Constellation December -Delights
with licensed tour guides
Small group tours with licensed tour guides
8th & 9th Dec MUMBAI – Mormugao (Goa) 10th Dec – COCHIN on 12th DEC 2019
Muziris heritage – Day Tours offers three variety shore excursions in Cochin ,Goa & Mumbai to fit your lifestyle and your visit to Our country, with these tour itinerary you can experience the lights and sound of Cochin, Goa , & Mumbai in a short time.
This tailor made special tour for Constellation and enjoy the service of our friendly English speaking guides, committed to ensure your India tour runs smoothly in cochin , Goa & Mumbai
This tour includes:
• Air conditioned mini coach and English-speaking Tour guide
• 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.
The caves of Elephanta ON 8th Dec 2019 (Sunday)
Visit the unique Elephanta Caves in the Sea of Arabia
Cruise over to Elephanta Island
Enjoy round-trip transfers
See one of the best examples of Brahmanical rock-cut architecture
This 5-hour tour takes you from Mumbai cruise terminal to the rock art of the Elephanta Caves of Elephanta Island. You will be picked up from pier and taken to the Gateway of India at Mumbai. From here, cruise by boat to reach the Elephanta Caves. A panoramic boat ride takes you from Mumbai to this island of mystery and intrigue. Upon arrival, find yourself enveloped in a verdant green realm where monkeys scamper about and history looms overhead. Trek up the 124 steps leading to the Elephanta Caves to discover this extraordinary network of temples carved into the solid rock. Enter the enormous carved pillars of the main cave to find a remarkable sculpture of Shiva spanning some 18 feet and depicted the god in his three aspects, as Creator, Protector and Destroyer. Explore the temples before journeying back to Mumbai on a cruise that provides a stunning perspective of the Gateway to India and the city’s gleaming skyline – one more epic discovery to add to the day.
TOUR PRICE $85 PP
Drop at 2 Pm at pier
Mumbai – MUMBAI AS LOCAL on 9th Dec 2019
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.
09 AM Depart to Depart to Crawford Market (Fruit / Flowers / Vegetable / Pets Market)
Arrive and visit Crawford Market.
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 (sunday not available)
Arrive and visit Dabawalla.(sunday not available)
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.
In the full day tour you may choose to stop off at a local restaurant for lunch. Ask your Guide for suggestions. There are some world class restaurants serving a variety of cuisines so there is so much to choose from.
TOUR PRICE $85 PP
GOA – THE CULTURE AND FLAVOURS OF GOA AND A TOUR OF THE PLANTATIONS on 10th Dec 2019
Goa is synonymous with the sand and sea, but it also conceals a cultural side which we mustn’t overlook. So why not discover the numerous places of historic and religious interest, the secrets of the spice plantations and the local flavours.
What we will see
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Pnjim Flower market
What we will do
Our excursion will start with a visit to two churches: the first is one of the largest churches in the city, Se Cathedral dedicated to Saint Catherine and the second is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which was built by the Jesuits in the 16th century and is home to the remains of Saint Francis Xavier. These are kept in a marble mausoleum and displayed to the public once every ten years.
After visiting the churches, we will head to the Panjim market to see the local life.
At this point, there is something truly unique in store for us as we discover the secrets of spice cultivation at the Spice plantations and enjoy a traditional lunch after the tour.
COCHIN – CITY HIGHLIGHTS & HARBOR CRUISE with HIgh tea at Forte Kochi Hotel on 12th Dec 2019
8.30 AM TO 2 PM
HOUSEBOAT TOUR TO BACKWATERS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is a pleasant seaport built on a series of interconnected islands and peninsulas. Considered one of the best natural harbors in the world, Cochin was for centuries the center of the spice trade, and its geography and history distinguish it from any other city in India. The oldest European settlement in India, Cochin is an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and English country village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. On your tour explore exotic Cochin, with its spice-filled markets, lush foliage and pastel houses.
Leaving the pier, drive to Mattancherry to visit the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift for the Maharaja of Cochin in exchange for trading rights. The Palace houses royal costumes, palanquins, furniture and weapons but its striking feature is a series of murals painted on wooden walls.
Continuing on, stop at the ancient district of Jew Town. Jews used to occupy virtually all the houses on Jew Town Road, where they sold fruits, vegetables and spices or worked as carpenters or oil pressers. The spice markets are still located on the narrow street, but most of the homes and businesses belong to non-Jews. Of the seven synagogues that once graced this street, only one remains.
Drive to Fort Cochin with a stop at St. Francis Church, built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars. This is India’s oldest European-built church, and the original burial site of Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. Continue to the Chinese Fishing Nets, the first visual symbol of the ancient trade and age-old shared influences of Cochin. Lined along the sea-front, these intriguing fishing nets exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish, introduced by Chinese traders from the court of Kublai Khan.
The final portion of your tour will be by motorized boat to get cochin backwater experience. Observe the diverse activities of the busy harbor, including local fishing colonies and glimpses of locals going about their daily lives on the assorted islands. Pass by the outlying island of Vallarpadam, where an enormous construction project is underway to make it one of the largest container ports in Asia. Cruise past Gundu, the smallest island in the harbor. See the long narrow peninsula of Bolghatty, famous for the Bolghatty Palace built by the Dutch in 1744, and now a resort hotel.
Please note: High Tea and refreshments are served at Forte Kochi heritage hotel
TOUR PRICE $85 PER PERSON
MUMBAI & COCHIN JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR ALSO AVAILABLE on request
TAJ MAHAL TOUR AVAILABLE AT $1300 PER PERSON WITH ALL FLIGHTS AND 5 STAR HOTELS