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10-night Cruise & Land Program
3 nights Siem Reap, 7-night Kampong Cham to Ho Chi Minh City cruise
Cruise along the Mekong as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for fascinating glimpses into a traditional way of life. Experience the lively hustle and bustle of open-air and floating markets, offering exotic produce. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Browse the local workshops throughout Vietnam, where exquisite handmade silks, rattan mats, and other crafts make memorable souvenirs. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.
Included with your river cruise
7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
3 nights luxury accommodation in Siem Reap
Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
Desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances
Day 1, Siem Reap - Hotel Check-In (Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort)
Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire.
Day 2, Siem Reap - Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei Temples
Begin your morning exploration of 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 be done by the hand of man. Cap this memorable day off with a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)
Day 3, Siem Reap - Angkor Wat
Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples, Angkor Wat, 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 4, KAMPONG CHAM - EMBARKATION
Transfer via motorcoach to the AmaDara in Kampong Cham for your seven-night cruise. Your afternoon excursion takes you 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. As the story goes, the women lit a fire at night, which made the men believe the sun was rising. As a result, the men stopped working and the women won the competition. Thus, men still need to ask the women's parents for permission and Phnom Srei is higher than Phnom Pros. Later, join fellow guests for an evening Welcome Dinner. (L,D)
Day 2, ANGKOR BAN
During the morning, visit Angkor Ban, the only village that was not destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Take a walking tour through the village to see some of the stilted houses, some dating back nearly 100 years, and witness this slice of rural life, which has barely changed for centuries. Koh Oknhatey, or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River, is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. Go to Oknhatey, where you visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Your cruise continue sails to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. (B,L,D)
Day 3, KAMPONG TRALACH - OUDONG – PHNOM PENH
Enjoy a truly authentic excursion, an oxcart ride through a local village in the morning. Afterwards, you’ll go 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. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4, 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). 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. Back on board the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)
Day 5, 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 6, TAN CHAU - SA DEC
Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take 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, simply take the 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 7, SA DEC - XEO 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. Later, 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. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 8, HO CHI MINH CITY - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. (B)
*We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Ho Chi Minh after 3:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.
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ACCOMMODATIONS IN SIEM REAP
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (5-Star Hotel)
Included in Fare
Just ten-minutes away from the famed Angkor Wat, French colonial elegance sits amidst the lush gardens of Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort. A luxurious collection of 238 rooms and suites entreat with serene design reflecting French sophistication and yesteryear refinement. A lavish swimming pool beloved by guests is surrounded by opulent landscaping.
ACCOMMODATIONS ON YOUR RIVER CRUISE
Balcony Category A, B, C (Starting at $2,699*)
Suite (call for Quote)
Luxury Suite (Call for Quote)
Aboard the RV AmaDara
The 124-passenger AmaDara made her debut in 2015 and is in a class unto itself with distinct French Colonial décor and accented by Mekong artifacts made by native craftsmen. Elegantly appointed staterooms are 251 sq. ft. and suites range from 366-502 sq. ft. Staterooms and suites feature twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
Additional stateroom amenities include a cozy sitting area, climate-controlled air conditioning, in-room safe and mini bar. Spacious bathrooms have a shower, bathrobe, slippers and hair dryer. Suites have additional enhanced amenities with a large sitting area and bathrooms with both a shower and separate tub. AmaDara offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a spa, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and Sun Deck pool. The stunning Saigon Lounge provides a wonderful place to meet fellow guests, and enjoy local entertainment. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the main restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks.
*All rates are per person (pp) in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a base category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings and is applicable to new bookings only made by December 31, 2018. 2FOR1 land program is only valid with the purchase of a participating 7-night cruise at full fare based on double occupancy as well as the purchase of our land program at full fare for one guest based on double occupancy. Full payment for cruise, land and air is due at time of booking. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, Round-trip airfare and Intra-Asia airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are additional. Other restrictions apply.