Save $2,600CAD Per Couple on Select 2021 Avalon Waterways Mekong River Cruises*

    Save $2,600CAD Per Couple | 13-Day River Cruise | Offer Expires March 1, 2021

    Save $2,600CAD Per Couple on Select 2021 Avalon Waterways Mekong River Cruises*

    All-in Price: $6,467CAD* (Based on December 13, 2021 departure date)

    Savings: $2,600CAD per couple

    *Featured price is per person, land/cruise only, based on double occupancy, on the departure date indicated and includes all taxes and fees and the Avalon $1,300 per person discount.

    Photo: Avalon Siem Reap Suite Ship

    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.

    Features & Benefits:

    • 7-Night cruise in an outside stateroom
    • 3-Nights in a deluxe hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
    • 2-Nights in a deluxe hotel in Siem Reap
    • Daily included port excursions
    • All meals included while on ship
    • Captain’s & farewell dinners
    • Complimentary beer and wine with dinner

    Itinerary:

    Photo: Fascinating Vietnam Itinerary Map

    Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River (Northbound)

    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 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 travelling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Day 3 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.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Photo: Ho Chi Minh City

    Day 4 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

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Day 5 VINH LONG–CU LAO GIENG

    Sweets, Sampans, and Sun Hats

    DISCOVERY Board a sampan this morning to Visit a local workshop in Vinh Long where you will see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made.

    DISCOVERY This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your Guided Excursion starts at a local workshop, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats, or “Non la,” from materials available to them such as palm leaves and bamboo. These iconic hats are primarily used as protection from the sun and rain but you may also see them used as a basket to carry home goods from the market. Lastly, stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches.

    AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Day 6 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

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Day 7 PHNOM PENH

    The Royal Treatment

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Day 8 PHNOM PENH

    A Dark History or Market Dynamics

    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, OR:

    DISCOVERY Visit the lively Central Market by tuk-tuk to see its unique Art Deco design.

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

    AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Photo: Angkor Wat in Cambodia

    Day 9 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

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Day 10 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

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Day 11 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.

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch

    Day 12 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.

    Meals: Breakfast + Dinner

    Day 13 SIEM REAP

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite

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    *Book a select 2021 Avalon Waterways Mekong river cruise to receive $1,300 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Offer available on select dates in 2021 and on select cruises ONLY. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between February 6, 2019 and March 1, 2021 for travel at select times in 2021. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Combinable with Welcome Back Credit only. Applies to new bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only.

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