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Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong 2018 (Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City)

15-day Uniworld River Cruise

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Day 1 – Hanoi
A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the tranquil Park Hyatt Saigon hotel.
 
Day 2 – Hanoi
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Atmospheric Hanoi
 
Parisian elegance infuses Hanoi’s boulevards, which are lined with handsome colonial buildings. Take in a traditional water puppet show and a complex honoring Ho Chi Minh, founder of modern Vietnam, that contains his residence, a museum devoted to his life, and the famous One Pillar Pagoda, which has been built and rebuilt since 1049. You can see another aspect of Vietnam’s history if you step into one of the dank cells at the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” Your Southeast Asian adventure ends with a Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine and live entertainment at one of Hanoi’s most charming establishments.
 
Day 3 – Hanoi, fly to Siem Reap Cambodia
Enjoy free time in Hanoi before your flight to Siem Reap, then check into the elegant and serene Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort.
 
Day 4 – Siem Reap
FEATURED EXCURSION: Amazing Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat is the most recognizable landmark in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The vast complex was the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire, which ruled this region between the 9th and 12th centuries. Your expedition encompasses the south gate of Angkor Thom (the royal city, which has vanished); Bayon, with its enormous carved heads; Baphuon Temple; the Terrace of the Elephants; and the moss-covered Terrace of the Leper King.
 
Day 5 – Siem Reap
FEATURED EXCURSION: Jungle temples Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm, Apsara show and dinner
 
Explore Banteay Srei—whose exquisite red sandstone carvings are considered the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor—as well as partially restored Banteay Samré and the temple of Ta Prohm, which has been overtaken by the jungle; tentacle-like tree roots spill over millennia-old roofs, enveloping the entire structure. Cap off your day with dinner and a traditional Apsara dance performance.
 
Day 6 – Siem Reap, transfer to Kampong Cham (embark)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Gateway to Angkor Wat
 
Today’s expedition encompasses the south gate of Angkor Thom, once the capital of the Khmer empire, and the pyramid temple of Bayon with its iconic (and enormous) carved heads. The afternoon ends with a walk around Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the moss-encrusted Terrace of the Leper King. From there, you will travel to Kampong Cham and board the intimate Mekong Navigator.
 
Day 7 – Wat Hanchey, Angkor Ban
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cambodia's vibrant cultural life
 
Visit a local school and villagers in their homes before strolling through an eighth-century temple where monks will bestow an unforgettable water blessing upon you.
 
Day 8 – Phnom Penh
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The Killing Fields-tragedy and reconciliation in Cambodia
 
Six thousand photographs of the dead line the walls of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a moving and revealing tribute to the nation's grievous experience under the Khmer Rouge. Cambodians don't live in the past, however, as a visit to the silk weavers on a Mekong island demonstrates.
 
Day 9 – Phnom Penh
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cambodia's capital- Phnom Penh
 
Wide boulevards, saffron-robed monks, French Colonial architecture and traditional Khmer pagodas—Phnom Penh is a feast for the eyes, as you’ll see on a cyclo tour. You'll also visit the Royal Palace’s Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda—which contains jewel-encrusted Buddhas and a floor completely tiled with pure silver—and the National Museum, where priceless artifacts from Angkor Wat are displayed.
 
Day 10 – Cruising the Mekong River, Evergreen Island, Tan Chau
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Daily life on the great delta
 
In the Mekong Delta, residents live, work, and even shop on the water. Today you’ll get a taste for this way of life during a sampan tour of lively Tan Chau harbor, which teems with traditional Vietnamese floating markets and homes. We will start our tour of the main land of Tan Chau by visiting the beautiful Cao Dai temple. We will then get in a XE LOI traditional Rickshaw to go visit a rattan factory that produce baskets and mats. We will then re board our Sampan to go and visit a fish farm. Our Sampan will then take us through “Ever Green Island” and disembark for an Authentic, cultural interaction stroll around the Island and dive into the daily life of its inhabitants. After this eye opener, we will get back to our Colonial Mekong Navigator and sail away for new adventures in Vietnam.
 
Day 11 – Cruising the Mekong River, Gieng Island, Sa Dec
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Sampans and colonial romance
 
Oar-powered sampans, the traditional flat-bottomed boats of Vietnam, fill the narrow canals and inlets of the delta, carrying passengers—including you—to bustling waterfront markets. See how they’re built, observe the daily lives of the locals, and discover scenes made famous by Marguerite Duras’ novel The Lover. Also visit the small island of Gieng, where you will be very surprised to see such an architecturally impressive Catholic cathedral, built shortly after the one in Saigon.
 
Day 12 – Vinh Long, Cai Be
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Village life on the Mekong
 
In the Mekong Delta, residents live, work and shop on the water, and villages like Cai Be and Vinh Long are home to busy little family-run factories and historic colonial houses. Catch a trishaw for a ride through town and listen to the stories of village elders who have seen so many changes in Vietnam.
 
Day 13 – My Tho (disembark), transfer to Ho Chi Minh City
FEATURED EXCURSION: Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City
 
After disembarking, settle in to Ho Chi Minh city's tranquil Park Hyatt Saigon hotel, then enjoy a tour of the city’s incredible French Colonial architecture. You'll also visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. A Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at a beautifully decorated local restaurant, complete with live traditional entertainment, caps off your day. 
 
Day 14 – Ho Chi Minh City
FEATURED EXCURSION: Vestiges of War-Cu Chi Tunnels
 
Known as Saigon for centuries, the city boasts incredible French Colonial architecture—including a post office designed by Gustav Eiffel—and the mid-20th-century Reunification Palace. A Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at a beautiful restaurant caps the day.
 
Day 15 – Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your tour with an optional extension in Bangkok.
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All This Included
A fascinating, rewarding and multilayered adventure.

Two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see than it is about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way.

Ho Chi Minh City offers a heady mixture of old and new while Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, surprises visitors with its charm. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colorful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.

TRAVEL

  • 7-night Mekong River cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the Mekong Navigator
  • 7 nights in deluxe hotels, including buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage*
  • Tips for local experts and drivers
  • All transportation throughout your trip, including flights within Vietnam and Cambodia
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE

  • 14 buffet breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners with wine and live entertainment onshore
  • Complimentary house wine, local beers and spirits, and soft drinks throughout the cruise
  • Onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beers, or soft drinks

EXPLORE

  • 12 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on all excursions throughout your trip

EXPERIENCE

  • Flowers and fruit plate upon arrival
  • Private check-in with a welcome drink at each hotel
  • Onshore cultural highlights: Apsara dance performance with dinner and Thang Long water puppet show
  • Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Accommodations on this River Cruise
Hanoi: InterContinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
Cruising: Cabin onboard Mekong Navigator 
Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Saigon
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.