Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery 2021 Scenic River Cruise
Drop by the lively floating markets of Cai Be, learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past or soak up the melting pot of culture that is Phnom Penh. Explore the ancient hilltop monastery of Wat Hanchey and immerse yourself in the beauty of Khmer handicrafts in Cheung Kok, as you gain a deeper understanding of the complex histories and bright communities embracing rural life along the river.
Fly overnight from a choice of UK airports with selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle. Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Upon your Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be transferred to the Park Hyatt Saigon for your overnight Special Stay.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city, and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam. Once recognised as the Diamond of the Far East, it now has the country’s highest population, offering modern skyscrapers that exist harmoniously with oriental-style pagodas and streets lined with food stalls.
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.
Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French Colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at a French Colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.
Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore 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.
Freechoice: Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a silk factory. In Chau Doc, visit a fish farm before walking through the local market, or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. On board, enjoy a themed farewell dinner.
Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school which was converted to the Khmer Rouge’s main prison, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by tuk tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Central Market.
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.
This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.
Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village.
Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk.
Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continue your cruise to Kampong Cham.
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh.
Meet the resident novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery.
Freechoice: Visit Phnom Pros and Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple that has a modern pagoda built within. Alternatively, explore the village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.
Discover rural Cambodia on your drive to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, your stylish three-night Special Stay.
Enrich: Take your seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.
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 all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat.
Enrich: Marvel at the sunrise over Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast prepared by an NGO-supported local bakery school.
Visit Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple
Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- Return flights from a choice of UK airports
- 4-nights in luxurious hotels, including 2 Scenic Special Stays
- 7-nights on board our luxurious 5-star ship
- Unlimited premium branded drinks†
- All airport and hotel transfers
- 5 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences
- Your choice of 16 Scenic Freechoice activities
- 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners
- All excursions and entrance fees
- All tipping, port charges and airport taxes
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Complimentary laundry facilities
- All internal flights and first-class coach travel
- Services of an experienced Tour Director
It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements necessary for your holiday. You are responsible for obtaining independently and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. You should confirm the necessary requirements for visas via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website which can be found here
If you are unsure regarding how to obtain a visa or would like more information then please give us a call and one of our river cruising experts will be more than happy to assist.