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Extended Adventure’s Ashore in Asia with Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises will be offering its largest collection of Overland Adventures in Asia between February and April 2014.

A total of 15 one and two night optional, mid-cruise journeys will take guests on enchanting adventures far beyond the ports of Yangon, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Laem Chabang, Chan May and Xiamen. These in-depth, intimate explorations of renowned sites, culture, history and nature are unique and will allow guests to immerse themselves in each destination rather than just scratching the surface.

The Overland Adventures will include:

Myanmar/Burma (3 Adventures, from Yangon)

  • Former royal cities of Amarapura and Mandalay, a showcase for Myanmar’s 19th-century art and architecture
  • Bagan, home of 2,000+ pagodas, temples and monasteries, including the city’s pilgrimage centre, Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Mandalay Hill, the country’s most iconic, holy landmark
  • Lake Inle for a tranquil boat ride through floating gardens
  • 2,500 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, covered with 6,500+ diamonds, rubies and other stones
  • Varied monastic disciplines, from Mahagandayon Monastery, where 1000 monks eat dinner in silence, to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, where monks train cats to jump through hoops

Vietnam (2 Adventures, from Ho Chi Minh City and Chan May)

  • A dragon boat ride down Perfume River
  • Regal homes such as the Royal Citadel, Presidential and Imperial Palaces and Palace of Supreme Harmony
  • Heavenly Lady Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s holiest pagodas and 1960’s protest site
  • Cities such as former capital Hue; Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and colonial architecture-filled Ho Chi Minh City

Bangkok area (3 Adventures, from Laem Chabang)

  • Elephant ride through Ayuthaya, a 14th-century UNESCO World Heritage city
  • Boat past the stilt houses and rustic shops on the khlongs, or canals, that make Bangkok the “Venice of the East”
  • Temples such as that of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Trimit, each housing larger-than-life Buddhas made of jasper and gold, respectively

China (6 Adventures, from Xiamen and Shanghai)

  • The Li River, where guests will take a traditional cormorant fishing excursion and sail past water buffalo and rafts to the town of Yangshuo
  • Guilin, home of China’s unique cone-shaped Karst hills
  • Hangzhou, considered the most beautiful and elegant city in the world by Marco Polo
  • Ancient marvels such as the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors and Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • More recent historical landmarks such as Tiananmen Square and 2008’s Olympic Green

Cambodia (2 Adventures, from Ho Chi Minh City and Laem Chabang)

  • The country’s most legendary temples, including UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat, jungle-engulfed Temple of Ta Promh, Banteay Srei Temple and Angkor Thom
  • A private Apsara/Hindu celestial dance

Philip Ordever, vice president of international sales and marketing commented “It’s humbling to stand next to a thousand-year-old golden temple reaching toward the sky, or to walk where ancient emperors were crowned. These carefully-crafted exotic excursions give our guests the opportunity to experience even more of incredible Asia beyond that which is accessible by sea.”

All Overland Adventures offered will include air, shuttle and/or boat transport to and from the ports. Meals, featuring traditional fare are also included along with luxury accommodation.

For more information on Crystal’s Overland Adventures please contact one of our cruise experts on 0800 008 6677

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