FLY FREE – A VIETNAM VENTURE – 16th Apr 2020

Cruise Line
Peregrine Adventure Cruising
Ship
Panorama II
Package Departs
15 Apr 2020
Package Duration
11 Nights
Embark Ship
Hanoi, Vietnam
Disembark Ship
Hoi An, Vietnam
B - Oceanview C - Oceanview Cat A - Main Deck Premium Tw - Oceanview
AU $4,260
per person
AU $4,615
per person
AU $4,970
per person

Package Duration: 9 nights Fly-Cruise-Stay
Package Starts: 15th Apr 2020 – from Australia
Cruise Starts: 17th Apr 2020 – from Hanoi
Cruise Ends: 23rd Apr 2020 – to Danang
Package Ends: 25th Apr 2020 – in Hoi An/Danang
Back in Australia: 26th Apr 2020
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HIGHLIGHTS:
– Witness the spectacle of early morning exercise at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Here the local rituals could be anything from laughing yoga to ballroom dancing
– Be enchanted by the dreamlike scenery of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam`s must-see natural wonder of limestone islands
– Venture to where relatively few tourists have gone before – the extraordinary Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, where caves as long as 30 kilometres were discovered only recently
– Spend time at the Vinh Moc tunnels and Khe Sanh Combat Base, both of which provide an eye-opening insight into the America-Vietnam war
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BONUS OFFER:
QANTAS FREQUENT FLYER POINTS! Book this cruise and earn 1000 Qantas points per person
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PRICES in AUD per person from*
Lower Deck – Standard – Double bed – from $4,260*pp
Lower Deck – Standard – Twin beds – from $4,615*pp
Main Deck – Premium – Double or Twin beds – from $4,970*pp
Upper Deck – Premium – Double bed – from $5,210*pp
Middle Deck – Standard – Single sole use occupancy – from $6,510*

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FLY FREE – A VIETNAM VENTURE Fly-Cruise-Stay package includes:
– FREE Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Hanoi and ex Danang on return inc tax
– Transfer from Hanoi airport to hotel
– 1 night hotel stay in Hanoi with breakfast
– Transfer from Hanoi hotel to port
– 6 night small ship cruise aboard MS Panorama II from Hanoi to Danang
– Most shipboard main meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners)
– Included activities: 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 | Farewell Dinner | Vegetarian lunch at Hue Pagoda | Guided Walking Tour of Hue | Hoi An City Tour
– All ships tips (excluding optional tipping for the tour leaders)
– Port & govt charges
– Transfer from Danang port to Hoi An hotel
– 2 nights accommodation in Hoi An with breakfast
– Transfer from Hoi An hotel to Danang airport

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (10Apr19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Flight carrier and routing at the discretion of our agency. Offer ends 31May19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 10 Apr 2019 to 31 May 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
15 Apr 2020 Fly FREE Australia to Hanoi
16 Apr 2020 Arrive Hanoi, Transfer to hotel

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
16 Apr 2020
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hotel
17 Apr 2020
Hanoi, Vietnam
Transfer to Halong Bay
17 Apr 2020
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Embark
18 Apr 2020
Halong Bay, Vietnam
19 Apr 2020
Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam
20 Apr 2020
Phang Nga, Thailand
21 Apr 2020
Vinh Moc, Vietnam
22 Apr 2020
Chan May (Hue), Vietnam
23 Apr 2020
Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam
Disembark Transfer to Hanoi
23 Apr 2020
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hotel
24 Apr 2020
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hotel
25 Apr 2020
Hoi An, Vietnam

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
25 Apr 2020 Transfer to Danang airport, Fly FREE to Australia
26 Apr 2020 Arrive Australia

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Cat B - Lower Deck Standard Double
   
Cat C - Lower Deck Twin
   
Cat A - Main Deck Premium Twin
   
Cat A - Main Deck Premium Double
   
Cat A - Upper Deck Premium Double
   

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6 Night cruise departing from Halong Bay to Da Nang onboard Panorama II. Hotel stays pre-cruise in Hanoi and post-cruise in Hoi An.

Experience Hanoi, Hue, Halong Bay and the unspoiled paradise of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Vietnam has hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline, but it’s mostly the local fisherman who get to see it. This new small-ship adventure cruise offers a chance to experience it in a way few tourists have. Starting in Hanoi, visit not only Halong Bay, historic Hue, and the important war sites of Vinh Moc and Khe Sanh, but also the largely unknown natural paradise of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This immense, unspoiled haven takes the ancient limestone scenery to the next level – or more precisely, underground. If there’s one natural wonder to see in Vietnam before it changes, this is the one.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam. 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.

Day 2 Hanoi to Halong
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 a 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.

Day 3 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. You’ll also visit a cave in the area and have the option for swimming from Ti Top Island. Overnight on board the Panorama II.

Day 4 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.

Day 5 Hon La and 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. Later, set sail overnight for Vinh Moc, departing at midnight.

Day 6 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.

Day 7 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. You’ll enjoy some tasty vegetarian fare for lunch at a pagoda. Also visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees. In the evening, enjoy a final dinner onboard with your shipmates.

Day 8 Danang
Disembark in Da Nang after breakfast and transfer to your Hoi An hotel. Take a walking tour around the fascinating old town quarter. The city was a major trading port with the west from the 17th century onwards, and has a various architectural influences from Europe, China and Vietnam. Today the city is being restored and looks exactly like it did over a century ago.

Day 9 Hoi An
Enjoy a free day to further explore Hoi An. Perhaps take a cruise up the Thu Bon River or learn the secrets of cooking delicious Vietnamese dishes. Visit some of the man art galleries or simply wonder around the beautifully restored Chinese shop houses. You may like to wander Hoi An Market and the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. It’s also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within a few hours.

Day 10 Hoi An
Your Vietnam adventure ends after breakfast.

Launched 2004 and fully renovated in 2015, the Panorama II is your home on the seas. All cabins are finished with handsome wood trims and equipped with modern amenities – including air conditioning and mini-fridge – for your comfort. The restaurant area at the lower deck offers the perfect setting for meals, while the upper deck offers dining al fresco, and is a great spot to soak up the sun with a book.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 50 metrtes
  • Maiden Voyage: 2004
  • Refurbished: 2015
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 49

Ship Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flat screen television
  • Hair Dryer
  • In Room Safe
  • Mini-Fridge

Ship Facilities

  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Lounge Area
  • Sun Deck
  • Swimming Platform

Our name stems from the word ‘Peregrinate’, meaning to migrate, walk or take a pilgrimage – very fitting for our beginnings as a trekking company. Since our inception, we’ve broadened our horizons and now offer small group journeys in over 80 countries across all seven continents, which can be enjoyed by anyone with an enquiring mind who enjoys getting off the beaten track (without forgoing some of the comforts of home).

Introducing a new a style of travel – a premium cruise without the premium crowds. Think less on-board casinos and more island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast, Cyclades port stops for grilled octopus and fresh olives, or dropping anchor for a swim in some secluded Cuban archipelago. This is Peregrine’s small ship adventure cruising. Welcome aboard.

Conventional big ship cruising is all about life on the boat. What to eat, what to do, which show to catch. Adventure cruising is more about the destination: stopping at little islands the big ships can’t reach, exploring local markets and trying fresh produce, learning a place’s history and culture from local guides who know it best.

These journeys are designed to be low impact. That means there’s fewer passengers on-board, less stress on local communities, and each trip is carbon offset through a range of renewable energy projects. And while the big boats moor out at sea and ferry passengers to land by tender, we can sail straight into port. You can hop on or hop off as you like. It’s convenience and comfort, all in one.

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