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2018 2019

From the Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor & The Imperial Cities (port-to-port cruise)

17 Days - 1H9_PP
# Description

Cruise

Hanoi - My Son - Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue - HO CHI MINH CITY - MY THO - CAI BE - VINH LONG - SA DEC - CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE - Angkor - Siem Reap

 

TONLE SAP LAKE - HO CHI MINH CITY - MY THO - CAI BE - VINH LONG - SA DEC - CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG -- SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

This 7-day pre-cruise program lets you discover the capital, Hanoi, as well as thousand-year-old pagodas, lakes and historical monuments. Set out on an unforgettable cruise on the legendary Halong Bay among the fantastically formed islands, crags, and cliffs. You will also visit the essential sites in two Vietnamese provinces formerly known as Annam and Tonkin.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals
  • Refined local cuisine
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Onboard activities and/or lectures
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

HIGHLIGHTS

    EXTENSION INCLUDED:
    • Discover Hue and its Imperial City
    • The partially ruined temples in My Son
    • Hanoï, historic heart of the nation
    • Cruise across Halong Bay listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Discover 3 historical cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
    • Crossing through the splendid Cho Gao canal
    • Visit 4 major temples in Angkor
    • Meet the locals and learn about their daily lives in Koh Chen, My Tho...

Cruise

Day 1

Hanoi

Participation in today‘s activities will depend on your arrival time in Hanoi. If you arrive between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., your program will be:

We’ll spend the day on a guided tour of the capital, visiting the outside of the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh's humble stilt house behind the mausoleum, and the unique One Pillar Pagoda Buddhist temple. We’ll visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. After lunch in town (between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), we’ll take a pedi-cab ride. We’ll have a tour of the local "Embassy Row" with its French colonial-style architecture. This evening, we’ll watch a traditional water puppetry show and have dinner in the city. You’ll check into a 3-star hotel.

Day 2

Hanoi - Halong Bay

We’ll leave early in the morning for Halong Bay (approx. 3.5 hours travel time). We’ll be welcomed on board, enjoy a cocktail and have lunch. We'll begin our cruise to discover the thousands of various limestone islands dotting the emerald-colored bay. We’ll enjoy dinner on board this evening. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 3

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hué

Rise early with us this morning and participate in a Tai Chi class on deck. We'll continue our cruise through the bay, discovering more of its extraordinary scenery and visiting one of the largest caves. This morning, brunch will be served on board. We'll disembark at 11:00 and return to Hanoi. Before arriving, we'll stop off at the Dinh Bang. You'll be transferred to the airport and board a flight to Hue. Once you arrive in Hue, you'll be transferred to a 4*LS hotel. You'll have dinner in town and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 4

Hué

Visit of the Tombs of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc, and the Tu Hieu Pagoda. We'll have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll visit the Imperial City. This citadel was built between 1805 and 1832 and is an outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital. We'll also visit the Dong Ba Market, have dinner in the city, and return to the hotel for the night.

Day 5

Hué - Da Nang - Hoi An

Transfer by boat along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. We'll then visit Kim Long Village and have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll leave for Da Nang, where we'll visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which houses the largest collection of these unique works. On our way back, we'll stop off at China Beach. You'll then be transferred to Hoi An, have dinner and spend the night at a 4*LS hotel.

Day 6

Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

Visit of My Son which was the imperial city of Champa's empire. Afterwards, we'll return to Hoi An, and have lunch in town. This afternoon will be spent visiting Hoi An. The Ancient Town is one of the major attractions of the Da Nang area with more than 800 buildings of historical interest. We'll tour the Fujian Assembly Hall, the Phuc Thanh pagoda, and the Japanese Covered Bridge on foot. We'll have dinner in the city, and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 7

Hoi An - Da Nang - HO-CHI-MINH CITY

You'll fly to Ho Chi Minh City. We will tour the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. Lunch in a local restaurant. We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 8

HO CHI MINH CITY

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. Lunch will be served on board. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal. Night on board.

Day 9

CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE - SA DEC

We continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit of a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Lunch. 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*. Night on board.

Day 10

SA DEC - CHAU DOC

Visit of Sa Dec and discovery of 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 return on board our ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.

Day 11

CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

Breakfast on board. 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. Lunch on board. Arrival in the evening in Phnom Penh. Dinner on board. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 12

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. As we get back on board, we will enjoy an Apsara dance show. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.

Day 13

KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG

Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Lunch.Visit of 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. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 14

KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE

Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country. Tasting of some local products. Lunch. then continue our cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 15

Siem Reap - Angkor

We spend the morning cruising. Disembarkation, and lunch. Visit of the famous temple of Angkor Wat, masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. Dinner and overnight in hotel (Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose).

Day 16

Siem Reap

Visit of the temple at Ta Prohm. Today nature has taken over the site and the result is stunning: trees spring out from the temple buildings and thick roots now cover the temple. This afternoon we explore Angkor Thom, have a wander in the heart of the ancient Royal palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. Lunch. Visit of the temple at Banteay Srei, which means "the citadel of women”. Dinner. Then, enjoy a show with Phare, the Cambodian circus. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 17

Siem Reap

Visit of the "Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, we visit the workshops of the "Artisans d'Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer craftwork traditions. Lunch in the hotel.

Well bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

Dates & Prices

START IN 2019
Departure 01/02/2019
Arrival 17/02/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Sold out
Departure 17/02/2019
Arrival 05/03/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 05/03/2019
Arrival 21/03/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 21/03/2019
Arrival 06/04/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 31/03/2019
Arrival 16/04/2019
Ship : Lan Diep Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 06/04/2019
Arrival 22/04/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 12/04/2019
Arrival 28/04/2019
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 09/08/2019
Arrival 25/08/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 25/08/2019
Arrival 10/09/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 30/08/2019
Arrival 15/09/2019
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
Sold out
Departure 10/09/2019
Arrival 26/09/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 15/09/2019
Arrival 01/10/2019
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 01/10/2019
Arrival 17/10/2019
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 12/10/2019
Arrival 28/10/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 17/10/2019
Arrival 02/11/2019
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 13/11/2019
Arrival 29/11/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Sold out
Departure 18/11/2019
Arrival 04/12/2019
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 29/11/2019
Arrival 15/12/2019
Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 20/12/2019
Arrival 05/01/2020
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

Formalities

Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

// FROM JANUARY TO APRIL \\

>> CORE PROGRAM

Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel - all meals - drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer* or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) - unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water during the cruise on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of a French-speaking local tour guides and onboard CroisiEurope tour director on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips.

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €80 per passenger will be given to crew members during the cruise and to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

>> EXTENDED STAY

Domestic flights and their taxes (55€/person - subject to change) - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - services of local French-speaking tour guides - double-occupancy accommodations in the listed, or similar, hotels - all meals - drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer* or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) - 24-hour cruise across Halong Bay on a junk (not exclusive to CroisiEurope passengers).

// FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER \\

>> CORE PROGRAM

Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel - all meals - drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer* or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) - unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water during the cruise on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of a French-speaking local tour guides and onboard CroisiEurope tour director on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips (excluding tips for crew members on board the ship).

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €35 per passenger will be given to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

>> EXTENDED STAY

Domestic flights and their taxes (55€/person - subject to change) - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - services of local French-speaking tour guides - double-occupancy accommodations in the listed, or similar, hotels - all meals - drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer* or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) - 24-hour cruise across Halong Bay on a junk (not exclusive to CroisiEurope passengers).

// FROM JANUARY TO APRIL \\

>> CORE PROGRAM

International flights and their taxes - transfers - Cambodian and Vietnamese visas - cancellation and baggage insurance - drinks other than those mentioned.

>> EXTENDED STAY

Tips for guides and drivers (approximately $35 per passenger) - drinks other than those mentioned.

// FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER \\

>> CORE PROGRAM

International flights and their taxes - transfers - Cambodian and Vietnamese visas - cancellation and baggage insurance - tips for crew members on board the ship (for informational purposes, daily tips per passenger amount to US$5) - drinks other than those mentioned.

>> EXTENDED STAY

Tips for guides and drivers (approximately $35 per passenger) - drinks other than those mentioned.

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

RV Indochine II

PREMIUM - 3 Decks

RV Indochine

STANDARD - 3 Decks

Lan Diep

STANDARD - 3 Decks
Useful information

HEALTH FORMALITIES

Vaccines are not mandatory for this trip. However, it is advisable to be up to date with all vaccinations (tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, and typhoid fever). Your doctor will prescribe an antimalarial drug if necessary. Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended.

WEATHER

The dry season lasts from December to April, but the air remains humid (temperature: 77° to 95°F). The rainy season, from May to November, can present very strong but brief storms that generally take place at the end of the afternoon.

METHODS OF PAYMENT - CURRENCY EXCHANGE

  • The currency accepted on board is the US dollar. You can pay in dollars or using an international credit/debit card (Visa and MasterCard) at the end of the cruise. It is recommended to have some US dollars in cash with you during your trip.
  • For the current exchange rates for the Vietnamese dong and the Cambodian riel, please consult websites such as www.xe.com or www.oanda.com/currency/converter/.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

  • "Pchum Ben" from September 27th to 30th
  • "Water and Moon Festival" from November 10th to 13th

During these days, some sites can be closed without warning.

TIME DIFFERENCE

You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.

These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility as there are no lifts on board the ships.

  • Crossing Tonle Sap Lake: During the high-water season, usually from August to the end of November, the crossing will be done on your ship. In the low-water season, from December to February, the crossing will be done on high-speed boats (approximately 4 hours). In the very low-water season, from approximately February to April, the transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen to join your ship will be done in an air-conditioned coach (approximately 5 hours).
  • Low waters can happen at any time during the year. The time frames are given as examples, but are dependent on the quality of rainfall.
  • The banks of the river we will cruise on can be steep and slippery depending on the water level.
  • The itinerary, stopovers, and excursions can be modified by the cruise company and our on-site representatives if needed. The captain of the ship is the sole authority who can modify the ship itinerary for safety or navigational reasons.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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