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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam on Thu, Apr 15, 2021
Ends: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Thu, May 06, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Hanoi
    Thu, Apr 15, 2021

    Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Hanoi
    Fri, Apr 16, 2021

    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 traditional performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
    Sat, Apr 17, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Halong Bay Cruise
    Sun, Apr 18, 2021

    Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruising 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
    Mon, Apr 19, 2021

    Return to Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Hanoi > Hue
    Tue, Apr 20, 2021

    Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check in for the night at the Pilgrimage Village or similar.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Hue > Hoi An
    Wed, Apr 21, 2021

    Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel.

    Enrich
    During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting the local orphanage.

    Later, travel along the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay, which includes a daily spa journey as part of your stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Hoi An
    Thu, Apr 22, 2021

    Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter 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.

    Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Morning Glory Restaurant or embark on a culinary journey at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Hoi An
    Fri, Apr 23, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Hoi An > Siem Reap
    Sat, Apr 24, 2021

    Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for your three night Special Stay, located within walking distance of the markets.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Siem Reap
    Sun, Apr 25, 2021

    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 the markets, or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting Pouk Silk Farm.

    Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  12. Day 12
    Siem Reap
    Mon, Apr 26, 2021

    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
    Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
    Tue, Apr 27, 2021

    Discover rural Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
    Wed, Apr 28, 2021

    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 the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
    Thu, Apr 29, 2021

    Upon arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns

    Enrich
    Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda, before partaking in a ceremony which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

    Later, sail downstream to Koh Dach Island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

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

    Enrich
    Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Phnom Penh
    Fri, Apr 30, 2021

    Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by tuk tuk, visit the Central Market as well as the city’s modern architecture.

    This afternoon is at your leisure.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
    Sat, May 01, 2021

    Marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit. The afternoon take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Tan Chau
    Sun, May 02, 2021

    Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. In Chau Doc visit Vinh Te canal and a family-operated fish farm followed by Tây An Temple at Sam Mountain or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

    Enjoy a free afternoon cruising to Sa Dec.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Sa Dec > Cai Be
    Mon, May 03, 2021

    Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

    Freechoice: Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively, savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or learn how to make cocktails on board.

    Enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
    Tue, May 04, 2021

    Drive to Ho Chi Minh City for an orientation tour around your hotel for two nights.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Wed, May 05, 2021

    Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Reminisce with your fellow travellers during your farewell dinner.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  22. Day 22
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Thu, May 06, 2021

    Depart with many cherished memories.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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Ship Information

Scenic Spirit


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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
3.7

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Ratings based off 3 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Scenic were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.


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