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Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

15 GET THERE ON A FRED. OLSEN CRUISE Experience these fantastic destinations on Black Watch’s 2014 exotic fly-cruise to the Far East, India & Arabia. Fly from London 3rd April 2014 – 20 nights Black Watch – Cruise ID: W140145 Prices from £1,899 per person Prices are per person based on two sharing an Inside Twin cabin, subject to availability. Prices include return flights and transfers. Prices are based on Anchor Fares – terms & conditions apply, please read before booking. To book, or for more information, visit fredolsencruises.com, contact a travel agent or call 0800 0355 226 The tropical Andaman Islands are around 1,000 kilometres off the east coast of India. Due to their remote location the majority of the islands are still uninhabited Experience the sights and sounds of everyday life on a tour around the most prominent landmarks, including the ISKCON Temple, the Hanging Gardens, Dhobi Ghat and the Gateway of India. For those seeking an insight into the Hindu religion, a tour to the island of Elephanta – the glorious abode of Lord Shiva and the epitome of Hindu cave culture – is not to be missed. Bustling Bazaars Salalah provides a gentle introduction to the spellbinding landscapes of Arabia. This tropical oasis stands like a jewel in the scorching, barren desert lands that surround it. Protected by the Dhofar Mountains, this captivating city lies within the southern region of the Sultanate of Oman. The scent of Frankincense wafts through the streets as traders haggle with buyers, a tradition that’s continued through the centuries. Visit the Al Husn Souq for locally sourced incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils and a large variety of fascinating artefacts. Nearby, the Al Husn Palace is the summer residence of the Sultan of Oman. You won’t want to miss the striking Grand Mosque, built by Sultan Qaboos; the ruins of the magnificent 12th century city of Dhufa at the Al Balid archaeological site; and the tropical white-sand beaches, offering a slice of paradise along the Arabian Sea. This spectacular blend of destinations has it all – from the clear-blue waters of the far-flung Andaman Islands and cultural Chennai, to the modernity of Mumbai and the rich heritage of the Sultan of Oman. There’s no doubt that these exotic and enticing places will be permanently etched in your memory, leaving you wanting to discover more of these fascinating regions. INDIA & ARABIA


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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