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Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia on Emerald Harmony 2020/2021

Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia on Emerald Harmony 2020/2021

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Harmony
Starts: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Wed, Feb 03, 2021
Ends: Hanoi, Vietnam on Tue, Feb 23, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Feb 03, 2021): Arrival Siem Reap

Sous Sdei and Welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap. In the evening, meet your Tour Director to learn more about the days ahead. Included is a three-night stay in Siem Reap.


Day 2 (Thu, Feb 04, 2021): Siem Reap

Today, start with a visit to the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII and covers an area of 9 square kilometres. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, overgrown by jungle trees. This evening, witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts.
EmeraldPLUS: Phare Cambodian Circus performance
DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 (Fri, Feb 05, 2021): Siem Reap

Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World-Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy sun rise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a gala evening dinner together with a performance.
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Banteay Srei or Visit to Tonle Sap or Culinary Cambodia tour (all extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sat, Feb 06, 2021): Siem Reap - Prek’kdam Embarkation

Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Prek’kdam to embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship. On route to the ship, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge, continue and have lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive in Prek’kdam and be welcomed by your Captain and crew.  Later, set sail to Kampong Tralach and enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sun, Feb 07, 2021): Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh

Start your day with an ox cart ride before visiting Wat Kampong Tralach and the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. Receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship. Dinner this evening will be Cambodian Family Style in Reflections Restaurant. After dinner this evening, enjoy a traditional shadow puppet show.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing 
DiscoverMORE: Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) OR Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith village (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, Feb 08, 2021): Phnom Penh

Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, we learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Where you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields and learn about this sad chapter in history. Then, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. Back onboard Emerald Harmony; enjoy a Cambodian Street Fair lunch. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its French inspired gardens, followed by the central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, experience a tuk-tuk ride through the buzzing streets of Phnom Penh.
EmeraldPLUS: Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night
DiscoverMORE: Champey Academy of Arts Visit (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, Feb 09, 2021): Phnom Penh - Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing - Hong Ngu

As part of your EmeraldPLUS, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. Learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk, created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, originating from Tan Chau silk village around 100 years ago. Board a sampan to Evergreen island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. This afternoon visit Long Khanh Island, known for its scarf weaving, grapefruit gardens and Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda.  
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory and a Lion Dance Performance on board.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Wed, Feb 10, 2021): Hong Ngu – An Long – My An Hung

Relax on board this morning, or join our DiscoverMORE tour of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to My An Hung village, as part of our EmeraldPLUS program. Wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village.
EmeraldPLUS: a visit to My An Hung Village
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, Feb 11, 2021): Sa Dec – Cai Be

This morning, we arrive in Sa Dec, for a visit to the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town. After lunch on board, arrive in Cai Be via sampan and visit a coconut candy workshop followed by performances of traditional music and fruit tasting.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, Feb 12, 2021): My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Sit back, relax and take in a full day of sailing the magnificent Mekong River. Watch as life on the Mekong awakens for another day as the ship departs early this morning to begin crossing the Cho Gao canal before meeting the Mekong Delta, known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ever changing vista’s from the pool, enjoy a treatment in the Wellness Area (additional expense), read a book or converse with new friends as you cruise past mangroves, narrow canals, floating markets, fish farms and pass by busy barges and local fishing boats alike. Tonight, dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City with views of the city lights.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, Feb 13, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation – City Stay

Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. You will have a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall. Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on 30 April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through the Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, the old Saigon Post Office, listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Included is a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon Street Food Tour (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 (Sun, Feb 14, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City

Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more.  Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. Upon your return in Ho Chi Minh City, your afternoon today is free at leisure to relax.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Mon, Feb 15, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City - Hue

Today transfer from your hotel to the airport to catch your connecting flight to Hue. Hue was the former capital of Vietnam, you will visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. As part of EmeraldPLUS: take a cyclo (bicycle style rickshaw) from Dai Noi “Old City” to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. Then later, join a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening, experience a traditional costume play royal dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Cyclo ride through Dai Noi, boat tour to Thien Mu Pagoda & royal dinner


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 (Tue, Feb 16, 2021): Hue – Hoi An

You will drive through Danang and other picturesque villages to reach Hoi An. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the historic port town of Hoi An and relax for the rest of the evening. Included is a three-night stay in Hoi An.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 (Wed, Feb 17, 2021): Hoi An

Today start with our EmeraldPLUS visit to the Reaching Out Project. Reaching Out is an NGO established in 2000, which provides opportunities for people with disability to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. Visit their workshop and get a glimpse how this NGO helps the disabilities to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day tour of Hoi An and see old merchant’s houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Reaching Out NGO


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 (Thu, Feb 18, 2021): Hoi An

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings.
DiscoverMORE: Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense) or Visit to My Son (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 (Fri, Feb 19, 2021): Hoi An - Hanoi

Enjoy a morning a morning drive to Danang Airport for your flight to Hanoi with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant. At the airport in Danang board your flight to Hanoi. Vietnam’s Capital has many incredible sights and your tour director is at your disposal to help you with tips to spend the rest of your day.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18 (Sat, Feb 20, 2021): Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay, where you will board your luxurious traditional style junk. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy some tours offered onboard and learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or relax on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.
DiscoverMORE: One-way Scenic Flight Over Halong Bay (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Sun, Feb 21, 2021): Halong Bay

Today, you will be transferred to your day trip boat tour with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch is served onboard of the boat by your private chef. Return in the evening hours after a full day of exploration to your traditional junk boat.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 (Mon, Feb 22, 2021): Halong Bay - Hanoi

Return to Hanoi and enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. The tour includes the main sights of the city including the outside view of by the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, which is the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam. Continue to the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda and to the Temple of Literature. The temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and it was established to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. As part of EmeraldPLUS, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged street children. After lunch, continue with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, as well as a stop at Ngoc Son temple. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. This evening, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance.
EmeraldPLUS: Lunch at KOTO Restaurant


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Tue, Feb 23, 2021): Hanoi Farewell

Today, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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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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