Cruise in style along Vietnam’s sultry southern coast

Vietnam is a joy to explore on foot, but small-ship adventure cruising casts this classic Peregrine destination in a whole new light. Embark on a week of leisure and discovery along southern Vietnam’s beautiful blue-sea coast, from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang via Nha Trang, Hoi An and more. 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. This is Peregrine small-ship adventure cruising, South East Asia style.


Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Danang, Vietnam
Country
Vietnam
Style
Comfort
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
TTMV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why we love this trip

  • Drop anchor in Phan Tiet to witness the enormous reclining Buddha on Ta Cu Mountain, the Fairy Spring and the glorious sand dunes of Mui Ne

  • See how pottery is done the old fashioned way, without kilns or turntables, in Bau Truc, the oldest pottery village in South East Asia

  • Marvel at Cham architecture, some of which dates back as far as the 11th century – the Po Klong Garai Cham in Nha Trang, and Twin Cham Towers in Qui Nhon

  • As well as swimming and snorkelling around nearby islands, experience Nha Trang as local fisherman do – in traditional bamboo basket boats

  • Learn the art of rolling spring rolls at a cooking class in Hoi An, followed by a cooking demonstration and tasting with a top local chef aboard the Panorama II

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than onboard activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) onboard our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Itinerary

Welcome to Vietnam. Meet your shipmates and leader at a central hotel, then transfer to your ship, the Panorama II, for boarding. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing onboard, then set sail at 5 pm. Enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travellers and settle in for a night at sea.
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
An arrival transfer is included if you are arriving today. You will be taken to a central hotel and transferred as a group to the ship. If you are arriving earlier, the arrival transfer is included if you have booked the Peregrine pre voyage hotel.
Travel to Tra Cu for a cable car ride to the Linh Son Truong Pagoda. Here you'll find an impressive reclining Buddha statue. At 49 metres long and 11 metres tall, it's the largest reclining Buddha in Vietnam. Also make a visit to Fairy Spring, a lovely waterfall amid the sand dunes. Take a stroll along the dunes of Mui Ne, an amazing geological wonder – the kind not usually associated with Vietnam. Sand-sledding is a popular pastime here, but it's enough to simply gaze and snap photos of this enchanting landscape.
Included Activities
  • Fairy Spring Falls & Sand Dunes Visit at Mui Ne
  • Cable Car to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travelling by bus, embark on a road trip from Phan Rang to the bustling beachside town of Nha Trang. Pay a visit to the grand Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, an elaborate work of architecture dating back to around 1400 under King Jaya Simhavarman III. Head to Bau Truc, the oldest pottery village in South East Asia, and see some traditional pottery methods at work; this is a great place to buy a unique souvenir. Reboard the Panorama II at Nha Trang, where you'll stay overnight at port.
Included Activities
  • Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Visit
  • Bau Truc Village Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Nha Trang has been referred to as the ‘Cannes of the Orient’, thanks to its cosmopolitan seaside atmosphere, but the star of the show is the beach and bay itself. In the morning, your leaders will take you on a walking tour of the town and then the afternoon is yours to explore independently. Sail overnight to Quy Nhon.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Visit the museum dedicated to Quang Trung, a revered emperor who ruled in the late 1700s and was a forerunner to the Vietnamese nationalist movement. After witnessing a Tay Son martial arts demonstration, visit the nearby Twin Cham Towers, some of the largest towers of their kind in South East Asia. Head to beautiful beaches where fisherman use traditional basket boats, then 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
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing day of cruising around the Dao Ly Son Island, a location just south of Danang that's known for garlic production as well as its attractive shoreline. Also visit some mainland coastal beaches today. There will be time for some swimming off the Panorama II, as well as kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding.
Included Activities
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel by coach to Hoi An. This was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced by a myriad of traders from various cultures over the ages. With its charming low tiled houses and tranquil feel, this is a delightful town to walk around. Notice a distinctly Chinese appearance here, with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small lanes. Tour the town in small groups with local guides or if you prefer, take an optional cooking class, or bike riding tour of the town. In the late afternoon, return to the boat for a farewell dinner. Sail overnight to your destination, Ho Chi Minh City.
Included Activities
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Hoi An City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Disembark after breakfast as the trip comes to an end. A transfer from the dock to the Peregrine hotel is included.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No departure transfer is included

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, zodiac, bus

Accommodation

Small ship cruise 7 nights

Included activities

  • 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
  • Quang Trung (Warlord Museum) Visit
  • Twin Cham Towers Visit
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Hoi An City Tour

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Rooming on this trip is twin-share. Single travellers will share a Twin room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge.
Please note, it is not possible to share with a stranger in any double cabin category (as bedding in these cabins is one double bed).

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