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Magnificent Mekong 2018
(Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi)

15 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, then transfer to your hotel.* Check in for a 2-night stay and then relax or take a walk to stretch your legs and begin getting acquainted with the city.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Begin your tour of this bustling metropolis in the Chinatown area of the city. Walk along Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping boulevard in the old colonial heart. See the grand City Hall, the old Opera House with its soaring arched entryway, the double spires of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. This afternoon, head to Ben Thành Market for some handcrafted souvenirs and also visit a lacquer factory. Dine in a local restaurant this evening. (B, D)

Day 3 My Tho, Vietnam
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to M? Tho to embark your ship. As you settle in to your stateroom, we begin sailing along the Mekong River. This afternoon we visit the floating markets of Cái Bè where you see local workers producing rice noodles, coconut candy and a host of other handmade products. This evening, meet the ship’s officers over a welcome cocktail and enjoy a screening of the film l’Amant (The Lover) which will prepare you for tomorrow’s visit to Sa Ðéc. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sa Dec, Vietnam
This morning, enjoy an exciting sampan excursion along the canals and backwaters of the Mekong Delta. Small factories line the river channels. During your excursion, get a glimpse of industry in the region with a visit to a brick factory. Stop in Sa Ðéc to see the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the protagonist in Marguerite Duras’s beloved autobiographic novel, l’Amant (The Lover).

Set sail in the afternoon, observing local daily life on the river along the way. This evening, attend an onboard screening of the 2002 film The Quiet American, based on Graham Greene’s novel set in 1952 Saigon. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Tân Châu, Vietnam
Today you will have a rare glimpse of rural life as it has been lived for ages. Begin your morning with a ride on a traditional rickshaw in Tân Châu. Afterward, visit the floating fish farm by wooden sampan, then take a boat ride to Vinh Hoa, known as “Evergreen Island.” Here you can take a short walk to see various methods of traditional Vietnamese farming, craftmaking and other daily activities of local people firsthand.

Return aboard for lunch and scenic cruising along the Mekong; this afternoon we cross over into Cambodia. Onboard activities include a fruit-carving workshop and a presentation about the history of Vietnam. This evening we screen the 1984 film The Killing Fields. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Dock along the lovely waterfront of Cambodia’s capital and explore the city in style, in a cyclo (the ubiquitous passenger bicycles of Southeast Asia). This mode of transportation provides many Cambodians with a source of income and visitors with a speedy and enjoyable way to move around. See the magnificent Royal Palace with the Silver Pagoda, built in the 19th century by the French but inspired by the centuries-old architecture of the Khmer. Then see the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses treasures of Khmer art and craftsmanship and also displays art that predates the mighty empire.

This afternoon, join an excursion to the sobering memorial in the Tuol Sleng detention center, a former high school in which thousands of victims of the Khmer Rouge died, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, or explore the city’s maze of small alleys, markets and busy streets on your own. Tonight’s dinner is accompanied by a folkloric performance. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This morning’s excursion takes you through a Cambodian village. After, take a short ride to Udon Monastery for a tour and to receive a blessing by the monks. Then continue to the next village, famous for its silversmiths. Rejoin your ship and have lunch as we cruise into Phnom Penh.

Your afternoon is free to explore Phnom Penh’s historic riverfront area with its restaurants, art galleries and silk shops, or perhaps visit the distinctive Central Market or the “Russian Market” where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes and souvenirs. You might prefer to visit more of the city’s wats (monastery temples): Wat Langka, Wat Botum, Wat Koh or Wat Ounalom, each with its own special character and purpose. Late this afternoon, there will be an onboard presentation about recent Cambodian history by a local expert. Dinner is served aboard the ship. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Mekong River
Today, enjoy scenic cruising along the Mekong, one of the world’s great rivers. The Mekong is truly the “Mother River of Southeast Asia,” sustaining civilizations through the centuries. Pass by some of the Mekong rice fields. The Khmer Empire was founded on a rice surplus, and rice is still the main staple of Vietnamese cuisine. We stop to visit a typical Khmer river community that is famous for its silk-weaving production. Return aboard for lunch. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Today’s excursion takes you on a motorcoach ride to see Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, the Twin Holy Mountains; then visit the nearby Buddhist temple and garden still used during traditional Khmer festivals. After, visit a Kampong Cham orphanage where students create beautiful paintings that are available to purchase. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Siem Reap, Cambodia
Today’s excursion takes you on a motorcoach ride to see Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, the Twin Holy Mountains; then visit the nearby Buddhist temple and garden still used during traditional Khmer festivals. After, visit a Kampong Cham orphanage where students create beautiful paintings that are available to purchase. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Begin your day with a visit to one of Angkor’s largest Khmer temples, Angkor Wat, built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century AD. With its beautiful proportions and extensive, intricate bas-relief stone carvings, it is one of the most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia. Explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom, which houses several of Angkor’s most popular sights. You also visit the mysterious Bayon Temple, known for its giant, stone-carved faces with their enigmatic smiles. Relax this evening. (B, D)

Day 12 Siem Reap, Cambodia  
Today, ride to the spectacular 10th-century Hindu temple Banteay Srei (“Citadel of Women”) to see magnificent carvings of Shiva and Vishnu. Then, journey to Ta Prohm, one of the most popular of the Temples of Angkor. Unlike many other buildings, it has been left as it was discovered, with trees and large shrubs growing over the ruins. Return to your hotel before your final dinner in Siem Reap followed by a Cambodian Circus show which uniquely blends together theater, music, dance, acrobatics, jugging and aerial acts. (B, D)

Day 13 Hanoi, Vietnam
After breakfast, check out of your hotel, then visit a local village supported by Viking River Cruises. Spend time with the children at one of the village schools before proceeding to the airport for your short flight to Hanoi. After lunch in your hotel, enjoy free time to explore the city and have dinner on your own. (B, L)

Day 14 Hanoi, Vietnam
This morning, tour this unique Asian capital where old and new combine for an inviting blend in a lush setting of parks and lakes. Visit the Temple of Literature with its maze of courtyards and graceful gateways, an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Proceed to the 11th-century One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic monuments, and the nearby Ho Chi Minh Memorial, a vast complex dedicated to the country’s 20th-century Communist leader.

This afternoon, tour the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” the H?a Lò Prison where American POWs were held captive during the Vietnam War. Take a leisurely ride through the Old Quarter by “green” electric car, visit the Museum of Ethnology, which includes a number of fascinating exhibits that bring Vietnam’s history and astonishingly diverse culture to life and then enjoy some free time to explore Hanoi on your own before gathering for a festive farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 15 Hanoi, Vietnam
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, continue your Southeast Asia adventure with a 2-night stay at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. (B)

All This Included
Explore the stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive lands that lie along the remarkable Mekong River. On this 15-day cruisetour, from Vietnam’s bustling cities to the tranquility of Cambodia, discover two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by Indochina’s most important river. Encounter ancient Khmer monuments at Angkor Wat and the elegant French colonial capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; in Vietnam, visit the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, experience the intimate charm of Hanoi’s old quarter and tour dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Here you will find gracious hosts and some of the finest cuisine in the world, while enjoying the natural beauty and rich history just beyond the banks of the magnificent Mekong.
  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 2 nights in Hanoi’s deluxe Sofitel Metropole; 3 nights in Siem Reap’s superior first class Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra; 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City’s superior first class Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar)
  • Fully escorted: 14 guided tours with audio headset
  • Included meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 13 dinners, featuring regional specialties
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • 1 intra-itinerary flight
  • Culture Curriculum: Attend an Apsara dance show in Siem Reap; enjoy lectures on current affairs in Vietnam and Cambodia; visit a local elementary school
  • All port charges
Accommodations on this Tour
Ho Chi Minh City: Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Mekong
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra
Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Bangkok
From $899 per person / 3-night pre-extension

Fly directly to Bangkok, capital of Thailand and one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Enjoy 3 nights at the superior first class Shangri-La Bangkok (or similar), daily breakfasts, a tour of the city’s canals and Chao Phraya River via longtail boat, and a tour of the Grand Palace, the Thai royal family’s main residence which dates back to the 18th century. There will be free time to explore multicultural Bangkok’s many sights and attractions—ancient palaces and temples, parks and museums, traditional dance and theater and world-class shopping—before you proceed to Ho Chi Minh City to begin your cruisetour. Hotel transfers are included, along with the services of a Viking host.

Post-Extension: Ha Long Bay
From $499 per person / 2-night post-extension

Ride through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta as the daily village life of Vietnam unfolds around you. Enjoy stunning views as you arrive at Ha Long Bay, then check into the superior first class Novotel Ha Long Bay (or similar) for a 1-night stay. In the morning, board a traditional wooden junk for your cruise. Your guide discusses the bay’s features, history and ecosystem and explains the legends that surround the various rock formations, islets, caves and grottoes you encounter. Lunch is served aboard. Disembark at Ha Long Pier and ride back to Hanoi for a final night before your flight home. One night in Hanoi, 1 night in Ha Long Bay, daily breakfasts, onboard lunch and hotel transfers are included on this fully escorted post-extension.
Notes
  • *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Itinerary is subject to change. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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