Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel for your three night stay
Explore the city of Angkor Thom and the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King before visiting the temple of Ta Prohm, enveloped in a labyrinth of jungle. Later, visit awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. This evening, view the sunset on Angkor Thom’s moat
In the high-water season, drive to Kampong Phluk, a cluster of three villages of stilt houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap lake. In the lower water season, you will visit Chong Kneas floating village. You will be treated toa glimpse into local life at the home of a Khmer family before returning to Siem Reap to enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Fly to Phnom Penh.
Depart Siem Reap and fly to Phnom Penh. Visit the Cambodian Royal Palace and the opulent Silver Pagoda by cyclo before heading to the National Museum with extensive artefacts on display. Make a final stop at Wat Phnom and experience how traditional arts are preserved with a Cambodian Living Arts tour and enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Phnom Penh
Transfer to Cheung Ek, also known as the Killing Fields, where many civilians became victims of the brutal Khmer Rouge. Many people find it confronting and emotional; you will be given time to explore and reflect on your own. Later, transfer to Phnom Penh pier, where you will say goodbye to your National Escort and be picked up by a local guide from the Victoria Mekong. After a welcome briefing, you will cast off into the waters of the Mekong Delta. Relax with a sundowner on deck and sit down to a sumptuous gala dinner whilst enjoying an Apsara performance on board.
Sail towards the border, passing into Vietnam in the early afternoon. Spend a relaxed morning appreciating the passing scenery, or choose from the onboard activities, such as cocktail making or a cultural lecture. This evening, before dinner, experience a thrilling lion dance performance!
Continue downstream to Long Xuyen and disembark to visit the bustling floating market and a local museum.
After lunch back onboard, arrive at Tan Loc Island, where you will visit a historic house and a lush garden for tea and fruit - a taste of Mekong hospitality. Alternatively, visit a ‘rose apple’ distillery, where they distill a liqueur known locally as plum wine, which you can taste. Sail on to Can Tho, a Mekong Delta city where the ship will dock.
Hear a performance of Đờn ca tài tử, traditional music of the Mekong, as you sip a farewell cocktail before dinner
Disembark and travel to Ho Chi Minh City for your two night stay. Later, dinner will be at Noir, for a sensory dining experience
Today, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, central to the Vietnamese war’s strategic operations. Return to Ho Chi Minh City to explore its heady mix of local culture and colonial influences
Fly to Da Nang.
Then transfer to your hotel in Hoi An for a two night stay.
Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of Hoi An, arriving first at Chua Ong Pagoda. Next, pass by the 200-year old Tan Ky House and take a short break at the Japanese Covered Bridge - one of Hoi An’s most iconic structures. Visit the Reaching Out Tea House, an establishment that aids locals with disabilities, for a rejuvenating cup of tea
This morning, visit a local community farming project just outside of Hoi An. Here, the community has come together to create a large vegetable farm. Learn the traditional methods the farmers use to plant, fertilise and harvest the crop, then try your hand at raking the ground and sowing seeds. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, with free time to head to the beach or explore Hoi An ancient town.
After breakfast, transfer to Danang and fly to the charming city of Hanoi where you will check into your hotel for a two night stay. This afternoon, visit the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university. Then take a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Each cyclo takes one passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. Wrap up your ride with an opportunity to taste some traditional egg coffee.
Discover the sights of Hanoi. First stop at the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and an external visit of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, followed by the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. This evening, sit back and enjoy the Quintessence of Tonkin, a cultural celebration of northern Vietnamese history.
Today, travel to Ha Long Bay, where you will take an overnight cruise to the far-most corners of the bay by boat. Enjoy lunch as you cruise out into the bay, stopping to anchor for an afternoon of activities
This morning, sail through Ha Long Bay. After an early lunch, disembark your cruise and return to Hanoi for an overnight hotel stay
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