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FASCINATING VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG RIVER - CATEGORY B (UPSTREAM) - 2017

Tour Code - WHS-B 13 days - HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) to SIEM REAP $6159 AUD
Begin in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, with sightseeing including the Cu Chi Tunnels—a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. You will also partake in a walking tour of the city’s landmarks and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of Southeast Asia. Visit a colorful local market, a fish farm, and a local establishment to see how rice paper and traditional candy are made. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo, with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the stunning Silver Pagoda. Walking tours through the rural villages of Prek Bang Kong and Angkor Ban and an ox cart ride through the countryside at Kampong Tralach will grant you a memorable inside look at life along the river and interactions with the local people. Finally, in Siem Reap, visit the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Here you will also enjoy a private Apsara dance performance and will visit a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques.

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Destinations

  • CRUISE
    Deluxe 7-night cruise in a Panorama Suite (Category B) with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds. Enjoy an intimate river cruise experience with a maximum of 36 guests on board.
  • HO CHI MINH CITY
    Walking tour of the city's landmarks; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class; welcome dinner; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; onboard welcome reception.
  • VINH LONG-CU LOA GIENG
    Walking tour including a visit to a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng.
  • CHAU DOC-CAMBODIAN BORDER CROSSING
    Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain.
  • PHNOM PENH
    Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage.
  • PHNOM PENH-PREK BANG KONG
    Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh; walking tour of Prek Bang Kong with silk-weaving demonstration.
  • WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN
    Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit.
  • KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH
    Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer's home in Kampong Tralach.
  • SIEM REAP
    Visit Angkor Wat & Banteay Srei; visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm by tuk-tuk; Les Artisans d'Angkor; Apsara dance performance.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide.
  • LOCAL FAVOURITES
    Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your experience.
  • MEALS
    American breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 9 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City and a farewell dinner in Siem Reap. While on board the ship, enjoy complimentary wine with dinner and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and local spirits throughout the day.
  • OTHER INCLUDED FEATURES
    Daily cocktail hour featuring cocktail of the day and canapes; Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, and soft drinks with all dinners on board; Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits on board throughout the day; Audio headsets on all shore excursions; Bottled water on all shore excursions; Fresh fruit and refreshing drink after all shore excursions.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your onboard and onshore experiences by choosing from a variety of included or optional excursions, visits & activities. Log on to MyAccount to customise your cruise experience.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
12
9
9

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM.
    Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

  2. HO CHI MINH CITY.
    This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city's famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

  3. HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS.
    This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Maybe stop at the famous rooftop bar for a drink at the Caravelle Hotel. (B)

  4. HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION).
    This morning, transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board your river cruise vessel to start your CRUISE up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. (B,L,D)

  5. CRUISING: VINH LONG-CU LAO GIENG.
    This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Vinh Long. Upon arrival, visit a LOCAL WORKSHOP to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Other surprises await for those who are brave! After lunch on the ship, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Stop at a LOCAL HOME, where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living. Then, ride a specially designed MOTOR CART to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special INTERACTION WITH A CATHOLIC PRIEST. (B,L,D)

  6. CRUISING: CHAU DOC-CAMBODIAN BORDER CROSSING.
    After breakfast, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then join a sampan excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, a market selling dried goods, and more. Return to the ship for lunch and head for the Cambodian border. (B,L,D)

  7. CRUISING: PHNOM PENH.
    The capital city of Phnom Penh retains its French charm to this day. This morning, your sightseeing tour by PRIVATE CYCLO includes 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. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)

  8. CRUISING: PHNOM PENH-PREK BANG KONG.
    Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that fewer than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where more than 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, visit the village of PREK BANG KONG, where silk weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a SILK-WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and to learn more about how silk is produced. (B,L,D)

  9. CRUISING: WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN.
    This morning, visit WAT HANCHEY, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a TRADITIONAL WATER BLESSING given by local monks. After lunch, enjoy a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a LOCAL SCHOOL. (B,L,D) NOTE: The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb, you will be driven to the top by car.

  10. CRUISING: KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH.
    Today, start your sightseeing at the SILVERSMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Continue on to Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET A LOCAL FARMER and learn about his daily life. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles) and is the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake. (B,L,D) NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap. Low water conditions vary from year to year so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

  11. CRUISING: SIEM REAP (DISEMBARKATION).
    This morning, arrive in Siem Reap and start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honouring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening is at leisure to explore charming Siem Reap-or stay to witness sunset at Angkor Wat! (B,L) NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid- December to August, we will not be able to cruise across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. In these cases, we will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and sightseeing will begin in the afternoon. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

  12. SIEM REAP.
    Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by TUK-TUK. Start at ANGKOR THOM, where you will explore BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is TA PROHM, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Next, stop at LES ARTISANS D'ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. (B,D)

  13. SIEM REAP.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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11 Sep 2017 to
23 Sep 2017
Siem Reap Avalon Suite B $6739 AUD $11048 AUD Please Call View Hotels View Excursions
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25 Sep 2017 to
07 Oct 2017
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21 Oct 2017
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23 Oct 2017 to
04 Nov 2017
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06 Nov 2017 to
18 Nov 2017
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20 Nov 2017 to
02 Dec 2017
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16 Dec 2017
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30 Dec 2017
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Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
(from)
PRE HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $371 AUD $193 AUD
POST SIEM REAP 01 Sep 2017 31 Dec 2017 $398 AUD $207 AUD
POST SIEM REAP 01 May 2017 30 Aug 2017 $379 AUD $197 AUD
POST SIEM REAP 01 Jan 2017 30 Apr 2017 $398 AUD $207 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $224 AUD
INCLUDED Port Charges $120 AUD

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