Celebrity Millennium – India with a Difference
Small group tours with licensed guides
Small group excursion and Private tours with English speaking guides
COCHIN 7th & 8th Dec – MUMBAI 10th & 11th Dec 2023
Muziris Heritage – India Experiences offers three variety shore excursions in Cochin & Mumbai to fit your lifestyle and your visit to Our country, with these tour itinerary you can experience the lights and sound of Cochin & Mumbai in a short time.
This tailor made special tour for Millennium and enjoy the service of our friendly English speaking guides, committed to ensure your India tour runs smoothly in cochin & Mumbai
This tour includes:
• Air conditioned mini coach and English-speaking Licensed Tour guides
• Pick up and drop off at pier
• Small group tour
Choose between a private or small-group excursion. You will not have to form your own group and we will be happy to place you with other cruisers from your cruise ship.
Please note that we can get fully booked in the high season, especially if you are arriving with a cruise ship. If possible, please contact us as early as possible.
COCHIN HIGHLIGHTS WITH HARBOUR CRUISE AND HIGH TEA AT Forte Kochi Heritage Hotel – 7th Dec 2023
(1 PM to 7 PM)
Today you will experience the real local life of Cochin during an Ethnic tour
This 7 HOUR city tour combines both Mini coach travel and a relaxing cruise on the backwaters, meaning you get to see this amazing city from every angle – easily the best way to soak up the charms of gorgeous historic Cochin.
Start with the visit of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin. The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on every postcards,Afterwards, you will visit the Dutch Palace, which is also known as the Mattancherry Palace, and is home to Keralan murals, Hindu temple art, and exhibits of the Rajas of Cochin. This pretty landmark is built in a quadrangle, with a courtyard in the middle featuring a small temple dedicated to the protective gods of the Cochin royal family.
After you have explored this simple oasis, you will drive to Fort Cochin, to view the churches, and old-fashioned Tudor-style homes that were constructed by the English merchants who once lived here. Here, you will view St. Francis Church, a pretty white-washed religious center, which was built by Franciscan friars in 1503, before heading to the harbor At a nearby Resort, you will enjoy a cooling drink/High tea before boarding a boat for a cruise around the harbor, which was once bustling with foreign traders seeking wealth on the Malabar Coast. Your tranquil guided cruise will take you around the picturesque islets of Gundu, Bolghatty and Vallarpadam, During your cruise you will be able to view many villages, churches and landmarks. At Vallarpadam, you will see a church built in 1676 that houses a Portrait of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Traditional faith holds the picture has miraculous powers and has saved devotees several times from violent storms.
As you cruise around the harbor, you will also be able to glimpse the locals going about their daily lives. Your boat cruise will end at a Jetty close to the pier. A short transfer to your ship will be provided at the end of the tour. We will have a High Tea at Forte Kochi hotel situated on the Princess street
TOUR PRICE $80 PER PERSON
Tranquil Backwaters with Kerala Lunch on 8th Dec
- Cruise the scenic backwaters in Kerala, which stretch hundreds of miles.
- Observe daily life in the isolated villages along the rivers and canals.
- Linger over lunch at a resort.
- See landmarks such as Fort Cochin on the return drive.
Explore the tranquil, palm-fringed backwaters and byways of Kerala, which are often the only link between isolated villages and larger towns. The picturesque backwaters in Kerala include dozens of rivers, lagoons and lakes that stretch over more than 900 miles, so they are immensely important to the local lifestyle and culture. You will begin cruising the waters from Alleppey, the so-called Venice of the East. Along the way, you will pass coconut-frond thatched huts, colonial warehouses and tiny villages, where you will observe the locals going about their daily lives. It will be an enlightening glimpse into a world that most visitors to Cochin never see. Following the cruise, you will enjoy lunch at a waterfront resort before taking a scenic return route past Fort Cochin and the unusual cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that dot the shoreline.
- Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
- Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.
THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO GUESTS WHO UTILIZE A WHEELCHAIR. THOSE GUESTS WITH MOBILITY CONCERNS ARE CAUTIONED TO EVALUATE THEIR PERSONAL LEVEL OF ABILITY AND STAMINA. ON PORT CALLS OF LESS THAN 8½ HOURS, THE TOUR WILL NOT PASS FORT COCHIN OR STOP AT THE FISHING NETS. THE TOUR WILL THEN LAST UP TO 7 HOURS.
MUMBAI AS LOCAL ON 10th Dec 2023
Explore the unique local culture, industries and people in the frenetic sprawl known as Mumbai, the capital and economic engine of India, on this full day excursion.
Multi-faceted Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan city in India. Numerous migrant communities have influenced its development since the 17th century, With a population of over 20.5 million people, it’s also called the City of Dreams. You will discover the essence of the city on this comprehensive panoramic Full-day tour
8.30 AM Depart to Depart to Crawford Market (Fruit / Flowers / Vegetable )
Arrive and visit Crawford Market explore
Depart to CST station (Victoria Terminus – World Heritage Site).
Arrive at CST station to see the Mumbai local lifeline.
Depart to the Dhobhi Ghat at Colaba (Open air laundry) enroute drive past Marine drive, Nariman Point, Mumbai
University and High Court.
Arrive and visit Dhobhi Ghat and enjoy a photo-stop of the washing place.
Depart to visit Dabawalla.
Arrive and visit Dabawalla.
Depart to Hotel Taj Mahal Hotel (If you wish you can have your lunch here)
Arrive at Hotel Taj Mahal (Time free for lunch on your own)
Walk up to Gateway of India which is just opposite Taj Mahal hotel.
Arrive and visit Gateway of India.
Depart to Churchgate railway station to take a short ride by the local train.
Arrive at Churchgate railway station and take a local train ride till Charni road railway station.
Arrive at Charni road railway station and later depart to Girgaum Iskcon Temple.
Arrive and visit Girgaum Iskcon Temple.
Depart to the ship en-route drive past via Marine Drive.
1545 hrs: Arrive back at the ship.
TOUR PRICE $85 PP
MUMBAI- Second day
(Elephanta caves closed on Mondays so we are giving another option on your visit)
Thieves Market & Dadar Flower Market on 11th Dec 2023 (Airport Drop also available on request)
This is a walk through Mumbai’s famous Thieves Market – Chor in Hindi means thief.
Chor Bazaar has a whole range of products on offer, from genuine bargains to mass-produced junk. You can find brassware, ceramics, handicrafts, glass lamps, clocks, gramophones, old maps, paintings, dowry chests, coffee tables, rocking chairs, and everything else under the sun. Be prepared to rummage around if you want to buy something!
If you don’t want to shop, this walk can still be fun. Apart from Chor Bazaar, the walk will take us to several places of general interest. You’ll see Gol Deoul, the circular Shiva temple, and gain an understanding of the Shiva cult. You’ll visit the bustling Null Bazaar (fruits, vegetables, meat and fish) and meet the Kolis, the original fishing community of Bombay. You will also get a rare glimpse into the life of the Bohras, a community of minority Shia Muslims. In addition, the tour provides an opportunity to observe authentic Muslim cooking first-hand.
TOUR PRICE $85 PP
Drop at 2 Pm at pier