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VIETNAM, HONG KONG & SINGAPORE

from £4175
Travel with us along the stunningly beautiful coastline of south eastern China. Our cruise is one of contrasts

Enjoy the highlights of Hong Kong’s remarkable skyscrapers, pristine woodlands, volcanic landscapes and golden beaches of Southeast Asia. We ?nd ourselves immersed in the beauty of fantastic cruising, sightseeing, limestone towers and dynamic city tours.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 Hong Kong - Visit the major city sights, including the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, visit Repulse Bay, Aberdeen and ride on the famous Star Ferry. We’ll also ride the steep tram to the heights of Victoria Peak, and visit Lantau Island which boasts breathtaking scenery.

 Da Nang, Vietnam - In Hoi An Ancient City, meander winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, see the Japanese Covered Bridge and Pagodas, and take time for lunch to admire picturesque scenery.

 Ha Long Bay, Vietnam - Today we cruise to UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘The Bay of the Descending Dragons’. We’ll visit Dao Tung Lam Bay and the Ga Choi Islands, followed by a stop at Paradise Cave, the largest cave in Ha Long Bay containing stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years.

 Nha Trang, Vietnam - Our city tour includes the Vietnam Oceanographic Institute, Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang Cathedral and Po Nagar Temple ending at Dam Market.

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - With a local guide, we visit the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum and make our way to Bitexco Tower, the city’s tallest building. Next day we head out to the countryside of Saigon, stop at a cricket farm, considered a delicacy by the locals, and then make our way to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground tunnel network used by Viet Cong soldiers.

 Singapore - We tour around the Gardens by the Bay, to peer up at Cloud Forest’s indoor waterfall and walk to the Supertree Grove. Then explore downtown Singapore on a bumboat before experiencing vibrant and colourful Chinatown and Little India.

 Phuket - Explore the fascinating blend of Chinese and Portuguese culture, architecture, colourful streets and buildings. We visit Thai Hua Museum, and enjoy a traditional Thai lunch.

 


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
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade SS/2

  1. Day 1 to 2

    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.

  2. Day 3

    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.

  3. Day 4

    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.

  4. Day 5

    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.

  5. Day 6

    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.

  6. Day 7

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

  7. Day 8

    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.

  8. Day 9

    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 over the past 8 days.

  9. Day 10

    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.

  10. Day 11 to 12

    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.

  11. Day 13

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

  12. Day 14 to 15

    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.

  13. Day 16

    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.

  14. Day 17

    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.

    We are scheduled to arrive back at London Heathrow at 0620 on 12th February.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Boudicca

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.

View the deck plan for Boudicca

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.