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Pearls of the Far East

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Silversea 18 Day Cruise on Silver Spirit, Silversea from £4,795 pp incl. flights  

Departure 01 January 2020 | Pearls of the Far East

Destinations

  • Singapore
  • At Sea
  • Ko Samui
  • Bangkok
  • At Sea
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • At Sea
  • Chan May
  • Ha Long Bay
  • At Sea
  • Hong Kong

Pearls of the Far East

from £4,795 pp incl. flights
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Includes

  • Direct return flights on British Airways
  • Private overseas transfers
  • 2-night hotel accommodation at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in a Deluxe Room
  • Accommodation on Silver Spirit
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • 24-hour dining service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities

A day at sea being this gentle discovery of South East Asia. From the cosmopolitan melting-pot that is Ko Samui to vibrant Bangkok, be transported by Thailand. Then, be dazzled by Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam - a dizzying fusion of busy, bustling, thriving commerce and culture. Enjoy the sunset over the startling Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France during the 19th century.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — UK to Singapore

After making use of your complimentary airport lounge, fly overnight directly to Singapore, arriving the following morning.

Day 2 to 3 — Singapore
Singapore

Singapore

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by by private car to the Mandarin Oriental hotel for a two-night stay on a room-only basis.

It is at the southern foot of Singapore where you will find most of the city-state’s action, with its gleaming office towers, working docks, and futuristic "supertrees," which are solar-powered and serve as vertical gardens. Offshore are Sentosa and over 60 smaller islands, most uninhabited, that serve as bases for oil refining or as playgrounds and beach escapes from the city. Well-paved roads connect all parts of the island, and Singapore city has an excellent, and constantly expanding, public transportation system. The heart of Singapore's history and its modern wealth are in and around the Central Business District. The area includes the skyscrapers in the Central Business District, the 19th-century Raffles Hotel, the convention centers of Marina Square, on up to the top of Ft. Canning.

Day 4 — Singapore
Sir Raffles Statue, Singapore

Sir Raffles Statue, Singapore

Check out of the hotel and take your included private transfer to the port to embark the ship.

Day 5 — At Sea
Day 6 — Ko Samui
Koh Samui is the most popular tourist destination on the Western Gulf coast, which isn't surprising, considering the island's gorgeous beaches, perfect weather, and sparkling blue, almost turquoise, water.
Day 7 to 8 — Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
There are two Bangkoks, the ancient soul of Thailand with its long and fascinating history and the frantic, modern metropolis that embraces the latest trends both Eastern and Western. The two blend together remarkably well—even the most jarring juxtapositions of old and new somehow make sense. Bangkok is not only the biggest city in Thailand, but also the most mesmerizing, with some of the country's most beautiful temples and shrines.
Day 9 — At Sea
Day 10 to 12 — 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. 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. 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. 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.
Day 13 — At Sea
Day 14 — Hue/ Danang (Chan May)
Hue (pronounced hway), bisected by the Perfume River and 13 km (8 mi) inland from the South China Sea, in the foothills of the Annamite Mountains (Truong Son Mountains), stands as a reminder of Vietnam's imperial past. The seat of 13 Nguyen-dynasty emperors between 1802 and 1945, Hue was once Vietnam's splendid Imperial City. Although it was devastated by the French in the 19th century and again by fighting between the Vietnamese Communists and the Americans in the 20th, the monument-speckled former capital has a war-ravaged beauty. One can still imagine its former splendor, despite gaping holes in its silhouette. Hue is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city's gems are slowly being restored.
Day 15 — Ha Long Bay

A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind-sculpted limestone formations that jut from foggy lagoons. Dotting the bay are tiny islands bordered by white sandy coves and hidden caves, adding to the majestic landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adding to this naturalist’s dream is the biodiversity of islets, grottos, and Cat Ba Island National Park.

The largest island in Halong Bay, Cat Ba is very much its own entity. Its national park offers incredible biodiversity, with more than a thousand species of plants having been recorded here. Animal life is slightly thinner on the ground, but alert visitors may spy inhabitants such as the endangered golden-headed langur, wild boar, deer, civets, and several species of squirrel.

Day 16 — At Sea
Day 17 to 18 — Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, even New York were centuries in the making, while Hong Kong's towers, bright lights, and glitzy shopping emporia weren't yet part of the urban scene when many of the young investment bankers who fuel one of the world's leading financial centers were born.


Debark the ship on your second day in Hong Kong and take your private car to the airport for your return flights to the UK, arriving the following day

Sailing on Silver Spirit

Silver Spirit was launched in December 2009, and features more verandas, dining choices and amenities than the earlier Silversea ships.

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Included as standard...

  • 1 year complimentary Priority Pass membership
  • Complimentary airport lounge access *
  • Welcome Home Gift

* fly-cruise only

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