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Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong

15-Night Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (or reverse)

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2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City - 16 days

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Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi - 16 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 1: ARRIVE IN HANOI, VIETNAM

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial arcitecture, frenetic streets, and verdant parks and temples. After checking into your hotel mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Day 2: HANOI

A morning sightseeing tour will take you to some of Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B)

Day 3: HANOI - HA LONG BAY OVERNIGHT JUNK

After breakfast, leave Hanoi behind and take a scenic ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a traditional wooden Junk, where you will spend the night – an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience and an AmaWaterways exclusive. After visiting a floating village, enjoy an onboard dinner set against the Bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations. (B,L,D)

Day 4: HA LONG BAY - HANOI - SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

This morning, your Ha Long Bay Junk continues its scenic cruising during breakfast onboard. Late morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Hanoi Airport, stopping for lunch en route. A short flight will take you to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most renowned archeological sites in all of Southeast Asia. (B,L)

Day 5: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also see the Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces. Visit nearby, Ta Prohm, known as the “Kingdom of Trees” for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, the "jewel of Khmer art." Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)

Day 6: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. (B,D)

Day 7: SIEM REAP - PREK KDAM (EMBARKATION DAY) - KAMPONG CHHNANG

Today you will board your river cruise ship at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang. (B,D)

Day 8: KAMPONG CHHNANG - KOH CHEN

After breakfast, a local boat will take you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here, and be on the lookout for the traps used to catch fish in this area – some are over a half-mile long! In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. You will also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and copper-smithing. (B,L,D)

Day 9: OUDONG - KAMPONG TRALACH - PHNOM PENH

This morning you will be transferred to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly memorable excursion – an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. Later, your ship will depart for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon orientation tour will give you a wonderful introduction to the city. Your tour includes a stop at Wat Phnom. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

Day 10: PHNOM PENH

This morning you will take an excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. (B,L,D)

Day 11: PHNOM PENH - BORDER CROSSING - TAN CHAU, VIETNAM

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors midstream at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 12: TAN CHAU - SA DEC

This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 13: SA DEC - XEQ QUYT - CAI BE

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, you will tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market, and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour. Afterwards, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 14:HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION DAY)

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port followed by a transfer to nearby Ho Chi Minh City, still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon. This former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. Explore such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, known for its vast collection of artifacts from the Vietnam War. Finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. You will spend the night at a fine hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)

Day 15: HO CHI MINH CITY

Today is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for mementos of your Southeast Asia adventure. You may also participate in an optional hands-on cooking class with a chance to taste your culinary creation. (B)

Day 16: HO CHI MINH CITY

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Skip to Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City itinerary

Day 1: HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon. This former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: HO CHI MINH CITY

Today you will enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, known for its vast collection of artifacts from the Vietnam War. Finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. (B,L)

Day 3: HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION DAY)

Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)

Day 4: CAI BE – SA DEC

After breakfast, take an excursion in a local boat around Cai Be to see the spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. An afternoon excursion takes you to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau. (B,L,D

Day 5: TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING

This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a workshop that makes rattan mats in the village. You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn. (B,L,D)

Day 6: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, early this morning and docks at the terminal. This morning you will take an excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife scene. (B,L,D)

Day 7: PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN

The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting or an opportunity to take a Tuk Tuk tour through the city. In the late morning, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. (B,L,D)

Day 8: OUDONG - KAMPONG TRALACH

Your will have a truly memorable day today, starting with a short motor coach ride to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist monastery and receive a special blessing. In Kampong Tralach you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. (B,L,D)

Day 9: KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE

This morning you will take a motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil floating villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. ( B,L,D)

Day 10: PREK KDAM (DISEMBARKATION DAY) - SIEM REAP

Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. After disembarking, transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire. (B,D)

Day 11: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also see the Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces. Visit nearby, Ta Prohm, known as the “Kingdom of Trees” for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, the "jewel of Khmer art." Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by the cruise operator in a nearby village. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B, D)

Day 12: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. (B)

Day 13: SIEM TEAP - HANOI

Enjoy a free morning to spend at your leisure. Transfer to Siem Reap airport in the afternoon for a short flight that will take you to Hanoi. This evening, arrive in Hanoi and check in to your hotel. (B)

Day 14: HANOI

Wake up in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, and verdant parks and temples. A morning sightseeing tour will take you to some of Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B)

Day 15: HANOI - HA LONG BAY

After breakfast, leave Hanoi behind and take a scenic ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a contemporary junk with traditional accents, where you will spend the night – an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience and an AmaWaterways exclusive. Enjoy an onboard dinner set against the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations. (B,L,D)

Day 16: HA LONG BAY - HANOI

Disembark the Junk in Ha Long Bay and transfer to the Hanoi airport for your homeward flight. We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart after 7:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections. (B,L)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
2017 Departures
Program Start Date Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.
From Hanoi
Start City
Category C - Main Deck cabin w/ frech & outside balcony Category B - Main Deck, Upper Deck and Sun Deck cabin w/ french & outside balcony Category A - Upper Deck Cabin w/ french & outside balcony Suite - Sun Deck Cabin w/ french & outside balcony Lux Suite - Sun Deck Cabin w/ french & outside balcony
Jan 10, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Jan 24, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Feb 7, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Feb 21, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Mar 7, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Mar 21, 2017
$4,998
$5,597
$5,897
$6,397
$7,697
Apr 4, 2017
$4,798
$5,397
$5,697
$6,197
$7,497
Apr 18, 2017
$4,598
$5,197
$5,497
$5,997
$7,297
Aug 22, 2017
$4,598
$5,197
$5,497
$5,997
$7,297
Sep 5, 2017
$4,798
$5,397
$5,697
$6,197
$7,497
Sep 19, 017
$4,998
$5,597
$5,897
$6,397
$7,697
Oct 3, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Oct 17, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Oct 31, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Nov 14, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Nov 28, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Dec 12, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
 
From Ho Chi Minh City
Start City
Category C - Main Deck cabin w/ frech & outside balcony Category B - Main Deck, Upper Deck and Sun Deck cabin w/ french & outside balcony Category A - Upper Deck Cabin w/ french & outside balcony Suite - Sun Deck Cabin w/ french & outside balcony Lux Suite - Sun Deck Cabin w/ french & outside balcony
Jan 7, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Jan 21, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Feb 4, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Feb 18, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Mar 4, 2017
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Mar 18, 2017
$5,098
$5,697
$5,997
$6,497
$7,797
Apr 1, 2017
$4,898
$5,497
$5,797
$6,297
$7,597
Apr 15, 2017
$4,698
$5,297
$5,597
$6,097
$7,397
Aug 5, 2017
$4,498
$5,097
$5,397
$5,897
$7,197
Aug 19, 2017
$4,498
$5,097
$5,397
$5,897
$7,197
Sep 2, 2017
$4,698
$5,297
$5,597
$6,097
$7,397
Sep 16, 2017
$4,898
$5,497
$5,797
$6,297
$7,597
Sep 30, 2017
$5,098
$5,697
$5,997
$6,497
$7,797
Oct 14, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Oct 28, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Nov 11, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Nov 25, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Dec 9, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Dec 23, 2017
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges are additional $161 per person.
Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi - Siem Reap):  $360 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
Intra-Asia Air (Siem Reap - Hanoi):  $360 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
Single Supplement for Cruise:  Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land:  $1,099 per person/per night.
Visa:  A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a cruise and land itinerary must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single entry visa for Cambodia. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.
Siem Reap Embarkation Day:  During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.
Siem Reap Disembarkation Day:  During low water season, disembark the ship at Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer via motor coach to Siem Reap
Phnom Penh:  No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.
Prices Include:
▪ 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
▪ Overnight stay on board a traditional wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
▪ 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
▪ 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
▪ Life enriching tours and excursions
▪ Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
▪ Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner on board
Complimentary house-brand spirits, beer and soft drinks during cruise
▪ Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
▪ Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
▪ 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon (or similar), including buffet breakfast
▪ Onboard special highlights including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment
Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; arrival & departure transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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