Trip Type : River Cruise
Treasures Of The Mekong Cruise tour

Treasures Of The Mekong Cruise

Scenic Cruises
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
13 days
From: $ 5,990 $ 461 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit small towns along the Mekong and discover colourful floating markets and traditional factories
  • Witness the sun rise over Angkor Wat before touring this spectacular complex
  • Discover the magnificent Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and Bayon temples as well as the Roluos Group
  • Learn about the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge and visit the infamous Killing Fields
  • Receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from monks at Wat Hanchey
  • Attend a unique performance of Phare, the Cambodian Circus
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant training young Cambodians from poor families in hospitality

Short Description

Explore Treasures Of The Mekong Cruise for 13 days in Ho Chi Minh City and board the luxurious Mekong Navigator for your 7 night luxury Mekong River cruise.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Ho Chi Minh
End City Siem Reap

Trip Includes

  • Ultimate Inclusions
  • Intimate boutique Mekong River Cruise
  • Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows or private balconies in 88% of all cabins
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Butler service in all cabins
  • Champagne welcome reception and daily Champagne breakfast
  • Complimentary local beer, select spirits and house wine with lunches and dinners
  • Luxury monogrammed spa robes yours to keep
  • Wireless internet all public areas
  • Intimate shore excursions
  • Complimentary spa treatment and laundry service for guests in Grande and Prestige Suites
  • Cultural performances, lectures and cooking classes
  • Personal audio headsets
  • Experienced Western Cruise Director
  • English-speaking Local Guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Dinner

Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic representative and transferred* to your luxury hotel. (Please arrive by 5.00pm). Enjoy time at leisure before meeting your Tour Director for your tour briefing. This evening indulge in your sumptuous contemporary Vietnamese meal in the unusual setting of a former opium refinery.

Two Night Special Stay: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Free Choice

(1) explore local neighbourhoods on your walking tour; or

(2) uncover this bustling city on a vintage Vespa; or

(3) discover Vietnam’s history through the diverse religions and cultural influences. This afternoon experience the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground rooms and tunnels spanning 250 kilometres, used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War.

SCENIC ENRICH Explore the underground labyrinth of tunnels with your War Veteran, who shares his experiences during this time.

SCENIC FREE CHOICE DINING

(1) take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River; or

(2) discover lively local streets by night and sample different street food dishes; or

(3) enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen; or

(4) indulge in Italian delights overlooking the Opera House.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Embark Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast you will be transferred to My Tho to board the luxurious Mekong Navigator for your 7 night luxury Mekong River cruise. This evening enjoy your Champagne welcome reception followed by your delicious Mekong Delta Welcome Dinner.

Seven Night Special Stay: Mekong Navigator

Day 4: Cai Be - Sa Dec

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive at the charming town of Cai Be with its colourful floating market. Following your Champagne breakfast, board sampans and tour historic Anh Kiet House and visit a traditional rice factory. Later navigate the narrow canals and observe the daily routines of the villagers en route to the historic town of Sa Dec. Following a visit to a local brick factory discover the home of Mr Hyun Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant (The Lover).

Day 5: Tan Chau - Border crossing into Cambodia - Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise into Tan Chau Port and take a rickshaw tour of the surrounding area. Continue to the Cao Dai temple, a syncret Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. Visit a local family’s fish farm and learn about the various types of fish being farmed before returning to the ship for lunch. Continue cruising and cross the border into Cambodia. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia! Spend the afternoon at leisure cruising to Phnom Penh.

Day 6: Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take an exciting cyclo tour along the city’s riverfront, uncover ancient artefacts inside the National Museum and visit the Royal Palace and stroll through the expansive grounds. Explore the many pavilions and the famous Silver Pagoda with its Emerald Buddha encrusted with 9000 diamonds. SCENIC ENRICH Before dinner witness a cultural performance featuring traditional Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance.

Day 7: Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Reflect upon Cambodia’s darkest history with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge. SCENIC ENRICH This evening enjoy a shadow puppet show featuring ancient Khmer folktales accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra.

Day 8: Tonle Sap - Kampong Chhnang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a full day of sailing on the scenic Tonle Sap River. Cruise the floating villages at Kampong Chhnang and observe the friendly locals living, working and even shopping on the river.

Day 9: Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning visit a local secondary school and meet with the principal and students. Walk up to Wat Hanchey and receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the resident monks. Later take a visit to the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (man and woman hill) and see the stupa with its immense preaching and reclining Buddha. Tonight gather for a farewell reception and Royal Cambodian Theme Dinner.

Day 10: Disembark Cruise - Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

After breakfast transfer from your luxury cruise to your hotel in Siem Reap. Tonight attend a unique and special performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’, a story about Cambodian lives and society.

Three Night Special Stay: Siem Reap

Day 11: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Rise early this morning for your visit to Angkor Wat and witness the sunrise over the magnificent 12th century World Heritage temple complex. A. er breakfast at the hotel visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm, entangled by the surrounding jungle vines. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant that trains young Cambodians from poor families in the principles of hospitality. This a. ernoon visit the temples of the Roluos Group, an ancient centre of Khmer civilization in the countryside surrounded by paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Enjoy a relaxing journey in a unique row boat to watch the sunset over the surrounding temples.

Day 12: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

SCENIC FREE CHOICE

(1) discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum; or

(2) visit a local market and take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or

(3) explore the recently accessible Beng Mealea in the jungles of Siem Reap; or

(4) uncover the mountain site of Phnom Kulen; or

(5) appreciate Cambodia’s exquisite handicrafts. As you farewell Cambodia this evening enjoy your authentic Khmer dinner.

Day 13: Depart Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer* to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included).

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Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 11 Dinners

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