Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

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Celebrate the cultural, geographical and social diversity of Vietnam & Cambodia on a 22 day luxury, all-inclusive journey from Hanoi to Siem Reap.
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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Hanoi
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.

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.

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.

Halong Bay Cruise
Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. As you cruise deeper 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.

Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and enjoy a historic tour of the property. Freechoice Dining: Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

Hanoi > Hoi An
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. Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Glory Restaurant or Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river.

Hoi An
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.

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

Hoi An > Hue
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 the orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch. Wander though the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel before checking into the French colonial La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa or similar, your home for the night. This afternoon, enjoy a cyclo ride through Hue. Enrich This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music.

Hue > Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. After arriving at your centrally located hotel for the next two nights, take a leisurely guided orientation walk of sites near your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, try bargaining at Ben Thanh Market. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings 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.

Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

Cai Be > Sa Dec
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 Scenic 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.

Tan Chau
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.

Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school which was converted to the Khmer Rouge’s main prison, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Central Market before lunch at a local NGO restaurant teaching street kids hospitality skills. 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, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship. Later this evening revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.

Phnom Penh > Kho Chen
This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

Oudong > Kampong Tralach
Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Enrich Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk, all whilst donating towards the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh. Sundowners Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails past the capital at sunset.

Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
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 betel nut village.

Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay located in the heart of the town. Enrich Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

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 Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.

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 Enjoy a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple in front of candle lit temple ruins, with included drinks and featuring Apsara dancers.

Siem Reap
Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

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