Silversea Luxury Cruises A Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Romantically referred to by the French as the Pearl of the Orient, Ho Chi Minh City today is a super-charged city of sensory overload. Motorbikes zoom day and night along the wide boulevards, through the narrow back alleys and past vendors pushing handcarts hawking goods of all descriptions. View more

Still called Saigon by most residents, this is Vietnam's largest city and the engine driving the country's current economic resurgence, but despite its frenetic pace, it's a friendlier place than Hanoi and locals will tell you the food—simple, tasty, and incorporating many fresh herbs—is infinitely better than in the capital.This is a city full of surprises. The madness of the city's traffic—witness the oddball things that are transported on the back of motorcycles—is countered by tranquil pagodas, peaceful parks, quirky coffee shops, and whole neighborhoods hidden down tiny alleyways, although some of these quiet spots can be difficult to track down. Life in Ho Chi Minh City is lived in public: on the back of motorcycles, on the sidewalks, and in the parks. Even when its residents are at home, they're still on display. With many living rooms opening onto the street, grandmothers napping, babies being rocked, and food being prepared, are all in full view of passersby.Icons of the past endure in the midst of the city’s headlong rush into capitalism. The Hotel Continental, immortalized in Graham Greene's The Quiet American, continues to stand on the corner of old Indochina's most famous thoroughfare, the rue Catinat, known to American G.I.s during the Vietnam War as Tu Do (Freedom) Street and renamed Dong Khoi (Uprising) Street by the Communists. The city still has its ornate opera house and its old French city hall, the Hôtel de Ville. The broad colonial boulevards leading to the Saigon River and the gracious stucco villas are other remnants of the French colonial presence. Grisly reminders of the more recent past can be seen at the city's war-related museums. Residents, however, prefer to look forward rather than back and are often perplexed by tourists' fascination with a war that ended 40 years ago.The Chinese influence on the country is still very much in evidence in the Cholon district, the city's Chinatown, but the modern office towers and international hotels that mark the skyline symbolize Vietnam's fixation on the future.

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Singapore A Hong Kong
  • Asia
  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    fev 22, 2018
  • Duração
    9 Dias
  • Navio
    Silver Shadow

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US$ 5.800

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Ho Chi Minh City A Hong Kong
  • Asia
  • Cruzeiros Silversea
  • Partida
    fev 25, 2018
  • Duração
    6 Dias
  • Navio
    Silver Shadow

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US$ 3.900

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Ho Chi Minh City A Hong Kong
  • Asia
  • Silversea Expeditions
  • Partida
    mar 02, 2018
  • Duração
    13 Dias
  • Navio
    Silver Discoverer

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US$ 10.800

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Hong Kong A Ho Chi Minh City
  • Asia
  • Cruzeiros Silversea
  • Partida
    mar 20, 2018
  • Duração
    7 Dias
  • Navio
    Silver Whisper

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US$ 4.150

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Hong Kong A Singapore
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  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    mar 20, 2018
  • Duração
    15 Dias
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    Silver Whisper

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US$ 8.900

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Singapore A Hong Kong
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  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    mar 25, 2018
  • Duração
    9 Dias
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    Silver Shadow

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US$ 5.600

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Ho Chi Minh City A Singapore
  • Asia
  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    mar 27, 2018
  • Duração
    8 Dias
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    Silver Whisper

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US$ 4.750

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Ho Chi Minh City A Hong Kong
  • Asia
  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    mar 28, 2018
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    6 Dias
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    Silver Shadow

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US$ 3.700

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Singapore A Hong Kong
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  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    abr 14, 2018
  • Duração
    11 Dias
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    Silver Shadow

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US$ 6.100

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Bangkok (Klong Toey) A Hong Kong
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  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    abr 18, 2018
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    7 Dias
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    Silver Shadow

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US$ 3.900

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Singapore A Hong Kong
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  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    nov 09, 2018
  • Duração
    10 Dias
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    Silver Muse

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US$ 5.850 com
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Hong Kong A Singapore
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  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    nov 13, 2018
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    11 Dias
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    Silver Shadow

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US$ 5.220 com
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Singapore A Bangkok (Klong Toey)
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  • Cruzeiros Silversea
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    nov 24, 2018
  • Duração
    14 Dias
  • Navio
    Silver Shadow

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Manila A Bangkok (Klong Toey)
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    nov 30, 2018
  • Duração
    8 Dias
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    Silver Shadow

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US$ 3.330 com
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    dez 08, 2018
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    14 Dias
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    Silver Shadow

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Excursões em Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon street foods experience

Discover the natural remedies and street food of Vietnam during this engaging visit to Ho Chi Minh City. Your half-day excursion explores Vietnamese herbal medicine at the FITO Museum, and the vendors and food stalls at the renowned Ben Thanh Market. A light lunch at the Ngon restaurant is included.

Kayaking in the Mangrove Forest

Indulge your senses with the exquisite natural beauty of the Can Gio Mangrove Reserve during this panoramic, full-day kayaking excursion.


Can Gio Forest, Cruise and Kayak Station

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive southeast to the Can Gio Forest. Designated as the first mangrove biosphere reserve in Vietnam by UNESCO in 2000, the Can Gio Forest covers an area of approximately 187,158 (about 75,740 hectares). Upon arrival, take a guided nature walk through the Can Gio Forest to the local wharf, then embark a boat for a short cruise to the kayak station. After receiving your kayaking instructions and safety gear, embark your two-seat kayak and begin your guided kayaking tour through the small canals of the Can Gio Mangrove Reserve.


Mangrove Kayaking, Cruise, Kayak Station and Refreshments

Along the way, marvel at the diverse flora and flora of this swampy tidal ecosystem, a haven for biologists and nature lovers alike, and observe the daily activities of the local denizens who live on the river. Following your kayaking adventure, return to the kayak station and embark your boat for the short ride back to the local wharf. Upon arrival, relax and enjoy a selection of refreshments and lunch, then walk back to your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity and walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and embark/disembark the kayak and boat. 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. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Each kayak accommodates two guests. Guests must be at least 16 years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Saigon War Relics

Explore the museums and sites related to the Vietnam War and fall of Saigon during this compelling, half-day excursion to Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City and Reunification Hall

Depart the pier for the short drive to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Once called the 'Pearl of the Orient', Ho Chi Minh City is today a bustling metropolitan hub with a sea of motorbikes. Your tour begins with a photo stop at Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. The Saigon regime collapsed on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) tank crashed down the front gate of the palace.


War Museum, Notre Dame Museum and Central Post Office

Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the War Museum. During your guided visit, explore war relics and detailed exhibits, at times shocking, about the American war in Vietnam. Leaving the War Museum, photo stops are made at the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office en route to the Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum.


Reunification Hall and Jade Emperor Temple

Visit the Reunification Hall which is former Presidential Palace of the South Vietnamese regime. Your last stop is at the Jade Emperor Temple, also known as the 'Tortoise Pagoda'. Built by the Chinese community in 1909, the Jade Emperor Temple is one of the five most important shrines in Ho Chi Minh City. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity and walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary.The museum contains sensitive material, including graphic pictures and displays of the atrocities of war.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Ho Chi Minh City 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 on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

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.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Ho Chi Minh 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.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

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.

Experience an evening of traditional Vietnamese cultural entertainment and some of the best dining in the city as twilight descends on this historic setting'.


Indochine

Begin with a transfer to the landing at the Saigon River. As you arrive, you are greeted with a colourful Dragon dance, which traditionally symbolizes blessing and prosperity. After you are graciously welcomed aboard by the hostesses, sip pre-dinner cocktails aboard Indochine, a faithful replica of a traditional Chinese junk. Both the old world charm of the vessel and the glow of the city's lights are a special introduction to a rich and varied culture.


As you cruise, a special show featuring the music, dance and traditional costumes of both northern and southern regions of Vietnam is featured.


Mandarine

Following the entertainment, proceed to the Mandarine restaurant, one of the finest Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon to savour a feast of local specialties. Here again, the Chinese influence is evident in the restaurant's decor, but the menu is classical Vietnamese with a touch of French fusion.


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 both at the boat and at the restaurant. Dress in lightweight clothing; anticipate hot and humid weather. 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. Meal substitutions cannot be accommodated.

Artists' Village

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 Hill tribes.


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.

The Vietnam War, or the American War as it is known in Vietnam, pitched modern American technology against fierce Vietcong resistance waging a guerrilla 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, shows the displays of tools and weapons used by the guerrillas, 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 (80 cm) wide and five feet (1.5 metres) tall, the maze of tunnels was extensive, extending over 120 miles (193 kilometres). 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 (60-72cm X1.5 metres), the tunnels had thick roofs capable of withstanding the weight of tanks or the impact of bombs weighing up to 200 pounds (91 kilograms). 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: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Walking through the tunnels requires additional exertion. Guests participating on this portion of the tour should be fit and not prone to claustrophobia; 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. Approximately one hour is spent on site Cu Chi site. In Cu Chi guests will see sensitive material, including graphic pictures and displays of the atrocities of war.

Sturdy shoes, sun protection, and mosquito repellant are recommended. The duration of the drive between the pier and the tunnel are is approximately 2 hours in each direction.

Life in the Mekong Delta

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. Meal substitutions cannot be accommodated. 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.

Good Evening, Saigon

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


Majestic Hotel

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 their 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. Dress in lightweight clothing; anticipate hot and humid weather. Order of sites seen or visited may vary. 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. Meal substitutions cannot be accommodated.

Saigon Highlights

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.

Ho Chi Ming City Tour


Begin the day with the visit to the History Museum, set in the Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Built in 1929 by the Societe des Etudes Indochinoises, it was known as 'Musée Blanchard de la Bosse' until 1956, when it was renamed the Saigon National Museum. In 1975, it was expanded, renovated and renamed the Historical Museum. The Museum now houses an excellent collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of Vietnamese culture from ancient times (approximately 300,000 years ago) up to the 1930s, when Vietnam's Communist Party was founded.  


Then visit the Reunification Palace, one of the most historic landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. The building is preserved almost as it was under the old regime with elegant interiors decorated with fine Vietnamese arts and crafts.


Continue to the Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. It has a neo-Romanesque façade and two bell towers tipped with iron spires that reach a height of 190 feet, dominating the skyline. Your next stop will be to visit the classic 19th century French colonial Post Office. The largest post office in Vietnam, it is an important communications hub for most of the city's inhabitants. Inside, the building has huge vaulted ceilings with vast maps of Vietnam on both sides of the main hall.


Explore Cholon, "Chinatown", a prosperous bustling area which has been engaged in trading activities since the 17th century. Known for its Chinese delis, ancient quarters, old temples and pagodas, the area reflects original architecture and age-old rituals. Transfer to visit a Quan Am pagoda built in the 18th century. Unchanged for hundreds of years, the pagoda offers a serene escape from the bustling atmosphere of Chinatown.


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.

Life in the Mekong Delta (no lunch included)

Guests who are looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience will appreciate this outing into the heart of the Mekong Delta. Touring local villages and cruising along the river provides both a rewarding and a truly unforgettable impression.


Mekong Delta

Depart from the pier on 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.


Re-join the van for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate 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. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, and rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Transportation is by van. Should the ship be docked outside of the city, the tour duration will be a minimum of 30-60 minutes greater.

Programas em terra em Ho Chi Minh City

2NT PRE-CRUISE: HISTORIC HANOI

Visit the dynamic Vietnamese capital on this two-night adventure. In addition to the sites most western tourists see, you'll meet a former army officer who worked at the Hoa Lo Prison (the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton') in the 1960's. You'll also have a chance to taste the delicate flavors of true Vietnamese cuisine.


Guests should schedule their inbound flights into Hanoi's Noi Ban International Airport.

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

DAY 1 - HANOI

Upon arrival at Noi Ban International Airport you are met by a Silversea representative and transferred to the your hotel for check-in. The official hotel check-in time is 2:00pm, but arrangements have been made to insure your room is ready when you arrive. The remainder of the day is yours to relax at leisure. All meals are on your own.


Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi, Vietnam

DAY 2 - HANOI

After breakfast at the hotel, begin a day of intriguing sightseeing with a photo stop at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The vast tomb stands just over 70 feet tall and 135 wide and contains the embalmed body of the revolutionary leader who played a key role in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and with the Viet Cong during the war with anti-communist forces.

Visit Quoc Tu Giam, a Confucian temple otherwise known as Temple of Literature. Recognized as Hanoi's first university, the temple was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong and is featured on the back of the 100,000-dong banknote. The temple, which hosts the Imperial Academy, has educated Vietnam's royalty and members of elite society for nearly 700 years.


Next, you have an opportunity to meet with a retired military officer and explore Hoa Lo Prison through the eyes of someone familiar with its secrets. Mr. Tam will share with you stories about the prison and the lives of the US soldiers who lived within its walls. He previously worked at Hoa Lo Prison, a site commonly referred to as the Hanoi Hilton by US prisoners of war. In 1968, he was transferred to Khe Sanh battlefield, where he held the position of battlefield communicator, before moving back to Hanoi and working as an officer of Hoa Lo. Having witnessed first-hand that memorable moment when Vietnam released the US POWs, Mr. Tam continued to serve and later retired in 2011 with the position of Colonel of Vietnam Infantry Division.


This afternoon's activities are more light-hearted and focus on Vietnamese culture and food with the first stop at a local restaurant to try the iconic Hanoi delicacy Bun Cha (vermicelli served with aromatic herbs and grilled pork meat ball, dipped in fish sauce).

After lunch, visit to Ngoc Sơn Temple which is dedicated to Tran Hưng Dao who defeated attacking Mogolian troops on three different occasions in the 13th century. The temple is built on Hoan Kiem Lake or "Lake of the Returned Sword", considered by many as the center of the city in the heart of the Old Quarter.


Continue walking to a local shop to try a Bánh Cuốn (Steamed Rice Rolls) and then your guide will take you to try Pho - a very tasty noodle soup, best cooked by a native Hanoian. Next, stroll around Hang Be market in the Old Quarter. A walk around this vast maze of stalls will offer you a glimpse of the exotic fruits & vegetables available in Vietnam


Before you settle down for some liquid refreshment, visit the Temple of Silver where the locals worship the ancestor of Silver craft. Continue your walking tour at one of the most exciting areas in Hanoi, the intersection between Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Streets, nicknamed "the international crossroad". This is a place where you will witness a plethora of tourists and locals alike, gathering, chatting and enjoying Bia Hoi. This local beer is brewed daily with no preservatives so it must be consumed within 24hours of production, making it one of the freshest beers you may have ever tried. Take some time to sit and enjoy the fresh beer with snacks in this charming environment to discover a taste of Hanoi's captivating culture.

At the end of your afternoon excursion, enjoy a cyclo transfer passing the street of French colonial villas on the way back to your hotel. Take a few moments to freshen up before departing for the evening Tu Phu Show, inspired by the Len Dong ritual. The show acts out the Vietnamese's religious practices related to the Viet's belief in the Mother Goddess. The Four Places Show is a journey to the spiritual world, a beautiful combination of Vietnam traditional artistry and modern art effects which might fully excite all human senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing.


Dinner will be served at a local restaurant with the opportunity to sample more Vietnamese cuisine. Return to the hotel after a very full day.


Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole


DAY 3 - HANOI / HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and discover the art and culture scene in Hanoi with a local art researcher. Head towards your first destination, the Fine Art Museum. Here, the host shares her thoughts as you discover how art has been developing in Vietnam from the French colonial period to the present.

Continue to a gallery run by a Hanoian collector to see some of the most well-known paintings of Vietnamese artists during the revolution and period of reconstruction of the nation. Learn the story behind the paintings or simply admire the art work.


Your final visit in Hanoi will be to a gallery, that provides an intimate space for artists to display their works and acts as a center for research and exploration into the depths of Vietnamese culture. Many art works are displayed in this private collection. Your host will introduce them to you with details about the artist.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Following the 1h45m flight, you are met in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and transferred directly to Silver Discoverer for embarkation. Bon voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

· Two-night stay in a Premium Room at the Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi

· Scheduled, Economy-Class flight: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City

· Two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner

· 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.


Flight: (Economy class):

Day 3: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City - approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

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


Luggage Information:

For the temple visits on Day 2, please do not wear shorts, tank-tops, sleeveless blouses or revealing clothing. Clients are responsible for any surcharges for luggage imposed by the airlines.


Visa Information:

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

Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not suitable for mobility-impaired guests. Therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who may have difficulty walking or 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:


Guests with food allergies (seafood & shellfish in particular) must advise Silversea well in advance of departure.


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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Discover Laos

Discover one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries, which recently started to attract ever more savvy and adventurous travellers. Thanks to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful landscape, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle the country's isolation is now quickly changing and becoming a popular destination for those in the know. Visit the country's capital, Vientiane and temple-filled Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site situated 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level amid a backdrop of scenic mountains.


02MIDSGN-N Discover Laos

Departure: Ho Chi Minh City,

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Bangkok

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the start of your Cruise


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the start of your cruise. 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. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


IMPORTANT: Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.


Discover Laos, one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries. Officially called Lao People's Democratic Republic, the country has only recently begun to attract the attention of savvy and adventurous travelers due to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful nature, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle. The country's isolation is quickly giving way to change and the number of visitors is ever more increasing. On this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure you will have the opportunity for a brief visit to Laos' capital, Vientiane and to Luang Prabang, the country's showpiece and a World Heritage Site, situated 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level amid a backdrop of scenic mountains.


DAY ONE - Ho Chi Minh City / Vientiane

Depart the ship in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Vientiane, via Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Laos' capital city, you are met and taken to the Settha Palace Hotel for check-in. Built in the 1930s, this Vientiane landmark hotel underwent extensive restoration and now serves once again as a testament to classical elegance and gracious service. After settling in, join your fellow tour members for dinner at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at the Settha Palace Hotel - Vientiane.


DAY TWO - Vientiane / Luang Prabang

Following breakfast and check-out, enjoy an overview of Southeast Asia's 'biggest village'. An interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and American influences, makes Vientiane a charming and fascinating capital. A morning tour of the city will show you the major highlights, ending at the airport. Most of the sites are in relatively close proximity of each other.


Visit Wat Sisaket, the temple famous for its cloister wall with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Vientiane's oldest surviving monastery, it was built by King Anouvong in 1818, in the Siamese style. Its grounds are richly planted with a variety of vegetation that is lovingly tended, so it becomes a restful retreat as well. Next, proceed to the most important national monument in Laos, Pha That Luang. This impressive gold-covered stupa is a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. The exterior of the 'Great Stupa' resembles a fortress surrounded by high walls. The main stupa stands 148 feet (44 metres) tall and is covered with gold leaf. Legend has it that Ashokan missionaries from India erected a thâat or reliquary stupa here to enclose a piece of the Buddha's breastbone as early as the 3rd century BC. Excavations have found no trace of this, but did find suggestion of a Khmer monastery that might have been built near here between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. Before heading to the airport, stop for photos at the imposing Patuxai Monument, or 'Victory Gate', touted as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. It was built in the 1960s to commemorate those who fought in the struggle for independence from the French.


Arriving at Vientiane airport, check-in for a 40-minute flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Vitoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel for check-in and lunch. This five-star hotel was the last residence of the Laos Royal Family. Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, surrounded by the golden spires of the town's famous Buddhist temples, this beautiful boutique property has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and once more sits proudly on the banks of the Mekong River. Look out upon the majestic Wat Xiengthong - the town's most famous temple, or simply sit back and soak up the ambience of this UNESCO protected palace, the perfect place to discover the wonder and charm of Luang Prabang - the Jewel of Indochina.


After lunch, a trip to Kuang Si Falls some 18 miles (30 kilometres) out of town follows a road that winds through hills with spectacular views, terraced rice fields and farmlands. Closer to the falls the weather gets a bit cooler due to the higher elevation and its forest location. From the parking area, a short hike on a well maintained forest trail leads up some 279 feet (85 metres) to the view point of the falls. Cascades, typical of travertine waterfalls, are intermingled with basins and pools. Be careful around the falls area as the ground may be wet and slippery. Photographers will enjoy the opportunity for pictures. Then retrace your steps down to the parking area, where souvenir shops line the square.


Your return trip to Luang Prabang takes in a stop at Wat Prabath, a Meditation Temple situated on a hillside from where you can enjoy lovely views and the opportunity to watch the sunset. Often, orange-clad monks can be seen mingling on the grounds of Wat Prabath. Back downtown, you may want to take a stroll through the night market before returning to the hotel. This evening, dinner will be served at one of Luang Prabang's popular restaurants.


Overnight accommodation at Victoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel - Luang Prabang.


DAY THREE - Luang Prabang / Bangkok

Optional: For early risers a special treat awaits. Near the hotel you can watch one of Luang Prabang's most fascinating rituals as hundreds of orange-robed monks begin their walk at dawn to collect alms from faithful residents. It is a great opportunity for some very unusual and memorable photographs.


After breakfast and check-out, discover the major sites of Luang Prabang. The beautiful setting, splendid scenery and blend of foreign influences have earned the town top billing as the country's showpiece. Located at an elevation of 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level, Luang Prabang is encircled by impressive mountains and wedged between the Mekong and Khan Rivers. As the former royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang has long been a centre of culture and preserved heritage.


The main attractions of this World Heritage Site can be seen within a short period of time and include ornate temples of and charming colonial architecture. A stop at Wat Mai lets you admire the most richly decorated of all the temples in Luang Prabang.


Next, visit the nearby Royal Palace Museum. Once the residence of the kings of Luang Prabang, exhibits feature a collection of personal memorabilia of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments and numerous gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries. Many of the rooms have been preserved since the day of the revolution when the royal family was forced into exile. (Shoes have to be removed at the entrance to the museum.)


From here proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Golden City and one of the most important temples in Laos. The temple's rear wall is adorned with one of the best known artworks in Laos - the exquisite Tree of Life mosaic.


Conclude your Laos' Discovery with a transfer to the airport and a two-hour flight to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, where you are met and assisted with arrival formalities. Then, board your transfer coach that will bring you to the ship at Klong Toey Pier.


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. Visa for Laos is included and will be issued upon arrival at the airports. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. You will be charged USD $75 for a Vietnam departure visa, not included, while onboard the ship. 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, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Bring a jacket or shawl for the cooler region of Luang Prabang. Comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip on and off are essential. Out of respect, dress modestly, with any skirts or pants well below the knee and shoulders must be covered for visits to Buddhist shrines. Some temples and the Royal Palace Museum require shoes be removed at the entrance. Remember to bring your camera. Monks may 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 however you should carry small change. Bargaining is common at markets. 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 the itinerary may change.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Settha Palace Hotel (or similar) - Vientiane

· One-night stay at Victoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel (or similar) - Luang Prabang

· Two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners (Lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; dinner includes also house wine as an additional choice)

· Flights in Economy Class: Ho Chi Minh City/Vientiane, Vientiane/Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang /Bangkok

· Laos visa

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, Vietnam departure visa, gratuities to drivers and tour guide, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, 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.

2 Nt. Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Angkor Wat

Between the 9th and 13th centuries, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire, a colossal city renowned for its superb architecture and sculptures, vast lakes and temples. Hidden in the jungles of Cambodia until the late 19th century, it's one of the world's greatest wonders, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Silversea's Mid-Voyage Land Adventure gives you an in-depth look at the Angkor Wat site that includes many structures still intact, including the grand Angkor temple.


02MIDSGN-J Angkor Wat!

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Departs from: Ho Chi Minh City

Re-join ship: Bangkok

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the Start of the Cruise


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the start of your cruise. 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. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


IMPORTANT: Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.



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.


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 - Ho Chi Minh City / Siem Reap

Depart the ship after lunch and transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temple city.


Following Immigration formalities, a transfer coach will take you to the luxurious Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel in downtown Siem Reap. Following check-in, gather in the hotel's restaurant for dinner.


Overnight accommodation at the Sokha Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY TWO - Siem Reap

Following breakfast at the hotel, begin your exploration of Angkor Wat, 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).


As the morning continues, visit the Angkor National Museum. 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 artifacts depict all manner of social customs throughout the evolution of the unique Khmer civilization. (Please note that photography is prohibited in some sections of the museum.)


After an extensive visit of approximately two hours, take a break and enjoy a buffet lunch at a nearby hotel.


Begin the afternoon at 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.


At the end of your visit, proceed 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.


Depart the temple site and return to the hotel to freshen up. Dinner this evening is enhanced by a performance of Khmer entertainment. Depending on the number of guests at the Sokkha Hotel, the dinner/entertainment may be at a local club outside of the hotel and not within the hotel grounds.


Overnight at Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY THREE - Siem Reap / Bangkok

Following a very early breakfast and check out, you are transferred to the airport for a morning flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival there, and following Immigration formalities, a transfer coach will take you to the pier where you re-embark Silver Whisper.


Please note: Passports must be valid for 6 months following the date of your entry into both Cambodia & Vietnam. Guests must have 2 blank pages for local visas. There is an extensive amount of walking and climbing steps required 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 one passport photo with them. Lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended. Because it is still an active place of worship, proper dress is required for the visit to Angkor Wat: no sleeveless blouses or tight tops; skirts must cover knees and trousers must be full length. At some buildings, shoes have to be left at the entrance. The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes.


Programme Includes:

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

· Scheduled flights: Ho Chi Minh / Siem Reap / Bangkok (Economy Class). Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability

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

· Khmer entertainment with dinner at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel or at a local restaurant/club.

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Angkor Temple Pass

· Cambodian visa


Not Included:

Vietnamese disembarkation visa (can be secured upon arrival at first Vietnamese port), any meals and drinks not specified above, 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.

2 Nt. Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Imperial Vietnam & Marble Mountain

Most westerners are unfamiliar with Vietnam's imperial legacy. This is your opportunity to explore and appreciate the lives and passions of the Emperors. A visit to the charming town of Hoi An will allow you a glimpse of the many cultures that have influenced this country including Chinese, Japanese and French.



02MIDSGN-B Imperial Vietnam & Marble Mountain

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Departs from: Ho Chi Minh City

Re-join ship: Da Nang

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations 90 days prior to sailing. Requests received after the applicable 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.



DAY ONE - Ho Chi Minh City / Hue

After an early lunch onboard, depart the ship and transfer to the airport for the 90-minute flight to Hue. Upon arrival, drive to your hotel and check-in to the La Residence Hotel. Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation is at the La Residence Hotel - Hue


DAY TWO - Hue / Hoi An / Da Nang

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning. Then, begin your day with the drive to the Citadel. For approximately 400 years, Vietnam was ruled from here. This imperial structure is a citadel-within-a-citadel. beginning with the Capital Citadel on the outside. The Royal Citadel is inside, and the Forbidden Citadel is at the heart of this site. Your guide will insure you see the highlights.


From here, proceed to the Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda), considered by many to be one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country.The temple complex was designed in seven successive tiers, each one representing a human form taken by the Buddha, or a step to enlightenment (depending on whom you ask).


At the conclusion of your visit, a boat is waiting to take you on a short cruise on the Perfume River. Then make a quick stop at Dong Ba Market. Afterwards, transfer to the lunch venue, where Vietnamese cuisine is offered.


Following your meal, continue on the tomb of Tu Duc, acknowledged by many to be one of the most beautiful works of the Nguyen dynasty. Then relax onboard the coach for the next 2 hours or so, and watch the Vietnamese countryside glide by. A comfort stop will be made at Lang Co beach.


As you arrive in Da Nang, proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. Take some time to freshen up before joining the group for dinner at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation is at the Grand Mercure - Da Nang



DAY THREE - Da Nang / Chan May

Following breakfast, leave the hotel for a visit to Hoi An, Vietnam's treasure chest of history. Visit this picturesque river town that has remained unchanged for centuries. Initially an important trading port, Hoi An boasts some of Vietnam's most historic architecture as well as colourful temples and old community houses.


Your guide will take you on a 1-hour walking tour of the Old Town. Some of the notable heritage building include Chinese temples a Japanese-designed bridge, pagodas, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and old canals - all of which led to its declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1999. At the end of your tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town before sitting down for a tasty local lunch.


As your program continues this afternoon, stop and visit some of the workshops in the Marble Mountains. The area is known for the remarkable artistry of the stone-cutters who use the local limestone and marble for their creations.


Your final stop today is at the Cham Museum, a rather primitive yet altogether charming museum boasting an extensive array of Cham artifacts. The museum's more than 300 pieces are displayed outdoors, which proves to ba an appropriate space for the collection of temple decorations and sandstone sculptures. The exhibits represent four time periods and are named after the geographic regions where the pieces were found.


At the end of your visit, a short 30-minute drive will take you to Da Nang port and the waiting Silversea vessel.


Please note: There is an extensive amount of walking and climbing steps required at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or utilising a wheelchair. Lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended as it will likely be very warm. The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes.


Programme Includes:

· One night-stay at the La Residence Hotel (or similar) - Hue

· One night-stay at the Grand Mercure Hotel (or similar) - Da Nang

· Scheduled flights: Ho Chi Minh / Hue (Economy Class). Business Class may be available upon request at an additional charge

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

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Vietnamese disembarkation visa (can be secured upon arrival at first Vietnamese port), any meals and drinks not specified above, 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.

2 Nt. Mid Voyage Land Adventure: Angkor Wat!

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 concludes on Day Three with a short flight to Thailand to rejoin the ship in Bangkok.


02MIDSGN-O Angkor Wat!

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Departs from: Ho Chi Minh City

Re-join ship: Bangkok

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations 90 days prior to sailing. Requests received after the applicable 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. Passports must be valid for 6 months or more after the date of departure from Vietnam and must have two completely blank pages. The visa required to disembark in Vietnam will be charged to your onboard account (USD $75 per person).


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 - Ho Chi Minh City / Siem Reap

Depart the ship after lunch and transfer to the airport for the one-hour flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, drive to your hotel and check-in to the five-star Sokha Angkor Hotel. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, the hotel's decor is inspired by the local culture. Dinner this evening is served at the hotel. poolside and

is enhanced by a performance of lovely Apsara dancers.


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


DAY TWO - Siem Reap

Begin your day with the drive to the Angkor site to visit 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 basreliefs

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).


With the vision of Angkor Wat uppermost in your mind, a visit to the Angkor Museum is the ideal way to spend the remainder of the morning. Given the heat in this region, a couple hours spent in the cool environment of a top-notch museum is welcome. The impressive galleries put the story of Angkor and the Khmer empire into perspective.


Lunch is served at a nearby hotel where menu items include both local and western items.


This afternoon's activities begin 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 (9.065 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.


Continue on 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.


At the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel. Take a few minutes to freshen up before a poolside dinner and entertainment featuring a performance by Apsara dancers.


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


DAY THREE - Siem Reap / Bangkok

An early breakfast at the hotel will help to start your day. Just after 7:00 am (approximately) check-out and meet the group for the transfer to the airport. A short flight (less than 1 hour) takes you to Bangkok where you are met and transferred 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. 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. You will be charged USD $75 for a Vietnam departure visa, not included, while onboard the ship.


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 pants well below the knee and shoulders must be covered. Scarves and skirts are NOT available for those who have their legs or shoulders exposed and access to the top floor of the Angkor Temple will not be permitted. 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, smaller aircraft may be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or the itinerary may change.


Programme Includes:

  • Two-night stay at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel (or similar), deluxe city view category- Siem Reap
  • Scheduled flights: Ho Chi Minh / Siem Reap / Bangkok (Economy Class). Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability as most aircraft do not offer business seating
  • Two breakfasts, one lunch, an evening supper and a dinner/performance (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
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary
  • Angkor Temple Pass
  • Cambodian visa

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, 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.

5NT PRE-CRUISE: HANOI & NINH BINH

For guests who have visited Vietnam's major highlights, this experience allows you to actively explore the area around Ninh Binh by bicycle and meet some of the locals.


Guests should schedule their inbound flights into Hanoi's Noi Ban International Airport.

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Vietnam. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest. This program includes a temple visit that requires climbing a large staircase, as well as a cycling component.

DAY 1 - HANOI

Upon arrival at Noi Ban International Airport you are met by a Silversea representative and transferred to the your hotel for check-in. The official hotel check-in time is 2:00pm, but arrangements can be made to insure your room is ready when you arrive. If you require such arrangements, please contact Silversea at least 60 days in advance. The remainder of the day is yours to relax at leisure. All meals are on your own.


Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi, Vietnam

DAY 2 - HANOI / NINH BINH

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning. Then, meet your guide and transfer to the area known locally as Vietnam's 'Inland Halong Bay'. Your first stop will be at Hoa Lu, the first of Vietnam's capital during the 10th century, the era of the Dinh and early Le Dynasties. Following the visit of the two temples built to commemorate King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh, continue to Phat Diem Church. The structure wasbuilt in stone in 1892 and is a blend of Vietnamese and European architectural styles called the "eclectic architectural style". Although a church, it was built with pagoda type roofs in traditional Vietnamese temple architecture style.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Tam Coc area. After the meal visit Bich Dong, three pagodas built in 18th century. Visit the first at the foot of the mountain and from there climb up 80 steps to the next pagoda. The unique fact is that this second pagoda incorporates a cave and uses it as a main chamber of the pagoda. Learn more about the history of these pagodas when continuing up approximately 40 steps to get close the top of the mountain. Admire the panoramic view of Ninh Binh and take some photos before heading down.


Walk back down to the waiting transportation and transfer to Emeralada Ninh Binh Resort. The resort sits on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve - a primeval tropical forest. Enjoy dinner this evening at the resort.


Overnight at the Emeralada Ninh Binh Resort - Ninh Binh, Vietnam


DAY 3 - NINH BINH

A good breakfast this morning will prepare you for the active day ahead. First, transfer to Vuon Thi Village where you can enjoy a cycle ride around the village, passing the village common house, school and local houses. Stop along the way to speak with villagers or simply enjoy the peaceful area. Lunch is served at a local house where you can join the hosts in preparing the meal.

Van Long Nature Reserve is set amongst tranquil karst peaks and this afternoon enjoy a scenic boat trip through this stunning scenery. Van Long features dramatic limestone peaks dotted with spectacular caves. The reserve also plays host to numerous species of animals and birds.


At the end of the afternoon, transfer back to the resort where you can relax by the swimming pool.

Dinner will be served at the resort.


Overnight at the Emeralada Ninh Binh Resort - Ninh Binh, Vietnam


DAY 4 - NINH BINH / HANOI

A leisurely breakfast is the perfect way to start today. Then it's time to depart Ninh Binh and head back in the direction of Hanoi. Lunch along the way is served in a local restaurant.


This afternoon, discover the art and culture scene in Hanoi with a local art researcher. At your first destination, the Fine Art Museum, the host shares her thoughts as you discover how art has been developing in Vietnam from the French colonial period to the present.

Continue to a gallery run by a Hanoian collector to see some of the most well-known paintings of Vietnamese artists from the period of the revolution as well as reconstruction of the nation. Learn the story behind the paintings or simply admire the art work.


Your final visit in Hanoi will be to a gallery where an exhibit by a Thai ethnic group is placed over two floors. It provides an intimate space for artists to display their works and acts as a center for research and exploration into the depths of Vietnamese culture. Many art works are displayed in this private collection. Your host will introduce them to you with the details about the artists.


Dinner this evening will be served at a local restaurant on the shore of the West Lake.


Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole


DAY 5 - HANOI

After breakfast at the hotel, begin a day of intriguing sightseeing with a photo stop at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The vast tomb stands just over 70 feet tall and 135 wide and contains the embalmed body of the revolutionary leader who played a key role in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and with the Viet Cong during the war with anti-communist forces.

Visit Quoc Tu Giam, a Confucian temple otherwise known as Temple of Literature. Recognized as Hanoi's first university, the temple was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong and is featured on the back of the 100,000-dong banknote. The temple, which hosts the Imperial Academy, has educated Vietnam's royalty and members of elite society for nearly 700 years.


Next, you have an opportunity to meet with a retired military officer and explore Hoa Lo Prison through the eyes of someone familiar with its secrets. Mr. Tam will share with you stories about the prison and the lives of the US soldiers who lived within its walls. He previously worked at Hoa Lo Prison, a site commonly referred to as the Hanoi Hilton by US prisoners of war. In 1968, he was transferred to Khe Sanh battlefield, where he held the position of battlefield communicator, before moving back to Hanoi and working as an officer of Hoa Lo. Having witnessed first-hand that memorable moment when Vietnam released the US POWs, Mr. Tam continued to serve and later retired in 2011 with the position of Colonel of Vietnam Infantry Division.


This afternoon's activities are more light-hearted and focus on Vietnamese culture and food with the first stop at a local restaurant to try the iconic Hanoi delicacy Bun Cha (vermicelli served with aromatic herbs and grilled pork meat ball, dipped in fish sauce).

After lunch, visit to Ngoc Sơn Temple which is dedicated to Tran Hưng Dao who defeated attacking Mogolian troops on three different occasions in the 13th century. The temple is built on Hoan Kiem Lake or "Lake of the Returned Sword", considered by many as the center of the city in the heart of the Old Quarter.


Continue walking to a local shop to try a Bánh Cuốn (Steamed Rice Rolls) and then your guide will take you to try Pho - a very tasty noodle soup, best cooked by a native Hanoian. Next, stroll around Hang Be market in the Old Quarter. A walk around this vast maze of stalls will offer you a glimpse of the exotic fruits & vegetables available in Vietnam


Before you settle down for some liquid refreshment, visit the Temple of Silver where the locals worship the ancestor of Silver craft. Continue your walking tour at one of the most exciting areas in Hanoi, the intersection between Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Streets, nicknamed "the international crossroad". This is a place where you will witness a plethora of tourists and locals alike, gathering, chatting and enjoying Bia Hoi. This local beer is brewed daily with no preservatives so it must be consumed within 24hours of production, making it one of the freshest beers you may have ever tried. Take some time to sit and enjoy the fresh beer with snacks in this charming environment to discover a taste of Hanoi's captivating culture.

At the end of your afternoon excursion, enjoy a cyclo transfer passing the street of French colonial villas on the way back to your hotel. Take a few moments to freshen up before departing for the evening Tu Phu Show, inspired by the Len Dong ritual. The show acts out the Vietnamese's religious practices related to the Viet's belief in the Mother Goddess. The Four Places Show is a journey to the spiritual world, a beautiful combination of Vietnam traditional artistry and modern art effects which might fully excite all human senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing.


Dinner will be served at a local restaurant with the opportunity to sample more Vietnamese cuisine. Return to the hotel after a very full day.


Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole


DAY 6 - HANOI / HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Following the 2h10m flight, you are met in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and transferred directly to Silver Discoverer for embarkation. Bon voyage!


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

  • Three nights in a Premium Room at the Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi
  • Two nights in a Deluxe Room at the Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort
  • Breakfast daily, four lunches and four dinners
  • Scheduled, Economy-Class flight: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
  • 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.


Flight: (Economy class):

Day 6: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City - approximately 2 hour and 10 minutes

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


Luggage Information:

For the temple visits, please do not wear shorts, tank-tops, sleeveless blouses or revealing clothing. Clients are responsible for any surcharges for luggage imposed by the airlines.


Visa Information:

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

Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not suitable for mobility-impaired guests. Therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who may have difficulty walking or 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:


Guests with food allergies (seafood & shellfish in particular) must advise Silversea well in advance of departure.


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.

4NT POST-CRUISE: HANOI & NINH BINH

For guests who have visited Vietnam's major highlights, this experience allows you to actively explore the area around Ninh Binh by bicycle and meet some of the locals.


Guests should schedule their homeward-bound flights to depart from Hanoi's Noi Ban International Airport.

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Vietnam. Proper travel documentation is the sole responsibility of the guest. This program includes a temple visit that requires climbing a large staircase, as well as a cycling component.

DAY 1 - HO CHI MIN CITY (Saigon) / HANOI

Following disembarkation proceedings, meet your guide on the pier and start your adventure with a transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for the 2h10 flight to the nation's capital city of Hanoi. After landing and collecting your luggage, transfer into the city. Lunch is served along the way in a local restaurant.


This afternoon, discover the art and culture scene in Hanoi with a local art researcher. At your first destination, the Fine Art Museum, the host shares her thoughts as you discover how art has been developing in Vietnam from the French colonial period to the present.

Continue to a gallery run by a Hanoian collector to see some of the most well-known paintings of Vietnamese artists from the period of the revolution as well as reconstruction of the nation. Learn the story behind the paintings or simply admire the art work.


Your final visit in Hanoi will be to a gallery where an exhibit by a Thai ethnic group is placed over two floors. It provides an intimate space for artists to display their works and acts as a center for research and exploration into the depths of Vietnamese culture. Many art works are displayed in this private collection. Your host will introduce them to you with the details about the artists.


Dinner this evening will be served at a local restaurant with modern Vietnamese cuisine.


Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam



DAY 2 - HANOI

After breakfast at the hotel, begin a day of intriguing sightseeing with a photo stop at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The vast tomb stands just over 70 feet tall and 135 wide and contains the embalmed body of the revolutionary leader who played a key role in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and with the Viet Cong during the war with anti-communist forces.

Visit Quoc Tu Giam, a Confucian temple otherwise known as Temple of Literature. Recognized as Hanoi's first university, the temple was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong and is featured on the back of the 100,000-dong banknote. The temple, which hosts the Imperial Academy, has educated Vietnam's royalty and members of elite society for nearly 700 years.


Next, you have an opportunity to meet with a retired military officer and explore Hoa Lo Prison through the eyes of someone familiar with its secrets. Mr. Tam will share with you stories about the prison and the lives of the US soldiers who lived within its walls. He previously worked at Hoa Lo Prison, a site commonly referred to as the Hanoi Hilton by US prisoners of war. In 1968, he was transferred to Khe Sanh battlefield, where he held the position of battlefield communicator, before moving back to Hanoi and working as an officer of Hoa Lo. Having witnessed first-hand that memorable moment when Vietnam released the US POWs, Mr. Tam continued to serve and later retired in 2011 with the position of Colonel of Vietnam Infantry Division.


This afternoon's activities are more light-hearted and focus on Vietnamese culture and food with the first stop at a local restaurant to try the iconic Hanoi delicacy Bun Cha (vermicelli served with aromatic herbs and grilled pork meat ball, dipped in fish sauce).

After lunch, visit to Ngoc Sơn Temple which is dedicated to Tran Hưng Dao who defeated attacking Mogolian troops on three different occasions in the 13th century. The temple is built on Hoan Kiem Lake or "Lake of the Returned Sword", considered by many as the center of the city in the heart of the Old Quarter.


Continue walking to a local shop to try a Bánh Cuốn (Steamed Rice Rolls) and then your guide will take you to try Pho - a very tasty noodle soup, best cooked by a native Hanoian. Next, stroll around Hang Be market in the Old Quarter. A walk around this vast maze of stalls will offer you a glimpse of the exotic fruits & vegetables available in Vietnam


Before you settle down for some liquid refreshment, visit the Temple of Silver where the locals worship the ancestor of Silver craft. Continue your walking tour at one of the most exciting areas in Hanoi, the intersection between Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Streets, nicknamed "the international crossroad". This is a place where you will witness a plethora of tourists and locals alike, gathering, chatting and enjoying Bia Hoi. This local beer is brewed daily with no preservatives so it must be consumed within 24hours of production, making it one of the freshest beers you may have ever tried. Take some time to sit and enjoy the fresh beer with snacks in this charming environment to discover a taste of Hanoi's captivating culture.

At the end of your afternoon excursion, enjoy a cyclo transfer passing the street of French colonial villas on the way back to your hotel. Take a few moments to freshen up before departing for the evening Tu Phu Show, inspired by the Len Dong ritual. The show acts out the Vietnamese's religious practices related to the Viet's belief in the Mother Goddess. The Four Places Show is a journey to the spiritual world, a beautiful combination of Vietnam traditional artistry and modern art effects which might fully excite all human senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing.


Dinner will be served at a local restaurant with the opportunity to sample more Vietnamese cuisine. Return to the hotel after a very full day.


Overnight at the Sofitel Legend Metropole


DAY 3 - HANOI / NINH BINH

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning. Then, meet your guide and transfer to the area known locally as Vietnam's 'Inland Halong Bay'. Your first stop will be at Hoa Lu, the first of Vietnam's capital during the 10th century, the era of the Dinh and early Le Dynasties. Following the visit of the two temples built to commemorate King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh, continue to Phat Diem Church. The structure wasbuilt in stone in 1892 and is a blend of Vietnamese and European architectural styles called the "eclectic architectural style". Although a church, it was built with pagoda type roofs in traditional Vietnamese temple architecture style.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Tam Coc area. After the meal visit Bich Dong, three pagodas built in 18th century. Visit the first at the foot of the mountain and from there climb up 80 steps to the next pagoda. The unique fact is that this second pagoda incorporates a cave and uses it as a main chamber of the pagoda. Learn more about the history of these pagodas when continuing up approximately 40 steps to get close the top of the mountain. Admire the panoramic view of Ninh Binh and take some photos before heading down.


Walk back down to the waiting transportation and transfer to Emeralada Ninh Binh Resort. The resort sits on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve - a primeval tropical forest. Enjoy dinner this evening at the resort.


Overnight at the Emeralada Ninh Binh Resort - Ninh Binh, Vietnam


DAY 4 - NINH BINH

A good breakfast this morning will prepare you for the active day ahead. First, transfer to Vuon Thi Village where you can enjoy a cycle ride around the village, passing the village common house, school and local houses. Stop along the way to speak with villagers or simply enjoy the peaceful area. Lunch is served at a local house where you can join the hosts in preparing the meal.

Van Long Nature Reserve is set amongst tranquil karst peaks and this afternoon enjoy a scenic boat trip through this stunning scenery. Van Long features dramatic limestone peaks dotted with spectacular caves. The reserve also plays host to numerous species of animals and birds.


At the end of the afternoon, transfer back to the resort where you can relax by the swimming pool.

Dinner will be served at the resort.


Overnight at the Emeralada Ninh Binh Resort - Ninh Binh, Vietnam


DAY 5 - NINH BINH / HANOI

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and drive back to Hanoi's International Airport (approximately 2 hours). Please do not schedule your return flight for departure before 3:00pm. If your flight departure is late in the evening, a dayroom can be arranged for an additional cost. Please make these arrangements well in advance of your departure from home.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

  • Two nights in a Premium Room at the Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi
  • Two nights in a Deluxe Room at the Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort
  • Breakfast daily, four lunches and four dinners
  • Scheduled, Economy-Class flight: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
  • 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.


Flight: (Economy class):

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi - approximately 2 hour and 10 minutes

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


Luggage Information:

For the temple visits, please do not wear shorts, tank-tops, sleeveless blouses or revealing clothing. Clients are responsible for any surcharges for luggage imposed by the airlines.


Visa Information:

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

Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not suitable for mobility-impaired guests. Therefore we do not recommend this tour to those who may have difficulty walking or 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:


Guests with food allergies (seafood & shellfish in particular) must advise Silversea well in advance of departure.


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.

6N PRE JOURNEY THROUGH VIETNAM

Vietnam

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Ship: Silver Shadow

Voyage Number: 3834 (Pre-cruise)

Departure Date: 19 November 2018

Program Nights: 6 Nights

Start of Program: Hanoi

End of Program: Singapore

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Highlights:

● Discover the art and culture scene in Hanoi with a local art researcher

● Visit the B-52 memorial at Huu Tiep Lake

● Explore Hao Lo Prison with former US Army soldier Chuck Searcy

● Enjoy a culture and food tour with a gastronomic guide, savoring the delights of Vietnam

● Participate in a hands-on cooking class with Chef Rice who has appeared alongside the likes of Gordon Ramsay

● Fly by helicopter to Mai Chauand witness an unchanged way of life in the countryside

● Take part in a blessing ceremony with a village elder

● Cycle your way through the stunningly beautiful countryside

● Enjoy a yoga class in the open air with tranquil views of the rice paddies

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Day 1 - HA NOI


Arrive at Hanoi airport and meet up with chauffeur, who will shuttle you to your accommodations at the award-winning Sofitel Hotel for post-trip relaxation. Enjoy pool and other hotel offerings, and dinner of your choosing.


Day 2 - HA NOI


Start your day taking a bicycle tour around lake west. Enjoy stops at local sites, including the Golden Lotus Temple, an exquisite 13th Century structure built for Princess Tu Hoa. After lunch the tour will delve deeper into the arts, with visits to the Fine Arts Museum and to select galleries. You'll be joined by a local art researcher who will guide you through Revolutionary Era Vietnamese art and the art of the white Thai people. Dinner will be served at Phu Thanh Chuong, an architectural heritage site, and will be accompanied by a very special Water Puppet performance and making-workshop that dates back to the 10th Century.


Day 3 - HA NOI


Greet the day with a morning tour at Ba Dinh Square; the home of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. A continued day of activities include a scenic walk around Truc Bach Lake on the Youth Road, a visit to the B-52 Memorial at Huu Tiep Lake, and a stop at the Hanoi Hilton Museum. At Hao Lo Prison you'll be joined by former soldier of the US Army Mr. Chuck Searcy, who will give you an insider's perspective on the experience of being a resident at the prison. For the afternoon join a gastronomic expert on a tour of the best, hard-to-find dining destinations. Delectables will include the Hanoi delicacy Bun Cha, Bánh Cuốn, and the iconic Pho. There will be plenty of walking between tastings, with stops at the 13th Century Ngoc Sơn Temple, Hang Be market, and the Temple of Silver. End this culinary adventure by getting your hands into it with a cooking class with Chef Rice in the old French Quarter.


Day 4 - HA NOI/ MAI CHAU


Experience rural Vietnam by checking out and taking a helicopter ride to Mai Chau, about 160km from Hanoi. Explore the iconic stilt houses made with bamboo and timber, and experienced an unchanged way of life. Bicycle through a rich, verdant countryside to converse and experience the local hill-tribe villages, and learn about social history of Vietnam at the Museum of Thai Ethnic People. Enjoy lunch on in a stilted house located amidst the paddy fields. In the afternoon, venture out to explore the beautiful ethnic villages of Mai Chau, including Na Phon and Na Meo. This cultural immersion experience is finalized with the traditional performance for a good rice harvest, reigned over by a village elder.


Day 5 - MAI CHAU


Start the day with a trek to Pu Luong Nature Reserve with breathtaking scenery of terraced paddy fields, hidden valley and peaceful villages, with a Water Wheels walk and rafting on Cham River. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant at Pu Luong retreat, with views of breathtaking mountains and vibrant rice terraces. Return to Mai Chau then set off on another bicycle tour of the local valleys. Stops along the way include the beautiful ethnic villages of Mai Chau, including Poom Coong, Chieng Sai village, Cha Long and Na Tang villages. At Van village you'll visit a local home that contains more than 1,000 precious antiques, including hunting equipment, musical instruments and jewelry. Dinner will be served at the resort.


Day 6 - MAI CHAU/ HANOI


Enjoy a day of relaxation at your own leisure, with pre-breakfast Hatha yoga in the paddy fields offered, as well as pool access and general unwinding. AfEter lunch an air-conditioned coach will deliver you to Hanoi to check in at the hotel and refresh before a celebratory farewell dinner hosted at the History Museum, which will include a Ca Trù performance. The Ca Trù is an ancient genre of chamber music inscribed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2009, and associated with a geisha - like form of entertainment.


Day 7 - HANOI


At appointed time, you will be picked up and transferred to Noi Bai International Airport for your flight to Singapore to embark on your cruise aboard Silver Shadow.


Program Inclusions:

· Four nights at Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi

· Two nights at Mai Chau Ecolodge in Mai Chau

· Entrance fees to above mentioned sightseeing.

· Meal Plan: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

· Transfers between airport, hotel, and pier in air-conditioned vehicles.

· Gratuities to drivers, guides, hotel staff for baggage, cyclo driver

Flight Details:

Day 4: Hanoi/ Mai Chau via Helicopter - duration approximately 01hr00

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules.


Luggage Information:


Your entire luggage will accompany you on this program.


Visa Information:


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Vietnam. 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 and who might have mobility issues.


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.


Lunches and dinners (except in-flight meals) include two glasses of local beer, soft drinks or mineral water.


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.

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