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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Sunrise Over Tokyo

PRE CRUISE Sunrise Over Tokyo

It’s one glorious icon after another on this Tokyo-based tour that visits majestic Mt. Fuji, modern marvels such as Tokyo Tower, and several ancient shrines and temples in the surrounding cities.

Day 1 – March 23, 2015

Upon arriving at the Narita International Airport, you will transfer to your centrally located hotel in Tokyo, where you will spend a relaxing evening. Every effort will be made for your room to be available before the 3:00PM check-in, but it can’t be guaranteed.

The remainder of the day and meals are at your leisure.

Day 2 – March 24, 2015

Following breakfast at your hotel, you will drive south to the city of Kamakura, where you will behold the 750-year-old Great Buddha bronze statue, the centerpiece of the Kotokuin Temple. Cast by order of Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun of Kamakura, this magnificent piece rises to a height of 38 feet, making it the second tallest bronze Buddha in Japan; the highest being in Nara.

Another landmark that Yoritomo influenced is the nearby Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the spiritual heart of Kamakura. Originally built in 1063, the shrine was moved to its present site about 100 years later by Yoritomo’s order. It was then enlarged. To reach the shrine and its beautiful grounds, you will walk through a cherry tree-lined path that stretches from the beach at the other end.

Then, after free time for shopping and lunch, you will drive to Yokohama to meander through serene Sankeien Garden. Designed by a wealthy silk merchant, the garden opened in 1904 and provides a wonderful respite from the bustle of modern Yokohama. The historic buildings on the grounds were brought from other cities across Japan.

Later in the afternoon, you will return to your hotel to freshen up before heading out for a Japanese-style BBQ dinner. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3 – March 25, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to the fifth station of Mt. Fuji, which is approximately halfway up. The highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji is revered for its symmetry and serenity. In the winter, the national symbol of “Fuji-san” is covered in snow; in the summer it stands as a symbol of vitality and energy. From the fifth station, you will have extraordinary views of the mountain’s magnificence and awe-inspiring surrounding terrain.

Continuing on, you will drive to Hakone and board an 18-passenger aerial gondola, known as a ropeway, for a spectacular ride over the Owakudani Valley. En route, you will be awestruck by the breathtaking views of the Hakone Park and Owakudani Valley’s boiling and smoking thermal springs.

In time, you will be transferred to Lake Ashi, where you will board a unique, Viking-style boat and cruise the placid waters. Along the way, the guide will elaborate on the significance of sights such as the forest-clad mountain slopes and the reflection of Fuji’s majestic cone in the lake. Following the lake cruise, you will re-board your coach and return to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you please, with dinner on your own.

NOTE: Access to Mt. Fuji 5th Station depends on the weather. If it is not accessible, you will visit the highest elevation point possible as well as the Mt. Fuji Visitor Centre.

Day 4 – March 26, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to the iconic Tokyo Tower, Japan’s second-tallest self-supporting steel tower, which closely resembles the Eiffel Tower. The Tokyo Tower was completed in 1958 as a symbol for Japan’s rebirth as a major economic power and serves as a radio broadcast antenna. From the 492-foot-high Grand Observation platform, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo. If the weather permits, you may even see Mount Fuji in the distance.

Next, you will visit Meiji Shrine, which is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, the father of modern Japan. The beautiful shrine stands in a dense forest glade at the very heart of Tokyo, and its setting symbolizes the separation of the spiritual from the worldly. You will enter the shrine through twin 40-feet tall Torii gates, among the largest in Japan.

Then, following lunch, it’s on to Asakusa Senso-ji Temple, which was founded in the early 7th century, making it the oldest temple in the Tokyo. You will enter through the Nitenmon or Kaminarimon Gate, which is usually adorned with a huge red paper lantern, if the weather is good. Later, you will stroll down Nakamise-dori, the “Street of Inside Shops,” an alley lined with vendors selling traditional foods and crafts. Afterwards, you will drive to the pier and embark the ship to begin your cruise.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate and given here for general reference purposes.

EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel in Tokyo. Check-in time is 3:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

Day 1

Arrive at the airport in Tokyo and transfer to the Hilton Tokyo or similar, where you will spend the next three evenings. The remainder of the day and meals are at your leisure.

Day 2

9:00am Begin driving to Kamakura

10:30am Visit Kotokuin Temple

11:15am Drive to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

11:30am Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1:00pm Drive to lunch

1:15pm Lunch at a hotel or restaurant

2:15pm Drive to Yokohama

3:00pm Visit Sankei-en Garden

4:00pm Drive back to Tokyo

5:00pm Arrive at the hotel

6:00pm Drive to a restaurant for dinner

6:30pm Japanese-style BBQ dinner

Overnight at Hilton Hotel Tokyo or similar hotel

Day 3

7:30am Drive toward Mt. Fuji

10:00am Visit Mt. Fuji 5th station

11:00am Drive to a restaurant for lunch

12:00am Lunch

12:45pm Drive to Hakone

2:15pm Ride the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley

2:30pm Visit Owakudani Valley

3:30pm Drive to Togendai pier

3:40pm Cruise Lake Ashi

4:20pm Drive back to the hotel

7:00pm Arrive at the hotel

Overnight at Hilton Hotel Tokyo or similar hotel

Day 4

8:30am Depart from the hotel

8:45am Visit Tokyo Tower

9:45am Drive to Meiji Shrine

10:00am Visit Meiji Shrine

11:00am Drive to a restaurant for lunch

11:15am Lunch at the restaurant

12:15pm Drive to Asakusa Kannon Temple

12:45pm Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise for shopping

2:15pm Drive back to the pier and embark

Weather:

Average daytime high in March — 13° C (55° F)

Average nighttime low in March — 5° C (41° F)

Local currency:

Japanese yen

Electricity:

100 volts

Documents and visa requirements:

Valid passports are required to embark the ship. Please consult your local Japanese embassy for visa requirements.

Accommodation:

Hilton Hotel Tokyo

6-6-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Phone:+81 3-3344-5111

Hilton Tokyo is located in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo's business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel is in an ideal place to experience modern Japan. A complimentary shuttle service operates between the hotel and Shinjuku station, and Tokyo Metro subway is directly connected to the hotel.

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of such change.

Program includes:

Three nights in a standard room at the Hilton Hotel Tokyo (or similar hotel)

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches (one soft drink per lunch) and 1 dinner (one soft drink or local beer or wine)

English-speaking tour guide

Admission fees for sites visited on the itinerary

Ground arrangements as per itinerary

Please note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Not included:

Meals and beverages not listed above

Hotel incidentals

Gratuities to the driver and guides

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

$1,999 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Hanoi Experience

Hanoi Experience

Hanoi, Vietnam's small elegant capital, lies on the banks of the Red River and offers a wealth of historical and spiritual sights to explore. Founded in 1010, modern-day Hanoi is a city of contrasts, with European-looking gardens, compact neighborhoods of narrow "tube- houses" and French-inspired architecture - all collaborating to give Hanoi a noticeable charm. On this overnight excursion enjoy ample time to discover this amazing city, and recognize its political and historical importance.

Day 1:

Departing the port at Halong Bay, drive through the peaceful countryside, catching glimpses of everyday rural life: seemingly endless rice fields dotted with colorful billboard advertisements, small villages bustling with activity, and farmers in cone-shaped hats. A comfort stop is made along they way in Dong Trieu Town.

Upon arrival in Hanoi you will have lunch at a local restaurant and then transfer to your hotel for check-in.

In the afternoon visit the graceful Temple of Literature, built in 1070 to honor the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Surrounded by serene gardens, the temple is an excellent and well-preserved example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Continuing on from the Temple of Literature, it's an interesting journey through the city's colorful side streets, glimpsing everyday life in Hanoi.

Leaving the museum, a short stop will be made at the infamous Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison) built by the French in 1896, and where many US POWs were held during the Vietnam War.

Your final stop is a visit to the Pagoda of Tran Quoc, widely acknowledged as the National Pagoda. Inside you will have a chance to view how Vietnamese people practice their original belief in Mothers of All such as the Mother of the Mountain and Mother of the Sea just to name two.

Back at the hotel you will have time to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant followed by an engaging water puppet show at a local theatre accompanied by traditional string instruments. Created to amuse the kings of the Ly Dynasty in the 11th century, water puppets are an art form unique to Vietnam. After the show, you will return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 2:

Following breakfast at the hotel, begin with a visit to the Museum of Minority Ethnics with its extensive displays dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples. Then you will drive to Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Completed in 1975, the government positioned the massive, three-story structure with grey granite colonnades, on the historical site where President Ho Chi Minh declared independence for Vietnam in 1945. After a photo opportunity at the Soviet-style mausoleum, walk to the picturesque One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived between 1958 and 1969.

Next you will stop at Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. Once known as the ancient merchants' quarter, you will have time to explore the maze of narrow streets and back lanes, lined with colorful stalls and street vendors.

After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant you will begin your drive back to the ship in Halong Bay.

Please note: Clothing needs to cover knees and shoulders. There will be a few occasions when shoes will need to be removed. Photography and video is not allowed in certain areas of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Note that it is not possible to enter the mausoleum on Monday’s and Friday’s. The order of sightseeing places may be reversed to avoid congestion and closing time.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY ONE

8:00am Drive to Hanoi

12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:00pm Drive to the Temple of Literature

1:15pm Visit the Temple of Literature

2:00pm Drive to Hoa Lo Prison ( Hanoi Hilton)

3:15pm Visit inside Hoa Lo

3:45pm Drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda

4:00pm Visit inside the Tran Quoc Pagoda

4:30pm Drive to the hotel and check in

6:30pm Drive to a local restaurant for dinner

6:45pm Dinner

7:45pm Move to the water theatre for the puppet show

8:00pm Enjoy the show

9:00pm Drive back to the hotel

9:20pm Arrival at the hotel

Overnight at the Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi or similar hotel

DAY TWO

7:00am Breakfast at the hotel and check out

8:00am Depart for the museum of Ethnic minorities

8:30am Visit inside the museum

9:30am Drive to Ho Chi Minh 's Mausoleum

10:00am Visit Ho Chi Minh Stilt House and One-Pillar Pagoda

10:45am Drive to Hanoi Old Quarter

11:00am Visit inside Hanoi Old Quarter

11:45am Depart for local restaurant

12:00pm Quick lunch at the local restaurant

12:30pm Drive back to the ship.

4:30pm Arrive at the port

Expected Weather: 25-30 C

What to Bring: Casual clothes, hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes.

Currency: USD or local Vietnam Dong

Electricity: 220 Volt

Luggage: one overnight handbag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: Passports are required

Accommodation: Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi or similar

We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

*One night at a five star hotel on the basis of twin sharing

*One breakfast, one lunch & one dinner at local restaurant. Lunch and dinner include one local beer, or 1 soft drink, or 1 mineral water.

*Mineral water in all hotel rooms and on tour buses

*All transfers and sightseeing as indicated in program

*English-speaking guide

*Entrance fees

*Water puppet show

*English speaking guide

*Two days of sightseeing

Not Included:

Hotel incidentals including mini bar

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Personal Expenses

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$599 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Mythical Dragon's Bay & Ha Noi

Mythical Dragon's Bay & Ha Noi

Sail a luxurious, traditional junk, chartered just for an intimate small group of guests, through stunningly beautiful Ha Long Bay and then spend a relaxing evening on board, followed by a day touring Hanoi’s signature attractions.

DAY 1

In the early afternoon, you will transfer from the ship to your nearby luxury junk.

The junk’s spacious cabins are exquisite exuding intimacy, and personal service excels.

Enjoy panoramic views from the dining room as well as outstanding Vietnamese and international cuisine. Additionally, the smaller size of your Junk allows the vessel to cruise closer to the most scenic natural wonders of Ha Long Bay.

Soon after boarding, you will begin cruising the picturesque bay in the Gulf of Tonkin. Revered for its nearly 2,000 picturesque islands and precipitous limestone pillars, Ha Long Bay has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Magnificent and imposing, these limestone karst formations rise out of the sea in unusual and intriguing shapes, with names that fire the imagination. For instance, Man’s Head Island resembles a man rising out of the sea and looking towards the mainland. Similarly, the Pair of Roosters looks astonishingly like two roosters. “Ha Long” means “descending dragon” and legend has it that a huge, dragon-like sea monster still resides in these waters.

While cruising along in your luxurious Junk, you will pass rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches and tranquil coves. There are also numerous grottoes, one of which you will explore, and lovely fishing villages. As dusk begins to fall on beautiful Ha Long Bay, a sumptuous dinner will be served, after which you may settle in to enjoy a relaxing evening onboard.

DAY 2

Following breakfast onboard the Junk, you will drive to Hanoi in a minibus to tour its most magnificent attractions, beginning with imposing Ba Dinh Square. It is dominated by the impressive marble and granite tomb where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. You will visit the former president’s mausoleum, a nearby stilt house and One Pillar Pagoda, a curious little square structure that rises above a lotus pond.

Continuing on, you will see the Temple of Literature, an 11th-century building that is dedicated to Confucianism. In 1076, Vietnam’s first national university was built next to the temple. Here, you will walk through the tranquil five-walled courtyards and behold the pavilion where Vietnam’s men of letters once recited their poetry.

Following lunch, you will tour the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton. You will see the rooms where the French imprisoned Vietnamese patriots and where American soldiers, including Senator John McCain, were held as prisoners of war.

Later, on the way to Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter, you will drive past Hoan Kiem Lake to see its island temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, a hero who fought against the Mongolian troops in the 13th century. The lake is also known as the Lake of the Restored Sword, and you will hear how the legend originated.

Upon arriving in the robust Old Quarter, you will enjoy free time to meander about shopping or simply enjoying this authentic slice of life in urban Hanoi. Afterwards, you will drive back to the ship and re-join the cruise.

Overland Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

2:15pm Transfer from the pier to your junk

2:30pm Cruise Ha Long Bay

6:30pm Dinner onboard your junk including two cocktails for pre dinner and a bottle of wine per couple during dinner

Overnight on the Valentine or a similar junk boat

Day 2

6:30am Breakfast onboard your junk

7:30am Disembark and drive to Hanoi by minibus

10:45am Explore Ba Dinh Square – visit the Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda

11:45am Drive to the Temple of Literature

12:00pm Visit the Temple of Literature

12:30pm Depart for lunch

12:45pm Lunch including one soft drink or beer per person

1:45pm Drive to Hoa Lo Prison

2:00pm Tour Hoa Lo Prison

2:30pm Explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter

4:00pm Drive back to the ship

7:30pm Re-join to the ship

Expected Weather:

30-35 degrees Celsius (86-95 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

One small overnight bag per person with casual clothing, walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.

Currency:

U.S. Dollar or the local Vietnamese Dong

Electricity:

220 volts

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A passport is required.

Program Includes:

One night on the Valentine junk (Indochina Sails)or similar junk

*Several junks may be used depending on the final size of the group

One breakfast and one dinner on your junk

2 pre dinner drinks (house wine, local beer, soft drinks, water)

One bottle of wine per couple for dinner

Transfer from the ship to the junk

English-speaking guide

Entrance fees to Ha Long Bay and caves

Full-day sightseeing in Hanoi in a minibus

Lunch in Hanoi including one soft drink or beer per person

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not listed above

Gratuities for drivers, guides and junk staff

Please note:

Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$599 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST CRUISE Journey to Laos

POST CRUISE Journey to Laos

Fly to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos to behold its most revered temples, cruise the Mekong River and explore remote villages where traditional customs are still practiced.

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Transfer from ship to Bangkok airport for flight to Luang Prabang, a city at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Upon arriving and after getting your Laos visa issued (for a separate fee), you will proceed to the La Residence Phou Vao hotel to check in and relax.

The afternoon is devoted to visiting several temples or “wats,” beginning with Wat Visoun. Built in the early 1500s, the temple is perhaps the oldest in the city and is known for the rather odd shape of its lotus stupa, which resembles a watermelon. Adjacent lies Wat Aham, which was constructed about 300 years later in a totally different style. Although no longer the center of religious activities in the city, Wat Aham is still striking, especially its red and gold beams and murals depicting Buddhist precepts.

Then, it’s on to Wat Xieng Thong, the largest temple in Luang Prabang. Constructed in the 16th century on the banks of the Mekong River, it is best known for its Tree of Life mural, which describes the Buddhist story.

Finally, you will ascend Phousi Hill in the center of the old town for a magnificent view of the sunset, and then proceed to the La Residence Phou Vao hotel for the evening.

Day 2 - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Following breakfast at the La Residence Phou Vao hotel, you will transfer to an awaiting boat on the Mekong River, a scenic waterway that snakes through the lush countryside. An hour or so into the cruise, you will stop at the magnificent Pak Ou Caves. While the natural caves are beautiful, it’s what inside that is truly intriguing. The interiors are filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues of all sizes that were donated by local people.

Continuing down the river, you will then visit the village of Ban Sanghai to watch the residents make rice whisky using a traditional technique to distill the spirit. Then after cruising back to the pier, you will return to Luang Prabang to enjoy a traditional Laotian lunch.

Later you will drive to the beautiful multi-tiered Kuangsi waterfalls and then visit the Hmong and Khmu hilltribe village. Both groups are ethnic minorities in northern Laos that follow traditional customs and dress, which presents a fascinating glimpse into a lifestyle that has changed little over the years.

In time, you will transfer back to the La Residence Phou Vao hotel to freshen up before dinner at a renowned restaurant. Afterwards, you will be treated to a private performance of a Baci ceremony, which Laotians traditionally hold to celebrate a special event such as a marriage or birth. You will also visit the wonderfully atmospheric Night Market in Luang Prabang for a bit of shopping before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3 - Friday, April 17, 2015

After breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will drive to the Luang Prabang airport for the flight to Bangkok. Upon arriving at Bangkok airport, you will transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Day 4 - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure until departure time to airport for your return flight.

Note: There is extensive walking at the temple sites, with steps at Wat Xieng Thong, Phousi Hill and Luang Prabang pier.

Land Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

7:00am Transfer from Klong Toey Port to Bangkok Airport

10:05am Depart Bangkok by PG 941 for Luang Prabang (Subject to change)

12:05pm Process on-arrival visa

1:05pm Transfer from Luang Prabang Airport to hotel for check-in and relaxing

2:30pm Drive from hotel to Wat Visoun, Wat Aham

2:45pm Visit to Wat Visoun, Wat Aham

3:15pm Drive from Wat Aham to Wat Xiang Thong

3:45pm Visit to Wat Xiang Thong

4:45pm Drive from Wat Xiang Thong to Phousi Hill

5:00pm Visit to Phousi Hill until sunset

6:00pm Drive from Phoousi Hill to the hotel

Overnight at the La Residence Phou Vao or similar hotel

*Please note the excess luggage details further below and pack accordingly. Excess luggage will be taken upon your disembarkation.

DAY 2

7:00am Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart hotel for Pier

8:30am Boat trip on Mae Khong River for Pak Ou Cave

9:30am Visit to Pak Ou Cave, a part of limestone cliff that houses thousands of Buddha images.

10:30am Boat trip on Mae Khong River with a stop at Ban Sanghai

11:00am Visit Ban Sanghai, local people making the rice whisky

11:30am Proceed to Luang Prabang by boat

12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:00pm Drive from Luang Prabang to Kuangsi waterfalls

2:00pm Visit Kuangsi waterfalls, Hmong and khmu hilltribe village

4:30pm Back to the hotel

6:00pm Dinner at a local restaurant

7:00pm Private Baci ceremony and Night Market

8:00pm Transfer back to the hotel

Overnight at the La Residence Phou Vao or similar hotel

DAY 3

6:00am At leisure in the morning with breakfast at hotel and check out

10:00am Transfer from hotel to Luang Prabang Airport

12:45am Depart Luang Prabang by PG 942 for Bangkok (subject to change)

2:50pm Transfer from airport to hotel in Bangkok

Overnight at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit or similar hotel

DAY 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Check out time

Free at leisure until departure time to Bangkok airport

Transfers will be based on your flight details. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather:

Laos has a tropical monsoon climate with wet and dry seasons. November to April is the cooler, dry season. May is very hot with occasional rain. June to October is the humid and wet monsoon season.

Currency:

The unit of currency in Laos is the Kip. However, U.S. dollars and Thai Baht are also accepted currencies. ATMs are widely available in Luang Prabang. VISA credit cards are also accepted in many places.

Electricity:

The electric current is 220 volts. Short power blackouts are common in Luang Prabang. In small towns, the current can be off for long periods of time. After dark, it is best to keep a flashlight or candles handy. In most hotels, adaptors are necessary for French and American electronics.

Required Documentation:

All visitors to Laos require a valid passport with at least 6 months left before it expires. Visas are also required for entry into Laos. A regular tourist visa is valid for up to 30 days and will be issued upon arrival in Laos. Visa prices vary according to your country of residence. For both the USA and United Kingdom, the price is $35 U.S. dollars per person.

**2 passport size color photos will be required for the visa.

**After completing the formalities, you are required to double-check your passport to make sure the stamping is legible to avoid penalty charges on your departure from Laos.

What to Bring:

We recommend bringing a jacket, as it can get quite cool in the evenings. Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended.

Luggage information for flights:

The maximum weight allowance for your luggage is 20 kilograms (44 lbs) per person.

*Any excess luggage will be taken on Day 1 when you disembark the ship and stored at your hotel in Bangkok where you will receive it on Day 3. Kindly ensure that any excess luggage is tagged properly with your name and stateroom number on the ship.

Accommodation:

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

189 Sukhumvit Rd Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone: 66 2 126 9999

La Residence Phou Vao by Orient Express

La Résidence Phou Vao, 3 PO Box 50, Luang Prabang, PDR 84330, Laos

Phone: (+856-71) 212194

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Land cost includes:

? One-night accommodation in Bangkok at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit (Deluxe Room) or similar hotel

? Two-nights accommodation in Laos at the La Residence Phou Vao (Garden Junior Suite) or similar hotel

? Transfers and sightseeing, local English-speaking guide, and admission fees as per the program

? 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners in Luang Prabang (Dinner include a choice of two glasses of house wine or local beer)

? Gratuities to drivers and guides

? Economy-class flights from Bangkok to Luang Prabang to Bangkok

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Land cost excludes:

? Laos on-arrival visa fee (approximately $35 U.S. dollars per person, subject to change)

? Personal expenses

? Additional sightseeing, meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary

? Hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

$1,999 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST CRUISE Angkor Wat

POST CRUISE Angkor Wat

Just outside Cambodia’s Siem Reap, a unique and thrilling adventure awaits you in the jungles of Angkor, where you can uncover the rich history and grand architecture of the Khmer Empire. Obscured by dense vegetation for centuries, the glorious temples of Angkor comprise one of the world’s largest religious monuments. The most famous is the enormous Angkor Wat, whose soaring walls are covered with intricate carvings. You will also pass through the imposing gates of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire, to explore the renowned Bayon Temple.

Please also note:

- There is extensive walking at the temple sites, with steps at Bayon and Angkor Wat.

- Guests will need to bring one passport photo with them for temple pass.

- Flight schedules are subject to change and tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions.

- Cambodian visa fee is included in the tour and will be applied upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Following disembarkation from your ship, transfer to the Bangkok Airport for your morning flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport meet your local representatives who will assist with obtaining your visa and guide you through customs. *See special notes on required documentation further below. Once you have collected your luggage, continue to your bus and depart from the airport for your transfer to the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel for check in.

The afternoon includes a visit to the Banteay Srey Temple Complex (the Pink Temple). This temple is commonly known as the Citadel of Women. It’s a petite temple possessing some of the most intricate carvings in the Angkor area. Although, this temple is small, the details and quality of its architecture make it an essential must-see destination.

Also visit Banteay Samre, a large and comparatively flat temple displaying a distinctively Angkor Wat style of architecture and Srah Sran (The King’s Bath).

Back at the hotel the evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 2 - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then proceed for a visit of the city of Angkor Thom including the renowned Bayon Temple, built in the 12th century, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Elephant Terrace, a sandstone wall covered with carved hunting scenes and three-headed elephants.

Continue to visit the un-restored temple of Ta Prohm which is famous for its forest atmosphere and enormous fig trees. This temple looks just as it did when the first European explorer arrived. It is also the location of many of the scenes filmed for Angelina Jolie’s huge blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider. After lunch, you will visit the Angor Wat Temple Complex and watch the sunset (weather permitting) before transferring back to the hotel for the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3 - Friday, April 17, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel you will check out and transfer to the Siem Reap airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival at the Bangkok Airport you will be met and transferred to you hotel for the evening. The evening is at leisure and dinner on your own.

Day 4 - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Your transfer to the airport will be based on your flight time. If you have a late flight, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

7:30am Transfer from the Port to Bangkok Airport

11:35am Depart Bangkok by PG 905 for Siem Reap (Subject to change)

1:00pm Process on-arrival visa

1:30pm Transfer from Siem Reap Airport to hotel for check-in

2:30pm Drive from hotel to Banteay Srey

3:00pm Visit the magnificent Banteay Srey Temple Complex

5:30pm Drive back to the hotel

Overnight at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra or similar hotel

DAY 2

7:00am Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart hotel for Angkor Thom

8:30am Visit Bayon Temple complex, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Elephant Terrace

10:00am Visit Ta Prohm Temple

11:30am Drive to local restaurant for lunch

3:00pm Drive to Angkor Wat

3:30pm Visit Angkor Wat Temple Complex, and watching sunset at Angkor Wat

6:00pm Transfer back to the hotel

Overnight at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra or similar hotel

DAY 3

6:00am Breakfast at hotel and check out

7:30am Transfer from hotel to Siem Reap Airport

9:45am Depart Siem Reap by PG 924 for Bangkok (subject to change)

12:00pm Transfer from airport to the hotel

Rest of the day free at leisure

Overnight at the Bangkok Sofitel Sukhumvit or similar hotel

DAY 4

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out. Transfers to the Bangkok Airport are based on your flight time. For guests with late flights, luggage storage is available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather: Hot and Dry

Average mid-day temperatures can hover to upper 30s C (85-90 F), especially in inland areas like Siem Reap. It is less breezy at this time of year, the sun can be quite intense and the air becomes hazier with the rising humidity. Though sometimes quite hot, the lack of rain still leaves this good time of year to visit the temples.

What to Bring:

On this tour the key words are comfortable and casual. Remember we are visiting a foreign country and local dress codes should be observed. Please avoid uncovered shoulders, shorts or revealing clothing. Trousers or pants covering the knees are required to be worn when visiting Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Although dinners are not formal, you may want to bring something a bit dressier for that time of day.

Bring a hat or a head covering for sun protection and don’t forget your suntan lotion, sunglasses and bug spray (you should have mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hours). It’s also a good idea to bring along a small packet of tissues or wet wipes. It is also suggested that guests wear flat comfortable walking shoes (not sandals or open toed shoes / flip flops). Guest are requested to take-off their foot wear and hats when visiting religious sites.

Currency:

Guests are encouraged to bring US Dollars with them as they are most commonly accepted in Cambodia. The local currency is the Cambodian Riel and the current exchange rate is KHR$4103.02 to USD$1.00 (correct at time of writing). You may want to take smaller denominations of US Dollars with you, as they will keep you from ending up with a lot of local change that you will not be able to re-exchange back home, or on board the ship.

Electricity:

Rooms are equipped with 220-volt, two-pin US style electrical outlets.

Water: Avoid tap water and drinks with ice in them. Drink mineral water and drinks in sealed containers. Water at the hotels in both Bangkok and Siem Reap is potable.

Local Custom: As a matter of courtesy you are asked not to raise your voice nor must you ever show anger as this is deemed in local culture as being very ill mannered.

Luggage:

For a program of this length and nature, we suggest no more than one suitcase per person.

Luggage Weight Restrictions: 20kg (44lbs) - Light luggage would be most suited for this 3 night trip. Please note that the airlines allow a maximum of 1 checked suitcase (20 kg or 44lbs) and one small carry on. Any additional pieces will be paid to the airline at the guests’ expense. If you wish you can store excess luggage with our local ground operator in Bangkok. Excess luggage will be stored in a secure location and then brought to the hotel in Bangkok on Day 3 of the program. Please ensure that all bags are tagged properly and visibly with your full name and suite number on the ship.

Documentation:

Two passport sized photos should be brought with you. One for visa formalities upon arrival and one for your temple pass. Photos are generally taken electronically for the Temple Passes, however, having a backup is always a good idea. Photos should be 3x4 or 4x4 or 5x5 each

To enter Bangkok, any Mexican Nationals will need a Visa in advance of entering Thailand.

Guests must carry a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and spare pages for the Cambodian Visa. Visas will be issued on arrival. As mentioned above, one passport sized photograph will be required.

Accommodations:

Bangkok – Sofitel Sukhumvit or similar

Siem Reap –Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel or similar hotel

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Land program includes:

1 night accommodations in Bangkok – luxury room

3 nights accommodation in Siem Reap – Superior room

Transfers and sightseeing by air-conditioned coach and local English speaking guide

Admission fees as per program

3 breakfasts and 1 lunch in Siem Reap(Lunch include a choice of two glasses of house wine or local beer)

Cambodia on-arrival visa fee

Gratuities to drivers and tour guide

Economy class air tickets Bangkok – Siem Reap – Bangkok

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Land program excludes:

Any meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Additional sightseeing and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,699 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST CRUISE One Night in Bangkok

POST CRUISE One Night in Bangkok

A wonderful introduction to Bangkok, this excursion presents the absolute highlights, including the Old City, Chinatown, several markets, and the inspiring Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Upon disembarkation from the ship, you will be transferred to the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok. Following check in, the day is at leisure, allowing you to explore on your own. If you wish, the cruise line or the hotel concierge can arrange a private tour.

One excellent option is the Grand Palace, which is open until 3:30pm daily. Built in 1782 by King Rama I at the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty, the palace was once the residence of the kings of Siam. Today, royal ceremonies and state events take place here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a half-day tour of Bangkok. Your first stop will be the Flower Market at Pak-Klong-Talad, the city’s largest wholesale and retail fresh-flower market. The brilliant colors, exotic fragrances and sheer number of flowers are astonishing.

Afterwards, you will visit Chinatown, an area settled by Chinese merchants in the 18th century. Later, you will meander through the beautiful streets of the Old City of Bangkok, before traveling by Tuk Tuk, a 3-wheeled motorized taxi, to Wat Pho temple. Known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it is renowned for its large statue of Buddha covered in gold leaf.

The half-day tour ends with an inspired shopping opportunity, where you may browse for souvenirs, Thai silk, jewelry and local handicrafts. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day doing whatever you please. As a suggestion, you might visit the floating market or take a leisurely boat ride along the Chao Phraya River, which divides the city.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out by 12:00pm. Your airport transfer will be based on your flight details. If you have a later flight, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

AM Disembark your ship and transfer to the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. Private tours can be set up through the cruise line ahead of your cruise or through the Destination Services Staff on board the ship. Contact our Reservations Department for further details on private arrangement rates and options. There will also be a concierge at your hotel that can assist with arrangements for the day.

Overnight at the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 2

7:30am Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Drive to the Pak-Klong-Talad flower market)

9:00am Visit the flower market

9:30am Drive to Chinatown

10:30am Walk around the Old City of Bangkok

11:00am Travel to Wat Pho temple by Tuk Tuk

11:15am Visit Wat Pho temple

11:45am Depart for shopping

12:30pm Return to the hotel

Lunch and the remainder of the day is at leisure

Overnight at the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Check out from the hotel

Transfer to the Bangkok airport

EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Check out is 12:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather:

Expect it to be hot and dry with an average mid-day temperature in the upper 30s C (85° to 90° F). The sun can be quite intense and the air becomes hazier with the rising humidity.

What to Bring:

Think comfortable and casual. However, local dress codes should be observed so please avoid uncovered shoulders, shorts or revealing clothing. Trousers or pants covering the knees are required to be worn when visiting temples or places of worship. It is requested that footwear and hats be taken off in religious sites.

However, bring a hat or a head covering for sun protection elsewhere and don’t forget suntan lotion and sunglasses. Wear comfortable walking shoes, not sandals or open-toed shoes. It is also a good idea to bring a small packet of tissues or wet wipes.

Currency:

Guests are encouraged to bring U.S. dollars (small bills are recommended) as they are commonly accepted in Thailand.

Electricity:

Rooms are equipped with 220-volt, two-pin U.S.-style electrical outlets.

Water: Avoid tap water and beverages with ice. Drink mineral water and beverages in sealed containers. Water at the hotels in Bangkok is potable.

Local Custom: As a matter of courtesy, please don’t raise your voice or show anger, as this is deemed in local culture as being very ill mannered.

Documentation:

A valid passport is required. Consult with your local Thai embassy for visa requirements.

Accommodations:

Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel or similar hotel – Deluxe Room

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

Two nights accommodation with daily breakfast in Bangkok

All tours and transfers by private air-conditioned coach, local English-speaking guide, and admission fees as per the program.

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes:

Personal expenses including hotel incidentals

Additional sightseeing and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Meals or beverages not listed in the program

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

$799 Per Guest



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