoy a cultural evening on the ship, an early dinner

and especially for Tantric worshipers. Bid farewell to your fellow

and retire for the evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

passengers as you prepare for your onward flight. (B, packed L)

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journey upon the remarkable MV Mahabaahu is a journey of great discovery, friendly smiles, and unrivalled sunsets.

Your cruise has been professionally designed to enable you to experience all of the riches that the Brahamaputra has to offer. With incredible wildlife gracing its riverbanks, traditional weaver’s villages and tea plantations dotted along the shores, and an assortment of educational experiences from local experts, you are sure to create treasured memories to last a lifetime.

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From its source in southwest Tibet, the mighty

a visit here – home to the largest population of rhino in

Brahmaputra runs 1,800 miles through the Himalayas,

the world, you may also be lucky enough to come across

across the Assam basin and down towards Bangladesh,

the beautiful Bengal tiger. Other attractions are Buddhist

eventually meeting with India’s holiest river, the Ganges.

monasteries and Hindu Gurukuls, spanning over 5,000

Assam has earned the accolade ‘Serengeti of India’

years. With its green lands of rolling hills, plains and dense

thanks to its abundance of wildlife, yet this rich, fertile

forests, Assam itself is the gateway to the northeastern

land of rolling hills, plains and forests remains refreshingly

part of India. Its temples are built in traditional Indian

untouched by tourism. A true natural history paradise, you

and Thai style, showcasing the artistic talents of the local

will find over 850 species of birds, freshwater dolphins and

people. Lush tea plantations dot the landscape as Assam is

national parks teeming with elephants, one-horned rhinos

one of the world’s leading tea manufacturers in the world.

and buffalo. Kaziranga National Park is a true highlight of

Immerse yourself in a magical journey you’ll never forget.

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FEATURES

DINING

The ship is 55m long and 10m in width. It has a total of five decks

Our chefs prepare local/Indian food and continental cuisine using

including one inside the hull and the top deck as an open sundeck.

locally sourced ingredients. All meals inclusive of tea and coffee

It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

in the main indoor dining restaurant. Given advance notice, all

Built: 2011 in Kolkata | Dimensions: 55m by 10m, Height: 11.5m

dietary requirements can be catered for.

Draught: 1.65m /1.85m | Berths: 46 pax | Crew: 35

SHORE VISITS

ACCOMMODATION

Two excursion tenders ferry guests safely to and from the vessel

s 2 Suites with balcony – 283.2 sq ft (includes the cabin,

under the supervision of a senior office. All excursions are escorted.

bathroom and the balcony)

CURRANCY

s 9 Superior cabins with balcony – 206 sq. ft (includes the cabin,

Indian Rupees and credit cards - American Express, Visa and

bathroom and the balcony)* s 12 Superior cabins without balcony – 150 sq.ft. (includes the cabin & bathroom) *Cabins 109 & 110: 230 sq. ft (includes the cabin, bathroom and the balcony)

Master Card only. PASSENGER LIFT One passenger lift is between lower and second deck. The sundeck is served by an external staircase. SMOKING

CABIN FEATURES

Permitted in OPEN AREAS only.

s All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar,

CHILDREN

in-house telephone and attached bathrooms.

Children above six can be booked as passengers, but must be

AIR CONDITIONING

the sole responsibility of parents/guardians and must never be

s All cabins, restuarant/lounge are centrally air conditioned.

left unattended. CRUISING

ENTERTAINMENT

Cruising takes place between 6:00am and 5:00pm.

s Well stocked library s Board games

KEEPING IN TOUCH

s Swimming pool on first deck

Mobile phone usage is limited due to the remoteness of

s Spa and salon on lower deck

places visited.

DECK PLANS 2 Suites with private balcony 9 Superior with private balcony 12 Superior without balcony SUN DECK

DECK 2

DECK 1

MAIN DECK

LOWER DECK

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e take you on a journey through the heart of the Dravidian South. Visit the famous temples of South India

with their elaborate carvings and architectural styles. Glide through the backwaters of Kerela – God’s own country. The backwaters give you an opportunity to experience the living cultures of

South India... Kerala at close quarters.

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SHORT ITINERARY Day 1 Mumbai

Hotel check-in

Day 2 Mumbai

Elephanta Caves Mani Bhavan (Gandhi’s former residence)

Day 3 Mumbai Bangalore Mysore

Transfer to airport for Bangalore Srirangapatna visit (time permitting) Hotel check-in

Day 4 Mysore Coorg

Sightseeing tour of Mysore

Day 5 Coorg

Sightseeing tour & walking tour of the plantation

Day 6 Coorg Nagarhole

Bird watching walk Nagarhole National Park boat safari

Day 7 Nagarhole

Safari & village visit

Day 8 Nagarhole Bangalore

Hike and/or village visit

Day 9 Bangalore/Cochin Transfer to airport for Cochin House boat EMBARKATION Day 10 Kerala

Backwaters & shore visits

Day 11 Kerala

Backwaters & shore visits

Day 12 Kerala Cochin

DISEMBARKATION Hotel check-in

Day 13 Cochin

Sightseeing tour

Day 14 Cochin

Flight home

WHAT’S INCLUDED... s Pre/post cruise accommodation with meals as specified s Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the cruise s Life enriching tours and excursions s Complimentary daily bottled water during the cruise s Luxurious air conditioned cabins on board

FEATURED EXCURSION Elephanta Caves The Elephanta Caves in Mumbai harbour are a network of sculpted caves associated to Lord Shiva. There are two groups of caves created from around the 5th to 8th century AD the largest being of Hindu origin, and the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the caves feature a remarkable three-headed Shiva sculpture as the main attraction. Tailor-made itineraries available on request Sailings from October 2016 – April 2017, October 2017 – April 2018

Cruise & Land Price From

£2,584pp

Cruise & land prices are per person in a Twin Cabin (without balcony) Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares Internal flights: Additional £114 per person Single Supplement – please call for further details Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to India. Please consult with your Consulate for more information

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Detailed Itinerary: South India with Kerala Backwaters

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Day 1: Arrive Mumbai. You will be met on arrival at the airport

chance to take a guided walk in the extensive grounds then attend a

and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

talk with the resident naturalist. Overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Coorg. Encounter everyday life up close in a region

Day 2: Mumbai. Leave for an excursion to the Elephanta Caves,

sometimes known as the “Scotland of India”. Here you will enjoy a

stopping at the Gateway of India for some photos along the way.

traditional coffee and see the round “coracle” boats used by local

The caves are reached via a public boat ride from Mumbai wharf.

fishermen. Back at the hotel, take a walking tour of the plantation

The caves were cut into the basalt rock between the 5th and the 8th

and learn about the coffee grown on it. After dinner, enjoy a cultural

centuries and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage

dance performance. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)

Site. This afternoon, drive to Victoria Terminus railway station for a

Day 6: Coorg/Nagarhole. Early this morning, embark on a bird

photo stop and then continue past the High Court, the university

watching walk to see some of the 300 species – 25% of all India’s bird

and Flora fountain. Finally, visit Mani Bhavan, a simple, old-style,

species – found here. Then leave the hotel for Nagarhole National

two-storied building. This is where Gandhi stayed between 1917 and

Park, one of India’s best preserved areas, where you may spot

1934 whenever he was in Mumbai. It has now been converted into a

leopard, bison, wild dogs, deer, antelope, hyenas and more. In the

museum and research centre. Overnight at hotel (B)

summer, this park is also home to the world’s greatest concentration

Day 3: Mumbai/Bangalore/Mysore. Transfer to the airport for your

of Asian elephants, estimated at 8,000–14,000. After lunch at

flight to Bangalore. You will be met on arrival and transferred to

the safari lodge, set out on a boat safari that takes in some of

Mysore. Time permitting, we may visit the town of Srirangapatna en

Nagarhole’s 247 square miles. If you are fortunate, you may spot the

route. Srirangapatna formed by the two subdivisions of the Kaveri

critically endangered Oriental white-backed vulture or some of the

River. It is of great religious and historic importance and the town

other threatened bird species that find shelter in Nagarhole. Dine at

is surrounded by a strong stone fort with four gates. Arrive Mysore.

the lodge tonight. Overnight at hotel (B,L,D)

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 7: Nagarhole.This morning, take a safari through Nagarhole in

Day 4: Mysore/Coorg. After breakfast, we leave for a sightseeing

search of wildlife. Once you have refueled with a spot of lunch, drive

tour of Mysore. Visit the Chamundi Hill, where you will find the

through the rural landscape to a village to visit with a local family

famous Chamundi temple and Mysore Palace. At the end of the tour,

in their home. More of the natural world is on tap tonight as you

leave for Coorg. Before dinner at the hotel this evening, there’s the

embark on an after-dinner nature walk to witness the nocturnal birds

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and reptiles in their natural habitats. Overnight at hotel (B,L,D)

Day 11: Backwaters (Houseboat). A vast network of lagoons, lakes

Day 8: Nagarhole/Bangalore. You have a choice of activities this

and canals formed by the confluence of Kerala’s numerous rivers

morning. There’s the option to enjoy a hike or visit a nearby tribal

and the Arabian Sea, the Kerala backwaters run alongside the coast

village. After lunch at the lodge, depart for Bangalore. Overnight at

for more than 550 miles. These labyrinthine waterways have served

hotel (B,L)

as a thoroughfare for boats like ours since ancient times and daily

Day 9: Bangalore/Cochin/Backwaters Houseboat. After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cochin. On arrival,

life in the communities here has changed little over the centuries. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

you will transfer to the house boat . This environmentally-friendly

Day 12: Backwaters (Houseboat)/Cochin. Disembark the

vessel is unique to Kerala’s placid waterways. Prior to their conversion

houseboat and drive to the hotel in Cochin. This evening, attend a

to passenger boats with all the modern comforts, these traditional

performance of Kathakali dance, where facial expressions and hand

crafts, known as kettuvallom, once plied these waters as rice barges.

gestures combine with movement to create a highly-expressive

The uniqueness of Kerala has always been its Backwaters and no

traditional Kerala art form which depicts great Indian epics. It

place in the world is blessed with this much mesmerizing beauty.

originated in Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over

It’s the reason this heaven is called ‘God’s Own Country!’ On this

the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes.

comfortable floating home, you may spend the rest of your day

Overnight at hotel (B)

relaxing. As you slowly cruise along the backwater canals of the

Day 13: Cochin.This morning takes you on a walking tour of

Arabian Sea, you may choose to stop and explore some of the many

Mattancherry, the bustling part of Old Fort Cochin and the epicentre

small villages, farmlands, old temples and churches that you come

of the spice trade for centuries. Begin with the Dutch Palace, before

across. Overnight onboard Houseboat (B,L,D)

moving on to St. Francis, India’s first European church (ca. 1510),

Day 10: Backwaters (Houseboat). Today, see Indian life up close

famed as the original burial site of Portuguese explorer Vasco de

as you slowly cruise along the palm-fringed backwater canals of

Gama. Next, we pay a visit to the picturesque Chinese fishing nets

the Arabian Sea. Along the way, venture ashore to visit some of the

that are unique to the city. These iconic land-based nets combine

local villages and farms, observing traditional livelihoods such as

elegance and ingenuity and are believed to have been introduced

coir making, boat building, fish farming, rice growing and toddy

by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. Overnight at hotel. (B)

tapping – the extraction of palm sap for production of palm wine, or

Day 14: Depart Cochin. Bid farewell to your fellow passengers

toddy. You will also see churches in a land synonymous with the very

as you transfer to Cochin International Airport to prepare for your

beginnings of Christianity. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

onward flight home. (B)

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isit the famous temples of South India with their elaborate carvings and architectural styles. Glide through the

backwaters of Kerala – God’s own country. The backwaters give you an opportunity to experience the living cultures of Kerala at close quarters. Upon embarkation view the array of temples and rock fortresses of Dambulla and Sigiriya and a visit to an elephant sanctuary in Beruwela with plenty of free time to soak up the magic of Sri Lanka.

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SHORT ITINERARY Day 1

Cochin

Hotel check-in

Day 2

Cochin

City tour

Day 3 Kerala Backwaters EMBARKATION Houseboat Backwaters & shore visits Day 4 Kerala Backwaters Backwaters & shore visits Day 5 Kerala Backwaters Full day cruise Day 6 Kerala Backwaters DISEMBARKATION Negombo Hotel check-in Day 7 Negombo Dambulla

Visit Golden Cave Temple

Day 8 Dambulla Sigiriya Polonnaruwa Dambulla

Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit the Royal Palace Visit Gal Viharaya

Day 9

Town tour Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic

Dambulla Kandy

Day 10 Kandy

Royal Botanical Gardens Town tour & free time

Day 11 Kandy Beruwela

Visit elephant orphanage

Day 12 Beruwela

Free time

Day 13 Beruwela

Free time

Day 14 Beruwela Colombo

Sightseeing Tour Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

Day 15 Colombo

Flight home

WHAT’S INCLUDED... s Pre/post cruise accommodation with meals as specified s Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the cruise s Life enriching tours and excursions s Complimentary daily bottled water during the cruise s Luxurious air conditioned cabins on board

FEATURED EXCURSION The Gal Vihara Situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, the Gal Vihara was built in the 12th century. The central feature of the temple is the beautiful group of four rock statues of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granite rock. It is said that the famous Catholic monk Thomas Merton fell into a “state of exaltation” when he visited here.

Tailor-made itineraries available on request Sailings from October 2016 – April 2017, October 2017 – April 2018

Cruise & Land Price From

£1,599pp

Cruise & land prices are per person in a Twin Cabin (without balcony) Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares Internal flights: Additional £194 per person Single Supplement – please call for further details Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to India. Please consult with your Consulate for more information

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Detailed Itinerary: Sri Lanka with Kerala Backwaters

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Day 1: Arrive Cochin. Arrive at Cochin Airport where you will be

backwater canals of the Arabian Sea. You may choose to stop and

met by our Cochin representative and transferred to your hotel.

explore some of the many small villages, farmlands and old temples

Overnight at hotel.

that you come across. Overnight onboard Houseboat

Day 2: Cochin. This morning takes you on a walking tour of

(B, L, D)

Mattancherry, the bustling part of Old Fort Cochin and the

Day 4: Backwaters (Houseboat). See Indian life up close as you

epicentre of the spice trade for centuries. Your tour reveals Cochin’s

slowly cruise along the palm-fringed backwater canals of the

multi-layered past, a rich brew of Arab, Portuguese, British, and

Arabian Sea. Along the way, venture ashore to visit some of the

Dutch influences. Beginning with the Dutch Palace, you will then

local villages and farms, observing traditional livelihoods such as

move on to St. Francis, India’s first European church (ca. 1510),

coir making, boat building, fish farming, rice growing and toddy

famed as the original burial site of Portuguese explorer Vasco de

tapping – the extraction of palm sap for production of palm

Gama. Next, pay a visit to the picturesque Chinese fishing nets.

wine, or toddy. See churches in a land synonymous with the very

These iconic land-based nets combine elegance and ingenuity

beginnings of Christianity. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

and are believed to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer

Day 5: Backwaters (Houseboat). A vast network of lagoons, lakes

Zheng He. Overnight at hotel (B)

and canals formed by the confluence of Kerala’s numerous rivers

Day 3: Cochin/Backwaters Houseboat. Today you will be driven

and the Arabian Sea, the Kerala backwaters run alongside the coast

approximately two hours along the Keralan coast to the docks at

for more than 550 miles. These labyrinthine waterways have served

Thothapally to board your private houseboat, an environmentally-

as a thoroughfare for boats like ours since ancient times and daily

friendly vessel unique to Kerala’s placid waterways. Prior to their

life in the communities here has changed little over the centuries.

conversion to passenger boats with all the modern comforts,

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

these traditional craft, known as kettuvallom, once plied these

Day 6: Backwaters (Houseboat) – Cochin & fly to Colombo. After

waters as rice barges. The uniqueness of Kerala has always been

breakfast, disembark the houseboat and drive to Cochin airport for

its Backwaters and no place in the world is blessed with this much

your connecting flight to Colombo. Our Sri Lankan representative

mesmerizing beauty. On this comfortable floating home, you may

will meet you on arrival before you transfer to Negombo. Dinner at

spend the rest of your day relaxing. As you slowly cruise along the

the hotel. Overnight at hotel (B, D)

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Day 7: Negombo/Dambulla. This morning depart for a visit to

Day 10: Kandy. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya this

the Dambulla Golden Cave Temple, a World Heritage Site and the

morning. They were first built by a Sinhala King and later expanded

most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The 2000 sq. metres of

by the British. The rest of the day is yours. Dinner at the hotel.

painted walls make up the largest area of cave paintings found in

Overnight at hotel (B, D)

the world. There are over 150 images, the largest of which is carved

Day 11: Kandy/Pinnawela/Beruwela. After breakfast, depart for

out of rock and spans 14 metres. The rest of the day is at your

Beruwela, visiting the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela en route.

leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel (B, D)

This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, some of which

Day 8: Dambulla/Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa/Dambulla. Proceed to the

were found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. The best time to

Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa excursion. Climb the 5th-century Sigiriya

visit is during the feeding, when you may have the opportunity of

rock fortress, a world heritage site built by King Kashyapa. A moat,

seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. After you’ve checked-

rampart, and extensive gardens surround the base of the rock, whilst

in to the hotel, the rest of the day is at yours. Dinner at the hotel.

world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ can be seen in

Overnight at hotel (B, D)

a sheltered pocket approached by a spiral staircase. Polonnaruwa,

Day 12: Beruwela. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you are given

once the capital city of Sri Lanka, was built during the 11th and 12th centuries and is a world heritage site. Here, you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace - the Gal Viharaya, where four statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures are carved out of the rock. Visit The Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu’s statue and the Parakrama Samudraya lake. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight at hotel (B, D) Day 9: Dambulla/Kandy. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends are still lovingly kept alive, something you will see as you drive around Kandy. Visit the town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum, before checking into the hotel. In the evening, visit the Temple of

the entire day to discover Beruwela. (No transport services). Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel (B, D) Day 13: Beruwela.There’s a chance to do anything you didn’t get a chance to yesterday, or simply relax in the hotel grounds. (No transport services) Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel (B, D) Day 14: Beruwela/Colombo. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Colombo - including the Pettah bazaar, where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Also, visit some of the more popular shopping areas such as Barefoot, Odel, Paradise Road and Lakmedura. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel (B, D)

the Tooth Relic and enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri

Day 15: Depart Colombo. After breakfast, check-out from the hotel

Lankan dancing. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel (B, D)

and transfer to Colombo International Airport for your flight home.

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he people of Kerala welcome you. What better way to enrich yourself with the lives of those who inhabit this immensely

rich South Indian state than by visiting them at close quarters on a moving houseboat. Choose from two comfortable river cruise boats – the cosy two cabin Sauver Nigam, or the nine cabin Vaikundam - the largest houseboat on the backwaters to date and ideal for group travel.

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The experience on board is well summed up by the former

backwaters is, being a single hull and long boat instead of

Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, in his

a catamaran, it still manages to go into the narrow canals

comment “A Day to be Remembered�. He wrote this in

to experience the life of the people of the backwaters.

the guest book of the Vaikundam houseboat, during a

Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast

short sojourn on the backwaters when he was the Prime

expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined

Minister of India. If you are looking for a unique Kerala

up along either sides of the canals are panoramic un-

Backwater cruise for your group, then the Vaikundam

forgettable experiences. Be prepared to be wowed by the

is the perfect choice. If, however, you are looking for a

exquisite cuisine lovingly prepared the chef. The cuisine

more exclusive experience with just your family, then

is traditional Kerala flavour with the local specialties. We

Sauver Nigam is the houseboat of choice. However, what

invite you to explore the fascinating beauty of the Kerala

makes Vaikundam different from other large boats in the

backwaters.

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Ship Facts... Deck plans & features

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ACCOMMODATION: Aesthetically designed cabins to meet all comforts offer: s Vaikundam - 9 Twin Cabins s Sauver Nigam - 2 Twin Cabins CABIN FEATURES s Attached bathrooms with running hot and cold showers through Solar Panels. AIR CONDITIONING s All cabins are air-conditioned with individually controlled units. AC’s are run 24/7 which is not a normal procedure in other boats in the back waters. Vaikundam has 9 air-conditioned cabins on main deck level. Sauver Nigam has 2 air-conditioned cabins on main deck level. DINING Vaikundam has an air-conditioned dining on the upper deck. Sauver Nigam dining is on its covered, open front of the main deck with a great front view of the cruise. Our Chefs serve you local Indian cuisine with additions of Continental Menu.Your stay with us is on full board, all meals are included, along with tea and coffee service at your choice of time. Given advance notice, all dietary concerns are taken care of. SUN DECK Vaikundam - sun deck is the open front of the first deck. Sauver Nigam - the sun deck is on the open first deck. ENTERTAINMENT s Well stocked library s Board games s Sun Deck sAir conditioned lounge and dining.

VAIKUNDAM DECK PLAN

Down

Buffet

Store

Kitchen

Down

5

3

Toilet

7

Toilet

Toilet

Toilet

9

3

Toilet

5

Toilet

6

Toilet

Toilet

Toilet

8

Cockpit

Store Toilet

Open Sun Lounge

Covered Open Lounge

Buffet

Store

Restaurant Electric Power Board

Solar Water Heater Panels Generators

Crew

Crew Toilet

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MV Mahabaahu Dates 2016-18 Embark Date

Disembark Date

Cruise Direction

2016 30 Oct 16

06-Nov-16

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(b) Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of two times the cost of your travel arrangements. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you or your party has not received any benefit at all from your booking. (c) Claims in respect of international travel by air, sea and rail, or any stay in a hotel: i. The extent of our liability will in all cases be limited as if we were carriers under the appropriate Conventions, which include The Warsaw/Montreal Convention (international travel by air); The Athens Convention (with respect to sea travel); The Berne/Cotif Convention (with respect to rail travel); The Paris Convention (with respect to hotel arrangements); and The Strasbourg Convention (CNLI) (with respect to travel on inland waterways). You can ask for copies of these Conventions from our offices. In addition, you agree that the operating carrier or transport company’s own ‘Conditions of Carriage’ will apply to you on that journey. When arranging transportation for you, we rely on the terms and conditions contained within these international conventions and those ‘Conditions of Carriage’. You acknowledge that all of the terms and conditions contained in those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ form part of your contract with us, as well as with the transport company and that those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ shall be deemed to be included by reference into this contract. ii. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Complaints If a problem occurs whilst you are on holiday, you must inform the relevant supplier immediately so that the matter can be put right. If the supplier cannot resolve the problem to your satisfaction at the time, you must also contact us immediately by telephoning our offices so that we are given the opportunity to help. In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved at the time, you must write to us within 28 days of return to the UK quoting the original booking reference and giving all relevant information. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to take these steps will hinder our ability to resolve the problem and/or investigate it fully and in consequence, your rights under the contract may be affected. We regret we cannot accept liability for any claims which are not notified to ourselves and/or our suppliers strictly in accordance with this clause. Special Requests Any special requests must be advised to us at the time of booking. You should then confirm your requests in writing. Whilst every effort will be made by us to try and arrange your reasonable special requests, we cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part unless the request has been specifically confirmed. Refunds Any amounts due to you will be paid upon request within 28 days. Disabilities and Medical Problems We are not a specialist disabled holiday company, but we will do our utmost to cater for any special requirements you may have. If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your stay, please provide us with full details by writing or emailing us, before we confirm your booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements if possible. A qualified and physically able travel companion must accompany travellers who need assistance. Excursions Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements and Health Formalities It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the country you are visiting. For further information please contact the Passport Office on 0870 5210410 or visit www. passport. gov.uk. Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit www.fco.gov.uk. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Delays and other Travel Information We regret we are unable to offer you any assistance should a delay disrupt your itinerary. Any airline or other transport provider concerned may however provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation. We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to re-scheduling times by the airline or airline authorities, or any of the reasons set out in Force Majeure of these booking conditions. The latest flight timings will be shown on your tickets, which will be dispatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. You should check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. If flight times change after tickets have been dispatched we will contact you as soon as we can to let you know. Under EU Law, you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from the airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. Reimbursement in such cases is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday price from us. Guest Behaviour We reserve the right to terminate your booking arrangements with us immediately, should you or your party fail to conduct yourselves in an orderly manner. In the event of such termination our liability to you and/ or your party will cease and you and/or your party will be required to leave your accommodation or other service immediately. We will have no further obligations to you and/or your party. Jurisdiction When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so. Data Protection Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request. (updated February 2016)

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