Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Beijing to Bangkok

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China, Thailand, Vietnam

Best time to go: March to April

18 Nights | from £6,250pp

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Holiday type: Group departure

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stride out along the Great Wall of China and explore the imperial palaces of Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Absorb the ancient and modern flavours of Shanghai during an overnight stay
  • Take the tram to the top of Victoria Peak for the best views of Hong Kong Harbour
  • Make the most of an overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City to tour the War Remnants Museum and travel out of the city to see the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong
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  • Abercrombie & Kent are proud to collaborate with Regent SevenSeas and can offer exciting pre and post cruise experiences >

Pre Cruise Day 1
Start your adventure with an international flight from the UK to Beijing. As your flight will arrive the next morning, why not let us arrange a pre cruise overnight stay at one of our handpicked hotels, such as the Waldorf Astoria Beijing, to allow you time to freshen up before you cruise sets sail?
Waldorf Astoria Beijing | Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 Beijing, China
Beijing is the classic combination of ancient and modern China, a dynamic metropolis that has bewitched travellers since the days of Marco Polo. Its centre point is historic Tiananmen Square, whose vast expanse can hold up to a million people, while the adjacent Forbidden City is China’s best preserved imperial palace. Nearby are numerous points of interest, from the Monument of National Heroes to the Great Hall of the People. But one of the capital’s most unmissable attractions lies outside the city – the unique and mighty engineering triumph that is the Great Wall of China.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Dinner

Day 3 At Sea
Spend today aboard as you cruise the East China Sea
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 4-5 Shanghai, China
This pulsating neon-filled metropolis represents China’s modern face and is the country’s largest and most glamorous city. Much of China’s commercial, financial and industrial industries are centred here, but the city also has a fascinating cultural side too. The 19th-century mansions along The Bund waterfront are a throwback to colonial times when this area was Shanghai’s financial centre. For the best views of the city’s futuristic skyline, visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower or the 88-storey Jin Mao Tower, and relax amid the peaceful surroundings of the Yu Gardens with its five acres of ponds, pagodas and pavilions.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 At Sea
Cruise southwards along the coast of China.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Xiamen, China
Historically known as Amoy, the southern Chinese city was established as a major seaport, which was run by the British from 1842 to 1912, attracting many nationalities who left their mark on Xiamen’s architectural styles. Aside from its interesting Old Town, other attractions include the Nanputuo Temple, which offers impressive views over the city, and the Hulishan Fortress with its network of tunnels and trenches. The car-free island of Gulangyu, a 10-minute ferry ride away, is also worth exploring for its distinctive colonial buildings, museums and scenic surroundings.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 8-9 Hong Kong, China
This former British Crown Colony is one of the world’s most captivating cities with the towering skyscrapers and futuristic architecture of Hong Kong Island; the buzzing shopping streets of Kowloon Peninsula; and the relative peace and traditional settlements of the New Territories and outlying islands. For the best views of the city, take the tram to the top of Victoria Peak or jump on the Star Ferry boats that criss-cross Hong Kong harbour. This city is famous as a shopper’s delight with boutiques, night markets and tailors who famously run-up outfits in hours.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 At Sea
Cruising the South China Sea.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 11-12 Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam’s capital is the gateway to the spectacular Halong Bay, which translates as ‘Bay of the Descending Dragon’, where towering limestone pillars topped with tropical vegetation rise out of the emerald waters of the Bay of Tonkin. Tiny islets carved out of the rock complete this spectacular seascape which has been beautifully sculpted by nature. Hanoi itself is full of Gallic charm and architecture, notably the grandiose Presidential Palace, built for a former French governor and the mausoleum containing the embalmed body of former ruler and Communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 At Sea
Cruising the South China Sea.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 14-15 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City is a fascinating mix of modern and colonial, whose turbulent history has been overtaken by Vietnam’s rapid economic growth. The influence of the country’s former French rulers is best illustrated by the city’s Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, which is well worth a look inside for its colonial architecture. As Saigon, the city played a crucial role in the Vietnam War, a story told at the fascinating War Remnants Museum. Tourists can also travel outside the city to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, used to devastating effect by the Viet Cong.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 At Sea
Enjoy the views as you cruise through the picturesque Gulf of Thailand.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 17-18 Bangkok, Thailand
The frenetic whirl of Bangkok awaits with its heady mix of charm and chaos. The Thai capital is a perfect place for shopping enthusiasts to haggle at market stalls or browse in designer stores. Temples are tucked on to each street and nearly every corner, but the most prominent building is the vast Grand Palace, home of the Thai royal family and arguably Bangkok’s most famous landmark. For a more authentic flavour, take a boat ride along the canals, known as klongs, for a glimpse of traditional Thai life.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing | Meals: Breakfast

Post Cruise Day 19 Bangkok, Thailand
Spend the day visiting the city further. Visit the royal barges, the teak mansions and ornate gardens and immerse yourself in Thai culture.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing | Meals: Breakfast

Day 20 Bangkok/UK
Return to the UK

Post Cruise
Welcome Bangkok! After your cruise has come to and end, spend a little longer in destination and let us arrange some further sightseeing whilst in the city or alternatively fly home.

Pricing 
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 19 day suggested holiday will cost from £6,250 per person, based on two sharing a Veranda Suite, including international flights, gratuities, service charges, all dining, premium standard alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi and 36 shore excursions to choose from during the voyage. Economy international flights and your first night pre and post cruise hotel.

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Schedule of Travel

We are happy to arrange enhanced pre and post travel for you for this sailing

Mar 22nd 2017 London/Beijing
Mar 23rd 2017 Beijing (China)
Mar 24th 2017 Cruising the yellow sea
Mar 25th 2017 Shanghai (China)
Mar 26th 2017 Shanghai (China)
Mar 27th 2017 Cruising the Coast of China
Mar 28th 2017 Xiamen (China)
Mar 29th 2017 Hong Kong (China)
Mar 30th 2017 Hong Kong (China)
Mar 31st 2017 Cruising South China Sea
Apr 1st 2017 Hanoi (Vietnam)
Apr 2nd 2017 Hanoi (Vietnam)
Apr 3rd 2017 Cruising South China Sea
Apr 4th 2017 Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Apr 5th 2017 Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Apr 6th 2017 Cruising the gulf of Thailand
Apr 7th 2017 Bangkok (Thailand)
Apr 8th 2017 Bangkok (Thailand)
Apr 9th 2017 Bangkok / UK

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Useful info

Best time to be there

While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.

Fly to

Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

November to March. April is often the hottest month of the year, and also the month of the celebratory 'Songkran' festivals. May to October is the rainy season, with short bursts of rainstorms refreshing the green paddy fields once more.

Fly to

Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Airways/Thai Airways)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.

Fly to

Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)

flying time

Approximately 13 hours

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area


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