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Visit some of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing cities before embarking on an iconic rail journey across Australia’s outback heartland on Ecruising’s spectacular 21-nightHong Kong and the Great Rail Journey.

On a trip guaranteed to kick 2020 off in spectacular style, this epic itinerary commences in Hong Kong on 12 February 2020 where you’ll spend 3 nights at the luxurious Harbour Grand Kowloon. Spend your next few days exploring one of Asia’s most dynamic and exciting cities, including Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Villages, the Man Mo Temple and the famed Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Market. And make sure to leave a little extra room in your suitcase for the bargains you are bound to discover in the city’s many shopping malls and markets.

On 15 February get ready to board Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium for an action-packed 14-night cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore, taking in Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay with its 2,000 limestone karsts; the country’s captivating capital, Hanoi, with its rich colonial heritage and history; and the massive open-air museum of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs in Hue/Danang, founded by the Nguyen Dynasty on the banks of the Perfume River in the 17th Century. Your last stop in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh. Sitting on the edge of the Mekong Delta, this dynamic metropolis – formerly Saigon, is renowned for its mix of French colonial architecture and modern Asian influences, which provides a diverse backdrop for its many motorbikes, scooters, pagodas, and vibrant street markets.

From Vietnam, your cruise continues on to Bangkok in Thailand. A city of contradictions, high-rise buildings and popular clubs abut golden temples and lively street fairs. A visit to the National Museum is sure to appeal to history buffs, while Banglamphu district is the perfect place to indulge in a little retail therapy. Or check out the market at Klong Toey in central Bangkok and soak up the smells, sights, and sounds of the frenetic waterfront-pier area.

Arriving in Singapore, your final port of call, on 28 February for one last night on board Millennium, make sure to look beyond the city-state’s modern, commercial veneer to uncover the eclectic mix of cultures, religions, ancient treasures and British colonial impressions that underpin its unique Singaporean identity.

On 29 February the next phase of your journey begins with a flight to Perth for a night at the stunning COMO The Treasury, one of the city’s leading hotels, before boarding The Indian Pacific for a truly unforgettable transcontinental rail journey. Settle into the comfort of your cabin, home for the next 3 nights, as you travel across outback Australia and absorb the dramatically changing landscapes from Perth’s verdant Avon Valley and the neatly patterned hamlets of the Adelaide Hills, to the vast sweeping plains of the Nullarbor, to the remotest regions of South Australia and western NSW, to the spectacular scenery of the Blue Mountains, before disembarking in Sydney on 4 March 2020.

Stopovers along the way include WA’s original wild west town – Kalgoorlie-Boulder, home to the staggering 3.6km wide Super Pit gold mine, and the once bustling railway community of Cook, now a ghost town in the heart of the Nullarbor. In South Australia’s picturesque capital, you can tempt your taste buds at the extraordinary Adelaide Central Market, take in a view of the world-renowned Adelaide Oval from Montefiore Hill and sample award-winning chocolate at the popular Haigh’s chocolate factory, while a visit to Broken Hill is chance to visit the late Pro Hart’s art studio or head to the Miners’ Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill’s mines is writ large.

Ecruising’s 21-night Hong Kong and The Great Rail Journey departs from Hong Kong on 12 February 2020 and is priced from just A$5,999 per person twin share including one-way economy airfares from Sydney to Hong Kong, one-way economy airfares from Singapore to Perth, plus transfers, all accommodation, all meals on board Millennium and all dining, beverages and a range of Off Train Excursions aboard The Indian Pacific.

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