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Essence of Cambodia, Vietnam & Luxury Mekong 2018-2019

22 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Siem Reap
Arrive at your hotel Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Spend the day at leisure until your welcome briefing and dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2 Siem Reap
Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

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

Day 3 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 the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

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 4 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive with stops en-route to Kampong Cham where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 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 of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Arrive in Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields. 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 Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 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 and Central Market.

Enrich
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 8 Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy the solitude on your private balcony. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Sa Dec > Cai Be
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

Freechoice: Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

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

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch wander through the Reunification Palace and sombre War Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City > Hue
This morning fly to Hue.

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 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 14 Hue > Hoi An
Learn about the history of Hue through a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Travel via the breath taking Hai Van Pass to Hoi An and enjoy a three night stay at Almanity or similar, including a daily 90-minute spa journey.

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

Day 15 Hoi An
Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant. Later, in your own time, you may wish to visit one of the many tailors in town.

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

Day 16 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.

Another free afternoon allows you to soak up the atmosphere of this charming town. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 17 Hoi An > Hanoi
Transfer to Danang and fly to Hanoi to settle into your two night Special Stay.

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

Day 18 Hanoi
Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in 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, you’ll 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 19 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 20 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 21 Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi. After checking in, undertake the heritage tour of the hotel before savouring your farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 22 Hanoi
Bid a fond au revoir to Vietnam, taking with you wonderful memories. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Witness the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia on a luxurious 22 day river cruise along the Mekong. Explore the stunning Halong Bay, Hoi An and Angkor Wat.

Weaving together a beautiful tapestry of the senses, the neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Vietnam will leave you spellbound.

Begin with the most sublime of moments, see the sunrise over the World Heritage-listed wonder that is Angkor Wat before taking to the Mekong to explore this fascinating landscape in ultimate luxury. The wonders of Cambodia will enchant as you get to know the town of Kampong Tralach, before taking part in a moving tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge prison. Vietnam offers even more diversity as you take in the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City, disappear back in time in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and spend two glorious days cruising through extraordinary Halong Bay.
  • Welcome dinner
  • Angkor Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus
  • Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - Apsara Temple dinner
  • Welcome on board
  • Freechoice activities
  • Enrich - Monk blessing
  • Freechoice, Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
  • Royal Palace, Border crossing
  • Sa Dec markets, Freechoice
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City, Freechoice Dining
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Enrich - Duc Son Pagoda, Enrich - Royal Court Dinner
  • Freechoice Dining
  • Visit a local home, Sundowners
  • Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets
  • Au Co Cruise
  • Cat Ba Island
  • Hotel heritage tour
  • Farewell
  • 56 meals including 21 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches and 19 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

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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