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CULTURE & COLOURS OF VIETNAM

Get expert insight into every country and port Voyager visits on this cruise, which is bursting with outstanding sights

2 Feb 2017 - 16 DAYS FROM £2116

Uncover intriguing history and immerse yourself in contrasting cultures as you tick off Vietnam’s diverse highlights. Sail from the spectacular limestone karsts of Halong Bay to vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, where two days in port offer ample time to explore the city formerly known as Saigon. Overnight stays in cosmopolitan Hong Kong and multicultural Singapore frame this memorable voyage perfectly.

  • HONG KONG
  • HALONG BAY
  • DA NANG
  • QUY NHON
  • NHA TRANG
  • HO CHI MINH CITY
  • SINGAPORE
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HONG KONG, - 2nd February (overnight) - 3rd February 5PM
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Once a small fishing village, Hong Kong is now a cosmopolitan city which is home to an impressive skyline and a glittering natural harbour. Why not sample the diverse cuisine, or admire the lovely scenery of the beautiful mountains and sprawling parks. Alternatively, you could enjoy a spot of shopping in the chic boutiques and bustling markets, where you’ll discover a wonderful fusion of Eastern and Western influences.

AT SEA 4th February
HALONG BAY, VIETNAM - 5th February 8AM (overnight) - 6th February 7PM
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Halong Bay is a beautiful spot made famous by 2,000 stunning limestone karsts that punctuate the waters, carved over millions of years by the wind and sea. Local legend has it that the formations were created by a dragon from the mountains, whose flailing tail gouged out the numerous valleys and crevasses. This unique UNESCO-listed landscape is a truly breathtaking sight.

AT SEA 7th February
DA NANG, VIETNAM - 8th February 7AM - 7PM
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From vibrant Da Nang you may choose to visit UNESCO-listed Hue. Located on the beautiful Perfume River, this ancient capital of Imperial Vietnam is steeped in rich history, while nearby Hoi An offers an interesting fusion of Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and French influences, reflected in its diverse architecture.

QUY NHON, VIETNAM - 9th February 12PM - 8PM
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The birthplace of the 18th century Vietnamese emperor Nguyen Hue, Quy Nhon is a lovely coastal city bordered by stunning beaches. Admire the Long Khanh pagoda, founded in 1715 by a Chinese merchant and flanked by a 17 metre-high Buddha. The monks who reside here preside over the city’s religious affairs.

NHA TRANG, VIETNAM - 10th February 7AM - 10PM
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Once the capital of the Champa Kingdom, Nha Trang is an attractive city fringed by a picturesque bay with a tempting crescent beach. Explore the colourful markets, dip in and out of vibrant cafés and bars and discover the centuries-old Cham Tower complex, overlooking the Cai River.

AT SEA 11th February
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - 12th February 8AM (overnight) - 13th February 3:30PM
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Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is a city of amazing contrasts. Evidence of former French colonisation remains, and this, combined with the culture of the predominantly Buddhist population and the booming free-market economy, makes for a memorable visit. With an overnight in port, you’ll have time to discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, first constructed in the 1940s by the peasant army fighting the French, and later extended by the Viet Cong rebels. Perhaps take a journey through the Mekong Delta, which stretches from Ho Chi Minh’s city limits to the Gulf of Thailand, where every aspect of life revolves around the water.

AT SEA 14th February - 15th February
SINGAPORE, - 16th February 8AM (overnight) - 17th February
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The modern city-state of Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Once a colonial outpost of Britain, this island country is now a thriving destination with a glittering skyline and a diverse mix of cultures. An overnight stay allows plenty of time to experience its unforgettable highlights. Vietnamese visas will be arranged by our ground agent and will be charged to your onboard account. Your outbound flight will be overnight departing on 1 Feb. Your inbound flight will be overnight arriving back in the UK on 18 Feb.

HONG KONG

Officially called the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong is a territory of the People’s Republic of
China. Hong Kong started as a trading port and became a crown colony of the United Kingdom in 1842. It was
reclassified as a British dependent territory in 1983 until the return of sovereignty to China in 1997. Hong Kong’s
1,104 square-kilometre land area’ consists primarily of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories
and some 260 outlying islands. Much of the terrain is mountainous and less than 25% is developed, yet Hong
Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated areas.

HONG KONG ISLAND TOUR

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HKG2
Highlights:

• Peak Tram ride & views from the summit
• Panoramic drive to the south of Hong Kong Island
• Sampan ride in Aberdeen Harbour
• Shopping at Stanley Market and visit to a local jewellery factory

Above the towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island’s famous skyline is the Peak. Your ascent to its summit is by way of a thrilling 8-minute tram ride. Pulled by steel cables the tram climbs 373 metres at a gradient so steep the buildings you pass look like they are leaning at a 45° angle. From the summit you enjoy a unique, birds-eye view of the famous city skyline with its mass of tall buildings jostling for space. See the historic star ferries as they negotiate busy Victoria Harbour and Kowloon’s towering skyscrapers backed by peaceful green hillsides. From Wongneichong Gap Road that snakes down the Peak there are views of Happy Valley and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Pass by Repulse Bay – the island’s most popular beach en route to Stanley and its famous market – a favourite with bargain-hunters. The large cluster of small shops lining narrow pavements sells brand-name clothing, shoes and accessories or irresistible souvenirs, ornaments and other Oriental knickknacks. You will also visit a local jewellery factory where you can observe expert craftsmen at work. Hundreds of people live on fishing junks in Aberdeen’s busy harbour. Their traditional lifestyle dramatically juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community close by. A sampan ride gives a close-up look at their way of life and shows Aberdeen’s magnificent floating restaurants – 3 storeys high and elaborately decorated with swirling red and gold dragons and other traditional Chinese motifs.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• 20-minute sampan ride
• Approximately 40 steps
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Primarily flat, paved terrain
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Local currency (Hong Kong Dollar) required at the markets

CULTURAL & HERITAGE TOUR

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HKG4
Highlights:

• Visits to Chuk Lam Shim Yuen Monastery & Lo Wai Walled village

Hong Kong has a fascinating history and a rich heritage. Explore the historic sites around the New Territories that bring to life the customs and cultures of ancient clans. Surrounded by beautiful groves of bamboo trees Chuk Lam Shim Yuen is a Buddhist Monastery founded in 1927. The name literally translates as ‘Bamboo Forest Monastery’. The monastery, which attracts many daily worshippers, features some stunning examples of traditional Chinese architecture and is home to three of Hong Kong’s most precious statues of the Lord Buddha. Built on a small hill Lo Wai Walled village is the first of the five renowned walled villages established by the Tang clan whose ancestors branched out from Kam Tin in the 13th century. The walls, with just one small narrow entrance, were to facilitate defence of the village. The original village entrance faced north but was later relocated to face east to achieve better ‘fengshui’. Inside this fascinating village you visit the oldest of the brick houses, which was used as a study hall in the 17th century. Enjoy a taste of local life as you visit one of the New Territories’ big indoor food markets.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 60 minutes
• Walking approximately 600 metres
• Some rough, uneven terrain
• Approximately 50 steps
• Conservative dress required at Chuk Lam Shim Yuen Monastery
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Local currency (Hong Kong Dollar) required at the markets

THE BEST OF KOWLOON

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-HKG5
Highlights:

• Visits to Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
• Time at leisure in the Jade Market

Explore Kowloon starting with the Taoist Wong Tai Sin Temple. In typical Chinese architectural style the temple has grand red pillars, a magnificent gold roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework and resplendent multi-coloured carvings. Wong Tai Sin is the god of fortune and worshippers come to what is one of Kowloon’s most popular temples, not only to pray but also to have their futures foretold. You can if you wish have your face or hand read during the visit to Wong Tai Sin. Established in 1934 and renovated in the Tang Dynasty style, the Buddhist Chi Lin Nunnery is a stunning temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. It stands amidst the tranquil Nan Lian Garden. The scenic park – also built in the style of the Tang Dynasty, is meticulously landscaped with every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure placed according to specific rules and methods. Jade is considered a stone of good fortune in China. The written character means a combination of beauty, nobility and purity and the stone in all its many hues and colours is associated with long life and good health. In Yau Ma Tai the Jade Market has around 400 stalls selling a wide range of jade pendants, rings, bracelets, carving and ornaments.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 750 metres
• Primarily flat paved streets
• Approximately 40 steps
• Conservative dress required at the temple
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Local currency (Hong Kong Dollar) required at the markets

HA LONG BAY | VIETNAM

Ha Long Bay lies in the Gulf of Tonkin in northern Vietnam. The spectacular bay features thousands of limestone
islands and rocks rising from tranquil turquoise waters and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Asia. Ha
Long City is the cultural, economic and political centre of Quang Ninh Province. The city is split in two by the
bay. Hon Gai, officially Ha Long City East is more business-orientated, whilst Bai Chay – Ha Long City West, is
regarded as the tourist resort.

CRUISE IN HA LONG BAY

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-HGI2
Highlights:

• Leisurely cruise on stunning Ha Long Bay

The Vietnamese regard Ha Long – the ‘Bay of the Descending Dragon’, as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. It is undoubtedly one of nature’s finest geographic works of art. Thousands of limestone karsts dressed in green rise majestically from the bay’s calm, emerald waters. The bay has an almost mystical, surreal quality. Steeped in myth, it illustrates local belief that throughout history the eerie outcrops have, together with their ancestors, the dragon and the Gods aided the Vietnamese in the defence of their land. In Bai Chay, known as ‘scorched beach’ embark a boat for a close up look at this geological wonder that is both bizarre and awesome. Over thousands of years the base of many of the formations have corroded to a point where they seem to balance on thin air. The shape and the position have inspired locals to give many of the karsts a name and during your cruise you pass Deu Island, Stone Dog Islet, Heavenly Gate, the Cock Fighting Islet and Incense Islet. Take a look at life of the people who live in floating villages on the bay and if you choose you can step foot on Heavenly Island and climb up to visit Heavenly Cave.

Practical Info:

• Journey time to the boat 15 minutes (each way)
• Approximately 2 hours cruising in a boat with covered, seating area and open upper deck viewing area. Toilet on board
• Minimal walking
• Flat paths
• Walking to Heavenly Cave approximately 950 metres over uneven terrain and 250 steps both up and down (optional)
• Approximately 5 steps to board the boat
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing

HA LONG BAY EXPLORATION

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-HGI3
Highlights:

• Cruise amidst the spectacular scenery of Ha Long Bay
• Visit Long Tien Pagoda
• Water puppet show at Royal Amusement Centre
• Panoramic sightseeing of Hon Gai and Bay Chay with stop for panoramic views
• Short time at leisure Hon Gai market and visit to Hon Gai Museum

The Vietnamese regard Ha Long – the ‘Bay of the Descending Dragon’, as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. It is undoubtedly one of nature’s finest geographic works of art. Thousands of limestone karsts dressed in green rise majestically from the bay’s calm, emerald waters. The bay has an almost mystical, surreal quality. Steeped in myth, it illustrates local belief that throughout history the eerie outcrops have, together with their ancestors, the dragon and the Gods aided the Vietnamese in the defence of their land. In Bai Chay, known as ‘scorched beach’ embark a boat for a close up look at this geological wonder that is both bizarre and awesome. Over thousands of years the base of many of the formations have corroded to a point where they seem to balance on thin air. The shape and the position have inspired locals to give many of the karsts a name and during your cruise you pass Deu Island, Stone Dog Islet, Heavenly Gate, the Cock Fighting Islet and Incense Islet. Take a look at life of the people who live in floating villages on the bay and if you choose you can step foot on Heavenly Island and climb up to visit Heavenly Cave.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• 90-minute cruise on covered boat with toilet on board
• Walking approximately 1.2 kilometres
• Primarily even paths
• Approximately 70 steps
• Conservative dress required
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Lunch includes 1 soft drink or local beer
• Camera/video not permitted at the puppet show, mobile camera is accepted free of charge

HA LONG BAY COUNTRYSIDE & 3 HANDICRAFTS

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-HGI4
Highlights:

• Insight into local life at the typical Vietnamese village Yen Tu
• Visit Yen Tu Pagoda
• Visit Dong Trieu pottery village
• Time at leisure for shopping in Bai Chay

Famous all over the world for its beautiful landscapes, historical relics and hundreds of ancient pagodas and towers, Yen Tu is the Buddhism capital of Vietnam. In the past there was only one way to reach Yen Tu Mountain top and that was to walk a long trail running through forests of bamboo and pine trees. The beauty of Yen Tu is in the majesty of its mountains mingling with the ancient and solemn quietness of its pagodas, shrines and towers. It is the perfect surroundings to learn more about Vietnamese Buddhism. In the foothills you will visit Yen Tu Pagoda. Stroll around the main hall where pictures on the walls and the ceilings illustrate the long history of Buddhism. A leisurely walking tour around a typical village in Yen Tu gives a fascinating insight into the daily life of the locals. See the rice fields, farming work and other daily activities before receiving an invite into a typical home for green tea and to try sweet potato. Dong Trieu is renowned throughout Vietnam for its magnificent handmade pottery where the technique used has remained the same for more than 200 years. During your visit it’s amazing to witness locals crafting vases and pots without the help of modern machinery and have the chance to purchase one of the exquisitely finished products. Return to Bai Chay where you’ll enjoy lunch in a local hotel and some time to browse the local souvenir market.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 60 minutes
• Walking approximately 1 ½ kilometres
• Even paths with some cobblestones at Dong Trieu
• Approximately 55 steps at Yen Tu Pagoda
• Conservative dress required at the pagoda
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing

HANOI HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-HGI1
Highlights:

• Visits to the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the House on Stilts
• Photo stops at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Huc Bridge and Hoan Kiem Lake
• Traditional Water Puppet Show
• Free time for shopping in the Old Quarter

With tree-lined boulevards and tranquil lakes, and its blend of French, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture, Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is quite simply charming. Hanoi’s Old Quarter – often called the 36 Old Streets, represents the eternal soul of the city. Stop here to admire the Huc Bridge and Hoam Kiem Lake. At the heart of the Vietnamese people is Ho Chi Minh complex. The 3-storey marble and granite mausoleum of this much-loved president dominates Ba Dinh Square. Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the early 20th century Presidential Palace that stands nearby, instead he chose to live in a wooden tiled house on stilts built in the style of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. Learn about the simple lifestyle he led as you visit the house surrounded by a garden full of fruit trees and a peaceful fishpond. Within the complex Chua Mot Cot known as the One Pillar Pagoda has become the symbol of Vietnam’s rich history and culture. Originally built in 1049 under the Ly dynasty it resembles a giant lotus blossom. The Temple of Literature is a collection of walled courtyards in a tranquil park-like complex in the heart of central Hanoi. Founded in 1070 during the Ly dynasty, it is a shrine to Confucius and his disciples responsible for spreading his teaching. In 1076 Vietnam’s first university was established here to teach his theory to the royals. Your Hanoi experience also includes a traditional water puppet show, Vietnamese dinner in a local restaurant and free time for shopping in the Old Quarter before you commence your return journey.

Practical Info:

• Visits to the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the House on Stilts
• Photo stops at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Huc Bridge and Hoan Kiem Lake
• Traditional Water Puppet Show
• Free time for shopping in the Old Quarter

DA NANG | VIETNAM

Ringed by mountains on one side and the South China Sea – known to the Vietnamese as the East Sea, on the
other, Da Nang is Vietnam’s fourth largest city and the spot where the first US troops landed in 1965. The city’s
origins date back to the ancient Champa Kingdom and its name originated from a Cham word ‘Da Nak’ meaning
‘opening of a big river’.

DA NANG CITY HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-DAD2
Highlights:

• Visits to Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Museum of Champa Sculpture
• Pedal cab ride through Da Nang
• Time at leisure at Han Market

Discover the highlights of Da Nang starting with Ho Chi Minh Museum. The museum in Da Nang has three sections. The first focuses on military history and has US, Soviet and Chinese weaponry on display. There is a replica of Ho Chi Minh’s house in Hanoi including a small lake and displays dedicated to the life of Uncle Ho as a national hero and as a cultural man famous worldwide. Da Nang was the capital of the Kingdom of Champa, which controlled what is now south and central Vietnam from approximately 192 AD. The Kingdom flourished during the 9th and 10th centuries before slowly declining and becoming part of Vietnam officially in 1832. In the Museum of Champa Sculpture admire more than 300 sculptures and idols discovered in Cham temples throughout the area. Pedal cabs afford a simple if somewhat noisy means of transport in the city of Da Nang. Enjoy an exciting journey through the city’s streets that finishes in Han Market where you have the chance to soak up the local atmosphere.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Pedal cab ride 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Primarily flat, paved paths
• Approximately 25 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing

MARBLE MOUNTAIN & CITY HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-DAD4
Highlights:

• Panoramic views from Marble Mountain
• Visit the Museum of Champa Sculpture
• Panoramic city tour with stop at Han market

A cluster of five marble and limestone hills, known locally as Marble Mountains, is a symbol of the area. They are named after the five elements. Kim meaning metal, Thuy – water, Moc – wood, Hoa – fire and Tho – earth, which according to ancient oriental philosophy were the five elements that created the universe. From the top of the mountain enjoy a wonderful panoramic overview of Da Nang before visiting Non Nuoc village that lies at the foot. Non Nuoc is the ‘stone-carving’ village where skilled craftsmen can be seen working on a variety of fine marble products. The Museum of Champa Sculpture is home to the world’s largest display of Cham art with more than 300 sandstone and terracotta exhibits ranging from the 4th to the 14th century. During your visit you can appreciate the artistic masterpieces that illustrate the centuries of evolution of Champa sculpture from its golden age to its decline. A short panoramic tour of Da Nang city and stop at Han market complete your exploration.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 850 metres
• Rough unmade terrain at Marble Mountain
• Approximately 200 steps (up and down)
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing

HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-DAD5
Highlights:

• Scenic drive between Da Nang and Hoi An
• Stop at Thanh Ha Village
• Cruise on Thu Bon River
• Visits to the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, the Japanese covered bridge and Nguyen Tran Ancient House
• Time at leisure in Hoi An market and Hoi An craft workshop

Enjoy the typical landscapes of Central Vietnam as you journey to Hoi An. Thanh Ha pottery village was during the 16th and 17th centuries renowned for its earthenware and products such as bricks, roof and floor tiles that are featured in the old buildings of Hoi An. Enjoy a brief stop here before embarking a boat and cruising the Thu Bon River to Hoi An ancient town. Visit the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation. It was founded in 1697 by the Fujian Chinese merchants of Hoi An as a venue for community meetings. The temple is architecturally unique and displays wonderful artistic decoration and beautiful statues. In 1593 the Japanese community of Hoi An built a bridge to link their neighbourhood to the Chinese quarter across the river. The bridge was roofed so that it would shelter pedestrians from both rain and sun. Over the years the ornamentation of the bridge has remained faithful to its original Japanese design. Nguyen Tran Ancient House, known as Ky House was built almost two centuries ago as the home of a Vietnamese merchant. Its design illustrates how the local architecture was influenced by both Chinese and Japanese styles. After your visit there is some time at leisure to visit Hoi An local market and Hoi An craft workshop where traditional handicrafts on display include wood carvings, ceramics, woven mats, embroidery, paper lanterns and conical palm hats.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 2 kilometres
• Primarily even, paved streets
• Minimal steps

HIGHLIGHTS OF IMPERIAL HUE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-DAD1
Highlights:

• Beautiful scenery en route to Hue
• Visits to the Imperial Citadel and Tu Duc’s Mausoleum
• Short visit to Thu Cam conical hat village
• Typical Vietnamese lunch in a traditional restaurant

Delightful Vietnamese scenery, fresh air and superb views from Hai Van – meaning ‘Cloudy Pass’, and Lang Co fishing villages situated on a peninsula of palm-shaded sand lapped by a crystal-clear sea are all part of your journey to Hue. The former ancient capital of Imperial Vietnam, Hue is relatively young, since the Nguyen dynasty only ended some 50 years ago. Retaining its appearance as a monarchic capital the walls, palaces and royal tombs make it one of Vietnam’s most valued national treasures. Born in 1829 Emperor Tu Duc had the longest reign of all in the Nguyen Dynasty. After 35 years on the throne he died in 1883 and his tomb is an architectural masterpiece of 50 monuments surrounded by a 1,500-metre wall. The King ordered the construction of his tomb to be a fairyland with poetical features, making it a lifetime dream and world for his eternal life after death. Features include poetry elements in free form designed to blend with the delightful natural setting. Skilled artisans created beautiful palaces, temples, lakes and citadel-walls in perfect harmony with the lush greenery. After the visit enjoy a short time at leisure in Thu Cam conical hat village. Explore the daily life of local people and enjoy a typical Vietnamese lunch in the royally decorated Ancient Hue restaurant. Your final visit is to the Imperial Citadel, whose design was based on that of Beijing’s Forbidden City. It is made up of the Exterior Enclosure, Imperial Enclosure and Forbidden Purple City. The Royal Citadel sustained heavy damage during the war, however since being recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site considerable work has restored many of its majestic buildings to their former glory. The Five Phoenix Watch Tower where the King used to sit during grand royal rituals is particularly fascinating.

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 3 hours (each way) comfort stop en route
• Walking approximately 700 metres
• Primarily even paths
• Approximately 30 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• The order of visits may vary

QUY NHON | VIETNAM

Quy Nhon is a coastal city and the capital of Binh Dinh Province The town has been in existence since the 11th
century, in the time of the Kingdom of Champa. Famously the birthplace of the 18th century Vietnamese emperor
Nguyen Hue, here you can admire the Long Khanh pagoda, founded in 1715 by a Chinese merchant and flanked
by a 17 metre-high Buddha. The monks who reside here preside over the city’s religious affairs.

CHAM TOWERS, MUSEUM AND SHOW

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-UIH1
Highlights:

• Visits to the Cham Towers and Thap Thap Pagoda
• Visit to Quang Trung Museum with martial arts demonstrations
• Short panoramic tour of Quy Nhon City

Quy Nhon city was officially founded more than 100 years ago, although its origins stretch back much further to the 11th-century Champa culture, the Tay Son Dynasty and the 18th century seaport of Thi Nai. During the 1620s the town was host to Portuguese Jesuits who called the place Pulo Cambi. The city is renowned as the birthplace of 18th century Vietnamese emperor Quang Trung and, more recently, had a large American military presence during the Vietnam War. Today the city is recognized as a first grade city with a geo-economic priority and an urbanized infrastructure. You will begin your tour with a visit of almost beautiful Champa towers, a series of four elegant Cham Towers on a high hill just outside Binh Dinh. Here you can enjoy the panoramic countryside views. Next stop at the Quang Trung Museum, dedicated Nguyen Hue one of Vietnam’s most successful military commanders who also reigned as second emperor of the Tay Son Dynasty between 1788 until 1792. After exploring independently, you will have the opportunity to enjoy music and Vo Tay Son demonstrations, a traditional martial art of Binh Dinh. You’ll continue to Thap Thap Pagoda, one of the biggest and oldest pagodas in Binh Dinh. Believed to have been built in 1683 from the ruins of ten Champa towers; the four-chamber pagoda, built in the shape of Chinese character, boasts many treasures. Your tour will conclude with a short panoramic tour of Quy Nhon city before returning to Voyager.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 45 minutes
• Pedal cab ride 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Primarily uneven terrain
• Approximately 40 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• The order of visits may vary to avoid overcrowding

NHA TRANG | VIETNAM

Mountains surround Nha Trang on three sides and a large island sits directly in front of the city’s main area on its
fourth side. Thus the city and what is recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful bays are protected from the
elements. Historically known as Kauthara under the Champa, Nha Trang derives from a false Vietnamese spelling
of a geographical name in the Cham language of the site Ya Trang, which was how the ancient Cham people
referred to the Cai River

NHA TRANG HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-NHA1
Highlights:

• Visits to Nha Trang Cathedral, Long Son Pagoda and Po Nagar Champa Towers add next to Dam Market - and Nha Trang Beach
• Time at leisure in Dam Market

Your introduction to the highlights of Nha Trang starts with the Long Son Pagoda, which has resident monks, was inaugurated in 1889 and has been rebuilt several times. The entrance and roofs are decorated with mosaic dragons from glass and pieces of ceramic tile. At the top of the hill behind the pagoda is a huge white Buddha seated on a lotus blossom. Reached by a long flight of steps, it affords wonderful views of the city. Po Nagar Champa Towers are a legacy of the ancient Cham civilisation. They were built and renovated between the 7th and 12th centuries using only loose bricks and neither plaster nor mortar. Each tower is a shrine to a different deity. One is dedicated to Xiva – one of the three most powerful deities in Hinduism. One tower is dedicated to Ganexa, the son Xiva. The tallest tower Po Nagar is also known as Thap Ba – the ‘Tower of the Lady’, who is the wife of Xiva the supreme. All the temples face east over Nha Trang Bay where many colourful fishing boats line the shore. Today both Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to Po Nagar Towers to pray and make offerings according to the respective tradition. Next you’ll visit the Nha Trang Cathedral, the largest church in the city of Nha Trang. Built by the French in the year 1933 and located on a small hill, enough to maximise the impressive construction. Continue to the city’s main market. Dam Market was built on a swampy area of 7 hectares between 1969 and 1974. Today it consists of a two-storey central building with circular floors and a V-shaped roof. A bustling hive of activity with the locals, it is fun and gives a fascinating insight into daily life. Your excursion will conclude with some free time to relax at Nha Trang beach before returning to the port.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 750 metres
• Primarily even paths but some hilly terrain
• Approximately 60 steps at Po Nagar Champa Towers
• 152 stone steps to the statue of the Buddha (optional)
• Conservative dress required
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear

NHA TRANG RIVER CRUISE & COUNTRYSIDE

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-NHA2
Highlights:

• Visit Po Nagar Champa Towers
• Cruise on the Cai River
• Fascinating look at rural lifestyles during a visit to a typical village

A leisurely cruise on the Cai River, a glimpse into rural Vietnamese lifestyles and the fascinating Po Nagar Champa Towers feature in this fascinating tour. Enjoy the spectacular views of Nha Trang Bay as you visit Po Nagar Champa Towers – an outstanding monument to the ancient Cham civilisation. You then visit a local boatyard where new fishing boats are made and maintenance is carried out on boats ready for the next fishing season. Embark a motorboat for a leisurely cruise along the Cai River. See small fishing villages and a boatyard where locals work on large wooden boats. Coconut Island is named for its thousands of coconut trees. Step ashore here and see how local children collect the coconuts and enjoy a taste of the refreshing milk. Your next stop shows you how the cooking stoves popular with Vietnamese families are made from clay. Cruise back to the mainland where you enjoy tropical fruits before walking to a local village. The village centre – once the site of its paddy fields and cemetery, is now home to the offices of the local authority, the village clinic, medical station and local market. Learn a little about the Vietnamese education system as you visit a kindergarten and meet the children. The village rice paddies give an introduction into wet rice agriculture of Vietnam and cultivation methods. See the vital role ancestor worship plays in the daily life as you visit a local home.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 40 minutes
• Approximately 60-minute cruise on the Cai River aboard a covered boat (no toilet on board)
• Walking approximately 700 metres
• Some rough, uneven paths with gentle hills
• Approximately 60 steps at Po Nagar Champa Towers
• Conservative dress required
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Any gifts of pencils, pens and stationery are very much appreciated by the kindergarten

HO CHI MINH CITY | VIETNAM

Vietnam’s largest city is situated on the banks of the Saigon River about 60 kilometres from the South China Sea
– known in Vietnam as the East Sea. First called Prey Nokor, it was Cambodia’s main port before being annexed
to the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon it was capital of the French colony of Cochinchina
and later the independent state of South Vietnam. After the communist takeover in 1975 the city was named Ho
Chi Minh after the former North Vietnamese leader. The city is a window on Vietnam’s fascinating history, traditions
and culture and gateway to the beautiful Mekong Delta.

DISCOVER HO CHI MINH

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HCH2
Highlights:

• Visits to Ho Chi Minh Historical Museum, Reunification Palace and Thien Hau Pagoda
• Traditional Vietnamese water puppet show
• Panoramic tour with photo stops
• Visit China Town

Seek out the highlights of Vietnam’s bustling capital and discover a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences and numerous temples. Visit Ho Chi Minh Historical Museum for an insight into Vietnamese history from ancient times until the 1930’s when the Vietnamese Communist Party was founded. Discover ancient ceramics, traditional costumes, stone and bronze relics. Learn about Vietnam’s various cultures from Dong Son Bronze Age civilisation, the Champs and the Khmers. Whilst there enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. The streets of bustling Ho Chi Minh are awash with scooters and bicycles. Continue to the Reunification Hall, which was formerly the Presidential Palace. Its typical 1960s architecture has changed little since April 30, 1975, that fateful day when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its front gates. Rejoining the coach you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour passing the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and City Square. In China Town visit Thien Hau Pagoda. The richly ornamented pagoda is the most important in Ho Chi Minh serving for prayers to the Buddha as well as the Chinese deity Thien Hau Thanh Mau – goddess of the sea and patron of sailors. A leisurely walk through China Town takes you past the colourful clothes wholesale market.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 4 kilometres
• Primarily even, paved streets
• Approximately 100 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Conservative dress required to enter the pagoda

HO CHI MINH HIGHLIGHTS WITH RICKSHAW RIDE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-HCH9
Highlights:

• Visits to Ho Chi Minh Historical Museum and Thien Hau Pagoda
• Traditional Vietnamese water puppet show
• Panoramic tour with rickshaw ride
• Visit China Town and a lacquer workshop

Seek out the highlights of Vietnam’s bustling capital and discover a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences and numerous temples. Visit Ho Chi Minh Historical Museum for an insight into Vietnamese history from ancient times until the 1930’s when the Vietnamese Communist Party was founded. Discover ancient ceramics, traditional costumes, stone and bronze relics and learn about Vietnam’s various cultures from Dong Son Bronze Age civilisation, the Champs and the Khmers. Whilst there enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. The streets of bustling Ho Chi Minh are awash with scooters and bicycles and this is just as much of a landmark of the city as the famous gates of the Reunification Palace. Next you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour passing the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and City Square. In China Town visit Thien Hau Pagoda. The richly ornamented pagoda is the most important in Ho Chi Minh serving for prayers to the Buddha as well as the Chinese deity Thien Hau Thanh Mau – goddess of the sea and patron of sailors. A short panoramic tour on the bus through China Town takes you past the colourful clothing wholesale market, Binh Tay. Your last stop is a visit of lacquer workplace where you will witness skilled craftsmen at work before browsing among many items for sale ranging from tiny boxes to full-sized furniture.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 4 kilometres
• Rickshaw ride approximately 20 minutes
• Primarily even, paved streets
• Approximately 100 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Conservative dress required to enter the pagoda

AMAZING SAIGON AT NIGHT

DURATION: EVENING
REF: V-HCH4
Highlights:

• Traditional water puppet show at Golden Dragon Theatre
• Vietnamese dinner with folklore performance
• Panoramic tour of Ho Chi Minh with photo stops

Discover the bustling city of Saigon by night. MuaRoiNuoc or ‘water puppet’ originated in North Vietnam. It began in the delta of the Red River in the 10th century when, after harvest, the ponds and rice paddies were the stage for impromptu shows. Backed by a Vietnamese orchestra, singers tell the story being acted out by puppets controlled by puppeteers using long rods and string mechanisms hidden below the water surface, which acts as the stage. Often the plays have a rural theme with a strong reference to Vietnamese folklore and are closely connected with the long-standing spiritual life of the Vietnamese people. Tonight this unique art form graces the stage of Saigon’s Golden Dragon Theatre. After a memorable performance continue to a local hotel to sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy a lively, colourful folklore performance. Your evening in the city concludes with a panoramic drive highlighting the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and City Square.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes each way
• Walking approximately 400 metres
• Flat, paved paths
• Minimal steps
• Recommend casual, layered clothing
• 1st drink (mineral water, soft drink or local beer) included. US$ accepted for additional beverages

WAR REMEMBRANCE MUSEUM 3 & CHINA TOWN

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-HCH3
Highlights:

• Visit War Remembrance Museum & Giac Lam Pagoda
• Walk around China Town & time at leisure in Binh Tay Market

Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remembrance Museum is one of few museums in the world that portrays so clearly the brutality of war. Though many of the atrocities were well publicised in the West, the museum also tells the stories of the victims of US military action. Exhibits include a model of the notorious tiger cages used by the South Vietnamese military to house Viet Cong prisoners on Con Son Island and a guillotine used by the French on Viet Minh ‘troublemakers’. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are on display and photos leave no doubt as to the incredible degree of human suffering. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s China Town where along Medicine Street, the aroma of Chinese medicine fills the air. Vietnam’s largest Oriental pharmaceutical market is packed with wholesale and retail shops where Chinese Vietnamese have passed on their trade from generation to generation. Mingle with the locals in Binh Tay Market where you can seek out a souvenir before visiting Giac Lam Pagoda. Built in 1744 it is one of the oldest temples in the city. Families of the old and sick regularly go to the pagoda to pin supplications to the large bronze bell in the belief that when it is rung the messages are sent to heaven above.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 3 kilometres
• Primarily paved even paths
• Approximately 30 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Conservative dress required at the pagoda

24 CU CHI TUNNELS

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HCH6
Highlights:

• Visit Ben Dinh Tunnel network
• Short stop at rice pancake workshop

For a place that’s physically invisible the Cu Chi Tunnels have carved a celebrated niche in the history of guerrilla warfare. Dug in the late 1940’s as a peasant army response to a more mobile and ruthless French occupation, they took the resistance to the enemy before literally allowing them to vanish. First the French and then the Americans were thwarted as the tunnels turned from not just a place of hasty retreat or of refuge but into a complete underground world. With only the most rudimentary tools the guerrillas managed to build the tunnels over a period of two and a half decades beginning in the late 1940’s. The 200 kilometres of tunnels with innumerable trapdoors are between 0.5 and 1 metre wide with just enough space for a person to negotiate bent double. The upper soil layer between 3 and 4 metres thick can support the weight of a 50-ton tank and the damage of light cannon and bombs. The underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals and other social rooms. Your visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels gives a better understanding of the prolonged resistance war of the Vietnamese people and into the persistent and clever character of the proud Vietnamese nation.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 1 hour 30 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 2 kilometres
• Uneven cobbled stone surfaces
• Approximately 10 high steps to each bunker visited and steep ladder at the end of tour (optional for those going into a tunnel)
• Recommend flat, closed footwear & casual, layered clothing
• Mosquito repellent required
• Not recommended for persons suffering from claustrophobia

MEKONG DELTA

DURATION: 1 NIGHT
REF: V-HCH1
Highlights:

• 1 night’s accommodation at Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort and Spa overlooking the Mekong River in Cai Be with dinner and breakfast
• Vietnamese-style lunch at Cai Cuong ancient house on day 1
• 1 beer, soft drink or mineral water plus tea and coffee included with all meals
• Boat cruise in Vinh Long and Cai Cuong
• Boat cruise to the Cai Be floating market and coconut candy workplace and farm
• Coach transfers between Ho Chi Minh and Cai Be
• Optional biking at hotel during free time
• Registered English-speaking guide

The Mekong Delta – the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam is a pancake-flat landscape carved up by the mighty Mekong River into a patchwork of dazzling greens spilling into the South China Sea. Delve deep and discover the fascinating lifestyle of the Vietnamese people living in this water world. From Vinh Long, take a boat ride along the river. See ancient houses, fruit orchards and narrow tributaries penetrating lush mangrove swamps. Experience life in the delta as you step ashore in Long Ho village and visit a seedling farm where you will discover how produce is grown and enjoy some seasonal fruits. Continue by sampan – a traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat – to the intriguing Cai Cuong ancient house before being served a delicious Vietnamese-style lunch. A short walk through the village to witness the everyday life of local people will follow, and then a short boat ride will take you further along the river to a ceramics workplace. Returning to dry land, your journey continues to Cai Be, considered the most beautiful and prosperous town on the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival check in to your 4-star resort hotel where there will be time at leisure to enjoy the facilities. Dinner this evening is served in the hotel’s riverside restaurant, which offers a spectacular view over the river. The following morning, immerse yourself in everyday life along the Mekong with a visit to the fascinating Cai Be floating market. From sunrise, larger boats anchor and create lanes that smaller craft weave in and out of. During early morning market hours the waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats piled high with mangoes, bananas, papayas and pineapples. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of its goods are hung. Small boats selling beer, soft drinks and wine serve market-goers and visitors. A short visit to a Vietnamese coconut candy workshop and a taste of the local fruits and sweet honey at a bee farm are also included. 

Practical Info:

• Journey time to Vinh Long approximately 3 hours including comfort stop and vice versa
• Air-conditioned coaches
• Approximately 400 metres to walk at local farm, 2 kilometres to walk in Cai Cuong, 200 metres to walk at ceramic workshop and 800 metres to walk at coconut candy workplace and farm
• Flat, primarily paved terrain
• Approximately 120 steps in total
• Recommended flat, comfortable footwear, layered clothing, sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent
• Passengers must carry their passports and visas on this excursion
• A visa is required and will be arranged on arrival. The visa fee of US$50 per person will be added to your on board account
• Gratuities not included

SINGAPORE 2-NIGHT CITY STAY

Why not choose to extend your holiday with a 2-night stay in Singapore at the end of your cruise. You’ll stay in the 5-star Pan Pacific Singapore, in the heart of the city and overlooking the iconic Marina Bay harbour. Full-length windows mean you’ll enjoy excellent views of the harbour or Singapore’s dazzling skyline from your contemporary guest room. Your hotel also affords easy access to a range of attractions and boasts fantastic facilities such as a fitness centre, swimming pool, a bar and a choice of six award-winning restaurants. An included tour of the city, founded by Stamford Raffles in 1819 as a British trading post, will introduce you to highlights including its colonial heart, the vibrant streets of Little India and Chinatown and the famous Botanical Gardens. During your stay perhaps head to the iconic Raffles Hotel, where you can enjoy a Singapore Sling, its famous signature cocktail.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £359 SINGLE: £599

Price includes:
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the 5-star Pan Pacific Singapore, with breakfast
• All coach transportation between the airport/hotel/ship*
•Guided City Tour

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

THE MAGNIFICENT ANGKOR WAT - 3-NIGHT EXTENSION

Nestled between rice paddies and sat on the edge of Tonle Sap lake, Siem Reap is your gateway to the remarkable UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat site. This vast and legendary complex of temple ruins was built by the Khmer civilisation between 802 and 1220 AD and represents one of mankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. During your stay in Siem Reap you’ll also enjoy a performance of traditional Apsara dance and visit the Angkor Thom Complex, a fortified city constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII, Angkor’s greatest King. Other highlights include Ta Prohm, a temple long buried amid wild banyan trees whose roots wrap around the stones like massive tentacles. You’ll also visit Banteay Srei, where exquisite ornamental carvings of gods, demons, coiling serpents and floral gardens adorn the pink sandstone, and Artisan d’Angkor whose craftsmen are devoted to reviving ancient traditions, creating ornamental sculpture, lacquerware and silk paintings. Also included is a 1-night stay in Singapore, enabling you to relax and explore the city at leisure.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £1,199 SINGLE: £1,459

Price includes:
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, with 2 lunches and 1 dinner, and 1 night’s accommodation at the 4-star Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore, with breakfast
• All coach transportation between the airport/ hotel/ship
• Return economy air travel from Singapore to Siem Reap
• Visits to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom Complex, Ta Prohm Temple and Banteay Srei
• Dinner and show at Apasara Theatre in Siem Reap
• Short time at Pub Street and night market (Siem Reap)

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

HONG KONG - 2-NIGHT CITY STAY

Extend your holiday with a stay in one of the world’s most dynamic cities – Hong Kong. With a sparkling skyline and glittering natural harbour, it is known as a city of diversity where East meets West and old and new landmarks stand side by side. Your included sightseeing tour will take you to Aberdeen Harbour, where the local fishing community live on traditional junks, and Stanley Market – a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. Next you’ll have the chance to enjoy an exciting tram ride to the summit of ‘The Peak’ – the pinnacle of Hong Kong Island, from where you can gaze over the iconic skyline. Departing

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £499 SINGLE: £599

Price includes:
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Pentahotel Hong Kong in Kowloon, with breakfast
• All transportation between the airport/hotel/ship
• Half-day sightseeing tour of Hong Kong Island

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

MEKONG DELTA - 1-NIGHT PREMIUM TOUR FROM HO CHI MINH

The fascinating Mekong Delta is an area of lush, tropical and fertile lands where life revolves around the river. Your exploration starts from Vinh Long, with a scenic journey along the Mekong River to Long Ho for a visit to a seedling farm. Admire the intriguing Cai Cuong ancient house, which you will reach by sampan – a traditional wooden boat – before a delicious Vietnamese-style lunch is served. A walk through the village and visit to a ceramics workshop are also included. Cai Be, considered the most beautiful town on the delta, is your final stop of the day. You will stay at the 4-star Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort and Spa known for its excellent facilities and peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy free time before dinner in the hotel’s riverside restaurant, which offers spectacular views over the Mekong. On day two, experience the bustling Cai Be floating market, when the waterway becomes a colourful maze of boats piled high with goods such as mangoes, papayas and pineapples. A short visit to a coconut candy workshop and a bee farm, with tastings included, provide the perfect conclusion to this tour.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £199 SINGLE: £225

Price includes:
• 1 night’s accommodation at Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort and Spa in Cai Be, with dinner and breakfast
• Vietnamese-style lunch at Cai Cuong ancient house
• Boat cruise in Vinh Long and Cai Cuong
• Boat cruise to the Cai Be floating market and coconut candy workplace and farm
• Coach transfers between Ho Chi Minh and Cai Be
• Services of a local English-speaking guide

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

BEIJING AND XIAN - 5-NIGHT EXTENSION

A five-night stay in China, with the chance to explore two of its most fascinating cities, is a wonderful way to extend your holiday at the start of your cruise. The extraordinary capital, Beijing, where ancient temples and ornate palaces stand beside innovative modern developments, awaits your discovery. You will spend three nights in the 5-star Regent Hotel, which is ideally located in the city’s historic quarter, and take in so many highlights during two included full-day tours. The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium and the Forbidden City – the world’s largest palace complex – are among the incredible sights. You’ll also experience a trishaw ride through Beijing’s atmospheric Hutong neighbourhood and head to Mutianyu to see one of the New Wonders of the World – the Great Wall of China. Fly to Xian and uncover its 3,000-year history. You’ll stay for two nights in 5-star Xian Sofitel Hotel, right in the heart of the ‘eternal city’, and see treasures such as the exquisite Great Mosque, the Old Bazaar, the grand Xian City Wall and the magnificent Terracotta Warriors on an included tour.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £1,699 SINGLE: £1,999

Price includes:
• Economy air travel between Beijing/Xian and Xian/Hong Kong and local airport taxes
• All coach transportation between the airport/hotel/ship
• 3 nights’ accommodation at the 5-star Regent Hotel Beijing, with breakfast
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the 5-star Xian Sofitel Hotel, with breakfast plus 1 lunch
• 2 lunches in Beijing and 1 lunch in Xian restaurants
• Visits to the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Silk Alley and Mutianyu, Great Wall, Beijing
• Hutong tour with trishaw ride, Beijing
• Visits to Xian City Wall, the Terracotta Warriors Museum, Great Mosque and Old Bazaar, Xian

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

NEIL TAYLOR

Will be joining you on board, introducing the countries and the ports as we visit them. He is an old ‘East Asia’ hand, having first travelled to China in 1971 and to Vietnam in 1981. He will share his memories and update us on the fast-changing political scene in both countries.

DR PHILIP LAWSON & MS JANET EDWARDS FRPS
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DR PHILIP LAWSON FRPS AND JANET EDWARDS FRPS are both award-winning photographers, exceptional in their abilities to convey their enthusiasm for photography and the world we see around us. Both Philip and Janet were lecturers in Computer Science at Loughborough University and are both Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society. Philip and Janet have uncovered an enthusiastic audience for their style of lecturing and passenger engagement on board cruises. Among their many accolades, Janet is a winner of the BBC Wildlife Award for Creative Nature Photography and Philip was awarded Travel Photographer of the Year by The Times for a portfolio collection of travel photographs from Cuba, China and the USA. Philip has a doctorate in Astrophysics from Leicester and retains a keen interest in Astronomy, Cosmology and Atmospheric Physics. Their recent photography of the Northern Lights keeps them busy in the cold winter months when not in warmer climes.

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  • Bathroom with shower
  • Premium toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
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  • Flatscreen television
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  • Bathroom with shower
  • Premium toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
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  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
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£3289
£2631
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  • Bathroom with shower
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  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
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  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Premium toiletries
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
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  • Sitting room (1 sofa) and window
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily Canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
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  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
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  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
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  • Sitting room
  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés

 

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  • Daily complimentary mineral water
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  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Dinner at an Officer's table
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant


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