Mouth-watering Asia adventure awaits
IT'S the ultimate gastronomic adventure in which foodies and gourmets can satisfy their epi-curious itch on Ecruising's Culinary Dream through Asia Rail and Sail journey.
The cruise sets off on February 27, 2019 for a 24-night itinerary that takes in some of southeast Asia's most celebrated food destinations. In the itinerary is a two-night train trip on the Eastern & Oriental Express, hosted by celebrity chef Luke Mangan, and a 15-night cruise from Myanmar to Indonesia.
Staring in Singapore after two nights of exploring the city's famous Hawker stalls, guests board the Eastern & Oriental Express for three days of tours and cooking demonstrations as Luke shares his passion for Asian cuisine. Highlights include stopovers in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar in Malaysia's Perak Province, visits to Thailand's notorious River Kwai Bridge and the Thai-Burma Railway Museum, a bicycle tour through Thai rice paddies and cooking classes.
From Bangkok guests will fly to Yangon in Myanmar before boarding the Silver Discoverer March 5 for the 15-night Silversea Expedition which takes in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands and a semi-circumnavigation of Sumatra and Java.
One of India's most remote territories, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are slowly opening up to tourism and the cruise offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about its indigenous tribal communities. Guests will be able to explore spectacular beaches or snorkel with an array of sea creatures including snappers, Napoleon wrasses, moray eels, nudibranchs, eagle rays, stingrays, star fish, lionfish, and many more.
Entering Indonesian waters, cruise highlights include a stopover in Banda Aceh on Sumatra's tip, with its solemn monuments commemorating the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami; an immersion into the traditional farming and fishing lifestyle of Indonesia's picturesque Simeulue Islands; astonishing demonstrations of agility from the Nias Islands' famous stone jumpers; and a visit to a traditional matrilineal Minangkabau village in West Sumatra's lush highlands.
Also on the itinerary are visits to Java's UNESCO World Heritage site of Ujung Kulon National Park, the awe-inspiring volcano of Anak Krakatoa rising dramatically from the Sunda Strait, the stunning Karimunjawa Marine National Park with its 27 islands surrounded by dazzling corals, the Great Mosque of Sumenep built in 1763, and the active volcanos of Mount Semeru and Mount Bromo in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
On arrival in Bali on Mach 20, guests spend three nights discovering the unique and exotic flavours of Balinese cuisine. They will visit the Gianyar Night Market, indulge in a traditional Megibung dining experience and try their hand at making local dishes at a Balinese cooking class, before flying home to Australia on March 23.
Prices for this 2019 adventure start from $15,359 per person twin share, including all accommodation, return economy class airfares from Australia, transfers, and all meals and selected beverages aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express and on Silver Discoverer.
For more information, go to www.ecruising.travel or phone 1300 369848.