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Ta Fook Island, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

Andaman Islands, Myanmar & beyond on Silver Explorer

21-day luxury cruise from £8,320 pp incl. flights

Early booking offer - save 20%

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Unexplored islands, ancient temples & iconic wildlife

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Highlights

  • Explore the pristine waters of India's Andaman Islands
  • Discover the culture, beaches & beauty of Myanmar's unexplored Mergui archipelago
  • Spot orangutans in the jungles of Sumatra
  • Enjoy game drives spotting elephants in Sri Lanka's national parks
  • Indulge in Silver Explorer's luxurious suites & fine dining

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Colombo
  • 2 Nights Galle & Hambantota
  • 1 Night Trincomalee
  • 2 Nights At sea
  • 2 Nights Andaman Islands
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Kawthaung
  • 2 Nights Mergui Archipelago
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 2 Nights Gunung Leuser National Park
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Singapore

About

Recommended for:
All-inclusive | Expedition cruise | Natural world | Ocean cruise | Off the beaten track | Wildlife

From India’s remote Andaman islands to Myanmar’s unexplored archipelago, this off-the-beaten-track voyage is a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of some of Asia’s most unique destinations. From among Sri Lanka’s elephant-dotted national parks and iconic temples you’ll sail to Myanmar’s virtually-unknown Mergui archipelago, where stilted fishermen houses lie alongside powder-fine beaches and turquoise waters. The adventure ends with a life-affirming visit to Indonesia’s Gunung Leuser National Park, where you’re almost guaranteed to spot orangutans. To explore it all there are myriad included shore excursions – new to Silversea for their 2022/23 departures – from Zodiac trips among remote shores to turtle-spotting from kayaks – returning each day to the renowned delights of Silversea's Silver Explorer. Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, you'll revel in some of the most spacious suites in cruising, alongside private butler service, private verandas, fine dining and expert lectures.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Colombo

After included VIP airport lounge access, board your flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, where you’ll arrive the following day.

Day 2
Colombo

Arrive in Colombo and transfer to your hotel. You'll then have the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore the city at your own pace.

Stay: Colombo accommodation

Day 3
Board Silver Explorer at Colombo

With most of the day free, enjoy some more time to explore, perhaps heading along the coast to the beaches of Bentota. Then, transfer to the port to begin your adventure on one of the world’s most luxurious expedition cruise ships – Silver Explorer. As part of Silversea's iconic fleet, you'll relax in spacious suites, with private butler service and teak-wood verandas for panoramic ocean views. It’s from here you’ll spend the next few days exploring the unspoilt coastline of Sri Lanka as your voyage begins.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Days 4-5
Galle & Hambantota

Begin today by exploring Galle's perfectly-preserved Old Town – the world-heritage listed Galle Fort a must-visit – as well as its Dutch-colonial architecture and Moorish Arab quarter, before sailing to the colourful city of Hambantota. Here, local bazaars and storied architecture await, but it's what lies beyond that's the real highlight, including the famed Yala National Park. Home to wildlife that ranges from leopards to birds, it's here you'll enjoy an included game drive among the ancient Buddhist monasteries and caves before brunch in the forest. Nearby Udawalawe National Park has its fair share, too, particularly elephants, who trudge over the open, savannah-like grasslands alongside buffalo and monkeys. 

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Trincomalee & Sigiriya Rock

Sail to Sri Lanka's northern coastline today to explore Trincolamlee's clifftop temples, coastal stretches and local fish markets. We recommend taking advantage of one of the many excursions included in your cruise, all of which are organised directly from the ship. Trincomalee's crowning glory is Sigiriya, or the Rock Fortress, a dramatic rocky outcrop that dominates the landscape, with a tough hike up its walls affording you incredible views. For those who’d prefer something less strenuous there's the chance to visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Polonnaruwa's palace ruins and temples, or Anuradhapura, once home to hundreds of kings and monks.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 7-8
At sea

The next two days give you a chance to really explore the ship and all it has to offer as you set sail for India. Perhaps visit the luxe Zagara Beauty Spa for a treatment, head to the observation library for spectacular views or relax with an expertly-mixed cocktail in the Panorama Lounge before taking advantage of one of the two fine-dining restaurants for the likes of champagne-paired menus and world-spanning cuisine.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 9-10
Andaman Islands, India

Hop from beach to beach over the next couple of days as you explore the jewel of India’s coast: the forest-carpeted, powdery-sand islands known as the Andamans. You'll uncover the area's diverse wildlife, from elephants and birds to marine life hidden among the coral reef, as well as exploring the famous Long Island’s tropical forests and white-sand beaches dotted with turtles, with included snorkelling or birdwatching excursions on offer. For history buffs, there's the chance to take a guided tour of the infamous prison at Port Blair and visit the Anthropological Museum to discover more about the four local tribes of the Andaman Islands and talk to a renowned anthropologist.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 11
At sea

Enjoy a full day at sea and the chance to reflect on your adventures in the Andamans before you head to the colourful delights of historic Myanmar. Perhaps gather with new-found friends in the Explorer Lounge for lectures about the region’s endemic wildlife by the expertly-qualified Expeditions Team, or enjoy a yoga class at the sprawling fitness centre.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Kawthaung, Myanmar

Sail into Myanmar this morning to anchor in at Kawthaung. We recommend a visit to its hilltop Buddhist monastery, home to carved dragons and spectacular panoramic views to the nearby Mergui Archipelago, which you’ll explore over the next few days.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 13-14
Mergui Archipelago

The next two days are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover Myanmar’s unexplored, tropical islands in the Mergui Archipelago. Home to impossibly bright coral reefs, fisherman huts and mangrove-lined shores, the area's rich biodiversity means wild animals like monkeys and eagles roam its shores. With over 50 white-sand beaches to explore, take advantage of everything from snorkelling and bird watching to jungle hikes and Zodiac cruises past tiny villages. A highlight is tiny Frost Island, where you'll have the chance to meet the only humans who live in the area and observe their unique way of life. Your last stop is the aptly-named Shark Island – home to docile nurse and reef sharks – where kayak trips along the coastline will see you spot leatherback, green and hawksbill sea turtles as well as the chance to go snorkelling and diving in the area's famous 'Shark Cave'.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 15
At sea

After adventurous days exploring, take the chance to relax and unwind as you set sail for Indonesia; perhaps visit the boutique to pick up souvenirs or relax in the outdoor bars as you take in spectacular sea views.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 16-17
Orangutans at Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia

Your penultimate stop, Sumatra’s Gunung Leuser National Park, is undoubtedly a trip highlight. This vast landscape is home to over 3000 square miles of tropical rainforests, lakes and rivers, bursting with diversity that's earned it its accolade as a UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve site. With over 350 species of birds and animals like the incredibly rare Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhino and leopard cat, wildlife sightings are virtually guaranteed. Most iconic of all, though, is surely the endemic orangutan, which you'll spot on walks through the jungle and on your visit to the Bohorok Orangutan Sanctuary, one of the world’s leaders for orangutan observation. 

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 18
At sea

Enjoy a full, final day at sea and the chance to reflect on your adventures through these four extraordinary countries. It’s also, of course, an opportunity to make the most of the ship’s facilities one last time.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 19
Singapore

Disembark and transfer to your hotel before enjoying a day exploring Singapore, a vibrant, futuristic melange of cultures that display themselves in innovative architecture contrasting against ancient temples and UNESCO-listed botanical gardens. Perhaps head to Little India or Chinatown, or sample one of the hawker markets before heading to the iconic Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling. The choice is yours.

Meals: B

Days 20-21
Depart for UK

After breakfast, enjoy some more time at leisure before heading to the airport for your overnight flight home.

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

21-day luxury cruise from £8,320 pp incl. flights

Departure: 1 May 2022

Early booking offer - save 20%
Book by: 30 September 2021

Includes

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 1 night pre- and 1 night post-cruise hotel
  • Al transfers
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Spacious suites
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities

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