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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

culture

walking
Ho Chi Minh City, A Touch of Saigon Local Life
This morning’s exploration will offer a chance to see a different aspect of Ho Chi Minh City. Leaving downtown Saigon behind, travel south across the Khanh Hoi Bridge to the city’s District 4. Once home to hoodlums and gangsters, this triangular district is much friendlier nowadays and a superb place to witness regular Saigonese going about their daily business. Beginning on Ton Dan Street, you will almost immediately be in the heart of the community’s street market. Everything you can imagine is on sale here and it’s fascinating to observe the daily goings on. This is real Saigon, where few tourists care to venture, so expect a few curious stares and a bit of friendly banter with the locals along the way. Take a rickshaw ride through one of the busiest part of the city. Cholon is located southwest of the city’s center and is the core of its Chinese community. Here you will find Mandarin speakers, ancient pagodas and Chinese script adorning shopfronts.  You will visit Thien Hau Temple. It is not uncommon for the photogenic large coils of incense that hang from the ornate ceiling of this temple to burn for up to three months at a time. Finish your tour of Cholon with a visit to a tiny Cao Dai Temple hidden away in the center of the district.. On the way back to the port, conclude your excursion to one of the city’s lesser-visited districts with a well-earned Vietnamese coffee or the like at a local cafe, before being driven back to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  Please wear conservative clothing for visiting the temples and pagoda.so knees and shoulders are covered. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.

price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

walking
Ho Chi Minh City, Cooking Class and Local Market Visit
Discover the culture of Vietnamese culinary art with a local renowned chef who will entertain and provide a “hands-on” cooking experience of some of Vietnam’s most famous dishes. The morning will start with a visit to Ben Thanh Market and a walk through with the chef to be introduced to the ingredients for the meal you are about to prepare. Following the market visit you will return to the cooking school where you will be provided with a handbook and guided assistance to help produce some unique Vietnamese dishes.

Please note:  Bring sunscreen and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.



price $139
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9 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

dining

culture

boating
Ho Chi Minh City, Explore the Mekong Delta
Depart from the port with your local guide for a 2.5-hour drive to Cai Be, a famous town in the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is a rich fertile region of farmland interlaced with countless waterways and crisscrossed by low-lying rice paddies. Today you will explore one of the country’s most enchanting landscapes travelling by car and then motorized sampan into the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. Start with visiting of Cai Be, the colorful floating market where you will cruise among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop will be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice, and popcorn. A rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside into smaller canals to enjoy the peace found there. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some of the activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish. Lunch will be served at a local home. After lunch, walk around the village and enjoy some samples of fruits while listening to the traditional music.  You will take a boat back to a pier in Vinh Long then take your bus back to the port.

Please note: The boat for the Mekong River ride is not wheelchair accessible. Bring sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent.


price $129
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Half Day City Tour
The first stop on today’s itinerary is be in the city center at  the Reunification Palace. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on April 30, 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signaling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. The palace is now a museum complete with period meeting areas, war rooms and a basement communication center. Take a panoramic drive through the city toward the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. You will pass the Notre Dame Cathedral and the French colonial-era post office as well. Translating to ‘big market’, Cholon is located southwest of the city’s center and is the core of its Chinese community. Here you will find Mandarin speakers, ancient pagodas and Chinese script adorning shopfronts. Begin your exploration of the area with a visit to Thien Hau temple. Thien Hau is the Lady of the Sea and it is believed that she can skim across the high seas, locating and rescuing those in trouble. Drive back downtown and experience an unprecedented 360-degree view of Ho Chi Minh City from the Sky Deck – Bitexco Financial Tower. The elevator, which travels at 23 feet per second, is a must but equally breath-taking are the incredible views from the public observation platform, 614 feet above the city. At a height of 860 feet and spanning 68 floors, the Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City.  Inspired by the country’s national flower, the lotus, this urban masterpiece is more than a skyscraper of glass and steel. It has come to represent the energy and aspirations of this progressive city and the millions that live and work in it. Your last stop today is Ben Thanh market to explore a lively local market and shopping. Drive back to the port.

Please note:  Please wear conservative clothing for visiting the temples and pagoda.so knees and shoulders are covered. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $69
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8 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Highlights
You will board your motor coach for the 15-minute ride to the center of the city and the unforgettable Jade Emperor Pagoda. With the pungent smell of incense hanging heavy in the air and an interior packed full of ornate carvings and fierce-looking statues, this Taoist temple is one of the most atmospheric places of worship in the city. Next stop will be the Museum of Vietnamese History housed in a fine example of Sino-French architecture. It contains an excellent series of exhibits dating from the Bronze Age to the Nguyen dynasty. Continue your drive to the Reunification Palace. This important city landmark was assured its place in history on 30th April 1975, with the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. The palace is now a museum. You will walk through a green park to reach the Notre Dame Cathedral which dates back to the late 19th century. Across the street from the cathedral is the city’s striking French colonial-era post office.  After lunch, you will spend the afternoon exploring the hustle and bustle of China Town. Here you will find Mandarin speakers, ancient pagodas and Chinese script adorning shopfronts. Begin your exploration of the area with a visit to Thien Hau Temple. Then continue to busy Binh Tay Market. Drive back downtown and experience the unprecedented 360-degree views of Ho Chi Minh City from the Sky Deck 614 feet above the city at the Bitexco Financial Tower. Experiencing the elevator there, which travels at 23 feet per second. At a height of 860 feet and spanning 68 floors, the Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Drive back to the port (or you may wish to be dropped off at Ben Thanh Market for shopping then make your own way back to the port).

Please note: Guests are welcome to stay on the motor coach if the tour becomes too strenuous. Please wear conservative clothing for visiting the temples and pagoda.so knees and shoulders are covered. The museum visit will include a 20-minute water puppet show. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $115
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7 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking
Ho Chi Minh City, Visit to Cu Chi Tunnels
Depart from the port with your local guide for a 2-hour drive to Ho Chi Minh City. Synonymous with the Vietnam War and a testament to the determined spirit of the Vietnamese, the underground network of passages at Cu Chi is a fascinating day trip out of the city. Work on the tunnels began during the war against the French in the 1940s and over the next 25 years as the conflict with America escalated, they were improved and expanded to create an underground city of meeting areas, storerooms, living quarters and much more. The tunnels allowed the Viet Cong to control a vital area of South Vietnam and at their height, extended for more than 155 miles in length and stretched from what was then Saigon to the Cambodian border. Preserved as a memorial park, two sections of this remarkable network are open to the public. Visiting the area at Ben Duoc, you will have the option to go below the surface and visit sections of the tunnels first hand. The more adventurous may go deeper and your guide will be on hand to give guidance on the degree of expected difficulty. 

Please note: The Cu Chi Tunnels are not wheelchair accessible.   Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen and a hat. You may get dusty if you decide to go underground.


price $89
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Nha Trang, Vietnam



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

biking

refreshments

sightseeing
Nha Trang, Biking to Countryside
Explore the country trails, village life, see the town and farms, and a pagoda, on your bike, the best way to experience the "true" Vietnamese countryside. This countryside tour will offer you a fascinating insight into the "real lives" of everyday people who are the backbone of Vietnam.  Your tour guide will pick you up at Nha Trang port and transfer with you by bus to Nha Trang Beach Public Park where you will get your bike. Start cycling along the coastal road to stop at Nha Trang Cathedral for photos. Then begin your ride to discover the rural life of a countryside village. Visit a family whose business entails weaving mats from the rushes that grow abundantly nearby. They are the only ones still keeping this traditional craft in Nha Trang.  Then ride to Loc Tho pagoda where orphan children are living with the nuns. You will stop at a local Vietnamese house and learn that these houses are traditionally laid out in the same manner throughout the village. Take a little rest at a local restaurant by Cai Riverside and have a drink. Continue the trip through the beautiful countryside back towards the city where you can view the Cham Tower – a Hindu temple over 1,000 years old.  Leave your bike here and transfer to Nha Trang port by bus. Your biking distance will be about 7.5 miles.

Please note:   Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $99
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking
Nha Trang, Local Life in Nha Trang
Nha Trang’s beachfront is a spectacular façade for the equally picturesque countryside behind it. Just a few miles inland, the terrain is dotted with palm trees and fruit orchards. Industry here is simple indeed, with small farming businesses making up the principal commercial enterprise. Board your motor coach to visit a local market to observe the daily rituals and local trade – a colorful place bustling with activity. Take a stroll along a village path to the home of a family whose business entails weaving mats from the rushes that grow abundantly nearby. Two people working together can weave four mats each day. These are sold or bartered at the local market for food and other essentials. Step inside a traditional village house. Ancestor worship is an important part of daily life in Vietnam and a large area of this small home is reserved for the family altar. Re-join your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note:   Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible. Bring sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent.

price $59
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Nha Trang, Nha Trang Highlights
Away from the beach, Nha Trang reveals a traditional, more sedate side of Vietnam, with plenty of local character and ancient history. You will board your motor coach for the short ride to the Institute of Oceanographic, an important place for tropical oceanic research. Then another short drive will take you to a beautiful stop – XQ Embroidery Workshop. Hand embroidery is a 700-year-old tradition that has been part of Vietnamese culture for many centuries. Here you will have the opportunity to see the incredibly intricate designs woven by hand by local women. Some people consider the embroidery so realistic that it resembles photographs. Next you will transfer to visit Po Nagar Cham Tower. This is a group of four Cham Towers built between the 7th and 12th centuries and are still used as a place of worship by ethnic Chinese, Cham and Vietnamese Buddhists. Your last stop today will be Long Son Pagoda, originally founded in the late 19th century, with its ornately decorated entrance and roof tops that glisten with mosaic dragons made from glass and ceramic tiles. The more energetic can climb the 154 stone steps to a gleaming white giant Buddha statue and those who do will be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. 

Please note: The Long Son Pagoda and the Po Nagar Cham Towers are not wheelchair accessible. If guests want to get to the giant white Buddha statue behind the Long Son Pagoda, they will need to climb 154 steps up to the hill. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing that covers shoulders and knees. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.

price $59
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Nha Trang, Rickshaw Ride and Shopping
Drive from the pier to Dam Market which is the most popular spot for local shopping in the area. Then drive to visit the iconic place of Nha Trang - the Po Nagar Cham Towers where you will discover that these towers are evidence of the ancient Cham civilization and were built between the 7th and 12th centuries on a site used for Hindu worship. Today, both ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to Po Nagar to pray and make offerings. In addition, you will explore Nha Trang by rickshaw—a fun and interesting way to get around in Vietnam. You will ride through Nha Trang’s city center to view the fishing boats moored in the shallow harbor. The boats are brightly painted in blue and red. A rickshaw drive from the temple brings you to an embroidery shop where you will see a demonstration of this handicraft. Finally, take a leisure walk through the beach park to feel the sea atmosphere and enjoy your time before heading back to your ship.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, and local currency. Wear conservative clothing that covers shoulders and knees.

price $69
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Da Nang, Vietnam



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing

beach
Da Nang, Da Nang Half Day Highlight Tour
Today’s half day excursion will begin with a 30-minute motor coach ride to visit Linh Ung Pagoda and appreciate the beautiful panoramic view from the hill. Then you will continue to the excellent Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. Located near the Han River the museum is one-of-a -kind and houses an incredible collection of Cham artifacts including exquisite statues of Apsara dancers, mythical Garudas as well as images of the Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu. You will then have a whirlwind tour through the city streets to see such landmarks as the Han Market, the Da Nang Cathedral and the TV Broadcasting Station by rickshaw. Before heading back to the port, enjoy your free time at My Khe Beach.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.



price $89
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8 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

unesco

beach
Da Nang, An Ancient Town and a Modern City
Depart from the port for the 60-minute ride to Hoi An ancient town. Devoid of most forms of motorized transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of this ancient port is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets of this enchanting destination. You will visit the iconic 400-year old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colorful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will be time to shop the numerous boutiques and galleries. During the walk, a quick stop will be made to visit a local house located in a hidden alleyway where you will have chance to try one of the best known cakes in Hoi An – Banh It la Gai. It’s also a great time to learn from local people and make your own lantern. After lunch at a local restaurant drive back to Da Nang and start the afternoon with a visit to the fascinating Museum of Cham Sculpture. Located near the Han River the museum is one of a kind and houses an incredible collection of Cham artifacts including exquisite statues of Apsara dancers, mythical Garudas as well as images of the Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu. Then rickshaws will take you around the city and to a beautiful beach where you can enjoy the stunning setting and golden sands.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for leisurely walking. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.




price $159
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing

beach
Da Nang, Da Nang Half Day Highlight Tour
Today’s half day excursion will begin with a 30-minute motor coach ride to visit Linh Ung Pagoda and appreciate the beautiful panoramic view from the hill. Then you will continue to the excellent Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. Located near the Han River the museum is one-of-a -kind and houses an incredible collection of Cham artifacts including exquisite statues of Apsara dancers, mythical Garudas as well as images of the Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu. You will then have a whirlwind tour through the city streets to see such landmarks as the Han Market, the Da Nang Cathedral and the TV Broadcasting Station by rickshaw. Before heading back to the port, enjoy your free time at My Khe Beach.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.



price $89
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10 HRS

Moderate

dining

unesco

sightseeing
Da Nang, Hue - The Ancient Capital
Depart for 3-hour drive from the port to Hue – the old capital. Your first stop in Hue is the Imperial Citadel. Built between 1804 and 1833, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and despite a checkered history, the fortress remains superbly intact. There will be time for exploration this old citadel. Then a rickshaw ride through the city will bring you closer to the city and a stop at a restaurant for lunch.  Then take an interesting boat ride along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Consisting of seven stories, the pagoda is the tallest religious building in Vietnam and within its grounds is the Austin car in which Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who demonstrated against the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War, was driven to Saigon prior to his widely reported self-immolation in 1963. Drive back to your ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.


price $149
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11.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Da Nang, Unveiled Hue Royal Life
Depart for a 3-hour drive from the port to Hue – the old capital. Located in attractive settings along the banks of the Perfume River, the tombs of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty were not just designed as their final place of rest. Here, the emperors would come during their twilight years to enjoy recreational activities such as fishing and hunting as well as the company of their many concubines. Of these tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc is considered to be the most magnificent. After visiting Tu Duc Tomb, the next stop will be Hue’s garden houses, known locally as Nha Vuon, illustrious examples of grand dynasties past. Once the home of Princess Ngoc Son, the garden house that you will visit today now belongs to a prominent local historian, writer and conservationist. Decorative pools, peaceful courtyards and stunning interiors, all designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, are but a few of the delights in store. A particular highlight is the artificial rock garden and, if time permits, there may also be a chance to meet with the owner of the home, and talk awhile about the property’s fascinating history and royal heritage. The morning will conclude with a delicious lunch at a traditional style restaurant set in lush gardens close to the city center, where you will enjoy sumptuous regional cuisine prepared by some of Hue’s most talented chefs.   A short drive will bring you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Imperial Citadel. Constructed in the early 19th century, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and remains superbly intact. As well as learning about the citadel’s history, you will also attend a special performance that includes royal music and dance and classical Vietnamese opera, known as “Hát tuồng.”  You will see a 30-minute production inside the citadel itself. One of just two royal theatres remaining in the city, Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theatre was built in 1826 and has recently been restored with the assistance of UNESCO. The decorative design of the theatre is as much a highlight as the performance itself. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen and your hat.


price $269
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6 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

boating
Da Nang, Vietnamese Culinary Experience
Transfer from the port on a 60-minute drive to Hoi An ancient town and begin the morning by experiencing the cacophony of sights and sounds at Hoi An’s vibrant marketplace. Here you will have the chance to interact with the local vendors and purchase the necessary ingredients to be used in your cooking lesson later this morning. Walking the short distance to the jetty, board a small boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school. As you journey, the bustling scene close to town gives way to peace and tranquility and the boat trip is a wonderful way to experience life on the river. Hoi An is renowned throughout Vietnam for its delicious culinary specialties and this morning’s cooking class will begin with an introduction to some of the region’s best-known dishes. You will tour the school’s vegetable and herb garden before following the example of the local chef and preparing some of the dishes yourself. The class will last approximately 2 hours and will culminate with lunch and a short demonstration of Vietnamese vegetable carving and plate decoration.

Please note:  Hoi An Market is not wheelchair accessible.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $169
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9 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

dining

culture

unesco

walking
Da Nang, World Heritage Sites Visit
Board your waiting motor coach for the 90-minute journey through rustic countryside, passing fields of rice and small market towns along the way, to the ancient ruins at My Son. The final approach to the temples necessitates a third of a mile walk through lush vegetation before finally emerging at the main site itself.  My Son was once the most important city in the Champa Kingdom, the center for both intellectual and religious activities as well as the burial place of choice for the Cham kings. My Son received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999 and is considered one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. About 20 structures still stand and the complex remains a place of rural tranquility and is a delight to discover. Then take a 60-minute drive to Hoi An for a lunch in the ancient town. Join a relaxed guided walk through the town. This sublime riverside town is a feast for the eyes. Devoid of most forms of motorized transport, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets. You will visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colorful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will also be time to peruse the numerous boutiques and galleries that line the narrow streets and perhaps make a purchase or two. During the walk,  make a quick stop and visit a local house located in a hidden alleyway where you will have a chance to try one of the best-known cakes in Hoi An – Banh It la Gai. Enjoy your free leisure time for shopping or simply sit down for a cup of coffee (on your own account) in this timeless ambiance before heading back to your ship.  

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat.


price $139
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Halong Bay, Vietnam



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Halong Bay, Halong Bay City Tour
Witness the magnificence of Halong Bay.  You will ride in comfort on this narrated tour of the bay's most noted attractions. Take in the beautiful scenery as you pass by the beach side to Hon Gai. Visit the impressive Quang Ninh Museum with a mirror façade reflecting Halong Bay's beauty. Next stop will be at Hon Gai Market. Then, take a short walk to Long Tien Pagoda, the largest one in Halong City and continue to Tran Quoc Nghien Temple. At the last stop, enjoy a cup of coffee and appreciate the beauty of the bay before you head back to the port.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.

price $99
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

unesco

walking

boating
Halong Bay, Halong Bay Cruise & Thien Cung Cave
Bay of the Descending Dragon is the English translation for Halong Bay. This remarkable natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site became famous in the West when it was featured in the French film “Indochine.” Halong Bay is dotted with more than 1,600 limestone islands, their jagged points jutting out of an oceanic area of over 579 square miles. Some are covered in dense vegetation; others are bare and rocky. You will sail gracefully past these imposing formations in a scene that is as timeless as the bay itself. See tiny islands dotted with rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white-sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names: Heavenly Gate, Tortoise Rock, Man Head Rock, the Isle of Wonders, Tea Pot Rock and Devil's Face. You will stop at Thien Cung Cave and have plenty of time to wander through the cavern to marvel at its stalagmite and stalactite formations.  

Please note:  There are 180 stone steps up to the Thien Cung Cave.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring sunscreen and a hat.


price $99
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12.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Halong Bay, Hanoi Highlights
Visit Hanoi—Vietnam's capital and a remarkable city that will seduce you with its old-world charm. It will be an approximately 3½-hour drive from the pier and, upon your arrival, lunch will be served. Afterwards, you will visit Ba Dinh Square, also known as the Ho Chi Minh Quarter (the mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday). Nearby you will find the One Pillar Pagoda, and visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Step inside the Hoa Lo Museum, known widely by the nickname of “Hanoi Hilton” — so dubbed by the Americans during the Second Indochina War. Hoa Lo Prison was originally established by the French colonial government in 1896 for the purpose of detaining political prisoners and formed part of a northern network of “unjust and cruel prisons.”  You can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period. Before a Vietnamese dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy a touch of Hanoi Old Quarter as you visit the Thirty-Six Streets—an ancient district where the essence of Vietnamese culture is alive and well. Finally, re-board your motor coach for the return journey through the undulating countryside to Halong. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen, local currency, and a hat. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $239
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13 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Halong Bay, Hanoi the Capital of Culture
Visit Hanoi—Vietnam’s capital and a remarkable city that will seduce you with its old-world charm. Board your motor coach for a 3½-hour drive from the pier, and upon arrival in Hanoi you will visit the Museum of Ethnography. Those interested in learning something of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups will be well-rewarded. In a leafy green suburb just outside the city center, this excellent museum will offer an informative exhibition including tribal art, shaman masks, handicrafts and everyday items gathered from the spectrum of ethnic minorities who live across the country. In the open-air section of the museum, excellent recreations of traditional houses display the differing styles of architecture found in tribal areas, and provide an enlightening introduction to the multicultural nature of Vietnam.  You will have lunch at a local restaurant then step inside the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. This is a serene retreat from the busy streets and was Vietnam’s first university. Then enjoy a touch of old Hanoi as you visit the Thirty-Six Streets—an ancient district where the essence of Vietnamese culture is alive and well. The next culture highlight in Hanoi will be water puppetry which is a tradition that dates to the 11th century. The stage is a pool of water in which the puppeteers stand waist deep, hidden by a screen from behind which they skillfully maneuver the lacquered wooden puppets. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra will provide the musical accompaniment while performers sing songs telling the story being acted out by the puppets. Pho is a must for any tourist who wants to taste Hanoi. Enjoy a bowl of Pho as a light dinner before you leave Hanoi and head back to the ship.   

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress . Bring sunscreen, local currency, and a hat. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.




price $239
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5.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Halong Bay, Northern Vietnam Countryside Village
After disembarking the ship, you’ll set off by coach through the countryside of Halong. Along the way, you will see seemingly endless rice fields, and the daily activities of local people tending their farms along the highway. Upon arrival at Yen Tu Monastery, you can stroll around the main hall of the temple to explore the long history of Buddhism, which is presented through pictures on the walls and ceiling. At a typical village, nearby, meet the locals for a chance to exchange culture and lifestyle information. You’ll see their rice fields and learn about their daily lives. Leaving the village, you will re-board the coach to return to Halong, visiting the local market before returning to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the monastery. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat. The monastery is not wheelchair accessible.

price $89
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Halong Bay, Halong Bay City Tour
Witness the magnificence of Halong Bay.  You will ride in comfort on this narrated tour of the bay's most noted attractions. Take in the beautiful scenery as you pass by the beach side to Hon Gai. Visit the impressive Quang Ninh Museum with a mirror façade reflecting Halong Bay's beauty. Next stop will be at Hon Gai Market. Then, take a short walk to Long Tien Pagoda, the largest one in Halong City and continue to Tran Quoc Nghien Temple. At the last stop, enjoy a cup of coffee and appreciate the beauty of the bay before you head back to the port.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.

price $99
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

unesco

walking

boating
Halong Bay, Halong Bay Cruise & Thien Cung Cave
Bay of the Descending Dragon is the English translation for Halong Bay. This remarkable natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site became famous in the West when it was featured in the French film “Indochine.” Halong Bay is dotted with more than 1,600 limestone islands, their jagged points jutting out of an oceanic area of over 579 square miles. Some are covered in dense vegetation; others are bare and rocky. You will sail gracefully past these imposing formations in a scene that is as timeless as the bay itself. See tiny islands dotted with rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white-sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names: Heavenly Gate, Tortoise Rock, Man Head Rock, the Isle of Wonders, Tea Pot Rock and Devil's Face. You will stop at Thien Cung Cave and have plenty of time to wander through the cavern to marvel at its stalagmite and stalactite formations.  

Please note:  There are 180 stone steps up to the Thien Cung Cave.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring sunscreen and a hat.


price $99
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5.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Halong Bay, Northern Vietnam Countryside Village
After disembarking the ship, you’ll set off by coach through the countryside of Halong. Along the way, you will see seemingly endless rice fields, and the daily activities of local people tending their farms along the highway. Upon arrival at Yen Tu Monastery, you can stroll around the main hall of the temple to explore the long history of Buddhism, which is presented through pictures on the walls and ceiling. At a typical village, nearby, meet the locals for a chance to exchange culture and lifestyle information. You’ll see their rice fields and learn about their daily lives. Leaving the village, you will re-board the coach to return to Halong, visiting the local market before returning to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the monastery. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat. The monastery is not wheelchair accessible.

price $89
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Hong Kong, China



5.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Airport Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the airport.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $179
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Hotel Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the hotel.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $159
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Hundred Islands, Philippines



6 HRS

Moderately
easy

watersports

outdoors

boating
Hundred Islands, Island Escapade and Panoramic Tour with Governors Island Stop
Hundred Islands National Park, in Alaminos City is one of the most interesting destinations and the setting of popular water recreational activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking or just plain basking under the sun in one of the three developed islands. The Hundred Island tour includes a ride in a motorized banca as you cruise different islets. Once your yacht anchors near Quezon Island, yacht tenders or Zodiacs will shuttle guests to Quezon Island where you will board an outrigger motor boat to begin your island tour. For the next 45-60 minutes you will tour Marcos Island, Cathedral Island, Quezon Island, Bat Island, Children’s Island, Cuenco Island, Governor’s Island and Mayor’s Island. You will stop at Governor’s Island and take a walk going up to the peak with its fantastic view of Hundred Islands. Spend some time at Quezon Island where you can kayak, swim, try fish feeding at the marine sanctuary or view the giant clam sanctuary. Acoustic singer and folk dancers will entertain you while on the island. Other activities include snorkeling and ziplining. 

Please note: Food and drinks can be brought from the yacht. Bring your swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen, snorkeling gear, sunglasses, local currency or US currency and bottled water

price $149
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Manila, Philippines



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Manila, Downtown Manila Tour
You will depart from the pier for a tour of downtown Manilla.  You will pass the Planetarium, the National Museum, Manila City Hall and head over the Jones Bridge and past  Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch to Binondo, is a typical small Chinese town, referred to as the local "China Town."  This district is the center of commerce and trade for all types of businesses run by Filipino-Chinese merchants.  It is also famous for wholesale stores and restaurants serving top rated Chinese dishes. You will see the Binondo Church founded in 1596 on your way to the Chinese Cemetery. The Manila Chinese Cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in Manila and was designated as the resting place for the Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period. The dead were buried in fully functional houses with bathrooms kitchens, bedrooms and often air conditioning. Tomb houses of the Chinese Cemetery have front doors that are locked. Every tomb is unique, every tomb has its story to tell, and you can easily spend a lot of time exploring this fascinating place. You will then head for La Loma, where you will see a narrow road lined with rows and rows of roast suckling pig or lechon cooked over live charcoals. You will make a photo stop and head for Quiapo Church, famous for the Black Nazarene, a life-size image of Christ believed to be miraculous. Around the church is a fascinating gathering of vendors selling candles and curiosities like amulets and folk cures for obscure ailments. 

Please note: Bring sunscreen and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes.


price $89
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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

dining

sightseeing

boating
Manila, Pagsanjan Falls Tour
Here’s an opportunity to see one of the major attractions of this part of the Philippines. The 3-drop falls is most popularly reached by boat – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  You will board your motor coach for the 2.5-hour drive to Pagsanjan Falls. The scenic town of Pagsanjan is on the southeast side of Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. You will be given instruction and a life jacket to board the bamboo canoe that will take you on a thrilling river ride between picturesque canyon walls through 14 rapids upstream to the falls with an added thrill of riding through the main cascade into a hidden cave.  Following your 60-minute ride you will have a buffet lunch at Pagsanjan. 

Please note: Wear sunscreen and comfortable clothing. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $189
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Manila, Intramuros and Quiapo Church Tour
Your first stop will be at Rizal Park which was named after National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Across the monument, you’ll see a marble marker designated as KM 0 for road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines. You will take a short walk to the exact spot where Rizal was executed. Then your tour will continue to Quaipo Church, famous for the Black Nazarene, a life-size image of Christ believed to be miraculous. Around the church is a fascinating gathering of vendors selling candles and curiosities like amulets and folk cures for obscure ailments. Next stop will be at Old Intramuros built by the Spaniards and home of the elite during that long period of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. The battle for the liberation of Manila in 1945 during World War II left the area in ruins. Your last stop on this tour will be Fort Santiago, one of the oldest forts in Manila. It was here that Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous “My Last Farewell.”

Please note: Bring sunscreen and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes.

price $99
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8 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Manila, Old & New Metropolis Tour
Your first stop will be at Rizal Park which was named after National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Across the monument, you’ll see a marble marker designated as KM 0 for road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines. You will take a short walk to the exact spot where Rizal was executed.  Then your tour will continue with an overall view of old downtown Manila passing by Planetarium, National Museum, Manila City Hall, Jones Bridge, and Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch towards the Binondo area referred to as the local "China Town."  You will stop at Old Intramuros and then past Casa Manila for another stop at San Agustin Church to take photos.  You will proceed to Fort Santiago, one of the oldest forts in Manila, passing by Plazuela Isabel and Manila Cathedral on the way. At Fort Santiago you will watch a 12-minute documentary and take a tour of the fort. Then you will head to the Handicraft Center for a craft demonstration before a buffet lunch at Café Ilang-Ilang at the Manila Hotel. From there you will head to the Ayala Museum for a tour of the 60 dioramas that chronicle the rich tapestry of Philippine history and see the miniature watercrafts of Philippine maritime history. Your last stop will be at the Nielson Tower, the control tower for the Philippines’ first commercial airport.

Please note: Bring sunscreen and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes.


price $229
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Boracay, Philippines



3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

boating
Boracay, Motag Living Museum
Here is a cultural experience that is interactive for you as well. You will depart from Cagban via speedboat that will take you to Motag Beach where you will board a van for the 15-minute ride to the Motag Living Museum. You will learn about the richness of Philippine history and culture as local folks show you the lifestyle of rural Aklanons in the past as well as the present. You will see a carabao carriage, tour inside Bahay Kubo (local hut), see demonstrations of rice planting and harvesting,  weaving of coconut leaves, and how tobacco is made. You can ride a water buffalo, will be entertained with local songs performed by the village elderly and have snacks and local delicacies prepared by Chef Jardeleza.  Then you will return to your waiting yacht.

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, a hat, extra clothes and a towel.


price $169
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

dining

beach
Boracay, Puka Beach Escape
You will get away from the crowds of other beaches in the area for a relaxing escape at Puka Beach. You will board a van in Cagban for a 40-minute ride to the beach. Swim in the turquoise waters, and sunbathe on the white sand.  Walking on Puka Beach is a unique experience because of the abundance of crushed Puka shells mixed in with the sand. You will have a buffet lunch here complete with entertainment. Optional activities at an addition cost include a massage, hair braiding or a Henna tattoo.

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, a hat, swimsuit, flip flops or sandals and a towel.

price $159
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Coron/Busuanga Island, Philippines



4 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife

boating
Coron, Coron Island Tour with Kayangan Lake & Siete Pecados
You will meet your guide at the pier to board local outrigger boats for the 15-minute ride to Kayangan Lake. This excursion will allow you  to come up close to the limestone cliffs of majestic Kayangan Lake. Siete Pecados is a cluster of seven islets. It is one of the best snorkeling spots in Coron and rich in marine life, corals and wide variety of school fish. Kayangan Lake is said to be the purest lake in the Philippines. A great challenge lies ahead in order to reach the lake. You will need to climb 150 steps to get into the opening of a small cave and there you can see the impressive view. Then you will need to go down 150 steps to access Kayangan Lake. Once you see the lake you will be awe with its crystal clear water. The lake’s water is a mix of salty and fresh water. The lake is wide and deep, so you will be required to wear a life vest for safety purposes. Spend an hour at the lake swimming or snorkeling. Then walk back up the steps and down the steps to board your boat for the 15-minute ride to Siete Pecados for another hour of snorkeling and swimming. Siete Pecados is a cluster of seven islets. It is one of the best snorkeling spot in Coron and rich in marine life, corals and a wide variety of school fish.

Please note:  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and insect repellent.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues.


price $129
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3 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

culture

sightseeing
Coron, Coron Island Tour with Maquinit Hotspring
The tour will start at the pier where you will board an air-conditioned van for the 10-minute ride to Coron Town.  Your first stop will be at San Agustin Church. This church was founded on 1901 and is the only Catholic Church in the town. Next you will head to the Municipal Plaza & Lualhati Park. Lualhati Park is known as Coron Boulevard. It is the local version of the Bay Walk of Manila situated where you can see the beauty of the Coron Bay. Your last stop in Coron Town will be the Wet Market where locals sell different kind of fish (fresh and dried) and souvenir items. Visit Lita Escardo Cashew Store "Coron Harvest" on the main road. At the back of their house is a small factory, which you will visit and see how the cashew nuts are processed. You can buy different cashew products from plain, garlic, sugar coated and salted flavors. Your next stop will be the main highlight of the tour - The Maquinit Hot Springs. It is very popular and a not-to-be-missed attraction in Coron. This magnificent hot spring site is situated right amid the beauty of a hillside area. It is the only saltwater hot springs in The Philippines. The pool is completely filled with salt water coming directly from a nearby mountain. The temperature of the water varies from 86 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Initially you may feel the water is too hot but once you get accustomed to the temperature, it becomes very soothing and relaxing and is said to have therapeutic properties. The site is surrounded by mangroves and rocks making it a delight for eyes. Before proceeding back to pier, you will pass by a small fishing village to walk and interact with the locals and witness how they process their catch of fish which is one of their main sources of income.

Please note:  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and insect repellent.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues.

price $110
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5 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

outdoors

dining

boating
Coron, Coron Island Tour with Panoramic Tour
Conducted in a motorized boat, with guided commentary this excursion will allow guests to come up close to the limestone cliffs of majestic Kayangan Lake, and have a panoramic tour of Coron Island passing by Smith Beach, Twin Peaks Reef, Barracuda Lake and Twin Lagoon. Kayangan Lake is said to be the purest lake in the Philippines. A great challenge lies ahead in order to reach the lake. You will need to climb 150 steps to get into the opening of a small cave and there you can see the impressive view of Coron Cove and the lake. Then you will need to go down 150 steps to access Kayangan Lake. Once you see the lake you will be awe with its crystal clear water. The lake’s water is a mix of salty and fresh water. The lake is wide and deep, so you will be required to wear a life vest for safety purposes. You will be given at least an hour to swim or snorkel and discover the sharp edged walls and stalagmite formations underneath before trekking back the steps down to board your boat and proceed to Banol Beach. A picnic lunch is prepared for you and you will have more time for swimming there. After enjoying a day at the beach, board your boat for a panoramic tour of Smith Beach, Twin Peaks Reef, Barracuda Lake, and Twin Lagoon.

Please note:  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and insect repellent.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues.

price $149
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Palawan Puerto Princesa, Philippines



6 HRS

Moderately
easy

snorkeling

dining

beach

boating
Puerto Princesa, Active Honda Bay Island Excurstions
Here is an adventure for snorkelers in some beautiful waters and one of the best snorkeling sites in the area because of the well preserved coral reef and diverse marine life. Your waiting van will take you on the 45-minute drive to Honda Bay where you will be provided with snorkeling gear and snorkel in a marina sanctuary that’s home to awesome coral reefs, a startling variety of fish and even starfish!. You will spend an hour snorkeling in Pambato Reef before boarding your boat to spend two full hours exploring Isla Pandan waters. Enjoy this delight half-day at the beach.

Please note: Be sure to wear your swimsuit and proper beach shoes. Avoid touching the reefs and bring your sunscreen, insect repellent and a towel. Lunch is included on this tour.

price $159
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Puerto Princesa, City Countryside Tour & Wet Market
This tour will provide a cultural experience you will long remember. It is especially designed for those who would like to enjoy the countryside without traveling too far. You will board your waiting van for the short ride to the Palawan Museum, which is housed in the old City Hall building and has exhibits about the ethnological and archaeological significance of Palawan. Then back into the van for a 30-minute ride to Binuatan Creations, a delightful weaving and gift shop that uses indigenous materials to create its crafts.  A 5-minute ride will take you to the Butterfly Garden. Here you will see an amazing variety of tropical free-flying butterflies surrounded with live exhibits of their natural predators like lizards, mantises, and scorpions. Your next stop will be Sta Monica Viewpoint where you will make a photo stop before heading to your Wet Market Tour where you will see locals selling different kinds of fish (fresh and dried) as Palawan counts seafood as its major product.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat or visor and sunglasses.

price $119
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3.5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture
Puerto Princesa, Microwbrewery Tour
You will start this tour boarding your waiting van for the short ride to the Palawan Museum, which is housed in the old City Hall building and has exhibits about the ethnological and archaeological significance of Palawan. Then it’s off to the first and only brewery in Palawan, the Palaweno Brewery. This brewery creates a line of specialty craft beers with a combination of local ingredients as well as ingredients from all over the world. Included in our tour will be a presentation on beer appreciation techniques and beer pouring techniques. You will meet and greet the brewers and be treated to beer samplers

Please note: Bring your camera and local currency. Must be 21 or older to participate in this tour.

price $129
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

unesco

sightseeing

boating
Puerto Princesa, Underground River Tour
Recognized by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was established in 1971 primarily to protect and preserve the old growth forest, fascinating wildlife, pristine beaches and one of the most amazing cave systems in the world.  Your air-conditioned van will take you on a 120-minute ride to the Sabang wharf where you will board a motorized boat for your 15-minute ride to the National Park. You will then board another boat for a 45-minute river cruise inside the cave and see spectacular limestone mountain landscape and is the habitat of numerous endangered and endemic wildlife species. You will see mangroves, sea grass beds, and 11 scientifically unique minerals plus a 20-million-year-old Serenia fossil embedded in the cave wall. Then proceed to the Sheridan Beach Resort for lunch and free time before traveling back to your waiting yacht.

Please note:   Bring light clothing and slippers or aqua shoes, environmentally friendly insect repellent, a towel and a raincoat. No food or snacks are allowed in the park.

price $169
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kota Kinabalu, City Discovery
Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is located on the coast and this tour will give you an overview of some of its most important landmarks, such as the Tun Mustapha Tower and State Mosque for a short photo stop. You will travel by motor coach with your knowledgeable guide to the Tun Mustapha Tower and on to State Mosque. After making photo-stops on your way past these sights, you will arrive at The Heritage Village located at the Sabah Museum for a visit, which displays replicas of traditional houses of the local communities from various areas in Sabah. It will give you an excellent insight into the people of North Borneo from the architectural style of their homes, as well as the colorful costumes that they wore.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. 


price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Kota Kinabalu, Ethnic Borneo
This experience will bring you to a cultural village that features the tribal cultures of this part of Borneo. You will board your motor coach at the pier and travel 45 minutes to the village where you will be welcomed and hear a short introduction to life there. Visit the traditionally constructed houses as they have always been built.  You will learn how vests are made from tree bark, sample the local remedy for the warm weather and see how local cakes are made.  You will be treated to a performance and you may want to remember your visit with a henna tattoo if you like.  This is truly the genuine essence of Borneo!

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. 

price $115
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3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kota Kinabalu, Heritage Walk
Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk is a unique way of introducing Sabah's Heritage to visitors. Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk provides that link with visiting historical sites and structures, plus strolling down the oldest street in Kota Kinabalu, learning about its pre-war, post-war (when Sabah was known as North Borneo) and post-independence eras while mingling with the locals. Board your waiting motor coach for the 15-minute transit to Padang Merdeka, where your walking tour will begin. A few of the highlights will be the famous Atkinson Clock Tower, North Borneo War Memorial, Australia Place and Museum Kopitiam.  The walk will be conducted by Kota Kinabalu’s most seasoned and experienced Guides who will have the privilege of walking you down the memory lane and having the credit of saying - “I grew up watching this place evolve.“  A personal touch from each guide means no 2 walks are ever the same. You will have refreshments at a local shop before traveling back to the port.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and local currency. 


price $89
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7 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

dining

walking
Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu Park - World Heritage Site

The jagged granite peaks of Mount Kinabalu (13,435 feet) towers above one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.  Nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park is a natural wonder that offers day visitors a glimpse into the fascinating and often unique world of plant life within the area.  Board your air-conditioned motor coach for the 90-minute drive to Nabalu Market and visit the roadside stall.  Then you will head on to Kinabalu Park. Enjoy a walk through the montane oak and chestnut rainforest at park headquarters to view some of the 1,200 species of orchids, 9 species of carnivorous pitcher plants and 25 species of rhododendrons found here.  Next, visit the botanical gardens where a diverse collection of unique flora is gathered from the entire park and transplanted here for conservation and educational purposes.  Learn how the plants have adapted their leaves, flowers and root structures to capture the sunlight, pollenate and gather their nutrients for survival. You will be amazed at the wide variety of epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, mosses and figs growing on a single tree and learn how the local people use some of these jungle plants in their everyday life. You will have lunch at the park before returning to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  Wear proper walking shoes and attire for trails. Bring a hat, raincoat, insect repellent, sunscreen and local currency. Active participation is required for this walk and it is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included in the tour. You will be served coffee/tea and a small bottle of drinking water.

price $149
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6.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

watersports

outdoors

dining

boating
Kota Kinabalu, Kiulu Leisurely Rapids
Here is an opportunity to raft on one of the scenic rivers in this part of Borneo. You will board your motor coach and travel north of Kota Kinabalu for almost 2 hour to the Kiulu River. On your way you will pass quaint villages, scenic countryside and the rural town of Tamparuli.  Upon your arrival at the Kiulu River you will have a short briefing conducted on the Kiulu riverbank to begin your adventure. With headwaters from Mount Kinabalu, the river will provide a Grade I to II experience, perfect for newcomers to the sport. Deep pools punctuate the river rapids, giving you ample opportunities to indulge in body rafting or swimming. The river journey will take just 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the river stage and will be topped by a refreshing lunch before returning to your yacht.

Please note: Wear your swimsuit under your light clothing and sandals with straps or sneakers. Bring a change of clothing, footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent and a towel.

price $139
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Bandar Seri Begawan/Muara, Brunei



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei - The Royal Experience
Experience the Royal touch,on this  half-day excursion that begins at the pier. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will board an air-conditioned motor coach for a scenic, 45-minute drive through the landscape of this stunning sultanate lifestyle. First you will view the Prime Minister’s Office for a  exterior photo stop then  proceed to the Brunei Arts and Handicraft Centre where you will be amazed at what Brunei’s craftsmen can produce. The products range from the beautiful tenunan or brocade to the shiny silver works with intricate designs. You will visit the Royal Regalia Exhibition Hall to see the unique collection of royal artifacts. Have your cameras handy for an  exterior view of the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Sultan. Meaning "Palace of the Light of Faith" Istana Nurul Iman is the largest residential palace in the world with 1,788 rooms and 257 bathrooms in 2,200,000 square feet.  Marvel at the breathtaking residence of the Sultan's family, the Royal Family's lush polo grounds then on to the Jerudong Royal Polo Club where you will be taken on a guided tour of this royal private clubhouse which includes a visit to His Majesty’s private resting room. You will have the chance to snap a few photos there. Another highlight of this guided tour will be His Majesty’s personal collection of original paintings which decorate the walls of the clubhouse. At the restaurant  you will enjoy light refreshment (malay delicacies with tea).

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.  Phototaking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring you sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included on this tour and only coffee/tea and bottled water will be served.


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bandar Seri Begawan, City Drive & Royal Regalia Visit
Discover Brunei on this leisurely, half-day, narrated drive that will begin at your pier. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach and, accompanied by your friendly and knowledgeable guide, set out on your exploration of this amazing sultanate. Drive to the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan located on the glistening Brunei River. As you journey, your guide will regale you with fascinating information about the area's culture and history and point out its many magnificent sights. Have your cameras handy for a distant view of the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Sultan. Meaning "Palace of the Light of Faith" Istana Nurul Iman is the largest residential palace in the world with 1,788 rooms and 257 bathrooms in 2,200,000 square feet.  Marvel at the breathtaking residence of the Sultan's family, the Royal Family's lush polo grounds and pass by the luxurious Empire Hotel, where the Sultan hosts his guests. You will see the Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, a superb example of contemporary Islamic architecture with its elegant gold domes. Brunei's largest mosque, it was completed in 1994 to celebrate the Sultan's 25th Jubilee. Your drive will also take you past the Diamond Arch, a diamond ring-shaped sculpture which stands as the gateway to Jerudong Park - the Sultan's gift to the people of Brunei. You will then enjoy a tour of the Royal Regalia Museum, home to Brunei's Crown Regalia. Get a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle of Brunei's royalty as you peruse the royal regalia on display, including the Royal Chariot, ceremonial weapons, memorabilia from the royal family and a replica of the throne room.

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.Photo-taking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bandar Seri Begawan, Royal Regalia & Kampong Ayer Visit
Indulge in the highlights of Brunei with this leisurely, half day excursion that will begin at your pier. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, board an air-conditioned motor coach for a scenic, 45-minute drive through the landscape of this stunning sultanate to Bandar Jetty. You will board a water taxi for a relaxing cruise along the glistening Brunei River to the legendary Kampong Ayer, a series of colorful villages built on stilts over water and connected by wooden walkways. Dubbed the "Venice of the East," Kampong Ayer features brightly painted houses, mosques and schools. You will visit a local home for cakes and tea. Rejoin your motor coach for a drive through Bandar city. As you journey, your guide will regale you with fascinating information about the area's culture and history and point out its many magnificent sights. Take in views of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the world). Pass by the Istana Nurul Iman (The Royal Palace) gates. This official residence of the Sultan of Brunei is the largest residential palace in the world at over 2,200,000 square feet. Be sure to have your camera ready for a photostop at the breathtaking Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque. Completed in 1994 to celebrate the Sultan's 25th Jubilee, this ornate mosque - the biggest in Brunei - is a superb example of contemporary Islamic architecture with its elegant gold domes. You will take time out from your scenic drive to enjoy a tour of the Royal Regalia Museum, home to Brunei's Crown Regalia. Get a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle of Brunei's royalty as you peruse the royal regalia on display, including the Royal Chariot, ceremonial weapons, memorabilia from the royal family and a replica of the throne room.

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.  Phototaking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 11:30 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $119
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7.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

boating
Bandar Seri Begawan, The Regalia, Water Village & Cruise
Embark on a full-day, moderately active journey of discovery that begins at your pier where you will board your air-conditioned motor coach for a brief, scenic drive. Visit the immense Tamu Kianggeh open air market located on the banks of the Kianggeh River in the heart of Brunei's capital. Enjoy free time to explore the sea of charming vendor stands offering a range of products. Try your hand at calm and quiet bartering that is the norm here.  You will board a water taxi for a cruise along the glistening Brunei River offering magnificent views of the Sultan's Palace. Cruise to Pulau Ranggu and relax amid the serene mangrove forests that line the island's shores. Keep a keen eye out for the elusive Proboscis monkeys that make their home here.  Your cruise will take you to Kampong Ayer, a series of colorful villages built on stilts over water that are connected by wooden walkways. Dubbed the "Venice of the East" Kampong Ayer features brightly painted houses, shops, markets, mosques and schools. Enjoy free time to explore this fascinating maze on your own and visit one of the local homes for cakes and tea. Rejoin your motor coach for a narrated drive through Bandar city passing Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the world). You will tour the breathtaking Royal Regalia Museum, home to Brunei's Crown Regalia. The royal regalia on display here includes the Royal Chariot, ceremonial weapons, memorabilia from the royal family and a replica of the throne room. During your excursion be sure to have your cameras at the ready for photo opportunities at Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, a superb example of contemporary Islamic architecture, and the Istana Nurul Iman (The Royal Palace). This official residence of the Sultan of Brunei is the largest residential palace in the world at over 2,200,000 square feet. Then you will indulge in a delicious buffet lunch at the Rizqun International in Bandar.

Please note:  Brunei is a strict Muslim Country. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and you must remove your shoes before entering the Royal Regalia.  Phototaking is only allowed at the main lobby of the Regalia. Cameras and purses must be checked at the entrance to the Royal Regalia. At Royal Regalia, guests must walk 30 yards from the motor coach parking bay to the building. All business premises will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. The sequence of tour stops may vary to avoid congestion. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $199
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8 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

boating
Bandar Seri Begawan, Ulu Temburong Adeventure
This tour is an introduction to the National Park and the protected rainforest. Temburong is the smaller section of Brunei, where traditional lifestyles are maintained and where the natural environment is protected.  Your motor coach will take you on a 45-minute ride from the port to Bandar jetty.  There you will board a fast boat and enjoy a 45-minute ride to Temburong town through the mangrove evergreen channels. Observe the scenic landscape along the way and if nature permits, you may see a crocodile or two basking in the sun on the riverbanks.  Arriving at the jetty you will board a bus to travel 30 minutes to  Batang Duri the last human settlement before  you will venture into the wilderness of Brunei. The longboat ride from there will take 45 minutes upstream against a series of fast flowing rapids. Step out of the boat for an interesting walk to the waterfall. Enjoy the rich natural environment as you walk. Return to your boat for another exciting boat trip back to the Batang Duri where you will be treated to a local lunch with a view overlooking the riverbank. Return to Bandar Seri Begawan through the mangrove jungle then board the motor coach for the return journey to the port.

Please note:  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility as you will be required to board / exit the boats and it is also not recommended for guests with seasickness problem. Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting this tour as it involves 2 separate boat rides (fast boat and longboat], 2 coach rides and a short jungle walk to the waterfall. All businesses will be closed during prayer from 1130 to 2. Bring extra clothing and a towel (just in case you get wet during the fast boat ride or while walking to the waterfall), adequate sun protection, sunglasses and camera for photo taking. Wear comfortable walking shoes (no heel).


price $269
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Kuching, Malaysia



6 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

dining
Kuching, Bako National Park
Bako National Park, the oldest and one of the most popular national parks in Sarawak, offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forest and wildlife. It contains a wide range of vegetation, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, trekking trails and coastlines covered with small bays, coves and beaches. Visitors can see wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, Borneo bearded pigs and monitor lizards. You will be able to experience almost desert-like scrub or “padang” on the plateau to lowland dipterocarp forest. Erosion has left some remarkable sandstone formations such as the famous Sea Stag.  You will depart from the port via motor coach for the 15-minute drive to waiting boats.  Your boat ride will be 20 minutes to Bako National Park where you will disembark and be met by your guide. You will walk the trails of this delightful park for about 2 hours before having lunch. Then  it’s back to the boat where you will spend another 30 minutes checking out the rock formations before heading back to the jetty and your waiting motor coach.

Please note: Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking/trekking shoes. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, your hat and binoculars.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included on this tour. You will be served coffee/tea and a small bottle of water.

price $199
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

culture

walking
Kuching, Kuching City Highlights
The city of Kuching, which means cat in Malay, was once the seat of the White Rajah Dynasty, where Malay, Chinese, Indians and the British worked side by side to create a unique community. The city emblem is a giant White Cat Statue, standing tall at the entrance of the city to welcome all visitors. You will leave the pier by motor coach for the 60-minute drive which will pass Padungan China Street to the Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, Kuching's oldest temple.  Then walk across the street to visit the Chinese History Museum. It traces the history of the Chinese community in Sarawak. Exhibits include the early trade routes, initial migration from various regions of China, geographical distribution, the early pioneers, traditional trading activities, the formation of trade and community associations, political history and the involvement of the Chinese community in modern, multi-racial Sarawak. Complete your Kuching experience with a stop at Kuching's Main Bazaar, overlooking the scenic waterfront of Kuching.  You will have 30 minutes at your leisure before the return drive to the pier.

Please note:  Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring your hat, sunscreen, camera, umbrella and local currency. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $79
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Kuching, Sarawak Cultural Village
Popularly known as the Living Museum, the Sarawak village showcases a kaleidoscope of Sarawak Culture and Traditions.   Board your motor coach for the 60-minute drive to the village. Upon arrival, visit the authentic replica houses of the main tribes of Sarawak - Longhouses of the Ibans, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu, high stilt houses of the Melanau and the Penan Hut.  Displayed in the houses are the many artifacts made by the individual dwellers.  Demonstration of arts and crafts like beadwork, wood and bamboo carvings, Pua and Straw weaving can be seen while touring the village.  You can also view traditional methods of cooking and how the Penans make blowpipes and other hunting instruments. Your visit will end with a colorful cultural performance in the theater.

Please note:  Wear light cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring your hat, sunscreen, camera, insect repellent, umbrella and local currency. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $119
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Singapore



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Airport
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $69
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Hotel
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the hotel.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.

price $69
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Phuket, Thailand



4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing

concierge
Phuket, Birds Eye View over Phang Nga Bay
Considered by many a "must see" sight, there are very few places in the world with a landscape like Phang Nga. Begin your day with an 80-minute drive from Phuket port by car/minivan to the helipad for an unforgettable 40-minute helicopter flight.  After arriving at a helipad lounge, refreshments will be served.  Then, you will have a chance to sightsee while flying.  Narrated by the pilot, you will fly over shrimp farms passing above fishermen’s boats before entering the unforgettable sceneries of renowned Phang Nga Bay with its towering sea cliffs and sites such as James Bond Island where the filming of the last scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place, and the well-known Muslim floating village before flying back to the operation center.   You will have a short break at the helipad lounge before transferring back to Phuket port.

Please note: Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant women will have to sign a waiver.

price $999
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2.75 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing
Phuket, Canopy Adventure
Canopy adventure shows that Phuket’s island beauty goes far beyond the sea, sun and sand that it is famous for.  The hillsides of Phuket overflow with thick forest that is great for exploration and outdoor activities.  A wide variety of trees and small animals occupy this vast area, and the natural rubber trees are harvested by locals who are still allowed to live on the hillside. A small creek runs through the land during the wet months and even the trees within the camp reception area have been left untouched.  Photos of your ziplining experience will be available for purchase from the staff at the camp. Your 40-minute drive to the ziplining camp will then give you 15 minutes of instruction before you begin ziplining on the 16 platforms which include 8 ziplines, 1 sky bridge, 1 rappel point, 2 spiral staircases and a 20-minute wilderness walk.

Please note:  Bring your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen,  insect repellent and wear comfortable shoes and light clothing.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests will  be required to fill out a waiver before participating on this tour. Minimum age is 12 years old and maximum weight is 206 lbs. 

price $125
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

beach
Phuket, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This is an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior.  You will be privileged enough to meet and interact with members of the Karen tribe, and witness stunning views of the surrounding jungle, mountains and beach – all while interacting personally with friendly, happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. You will board your waiting van for the 60-minute drive to the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.  You will be given bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants and then walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, you will accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes. Finally, have a meal of traditional Thai food and seasonal fresh fruit.  There will be time to relax at Naithon Beach before your ride back to the ship, enjoying the lovely rural scenery along the way.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, your swimsuit,  towel, change of clothes and your camera. The mud pools and the sites at the sanctuary are not exclusive to Windstar guests.



price $169
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8 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors

dining

beach

boating
Phuket, Phang Nga Ba Exploration
After a 90-minute scenic drive you will arrive at the pier to board a local-style boat and start a day of exploration. You will cruise the inner waters of Phang Nga Bay, where you will be awestruck by the beauty of the spectacular natural surroundings.  Discover a world of sea caves and limestone karsts all formed naturally as a result of calcite deposits over millions of years.  Enjoy Koh “Hong” which is an open-air, cliff-lined cylindrical tidal lagoon connected to the outside world only through a series of tunnels and caves.  Here you will have the opportunity to board guided sea canoe. The guide will paddle so you can sit back and relax in complete comfort and safety, taking in the peace and total tranquility while learning about the ecosystem of this “lost world.”  Along the way you may see a variety of wildlife such as sea eagles, Brahminy kites, kingfishers, fruit bats, water monitor lizards, and monkeys. You will also have the opportunity to take a stroll or swim on a sandy beach and visit “James Bond Island” the island made famous by the classic James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” This tour includes a Thai buffet lunch and optional kayaking.

Please note:  There are 15 steps to access the boat at the pier.  Bring your raincoat, swimsuit and wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for guests with limited mobility or back issues. The boat trip may not be exclusive for Windstar guests. 


price $149
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Phuket, Unique Phuket
This tour will be a combination of highlights which include culture, sightseeing and tasting of Thai foods. You will start with a 45-minute ride to an old temple in Phuket to attend the Monks’ Blessing Ceremony.  The monks will chant their mantras and sprinkle holy water to bring good luck to the participants while you will present offerings to them in return.  It is an uplifting start to the day. Then you will walk through Rommanee Alley where scenes from Good Morning Vietnam were shot.  Walking along the roads, you will marvel at the well-preserved old Sino-Portuguese buildings and visit Thai Hua Museum.  You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind market tour which is both enriching and fun. Within the market, colorful characters hawk condiments, sell dried herbs and spices, and proudly display pungent pickled kapi fish, squirming eels and succulent durians.  Be prepared for sensory overload. Then you will take a short walk to the twin Phuket shrines where you will learn your fortune through sticks and wooden blocks.  Here you will see - and participate in – a Lion Dance, gongs, drums and firecrackers in the temple, representing good fortune and good health.  The first one is Phud Jaw Chinese Shrine which is dedicated to Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy.  It is the oldest shrine in Phuket, built over 200 years ago.  Right next door is the more ornate Jui Tui Shrine.  Proceed to Tuu Kap Khao Restaurant where you will be served local Thai food family style.. 

Please note:  Wear light clothing, rubber/comfortable shoes.  Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, sunglasses and a raincoat in case of rain. Modest attire is required for visiting the temple and shrines, no tank tops or shorts. You do not have to be Buddhist to join the Monk’s Blessing Ceremony.  Everybody is welcome. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users due to lots of steps at Thai Hua Museum.


price $169
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4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing

concierge
Phuket, Birds Eye View over Phang Nga Bay
Considered by many a "must see" sight, there are very few places in the world with a landscape like Phang Nga. Begin your day with an 80-minute drive from Phuket port by car/minivan to the helipad for an unforgettable 40-minute helicopter flight.  After arriving at a helipad lounge, refreshments will be served.  Then, you will have a chance to sightsee while flying.  Narrated by the pilot, you will fly over shrimp farms passing above fishermen’s boats before entering the unforgettable sceneries of renowned Phang Nga Bay with its towering sea cliffs and sites such as James Bond Island where the filming of the last scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place, and the well-known Muslim floating village before flying back to the operation center.   You will have a short break at the helipad lounge before transferring back to Phuket port.

Please note: Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant women will have to sign a waiver.

price $999
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Penang, Malaysia



4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture
Penang, Hill & Temple
Board your motor coach for a spiritual journey to SE Asia’s largest Buddhist temple. Your 30-minute drive will take you to the Kek Lok Si Temple, better known as the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, your visit will be infinitely intriguing from the start. Among the features or the temple are the Tortoises’ Pond of Longevity where devotees release the creatures to earn blessings in life and the Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. In 2002, a 99-foot bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years ago. The bronze statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda while the head of the previous statue which survived the fire is preserved and placed on the right hand corner of the new statue. There is an inclined lift to carry pilgrims and visitors further uphill. On the elevated platform, you can find a pond filled with Koi and the towering statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, which can also be regarded as Avalokitheshvara, Bodhisattva of Universal Compassion. Visit Penang Hill, a cool resort accessible by a funicular tram you will take to reach the peak. It will offer a refreshing garden quality, with old colonial mansions that are reminiscent of an old English Village. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing is required to enter the temple. Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, and a raincoat in case of wet weather.  There are approximately 200 steps at the temple and the grounds may be slippery in places


price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Penang, In the Footsteps of Captain Francis Light
Board your motor coach to begin your day of discovery at the Weld Quay Clan Jetties at the waterfront.  The century-old Clan Jetties are part of the formation known as the Penang Heritage Trail.  These humble homes of five Chinese clans are raised on stilts, and the water-villages are accessible by a long walkway.  Then it's on to Suffolk House, which has earned the moniker of Penang’s "Great House" as it is the original estate owned by George Town founder Captain Francis Light, and is an architectural gem.  Explore the charms of this 200-year-old traditional Anglo-Indian garden house and stroll the grand, manicured compound.  You will travel through time at Francis Light Cemetery, which honors the town’s founder. His tomb can be found in a peaceful setting amidst many graves and pergolas with unique structural designs.  Continue the tour with a guided walk through the narrow streets of Little India, heavy with the aroma of spices and whose lanes are lined with shops and ottu kedai selling everything from spices, vegetables, fabrics, cooking ware, jewelry and much more. Your last stop will be the stopover at Fort Cornwallis, located along the Esplanade.  This seaside promenade is home to many of the city’s most esteemed structures and memorials, including the clock tower, city hall, town hall and state buildings. The entrance to the fort is presided over by a statue of Captain Francis Light. The statue welcomes visitors to the unique star-shaped structure and its steel lighthouse and the fort is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in the country.  

Please note: Bring local currency and wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat, adequate sun protection, and a raincoat in case of rain. Sequence of tour stops may vary.


price $39
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3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

unesco

culture

walking

sightseeing
Penang, Street of Harmony
This walking tour will offer you a glimpse of a different part of George Town and highlight some of its most popular attractions! The journey will begin with a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light landed in Penang. Then on to the Penang Municipal Town Hall, and St. George Church, the oldest Anglican church in SE Asia and designated as one of the 50 National Heritage Treasures of Malaysia. Next stop, The Goddess of Mercy Temple, constructed using Feng Shui principles, the temple has three wells – one on the right side of the main shrine, another outside the temple and the third hidden under the main altar. Your next stop will be Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, dedicated to the Mother of the Universe. Another one of the main houses of worship along George Town’s “Street of Harmony,” is the Kapitan Keling Mosque, built and designed by German architect Henry Alfred Neubronner. With Moorish and Roman arches and a towering minaret, the mosque stands as a regal landmark and one of the country’s most beautiful and historically rich mosques. Khoo Kongsi is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clan house. Then take a leisurely trishaw ride on the enchanting and aptly named “King of the Road,” a favorite for tourists as well as locals. Lastly, you will be dropped off at a colonial building for light refreshments before returning to the port. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, local currency and a hat. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility issues.


price $69
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Highlights of Kuala Lumpur City
Your journey begins as you board your motor coach for a half day tour to some of Kuala Lumpur‘s most fascination and colorful sights. On your 90-minute ride you’ll pass by industrial and commercial developments, small town ships and the impressive expressway developments before arriving to your first destination. KL Forest Eco Park is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in the country and is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city. KL Forest Eco Park functions as a Green Lung as well as a recreational area for city dwellers. Here you will see the rich variety of flora that flourishes within the forest including rare herbs, creepers, ferns, climbers and giant bamboo grasses. Visit KL tower, rising over 1,381 feet. The telecommunications and broadcasting tower also houses shops, restaurants, an open air amphitheater and a mini-theater that will show a documentary on the tower’s construction. A short ride up to the sky deck and observation deck will reward you with stunning views of the city. Experience the sky box made up of transparent glass that will offer you a spectacular 360 degree view of Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. Malaysia-style lunch will be served family style at the Precious Old China Restaurant. After lunch, a short drive will take you past the Moorish-style architecture of the Old Railway Station and the extraordinary National Mosque.  Built in 1965, the modern mosque’s 240-foot minaret and "blue umbrella" roof - situated among 13 acres of gardens, reflecting pools and fountains - are distinctive and impressive. The day will not be complete without a photo stop at Petronas Twin Towers.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency , hat and rain gear. On rainy days the sky deck and sky box will not be open. You must be at least 13 years of age to visit the sky deck and wheelchairs are not allowed. Tour route may vary to avoid congestion. 

price $99
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8.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage Discovery
Depart from the port and you will have a 90-minute drive to the spellbinding Batu Caves. Rising almost 328 feet above ground, the Batu Caves are actually a complex of ancient limestone caverns. Since their discovery in 1891, Hindu devotees have filled the caves with colorful Hindu shrines; today, the complex is considered to be one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. The next sight you’ll see is the 141-foot tall gilded statue of the deity Lord Murugan standing guard over the 272 steps that lead to Cathedral Cave, the grandest of all the caves. After climbing the flight of stairs you’ll be rewarded with a majestic cavern with a 300-foot high ceiling. Inside, you’ll find ornate Hindu shrines and a statue of Rama sitting in the back. From here, you will take a monorail ride and proceed to the “new City Center of Kuala Lumpur,” where it is now known as KLCC. Here are the renowned Petronas Twin Towers, soaring 1,483 feet into the sky.  You will drive past National Mosque and proceed to the Merdeka Square. Also known as Independence Square, this historical area is home to the Royal Selangor Club and site of the August 31, 1957 proclamation declaring Malaysia’s independence from Britain. You will also see Central Market Kuala Lumpur which dates back to 1888. Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a great place to celebrate and enjoy Malaysian festivals, cultural showcases and local artistic talent. It is also an excellent destination for a great variety of local souvenirs, arts, crafts and collectibles. On the way back to port, stop by the Thean Hou Temple, a landmark 6-tiered Chinese temple located on 1.67 acres of land atop a little hill. The temple, built by the Hainanese community is dedicated to the Goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother).

Please note: tour route may vary based on congestion. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency, your sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and rain gear. Lunch will be on your own at Petronas Twin Towers and is not included on this tour. At Batu Caves, the many wild monkeys can sometimes be aggressive if they are fed. Guests are strongly requested to avoid feeding the monkeys.


price $49
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Tower Skybridge & City Tour
This tour will take you in to the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Your first stop after a 90-minute drive, will be at the National Monument. This 49-foot-tall bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the Insurgency in the 1950s and World War II. Then continue on to Independence Square, one of the most photographed sites in all of Malaysia and the playing field of the Royal Selangor Club, the National History Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the impressive Sultan Abdul Samad Building and where parades and Independence Day festivities are celebrated. You’ll then proceed to Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring 1,483 feet into the sky, the towers are united by a sky bridge that rises 557 feet above street level, making it the tallest sky bridge in the world. The majestic steel and glass towers look very 21st century but their design is based in ancient Islamic tradition - the 241-foot tall spires, which sit atop the towers are reminiscent of the minarets that adorn mosques. Your final stop of the day is the Suria KL Shopping Centre where you’ll have almost two hours to shop at your leisure. Stretched over 1.4 million square feet, here you’ll find 450 outlets offering something for everyone - have lunch in one of the many restaurants, shop in the fashionable boutiques, have fun in the entertainment centers, sit down for cup of coffee in a coffeehouse, work out in a fitness center or unwind in a spa.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Lunch will be on your own at Petronas Twin Towers and is not included on this tour. Tour route may vary to avoid congestion. This tour cannot be operated on Mondays. Your tour guide will not go up the Petronas Tower when ascending to the Skybridge, but a Petronas Skybridge in-house guide will escort you.

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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Visit Tradtional Malay Home
Your journey will begin as you board your motor coach for a 90-minute ride through industrial and commercial developments, small townships and the impressive expressway developments before arriving at your first destination..  The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. Built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s, it was owned by the local headman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Bandar Baharu  Kedah. Originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia, it was rescued, relocated and restored (1996 – 1997) by Badan Warisan Malaysia. Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining of Malay Vernacular architecture. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with its many high rise buildings, the Rumah Penghulu is surrounded by a traditional herb and heritage garden which has over 50 species of trees and plants of environmental, cultural and historic interest to Malaysians. You will experience the Kampung lifestyle, and ceremonies related to weddings. You will be involved in a hands-on demonstration as well as sampling traditional food and drinks. You also will experience traditional Malay games like Congkak and Gasing. Before returning to the port, you will have a photo stop at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Malacca, Malaysia



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Explore Historic Malacca with Lunch
This tour will reveal Malacca’s prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers who include the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  You will begin your tour with a photo stop at Porta de Santiago - the only remains of the Dutch fortifications that were blown up by the British – before seeing The Stadthuys, arguably Malacca’s most photographed building.  Constructed in the mid-1600s it is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East.  Continue on to the ruins of St Paul’s Church, where the remains of St. Francis Xavier were briefly enshrined.  Visit the Melaka Sultanate Palace, a replica of the original 15th century wooden palace, which is now a Cultural Museum.  You will take a ride up to the 360-degree viewing tower, Menara Taming Sari, at a height of 262 feet.  You will see a spectacular and panoramic view of Melaka UNESCO World Heritage City from the cabin deck.  Proceed on to cross the bridge, which will lead you to Chinatown. Walk to the Baba & Nyonya Museum, showing typical 19th century Baroque style homes of wealthy Chinese families.  Continue on to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, and Kampung Kling Mosque. As you continue on to Jonker Street, you will see many antique and curio shops.  This is the final stop and you will enjoy lunch at Casa Del Rio Hotel or alternative for a taste of mixed culture and traditions!

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with steps to negotiate some sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. Coffee, tea and water are complimentary with lunch. Sodas and alcohol are available for purchase.




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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

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sightseeing
Malacca, Historic Malacca
This fascinating tour reveals Malacca’s glorious heritage. The streets and buildings are steeped in history illustrating its prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers that include the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You will begin your tour with a visit to the Princess Hang Li Poh’s Well (King’s Well) – located at the foothill of Bukit China and next to Sam Po Temple. It was built in 1459 by the followers of Princess Hang Li Poh and was the main source of water in the town. Continue your walk to the Bukit Cina (also known as Chinese Hill) Chinese Cemetery, the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves.  You will proceed to the Dutch Square - the hub of the town due to its proximity to the river mouth. You will see town hall (Stadthuys),  the church (Christ Church), market square and a school that all reflect the character of ancient European towns. Cross the bridge to Malacca’s Chinatown. Walk to Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, a gallery housing exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). In a warehouse to the north of the Melaka River, the gallery has exhibits on the admiral’s life. Then visit Jonker’s Street, the main street of Chinatown before you return back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho.
 
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Malacca & Countryside
Departing from the pier, you’ll proceed to a small rubber tree plantation, where you will have an opportunity to see local rubber tappers in action. Malaysia produces almost 20% of the world's natural rubber. Next, you will visit  a palm oil plantation before heading to the village of legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. It is commonly believed that Kampung Duyung (Mermaid Village) was the home of this legendary warrior during the early days of the Malacca Sultanate. The village highlights the cultural, architectural and traditional values of the Malay community and consists of the houses of the five most renowned Malay warriors during the Malacca Sultanate. Stop briefly for photos and souvenir shopping outside the Stadthuys. Built as the official residence for the Dutch governors and their officers, the Stadthuys is an excellent example of Dutch period architecture. Continue to Porta de Santiago—a Portuguese-built fortress—and St Paul's Church, where missionary St. Francis Xavier was briefly interred in 1553. You will also have a chance to take photos outside the Sultan's Palace—a replica of the original 15th century palace of Malacca's now-extinct Sultanate. The palace also houses the Culture Museum.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. There are about 100 steps up and around this tour.

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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing

boating
Malacca, Walk The Dutch Trail
Walk back through time as you discover the great empires of Malacca the Malay Sultanate, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.  After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, you will embark on a boat for a scenic cruise on the Malacca River. Along the way, pass through the downtown area, where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and traditional Malay villages. Next, a short walk from the jetty will bring you to Stadthuys and Christ Church for a brief photo stop. The Stadhuys is the most imposing relic of Dutch rule and features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. It now houses the Historical Museum. The adjacent Christ Church is a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753. Proceed to the Porta de Santiago. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. After a photo stop here, you will head to the Sultanate Palace, a replica of a 15th century palace that currently is a cultural museum.  Then you will take a trishaw ride along the Street of Harmony where you will pass the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia, the Kampong Kling Mosque with its 3-tiered roof and make a brief stop at the Cheng Hoon Temple, built in 1646. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Your tour will conclude with a brief ride by rickshaw back to the tender pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards, at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with 10 steps to negotiate at the sites visited, a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the riverboat and tender. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. The boat operator will load 40 people ( local and tourist) per boat due to the limited number of boats available. Boat trip will not be exclusive to Windstar guests.


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Singapore



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Airport
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.


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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Hotel
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the hotel.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.

price $69
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