In a timeless stretch of land cradling the South China Sea,
awe-inspiring natural beauty, sacred myths and honored traditions shaped over centuries by legendary dynasties await you. Join us for this exclusive, custom-designed, nine-night cruise of the alluring jewels of Vietnam—an intriguing destination of mystical ancient pagodas, serene rice paddies, bustling sampan-filled harbors, grand colonial mansions and authentic markets filled with talented Vietnamese craftsmen skilled in their ancient artistic traditions. By exclusive arrangement, distinguished journalist Jim Laurie, an award-winning broadcaster who was the only American network correspondent to witness the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese in April 1975, will provide private lectures and reflections on the American experience in Vietnam.
Cruise from the spectacular harbor of Hong Kong, the
“Crossroads of the East,” to vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. L'Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms and with access to ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Spend a full day exploring dynamic Hanôi, Vietnam’s culturally diverse capital showcasing a romantic blend of old Asian and French heritage. Sail beside the limestone karst pillars and islands and the lush, forested shores of majestic Ha Long Bay in a traditional Vietnamese junk. Walk among the incredible fortifications of the Forbidden Purple City in the former imperial city of Hué and enjoy stunning mountainous coastline views on the famous Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass.
Stroll through the lively, traditional riverfront market while interacting with local craftsmen and artisans and admire the brightly colored, intricately carved Assembly Hall in ancient Hôi An, an old-world gem and UNESCO World Heritage site. In the historic French Colonial city of Saigon, explore the spectacular contrast of old and new architecture.
Discover the mystique of ancient customs and colorful traditions on this comprehensive voyage encompassing the breadth of Vietnamese culture from north to south. It is a great value, with round-trip air included from Los Angeles±, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the Five-Star cruise, all meals and an excursion in every port. Enhance your travel experience in Southeast Asia with the three night Pre-Cruise Option in Hong Kong and/or the three night Post-Cruise Option featuring UNESCO World Heritage-designated Angkor Wat.
±Included air from Los Angeles has
limited availability and is not guaranteed.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Junk Harbor, Hong Kong, China