Special
RV Indochine
CroisiEurope
RV Indochine, The Mekong River ex Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh
Cruise Line: CroisiEurope
Selected Sailing Date: 11 Dec 2019
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Outside Cabin: AU $4,599.00
Prices displayed are retail per person, twin share, to the Australian Travel Trade. Consumers please contact your local cruise agent to request this Cruise Abroad package. At time of booking please check current cruise fare and any inclusions. Prices are indicative only, subject to currency fluctuations and may change at any time without notice.

Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
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Special Inclusions

** NEW LOWER FARE **
NOW from $4599*pp twin share
Was from $4939pp twin share

From the heights of the Himalayas to the southern coasts of the South China Sea, winding over 2,700 miles, the Mekong is much more than just irrigation for Indochina—everywhere it flows, it fascinates men and shapes their lives. Come take an expedition on this grand and plentiful “water snake,” from the ruins of Angkor to Tonle Sap Lake following the footsteps of Henri Mouhot, to Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, still largely influenced by the French colonial days. Our meditative trip takes you along the Mekong River on board a ship combining charm and colonial-style comfort.

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 2 nights pre-cruise hotel stay in Siem Reap including sightseeing to the famous temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
- Transfer from Siem Reap to Tonle Sap Lake to join the ship
- 8 night cruise of the Mekong River aboard RV Indochine from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh
- INCLUDED sightseeing tours:
> Sightseeing tour of Kampong Chhnang
> Visit the Buddhist temple at Wat Kampong Tralach Leu
> Guided tour in Phnom Penh, visiting the Royal Palace and National Museum
> Visits to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda in Chau Doc
> Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le in Sa Dec, made famous in a novel by Marguerite Duras
> Local touring in My Tho including a bee factory, pottery factory and traditional rice factory
> Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh incl a visit to the Museum of Vietnamese History
> Guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh
> Tour Cholon in Ho Chi Minh incl a visit to its markets
- INCLUDED headsets for excursions
- INCLUDED tips for service providers^
- INCLUDED all meals offering refined local cuisine
- INCLUDED drinks with meals (1 soft drink, beer or mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal)
- INCLUDED welcome on board cocktail reception and farewell gala dinner
- INCLUDED Port charges


Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: Prices are per person, capacity controlled and listed in Australian dollars twin share including port taxes. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Offer correct as at 25Jun19 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person twin share based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated and valid for new bookings only. All offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice and subject to availability at time of booking. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees not included. Prices do not include airfares or transfers. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Offer valid for sale to 31Jul19 unless sold out/withdrawn from sale. This cruise offer is provided by Cruise Abroad, please ask your travel agent to contact us for more information.
^ Tips for crew members on board the ship are not included. The recommended daily allowance for tips is US$5 per passenger per day.


Cruise Description

8 Night Cruise sailing from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh aboard RV Indochine. 2 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Siem Reap.

Day 1 Siem Reap - Angkor
Your program will begin according to your time of arrival in Siem Reap. If your flight arrives between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your program will be: Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose. Lunch will be served at the hotel between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and you’ll be able to check into your room at 2 p.m. This afternoon, we’ll visit the Senteurs d'Angkor: a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. We’ll also visit Artisans Angkor, which states its goal as "the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Cambodian arts & crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas." Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

DAY 2: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR
We’ll explore Angkor Thom, the monumental temple of Bayon—famous for its towers and 172 faces of Avalokitesvara, and Ta Prohm. After lunch in town, we’ll leave for a visit of Banteay Srei. This evening, we’ll have dinner in a restaurant in town before ending the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spending the night at the hotel.

DAY 3: SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP
We'll visit the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art. It is the largest religious monument in the world and an architectural masterpiece. Lunch will be served at the hotel. In the early afternoon, you’ll be transferred from the hotel to the ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner on board.

DAY 4: TONLE SAP - KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise across the lake. After lunch, we’ll visit Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. Fish farming is abundant here. The region is also known for its traditional pottery combining ancient knowledge with modern techniques—Chhnang itself means "pot." We'll enjoy a tasting of regional products before returning on board and beginning to cruise to Kampong Tralach. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

DAY 5: KAMPONG TRALACH - KOH CHEN - PHNOM PENH
We will set out to visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda we need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. After lunch, we'll arrive in Koh Chen. You can explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After returning on board, we'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Phnom Penh, arriving in the early evening. Enjoy a brief tour of the area by "tuk-tuk," the easiest way to get around the city. We’ll return to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music and have dinner.

DAY 6: PHNOM PENH
We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum. After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. We'll return on board for dinner in the evening and start sailing towards Vietnam.

DAY 7: CHAU DOC - SA DEC
Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. We’ll pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Once we are back on board, we’ll begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

DAY 8: SA DEC - VINH LONG - CAI BE
Once we arrive in Sa Dec, discover the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. We’ll have lunch on board and cruise to Vinh Long. We’ll set out in smaller boats and travel through canals and orchards before arriving in Cai Be. We’ll discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol*. We’ll return on board our ship and begin to cruise. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

DAY 9: MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
We'll visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. We'll then take a ride in small sampans along the canal lined with mangrove palms. Lunch will be served on board. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal, heading for Ho Chi Minh City. We’ll have dinner and remain in port overnight.

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY
Ho Chi Minh City was heavily influenced by French colonialism in the 19th century. We’ll enjoy a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office, and visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, we’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches. After our excursion, we'll return on board our ship. Tonight we’ll have our farewell cocktail and dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking. We’ll spend the morning visiting Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After lunch in town, we’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

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