Sirena Maiden Indian Experiences
Small group excursion and Private tours with English speaking guides
COCHIN 1 Jan – Mangalore 2nd Jan – Mormugao (Goa) 3rd Jan – MUMBAI 4th Jan 2021
Muziris heritage – Day Tours offers four variety shore excursions in Cochin ,Mangalore ,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 , Mangalore ,Goa , & Mumbai in a short time.
This tailor made special tour for Oceania Sirena for her Maiden voyage to India and enjoy the service of our friendly English speaking guides, committed to ensure your India tour runs smoothly in cochin , Mangalore, Goa & 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.
Cochin – Backwaters of Alappuzha by Houseboat & Chinese Fishing nets – 1st Jan 2021
Experience the splendor of one of India’s most idyllic landscapes on board a refurbished houseboat. Glide along shimmering waterways draped in thick greenery and lovely paddy fields as you make your way through Alappuzhas network of rivers and lakes. Watch as the lush foliage parts to reveal spectacular mosques and temples. Return to Cochin after your cruise through paradise for some lunch and leisure time, all the while being shrouded by the towns natural beauty.
•Explore Alappuzha’s majestic forest and city surroundings from a traditional yet modernized Kettuvallam
•Observe the rural lifestyle of the Kerala people, including farmers working knee deep in the paddy fields, Washing cloths and bathing
•Enjoy a delicious lunch ONBOARD
Fort cochin orientation tour with a visit to Chinese fishing nets
Mangalore city Highlights on 2nd Jan 2021
Your day starts with morning pickup at the port in Mangalore by your private guide. Ride in comfort in a private air-conditioned vehicle to your first destination, a cashew factory, a signature industry of Mangalore, which is the largest cashew producer and exporter in India. Take a factory tour to learn about the process of preparing the cashews from sorting to cooking and packing. After 30 minutes at the cashew factory, proceed to the hills of Kadri to see Kadri Manjunath Temple, a popular Hindu temple that dates to the 10th or 11th century. Your guide shows you around the ponds, gardens, and ornate buildings of the temple complex. Continue to Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple (Gokarnath Temple), which is devoted to Lord Shiva, and decked out with white marble floors, gold paint, and extensive murals depicting Hindu gods and goddesses. After two hours of temple hopping, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), then head to the Central Market to experience the colorful bustle of local people shopping for fruits, vegetables, and other household items. Next up, go up Lighthouse hill to visit St. Aloysius Chapel, which is know for superb frescos painted in the late 1800s by the Italian artist Brother Moscheni. Your tour ends with drop-off at your cruise ship port in the late afternoon.
GOA – THE CULTURE AND FLAVOURS OF GOA AND A TOUR OF THE PLANTATIONS on 3rd Jan 2021
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.
MUMBAI AS LOCAL 0n 4th Jan 2021
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.
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.
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.
MUMBAI & COCHIN JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR ALSO AVAILABLE on request
TAJ MAHAL TOUR AVAILABLE AT $1350 PER PERSON WITH ALL FLIGHTS AND 5 STAR HOTELS
Small group tour
Licensed tour guides