Meeting & greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer
to hotel for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will
take an orientation tour around central Hanoi.
2 Hanoi (B)
we'll be on a full day tour to discover the most outstanding
attractions of Hanoi. First we pay a visit to the complex of memorials
to Ho Chi Minh to know his amazing life. Continue to the Single
Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding
of the two driving forces in Vietnam culture.
we visit the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection
of artifacts about the cultures of the 54 ethnic groups in the country.
Next we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter,
a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way
they have done for centuries. The rickshaw tour ends up at an old
house on Ma May Street, an example of dwellings in the 19 century.
we walk through the busy traffic to the water puppet theatre and
enjoy a performance of the famed traditional art form created by
village farmers around the Red River Delta region.
3 Hanoi - Halong Bay
(B, L, D)
morning we journey east to Halong Bay, Vietnam's greatest natural
wonder. Board a beautiful traditional luxury wooden junk and spend
a full day and night cruising the bay's 3000 magnificent
the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning
lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity
for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Stay overnight aboard.
Kayaks are available if specified at time of booking
4 Halong - Hanoi - Danang - Hoian
up to fresh coffee then further cruising and more sightseeing. En
route the junk weaves through impressive rock formations that invite
comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even further!
and transfer to airport for a flight to Danang in Middle
Vietnam. Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and drive 35
km along the scenic coast to the quaint town of Hoian for the night.
morning we'll be on foot exploring the ancient quarter of
Hoian, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of
its historic role in international trade, unusually well-preserved
ancient streets and homes. Sites include the Japanese Bridge,
a Sino-Vietnamese merchant house, a Chinese Temple, the Central
Market, and the Culture Museum.
There'll be time for independent
exploration and shopping opportunities, which many of our guests prefer as Hoian is a very good place to find interesting gifts. This is also the place that you can have a suit or dress tailor-made (usually
ready in 24 hours).
Optional tour of herb village: take a bike ride or car depending on your preference through the rural scenery of Hoian to a small vegetable planting village located on the banks of Tra Que lagoon (5km - 15mins cycling from Hoian). Tra Que village has been known for its special aromatic herbs such as mint and basil. Join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables. Learn to cook some local specialties, for example "Tam Huu" - a set of shrimps, pork and aromatic herbs, and then enjoy lunch. Tour finishes around 14:00 PM. We can re-arrange your morning walking tour to suit.
6 Hoian (B)
day to relax in Hoian and enjoy the hotels ammenities, the local
beaches or shopping.
7 Hoian - Danang - Hue (B,
leave Hoian and travel overland to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam,
This visiting the Cham sculpture museum, the Non Nuoc Beach and
Marble Mountains in Danang, climbing over the breathtaking Pass
of Ocean Clouds and passing by the scenic beach of Lang Co.
Hue we'll be exploring the former Imperial Citadel, a complex
of palaces and temples built in the early 19th century and a recognized
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We also take a leisure boat
trip on the scenic Perfume River and visit Thien Mu
off the evening with Hue cuisine and folk music.
8 Hue - Saigon
morning we visit the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and also a fascinating
royal garden house before taking the flight to Saigon.
arrival in Saigon, meet your guide and explore some of Saigon's
famous landmarks including the Former Presidential Palace, War Remnant
Museum, War Remnant Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central
Post Office, the Opera House, the City Hall, and Ben Thanh Market.
9 Saigon - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels - Saigon (B, L)
tour today includes a visit to the opulent Holy See Temple of
Caodai Sect in Tay Ninh. Caodai is a fascinating Vietnamese religion
combining aspects of Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism and Confucius
into a single religion. There's a chance to observe the impressive
noon service of adherents.
afternoon we travel to Cu Chi to explore the legendary network
of underground combat tunnels where our guide will explain how the
Vietcong survived and fought during the Vietnam War. Now the tunnels
are a major site of interest for tourists and historians, and those
interested in Vietnam's military history. Overnight in Saigon.
10 Mekong River Cruise : My Tho - Cai Be (B, L, D)
at the Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon at 9 am for the transfer arrangement
to My Tho, located 70 kilometres away. The transfer includes a stop
at the Cholon Market and visit to a lacquer factory. Arrival in
My Tho, we'll receive cordial welcome from RV Mekong Prestige, followed
by lunch on board.
This afternoon we start cruising upstream the mighty Mekong River.
In the evening, enjoy Welcome Dinner & traditional Music Show.
11 Mekong Cruise: Cai Be - Sadec
(B, L, D)
arrive in Cai Be in the morning. After breakfast, take a junk trip
around Cai Be to visit a floating market and go ashore to see a
French Gothic Cathedral. Stroll along the river bank and
visit a factory producing rice paper and coconut sweets.
to the ship for lunch. Cruise past Vinh Long Province to Sadec for
an afternoon walk. The French writer Marguerite Duras spent parts
of her childhood in Sadec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta.
Both the school where Duras' mother taught and the small house behind
it where the family lived still stand. We'll see the house of Marguerite's
Chinese Lover, now a small museum of "The Lover" in Sadec. Continue
to a Caodaist Temple and wander through the colourful market. At
night we navigate through the Delta.
12 Tan Chau - border crossing (B, L, D)
morning we arrive in Tan Chau, a remote town on the main Mekong
River. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to a floating farm
to learn about an industry once regarded as more lucrative than
gambling. We then go ashore to visit a local workshop producing
woven mats, and a silk weaving workshop.
a rickshaw ride round this fascinating town before returning
to the pier for lunch. Later, depart for the Cambodian border. Clear
immigration formalities then start cruising in Cambodia.
13 Mekong Cruise: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
Arrive in Phnom Penh in the morning. The capital city of Cambodia
still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside
streets. Visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding
displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board.
excursion to the former High School "S21", converted to a
detention centre under the Red Khmer's rule between 1975 and 1979,
followed by a visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was
named. Enjoy dinner and traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show on
14 Mekong Cruise: Koh Chong - Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
morning we sail from Phnom Penh to Koh Chong. Upon arrival, take
a leisurely walk through this silk weaving village and visit a local
workshop. The excursion also includes a visit to a pagoda and a
meeting in a primary school to chat with pupils.
to the ship for lunch. We cruise past the Mekong's timeless villages
and river life with extensive fishing activities. Return to Phnom
Penh and afternoon at leisure for a discovery of the city on your
own and shopping at the Russian Market.
15 Outdong-Kampong Tralach (B, L, D)
we journey upriver towards Oudong, 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia.
Erected on a hilltop this place houses numerous Stupas dating of
the last Khmer Kings. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda,
a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks.
the visit buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming
Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century
to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn
16 Kampong Chhnang (B, L, D)
morning we sail on the Tonle Sap River, which connects the
Mekong River to the Tonle Lake. In Kampong Chhnang, busy rural port
town with bustling markets approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh,
we board local boats to visit the authentic floating village. The
life of the entire population is connected to the river with local
people using the canal system which criss-cross this little town.
We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market.
17: Tonle Lake-Siem Reap (B)
cross Tonle Sap Lake early in the morning. The great lake dominates
Cambodia and is over 150 km in length, with interesting and varied
bird life resulting from the varied the water levels in the lake
and river depending on the time of year and rainfall.
after breakfast and transfer to Siem Reap. Meet up with your private
guide at the meeting point and transfer to the hotel for check-in
and tour briefing. Enjoy the balance of the day at own leisure.
It may not be possible to cross Lake Tonle if the water is low.
Alternative arrangements will be made to cross the lake either by
speed boat or bus. Passengers will be informed of details before
departure. The cruise schedule and program timing are indicative
and subject to modifications.
18: Siem Reap (B)
we start exploring the wonders left by a highly complex civilization
that controlled the greater part of Southeast Asia for four centuries.
Enter the Great City of Angkor Thom through the South Gate
and traverse to admire the temples of Baphoun and Phimeanakas, the
Terraces of Elephant and Leper King, and especially the mysterious
a break we'll visit the fascinating temples of Ta Prohm, Banteay
Kdei, Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, and the Royal Bath of
Sras Srang. Hike up Phnom Bakheng to behold the magnificent sunset
over the land of temples.
19: Siem Reap (B)
morning we tour the epic temples of Angkor Wat - a vast rambling
complex of diverse temple structures dating from the 9th to the
13th centuries. Many are adorned with exquisite carvings and bas-reliefs;
some are so entwined with trees and vines that they almost returned
to the jungle.
Wat is the apogee of classical Khmer architecture and has become
a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on the national flag, and stands
on par with such other monumental achievements as Machu Picchu and
the Great Pyramid. Free in the remainder of the day.
20: Departure (B)
till transfer to the airport for departure flight
Group Departure Dates & Price
Departures Cruise Dates- 4 Star hotels + main deck on cruise
Oct 2016 - April 2017
are based upon a small group tour excluding international flights
from UK. As an agent for airline consolidators, we can obtain your
international flights at a competitive rate to suit your preferred
departure date. Contact
us to discuss your requirements.
upgrade to 5-Star and Cabin upgrade on the MEKONG CRUISE
are available. Private tailor-made tours can also be arranged. We
can also arrange this tour as a 'down stream tour' starting from
Siem Reap and departing Hanoi.
prices shown are 'per person')
flights within Vietnam including airport tax.
airport/hotel transfers where specified (private transfer).
of superior/deluxe (generally 4 star)
tours including entrance fee by professional English-speaking
as specified in the itinerary.
Air conditioned transportation
7 nights on board Deluxe Mekong cruise Ship
Welcome and Farewell Dinners on board the cruise boat include
the option of local beer, packaged soft drinks and house brand
spirits, filtered coffee, selection of teas & herbal infusions
and local mineral water during the Mekong cruise.
Does Not Include
Flights: We are happy to provide flights with full ATOL Protection.
letter of arrival fee (please contact us for
for driver and Guide.
beverages such as wines, premium beer, premium spirits and liqueurs,
imported mineral waters, espressos and cappuccinos at bar on the
Mekong cruise ship.
Mekong Prestige cruise boat
As stated in itinerary, B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner
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available, although occasionally the sequence in which cities are
visited and duration of time spent in each city can change due to
local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary
highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day.
Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which
will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities.
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