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Hoi An

 

Shore excursions in Hoi An

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Ancient Hoi An

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Explore historic Hoi An, a World Heritage Site and discover the ancient artefacts at Cham Museum.

Sit back and enjoy a panoramic drive through Da Nang’s bustling streets as your guide points out the city’s principal sights. Heading south, have your camera at the ready, as you enjoy a photography stop overlooking the Marble Mountains and lush countryside en route to Hoi An.

Upon arrival you’ll visit Cham Museum, founded in 1915 during French colonial rule. The museum features an extensive collection of artefacts and sculptures from the four main periods of Cham civilization: My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong, and Thap Mam.

Vietnam’s principal trading centre, Hoi An reached its zenith in the 17th and 18th century. The town’s architecture boasts a fascinating mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese and Portuguese influences. Your guide will host you on a walking tour passing the local market, the Hoi An Museum and a traditional merchant’s house, built to withstand floodwaters in the rainy season.

Admire the Phuoc Kien Temple, devoted to Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea and the Japanese covered bridge. Enjoy some free time at Hoi An's open market to browse the local products for sale and pause at an ancient merchant house for a refreshing cup of green tea.

A traditional buffet lunch featuring local specialities will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will run by coach and on foot. There is approximately 3 hours of walking included. The drive between Chan May and Da Nang is approximately one hour and from Da Nang to Hoi An a further 45-minutes each way. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight waterproof jacket are recommended

Da Nang and Non Nuoc Beach

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Take a scenic drive to Da Nang to visit the city’s famous Han Market and relax at Non Nuoc, the American R&R resort during the war.

A scenic drive takes you through the bustling streets of Da Nang as your knowledgeable guide points out some of the city’s main sights.

Founded in 1915 during French colonial rule, the Cham Museum houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture and artwork in the world. Explore eight centuries of evolution including the four main periods of Cham civilization: My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong, and Thap Mam.

Experience a taste of Vietnamese life as you stroll around the colourful Han open-air market, and visit a traditional workshop to watch embroiderers at work. Back onboard your coach, you’ll travel up to Marble Village, famous throughout Southeast Asia for its stonework. While marble is imported from another province, the village has practised stonecutting and sculpting for centuries. Continuing south into the Marble Mountains, you’ll pass traditional thatched villages, communal temples and rice paddies still worked by water buffaloes.

Your final stop is at Non Nuoc Beach, a popular rest and relaxation spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam War in 1965. Today, the area is an internationally renowned resort. Sit back, relax and enjoy a local beer or soft drink overlooking the white sands and crystal clear waters.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking with some steps to negotiate. The drive between Chan May and Da Nang is 1 hour each way.

Highlights of Imperial Hue

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Explore one of the most pivotal sites in Vietnamese history and visit a revered 17th century pagoda.

Embark on a scenic drive to the Imperial city of Hue. Your first stop is at the Imperial Citadel, built between 1804 and 1835 by Gia Long, the first Nguyen Emperor. The Citadel was modelled on Beijing’s Forbidden City. With your guide, you’ll start your walking tour through the magnificent Noon Gate. As you stroll through the tranquil site you’ll see the serene lotus pond, the Royal Library and the complex’s central pavilion. Admire the Palace of Supreme Harmony, with its dynastic urns and memorial thrones dedicated to the various Nguyen Emperors.

Enjoy a visit to Vietnam’s most revered and visited Buddhist shrine,Thien Mu Pagoda. Founded in 1601 by Nguyen Hoang, the ‘Heavenly Lady’ pagoda was a hot bed of anti-government protest during the 1960’s. Today it is a serene sanctuary where monks recite sutras in the main temple. Afterwards, take time to relax and sample some regional specialities and Vietnam’s formal ‘imperial cuisine’ served as a buffet luncheon.

Located in the hills outside of Hue, is the Tu Duc Royal Tomb. Explore the royal grounds, which features a royal palace in miniature, a pavilion overlooking a lake, gardens and the former royal hunting grounds. En route back to the ship a brief shopping stop will be made at a village renowned for its straw hats. The traditional conical palm hats are fashioned with 16 bamboo rounds representing the prime time of youth. The insides of some hats are inscribed with poems.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The tour includes approximately 2½ hours of walking with some steps to negotiate. The drive between Chan May and Hue is approximately 1½ hours. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight waterproof jacket are recommended.

Imperial Hue and Perfume River

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Explore the old imperial capital of Hue, visit a Buddhist pagoda and cruise along the Perfume River aboard a dragon boat.

Embark on a scenic drive with stunning panoramic views, passing by small thatched villages, communal temples and rice paddies still worked by water buffaloes.

On Cam Ke Hill, you will find one of the most impressive tombs in Hue. Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb is renowned for its architecture, which fits harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. With your guide enjoy a stroll through the tranquil UNESCO World Heritage site. Your next stop is at Thien Mu Pagoda, the ‘Heavenly Lady’, Vietnam’s most revered and visited Buddhist shrine. During the 1960’s, the pagoda was a hot bed of anti-government protest, however today it is a serene sanctuary where monks recite sutras in the main temple. In front of the Heavenly Lady, board a dragon boat for a leisurely cruise along the Perfume River. During the imperial era, the river waters were flavoured with attars and essences: hence its name.

Relax at a local restaurant and experience Vietnam’s formal ‘imperial cuisine’ and regional specialities served as a buffet lunch. After luncheon, admire the Imperial Citadel, built between 1804 and 1835 by Gia Long, the first Nguyen Emperor. Entering the Citadel through the ancient Noon Gate, your guide will host you on a walking tour to explore the Royal Library, and the complex’s central pavilion and the Palace of Supreme Harmony.

Before returning to the ship, enjoy a little free time to explore Dong Ba Market, the largest and oldest market in Hue.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking. Comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight waterproof jacket are recommended. The journey time between Chan May and Hue is approximately 1½ hours.

Jewels of Indochina Overland - Single

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 nights

An opportunity to delve a little deeper into Vietnam and Cambodia and discover incredible Angkor Wat.

DAY 1 – DA NANG
An hour’s drive brings you to the village at Marble Mountain, famous throughout Southeast Asia for its stonework. The village has practised stonecutting and sculpting for centuries and you’ll have chance to browse for souviners. From the mountain you’ll head to Marble Beach, once popular with military personnel on R&R and also the setting for some Hollywood films. With its mountain backdrop and five-star resorts, it has become a favourite for international travellers and ex-patriots. Enjoy a light luncheon and a chance to relax on the beach before transfering to Da Nang Airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Cambodia you’ll be transferred to the Sokha Hotel where you’ll be staying for two nights. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

DAY 2 – ANCIENT CITY OF ANGKOR
After breakfast, head for the enchanting Banteay Srei Temple, known as the Citadel of Women. This petite temple possesses wonderful, intricate carvings. The highlight of your day will be the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most breathtaking of all Angkor monuments. Venture on to the South Gate at Angkor Thom and explore the forested centre of this once great city. You’ll also see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the 12 Elephants, the Baphuon and the Royal Palace. Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy luncheon at the Tara Hotel. After luncheon, you’ll see the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, which was used during the filming of ‘Tomb Raider’. Before returning to the hotel, you’ll have the chance to shop for souvenirs of Cambodia at the Central Market. In the evening, enjoy an Apsara dance show with a buffet dinner at the hotel.

DAY 3 – PHNOM PENH
Take an early breakfast before your flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival, in Cambodia’s capital, you’ll take a tour of the highlights. See the beautiful Royal Palace, which has been occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since 1860. Its gilded finials, gleaming white and gold walls contrast beautifully with the green of the manicured gardens. The Silver Pagoda houses many of the nation’s treasures, including the 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha. After your morning tour, luncheon will be served in one of the city’s leading hotels. In the afternoon, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Between 1975 and 1978 approximately 17,000 men, women and children lost their lives at the Choeung Ek Camp. (Those not wishing to visit the Killing Fields may have the afternoon at leisure). You’ll take an evening flight from Phnom Penh to Singapore. A light meal will be served during your flight. On arrival you’ll be met by your Singapore guide and transferred to the Shangri-la Hotel where you will spend your final night.

DAY 4 – SINGAPORE
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely boat cruise along the Singapore River. Enjoy the sights including the place where Raffles made his first trading post. The cruise will end at Merlion Park where you will come face to face with Singapore’s very own tourism mascot which makes a wonderful photographic opportunity. Take a drive around the Civic District past many of the city’s highlights and historic monuments. You’ll make a stop at the Thian Hock Keng Temple and also have time to explore the spectacular National Orchid Gardens. After your Singapore overview, you’ll return to Queen Elizabeth in time for luncheon.

Essential information

Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = CM1800, Single = CM1801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs on 1st April in Chan May and returns on 4th April in Singapore. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates before booking this tour. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, and airport delays. The contents and order of activities are subject to change depending on airline schedules. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.

The fare includes: transport by coach and economy class flights, sightseeing, meals and hotel accommodation as stated. Visas for Cambodia and Vietnam are included. Two glasses of house wine, local beer soft drinks, tea and coffee are included with meals.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and any treatment or prescriptions. Those wishing to order alternative beverages during the overland will be charged separately.

What to pack: please bring two passport sized photos for visa documentation. Please remember your passport and any medication. Your passport must have two blank pages. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.

Cambodia: light clothing, comfortable walking shoes and protection against the sun and mosquitoes are recommended. US dollars in small denominations are widely accepted. Appropriate attire covering shoulders, arms and legs is required when visiting places of worship including Angkor temples (shawls and long shorts are not permitted). You may also be requested to remove your shoes (socks are recommended). Please refrain from raising your voice as this is considered ill-mannered.

 

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