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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam on Fri, Apr 24, 2020
Ends: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Fri, May 15, 2020

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Book your 2020 river cruise with confidence. Now through March 31, 2020, you can reserve your space with a reduced deposit of $250 per person (reg. $500), plus you'll get Deposit Protection Plan for FREE. The plan protects your deposit so you can apply it to a future river cruise should you need to change your plans or cancel. Combine this with FREE Roundtrip Air for even more value. Offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com 5% everyday savings. Not all dates or itineraries will qualify, please contact your travel consultant for applicable vacations.
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Offers are valid for new 2020 bookings made by March 31, 2020. Free roundtrip economy air with a maximum value of $1,200 per person. Free roundtrip premium economy air with a maximum value of $2,000 per person available on diamond deck for 11+ day sailings. Scenic Savings $1,800pp in lieu of premium economy flights and $1,000pp in lieu of economy flights. Business Class air offered at $1,995pp. 50% Single Supplement available on select departures. Free private roundtrip transfers for Diamond Deck guests on Gems of the Danube, Rhine Highlights and 11+ day itineraries from home to airport valued at up to $450 per booking. Scenic will coordinate transfers 30 days prior to departure. No cash value or no refunds on unused portion. Book with Confidence offer valid on bookings made 2/14 - 3/31/20. Reduced deposit is $250 per person. Value of Deposit Protection Plan is $125/pp and is applicable if guest needs to cancel or change a cruise for whatever reason and allows them to reallocate their non-refundable deposit for use towards an alternative future sailing. Deposit Protection is non-refundable and non-transferrable, and only covers the cruise or escorted tour deposits. Air deposits are not included in the plan, and any third-party supplier fees such as hotels will be subtracted from your deposit amount. Will credit the remainder towards an alternate tour or cruise. Limited availability for single supplement savings and may be withdrawn at any time. Please ask about upgrading your economy airfare offer to premium economy or business class. Offers are based on number of cruise days, and exclude the land portion of the trip. All offers and fares are capacity controlled and Scenic reserves the right to change, cancel or withdraw them at any time. Availability is correct at the time of publishing but cannot be guaranteed. These offers are combinable with National Geographic offers, past passenger offers, referral offers, travel show & agent training vouchers. Not combinable with groups or any other offers. Offers applicable for legal residents of the 50 United States of America.


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Fri, Apr 24, 2020): Hanoi

Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director at your welcome briefing and dinner.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Sat, Apr 25, 2020): Hanoi

Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or join an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including  a visit to the Temple of Literature.

Enrich
After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Sun, Apr 26, 2020): Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring and genuine two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Mon, Apr 27, 2020): Halong Bay Cruise

Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. As you cruise deeper into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a limestone cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

Sundowners
Exclusive to Scenic guests, enjoy a wine tasting on board against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Tue, Apr 28, 2020): Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and enjoy a historic tour of the property.

Freechoice Dining: Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Wed, Apr 29, 2020): Hanoi > Hoi An

Fly to Danang and continue to the ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay at your hotel, which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey as part of your stay.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Glory Restaurant or Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Thu, Apr 30, 2020): Hoi An

Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter including the Japanese Bridge and central market before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.

Sundowners
This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Fri, May 01, 2020): Hoi An

Freechoice: Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a farming village.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 (Sat, May 02, 2020): Hoi An > Hue

Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital.

Enrich
During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting the orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.

Wander though the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel before checking into the French colonial La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa or similar, your home for the night.

This afternoon, enjoy a cyclo ride through Hue.

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This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Sun, May 03, 2020): Hue > Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. After arriving at your centrally located hotel for the next two nights, take a leisurely guided orientation walk of sites near your hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Mon, May 04, 2020): Ho Chi Minh City

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, try bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Tue, May 05, 2020): Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Wed, May 06, 2020): Cai Be > Sa Dec

Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Scenic Freechoice activity.

Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Thu, May 07, 2020): Tan Chau

Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Fri, May 08, 2020): Tan Chau > Phnom Penh

Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school which was converted to the Khmer Rouge’s main prison, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Central Market before lunch at a local NGO restaurant teaching street kids hospitality skills.

Enrich
Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

Later this evening revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Sat, May 09, 2020): Phnom Penh > Kho Chen

This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Sun, May 10, 2020): Oudong > Kampong Tralach

Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach.

Enrich
Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk, all whilst donating towards the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

Sundowners
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails past the capital at sunset.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Mon, May 11, 2020): Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice: Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Tue, May 12, 2020): Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

Enrich
Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20 (Wed, May 13, 2020): Siem Reap

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm

Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 21 (Thu, May 14, 2020): Siem Reap

Enrich
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.

Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Enrich
Enjoy a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple in front of candle lit temple ruins, with included drinks and featuring Apsara dancers.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22 (Fri, May 15, 2020): Siem Reap

Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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