Charms of the Mekong : 2018 - Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi : ms AmaDara (Cruise & Land)
Your journey begins in lively Ho Chi Minh City for a two-night stay before embarking your Mekong cruise at My Tho Port. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Spend two nights in Siem Reap, Cambodia, touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your last four evenings in Northern Vietnam with three nights in cosmopolitan Hanoi and one night in Ha Long Bay, A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 1 : Arrive In Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon. This former capital of Indochina was once known as "Paris of the Orient." Today, Vietnam's largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City
Today you will enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, known for its vast collection of artifacts from the Vietnam War. Finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market - one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. (B,L)
Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh City - Embarkation
Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : Cai Be - Sa Dec
After breakfast, take an excursion in a local boat around Cai Be to see the spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. An afternoon excursion takes you to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : Tan Chau - Border Crossing
This morning, you'll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional "xe-loi" (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as "Evergreen Island." Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a workshop that makes rattan mats in the village. You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : Phnom Penh
The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, early this morning and docks at the terminal. This morning you will take an excursion to Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields and also visit the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh's vibrant nightlife scene. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : Phnom Penh - Koh Chen
The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting or an opportunity to take a Tuk Tuk tour through the city. In the late morning, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : Oudong - Kampong Tralach
Your will have a truly memorable day today, starting with a short motor coach ride to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist monastery and receive a special blessing. In Kampong Tralach you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap Lake
This morning you will take a motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil floating villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. ( B,L,D)
Day 10 : Prek Kdam - Disembarkation - Siem Reap
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. After disembarking, transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Tonight, you will enjoy a special "Apsara Dancing Show" at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)
Day 11 : Siem Reap - Angkor
This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Afterwards visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, the "jewel of Khmer art." This afternoon, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in a nearby village. (B,D)
Day 12 : Siem Reap - Hanoi
After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Ta Prohm Temple, known as the "Kingdom of Trees" for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. A short flight that will take you to Hanoi. This evening, arrive in Hanoi and check in to your hotel. (B, L)
Day 13 : Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, and verdant parks and temples. A morning sightseeing tour will take you to some of Hanoi's most famous historical and cultural sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as a "cyclo") in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B)
Day 14 : Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
After breakfast, leave Hanoi behind and take a scenic ride to one of Vietnam's most renowned locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a contemporary junk with traditional accents, where you will spend the night - an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience and an AmaWaterways exclusive. Enjoy an onboard dinner set against the bay's magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations. (B,L,D)
Day 15 : Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Disembark the Junk in Ha Long Bay and transfer to the Hanoi. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own and perhaps venture to nearby shops for mementos of your Southeast Asia adventure. (B,L)
Day 16 : Hanoi
Bid farewell to Vietnam and prepare for your homeward flight (B)
Call 1 (888) 484-4033 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13581647
- Cruise Line
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 16 Days
- Cruise Ship
- ms AmaDara
Click for more information on this ship.
|Day 1||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 2||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 3||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 4||Cai Be|
|Day 5||TAN CHAU|
|Day 6||Phnom Penh|
|Day 7||Phnom Penh|
|Day 10||Prek Kdam|
|Day 11||Siem Reap|
|Day 12||Siem Reap|
|Day 15||Ha Long Bay|
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: $161 per person
Intra-Asia Air (Siem Reap - Hanoi): Additional $360 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
Single Supplement: Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
Single Supplement for Land: $1,099 per person
Bedding: Please call for details
Visa: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a cruise and land itinerary must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single entry visa for Cambodia. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.
Phnom Penh: No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.
Cruise only starting in Ho Chi Minh City: We recommend that you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City before 10 a.m. on embarkation day, or book an extra night prior to your cruise embarkation date to avoid potential missed connections to your cruise. We also recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Siem Reap after 7:00pm to avoid potential missed connections on your cruise disembarkation date.
10-night program starting in Ho Chi Minh City: We recommend that you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City before 10 a.m. on embarkation day, or book an extra night prior to your cruise embarkation date to avoid potential missed connections to your cruise.
All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.