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Vietnam, Hong Kong & Singapore

Travel with us along the stunningly beautiful coastline of south eastern China. Our cruise is one of contrasts. As the Pacific Rim becomes the economic powerhouse of the world, we’ll see evidence of this in the 21st century metropolises of Hong Kong and Singapore. We will also see many splendid Buddhist temples. There are palm-lined sandy beaches and neon-lit thoroughfares, architectural wonders of the 21st century and memories of the colonial eras.

From£4,175

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Leisurely

Grade 2 Sightseeing

Mixes active sightseeing with short city or countryside walks. Any walks will take up to 2 hours and any ascents or descents will be taken at a leisurely pace. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the highlights of Hong Kong’s remarkable skyscrapers, pristine woodlands and golden beaches of Southeast Asia
  • Visit the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, take a ride on the famous Star Ferry and ride the steepest tram in the world to the lofty heights of Victoria Peak of Hong Kong
  • Discover the spectacular scenery and diverse culture of the ‘friendship and smiles’ land of Vietnam
  • Visit raucous markets and tranquil gardens, ancient temples and neon-filled thoroughfares

Join us for this beautiful 17-night cruise on board the Boudicca ship, and discover this cruise of contrasts along the stunning coastline of south eastern China. As the Pacific Rim evolves into the economic powerhouse of the world, we’ll observe evidence of the old and new. Skyscrapers and cityscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore, merge with splendid Buddhist temples, and palm-lined beaches stand against neon-lit thoroughfares and architectural wonders. This tour encapsulates the perfect blend of 21st century modernity with echoes back to the colonial era. Beginning with a flight and an overnight hotel stay in Hong Kong, we’ll spent two days exploring one of the world's most iconic cities. We continue the journey down to the buzzing country of Vietnam, here we uncover spectacular scenery and diverse culture. We will encounter kind people and a warm reception upon arrival, not too bad from a country that is torn between being unsullied and joining the commercial world. In Vietnam, we will experience the hustle and bustle of city life, beautiful mountains, deltas, magnificent beaches and four stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites. We pass through Da Nang, Ha Long Bay and Nha Trang before our final Vietnamese destination Ho Chi Minh City. With five days at sea, there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, get your bearings, and get to know your fellow travelling companions and ship staff. Continuing south, we arrive in Singapore for two days exploring this modern-day metropolis. Our final port of call is exploring Phuket in Thailand, but it’s not over just yet. We discover Sino-Portuguese influences amongst Phuket’s culture and architecture, its colourful streets and buildings. This is graded as an easy walking & activity holiday, interspersed with sightseeing in major cities and the islands of the South China Sea. Evenings are spent on board Boudicca with a sumptuous dinner and the chance to discuss your day over a drink. All ports of call are accompanied by a local guide who will share insider knowledge and experiences, as well as introducing us to natural and man-made wonders.


  • Outbound economy class flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong via Bangkok, returning with Thai Airways from Bangkok International
  • One hotel night in Hong Kong
  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
  • Tips to the ship’s restaurant staff
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. At the time of writing Fred Olsen offer various packages from £16 for 30 minutes to £84 for unlimited access on a 14-day cruise. Please ask for more details at the Reception Desk on the ship
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 to 2

Fly to Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Departing London Heathrow, we take an overnight flight via Bangkok to Hong Kong. Upon arrival mid-morning, we transfer by coach to the hotel for the opportunity with some downtime to shower and relax. In the afternoon, we board a short ferry to Wanchai followed by a walk around the local area. Dinner is taken in a local restaurant before returning to the hotel.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing from Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for a full day guided tour exploring the fascinating city of Hong Kong. Highlights include a walk through the Hong Kong park, stunning views of the city and outlying islands from Victoria Peak, plus tours of Aberdeen.

The first attraction on the tour is a ride up the world’s steepest funicular railway to Victoria Peak viewpoint. This summit offers a heavenly view of the island and the city below. Next up is a walk through the Hong Kong park, St John’s Cathedral and Central Business area, before travelling by ‘sampan’ to an Aberdeen Fishing Village. Here, we hope to gain a deeper insight into the lifestyle of Hong Kong’s fishing community, with a closer view of the colourful junks which dot the harbour. After returning to Hong Kong mid-afternoon we board Boudicca, our home for the next 14 nights.

Day 4

Exploring Hong Kong

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we embark on an adventure to Lantau, one of the more picturesque outer islands. Upon arrival, we make our way to the revered Po Lin Monastery and hike up to the marvellous 34-meter high Tian Tan Buddha statue. After taking spectacular photos of the island, we walk down to Ngong Ping village before soaring along the rugged mountainside and back to the main Island on the 360-cable car.

Note: The itineraries for days 3 and 4 may be switched dependent upon weather and the operation of the cable car.

Day 5

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel across the South China Sea but don’t expect Boudicca to be sailing alone – one third of the world’s sea traffic passes through these waters. On days at sea, there is a range of activities available on board to keep you busy including fitness classes, gym, on board lectures, spa treatments. Failing that, you can simply relax in one of the lounges with a Singapore Sling and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 6

Da Nang, Vietnam

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We arrive into Vietnam amidst the green hills and sandy beaches of Chan May. On our arrival day we drive two hours to the beautiful city of Hoi An. Along the way, stop at China Beach for a history lesson and time to relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery, clear water and golden beaches. We explore the ancient city of Hoi An, with a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Old Quarter, stopping off at Chinese Assembly Halls, Ancestral Homes, the Japanese Covered Bridge and well-preserved Pagodas. Hoi An is a truly remarkable city. Enjoy a stop for a coffee and chat with a knowledgeable local guide, this gives us the opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about Vietnam’s history, culture, people and life. Later, we enjoy our packed lunch in either Hoi An or Da Nang city, before enjoying the beautiful scenery of Danang beach. We finish our day back at Chan May port on board Boudicca. 

Day 7

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Spend the day at sea cruising along the east coast towards Ha Long Bay.

Day 8

Half day cruise Ha Long Bay

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

It is expected that today will be a highlight for many.

Ha Long Bay, also known as the ‘bay of descending dragons’ is a cluster of over 1600 islands that rise out of the emerald waters in the Gulf of Tonkin. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, also recognized as one of the natural wonders of the world. This area is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography. These islands form a magnificent seascape of limestone pillars and most of them are uninhabited by humans. Set sail to the Dao Tung Lam Bay where we enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by this magnificent backdrop. Feast on a range of traditional Vietnamese dishes before sailing on to Ga Choi Island - said to resemble two fighting cocks! Take time to marvel at the huge limestone karts rising from the calm water before arriving to Paradise Cave - a huge grotto of stalactites and stalagmites.

Fear not, there will still be time to relax on the junk's sundeck with a cocktail or two before returning to Tuan Chau Marina. Here we cross the city back to the ship.

Day 9

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This day is all about relaxation as we sail along the east coast towards Nha Trang. Use the time to wind down in the warm sun and reflect on your discoveries and learnings over the past 8 days.

Day 10

Nha Trang Vietnam

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Nha Trang is blessed with a truly picturesque location between the sea and the mountains, with many islands in the bay and a long sweeping sandy beach. We visit the Oceanographic Institute, an ancient Buddhist temple complex, as well as the White Buddha in the Long Son Pagoda. There may also be time to explore the central market and stroll along the seafront.

Day 11 to 12

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Officially known as Ho Chi Min City, all but local officials call Vietnam’s largest city Saigon. Transfer by coach (1.5 hrs) to the city centre for our guided tour. Beginning of the city’s central post office, we visit Notre Dame Cathedral, followed by a stroll to the Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street, to the Saigon Opera House. From here we walk to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Our private tour ends with a quick visit to Bitexco Tower, the city’s tallest building to see Saigon’s dramatic skyline. This is the perfect place to test out the panoramic setting on your camera! Our second day takes a different turn as we escape the congestion of Ho Chi Minh City, and make our way into the countryside for a short visit to a cricket farm, before reaching Cu Chi Tunnels. This infamous underground tunnel network was used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. They were so narrow, they needed to be widened for western tourists. Next, we travel down the Saigon River by speedboat and enjoy one of the lesser explored areas of the city, still brimming with culture. Our final experience of the morning is one of our taste buds with lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant, before making our way back to the pier.

Day 13

Sailing towards Singapore

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Saying our fond farewells to Vietnam, we cruise the western rim of the South China Sea heading towards Singapore.

Day 14 to 15

Exploring Singapore

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our arrival into Singapore is flanked with a panoramic tour of the city, and an afternoon visit to the ‘Gardens by the Bay’. Here we walk through Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, a suspended walkway between the Cloud Forest’s indoor waterfall and walk to the Supertree Grove.

For our second day in Singapore, we begin with a short boat trip across to Merlion Park with spectacular views of Marina Bay waterfront. Wander through the boulevards lined with historic buildings, then continue towards the breathtaking Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Sri Mariaman Temple, and discover vibrant Chinatown and Little India.

Day 16

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Another day at sea as Boudicca heads towards Phuket in Thailand. Take the time to relax in the warm sun, enjoy the leisure facilities including swimming pools, Jacuzzis, gym and evening cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music.

Day 17

Phuket City tour & Return Flight back to the UK

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Our final day is spent in Phuket before boarding the evening flight back to the UK.

We have time to visit to a local market, the Kajorn Rangsan Temple and nearby Chin Pracha Mansion, plus stop for a snack and a refreshing drink before continuing through Phuket’s oldest streets. We visit a hidden Chinese temple with a stop at a stunning historic house for Thai lunch. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Wat Chalong, Phuket’s largest temple, including Luang Pho Cham and Luang Pho Chuang. Finally, after a quick stop at a cashew nut grove, the tour finishes at a famous viewpoint at Phromthep Cave, here you have the chance to watch the setting sun before transferring to Phuket Airport before 18:00hr.


Day 18

Arrival back in UK

We are scheduled to arrive back at London Heathrow at 06.20 on 12th February.

From (GBP)£4,175

Departure dates for your selected tour

26th Jan 2021 - 12th Feb 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

For our holidays which sail from the UK, departure ports vary.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Metropark

The four star Metropark Hotel Kowloon, is excellently located in the centre of Kowloon, and is only a 15 minute walk to the famous Lady Market and Kowloon shopping areas, which help form the unique culture and street life of Hong Kong.

Rooms are clean and spacious and come with complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TVs and coffee making facilities.

The hotel has a small rooftop pool, where you can take a dip and sunbathe. A fitness room offers a range of gym equipment for your use as well.

To help you get around town the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service, which rides to the Mongkok shopping area and the Tsimshatsui waterfront.

Boudicca (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory. If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade.

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Boudicca operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Boudicca is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday which mixes active sightseeing with short countryside walks. Walks are likely to take up to 2 hours and any ascents or descents will be taken at a leisurely pace. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

The described walks assume that the weather will be good and that the ship will keep to the planned schedule. We may have to change the walks if the ship’s schedule changes or there is poor weather.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Fred Olsen Paying On Board

The currency on board ship is sterling. A credit account system is operated onboard allowing bar drinks, wine in restaurants, laundry charges, purchases from the shop and any other incidental expenses to be automatically charged to your account. You will be required to register a debit or credit card at check-in against which to charge your onboard account. At the time of writing there is no charge for payment by credit or debit card. Onboard accounts can be settled in cash, however, a debit or credit card must still be registered at check-in to secure the on-board account balance.

The following credit cards are accepted: Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Fred. Olsen also accepts Visa debit cards but is unable to accept American Express, Solo, and Electron, travel agent debit cards or traveller’s cheque cards.

The ship operates a Bureau de Change onboard, where currency can be purchased or sold subject to local currency restrictions. All major currencies are stocked based on the cruise destinations with no commission charge and competitive rates.

Entrance Fees

Whilst sightseeing plays a part in our itinerary, no entrances to museums or monuments are planned, and therefore no entrance fees are included in the price of the holiday.

Currency in Vietnam

The currency in Vietnam is the Dong. It can be ordered in the UK before you travel or obtained from ATM's locally.

Currency in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Dollar. There are numerous banks in Hong Kong with ATM facilities and using your debit or credit card is a good way of accessing money whilst in Hong Kong. The hotel also accepts most major credit cards. There is generally no limit on the amount of foreign currency that can be imported or exported. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are widely used in Hong Kong. 

Tipping

Fred. Olsen operates a system whereby the recommended level of gratuities will be automatically added to guests’ onboard accounts at the end of the cruise. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays include the tips for the dining room waiters but £2.50 per guest per day will be added to all onboard accounts for cabin stewards. Anyone wishing to vary the amount given can do so via reception and guests are free to remove the charge from their onboard account and tip the relevant staff in the traditional ‘envelope & cash’ method if they prefer.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for China

All British citizens and most other visitors will require and visa to enter China, which must be obtained prior to departure. The Chinese authorities require an authorization letter, confirming all your accommodation details. This will be supplied to you by Ramblers Walking Holidays. You need to supply a copy of your flight details, which are on your invoice. We will need a clear scan of the photo page of your passport. This is required to book internal flights and some ground services in China. This important as we cannot confirm your details with our local partners until it has been received. This must be emailed as an electronic scan to [email protected] a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your trip. Visas can be applied for through the Chinese Embassy's visa application service centre www.visaforchina.org You will need to submit the application in person (at a selected appointment time). Please note that, postal applications are no longer accepted.

IMPORTANT: Please note that all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 will need to visit one of the Chinese Visa Application Service Centres in person (appointment required) where biometric data will be taken as part of the visa application process. There are centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

There are agencies that will help clients through the complicated Chinese Visa application procedure. Various levels of service are offered with fees charged accordingly. Please check the agency websites for current fees.

In London we recommend Travcour:

Travcour Falcon House, Suite 2, 

19 Deer Park Road, 

Wimbledon, 

SW19 3UX London 020 8543 1846 or email: [email protected] 

www.travcour.com

In Edinburgh we recommend i2visa UK Ltd

i2visa UK Ltd

Forth House

28 Rutland Square

Edinburgh EH1 2BW

Tel: 0131 460 7023

E-mail: [email protected]

www.i2visa.co.uk


Meals

So, what’s on the menu? One certainty is that no one on board the ship will ever go hungry. All meals are included, and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

We’ll take our lunches on board on cruising days and the choice is yours: sample the ample buffet in the restaurant, see what’s on offer in the informal café or choose an alfresco poolside affair. When we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

Dinner is a sumptuous five course feast. The choices are many, and the food is excellent. The menus are varied and mouth-watering, freshly cooked by award-winning chefs. Special diets such as fat-free, vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be catered for. Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 6.15pm to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Wine can be pre-ordered from the Maître’d, over the interactive intranet in your cabin, or at the table.

If this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late-night suppers to indulge in! We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

Complimentary tea and coffee can be found aboard the ship throughout the day, usually in the informal café. Other drinks must be purchased but the prices are very reasonable. No alcoholic drinks purchased ashore may be taken aboard the ship for consumption during the cruise.

If you have any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, gluten/wheat-free, dairy-free/soya, vegetarian, vegan, or low fat please advise us at the time of booking or no later than 14 weeks prior to departure.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Cruising Attire

Daywear

Daytime wear is casual with comfortable shoes for walking around deck. A lightweight jacket or coat is recommended for the early evening when the sun sets. You may also like to take a towel and swimwear as Black Watch has two small swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Towels are provided at the poolside should you forget your own. During the day casual wear is allowed in the restaurant but not swimwear.

Evening attire

During your cruise, there will be formal and smart casual evenings. On formal evenings, gentlemen are encouraged to wear ‘black tie’, although a dark suit and tie will suffice, with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. On smart casual evenings, men can wear open-necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women dress or trousers and a top.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity on Board

The voltage on board is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Staying Healthy Onboard

Although most cruises experience calm seas, there is always the possibility of heavy weather. It is possible in these circumstances that some clients may be susceptible to sea-sickness. You may wish to consider packing some travel motion sickness medication which can greatly reduce any symptoms. Please liaise with your local pharmacist or doctor for advice regarding particular medication.

Whilst none of the walks is difficult you need to be comfortable walking over uneven and occasionally steep ground to enjoy them to the full.

Network and Centre website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, the NHS Fit for Travel website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and the Foreign Office Travel Advice website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or a local travel health clinic.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

We cannot stress enough the importance of good quality, comprehensive cruise insurance. Insurance is a mandatory requirement for all customers travelling on board. If for any reason you are yet to do so, please contact Ramblers Walking Holidays.

We do not insist that you insure with us, but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance. Your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader will ask for this information locally and you will not be able to join our walking and activity programme without this information.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday. It is vital that you have disclosed all pre-existing medical conditions to your insurer. Please see our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Safety Onboard

Naturally, the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is always our highest priority. We would therefore like to reassure you that when in certain ‘hot spots’ around the world, additional and robust security measures are put in place. Whereas you will appreciate that we cannot divulge these plans we would like to pre-advise that additional safety drills will take place prior to reaching these waters and it may be necessary to close the portholes of lower deck cabins whilst in areas considered to be at a higher threat level. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.

Cultural Awareness

Fred Olsen Plastic Policy

The use of single-use plastics on board Fred Olsen ships has been stopped wherever possible, including the banning of plastic straws, cocktail sticks, stirrers, cutlery and take away coffee cups. In addition, their officers and crew always consider how they can reduce the use of plastic further. All waste is collected, sorted and discharged by the ship’s staff following strict environmental regulatory requirements. This waste is subsequently landed ashore to approved recycling and receiving operators. The only waste that is discharged at sea is commuted food waste and wastewater.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Hong Kong

  • Capital

    #N/A

  • Currency

    Hong Kong Dollar

  • Language

    Cantonese; English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +08:00

  • Flight duration

    12hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to six months

Average weather

  • January

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 20mm

  • February

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • March

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • April

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 130mm

  • May

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 280mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 390mm

  • July

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 360mm

  • August

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 370mm

  • September

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 290mm

  • October

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 110mm

  • November

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 30mm

  • December

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 20mm

Vietnam

  • Capital

    Hanoi

  • Currency

    Dong

  • Language

    Vietnamese

  • Time Difference

    UTC +07:00

  • Flight duration

    12hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • February

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • March

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • April

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 172mm

  • June

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 192mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 221mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 244mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 289mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 310mm

  • November

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 210mm

  • December

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 98mm

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