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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 2018-2019

22 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director at your welcome briefing and dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2 Hanoi
Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or join an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.

On your cyclo ride this afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter.

Enrich
After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Halong Bay Cruise
Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historical tour of the property.

Freechoice Dining: Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Hanoi > Hoi An
Fly to Danang and continue to the ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay at your hotel, which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey as part of your stay.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Cargo Club or Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Hoi An
Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter including the Japanese Bridge and central market before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.

Sundowners
This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8 Hoi An
Freechoice: Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 9 Hoi An > Hue
Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital.

Enrich
During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.

Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into your hotel in Hue, your home for the night.

Enrich
This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by wine and Hue Royal Court music. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Hue > Ho Chi Minh City
Learn about the history of Hue via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh City and take lunch at a Pho restaurant to learn all about this famous Vietnamese dish. After arriving at your elegant hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, your Special Stay for the next two nights, take a leisurely guided orientation walk of sites near your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Learn all about Vietnam’s modern history during a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Cai Be > Sa Dec
Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital city, Phnom Penh.

Enrich
Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Phnom Penh
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market and the city’s modern architecture.

Later this afternoon marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
In Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

Enrich
Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Later sail down the Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice: Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 19 Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay.

Enrich
Take your Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 20 Siem Reap
Visit the colossal Angkor Wat before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 21 Siem Reap
Enrich
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich
Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 22 Siem Reap
Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Celebrate the cultural diversity of Vietnam and Cambodia on a luxurious 22 day river cruise along the Mekong. Discover Halong Bay, Hoi An and Angkor Wat.

Celebrate the cultural, geographical and social diversity of these two neighbours. A glimpse into the fabric of life in both Vietnam and Cambodia is a rich and rewarding adventure.

Enjoy two nights cruising around transcendent Halong Bay, fall for the charms of the former imperial capital Hue, and seek out local treasures in Hoi An’s Old Quarter. Access unprecedented luxury on board the Mekong’s most spacious and indulgent ship, Scenic Spirit. In a fitting final memory you’ll be treated to sunrise over the World Heritage-listed magnificence that is Angkor Wat.
  • Welcome reception
  • Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets
  • Au Co Cruise
  • Cat Ba Island
  • Freechoice Dining
  • Visit a local home, Sundowners
  • Freechoice activities
  • Enrich - Duc Son Pagoda, Enrich - Royal Court Dinner
  • Citadel, Vietnamese cuisine
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining
  • On board welcome reception
  • Freechoice, Sa Dec markets
  • Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
  • Freechoice, Royal Palace
  • Enrich - Monk blessing
  • Enrich - Phare Circus
  • Angkor Temples Exploration
  • Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - Apsara Temple dinner
  • Farewell
  • 55 meals including 21 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches and 18 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Spirit
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

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