STAR COLLECTOR: FAR EAST WONDERS

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Star Collector: Far East Wonders

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Shanghai, China



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Shanghai, Evening Food Tour
Explore local streets and neighborhoods by foot as you try over 12 different dishes while visiting 4 seated, authentic Shanghai restaurants. You will learn about the foods that locals love and why they became so popular as your local English-speaking guide explains each dish, restaurant and neighborhood you will visit. No trip to Shanghai is complete without trying their most famous dish - watch as your Soup Dumplings are prepared fresh to order at a favorite dumpling shop in town. Try a few traditional seafood dishes that are every local’s favorite at a bustling local hangout. Enter a traditional Shanghai community and be welcomed inside a private home for some of the best homemade food you’ll find in China. Slurp down the city’s most popular noodle dishes in a hidden local shop that’s been serving the same recipe for decades and then down a few beers (and water and soft drinks) during the night as you visit each family-friendly location.  You will finish the night at a fun and family-friendly pub for a pint of small-batch, locally brewed craft beer

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and wear comfortable walking shoes as you will walk about a mile on this tour which is not wheelchair accessible and is not suited for people with mobility issues.  This is a tour of local street food from all licensed vendors but is not a fancy restaurant experience.


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Night Tour with Dinner at M on the Bund
The Bund is the famous waterfront regarded for hundreds of years as the symbol of Shanghai. On the Bund side of the river, magnificent colonial architecture represents the splendor of old Shanghai. Across the water, enormous skyscrapers rise up to create a futuristic skyline that has to be seen to be believed. You will meet your guide and board your motor coach for the 30-minute drive to M on the Bund.  M on the Bund’s goal is to create a dining experience that is as exciting, sophisticated, and delectable as Shanghai itself.  You will enjoy a 3-course meal and a drink. Located at the pinnacle of the historic Nissin Shipping Building built in 1921, M overlooks Shanghai’s most famous sight: the Bund. After dinner, you will step into Peace Hotel, known as Casablanca in the Far East with strong art deco flavor. Pay a visit to the lobby and Jasmine Lounge and gain some insight into Shanghai's rich history, including the influence of the Sephardic Jewish Merchant Sassoon in Shanghai.  Listen to the classic jazz music played by the senior musician while sipping the signature cocktail (one drink included, extra at own cost) to bring yourself back to the gold era of Shanghai.         

Please note: This tour is wheelchair accessible. There is a 10-minute walk from M on the Bund to Peace Hotel along the Bund.

price $249
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9 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Shanghai Old & New
You will depart from the pier on a 30-minute drive to the Urban Planning Center. Despite its dry-sounding name, this informative and interesting venue contains some amazing scale models depicting Shanghai at various points in its development. The most impressive one is the model that shows all existing and approved buildings in Shanghai, and takes up an entire floor of the museum. Another model shows how Shanghai will look in a few decades, and Old Shanghai has been reconstructed on a lower floor, complete with cobblestones, shops and teahouses. Next you will have a 45-minute transfer to Caoyang New Village for lunch with a local family. Caoyang Village has recently begun inviting foreigners to experience authentic Chinese culture by engaging in the daily life of its people. During this exciting new program, you will be invited to experience life as a Caoyang resident. During the visit, you'll head to local residences, wet markets and retirement communities to meet the people of this vibrant community. Then you will head to the Shanghai Tower a mega-tall skyscraper located at the heart of the central business district in Shanghai’s Pudong area. It is the tallest of a group of three adjacent iconically tall buildings. The structure is 2,073 feet tall, which makes it the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world. The unique design of the tower’s glass facade, which completes a 120° twist as it rises, goes beyond just creating a spectacular appearance: Its aerodynamic shape drastically reduces the amount of force that wind exerts on the building — particularly significant when considering Shanghai’s frequent typhoons. The Tower sports 121 floors above ground and 5 floors underground with an observation deck on the 119th floor. The elevator ascends at record speed traveling over 67 feet per second. In total it takes less than a minute to reach the top. 

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suited for people with mobility issues.


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Side Car Tour
Discover Shanghai from a totally new perspective: onboard a vintage sidecar motorbike. The motorcycles used for these unique guided tours are Chinese Changjiang 750cc's, which were built based on the 1956 Soviet IMZ M-72 (which in turn was a replica of the 1938 BMW R71). On this tour you will discover a side of Shanghai not seen by most as you take an intimate look at classic sights such as the Old Town, French Concession and People's Square. Your English-speaking driver will provide commentary along the ride. The tour is 2 hours long and 2 people will share one sidecar. You will also stop for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy Chinese Dim Sum.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.

price $359
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $699
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $499
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Shanghai, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $599
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

biking

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Morning Bike Tour
Welcome another day in mind-blowing Shanghai as you cycle through its enchanting streets on beautifully restored, vintage Chinese bicycles. Would you like to understand why hundreds of expats have made this city their home and got to love it so much? This uniquely designed tour will help you immerse yourself in the culture and feel the genuine spirit of Shanghai in the daylight! As the sun rises above the world's most impressive skyline, you will blend with locals who peacefully keep the old Chinese traditions alive and experience the sensational clash of old and new! This eye-opening tour will expose you to the essence of Shanghai that for some takes years to discover! You will have fresh coffee and delicious pastries in the French Concession and taste delicious and authentic Shanghainese breakfast from the most popular street vendors.  You will join the locals in cultural activities in the historic community park and challenge yourself to learn some basic Tai Chi moves and to shop like a local at the traditional, open-air, wet market. Discover Shanghai's hidden gems - the Art Deco villas from the 1920s and the Old Town.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.  This will be about a 4-mile ride and bike and helmet will be provided.


price $199
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


4 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Shanghai, Side Car Tour
Discover Shanghai from a totally new perspective: onboard a vintage sidecar motorbike. The motorcycles used for these unique guided tours are Chinese Changjiang 750cc's, which were built based on the 1956 Soviet IMZ M-72 (which in turn was a replica of the 1938 BMW R71). On this tour you will discover a side of Shanghai not seen by most as you take an intimate look at classic sights such as the Old Town, French Concession and People's Square. Your English-speaking driver will provide commentary along the ride. The tour is 2 hours long and 2 people will share one sidecar. You will also stop for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy Chinese Dim Sum.

Please note:  Bring your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with mobility issues.

price $359
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.

Ishigaki Island, Japan



4.25 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

boating
Ishigaki Island, Highlights of Ishigaki
See the highlights of Ishigaki on a carefully planned tour. You will depart from the pier by motor coach and your 20-minute ride will take you to Yaima Village, a theme park where you can experience the Yaeyama culture and nature. Ishigaki Yaima Village is located on top of the hill where you can view the Nagura Gulf.  You will see a Yaeyama row of houses, hear, Sanshin music, see Ryukyu national costuming, Shisa coloring and other experiences will be available. The feeding of the cute squirrels is a popular thing to do. Then you  will head to Kabira Bay. With its emerald green and blue hues, Kabira Bay is considered one of the most beautiful places in Japan and definitely on the top of the list for Okinawa. Clear ocean, small boats floating on beautiful water, the cute shapes of neighboring islands, and the sweeping sky. This combination is the greatest feature of Kabira Bay. A touristy 30-minute-long glass bottom boat ride will let you take a look at the bay's underwater world as well. Kabira Bayand  Iriomote are the only two cultivation sites of black pearls in Japan. Your last stop will be at Banna Forest Park, a spacious nature reserve located just a few miles to the north of Ishigaki City. It is a place which can be enjoyed by absolutely anybody. The park itself is positioned around what can broadly be described as a mountain (peaking at just 656 feet), and is divided into four zones and a 'Skyline' all of which are linked by paths and roads. You will have a short photo stop at the observation deck inside the Banna Park.  

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.  You will have to walk on the beach to reach the glass bottom boat. The actual boat ride is approximately 30 minutes.


price $169
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

refreshments

culture
Ishigaki Island, Panoramic Ishigaki
Ishigaki Island is the main island of the Yaeyama Islands, the southern-most island chain in Japan. Ishigaki offers several nice beaches and good snorkeling and diving in the surrounding coral reefs. Your first destination will be Banna Forest Park, a spacious nature reserve which is located just a few miles to the north of Ishigaki City. It is a place which can be enjoyed by everyone. The park itself is positioned around what can broadly be described as a mountain (peaking at just 656 feet), and is divided into four zones and a 'Skyline' all of which are linked by paths and roads. You will have a short photo stop at the observation deck inside Banna Park.  The guide will then take you to Kabira Bay. With its emerald green and blue hues, Kabira Bay is considered one of the most beautiful places in Japan and definitely on the top of the list for Okinawa. Clear ocean, small boats floating on beautiful water, the cute shapes of neighboring islands, and the sweeping sky. This combination is the greatest feature of Kabira Bay. We will make a short stop at a local café to have some refreshments with a view of the East China Sea. The tour will be followed by a photo stop at Shisa (guardian lions in Okinawa) Square in front of local Yonekoyaki Pottery. This small studio produces unique local pottery and various big monuments at Shisa Square. This square will be completed in 2019, but you will be impressed how unique the local artists are! 

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

price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

boating
Ishigaki Island, Taketomishima
Takeromijima is where you will find a traditional, beautifully preserved Ryukyu village on Taketomi Island just off the coast of Ishigaki Island. The tour will start with taking a 15-minute ferry ride from the Ishigaki Ferry Terminal to Taketomi Island. Once you get in the village, you will see the houses with traditional red-tiled roofs, tutelary Sheesaa clay lions on the roofs, walls made of coral stones, streets paved with white sand. See and enjoy these unspoiled sceneries of Okinawa. The tour will also include the opportunity to ride on a Water Ox Carriage running through the village. Also, take your time and stroll through the streets to feel the tradition and culture still alive in the islanders’ lifestyle. After strolling around the village, you will have free time at Kaijihama Beach, which is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency. If you choose to get on the water ox carriage, you will be required to get into the cart by unassisted.  It is not allowed to touch the water ox without the permission as a safety precaution.


price $199
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Taipei (Keelung), China (Taiwan)



8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

sightseeing
Taipei, Essential Taipei
You will board your motor coach for a day of Taipei highlights. A 50-minute drive will take you to the National Palace Museum which houses ancient Chinese artifacts and artwork, with some pieces dating back 5,000 years You will visit this museum, renowned as one of the greatest museums in the world before a short drive to the Martyrs’ Shrine, built in 1969. Here you will see its magnificent architectural style symbolizing the martyrs' brave spirit. It is the replica of the Taihe Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The highlight of your visit here is to see the ceremonial changing of the guards. You will then drive to the Grand Hotel for lunch. The Grand Hotel, with its traditional palace style architecture, vermilion pillars, stately archways, and brilliantly tiled roof, is not only a magnificent landmark of Taiwan, but it is an emblem of ancient China.  A 20-minute drive will get you to Lungshan Temple built in 1740. It is the city’s oldest and most famous, as well as one of Taiwan’s finest examples of temple design.  Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is your next stop. Constructed in the memory of the former president, Mr. Chiang Kai Shek, the Memorial is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. You will have a short shopping stop and the Handicraft Center and then drive to Taipei 101 the world's second tallest building. It is the pride of Taipei’s skyline and is testament to the country’s engineering and technological capabilities. It has the fastest elevator in the world takes only 37 seconds to go up to 89 floors to the observatory deck.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered and bring local currency.


price $169
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5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Taipei, Northern Coast
This tour will take you along the beautiful coastline with the bizarre rock formations of northern Taiwan. You will have a 40-minute drive to Yeliu Geo Park, a long cape formed by that Datum Mountain reaching into the sea that is famous for bizarre, fascinating rock formations created by erosion. Millions of years of sea erosion have molded coastal bedrock into strange sculptures, many of which resemble certain images. Be on the lookout for the famous Candle, the fairy’s Shoe, Bean Curd, etc. The most famous of these uncanny rock formations is the Queen’s Head.  You will drive another 40 minutes to Chiufen Village where it is said that there were only nine families here a long time ago. Chiufen used to be the center of gold mining. The village is next to the mountain and facing the sea. In 1890, someone struck gold near Chiufen. The poor village with only nine families soon attracted prospectors of 4,000 families.. The place is whispering its golden past. Now, there are many unique tea houses in Chiufen. These teahouses are good stops during a visit to this mountain village. Also, there is the beautiful ocean view of Keelung’s outer sea.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $89
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5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Taipei, Taipei Lifestyle
Your motor coach today will take you on a 50-minute panoramic drive on your way to Taipei. You will stop at Di-Hua Street for a walking tour through and area that will give you a feel of  what Taipei City's past was like. The old-town market has scores of shops selling a variety of traditional goods such as Chinese medicines and herbs, temple icons and incense, spices and dried food, colorful bolts of cloth, bamboo and wooden crafts. You will have shopping time here before you head to a local  Tea House. Taiwanese tea culture includes tea arts, traditional tea ceremonies, and the social aspects of tea consumption. Most people in Taiwan drink tea and tea serves not only as a drink, but also as a part of the culture. You will take part in the Chinese Kong Fu tea ceremony involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea.  The term literally means "making tea with skill.” Today, the approach is used popularly by tea shops carrying tea of Chinese origins, and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible

price $149
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Taipei, Taipei Old & New
This tour will be a delightful mix of old and new Taipei.  Board your motor coach for a 50-minute drive to Taipei 101 the world's second tallest building. It is the pride of Taipei’s skyline and is testament to the country’s engineering and technological capabilities. It has the fastest elevator in the world which will take you only 37 seconds to go up to 89 floors to the observatory deck.  Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is your next stop. Constructed in the memory of the former president, Mr. Chiang Kai Shek, the Memorial is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Finally drive to visit Pao-An Temple.  Dedicated to God of Medicine, Pao-An Temple was built over 230 years ago. One of the islands oldest, the temple contains many ornate and intricate carvings. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in conservative clothing with shoulders and knees covered.

price $119
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Hong Kong, China



4.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

culture

walking

sightseeing
Hong Kong, Ancient Hong Kong
Hong Kong was once a remote corner of the Chinese empire, dominated by powerful clans and wealthy Mandarins.  You will board your air-conditioned motor coach and take a 30-minute ride to the New Territories, where the opulent mansion of an Imperial scholar, the lavishly decorated ancestral hall of the Tang clan, the fortified villages of rural communities, a temple dedicated to the God of Literature and God of War bring this lost world back to life before your very eyes. You will have a walking tour of these interesting sites before heading back to your waiting ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency and a  bottle of water.


price $149
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8 HRS

Easy

refreshments

dining

culture

walking

boating
Hong Kong, Best of Hong Kong
This tour is aptly named as you really will be seeing the best of Hong Kong. You will board your motor coach and join your English-speaking guide for the 25-minute ride to Victoria Peak where you will take a ride on the Peak Tram funicular to the top of Victoria Peak to enjoy the panoramic view of Hong Kong and the Kowloon Peninsula spread out far below. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a short 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 will be offered in the exclusive showroom. Dim Sum lunch will be served at Jumbo Kingdom, one of Hong Kong's truly unique attractions. After lunch proceed to Stanley—one of Hong Kong’s oldest settlements and a fishing village.  A century ago, it was notorious for pirates and their smuggling activities. Today, it is best known for its markets that specialize in sports shoes, clothing and Chinese handicrafts. Shopping in Stanley is always fun and there are many bargains to be found. Next stop is Bird Market where the amazing arrays of artistically crafted bamboo birdcages are on display, and the "warbling" competitions must be heard to be believed. Walk along Flower Market Street, with row upon row of shops and stalls selling cut flowers and potted plants from all over the world. The Jade Market is a great place to browse and pick up souvenirs.  Then you will be returned to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $169
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8 HRS

Moderate

dining

sightseeing
Hong Kong, Explore Lantau Island and Monastery
Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau, is home to some of the region's best and remotest beaches, wilderness trails, monasteries and monuments as well as some of the territory's most popular attractions. The island is known for its un-spoiled countryside, virgin hills and lush green valleys. For a look at a rare example of a Chinese stilt-house community, you will head to the far northwestern coast edge of Lantau Island, Tai O. This is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisherfolk who have built their homes on stilts above the tidal flats for generations because they do not feel safe on land.   Tour the stilt houses that dot the riverside where you will see an all but vanished side to Hong Kong life. The next stop will be a visit to Ngong Ping 360, and features a stunning 3.5-mile cable car ride through Lantau Country Park. The 22-minute journey will offer breath-taking panoramic views encompassing the airport, South China Sea, lush mountains, and the awe-inspiring Giant Buddha statue.   Climb the 268 steps to get an up-close look at the world’s largest, outdoor, sitting bronzed Buddha. The Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery is home to the world’s largest bronze outdoor sitting Buddha. Nestled among scenic mountains, Po Lin was built by three monks and was originally called Da Maopeng but in 1924, it was renamed Po Lin Monastery. The Monastery is also home to a 3-story exhibition with a large bell that is rung 108 times per day to “relieve 108 vexations.”  You will enjoy a simple, yet tasty, vegetarian lunch, similar to what the resident monks eats.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $229
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Hong Kong, Local Wet Market by Chinese Cooking School
Your host Denice Wai came to Hong Kong two years ago to open the Cooking Studio to promote healthy lifestyles to the local community. Her love for food and cooking has led her to travel extensively to Italy, England, Germany, Singapore, Australia, US, and Canada to experience the culinary delights that each country offers. She then integrates the best from the West and the East into her own unique cooking style. This tour will take you to the Wet Market to experience local shopping ways for food ingredients. Denice will share her personal cooking experience and tips with you throughout the tour. You will then enjoy a private cooking class and learn how to make 2 dishes of tasty Chinese Cuisine by following simple and easy recipes.
 
Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency and a bottle of water.

price $269
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Hong Kong, Night View by Tram
Depart the pier via motor coach for the 25-minute drive to Hong Kong Island traveling under Victoria Harbour by tunnel. Your destination is the Peak Tram Station. You’ll ride the Peak Tram funicular railway to the top of Victoria Peak to enjoy a panoramic nighttime view of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula spread out far below. The Peak sits at 1,805 feet above sea level. Driving back down by coach, stop at a local tram station and board a double-decker tram for an evening tour of Hong Kong’s hottest nightspots. Hong Kong residents love these unique double-decker trams, which slowly wind their way through the busy streets of the island. The tram is the ideal way to explore the exciting and bustling city life in Hong Kong. Sit upstairs or downstairs and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as the tram returns to Central. After your tour, re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier and the ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency and a bottle of water.


price $139
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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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Halong Bay, Vietnam



4 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. Next stop will be at Hon Gai Market. Then, take a short walk to Long Tien Pagoda, the largest one in Halong City. 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 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 2½-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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11 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 2½-hour drive from the pier, and upon arrival in Hanoi 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 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. Next stop will be at Hon Gai Market. Then, take a short walk to Long Tien Pagoda, the largest one in Halong City. 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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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 $99
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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. 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 $99
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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 $159
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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 $299
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6 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

boating
Da Nang, Vietnamese Culinary Experience
Transfer from the port to Hoi An ancient town then 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. Walk the short distance from the market to the cooking school. 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. 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 $179
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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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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 $69
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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. 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. On your way back to the ship you will stop to visit Dam Market to explore how livelye a local market can be and you might wish to purchase some souvenirs.

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 $79
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



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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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 $79
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

culture

walking
Ho Chi Minh City, A Touch of Saigon Local Life
Today’s excursion begins with an early morning pick up from your ship then drive to Tao Dan Park. Located just behind Reunification Palace, the park is one of the city’s most pleasant recreational areas and at its coolest and most enjoyable at this time of the day. Many people come here to carry out their daily exercises. Walking, jogging, Tai Chi and a style of slow-motion shadow boxing, known locally as Thai Cuc Quyen, are all popular activities among the locals. Then your introduction to early morning life in downtown Saigon will continue with a classic Vietnamese breakfast; a bowl of streaming pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) accompanied by sweet iced coffee known locally as a ca phe sua da - delicious! Then transfer to China town to visit Quan Am pagoda, where you can observe the locals act and respect to their religion. Then enjoy a 15-minute rickshaw ride through the hustle and bustle streets in China town. Last but not least, spend your time visiting Ben Thanh Market where most Vietnamese women are  purchasing fresh foods for cooking every day.

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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10 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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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 first 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. 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. Drive back downtown and experience an unprecedented 360-degree vistas of Ho Chi Minh City from the Sky Deck – Bitexco Financial Tower. 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). Your last stop today is Ben Thanh market to explore a lively local market and shopping. Drive 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 $129
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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 $99
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Bangkok, Thailand



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, City Temples with Transfer to Airport
This will be a beautiful cultural experience with striking architecture.  Your guide will meet you at the dock for the 45-minute van ride to the Golden Buddha, Wat Trimit which houses a 700-year-old, 10-foot-tall golden statue, cast from 5.5 tons of solid gold.  You will then go to Wat Pho, commonly known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago and housing the gigantic Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas. This distinctive image is 150 feet long and almost 50 feet high, entirely covered in gold leaf and is the largest in Bangkok illustrating the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The soles of the feet are intricately inlaid with 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha.  Take a private vehicle to the Marble Temple, commonly known as Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram. Iit is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples. Construction of the temple began in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn after building his palace nearby. The temple's name literally means the Temple of the Fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace.  It is built of Italian marble and has Carrara marble pillars, a marble courtyard and two large sangha (lions) guarding the entrance. The interiors are decorated with crossbeams of lacquer and gold, and the cloister around the assembly hall houses 52 images of Buddha.You will then be transferred to the airport.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.


price $149
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, City Temples with Transfer to Hotel
This will be a beautiful cultural experience with striking architecture.  Your guide will meet you at the dock for the 45-minute van ride to the Golden Buddha, Wat Trimit which houses a 700-year-old, 10-foot-tall golden statue, cast from 5.5 tons of solid gold.  You will then go to Wat Pho, commonly known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago and housing the gigantic Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas. This distinctive image is 150 feet long and almost 50 feet high, entirely covered in gold leaf and is the largest in Bangkok illustrating the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The soles of the feet are intricately inlaid with 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha.  Take a private vehicle to the Marble Temple, commonly known as Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram. Iit is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples. Construction of the temple began in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn after building his palace nearby. The temple's name literally means the Temple of the Fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace.  It is built of Italian marble and has Carrara marble pillars, a marble courtyard and two large sangha (lions) guarding the entrance. The interiors are decorated with crossbeams of lacquer and gold, and the cloister around the assembly hall houses 52 images of Buddha.You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.

price $149
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, Grand Palace Tour and Transfer to Airport
You will meet your guide and board vans for the 45-minute ride to the Temple of Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, part of the Grand Palace.  It was built according to traditional Thai belief from the Sukhothai reign.  It’s where Phra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha, the most revered - Buddha image of Thai people, is housed.  The temple comprises an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics, all gleaming under the tropical sun.  You will have a chance to admire the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade. Then tour the magnificent buildings of the Grand Palace.  It was constructed some 220 years ago by the command of King Rama I and was once the residence of the Royal Family. The Grand Palace is now used for ceremonial purposes and to accommodate royal visits.You will then be transferred to the airport.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.


price $119
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, Grand Palace Tour and Transfer to Hotel
You will meet your guide and board vans for the 45-minute ride to the Temple of Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, part of the Grand Palace.  It was built according to traditional Thai belief from the Sukhothai reign.  It’s where Phra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha, the most revered - Buddha image of Thai people, is housed.  The temple comprises an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics, all gleaming under the tropical sun.  You will have a chance to admire the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade. Then tour the magnificent buildings of the Grand Palace.  It was constructed some 220 years ago by the command of King Rama I and was once the residence of the Royal Family. The Grand Palace is now used for ceremonial purposes and to accommodate royal visits.You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.

price $119
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.

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