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Essence of Cambodia, Vietnam & Luxury Mekong 2019

22 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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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 and genuine 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. Cruising into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a limestone cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

Sundowners
Exclusive to Scenic guests, enjoy a wine tasting on board against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Metropole and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample the nearby Ly Club. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Hanoi > Hue
Freechoice: Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check in to your hotel, your home for the night.

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

Day 7 Hue > Hoi An
Learn about Hue’s history via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel.

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

Later, travel along the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Hoi An
Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter 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.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Glory Restaurant or embark on a culinary journey at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café located on the river. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 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 10 Hoi An > Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for your three night Special Stay, located within walking distance to the markets. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11 Siem Reap
Visit Ta Prohm temple before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

Enrich
Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 12 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 admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

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

Day 13 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 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 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 betel nut village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
On arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of resident monks.

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 downstream to Koh Dach, an island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Sundowners
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.

Upon arrival revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife. (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, explore by Tuk Tuk 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 a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 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 18 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi or 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 your private balcony. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 19 Sa Dec > Cai Be
Visit 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 and learn to make cocktails. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 20 Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your hotel for the next two nights, the elegant Intercontinental Saigon. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 21 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 22 Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Weaving together a beautiful tapestry of the senses, the neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Vietnam will leave you spellbound.

Spend two glorious days cruising to Cat Ba Island through extraordinary Halong Bay. Fly south to discover the royal history of Vietnam in Hue before disappearing back in time in World Heritage-listed Hoi An. In Siem Reap, marvel at the variety of enriching experiences such as the acrobatic Phare Circus, a peaceful breakfast by the lake after sunrise at the World Heritage-listed wonder that is Angkor Wat and attend an extraordinary gala temple dinner at an Angkor temple. Then join Scenic Spirit on the Mekong to explore this fascinating landscape in ultimate luxury.
  • Welcome reception
  • Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Water puppets
  • Au Co Cruise
  • Cat Ba Island, Scenic Sundowners
  • Scenic Freechoice Dining
  • Scenic Enrich – Royal Dinner
  • Imperial Citadel, Scenic Enrich – Duc Son Pagoda
  • Scenic Sundowners, Scenic Freechoice Dining
  • Scenic Freechoice
  • Sa Dec markets, Scenic Freechoice
  • Angkor Temple Discovery , Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus
  • Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – Temple dinner
  • Welcome on board
  • Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing
  • Scenic Enrich – Raffles High Tea
  • Royal Palace, Border crossing
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum
  • Farewell
  • 56 meals including 21 Breakfasts, 17 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

* 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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