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Before embarking on your 8-night cruise on the RV Indochine II, discover Vietnam with its 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 and cliffs and continue south to visit Central Vietnam.

  • 10 night guided vacation
  • 10 nights accommodation
    • 7 nights in Vietnam (4* hotel)
    • 1 night onboard Ha Long Bay cruise
    • 2 nights in Siem Reap  (5* hotel)
  • Ha Long Bay cruise aboard Orchid Classic or similar
  • Domestic airfare: Hanoi to Hue, and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • 8 night river cruise aboard RV Indochine II (choice of main deck or upper deck)
  • 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water (plus 1 soft drink or 1 beer with every meal) during the cruise
  • Meet & Greet upon arrival at the airport
  • Sightseeing and shore excursions in shared and private basis with English guide; as per itinerary
Main Deck Upper Deck
Sep 1,17, Oct 3,19, 2024 from $9499 from $9839
Above rates are per person based on double including tax. Single rooms may be available on a request basis

Not Included:

  • International Airfare
  • Meals & beverage other than those referenced in each itinerary
  • Transfer from Siem Reap hotel to the airport
  • Cambodian and Vietnamese visas
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
Arrival in Hanoi. After customs formalities, meet & greet and transfers to your hotel for overnight.
Accommodation: Hanoi – Q Hotel 4* or similar

Day 2: Hanoi (B)
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a blend of long established traditions and modern imprints of Western influence. Begin the day by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where his embalmed body is kept for homage visits in the central hall of the mausoleum.
Take a walk through the park to see the former French Governer’s Palace and the wooden cabin commonly known as Ho Chi Minh Stilt House in which he lived from 1958 till his final days in 1969. Then visit the 11th century Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius and once the Mandarin Training School in the old days. Continue to visit the 11th century lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda. Head on to Hoan Kiem Lake to visit the historical Ngoc Son Temple, built on a lush green islet. You’ll even go green and explore the Old Quarter by  electric buggy.
In the evening, see a Water Puppet Show – a fantastic art form originating in northern Vietnam, best seen in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Hanoi – Q Hotel 4* or similar

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Today, depart from Hanoi to Halong Bay (160 km). Board the cruise and enjoy a welcome drink while meeting the crew. Cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay while enjoying lunch. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea
Accommodation: On board the Orchid Classic Cruise 4* or similar

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B)
Start your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay. Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before preparing to check out. Disembark from the cruise at Tuan Chau International Marina. Return to Hanoi and transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel
Accommodation: Hue – Romance Hotel 4* or similar

Day 5: Hue (B/L)
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings, and French-style edifices. Start your day by taking a boat trip to visit one of the oldest pagodas – the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the Royal Imperial City. Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. Next, venture into the countryside to the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards, and lotus ponds.
Accommodation: Hue – Romance Hotel 4* or similar

Day 6: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L)
Twisting winding curves, sudden bends, views that take your breath away – welcome to the Hai Van Pass. Drive along this incredible mountain pass on the way to Danang – home to beaches made famous by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, several quirky bridges and the wonderful Cham Museum containing the best collection of Cham sculpture. Also stop at the Marble Mountains – a group of limestone and marble hills filled with caves.
Accommodation: Hoi An – Silkhotel 4* or similar

Day 7: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (B/L)
Journey to My Son, the former religious centre of the Champa Kingdom, a sophisticated civilization which held sway over the region from the 4th to the 13th centuries. After a brief visit to the Visitor’s Centre for an overview of Cham history and culture, visit each ruin in turn, walking along forested paths. Drive back to Hoi An, one of Southeast Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The quirky mix of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and European influences make this ancient town a photographers’ paradise. Walk through the narrow winding streets of the old quarter past ochre-hued stone houses, lanternf illed shops, and colorful fishing boats. One of the most iconic sights is the Japanese Covered Bridge. There are also ancient temples and merchant homes over 200 years old. In the afternoon, take a lazy cruise along the river to traditional pottery villages.
Accommodation: Hoi An – Silkhotel 4* or similar

Day 8: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (B/L)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Ever-vibrant, ever-changing – this is the buzzing city of Saigon, where sleek skyscrapers loom over incense-infused temples and motorcycle filled roads. There are classic European-style landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the ornate City Hall, and the art-deco Post Office. Reminders of a recent past can be seen in the Reunification Palace, famously stormed by tanks in 1975. Visit all the main sights of the city and make time to browse the stalls in the bustling Ben Thanh Market.
Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh – Grand Hotel 5* or similar

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – start cruise (B/D)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer included to the RV Indochine II. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight on the ship which will remain moored in central Ho Chi Minh City.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Cho Gao (B/L/D)
Depart by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. After lunch, visit the History Museum. Return to the ship and cruise toward the splendid Cho Gao canal.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 11: Cho Gao – Mytho – Vinh Long – Cai Be (B/L/D)
During the passage through the Cho Gao Canal, discover the daily life in Vietnam—organized around fishing, farming, and transport. In My Tho, visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Take a ride in small sampans along the canal lined with mangrove palms. Enjoy lunch on board. Vinh Long is in the middle of the Delta region, between two of the Mekong’s distributaries. Discover a brick and pottery factory, a fruit-tree nursery, puffed rice, rice-paper wrappers, and rice alcohol.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 12: Sa Dec (B/L/D)
Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. After your excursion, enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. Return on board and cast off as you sit down to lunch. The ship will begin to cruise to Cambodia. Spend the night on board.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 13: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning. After arrival in Chau Doc, visit a local fish farm, the Ba Chua Xu Temple, and the Tay An Pagoda. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Phnom Penh in the evening. Enjoy a brief tour of the area by “tuk-tuk,” the easiest way to get around the city. We’ll have dinner on board and remain in port overnight.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 14: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda – inlaid with more than 5,000 silver tiles. Visit the National Museum of Cambodia. Enjoy lunch in the city. In the afternoon, 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. Return to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music. Dinner on board and remain in port overnight.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 15: Koh Chen – Kampong Tralach (B/L/D)
Upon arrival in Koh Chen, explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After lunch on board, head to Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda, you will cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts along a small road in the middle of magnificent rice fields. The ship will remain anchored overnight.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 16: Kampong Chhnang – Tonle Sap Lake (B/L/D)
Visit Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake, where fish farming is abundant. The region is also known for its traditional pottery. Chhnang itself means “pot.” You will also enjoy a tasting of regional products. After lunch on board, cruise to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Tonight, is the farewell cocktail and dinner! The ship remains anchored overnight.
Accommodation: On board RV INDOCHINE II

Day 17: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples / END OF CRUISE (B/L/D)
Spend the morning cruising the river before disembarking and having lunch on shore. After lunch, visit the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art and the most famous and imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market.
Accommodation: Siem Reap 5* (TBA)

Day 18: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (B/L/D)
This morning, Visit the mysterious Beng Mealea temple (1), whose ruins were once utterly consumed by jungle. The temple was built in the 12th century and used the same floor plan as Angkor Wat. After lunch in the city, visit the Senteurs d’Angkor, a local business with a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. Visit a silk farm to learn about the complex process of creating the luxurious fabric. End the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spend the night at the hotel.
Accommodation: Siem Reap 5* (TBA)

Day 19: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples / Depart (B/L)
This morning, vist Ta Prohm – aka the Jungle Temple, a Cambodian temple dedicated to the family of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Angkor Thom. Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace and discover the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch will be served at the hotel. We’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your f light before 5:00 p.m.

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