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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

Celebrate the cultural diversity of Vietnam and Cambodia on a luxurious 22 day river cruise along the Mekong. Discover Halong Bay, Hoi An and Angkor Wat.

22 Day
From (AUD)
$ 11,695
  • 2018/2019 Hanoi > Siem Reap

    A sensory celebration of South East Asia

    Celebrate the cultural, geographical and social diversity of these two neighbours. A glimpse into the fabric of life in both Vietnam and Cambodia is a rich and rewarding adventure.

    Enjoy two nights cruising around transcendent Halong Bay, fall for the charms of the former imperial capital Hue, and seek out local treasures in Hoi An’s Old Quarter. Access unprecedented luxury on board the Mekong’s most spacious and indulgent ship, Scenic Spirit. In a fitting final memory you’ll be treated to sunrise over the World Heritage-listed magnificence that is Angkor Wat.

  • 22 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director at your welcome briefing and dinner.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets
      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.

      On your cyclo ride this afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Au Co Cruise

      Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Cat Ba Island

      Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historical tour of the property.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Hanoi > Hoi An
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Fly to Danang and continue to the ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay at your hotel, which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey as part of your stay.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at the Cargo Club or Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Hoi An
      Highlights:
      Visit a local home, Sundowners

      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 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Hoi An
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Hoi An > Hue
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Duc Son Pagoda, Enrich - Royal Court Dinner

      Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital.

      Enrich

      During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.

      Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into your hotel in Hue, your home for the night.

      Enrich

      This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by wine and Hue Royal Court music.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Hue > Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Citadel, Vietnamese cuisine

      Learn about the history of Hue via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh City and take lunch at a Pho restaurant to learn all about this famous Vietnamese dish. After arriving at your elegant hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, your Special Stay for the next two nights, take a leisurely guided orientation walk of sites near your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining

      Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

      FreechoiceDining

      Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      On board welcome reception

      Learn all about Vietnam’s modern history during a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Cai Be > Sa Dec
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sa Dec markets
      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 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

      Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital city, Phnom Penh.

      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 by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Royal Palace
      Freechoice

      Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market and the city’s modern architecture.

      Later this afternoon marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monk blessing

      In Kampong Tralach, experience 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 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 down the Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      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 beetle nut village.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Phare Circus

      Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay.

      Enrich

      Take your Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 20 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Angkor Temples Exploration

      Visit the colossal Angkor Wat before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 21 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - Apsara Temple dinner
      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 explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-Inclusive highlights
    • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 8 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 32 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 4 memorable Special Stays
    • 55 meals – 21 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 18 dinners