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Luxury Tour

Grand Indochina & Luxury Mekong

FROM $12,570

Spend 27 days unveiling the most magical of sights, tastes and eerienes arel at the sheer agnifiene Halong Bay or the town of Hoi An – lost in time forevermore. Spoil yourself with the incredible cuisine that can be found literally everywhere. Wander the astounding World Heritage-listed temples of Angkor Wat and Wat Phou. Be enchanted by the water puppets of Hanoi, spend time in the uplifting orphanage of Duc Son Pagoda and explore the Cu Chi tunnels. Falling in love with a new gorgeous part of this world each day has never been easier.

  • DURATION 27 DAYS
  • TYPE SMALL LUXURY GROUP
  • OPERATES JANUARY - MARCH, JULY - DECEMBER 2017
  • DEPARTS Hanoi

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Hanoi

Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a special two night stay at the iconic Sofitel Legend Metropole. (D)

Stay: iconic Sofitel Legend Metropole

DAY 2 Hanoi

Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lu Prison, or stroll through the bustling local markets to buy ingredients for an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, cycle along the Red River or visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature. On your cyclo ride this afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter.
Enrich : Hanoi’s famous water puppets are a traditional form of entertainment in the Red River Delta. After attending a customary performance, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.

Freechoice Dining: Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, Ly Club menu, while Le Beaulieu promises multi-award winning cuisine. (BD)

Stay: iconic Sofitel Legend Metropole

DAY 3 Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

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

Stay: Special Cruise stay 

DAY 4 Halong Bay Cruise

Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

Enrich: Tonight enjoy an enchanting cave dinner in the aptly titled Fairy Cave where the candle lit rock formations honour the cave’s name. (BLD)

Stay: Special Cruise stay 

DAY 5 Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi > Hue

Return to Hanoi for your flight to Hue, the former imperial capital. The French colonial M Gallery La Residence Hotel and Spa will be your home for a two night special stay. (BLD)

Stay: The French colonial M Gallery La Residence Hotel and Spa

DAY 6 Hue

Learn about the history of Hue via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Later cruise down the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before meeting the deaf and mute workers at the Spiral Foundation, who are responsible for crafting beautiful items. This evening’s Royal Dinner is in a private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music. (BLD)

Stay: The French colonial M Gallery La Residence Hotel and Spa

DAY 7 Hue > Hoi An

Freechoice: Explore the concealed back roads of Hue by bicycle. Or if you would prefer, why not try your hand at the art of Vietnamese kite making.

Enrich: During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.

Later, travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay at Almanity which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey as part of your stay. Cruise along Thu Bon River at dusk before settling in for dinner at one of the charming local restaurants. (BLD)

Stay: Almanity which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey

DAY 8 Hoi An

Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter including the Japanese Bridge and markets before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An. A free afternoon allows you to visit one of the many tailors in town.
Sundowners: This evening relax at a cocktail reception in the Blue Bar before enjoying your Freechoice dinner.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy the diverse gastronomy of the Four Plates Restaurant, or embark on a culinary journey through Hoi An’s past at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café and enjoy Asian and Western fare. (BD)

Stay: Almanity which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey

DAY 9 Hoi An

Freechoice: Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son, or appease your appetite for local cuisine on a street food tour. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village. (BL)

Stay: Almanity which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey

DAY 10 Hoi An > Ho Chi Minh City

After your flight to Ho Chi Minh City take lunch at a Pho restaurant to learn all about this famous Vietnamese dish. Stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, the historic Caravelle Hotel.
Freechoice Dining: Take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River, or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French After your flight to Ho Chi Minh City take lunch at a Pho restaurant to learn all about this famous Vietnamese dish. Stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, the historic Caravelle Hotel.
Freechoice Dining: Take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River, or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively, enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen. (BLD)

Stay: the historic Caravelle Hotel

DAY 11 Ho Chi Minh City

Enrich: Meet a Vietnam War Veteran at the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways.
Freechoice: Undertake a tour of Saigon’s art galleries with a resident artist, or uncover this lively city on a popular vintage Vespa ride through the backstreets of Chinatown. Alternatively, discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. (BL)

Stay: the historic Caravelle Hotel

DAY 12 Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

Take a leisurely walk around Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, and the Central Post Office, then take in the view from the Bietexco Building’s lookout. From here travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit starting with a champagne reception and welcome dinner. (BLD)

Stay: luxurious Scenic Spirit

DAY 13 Cai Be > Sa Dec

Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and French colonial houses. Return to Scenic Spirit or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island by long tail boat to access the smaller tributaries. Alternatively relish a sleep in before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. Later immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec. From your sampan disembark, explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant and visit the local Fuijian Chinese temple. (BLD)

Stay: luxurious Scenic Spirit

DAY 14 Tan Chau

After an overnight cruise, anchor at Tan Chau.
Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau and visit Evergreen Island and the local Cao Dai Temple with a ride in a cyclo. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village and taking a cyclo ride around Chau Doc or alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cham Mountain and a local Khmer village.
Tonight is your themed gala ball so be prepared for an enchanting evening on board with musicians and dancing. (BLD)

Stay: luxurious Scenic Spirit

DAY 15 Tan Chau > Phnom Penh

Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Cambodia. Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by. Enjoy a sunset drink from on deck as you begin to see the lights of Phnom Penh approach in the distance. (BLD)

Stay: luxurious Scenic Spirit

DAY 16 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 by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Russian Market as well as its modern architecture. After lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills, travel by Tuk Tuk to the National Museum, Royal Palace and the famous Silver Pagoda.
Enrich: Arrive in style by cyclo to immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal for an indulgent high tea. Enjoy an exclusive private shadow puppet and masked dance performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra. (BLD)

Stay: luxurious Scenic Spirit

DAY 17 Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen

After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Prek K’dam, board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the mountain stupas, pagoda and monastery.
Enrich: Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk before giving a donation of food, contributing to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks. Drive a short distance to Wat Kampong Tralach to learn of its complex history before experiencing an ox cart ride through local villages to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later visit the silversmith village of Kho Chen. (BLD)

Stay: luxurious Scenic Spirit

DAY 18 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham where you visit Phnom Pros (Man Hill), and explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok and Wat Nokor, which is an 11th century temple that has a modern pagoda built within. Later, return to the comfort of your ship for a champagne farewell dinner. (BLD)

Stay: luxurious Scenic Spirit

DAY 19 Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

Drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village, lunch around Kampong Thom and a stroll across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, your stylish three night special stay.
Freechoice Dining: Relax at the Dining Room restaurant whilst watching Apsara dancers, or choose from Italian or Khmer at local restaurants near Pub Street. (BLD)

Stay: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

DAY 20 Siem Reap

Begin the day with a visit to Angkor Thom, the multi-faced Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace.
Enrich: Learn about an initiative that trains local Cambodian archaeologists who will in time take over the ongoing maintenance of the temples from their western colleagues. After lunch, visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm and Preah Khan Temples before stopping at the World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat for those ideal late afternoon photos.
Freechoice Dining: Choose between local Khmer cuisine at Chanrey Tree or Fusion French at Sokkhak River. Take your VIP seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (BLD)

Stay: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

DAY 21 Siem Reap

Enrich: Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat with a glass of champagne in hand. Afterwards walk through the temple before taking an included tethered balloon ride to experience the spectacular aerial view.

Freechoice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap to view the floating villages

Enrich: Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner, drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of flood-lit and candle lit temple ruins. A truly memorable end to your time in Cambodia. (BD)

Stay: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

DAY 22 Siem Reap > Champasak

Fly to Pakse and discover this quaint city before travelling to the small town of Champasak and your boutique River Resort hotel for the next two nights. (BD)

Stay:  boutique River Resort hotel

DAY 23 Champasak

Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.
Freechoice: Trek by elephant to the peak of Mount Phou Asa. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage. (BLD)

Stay:  boutique River Resort hotel

DAY 24 Champasak > Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos for three night special stay at the colonial-style Luang Say Residence.
Enrich: Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions. (BD)

Stay: colonial-style Luang Say Residence

DAY 25 Luang Prabang

Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images. (BL)

Stay: colonial-style Luang Say Residence

DAY 26 Luang Prabang

Freechoice: Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists. Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi before heading to your delicious farewell dinner. (BD)

Stay: colonial-style Luang Say Residence

DAY 27 Luang Prabang

Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories of the people and places you have visited during your Indochina adventure. (B)

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