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Highlights

  • Cherish an overnight stay at the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
  • Aboard Silver Muse, wave goodbye to the glittering lights of Singapore with a Champagne in hand
  • Delve into the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City on an in-depth tour
  • Take a traditional Vietnamese cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Cooking School, founded by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen
  • Spend a day cruising on the emerald waters of World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay
  • See how French colonialism and Vietnamese tradition converge in the bustling capital, Hanoi
  • Finish with a stay at Hong Kong’s oldest luxury hotel, The Peninsula Hong Kong
China, Black Tea

The tour takes all the pressure of organization off our shoulders - we just enjoy!!

G & D Gjergja, Trans-Siberian Express by Private Train

Where we visit

Vietnam Cruise Map

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Arrive Singapore

Day 1: Thursday 8 November

Arrive at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and relax before tonight’s Welcome Dinner.

Singapore

Day 2: Friday 9 November

Embark Ship

Amid the hustle and bustle of the city, we slip past designer boutiques and rustic flea markets with our local guide. Colonial buildings stand next to soaring skyscrapers. Street vendors tempt us with their fragrant offerings. 

We join Silver Muse and enjoy the first of many lunches on board. Enjoy a glass of Champagne as you settle in to your suite. Singapore’s glitzy harbour dazzles this evening.

At Sea

Day 3: Saturday 10 November

Explore your new home during a relaxing day at sea. Book in for a massage or spend the day by the pool with a cocktail in hand. 

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Day 4: Sunday 11 November

Our passage north across the South China Sea has taken us to Vietnamese shores.

Despite being renamed Ho Chi Minh City, most Vietnamese still refer to the city as Saigon. 

Our afternoon discovery includes City Hall, Reunification hall and the sprawling Ben Thanh Market. You will be surprised at what you can find here. At the site of the former US Embassy, we recall images of the dramatic helicopter evacuation of 1975. 

Silver Muse stays docked in the city overnight, allowing more time for us to explore. 

Ho Chi Minh City

Day 5: Monday 12 November

The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City. Or, embark on a Your World experience.

  • Choose to do some last minute bargain hunting in the bustling markets.
  • Tour the Cu Chi Tunnels. Your guide will shed light on the incredible network of tunnels built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
  • Learn the fundamentals of traditional Vietnamese cuisine at GRAIN by Luke Cooking School, founded by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen.

The glittering city fades into darkness as we set sail tonight.

At Sea

Day 6: Tuesday 13 November

A relaxing day at sea is a welcome interlude from the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City. Eight restaurants serve up a range of impeccable meals throughout the day.

Hoi An or Hue

Day 7: Wednesday 14 November

The white sand beaches of the east coast are wonderfully complemented by graceful colonial cities. Design your day with a choice of Your World experiences.

  • On a full-day tour we peruse the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, then head for Hoi An. This charming riverside city is perfect for exploring by foot. History lives on at every turn as we discover the blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. We have time to shop and make a photo-stop at Marble Mountain.
  • The imperial city of Hue embraces a striking array of architecture. A full day gives us time to explore Thien My Pagoda, the Palace of Supreme Harmony and the Imperial Citadel, where we find Nine Holy Cannons.
Hue Fish Market, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay

Day 8: Thursday 15 November

Ethereal green waters and limestone formations embellish the horizon. We arrive at World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay today. 

We disembark our ship to join a local junk, spending the afternoon on the superbly coloured waters. Imposing karst formations, some topped in lush jungle, dwarf our boat. Between untouched islands and dim caves, fishing boats trundle across shimmering bays. 

Over the course of the afternoon you may like to jump aboard a kayak. With every motion of our paddles, the famous peaks become ever closer.  

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Hanoi

Day 9: Friday 16 November

Today is spent exploring Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Wide boulevards and French architecture contrast with a constant weave of bicycles, cars and scooters. Tiny alleyways hide markets and street food vendors. 

With a local guide, we see how French colonialism and Vietnamese tradition converge. The Temple of Literature, Ba Dinh Square and One Pillar Pagoda are among many highlights of our city tour. Wind your way through the busy city streets aboard a cyclo before lunch at Wild Rice restaurant. At glorious colonial mansion in the French Quarter, we feast on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine.

Hanoi, Vietnam

At Sea

Day 10: Saturday 17 November

Time to reflect with a peaceful day at sea. Further east we cruise towards China.

Perhaps you’ll call on your butler and order breakfast in bed or sit out on your veranda to enjoy the panoramic ocean views. The day is then yours to make the most of the amenities aboard Silver Muse. The chance to unwind with a cognac in the Connoisseurs Corner is the ideal way to end a perfect day on the water.

Hong Kong, Peninsula, Rolls Royce

Hong Kong

Day 11: Sunday 18 November

Disembark Ship

Hong Kong, the very definition of a city that never quite switches off. Here, East meets West in a quest for commercial success. We disembark Silver Muse and delve deeper.

Amongst the spiralling chaos, a sensory feast, we deconstruct the city. Ride the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak for panoramic views of Hong Kong. A sea of steel and glass glitters before us. From Aberdeen Fishing Village, we cruise aboard a sampan before browsing the famous markets of Stanley. What treasures will we find? It’s a treat to finish our journey at The Peninsula Hong Kong. There’s certainly no finer residence. 

We get together one final time for a Farewell Dinner. While we don’t want to spoil the surprise, we can guarantee tonight’s send-off will be one to remember.

Hong Kong Sunrise, China
Hong Kong, Man Mo Temple, China

Depart Hong Kong

Day 12: Monday 19 November

Farewell your fellow travellers after breakfast. We hope to see you on your next Captain’s Choice adventure.

When you Extend Your World with Captain’s Choice our dedicated World Hosts accompany you every step of the way. As with every journey, there will be a minimum of one staff member to every 15 guests.

Depart Hong Kong, Arrive Shanghai (China)

Monday 19 November

Powerhouse of the Chinese economy, playground for the country’s emerging elite. China is changing at a fast pace, and nowhere is the pace more accelerated than in Shanghai.

We fly from Hong Kong and arrive in Shanghai this afternoon. Transfer to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, on the banks of the Huangpu River. Take your time settling in, this spectacular residence is certainly a place to enjoy. The energetic city spins an intoxicating web just outside the hotel’s doors. 

With a free evening, you’re at liberty to step out and explore at your own pace. 

Shanghai Silversea Tour Map

Shanghai

Tuesday 20 November

On an introduction to Shanghai today, we tread the shady, 400-year-old pathways of Yu Garden and peruse the exhibits at the Shanghai Museum. Onwards, the tree-lined French Concession and the Chinese Quarter captures our attention. 

A free afternoon presents myriad options. Stroll past the historical European-style buildings on the Bund or join the throng of shoppers on Nanjing Road.

Our dinner this evening showcases Shanghai’s culinary finesse. Bold flavours and complex techniques will delight our palates. Alternatively, stay cocooned in the comforts of your hotel, with dinner delivered directly to your door.

Shanghai, Koi Fish, China
Shanghai, China

Shanghai, Suzhou

Wednesday 21 November

Outside of the city, we discover a quieter pace of life. Once lauded by artists, scholars and high society, the tranquil city of Suzhou is defined by its canals and delicate Chinese gardens.

On a full-day tour, we spend time at the World Heritage-listed Humble Administrator’s Garden. China’s largest traditional landscaped garden, built in 1509, presents a collage of ponds, pavilions, hills and bamboo forests all connected by whimsical winding pathways.

After lunch, we take to the canals. Sit back as we glide along the Grand Canal, past white-washed homes and under stone bridges. View ancient Pan Gate and later visit the famous Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. 

Back in Shanghai this evening, choose to dine at your hotel or step out to enjoy dinner among the frenzy of the city.

Depart Shanghai

Thursday 22 November

The Shanghai Maglev Train whisks us to the airport this morning where our journey concludes.

Arrive Australia

Day 13: Tuesday 20 November

Arrive home this morning with a rosy holiday glow. We hope to see you on your next Captain’s Choice adventure.

Everything has been Considered & Included

Sometimes travelling can be a chore, distracting you from the fascinating places you are in. That’s why everything mundane has been moved behind the scenes. You will never have to carry a map, luggage, small change for tips or bargain for a taxi fare.

Travel without the hassles

Everything is included – international flights to and from Australia, your luxury cruise with Silversea, outstanding accommodation, all dining and drinks, and every sightseeing trip including Your World experiences. Yes, even the taxes,  transfers and travel insurance.

Our Luggage Valet service is also included. Simply pack your bags (or ask your butler to pack them for you) and leave them in your suite. We pick them up and make sure that they arrive safely at your next hotel. We also provide home-to-airport-to-home transfers. And just in case, a doctor travels with us too.

We go even further to include exclusive travel arrangements. Every sightseeing experience throughout your cruise is custom-designed by Captain’s Choice. You also have the option to join us for a night or more before stepping aboard your ship and often at the conclusion of your cruise too. You can even embark on a longer immersion into the region.

With Captain’s Choice, there are no hidden costs, or optional extras. Because that would be breaking our promise of travel without the hassles.

A place to call home

Away from your fine ship, Captain’s Choice has chosen only the very best purveyors of hospitality each destination has to offer. Residences are benchmarks of luxury, usually in a central location. More often than not, they have a history to tell. You might find yourself, on one night, in a magnificent castle turned luxury hotel, standing proudly on its own island. The next, tucked away in a private residence favoured by royals and dignitaries alike.

It's not what you know

Your World Hosts are made up of a Tour Manager and a doctor, and often Tour Hosts as well, who will accompany you from the moment you leave Australia until your return home. Additionally, English-speaking local guides join you in many locations.

Your World Experiences

We have crafted an exclusive collection of included experiences that are unique to every Captain’s Choice journey. We like to call them Your World. From a helicopter flight over smouldering Mt Etna to an afternoon spent sailing around the Balearic Islands on a private yacht, it’s your invitation to take part in rare and amazing events of which other travellers could only ever dare dream.

Culinary Excellence

With an Italian heritage, Silversea encourage you to enjoy la dolce vita – from the moment you step aboard to the time you wave arrivederci. So, as you’d expect, cuisine is a high priority, and you’ll always eat exceptionally well thanks to the culinary influence of the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux. Dine when you please in any one of the numerous gourmet venues. Or, choose to enjoy meals in the privacy of your suite. Beverages, in-suite and throughout the ship, flow freely at all times.

Silversea Dining
Silver muse

Silver Muse

Taking to the water in 2017, Silversea’s extravagant new flagship vessel, Silver Muse, is a new beacon for luxury travel. This ship embodies the ultimate in opulence and comfort, boasting the highest number of large suites in the fleet, as well as more dining options than any other deluxe ship. With a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, Silver Muse blazes the way for a new era in luxury cruising.

Madame - Silver Muse

The high life on the high seas

During your time aboard Silver Muse, you’ll enjoy the best of everything, including a range of sublime restaurants, lounges and bars to complement an extraordinary array of facilities. The size means we can dock right in the heart of big city ports one day, and explore rarely seen harbours the next. When you are one of just a few worldly guests on board a small ship, your experience is highly personalised. And with almost one staff member to every guest, you will always be indulged with the kind of service that encourages you to completely relax – with a perpetually full flute of Champagne if you wish.

Never a dull moment

There’s always something for you to do if your schedule includes sailing days. Wake early and join a yoga class, grab a coffee with a historian as you approach your next port, or while away an afternoon by the pool. After dinner, perhaps meet friends at the bar for a night of cocktails and dancing, try your luck at the casino or head to the Show Lounge, where performances range from opera to Broadway-style. Or, delight in the rare opportunity to do nothing at all.

Deluxe, Superior & Classic Veranda Suites

Features a teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors; sitting area; walk-in wardrobe; and a marble bathroom with full-size bath and a separate shower.

Vietnam Delights

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Fares are based on a Classic Veranda Suite aboard Silver Muse, and are in New Zealand dollars. Airfare is additional.

Suite Upgrades add per person, twin share
Superior Veranda Suite $320
Deluxe Veranda Suite $840

Solo Suite Supplements add per person
Classic Veranda Suite $6,780
Superior Veranda Suite $8,880
Deluxe Veranda Suite $10,340
Includes supplements for single hotel rooms. Solo suites at above prices are limited. Contact our Tour Sales Consultants for details on other suite upgrades.

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