Pearls of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong to Saigon

Dates: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Saturday, October 28, 2017 (11 days)
Tour Leader: Nancy Wilkie

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Image © Andrew Crump

Cruise among the alluring jewels of Vietnam—an intriguing destination of awe-inspiring natural beauty, iconic ancient pagodas, serene rice paddies, sampan-filled harbors, and markets filled with talented craftsmen skilled in ancient artistic traditions—in the company of archaeologist Nancy Wilkie, aboard the Five-Star small ship M/S L’Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Set out from the spectacular harbor of Hong Kong, the “Crossroads of the East,” for vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Along the way, spend a full day exploring dynamic Hanoi, Vietnam’s culturally diverse capital showcasing a romantic blend of old Asian and French heritage. Cruise amid the limestone karst pillars and the lush, forested shores of majestic Ha Long Bay in a traditional Vietnamese junk. Walk among the incredible fortifications of the Forbidden Purple City in the former imperial city of Hue, and enjoy stunning mountainous coastline views on the famous Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass. Stroll through the lively, traditional riverfront market while interacting with local craftsmen and artisans in ancient Hoi An, an old-world gem and UNESCO World Heritage site. Finally, in the historic French Colonial city of Saigon, explore the spectacular contrast of old and new architecture. This program is a great value, with round-trip air included from Los Angeles (conditions apply), complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served throughout the cruise, all meals, and an excursion in every port.

Aboard the five-star, 110-cabin M/S L’Austral

Pricing starting at $8,195 Per Person/Double Occupancy
Single pricing starting at $17,095


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Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 18 - Depart Los Angeles, U.S.
Thursday, October 19 - Hong Kong, China (Embark M/S L'Austral)
Friday, October 20 - Cruise the Gulf of Tonkin
Saturday, October 21 - Haiphong, Vietnam | Hanoi
Sunday, October 22 - Ha Long Bay
Monday, October 23 - Cruising the South China Sea
Tuesday, October 24 - Hue | Hai Van Pass | Da Nang
Wednesday, October 25 - Da Nang | Hoi An
Thursday, October 26 - Day at Sea
Friday, October 27 - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Saturday, October 28 - Saigon (Disembark) | Depart for U.S.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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