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Avalon Waterways Arrow Asia River Cruises 2019 Arrow 2019 : Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River - Northbound (WHS) - Saigon
2019 : Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River - Northbound (WHS) - Saigon
13 Day River Cruise Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you'll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River.

Spend time in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City which combines historic architecture with modern skyscrapers. See the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen-Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. Go back in time with an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you'll have an opportunity to walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used extensively during the Vietnam War. Embark on your river cruise along the Mekong River and immerse yourself in the local cultures with a visit to a colorful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made.

In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. On a hilltop at the site of the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey, take in the stunning views before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers.

The grand finale of this memorable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is a stay in Siem Reap, home to the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. See the splendor of the Bayon temple featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Then enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance-a perfect ending to this remarkable and cultural journey!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City: Welcome to Vietnam
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City: Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 5 Vinh Long-Cu Lao Gieng: Visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng
Day 6 Chau Doc-Long Khanh A-Cambodian Border Crossing: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration
Day 7 Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage
Day 8 Phnom Penh: Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and visit one of the Cambodian Killing Fields
Day 9 Wat Hanchey-Angkor Ban: Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit
Day 10 Konpong Louang-Kampong Tralach: Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside, and visit a local farmer's home in Kampong Tralach
Day 11 Phnom Penh (Disembarkation)-Siem Reap: Fly to Siem Reap; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple
Day 12 Siem Reap: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village; Apsara dance performance
Day 13 Siem Reap: End of vacation

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views, wider perspectives, and more cruising. That's why we've designed an intimate cruise experience, with a maximum of 36 guests, that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the lounges (when signal available)
  • Panoramic windows throughout
  • Locally inspired design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
  • Covered open-air observation lounge
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local
  • beer/spirits throughout the day

    Suites:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
  • Wall-to-wall, 14-foot-wide panoramic window that opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Comfortable sitting area with couch & chair
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • And, much more

    Avalon Choice®:

    Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the included tours, adventures, and events that interest you most, so you can enjoy your cruise your way.

  • Classic: Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
  • Discovery: We've found inspiring and interactive activities designed to speak to your interests-from cooking classes to blessing ceremonies-making it easy to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
  • Active: Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go-with guided walking through scenic locales.

    Dining

  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Vegetarian options available with all meals
  • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
  • Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
  • Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
  • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

    Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

    Day 2

    (B, L, D)

    HO CHI MINH CITY

    Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine
    Classic Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Then visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market.

    Discovery For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations!

    Explore the city further during free time this afternoon.

    This evening join your traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 3

    (B)

    HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS

    Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts
    Classic Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels-an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length-used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong.

    Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel.

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION)

    Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

    Transfer to the port on the Saigon River for embarkation. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.

    AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    VINH LONG-CU LAO GIENG

    Sweets, Sampans, and Spires
    Discovery Board a sampan this morning for a local Workshop Visit in Vinh Long to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made.

    Discovery This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life with a Guided Excursion along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Stop at a local home, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, ride a motor cart to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special interaction with a catholic priest.

    AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    CHAU DOC-LONG KHANH A-BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA

    Colorful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers
    Discovery In Chau Doc take a Guided Walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then embark on a River Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more.

    Discovery After lunch, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of a well-preserved artisan's tradition.

    Return to the ship to set sail for the Cambodian border.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    PHNOM PENH

    Bonjour! French Charm Lives in Cambodia's Capital City
    Classic Take a City Tour by private cyclo to visit the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts.

    The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the city at your leisure. Consider a Guided Optional Tour of a local brewery with free-flowing local beer!

    Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring local song and dance.

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    PHNOM PENH

    Shining a Light on a Dark History
    Classic This morning, a Guided Visit of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields offers a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime.

    After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship.

    AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY

    Day 9

    (B, L, D)

    WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN

    Water Blessings and Back To School Adventures
    Discovery Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks.

    Discovery After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KONPONG LOUANG

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH

    Calm in the Cambodian Countryside
    Discovery Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. In Kampong Tralach board an ox cart for a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life.

    This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle River.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH

    Day 11

    (B, L)

    PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION)-SIEM REAP

    A Pilgrimage of Inspirational Beauty

    Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth!
    Classic After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, or:

    Active Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike.

    The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, stay to witness the sunset at Angkor Wat, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus.

    Day 12

    (B, D)

    SIEM REAP

    Roots Carved in Stone and Celebrated in Dance
    Classic Continue your Guided Sightseeing of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route stop at a local village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand.

    Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to further explore Siem Reap or the temple complex by tuk-tuk.

    Discovery This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance.

    Day 13

    (B)

    SIEM REAP

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

    During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to sail across Tonle Sap and will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. No sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

  • Call (516) 625-0300 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13849111
    Cruise LineAvalon Waterways
    OfferOffer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    13 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Saigon
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Ho Chi Minh City  
    Day 2Ho Chi Minh City  
    Day 3Ho Chi Minh City  
    Day 4Ho Chi Minh City  
    Day 5Cu Lao Gieng  
    Day 6Cambodian Border Crossing  
    Day 7Phnom Penh  
    Day 8Phnom Penh  
    Day 9Angkor Ban  
    Day 10Kampong Tralach  
    Day 11Siem Reap  
    Day 12Siem Reap  
    Day 13Siem Reap  
    Dates/Pricing
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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    January 07, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    January 21, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    February 04, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    February 18, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    March 04, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    March 18, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    April 01, 2019 $4,949.00 (USD)Quote
    July 29, 2019 $3,539.00 (USD)Quote
    August 12, 2019 $3,539.00 (USD)Quote
    August 26, 2019 $4,719.00 (USD)Quote
    September 09, 2019 $4,719.00 (USD)Quote
    September 23, 2019 $4,949.00 (USD)Quote
    October 07, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    October 21, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    November 04, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    November 18, 2019 $5,159.00 (USD)Quote
    December 02, 2019 $4,449.00 (USD)Quote
    December 16, 2019 $4,219.00 (USD)Quote
    December 30, 2019 $4,789.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer

    Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $161. Required intra-vacation air segment: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).

    Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

    All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in a Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck.

    To upgrade to a Category A on the Tonle Deck, add $400 per person in double occupancy or $800 in single occupancy.

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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