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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.

A Day on a Traditional Rice Farm

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7¾ hours

Get involved in traditional rice production from sowing to cooking at a local farm. Your hosts may put you to work but it will be rewarded!

An amazing opportunity to visit a local farm where rice has been cultivated using the same techniques for hundreds of years.

Meet your friendly Hoianese hosts, who will introduce you to their farm and water buffalo, and kit you out in a traditional 'bà ba' farming shirt before setting you to work! Take part in the entire process of rice production including plowing, raking soil, sowing seeds, grinding and transplanting rice – your supervisors will be sure to allow you time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings, and even pose for photos with the water buffalo should you wish.

Back at the farm house it’s time to learn how to make white cooking rice with traditional Vietnamese methods – grind paddy with a husking mill, winnow the rice, pound and sift it. After all this hard work it’s time to relax as your hosts show you how to make rice milk and cook rice paper cakes and pancakes before enjoying the fruits of your labour in a delicious lunch. You’ll never see humble rice the same way again!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking and standing under the sun in a rice field. Please wear sunscreen a hat and comfortable non-slip shoes that can get wet or water shoes. Due to the nature of the tour, it not recommended for those guests unsteady on their feet. A change of clothes are recommended. We suggest guests leave valuable belongings in vehicle. The water buffalo are approximately 4ft tall and can carry 1 guest per time for a photo opportunity. You must be able to climb on/off a buffalo with guide’s assistance.

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: 5½ 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.

Da Nang Panorama with Free Time

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

A great mix of a guided introduction to Da Nang, some great photo opportunities, and free time to explore or shop at your leisure.

A scenic drive to Da Nang will give your local guide a great opportunity to introduce you to the culture and customs of the area. Dating back to the ancient kingdom of Champa, this former French colonial port has a rich history and fascinating contemporary appeal.

Entering the city, enjoy a brief orientation drive and a photo stop at the Dragon Bridge. 666m long and opened in 2013 on the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang City, the bridge was built in the shape of a traditional dragon and even breathes fire and water at 9pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Make your way to Da Nang Market – originally a small trading post it has developed into a bustling hub offering flowers, footwear, fabrics, and fruit. At the nearby Trung Vuong Square, your guide will provide you with your time of departure for the port, and then you are free to explore the city on your own. You can stroll through Cham museum, shop at the market or simply people-watch at a sidewalk café along Han River.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Modest attire is required to enter religious monuments; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Local currency is recommended if you wish to make purchases at the market. USD may be accepted at the vendor’s discretion.

Hidden Charms and Lunch with the Nuns

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 8 hours

A unique chance to get to know this magnificent city first hand from the people that live there while exploring its rich history.

Pronounced ‘hway’, the imperial city of Hue blends sleek modern developments with evocative antiquities from an ornate past.

Begin with a visit to Minh Mang Tomb, laid out in formal Chinese style and an opulent resting place for the penultimate emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. Continue to the Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh, completed in 1931 in an unusual combination of Western and Eastern architecture.

Make a memorable visit to Dong Thuyen pagoda which is located on the top of a hill with a fantastic view and surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens. Meet Vietnamese nuns and participate in chanting and a blessing ceremony followed by a brief meditation lesson in order to gain deeper understanding of Vietnamese Buddhism. At the pagoda you will be served a vegetarian meal while you enjoy the overwhelming atmosphere of peace.

Saying goodbye to your friendly hosts, embark on scenic boat trip down the peaceful Perfume River. Hop off at the pier to visit Tha Om Garden House and its owner, Mr Vinh. Explore the traditional 19th century Hue residence as Mr Vinh tells you stories of his royal heritage before returning to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Modest attire is required to enter religious monuments; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Hats and shoes have to be taken off when entering the pagoda's main hall. There will be several steps to negotiate at the tombs and pagoda.

 

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