Cambodia & Vietnam 20 Days / 19 Nights

Your journey begins in Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, followed by an excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay for an overnight sojourn. Hoi An Cooking Tous & Hue Old Town. Saigon Overnight then Mekong Delta to Siem Reap – Cambodia.

DAY 1 – ARRIVE HANOI 11 Oct 2013

Upon arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

ANISE HOTEL – 2 nights

DAY 2 – HANOI (B,L) 12 Oct 2013

Explore Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Mosoleum, the infamous Hoa Lo (Hanoi Hilton) prison and the peaceful Temple of Literature, before an evening theatrical water puppet performance

DAY 3 – HANOI TO HALONG BAY (B,L,D) OVERNIGHT ON VICTORY CRUISE 13 Oct 2013

08.00   Pick up & departure Hanoi by car.

10.00   Stop Sao Do/ Hai Duong – Break Stop

12.00  Arrival Halong – Break and Photo Shooting

12:30 – 12:30: Welcome onboard

12:40: From Hon Gai international harbor heading to Bai Tu Long area

13:00: Lunch is served. Enjoy local sea food

15:00: Transfer from Victory Star to rowing boat to visit Vung Vieng fishing village. Rowers are local girls wearing traditional costume. It’s the opportunity to see the fisher’s daily life with the primary features in the charming nature. Additionally, the beauty of Cao cave (Thung cave) is also a good place to visit. After that, we can also organize a rowing-boat competition (a traditional activity of locals) for passengers upon request. During this time you can also enjoy swimming in clear water, beautiful and calm nature.

17:00: Come back to the boat, continue to visit Ha Long Bay

18:00: The cruise is anchored overnight at Ho Dong Tien area. On the way to be there is perfect to enjoy sunset.

19:30: Dinner is served.

Then, passengers can relax with the services on Victory Star such as: bar, massage, fishing and so on…

Overnight on board.       

DAY 4 – HALONG BAY CRUISE – LAN HA BAY & KAYAKING (B,L,D) 14 Oct 2013

06:30: Enjoy sunrise over the Bay or take part in our morning Tai Chi

07:30: Enjoy breakfast

08:30: Visit Lan Ha Bay

09:30: Swimming in Three Peaches area or Van Boi. If passengers would like to kayak, the sailors will guide them to some untouched area

11:30: Come back to Victory Star to cruise around Lan Ha bay, passengers have time at pleasure to contemplate the beauty of nature

12:00: Lunch is served on board (Stop at a peaceful and beautiful area)

13:30: Continue to visit at Lan Ha Bay. We organize a rowing-boat competition (a traditional activity of locals) for passengers upon request or visit Ba Ham Lake or Cua Van fishing village & floating cultural ho(it depends on tidal situation)

15:30: Heading to the Heaven gate

17:30: Victory Star is anchored overnight at Heaven gate. The perfect place to enjoy sunset. Passengers can relax with services on Victory Star such as: bar, massage, drinks…

19:30: Dinner is served.

Overnight on board.                                                                     

Day 5: MORE CRUISE HALONG BAY – VISITING CAVE – HANOI – FLY TO HOI AN B / L) 15 Oct 2013

06:30: Enjoy sunrise over the Bay or take part in our morning Tai Chi class

07:00: Biscuits, coffee and tea

08:00: Visit to Sung Sot Cave

09:15: Check out

09:30: Have buffet brunch

11:00: Come back to the pier. Our car wait and transfer to Hanoi Airpot fly to Hoi An.

DAY 6 – HOI AN COOKING TOUR (B  / L)  16 Oct 2013

At 08h00 Am Our car transfer to Tra Que Organic Village, and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago – no electrical machinery here. We pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home.

To the local village market and with shopping list in hand we purchase a range of local ingredients, including star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach and banana flower.

Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Red Bridge Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes, including the national dish ‘Pho’.

After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared.

Leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our new 20 metre swimming pool.

DAY 7 –  HOI AN ( B ) 17 Oct 2013

You are free at leisure today.

There are lots of things that you can do in Hoian. The Cua Dai beach – a long and white sand beach where you can swim and relax. Cycling in this peaceful town is also a memorable experience as you discover the old town and its nearby handicraft village (Kim Bong carpenter village, Tra Que herb planting village) Most of hotels in Hoian provide bicycle for free up to availability or for rent with low cost.

Hoi An is also very famous for clothes and shoes tailor – made with high quality and very reasonable prices.

DAY 8 HOI AN – DA NANG – HUE ( B ) 18 Oct 2013

After breakfast, At 08h00 Am. We drive 4 hours northwards to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Take some stops on the way to see the spectacular view on the top of “Hai Van Pass” and the legend beach of Lang Co.

Afternoon, sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda.

DAY 9 – HUE – SAIGON ( B ) 19 Oct 2013

Today take a flight to Saigon. Upon arrival you will be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 10 SAIGON CITY AND CU CHI TUNNELS ( B / L) 20 Oct 2013

08h00 Our car and guide pick up from hotel to downtown of Ho Chi Minh for touring along the famous Dong Khoi street , passing by the Opera House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral & central Post Office and Independent Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we are heading to Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, is 70 kilometers North West of down town Ho Chi Minh city . The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French.  Back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Stay: 2 Nights ASIAN RUBY 3 HOTEL

AMALOTUS CRUISE – 21/Oct/201- 28/Oct/2013

DAY 11 – EMBARK MS La MARGUIRETA CRUISE or AMALOTUS CRUISE (B / L / D) 21 Oct 2013

After a morning at leisure, be transferred to the port to embark your river cruise ship for your seven night cruise to Siem Reap. This evening enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner onboard with your fellow travellers.

DAY 12 – CAIBE – VINH LONG (B / L / D) 22 Oct 2013

This morning visit the Cai Be floating markets and admire the French styled Gothic Cathedral. This afternoon we sail to Vinh Long, where we take a walking tour through the local markets, and see a vast array of aquatic life being sold.

DAY 13 – SA DEC – TAN CHAU (B / L / D) 23 Oct

Today we visit the Hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec a quaint little city on the banks of the Mekong River. Explore the markets along the paved river banks and see the Pagoda and Fujian Temple.

DAY 14 – TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING (B / L / D) 24 Oct

Sail through a floating fish farm and along the small tributaries of the Mekong River and see stilt houses haphazardly learning against each other. This afternoon we visit Tan Chau, tour the town on rickshaw. We visit a factory making rattan mats and slippers. Return to the ship where we enjoy Fruits Carving and Vietnamese fresh Spring Roll demonstrations by Executive Chef.

DAY 15 – PHNOM PENH (B / L / D) 25 Oct

Today we dock in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian Capital, where take a city tour including highlights such as the Silver Pagoda, National Museum and the Royal Palace. This afternoon we learn of Cambodia’s tragic past under the Khmer Rouge’s regime. We visit the S21 (Toul Sleng) Detention centre and the Killing Fields.

DAY 16 – CHONG KOH, OUDONG & KAMPONG TRALACH (B / L / D) 26 Oct

Take a walking tour through the silk weaving village of Chong Koh, explore Oudong, the Cambodian capital between 1618 and 1866. In Kampong Tralach take an Ox Cart ride through the beautiful countryside.

DAY 17 – KAMPONG CHHNANG – TONLE LAKE (B / L / D) 27 Oct

Take a memorable boat ride excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form part of the river mouth. Here keep an eye out for a variety of birdlife, as well as see the floating village, which is part of life for many Cambodian’s in the Tonle Sap lake.

DAY 18 – SIEM REAP, DISSEMBARK CRUISE (B) 28 Oct

After cruising through the remainder of the Tonle Sap river system this morning we disembark and transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap

Stay: 2 Nights Stay: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa

Day 19 – SIEM REAP ANGKOR FULL DAY TOUR (B / L) 29 Oct

08:00. We start to explore the temple at Angkor Thom City entering by the west gate. From the enigmatic faces of the Bayon temple to the intricate bas reliefs of the Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom is filled with fabulous monuments. Lunch at a local restaurant on your own account. After lunch we drive to Banteay Srei, another truly beautiful sight. Built in 967 AD by Jayavarman V’s guru, it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture.

Day 20 – DEPART SIEM REAP (B) 30 Oct

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.See you again!

TOUR INCLUDED:

– Accommodation

– Vietnam Visa Approval letter

– Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

– Private transportation by A/C car as itinerary

– Shuttle Van Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi

– Cruise in Halong Bay on Deluxe Cruise – Luxury Cruise, On – request!

– Private Boat & Snorkeling in Nha Trang

– Surcharge for peak season & Gala dinner at hotel in Hoian

– Flight tickets (Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Dalat, Nha Trang – Saigon)

– 7 Nights on Lamarguerite or Amalotus Cruise – Luxury Cruise

– English speaking guide

– Water

– Entrance fees, boat trip, performance & excursions.

COST: Price in US dollars per person based on Twin, Double share room. Apply for private tour. 

Group Size

Group 10 – 16 People

Land Tour/pp

3699

2 domestic flights/pp

180

Total/pp

3879


What’s Included:

– Accommodation

– Vietnam Visa Approval letter

– Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

– Private transportation by A/C car as itinerary

– 2 Nights on Indochina Sails – Luxury Cruise

– 7 Nights on Amalotus Cruise – Luxury Cruise

– English speaking guide as program.

– Water

– Entrance fees, boat trip, performance & excursions.

What’s Excluded:

– Travel insurance

– International flights

– Tipping and other personal expenses.

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