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ISLANDS & ICONS OF EAST ASIA

Uncover stunning natural gems and get up close to fascinating wildlife, with expert commentary enriching each experience

18 Jan 2017 - 16 DAYS FROM £2393

The many and varied attractions of East Asia take centre stage on this inviting journey. From the fascinating ‘Lion City’ of Singapore, set sail on an adventure taking in glittering treasures, colonial gems, idyllic islands and outstanding wildlife. Witness the ‘wild man of Borneo’, discover the mysterious Chocolate Hills and linger in cosmopolitan Manila, en route to enigmatic Hong Kong.

  • SINGAPORE
  • MUARA
  • KOTA KINABALU
  • SANDAKAN
  • BOHOL
  • CEBU
  • MANILA
  • HONG KONG
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SINGAPORE, - 18th January (overnight) - 19th January 6PM
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Where better to embark on your adventure than Singapore - an island city-state whose architecture, cuisine, language and religion has been deeply influenced by its Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Malaysian heritage. Wander its streets to view the modern high-rise buildings sitting alongside traditional Chinese red tile-roofed homes, and the Buddhist temples adjacent to Arabian bazaars.

AT SEA 20th January
AT SEA 21st January
MUARA, BRUNEI - 22nd January 8AM - 10PM
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After two days relaxing at sea, step ashore in Muara - gateway to Bandar Seri Begawan. Marvel at the opulent mosques and palaces in the capital of the tiny Sultanate of Brunei, where even the most humble-looking stilt house boasts every modern amenity. Discover the Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, an architectural masterpiece, as well as the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque with its main dome of pure gold. For a showcase of Brunei’s royal heritage, browse the treasures of the Royal Regalia Museum.

KOTA KINABALU, BORNEO - 23rd January 7AM - 7PM
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One of Malaysia’s fastest-growing cities, Kota Kinabalu sprawls between the South China Sea and the towering Crocker Range and occupies the site of the old British colonial capital. Take time to explore one of Earth’s last frontiers of wilderness, Kinabalu National Park - a botanical paradise of flora and fauna dominated by majestic Mount Kinabalu.

AT SEA 24th January
SANDAKAN, BORNEO - 25th January 8AM - 5:30PM
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The historic city of Sandakan is your gateway to an amazing eco-adventure. Get up close to the ‘wild man of Borneo’ at Sepilok - the world’s largest orangutan sanctuary - where you can witness these fascinating apes in their natural habitat. Sampling everyday life at the colourful local market and admiring the Chinese Buddhist Temple with its wonderful panoramic views of the bay are other possibilities.

AT SEA 26th January
BOHOL, PHILIPPINES - 27th January 8AM - 11PM
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The Boholano people still affectionately call their province the ‘Republic of Bohol’ - a reference to the island’s short-lived independence at the turn of the 19th century. Escape to the extraordinary Chocolate Hills, an unusual formation of at least 1,260 unusually shaped hills in the middle of the island and so-called because of the grass turning from green to brown at the end of the dry season. Unwinding on an idyllic, tropical beach or delving into the distinctive cultural heritage are other choices.

CEBU, PHILIPPINES - 28th January 7AM - 1:30PM
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The oldest Spanish settlement in the country, Cebu City is also one of the fastest-growing cities in Asia. There are many Spanish colonial buildings to admire and Fort San Pedro offers a glimpse of the city’s rich history. View one of the country’s oldest religious relics - a statue of the Child Jesus dating back to 1521 - or stroll along Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 29th January 7:30PM - 30th January 2:30PM
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Capital of the Philippines, Manila is a cosmopolitan metropolis. Linger in the old-walled city of Intramuros, a legacy of Spanish colonisation, whilst other landmarks are testament to the periods of American and Japanese occupation. With a contemporary art scene, intriguing museums and some of the best shopping in Asia, there is much to enjoy. Choose to head away from this bustling city to experience the wealth of extraordinary scenery the Philippines has to offer.

AT SEA 31st January
HONG KONG, - 1st February 11AM - 2nd February
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This former British colony is one of the most exciting and exotic ports in the world. At its heart is Hong Kong Island, and an overnight stay here offers the chance to discover why it is universally loved. Wonder at the futuristic skyscrapers, enjoy unrivalled views from Victoria Peak, browse the stalls of Stanley market or view the traditional Chinese fishing boats at Aberdeen fishing village. Watching the dazzling Symphony of Lights show illuminating Victoria Harbour is another magical possibility.

Landing permits for Brunei will be arranged by our ground agent and will be charged to your onboard account.

Your outbound flight will be overnight departing on 17 Jan. Your inbound flight will be overnight arriving back in the UK on 3 Feb.

SINGAPORE

An island city-state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. Before European settlement it was the site of a Malay fishing village. In 1819 the British East India Company led by Sir Stamford Raffles established a trading port on the island, which went on to become one of the most important commercial and military centres of the British Empire. Today this highly cosmopolitan city boasts a diverse wealth of cultures.

AN ORIENTATION OF SINGAPORE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-SIN1
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops
• Walks around the Colonial area and Chinatown
• Visit the Orchid collection at Singapore Botanical Garden

Experience the contrasting sights, scents and sounds that make up the vibrant metropolis of Singapore. Your introduction to the city starts with a drive through exotic ‘Little India’, where stalls and restored shops are perfumed with fragrant jasmine garlands. Merchants offer everything from saris and aromatic spices to intricate ornaments. From Raffles’ landing site beside the Singapore River your exploration continues on foot through the civic district. See Parliament House, Victoria Theatre, the Empress Place Building and other colonial structures restored to their original splendour. Re-join your coach and drive past City Hall, the Supreme Court and legendary Raffles Hotel – all famous landmarks from the colonial-era. Admire Singapore’s enduring symbol the statue of the Merlion and cross the Singapore River to historic Chinatown. Step back in time to where the age-old customs and architecture are from a bygone era. Look out for Chinese medicine shops, teahouses, acupuncturists and calligraphers as you wander along the atmospheric narrow streets. Singapore’s famous Botanical Garden has the world’s largest orchid collection with some 60,000 plants displayed in a natural setting. Stroll through this lush tropical park before driving along Orchard Road – Singapore’s fashionable shopping district. 

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 1.8 kilometres
• Some uneven paths and gentle inclines (or optional steps)
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear, light clothing & a sunhat
• The order of visits may vary

A TIME GONE BY – RAFFLES DELIGHT

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-SIN4
Highlights:

• Cruise on a bumboat on Singapore River
• Short trishaw ride
• Singapore Sling in the hotel’s famous Long Bar

Despite Singapore’s continuing development there are many marvellous reminders of a bygone era. At Clarke Quay on the Singapore River former warehouses have been restored and converted into shops and restaurants. Here you’ll embark a ‘bumboat’ – the unique vessels that used to carry cargo between ships and the riverside quays. Cruise Singapore’s historic waterfront past the site where Stamford Raffles first landed in 1819 and founded this prosperous city. Your nostalgic adventure continues with an exhilarating trishaw ride and a stop at the ‘Grand Lady of Singapore’ – Raffles Hotel. Adjourn to the Long Bar for a taste of the famous ‘Singapore Sling’ invented in 1903 by Ngiam Tong Boon – a Hainanese bartender working in the legendary bar. There is time to browse the gift shop before returning to the ship.

Practical Info:

• Longest coach journey approximately 30 minutes
• Approximately 25-minute boat ride & 25-minute trishaw ride
• Walking approximately 600 metres
• Flat surfaces
• 20 steps at the jetty, minimal steps at the hotel
• This tour is not suitable for passengers using wheelchairs
• Recommend comfortable footwear, light clothing & a sunhat
• Conservative dress required for the visit to Raffles hotel. Gentlemen must wear trousers and ladies are not permitted to wear short skirts or tops with a low neckline

BOTANICAL GARDENS & GARDENS BY THE BAY

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-SIN6
Highlights:

• Visit to the National Orchid Garden & Gardens by the Bay

The 129-acre garden comprises both primary jungle and manicured gardens. Discover where the first rubber trees were planted in Southeast Asia, which later became a major generator of income for these countries. You’ll learn about the history of raising orchids in Asia. The National Orchid Garden houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrid species of orchids. See the ‘dignitaries’ such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP – Very Important Plants, Garden. ‘Gardens by the Bay’ is one of the newest attractions on Singapore’s shores. The Garden was opened in 2012 also named building of the year in 2012. You’ll visit two cooled conservatories, each showcasing a specific environment. Spectacular and innovative in design, these are icons of Bay South Garden. Known as the ‘Flower Dome’ the Cool-Dry Conservatory is a world of perpetual spring, where unique plants bloom in an ever-changing display of flowers. It replicates the cool, dry climate of the Mediterranean and regions like South Africa and California. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments. A cooling and leisurely stroll through the Flower Dome reveals amazing plants and flowers from different corners of the globe and offers a spectacular view of the Marina reservoir skyline. The Cool-Moist Conservatory is the ‘Cloud Forest’ – a mysterious world veiled in mist. A 35-metre tall mountain, covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below and learn about the unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environment threats that they face.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes (between stops)
• Walking totals approximately 2 kilometres
• Paved, grass & natural paths
• Some steps and inclines (optional)
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & light, layered clothing
• Some photography restrictions apply & will be advised locally
• Jumper/sweater recommended for the Flower Dome (temperature inside is 18 degrees Celsius)
• Due to the amount of walking this tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility

SINGAPORE’S ETHNIC HERITAGE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-SIN5
Highlights:

• Panoramic tour of Chinatown
• Short walking tours of Little India and Arab Street and Kampong Glam
• Visit to the Peranakan Museum
• Panoramic tour of Katong & Joo Chiat district
• Visit to an historical Peranakan shop-house for demonstration of local arts
• Lunch in a Peranakan Restaurant

Experience the colourful and rich ethnic heritage of this modern metropolis starting with a panoramic drive into Chinatown seeing places where age-old traditions such as calligraphy are still practiced. Though few remain, and many of the buildings have been newly restored, these old shop-houses are genuine. As are the traditional Chinese medicine halls offering all kinds of traditional medicines. You will be amazed by the different religions practiced in Chinatown where all three main religions are represented through traditional Chinese temples and the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple standing almost beside the Jamae Mosque. The next stop on this ethnic journey is Little India where colourful streets and bustling life permeate every nook and cranny of the district. Little India is the focal point of the Indian community and you will find yourself enticed by spice-scented streets. Stroll around the enclave that assaults all your senses with its cacophony of colours, sounds and scents. Walk along the five-foot way of the shop-houses and discover an array of Indian silk, brassware and carvings. The Peranakan culture evolved through the intermarriage between early Chinese settlers and indigenous Malays in the areas surrounding Singapore in the 1800’s. The Peranakan Museum introduces this rich and distinctive culture through architecture, lavish furnishing, clothing, embroidery, beadwork jewellery and wedding traditions. After your visit enjoy an exquisite lunch at a Peranakan restaurant. Katong & Joo Chiat showcases the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture. You will pass by middle-income houses and rows of colourful, quaint shop-houses of the residential area of Katong. Keep an eye out for the painstakingly restored Peranakan homes decorated with distinctive pastel-coloured floral designs. Visit an historical Peranakan shop-house, which, restored with gold-gilded woodcarving and furnishing, is dedicated to preserve the traditional arts. You can watch the art of beading, participate in a sarong demonstration and experience local delicacies such as the nonya kuah. An array of gifts ranging from fashion, household to collectibles are amongst the timeless artwork. Your Singapore heritage journey concludes at the area of Arab Street and Kampong Glam, which still retains strong ties to the ethnic-Malay and Muslim community. Admire the majestic Sultan Mosque – a major landmark and congregation point for Singapore Muslims, and wander the small side streets of the Arab Street area experiencing the assortment of textiles, colours and aromas.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 40 minutes
• Walking approximately 2.5 kilometres
• Primarily paved streets with some gentle inclines
• Approximately 100 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & light, casual clothing
• The order of the tour may vary to the description above

MUARA | BRUNEI

Muara is the Malay word for estuary. The town, which is home to Brunei’s largest and deepest port lies on the easternmost tip of West Brunei. It lends its name to the Brunei-Muara district, which although the smallest of Brunei’s four districts is home to the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. The capital is an opulent showcase of Brunei’s rich history and culture.

BRUNEI NATIONAL PARK

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-MUA1
Highlights:

• Fascinating journey to/from the national park
• Guided walk through the rainforest

Ulu Temburong National Park is something special. Covering approximately 50,000 hectares of the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve, the locality of the park and its steep, swampy terrain have limited human impact on the area and helped preserve a rich biodiversity. From Bandar Seri Begawan your speedboat snakes its way through the water village and gives scenic views of the nipah palm-lined rivers and mangrove forests before arriving at Bangar. It is a short drive to Kg Batang Duri, which is the last remote settlement before you venture into the wilderness of Brunei. Here you embark a longboat. The cultivated and secondary vegetation gives way to deep jungle as you journey upstream along river corridors through numerous rapids towards the National Park entrance. Your guide will point out a wide variety of insects, the flora and fauna that are all part of this rich natural environment as you enjoy a nature hike taking you through a stream leading to a waterfall. You will hike back to the boats for another exciting trip on the river to Kg Batang Duri. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the jungle as you take lunch back at the park entrance before the return through mangrove jungle to Bandar Seri Begawan.

Practical Info:

• Journey from port to Bandar Jetty 45 minutes (each way)
• Speedboat journey approximately 45 minutes (each way)
• 20-minute drive between speedboat and longboat jetties (each way)
• Longboat journey approximately 25 minutes (each way)
• The walk to the waterfall is approximately 250 metres (each way) and includes walking through water
• Approximately 15 steps
• Trainers or light reef shoes in case of low water level, light clothing, sunhat & sunscreen required
• Swimwear should you wish to swim at the waterfall
• Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed
• Recommend binoculars
• The longboat journey can be wet and in the event of extreme low tides you may need to walk through shallower sections
• This excursion may be cancelled should the water levels at the waterfall drop due to natural conditions

BRUNEI CITY ORIENTATION

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MUA2
Highlights:

• Visit to the Royal Regalia Museum
• Boat trip to and tour of Kampung Ayer water village
• Photo stops at Jame’ Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Ruled by a dynasty of sultans for 600 years, Brunei has a wealth of religious, historical and cultural monuments. Jame’ Asr Hassanl Bolkiah Mosque was built to celebrate and mark the Silver Jubilee of the reign of the sultan of the country. A place of worship as well as an architectural masterpiece, it narrates the story of the royal dynasty. Shining gold domes and ornamented towers overlook a landscape of attractive gardens and fountains. Stop for exterior photos of what is considered one of the most important and splendid of Brunei’s mosques. Your excursion will continue to the golden-domed Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and a symbol of the Islamic faith. After stopping for photos, next you will visit the Royal Regalia Museum; a glittering showcase of Brunei’s majestic royal heritage. The vast collection of opulent treasures includes the royal chariot, gold and silver ceremonial armoury and a replica of the throne His Majesty uses on state occasions. Continue on to Kampung Ayer; one of the world’s largest water village. For centuries a web of homes, markets, mosques, schools, medical clinics, police and fire stations have hovered on stilts over the shallows of the Brunei Rivers. A boat trip takes you to the village where you’ll enjoy local tea and cakes and see how the people of the water village live.

Practical Info:

• 45-minute journey from the port to the water village
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Flat paths
• Approximately 30 steps
• Photography is only permitted in the ground floor of Royal Regalia Museum, all personal belongings must be left in the lockers provided
• Shoes must be removed when entering the Royal Regalia Museum, it is recommended that clients bring a spare pair of socks
• Strict conservative dress required (knees and arms must be covered)
• Recommend comfortable footwear, light clothing, sunhat and sunscreen
• The order of visits may vary

MANGROVE SAFARI & WATER VILLAGE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MUA5
Highlights:

• Cruise on the Brunei River and into the Mangrove forest
• Visit to a home at the water village

From the open deck of a local wooden boat this cruise along the Brunei River gives you a view of two different worlds. On one side is the modern developing city of Brunei, and on the other the nostalgic serenity of the largest water village in the world. Enjoy a wide-angle view Istana Nurul Iman - the official residence of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei. With 1,788 rooms, it is the biggest residential palace in the world. After passing the Royal Palace, you’ll cruise slowly into a small river flanked on both sides by mangrove trees. Witness the wonder of the mangrove world, which is a cradle for myriad marine life. If lucky you may witness the blue throated and small red kingfishers taking a killer plunge into the water to catch small fishes. The white egret and night heron are also frequently spotted in the area. You’ll make a few stops along the river to try and spot the Proboscis monkey. The rare, endangered primate, which can only be found on the island of Borneo and Sumatera of Indonesia, is an odd looking monkey, with the male have a large bright orange coloured pendulous nose. Back at the jetty you’ll board a coach and drive to the water village for an insight into the lives of a community living in homes on stilts above the Brunei River. Enjoy light refreshments of tea and Brunei’s local traditional cakes as you visit a home and experience the warm hospitality of the family, who will be your host

Practical Info:

• Journey from port to Bandar Seri Begawan Jetty 45 minutes (each way)
• Cruise approximately 30 minutes in total (plus 30 minutes each way to the Mangrove Forest)
• Walking approximately 250 metres as the water village
• Paved path and wooden boardwalk
• Minimal steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light, layered, conservative clothing, sunhat, sunscreen & binoculars
• Conservative dress required
• Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed

KOTA KINABALU | BORNEO

Kota Kinabalu lies on a narrow flatland between the Crocker Range to the east and the South China Sea to the west. It was originally called Jesselton after Sir Charles Jessel, who was vice chairman of the British North Borneo Company that was responsible for establishing colonies throughout North Borneo in the 1800’s. On September 30th, 1968, it was renamed Kota Kinabalu after Mount Kinabalu, which lies some 90 kilometres east-northeast of the city that is the capital of Sabah. Mount Kinabalu is the centrepiece of the beautiful UNESCO-listed Kinabalu National Park.

KINABALU PARK – WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-KKL1
Highlights:

• Scenic drive to Kinabalu Park
• Visit to Kinabalu Park with its nature trails and Mountain Garden
• Stop at Pekan Nabalu
• Lunch at the park restaurant

Dominated by Mount Kinabalu, which at a height of 4,095 metres is the highest mountain in South East Asia, Kinabalu Park – established as one of Malaysia’s first national parks in 1964, was in 2000 inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage list. One of Earth’s last frontiers of wilderness and a natural paradise, the park is home to an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna. A kaleidoscope of rural views unfolds as you journey towards the park. Look out for that first glimpse of Mount Kinabalu rising dramatically through morning mists. En route stop at Pekan Nabalu where the roadside stalls sell good quality handicrafts and local produce including deliciously sweet pineapples. A patchwork of cultivated fields stretch as far as the eye can see as you approach the impressive arched entrance of Kinabalu National Park in the foothills of the mountain. Against a backdrop of stunning scenery enjoy an excellent introduction to some of the flora in the Mountain Garden. Wander some of the park trails where you’ll likely see ground orchids and insectivorous pitcher plants. There is also a possibility to encounter some of the park’s myriad birdlife

Practical Info:

• Journey time 2 hours (each way)
• Approximately 2 hours at leisure in Kinabalu Park
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Gently undulating paths & jungle trails
• Minimal steps
• Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed 
• Recommend flat, comfortable walking shoes & light, layered clothing 
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or those requiring a wheelchair

TRIBAL CULTURES & CITY HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-KKL2
Highlights:

• Visit to the Cultural Village including a lively cultural performance
• Lunch at the Mari-Mari Cultural Restaurant
• City sightseeing with photo stops
• Souvenir shopping at the Handicraft Market

The colours of cultural diversity in Sabah are not an issue but rather something of pride. Savour the soul of this Malaysian state as you enjoy a fascinating visit to a unique cultural village. Experience the warmth of the different ethnicities of Sabah as they invite you into their houses and simple yet intricate lives. Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offers a truly genuine experience. Everything in and around the village lends to its magical prowess of taking you back in time. Not only does the village portray the tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional houses, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the village residents. The days of head hunting and spirit worship are just a part of this incredible journey back to the past. After a colourful cultural dance performance enjoy a traditional buffet lunch and then a taste of chicken cooked in bamboo at the MariMari Restaurant. Stop for photos of the Sabah Foundation Building and Sabah State Mosque – both of which are considered architectural masterpieces. With dove-grey walls and glittering majestic domes with gold inlay, the mosque is a unique combination of Islamic architecture and contemporary design. A short visit to a Handicraft Market is a fitting end to a fascinating day

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Paved surfaces, wooden walkways and cobblestones
• Approximately 35 steps (some steep at the village houses)
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & light layered clothing
• Customary to ask before taking photos

KOTA KINABALU CITY ORIENTATION

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KKL3
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stop at the Sabah Foundation Building
• Visits to the Heritage Village & Puh Toh Tze Temple
• Shopping opportunity at the Handicraft Market

Get acquainted with Sabah and its capital Kota Kinabalu on an orientation tour of the city. With its bold architectural and engineering concepts, the tallest building in Sabah is one that many prophets of doom thought impossible. The design of Sabah Foundation Building was the first of its kind in Asia and your tour starts with a stop for photos of this well-known landmark. Sabah is proud of its multiculturalism and this is often reflected in its diverse architecture. Your next visit is to the Puh Toh Tze Temple. Built in 1980 the Buddhist temple stands out with its traditional Chinese roofing and structure. Ten large statues of deities adorn the temple with the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin, standing tall at the main entrance of the temple. From the rear of the temple you can enjoy fine panoramic views of the city. In the Heritage Village you’ll see replicas of different traditional houses from the local ethnic communities in Sabah. All are made from raw and natural materials and include the Murut house, a Rungus longhouse and a Sulug house. The Handicraft Market gives you the chance to browse and seek out a memento of the city.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Paved and uneven surfaces including cobblestones
• Approximately 50 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & light, layered clothing
• The Heritage Village is made of natural materials and will undergo maintenance works from time to time, which may restrict viewing
• Photography not permitted inside Sabah Museum

SANDAKAN | BORNEO

The second largest city in Sabah, Sandakan lies on the north east coast of Borneo. It was between 1884 and 1946 the capital of British North Borneo. In the mid-1930’s Sandakan’s timber export reached a record figure and at the height of the timber boom, the city boasted the highest concentration of millionaires in the world. Today it is best known as a gateway for ecotourism giving the chance to meet the ‘Wild Man of Borneo’.

SEPILOK ORANG-UTAN SANCTUARY

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-SDK1
Highlights:

• Visit to Sepilok to meet the centre’s residents
• Sepilok orang-utan video documentary

Set in the lush 4,300-acre hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary gives the unique opportunity to watch these charming creatures up close in their natural habitat. The centre was established in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang-utans. Whilst rehabilitation is still the primary goal, the centre also focuses on public education on conservation, and research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros. A documentary and video show gives an introduction to the orang-utans and centre itself before you take the boardwalk leading to the viewing gallery and feeding platform. At scheduled feeding time rangers feed the orphans on milk and bananas. Touching these naturally shy and gentle apes is strongly discouraged, however it’s not been unknown for some of the more mischievous ones to try and relieve you of your camera or hat! Your visit helps this ongoing project and there is some time at leisure to purchase a memento of your experience

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 45 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 750 metres
• A gently undulating boardwalk leads to/from the feeding platform
• Approximately 200 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light, layered clothing – no bright colours & insect repellent
• Camera/video fees are levied by the centre and payable locally in cash

ORANG-UTANS & SANDAKAN HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-SDK2
Highlights:

• Visit the Orang-Utan Sanctuary at Sepilok
• Visit Phu Jih Shih Temple & Kampung Buli Sim Sim Water Village
• Photo stop at Sandakan War Memorial Park
• Time at leisure around Sandakan market

Sepilok is a primary lowland forest and a fascinating place to visit a virgin jungle of Borneo – one of few remaining rainforests in Sabah. It is also where injured or orphaned orang-utans are brought to a centre whose aim is to rehabilitate them into forest life. Watch the gentle primates from a platform in their natural habitat. Sandakan’s highlights include Phu Jih Shih Temple built in 1987. The impressive temple is blazed in red and gold with writhing dragons and gold gilded Buddha. Its architectural design reflects a combination of Chinese culture and the Buddhist belief of the Chinese community in Sandakan. From its site on a hilltop there are wonderful views out across Sandakan Bay. Continue to Kampung Buli Sim Sim; a water village on stilts reachable by plank walkways, depicts lives of some of the local fishermen families in neat wooden houses and their daily activities. This is also the site of the original town of Sandakan which began in 1879. A stop will be made at Sandakan War Memorial Park and there is time at leisure in the market where locals shop for fruit, vegetables and the daily catch from the sea.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 2 kilometres
• Boardwalk at Sepilok and primarily paved paths in the city
• Approximately 100 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light, layered clothing – no bright colours & insect repellent
• Conservative dress required (shoes to be removed at the temple)
• Camera/video fees are levied by the centre and payable locally in cash

PROBOSCIS MONKEYS & WAR MEMORIAL

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-SDK3
Highlights:

• Visit to Labuk Bay Sanctuary
• Scenic drive through rural landscapes
• Photo stop at the War Memorial Park

Seek out the unique and endemic proboscis monkey. Near the coastline of Sandakan, Labuk Bay Sanctuary nestles amidst the mangrove favoured by the monkey. Here they have the freedom to roam around the 650-hectare area of their natural habitat, though they are usually very keen to come for feeding time with this privately owned centre’s workers. The remarkable males sport big dangling noses, reddish flat top hairstyles, white tails and markings and a potbelly, whilst females are much smaller and have up-turned noses. The journey passes through an oil palm plantation where you might see workers doing their daily task of harvesting and weeding the farm as your guide explains how oil palm is processed. A stop at Sandakan War Memorial Park completes the tour.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 1 hour (each way)
• Walking approximately 400 metres
• Wooden/cobblestone paths at Labuk Bay Sanctuary & paved paths at the War Memorial Park
• Approximately 30 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light, layered clothing – no bright colours & insect repellent
• Camera/video fees are levied by the centre and payable locally in cash

BOHOL | PHILIPPINES

Located in the middle of an archipelago, Bohol is a province of the Philippines and fast becoming one of the top travel destinations in Asia. The Boholano people still affectionately call their province the ‘Republic of Bohol’ – a reference to the island’s short-lived independence at the turn of the 19th century. This island offers travellers a wealth of options both on and off the beaten track. Escape to the extraordinary Chocolate Hills, an unusual formation of at least 1,260 unusually shaped hills in the middle of the island and so-called because of the grass turning from green to brown at the end of the dry season. Unwinding on an idyllic, tropical beach or delving into the distinctive cultural heritage are other choices.

CHOCOLATE HILLS & TARSIER SANCTUARY

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-TAG3
Highlights:

• Visit to the Chocolate Hills Complex with spectacular scenery
• Refreshments of local delicacies
• Scenic drive to Corella and short nature trek to view the tarsiers

Embark on a trip in the island endowed with spectacular landscape. Feast your eyes on the scenery as you travel to the geological phenomenon; the Chocolate Hills. During the summer, the hills’ grasses turn brown resembling that of tiny chocolate kisses when viewed from afar. Independently you can enjoy some local delicacies (sticky rice mixed with sugar, wrapped in banana leave and steamed in coco milk and pastries) whilst enjoying the views. Trek through lush vegetation and woodlands of Corella to view the tarsiers – miniature creatures with owl-liked eyes, long thin tail, kinky and woolly fur, short front legs and long hind legs endemic to the province.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 2 hours
• Walking approximately 3 kilometres
• Some rough, uneven terrain; nature paths can be slippery when wet
• Approximately 214 steps up and down to the viewing platform at the Chocolate Hills Complex
• Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed
• Good walking boots, layered clothing and insect repellent are strongly recommended
• Flash photography is not permitted and you are not permitted to touch the tarsiers

PANGLAO ISLAND BEACH TRANSFER

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-TAG1
Highlights:

• Relaxing at the South Palms beach

Travel to Panglao Island, located southwest of the island of Bohol. This island is one of the most famous destinations in the Philippines for its white sand and clear water. Relax and soak up the sun at South Palms beach front which boasts a beautiful white sand beach against rugged scenery. Your visit also includes two complimentary drinks.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 40 minutes each way
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Relatively flat paved paths to the beach
• Approximately 5 steps
• Please collect a towel from the gangway before disembarking the ship
• Limited number of sun beds and umbrellas available on a first come first served basis
• Changing facilities available
• A choice of two complimentary drinks provided including beer and soft drinks and local snacks
• Recommend good sun protection
• As there are sea urchins it might be advisable to wear plastic shoes when wading or swimming

LOBOC RIVER & BACLAYON CHURCH

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-TAG4
Highlights:

• Cruise on the Loboc River
• Refreshments of local delicacies
• Visit to Baclayon Church and Museum

Enjoy a popular cruise on native floating rafts along the Loboc River, passing palm-fringed banks and lush scenery. Enjoy light refreshments of local delicacies (sticky rice mixed with sugar, wrapped in banana leave and steamed in coco milk and pastries) and join in the revelry as villagers dance and sing traditional folk songs. Continue to Baclayon, where you’ll visit one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines; the Baclayon Church. Also known as ‘The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception’ its belfry and facade was damaged during the 2013 earthquake and is now reconstructed. Beside the church you will find the old convent where you will have the opportunity to visit the museum. Discover a collection of religious art, ecclesiastical vestments and librettos of church music printed in Latin, on animal skins and other antiques dating back to the 16th century

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre over relatively flat terrain
• Cruise approximately 90 minutes along the Loboc River
• Approximately 12 steps to board the raft (each way) and a further 40 steps when visiting the museum
• The order of the itinerary may vary to avoid overcrowding
• Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed
• Non-slip walking shoes, layered clothing, sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended

BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-TAG2
Highlights:

• Cruise on the Loboc River
• Scenic drive to Corella and short nature trek to view the tarsiers
• Visit to the Chocolate Hills Complex with spectacular scenery
• Visit to Sta. Monica Church Parish
• Visit to a local blacksmith, nipa weaving centre and souvenir shop

Discover Bohol during this scenic countryside tour; a beautiful showcase of history, culture, and nature in one destination. Your excursion begins with a transfer to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. Trek through lush vegetation and woodlands to view the tarsiers – miniature creatures with owl-liked eyes, long thin tail, kinky and woolly fur, short front legs and long hind legs endemic to the province. You will then visit Sta. Monica Church Parish in Albuquerque. Built in 1842, and considered to be one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines, it was one of the few which were able to withstand the earthquake which took place in 2013. Inside the church you’ll have the opportunity to admire its attractive ceiling and mural completed in 1930. Experience the Loboc River Cruise where a buffet lunch will be served of local Filipino cuisine and local serenade on-board, as you view nature’s beauty of rolling hills, graceful coconut trees and green nipa palms lining the river banks. Continue to the Chocolate Hills, en route passing through the lush mahogany man-made Forest. During the summer, the hills’ grasses turn brown resembling that of tiny chocolate kisses when viewed from afar. From the viewing platform soak up the sweeping views over Bohol Island and these cone-shaped hills independently. Your excursion will conclude with a visit to a blacksmith and the opportunity to watch local palm weaving and shop for souvenirs before returning to the port.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
• Walking approximately 2 kilometres
• Some rough, uneven terrain; nature paths can be slippery when wet
• Cruise approximately 75 minutes along the Loboc River
• Approximately 12 steps to board the raft (each way)
• Approximately 214 steps up and down to the viewing platform at the Chocolate Hills Complex
• Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed
• Lunch will be Filipino buffet style and include a hog roast
• Non-slip walking shoes, layered clothing, sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended
• Flash photography is not permitted and you are not permitted to touch the tarsiers
• Please note this tour is not recommended for passengers with limited mobility or those who are wheelchair bound
• The order of the itinerary may vary

CEBU | PHILIPPINES

Known as the oldest Spanish settlement in the country, Cebu City is the capital city of the island of Cebu and the second city of the Philippines. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. The imprint of Spanish and Roman Catholic culture is evident throughout Cebu City, which still has a significant number of Spanish colonial buildings. In downtown Cebu, Colon Street is the oldest and the shortest national road in the Philippines.

CEBU SIGHTS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-CBU2
Highlights:

• Visits to Fort San Pedro, the Basilica Del St. Nino, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home, Casa Gorordo Museum and the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod
• Drive along Colon Street
• Photo stops at Magellan’s Cross & the Cebu Heritage Monument

Explore the Philippines oldest colonial city and discover many fascinating landmarks that attest to the richness of its history. In the city’s wharf area Fort San Pedro is the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement and the smallest tri-bastion fort in the country. It was built primarily to protect Spanish settlers against pirate attacks from the sea and hostile natives. On April 14th 1521 Ferdinand Magellan planted Magellan’s Cross on the site where some 800 natives were baptised into the Catholic faith. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fr. Andrea Urdaneta built the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino on the spot that the miraculous image of the Holy Infant Jesus was found after a fire razed Cebu to the ground. The miraculous statue has been enthroned in the Basilica with the original kept inside the convent and a replica enshrined at the church’s side altar. After visits to both your tour continues along the country’s oldest street, which traces its origins to the town plan of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi – the Spanish conquistador, who arrived in the Philippines to establish a colony in 1565. Once a commercial centre by day and an entertainment belt by night, Colon Street runs through the heart of Cebu’s downtown district. In the original Plaza of Parian see the Cebu Heritage Monument. The tableau of sculptures made of concrete, bronze, brass and steel shows scenes about events and structures relating to the history of Cebu. Built sometime between 1675 and 1700, YapSandiego Ancestral Home is one of the oldest residential houses in the Philippines. Casa Gorordo Museum was the home of Juan Gorordo – the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu. The house, built in the mid- 19th century, stands in the historic Parian district of Cebu, which during the Spanish colonial era was the most prestigious area of the city and home to its most prominent families. After visits to both historical houses, you excursion will conclude with a visit the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, dedicated to the first Saint of Visayan origin.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 20 minutes
• Walking totals approximately 1 kilometre
• Approximately 30 steps
• Primarily flat, cobblestone streets
• Photography is not permitted in the Basilica Del St. Nino
• Recommend flat, comfortable walking shoes & sun protection
• Light, conservative clothing required

ARTS & CRAFTS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-CBU3
Highlights:

• Visits to the Alegre Guitar Factory, Metamorfose Furniture Int. and Kor Landa Corporation
• Quality shopping opportunities at competitive prices

Visit three factories that are leading names of Filipino arts and crafts. In Barangay Maribago the Alegre Guitar Factory is known for its world-class acoustic guitars, bandurias, banjos and ukeleles. Here you will see the various kinds of wood used for the backboard and soundboards of these export quality guitars. See the assembly area and the finely finished crafted guitars displayed at the factory showroom. The staff in the factory will be happy to share their talents in acoustic guitar playing. A leader in the Philippines high-end indoor and outdoor furniture industry, Metamorfose Furniture Intl. has a workforce of 500 people at any given time. Its products featuring Asian materials made into Westernstyle living and dining sets, are exported worldwide. The factory is a showcase of the company’s products from furniture and home décor, to toys, souvenirs, gifts and jewellery items. Your final visit is to one of the pioneering fashion accessories firms in the Philippines. One of the leading manufacturers of cutting edge and meticulously crafted costume jewellery, Kor Landa Corporation. Established in 1982 by Jean-Daniel Christin, Kor Landa, a manufacturer of custom jewellery from France, primarily focused on the production of fashion jewellery made from natural materials.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 200 metres
• Flat paths and floors
• Approximately 15 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & light, layered clothing

MANILA | PHILIPPINES

Capital of the Philippines and one of the cities the makes up the greater metropolitan area of Metro Manila, Manila is a teeming metropolis of just over fourteen million people. The old-walled city Intramuros is a legacy of the period of Spanish colonisation, whilst other landmarks are testament to the periods of American and Japanese occupation that preceded the Marcos era and martial law. Away from what is one of Asia’s busiest and bustling cities, the Philippines boast a wealth of stunning and quite often extraordinary scenery

OLD MANILA CITY TOUR

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MNL1
Highlights:

• Visits to Fort Santiago, San Augustin Church and Monastery & Casa Manila
• Shopping opportunity at local handicraft store
• Photo stop at Rizal Park

Intramuros is the heart of the Old Spanish city where the history of Manila as a capital began. Occupying a strategic location overlooking the Pasig River and Manila, Fort Santiago is the country’s premier cultural monument where many key events in Philippine history have taken place. Several memorials within the fort lay claim to its rich and gallant past. A short stop at a local handicraft store just outside gives you the opportunity to take a little part of the Philippines home with you. Also within the walls of Intramuros is San Augustin Church and Monastery, which dates back to the 16th century. Inside a collection of religious artefacts make it the country’s largest ecclesiastical museum. Beautiful Casa Manila is one of five houses at the Old Plaza San Luis Complex. During your visit see how it has been preserved displaying memorabilia from the 17th to the 19th centuries and antique furniture. Rizal Park was once the site of a native community called Bahumbayan that lived outside the Spanish walls of Intramuros. Stop for photos of its focal point the Rizal Monument built in honour of the country’s national hero Dr Jose Rizal, who was executed here at dawn on November 30th 1898.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 1½ kilometres
• Terrain is primarily flat with some uneven surfaces, cobblestones and a 75-metre steep slope at Fort Santiago
• Approximately 350 steps (some narrow and uneven at Fort Santiago)
• Recommend comfortable, non-slip footwear & light, layered clothing
• Conservative dress required at San Augustin Church and Monastery
• Video/cameras are not permitted inside the sites visited

HIGHLIGHTS OF MANILA

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MNL2
Highlights:

• Panoramic tour of the city’s highlights with photo stop at Rizal Park
• Visit to the American War Memorial Park & Casa Manila
• Refreshing drink at the elegant Manila Hotel

This leisurely look at the highlights of Manila starts as you drive along Ayala Avenue, known as the ‘Wall Street of the Philippines’. Continue through tree-lined Forbes Park, which is home to some of the nation’s most affluent families. Visit the America War Memorial Park where a monument honours the World War II veterans and cemetery is the final resting place of over 17,000 Americans, who lost their lives in the conflict. Manila has been exposed to a number of international influences over its history and this if reflected in its cultural venues and museums. Beautiful Casa Manila is one of five houses at the Old Plaza San Luis Complex. During a visit see how it has been preserved displaying memorabilia from the 17th to the 19th centuries and antique furniture. Stop for photos at Rizal Park, which was the site of a native community called Bagumbayan that lived outside the walls of Intramuros. See the monument built in honour of the country’s national hero. During World War II Manila Hotel was the headquarters of General MacArthur. Today this landmark hotel continues an 80-year rich tradition of elegant living, fine dining and gracious service. Enjoy a refreshing drink amidst the most charming of surroundings in what was once the ‘most exclusive address in the Pacific’.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Primarily flat paths and well-manicured lawn
• Approximately 250 steps over several staircases
• Recommend comfortable footwear, casual, layered clothing & sun protection
• Camera/video not permitted at Casa Manila

HONG KONG | CHINA

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
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Primarily flat, paved terrain
• Approximately 40 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Local currency (Hong Kong Dollar) required at the markets

CULTURAL & HERITAGE TOUR

DURATION: 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

SINGAPORE - 2-NIGHT CITY STAY

Why not choose to extend your holiday with a 2-night stay in Singapore at the start 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.

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.

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 end 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.

PETER MAWBY
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Peter Mawby graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University where his passionate interest for ornithology was recognised by the award of a grant to study birds in Arctic Lapland. He has organised and led expeditions specialising in the ringing of seabirds on remote islands of the North Atlantic. His current research work investigates the effects of changing patterns of agriculture on birds in Cumbria. The author of two books and several articles, his recent retirement after 18 years as the Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School has made possible a wide range of other activities including participation in the £1,000,000 restoration of the historic Mawson garden at Rydal Hall, regular lectures to wildlife groups including the RSPB, and playing the cello at every opportunity.

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Raleigh Deck minimum 142 sq ft
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Premium toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
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  • Air-conditioning
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  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
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  • Air-conditioning
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£3509
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  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
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  • Daily complimentary mineral water
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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
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  • 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
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
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  • Sitting room
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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

 

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  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
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Bridge Deck approx. 342 sq ft
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  • 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
  • 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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Standard Fares offer complete flexibility, allowing you to cruise exactly the way you choose to. We are offering up to 20% off selected cruises departing in 2016/2017 on selected cabin grades when you book two business days prior to the cruise departure date.

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• Facilities including a library, gym, plunge pool, hot tubs, spa with sauna, duty free shop and a choice of bars.

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