AVALON 2018: Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River - Cruise Only Southbound (WSH0)

8 days from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

On this unique and inspiring river cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam, you'll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.

In the enchanting Cambodian countryside, go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In a Silversmith Village, see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. French influences are still apparent in the lovely capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Here you'll tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda and enjoy a song and dance performance by children at a local orphanage. On a hilltop at the site of the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey, take in the stunning views before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Continue your river cruise into Vietnam where you'll walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Via sampan, cruise into Vinh Long and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. This once-in-a-lifetime river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13253706

Tour Operator
Globus
Duration
8 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Siem ReapThis morning, transfer to the port and board your river cruise vessel for your CRUISE down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as you cruise through Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which provide food for people living on the lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception. (L,D)

NOTE:
You must meet your Cruise Director in the lobby of our hotel no later than 10:30 am. 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 Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. During this time of year you must meet your Cruise Director at our hotel no later than 8 am. Times are subject to change.
Day 2Phnom PenhToday, visit Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET WITH A LOCAL FARMER and learn more about his daily life. Lastly, visit the SILVERSMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Then sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh. After lunch, 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3Phnom PenhSightseeing 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 less than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 4Angkor BanThis 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)
Day 5Chau DocCross the border this morning into Vietnam and sail to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, join a sampan excursion down the backwaters of the river 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. (B,L,D)
Day 6Cu Lao GiengAfter breakfast, a sampan brings you to the village of LONG KHONG A, where cotton weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a COTTON-WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and a chance to talk with the family. In the afternoon, board a sampan and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river. 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)
Day 7Ben TreThis morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Ben Tre. Visit a LOCAL WORKSHOP to see how rice wine and traditional coconut candy is made. Then, continue on to a LOCAL GARDEN where several types of fruit indigenous to the area are grown. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L,D)
Day 8Ho Chi Minh CityYour vacation ends this morning with a transfer to our hotel. (B)

NOTE:
Arrival time at our hotel is approximately 8:30 am. Do not book homebound flights prior to 12:30 pm.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/11/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
01/25/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
02/08/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
02/22/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
03/08/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
03/22/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
04/05/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
07/12/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
07/26/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
08/09/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
08/23/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
09/06/2018$3,669.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
09/20/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
09/27/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
10/04/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
10/11/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
10/25/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
11/01/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
11/08/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
11/15/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
11/22/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
11/29/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
12/06/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
12/13/2018$3,669.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
12/20/2018$3,669.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
12/27/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
Disclaimer
US$ Price Details

Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Prices shown above include cruise in Category B in a Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck.

To upgrade to a Category A on the Tonle Deck, add $400 per person in double occupancy or $800 in single occupancy.

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