Mekong Cruise Specialists
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The Majestic Mekong Premier 2017-2018

22-days with Wendy Wu Tours

Itinerary
Days 1-2: Fly to Siem Reap
Fly overnight to Siem Reap. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
 
Day 3: Explore Angkor
Spend the day discovering the magnificent temples of Angkor. Admire the splendour of Angkor Wat, the magnum opus of the Khmer Empire, pass through the South Gateway of Angkor Thom to visit the enigmatic Bayon and jungle-wreathed Ta Prohm. Later, ascend to Phnom Krom, located on a high hill top, where you will sip champagne as the sun sets over Tonle Sap. (B,L)
 
Day 4: Mekong Cruise
Board your boutique river cruise vessel, the RV Jahan, your home for the next three nights. Sit on the sundeck and sip your welcome drink as you cast off. Spend the afternoon gliding lazily downstream. Dine on local cuisine in the elegant dining hall and retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night. (B,L,D)
 
Day 5: Tonle Sap
As the sun starts to peek over the horizon, take part in an invigorating session of Tai Chi. Pass through the marshlands that join Tonle Sap with the languid Tonle River. Cruise to explore the wetlands and floating houses of Kampong Cham. Further down river, take part in an ox cart rally. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6: Wat Hanchey
This morning, journey to the pre- Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey – the view from its hilltop perch is spectacular. Return to the ship for a blessing ceremony performed by local monks. Cruising on downriver pay a visit to Wat Nokor. (B,L,D)
 
Day 7: Phnom Penh
It is with regret that we wave farewell to the RV Jahan, disembarking in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Visit the dazzling Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Central Market and the National Museum. (B,L)
 
Day 8: Mekong by Speedboat
Enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon ride in a speedboat downriver deep into the heart of the Mekong Delta, over the border into Vietnam, to the Victoria Chau Doc Resort. Life on and around the river will unfold before you as you zip past villages, bamboo stilt houses, floating markets and lush, green farmland. Arrive at the resort and spend the rest of the day enjoying the facilities. (B)
 
Day 9: Tra Su Sanctuary Forest
This morning, explore the Tra Su Sanctuary Forest by traditional sampan boat, floating along the endless waterways lined with mangrove trees. Keep an eye out for a plethora of fauna and flora. Meet the locals in an ethnic Khmer village and take some time to chat with the monks at a local monastery. (B)
 
Day 10: Mekong Delta Cruise
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional vessel, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house, visit a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying a lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Travel to Saigon. This evening, enjoy the cultural extravaganza that is the ‘A O Show’, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L)
 
Day 11: Explore Saigon
Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis. This morning see the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. This afternoon, take a cyclo tour of Chinatown and enjoy a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally, drift gently down the Saigon River on the Lady Hau, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D)
 
Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Return to Saigon. (B,L)
 
Day 13: Discover Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laidback place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and a Chinese temple, finishing at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a social enterprise working with local people with disabilities. (B,L)
 
Day 14: Hoi An Cooking Class
Wander through the morning market browsing the fresh produce and picking up ingredients for your cooking class. Spend the rest of the morning learning the skills necessary to prepare delicious Vietnamese cuisine. The rest of the afternoon is free. (B,L)
 
Day 15: Perfume River
Travel from Hoi An to Hue, crossing the scenic Hai Van Pass. Long considered Vietnam’s seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. Take a cruise along the scenic Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda, which you will have time to visit. (B,L)
 
Day 16: Imperial Hue
Start the day with a stroll through the grandiose entrance of the Imperial Citadel to explore the complex within before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Dong Thuyen Pagoda, before you try your hand at making paper flowers, in a village that is known for the art. Admire the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House whose owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L)
 
Day 17: Fly to Hanoi
Transfer to the airport and fly to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. (B)
 
Day 18: Explore Hanoi
Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the mausoleum of the revered Ho Chi Minh (closed September to November) before visiting the revered Temple of Literature. Later, take a walking tour of the Old Quarter before meeting a water puppeteer who will put on a private water puppet show. (B,L)
 
Days 19-20: Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Sail on emerald waters amongst karst peaks aboard your luxury cruise ship, spending two nights on the water. Rise early to practice Tai Chi on deck as the sun rises. Explore Cat Ba Island, swim off hidden beaches, explore dramatic caves, visit floating villages and see the very best of this unique and beautiful area. (B,L,D)
 
Day 21: Return to Hanoi
Reluctantly return to the jetty and travel back to Hanoi. (B)
 
Day 22: Fly Hanoi to US
Fly to the US, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Take a luxury river cruise through the resilient land of Cambodia where the Temples of Angkor await your discovery. Continue on to Vietnam to explore the cultural centres, natural wonders and fast-paced cities of this fascinating country.
  • Most meals (20 breakfasts, 15 lunches & 6 dinners)
  • On-tour transportation
  • 5* Accommodation
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for US & Canadian passport holders
  • Laundry service and all porterage
Accommodations on this Tour
Siem Reap: To be determined
Mekong River: Cabin onboard RV Jahan
Phnom Penh: To be determined
Chau Doc: Victoria Chau Doc Resort
Can Tho: To be determined
Saigon: To be determined
Hoi An: To be determined
Hue: To be determined
Hanoi: To be determined
Halong Bay: To be determined
Notes
  • Order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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