Long on luxury Hong Kong is the midway port on "ultra-luxury" small-ship cruise company Silversea's World Cruise 2017, which sets out early next January. This means that local travellers could choose to join either the first four legs of the 116-day voyage (starting from San Francisco and sailing to Hong Kong via Auckland, Melbourne and Bali) or the last four (sailing from here to Singapore, Dubai, Athens and finally Monaco), arriving in or departing from Hong Kong in mid-March. Single legs to Hong Kong from Bali (17 days, from US$7,965) or from Hong Kong to Singapore (12 days, from US$6,075) are also available. The full 25-country, 62-port San Francisco to Monaco cruise aboard the 382-passenger Silver Whisper is priced from US$58,550 - or from US$64,750 for a suite with private verandah. These prices cover full board, with several good bars and restaurants on board, nightly stage entertainment and personal butler service. Every passenger signing on for the complete trip will receive free unlimited satellite-linked Wi-fi and US$4,000 in spending credit, which can be used on some of the many shore excursions offered.
Full-route passengers will also be taken from Monaco to Nice to embark on a complimentary three-day sailing to Rome aboard the Silver Muse immediately after the World Cruise finishes on May 3. Entering service in April, the Silver Muse will replace Silversea's oldest ship, the Silver Cloud, which is currently operating its last Mediterranean season before being refitted for Silversea's Antarctic expeditions next year. For further details, and a downloadable brochure for the World Cruise 2017, visit www.silversea.com/destinations/world-cruise/world-cruise-2017.
Nocturnal admissions The Anantara Angkor Resort (angkor.anantara.com) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has launched a Breakfast at Angkor tour, which promises "the ultimate way" to explore the area's spectacular temples. Guests will be roused at 4.30am and driven to the Angkor Archaeological Park then escorted by a guide "with flashlight in hand … via a secret back entrance" through the temple compound to the front of Angkor Wat in time for the sunrise and that all-important photo opportunity. The trip ends with a private breakfast at a secluded temple nearby (top). Prices start from US$115 for single guests and US$135 for couples, including a one-day ticket to the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Beijing by the book The Bespoke Travel Company has just begun offering private walking tours of sites featured in the book Midnight in Peking (2011), which tells the story of, and seems to have solved, the murder of British teenager Pamela Werner in 1937. With the backing of author Paul French, and in collaboration with publisher Penguin Books, the tour also introduces relevant characters and events discovered since the book was published. The three-hour tour is conducted with the two historians who found the new material, and includes refreshments, a cocktail at Capital M, and a look at an exhibition of source materials and maps relating to the book, which is currently being adapted for television. The tour is priced on the high side, from 6,000 yuan (HK$7,180) for a group of four, but if you're on a budget you can download a free audio tour and map at the author's website, www.midnightinpeking.com.
Deal of the week Dozens of hotels and resorts across Singapore are on offer with Charlotte Travel's two-night Cathay Pacific Singapore package, which starts from HK$2,350 per person, twin share, at the cheap-and-cheerful Fragrance Hotel Bugis. More attractive options at good prices include the historic Goodwood Park on Scotts Road (from HK$3,190), the boutique New Majestic near Chinatown (from HK$3,250) and, if you prefer to be beside the seaside, Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa (from HK$3,550). This package will be available until the end of September, but you'll need to be in and out by July 8 to avoid a HK$2,300 airfare surcharge. For the full list of hotels, go to www.charlottetravel.com.hk and scroll right down to find the International Packages link.