Day 1 Hanoi
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel 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.
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 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 8 Luang Prabang
Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. En-route back to town stop at a small village, which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities, to learn about their traditions and culture.
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
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 all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.
Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.
Take your VIP Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 11 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 magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 13 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk (or drive) to the top for some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing 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 14 Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
Upon arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.
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 island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.
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 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, the Central Market as well as the city’s modern architecture.
This afternoon time is at your leisure for shopping or exploring on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
This morning 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 Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. In Chau Doc visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through the local market or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Whilst sailing downstream to Sa Dec take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass by. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Sa Dec > Cai Be
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop for a green 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 how to make cocktails.
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and the Intercontinental Saigon, your centrally located hotel for the next two nights. On arrival, take an orientation tour around the post office and cathedral next door.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or dine in the surrounds 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 20 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways, before visiting the Reunification Palace and War Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories. (Breakfast)
Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.