Wiltrans International has devised an inspiring Sojourn for a series of Luxury Asian Adventures offered by Crystal Cruises during the March to April 2014 period. There are four exclusive itineraries on offer, ranging from 10 to 14 days, allowing guests to explore the wonders of Asia in style. The packages all include return economy-class airfares with Qantas Airways or Singapore Airlines, quality experiences, and accommodation in luxury hotels following the cruise, including Oriental Singapore and Capella Singapore. The all-inclusive cruise itineraries are aboard the elegant and luxurious Crystal Symphony, and guests have the option to stay in any room of their choice.
Treasures of Southeast Asia – Round-trip Singapore
This 14-day cruise includes a return flight to Singapore from Adelaide or Perth, a one night stay in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, accommodation aboard luxury vessel Crystal Symphony, and at the conclusion of your cruise, a luxurious one night stay at Capella Singapore. The cruise includes stops at Penang situated on the spice routes, the island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, and Yangon, where guests will enjoy a visit to the Shwegadon Pagoda. Following, guests will travel through to the Andaman Islands/Port Blair surrounded by rolling hills of lush Andaman redwood and beaches washed by the Bay of Bengal. Guests then visit Kuala Lumpur and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Malacca City, before arriving back in Singapore.
Kingdoms of Jade and Gold – Singapore to Hong Kong
Guests will depart Australia on Qantas Airways or Singapore Airlines to Singapore for this 14-day itinerary. Upon arrival guests will be met and transferred to the Mandarin Oriental Singapore for a luxe one night stay. The following day guests will have the chance to explore Singapore, its temples, mosques and churches that act as a reminder of the migrations that have graced its history before setting off to sea. Guests will cruise to Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand’s capital festooned with ornate temples, shrines and a lacework of canals. Following this, guests will cruise to Ho Chi Minh City, where they will gain insight into Vietnam’s eventful past and glimpse its hopeful future. Two days here allows time to discover the city, before guests’ journey to Chan May, where they will have the opportunity to visit the imperial city of Hue, and the commercial seaport of Hoi An. The cruise then arrives in Hong Kong, where guests are met by their own private car and driver for a three hour tour of this cosmopolitan city. After a two night stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, guests will be transferred to the airport for their return flight with Qantas Airways or Singapore Airlines.
Pearls of China – Hong Kong to Beijing
This 10-day itinerary includes return flights from Australia to Hong Kong, a one night stay at The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and luxurious accommodation aboard the Crystal Symphony. The journey includes stops at Xiamen, Shanghai, Dalian, and Beijing where guests will have the opportunity to visit the Temple of Heaven, the pinnacle of Ming and Qing architecture. For the next three nights in Beijing, guests will stay in the comforts of a five-star hotel, and experience fascinating excursions to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and much more.
Skyscrapers and Shoguns – Beijing to Tokyo
This 12-day itinerary is one-of-kind. Including return airfares to Beijing with Qantas Airways or Singapore Airlines, guests will stay in a five-star hotel upon arrival in Beijing, for a three night stay. The following day guests will visit the Forbidden City, the world of the last emperor and Tiananmen Square, before taking a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s hutongs. The next day includes a visit to the Great Wall of China, and a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant.
Once on-board the Crystal Symphony, guests cruise to Dalian, located on the Yellow Sea. Guests continue on to vibrant Shanghai with time to explore the Bund and its art-deco style European buildings, Suzhou set inland with majestic Grand Canal and classical gardens, and Hangzhou, terminus of the Grand Canal and centre of China’s tea industry. Next, the cruise visits Nagasaki, the thriving city on Kyushu Island’s north-western shores, before continuing on to Osaka, presently undergoing an architectural revolution with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers, alongside its temples and castles. From there, the cruise continues to Shimizu, the home of Mount Fuji, the most recognisable symbol of Japanese scenic beauty. The final stop is Tokyo, where guests will disembark and be transferred to the Palace Hotel Tokyo for two nights’ accommodation.