Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic Tours representative and transferred* to your luxury hotel situated in the centre of Saigon. The rest of the day is at leisure before meeting your Tour Director for your tour briefing. (Please arrive by 5.00pm). This evening enjoy your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE dining, select from: (1) soak up the atmosphere along the Saigon River during your dinner cruise; or (2) discover lively local streets by night and sample different street food dishes; or (3) dine at Restaurant Nineteen presenting Ho Chi Minh City’s most popular international buffet; or (4) indulge in homemade Italian and authentic wood-fired pizzas whilst overlooking the Opera House.
Two Night Special Stay: Ho Chi Minh City
This morning enjoy your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) explore local neighbourhoods on your walking tour; or (2) uncover this bustling city as the locals do on a vintage Vespa; or (3) discover Vietnam’s history through the diverse religions and cultural influences. This afternoon experience the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground rooms and tunnels spanning 250 kilometres, used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War. SCENIC ENRICH: Explore the underground labyrinth of tunnels with your War Veteran, who shares his personal account of life during this time. This evening indulge in your Included sumptuous contemporary Vietnamese meal offered in a beautiful, unusual setting of a former opium refinery.
After breakfast you will be transferred to My Tho to board the luxurious Mekong Navigator for your Included 7 night luxury Mekong River cruise. SCENIC ENRICH: This evening enjoy your champagne cocktail reception followed by your delicious Mekong Delta Welcome Dinner.
Seven Night Special Stay: Mekong Navigator
Arrive at the charming town of Cai Be with its lively and colourful floating market. Following your champagne breakfast, board sampans and tour historic Anh Kiet House. Visit a traditional rice factory before returning to the ship for lunch. Board sampans to navigate the narrow canals and observe the daily routines of the villagers en route to the historic town of Sa Dec.
Cruise Chau Doc harbour with its traditional Vietnamese floating market. Continue to the colourful Tay An Pagoda, then visit a local family’s fish farm before returning to the ship for lunch. Continue cruising and cross the border into Cambodia. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia! Spend the afternoon at leisure cruising to Phnom Penh.
Take an exciting morning cyclo tour along the city’s riverfront to the Royal Palace complex for your visit. SCENIC ENRICH: Before dinner witness a cultural performance featuring traditional Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance.
Reflect upon Cambodia’s darkest history on a visit to the Killing Fields. SCENIC ENRICH: This evening enjoy a shadow puppet show featuring ancient Khmer folktales accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra.
Enjoy a full day of sailing on the scenic Tonle Sap River. Observe the friendly locals living, working, and even shopping on the river.
This morning visit a local secondary school and meet with the principal and students. SCENIC ENRICH: Walk up to Wat Hanchey and receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the resident monks. Tonight gather for a farewell reception and Royal Cambodian Theme Dinner.
Following breakfast this morning transfer from your luxury cruise to your hotel in Siem Reap where the rest of the day is at leisure. SCENIC ENRICH: Attend a unique and special performance of Phare, the Cambodian Circus, mixing music, dance, acrobats and juggling in a story about Cambodian lives and society, established 20 years ago by young Cambodians returning from the refugee camps. Enjoy your Included Khmer dinner, featuring a sumptuous buffet of Western and Asian cuisines.
Three Night Special Stay: Siem Reap
Rise early this morning for your Included visit to Angkor Wat and witness the sunrise over the magnificent 12th century World Heritage temple complex. After breakfast at the hotel continue to explore more of the marvellous Khmer temple architecture during your Included visit to Angkor Thom with its impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. Discover the grandeur of Bayon Temple then explore Ta Prohm, entangled by the surrounding jungle vines, one of the most picturesque of the Angkor temples. SCENIC ENRICH: Enjoy lunch at Haven, a school training young Cambodians from poor families in the principles of hospitality. This afternoon drive through the countryside for your Included visit to the temples of the Roluos Group. Enjoy your Included cow cart ride, a great way to get in touch with rural Cambodia. SCENIC ENRICH: Visit a small pagoda where Buddhist monks will perform a private ceremony, wishing you health and a safe journey.
Enjoy your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum; or (2) visit a local market and take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or (3) explore the recently accessible Beng Mealea in the jungles of Siem Reap; or (4) uncover the mountain site of Phnom Kulen, a pilgrim place for Khmer people; or (5) appreciate Cambodia’s exquisite handicrafts. As you farewell Cambodia this evening enjoy your Included delicious authentic Khmer Farewell dinner.
Spend time at leisure before your Included transfer* to the airport for your onward journey or homebound flight (flight not included).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary