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

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

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam on Fri, Dec 17, 2021
Ends: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Fri, Jan 07, 2022

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Hanoi
    Fri, Dec 17, 2021

    Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay in Hanoi.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Hanoi
    Sat, Dec 18, 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 customary 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
    Sun, Dec 19, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Halong Bay Cruise
    Mon, Dec 20, 2021

    Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruise deeper into the National Park and try some kayaking, explore a cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
    Tue, Dec 21, 2021

    Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and undertake a historical bunker tour at the hotel.

    Freechoice Dining: Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, or dine at the La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, dine in a classic French villa at Home Moc restaurant.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Hanoi > Hoi An
    Wed, Dec 22, 2021

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

    Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Morning Glory Restaurant. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café or Hoi An Café, both located along the river front. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Hoi An
    Thu, Dec 23, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Hoi An
    Fri, Dec 24, 2021

    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 through the rice fields outside Hoi An. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day 9
    Hoi An > Hue
    Sat, Dec 25, 2021

    Travel via the breath taking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital. Wander through the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel before checking into your hotel for the night.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Hue > Ho Chi Minh City
    Sun, Dec 26, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Mon, Dec 27, 2021

    Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways.

    Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, try Italian at Basilico or international fare at Nineteen Restaurant.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
    Tue, Dec 28, 2021

    Learn all about Vietnam’s modern history during a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. Toast the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Cai Be > Sa Dec
    Wed, Dec 29, 2021

    Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be, local cottage industries and a traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at the colonial French home, Le Longanier or stay on board for a special activity.

    Back on board make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip on included cocktails by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony. Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and interact with the sellers in the lively market. Also visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Tan Chau
    Thu, Dec 30, 2021

    Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a silk dye factory. 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.

    The afternoon is at leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong. Enjoy a themed dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
    Fri, Dec 31, 2021

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

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

    This afternoon time is yours for shopping or exploring on your own.

    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 > Oudong
    Sat, Jan 01, 2022

    Journey to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. This afternoon marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit to this must-see attraction.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Koh Dach > Angkor Ban
    Sun, Jan 02, 2022

    At Koh Dach Island, learn all about the art of silk weaving. Further upstream in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge and visit a local teacher who teaches English to the local school children.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
    Mon, Jan 03, 2022

    Meet the novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Walk (or drive) to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise.

    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 monks.

    Return downstream to Kampong Cham, the quaint but largest city in the north and home to most of Cambodia’s Muslim population.

    Freechoice: Learn the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor, an 11th-century temple that has a modern pagoda built within. Alternatively, explore the traditional village of Koh Pen or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
    Tue, Jan 04, 2022

    Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Siem Reap, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village along the way. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check in to your historic hotel, your stylish three night Special Stay located within walking distance of the markets.

    Enrich
    Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. Phare transforms the lives of Cambodian youth, where its artists use theatre, music, dance and circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  20. Day 20
    Siem Reap
    Wed, Jan 05, 2022

    Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei, dedicated to Shiva and known as the ‘citadel of women’ and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a remork (Tuk Tuk) ride to the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent). 

    Later in the afternoon, a perfect time in the day for photography, visit the colossal Angkor Wat. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets, within walking distance to your hotel.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  21. Day 21
    Siem Reap
    Thu, Jan 06, 2022

    Enrich
    Marvel at sunrise over 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
  22. Day 22
    Siem Reap
    Fri, Jan 07, 2022

    Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


    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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