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Hong Kong
to Singapore

Silversea Cruises
Dec 12, 2014 9 Days
Silver Wind 2437
US$3,650
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
December 12th, 2014 Friday Hong Kong   6:00 PM
December 13th, 2014 Saturday Day at Sea    
December 14th, 2014 Sunday Halong Bay 8:00 AM  
December 15th, 2014 Monday Halong Bay   1:00 PM
December 16th, 2014 Tuesday Da Nang 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
December 17th, 2014 Wednesday Nha Trang 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
December 18th, 2014 Thursday Ho Chi Minh City 12:00 PM  
December 19th, 2014 Friday Ho Chi Minh City   2:00 PM
December 20th, 2014 Saturday Day at Sea    
December 21st, 2014 Sunday Singapore 8:00 AM  
Included in this Cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Gentleman Hosts
Overnight in Port

Excursions

Ha Long Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Ha Long Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This Silver Shore Expedition tour offers a great opportunity to paddle a two-person kayak on a unique adventure in Ha Long Bay.


Board a junk boat from the barge alongside the ship for the hour's cruise to the kayaking location on Ha Long Bay. Once in your kayak, explore the Ba Hang (Three Caves) area. Next, paddle amid dramatic natural scenery and see Luon Cave and the fishing village.  


The adventure concludes when you return to the junk for the cruise back to the tender pier.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Expedition tour requires approximately 1.5 hours of paddling and is only recommended for guests who are physically fit. We recommend wearing a swimsuit under your clothing; bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.  Waterproof cameras are also highly suggested. Kayaks accommodate one or two people.  Life jackets are provided. Operation is contingent upon favourable weather and sea conditions.

Excursions

Discover the local colour and flavour of the bustling mining town of Hon Gai during this half-day outing.


Located at the foot of Bai Tho Mountain between China and Hanoi, the mining town of Hon Gai is centred around the huge local coal deposits found nearby, but is also active in the seafood and industrial manufacturing industries.


Seafood Market

Depart the pier with your local guide for a pleasant stroll along the bustling main street.  You will observe the locals conducting their business in much the same way as centuries past.  This setting is made even more colourful by all of the commotion of bags, luggage, ducks and chickens being carried.  Next, will walk to a local seafood market to browse the colourful merchandise for sale.


Long Tien Pagoda

Then, board a coach for a drive to Long Tien pagoda, which was built in 1941, Long Tien is the biggest pagoda and a well-known historical place in Ha Long City. The pagoda is situated at the foot of Bai Tho Mount in the Chua Long Tien street, near the seafood market.


Afterwards visit the stone church which is the oldest church in Hongai town.


Following your tour, a brief stop will be made at a local coffee shop for refreshments and some free time will be available for browsing the Night Market, or open market, before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests should dress in seasonal attire and wear flat walking shoes.  Order of sites visited may vary.

Excursions

Experience the insight of Zen Buddhism during this half-day tour.


Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery

After tendering ashore, board the coach and drive for approximately one hour towards the Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery. Along the way, enjoy the views of the scenic countryside of Ha Long, passing villages surrounded by bamboo fences and lime stonewalls.


Learn of the history of Vietnamese's Buddhist Zen, set up by the Tran Kings who destroy the Kublaikhan troop in the 13th century. After their victory, they climbed into this primitive forest and dedicate their life to Buddhism. Visit the monastery; listen to the Zen lesson given by one of the monks as he demonstrates the proper techniques for Zen meditation.


Local Village

Leaving the monastery, drive towards the Limestone Mountains, where you stop briefly for photos, before arriving at a local village and farm. Walk into the village made up of small roads, houses, village temples, street barbershops and village coffee shops. At a local home, chat with the resident farmer, interact with the children and learn of their lives and ways of worship, while you sip a cup of tea. Visit the farmers' gardens, full of fruit trees from the north of Vietnam. Then, reboard the coach for the hour's return to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking for approximately 2 hours with many steps to climb. The ground in the village may be unpaved with an uneven surface. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair.  We suggest you wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. Please remember to bring your camera.

Excursions

Ha Long Bay ranks among Vietnam's most celebrated attractions and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Explore this wondrous seascape aboard local junks.


The name Ha Long Bay, meaning 'where the dragon descends into the sea,' has its origin in an ancient legend according to which a huge dragon appeared, aiding the local people in their fight against northern invaders. After victory was achieved, the dragon and its young remained, turning into a fence of rocky islets as protection from further invasion. Even today, sailors and locals still claim sightings of a giant sea monster.


Ha Long Bay's famed seascape offers fantastic images of fragmented limestone outcroppings, sheer cliffs, huge rock arches and tranquil coves. Some of the rock formations rise from the sea up to a height of 900 feet (274 metres), projecting strange images.


Explore this magical scenery onboard traditional junks (also known as sampans). The boats will come alongside the ship to be boarded with the help of a barge. Then head out on your cruise and relax as the vessel glides through breath-taking seascapes of fragmented limestone outcroppings, past huge rock arches, sheer cliffs, picturesque coves and islets rising out of the sea like green-clad monsters. Watch this amazing scenery unfold while enjoying some green tea. A guide will point out and explain the most interesting sights.


Your outing into the magic of Ha Long Bay concludes with your return to the ship.


Please note: This excursion requires a moderate amount of walking; however, there are three to six steps between the barge and the junks to negotiate. We recommend wearing flat, rubber-soled shoes. Depending on the weather, you may wish to bring a sweater or windbreaker. A small selection of souvenir items is offered for purchase aboard each junk.

Excursions

Explore the notable sites in the historical capital of Vietnam during this full-day outing.


Stretching along the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is a city of lakes, boulevards, parks, and a curious blend of colonial architecture and modern economic resurgence. Relax and enjoy the countryside during your mini-van drive to Hanoi, getting a glimpse of the scenic Red River Delta and its farming activities.


Hanoi

With its French-colonial style buildings, tree-bordered boulevards, numerous pagodas and scenic lakes, this thousand year old city offers many attractions. With a population of roughly three and a half million, Hanoi is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Its unique atmosphere derives from a blend of East and West, with beautiful French colonial buildings standing next to traditional houses, historical monuments and revered temples. The city's streets teem with thousands of bicycles, vying for space with cars and buses. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation drive while heading to Hanoi's main square, which you explore on foot.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Area

The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the "Father of the Country". Opposite stands the impressive former Presidential Palace and one-time residence of the French Governor. There is time for photographs before walking to Ho's garden, located behind the mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's cottage, a simple stilt house resembling the style of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace. Nearby stands the "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in local legends.


Temple Of Literature

Next, drive to this ancient temple complex, a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university and the pride of the nation. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at the time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to Confucius. Leaving the Temple of Literature, head to the Hanoi lunch venue for a local fare mid-day meal.


Fine Arts Museum

After lunch, proceed to Hanoi's Fine Arts Museum, housed in a building that once served as the French Ministry of Information.  The structure, while very classical, has oriental touches to the roof and other details and the collections within its two wings range from ancient antiquities to contemporary art. The ground floor of the main wing houses the oldest artefacts. These include the sandstone sculptures of the Champa and Funan kingdoms. Among them is the elegantly carved Amitabha Buddha image, produced in 1057.


Encounter a touch of old Hanoi with a stop at a tiny island located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and a visit to the Ngoc Son pagoda, reached by an arched footbridge. Experience the charming Old Quarter, which has survived surprisingly intact, and considered the most beautiful area of the city. Drive through the narrow streets, named for the products sold on each (Basket Street, Paper Street, Silk Street, Jewelers Street).  The crafts of the past have given way to new products, but the fascinating color and activity of the old city endures. Enjoy free time to explore on foot before meeting your guide at the appointed time and beginning the journey back to HaLong Bay and the ship.


Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with many steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary. Traffic may cause delays.  The drive to/from Halong Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3 hours and can be uncomfortable due to the local road conditions.

Excursions

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  

Excursions

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  

Excursions

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  

Excursions

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  

Excursions

Explore the notable sites in the historical capital of Vietnam during this full-day outing with your exclusive guide in your air-conditioned van.


Stretching along the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is a city of lakes, boulevards, parks, and a curious blend of colonial architecture and modern economic resurgence. Relax and enjoy the countryside during your mini-van drive to Hanoi, getting a glimpse of the scenic Red River Delta and its farming activities. Along the way, make a stop at Dong Trieu Ceramic Village and observe the age-old process of making traditional ceramics.  


Hanoi

With its French-colonial style buildings, tree-bordered boulevards, numerous pagodas and scenic lakes, this thousand year old city offers many attractions. With a population of roughly three and a half million, Hanoi is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Its unique atmosphere derives from a blend of East and West, with beautiful French colonial buildings standing next to traditional houses, historical monuments and revered temples. The city's streets teem with thousands of bicycles, vying for space with cars and buses. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation drive while heading to Hanoi's main square, which you explore on foot.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Area

The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the "Father of the Country". Opposite stands the impressive former Presidential Palace and one-time residence of the French Governor. There is time for photographs before walking to Ho's garden, located behind the mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's cottage, a simple stilt house resembling the style of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace. Nearby stands the "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in local legends.


Temple Of Literature

Next, drive to this ancient temple complex, a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university and the pride of the nation. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at the time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to Confucius. Leaving the Temple of Literature, head to the Hanoi lunch venue for a local fare mid-day meal.


Fine Arts Museum

After lunch, proceed to Hanoi's Fine Arts Museum, housed in a building that once served as the French Ministry of Information.  The structure, while very classical, has oriental touches to the roof and other details and the collections within its two wings range from ancient antiquities to contemporary art. The ground floor of the main wing houses the oldest artefacts. These include the sandstone sculptures of the Champa and Funan kingdoms. Among them is the elegantly carved Amitabha Buddha image, produced in 1057.


Encounter a touch of old Hanoi with a stop at a tiny island located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and a visit to the Ngoc Son pagoda, reached by an arched footbridge. Experience the charming Old Quarter, which has survived surprisingly intact, and considered the most beautiful area of the city. Drive through the narrow streets, named for the products sold on each (Basket Street, Paper Street, Silk Street, Jewelers Street).  The crafts of the past have given way to new products, but the fascinating color and activity of the old city endures. Enjoy free time to explore on foot before meeting your guide at the appointed time and beginning the journey back to Ha Long Bay and the ship.

  

Please note:  This programme is sold per vehicle and will accommodate 2 guest.  Only one person in your party need request this programme by selecting one ticket, which represents the vehicle and not the number of guests.  This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with many steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary, this is a suggested itinerary and you reserve the right to make changes after speaking with your exclusive guide. Traffic may cause delays.  The drive to/from Halong Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3 hours along a bumpy road and it is not recommended for guests who might suffer from back and neck problems.

Excursions

Ha Long Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Ha Long Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This Silver Shore Expedition tour offers a great opportunity to paddle a two-person kayak on a unique adventure in Ha Long Bay.


Board a junk boat from the barge alongside the ship for the hour's cruise to the kayaking location on Ha Long Bay. Once in your kayak, explore the Ba Hang (Three Caves) area. Next, paddle amid dramatic natural scenery and see Luon Cave and the fishing village.  


The adventure concludes when you return to the junk for the cruise back to the tender pier.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Expedition tour requires approximately 1.5 hours of paddling and is only recommended for guests who are physically fit. We recommend wearing a swimsuit under your clothing; bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.  Waterproof cameras are also highly suggested. Kayaks accommodate one or two people.  Life jackets are provided. Operation is contingent upon favourable weather and sea conditions.

Excursions

Discover the local colour and flavour of the bustling mining town of Hon Gai during this half-day outing.


Located at the foot of Bai Tho Mountain between China and Hanoi, the mining town of Hon Gai is centred around the huge local coal deposits found nearby, but is also active in the seafood and industrial manufacturing industries.


Seafood Market

Depart the pier with your local guide for a pleasant stroll along the bustling main street.  You will observe the locals conducting their business in much the same way as centuries past.  This setting is made even more colourful by all of the commotion of bags, luggage, ducks and chickens being carried.  Next, will walk to a local seafood market to browse the colourful merchandise for sale.


Long Tien Pagoda

Then, board a coach for a drive to Long Tien pagoda, which was built in 1941, Long Tien is the biggest pagoda and a well-known historical place in Ha Long City. The pagoda is situated at the foot of Bai Tho Mount in the Chua Long Tien street, near the seafood market.


Afterwards visit the stone church which is the oldest church in Hongai town.


Following your tour, a brief stop will be made at a local coffee shop for refreshments and some free time will be available for browsing the Night Market, or open market, before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests should dress in seasonal attire and wear flat walking shoes.  Order of sites visited may vary.

Excursions

Ha Long Bay ranks among Vietnam's most celebrated attractions and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Explore this wondrous seascape aboard local junks.


The name Ha Long Bay, meaning 'where the dragon descends into the sea,' has its origin in an ancient legend according to which a huge dragon appeared, aiding the local people in their fight against northern invaders. After victory was achieved, the dragon and its young remained, turning into a fence of rocky islets as protection from further invasion. Even today, sailors and locals still claim sightings of a giant sea monster.


Ha Long Bay's famed seascape offers fantastic images of fragmented limestone outcroppings, sheer cliffs, huge rock arches and tranquil coves. Some of the rock formations rise from the sea up to a height of 900 feet (274 metres), projecting strange images.


Explore this magical scenery onboard traditional junks (also known as sampans). The boats will come alongside the ship to be boarded with the help of a barge. Then head out on your cruise and relax as the vessel glides through breath-taking seascapes of fragmented limestone outcroppings, past huge rock arches, sheer cliffs, picturesque coves and islets rising out of the sea like green-clad monsters. Watch this amazing scenery unfold while enjoying some green tea. A guide will point out and explain the most interesting sights.


Your outing into the magic of Ha Long Bay concludes with your return to the ship.


Please note: This excursion requires a moderate amount of walking; however, there are three to six steps between the barge and the junks to negotiate. We recommend wearing flat, rubber-soled shoes. Depending on the weather, you may wish to bring a sweater or windbreaker. A small selection of souvenir items is offered for purchase aboard each junk.

Excursions

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  

Excursions

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.  

Excursions

Approximately 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Da Nang lies Hoi An, Vietnam's treasure chest of history. Visit this picturesque river town, remained unchanged for centuries, on this half-day excursion.


Initially an important trading port, Hoi An boasts some of Vietnam's most historic architecture as well as colourful temples and old community houses. After an hour's drive by coach from the pier, arrive at Hoi An and proceed on foot to the centre of this ancient town. During your stay, experience the following highlights:


Hoi An Museum

Housed in a traditional merchant's house, this museum is known for its fine collection of objects relating to the town's heydays as an important trading port.


Covered Bridge and Ancient House

From the museum, continue with the walking tour to the local market for a look at the colourful display of produce, fruits, flower and fish. Next, head toward the Covered Bridge and take a stroll across for a visit of an ancient home on the other side.


Phuoc Kien Temple

A brief stop at this ornate Chinese temple dedicated to Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea, is made before walking back to the coach parking area.


Then, begin the return trip to Da Nang and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking. Exploration of the town is entirely on foot, a duration of about 2.5 hours, mainly on flat ground, with some steps to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Driving time to and from Hoi An is approximately one hour each way. Lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Excursions

Relive Vietnam's royal grandeur during this full-day outing to Hue (pronounced 'whay').


Depart the pier and begin the journey to Hue. Crossing the scenic Hai Van (Cloudy) Pass, the route takes you through what is arguably Vietnam's most spectacular scenery. Depending on weather, a photo stop during the passage over Vietnam's highest pass (3,650 feet or 1,123 metres) allows for spectacular shots of the Eastern Sea and Lang Co peninsula. The last stretch toward Hue takes you along a winding, scenic road, through pine forests and orchards.


Hue

Located eight miles (13 kilometres) from the coast and close to the Laos border, Hue has long been known as the 'Imperial City of the Nguyen Emperors'. The Emperors rose to glory during their reign from 1802 to 1945 and were the last ruling family of Vietnam. The city's fascinating treasures include the Imperial Citadel, Kings' Tomb, temples and pagodas.


Citadel

Begin your visit with a guided walk inside the citadel, modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. Passing through the impressive Noon Gate, head toward the main pavilion, the Place of Supreme Harmony. It was here that important ceremonies took place; recent reconstruction has seen this building restored to its former splendour with regal red and gold columns and ornate furnishings.


Thien Mu Pagoda

The next stop is at the Heavenly Lady Pagoda. With its seven-storey tower, overlooking the Perfume River, it is probably the most famous Hue landmark. Inside, a garden filled with bonsai is tended by novices, while in the main temple you may encounter a dedicated monk chanting recantations.


Following this visit of the pagoda, drive to the city's leading hotel for an 'imperial' buffet lunch, accompanied by a traditional entertainment. The meal features Asian specialties including those particular to Hue, where Vietnamese cuisine is more varied than anywhere else in the country.


Imperial Tomb

After lunch, continue your exploration with a visit to the Tu Duc Tomb, the most elaborate of the many scattered over the countryside. It resembles a miniature royal palace, with an attractive pavilion overlooking a tranquil lake, fragrant gardens and hunting grounds. The tombs built by the Nguyen Dynasty emperors, served as places of recreation during their life time and resting places for the after life.


Departing the Tu Duc Tomb, begin the journey back to Da Nang and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with steps to climb, to see all of the sites. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Driving time to Hue is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours each way, with a mid-way comfort stop. There are no restroom facilities on the coach. Part of the drive is on a steep, winding road. The order of sights seen or visited may vary.

Excursions

Explore historic China Beach and neighbouring Marble Mountain on this half-day orientation outside of Da Nang.


Board the coach and depart from the pier for the drive towards China Beach.


Marble Mountain

King Minh Mang in 1837 named the mountains of Ngu Hanh after the five basic elements of the universe: Kim mountain (metal); Moc mountain (wood); Thuy mountain (water); Tho mountain (earth); Hoa mountain (Fire); (Hoa mountain consist of two peaks). The coach takes you to Kim Mountain to view the Goddess of Mercy or Quan The Am Pagoda. Then, proceed to Marble Mountain Village. Here, thousands of stone statues have been created by the skilful hands of the area's talented workers. Most marble is transported here from Thanh Hoa province. Of particular note are the different coloured pieces, very interesting to most stone lovers.


Marble Beach

The sandy Marble Beach is more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) long. During the Vietnam War, American Marines and South Korean troops used this area as a basecamp. Since then, many famous resorts have been built along the beach. Sip a local drink, relax and enjoy the sea breeze, sun and sand. If you feel adventurous, climb the nearby mountain with more than 100 steps to see both the area pagoda and caverns, or just to admire the view of Da Nang and Marble Beach.


Embroidery Workshop

The Vietnamese people are very skilful at embroidery. The ancestor of this embroidery workshop came from Hue and trained many generations of workers, dedicated to this form of art. The artisans can spend months on a single piece, with embroidery themes that include Vietnamese daily life and literature.


Afterwards, re-board the coach for an orientation drive via the main street, before heading back to the ship in port.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with steps if you wish to climb the mountain; otherwise, the walking required is very moderate and at each guest's discretion. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Order of sites seen or visited may vary.

Excursions

Explore Da Nang at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your Driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Da Nang at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Da Nang at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your Driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Da Nang at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your Driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

This intimate, small group Silversea Collection full-day excursion combines an exploration of Da Nang's Cham Museum with a visit to My Son Holysee, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is lead by a local expert in the field of Cham civilisation.


CHAM MUSEUM

Depart the pier and travel by coach to the Cham Museum in Da Nang. As you venture through the centre of Da Nang, discover a charming town, with ornate temples and colonial-style buildings.  Arriving at the Cham Museum, stroll through its outdoor exhibits of sandstone sculptures and temple decorations created between the 4th and 14 centuries by the Cham people.The displays are grouped into four time periods, and named after the regions in which the sculptures were discovered. Your lecturer, well-versed in Cham history provides a comprehensive explanation of these relics.


MY SON HOLYSEE

Your next destination is My Son Holysee. This World Cultural Heritage Site is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works, and includes temples and towers connected to each other by a series of intricate red brick designs. The main component of the site's Cham architectural design is the tower, which was built to reflect the divinity of the king. During your visit to My Son Holy Land, listen to your guide's s lecture and see the 1,000-year-old brick ruins of temples built by Central Vietnam's Hindu Chams, which were damaged during the Vietnam War.


Afterwards, an hour's drive returns you to the port.


Please note:  This Silversea Collection tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven ground. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.The order of sights seen may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Travel to see the impressive Cham Towers and catch a glimpse of the city and its well-known pagoda on this half-day, scenic drive and tour.


Departing the pier, a 30-minute drive takes you north of the city to the site of the Po Nagar temple complex.


Po Nagar Cham Towers

Originally, there were eight of these magnificent towers standing on this granite hilltop overlooking the picturesque Nha Trang region. Today, only four remain. The towers were built between the 7th and 12th centuries and are reached via 70 sloping steps. Most visitors make the trip for the superb views from the top.


Long Son Pagoda

Heading back towards town, visit the best-known pagoda in Nha Trang. Note the ceramic tile and glass images of dragons decorating the roof and the entrance to the structure, as well as murals telling of local legends. Stairs to one side lead to a 30-foot (9.2-metre)-high white Buddha statue that can be seen from many parts of the city.


Nha Trang

Continue with an orientation drive through the city and along its beautiful beachfront. A visit is made to an embroidery and silk paintings workshop where you enjoy green tea and the arts of Vietnamese weaving.


Then, return to the port via the coastal road.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking; however, the hilltop Cham Towers can only be accessed via 70 steps. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Shoes must be removed for the interior temple visit. Wear slip-on shoes and bring a pair of socks for comfort. We recommend you bring your camera. Order of sights may vary.  Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Discover a few of Nha Trang's highlights today on this short outing, including a view of the city as the ancient mariners witnessed - from the river.


A 30-minute drive takes you from the pier to the riverboat to begin a voyage on the Nha Trang River. The embarkation point is at the foot of the Po Nagar Cham Tower, perhaps the best preserved of all Cham sites. Dedicated to the goddess Uroja, the central tower features a black stone sculpture of a deity. Local villagers still bring offerings of flowers and incense to her shrine. The cruise takes you past numerous fishing boats and a lively fish market en route to a riverside clay-oven workshop and a rural village.


Come ashore at a local village where a family produces clay ovens used by the country people of Khanh Hoa Province. Every year, families mark the onset of Tet (the lunar New Year) by smashing their clay ovens. From the workshop, re-board the riverboat once more and head towards a refreshment stop where coconut juice, a local favourite is offered. On the river once again, cruise to a local farmers homestead and leaving the boat behind, explore his home and garden and sample some refreshing tropical fruit.


From the farm, begin the return to the ship via coach.


Please note: Although only a moderate amount of walking is required, the village path is unpaved and rough and guests must be able to manoeuvre on and off the boat. Flat, walking shoes are suggested. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. The boat is traditional and rustic, with only some protection from the sun. We suggest you bring a hat, sun lotion, and glasses.

Excursions

Explore Nha Trang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Nha Trang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Get a up-close look at the heart of the Vietnamese port city of Nha Trang from the seat of a pedi-cab on this half-day outing.


Board your coach and drive along the beach front of Nha Trang. A 15-minute ride takes you to Tran Phu Street, where you climb aboard your own pedi-cab. Travel through the main streets of the city which have colonial-style houses. Pass by the populated area before slowing to take photos from the pedi-cabs of the Nha Trang Cathedral, locally known as 'Stone Church'. Continue your ride along the Front Beach, passing Cai River bridge.


Next, the pedi-cab driver takes you to Dam Market, the Central Market of Nha Trang. Leave your pedi-cab to explore the market on foot. Some time is made available for shopping.


At the appointed time, meet your coach for the return ride back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires some walking at the market, at each guest's discretion. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the pedi-cab via steps. The pedi-cab ride is non-stop and guests will not get on/off the pedi-cabs along the route. Due to the requirements of the local traffic authority, the pedi-cab may only slow and not stop for photos. We thank you for your understanding. Light rain gear is provided if necessary. Tour sequence may vary. Pedi-cabs accommodate one guest only. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Explore the beautiful Vietnamese countryside and village lifestyles in a unique new way during this scenic, half-day bicycle excursion.


Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Bicycle Station at the Nha Trang Beach Public Park. Upon arrival, receive your safety instructions and equipment, then board your bicycle for a guided ride along country trails, through villages and towns, and past farms.


During your bicycle tour, observe the local lifestyles of the Vietnamese people and explore local landmarks. Highlights include the Nha Trang Cathedral, Stone Church, Loc Tho Pagoda, Ancient House, Cai riverside, Cham Tower, a 1,000-year-old Hindu temple, and a refreshment stop at the Lang Tre restaurant. Your tour concludes with photo stops at the Ponagar and Tram Huong towers before re-boarding your coach and transferring back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers and sun protection is recommended. Guests must be between 13 and 75 years old and between 62 and 74 inches (157 and 188 centimetres) to participate on this tour. The maximum weight to participate on this tour is 210 pounds (95 kilograms) per person. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.  Guest who would like to donate colouring books, crayons, pencils ect, can bring the items and give them directly to the children.

Excursions

Experience an evening of traditional Vietnamese food and cultural entertainment as you bid Saigon a 'good evening'.  


Begin with a transfer to the legendary Majestic Hotel, which, since 1925, has occupied one of the finest locations in Saigon, boasting stunning views of the Saigon River. After you are graciously welcomed by hostesses in traditional dresses, sip pre-dinner cocktails on the rooftop terrace, with its sweeping view of central Saigon.  Both the old world boutique charm of the hotel and the elegance of the columned and arched classical French-colonial design help create a special ambiance for your evening.  

The Majestic has gone through several reincarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial structure as military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents.


Enjoy a special show featuring traditional music, dances, and costumes from the northern and southern regions of Vietnam.  Following the entertainment, proceed to one of the finest Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon to savour a feast of local specialties.  


All too soon this special evening of Vietnamese culture and tradition comes to a close and your coach returns you to the ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with steps to climb at the Majestic Hotel.  The roof-top area is not wheelchair accessible.  Although space is limited, a minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.  Should the ship be docked outside of the city, the tour duration will be a minimum of 30-60 minutes greater.

Excursions

Experience Vietnam, off-the-beaten path, to the heart of the Mekong Delta. Tour the local villages and cruise along the river for a rewarding and a truly unforgettable impression on this full-day excursion.


Mekong Delta

Depart the ship upon arrival for the 2.5-hour journey along a well-paved road to the Mekong Delta area. The mighty Mekong River, originating in Tibet and flowing through several countries before its 120-mile (193-kilometre) course through Vietnam, divides into nine river mouths, aptly called the Nine Dragon Delta by locals. This flourishing region is criss-crossed by numerous natural and man-made canals serving the local traffic.  


Cai Be Floating Market

Following the drive through villages and small towns, arrive at a branch of the Cai Be River. Here, board a local long boat for an interesting ride past villages and lush vegetation to the floating market. Cruise between the many boats from which vendors sell their wares. Rising above the busy Cai Be village, you can spot the bell tower of a Catholic church built in the 19th century when the French tried to spread Christianity in the delta region.


Scenic Canal Cruising

Continue cruising along the river and through smaller canals to Tan Phong Island. Observe local sampans full of fruits and flowers being rowed to the market and children on their way to school. The scene offers some great photo opportunities and vivid impressions of life along the canals. Cross the Mekong River and stop for a visit at a local farm.  Stroll through a garden of bonsai, flowers and fruit trees and then enjoy a refreshing cup of tea with your host.


Next, the boat brings you to a local restaurant for a tasty meal of spring rolls and freshly caught Mekong fish.


After dining, re-join the van for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City and the ship.


Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of walking. All areas visited are wheelchair accessible; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the van via steps and manoeuvre on and off the local boat with little assistance. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Transportation is by van. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.  Order of sites may vary.  The traditional meal may be served late in the afternoon when the tour departs after 10am.  The drive from the pier to the Mekong Delta is approximately 2-2.5 hours in each direction and timings can be affected by traffic.

Excursions

The history of Vietnamese Fine Arts can be traced to the French colonialists, who established the Fine Arts College of Indochine, which followed the European training method. When the Viet Minh led a general resistance against the French in 1945, some Vietnamese intellectuals followed this patriotic insurrection and formed a new artist generation.


After the war, the government favoured a social and economic reform while at the same time working on an 'opening policy' which encouraged joining the general world trend. In its wake, several brilliant artists began to emerge, creating their own individual styles without abandoning traditional heritage. Today, many Vietnamese artists and their works are highly regarded by Western art aficionados.


Today visit an Artist's village that emerged approximately 10 years ago when a group of famous artists in Saigon decided to move out of the crowded and busy city and resettle along the Saigon River.  They wished to be surrounded by nature in order to support their artistic creations. Over time, more artists arrived, forming an artistic community, which includes different artists from various art schools. The artists specialize in various forms - oil, lacquer, black and white, water colours, as well as pieces from the war.


Walk through the streets, and see artists at work.  Note the architecture of the houses which are representative of the different styles of houses in areas such as the Mekong Delta, Hue and the Hilltribes.


After the tour, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves a moderate amount of walking.  It is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is limited; however, a minimum number of participants is necessary for tour's operation.

Excursions

The Vietnam War, or the American War as it is known in Vietnam, pitched modern American technology against fierce Vietcong resistance waging a guerilla war. On this half-day tour, experience a local perspective on wartime memories and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.


The two-hour drive southwest from Saigon to the Cu Chi Tunnels is a pleasant foray into the surrounding countryside. It is hard to believe you are entering a former war zone of such strategic importance.  The busy road passes through tranquil rice paddies where entrepreneurial villagers use the hot roadside as a platform for drying all manner of produce. Hundreds of sheets of paper dot the countryside, drying on woven racks in the relentless sun. A short stop is made at a small village for photos of the countryside view and paddy fields.  


At Cu Chi, your guide explains the underground network, displays of tools and weapons used by the guerillas, and provides insight into the ingenious methods that the Vietnamese soldiers employed to remain undetected.  Work on the tunnels began in 1948 during the war against the French, and greatly expanded throughout the 1960s. Measuring 31 inches wide and five feet tall, the maze of tunnels was extensive, extending over 120 miles. They included storerooms, sleeping quarters, kitchens, medical facilities and classrooms, and at one time, over 16,000 people lived in the tunnels. Most only 2 or 2.5 feet wide by 5 feet high, the tunnels had thick roofs capable of withstanding the weight of tanks or the impact of bombs weighing up to 200 pounds.  Some have been enlarged to accommodate visitors at the site.


Following your visit to the tunnels, board your coach for your return to the ship.


Please note:        Guests participating on this tour should be fit and not prone to claustrophobia although guests may opt not to enter the tunnels. In the tunnels closest to the surface the actual rooms may be open to the sky above, with the tunnels in between fairly short. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Approximately one hour is spent on site.  Sturdy shoes, sun protection, and mosquito repellent are recommended.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

This excursion provides an introduction to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, a vibrant and exciting city.  Explore the highlights and have time to shop.


Departing the port, head toward Central Saigon to see or visit some of its many attractions.


History Museum

Start with a visit to this outstanding museum, considered the best place to get acquainted with Vietnam's history. Housed in a building from the early 1900s, the museum displays artefacts from the Bronze Age to the early communist presence in Vietnam. Other exhibits feature Cham art, ceramics, and traditional costumes.


Leaving the museum, the bus will take you to the Notre Dame Cathedral, distinguished by its imposing twin spires. Along the way, stop for photos at the splendid Reunification Palace and the elegant Saigon City Hall. Then, switching back to the coach, drive to China Town, known locally as Cholon.


Saigon Market

Visit the large market place in central Ho Chi Minh City Ben Thanh located in the Saigon Market. A short twenty minute stroll through Ben Thanh market offers a kaleidoscope of colours and a hive of activities.


Thien Hau Temple

Next, proceed to this beautiful temple built in 1825 and dedicated to the cult of Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors.


Lacquer Factory

The last visit is to one of Saigon's best known establishments for an introduction to the making of the city's renowned lacquer ware. Browse through the showrooms, where a fascinating array of items tempts even the most jaded shopper.


From here, the tour returns to the port. Time permitting and if you prefer, remain in town and make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in lightweight clothing and bring sun protection; anticipate hot and humid weather. Order of sites seen or visited may vary.  Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

The history of Vietnamese Fine Arts can be traced to the French colonialists, who established the Fine Arts College of Indochine, which followed the European training method. When the Viet Minh led a general resistance against the French in 1945, some Vietnamese intellectuals followed this patriotic insurrection and formed a new artist generation.


After the war, the government favoured a social and economic reform while at the same time working on an 'opening policy' which encouraged joining the general world trend. In its wake, several brilliant artists began to emerge, creating their own individual styles without abandoning traditional heritage. Today, many Vietnamese artists and their works are highly regarded by Western art aficionados.


Today visit an Artist's village that emerged approximately 10 years ago when a group of famous artists in Saigon decided to move out of the crowded and busy city and resettle along the Saigon River.  They wished to be surrounded by nature in order to support their artistic creations. Over time, more artists arrived, forming an artistic community, which includes different artists from various art schools. The artists specialize in various forms - oil, lacquer, black and white, water colours, as well as pieces from the war.


Walk through the streets, and see artists at work.  Note the architecture of the houses which are representative of the different styles of houses in areas such as the Mekong Delta, Hue and the Hilltribes.


After the tour, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves a moderate amount of walking.  It is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is limited; however, a minimum number of participants is necessary for tour's operation.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

This excursion provides an introduction to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, a vibrant and exciting city.  Explore the highlights and have time to shop.


Departing the port, head toward Central Saigon to see or visit some of its many attractions.


History Museum

Start with a visit to this outstanding museum, considered the best place to get acquainted with Vietnam's history. Housed in a building from the early 1900s, the museum displays artefacts from the Bronze Age to the early communist presence in Vietnam. Other exhibits feature Cham art, ceramics, and traditional costumes.


Leaving the museum, the bus will take you to the Notre Dame Cathedral, distinguished by its imposing twin spires. Along the way, stop for photos at the splendid Reunification Palace and the elegant Saigon City Hall. Then, switching back to the coach, drive to China Town, known locally as Cholon.


Saigon Market

Visit the large market place in central Ho Chi Minh City Ben Thanh located in the Saigon Market. A short twenty minute stroll through Ben Thanh market offers a kaleidoscope of colours and a hive of activities.


Thien Hau Temple

Next, proceed to this beautiful temple built in 1825 and dedicated to the cult of Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors.


Lacquer Factory

The last visit is to one of Saigon's best known establishments for an introduction to the making of the city's renowned lacquer ware. Browse through the showrooms, where a fascinating array of items tempts even the most jaded shopper.


From here, the tour returns to the port. Time permitting and if you prefer, remain in town and make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in lightweight clothing and bring sun protection; anticipate hot and humid weather. Order of sites seen or visited may vary.  Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Singapore is well-known for the bustling activity along its streets and waterfront. Explore the sights and sounds up close as you experience a Singapore run-around on the city's different forms of transportation - river boat, MRT (Subway), and trishaw.


Depart the pier with your guide on foot. Depending on the day of the week and the traffic patterns, your guide will lead you through the city. Each group is limited to 12 participants who will 'make their own way' on a customised route, armed with a Singapore survival kit of essential items like a map, coins for subway, mineral water, tiger balm ointment, and a sandalwood fan.


City Highlights

Explore Chinatown or Bugis Village, where the streets are lined with century-old shop-houses, selling food items and trinkets. Ride along the Singapore River in one of the colourful riverboats. In Raffles' days, these vessels were used to transport goods. Today, they are a popular way to experience a kaleidoscope of historic river images, including the 'godown' warehouses and the gracious buildings of the old waterfront set against the skyline of the new business district. Enjoy the architecture and quaint feel of the Colonial District.


Raffles Hotel

This fun-filled trip concludes at the legendary Raffles Hotel where you are treated to the hotel's signature drink, a Singapore Sling. If you wish, walk through the hotel gardens at your leisure or perhaps visit the Raffles Hotel shops, which include the Raffles Gift Shop, Raffles Museum and Thos. S B Raffles for any last minute souvenir hunting.


Afterwards, a short transfer returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour is offered to guests continuing on to the following cruise. It requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is self-exploration and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests wishing to may walk through the hotel gardens at their leisure. Casual-smart dress is recommended for entrance into the Raffles Hotel; no shorts, please. Price is per person, based on two guests per trishaw. The order of sights may vary and the tour route is subject to the conditions of the day. The riverboat may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.

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Experience a unique fusion of distinctive Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures during this scenic and informative tour of Singapore.


Chinatown & Little India

Depart the port for the drive to Chinatown. Next, proceed for a visit to the Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest and most colourful Hindu temple, then the neighbourhoods of Little India. After viewing displays of aromatic spices, brightly-coloured saris and other exotic items, your drive continues along Arab Street for an opportunity to photograph the Sultan Mosque.


Trishaw Ride

Ride comfortably through the narrow lanes of Arab Street, passing the resplendent Sultan Mosque. Built in 1928, it is a prominent landmark in this quarter. The duration of your trishaw ride is about 20-30 minutes.


Asian Civilisations Museum

Your next stop is the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). It is the region's first museum to present a broad yet integrated perspective of Pan-Asian heritage and cultures.


Raffles Landing Site

A brief stop is then made at the site where Thomas Stamford Raffles is believed to have first landed in Singapore in 1819. An imposing statue commemorates the site.


Riverboat Ride

A ride along the Singapore River in one of the colourful riverboats makes for a fun-filled experience. In Raffles' days, these vessels were used to transport goods. Today, they are a popular way to experience a kaleidoscope of historic river images, including the 'godown' warehouses and the gracious buildings of the old waterfront set against the skyline of the new business district.


After disembarking your riverboat at picturesque Clarke Quay, your outing concludes with a transfer to the airport.


Please note:  This tour is offered to guests who have flights departing after 4:30 pm.  It requires a moderate amount of walking with some steps to climb and guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the riverboats. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear lightweight clothing and rubber-soled shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

The Peninsula has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world.  Created in 1928, and Hong Kong's oldest hotel, the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance.  A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of travel of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artefacts on display around the hotel.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Grande Hotel program will enjoy accommodations in the Valley Wing:

As the accommodation of choice for heads of states, captains of industries and discerning travellers, the Valley Wing epitomises the very best in luxury accommodation. With 131 beautifully furnished guestrooms including 26 suites, this elegant wing's exclusivity is experienced once the guests arrive at the private lobby.

From arrival to departure, guests in the Valley Wing enjoy an unparalleled level of luxurious amenities and personalised services:

  • Complimentary breakfast in the private Summit Room
  • 24-hour personalised menu
  • Bathrooms with LCD televisions and choice of mood lighting
  • Complimentary champagne and cocktails
  • Complimentary WiFi and broadband Internet access
  • Largest and most luxurious deluxe rooms in the city
  • Personalised butler service for all suites
  • Personalised stationery
Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Simply Hotel program will be accommodated in Tower Wing Deluxe rooms.

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Land Programmes

The Chengdu Panda Research Base has not only dedicated itself to giant panda conservation, but has also made great efforts to combine natural scenery and man-made landscapes to create wonderful and humane living areas for these endangered animals. See the pandas close up and witness the work needed to conserve this unique species.


Guests should schedule their inbound flights into Hong Kong International Airport.

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for China. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest.

DAY 1 - HONG KONG

Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport you are met by a Silversea representative and transferred to the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax at leisure.  Dinner this evening is on your own.


Overnight at the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong  

DAY 2 - HONG KONG / CHENGDU

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. An in-flight lunch is served. Once there, transfer to check-in to the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel.


Freshen up in your room and then leave the hotel to walk and browse historic Jin Li Street.  Recreated to reflect the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period and local folk customs, the buildings here evoke the architectural style of a traditional old town in Western Sichuan Province from the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. Continue from here to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by an authentic cultural show.  


Overnight at the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel


DAY 3 - CHENGDU

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you drive to the Chengdu Panda Research Centre to learn about the care and feeding of these lovable creatures.  After a safety briefing and basic training, guests are divided into small group to observe panda's activity while the Centre's representative demonstrates how to domesticate pandas. View a fascinating documentary film about a panda's daily life and its living conditions. Guests may participate as a keeper's assistant to prepare food, clean the exercise square. If preferred, guests may choose to visit the Panda Museum instead.  A highlight of the day is the opportunity for a photo session with a baby panda and its keeper (at an additional cost, paid directly to the Centre).  Lunch is served at a local restaurant and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.


Overnight at the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel

DAY 4 - CHENGDU / HONG KONG

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Sanxingdui Museum. Here China's storied past is highlighted through a wide array of ceramic, jade, gold and bronze artefacts dating back 3,000 years. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a transfer to Chengdu Airport to check in for your flight to Hong Kong.  On arrival in Hong Kong, you are met and transferred to the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong for check-in.  Dinner this evening is on your own.

Overnight at the Inter-Continental Hotel Hong Kong

DAY 5 - HONG KONG

Breakfast is served at the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the pier to embark the ship.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Sheraton Chengdu Hotel - Chengdu

·        Two-night stay in an InterContinental Harbour View Room at the Inter-Continental Hotel - Hong Kong

·        Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Hong Kong/Chengdu and Chengdu/Hong Kong

·        Four breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners

·        All tours as per itinerary

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (where appropriate)


Please note order of visits may be changed. Please remember that we have done everything we can to provide the best available services in the region, however you should be prepared that traveling in this part of the world is different from what you may be accustomed to at home.


Flights: (all flights are economy class unless otherwise specified):

Day 2: Hong Kong/Chengdu - approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes

Day 5: Chengdu/Hong Kong - approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.  Upgrades to Business-class are available for an additional cost.


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small suitcase to travel with you into mainland China.  Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kilograms) per person for economy-class travellers.  The balance of your luggage will be stored at the hotel in Hong Kong and delivered to you when you return.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for China.  It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests.  Therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who may rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Fascinating Hanoi is nearly 1,000 years old and the proud capital of Vietnam. With its many attractions, an overnight stay is a must on any visit to this dynamic destination. Situated on both sides of the Red River, the city with a population of roughly 6.5 million is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Beautiful French colonial buildings stand next to traditional houses, and thousands of scooters, motorcycles and bicycles clutter the streets, vying for space with cars and buses. Take in a little of both its ancient and modern history. Upon your return to Ha Long Bay, experience the natural wonder of this UNESCO site on your junk cruise, before re-joining the ship.


01MIDHAL-F Hanoi In-Depth

Duration: 1.5 Days / 1 Night


Depart and return from: Ha Long Bay

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by the applicable booking deadline specified above. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.

Explore ancient and modern Hanoi with more time to take in the many sites that make Vietnam's capital and second largest city a bucket-list destination for so many.


DAY ONE - Ha Long Bay/Hanoi

Disembark the ship for the four-hour drive to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. For your comfort, guests travel in small groups, generally in vans. Boasting of glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, with a little blending of east and west amongst bicycle-cluttered streets, the city is the jewel in Vietnam's crown. The upgraded road from the pier to Hanoi offers ample chances to take photos of buffaloes and rice fields, farmers working together on the cooperatives, mountains, coal mines, old factories, and former battlefields, as pass through the countryside.


On arrival to the city, begin your exploration with an orientation drive en route to a local restaurant for lunch of traditional fare. Afterwards, continue with your sightseeing program, covering some of the city's major highlights:


Ba Dinh - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Square

The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the 'Father of the Country.' Together with the former Presidential Palace and one-time French governor's residence, the square offers great photo opportunities. Due to long lines and frequent closures, a visit to the mausoleum is not planned. For the Vietnamese, filing past 'Uncle Ho' in his glass sarcophagus is a somber experience in this spiritual center of their independence.


Ho Chi Minh Garden and Cottage

Continue your tour with a walk through the garden located behind the Mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's stilt house. The cottage is a simple teak building resembling the homes of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace.


Temple of Literature

Dedicated to Confucianism and founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university, which is the pride of the nation and the most important educational center. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at a time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Take a walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to famous teachers and Confucius, where 'men of letters' once recited their poetry.


Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo, translated as 'Hell's hole', was built by the French in the late 19th century to house Vietnamese prisoners. Nicknamed 'Hanoi Hilton' by the Americans during the Second Indochina War, much of the prison was demolished in 1996. What remains is a museum depicting the horrors of the imprisonment of the Vietnamese and many American pilots including Senator John McCain.


Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Pagoda

The central location of the lake offers great panoramic views. Residents credit Sword Lake with many myths and legends, including huge tortoises that inhabit these waters. In the middle of the lake, on a tiny island reached by a footbridge, stands the Ngoc Son Pagoda, dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, a hero who fought against Kublai Khan's troops in the 13th century.


From the lake, a short walk will take you to the Thang Long Theater.


Water Puppet Show

At the Thang Long Theater you will be treated to a delightful performance of a unique Vietnamese tradition. The water puppetry was created by kings of the Ly Dynasty, a form of entertainment that is still very popular. The puppets are handled by artists pulling strings and poles under water. Acting out legends, the show is accompanied by folk music and special lighting.


36 Street Old Quarter

Before heading to the hotel to conclude your day, make a stop to the Old Quarter. Named for the original 36 streets that formed the quarter, this is the most crowded and busy part of downtown. In streets, named each after a particular trade they once represented, merchants and buyers carry out a flurry of activities. Today, this is a shopping mecca for visitors and residents alike. While walking through this maze of alleys, you may well find a nice souvenir at a good price.


Check-in at the Hanoi Intercontinental and after freshening-up, meet for a relaxing dinner within the hotel.


Overnight at the Hanoi Intercontinental Hotel (or similar) - Hanoi


DAY TWO - Hanoi/Ha Long Bay

After an early breakfast at the hotel, check-out and commence the 3.5-4 hour drive to Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay is among Vietnam's most celebrated attractions and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its seascape offers fantastic sites of fragmented limestone outcroppings, sheer cliffs, huge rock arches and tranquil coves. Many of the rock formations rise from the sea to heights between 300 and 900 feet like green-clad plaster monsters.


The name Ha Long Bay, or 'where the dragon descends into the sea,' has its origin in an ancient legend, according to which a huge dragon descended and assisted the Vietnamese in their fight against northern invaders. After victory, the dragon and its young remained, turning into a fence of rocky islands to protect the locals. Even today, sailors and locals still claim sightings of a giant sea monster. Some of the outcroppings, caves and grottoes have a most exotic appearance. They have been given such names as Face Island, Isle of Wonders and Isle of Surprise, among others.


On arrival in Ha Long, climb aboard your authentic 'junk' and explore the bay. A cruise by local junk offers a wonderful opportunity to fully enjoy this magical scenery before you return to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. An overnight Vietnamese visa will be issued upon departure and is included in the cost of this program. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly in a small overnight case. Casual, lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. The tour sequence may vary and traffic patterns may affect tour timings; order of sites may change. Anticipate crowds at Ba Dinh Square. The duration of the drive between Ha Long Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3.5-4 hours in each direction. Comfort stops are made along the way and drive time can vary. Operation of the junk cruise is subject to favourable sea and/or visibility conditions.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel (or similar), deluxe category- Hanoi

· One breakfast, one lunch, one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

· Water Puppet Show experience

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Entrance fees

· Private (for the overland group) junk cruise

· Shoreside overnight visa


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, personal charges incurred at the hotel (a credit card must be registered prior), gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Once the capital of the Khmer Empire from 800 AD to approximately 1200, Angkor spreads out over an area of about 40 miles (63 km). The city and its famous temples were abandoned in the early 15th century and remained unknown to the outside world until 1860, when a French botanist stumbled upon them in the jungle overgrowth. Today, travellers flock to Angkor to see this spectacular temple city, rated among the world's premier architectural sites and since 1992 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure begins with an exploration of Cham civilization and the city of Da Nang before you travel to Cambodia to explore Angkor Wat.



02MIDCHM-G   Angkor Wat!  

Offered on Voyage 2437

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Departs from: Da Nang

Re-join ship:  Ho Chi Minh City  

Reserve by: September 13, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by September 13, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.


Experience the magical Angkor Temple City, acclaimed as being one of the most incredible ancient religious monuments in the World and Asia's most famous archaeological attraction.


DAY ONE - Da Nang/Siem Reap

Depart the ship in Da Nang, Vietnam's third largest city.  It was on Da Nang's coast where the first U.S. troops landed on March 8, 1965. Despite its war-torn history, Da Nang is one of the most progressive cities in Vietnam.  Among its highlights is the renowned Cham Museum, housing close to 300 Cham sculptures.  Begin with a guided look at Cham history before arriving at the Embroidery Workshop to see the artisans who can spend months on a single piece, with embroidery themes that include Vietnamese daily life and literature. The ancestor of this embroidery workshop came from Hue and trained many generations of workers, dedicated to this form of art.


Next, a short drive takes you to Marble Mountain for a brief photo stop.  King Minh Mang in 1837 named the mountains of Ngu Hanh after the five basic elements of the universe: Kim mountain (metal); Moc mountain (wood); Thuy mountain (water); Tho mountain (earth); Hoa mountain (Fire); (Hoa mountain consist of two peaks). Then, proceed to Marble Mountain Village.  Here, thousands of stone statues have been created by the skilful hands of the area's talented workers.  Most marble is transported here from Thanh Hoa province.  Of particular note are the different coloured pieces, very interesting to most stone lovers.


Complete your look at Da Nang with a stop at Sandy Beach.  Often referred to as "China Beach", Sandy Beach is more than 25 miles (40 kilometres) long.  During the Vietnam War, American Marines and South Korean troops used this area as a base camp.  Since then, many famous resorts have been built along the beach.  Sip a local drink, relax and enjoy the sea breeze, sun and sand.  If you feel adventurous, climb the nearby mountain with more than 100 steps to see both the area pagoda and caverns, or just to admire the view of Da Nang, before a light lunch at one of the resorts.


After lunch, the coach delivers you to Da Nang Airport for your onward flight to Cambodia.  Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the five-star Sokha Angkor Hotel. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, the hotel's decor is inspired by the local culture. Check-in and relax before dining at the hotel. (Your photograph will be taken at the hotel and your temple pass issued, facilitating admission to the temple sites next morning.)


Overnight accommodation is at the Sokha Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY TWO - Siem Reap/Angkor Wat  

After breakfast, begin your day with a visit to Angkor Thom, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. King Jayavarman VII established Angkor Thom in the late-12th century. It spans 3.5 square miles (90.65 square km), and features 25-foot-high (7.6-metres-high) gates at each of the cardinal points.


After entering via the narrow South Gate, continue to Angkor Thom's most significant sites, including Bayon, a temple known for its 49 towers and a terrace full of colossal heads with smiling faces. The stunning architecture and unusual décor makes Bayon one of the most visited sites at Angkor Thom. Other highlights include the Terrace of Elephants and the Leper King, representing one of Angkor's many mysteries.


Exit the site of Angkor Thom for the short drive to Ta Phrom. The temple is reached via a footpath through the forest and your first glimpse is of an extraordinary sight. The invading jungle-like growth has been left in place. Serpentine trunks of towering fig trees wind around the temple ruins, across walls and through doorways, creating an incredible atmosphere. Ta Phrom is also featured in scenes of Angelina Jolie's movie, Tomb Raider.  As you enter and exit the sites of Angkor, you may notice children selling various souvenirs.  To promote education of the area's youth, Silversea has made a donation on your behalf to the school of the local orphanage to encourage education and the betterment of these children.


Afterwards, head to a local hotel where your buffet-style lunch awaits. Continue your exploration with a visit to the Angkor National Museum as a preview to the Angkor temple. Through interactive exhibits you will be able to gain a deeper understanding of tradition and different beliefs of the ancient empire. Statues, remnants from the great temples themselves, as well as artefacts depict all manner of social customs throughout the evolution of the unique Khmer civilization. Then proceed to Angkor Temple.


Angkor Wat is the most famous of the Angkor sites and the largest Buddhist monument ever built. It spans an area of 500 acres (202 hectares), and is surrounded by a 660-foot-wide (201-meter-wide) moat. The construction required some 385,000 workers and 40,000 elephants over a 35-year period. The site remained covered by dense jungle growth until the late-19th century, when French archaeologists began a long restoration process. While some sections are still in ruins, others are used for worship and are occupied by Buddhist monks.


Entrance to this majestic and vast complex is via a long causeway across the moat. Then begin your exploration with a guided walking tour through corridors and courtyards. The walls are covered with bas-reliefs featuring battle scenes, dancing deities and visions of punishment in hell and rewards in paradise. The temple's central building is three stories high and accessible via a steep staircase (only recommended for very fit and agile guests).


After an extensive visit of approximately two hours, return to the hotel. Dinner this evening is enhanced by a performance of lovely Apsara dancers.


Overnight at Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY THREE - Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh City

Following breakfast and check out, you are transferred to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival and following Immigration formalities, a transfer coach will take you to the port and your awaiting ship.


Please note:    This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. A Cambodian visa is included and will be issued upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative.  Remember also to bring your camera. Angkor Temple is still an active place of worship. Dress modestly, with any skirts or shorts well below the knee and shoulders must be covered. Monks will be at the sites; their picture may only be taken after obtaining their permission and women may not touch monks. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. Airlines restrict baggage to 44 lb (20 kg) per person; hand luggage cannot exceed 11 lb (5 kg) in weight, should smaller aircraft be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or itinerary may change. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is one of Silversea's "Give Back" tours. A portion of your Land Adventure cost is donated to the school of the Siem Reap Children's Orphanage. If you wish, you may bring school supplies to add to your donation.  Our representatives will ensure these are delivered to the school's directors for a very welcomed distribution. Please refrain from giving money to children begging at the sites as this encourages the practice.



Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel (or similar), deluxe category- Siem Reap

·        Scheduled flights: Da Nang/Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh (Economy Class).  Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability as most aircraft do not offer business seating    

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

·        Apsara dance performance with dinner at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel on the second evening

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Angkor Temple Pass

·        Cambodian visa


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, Vietnamese visa, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.