London - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Hong Kong.
This afternoon we arrive into Hong Kong Airport and transfer to the Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers (4T), our base for the next three nights. Dinner is included tonight.
This morning we depart on a tour of this city that has something for everyone. The harbour conjures iconic images of skyscrapers that rise from the water’s edge, as junk vessels sail past. On ground level, bustling street markets stand alongside temples, shopping centres and restaurants, whilst an ascent of Victoria Peak provides great views across the city. Visit the Aberdeen floating fishing village, admire Repulse Bay with its white sand beach and shop at Stanley Market. The remainder of the day is free to explore at leisure.
A former Portuguese colony, the city of Macau still displays much evidence of its colonial past in its many Mediterranean-style fortresses, churches and culinary traditions. These mix effortlessly with the customs, temples and shrines of its Chinese heritage. We begin our day with a walk to the ferry terminal for our journey to Macau, where a full-day tour will introduce us to its highlights, including Saint Paul’s Ruins - a reminder of how Christianity reached the east; the 20m-high statue of Kum Iam, the Goddess of Mercy; and the Macau Tower. Take in the tranquil beauty of the A-Ma Temple - erected in the 15th century by Chinese fishermen as a shrine to the goddess A-Ma, for whom the city is named - then enjoy free time in Senado Square, one of the busiest streets and shopping areas.
Day 5 - Hong Kong
After a leisurely morning in the exciting city, we transfer in the early afternoon to embark MS Volendam (4T) and sail late evening.
Day 6 - At sea
Day 7 - Halong Bay (for Hanoi), Vietnam
The great Vietnamese poet and statesman Nguyen Trai called it the ‘rock wonder in the sky’. In designating it a World Heritage Site, UNESCO describes it as a ‘spectacular seascape of limestone pillars’. Its name translates as ‘Descending Dragon Bay’ and geologists call it karst topography. Halong Bay, located on Vietnam's northeast coast, is otherworldly no matter what words you choose. About 2,000 limestone islands stipple the vast bay, most of them rising hundreds of feet sheer from the sea.
Day 8 - At sea
Day 9 - Danang (for Hue)
Located on the South China Sea, Danang is a major port city and your gateway to the natural and ancient wonders of Vietnam. Gaze upon the five peaks of the Marble Mountains - long a source of inspiration for Vietnamese artisans; visit the palace and pavilions of Hue, the Imperial City of the Nguyen emperors; and explore the charming merchant town of Hoi An and nearby China Beach.
Day 10 - At sea
Day 11 - Nha Trang
Very much intact since the 7th century, are Nha Trang’s venerated towers of the Cham Ponagar Temple complex, however today this port is more known for white sand beaches, turquoise waters and beachfront cafés. Its promenade and neighbourhoods are pleasant to explore.
Day 12 - Phu My (for Ho Chi Minh City)
Today’s destination is Phu My, giving us the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City. Whether you are on a wide boulevard admiring the French Colonial architectural influence, or in a bustling market haggling with a street vendor, you cannot escape the culture and history of this bustling city. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many colourful pagodas, cathedrals and palaces-including one of the city's oldest, Giac Lam Pagoda, dating from 1744. We sail late evening.
Day 13 - At sea
Day 14 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Known for its white sand beaches, warm Gulf of Thailand waters, and laid back atmosphere, Sihanoukville is a beach lovers' destination. Built in the late 1950s, the town is much newer and more cosmopolitan than most Cambodian provincial cities. We arrive this morning and depart early afternoon. Perhaps spend your time exploring miles of unspoiled beaches or choose one and swim, snorkel or simply relax under a beach umbrella. There is also a market, should you wish to enjoy some shopping.
Days 15-16 - Laem Chabang (for Bangkok), Thailand (overnight)
We dock this morning in the port of Laem Chabang and remain in port overnight, allowing plenty of time to join one of the many excursions available. Perhaps visit the city of Bangkok (located approximately 1.5 hours away) - the city’s bustling streets and markets stand side by side with serene golden temples, including the Grand Palace or Bangkok's largest Buddha at Wat Pho. Another option is a full-day tour to the ancient capital of Thailand, the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya. We depart in the afternoon on day 16.
Day 17 - Nathon (for Koh Samui)
Looking at the water, the palms and the plants, you might think the colour green was invented on Koh Samui, and then reinvented. Everywhere you look are shades of celadon and viridian. Located in the Gulf of Thailand about 400 miles south of Bangkok, Koh Samui is an island of towering coconut trees, generous sun and powdery white beaches. The town of Nathon is pleasant to explore, with old Chinese shophouses and restaurants. Or if you wish to venture further a selection of excursions are available, perhaps to the Big Buddha or the Na Muang waterfall. Of the beaches, Maenam is the quietest and closest. Mid-afternoon sailing. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 18 - At sea
Singapore - In flight
We disembark this morning and join a sightseeing tour of the city of Singapore. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore further at your own pace. After an early evening dinner we transfer to Singapore Changi Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London.
Day 20 London
Arrival at London Heathrow where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.