20 Night Cruise and Land Package including a 7 Night Cruise sailing from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh aboard Avalon Saigon.
DAY 1 BANGKOK, THAILAND.
Welcome to Thailand! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
DAY 2 BANGKOK.
Canals, Temples, and the Buddhas of Bangkok. CLASSIC - This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals. Visit the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple Of The Emerald Buddha. Also, visit the Temple Of The Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 15 metre (49 foot) high by 46 metre (151 foot) long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
DAY 3 BANGKOK.
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (B)
DAY 4 BANGKOK-HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM.
Today, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
DAY 5 HO CHI MINH CITY.
Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine. CLASSIC - Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Then visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. DISCOVERY - For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations! Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. This evening join your travelling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS.
Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts. CLASSIC - Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels-an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length- used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel. (B)
DAY 7 HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION).
Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Transfer to the port on the Saigon River for embarkation. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG (B,L,D)
DAY 8 VINH LONG-CU LAO GIENG.
Sweets, Sampans, and Spires. DISCOVERY - Board a sampan this morning for a local Workshop Visit in Vinh Long to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. DISCOVERY - This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via Sampan. Visit a Local Home, where a skilled family handcrafts sampan boats. Then, ride a motor cart to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special interaction with a Catholic priest. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC (B,L,D)
DAY 9 CHAU DOC-LONG KHANH A-BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA.
Colourful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers. DISCOVERY - In Chau Doc, take a Guided Walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then embark on a River Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more. DISCOVERY - After lunch, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton- Weaving Demonstration of a well-preserved artisan's tradition. Return to the ship to set sail for the Cambodian border. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
DAY 10 PHNOM PENH.
Bonjour! French Charm in Cambodia. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the city by private cyclo with visits to the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the city, Consider a Guided Optional Tour of a local brewery with free flowing local beer! Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show, featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
DAY 11 PHNOM PENH.
Shining a Light on a Dark History. CLASSIC - A Guided Visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields provides a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY (B,L,D)
DAY 12 WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN.
Water Blessings and Back To School Adventures. DISCOVERY - Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks. DISCOVERY - After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KONPONG LOUANG (B,L,D)
DAY 13 KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH.
Calm in the Cambodian Countryside. DISCOVERY - Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. In Kampong Tralach board an ox cart for a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle River. EVENING CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
DAY 14 PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION)-SIEM REAP.
Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! CLASSIC - After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, OR: ACTIVE - Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike. The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, stay to witness the sunset at Angkor Wat, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus. (B,L)
DAY 15 SIEM REAP.
Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles. CLASSIC - Join a Sightseeing Excursion to the Angkor temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then, visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route, stop at a village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to further explore Siem Reap, or visit the temple complex by tuk-tuk. DISCOVERY - This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance. (B,D)
DAY 16 SIEM REAP-HANOI.
Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)
DAY 17 HANOI.
Historic Hanoi and Water Puppets. CLASSIC - First, join a Guided Visit of the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next, see iconic sites, including One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Lastly, visit the 900-year-old Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university. Enjoy lunch at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to become employed for a more stable life. CLASSIC - Enjoy an Electric Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter-with its 36 ancient streets. DISCOVERY - An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating Live Performance of Hanoi's renowned water puppets, a traditional 11th century artform. (B,L,D)
DAY 18 HANOI-HA LONG BAY.
Island Shapes and a Floating Village. Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes. Board the luxurious Paradise Elegance for a Two- Night Cruise on the bay. DISCOVERY - Visit the Cua Van Floating Village, home to more than 700 people-by bamboo raft, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Kayak Ride to visit Cua Van Village. Enjoy scenic sailing for the remainder of the day before anchoring for the night. (B,L,D)
DAY 19 HA LONG BAY.
Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs. DISCOVERY - Visit Titop Island for a Guided Excursion to take a swim, or climb 400 steps to the top for stunning views. You can also visit Luon Cave by boat, and explore Dark & Bright Cave by bamboo raft, OR: ACTIVE - Explore Luon Cave and Dark & Bright Cave by Kayak Ride. After a day of exploring, consider a spa treatment or simply relax for happy hour prior to dinner! (B,L,D)
DAY 20 HA LONG BAY-HANOI.
Surprising and Amazing Beauty. This morning, relax onboard your ship, or visit Sung Sot Cave, considered one of the most beautiful in the area with its magnificent formations. Afterwards, return to Hanoi and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (B)
DAY 21 HANOI.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|16/12||Bangkok, Thailand||Flight to Ho Chi Minh|
|16/12||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam||Hotel|
|17/12||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam||Hotel|
|18/12||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam||Hotel|
|19/12||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam||Embark|
|20/12||Vinh Long, Vietnam|
|20/12||Cu Lao Gien, Vietnam|
|21/12||Chau Doc, Vietnam|
|22/12||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|23/12||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|24/12||Wat Hanchey, Cambodia|
|25/12||Kampong Tralach, Cambodia|
|26/12||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Disembark||Flight to Siem Reap|
|26/12||Siem Reap, Cambodia||Hotel|
|27/12||Siem Reap, Cambodia||Hotel|
|28/12||Siem Reap, Cambodia||Flight to Hanoi|
|30/12||Hanoi, Vietnam||Transfer to Halong Bay|
|30/12||Halong Bay, Vietnam||Embark Paradise Elegance|
|31/12||Halong Bay, Vietnam|
|01/01||Halong Bay, Vietnam||Disembark Paradise Elegance||Transfer to Hanoi|
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