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Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia 2019-2020
(Siem Reap to Hanoi)

21 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Siem Reap
Sous Sdei and Welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap. In the evening, meet your Tour Director to learn more about the days ahead.

Day 2 Siem Reap
Today, start with a visit to the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was fortified city enclosing residences of priest, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city of Angkor Thom consists of a square of three kilometres (1.9 miles) long on each side, a laterite wall 8 meters (26 feet) in height around the city encloses an area of 145.8 hectares (360 acres). After the tour, visit the sacred temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and it has been the backdrop of Hollywood movies. This evening, witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. Included is a three-night stay in Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch)

EmeraldPLUS: Phare Cambodian Circus performance

DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

Day 3 Siem Reap
Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World-Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy a sun rise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a gala evening dinner together with a performance. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Banteay Srei or Artisans d’Angkor workshop or Visit to Tonle Sap or Culinary Cambodia tour (all extra expense)

Day 4 Siem Reap - Prek’kdam Embarkation
Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Prek’kdam to embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship. On route to the ship, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge, continue and have lunch on a local restaurant. Arrive in Prek’kdam and be welcomed by your Captain and crew.  Later, set sail to Kampong Tralach and enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh
Start your day with an ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach to visit the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In one of the Oudong Temple there was a known large Buddha statue which was damaged during skirmishes with the Khmer Rouge which had the hill as one of their last strongholds. Receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: ox cart ride & traditional Buddhist Monk blessing 

DiscoverMORE: Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) OR Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith village (extra expense)

Day 6 Phnom Penh
Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, we learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Where you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the small museum and learn about this sad chapter in history. Then, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh ending on a rooftop terrace, offering great views of the city as part of EmeraldPLUS. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night

DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Phnom Penh (extra expense)

Day 7 Phnom Penh - Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing - Hong Ngu
As part of your EmeraldPLUS, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here, you will learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. Continue the visit, take one of our sampans to Evergreen island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. Re-board your luxury star-ship and cruise to the border between Cambodia and Vietnam. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory

Day 8 Long Khanh – An Long – Hong Ngu
This morning, embark on a visit to the Long Khanh Island. There, you will visit a local family and learn about scarf weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda and a grapefruit garden. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own of if you prefer, to take part on the DiscoverMORE - optional tour (at additional expense) of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. Return to the star-ship and this evening be delighted by a lion dance performance on-board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Lion Dance Performance on board

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)

Day 9 My An Hung - Sa Dec – My Tho
Start your day with a visit to My An Hung village. As part of EmeraldPLUS, a visit this lovely and unspoiled place will surely mesmerize you. Return to the ship and Sail to Sa Dec, and in the afternoon visit the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to My An Hung village

Day 10 My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and other fruits workshop. Then, visit the Tan Long Pagoda. Return to the star-ship and sail to Ho Chi Minh City. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation – City Stay
Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. You will have a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall. Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on 30 April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through the Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, the old Saigon Post Office, listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Included is a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon Street Food Tour (extra expense)

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more.  Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. Upon your return in Ho Chi Minh City, your afternoon today is free at leisure to relax. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City - Hue
Today transfer from your hotel to the airport to catch your connecting flight to Hue. Hue was the former capital of Vietnam, you will visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. As part of EmeraldPLUS Take a cyclo (bicycle style rickshaw) from Dai Noi “Old City” to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. Then later, join a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening, experience a traditional costume play royal dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cyclo ride through Dai Noi, boat tour to Thien Mu Pagoda & royal dinner

Day 14 Hue – Hoi An
You will drive through Danang and other picturesque villages to reach Hoi An. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the historic port town of Hoi An and relax for the rest of the evening. Included is a three-night stay in Hoi An. (Breakfast)

Day 15 Hoi An
Today start with our EmeraldPLUS visit to the Reaching Out Project. Reaching Out is an NGO established in 2000, which provides opportunities for people with disability to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. Visit their workshop and get a glimpse how this NGO helps the disabilities to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day tour of Hoi An and see old merchant’s houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Reaching Out NGO

Day 16 Hoi An
Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. You could also take part on one of DiscoverMORE - optional tours (at additional expense) offered, the Vietnamese Cooking experience OR a half day guided tour of My Son in the countryside. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense) or Visit to My Son (extra expense)

Day 17 Hoi An - Hanoi
Enjoy a morning a morning drive to Danang Airport for your flight to Hanoi with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant. At the airport in Danang board your flight to Hanoi. Vietnam’s Capital has many incredible sights and your tour director is at your disposal to help you with tips to spend the rest of your day. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 18 Hanoi - Halong Bay
This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay, where you will board your luxurious traditional style junk. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy some tours offered onboard and learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or relax on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: one-way Scenic Flight Over Halong Bay (extra expense)

Day 19 Halong Bay
Today, you will be transferred to your day trip boat tour with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch is served onboard of the boat by your private chef. Return in the evening hours after a full day of exploration to your traditional junk boat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 20 Halong Bay - Hanoi
Return to Hanoi and enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. The tour includes the main sights of the city including the outside view of by the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, which is the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam. Continue to the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda and to the Temple of Literature. The temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and it was established to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. As part of EmeraldPLUS, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged street children. After lunch, continue with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, as well as a stop at Ngoc Son temple. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Lunch at KOTO Restaurant

Day 21 Hanoi Farewell
Today, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 47 meals including 20 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Harmony
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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