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Journey: Siem Reap to Saigon

Discover the wonders of the Mekong from Cambodia to Vietnam.

Combine the intriguing sights of life on the banks of the Mekong River with an in-depth look at the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia’s cities and villages, including stays in Siem Reap and Saigon. This 15 day itinerary provides an exciting look into this part of the world, allowing you the flexibility to explore how you want to, and great opportunities to personalize your cruise and tour, you’re assured of an amazing experience each day.

Holiday price includes
- Cruise Director & local guides
- All sightseeing & on board entertainment
- Three nights at the Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap
- Two nights at the famous Grand Hotel Saigon
- Seven nights aboard the RV La Marguerite for a Mekong River cruise
- 28 meals – Enjoy 12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 9 Dinners
- Plus complimentary local beer, local spirits and soft drink served at your discretion on board your Mekong Cruise; complimentary wine also served with lunch and dinner on board the cruise
- Overseas transfers, all port charges & tipping
- Arrival and departure airport transfers

Holiday Highlights
-
Visit a ‘grass roots’ orphanage in Angkor
- Take in a traditional Apsara dance performance during a Welcome Dinner in Siem Reap
- Explore Angkor Archaeological Park
- Experience sunrise at Angkor Wat
- Enjoy an ox-cart ride through the countryside of Cambodia
- Participate in a Buddhist blessing experience in Oudong
- Explore the copper manufacturing village of Koh Chen
- See the sights of Tan Chau during a rickshaw tour
- Explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnels
- Take a boat ride to Sa Dec for a tour and see Huynh Thuy Le’s old house (once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras)
- Visit a local rice paper manufacturer in Cai Be to learn how rice paper is made

Trip Notes
-
14 Day itinerary varies slightly – operates in reverse, from Saigon to Siem Reap, and guests stay only two nights in Siem Reap
- Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
- Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
- Supplements for solo travellers available on application
- Visas may be required, but are not included within the tour cost
- Low water season: You’ll embark/disembark your Mekong River cruise at Prek K’dam and transfer by coach to Siem Reap

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to the Cambodian city of Siem Reap. 

Day 2. Arrive Siem Reap
On arrival in Siem Reap this afternoon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Special Stay – this evening unwind at the Shinta Mani Resort.         
Three Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort. 

Day 3. Siem Reap, Angkor
Following breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure. Later, head out on a tour to the most enduring capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, a walled city complex located within World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the 13th-century temple, Bayon, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. At a Welcome Dinner tonight, dine on delicious Khmer cuisine and enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance. BD 

Day 4. Siem Reap, Angkor
Enjoy a spectacular start to your day as you rise early to experience the sunrise at Angkor Wat, the best-preserved temple of the park and thought to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Later, return to the hotel for breakfast before enjoying time to explore as you please. This afternoon takes you to nearby Ta Prohm, a temple famous for its intertwined trees.
Like a Local – before returning to Siem Reap, visit a ‘grass roots’ orphanage.        B 

Day 5. Siem Reap, Embark Cruise
After breakfast this morning board your river ship, the RV La Marguerite, for the start of your seven-night Mekong River cruise. This evening, after settling in to your suite, enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the ship’s Mekong Restaurant.
Seven Nights: RV La Marguerite.               BLD 

Day 6. Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong
Take a boat into the wetlands that form Tonle-Sap’s river-mouth. After re-boarding your ship, continue cruising along the Mekong to Kampong Tralach, where you’ll enjoy an ox-cart ride. Then travel by coach to Oudong, the royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. Here, visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience before returning to your ship. BLD 

Day 7. Koh Chen, Phnom Penh
Disembark and explore the little-known copper manufacturing village of Koh Chen today, before continuing on to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. This evening, following dinner on board, take in a Khmer folk performance. BLD 

Day 8. Phnom Penh
On a tour of Phnom Penh today, visit the opulent Royal Palace and the impressive Silver Pagoda. Then, after lunch back on your ship, join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). After dinner, perhaps step out for an evening walk around this fascinating capital.   BLD

Day 9. Border Crossing, Tan Chau
Enjoy the entire day on board as you head towards the Vietnamese border. Perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs as you cross into Vietnam. Arrive in the Vietnamese town of Tan Chau, where your ship will remain moored overnight.                 BLD 

Day 10. Tan Chau, Sa Dec
Today you’ll travel along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, and visit a remote island to witness authentic rural Mekong life. Later, venture ashore for a wonderful rickshaw tour of Tan Chau and visit several local artisan workshops, among other attractions. Back on board your ship this afternoon, you might choose to attend a lecture on Vietnam in your ship’s lounge, or relax and socialise. BLD 

Day 11. Sa Dec, Cai Be
This morning, take a boat ride to Sa Dec for a guided sightseeing tour that will take in the city’s main attractions. After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be. Here, go ashore to see the French Gothic Cathedral and visit a local rice paper manufacturer. This evening, return to your ship and enjoy your last night onboard.             BLD

Day 12. Disembark Ship, Saigon
Disembark the RV La Marguerite for the final time at My Tho Port today and travel by coach to the thriving city of Saigon, which has been known by many names over the years, reflecting settlements by many diverse ethnic, political, and cultural groups. Special Stay – for the next two nights, stay right in the heart of the city at the Grand Hotel Saigon.
Two Nights: Grand Hotel Saigon.               B

Day 13. Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon
Today you will set off on a visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connected underground tunnels built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. These tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches. During your visit they will offer intriguing insight into the war. After your sightseeing activity here, you will return to Saigon. With the afternoon yours at leisure to explore, you may like to ask your Tour Director about the Select Experiences that are available. This evening, head to a local restaurant for a delicious Farewell Dinner.              BD 

Day 14. Depart Saigon
Your exciting journey throughout Asia comes to an end today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home to the UK. B 

Day 15. Arrive London 

15 day Siem Reap – Saigon Flight Inclusive Prices  - Companion Fly Free 

First passenger: £2,845                  Second passenger: £1,895

Based on June 2015 and April 2016 dates.  Other dates available at a supplement.  Price based on a Cat. C Standard Suite (porthole window) on the Mekong deck.  Upgrades available from £195pp.  Must book by 31st October 2014 for Companion Fly Free Offer

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