Vibrant Markets & Villages
Bangkok – Cambodia– Brunei – Borneo (Malaysia) – Saigon –
Da Nang – Hanoi – Hong Kong
February 23rd to March 16th, 2019
An extraordinary journey planned & hosted by Gerhard Meng
featuring five nights at deluxe hotels in Bangkok and Hong Kong
and sixteen nights aboard the luxurious MS Seven Seas Mariner.
Join us on an adventure to explore jade colored landscapes, tranquil country villages and the world of ancient dragons. Bangkok is known for its beautiful temples and floating markets. We’ll visit Vietnam’s highlights, including stunning Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site where we explore by private sailing junk or kayaks. You will feel the friendly welcome from the local people, as women in conical hats offer smiles as you pass a rice paddy and a child rides through the village on the back of a water buffalo. With four nights in Hong Kong you’ll have time to explore the city’s many colorful open-air markets and famous, stylish shops. Take the tram to the soaring heights of Victoria Peak, ride the Star Ferry, soak up the Temple Street Night Market, stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and enjoy Dim Sum in a local Restaurant. You will be impressed by the city’s, skyline one of the most spectacular cityscapes in the world, including many signature buildings by international architects like Norman Foster, I. M. Pei, and Paul Rudolf.
Sixteen nights of the trip will be aboard the MS Mariner. The atmosphere on board is easy going informality in a luxurious environment. Service and comfort will be the six-star standard for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises is renowned. The European stewards and staff are meticulously trained and eager to meet every need. Maximum passenger capacity is 700, served by a crew of 447. All staterooms are spacious with a minimum of 301 square feet - including the private balcony. They all have a choice of a large walk-in shower or full tub, and a choice of king bed or twin beds.
The ship has four gourmet restaurants to choose from. Menus change daily and offer a multitude of tempting selections. Also available is the al fresco Pool Grill serving casual breakfasts and lunch with specialty and themed regional barbecues. You can enjoy all the great dining without guilt after a session in the fully equipped fitness center and Canyon Ranch SpaClub. There will also be lots of walking opportunities during our daily excursions in each port and at times we may even find time for an optional bike ride.
The tour has been planned for your convenience. Leisure time is always balanced with scheduled activities. All gratuities, port charges, shore excursions, transfers and porterage are included in the cost of the trip.
It would be my pleasure to have you join us.
Director, Gerhard’s Odysseys
Fares From $15,999
• Free Round-trip air fare – Business Class.
• Free Unlimited Shore Excursions at all ports visited.
• Free Transfers between Hotels, Airports, and the ship.
• Free Specialty Restaurants.
• Free Unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits.
• Free In suite, daily replenishment of items in mini-bar.
• Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Ship.
• Free 24-Hour Room Service.
• Free Prepaid gratuities and port charges.
• Free Smithsonian Journeys lecture series during the voyage.
• One night pre-cruise hotel package in Concierge Suites, and higher.
Additional amenities included by Gerhard:
• Waiver of the air deviation fee (one time only).
• An additional hotel night in Bangkok and a Bangkok city tour.
• $500 ship board credit per suite.
• Hosted cocktail party every evening.
• Lots of walking and exercise.
Friday, February 22nd – to Bangkok.
Depart North America on your flight to Bangkok. You lose a day when you cross the International Date Line.
Saturday, February 23rd – Bangkok.
Arrival in Bangkok. You will be met at the airport and transferred to our luxury hotel located in the heart of the city center. Option of a pre-cruise package to Chiang Mai or Angkor Wat (additional cost). Peninsula Hotel.
Sunday, February 24th – Bangkok.
This morning we get a glimpse of life as it used to be lived through much of Bangkok by taking a ride on a longtail boat through small canals and Chao Phraya River, the “River of Kings”. We see the people living along the river and canals of Thonburi and then visit the Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this Asian wonderland. Peninsula Hotel.
Monday, February 25th – MS Mariner – sail at 6 pm.
Morning at leisure and travel to our ship in the afternoon. Upon embarking on the MS Mariner, enjoy a Champagne reception and settle in for an incredible adventure. Tonight, we dine onboard with our first special dinner.
Tuesday, February 26th – Ko Samui, Thailand – in port from 9 am to 6 pm.
With exquisite beaches and lush coconut plantations, this stunning island of natural beauty has been relatively undiscovered until recent years. Rumor claims that in 1971 the first tourists to set foot on Koh Samui, were hippies who arrived by way of a coconut boat from Bangkok. We have the option of visiting one of the local beaches, with soft white sands and go shopping for gifts and souvenirs. You can also choose to view an entertaining monkey show. You will learn how locals use monkeys to pick ripe coconuts. This centuries-old tradition certainly comes in handy as Ko Samui, the Island of Coconuts, produces over three million coconuts per month.
Wednesday, February 27th – Sihanoukville, Cambodia – in port from 10 am to 7 pm.
Think beaches and snorkeling, as Sihanoukville sits on the beautiful island-studded Bay of Thailand. Wats, or Buddhist temples, are abundant and often modest architecturally, as seen at Wat Otres behind Otres Beach. There are even two wats in Ream National Park, a birdwatcher's paradise.
Thursday, February 28th – cruise the Gulf of Thailand.
Relax and enjoy the amenities provided for your comfort and enjoyment aboard the MS Mariner.
Friday, March 1st – cruise the South China Sea.
Saturday, March 2nd – Maura, Brunei – in port from 8 am to 7 pm.
You will be charmed by Brunei’s many beautiful markets, incredible museums, and unspoiled nature. Within the capital, Muara, you will find breathtaking landmarks. The Sultan’s lavish residence is not to be missed, as it has achieved legendary status as the largest palace in the world and features a unique blend of contemporary and traditional Islamic architecture. But there is nothing traditional — or expected — in this small country in Southeast Asia. Be prepared to be surprised at every turn.
Sunday, March 3rd – Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Malaysia – in port from 8 am to 5 pm.
Enjoy the sights in this bustling, ethnically diverse city as you see the gold domed mosque, unique high-rise architecture, and the Heritage Village. Or venture into the interior and astonishing Kinabalu Park. Stroll past rare plants along a nature trail and through a garden of rare orchids. Or ride Borneo's last train into the lush countryside of farms, water buffalo and villages. It once served as a stopping point on the India-China trade route and was also a favorite pirate haunt.
Monday, March 4th – cruise the South China Sea.
Tuesday, March 5th – Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) -- arrive 8 am and overnight in port.
Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam's largest and most famous city. During the 14th century this city was known as Prey Nokor and was nothing more than a trading post. By the 18th century, the Lords of Hue, under the Nguyens, had established control of the trade in Prey Nokor and renamed the city Saigon. After the Vietnam War, the new communist regime changed the official name of the city of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh and began to rebuild its economic and social structure.
Wednesday, March 6th – Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – sail at 4 pm.
More time to tour and explore this fascinating city.
Thursday, March 7th – cruise the coast of Vietnam.
Friday, March 8th – Da Nang/Hue – in port from 8 am to 4 pm.
Sitting on the southerly curve of a vast, well-protected bay, Vietnam’s third largest city, Da Nang is the principal port in the central part of the country and still retains much of its French colonial ambiance. Visit the intriguing Cham Museum, filled with wonderful artifacts of the Cham culture centered here for a millennium and famed China Beach. But Hue, the former imperial capital on the Perfume River beckons. Now undergoing a renaissance enjoy its lovely temples, pagodas and imposing citadel protected by a moat. Browse the shops for locally woven cotton cloth, lacquer ware and charming silk paintings on note cards. Savor Vietnamese cuisine including bountiful lobster. shrimp, crab, and fish dishes as well as noodle dishes and soups.
Saturday, March 9th – Hanoi (Halong Bay) - arrive at noon and overnight in port.
The gateway to Hanoi is Halong Bay and the Red River Delta. This region, "the Bay of the Descending Dragon," is dotted with more than 3,000 mountainous islands, each with its own unique landscape. The islands are famous for their dolomite and limestone rock formations. At the western end of Halong Bay is Cat Ba Island, where Chinese and Vietnamese pirates settled during the late 19th century. Today a large section of the island is devoted to a protected national park. Hanoi is the jewel of Vietnam’s crown; an exquisite city boasting glorious French-Colonial architecture, numerous lakes, and bustling, bicycle-cluttered streets.
Sunday, March 10th – Hanoi (Halong Bay) – sail at 6 pm.
Option of an overnight package, with a hotel and touring in Hanoi (additional cost).
Monday, March 11th – cruise the South China Sea.
Tuesday, March 12th – Hong Kong – arrive at 8 am and overnight in port.
A day of leisure to explore Hong Kong on your own or join one of the excursions. In 1841, Hong Kong became a British Crown colony when it was acquired from China. In 1984, Britain and China signed an agreement which stated Hong Kong would return to China, but that it would maintain in its capitalist system for 50 years. This transfer took place during on June 30, 1997 under great pomp and ceremony. Its enormous harbor, vast industrialization and free port status make it a major Asian crossroad, and perhaps the best place to shop in the world. With four days in the city, you will be able to experience the full spectrum of urban Chinese living.
Wednesday, March 13th – Hong Kong.
Following disembarkation from the ship, you will drive to Hong Kong Island. For the ultimate view of the surroundings, you will ride the tram up to Victoria Peak. The world’s steepest funicular railway, the Peak Tram opened in 1888 and has been providing spectacular panoramas ever since. As you ascend, you may notice that the steep slope causes an optical illusion in which the skyscrapers seem to be standing at impossible angles. After pausing for photos at the peak, you will drive on to Aberdeen fishing village and board a sampan boat. After lunch, it’s on to vibrant Stanley Market, a highly popular shopping destination for merchandise such as silk garments, Chinese costume jewelry and art. As an alternative in Stanley, you might explore Tin Hau Temple, which once stood at the edge of the sea, and the Murray House, an early 19th-century building that was moved from its original site to the seaside.
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.
Thursday, March 14th – Hong Kong.
Depart for Tung Chung, a city on Lantau, Hong Kong’s largest island. The landscape is lush and mountainous, and you will enjoy a wonderful view of it while riding a cable car to Ngong Ping village. Nearby, you will find Po Lin Monastery. Once a rather remote monastery, it gained prominence in 1993, when a Big Buddha statue was erected here. More than 100 feet high, it attracts pilgrims from all over Asia. Be sure to have your camera ready for photos of the iconic Buddha. After a vegetarian lunch at the monastery, you will explore Ngong Ping village on your own. The large Buddha here is also impressive, as is the teahouse with its intricate architectural carvings and curved roof. Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.
Friday, March 15th – Hong Kong.
Full day at leisure. Feel free to relax or contact the hotel Hospitality desk staff for suggestions on how to spend your last day in Hong Kong. Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.
Saturday, March 16th – Return to North America.
Our adventure ends this morning as we jet back home from the Hong Kong International Airport. Re-crossing the International Date Line you arrive home the same day.
PRICE PER PERSON: from $15,999 (single surcharge applies)
❄ Round trip air from 26 gateway cities in North America.
❄ Two pre-cruise nights in a deluxe Bangkok hotel with a city tour.
❄ Three post-cruise nights in a deluxe Hong Kong hotel with tours.
❄ Sixteen nights aboard the MS Seven Seas Mariner – “H” category suite, with balcony.
❄ Complimentary wine, beer, spirits, bottled water, and soft drinks during all meals and at all times throughout the ship while cruising aboard the MS Seven Seas Mariner.
❄ Hosted group cocktail party each evening on the ship.
❄ Free in suite mini-bar replenished daily with beverages of your choice.
❄ Captain’s Welcome and Farewell party on board the MS Seven Seas Mariner.
❄ Unlimited shore excursions at all ports visited during the cruise.
❄ All gratuities, port charges, visas, taxes, service charges for the restaurants, hotel staff, coach drivers, local guides, and the MS Seven Seas Mariner crew. No additional tipping.
❄ Transfers between airports, hotels, and the ship.
❄ Porterage and handling of luggage at the hotels and on the ship.
❄ Laminated luggage tags and tour information packet.
❄ A careful balance of free time to pursue your own interests.
❄ Hosted by Gerhard and Darlene.
❄ Special feature: a brisk pre-breakfast or after dinner walk for those who would like to start or finish the day with a bit of exercise.
GROUP SIZE IS LIMITED TO 28 GUESTS: Notify us that you wish to join the tour and your space will be reserved.
RESERVATIONS: Early reservations are essential. A deposit of 15% of the per person fare is required within six days of reservation. This, and the final payment can be charged to a credit card.
AIR TRANSPORTATION: Air fare is included from 26 gateway cities. Air service from 100 other cities requires a supplemental charge.
CABIN UPGRADES: The tour price is based on accommodation in “H” category suites and may not be available at time of reservations. Upgrades are available to higher category staterooms at an additional cost. Ask us for details.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Depending upon the category of suite reserved on the MS Mariner, the single supplement will be approximately 75% of the tour cost.
COST OF TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE: Expenses of passports, laundry, telephone, and items of a personal nature; beverages other than those mentioned as being included; excess baggage charges; health and accident and baggage insurance; or any services other than those specifically mentioned as being included. Gerhard’s Odysseys is not responsible for delays or missed portions of your cruise relating to flight delays or incorrect travel documents. Category E and higher suites, include two nights in Bangkok. Category F, G, H suites only include one night at the Bangkok hotel.
Additional information about the MS SEVEN SEAS MARINER
Regent Seven Seas, Inc. manages and owns the MS Mariner and the ship’s registry is the Bahamas. Shore excursions are made available and operated by Regent Seven Seas, Inc.
Questions? Call us at 503-223-2402
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