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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

24 Day
Between Hanoi and Siem Reap
Mekong
From * £7,495
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Departing 05 July 2018
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Enjoy two nights cruising around transcendent Ha Long Bay, fall for the charms of the former imperial capital Hue, before seeking 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.
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Day 1
Highlights: Your holiday begins

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle.  Alternatively, Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Day 2
Hanoi
Highlights: Welcome reception

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

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Hanoi
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets

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

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
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 5
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 6
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.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
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 9
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.

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 10
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.

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

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.

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 11
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 12
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.

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 13
Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

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 14
Cai Be > Sa Dec
Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
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 17
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Freechoice, Royal Palace

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

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
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.

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
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 20
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 Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 21
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 22
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.

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 23
Siem Reap

Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
Arrive UK

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