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Introducing Gate 1 Travel's MS Monarch Empress
Our First Privately Owned European River Ship!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Year after year, Gate 1 Travel's European river cruises are among our most popular itineraries. This is no surprise, as there are few travel experiences that can match boarding a river ship, unpacking your bags once, and relaxing as Europe's great cultural capitals, rolling vineyards and storybook villages are virtually delivered to your doorstep.

So when we decided to build our own river ship, we turned to Gate 1 travelers for their input on its design. Today, we're thrilled to announce the result – the deluxe, 5-star MS Monarch Empress, the very first European river ship built by Gate 1 specifically to suit U.S. travelers. This magnificent ship debuts on Holland's tranquil waterways just in time for the March and April 2016 tulip season! Then, she will move on for summer cruising along the Danube.

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Vietnam: the Diverse and Welcoming Gem of Southeast Asia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

There's no denying the friendly feeling you get when you visit Vietnam. A profound sense of humanity and harmony infuses every aspect of this nation. It is also a mysterious and beautiful country – with 2,140 miles of coastline, bays crowded with a maze of limestone towers, French-flavored cities, soaring mountains and a river and delta system that hosts a rich array of wildlife and supports an ancient rural way of life. Gate 1 travelers witness it all in the most enriching manner possible.

Ho Chi Minh City: French Colonial Splendor and Colorful Markets

Ho Chi Minh Town HallNamed for Vietnam's revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh City has deep roots in Southeast Asian culture and history. Yet this stunning city – the former Saigon – strikes a very French pose with its wide boulevards and glorious architecture, holdovers from the hundred-year French occupation that ended in 1955. The twin-spired, neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Basilica was built with materials imported from France. The Saigon Opera House carries echoes of the Petit Palais in Paris. Even the Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel after he erected his famous tower, stands as a stately remnant of the French.

Captivating though these are, the city's most colorful and mesmerizing experiences are found in its markets, where you'll soak in the true Vietnam. Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, captures the pulse of the city with its colorful shops and aromatic food stalls. And at the bustling and intoxicating indoor emporium of Ben Thanh Market, an architectural beauty in its own right, all things Vietnamese can be found, from handicrafts to ao dai, the traditional silk tunic worn by women. But perhaps the most unique markets in the Ho Chi Minh area are the ones that float. Boat excursions from nearby Bach Dang Pier lead into a fascinating maze of canals, where ancient houses and canal-side stalls are orbited by traditional longboats laden with all manner of goods and produce plucked from local farms.

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Southeast Asia Deals

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12 Day Classic Vietnam
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All prices are per person based on twin occupancy. Prices are valid as of March 19, 2015 and subject to change without notice. Book by March 27, 2015. Not valid on existing reservations.