Discover Asia with a Cruise Club Exclusive aboard Costa Fortuna departing 28th March 2016
We begin our adventure with our direct flight from the UK to Dubai, home of souks, horseracing, glitz and glam and the worlds tallest building – Burj Khalifa. Its here you will stay for 2 nights including a delicious breakfast each morning…
After exploring all Dubai has to offer, we embark Costa Fortuna for our twenty night voyage around the best Asia has to offer. A leisurely two days at sea, gives us the chance to sample all this amazing ship has to offer, from the sauna that gives you a glimpse of the sea through the window whilst relaxing, to the varied choice of dining options – 4 to be exact, or maybe relax in one of the 11 bars, or sip a Cognac in the Cognac and Cigar bar. The well equipped wellness centre spans 1,300 metre squared, with a gym, treatment rooms, 5 Jacuzzis and a choice of 4 pools – one with a retractable cover. Costa Fortuna offers a wealth of entertainment options to excite, offering a theatre spanning three levels, a casino, a library, and the chance to dance the night away in the on board disco. Its a shoppers paradise, with an on board shopping centre!
An early morning arrival into Bombay*(Mumbai), India – Highlights include, Victoria Terminus Station which is modelled on the St Pancras Station in London and is undoubtedly the Raj’s piece de resistance. Complete with carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses, it is gothic architecture at its best and an awesome site which most citizen’s view with deep pride, whilst atop the central dome stand the triumphant figure of Progress. Tours and excursion start from £63.00 Per Person for Bombay
Bombay (Mumbai), India
A relaxing day at sea the following day, gives us the chance to be ready for our arrival into Cochin*, India – Highlights include, Ernakulam Kerala state’s commercial capital, before carry on onwards to Thripunithura. As you travel through Kochi’s older parts, you’ll be able to see ornate temples, dedicated to Vishnu, as well as elegant Chinese fishing nets, many of which were launched by dealers from the Court of Kublai Khan! (Genghis’ Grandson!) Tours and excursions start from £108.00 Per Person for Cochin
Day 15, is our early morning arrival into Singapore, famous for the Singapore Sling! (Not to be missed!) Highlights include;
Clarke Quay – One of the city’s trendiest nightspots with a variety of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail outlets.
Botanic Gardens – A must visit for nature lovers, the Botanic Gardens is a living museum of a wide variety of flora and fauna. The National Orchid garden (admissions separate) which resides within the Botanic Gardens houses over 3,000 species and hybrids of Orchids.
Orchard Road – The most famous shopping street in Singapore.
Little India & Little India Walking Tour – One of the ethnic enclaves that provide some of the best insights into the Indian community in Singapore.
Wholesale Market – Known as the Thieves Market years ago, you can find second- hand merchandises and interesting knicks and knacks at this unique flea market.
Boat Quay – Situated along the Singapore River and distinguished by conserved shop houses, Boat Quay is the place to visit for entertainment & dining. A perfect place to sit & relax after a day of sightseeing.
Chinatown & Chinatown Walking Tour – Immerse in Singapore’s Chinese culture and history at Chinatown and witness how early Chinese Immigrants lived & worked during its golden years. Tours and excursions start from £22.00 Per Person for Singapore
A day at sea, gives us the chance to relax ready for day 17, when we arrive at Ho Chi Minh City*, Vietnam, a foodies paradise, with the varied street food shacks this city has to offer. Other highlights include, Minh Dam Secret Zone located in the Long Hai Hills. During the Vietnam War, the Long Hải’s were a Viet Cong base area where battalion’s kept their supplies. Lang Ca Ong Whale Temple. According to legend, the remains of a whale washed up on the Vung Tau beach over 100 years ago. The carcass was so huge that fishermen had to wait for the flesh to decompose before being able to pull it to shore and display the bones which came to symbolize the protector of the coast. Now, every time a whale washes ashore, the bones are ceremonially hauled to the mausoleum. Tours and excursions start from £76.00 Per Person for Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh – Vietnam
Day 18, sees our arrival into Nha Trang*, Vietnam, highlights include,Dam Market – Once you arrived you will find a huge market complex which has room for 6,000 shoppers! You will have plenty of time to meet with locals and stall holders and browse their colourful wares. There are many souvenir and traditional craft stands where you can pick up a bargain or two. Next you will move on to a Silk Embroidery Workshop. Here you will gain a fascinating insight into this traditional craft, learn about the history and even have a go!
Day 19, is spent relaxing on board Costa Fortuna, ready for our arrival into Hong Kong, China on day 20 for a fun filled, and exciting overnight in port – highlights include,
Bonham Strand, Discover the surprising varieties of exotic dried seafood available on the street.
Cat Street, where antique shops, and art galleries provide fantastic window-shopping (free time
given to explore at leisure).
Man Mo Temple, an incense-filled world into its own.
Hollywood Road, is a strange mixture of shops selling funeral items, furniture, antiques, and artwork. *Closed on Public Holidays*
Mid-level Escalator, 800 metres, the world’s longest covered escalator.
Wet markets, one of Hong Kong’s oldest and the most diverse fresh market. If you’ve never tried mangosteens, durians and rambutans, this is your chance! Tours and excursions start from £46.00 Per Person for Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Day 23 – Naha, Japan – Famed for its ancient Ryukyu Kingdom – the City’s centrepiece. The City has thrived since being reduced to rubble in World War 2, and is now a popular and thriving city, thus comes the famous Japanese traffic jams! The city itself plays an essential part of todays Japanese holiday maker, wishing to enjoy the 2km stretch of restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels, combined with the colourful souvenir shops
Day 25 sees our voyage almost coming to an end, after a relaxing day at sea on day 24, here we arrive into Shanghai*, China – Some of the many fabulous sights you’ll see during your time in Shanghai, include the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, The Bund, as well as a most interesting visit to the Shanghai Museum! Tours and excursions start from £125.00 Per Person for Shanghai
We disembark Costa Fortuna in Shanghai and head to our 2 night hotel stay including breakfast each morning, before day 27 sees us heading back to the airport for our flight back to the UK, overnight.
Prices for this amazing cultural cruise holiday lead in at just £1799.00 Per Person – Based
on an Inside cabin category or £2099.00 Per Person for Ocean View, including all flights,
transfers and hotel stays! Also includes for a limited time only –
*Free full day sightseeing in Shanghai to include the visits of Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and the Bund with lunch in a local Chinese restaurant!
*Free evening Acrobatic Show with round trip transfers in Shanghai
*Indicates that a Visa is required for entry to these destinations.
Tours and excursions are offered by Cruising Excursions – www.cruisingexcursions.com, a link can be found on www.cruiseclubuk.com
Availability is going fast for this once in a life time Asian Discovery Cruise, so don’t hesitate, contact me on 0161 7982536
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