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Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong 2019-2020

21 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay in Hanoi. (Dinner)

Day 2 Hanoi
Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.

Later, discover the Old Quarter back streets on a cyclo ride.

Enrich
After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
Board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring genuine two night cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Halong Bay Cruise
This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Return to your hotel in Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.

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

Day 6 Hanoi > Luang Prabang
Relax this morning before flying to Luang Prabang, Laos for a three night Special Stay. Bargain at the night markets. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Luang Prabang
Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 8 Luang Prabang
Freechoice: Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively, discover Luang Prabang’s art scene and handicraft workshops.

Enrich
Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Luang Prabang > Siem Reap
After a morning at leisure, fly to Siem Reap and your stylish hotel, for a three night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10 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 11 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 12 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is South East Asia is yours for the taking.

Vertiginous limestone islets and karsts provide an incomparable backdrop to Halong Bay. Spend two unforgettable nights exploring the subtleties and sensations of this incredible place. Venture into the unspoilt and verdant country of Laos, where there are few moments you’ll value more than the opportunity to take part in a traditional morning alms ceremony along the streets of Luang Prabang. The streets of Laos’ spiritual home turn saffron with the robes of hundreds of Buddhist monks participating in this sacred ceremony. Once in Cambodia you’ll marvel at the ingenuity of the great lake Tonle Sap’s floating villages one day, the incredible Khmer structures at Angkor Wat the next. Your spirit will soar.
  • Welcome reception
  • Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Water puppets
  • Au Co Cruise
  • Cat Ba Island
  • Scenic Freechoice Dining
  • Luang Prabang night markets
  • Monk alms collection, Petanque with the locals
  • Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Baci Ceremony
  • Discover Siem Reap
  • Angkor Temple Discovery , Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus
  • Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – Temple dinner
  • Welcome on board
  • Scenic Freechoice
  • Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing
  • Scenic Enrich – Raffles High Tea
  • Royal Palace, Border crossing
  • Sa Dec markets, Scenic Freechoice
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum
  • Farewell
  • 52 meals including 20 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches and 17 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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