Classic: Classic Vietnam & Mekong River Adventure (AVLHZ)
Countries Visited: Cambodia, Viet Nam Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 28
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Savour fresh seafood, Visit the Imperial Citadel, Explore Ho Chi Minh City, Take a cyclo tour in Phnom Penh, Cruise the Mekong by riverboat
If you're travelling Vietnam solely by land, you're missing out on half the adventure. This tour doesnt leave anything out. Cruise Halong Bay by junk boat; explore Hue's historic monuments; check out the My Son ruins; witness daily life along the Mekong as you drift into Cambodia; and so much more. The ultimate Southeast Asia experience awaits. Get on board.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Hanoi||Day 1 Hanoi|
There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Ha Long||Day 2 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Junk
|Day 3||Hus||Day 3 Ha Long/Hus (1B, 1L)|
Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey. Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours)
|Day 4||Hus||Day 4 Hus|
Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam's former emperors. After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer. Included Activities: Tien Mu Pagoda Visit Imperial Citadel Tour Royal Tombs Visit
|Day 5||Hoi An||Day 5 Hus/Hoi An (1B)|
Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. With three nights here, theres plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Hoi An||Day 6 Hoi An (1B, 1L)|
Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
|Day 7||Hoi An||Day 7 Hoi An (1B)|
Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.
|Day 8||Ho Chi Minh City||Day 8 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)|
Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country's commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Ho Chi Minh City||Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)|
With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the citys Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
|Day 10||Ms Tho||Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City/Ms Tho (1D)|
Transfer to the pier for the start of the riverboat journey. Embark, settle in, and get to know the crew as the adventure begins. Sail towards My Tho. Additional Notes: Meet in the lobby of our accommodation at 12:00pm for the transfer to the starting point of the riverboat journey. Included Activities: Riverboat Welcome Meeting Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat
|Day 11||Sadek||Day 11 Ms Tho/Sadek (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda with a short tour of My Tho town en route. Take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians. Continue on to Cai Be and enjoy a visit to the floating market. Opt to wander the small paths through local communities on the island and visit a Rice Popping cottage industry. Continue by local boat to Vinh Long to meet the vessel. Embark for the evening sail to Sa Dec. Included Activities: Cai Be Floating Market Visit Coconut Manufacturing Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda Visit Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat Toum Tiou II Riverboat
|Day 12||Xa Vinh Xuong||Day 12 Sadek/Xa Vinh Xuong (1B, 1L)|
Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you cruise the Mekong. Arrive at Chau Doc and visit Sam Mountain for sunset. Gaze out over the rice paddies or relax in a hammock. Visit some temples and pagodas along the way. Opt for dinner in town. Included Activities: Sam Mountain Sunset Visit Sa Dec Visit Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat Toum Tiou II Riverboat
|Day 13||Phnom Penh||Day 13 Xa Vinh Xuong/Phnom Penh (1B, 1L)|
Cross the border into Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh. Enjoy an evening in the capital city starting with a cyclo tour to see the city from a new perspective. Opt to finish up at the Foreign Correspondents Club for Happy Hour overlooking the river or dinner in town. Additional Notes: During the border crossing all passengers must stay on board and the formalities are done on the riverboat. The ship will usually stay at the border for a 2-3 hours whilst all the formalities are completed. Depending on the time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary, although this process is usually quite simple delays can happen. Included Activities: Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour Border Crossing (Vietnam - Cambodia) Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat
|Day 14||Phnom Penh||Day 14 Phnom Penh (1B, 1L)|
Visit the sobering S21 Museum and the Killing Fields with a local guide. After lunch, use free time to visit sights like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, or the Russian Market. Included Activities: Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour
|Day 15||Kampong Tralach||Day 15 Phnom Penh/Kampong Tralach (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Wander through the town of Koh Chen on an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. Continue to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery. Included Activities: Koh Chen Visit Kampong Tralach Visit Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat Toum Tiou II Riverboat
|Day 16||Chnok Tru||Day 16 Kampong Tralach/Chnok Tru (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Sail on to Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap RIver. Learn more about the fish farming, pottery and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries. Enjoy lunch back on the ship en route to Chnok Tru. Hop in a local boat to visit one of the largest floating villages on the river. Enjoy an evening cocktail and the Captains farewell dinner. Additional Notes: When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to visit the floating village at Chnok Tru. Alternatively, the group will visit a floating village at Kampong Chhnang and anchor near Koh Chen. Included Activities: Kampong Chhnang Visit Floating Village Visit Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat Toum Tiou II Riverboat
|Day 17||Siem Reap||Day 17 Chnok Tru/Siem Reap (1B)|
Depart for Siem Reap early morning. Tour ends upon arrival. Please book onward travel after 4pm. Additional Notes: Tour ends upon arrival at approximately 11am. Please book onward travel from 4pm. If there is inclement weather, or when water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to sail to the port in Siem Reap. Alternatively, the group will transfer from Koh Chen to Siem Reap by bus. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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