Fascinating Vietman, Cambodia and Mekong River!
Thank you to everyone for a most amazing trip! This was an adventure we will all treasure and always remember! Pics coming soon!
Escorted by Shelley!
Roommate matching as available!
Trip of a Lifetime!
January 21 - February 3, 2018
Day 1Arrive Siem Reap, Cambodia
Welcome to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 Siem Reap
This morning, start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Siem Reap
Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at ANGKOR THOM where you will explore BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is TA PROHM, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Lastly, stop at LES ARTISANS D’ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this charming town. (Breakfast)
Day 4 Siem Reap (Embarkation)
This 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise on Tonle Sap. In these cases, we will fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for embarkation. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.
Day 5 Cruising: Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh
Today, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Cruising: Phnom Penh
Sightseeing 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Cruising: Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban
This 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Cruising: Border Crossing–Long Khong A, Vietnam–Chau Doc
Cross the border this morning into Vietnam. 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. After lunch, join a sampan excursion around 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. Before returning to the ship, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Cruising: Cu Lao Gieng
This morning, enjoy time at leisure on board the ship as we sail to Cu Lao Gieng. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Cruising: Ben Tre
This 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion To Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. This evening, join your traveling companions for a special farewell dinner hosted by your Cruise Director. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
The all-suite Avalon Siem Reap, one of our incredible new Suite Ships®, was specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the Mekong River. She is the only ship in the industry cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap* (or vice versa) eliminating hours of motorcoach travel time, which means you enjoy more cruising! The ship has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet it retains the colonial charm fitting to Vietnam and Cambodia. While the number of guests on the ship may be small, the ship isn't. Built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, the public spaces never feel congested. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there is plenty of seating and spots to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, not the back, so no matter where you sit you'll always have a great view. Our crew embodies the spirit of you first, no matter what. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, we always deliver exquisite service that's comfortable and friendly, never stuffy! With Avalon, our ship becomes your home away from home. *Cruising to Siem Reap is dependent on water levels. All 18 staterooms are above water as shown with beautiful views we have come to expect from Avalon Suite Ships.
Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
- Vietnamese cooking class
Dance show by children from a local orphanage
Traditional water blessing by monk
Visit a local farmer’s home and learn about his daily life
Private Apsara dance performance
It's about you! You are the reason we've used our 85-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.
Intimate cruise experience with maximum capacity of 36 people on board!!
Unique cultural activities & interactions with locals
Expert Local Guide with all excursions
Headsets for all guided shore excursions
Bottled water on all excursions
Fresh fruit & tea after all ship excursions
Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day at the bar
Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at dinner
Bar serving premium spirits
Daily early riser coffee & tea
Full buffet breakfast
Nightly option of entree
Complimentary local beer/spirits, soft drinks and coffee & tea at lunch
Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
Large private bathrooms featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities
Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
Easy under-bed luggage storage
Bathrobes & slippers
And, much more.
PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE: 7089.00 (Category B)
Book by June 25th and save 650.00 per person off the above price! PLUS complimentary pre-paid gratuities (value 218.00 per person!)
(*CRUISE ONLY, INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE TO BE ADDED)
SINGLE RATES ARE 4100.00 ADDITIONAL, A ROOM MATE IS SUGGESTED. PLEASE CONTACT SHELLEY.
JOURNEY'S CLUB MEMBERS: SAVE 5% OFF THE BASE PRICE WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP. LET SHELLEY KNOW AT TIME OF BOOKING.
Maximum 22 group size
2 spots left Category B 1 female looking for roommate
2 spots left Category A (additional 550.00 per person)
A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED AND MUST BE VALID 6 MONTHS AFTER DATE OF RETURN. A TOURIST VISA IS REQUIRED TO ENTER CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM, COST APPROX 30.00-50.00 U.S. EACH. MORE DETAILS WILL BE FORTHCOMING.
A non refundable deposit of 300.00 is due at time of booking. Deposits can be made over the phone by credit card or contact Shelley for an appointment.
Final payment will be in September 2017. Air payment or deposit may be due in spring 2017 (will depend on how we book it and whether full payment or just a deposit is required).
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS NOT INCLUDED AND IS STRONGLY ADVISED FOR CANCELLATION AND OUT OF COUNTRY MEDICAL.
Shelley Pfeifer 204-663-9974