Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia Emerald Waterways River Cruise

NEW FOR 2019! Embark on a journey to Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat as you sail its ethereal waters, and drive through Da Nang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Discover Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi Tunnels, before meeting your Star-Ship and sailing the Mekong, stopping off in My Tho, Sa Dec and Phnom Penh. Conclude your trip with three nights in Siem Reap, attending the Phare Cambodian Circus and visiting the historic Angkor Wat.

Grand Tour

Itinerary

Return economy flights from London Heathrow or Manchester are included in the price of your holiday.

Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your hotel situated in downtown Hanoi. Relax at the hotel, explore the city or wander Hanoi’s romantic West Lake. This evening, meet your Tour Director for your welcome briefing.

Meals included: Dinner

Today you will enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the final resting place of the revolutionary leader, the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda and 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 our EmeraldPLUS program, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO, 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 stopping 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.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Lunch at KOTORestaurant
Excursion: Full day city tour of Hanoi & water puppets performance
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay where you will board your luxurious traditional style junk boat. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region.Enjoy the tours offered on-board, learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or simply choose to relax. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations and dinner is served on-board.

Excursion: Halong Bay cruise with various tours
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) One-way scenic flight over Halong Bay

Today, you will be transferred for your boat tour to cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Your private chef will prepare and serve your lunch on-board. Return in the evening, after a full day of exploration, to your traditional junk boat.

Excursion: Private boat tour to local beaches and activities on Halong Bay
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Enjoy the morning in the middle of the bay while having breakfast and cruising through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Bid farewell to the boat on Halong Bay and transfer to Hanoi airport, with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant. At the airport in Hanoi, board your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the historic port town of Hoi An, for your included three-night stay. This evening, you’ll have the opportunity to take some time to relax.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning, you’ll take an EmeraldPLUS tour and visit the Lifestart Foundation that assists the underprivileged in becoming self-sufficient. Enjoy a lantern-making class in this well-known area renowned for their lanterns. While creating your lantern, you will have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese life from your instructor and the Lifestart members. Later today, you’ll take a half day walking tour to see the old merchant’s houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Visit to the Lifestart Foundation
Excursion: Walking tour of Hoi An
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. You could also take part in one of our DiscoverMORE optional tours. A Vietnamese cooking experience or a half day guided tour of My Son in the countryside.

Meals included: Breakfast
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Vietnamese cooking class or visit to My Son

Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. You will drive through Da Nang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping into the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In Hue, you will visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. As part of your EmeraldPLUS program, 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, you’ll experience a traditional royal dinner.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Cyclo ride through Dai Noi, boat tour to Thien Mu Pagoda and royal dinner
Excursion: Visit to the Imperial Citadel
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Today, transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to your hotel for your twonight stay. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation tour of the city, starting with a visit to its most iconic building, Reunification Palace. 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 Ho Chi Minh City’s Colonial Quarter, witnessing everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall and 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.

Excursion: Orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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. We 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, you’re free to spend the afternoon at leisure.

Excursion: Cu Chi Tunnels tour
Meals included: Breakfast
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Evening Saigon street food tour

Today, transfer from your hotel to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, where you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Set sail to My Tho in the Mekong Delta and, this evening, enjoy your first dinner on-board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, you will be taken to the village of Đat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and fruit workshop. Then travel to the Tan Long Pagoda and return to your Star-Ship to sail onwards to Sa Dec.

Excursion: Workshop in Đat Dua and visit to Tan Long Pagoda
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Start your day with 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. Return to your Star- Ship and sail to My An Hung village. In the afternoon, as part of your EmeraldPLUS program, explore this lovely and unspoiled place.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Visit to My An Hung village
Excursion: Visit to Chinese Congregational house in Kien An Cung and Home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning is yours to enjoy at leisure or, if you prefer, you can take part in the DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. In the afternoon, embark on a visit to the Long Khanh Island. There, you will visit a local family and learn about scarf weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda and a grapefruit garden. Return to your Star-Ship and, this evening, you’ll be delighted by a Lion Dance performance on-board.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Lion dance performance on-board
Excursion: Visit to local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda in the Long Khanh Island
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary

As part of your EmeraldPLUS program, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from the Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here, you will learn more about the silk-making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. Continue onwards to Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village, before re-boarding your luxury Star-Ship and cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk-producing factory
Excursion: Visit to Evergreen Island
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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 can walk through the fields. This afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and Central Market. This evening, take an EmeraldPLUS tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh ending on a rooftop terrace with great views of the city.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Phnom Penh Tuk-Tuk drive by night
Excursion: Morning visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum followed by an afternoon visit to Royal Palace and Central Market
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Vespa tour of Phnom Penh

Start your day with an EmeraldPLUS ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach to visit the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia 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. In one of the Oudong Temples, there was a known large Buddha statue which was damaged during skirmishes with the Khmer Rouge who had the hill as one of their last strongholds. Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident Monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS program.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing and ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach
Excursion: Visit to Oudong Temples
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Silk farm tour in Koh Oknha Tei or visit to Koh Chen village

Bid Farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. Known as the gateway to the magnificent Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a vibrant city with a lot to offer. 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.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Phare Cambodian Circus performance
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Visit 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. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, overgrown by jungle trees.

Excursion: Visit to Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm Temple
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Vespa tour of Siem Reap

Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage listed site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy sunrise views before returning to your hotel, and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a farewell evening dinner together, accompanied by Chayyom dancers.

Excursion: Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Visit to Banteay Srei, an Artisans d’Angkor workshop or visit to Tonlé Sap

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

Meals included: Breakfast

Welcome Home.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
20 August 2019 £6,035
17 September 2019 (Reverse) £5,095
17 September 2019 £5,595
15 October 2019 (Reverse) £5,445
15 October 2019 £5,195
12 November 2019 (Reverse) £5,395
12 November 2019 £5,945
10 December 2019 (Reverse) £4,995
10 December 2019 £4,795
07 January 2020 (Reverse) £5,245
07 January 2020 £5,295
04 February 2020 (Reverse) £5,795
04 February 2020 £5,545
03 March 2020 (Reverse) £4,795
03 March 2020 £5,045
31 March 2020 (Reverse) £4,835
31 March 2020 £5,735

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow or Manchester.
  • 7 nights on-board the luxurious Emerald Harmony
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 47 meals: 20 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners.
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner while on-board Emerald Harmony
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary water provided on-board and during excursions
  • 18 Shore excursions
  • 12 EmeraldPLUS activities including a visit to a silk factory and a Tuk-Tuk ride through Phnom Penh
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board.
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All port charges, airport taxes, tipping and transfers

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