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Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong

15-Night Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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2019 & 2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City - 16 days

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Ship - AmaDara
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: ARRIVE IN HANOI, VIETNAM

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city boasts a rich cultural heritage that blends in harmony with its vibrant present. From ancient temples to French Colonial architecture and modern-day skyscrapers, along with beautiful parks and lakes, Hanoi is an eclectic and lively city.

Day 2: HANOI

Discover some of Hanoi’s most famous historic and cultural sites on your guided tour that includes: Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You’ll also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Take an authentic rickshaw ride, known as “cyclo,” in Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, and then enjoy a traditional water puppet show. (B)

Day 3: HANOI - HA LONG BAY

Ethereal Ha Long Bay is considered by many to be the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. Board an elegantly appointed ship designed with all the modern conveniences to ensure smooth sailing for an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience. The backdrop of the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations provide you with the perfect setting for a memorable sojourn. (B,L,D)

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

Spend the morning sailing across the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay with more than 2,000 small islands rising from the water like a dragon’s back. Later in the morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Hanoi Airport for a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire. (B,L)

Day 5: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

Begin your morning exploration of the Angkor temple complex at Angkor Thom, meaning “the great city." This is home to Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. You’ll then 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. Afternoon excursions take you to the fascinating jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei, meaning “Citadel of Women,” as it has been said that the carving is too fine to have been done by the hand of man. Cap this memorable day off with a special “Apsara Dance Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)

Day 6: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples, Angkor Wat. This is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed and a true masterpiece of Khmer architecture built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. (B,D)

Day 7: KAMPONG CHHNANG (Embarkation)

Transfer via motorcoach to the AmaDara in Kampong Cham for your seven-night cruise. Board a motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. Later, join fellow guests for an evening Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8: ANGKOR BAN -OKNHATAY

During the morning, go on a walking tour to Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural on-going of the local villagers. After visiting here, the ship sails to Oknhatey or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River. This island is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you’ll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving that have been preserved for centuries. Your ship moors in Oknhatey village. (B,L,D)

Day 9: OUDONG - KAMPONG TRALACH - PHNOM PENH

Your cruise continues to sail to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The morning excursion takes you to Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866. Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. After visiting Oudong, be treated to a truly authentic excursion, an oxcart ride through a local village Kampong Tralach. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)

Day 10: PHNOM PENH

This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum). Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you’ll explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. (B,L,D)

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

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 12: TAN CHAU - SA DEC

Visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentic experience via a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to “Evergreen Island.” Alternatively, take a boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise to Sa Dec. (B,L,D)

Day 13: SA DEC - XEQ QUYT - CAI BE

Once ashore in Sa Dec, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market and the 19th-century house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, on whom her prize-winning novel “The Lover” is said to be based. Later, board a motorcoach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a military base during the French war and now an important ecological site. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, and the historic Kiet Old House. In Cai Be, cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 14:HO CHI MINH CITY (MY THO PORT) - (Disembarkation)

Disembark the AmaDara in My Tho Port and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Orient,” and today, it is an industrial, cultural and educational hub. Explore such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum before visiting the Ben Thanh Market—one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L) *For those not staying in Ho Chi Minh, we recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Ho Chi Minh after 2:30pm to avoid potential missed connections.

Day 15: HO CHI MINH CITY

Visit Chu Chi Tunnels, an immense underground network built during the Vietnam War. Spend your afternoon at leisure exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City. (B)

Day 16: HO CHI MINH CITY

Bid farewell to Vietnam as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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.

Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin
From Hanoi (Vietnam)
Hotel Check-in Date
Cruise Embarkation Date

 

Ship
Cat C (aft cabins on Main Deck & Upper Deck) - french & outside balcony
Cat B (Main Deck & aft cabins on Upper Deck & Sun Deck )- french & outside balcony
Cat A (Upper Deck) - french & outside balcony
Suites (Sun Deck) - french & outside balcony
Luxury Suite (Sun Deck) - french & outside balcony
Oct 29, 2019
Nov 4, 2019
Amadara
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Nov 12, 2019
Nov 18, 2019
Amadara
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Nov 26, 2019
Dec 2, 2019
Amadara
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 16, 2019
Amadara
$5,198
$5,797
$6,097
$6,597
$7,897
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 30, 2019
Amadara
$5,298
$5,897
$6,197
$6,697
$7,997
Jan 7, 2020
Jan 13, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Jan 21, 2020
Jan 27, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Feb 4, 2020
Feb 10, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Feb 18, 2020
Feb 24, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Mar 3, 2020
Mar 9, 2020
Amadara
$5,558
$6,257
$6,557
$7,057
$8,457
Mar 17, 2020
Mar 23, 2020
Amadara
$5,358
$6,057
$6,357
$6,857
$8,257
Mar 31, 2020
Apr 6, 2020
Amadara
$5,158
$5,857
$6,157
$6,657
$8,057
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 20, 2020
Amadara
$4,958
$5,657
$5,957
$6,457
$7,857
Aug 4, 2020
Aug 10, 2020
Amadara
$4,958
$5,657
$5,957
$6,457
$7,857
Aug 18, 2020
Aug 24, 2020
Amadara
$5,058
$5,757
$6,057
$6,557
$7,957
Sep 1, 2020
Sep 7, 2020
Amadara
$5,258
$5,957
$6,257
$6,757
$8,157
Sep 15, 2020
Sep 21, 2020
Amadara
$5,458
$6,157
$6,457
$6,957
$8,357
Sep 29, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Oct 13, 2020
Oct 19, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Oct 27, 2020
Nov 2, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Nov 10, 2020
Nov 16, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Nov 24, 2020
Nov 30, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Dec 8, 2020
Dec 14, 2020
Amadara
$5,658
$6,357
$6,657
$7,157
$8,557
Dec 22, 2020
Dec 28, 2020
Amadara
$5,758
$6,457
$6,757
$7,257
$8,657
Port Charges: Additional $168 per passenger
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement for Cruise: Cat A, B & C 50%, Suite 75% and Luxury Suite 100% of twin price. Single Supplement for Pre & Post Land Arrangements: $1,099 per person
Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi - Siem Reap):  $360 per person including taxes and fuel charges
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: Transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River
Siem Reap Disembarkation Day: Disembark the ship at Prek 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 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar), including buffet breakfast
▪ Overnight stay on board an elegantly appointed ship in Ha Long Bay
▪ 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (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
▪ 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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