Photos Courtesy of Uniworld Bourtique River CruiseAlong with releasing their 2014 Asia Boutique River Cruise and Tour brochure, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is also introducing a new 12-day Treasures of China & the Yangtze cruise/tour. The luxury itineraries throughout China, Vietnam and Cambodia allow for a more lavish option for discovering the country’s history and culture. Along with the cruise, the itineraries will consist of both land and cruising tours along the Yangtze and Mekong Rivers.
Designed by European architects and shipbuilders who specialize in sophisticated marine architecture, those onboard the five-star rated Century Paragon and Century Legend will stay in Uniworld Signature Suites which offer private balconies. Both ships offer two restaurants, two bars, cinema, indoor lap pool with relaxation area, spa, boutique and more. While on land, travelers will stay at luxury hotels like the Sofitel and Ritz Carlton in Beijing, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai and the Intercontinental Hanoi and Park Hyatt Saigon.
"We're delighted to have our new Asia brochure on the shelves," says Guy Young, President of Uniworld. "As with our European cruises, the culinary experience is key, and the combination of cruising and city touring means we can incorporate special regionally-themed meals from a dim sum lunch in Shanghai, traditional dumpling and Tang Dynasty dinner show in Xi'an, hutongs tour with home-hosted dinner, and of course Beijing's signature Peking duck. In Cambodia, a real highlight is the Apsara dance show accompanied by a traditional Cambodian meal."
As part of the Mekong River cruise, guests can cruise the river on sampans (flat bottomed Chinese wooden boats) to make their way through the floating markets or to a village and fish farm. Additionally, the highlighted Asia 2014 Itineraries include: 12-day Treasures of China & the Yangtze, 18-day Grand China & the Yangtze and 15-day Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong. During the 12-day cruise, guests will get to explore China's top sights from Shanghai to Xi'an and Beijing, as well as the Yangtze. Pricing includes the 4-night cruise, 7 nights in a luxury hotel, meals (partial) all transportation and 10 days of fully escorted excursions.
Prices range from $3,999 to $5,999 based on double occupancy. Currently Uniworld offers savings for early birds and those who pay in full all at once. Valid until October 31, the full payment option can save guests up to $1,200 per couple on 2014 Asia cruises, valid until October 31, 2013. For those who are ready to book now for 2014, you’ll receive an up to $600 savings per couple on early booking. Valid until January 15, 2014, at the time of purchase only a deposit will be required to reserve your spot.