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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spend the day at sea cruising along the east
coast towards Ha Long Bay.
It is expected that today will be a highlight
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.
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.
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
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.
Saying our fond farewells to Vietnam, we
cruise the western rim of the South China Sea heading towards Singapore.
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.
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.
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
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
We are scheduled to arrive back at London
Heathrow at 0620 on 12th February.