ms Volendam

ms Volendam

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The Netherlands
61,214 grt
781 feet
23 knots
November 1999
Tennis Professional Chris Evert

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Jul 2016

Include These Inspiring ‘World Wonders’ Tours on Your Next Far East Cruise

Submitted by: HAL Shore Excursions Team

Far East cruises are filled with awe and wonder, and these World Wonders Collection tours -- even more so.
Far East cruises are filled with awe and wonder, and these World Wonders Collection tours -- even more so.

A Holland America Line Far East cruise is filled with awe and wonder. From bustling and buzzing cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; to the tranquil vistas and beaches of Thai islands like Koh Samui, these cruises feature one highlight after another. This region of the world is also highlighted by some incredible history, experienced with visits to peaceful pagodas and ruins of imperial cities on Holland America Line’s expertly crafted Journeys Ashore. In particular, Holland America Line’s “World Wonders Collection” of tours highlights natural treasures, architectural marvels and technical sites in regions around the world. It takes the Seven Wonders to a new level, adding our own list of awe-inspiring attractions. In Asia, there is no shortage of impressive places to see, here are our top five World Wonders Collection Journeys Ashore. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA ON TWO TOURS Beijing, China, features a multitude of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Places like Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City and the National Stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games are all impressive and worth seeing. One of its most famous landmarks, though, is the Great Wall of China. Construction on the Great Wall began in the 8th century, reaching its height under the Ming Dynasty. The Wall stretches over 3,600 miles, from Dadong in the east to Lop Lake in the west. A variety of materials were used to build it throughout the years, including stone, brick and wood. On a tour, guests can walk along a restored section of the Wall’s battlements, wide enough to allow cavalry and chariots to pass. Guests can visit the Great Wall during a call at Xingang and Hong Kong. At Xingang, the Summer Palace & the Great Wall of China tour also includes a visit to Summer Palace and the Garden of Cultivated Harmony. At Hong Kong, the Beijing & Great Wall Overland Adventure is the tour of a lifetime. Aside from a visit to the Great Wall, guests will tour the Forbidden City, stop for a photo at Tian’anmen Square, enjoy a feast of traditional Peking Duck and visit the Peking Opera […]

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