Day 1 Hanoi
Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner. (Dinner)
Day 2 Hanoi
Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or take an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.
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 Special Stay 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 deeper into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a cave and discover Cat Ba Island.
Exclusive to Scenic guests, savour some 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 and a historical tour of the property.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter by night, or dine at La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample the cuisine at Ly Club. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Hanoi > Hoi An
Fly to Danang and travel to the ancient town of Hoi An for a three night stay, which includes a daily spa journey as part of your stay.
Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Glory Restaurant or at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café along the river. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 Hoi An
Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter including the Japanese Bridge and central market before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn about life in Hoi An.
This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Hoi An
Freechoice: Visit the temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village.
Another free afternoon allows you to visit one of the many tailors in town. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 9 Hoi An > Hue
Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital.
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.
Wander through the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel checking into your hotel, your home for the night.
Tonight’s Royal Dinner is in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Hue > Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. After arriving at your centrally located hotel for two nights, take a guided orientation walk of sites nearby. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways.
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 12 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 13 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 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 14 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market and visit a family-operated fish farm or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Tonight, enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 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 Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by tuk tuk and visit the Central Market.
Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Phnom Penh > Kho Chen
This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, 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 17 Oudong > Kampong Tralach
Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village.
Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk.
Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery.Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continue your cruise to Kampong Cham.
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Walk 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 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 19 Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay.
Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 20 Siem Reap
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 take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent).
Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 21 Siem Reap
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.
Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 22 Siem Reap > Champasak
Fly to Pakse and discover this quaint city before travelling to the small town of Champasak, and your boutique hotel for the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 23 Champasak
Freechoice: Visit a coffee plantation, or enjoy a Lao or Thai massage.
After lunch drive to Wat Phou, a World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 24 Champasak > Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 25 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 Pak Ou Caves to see the centuries-old sacred Buddha images. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 26 Luang Prabang:
Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls and enjoy the surroundings. En-route back to town stop at a village, which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities, to learn about their traditions and culture.
Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient animist traditions.
Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the local night market below before heading to your delicious farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 27 Luang Prabang > Bangkok
Say farewell to Laos with wonderful memories and fly to Bangkok where your journey ends on arrival. Please ensure your flight from Bangkok departs after 3pm. (Breakfast)