Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - My Tho - Saigon - Hue - Hoi An - Hanoi
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Cambodia and Vietnam offer two unique cultures yet they are culturally linked. Start by exploring the architectural wonders of Angkor Wat, get a glimpse of Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh before embarking on a river cruise down the Mekong River to Saigon. Traveling north to Hanoi experience the fascinating history and varied traditions of Vietnam when visiting Hue and Hoi An.
2016 Departures: Daily This is a customized private tour. (Not a group tour.)
from $4800 per person
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Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - My Tho - Saigon - Hue - Hoi An - Hanoi
Day 1 Siem Reap B
Arrive Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Siem Reap
Day 2 Siem Reap B L
Start your exploration of Angkor with a visit the great city of Angkor Thom; visit the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Experience the beauty of Angkor Wat, this architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century. It has many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water, carved low-reliefs about Ramayana Story and day-to-day life at the time of Angkor's construction. End the day with a sunset view of Angkor temples. Overnight Siem Reap
Day 3 Siem Reap B
Head to the enchanting Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei Temples. Banteay Srei “The Citadel of Women,” with its rose colored, sandstone walls is considered to have the best carvings. The quality of the carving and the state of preservation make Banteay Srei extraordinary. Overnight Siem Reap
Day 4 Siem Reap - Phnom Penh – Mekong River Cruise B L D
In the morning fly to Phnom Penh. After a brief to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda the National Museum and Wat Phnom Pagoda, transfer to the Pier and board your cruise.
Set sail for a lazy day of cruising along the Mekong's main shipping route on the way to the Vietnamese border basking in the glow of the afternoon sun on the Sundeck. You may choose to participate in a Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class (if available).
Day 5 Mekong Delta cruise B L D
Tan Chau is a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with a large Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. In a traditional vehicle called “xeloi” visit the local market, continue in a local boat to visit a fish farm to see the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong.
In the afternoon, visit a small Village meeting with a local family, visiting their home and garden and tasting tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before returning to the Ship to set off for Sa Dec in the late afternoon.
Day 6 Mekong Delta cruise B L D
In the morning, embark a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fiber floor mats and rattan baskets.
Continue sailing to Cai to visit the boisterous and colorful floating market and enjoy the breathtaking landscape along the river and the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. At the evergreen islands along the Mekong River see how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. Board the Ship for an evening cruise towards My Tho.
Day 7 My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) B
As the cruise winds its way to My Tho on the upper Mekong River the journey comes to an end. Disembark and join the transfer to Saigon were you will be collected for a tour OF Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace, City Opera House and City Hall. Overnight Saigon
Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Hue B L
Transfer to the airport and fly to Hue, the ancient royal capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visit the magnificent Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, resplendent in traditional architecture overlooking tranquil lotus ponds. Continue to Khai Dinh's Tomb, remembered as the 'Puppet Emperor' because of his affiliation with the French. This tomb was designed with a colonial flair, a glass mosaic frieze dominates the interior. Overnight Hue
Day 9 Hue – Hoi An B
Enjoy a morning dragon boat ride on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue by boat to the lesser visited and perhaps most majestic of all of Hue's tombs, the tomb of Minh Mang. Built between 1841 and 1843, this tomb is well known for its harmonious blend of architecture and natural landscape.
Depart Hue and transfer to Hoi An. Enjoy some of Vietnam most beautiful scenery of mountains and the South China Sea as you travel through the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds). Overnight Hoi An
Day 10 Hoi An B
Strolling along the waterfront in tranquil Hoi An, it’s hard to imagine that this riverine town was once an important port and major player in the South-East Asian trading markets. Today, Hoi An Ancient Town is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and without doubt is one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam. This exceptionally well-preserved example of a trading port which was active between the 15th and 19th centuries and its design reflects centuries of influences from both local and foreign residents. Colorful scenes of traditional merchant houses painted yellow and blanketed in purple bougainvillea present picture-perfect scenes and as night falls, delicate silk lanterns create a rainbow of hues against the night sky.
After the morning tour enjoy free time to explore the town or enjoy to beautiful beaches of central Vietnam.
Day 11 Hoi An B L
Day at leisure, optional tours available. Overnight Hoi An
Day 12 Hoi An – Hanoi B
Transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. In the afternoon visit Hanoi colorful Old Quarter. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce is full of narrow alleys and shops.
This evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet Show. Overnight Hanoi
Day 13 Hanoi B
Enjoy a morning orientation of the tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture. Visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state, his simple wooden house and the One Pillar Pagoda. Visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius which later became Vietnam’s first university. Overnight Hanoi
Day 14 Hanoi B
Transfer to Hanoi Airport for you departure.
Add an optional extension to Halong Bay. Take a Cruise 1 night/2 days or 2 nights/3 days.