Indochina including a one-week cruise along the Mekong, overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay, Luang Prabang and the temples of Angkor
Flight - 1 night
Ho Chi Minh - 3 nights
Mekong Delta - 1 night
Cruise - 3 nights
Phnom Penh - 1 night
Siem Reap - 3 nights
Luang Prabang - 3 nights
Hanoi - 2 nights
Ha Long Bay - 1 night
Flight - 1 night
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.
Cruise & Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
8 Lunches and 9 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 – 18
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. 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 combining Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Visit Cu Chi tunnels. (B, L)
Day 5 Travel to Cai Be for overnight at the 4-star Mekong Riverside Resort. (B)
Day 6 Transfer to My Tho to embark the RV Indochina Pandaw for three nights. Sail to Ben Tre and take sampan boats through the backwaters to see the fruit orchards. Return to the vessel by horse cart. (B, L, D)
Day 7 By road and sampan boat to Gao Giong bird sanctuary. Afternoon cruise upstream to Con Phuoc Island to moor. Explore by tuk-tuk its basket weaving production, a Catholic church and woodworking artisans. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Afternoon visit to the Taoist temple at Tan Chau, a local village and fish farm. Continue cruising crossing the border in to Cambodia. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Disembark in Phnom Penh. Visit Wat Phnom. Overnight at the 4-star Courtyard by Marriott. Afternoon visit to Tuol Sleng prison (Genocide Museum) and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. Cyclo tour of Phnom Penh. (B)
Day 10 Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Transfer to Siem Reap (6 hrs) for three nights at the 4-star Prince d’Angkor. (B, L)
Day 11 Visit the temples of Angkor including the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, the Royal Enclosure, Terrace of the Elephants and sunset at Angkor Wat. Apsara dance theatre show and dinner. (B, D)
Day 12 Visit Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm. Afternoon boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. (B)
Day 13 Morning free. Afternoon visit to ‘Les Artisan d’Angkor’. Fly to Luang Prabang for three nights at the 4-star Villa Maly. (B)
Day 14 Morning visit to Kuangsi waterfall (chance to swim). Visit the Ethnic Museum, Wat Vixoune, That Makmo and Wat Xieng Thong. Nava Mekong dinner cruise. (B, D)
Day 15 Early morning, witness monks during Tagbat then climb Phousy Hill. Visit the Royal Palace Museum. By boat to Pak Ou Buddha caves and visit a Hmong market. Baci ceremony with traditional music and dance. (B, L, D)
Day 16 Optional morning cooking class or optional morning weaving class (bookable locally). By ferry across the river to Pha Tad Ke botanical garden. Fly to Hanoi for two nights at the 4-star Mövenpick Hotel. (B)
Day 17 Visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, History Museum and Hoan Kiem Lake. (B)
Day 18 Visit Ho Chi Minh’s home and Mausoleum. Transfer to Ha Long Bay (3 hrs) for overnight at the 4-star Wyndham Legend Ha Long Hotel overlooking Ha Long Bay. (B)
Day 19 Morning free. Overnight Ha Long Bay cruise with seafood lunch. Visit a variety of islands and caves. (B, L, D)
Day 20 Further cruising, then disembark and transfer to Hanoi (3 hrs). Visit the Ethnological Museum. Return flight. (B, D)
Day 21 Arrive Heathrow.
Some visits are on foot including uneven surfaces and inclines.
The maximum group size for excursions on the vessels may be larger and combined with other passengers. The cruise itinerary may vary according to navigational factors.
A 4-star hotel is in the heart of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on the Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 191 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located in the famous floating market town of Cai Be Vietnam on the Mekong River with views of the local life of the Mekong Delta. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 50 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/cofee making facilities.
A 4-star hotel located on Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake with a mix of neo-classical and Vietnamese design. Restaurants, rooftop bar and pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 123 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
This 5-star hotel is situated less than a mile from the Royal Palace and the centuries-old Wat Phnom temple, the Courtyard Phnom Penh appeals to all travellers with its contemporary design and array of amenities. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 186 air-conditioned rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-fridge and satellite TV.
A 4-star central hotel with a mix of modern and traditional furnishings. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, lounge, spa and WiFi (free). 222 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This 4-star boutique hotel is located in a neighbourhood that was once a royal enclave, close to the historic district and Mekong River. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 33 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
A 5-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi, 35 minute drive from Noi Bai international airport and only 5 minutes from the city centre and its Old Quarter. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 154 air-conditioned rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-fridge and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel set on the coastline of Bai Chay and within easy access to downtown Ha Long. Restaurants, bars, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 217 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Operated by the French company Rivages du Monde, this new ship has a restaurant, lounge bar, plunge pool and sundeck, half covered by an awning. WiFi (free/limited). 32 large air-conditioned cabins (20 sq.m.) with private facilities, balconies, sliding glass doors, armchairs, coffee table, desk, hairdryer and safe.
A traditionally designed wooden ship combining modern and Vietnamese décor. The Indochina Sails offers a dining room, bar, jacuzzi and sundeck. Cabins are air-conditioned with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and mini-bar.
per person in a twin room/standard cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £1795
(Jul £1595; Oct-Nov 2020 £1695; 2021 £1895)
Upper Deck £245
Upper Deck double for sole use £1995
(Jul £1795; Oct-Nov 2020 £1895; 2021 £2095)
London-Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi-London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £645
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £2995
Transfers to/from airport with group included
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 18 nights' hotel and cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 9 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.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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