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From the Mekong Delta to the Angkor Temples, Hanoi and Halong Bay

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard RV Indochine II
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You’ll begin your extraordinary vacation in Indochina with a discovery of Hanoï, the Vietnamese capital, and on an unforgettable cruise on the legendary Halong Bay among the fantastically formed islands, crags, and cliffs. Then, cast off on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on the legendary river that begins in the mountains of Tibet and meanders through no less than six countries. The Mekong traces the authentic, profound, and mesmerizing history of Vietnam and Cambodia along its riverbanks.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 3 : Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 4 : Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 6 : Cho Gao - My Tho - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Sa Dec
Day 7 : Sa Dec - Chau Doc
Day 8 : Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Day 9 : Phnom Penh
Day 10 : Koh Chen - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang
Day 11 : Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap
Day 12 : Siem Reap - Angkor
Day 13 : Siem Reap
Day 14 : Siem Reap

Highlights

  • Discover Hano├», historic heart of the nation
  • Ride a pedi-cab through the
  • Cruise across Halong Bay listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Crossing through the splendid Cho Gao canal

Ship

RV Indochine II

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Mekong River
  • Vietnam
  • Angkor Wat
  • Cai Be
  • Chau Doc
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kampong Chhnang
  • Kampong Tralach
  • Koh Chen
  • My Tho
  • Phnom Penh
  • Sa Dec
  • Siem Reap
  • Tonle Sap Lake

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Phnom Penh Royal Palace complex Bike in front of Angkor Wat Buddha at Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom Reflections of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Sunset over the Mekong River

Day 1 Hanoi

Participation in today‘s activities will depend on your arrival time in Hanoi. If you arrive between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., your program will be:
We’ll spend the day on a guided tour of the capital, visiting the outside of the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh's humble stilt house behind the mausoleum, and the unique One Pillar Pagoda Buddhist temple. We’ll visit the Temple of Literature, built-in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. After lunch in town (between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), we’ll take a pedicab ride. We’ll have a tour of the local "Embassy Row" with its French colonial-style architecture. This evening, we’ll watch a traditional water puppetry show and have dinner in the city. You’ll check into a 4-star hotel.

Day 2 Hanoi - Halong Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll leave early in the morning for Halong Bay (approx. 3.5 hours travel time). We’ll be welcomed on board, enjoy a cocktail and have lunch. We'll begin our cruise to discover the thousands of various limestone islands dotting the emerald-colored bay. We’ll enjoy dinner on board this evening. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 3 Halong Bay - Hanoi

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early with us this morning and participate in a Tai Chi class on deck. We'll continue our cruise through the bay, discovering more of its extraordinary scenery and visiting one of the largest caves. This morning, brunch will be served on board. We'll disembark at 11:00 and return to Hanoi. Before arriving, we'll stop off at the Dinh Bang. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 4 Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You'll fly to Ho Chi Minh City. We will tour the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. Lunch in a local restaurant. We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches. Lunch will be served on board. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal. Night on board.

Day 6 Cho Gao - My Tho - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit of a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Lunch. We’ll discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol*. Night on board.

Day 7 Sa Dec - Chau Doc

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of Sa Dec and discovery of the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. We’ll return on board our ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.

Day 8 Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breakfast on board. Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. We’ll pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Lunch on board. Arrival in the evening in Phnom Penh. Dinner on board. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 9 Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum. After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. As we get back on board, we will enjoy an Apsara dance show. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.

Day 10 Koh Chen - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Lunch.Visit of the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda we need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 11 Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country. Tasting of some local products. Lunch. then continue our cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 12 Siem Reap - Angkor

We spend the morning cruising. Disembarkation, and lunch. Visit of the famous temple of Angkor Wat, masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. Dinner and overnight in hotel (Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose).

Day 13 Siem Reap

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of the temple at Ta Prohm. Today nature has taken over the site and the result is stunning: trees spring out from the temple buildings and thick roots now cover the temple. This afternoon we explore Angkor Thom, have a wander in the heart of the ancient Royal palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. Lunch. Visit of the temple at Banteay Srei, which means "the citadel of women”. Dinner. Then, enjoy a show with Phare, the Cambodian circus. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 14 Siem Reap

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit of the "Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, we visit the workshops of the "Artisans d'Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer craftwork traditions. Lunch in the hotel.
Well bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

RV Indochine II

Angkor Wat

Hanoi - Hotels

Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$4,424
Accommodations aboard the RV Indochine II
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Main Deck
8 outside-facing cabins on the main deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; ample storage space; private bathroom with shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.
Comfortable cabin aboard the RV Indochine II
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Upper Deck
22 outside-facing cabins on the upper deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; ample storage space; private bathroom with shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

This offer includes
Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel - all meals - drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer* or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) - unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water during the cruise onboard the RV Indochine II - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of a French-speaking local tour guides and onboard CroisiEurope tour director on board the RV Indochine II - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips.

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €80 per passenger will be given to crew members during the cruise and to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

This offer does not include
International flights and their taxes - transfers - Cambodian and Vietnamese visas - cancellation and baggage insurance - drinks other than those mentioned.

Formalities
For French, Swiss, and Belgian nationals: Passport that is valid for 6 months after your date of return, with at least two consecutive pages free of any markings and mandatory Cambodian visa. The visa for Vietnam could be required depending on your nationality.

For other nationalities: Please consult the competent authorities (consulate/embassy) before your trip.

VISA INFORMATION FOR CAMBODIA/VIETNAM
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