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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 2020-2021
(Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City)

22 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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. (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.

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
Return to Hanoi for another Special Stay 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
Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check in for the night at your hotel.

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
Visit 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.

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 spa journey as part of your stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Hoi An
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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 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. (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
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.

Enrich
Take your VIP 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.

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.

Enrich
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 13 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 14 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 15 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.

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 island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Sundowners
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.

Enrich
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
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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories. (Breakfast)

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

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All This Included
Sail glorious Halong Bay, fly South to discover the history of Vietnam before disappearing back in time to World Heritage-listed Hoi An, all in 5-star luxury.

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, 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.
  • 55 meals including 21 Breakfasts, 17 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.
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