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Norwegians are born explorers and love to step outside the boundaries and make new discoveries.
Here you can find a selection of our shore excursions designed to bring you refreshing experiences,
adventures and opportunities to see places you've only ever dreamed of.

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Tour Code: ABU_04

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 1

Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Port: ABU DHABI,UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Destination: Asia & Middle East

Embrace the beauty, culture and traditions of the United Arab Emirates during an orientation tour of Abu Dhabi, and high tea at the spectacular Emirates Palace Hotel.


Enjoy an orientation drive through Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. Founded in 1761, Abu Dhabi is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. Along the way, you will pass Yas Marina, Ferrari World, Grand Mosque, Heritage Village and the famous Corniche, which offers spectacular views and photo opportunities of the city skyline, high-rise glass buildings and exquisite Emirates Palace Hotel.


Visit the Emirates Palace, the UAE's most prestigious hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll take a walking tour of the grounds and be served high tea; the highlight of this tour.


Note: Guests are encouraged to wear smart-casual clothing; open-toe sandals for men, jeans, t-shirts or shorts will not be permitted.
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  • A light snack or refreshment is served in this tour.

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Tour Code: ABU_05

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 2

Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.

Port: ABU DHABI,UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Destination: Asia & Middle East

Experience scenic beauty during your full-day visit to picturesque Al Ain, the Garden City. Head to to Al Ain, located in the eastern part of Abu Dhabi. Al Ain's lush terrain is dotted with abundant groundwater springs. In the past, this oasis town served as a vital stopover on the caravan trail between the United Arab Emirates and Sultanate of Oman.


Visit the Hilli Archaeological Park, where you’ll find tombs from the 5,000-year-old Umm Al Nar Period. You’ll also visit the Al Ain Museum, built around the turn of the 20th century. It is said that Sheikh Zayed, president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, spent a part of his childhood there.


During your guided tour, you’ll see the museum's ethnographical and archaeological sections. A highlight of the tour will be a walk through a truly enchanting oasis nestled amidst palm trees. Here, you will have an opportunity to see an excellent example of falaj, the ancient irrigation system.


Stop at the Camel Market, a unique regional market in which camels are traded daily. At one of the city's star hotels, you’ll be treated to a relaxing buffet lunch.


Note: Female guests are encouraged to wear conservative attire covering the shoulders, arms and knees.
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Tour Code: ABU_06

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 2

Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.

Port: ABU DHABI,UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Destination: Asia & Middle East

The history, architecture and culture of the United Arab Emirates are yours to discover during this scenic orientation tour of Abu Dhabi. Depart the pier for an orientation drive through Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. Founded in 1761, Abu Dhabi is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. You'll stop at Sheikh Zayed Mosque - also referred to as the Grand Mosque for an inside visit. This is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world.


Drive to see the Heritage Village which houses a small museum and depicts the daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. Stop at the Manarat Saadiyat, an Interactive guest experience center located on Saadiyat, this exciting artistic venue houses international exhibitions from around the world.


Your tour will conclude with a drive along the spectacular corniche and around the city of Abu Dhabi, known as the Manhattan of the Gulf due to a profusion of ultra-modern glazed skyscrapers, gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments overlooking the city's magnificent skyline.


Note: Female guests are encouraged to wear conservative attire covering the shoulders, arms and knees.
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Tour Code: ABU_02

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 3

Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods. The terrain may be uneven or steep. It can also indicate a need for swimming in a current. Recommended only for the physically fit and adventurous.

Port: ABU DHABI,UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Destination: Asia & Middle East

Explore Abu Dhabi on this exhilarating half-day, off-road desert adventure in the Al Khatim Desert. Start with a drive in your off-road vehicle through Abu Dhabi, and on to the Al Khatim Desert. You’ll traverse the sand dunes that rise to imposing heights of up to 934 feet, the world's tallest. Along the way, stop for refreshments between the dunes, which are surrounded by the tranquil sands of Arabia.


Note: This tour involves travel over bumpy, uneven terrain. Not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems. Children must be at least four years old and accompanied by a parent to participate on this tour. Parents are advised to provide the age and height of the child so proper seats and safety belts can be arranged. There are no restrooms in the desert; a restroom stop will be made at a fuel station before entering and after exiting, the desert.
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Tour Code: AQB_01

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 3

Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods. The terrain may be uneven or steep. It can also indicate a need for swimming in a current. Recommended only for the physically fit and adventurous.

Port: Aqaba
Destination: Asia & Middle East

On this full-day excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to explore both Petra, the ancient Nabataean caravan-city ideally situated between the Red and Dead Seas, and Wadi Rum, a nature lover's paradise.


Inhabited since prehistoric times, this area was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. The Nabataeans transformed the forbidding desert into a bustling metropolis with magnificent buildings carved directly into the rose-hued sandstone hills. Camel caravans passed through, loaded with spices, textiles and incense from distant regions, and the city of Petra flourished, until a massive earthquake left the structures of Petra in ruins.


You’ll travel deep within the desert for approximately two hours, to Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra. Upon arrival, walk to the impressive entrance to Petra, a narrow gorge formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks. Your first view is of its most elaborate ruin and achievement, the Treasury. Used as a backdrop in the movie, Indian Jones and the Last Crusade, enjoy time to explore the Treasury and the Outer Siq, leading to immense tombs, facades and doorways.


Enjoy a late buffet style lunch at a local hotel. Transfer to yorur off-road vehicles and begin a journey through the starkly beautiful Wadi Rum, with its sheer granite and sandstone cliffs, and uniquely shaped mountains. The stunning scenery, of the towering cliffs, ancient riverbeds and mauve-colored stretches of sand will amaze you, as you drive through the desert, en route to a Bedouin camp. Upon arrival, indulge in a buffet dinner served under Bedouin tents before your return to Aqaba and your ship.


Note: The Petra portion of this tour involves a strenuous 5 miles walk into and out of the site, along a gently sloping path of compacted sand and gravel. The Wadi Rum portion requires approximately 1 1/2-hours of desert driving in simple older vehicles that have no air-conditioning or seat belts and are owned and operated by the local Bedouins.


Vehicles follow a leader caravan style and there is no narration during the drive. Your guide will provide commentary during stops. Not recommended for guests with neck, back or hip problems as well as physical limitations or pregnant women. Temperatures in the desert vary and we suggest you layer, including a light jacket or wind breaker.

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Tour Code: AQB_02

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 3

Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods. The terrain may be uneven or steep. It can also indicate a need for swimming in a current. Recommended only for the physically fit and adventurous.

Port: Aqaba
Destination: Asia & Middle East

Explore magnificent Petra, the ancient Nabataean caravan-city ideally situated between the Red and Dead Seas. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this area was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. The Nabataeans transformed the forbidding desert into a bustling metropolis with magnificent buildings carved directly into the rose-hued sandstone hills and a complex system of water channels and reservoirs.


Camel caravans passed through, loaded with spices, textiles and incense from distant regions and the city of Petra flourished, until a massive earthquake left the freestanding structures in ruins. Travel deep within the deserts of Jordan for approximately two hours, to Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra. Upon arrival, walk to the impressive entrance of Petra, a stunning narrow gorge formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks.


Your first view of this amazing city is its most elaborate ruin and fabled achievement, the Treasury, hewn directly out of the red sandstone cliff. Used as a backdrop in the movie, Indian Jones and the Last Crusade, enjoy time to explore the Treasury and the Outer Siq, leading to immense tombs, facades and doorways cut in the steep passage walls. Enjoy a late buffet style lunch at a local hotel before returning to Aqaba and your ship.


Note: Tour involves a strenuous 5 miles walk into and out of the site along a gently sloping path of compacted sand and gravel. Temperatures in the desert vary and we suggest you layer, including a light jacket or wind breaker.
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Tour Code: AQB_03

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 3

Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods. The terrain may be uneven or steep. It can also indicate a need for swimming in a current. Recommended only for the physically fit and adventurous.

Port: Aqaba
Destination: Asia & Middle East

Described by novelist T. E. Lawrence as "vast, echoing and God-like," and acclaimed by many as one of the most stunning desert landscapes in the world, Wadi Rum is spectacular in its natural beauty. Explore this nature lover's paradise, using off-road vehicles that will take you deep into the heart of the desert, where fabled British officer, Lawrence of Arabia fought during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-1918.


Drive by motorcoach to the village of Rum, approximately 50 miles north of Aqaba. Here, you will transfer to your off-road vehicles to begin a journey through the starkly beautiful Wadi Rum, with its sheer granite and sandstone cliffs, and uniquely shaped mountains rising dramatically out of the sand. The magnificent scenery, including the towering cliffs of weathered stone, ancient riverbeds and mauve-colored stretches of sand will amaze you, as you drive through the desert.


Wadi Rum is also home to several Bedouin tribes who live in scattered camps throughout the area. At the conclusion of your drive, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a cup of mint tea or cardamom coffee at a Bedouin camp.


Note: Tour requires approximately 2-hours of desert driving in simple older vehicles that have no air-conditioning or seat belts and are owned and operated by the local Bedouins. Not recommended for guests with neck, back or hip problems as well as physical limitations or pregnant women.


Vehicles follow a leader caravan style and there is no narration during the drive. Your guide will provide commentary during stops. Temperatures in the desert vary and we suggest you layer, including a light jacket or wind breaker.

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Tour Code: AQB_05

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 1

Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Port: Aqaba
Destination: Asia & Middle East

This enlightening drive through Aqaba offers an excellent overview of one of Jordan's most strategically located historical cities, followed by free time for further exploration. You'll drive to Aqaba's resort-dotted southern beach, where you are likely to see water-skiers, snorkelers and sunbathers enjoying this lovely stretch of sand. As Jordan's only outlet to the Red Sea, Aqaba attracts water-sports enthusiasts from around the world, as the waters are crystal-clear and nearby Aqaba Marine Park teems with life.


Returning to Aqaba's vibrant city center, you will soon get a view of Aqaba fort, which the Crusaders originally constructed in the 12th century. It has been rebuilt numerous times, usually following the style of the newest conquerors. Your route will also pass the remains of what archaeologists believe to be the world's oldest church, a structure that dates from the late third century B.C. The city itself is even more ancient, having been settled around 4,000 B.C.


Following your panoramic drive, you'll have free time to stroll about and shop in the city center. Aqaba is known for good buys on traditional jewelry, detailed embroidery and fine baskets. Flat-woven Kilim rugs are also highly regarded.

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Tour Code: BOM_04

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 1

Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Port: Mumbai
Destination: Asia & Middle East

DAY 1 After an early breakfast, depart the pier in Mumbai, formerly Bombay and drive in buses through the city en route to the airport. With a population exceeding 18 million, this one time group of low lying mud flats is now India’s economic power base and her most industrialized city, bustling with activity of incredible diversity and complexity, her color and elegance, her wealth corresponding with her historic struggle against poverty. Certain affluent areas give Bombay an air of mini–Manhattan! The most admirable features of Bombay’s cityscape are the Gothic revival buildings raised in the last century after its original fortifications were removed. Indeed it is because of these buildings that Bombay is often cited as a `unique Victorian city’.


Bags are transported in a separate van to the airport for a pre check-in.


On arrival at the airport, guests receive boarding passes and proceed through security before boarding the flight to Delhi. Refreshments and snacks are served `aloft’.


On arrival into Delhi, buses take us on a scenic drive to Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway with vistas of India’s vast rural farming countryside. (Packed lunch boxes with soft drinks are distributed on the bus).


Agra, the city of Taj Mahal was one of the grand cities of South Asia. With the arrival of the Mughals in 1526 led by Babur, Agra entered a completely new era during the reign of emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Akbar made it a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Its cosmopolitan bazaars and its strategic location on the river Jamuna, was altogether a worthier setting for the focus of an empire.


Arrive Agra and check-in to the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.


Following some leisure time, enjoy the classical dance form of Kathak in the ballroom, along with soft drinks & mineral water. A buffet dinner follows the dance performance.


This Mughal Court dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that are a dramatic representation of themes from Persian poetry synthesized with Hindu mythology.


Overnight in Agra.


DAY 2 Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to our departure.


The Taj Mahal, with its incredible lacy white grandeur is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan planned this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding.


Return to the hotel for breakfast.


Morning options


A) 10:00 – 12:30 p.m. Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India’s great visionary. His sons and theirs added to this imposing structure situated by the banks of the Yamuna River. The astonishing palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive walls of red sandstone became once more a monumental mission of the Mughal Empire embellished by the artistic fusion of Islamic and Hindu tradition.


B) 10:00–12:30 pm Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city, the first Mughal structure pioneering the extensive use of `pietra dura’, the inlay work of marble, so characteristic of the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum is small and squat when compared to the Taj, but the more human scale has its own attraction, and the skillfully patterned surface of the tomb is exquisite.


Lunch is on `your own’.


Afternoon options A) 2:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city. B) 2:00 pm (hourly) Shopping shuttle to the Marble inlay factory and local markets. C) 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm Agra’s leading astrologer will be available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the Norwegian hospitality desk.


Revisit the Taj Mahal at sunset, the monument appears to change its hue, tinted by the glow of the setting sun.


Dinner is at the hotel with mineral water and soft drinks. Overnight in Agra.


DAY 3 An early call for the flight to Mangalore which makes a stop at Bangalore. After coffee/tea, croissant and juices, transfer to Delhi airport, collect boarding passes and proceed through security and then onto the plane. (Packed breakfast is provided on the bus).


Lunch is served `aloft’.


Upon arrival in Mangalore, transfer to the pier. (A separate van is provided for transportation of the baggage to the pier).


Arrive at the pier and reboard the `Norwegian Star’. Ship sails later in the evening.


Note: What to Bring: As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum; certain religious customs must be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Ladies should avoid wearing tank tops or any top with spaghetti straps as well as short shorts. Knee-length shorts are acceptable for men and women.


Documents and Visa Requirements: It is essential to have a valid Indian Visa for the trip. The Visa is not included in this package and guests are responsible to secure the proper documents in advance for this excursion.


Luggage information: On internal flights, check-in bag not to weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs) and the carry-ons are max of 7 kgs (15 lbs). However, arrangements will be made for the baggage to be transported along with the passengers.


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Tour Code: BOM_02

ACTIVITY LEVEL Level 1

Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Port: Mumbai
Destination: Asia & Middle East

DAY 1 After an early breakfast, depart the pier in Mumbai, formerly Bombay and drive in buses through the city en route to the airport. With a population exceeding 18 million, this one time group of low lying mud flats is now India’s economic power base and her most industrialized city, bustling with activity of incredible diversity and complexity, her color and elegance, her wealth corresponding with her historic struggle against poverty. Certain affluent areas give Bombay an air of mini–Manhattan! The most admirable features of Bombay’s cityscape are the Gothic revival buildings raised in the last century after its original fortifications were removed. Indeed it is because of these buildings that Bombay is often cited as a `unique Victorian city’.


Bags are transported in a separate van to the airport for a pre check-in.


On arrival at the airport, guests receive boarding passes and proceed through security before boarding the flight to Delhi. Refreshments and snacks are served `aloft’.


On arrival into Delhi, buses take us on a scenic drive to Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway with vistas of India’s vast rural farming countryside. (Packed lunch boxes with soft drinks are distributed on the bus).


Agra, the city of Taj Mahal was one of the grand cities of South Asia. With the arrival of the Mughals in 1526 led by Babur, Agra entered a completely new era during the reign of emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Akbar made it a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Its cosmopolitan bazaars and its strategic location on the river Jamuna, was altogether a worthier setting for the focus of an empire.


Arrive Agra and check-in to the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.


Following some leisure time, enjoy the classical dance form of Kathak in the ballroom, along with soft drinks & mineral water. A buffet dinner follows the dance performance.


This Mughal Court dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that are a dramatic representation of themes from Persian poetry synthesized with Hindu mythology.


Overnight in Agra.


DAY 2 Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to our departure.


The Taj Mahal, with its incredible lacy white grandeur is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan planned this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding.


Return to the hotel for breakfast.


Morning options


A) 10:00 – 12:30 p.m. Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India’s great visionary. His sons and theirs added to this imposing structure situated by the banks of the Yamuna River. The astonishing palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive walls of red sandstone became once more a monumental mission of the Mughal Empire embellished by the artistic fusion of Islamic and Hindu tradition.


B) 10:00–12:30 pm Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city, the first Mughal structure pioneering the extensive use of `pietra dura’, the inlay work of marble, so characteristic of the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum is small and squat when compared to the Taj, but the more human scale has its own attraction, and the skillfully patterned surface of the tomb is exquisite.


Lunch is on `your own’.


Afternoon options A) 2:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city. B) 2:00 pm (hourly) Shopping shuttle to the Marble inlay factory and local markets. C) 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm Agra’s leading astrologer will be available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the Norwegian hospitality desk.


Revisit the Taj Mahal at sunset, the monument appears to change its hue, tinted by the glow of the setting sun.


Dinner is at the hotel with mineral water and soft drinks.


Overnight in Agra.


DAY 3 An early call for the flight to Mangalore which makes a stop at Bangalore. After coffee/tea, croissant and juices, transfer to Delhi airport, collect boarding passes and proceed through security and then onto the plane. (Packed breakfast is provided on the bus).


Lunch is served `aloft’.


Upon arrival in Mangalore, transfer to the pier. (A separate van is provided for transportation of the baggage to the pier).


Arrive at the pier and reboard the `Norwegian Star’. Ship sails later in the evening.


Note: What to Bring: As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum; certain religious customs must be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Ladies should avoid wearing tank tops or any top with spaghetti straps as well as short shorts. Knee-length shorts are acceptable for men and women.


Documents and Visa Requirements: It is essential to have a valid Indian Visa for the trip. The Visa is not included in this package and guests are responsible to secure the proper documents in advance for this excursion.


Luggage information: On internal flights, check-in bag not to weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs) and the carry-ons are max of 7 kgs (15 lbs). However, arrangements will be made for the baggage to be transported along with the passengers.


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