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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

24 Day
Between Siem Reap and Hanoi
Mekong
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Day 1

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 from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Day 2
Siem Reap

Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. After a day at leisure meet your Scenic Tour Director at your welcome briefing and dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Siem Reap
Highlights: Angkor Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus

Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

Enrich

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
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 the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

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 the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

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 5
Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive with stops en-route to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
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 of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing

Arrive in Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields. 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 Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

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 8
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

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 and Central Market.

Enrich
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.

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 and Central Market.

Enrich

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 9
Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Highlights: Royal Palace, Border crossing

Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy the solitude on your private balcony.

Freechoice

Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Sa Dec > Cai Be
Highlights: Sa Dec markets, Freechoice

Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

Freechoice

Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Enjoy a vintage Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by Night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house.

Alternatively stay close to your hotel and dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch wander through the Reunification Palace and sombre War Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Ho Chi Minh City > Hue
Highlights: Enrich - Duc Son Pagoda, Enrich - Royal Court Dinner

This morning fly to Hue.

Cruise 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 15
Hue > Hoi An
Highlights: Freechoice Dining

Learn about the history of Hue through a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Travel via the breath taking Hai Van Pass to Hoi An and enjoy a three night stay at Almanity or similar, including a daily 90-minute spa journey.

Dine at the Cargo Club or at Little Faifo (formerly known as Ancient Faifo). Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Hoi An
Highlights: Visit a local home, Sundowners

Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant. Later, in your own time, you may wish to visit one of the many tailors in town.

Sundowners

This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17
Hoi An
Highlights: Freechoice

Another free afternoon allows you to soak up the atmosphere of this charming town.

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 18
Hoi An > Hanoi
Highlights: Freechoice Dining

Transfer to Danang and fly to Hanoi to settle into your two night Special Stay.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19
Hanoi
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets

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

Freechoice

Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in 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 20
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 21
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 22
Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Highlights: Hotel heritage tour

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi. After checking in, undertake the heritage tour of the hotel before savouring your farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Hanoi

Depart Hanoi treasuring many memories and transfer to the airport for flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
Arrive UK

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