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icon4 hours to 7 hours 18 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Maximise your time in Kochi with a special shore excursion tailor-made for Sapphire Princess cruise passengers. Available for 2018 cruise arrivals on April 4th and November 21st, choose from three different itineraries and cruise around the backwater villages of Kerala on a houseboat, tuck into a traditional Keralan lunch, visit landmarks such as Fort Cochin, or watch a thrilling martial arts show.
  • Half- or full-day special shore excursion from Kochi
  • Cruise around the backwaters, rice paddies, and rural villages of Kerala on a houseboat
  • Visit landmarks such as Fort Kochi, Santa Cruz Basilica, and Mattancherry Synagogue
  • Be entertained by a spectacular Kalaripayattu martial arts show
  • Enjoy a shore excursion exclusively for Sapphire Princess cruise passengers
  • Choose from three different itineraries depending on your cruise date
  • Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your cruise terminal

What's Included

Kochi Port pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Driver/Local guide
Buffet lunch (For Itinerary A & Itinerary B only - Morning Cruise
Tea/Coffee & Snacks (For Itinerary B only - Afternoon Cruise)
River cruise (For Itinerary A & B only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks
Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Cochin/Kochi Port (Ernakulam Wharf or Boat Terminal Pier (BTP) berth)
Note staff / your guide will be waiting at ships berth /Pier holding a "VIATOR" sign board with Blue Umbrella

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Kochi Port (Ernakulam Wharf) ships berth
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What To Expect

Cruise arrivals on April 4th 2018

Meet your guide at 9am on arrival at Kochi cruise port and set out on the around 1-hour and 45-minute journey to Alleppey. Hop aboard a houseboat and set sail along the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Along the way, listen as your guide talks about the region’s history and heritage, catch a glimpse of traditional life as you pass through waterfront villages, and admire the views as you glide past lush rice paddies, coconut palms, and plantations. While onboard, tuck into a delicious buffet lunch of typical Keralan cuisine.

Arrive back in Alleppey around 1.30pm and transfer back to Kochi, where you’ll spend the rest of the afternoon sightseeing in the city. Visit the beachfront Fort Kochi and watch the fishermen along the coast, casting their giant nets; admire landmarks such as the historic Santa Cruz Basilica; and shop for souvenirs in the town center.

Your tour ends with drop-off at Kochi Port between 4.30 and 5pm, in time for your cruise departure.

Cruise arrivals on November 21st 2018

Choose from two different itineraries:

Itinerary 1:

Meet your guide at 1pm on arrival at Kochi cruise port and set out on the around 1-hour and 45-minute journey to Alleppey. Hop aboard a houseboat and set sail along the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Along the way, listen as your guide talks about the region’s history and heritage, catch a glimpse of traditional life as you pass through waterfront villages, and admire the views as you glide past lush rice paddies, coconut palms, and plantations. While onboard, enjoy tea and coffee, accompanied by a selection of typical Keralan snacks.

Arrive back in Alleppey around 5pm and travel back to Kochi, where tour ends with a 6.45pm drop-off at Kochi Port, in time for your cruise departure.

Itinerary 2:

Meet your guide at 1pm on arrival at Kochi cruise port and set out on the short journey to Mattancherry to visit the town’s magnificent Dutch Palace. Step inside to admire the striking murals, which depict scenes from Hindu tales such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. Spend time exploring the town’s Jewish quarter and visit the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India, before transferring back to Fort Kochi.

On arrival, set out on a walking tour, visiting St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the richly decorated Santa Cruz Basilica, then heading to the beachfront Fort Kochi to watch the fishermen along the coast, casting their giant nets.

Your sightseeing tour finishes with a dramatic performance of Keralan martial art, Kalaripayattu, at a local venue.

Your tour ends with a 5.45pm drop-off at Kochi Port, in time for your cruise departure.
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Itinerary
Pass By:  
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Church of Saint Francis
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Carnival Tours & Travels
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Cochin Backwater Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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