Enjoy a beautiful 7-night cruise along the Mekong river
Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Overnight in Phnom Phen, capital of Cambodia.
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
- Life enriching tours and excursions
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
- Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner on board
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
Spend 2 nights Hanoi, overnight in Ha Long Bay, then travel to Siem Reap for 3 nights. End your journey with a 2-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) OR choose a 3-night Siem Reap extension before embarking your cruise.
Book early and EO will pay for your gratuities
EMBARKATION - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Today you will board your river cruise ship at Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that has dominated Cambodia and its people for centuries. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang. (B,L,D)
KAMPONG CHHNANG - KOH CHEN
After breakfast, a local boat will take you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here and be on the lookout for the traps used to catch fish in this area – some are over a half-mile long. In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. You will also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. (B,L,D)
OUDONG-KAMPONG TRALACH-PHNOM PENH
This morning, transfer to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly memorable excursion – an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon walking tour will give you a wonderful introduction to the city. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
A morning 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 lunch onboard, you will take an afternoon 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. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. (B,L,D)
BORDER CROSSING - TAN CHAU, VIETNAM
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)
TAN CHAU - SA DEC
Today, you will take a small local boat through narrow channels to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Later, you will see Tan Chau from the vantage point of a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) that will take you around to all the sights, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)
SA DEC - XEO QUYT - CAI BE
Once ashore in Sa Dec, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market, and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour, now a small museum. Afterwards, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
HO CHI MINH CITY - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. (B)
2017 Departure Dates
* Special offer applies to Cat. E through AA based on double occupancy
** Cabin category pricing will vary
Register for any of the dates above by contacting Amy Kroslak at Educational Opportunities.
or call: 1.800.247.0017 ext. 336
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries for 2015 sailings are subject to change. Port Charges: $168 per person. Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price & Suites 100% of twin price. Single Supplement for Land: $700 per person. Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size). *Balcony Celebration promotional pricing applicable to select dates in balcony stateroom categories C-AA (excludes categories E, D, Single, A+, AA+ and Suites). Offers are not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice.