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30-Day World Cruise: The Dhow Route

 
 
30-Day World Cruise: The Dhow Route
Starting from $12,999*

Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia to Cape Town, South Africa


Ship: Seabourn Sojourn


Departure Date :

Mar 25 2021

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia
Departs 05:00 PM
Located on the southeastern coast of Bali is the small village of Tanjung Benoa. Still considered a fishing village, Benoa has developed over the past 20 years into a major player in the tourism sector. The calm waters and the beautiful white sand beaches have made Benoa the prime water sport area of Bali. Being a peninsula that is only accessible from one direction, Tanjung Benoa is still relatively quiet with a more relaxed feeling.
Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia
 
 
Day Surabaya, Indonesia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Indonesia’s second-largest city and Java’s capital, Surabaya is known as the City of Heroes thanks to the important role it played in capturing international attention during the country’s revolution in the 1940s. And that independent spirit is still palpable among the metropolis's internationally diverse population of nearly three million people. Surabaya is home to Indonesia’s only synagogue as well as the largest mosque in East Java. And colonial-era buildings sit just a short stroll from glitzy new shopping centers. Visitors have much to experience, whether taking in the extensive artifacts in the Museum Mpu Tantular, seeing where Indonesia’s clove cigarettes got their beginnings at the House of Sampoerna or venturing into the city’s green lung with a boat ride through the mangrove forests of Wonorejo. You’ll feel transported to a Middle Eastern bazaar at the Pasar Ampel, where the vendors hawk spices, sticky sweet dates and imported carpets. And a visit to Kenjeran Beach, right in the city, offers the chance to spot fishermen showcasing their fresh catch or take in views of one of Indonesia’s longest bridges. Obviously, deciding where to spend your time will be your main conundrum in Surabaya.
Surabaya, Indonesia
 
 
Day Semarang, Java, Indonesia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 07:00 PM
For most visitors, the biggest thrill about arriving in Semarang is the chance to take a day trip to Borobudur, the Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to the 8th and 9th centuries. But there's plenty to keep you busy in and around the city itself, too. Home to over 1 million people, Semarang occupies a strategic location on Java's north coast and is among Southeast Asia's most interesting ports. The city's colorful patchwork of colonial architecture, Chinese temples and striking mosques tells the story of the diverse cultures that wrote Semarang's history and speaks of its present, too. Spend some time strolling the atmospheric Outstadt, the old Dutch quarter. Lined with old Dutch warehouses and town houses, this neighborhood once held its own with Surabaya and Jakarta as one of Dutch Indonesia's most vital trading ports. Today, almost a third of the city's population is Chinese; you'll find some excellent Chinese food around town as well as important historical sites like Gedung Batu—the city's oldest Chinese temple complex on the outskirts of town—which is well worth a visit.
Semarang, Java, Indonesia
 
 
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Day Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Padang, on the west coast of the island of Sumatra, was an important port of the Dutch East Indies during the colonial period. Many distinctive Dutch colonial buildings survive in the Old Town. The town was centered around the port, which is located at the entry of the Arau River. The most memorable sight in Padang is the Adityawarman Museum, a striking traditional Rumah Gadang building with curved spires swooping along its multiple roof arches. Inside it reveals the intricate details of the traditional Sumatran culture, including the artistic legacy of batik fabric decoration. There is also a picturesque old Chinatown in Padang. Mosques attract attention from visitors, the newer West Sumatra Grand Mosque has stylized, swooping spires on its roof, and the Ganting Grand Mosque is one of Indonesia's oldest. The colorful Muhammadan Mosque was built by an Indian merchant. The beach of Pantal Air Manis fronts a monolithic stone resembling a reclining man, which spawned a local legend. West Sumatra is a seismically active zone. It is not unusual to experience a tremor, and the city has on occasion been inundated by tsunamis over its history.
Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
 
 
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Day Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Scattered across the surface of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is and archipelago of 115 islands, mixed between granitic isles, coral islands and atolls. Mahe, the largest island, is granitic and home to about 90% of the archipelago’s population. Being an island nation in the midst of a huge ocean traversed by diverse populations during the annual monsoon cycles, the population of the Seychelles is among the most genetically diverse on earth. As a result, the handsome, hardy Seychelloise reflect every color of the human rainbow, and it is not uncommon to encounter a person of a café-au-lait hue with startling blue eyes. The island’s architecture is also affected by this diversity, tempered by the demands of living in a tropical climate. Careful inspection of some antique buildings will reveal shards of Ming Chinese pottery and ancient Delft worked into the decorative mosaics. In Victoria, see the Clock Tower and the Botanic Gardens to marvel at several endemic species of flora. The island is ringed with the gorgeous beaches for which the islands are famous, and there are nature hiking trails and marine parks for snorkeling everywhere. The Victoria Market is a cultural experience, and usually holds a wide variety of colorful fishes from the surrounding seas and many varieties of tropical fruits and vegetables, as well as crafts and souvenirs
Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
 
 
Day Praslin, Seychelles
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
This idyllic island in the archipelago of the Seychelles was once thought to be the mythic Eden, largely because of the Valle de Mai forest of huge and ancient Coco de Mer palms, whose immense fronds can roof an entire house.
Praslin, Seychelles
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
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Day Mombasa, Kenya
Arrives 12:00 PM
Founded on an island on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya about 900 C.E., Mombasa has been a trading hub between the riches of the continent and the far-flung empires of China, India, the Middle East and later Europe. It was one of the premier cities of the Swahili Coast, developing a unique Islamic, Arab-influenced culture that is and has always been very cosmopolitan. Domain has been contested and re-contested throughout its history, with rule by Omani, Portuguese, British, and Ottoman entities at various periods. The looming Fort Jesus guarding the Kilindini (Deep) Harbour was built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Today it houses a museum that offers some insights into the city’s past. The Old Town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and Swahili vernacular architecture, preserves the ancient character of the city, which was the first capital of Kenya until 1906, when the government was moved inland to Nairobi. Traditional local crafts are taught to disabled Kenyans at the Bombolulu Workshops, where they are produced and sold to visitors. One or two swatches of the vividly printed African fabrics worn by local women are also popular souvenirs. Outside the city, Haller Park is a nature park offering close-up contact with hippos and giraffes, among other fauna. The Shimba Hills National Park is unusual for Kenyan game parks, being set in a lush tropical ecosystem rather than savannah.
Mombasa, Kenya
 
 
Day Mombasa, Kenya
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Founded on an island on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya about 900 C.E., Mombasa has been a trading hub between the riches of the continent and the far-flung empires of China, India, the Middle East and later Europe. It was one of the premier cities of the Swahili Coast, developing a unique Islamic, Arab-influenced culture that is and has always been very cosmopolitan. Domain has been contested and re-contested throughout its history, with rule by Omani, Portuguese, British, and Ottoman entities at various periods. The looming Fort Jesus guarding the Kilindini (Deep) Harbour was built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Today it houses a museum that offers some insights into the city’s past. The Old Town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and Swahili vernacular architecture, preserves the ancient character of the city, which was the first capital of Kenya until 1906, when the government was moved inland to Nairobi. Traditional local crafts are taught to disabled Kenyans at the Bombolulu Workshops, where they are produced and sold to visitors. One or two swatches of the vividly printed African fabrics worn by local women are also popular souvenirs. Outside the city, Haller Park is a nature park offering close-up contact with hippos and giraffes, among other fauna. The Shimba Hills National Park is unusual for Kenyan game parks, being set in a lush tropical ecosystem rather than savannah.
Mombasa, Kenya
 
 
Day Mombasa, Kenya
Departs 06:00 PM
Founded on an island on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya about 900 C.E., Mombasa has been a trading hub between the riches of the continent and the far-flung empires of China, India, the Middle East and later Europe. It was one of the premier cities of the Swahili Coast, developing a unique Islamic, Arab-influenced culture that is and has always been very cosmopolitan. Domain has been contested and re-contested throughout its history, with rule by Omani, Portuguese, British, and Ottoman entities at various periods. The looming Fort Jesus guarding the Kilindini (Deep) Harbour was built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Today it houses a museum that offers some insights into the city’s past. The Old Town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and Swahili vernacular architecture, preserves the ancient character of the city, which was the first capital of Kenya until 1906, when the government was moved inland to Nairobi. Traditional local crafts are taught to disabled Kenyans at the Bombolulu Workshops, where they are produced and sold to visitors. One or two swatches of the vividly printed African fabrics worn by local women are also popular souvenirs. Outside the city, Haller Park is a nature park offering close-up contact with hippos and giraffes, among other fauna. The Shimba Hills National Park is unusual for Kenyan game parks, being set in a lush tropical ecosystem rather than savannah.
Mombasa, Kenya
 
 
Day Zanzibar, Tanzania
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Zanzibar was an important island in the Swahili Coast trading network of cities in Africa. Its oldest Stone Town center dates from the period when Persian traders used it as a base for trade with the Middle East and Asia. Its products, spices such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper, combined with the cultivation of the perfume essence ylang ylang, remain important today. The Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed because of its unique hybrid culture influenced by the Arab, Persian, African and Indian peoples who traded across the Indian Ocean following the seasonal monsoon routes. Important architectural features include the Old Fort, the 18th century House of Wonders, the house where Dr. Livingstone lived, the Old Dispensary of Zanzibar and the Hamamni Persian Baths built in the 18th century in the town of Kidishi.
Zanzibar, Tanzania
 
 
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Day Durban, South Africa
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
At its founding in 1835, the city was named in honor of the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Benjamin D'Urban. Sugar cane transformed Durban into a vital port city, and its attractive parks and meticulously groomed gardens continue to testify to the land's richness. Today, the city sprawls along the coast, its golden beaches hugging the ice-blue Indian Ocean.
Durban, South Africa
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa’s largest cities, (second in area and fifth in population), stretching 16 miles along the bay named “Algoa” by the Portuguese. The name indicated that it was from here their trading ships departed for the Goa coast of India on the favorable monsoon winds. Today it is renowned as a playground on the Indian Ocean coast, the breezes attracting surfers and yachtsmen to sport in the warm seas. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was held here, and spread even further its reputation as a world-class beach resort.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
 
 
Day Passing the Cape of Good Hope
Cruising Only
 
 
Day Cape Town, South Africa
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Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and flanked by Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, Cape Town is known by South Africans simply as 'the Cape,' an acknowledgment of its uniqueness and its status as the Mother City. The first area to be settled by Europeans in the 17th century, it is today a major seaport and the legislative capital of South Africa. The feeling here is not African but cosmopolitan, and a sense of history remains.
Cape Town, South Africa
 
 
Day Cape Town, South Africa
Arrives 08:00 AM
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and flanked by Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, Cape Town is known by South Africans simply as 'the Cape,' an acknowledgment of its uniqueness and its status as the Mother City. The first area to be settled by Europeans in the 17th century, it is today a major seaport and the legislative capital of South Africa. The feeling here is not African but cosmopolitan, and a sense of history remains.
Cape Town, South Africa