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Vietnam Coast Cruising: From North To South

Vietnam Coast Crusing lets you experience the joys of small-ship cruising in Vietnam on a journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Climb aboard the plush Panorama II for a memorable journey into the beautiful coastline of Vietnam. Travellers don’t get the opportunity to witness much of these destinations. On this journey, the country shines with new light when seen from the comfort of a small cruise ship.

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Places to Visit

    – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam’s must-see natural wonder of limestone islands.
    – The extraordinary Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Parkto where relatively few tourists have gone before.
    – Bau Truc, the oldest pottery village in South East Asia.
    – Phan Tiet to see the gigantic Tra Cu reclining Buddha, the Fairy Spring, and the remarkable sand dunes of Mui Ne.
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Is This Trip For You?

    – The boat can only accommodate 30–50 other people but is spacious and comfortable.
    – The focus of the cruise is on the destination. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about and Wi-Fi is available for a small charge..
    – Our ship moves under engine power so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor).
    – All of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement but expect to experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions. Seasickness tablets are available on-board.
    – Lifts (elevators) on-board are not available, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs with handrails.
    – Flotation aids will be available as well as kayaks and stand up paddle boards and plenty of time to just enjoy the small ship cruising life.

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D1

Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam. A complimentary arrival transfer is included if you’re arriving today. In the evening after a welcome meeting at the hotel, you may like to sit down to an optional dinner with fellow travellers. Enchanting Hanoi stands in contrast to its southern counterpart Ho Chi Minh City, with an atmosphere that’s a little less frantic, due in no small part to the abundance of lakes and parks to escape to.

Accommodation:

    Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:

    There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

    A complimentary arrival transfer will be provided if you arrive today, or if you arrive earlier and have booked with Peregrine to stay at the joining hotel.
D2

Halong Bay

Those feeling active can rise early for a leader-led walking tour this morning. This includes ‘laughing yoga’, tai chi and other lakeside activities enjoyed by Hanoi’s local population. It’s a great first taste of everyday life in Vietnam. Today you’ll also visit a traditional water puppet theatre. Here your host Liem invites you into his home, a small-scale theatre that continues a long running family tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Witness not only the show itself but gain an behind-the-scenes insight into how the puppets are made and animated. Afterwards, return to the hotel for a 2 pm bus transfer from Hanoi to Halong to board the Panorama II.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Local Lunch
    Hanoi – Old Quarter Tour
    Hanoi – Local water puppet performance

Meals Included:

    Breakfast< Dinner
D3

Halong Bay

Transfer to a smaller local boat today for a tour around beautiful Halong Bay. Take in glorious views of this World Heritage-listed beauty and its pretty limestone islands. Kayaking along the bay is another great option.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Kayaking from the Panorama II – Free

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

Special Information:

    Please note – local laws require that we have a security guard on board our boat at all times during our time in the Halong Bay area.
D4

Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay

Settle into a full day’s sailing, heading south towards Hon Lang, which is located just north of Na Trang. Take the opportunity to relax with a drink, play some board games, chat with fellow travellers, or simply curl up on a comfortable chair on deck with a good book as the glorious coast streams by.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
D5

Hon La & Phong Nha National Park

Arrive in Hon La at around 8 am, then transfer by bus to the unspoiled Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Spanning 885 square kilometres and boasting some of Asia’s most ancient limestone karst landscapes, this chunk of land is one of the last true paradises of Vietnam. Visit the Thien Duong cave (aka Paradise Cave), which clocks in at an astounding 31 kilometres long and was discovered only in 2005. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in Phong Nha. Later, set sail overnight for Vinh Moc, departing at midnight.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Phong Nha National Park Visit
    Thien Duong Caves Visit

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Dinner
D6

Vinh Moc and Khe Sanh

Arrive at 9 am in Vinh Moc, where another incredible, but very different, underground site is found. The tunnels here were built to shelter local communities in the Demilatarised Zone that separated North and South Vietnam during the war. As you’ll learn, the tunnels grew in sophistication and depth, and many families resided in this underground village in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some 17 children were born down here. Today you’ll also visit the Khe Sanh Combat Base, where the bloodiest conflict of the Vietnam-America conflict took place.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Vinh Moc Tunnel site visit
    Khe Sanh Combat Base visit

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Dinner
D7

Hue

Dock at Chan May, then transfer by road to Hue, the former imperial capital and hub of Vietnam’s historic past. Here the group will split up into smaller groups for a guided tour of the city with local guides. This includes a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery that dates back to 1601. Here you’ll enjoy some tasty vegetarian fare for lunch. Also visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees. Later, reboard the Panorama II and settle in for the evening. Your next destination is Danang.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Vegetarian lunch at Hue Pagoda
    Guided Walking Tour of Hue

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
D8

Da Nang

With a free day in the seaside town of Danang, enjoy some swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or paddleboarding. Perhaps head ashore to explore the town, which is developing fast but not without some of its original charm intact. Perhaps visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum to read up on the revered revolutionary leader, or take a stroll to the impressive Dragon Bridge.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Dinner

Special Information
As this is a combination trip, the makeup of the group may change today, with some passengers joining and others departing.

D9

Hoi An

Travel by coach to Hoi An. This charming destination was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced by a myriad of traders from various cultures over the ages. With its low tiled houses and tranquil feel, this is a delightful town to walk around. You’ll notice a distinctly Chinese appearance here, with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small lanes. Embark on a tour of the town in small groups, and take a cooking class to learn to roll spring rolls, enjoying a sample or two of course. In the late afternoon, return to the boat for dinner on board. Set sail at 11 pm, spending the night at sea.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Hoi An City Tour

Optional Activities:

    Bike Tour – free

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
D10

Dao Ly Son Island

Enjoy a relaxing day of cruising around the Dao Ly Son Island, a location just south of Danang that’s known for garlic production as well as its attractive shoreline. Also visit some mainland coastal beaches today. There will be time for some swimming off the Panorama II, as well as kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Snorkelling
    Kayaking from the Panorama II

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
D11

Quy Nonh

Visit the museum dedicated to Quang Trung, a revered emperor who ruled in the late 1700s and was a forerunner to the Vietnamese nationalist movement. After witnessing a Tay Son martial arts demonstration, head over to the Twin Cham Towers, some of the largest in South East Asia. After visiting some beautiful beaches where fisherman drift along in traditional basket boats, dine aboard the Panorama II and sail toward Nha Trang overnight.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Twin Cham Towers Visit
    Quang Trung (Warlord Museum) Visit

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Dinner
D12

Nha Trang

Arrive in Nha Trang at around 8 am. Nha Trang has been referred to as the ‘Cannes of the Orient’, thanks to its cosmopolitan seaside atmosphere, but the star of the show is of course the beach and bay itself. We will take a half day tour of the city taking in the Ponaga Cham tower and the Ocean Institute which catalogues the marine life and fishing culture of the local area.

Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore or relax on one of Nha Trang’s stunning beaches.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Nha Trang City Tour

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Dinner
D13

Phan Rang

Travelling by bus, embark on a road trip from Nha Trang to Phan Rang. Pay a visit to the grand Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, an elaborate work of architecture dating back to around 1400 under King Jaya Simharvarman III. Head to Bau Truc, the oldest pottery village in South East Asia, and see some traditional pottery methods at work (this is a great place to buy a unique souvenir). Reboard the Panorama II at Phan Rang and set sail at 10 pm for Phan Tiet.

Accommodation:

    Small Cruise Ship (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Bau Truc Village Visit
    Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Visit

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Dinner
D14

Phan Tiet

Travel to Tra Cu for a cable car ride to the Linh Son Truong Pagoda. Here you’ll find an impressive reclining Buddha statue. At 49 metres long and 11 metres tall, it’s the largest reclining Buddha in Vietnam. Also make a visit to Fairy Spring, a lovely waterfall amid the dunes. Take a stroll along the sand dunes of Mui Ne, an amazing geological wonder – the kind not usually associated with Vietnam. Sand-sledding is a popular pastime here, but it’s enough to simply gaze at and snap photos of this enchanting landscape. Return to the boat for the overnight sail to Ho Chi Minh City, departing at 4 pm.

Accommodation:

    M/Y Panorama II (1 night)

Included Activities:

    Farewell Dinner
    Fairy Spring Falls & Sand Dunes Visit at Mui Ne
    Cable Car to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
    Dinne
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D14

Disembark in Ho Chi Minh

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 7 am. After breakfast, disembark as the trip comes to an end. A transfer from the dock to the Peregrine hotel is included.

Meals Included:

    Breakfast
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Meals

14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 13 dinners

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Transport

Small cruise ship, zodiac, bus

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Included Activities

 

  • Local Lunch
  • Hanoi – Old Quarter Tour
  • Hanoi – Local water puppet performance
  • Phong Nha National Park Visit
  • Thien Duong Caves Visit
  • Vinh Moc Tunnel site visit
  • Khe Sanh Combat Base visit
  • Vegetarian lunch at Hue Pagoda
  • Guided Walking Tour of Hue
  • Hoi An City Tour
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II
  • Twin Cham Towers Visit
  • Quang Trung (Warlord Museum) Visit
  • Nha Trang City Tour
  • Bau Truc Village Visit
  • Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Visit
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Fairy Spring Falls & Sand Dunes Visit at Mui Ne
  • Cable Car to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda

 

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