Overview

Flight - 1 night
Ho Chi Minh - 3 nights
Mekong Delta - 1 night
Cruise - 7 nights
Siem Reap - 2 nights
Luang Prabang - 2 nights
Hanoi - 2 nights
Ha Long Bay - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

IMAGES OF THE MEKONG

Indochina including a one-week cruise along the Mekong, overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay, Luang Prabang and the temples of Angkor

Relied upon by ninety million people in five countries, life on the Mekong is enlivened by the many colourful traders, floating villages and attractive towns. Tonle Sap, known as the ‘Great Lake’, is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake, designated a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. However, with their enduring timelessness, it is the vast Hindu/Buddhist temple complex at Angkor that will linger in the memory. The calmer experience of the Mekong at Luang Prabang will however run Angkor a close second.

Key Features

Cruise & Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
13 Lunches and 12 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 - 18

 

Special Events

Evenings in Indochina

In Laos, experience a traditional Baci ceremony with a shaman, a group of elders and musicians. In Cambodia, enjoy an Apsara dance theatre show and dinner. In Vietnam enjoy a Saigon River dinner cruise.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Saigon Prince Hotel (early check-in) for three nights. Visit the History Museum and see a Water Puppet show.(B)

Day 3 City tour including the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Reunification Palace, Opera House, General Post Office, Binh Tay market and Thien Hau Pagoda. Saigon River dinner cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Attend a ceremony at Tay Ninh church, home to the Cao-Daism religion which combines Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Visit the Cu Chi tunnels. (B, L)

Day 5 Travel to Cai Be for overnight at the 4-star Mekong Riverside Resort. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 6 Embark on the RV Mekong Prestige II at My Tho for seven nights. Traditional music show on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7 At Cai Be, take a small boat around the floating market and visit the French Gothic cathedral. Then cruise to Sa Dec for a walking tour. (B, L, D)

Day 8 At Tan Chau, visit by boat a fishing farm, visit a silk weaving workshop, then by rickshaw round the town. Sail across the border towards Phnom Penh. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Arrive in Cambodia’s capital with its old French colonial architecture. Visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, National Museum, genocide museum and Wat Phnom. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Cruise to Koh Chong and visit a village. Return to Phnom Penh. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Cruise towards Oudong, former capital, with countless Khmer stupas. At Kampong Tralach, visit the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Sail on the Tonle Sap Lake to the rural port of Kampong Chhnang to visit the floating village on local boats. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Cross Tonle Sap Lake (by bus if water levels low). Disembark and transfer to Siem Reap. Two nights at the 4-star Prince d’Angkor. (B)

Day 14 Explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Royal Enclosure, Terrace of Elephants and Angkor Wat. Sunset gondola cruise. Apsara dance theatre dinner. (B, D)

Day 15 Visit Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm temples. Fly to Luang Prabang for two nights at the 4-star Villa Maly Hotel. (B)

Day 16 Early morning, witness monks during their ritual of Tagbat then walk up Phousy Hill. Visit the Royal Palace Museum. By boat to the Pak Ou Buddha caves and visit a Hmong market. Baci ceremony with traditional music and dance. (B, L, D)

Day 17 Visit Kuangsi waterfall plus lunch at a local restaurant. At Luang Prabang, visit Vat Vixoune, That Makmo and Vat Xieng Thong. Fly to Hanoi for two nights at the 5-star Mövenpick Hotel. (B, L)

Day 18 Hanoi sightseeing including the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s home and Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, the history and ethnological museums, Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter. (B)

Day 19 Transfer to Ha Long Bay (4 hrs) for an overnight cruise visiting islands and caves. Seafood lunch on board. (B, L, D)

Day 20 Extended cruising of Ha Long Bay. Disembark and return to Hanoi (4 hrs) for evening overnight flight to London. (B, L, D)

Day 21 Arrive early morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes
The maximum group size for excursions from RV Mekong Prestige II (Days 6 to 13) may be larger and combined with other passengers.

The cruise itinerary may vary according to local conditions, navigational factors and water levels (Tonle Sap Lake is sometimes not navigable).

2 Feb 2019 will operate on the identical sister ship RV Mekong Prestige I.

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin room/standard cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
November 9 £3995
December 21 £4095

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin room/standard cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 18 £3995
February 29 £3995
March 14 £3895
March 28 £3595
Prices Reduced

Save up to £200
(Jan 5, Mar 2 & Mar 16)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1795

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £245
(Jan-Mar 2019 £295)

Flight Options

London-Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi-London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £645
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £2995

Independent Arrival

Save £450 
Transfers to/from airport with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 18 nights' hotel and cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 13 lunches and 12 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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