Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong CRUISE ONLY: Enjoy an air credit of NZ$4300 per couple when you book a fascinating this Vietnam & Cambodia river cruise
• 7 night river cruise & 5 night superior hotel stay between Ho Chi Minh City & Siem Reap. Cruise from Ho Chi Minh City, to Vinh Long, Cu Lao Gieng, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Wat Hanchey, Angkor Ban, Konpong Louang to Kampong Tralach, before disembarking and flying to Siem Reap.
• Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard including wine & local beer/spirits with lunch & dinner
• An expert Cruise Director & sightseeing with Local Guides
• Included daily excursions with your choice of Classic or Discovery experiences
• Modern Suite Ships® with air-conditioned Panorama Lounge and open-air observation lounge
• Complimentary Wifi access
• Gratuities, intra-holiday air & taxes
7 Night Cruise sailing from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap aboard Avalon Siem Reap. Hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh pre-cruise and Siem Reap post-cruise.
DAY 1 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.
DAY 2 HO CHI MINH CITY.
Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine. CLASSIC - Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Then visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. DISCOVERY - For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations! Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. This evening join your travelling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS.
Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts. CLASSIC - Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels-an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length- used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel. (B)
DAY 4 HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION).
Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding. Transfer to the port on the Saigon River for embarkation. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG (B,L,D)
DAY 5 VINH LONG-CU LAO GIENG.
Sweets, Sampans, and Spires. DISCOVERY - Board a sampan this morning for a local Workshop Visit in Vinh Long to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. DISCOVERY - This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life with a Guided Excursion along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Stop at a local home, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, ride a motor cart to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special interaction with a catholic priest. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC (B,L,D)
DAY 6 CHAU DOC-LONG KHANH A-BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA.
Colourful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers. DISCOVERY - In Chau Doc take a Guided Walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then embark on a River Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more. DISCOVERY - After lunch, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of a well-preserved artisan's tradition. Return to the ship to set sail for the Cambodian border. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
DAY 7 PHNOM PENH.
Bonjour! French Charm Lives in Cambodia's Capital City. CLASSIC - Take a City Tour by private cyclo to visit 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 yours to enjoy the city at your leisure. Consider a Guided Optional Tour of a local brewery with free-flowing local beer! Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 PHNOM PENH.
Shining a Light on a Dark History. CLASSIC - This morning, a Guided Visit of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields offers a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY (B,L,D)
DAY 9 WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN.
Water Blessings and Back To School Adventures. DISCOVERY - Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks. DISCOVERY - After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KONPONG LOUANG (B,L,D)
DAY 10 KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH.
Calm in the Cambodian Countryside. DISCOVERY - Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. In Kampong Tralach board an ox cart for a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle River. EVENING CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
DAY 11 PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION)-SIEM REAP.
A Pilgrimage of Inspirational Beauty. Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! CLASSIC - After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, OR: ACTIVE - Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike. The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, stay to witness the sunset at Angkor Wat, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus. (B,L)
DAY 12 SIEM REAP.
Roots Carved in Stone and Celebrated in Dance. CLASSIC - Continue your Guided Sightseeing of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route stop at a local village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to further explore Siem Reap or the temple complex by tuk-tuk. DISCOVERY - This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance. (B,D)
DAY 13 SIEM REAP.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
*Terms & conditions: All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing (01/12/18), is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Prices are per person (pp), twin share and based on Cat B Panorama Suites. Book a 2019 Mekong river cruise and get an Air Credit to use towards an airfare of your choice. Air Credit value is dependent on the cruise & departure and will range from $700 - $2,150 per person (any deck/cabin category). Select dates are not eligible for promotion. Availability will be confirmed at time of enquiry. Valid for new 2019 bookings made from 01/12/18 - 19/02/19 (or until sold out). To secure reservation a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500per person/per cruise is required within 7 days of booking (or by 19/02/19; whichever comes first). The Air Credit will be processed as a discount off the booking invoice at time of reservation. Should you cancel or change your cruise, Air Credit becomes null and void and the full cost of any airfare purchased, or any associated change fees will be your responsibility. All airline payment and cancellation terms are independent of Avalon. Avalon is not responsible for any booking element of the airfare, even if SafetyNet Protection has been purchased. Standard cancellation penalties apply. Air Credit is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable and is handled as a discount off the cruise portion. Air Credit value will be calculated on standard brochure itinerary duration. Offer not combinable with any other promotion. Air Credit valid for Singles (single supplement applies). Offer can be withdrawn or amended at any time. Additional restrictions apply. For full terms and conditions visit avalonwaterways.co.nz.