The Mekong Cruise

Boats in a harbor in the Mekong delta, Can Tho, Vietnam

13 Days

from £3445

River Mekong is a fascinating river, rich in history, which flows through a number of countries; ancient empires, wars and struggle for power have all unfolded around the river, but it still presents a unique opportunity for you to view the distinctive and relatively unchanged villages and buildings on the banks. A Mekong Cruise is an ideal way to experience the river and the enchanting regions around it. Complete with a full programme of sightseeing and excursions to areas of intrigue and beauty, the itinerary ensures your experience is unforgettable.

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2017 – 18

Day 1 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City tour and Cu Chi (BL)
In the morning, drive to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, on the city’s outskirts. En route, you have chance to see how rural people live and work. View occupations such as cashew nut farming, duck breeding, rice farming and production of rice paper, a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Return to the city for lunch, then visit the Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, Former US Embassy, City Hall and War Museum of Remnants. End the day with shopping at Ben Thanh market.

Day 4 Embarkation (BLD)
Transfer to My Tho to embark on your 7-night Mekong River journey aboard your Mekong cruise. Settle into your cabin and admire the views as you cruise the Mekong River. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 5 Cai Be, Sa Dec (BLD)
In the morning take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters. Visit Cai Be and its colourful floating market and Sa Dec to see the local market and the ancient house of Mr Huyn Thuy Le, the lover of Marguerite Duras, the famous French novelist.

Day 6 Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (BLD)
Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

Day 7 Phnom Penh (BLD)
Visit Phnom Penh with your own private cyclo which is provided by a local charity, Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. There is an optional excursion by coach to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. (This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the comments box).

Day 8 Tonle River (BLD)
Explorations up the Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty here and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

Day 9 Kratie (BLD)
Morning walk at Angkor Ban and after a whole day sailing through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach the charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships are able to get this far up the river but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.

Day 10 The Dolphin grounds (BLD)
From Kratie, we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.

Day 11 Siem Reap and Angkor Wat (B)
Disembark this morning and transfer to the hotel in Siem Reap for a 2-night stay. Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking, with its massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Take in the romantic sunset from Bakheng Hill.

Day 12 Angkor (BL)
Spend an incredible day touring the ancient and mysterious temples of Angkor, starting with the South Gate of Angkor Thom and continuing to the Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and Pimean Akas. After lunch, visit Thommanon, Chau Say Teveda, Ta Keo, the atmospheric tree-covered Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei and Sras Srang. In the evening experience an entertaining and original Cambodian show at Phare Ponleu Selpak’s Circus.

Day 13 Flight back to UK (B)
After breakfast visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, and East Meborn. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

 

Your 4★ Hotels
Ho Chi Minh City: InterContinental Asiana
Cruise: RV Mekong Pandaw
Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Ho Chi Minh City: InterContinental Asiana

This 5* luxury hotel is located in the city centre, just a short stroll from some of the famous landmarks. There is a swimming pool, a spa and a choice of dining options.

Cruise: RV Mekong Pandaw

This ship has the largest public space to passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world. Pandaw is preserving the classic yacht atmosphere but enhances service and facilities. On all Pandaw ships you will experience Asian hospitality and enjoy the highest staff – guest ratio afloat ensuring sensational service.

Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa 4★

Located in the heart of Siem Reap, there are 130 comfortable rooms and suites with views of the garden or the pool.  There are 3 restaurants and a bar.

Tour Name: The Mekong Cruise

Tour Code: MC13
Duration:
 13 Day

Depart  Return          Price Depart  Return          Price Depart  Return           Price
08/02 – 20/02/17     £4645 04/10 – 16/10/17     £3945 10/01 – 22/01/18     £4245
22/02 – 06/03/17     £4645 18/10 – 30/10/17     £3945 24/01 – 05/02/18     £4245
08/03 – 20/03/17     £4645 01/11 – 13/11/17     £4245 07/02 – 19/02/18     £4245
22/03 – 03/04/17     £4345 15/11 – 27/11/17     £4245 21/02 – 05/03/18     £4245
12/07 – 24/07/17     £3445 29/11 – 11/12/17     £3945 07/03 – 19/03/18     £4245
09/08 – 21/08/17     £3445 13/12 – 25/12/17     £3945 21/03 – 02/04/18     £3945
06/09 – 18/09/17     £3445 27/12 – 08/01/18     £3945

Single supplement from £1125.

Land only from £2745.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.Single supplement from £738

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights and domestic flights
  • 4★ accommodation
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Transfers
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Visa fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance