Seattle, June 16, 2009 â€” Holland America Line is offering exciting new World Cruise tours and Overland Adventure tours in some of the worldâ€™s most exotic locations: South America, Africa and India.
Overland Adventures allow guests to extend their holiday or Grand World Voyage with an in-depth exploration of regions such as India, the Far East, Africa and South America. The adventures range from two- and three-day tours to eight-day explorations.
â€œMore cruise guests are looking to fully immerse themselves in the culture theyâ€™ve flown thousands of miles to see,â€ said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. â€œBy prearranging and offering these unique tours, weâ€™re making it simple for our guests to take full advantage of their time.â€
2010 Grand World Voyage guests can take a unique eight-day train tour from Mumbai to Port Kelang, India. The Palace on Wheels Overland Adventure â€” part of Holland America Lineâ€™s Medallion Collection of exclusive tours â€” is one of the worldâ€™s great train rides, taking guests through the heart of India and its rich and vibrant culture. Stops include Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Delhi, then a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
The adventure also includes a sunset camel ride through the Great Indian Desert and a four-wheel drive in the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its tigers and leopards. In Udaipur, guests will explore the city of lakes and then journey to Bharatpur and the National Bird Sanctuary. From there, itâ€™s a short train ride to Agra and the stunning Taj Mahal. At Delhi, guests will explore Indiaâ€™s capital and its third-largest city, with the Rashtrapati Bhawan presidential palace.
In Africa, guests seeking a safari of a lifetime will enjoy the Ngala Overland Adventure from Port Elizabeth to Durban, South Africa. On the three-day Medallion Collection tour, guests will fly to the Ngala Private Game Reserve. The reserve borders the world-famous Kruger National Park, South Africaâ€™s largest wildlife sanctuary.
The African safari offers superb accommodations and several game-drives in an open, four-wheel drive vehicle, giving guests a chance to spot one of Africaâ€™s â€œbig fiveâ€: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape Buffalo. The drives are scheduled to allow optimal game viewing. Guests catch a return flight to Durban to board the ship.
Other Overland Adventures trips in Africa and the Far East include: the Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls Overland Adventure, a five-day tour from Cape Town to Durban; the Cambodia and Angkor Wat Overland Adventure, a three-day tour from Singapore to Sihanoukville, Cambodia; the Terra Cotta Warriors, Great Wall and Beijing Overland Adventure, a four-day tour from Shanghai to Xingang, China; and the Kyoto and the Shinkansen Bullet Train Overnight Tour, a two-day adventure from Kobe to Yokohama, Japan.
On the other side of the world, guests sailing South America in 2010 also have enticing new adventures: the Galapagos Islands Cruise Overland Adventure and Mendoza: Land of Wine.
From Manta, Ecuador, to Callao, Peru, the Galapagos Island Cruise Overland Adventure is a four-day adventure allowing guests to discover South Americaâ€™s vibrant landscapes. Guests depart the ship and travel, via motorcoach, to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to board a plane to the easternmost Galapagos Islands. From there, guests will board the m/v GalÃ¡pagos Explorer II, an intimate 293-foot vessel for just 100 guests. An experienced naturalist guides shore expeditions to search for wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, whimbrels and sanderlings, Darwinâ€™s finches and yellow warblers.
In Argentina, the Mendoza: Land of Wine tour is sure to entice discriminating wine connoisseurs. The adventure begins with a flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, Argentina, for a city tour in the heart of the Argentine wine country. Guests visit a vineyard and sample acclaimed local wines before returning to comfort of their ship.
Holland America Line offers 4,700 different shore excursions at 850 ports of call in more than 100 countries, each highlighting the best of each destination.
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When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore excursions, including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track explorations, Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion Collection excursions.
Additionally, Holland America Line offers a full enrichment program on every ship and has broadened its onboard programming with the new Explorations Team who offers guests a full menu of â€œedutainmentâ€ programs. The Explorations Team is comprised of event staff with specific, niche expertise ranging from technology and party planning to book club discussions (on select cruises of 14 days and longer) and travel. As part of the Explorations Speaker Series, special guest lecturers sail on segments of the Grand Voyages to offer unique and enriching perspectives on regional art, history and culture. Culinary staff and guest chefs lead cooking classes and demonstrations in the on-board Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; The Explorations CafÃ© â€” powered by the New York Times â€” allows guests to stay connected via the Internet or simply relax, listen to music and have a lattÃ©.
The lineâ€™s newest enrichment program is the Holland America Line Digital Workshop powered by Windows. In an interactive, user-friendly atmosphere, guests learn how to share all of their digital vacation memories through e-mail, blogging and social networking.
For further Overland Adventures information, a cruise brochure or more information on Holland America Lineâ€™s voyages, consult a professional travel agent, or call 800-522-3399 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.