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Journey along the Mekong 2019-2020

18 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at the centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City. (Dinner)

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, try bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

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 Saigon street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Cai Be > Sa Dec
Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Scenic Freechoice activity.

Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school which was converted to the Khmer Rouge’s main prison, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Central Market before lunch at a local NGO restaurant teaching street kids hospitality skills.

Enrich
Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

Later this evening revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Phnom Penh > Kho Chen
This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Oudong > Kampong Tralach
Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery.

Enrich
Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk, all whilst donating towards the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continue your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

Sundowners
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails past the capital at sunset. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 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 downstream to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice: Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

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

Day 11 Siem Reap
Visit the jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets. (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 ride to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich
Enjoy a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple in front of candle lit temple ruins, with included drinks and featuring Apsara dancers. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Siem Reap > Champasak
Fly to Pakse and travel to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14 Champasak
Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.

Freechoice: Visit a local coffee plantation. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Champasak > Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16 Luang Prabang
Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images. When returning stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine before partaking in the sport of Pétanque with the locals. (Breakfast, Lunch) 

Day 17 Luang Prabang
Freechoice: Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

Enrich
Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient traditions.

Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the night market before heading to your delicious farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 18 Luang Prabang
Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
The wonders of Indochina are just waiting for you to discover them during this joyful journey. For those who may have previously dipped their toes into South East Asia, this is a chance to delve that little bit deeper into the intriguing Mekong River.

Cruising the Mekong is notched up several levels thanks to our all-inclusive luxury ship. From the moment you embark Scenic Spirit to the second you disembark, you’ll want for nothing. Along the way you’ll uncover floating markets, seek out ancient artefacts and visit initiatives changing the lives of street kids forever. An awe-inspiring sunrise over Angkor Wat helps to farewell Cambodia before you say Sai-bai-Dee (hello), to the hidden gem that is Laos. Three nights spent in the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang offers a perfect way to round out your time in this sublime part of the world.
  • Welcome reception
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, Scenic Freechoice Dining
  • On board welcome reception
  • Scenic Freechoice, Sa Dec markets
  • Scenic Freechoice
  • Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Raffles Experience and High Tea
  • Royal Palace
  • Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing, Scenic Sundowners
  • Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus
  • Angkor Temples Exploration
  • Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – Temple dinner
  • Discover Champasak
  • Wat Phou, Scenic Freechoice
  • Discover Luang Prabang
  • Monk alms collection, Petanque with the locals
  • Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Baci ceremony
  • Farewell
  • 43 meals including 17 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 14 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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