Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam! With large boulevards, tree lined lakes and French inspired architecture Hanoi is blessed with a charming atmosphere. You will be met by an Evergreen Tours representative and be transferred* to your hotel. This evening have a tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Two Night Stay: Hanoi
This morning visit historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (view from outside), see Ho Chi Minh’s former home, then the iconic One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, then take a walking tour through Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter. You’re Invited Stop for lunch at KOTO restaurant, a unique restaurant that trains disadvantaged street children. You’re Invited Attend a traditional Water Puppets performance and after the show go backstage to meet the puppeteers.
Opportunity to view this spectacular landscape from the air with a 45 minute seaplane flight from Hanoi over Halong Bay (additional expense, must be pre booked).
Travel to Halong Bay and board your luxurious traditional style junk for a two night cruise. Halong Bay is known for its stunning scenery where thousands of limestone pillars rise dramatically out of the emerald water. Cruise through the bays and islets of this magnificent region. Visit a fishing village to discover more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area.
Two Night Stay: Bhaya Classic Junk or similar
After breakfast visit an islet to explore one of the many caves with their impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations. After lunch visit Cat Ba Island, the largest island in Halong Bay which mainly consists of National Park. Tour the town and explore the verdant isle with a local guide.
Cruise to an island with beautiful beaches and panoramic lookouts before sailing back to the mainland. Transfer to Hanoi for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. More commonly known as Saigon, it is a city with a turbulent and colourful past, although today it is the country’s commercial centre.
Two Night Stay: Ho Chi Minh City
You’re Invited This morning travel to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Join a Vietnamese Veteran and learn of the wars, strategies, atrocities and the resourcefulness of the Vietnamese which eventually led to the defeat of their enemies. Your guide will relate fascinating stories from first-hand experience to allow a real insight into the Vietnam War. This afternoon be guided on a city tour seeing Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, bustling Dong Khoi Street, Opera House, City Hall and the War Remnants Museum.
Discover More Evening Street Food Walking Tour (additional expense)
Transfer to My Tho in the Mekong Delta. From here we will begin our journey upstream aboard the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator. Meet your Cruise Director and crew followed by a welcome reception. This evening enjoy a Vietnamese “Mekong Delta” Theme Highlight Dinner.
Seven Night Stay: RV Mekong Navigator
Board sampans and sail through Cai Be's floating market, a fascinating and iconic scene of the Mekong Delta. Pass the city’s French gothic cathedral, tour Anh Kiet House, then visit a traditional rice factory. Observe daily routines of the villagers before stopping at a local brick factory. Upon arrival to Sa Dec, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras' novel, L'Amant (The Lover), and take a walk through the town's market.
Sail to a Cao Dai temple, then ride a Vietnamese tuk-tuk to a mat weaving workshop. Cruise to a floating fish farm, and visit Evergreen Island. Reboard the ship and cruise to the border and Phnom Penh. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia!
Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. You’re Invited Meet our cyclo drivers for a city tour of Phnom Penh. Journey to the Royal Palace complex and the National Museum housing Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. You’re Invited Enjoy a performance by the Cambodian Children’s Group which includes Cambodia’s national dance as well as local traditional folk dances.
Visit the Killing Fields, which is a disconcerting reminder of the recent atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime. Continue to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. You’re Invited A traditional shadow puppet show will be performed before dinner.
Today we will visit the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a family’s home to see how the locals live, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. Continue through the village to the local school and join the children in their classroom and experience a typical school day.
Visit Wat Hanchey which offers views of the Mekong River. You’re Invited Receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. See Phnom Pros (man hill) and Phnom Srei (woman hill), the reclining Buddha, and the preaching Buddha. Our final visit is to the Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey. Return to the ship and gather for a farewell reception and Royal Cambodian Theme Highlight Dinner.
Disembark and bid farewell to the RV Mekong Navigator and her crew. Transfer from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent Temples of Angkor. You’re Invited: Finish the night at 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.
Two Night Stay: Siem Reap
Discover More Uncover either Bantey Srei or Beng Mealea, take a Cambodian cooking class, or Explore the Roluos temple group (additional expense).
Start the day at the famous Angkor Wat, known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Continue to the unique Ta Prohm temple which is overgrown by jungle trees. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Bayon Temple, containing 54 towers each with four faces. Finish at the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King known for their intricate bas-reliefs. This evening enjoy a sumptuous farewell banquet.
Transfer* to Siem Reap airport for your onward flight.
Please Note: The Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to provide the routing and inclusions stated however depending on water levels prevalent at the time of sailing, this itinerary may be amended or modified.
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.
|Nov 2016||from AUD $5,995 ( superior Suites)|
|Prices include port and sundry charges. Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|
|Prices include port and sundry charges. Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in USD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|