Majestic Mekong River Cruise

15 Days
Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
From (GBP)
£ 4,195
£ 3,195
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap

Tour Map
Tour Code:
DEVS
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Ho Chi Minh City
Return City:
Siem Reap

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depark UK

    Return economy flights from London Heathrow or Manchester are included in the price of your holiday.

  2. Day 2 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

    Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colorful past. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s commercial center with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes. Included is a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more.  Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall. Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on 30 April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through the Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, the old Saigon Post Office, listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture.
    DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City Embarkation - My Tho

    Today, transfer from your hotel and embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Set sail to My Tho in the Mekong Delta, and this evening, enjoy your first dinner on-board with your fellow travellers. Your Tour Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - My Tho – Sa Dec

    This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and other fruits workshop. Then, visit the Tan Long Pagoda. Return to the star-ship and sail to Sa Dec.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sa Dec – My An Hung - Hong Ngu

    Start your day with a visit to the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town. Return to the star-ship and sail to My An Hung village. In the afternoon, as part of EmeraldPLUS, you will have a chance to visit this lovely and unspoiled place.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to My An Hung village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hong Ngu – An Long – Long Khanh

    This morning is at leisure for you to explore on your own of if you prefer, to take part on the DiscoverMORE - optional tour (at additional expense) of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. In the afternoon, embark on a visit to the Long Khanh Island. There, you will visit a local family and learn about scarf weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda and a grapefruit garden. Return to the star-ship and this evening be delighted by a Lion Dance performance on-board.
    EmeraldPLUS: Lion Dance performance on-board
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Hong Ngu – Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing - Phnom Penh

    As part of EmeraldPLUS, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here, you will learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. Continue the visit, embark one of our sampans to Evergreen island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. Re-board your luxury star-ship and cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Phnom Penh

    Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, we learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Where you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields and learn about this sad chapter in history. Then, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh ending on a rooftop terrace, offering great views of the city as part of EmeraldPLUS.
    EmeraldPLUS: Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night
    DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Phnom Penh (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Phnom Penh – Prek’kdam

    Start your day with an ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach to visit the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In one of the Oudong Temple there was a known large Buddha statue which was damaged during skirmishes with the Khmer Rouge which had the hill as one of their last strongholds. Receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship.
    EmeraldPLUS: ox cart ride & traditional Buddhist Monk blessing
    DiscoverMORE: Silk Farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) or Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith village (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Prek’kdam Disembarkation – Siem Reap

    Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap. On route to the city, you will have a chance to view and walk over the impressive Angkor Bridge in Kampong Kdei. Continue to Siem Reap, where you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor, and this vibrant city has a lot to offer. This evening, witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. Included is a three-night stay in Siem Reap.
    EmeraldPLUS: Phare Cambodian Circus performance

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Siem Reap

    Today, start with a visit to the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was fortified city enclosing residences of priest, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city of Angkor Thom consists of a square of three kilometres (1.9 miles) long on each side, a laterite wall 8 meters (26 feet) in height around the city encloses an area of 145.8 hectares (360 acres). After the tour, visit the sacred temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees.
    DiscoverMORE: Vespa Tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Siem Reap

    Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World-Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy a sun rise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a farewell evening dinner together with a performance.
    DiscoverMore: Visit to Banteay Srei or Artisans d’Angkor workshop or Visit to Tonle Sap or Culinary Cambodia tour (all extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Depart Siem Reap

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

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