15 Day Mekong World-Class River Cruise with Saigon & Siem Reap

$4269
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$5689*
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To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-888-937-8474.
To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-888-937-8474.
To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-888-937-8474.
To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-888-937-8474.

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flight Siem Reap to Bangkok.

Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Alternative sights may be visited depending upon water levels.


Accommodation Details:
The Mekong Navigator cabins cannot accommodate 3 passengers; therefore, triple rooms will be accommodated in a twin and single cabin.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Vietnam
Depart for Vietnam

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive Ho Chi Minh
Welcome to Vietnam! Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon), the largest and most populated city in Vietnam, a dynamic combination of modern skyscrapers and Chinese-style pagodas. Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

DAY 3, Friday - Ho Chi Minh Tour
A guided tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh, including views of the 19th century neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the former Presidential Palace, re-named Reunification Hall. Continue past the former U.S. Embassy, the French-influenced Central Post Office and the beautiful Saigon Opera House. From here, walk through lively Ben Thanh Market with its huge display of wares and to busy Dong Khoi Street, the city's central shopping area. Explore on your own or, join this afternoon's fascinating optional tour to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, part of a secretive underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong. Tonight, perhaps try one of the city's fine French-Vietnamese restaurants
Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels (PM)
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Chinatown, Boat Ride on the Canals, Lunch with a Local Family
Morning drive to Cholon, Vietnam's energetic Chinatown, with its classical architecture and authentic Chinese atmosphere. At the crowned Binh Tay Market, see stalls jam-packed with everything from fresh produce to items with a distinct Chinese flavor. View the impressive Thien Hau Pagoda, beautifully decorated with small delicately fashioned porcelain figurines expressing themes from Chinese religion and legends. On to Bach Dang Pier to board a boat that takes you along the narrow canals, passing old houses, undeveloped towns and mini floating markets - a great prospective of traditional Vietnamese life on the river banks. Then, meet a local family and share an authentic home-cooked Vietnamese lunch in their home. Hear about their cooking techniques, the lifestyle and the culture of the area. Return to Ho Chi Minh for the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Sunday - Port of My Tho, Cruise Embarkation
Your adventure begins today with a drive through the scenic countryside to the port city of My Tho, gateway to the Mekong. Here, board the luxurious Mekong Navigator that takes you on an amazing journey upstream on the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia. Time to settle in and become acquainted with all of the lovely facilities on board. This evening, attend the Welcome Reception followed by a delicious Vietnamese themed dinner that celebrates your arrival on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Cai Be Floating Market, Historic Sa Dec
Arrive in Cai Be harbor. Here, board a traditional "native" sampan that sails to the lively floating market where more than 500 vendors gather each day. Watch as the local workers bargain for goods; see the colorful varieties of fruits, vegetables and handmade products displayed on tall wooden poles. Don't miss the sight of the huge French Gothic Cathedral dominating the landscape as you sail by! Tour the house and gardens of film director Anh Kiet, built in an ancient architectural style. After a visit to a traditional rice factory, back to the ship in time for lunch. Time to enjoy the delightful scenery as you sail upstream. Later, navigate the narrow canals of the Mekong traveling to Sa Dec. Enjoy views of stately colonial architecture, old mansions and merchant homes before stopping at a local factory to see the process of brick-making with clay from the Mekong. Stop at the local market before continuing to the home of Huynh Thuy Le, inspiration for Duras' novel, L'Amant (The Lover)
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Tan Chau, Arrive in Phnom Penh
Experience vastly different ways of life along the Mekong Delta today when you sail to a temple of the Cao Dai religion, one of the unique amalgam religions founded in Vietnam in an effort to stop the fighting between various faiths. Enjoy a short ride on a local Vietnamese tuk-tuk, to a family-owned mat weaving workshop, before visiting a floating fish farm and walk through a local village on Evergreen Island. After lunch on board, the ship crosses the border into Cambodia. After formalities, notice the drastic change in the architecture as you sail along the river. The rest of the day is at leisure on board. The anticipation of new and exciting discoveries grows as you arrive in Cambodia's Phnom Penh harbor tonight
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Phnom Penh City Tour
Begin the day with a city tour of French-inspired Phnom Penh by cyclo (3-wheel bicycle). Travel along the riverfront to the Royal Palace complex; view Throne Hall and the Moonlight Pavilion. Then, visit the world-famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia's Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Continue to the National Museum of Cambodia, with its extensive display of Khmer archaeological treasures. The afternoon is free for personal pursuits. Shop at the local markets, quaint boutiques, or just people-watch from a charming outdoor café. Tonight, you'll be entertained with traditional folk dances and Apsara on board by a group of local children
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Cambodia's Historical Sites
This morning, learn more about the darkest days of Cambodian history. After a scenic 45-minute drive from the ship is the Choeung Ek killing fields, you have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Before returning to the ship, you also tour Tuol Sleng (also known as S-21), the former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. Afternoon is at leisure for independent pursuits
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Visit Angkor Ban
Today, visit the charming village of Angkor Ban. This rural community is quite unique: dozens of century-old wooden houses escaped the destructive forces of Khmer Rouge. 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. Next, continue through the village to the local school, where you will join the children in their classroom and experience a typical school day. Walk back through the village to the ship, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Buddhist Water Blessing at Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham
Walk up the steep hill this morning to hilltop Wat Hanchey*; see a variety of temples at this site, including an 8th century temple from the pre-Angkor Chenla period. Receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery's monks as they chant harmoniously together. Time to linger at the monastery enjoying spectacular views of the valley below. Following lunch on board the ship, afternoon drive to Kampong Cham; ascend the hills of Phnom Pros (man hill) and Phnom Srei (woman hill). View the impressive stupa with its reclining Buddha and preaching Buddha. At the end of the day, visit the 12th century Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey, with several original statues of Buddha
*Please note that the walk is up a steep hill, with little shade, and is recommended for our more active guests
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Cruise Disembarkation, Siem Reap, Cambodian Dinner and Dance Show
Say goodbye to the Mekong Navigator and the crew, as your journey on the Mekong comes to an end. After disembarkation, on to fascinating Siem Reap, home to the archaeological wonders of Angkor Wat. In the afternoon, discover the city's center with its variety of cafes, restaurants and shops offering handmade silk goods and the famous Cambodian puppets. This evening, you're invited to a festive Cambodian Dinner along with a traditional Apsara dance performance
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Angkor Wat, one of the "Seven Wonders of the World"
Today, you'll understand why the architectural masterpieces of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, are designated as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World". This sprawling city, built by Khmer Kings was once home to more than one million people at the height of the empire. On the visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom visit the Elephants Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, all adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple, highlight of Angkor Thom, replete with beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and more than 172 giant smiling stone faces. On to the monuments of Ta Keo, Prasat Kravan and Srah Srang before arriving at Ta Prohm, where the jungle was left untouched, as it appeared to European explorers. The highpoint of the day is the visit to stunning Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World-famous for its beauty and splendor, Angkor Wat has the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the entire outer gallery walls, narrating stories from Hindu mythology. Stay to experience the unforgettable sunset
Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14, Tuesday - Tonle Sap Lake, Flight to Bangkok
Morning drive along the rolling verdant hills of the farm lands, stopping for a ride on an ox-cart, the vehicle still being used today by local farmers. Arrive at Tonle Sap Lake in the heart of Cambodia, with its rich and diverse ecosystem. Embark on a serene boat excursion - observe the local life unfolding and the floating fishing villages that dot the shoreline. Later, visit to the National Museum with its multi-media exhibits depicting the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom. Depart Siem Reap this afternoon on your flight to Bangkok; arrive and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart's content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

The Cu Chi tunnels were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. These tunnels were first used during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954) and later used by the Viet Cong as a base of operations during the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war. Opportunity for a brief view of life underground as you enter areas that have been enlarged to create easier access for visitors. The majority of the tour will be above the tunnels. Please note: This tour is presented from a Vietnamese perspective, based on past wars with France and the United States. If you are uncomfortable with the expressed point-of-views and prefer not to hear this discussion, then we recommend that you do not participate.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #3 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2018 $39.00
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