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Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer and Mekong Cruise

(19 days, Hanoi - Siem Reap, 2016)
  • 7 night Mekong River cruise on board the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator
  • Luxurious private chartered cruise on Halong Bay
  • Fully escorted by an Evergreen Tour or Cruise Director
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes
  • and porterage included
  • Guided sightseeing by expert Local Guides
  • All intra-tour flights (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Baggage handling throughout the tour
  • Take an in depth journey along the Mekong River on board the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator
  • Overnight cruise of Halong Bay on a private chartered luxury junk
  • Tour the ancient Temples of Angkor
  • Learn of the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Tour the sights of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
  • Walking tour of Hoi An's historic old town
  • Guided tour of Phnom Penh
  • Imperial Citadel and the Tien Mu Pagoda in Hue
  • Sampan cruise and tour of Cai Be's floating market
  • Spend three nights in fascinating Hoi An
  • Take in picturesque views from the Hai Van pass
  • Relax on a cruise of the Perfume River in Hue
  • Sail the scenic narrow inlets of the Tonle Sap River
  • Visit the gateway of the Mekong Delta, My Tho
  • In Hanoi, dine at KOTO which trains street children
  • Attend a traditional water puppets show and afterwards go backstage
  • Meet the people at the Lifestart Foundation in Hoi An and learn traditional painting and lantern making
  • Ride through Hue Old City on a traditional cyclo
  • Dress up in royal costume for an Imperial banquet in Hue
  • Hear first-hand stories of the Vietnam War from a veteran as you tour the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Take a unique view of Phnom Penh on a cyclo tour
  • Enjoy traditional Cambodian folk dances by the Cambodian Children's Group
  • See a traditional shadow puppet show
  • Receive a Buddhist Water Blessing at Wat Hanchey
  • Witness the spectacular theatrics of the Cambodian circus, Phare
  • 40 superb meals including 18 Full Breakfasts (FB), 9 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D) & 4 Highlight Dinners (HD)
Day 1: Hanoi, Vietnam (D)

Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! You will be met by an Evergreen Tours representative and be transferred* to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director for a tour briefing and welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Two Night Stay: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi (B,L)

This morning visit historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (view from outside) and learn about the man who liberated his country from French Colonial rule. See Ho Chi Minh’s former home then the iconic One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university established to educate royalty. Being over 900 years old with well-preserved architecture this is a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take a walking tour through Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter. Consisting of bustling streets and lanes named after the products sold in each street, it is an area oozing with character and is a great way to see local life in Hanoi. Finish with a stroll around picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple in the middle of the lake. You’re Invited Stop for lunch at KOTO restaurant, a unique restaurant that trains and educates disadvantaged street children in English and hospitality skills. You’re Invited Attend a traditional Water Puppets performance. Dating back to the 11th century, the Water Puppets are a unique Vietnamese art form. After the show we take you backstage to meet the puppeteers and get an intimate look at this fascinating art form.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

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 join your exclusive private charter. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Visit a fishing village to discover more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area.
Overnight Stay: Bhaya Classic Junk or similar

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B,L)

Visit an islet to explore one of the many caves with their impressive formations. Sail back to the mainland and transfer to Hanoi. Fly to Danang and transfer to the historic port town of Hoi An.
Three Night Stay: Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An (B,D)

Hoi An’s old town is closed to cars so is great for exploring on foot. This morning take a short guided walking tour through the World Heritage listed ancient town. See old merchants houses, a mixture of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture, including the beautifully carved Japanese Covered Bridge as well as the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation. You’re Invited Join the Lifestart Foundation, an organisation that assists the underprivileged in becoming self-sufficient through the production of traditional handicrafts. Receive an engaging and interactive glimpse into local life in Vietnam as you visit the studio of a local painter who will teach you the art of Vietnamese painting. Afterwards, enjoy a lantern making class. Silk lanterns line the streets and are a fixture in the local homes and shops of Hoi An. You will have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese life through interesting discussions with the class instructor and Lifestart members. The afternoon is free for you to discover this wonderful town.

Day 6: Hoi An (B)

Today is free to explore Hoi An and it’s surrounds. Wander the streets, visit the shops and markets, relax by the river or on the beach or take an optional tour.

Discover More Learn how to cook like a local at a Vietnamese cooking class, Tour the historic ruins of the Champa Kingdom at My Son, or Relax and enjoy a tranquil evening in the Hoi An countryside with a sunset (additional expense).

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (B,D)

Drive along one of Vietnams most scenic roads travelling over the Hai Van pass with views of the picturesque coastline and quaint villages. Arrive in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. On the banks of the Perfume River, Hue hides secrets of an impressive past with a plethora of cultural sights. Visit the Imperial Citadel, a wonderfully historic structure that was the seat of the former Nguyen Dynasty. Modelled on Beijing’s Forbidden City, it houses the emperor’s residence, temples and palaces. You’re Invited Cyclos are a Vietnamese institution and are a fun and relaxed way to get around. Experience a traditional cyclo ride through the Dai Noi or ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. Board a boat for a tranquil ride down the Perfume River to Hue’s most significant and iconic temple, the Tien Mu Pagoda, a seven story octagonal tower that is a Buddhist Temple. You’re Invited Royal cuisine under the Nguyen Emperors’ banquets were legendary, and tonight we live like an Emperor of Hue and dress up in royal costume for an Imperial banquet. Savor an unforgettable highlight dinner with typical royal dishes which gives a glimpse of the city’s splendid past
Overnight Stay: Hue

Day 8: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (B,D)

Transfer to the airport 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 with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes. Be guided on a city tour of Saigon, visit Reunification Palace and learn the fascinating tale of the North Vietnamese tanks rolling through the gates and seizing the Palace on the morning of April 30 1975, signifying the fall of Saigon. From there stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, bustling Dong Khoi Street, Opera House and City Hall. Finish at the War Remnants Museum which provides a graphic insight into both the French and ‘American’ wars in Vietnam. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Two Night Stay: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

You’re Invited 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. Hear fascinating stories from first-hand experience to allow a real insight into the Vietnam war.

Discover More Evening street food walking tour, Vietnamese Art History tour, or Saigon old and new tour (additional expense).

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – 7 night Mekong River Cruise (B,D)

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

Day 11: Cai Be – Sa Dec (B,L,D)

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.

Day 12: Tan Chau – Vietnam/Cambodia border crossing (B,L,D)

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!

Day 13: Phnom Penh (B,L,D)

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.

Day 14: Phnom Penh (B,L,D)

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.

Day 15: Angkor Ban (B,L,D)

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.

Day 16: Wat Hanchey – Kampong Cham (B,L,D)

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.

Day 17: Kampong Cham – Siem Reap (B)

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).

Day 18: Angkor Temples (B,D)

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.

Day 19: Depart Siem Reap (B)

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.

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