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From the Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta & The Imperial Cities (port-to-port cruise)

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR - TONLE SAP LAKE - KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH - KOH CHEN - PHNOM PENH - CHAU DOC - SA DEC - VINH LONG - CAI BE - MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY - HUE - DA NANG - HOI AN - MY SON - HANOI

Prolong your stay with a 7-day post-cruise program and discover the essential sites in two Vietnamese provinces formerly known as Annam and Tonkin. Visit the capital, Hanoi, as well as thousand-year-old pagodas, lakes and historical monuments. Set out on an unforgettable cruise on the legendary Halong Bay among the fantastically formed islands, crags, and cliffs.

Trip code : 1R9_PP

Duration : 17 days

Destination : Siem Reap - TONLE SAP - KAMPONG TRALACH - PHNOM PENH - CHAU DOC - SA DEC - MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY - Hué - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Travel Dates : 2020/2021

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals
  • Refined local cuisine
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Onboard activities and/or lectures
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Discover 3 historical cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
    • Crossing through the splendid Cho Gao canal
    • Visit 6 major temples in Angkor
    • Meet the locals and learn about their daily lives in Koh Chen, My Tho...
  • EXTENSION INCLUDED:
    • Discover Hue and its Imperial City
    • The partially ruined temples in My Son
    • Hanoï, historic heart of the nation
    • Cruise across Halong Bay listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Your program will begin according to your time of arrival in Siem Reap. If your flight arrives between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your program will be: Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose. Lunch will be served at the hotel between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and you’ll be able to check into your room at 2 p.m. This afternoon, we’ll visit the Senteurs d'Angkor: a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. We’ll also visit Artisans Angkor, which states its goal as "the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Cambodian arts & crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas." Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.
We’ll explore Angkor Thom, the monumental temple of Bayon—famous for its towers and 172 faces of Avalokitesvara, and Ta Prohm. After lunch in town, we’ll leave for a visit of Banteay Srei. This evening, we’ll have dinner in a restaurant in town before ending the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spending the night at the hotel.
We'll visit the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art. It is the largest religious monument in the world and an architectural masterpiece. Lunch will be served at the hotel. In the early afternoon, you’ll be transferred from the hotel to the ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner on board. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise across the lake. After lunch, we’ll visit Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. Fish farming is abundant here. The region is also known for its traditional pottery combining ancient knowledge with modern techniques—Chhnang itself means "pot." We'll enjoy a tasting of regional products before returning on board and beginning to cruise to Kampong Tralach. We’ll have dinner. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.
We will set out to visit 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. After lunch, we'll arrive in Koh Chen. You can explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After returning on board, we'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Phnom Penh, arriving in the early evening. Enjoy a brief tour of the area by "tuk-tuk," the easiest way to get around the city. We’ll return to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music and have dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 6

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. We'll return on board for dinner in the evening and start sailing towards Vietnam. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.
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. Once we are back on board, we’ll begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. We’ll have dinner. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.
Once we arrive in Sa Dec, discover 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 have lunch on board and cruise to Vinh Long. We’ll set out in smaller boats and travel through canals and orchards before arriving in Cai Be. 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*. We’ll return on board our ship and begin to cruise. We’ll have dinner. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.
We'll visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. We'll then take a ride in small sampans along the canal lined with mangrove palms. Lunch will be served on board. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal, heading for Ho Chi Minh City. We’ll have dinner and remain in port overnight.
Ho Chi Minh City was heavily influenced by French colonialism in the 19th century. We’ll enjoy a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office, and visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, 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. After our excursion, we'll return on board our ship. Tonight we’ll have our farewell cocktail and dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking. We’ll spend the morning visiting Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After lunch in town, you’ll be transferred to the airport and board a flight to Hué. You’ll check into a 4-star hotel and have dinner.

DAY 12

Visit of the Tombs of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc, and the Tu Hieu Pagoda. We'll have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll visit the Imperial City. This citadel was built between 1805 and 1832 and is an outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital. We'll also visit the Dong Ba Market, have dinner in the city, and return to the hotel for the night.
Transfer by boat along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. We'll then visit Kim Long Village and have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll leave for Da Nang, where we'll visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which houses the largest collection of these unique works. On our way back, we'll stop off at China Beach. You'll then be transferred to Hoi An, where you'll check into your 4*LS hotel. We'll have dinner in the city, and spend the night at the hotel.
Visit of My Son which was the imperial city of Champa's empire. Afterwards, we'll return to Hoi An, and have lunch in town. This afternoon will be spent visiting Hoi An. The Ancient Town is one of the major attractions of the Da Nang area with more than 800 buildings of historical interest. We'll tour the Fujian Assembly Hall, the Phuc Thanh pagoda, and the Japanese Covered Bridge on foot. We'll have dinner in the city, and spend the night at the hotel.
You'll be transferred to the Da Nang airport for a flight to Hanoi. We'll have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll discover the old quarter of the city by pedi-cab or electric mini-bus. Visit of the embassy district with its many colonial buildings. We'll finish up our day with a traditional water puppetry show, have dinner in the city, and spend the night at a 3*LS hotel.
Leaving for Halong Bay (approx. 3.5 hours travel time). Enjoy a cocktail and have lunch on board. We'll begin our cruise to discover the thousands of various limestone islands dotting the emerald-colored bay. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.
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. You'll disembark at 11:00 a.m. and begin the trip back to Hanoi. Before arriving, we'll stop off at the Dinh Bang communal hall, one of the largest and finest communal houses in Vietnam. You'll be served a light dinner before being transferred to the airport for your return trip. End of our services around 6.00 p.m. at the airport. Please do not book any flights before 8.00 p.m.

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

>> CORE PROGRAM

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 on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of an English-speaking local tour guides and onboard CroisiEurope tour director on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - the Croisieurope agent in Siem Reap - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips (excluding tips for crew members on board the ship).

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €35 per passenger will be given to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

>> EXTENDED STAY

Domestic flights and their taxes (55€/person - subject to change) - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - services of local English-speaking tour guides - double-occupancy accommodations in the listed, or similar, hotels - 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) - 24-hour cruise across Halong Bay on a junk (not exclusive to CroisiEurope passengers).

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