5* Vietnam, Hong Kong & Japan

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Enjoy an incredible 14-night cruise from Singapore to Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, featuring an overnight in Hong Kong, on board 5 star Diamond Princess.

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Board the wonderful Diamond Princess in glittering Singapore and set sail into the South China Sea! Your first port of call is Phu My, close to the famous Ho Chi Minh City. You then cruise to the coastal resort of Nha Trang and on to Chan May where you can visit Da Nang or Hue. Your next stop is the great city of Hong Kong where you can enjoy an overnight stay giving you time to explore the futuristic city and experience the amazing history and culture. Your next stop is Taipei, the bustling capital city of Taiwan before you sail to Japan and reach Osaka (for Kyoto). You’ll then visit the city of Toba, in the Ise-Shima National Park. Your cruise comes to an end as you sail into Yokohama port, close to Tokyo.

Why not extend your stay in Japan? Call for details.

Inclusions

  • Overnight flight from Dublin to Singapore
  • Transfers from airport to port
  • 14 nights onboard the Diamond Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Tokyo to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1-2 Singapore

On arrival in Singapore, following your overnight flight, you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Diamond Princess.

Singapore – the very name summons visions of the mysterious East. The commercial center of Southeast Asia, this island city-state of four million people is a metropolis of modern high-rise buildings, Chinese shop-houses with red-tiled roofs, sturdy Victorian buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab bazaars. Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles of the fabled East India Company, the city is a melting pot of people and cultures. Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil are official languages. Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are the major faiths. Singapore is an ever-fascinating island boasting colorful traditions, luxurious hotels and some of the finest duty-free shopping in the world.

Lying just 85 miles north of the Equator at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, the island was a haven for Malay pirates and Chinese and Arab traders.

Day 3 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market.

Day 5 Nha Trang, Vietnam

One of Vietnam’s most popular seaside resorts, Nha Trang offers white-sand beaches, azure waters and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Gaily painted fishing boats line the harbors. Small farm villages nestle in the countryside’s lush valleys. Yet this relaxed city of some 300,000 souls boasts a long and storied past.

Nha Trang was the capital of the Champa Kingdom, which dominated this corner of Southeast Asia for 13 centuries. North of the city, the great Cham Tower complex overlooks the Cai River and offers mute testimony to the kingdom’s glory. Today, the towers attract locals and visitors alike, many of whom come to meditate while contemplating superb views of the river and the bay.

Nha Trang’s tourist district consists of a scattering of colonial-era beachfront hotels and sidewalk cafes. The city was a popular spot for U.S. servicemen during the Vietnam War.

Day 6 Da Nang/Hue (Chan May),Vietnam

The port of Chan May is located halfway between two historic and important cities: Da Nang and Hue. At the height of the Vietnam War, Da Nang was America’s major strategic base. And the 1968 Tet Offensive marked a major turning point in that conflict – particularly in the bitter fighting for control of the old imperial capital. But that was nearly four decades ago. Today Hue is a World Heritage Site. Visitors will long remember its imposing Imperial Citadel and the serene harmony of the Thien Mu Pagoda. Marble Mountain Beach, where American marines stormed ashore in 1965, is now an internationally renowned resort.

The surrounding coast is lined with superb white-sand beaches. Vietnam’s major cultural attractions are within an easy drive.

Day 7 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 8-9 Hong Kong, China

Skyscrapers form a glistening forest of steel and glass, junks and sampans ply the busy harbor waters, and the green, dragon-crested hills of Kowloon beckon. Welcome to Hong Kong, one of the world’s great travel destinations. Now a semi-autonomous region of China, Hong Kong – literally “Fragrant Harbor” – has lost none of its charm, excitement or exoticism. Modern skyscrapers and luxury hotels climb the slopes of Hong Kong Island. Narrow streets are crammed with noodle vendors, fortunetellers and bonesetters. The endless array of shops offer the visitor everything from hand-tailored suits and ancient porcelain to the latest consumer electronics. And everywhere more than seven million people are moving at a breathtaking pace in one of the world’s great monuments to capitalism, commerce and enterprise.

The former Crown Colony has enough attractions to last a lifetime. To take in the entire spectacle, head to Victoria Peak for panoramic views. Enjoy lunch on one of the city’s floating restaurants. Walk down one of the crowded streets to take the city’s rapid pulse. And whether you think you are in the mood or not – shop. After all, you are in the duty-free capital of the world.

Day 10 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 11 Taipei (Keeling), Taiwan

The oldest Chinese reference to Taiwan dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. However, it wasn’t until the 17th century A.D. that Chinese Hakka traders first settled on the island. These bold merchants were soon followed by European and Asian adventurers seeking to control and colonize the strategic island. The most famous migration of all occurred in 1948, when the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland.

Taipei is Taiwan’s capital city and one of the world’s most important commercial centers. Despite its turbulent history, Taiwan today boasts an economy that is the envy of the world. Modern Taiwan is a world leader in the production of bicycles, computer chips, plastics, chemicals and computer notebooks. Taipei is a sophisticated modern metropolis that has not forgotten its rich traditional past.

The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas surrounding on this fascinating island in the East China Sea.

Day 12-13 At Sea

Cruising.

Accommodation

Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theatre. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.

  • Last Refurbished: March 2014

  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths

  • Number of Crew: 1,100

  • Tonnage: 115,875

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of 15% required at time of booking. Balance due 16 weeks from departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €2,639pp
  Number of nights: 14

05 Jan 2020 Inside €2639
05 Jan 2020 Oceanview €3179
05 Jan 2020 Balcony €3699 €3179

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