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Visions of Indochina


Cruise 607
Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
18 Jan-2 Feb 2002, 15 days
Fares from 3725

Cruise 607(OE)
Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore
18 Jan-6 Feb 2002, 19 days
Fares from 4820
Fares
Cabin Grade: Price per
adult ():
  607 607OE
owner's suite Owner's Suite 7350 8455
suite Suite 6955 8050
deluxe Deluxe 5975 7070
superior Superior 5390 6485
Standard two bed:
twin occupancy
A
deck outside A Deck outside 4900 5995
A
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 4705 5800
B
deck outside B Deck outside 4505 5600
B
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 4215 5310
A
deck inside A Deck inside 3820 4915
B
deck inside B Deck inside 3725 4820
Standard two bed:
single occupancy
A
deck outside A Deck outside 6860 8395
A
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 6587 8122
B
deck outside B Deck outside 6307 7842
B
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 5901 7436
A
deck inside A Deck inside 4966 6501
B
deck inside B Deck inside 4843 6378
Minerva deck plans
for location of cabins


SPEAKER'S CORNER:

Sir Peter Heap KCMG
A former British Ambassador who has lived and worked in the Far East, Sir Peter will talk about the many issues the countries we explore are facing today, together with aspects of their modern history.

Fiona Kerlogue
Author and a member of the Department of South East Asian studies at the University of Hull. She regularly teaches on art and culture, and publishes on topics relating to textiles and architecture in the region. Several years of fieldwork, including the making of a film distributed by the Royal Anthropological Institute, will be reflected in her talks.

Canon Robin Protheroe CMG
One-time Director of Education for the Diocese of Bristol and senior lecturer in Religions studies, he will introduce the rich variety of cultures and beliefs which will be encountered on this cruise, and comment on some current issues facing the countries of the region.

Kim Jane Saunders
Cultures, crafts, exquisite textiles and the importance of trade in South East Asia will be among the topics explored in her talks. Having lived for many years in the region she has developed a fascination for the local people and their customs.



Phnom Penh


Halong Bay


Savour both the tranquillity and vibrancy of Vietnam and Cambodia on a memorable coastal voyage. You can cruise around the spectacular island-studded Halong Bay, stroll along the Perfume River to see exquisite imperial pavilions in Hue and wander around Phnom Penh, one of the most beautiful cities in French Indochina.
 
607 Cruise Itinerary
Fri 18 Jan-Sat 19 Jan    London - Hong Kong
Fly from London to Hong Kong to join Minerva.
Sun 20 Jan    Hong Kong
Take a sampan ride through the floating village in Aberdeen Harbour, ascend 'The Peak' by tram for a spectacular view over the city centre and hunt for bargains in the winding alleys of Stanley Market.
Mon 21 Jan    At Sea
Settle in on board as Minerva sails towards Vietnam and perhaps listen to our Guest Speakers' talks as they set the scene for the cruise to come. Welcome Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner this evening.
Tue 22 Jan    Halong Bay * (for Hanoi)
Join a full-day tour to the vibrant capital, Hanoi, to see the Temple of Literature, founded in AD1070 to honour scholarly men. Alternatively take a morning boat trip through spectacular Halong Bay.
Wed 23 Jan    Halong Bay - At Sea
Admire the dramatic scenery as Minerva sails out of Halong Bay.
Thu 24 Jan    Danang (for Hoi An or Hue)
Explore the coastal town of Hoi An - its unique architecture reflects a strong Japanese influence that dates from the 15th century. This afternoon relax on China Beach. Alternatively take a full-day excursion to Hue, where you see the Imperial City.
Fri 25 Jan    At Sea - Nha Trang
Enjoy a gentle tone-up in the gymnasium, take a dip in the pool or relax on deck with a book from Minerva's well-stocked Library.
Sat 26 Jan    Nha Trang
The Cham Towers of Po Nagar (The Lady of the City), built between the 7th and 12th centuries, are the highlight of our visit. See more of the beautiful Vietnamese countryside and rural lifestyle on our alternative tour.
Sun 27 Jan-Mon 28 Jan    Ho Chi Minh City
After a transit of the Saigon River you arrive in this bustling city at lunchtime. Discover this intriguing metropolis with its unique blend of colonial French architecture, Chinese quarters and relics from the American era. You also visit Cu Chi to see the vast tunnel complex used by the Viet Cong.
Tue 29 Jan    At Sea
As Minerva sails into the Gulf of Thailand to Cambodia, browse in the Library and enjoy a cocktail on deck with new-found friends.
Wed 30 Jan    Sihanoukville (for Phnom Penh)
Your full-day excursion travels to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the detention centre at Tuol Sleng, which will explain some of the events of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Thu 31 Jan    At Sea - Bangkok
A leisurely day is spent at sea. This afternoon Minerva transits the Chao Praya River to arrive in Bangkok early evening.
Fri 1 Feb    Bangkok
A full day to explore the fascinating Thai capital. Visit the impressive Grand Palace, home to the mystical Emerald Buddha, discover the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or shop for local bargains. Also available is a supplementary trip into the countryside to see the infamous 'Bridge over the River Kwai'.
Sat 2 Feb
'Cruise Only' passengers arrive in London after an overnight flight.
 
607(OE) Cruise & Tour
Post-Cruise Tour - Oriental Express
Sat 2 Feb    Bangkok
'Cruise & Tour' passengers transfer to the Royal Orchid Sheraton to overnight.
Sun 3 Feb    Bangkok - Oriental Express
Join the Eastern Oriental Express this morning for our journey, in grand colonial comfort and style, to Singapore. Stop during the afternoon for a tour of the River Kwai area.
Mon 4 Feb    Oriental Express
Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you meander through the Thai countryside. Cross to Penang after lunch to visit the capital Georgetown.
Tue 5 Feb    Oriental Express - Singapore
The 'Lion City' awaits you this morning. Explore the sights of this bustling metropolis.
Wed 6 Feb
Arrive in London after an overnight flight.
* Land by ship's boat or local tender


ANGKOR WAT EXCURSION

There is a supplementary 3-day excursion to Angkor Wat in Cambodia staying at the luxurious Sofitel Royal Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap for two nights. Visit the awe-inspiring temple complex built by the Khmers between the 9th and 13th centuries as well as the modern day capital of Phnom Penh. Disembark in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday and rejoin Minerva in Sihanoukville on Wednesday.
Twin Price 845 Single Price 995

Please book this excursion when you book your cruise - as places are limited.



OTHER OPTIONS:
Pre-Cruise Tour China
Pre-Cruise City Hong Kong
Post-Cruise Tour Northern Thailand
Post-Cruise Beach Koh Samui
Post-Cruise City Bangkok




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