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ANGKOR WAT OVERLAND BKK TO HCM

ANGKOR WAT OVERLAND BKK TO HCM

Experience the magnificent Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia, built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Day 1: March 28th, 2015

Depart the ship in Bangkok and transfer to the airport. Upon arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport and obtaining your Visa, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Le Meridien Hotel. Following check-in and some free time to relax at the hotel, you will enjoy dinner with a Khmer dance show. (One 4x6 sized photo on photo paper is required for the Cambodian Visa)

Day 2: March 29th, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Angkor Thom complex. You will visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon Complex whose giant stone faces have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The curious smiling faces are said to be the representation of King Jayavarman VII, the creator of Bayon Temple.

Another highlight is a visit to the famous Ta Prohm Temple, famous for its forest atmosphere with enormous fig trees. This temple looks just as it did when the first European explorer arrived. You may recognize it as it’s also the location of many scenes filmed for Angelina Jolie’s huge blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider. Your morning of adventure will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon you will drive to Bantey Srei, the beautiful ‘Women’s Citadel’ located 32km from Siem Reap town. This is the last major Khmer temple to be re-discovered in Cambodia.

Your day will end with a visit to Angkor Wat. This is the highest and most magnificent temple in Cambodia. This huge temple was built by King Suryavarman as a Hinduist temple. His tomb was on the top tower. Angkor Wat has three floors and many roofs, doors and gates and you will see two long snakes with 7 heads which are considered to be dragons, on both sides of the entrance to the complex.

Enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat and then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 3: March 30th, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. Once you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, visas will be issued and you will be met and transferred directly to the ship. (One 4x6 sized photo on photo paper is required for the Vietnamese Visa)

Land Program Step by Step:

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

Day 1

7:30am Depart the port in Bangkok for the airport

10:20am Arrive at the airport and check in for flight K6 707 (subject to change)

11:10am Flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap

12:35pm Arrive in Siem Reap. Visa is arranged

1:00pm Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel

7:00pm Transfer to a local restaurant for dinner and Khmer Show

Overnight at Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

Day 2

7:00am Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Transfer to Angkor Thom complex. Visit the Southern Gate the Bayon complex, Phimean Akas Temples, the Elephants Terrace & Leper King, Preah Khan, Neak Khan

9:30am Visit Ta Prohm Temple

11:30am Lunch at a local restaurant with your choice of one soft drink or one local beer or one bottle of water

12:30pm Drive to Bantey Srei, the ‘Women’s Citadel’

3:30pm Visit Angkor Wat

5:30pm Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat (subject to weather conditions)

6:00pm Return to the hotel

6:30pm Evening at your leisure

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at the Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon

9:30am Check in for your flight from Siem Reap to Saigon

11:20am Flight K6 808 (subject to change) to Saigon

12:20pm Arrival, meet and greet, Visa is arranged on arrival

12:45pm Transfer to ship

1:30pm Approximate arrival at the ship

Expected Weather: 30 – 35 C (80-90 F) With very little shade

What to Bring: Casual clothes (there are no dress code restrictions), comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, insect repellant.

Currency: US dollars are popular and accepted everywhere. USD 1 = approximately 4,000 Cambodian Riels

Electricity: 220 Volts

Luggage: Light luggage would be most suited for this 2 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.

Documents: Valid Passports are required.

*Please bring with you two 4x6 sized photos on photo paper for the Cambodian and Vietnamese Visas. Do not pack them in your suitcase as you will them upon arrival into each airport.

Accommodation:

Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or another similar hotel.

If a similar hotel is required due to unforseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Flights – K6 is Cambodia Angkor Air - Airbus 321 (subject to change)

Program Includes:

• 2 nights’ accommodation at Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or similar hotel

• Two breakfasts

• One lunch and one dinner - one local beer or one mineral water or one soft drink included

• Transfers and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary using air-conditioned buses

• Bottled water will be provided on the buses.

• Air ticket in economy class from Bangkok to Siem Reap

• Air ticket in economy class from Siem Reap to Saigon

• English Speaking Guide

• Cambodian and Vietnamese Visas

• All transfers

Program Excludes:

• Any meals or drinks not specified above

• Personal expenses, hotel incidentals

• Gratuities to drivers 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 generally recommended.

$1,799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



XI'AN & TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

XI'AN & TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

Day 1 - April 10th, 2015

Depart from pier and transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Xian in the morning. Upon arrival in Xian, meet and transfer firstly to local renowned Defachang Restaurant for Dumpling Lunch.

After lunch, you will tour Xi'an's landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Continue to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China's most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi'an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi'an.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into beautiful Hilton Xi'an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 2 - April 11th, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China's first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After lunch at the museum's Friendship Restaurant, you will transfer to the Xian Airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will transfer back to the ship in the Port of Shanghai.

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

DAY 1

8:30am Depart from pier and transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

09:45am Arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport

11:10am Flight MU292 Shanghai/Xian. (subject to change) Lunch will be served

onboard flight

1:40pm Upon arrival in Xi'an, meet and transfer for tour

3:00pm Visit to the City Wall

4:15pm Visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

5:45pm Check into your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on

own.

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an or similar hotel

DAY 2

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

8:30am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit to the Terra-Cotta Warriors' Museum

12:30pm Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Transfer to the airport

2:45pm Arrive at Xian Airport

4:00pm Flight MU2169 Xian/ Shanghai (subject to change)

6:15pm Upon arrival in Shanghai, meet and transfer to pier

8:00pm Return to pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather: The weather in cities of Shanghai , Xi'an & Beijing are typically sunny days in early April with temperature ranging from High C20/F68 to Low C10/F50.

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sun glasses, wind-proof jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approx. RMBY 6.1 = US $ 1.00

Money exchange is available at the hotel cashier. Most shops accept US dollars and credit cards.

Electricity: The Voltage in China is 220 volts (U.S. Standard is 110 volts). Adapters and transformers are available from the hotel housekeeping.

Luggage information: Maximum 20 kg/1 piece per person for check luggage and 5 kg/1 piece per person for carry-on luggage.

Documents and Visa Requirements: A Chinese Visa is required for this overland program as well as a valid passport.

Hotel address:

Hilton Xi'an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

TEL: 86-29-87388888

*If a similar hotel is required it will be of equal ratings and standards

Program Includes :

" Coach class air tickets Shanghai/Xian/Shanghai

" 1 night's accommodation at Hilton Xi'an or similar with daily

breakfasts

" All tours as per itinerary

" 1 breakfast and 2 lunches ( lunch include a choice of 1 glass of soft

drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

" All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

Program Excludes:

" Any meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour

guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals and other personal items;

" Chinese Visa

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.

$1,199 Per Guest


Overland Tours



THE ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

THE ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

Explore the spectacular icons in three of China's greatest cities, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 1: April 12, 2015

After disembarking from the ship, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport and fly to Xi'an. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the highly popular Defachang restaurant for an authentic dumpling lunch.

Afterwards, you will tour Xi'an's landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Then, it's on to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China's most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi'an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi'an.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into beautiful Hilton Xi'an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 2: April 13, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China's first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After visiting, you will have lunch nearby and then continue to the Great Mosque, one of China's oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques. Built in the late 14th century, and then rebuilt a few centuries later, the Great Mosque offers a wonderful introduction into the city's history and features a unique blend of traditional Arabian and Chinese architectural styles.

Following the exploration of the mosque, you will transfer back to the hotel. A few hours later, you will depart for the Tang Palace restaurant to watch the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. This performance of traditional dance and music provides a wonderful look into the artistry that flourished in China approximately 1,500 years ago. Following the performance, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3: 25 April 14, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the Xi'an Airport and fly to Beijing, the historical capital of China. Upon arriving, you will soon transfer to a restaurant for lunch.

Then, it's on to the undisputed highlight of the day: the Great Wall of China. You will enter at the Juyongguan section, which stretches over a natural pass just outside of the city. Built in the 3rd century B.C. to protect China's northern border from foreign invaders, the entire wall rambles over thousands of miles east to west. It is the world's largest military structure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following your time at the Great Wall, you will check into the Regent Beijing for the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4: 25 April 15, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The world's largest palace, the Forbidden City is a sprawling 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing treasures of China's imperial past.

Continuing on, you will then see impressive Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square. It has long been a gathering place for cultural and political events, perhaps the most notorious being the government's brutal crackdown on protesting students who set up camp here in 1989. The square contains numerous monuments and buildings, including Tiananmen Tower, the Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.

After walking about the square, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then transfer to the pier and re-board the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

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

DAY 1

6:30am Depart from the pier for the Shanghai Pudong Airport

7:45am Arrive at the Shanghai Pudong Airport

9:00am Fly to Xi'an (Flight FM9205, subject to change)

11:25am Arrive in Xi'an and transfer for lunch

12:45pm Dumpling lunch at the Defachang restaurant

2:15pm Visit the city walls

3:30pm Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

5:00pm Hotel check in. The remainder of the day is on your own

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an

DAY 2

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

10:00am Visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum

1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm Visit the Great Mosque

4:30pm Return to the hotel

6:45pm Depart from hotel

7:15pm Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

10:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an

DAY 3

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

7:00am Depart from the hotel

8:00am Arrive at Xi'an Airport

9:00am Fly from Xi'an to Beijing (Flight MU2109, subject to change)

10:55am Arrive in Beijing and transfer for lunch

12:45pm Lunch

2:45pm Visit the Great Wall of China

6:00pm Check into the Regent Hotel, dinner on own

DAY 4

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Visit the Forbidden City

11:00am Visit Tiananmen Square

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Transfer to the port of Tianjin

4:15pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather: The weather in Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing is typically sunny in mid-April with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Not all restrooms in China have conventional toilets; some are squat toilets only slighter higher than the floor. You will encounter both conventional and squat toilets while traveling. It is advisable to always carry hand sanitizer and extra tissues and toilet paper in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approximately 6.1 RMBY to one U.S. dollar. Exchanging money is available at the hotels, and most shops accept U.S. dollars and credit cards.

Electricity: The voltage in China is 220 volts (U.S. standard is 110 volts). Adapters and transformers are available from the hotel housekeeping.

Luggage: The maximum allowed is one checked bag weighing up to 44 pounds (20 kilograms) and one piece of carry-on luggage weighing up to 11 pounds (5 kilograms).

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

Hotel addresses:

Hilton Xi'an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

TEL: 86-29-87388888

Regent Beijing

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China

Telephone: + 86 10 8522 1888

If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes:

" Coach-class air tickets between Shanghai, Xian and Beijing

" Accommodation for two nights at the Hilton Xi'an and one night at the

Regent Beijing

" All tours as per itinerary

" 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner (lunch and dinner include one

soft drink, local beer or mineral water)

" All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the program

Program excludes:

" Meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour

guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals and other personal items

" Chinese visa

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.

$1,499 Per Guest


Overland Tours



FORTRESSES AND FLOWERS

FORTRESSES AND FLOWERS

This wonderful tour offers an historical look at the aftermath from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, juxtaposed against the serenity of Japanese gardens and the splendor of castles and museums.

Day 1 - April 19, 2015

After disembarking from the ship, you will drive directly to Peace Memorial Park, an urban greenscape built near the hypocenter or Ground Zero of the atomic bomb blast that leveled much of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The inspiring park was built to represent Nagasaki's wish for world peace and the hope that a conflict of the magnitude of World War II never occurs again.

The effect of the bombing is also demonstrated at your next stop, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Photographs taken in the city immediately after the atomic blast, as well as artifacts that survived the explosion, are on permanent exhibit. You will also visit the solemn hypocenter near the museum.

Then following a Western-style lunch, you will drive east along a picturesque peninsula to Shimabara castle. Amazingly, it is a complete re-creation of the original feudal castle that was constructed here in the early 1600s but later dismantled during the Meiji period. However, the surrounding stonewalls are original. Inside, you may see weapons, armor and other treasures, including those related to the 1637 Shimabara Rebellion, an uprising of Christian peasantry.

Next, you will drive to Shimabara port and board a ferry to Kumamoto on the other side of the bay. Following check-in at the lovely Hotel Nikko Kumamoto, you will walk a short distance along its inviting streets to a renowned restaurant for a traditional Japanese-style dinner.

In time, you will walk back to the hotel to settle in and spend the evening.

Day 2 - April 20, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, your sightseeing tour of Kumamoto will begin at Suizenji Park. First constructed in 1636 as a tea retreat, the park has grown to become one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. The meticulously manicured grounds and serene reflective ponds make for an immensely relaxing experience.

Not far away, you will find the National Historical Site of Kumamoto castle. Although largely destroyed during the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877, it was extensively rebuilt in the 1960s. The castle is a repository of exceptional artifacts that include samurai armor and personal belongings from its former lords. Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by cherry trees, the castle boasts a number of defensive architectural features such as wooden overhangs designed to prevent attackers from getting inside.

A ride on Japan's famed bullet train awaits you next. Zipping from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in less than an hour, you will arrive in time for lunch and then tour beautiful Iso-teien Garden.

Built around the same time as Suizenji Park, the garden is also known as Senganen, and overlooks Kinko Bay and a towering volcano beyond. Once the summer villa of the powerful Shimazu clan, the property includes artificial rivers, a bamboo grove, cascading waterfall and a traditional poem-writing garden.

You will also spend time in the garden's nearby Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Japan's first Western-style factory. Established in 1852 to produce cannons, glass, ceramics and farm tools, it now holds exhibits devoted to the 700-year Shimazu family history.

After visiting, you will drive back to Marin Port Kagoshima and re-board your ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

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

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Peace Memorial Park

10:30am Visit Peace Memorial Park

11:00am Drive to the Atomic Bomb Museum

11:10am Visit the Atomic Bomb Museum

12:40pm Drive to lunch at a hotel restaurant

1:00pm Enjoy a Western-style lunch

2:00pm Drive to Shimabara Castle

3:45pm Visit Shimabara Castle

4:35pm Drive to Shimabara Gaiko port

5:30pm Ride the ferry to Kumamoto port

6:00pm Arrive in the port and transfer to the Hotel Nikko Kumamoto

6:30pm CHeck in at the hotel

7:15pm Walk to a nearby restaurant

7:30pm Enjoy a Japanese-style dinner

9:00pm Walk back to the hotel

Overnight at the Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

8:15am Check out and start Kumamoto sightseeing tour

8:30am Visit Suizenji Park

9:10am Drive to Kumamoto Castle

9:30am Visit Kumamoto Castle

10:40am Drive to Kumamoto Station

10:55am Arrive at Kumamoto Station

11:22am Ride the bullet train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima

12:09pm Arrive at Kagoshima Station

12:30pm Drive to a nearby restaurant

12:45pm Enjoy lunch

1:45pm Drive to Senganen (Iso-teien Garden)

2:15pm Visit Senganen (Iso-teien Garden)

3:45pm Drive to Marin Port Kagoshima

4:30pm Arrive at the port and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

The temperature can be as low as 40° F to 44° F in the evening and morning, rising to 59° F to 64° F during the day.

What to Bring:

Warm clothing is strongly recommended, as are hats, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

Local currency: Japanese yen

Electricity: 100v

Luggage: One overnight handbag per person. The bullet train cannot accommodate large suitcases.

Documents and Visa Requirements: Please consult your nearest Japanese embassy for regulations for your country or origin.

Accommodation:

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

One-night hotel accommodation at Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

Shinkansen bullet train (tourist class) from Kumamoto to Kagoshima

Ferry ticket from Shimabara to Kumamoto

1 Breakfast and 2 western-style lunches (2 soft drinks included)

1 Japanese-style dinner (2 soft drinks or local beer or wine included)

English-speaking tour guide throughout

Admission to Atomic Bomb Museum, Shimabara Castle, Kumamoto Castle, Suizenji Park and Senganen

Ground arrangements as per the itinerary

Not Included:

Items of a personal nature such as additional drinks or meals and snacks, hotel incidentals and gratuities for the driver and guides.

Please note: This program involves moderate to extensive walking during site visits. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs and negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. The tour is therefore not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. The bullet train cannot accommodate electric scooters and wheelchairs.

$1,399 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. Upon arrival in Hanoi, check-in to the hotel before enjoying a dinner at a local restaurant. Spend the evening at a local theater, entertained by an engaging water puppet show 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 your in-depth exploration of Hanoi with a 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, 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.

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, visit 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.

Next you will visit the Museum of Minority Ethnics with its extensive displays dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples.

Your trip concludes with the drive back to Halong Bay and the ship.

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

2:15pm Drive to Hanoi

6:30pm Check in at hotel

7:00pm Dinner at local restaurant (includes on soft drink or local beer)

8:00pm Depart for Water Puppet Theatre

8:15pm Enjoy the water puppet show

9:15pm Back to hotel for relaxation

Overnight at the Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi or similar hotel

DAY TWO

7:00am Breakfast at the hotel and check out

8:00am Drive to Ho Chi Minh 's Mausoleum

8:30am Visit Ho Chi Minh Stilt House and One-Pillar Pagoda

9:45am Drive to the Temple of Literature

10:05am Visit the Temple of Literature

10:35am Drive to Hoa Lo Prison ( Hanoi Hilton)

10:50am Visit inside Hoa Lo

11:20am Drive to Hanoi Old Quarter

11:35am Visit inside Hanoi Old Quarter

12:35pm Depart for local restaurant

12:50pm Lunch at the local restaurant

1:50pm Drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda

2:10pm Visit inside the Tran Quoc Pagoda

2:40pm Depart for the museum of Ethnic minorities

3:00pm Visit inside the museum

3:30pm Drive back to the ship.

7:30pm 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 Dragons Bay & Hanoi

Mythical Dragons Bay & Hanoi

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


Overland Tours



Polynesian Paradise Garden View Hilton Moorea

Polynesian Paradise Garden View Hilton Moorea

NOTE: This program is only available to guests who are in transit doing back to back cruises.

Disembark the ship in Moorea to indulge in the luxuries of the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, where you will spend an evening in one of the most extraordinary hotels in Tahiti.

Day 1

In the afternoon, you will be met on the dock in Moorea and then transfer to the idyllic Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Nestled between two bays and set against a beautiful mountain backdrop, the resort offers two choices in accommodations: a garden-view bungalow or an overwater bungalow. Both types of bungalows are decorated in a wonderfully appealing contemporary Polynesian style.

Following check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure to do as you please, while enjoying the resort’s facilities. You might walk along the beach, take a refreshing swim in the ocean, snorkel in the lagoon, and pamper yourself in the spa. If you are feeling more ambitious, you may play tennis and work out in the fitness center.

Sunsets are extraordinary at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, and there are plenty of romantic spots to watch the spectacle. Later, you will enjoy dinner in the resort’s lagoon-side Arii Vahine Restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

In the morning, breakfast will be served. If you are staying in a garden-view bungalow, you will enjoy a hearty American breakfast in the Arii Vahine Restaurant. If you are staying in an overwater bungalow, the staff will paddle a traditional outrigger canoe to your private terrace and deliver a traditional Polynesian breakfast.

The remainder of the morning is yours to enjoy. You might indulge in an amenity you have yet to try or revisit an activity you found particularly enjoyable. In time, you will transfer back to the terminal and ride the ferry to Papeete to re-join the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

The Destination Services team on board the ship will reconfirm the timing of your transfers.

Deluxe Garden Bungalow Program Includes:

* Welcome cocktail with flower lei

* One in-room fruit basket

* One bottle of champagne (75 centiliters/25 ounces)

* A three-course plated dinner at the Arii Vahine Restaurant, including a half-bottle of sparkling or mineral water, one soda and a half-bottle of house wine or one local beer.

* One night in a deluxe garden-view bungalow at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

* American breakfast

* City tax

* Transfers (non-private) from the Moorea pier to the Hilton resort

* Transfers (non-private) from the Hilton resort to the ferry pier

* A ferry ride (one-way, non-private) to Papeete

* Transfer (non-private) from the ferry pier to the cruise pier in Papeete

Not Included:

Gratuities

Meals and beverages not listed above

Personal expenses, including incidentals such as the spa at the hotel

Use of motorized watersports

Accommodations:

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

Check-in time: 2:00pm

Check-out time: 11:00am

Expected Weather:

The climate for all of the Tahitian Islands, including Moorea, is tropical. May through October is the dry season and rain is rare. Temperatures generally range between 24-28 degrees Celsius (72-82 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperatures only fluctuate minimally from day to night.

What to bring:

One overnight bag per person packed with light, loose clothing, a bathing suit, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

Electricity:

220 volts (60Hz). A converter/adaptor is usually available upon request.

Note:

Shops in French Polynesia are open from Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm., and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Most establishments are closed on Sunday, including many restaurants. However in Papeete market is open from 5 am to 10 am. Merchandise includes a variety of flowers, food, pareos(wraparound skirts), hats, mother of pearl items, art objects and souvenirs.

$699 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Polynesian Paradise Overwater Bungalow Hilton

Polynesian Paradise Overwater Bungalow Hilton

NOTE: This program is only available to guests who are in transit doing back to back cruises.

Disembark the ship in Moorea to indulge in the luxuries of the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, where you will spend an evening in one of the most extraordinary hotels in Tahiti.

Day 1

In the afternoon, you will be met on the dock in Moorea and then transfer to the idyllic Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Nestled between two bays and set against a beautiful mountain backdrop, the resort offers two choices in accommodations: a garden-view bungalow or an overwater bungalow. Both types of bungalows are decorated in a wonderfully appealing contemporary Polynesian style.

Following check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure to do as you please, while enjoying the resort’s facilities. You might walk along the beach, take a refreshing swim in the ocean, snorkel in the lagoon, and pamper yourself in the spa. If you are feeling more ambitious, you may play tennis and work out in the fitness center.

Sunsets are extraordinary at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, and there are plenty of romantic spots to watch the spectacle. Later, you will enjoy dinner in the resort’s lagoon-side Arii Vahine Restaurant before retiring for the evening.

Day 2

In the morning, breakfast will be served. If you are staying in a garden-view bungalow, you will enjoy a hearty American breakfast in the Arii Vahine Restaurant. If you are staying in an overwater bungalow, the staff will paddle a traditional outrigger canoe to your private terrace and deliver a traditional Polynesian breakfast.

The remainder of the morning is yours to enjoy. You might indulge in an amenity you have yet to try or revisit an activity you found particularly enjoyable. In time, you will transfer back to the terminal and ride the ferry to Papeete to re-join the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

The Destination Services team on board the ship will reconfirm the timing of your transfers.

Overwater Bungalow Program Includes:

* Welcome cocktail with flower lei

* One in-room fruit basket

* One bottle of champagne (75 centiliters/25 ounces)

* A three-course plated dinner at the Arii Vahine Restaurant, including a half-bottle of sparkling or mineral water, one soda and a half-bottle of house wine or one local beer.

* One night in an overwater bungalow at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

* Breakfast delivered by an outrigger canoe

* City tax

* Transfers (non-private) from the Moorea pier to the Hilton resort

* Transfers (non-private) from the Hilton resort to the ferry pier

* A ferry ride (one-way, non-private) to Papeete

* Transfer (non-private) from the ferry pier to the cruise pier in Papeete

Not Included:

Gratuities

Meals and beverages not listed above

Personal expenses, including incidentals such as the spa at the hotel

Use of motorized watersports

Accommodations:

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

Check-in time: 2:00pm

Check-out time: 11:00am

Expected Weather:

The climate for all of the Tahitian Islands, including Moorea, is tropical. May through October is the dry season and rain is rare. Temperatures generally range between 24-28 degrees Celsius (72-82 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperatures only fluctuate minimally from day to night.

What to bring:

One overnight bag per person packed with light, loose clothing, a bathing suit, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

Electricity:

220 volts (60Hz). A converter/adaptor is usually available upon request.

Note:

Shops in French Polynesia are open from Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm., and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Most establishments are closed on Sunday, including many restaurants. However in Papeete market is open from 5 am to 10 am. Merchandise includes a variety of flowers, food, pareos(wraparound skirts), hats, mother of pearl items, art objects and souvenirs.

$899 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Overnight and Highlights of Beijing

Overnight and Highlights of Beijing

$449 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Beijing on your Own and Overnight

Beijing on your Own and Overnight

$279 Per Guest



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