Majestic Mekong River Cruise

SPECIAL OFFER: FREE AIR IF YOU RESERVE BY MARCH 30, 2020. From Apr 1st - 2 for the price of 1

Includes overnights in Ho Chi Minh City & Siem Reap

Package includes:
  • 30 Meals - 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches & 9 Dinners
  •  3 Nights Accommodation Shinto Mani, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  •  2 Nights Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  •  All meals included onboard
  •  Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner while onboard
  •  7 Nights cruising on the MS. Emerald Harmony
  • 12 Shore Excursions included
  • All port charges & airport taxes
  • Airport transfers when air is provided by tour operator
  • ALL GRATUITIES
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
  • Local Cultural Entertainment onboard
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
Itinerary:

DAY 1 – Depart The USA: Today you’ll depart the USA on your transpacific
flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

DAY 2 – Arrival Siem Reap: Sous Sdei and Welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap. In the evening, meet your Tour Manager to learn more about the days ahead.

DAY 3 – Siem Reap: Start with a visit to the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. The fortified city encloses residences of priests, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city of Angkor Thom consists of a square of 1.9 miles long on each side, with a 26 foot high laterite wall around the city, enclosing an area of 360 acres. After the tour, visit the sacred temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and it has been the backdrop of Hollywood movies. This evening, witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. Meals: B, L
EmeraldPLUS: Phare Cambodian Circus Performance
DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Siem Reap (additional expense)

DAY 4 – Siem Reap: Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy sunrise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a gala evening dinner together with a performance. Meals: B, D
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Banteay Grei or Artisans d’Angkor Workshop
or visit Tonie Spa or Culinary Cambodia tours (additional expense)

DAY 5 – Siem Reap – Prek’kdam – Embarkation: Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Prek’kdam to embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship. On route to the ship, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge and have lunch on a local restaurant. Arrive in Prek’kdam and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Later, set sail to Kampong Tralach and enjoy your first dinner onboard with your fellow
travelers. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 6 – Kampong Tralach – Phnom Penh: Start your day with an ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach to visit the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In one of the Oudong Temple there was a known large Buddha statue which was damaged during skirmishes with the Khmer Rouge which had the hill as one of their last strongholds. Receive a traditional Buddhist
Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Oxcart ride and traditional Buddhist Monk blesssing
DiscoverMORE: Silk farm tour or silversmith village (additional expense)

DAY 7 – Phnom Penh: Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city
was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, where you will have the opportunity to walk
through the fields, visit the small museum and learn about this sad chapter in history. Then, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh ending on a rooftop terrace, offering great views of the city. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh
DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Phenom Penh (additional expense)

DAY 8 – Phnom Penh – Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing – Hong Ngu: Visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here, you will learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. Continue the visit, take one of our

sampans to Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. Re-board your luxury Star-Ship and cruise to the border between Cambodia and Vietnam. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Lanh My A silk-producing factory

DAY 9 – Long Khanh – An Long – Hong Ngu: This morning, embark on a visit to the Long Khanh Island. There, you will visit a local family and learn about scarf weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda and a grapefruit garden. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own. Return to the Star-Ship and this evening be delighted by a Lion Dance performance onboard.
Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Lion Dance performance onboard

DAY 10 – My An Hung – Sa Dec – My Tho: Start your day with a visit to My An Hung village – this lovely and unspoiled place will surely mesmerize you. Return to the ship and sail to Sa Dec, and in the afternoon visit the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk
through the central market in town. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Visit My AnHung Village

DAY 11 – My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City: This morning you will be taken to the village of Đat Dua, where you will visit a coconut and other fruits candy workshop. Then, visit the Tan Long Pagoda. Return to the Star-Ship and sail to Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 12 – Ho Chi Minh City: Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Enjoy a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall. Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on April 30, 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through the Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, the old Saigon Post Office, listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Upon your retun to the hotel, the
remainder of the day is at leisure. Meals: B, L
DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon street food tour (additional expense)

DAY 13 – Ho Chi Minh City: Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes of southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more. Once above
ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. The tour concludes at the hotel with the afternoon left free of planned activities. Meals: B, D

DAY 14 & 15 – Ho Chi Minh City Farewell: Today transfer from your hotel to the airport and return home with memories of life enriching experiences of your amazing adventure. Meals: B