Day 1: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Featured Excursions: Hanoi city tour, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and colonial Hanoi cyclo tour
Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. You’ll also see the Temple of Literature, a Confucian institution dating from the 11th century that encompassed Vietnam’s first university. After
lunch, step into a cyclo for an exciting tour of the colonial district. (B, L, D)
Day 2: Hanoi (Vietnam)
You'll spend the morning visiting Hanoi's most famous historical and cultural sites. Step inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a holy place for many Vietnamese. See famed One Pillar Pagoda--which has been built and rebuilt since 1049--and the massive Temple of Literature, an important Confucian institution that also dates from the 11th century. Then hop aboard a cyclo for a tour of the colonial area of Hanoi. The city's elegant, tree-lined boulevards and weathered colonial buildings are sure to delight you.
Day 3: Siem Reap (Cambodia), fly to Siem Reap (Cambodia)
You'll fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap and check into the Victoria Angkor Hotel. You'll have a city tour of Siem Reap in the evening. (BB, D)
Day 4: Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Featured Excursion: Angkor archaeological area
The temple of Ta Prohm has been overtaken by the jungle; tentacle-like tree roots spill over millenniumold roofs, enveloping the entire structure. You’ll also see the Ta Keo pyramid; Preah Khan, which is believed to have been a Buddhist university; Banteay Srei, which is considered the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor; and Banteay Samré. Enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance during dinner. (BB, D)
Day 5: Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Featured Excursion: Angkor archaeological area
Built over five centuries, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Today’s expedition encompasses the south gate of Angkor Thom, once the capital of the Khmer empire, and the pyramid temple of Bayon, which features the enormous carved heads that are an iconic symbol of the area. The afternoon ends with a walk around Baphoun Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the moss-encrusted Terrace of the Leper King. (BB)
Day 6: Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
You'll transfer from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham. (BB, L, D)
Day 7: Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
Featured Excursions: Wat Hanchey, Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey Monastery, and Nokor Bachey Temple
Today, you’ll investigate a number of historic sites dedicated to the Buddha. Peaceful eighth-century Wat Hanchey has wonderful views of the vast Mekong; stroll among the ancient and modern buildings and then receive a traditional water blessing from the monks there. During the afternoon in Kampong Cham, visit the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey temples, where monkeys frolic among massive gilded Buddhas. The
tour finishes at Nokor Bachey, where you’ll discover a wealth of intricate wall carvings and statues. (BB, L, Royal Cambodian Dinner)
Day 8: Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
Featured Excursions: Tonlé Sap River cruise and Kampong Chhnang exploration cruise
Your ship will cruise along the scenic Tonlé Sap River to Kampong Chhnang, a busy riverfront community. After your tour, relax on the ship’s sun deck, enjoying a cocktail reception as the sun sets. (BB, L, D)
Day 9: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Featured Excursion: Phnom Penh city tour
The ship docks in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. Your morning tour of the city is via cyclo (cycle rickshaw). Visit the Royal Palace’s Reception Hall and Silver Pagoda.The pagoda houses thousands of artifacts, including jewel-encrusted Buddhas, and is floored with tiles made of pure silver. Then it’s on to the National Museum to see a spectacular collection of Angkor Wat artifacts. (BB, L, D)
Day 10: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Featured Excursions: Choeung Ek Memorial Stupaand grounds, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Cambodia’s grievous experience under the Khmer Rouge regime is revealed at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Visiting this memorial and the Tuol Sieng Genocide Museum is incredibly moving. This afternoon, following
lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure. (BB, L, D)
Day 11: Chau Doc (Vietnam)
Featured Excursions: Chau Doc harbor cruise, fish farm, and holy temples at the base of Sam Mountain
Join the locals in lively Chau Doc harbor as your sampan cruises among the traditional floating markets. Visit a local fish farm before cruising to the base of Sam Mountain, one of the most revered holy sites in Vietnam. Relax onboard your ship in the evening as it sets sail for the Cambodian border. (BB, L, D)
Day 12: Sa Dec (Vietnam)
Featured Excursions: Sampan cruise, An Kiet House, rice-paper and candy-making shop, Sa Dec canal cruise, brick and rice factories, and Huynh Thuy Le house
Sail aboard a sampan to the historic An Kiet House, a former imperial residence, and then stroll through the village of Cai Be to visit a small family-run factory that makes candies, rice paper, and popped rice. Later, in Sa Dec, visit a factory where bricks and tiles are made with Mekong Delta clay and are fired with rice husks. Then you’ll sail through busy floating markets to the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, made famous by Marguerite Duras’s novel, The Lover. (BB, L, D)
Day 13: My Tho (Vietnam)
You'll transfer from My Tho to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon. (B)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Featured Excursions: Cu Chi Tunnels, rubber plantation, Ho Chi Minh city tour
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an astonishing system of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. You’ll learn about the tunnels’ astounding history and interact with a Viet Cong veteran about his experience in the area. Following the tunnels, we’ll learn about the harvesting and processing of latex at a local rubber plantation before returning to Ho Chi Minh for a panoramic city tour. You’ll also get to visit with lacquer artisans about the history of their beloved craft. (BB, L, D)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Transfer to an Son Nhat International Airport for your return flight home or continue your tour with one of our extraordinary optional extensions. (B)
All This Included
Uniworld offers an intimate encounter inside Vietnam and Cambodia that other river cruise lines can't match. You'll never descend onto a village, market, or important cultural site as part of a massive tour group. Instead, you’ll be part of small groups, with one local guide for every twenty guests. You will meet the people and visit the places that make up these fascinating destinations. In addition, you’ll travel to floating villages and sites by way of a luxurious sampan, so you’ll have a genuine experience every step of the way.
You’ll also notice extra special Uniworld touches throughout your journey, from VIP check-in service at all onshore hotels to luxurious sampans that let you tour the river in style, to relaxing with fresh fruit and tea after your onshore excursions. There’s simply no better way to experience the magic of these destinations along the Mekong River.
7-night Mekong River cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the beautiful River Orchid or River Saigon
7 nights in centrally located deluxe hotels featuring luxurious accommodations, buffet breakfast, and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
14 buffet breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 11 dinners
Complimentary wine with dinner onboard; and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and local spirits are available onboard throughout the day
Welcome Reception onboard the ship
Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager throughout your trip
Welcome and Farewell Dinners with live entertainment
Private check-in with welcome drink at each hotel
In-room welcome flower arrangement and fruit platter at each hotel
Embroidered bathrobe with your name to use in Siem Reap’s Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa and to take home
Special souvenir menus for all included onshore meals as a keepsake of your experience
Captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local guides made up of small groups of no more than 20 people
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions throughout your trip
Domestic flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi or Hanoi to Siem Reap
All transfers on arrival and departure days
Accommodations on this Tour
Hanoi: InterContinental Hotel Westlake
Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Hotel
Cruising: Standard outside cabin on the River Saigon or River Orchid
Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Saigon
Pre and Post Add-ons
4 days - From $899 per person (single supplement from $399)
Includes 3 nights at the InterContinental Bangkok (or similar) with buffet breakfast daily, and all service charges, taxes, and porterage, guided city tour and flight between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
3 days - From $499 per person (single supplement from $299)
The UNESCO World Heritage designated Ha Long Bay is a natural wonder with thousands of limestone mountains rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Luang Prabang, Laos
5 days - From $1,869 per person (single supplement from $699)
Untouched. Spiritually mesmerizing. Soulfully satisfying. The ancient capital of Luang Prabang will leave you spellbound. After spending four glorious days among its rolling landscapes, peaceful tree-lined streets, and swooping golden-roof temples, you’ll see why UNESCO declared the entire town a World Heritage Site in 1995.
Cabin upgrades are available.
Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to uncontrollable factors.
Prices exclude additional port charges of $98 per person.
Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government or non government entities.
Cambodian airport departure tax: $25 per person.
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.