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Adelaide-based Tweet World Travel has chartered sailings on the RV Lan Diep ship of Southeast-Asian cruise pioneer CF Mekong River cruises by CroisiEurope, for the Australian market, in 2019 and 2020. Tweet World Travel is proud to offer this exciting experience to Australian Travellers tailored to their every need.

The RV Lan Diep will sail an exclusive 9-day itinerary from Ho Chi Minh city to Siem Riep or vice versa. You will unpack only once as you explore a beautiful 9 day tailored itinerary rich with culture and unique experiences.

 

The RV Lan Diep is a 22-cabin river vessel, inspired by the Mekong’s ancient tradition of river boat building. This vessel is spacious, luxurious and is of exceptional quality. RV Lan Diep’s strong metallic hull is gently embedded in an exquisite wood colonial-styled finishing. Like its sister vessels, the RV Lan Diep was built with comfort and security in mind. Spacious cabins are equipped with security boxes, hot-showers, central A/C and large storage space.

 

The RV Lan Diep was constructed in 2007 by CF Mekong Cruises which was later purchased by CroisiEurope. The RV Lan Diep is small enough to sail through some of the most beautiful parts of the Mekong Delta and has the ability to dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Departure dates for 2019 and 2020 are now available to book exclusively for Australian travellers. Our groups are escorted by a dedicated Tweet World Travel tour director from Adelaide, South Australia.

 

This exclusive 9-day itinerary has been perfectly blended with luxury, culture and history combined to ensure the most memorable experiences with Tweet World Travel. You will be impressed with the value and service from our dedicated team onboard and on shore, allow us to go beyond your dreams.

 

This is an all-inclusive ­­experience that includes meals, a local beverage at meal times and all shore touring.

 

The stunning Mekong cruise will allow our guests to experience the beauty of the Mekong River aboard a ship that combines history, charm and comfort, while discovering the natural and cultural riches of Vietnam and Cambodia.

 

Come and cruise along the Loire River with CroisiEupore – the only cruise line that operate in the Loire River. 

The Loire is the longest and one of the most beautiful rivers in France. Unlike most rivers in western Europe, there are few obstacles to the Loire’s natural flow, few locks and dams to slow its progress. One of the few obstacles, the Villerest dam, built in 1985 just south of Roanne has played a key-role in preventing recent flooding, making the Loire a popular river for boating trips flowing through attractive countryside and beautiful chateaux.

 

Of the major cultural landscapes featuring river valleys in Europe, perhaps the Loire Valley is the most famous and it tells the story of a unique river of its kind. The only river in Western Europe that has never been canalised, which is why it is called “the last wild river in Europe”. The Loire Valley was beautifully nicknamed “Garden of France” by the nobles of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is full of gardens, orchards, vineyards that produce wines of great diversity.

A Loire Valley River cruise is ideal to explore French history, scenic and untouched landscapes, and cultural heritage.

CroisiEurope operates cruises with a new revolutionary boat, the MS Loire Princesse, equipped with a paddle wheel, sailing the Loire river like never experienced before. This unique boat can sail in a very low 50cm water level.

 

 

Onboard the MS Loire Princesse on your 8-day cruise, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, including the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, the Châteaux of Chinon, Villandry, and the Ussé Château, that will take you back to a time of legends and fairy tales.

 

Your included shore excursions will take you to explore the towns of Nantes, Clisson and to Angers to see the famous Apocalypse Tapestry. You will tour the Saint-Nazaire shipyards, one of the largest in all of Europe and visit the museum that explores the historic ocean liner experience. A guided tour of the Cadre Noir will give you the opportunity to discover the history of this unique horse riding school.  

 

We will also drive along the Muscadet Wine Route and taste the local wines and through the Angevine Corniche with its many picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

You will be spoilt on board your cruise with fully exclusive traditional French cuisine, beverages, a welcome cocktail and a festive Gala dinner on your last night on board. Your experienced Tweet World Travel Tour director will be there to escort you on your memorable cruise along the Royal Loire River.

 

This itinerary is exclusive to Australian customers and only available at Tweet World Travel. Tweet World Travel is an Australian- owned wholesale company, fully accredited travel agent and the representative for CroisiEurope in Australia.   

For exclusive Australian group departures please contact:

? 1300 859 861 or 1300 739 652
✉️ contact@tweetworldtravel.com.au
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Located in Western Honshu, the largest island of Japan, Hiroshima has the sad history of being the first ever city to be targeted by a nuclear weapon. Since that day, Hiroshima has risen from the ashes to become a shining reminder of the destruction capable of war. The Hiroshima Peace memorial park and Genbaku Dome stand as reminders and offer a humbling experience to visitors of this beautiful city.

Hiroshima Memorial Dome

Hiroshima makes a fantastic day trip from Osaka. The bullet train or ‘Shinkansen’ will get you there in about 90 minutes. Visiting as a day trip saves you from transporting your luggage again to another city and to new accommodation, something I like to do as little as possible.

Alongside the sites of the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome, other popular attractions in Hiroshima include;

  • Miyajima
  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Shukkei-en Garden
  • Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshimagokoku Shrine

Hiroshima Castle

The island of Miyajima is a particular highlight. With its beautiful untouched forest, full of wild deer. The island is also host to the Itsukushima Shrine, an impressive UNESCO world heritage site. You can also take a cable car to the peak of Mt Misen, offering panoramic views of the island and surrounding harbour. Simply walking through the forests can be a very peaceful experience, with flowing streams and small waterfalls adding to the atmosphere. I found myself alone wandering the picturesque pathways which wound through the trees and clearings, before returning in a loop to the ferry harbour and heading back to the mainland.

Itsukushima Shrine - Hiroshima

Combining the sights of Miyajima with the memorial sites of Hiroshima make up an excellent full day and is a very popular tour option. As a booked tour, included private transport and lunch make it very simple and saves time easily wasted by using slower public transport. This leaves as much time as possible to experience what Hiroshima has to offer.

Thanks for reading,

Henry

Itsukushima Shrine - Hiroshima

 

Osaka, the magnificent port city and commercial centre. Rich culture, busy modern streets, excellent local cuisine and street foods are only the beginning.

When arriving, a great first stop is a tourist information centre, to grab a map and any extra info on sightseeing you might have been after. These centres are found in Kansai Airport or the major train stations of Osaka and Namba.

Osaka city

With its central location in Japan, Osaka is a fantastic place to start an adventure in Japan. It makes a great base to launch day trips from also, with places like Hiroshima and Nara easy train rides away. Taking this approach means you can leave your baggage in one place for longer, saving lugging it through airports and train stations over and over again. This was the approach I took, and it made for a very fun but comfortable 6 nights. With equal time spent in the city itself, and surrounding attractions in the area.

Full of wonderful sights, Osaka has something for everybody. A personal highlight was simply walking the streets, turning down colourful alleys, full of restaurants, bars and shops. This kind of exploring can occupy entire days. A great place to travel with a family also, especially with Universal Studios Japan on hand to entertain for an entire day or more. You can also take a cruise through the harbour on the Santa Maria sight-seeing boat! 

Osaka Santa Maria boat

Definitely check out some of these highlights also;

  • Osaka Castle
  • Kaiyukan Aquarium
  • Nakanoshima
  • Dotonbori
  • Shitteno-ji

Japan is a food loving country, and Osaka is no exception. A city with an abundance of options and a passion for it. I found myself eating noodles of some variety almost daily, often going in for a second bowl because I just couldn’t get enough of the delicious food.

Make sure to try these local favourites;

  • Sushi & Sashimi
  • Yakiniku
  • Udon
  • Ramen
  • Takoyaki

Osaka Castle

Osaka is full of shopping malls, and you can find everything you could ever want in almost any part of town. Make sure to carry your passport with you, as you can get anything tax free in many shops if you present it. Along with this, many places I entered, especially large electronics stores offered an extra 8% discount for using a Visa card. The savvy shopper can come away with some very good deals!

I hope this quick intro to Osaka was helpful. This is the first of a series with Tweet World Travel all about touring in Japan. Keep an eye out for the rest very soon!

Thanks for reading!

Henry

Osaka Castle Moat