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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

24 Day
Between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
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, fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Day 2
Hanoi

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

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Hanoi
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice, Scenic 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 and genuine 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, Scenic Sundowners

Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruising 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice Dining

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Metropole and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.

Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample the nearby Ly Club.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Hanoi > Hue
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Royal Dinner

Freechoice: Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check in to your hotel, your home for the night.

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

Freechoice

Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check in to your hotel, your home for the night.

Enrich

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Hue > Hoi
Highlights: Imperial Citadel, Scenic Enrich – Duc Son Pagoda

Learn about Hue’s history via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel.

Later, travel along the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to 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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Hoi An
Highlights: Scenic Sundowners, Scenic Freechoice Dining

Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.

Dine at the Glory Restaurant or embark on a culinary journey at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café located on the river.

Sundowners

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Hoi An
Highlights: Scenic 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 11
Hoi An > Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap for your three-night Special Stay, located within walking distance of the markets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Siem Reap
Highlights: Angkor Temple Discovery , Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus

Visit Ta Prohm temple before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

Enrich

Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Siem Reap
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – 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 a NGO supported local bakery school.

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 to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich
Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included 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 a NGO supported local bakery school.

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 to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich

Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Highlights: Welcome on board

Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail 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 betel nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing

On arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of resident monks.

Later sail downstream to Koh Dach, an island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Upon arrival revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.

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.

Sundowners

Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Raffles High Tea

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk 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 a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

Freechoice

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk 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 a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
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 19
Tan Chau
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

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

Freechoice

Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi or 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 20
Sa Dec > Cai Be
Highlights: Sa Dec markets, Scenic Freechoice

Visit 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 and learn to make cocktails.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21
Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice Dining

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

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 street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Ho Chi Minh City

Depart with many cherished memories, and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
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