On the 30-night Indian Ocean Sojourn sailing from Dubai to Cape Town, guests aboard Seven Seas Voyager® will have the rare opportunity to visit three majestic places deemed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO…for FREE as part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ all-inclusive shore excursion menu.
Mumbai, India: Elephanta Caves
There is so much to see and do in Mumbai, which is why it’s the perfect port for an overnight stay. This bustling city offers a seemingly endless array of sights and cultural activities, and is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Yet, it is the Elephanta Caves that truly capture the imagination. The exceptional 7th-century rock-cut cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, grand halls and porticos, filled with exquisite stone sculptures and reliefs of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Once known as Gharapuri, or the Fortress City, the Portuguese renamed the island Elephanta after discovering a large stone elephant statue near the shore. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, or the celebrated trinity of Elephanta: Lord Brahma, the Creator; Lord Vishnu, the preserver; and Lord Shiva, the Destroyer.
Zanzibar, Tanzania: Stone Town
Zanzibar, part of the archipelago sometimes referred to as the “Spice Islands,” has been for centuries a crossroads of culture, a melting pot of influences where Africa, India and Arabia meet. Visitors can savor this confluence in its food and delight in the variety of unique offerings for sale at its bazaars. The major attraction is, of course, Stone Town, with its whitewashed, coral-rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares. Stone Town is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which is a wonderful mix of African, Arabian, Indian, and European traditions.
Cape Town, South Africa: Robben Island
Called ‘the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth’ and regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town offers museums, lush parks and shops. Impressive mountains, magnificent beaches and outstanding wineries add to the attraction. Yet, the historical highlight is Robben Island, once the prison holding anti-apartheid leaders, including Nelson Mandela. Once you arrive by ferry, visitors may see the old leper colony, a Muslim shrine and a shipwreck before visiting the limestone quarry where political prisoners performed backbreaking labor. Former political prisoners routinely lead guided walking tours through the maximum-security block, which is where Mandela’s former cell is located.
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