South Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh-Danang

Cruise in style along Vietnam’s sultry southern coast

7 Nights, 8 days adventure cruising

Don’t miss…

  • The 49 m long reclining Buddha on Tra Cu Mountain
  • The Fairy Spring and sand dunes at Mui Ne
  • Bau Tuc oldest pottery village in South East Asia
  • Cham architecture dating back to the 11th century
  • Nha Trang – ‘the Cannes of the Orient’
  • A Tay Son martial art demonstration
  • The Pagodas of Hoi An

Vietnam is a joy to explore on foot, but there is only so much you can see. Coastal cruising in this part of the whole gets you to places most visitors never get to experience. This is a whole new cultural take on a still relatively undiscovered part of the world and with no more than 48 people on board it will stay that way.

This week-long cruise along southern Vietnam’s beautiful blue-sea coast, from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang via Nha Trang, Hoi An is the perfect combination of leisure and discovery. Drop anchor in quiet spots along the way and find sun-kissed sand dunes, centuries-old Cham architecture, traditional arts and crafts still thriving, shimmering waters full of coral and tropical fish, and that light, fresh, crunchy Vietnamese cuisine done by those who do it best. It’s all rather stunning in a quiet and polite Asian way.

Sail & Stay Option

Even with a coastal cruise we can only really scratch the surface of this fascinating country. It’s quite a journey to get here too so you may want to thing about staying on land before or after the cruise. If so we know some lovely hotels in nice areas that you might like to spend a few days in – just ask us when you ring to book.

Your vessel: The M/S Panorama II

Ports of call: Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Tiet - Phan Rang - Nha Trang - Quy Nonh - Ly Sin Islands - Hoi An - Danang

The Yacht Cruise Experience

South Vietnam - Ho Ch Minh-Danang

The Weather

Vietnam is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone. It is characterized by strong monsoon influences, but has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. Regions located near the tropics and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate climate.

In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north. The temperatures are more moderate and rainfall is lighter.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Ho Chi Minh city

Ho Chi Minh city

Good Morning Vietnam! We meet up at a central point, then transfer to the elegant yacht Panorama II, for boarding, setting sail around 5.00pm after a welcome meeting and safety briefing. Enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travellers and settle in for a night at sea.

Special Information

An arrival transfer is included if you are arriving today. If you are arriving earlier, the arrival transfer is included if you have booked the Peregrine, our chosen pre-voyage hotel.

Phan Tiet

Phan Tiet

Star of the show today is the biggest reclining Buddha in Vietnam – he’s nearly 50m long and 11m high and lives a laid-back life in the Linh Son Truong Pagoda, reached by cable car. Next on the agenda it’s Fairy Spring, a lovely waterfall, and the dunes of Mui Ne, an amazing quirk of geology much loved as a sand-sledding destination (you might be happy just to take photos!).  It all very lovely.

Included Activities

Cable Car to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda Fairy Spring Falls & Sand Dunes Visit at Mui Ne

Phan Rang to Nha Trang

Phan Rang to Nha Trang

A short road trip from Phan Rang takes us to the bustling beachside town of Nha Trang where in around 1400 CE, King Jaya Simhavarman III constructed the grand Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, an imposing work of architecture. Next, we go to Bau Truc to meet traditional pottery makers at the oldest pottery village in South East Asia. It’s most definitely souvenir time and you’ll have chance to compare your wares back on board, as tonight we stay in port

Included Activities

Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Visit

Bau Truc Village Visit

Nah Trang

Nha Trang

Vietnam was once a French colony and Nha Trang is often know as the ‘Cannes of the Orient’. The bay and beach here are great and there is a truly cosmopolitan seaside atmosphere. We take you on a morning walking tour to show you the sights, then your afternoon is at leisure.  Overnight we sail to Quy Nhon.

Included Activities

Nha Trang City Tour

Quy Nonh

Quy Nhon

It’s history and culture to start the day as we visit the Warlord Museum dedicated to Quang Trung, the Emperor who ruled here in the late 1700s and was a forerunner to the Vietnamese nationalist movement. You’ll see a Tay Son martial arts demonstration, and check out the nearby Twin Cham Towers, some of the largest in South East Asia. Finally we hit the beach to see local fisherman in their traditional basket boats. We dine onboard the Panorama II while sailing north.

Included Activities

  • Quang Trung (Warlord Museum) Visit
  • Twin Cham Towers Visit
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II
Dao Ly Son Islands

Dao Ly Son Islands

Dao Ly Son Island, a bit south of Danang, is an area famous for garlic production (could be the French influence?), has a lovely shoreline and is great cruising country. We’ll be checking out the coastal beaches today, making time for swimming off the Panorama II, as well as kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddle-boarding. Lunch on board today.

Included Activities

  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II
Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An started life as a Cham port town but, by dint of being visited by a myriad of traders from various cultures over the ages, it has become a cosmopolitan entrepôt. There’s a distinctly Chinese feel to it with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small lanes and charming tiled houses.  It’s a delightful and tranquil place to stroll around in small groups with a local guide, or see on a bike ride. We can also arrange an optional cookery class. Later we make our way back to Panorama II for our farewell dinner. Overnight we sail to Danang.

Included Activities

  • Hoi An City Tour
  • Farewell Dinner
Danang

Danang

Disembark after breakfast as the trip comes to an end. A transfer from the dock to the Peregrine hotel is included.

Special Information

No departure transfer is included onward from the Peregrine

The Yacht - M/S Panorama II

Panorama II was launched in 2004 and fully renovated in 2012, offering the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.  In 2015,the main lounge and bar area have been completely refitted followed by a redecoration. 

The swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

M/SPanorama II
Launched Rebuilt2004
Renovated2015
Length50 metres
Breadth11.00 metres
Draft4.50 metres
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed10.00 knots
Cabins25

Cabins

Panorama II Cabin category C

Category C:

Lower Deck – (Double Bed)

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring portholes and bathrooms with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

Panorama II Cabin Category B

Category B:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds or Triple Beds)

The category B cabins are located on the lower deck featuring portholes  and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Panorama II Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main or Upper Deck – (Twin or Double Bed)

Category A cabins are located on the main or upper deck offering windows and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

Panorama II Cabin Category P

Category P:

Upper Deck – (Double Bed)

Category P cabin is located on the upper deck offering a large window and bathroom with showers. The cabin is equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

Prices

South Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh-Danang

2019 prices (£) per person
Departure DatesLower Deck Standard DoubleLower Deck TwinMain Deck Premium DoubleMain Deck Premium TwinUpper Deck Premium Twin/Double
30/03/2019£2,060£2,280£2,495£2,495£2,645
25/04/2019£2,060£2,280£2,495£2,495£2,645

Vietnam - port charges, flights and supplements

  
Port chargesIncluded in cruise price
Flights inc luggage from£610
Transfers from£40
Single supplement50%
3rd person reduction-30%
  • Half Board. Buffet – 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin, with ensuite SH/WC, individually controlled air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Professional English speaking cruise director.
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Fairy Spring Falls & Sand Dunes Visit at Mui Ne
  • Cable Car to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
  • Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Visit
  • Bau Truc Village Visit
  • Nha Trang City Tour
  • Quang Trung (Warlord Museum) Visit
  • Twin Cham Towers Visit
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Hoi An City Tour
  • Arrival transfer to vessel

Flights London to Ho Chi Minch and Da Nang to London

Flights are not included in the tour cost, however we can assist with booking these.

Intrepid has partnerships with many of the major airlines, which means we can get you the best price on flights for your intended travel dates. We know it can sometimes be challenging to organise flights – and some destinations are harder than others – which is why we can assist with negotiating dates, transfers and prices. Speak to us about how we can help.

As cruising is a heavily weather-dependent activity, which can cause delays in returning to port, we recommend allowing an additional night at the end of the trip to ensure nobody misses any onward flights.

 

ATOL 9511ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

Transfers to and from the ship to central hotels in Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang are provided free of charge.
Private transfers from central hotels to and from Ho Chi Minh airport are 20 minutes and Da Nang airport 15 minutes

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