For those who want to discover the sites and enjoy the experiences of Vietnam and Cambodia, this tour explores the best of what they have to offer by land and river. Vietnam and Cambodia offer experiences for visitors to explore its ancient past, recent history and promising future. From group city tours to a 5 * river cruise, this adventure is packed with some of the best sights in Asia! This package includes return flights from Larnaca, a 7 night Ama Waterways river cruise, hotels and tours pre and post cruise.
Day 1 –
Larnaca to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Day 2 –
Ho Chi Minh City –
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, this city still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon. This former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 3 –
Ho Chi Minh City –
Today you will enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, known for its vast collection of artifacts from the Vietnam War. Finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colourful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts.
Day 4 –
Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation –
Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be.
Day 5 –
Cai Be – Sa Dec –
After breakfast, take an excursion in a local boat around Cai Be to see the spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. An afternoon excursion takes you to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau.
Day 6 –
Tan Chau –
This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a workshop that makes rattan mats in the village.
Day 7 –
You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn.
Day 8 –
Phnom Penh – Koh Chen –
The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, early this morning and docks at the terminal. This morning you will take an 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. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife scene.
Day 9 –
Oudong – Kampong Tralach –
Your will have a truly memorable day today, starting with a short motor coach ride to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist monastery and receive a special blessing. In Kampong Tralach you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village.
Day 10 –
Kampong Chhang – Tonle Sap Lake –
This morning you will take a motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil floating villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 11 –
Prek Kdam – Disembarkation – Siem Reap –
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. After disembarking, transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire.
Day 12 –
Siem Reap – Angkor –
After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also see the Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, the “jewel of Khmer art.”
Day 13 –
Siem Reap – Angkor –
This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Afterwards, visit nearby Ta Prohm, known as the “Kingdom of Trees” for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. You will also have the opportunity to visit the AMA Waterways sponsored school.
Day 14 –
Siem Reap – Hanoi –
Enjoy a free morning to spend at your leisure. Transfer to Siem Reap airport in the afternoon for a short flight that will take you to Hanoi. This evening, arrive in Hanoi and check in to your hotel.
Day 15 –
Wake up in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, and verdant parks and temples. A full day tour is waiting for you today.
Day 16 –
Hanoi – Ha Long Bay –
After breakfast, leave Hanoi behind and take a scenic ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a contemporary junk with traditional accents, where you will spend the night –. Enjoy an on-board dinner set against the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations.
Day 17 –
Flights from Hanoi back to Larnaca –
Disembark the Junk in Ha Long Bay and transfer to the Hanoi airport for your homeward flight.
Day 18 –