Majestic Mekong Emerald Waterways River Cruise

NEW FOR 2019! Your journey begins in Siem Reap, where early mornings and ancient architecture promise to be the perfect combination. Angkor Wat is sure to fascinate, as is Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. Then your journey along the majestic Mekong introduces Phnom Penh, invites you to a family-owned silk-producing factory and to attend a scarfweaving workshop in Long Khanh Island. Continue onwards before leaving your Star-Ship at Ho Chi Minh City for a two-night stay.

Angkor Wat Monument

Itinerary

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

Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap for the next three nights. In the evening, meet your Tour Director to learn more about the days ahead.

Today, start with a visit to 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. It consists of a square, each side of which is about two miles long, and a laterite wall, about eight metres in height, spanning an area of 360 acres. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and has been the backdrop to Hollywood movies.

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

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 the sunrise and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a gala evening dinner together, accompanied by Chayyom dancers.

Excursion: Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Visit to Banteay Srei, Artisans d’Angkor workshop, visit to Tonlé Sap or a Culinary Cambodia tour

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

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Start your day with an EmeraldPLUS ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach to visit 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. In one of the Oudong Temples there is 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 resident Monks as part of our EmeraldPLUS program.

Inclusions: EmeraldPLUS Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing and ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach
Excursion: Visit to Oudong Temples
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Silk Farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei or visit to Koh Chen Village
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch 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 & afternoon visit to Royal Palace and Central Market
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Vespa tour of Phnom Penh
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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 long, complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. We continue 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, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, 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. This afternoon is yours for you to explore on your own or, if you prefer, to take part in our DiscoverMORE optional tour of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. Return to your Star-Ship and, this evening, 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 and Dinner
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary

Start your day with a visit to My An Hung village. As part of your EmeraldPLUS program, a visit to this lovely and unspoiled place will surely mesmerise you. Return to the ship and sail to Sa Dec and, in the afternoon, visit 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.

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

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

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

Bid Farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City for a two-night stay. Formerly known as Saigon, the city has many historical landmarks such as the Reunification Palace. Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on 30th April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Optional: DiscoverMORE (additional cost) Evening Saigon street food tour

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 to Ho Chi Minh City, your afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Excursion: Cu Chi Tunnels tour
Meals included: Breakfast, & Dinner

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Welcome Home.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
11 September 2019 (reversed) £3,895
17 September 2019 £3,495
01 October 2019 £3,695
09 October 2019 (reversed) £4,345
23 October 2019 (reversed) £3,695
29 October 2019 £4,295
06 November 2019 (reversed) £4,845
20 November 2019 (reversed) £4,445
04 December 2019 (reversed) £3,445
10 December 2020 £3,195
18 December 2019 (reversed) £3,395
01 January 2020 (reversed) £3,395
15 January 2020 (reversed) £3,895
21 January 2020 £4,045
29 January 2020 (reversed) £4,045
04 February 2020 £4,045
12 February 2020 (reversed) £4,295
26 February 2020 (reversed) £3,645
03 March 2020 £3,295
17 March 2020 £4,295
11 March 2020 (reversed) £3,545
14 April 2020 £3,895

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
  • 30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 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
  • 14 Shore excursions.
  • 7 EmeraldPLUS activities including a home visit and a visit to My An Hung village
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board.
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER points.
  • All port charges, airport taxes, tipping and transfers.

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