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Join Magellan in Sydney for this superb cruise. Discover the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef and a series of Australian highlights. See Indonesia's paradise isles, Vietnam's stunning Halong Bay, and glittering Hong Kong and Singapore on a great-value cruise that also includes return flights and accommodation before and after you sail.
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Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- 37 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- 3 night's accommodation in the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, Sydney
- 3 nights' accommodation in the Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore
- An overnight flight from London to Sydney
- An overnight from Singapore to London
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
- On-board entertainment as arranged
- Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
- The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
- Port charges and taxes
Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
At 46,000-tonnes and with a passenger complement of around 1100, spacious Magellan retains a sense of traditional cruising and small-ship intimacy, thanks to the beautiful layout and tasteful contemporary style of her public areas, and of course the presence of her friendly, welcoming crew and cruise staff. A major refit in 2010 has ensured her position as a thoroughly modern, bright and supremely comfortable floating home, and she is a hugely welcome addition to the fleet.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Days 1-3 - Overnight flight from London to Sydney
Days 4-5 - Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, Sydney
Days 6-17 - Sydney and the Australian coast
Days 18-31 - Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines
Days 32-41 - Hong Kong and Vietnam
Days 42-45 - Singapore
Day 46-47 - Overnight flight from Singapore to London
N.B. For more details about the ports of call, please see the Detailed Itinerary below.
All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Magellan. Ports of call may be subject to change.
Days One to Seven
Fly to Sydney and enjoy a three-night stay here before your cruise. With its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and famous beaches, this fun-loving city is the perfect place to begin your adventure. Settle into your cabin, enjoy the first of many delicious dinners and get to know your travelling companions.
Privately owned Hamilton Island is in the paradise of Captain Cook's Whitsundays archipelago (named after the day he arrived in 1770). Here a pretty waterfront awaits, from which boats can be taken to the other islands in the group. Glass lifts in the resort hotels also offer stupendous views.
Home to the impressive Museum of Tropical Queensland, bustling former gold town Townsville is a gateway into the lush bush that lies beyond the city. It's also close to beautiful Magnetic Island, where koala bears can often be seen clinging to the eucalyptus trees.
A day in sun-baked Cairns brings opportunities to take a glass-bottomed boat to a coral cay, or head inland on an excursion to the magnificent tropical rain forest of the Atherton Tablelands.
Sail round the Cape York Peninsula, through the Arafura Sea. Your final Australian call at classic frontier town Darwin offers a shore excursion to the World Heritage Site of the Kakadu National Park, with its swamps, mangroves, resident salt-water crocodiles and ancient aboriginal art.
Today, a first Indonesian island call offers the possibility of seeing the fearsome Monitor Lizard. The legendary giant 'dragons' are found only here and neighbouring Rinca, so join a National Park ranger to explore. Magellan sails this afternoon, heading towards the next paradise isle.
Magellan stays the night in Bali's international cruise port at Benoa, a welcoming and colourful place. Head ashore by tender to discover some of the delights of the south of the island, or take an excursion further afield.
The former Dutch colonial outpost of Semerang, Java, radiates charm. Step ashore to explore its fascinating old town and colourful Chinese quarter, or join a shore excursion for the opportunity to discover the world's biggest Buddhist shrine, at Borobudur.
A cruise through the South China Sea brings you to oil-rich Brunei, with its preserved rainforests and its capital Bandar Seri Begawan. High points include the stupendous Omar Saifuddien Mosque and the Royal Regalia Building (housing the Sultan's priceless treasures), and no visit here is complete without taking in the delightful water village at Kampong Ayer.
Kota Kinabalu is the idyllic principal settlement of the state of Sabah, close to Malaysia's highest peak. Discover its mix of Chinese, Malay, expatriate European and local cultures. Take a shore excursion into the interior to explore before Magellan turns north to head across the South China Sea.
Raised from the ruins of WWII, the prosperous capital of the Philippines is a jaw-dropping, cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures. While Old Manila provides an insight to the city's past, and the restored cathedral reflects its status as Asia's largest Christian settlement, reminders of its long-term ties with the west can be seen throughout.
Two full days in Hong Kong bring lots of opportunities to discover this exciting metropolis. Explore under your own steam, or choose from optional excursions - to view the skyscrapers from Victoria Peak, to visit floating city Aberdeen and colourful Stanley Market, to cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry, and to take in the North Shore's spectacular skyline and buzzing Nathan Road.
Crossing the Qiongzhou (Hainan) Strait between the Leizou peninsula and Hainan Island, Magellan cruises into bewitching, UNESCO-listed Halong Bay where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the water in a spectacular seascape.
An optional shore excursion takes in the labyrinthine 36 Streets, tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Other highlights here include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader's traditional house, the fascinating Museum of Ethnology and colourful Dong Xuan market.
Magellan calls in the tiny port of Chan May - gateway to central Vietnam's stunning beaches and UNESCO-listed treasures. Visit pretty, riverside Hoi An, with its preserved traditional buildings, or ancient, imperial Hue, where royal pavilions and the tombs of emperors hide behind imposing walls.
Stay overnight in the southern Vietnamese port of Phu My from where you'll be able to head inland to explore Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), see the war memorial and former Viet Cong base at the remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex, or discover the Mekong Delta's landscape of rice paddies, orchards and colourful market towns.
Conclude your South China Sea passage with an stay in Singapore - dynamic island-city and former British outpost. Here remnants of history - in Little India, China Town, the Colonial District and Raffles Hotel - meet glitzy malls. Shop, sightsee or join optional excursions to experience it all.
On your second day here you'll also bid farewell to Magellan as she continues her voyage and you transfer to your Singapore hotel for the final three nights.
Fly home from Singapore, at the end of your adventure, arriving in London after an overnight flight.
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