China & Vietnam
11 days with Ponant Rating:
DAYS 1-2 – SHANGHAI
Departure at 00H00.
Set in the most amazing geographic location, Shanghai has fast become the largest economic and commercial hub in China. Although this futuristic megalopolis is the capital of excess, it still has soul. See for yourself as you stroll around the Bund district, emblematic of old Shanghai. From here, you can reach People's Square, a must-see vast and luminous space bordered by historical monuments. In the former French concession, you'll be able to appreciate the charm of the most Westernised of Chinese cities: a haven of peace in the heart of an urban jungle!
DAY 3 – AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
DAY 4 – WENZHOU
DAY 5 – AT SEA
DAY 6 – XIAMEN
Located in the south-east of Fujian province, Xiamen, formerly known in the West as Amoy, comprises the island of Xiamen, the little island of Gulangyu and the northern banks of Jiulongjiang. It is one of the most attractive ports in China; as you walk through a maze of steep, narrow streets you will discover a town that has kept all its colonial charm. You won't be able to resist the peaceful charm of the little island of Gulangyu. In the heart of this green seaside oasis, you can admire beautiful houses dating from imperial times, and savour a moment of relaxation in the shade of ancient banyan trees.
DAYS 7-8 – HONG KONG
Hong Kong, known as the “Fragrant harbour”, bordered by the South China Sea, is a heady place attracting tourists from the world over. This former British colony today combines ultramodern shopping malls and authentic markets like the Ladie’s Market or the night market on Temple Street. At first sight, you’ll be overwhelmed by the city’s architecture which, because of lack of ground space, reaches skywards, with its 1,250 skyscrapers and other towers. Believing is seeing, so if you go up to Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island, you’ll see a dizzying and unforgettable view of the bay.
DAY 9 – HAIKOU
DAY 10 – SAILING IN HA LONG BAY
Located 170 kilometres east of Hanoi, in the gulf of Tonkin, Halong bay is a marvel of marvels. A must for all who wish to soak up the spirit of Vietnam, at once peaceful and mysterious. You’ll sail into the heart of this legendary natural beauty, not surprisingly listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Over approximately 1,500 square kilometres, the famous bay offers an infinite quasi supernatural and ghostly spectacle of limestone pillars rising from the sea in all shapes and sizes, sculpted by nature for centuries. This exceptional scenic beauty of this site includes myriad creeks, caves and other interior lakes to feast your eyes on.
DAY 11 – HAIPHONG
Disembarkation at 07H00.
On the banks of the Red River Delta, Haiphong is one of Vietnam's three major ports. Contemporary and outward-looking, the city also has a rich past. One stunning example of its old colonial town is the Du Hang pagoda, the gateway to Hanoi, the county's capital and a symbol of its anti-colonial struggle. Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam's independence here in 1945, where his body rests in the middle of the Ba Dinh square in his mausoleum. A few hundred metres away is the wrought-iron fence that surrounds the Presidential Palace and the delicate One Pillar Pagoda. Further south, kick back in the peace and quiet of the Confucian Temple of Literature.
All This Included
In partnership with Relais & Châteaux.
Set off to encounter age-old civilisations during a gastronomic and oenological cruise with Relais & Châteaux in Asia aboard Le Lapérouse. An all-new 11-day PONANT itinerary taking you from China to Vietnam via Hong Kong.
You will embark in Shanghai, a futuristic city with a thousand faces. In this Chinese megalopolis with contrasting architecture, the spirit of the 1930s still seems to reign over certain streets, particularly in the Bund waterfront area.
Wenzhou is the gateway for discovering the magnificent romantic landscapes of the Yandang Mountains, a site listed as a global geopark by UNESCO. Its vertiginous peaks shrouded in mist shoot up from the mountains that overlook the lush valleys dotted with traditional villages.
From Xiamen, you’ll be able to discover the small island of Gulangyu, also called Kulangsu. This former international settlement listed as World Heritage by UNESCO is an exceptional example of the fusion of Eastern and Western architectural influences.
A former British colony, Hong Kong is unlike any other city. Hiding behind the crowds and the neons are temples and markets, a strange mix of modernity and tradition.
When your ship calls at Haikou, discover the natural treasures of Hainan Island: magnificent volcanoes covered in tropical forest, and mangroves sheltering hundreds of bird species.
Finally, you’ll discover the Bay of Ha Long, a real jewel of Vietnam. Sailing among the limestone pillars, grottos and arches of this site with its surreal atmosphere will undoubtedly be the defining moment of your cruise, before disembarking in Haiphong.
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard Le Laperouse
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