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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong Cruise
(Siem Reap to Hanoi)

22 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap
You’ll be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish special stay for the next three nights. (D)

Day 2: Siem Reap
Begin the day with a visit Preah Khan and Ta Prohm temples.

Enrich: Learn about an initiative that trains local Cambodian archaeologists who will in time take over the ongoing maintenance of the temples.

Visit Angkor Thom, the multi-faced Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace before stopping at Angkor Wat for those beautiful afternoon photos.

Freechoice Dining: Choose between local Khmer cuisine at Chanrey Tree or French Fusion at Sokkhak River.

Take your VIP seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Siem Reap
Enrich: Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat with a glass of champagne. Afterwards explore the temple before taking an included tethered balloon ride for incredible aerial views.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei temple and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temple and the Artisans D'Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap to view the floating villages.

Enrich: Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner, drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers performing in front of floodlit temple ruins. (B,D)

Day 4: Siem Reap – Mekong Cruise
Drive to Kampong Cham with stops at the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village. Next stop is the luxurious Scenic Spirit. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Wat Hanchey –  Kampong Cham
Meet the young novice monks at Wat Hanchey. Sail to Kampong Cham where you visit Phnom Pros (Man Hill), explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok and Wat Nokor. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Oudong – Kampong Tralach – Kho Chen
After arriving at Prek K'dam, board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the mountain stupas, pagoda and monastery.

Enrich: Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation of food, contributing to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Drive to Wat Kampong Tralach to experience an ox cart ride through local villages before re-boarding Scenic Spirit. Later visit the silversmith village of Kho Chen. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Phnom Penh
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Russian Market.

After lunch at a local NGO restaurant, travel by Tuk Tuk to the National Museum and Royal Palace.

Enrich: Arrive in style by cyclo and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal with an indulgent high tea. Enjoy a private shadow puppet and masked dance performance. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Phnom Penh – Tan Chau
Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony. Tonight is your themed gala ball. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Tan Chau
Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau and visit Evergreen Island and the local Cao Dai Temple with a ride in a cyclo. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village and taking a cyclo ride or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cham Mountain and a local Khmer village. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Sa Dec – Cai Be
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market, visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant and visit the Fuijian Chinese temple.

Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial house.

Return to Scenic Spirit or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island. Alternatively savour an afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Disembark cruise – Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy a leisurely walk around the attractions near your historic hotel for the next two nights.

Take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River, or savour a meal in an old French colonial house. Alternatively, enjoy an international buffet. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels with a Vietnam War Veteran.

Tour Saigon’s art galleries, or ride a vintage Vespa. Alternatively, discover the Reunification Palace and War Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Enjoy a three night stay at your hotel including a daily 90-minute spa journey.

This evening relax at a cocktail reception in the Blue Bar.

Enjoy Four Plates Restaurant, or Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café and enjoy Asian and Western fare. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Hoi An
Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant. A free afternoon allows you to visit one of the many tailors in town. Later at dusk cruise along Thu Bon River. (B,D,D)

Day 15: Hoi An
Visit the ruins of My Son, or appease your appetite for local cuisine on a street food tour. Alternatively, enjoy Red Bridge restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village. (B,L)

Day 16: Hoi An – Hue
Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue.

Visit to Duc Son Pagoda and talk with the nuns to learn how they are supporting their orphanage.

Visit Dong Ba Market and meet deaf and mute workers at the Spiral Foundation. Ejnoy your special stay for the next two nights in Hue. (B,D)

Day 17: Hue
Explore the concealed back roads of Hue by bicycle. Alternatively try the art of Vietnamese kite making.

Discover a mausoleum and Imperial Citadel. Cruise the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Tonight’s Royal Dinner is in a private garden house. (B,L,D)

Day 18: Hue – Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi for a two night special stay.

Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lu Prison, or try an authentic cooking class. Or cycle along the Red River or visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Temple of Literature.

Choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club menu, or Le Beaulieu. (B,D)

Day 19: Hanoi – embark Halong Bay Cruise
Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring two night special stay cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 20: Halong Bay Cruise
Awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island.

Enjoy an enchanting dinner in the aptly titled Fairy Cave.  (B,L,D)

Day 21: Disembark Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi
Return to Hanoi and discover the Old Quarter backstreets on your cyclo ride.

After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets thanks to your special backstage pass.

Savour your farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 22: Depart Hanoi
Au revoir Vietnam. (B)

River Cruise Highlights
  • Explore the picturesque bays and limestone cliffs of Halong Bay on a two night scenic cruise
  • Marvel at the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel
  • Visit small towns along the Mekong and observe the daily routines of the locals
  • Witness sunrise over the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex
All This Included
Scenic Spirit - Ultimate Inclusions
  • 100% one-bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of four dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
 Scenic Special Stays
  • Scenic Special Stays in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap
Scenic Enrich - Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences
  • Catch a performance of Vietnam’s unique Water Puppets and enjoy a special ‘backstage pass’
  • Meet nuns at Hue’s Duc Son Pagoda providing education and training to orphaned children
  • In Hoi An visit a former merchant’s home for a special talk by the family
  • Uncover secrets of the Cu Chi Tunnels with your veteran guide who lived and fought there
  • Enjoy high tea at Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, before an exclusive private shadow puppet performance
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant that supports the training of former street children
  • Visit 11th century temple complex of Wat Nokor and receive a traditional monk’s blessing
  • Attend a unique performance of Phare the Cambodian Circus
Scenic FreeChoice
  • Scenic FreeChoice inclusions in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Scenic FreeChoice Dining in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
Dining Experiences
  • 52 superb meals including 21 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L) and 18 Dinners (D)
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Spirit
  • 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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