Treasures of the Mekong Cruise: 12 - nights

 

See the wonders of the Mekong River across 7 days of cruising & 5 days of touring. Your 13-day river cruise features 2 nights stay in Ho Chi Minh City prior to cruise and 3 nights stay in Siem Reap after your cruise and 6 Scenic Enrich and 5 Scenic Free Choice Dining.

OperatorVesselPorts of CallSailing DatesTreasures of the Mekong, 12 - nights
Scenic River Cruises   Scenic Spirit
 
Departs: Sun, Nov 5 2017
Arrives: Fri, Nov 17 2017
Cruise code: VIMS051117.1
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Cruise Itinerary

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Total length of cruise: 12 - nights
 

TYPICAL ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! On arrival you will be personally met by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your luxury hotel. (Please arrive by 5.00pm). Meet your Tour Director for a welcome briefing followed by your Vietnamese dinner in the unusual setting of a former opium refinery.
Two Night Special Stay: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

SCENIC FREECHOICE (1) explore local neighbourhoods on your walking tour; or (2) uncover this bustling city on a vintage Vespa; or (3) discover Vietnam’s history through the diverse religions and cultural influences.

SCENIC ENRICH Explore the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War, with your War Veteran, who shares his personal account of life during this time.

SCENIC FREECHOICE DINING (1) take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River; or (2) discover lively local streets by night and sample different street food dishes; or (3) enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen in the comfort of your hotel.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - embark cruise

SCENIC FREECHOICE (1) During a walking tour admire the historic landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House and the Central Post Office. Enjoy lunch at KOTO, a restaurant set up to train and educate street children with English and hospitality skills, before transfering to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. Cruise through the Mekong Delta and this evening enjoy your Champagne welcome reception followed by a welcome dinner.
Seven Night Special Stay: Scenic Spirit

Day 4: Cai Be - Sa Dec

SCENIC FREECHOICE (1)Choose how adventurous you wish to be. Rise before sunrise and board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be Floating wholesale market before stopping at local industries and French colonial houses along the Mekong. (2)Then either choose to return to the ship or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island in smaller long tail boats to explore the smaller tributaries and fruit farms. (3)Alternatively relish a sleep in before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House with local musicians and cultural demonstrations.

Day 5: Chau Doc - Cambodia border

After an overnight cruise, anchor at Tan Chau. Tonight is your themed gala ball so be prepared for an enchanting evening on board with musicians and dancing.

SCENIC FREECHOICE (1)Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and the local Cao Dai Temple with a ride in a cyclo. (2)Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm, walk through a local Cham village and take a cyclo ride around Chau Doc. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cham Mountain and a local Khmer village.

Day 6: Phnom Penh

Cruise into Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, a charming city crisscrossed by broad tree-lined boulevards and dotted with French villas and wonderful colonial architecture. Spend the afternoon gently sailing towards Phnom Penh, taking the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or some solitude on your own private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by. Enjoy sunset from on deck as you begin to see the lights of Phnom Penh in the distance. Tonight is yours to explore the night life of Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh

SCENIC FREECHOICE (1) journey through the countryside to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge; or (2) take a guided tour of the local food market  before joining in a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration; or (3) explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Russian Market as well as its modern architecture.

After lunch at a local NGO restaurant who teaches street kids hospitality skills, travel by Tuk Tuk to the National Museum, Royal Palace and the famous Silver Pagoda.

SCENIC ENRICH Arrive in style by cyclo to immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal for an indulgent high tea. Enjoy an exclusive private shadow puppet and masked dance performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra.

Day 8: Oudong - Kampong Tralach - Kho Chen

After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Prek K’dam, board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the mountain stupas, pagoda and monastery.

SCENIC ENRICH  Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation of food, contributing to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Drive a short distance north to visit Wat Kampong Tralach to learn of its complex history before experiencing an ox cart ride through local villages back to Scenic Spirit which has sailed north to meet you. After lunch on board, disembark for a visit to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

Day 9: Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham

Cruise to Wat Hanchey with its ancient hill top pagoda and monastery complex. Walk to the top, meet with some young novice monks before soaking in some of the best Mekong River views. Return to the ship and cruise towards Kampong Cham a quiet provincial capital with French architecture from the colonial period. Explore Kampong Cham, discover the legend of Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill) and stroll through the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok, supported and developed by AMICA (Assistance Mediation Internationale pour le Cambodge).  Walk among the stilt houses, watch women weave scarves called ‘krama’ a typical Khmer cloth and learn about their traditional farming techniques.

Day 10: Disembark cruise - Siem Reap

After breakfast transfer to your luxury hotel in Siem Reap, home to the impressive Angkor Wat complex.

SCENIC FreeChoice Dining Relax at the Dining Room restaurant, or choose from Italian or Khmer at local restaurants.
Three Night Special Stay: Siem Reap

Day 11: Siem Reap

Delve into Ta Prohm and Preah Khan temples. Discover Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace before stopping at Angkor Wat for late afternoon photos. Take your VIP seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

SCENIC ENRICH Learn about an initiative that trains local Cambodian archaeologists to take over the ongoing temple maintenance.

SCENIC FreeChoice Dining Choose between Khmer cuisine or French Fusion.

Day 12: Siem Reap

SCENIC ENRICH Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat with a glass of champagne. Afterwards walk through the temple before taking an included tethered balloon ride for spectacular aerial views.

SCENIC FREECHOICE (1) discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum; or (2)  explore the recently accessible Beng Mealea temples in the jungles of Siem Reap and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. ; or (3) cruise on Tonle Sap

SCENIC ENRICH Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner, drinks and show surrounded by Apsara dancers performing in front of floodlit and candle-lit temple ruins.

Day 13: Depart Siem Reap

Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

OVERVIEW

See the wonders of the Mekong River across 7 days of cruising & 5 days of touring. Your 13-day river cruise features 2 nights stay in Ho Chi Minh City prior to cruise and 3 nights stay in Siem Reap after your cruise and 6 Scenic Enrich and 5 Scenic Free Choice Dining.

INCLUSIONS

  • 100% one-bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of four dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet

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Vessel: Scenic Spirit Length: 85ft
Year: 2016 Passenger Capacity: 68
 

OTHER INFORMATION

Scenic Spirit is the latest luxury river cruise ship from Scenic Tours, which will launch on the Mekong River in January 2016. Continuing to push boundaries with cutting edge design and enhanced safety and sustainability features, Scenic Spirit will be the most luxurious ship to sail the Mekong.

ABOUT Scenic River Cruises

Scenic Tours own and operate four luxurious cruise ships that are nothing short of a sensation, delivering the ultimate river cruising experience to their guests. With larger than average cabins and 80% of the rooms with private balconies, you can watch Europe glide by from the privacy of your own room. Every aspect of these magnificent vessels, from the elegant interiors to the the faultless service, will surpass all your expectations.
Their dedicated team will ensure that each cruise and tour is managed down to the very last detail. On board you'll be welcomed by the Cruise Director and highly experienced crew. Every one of their staff is devoted to their role and will do their utmost to ensure you have a magnificent holiday.

Introducing, The Scenic Circle Fleet

Scenic's "Space-Ships" live up to their name wherever you go on board and boasts all the facilities you would expect from a five star hotel. Add to this their handpicked crew and uncompromising service values, and they believe that they have set the standards to which others can only aspire.

Fleet Of Uniquely Designed River Cruise Ships
Scenic Cruises "Space-Ships" were built using cutting-edge technology and designed by Europe's leading naval architects. All the ships in our fleet are 135 metres long compared to standard European river cruising vessels at 110 metres. That's 22% more space. The exclusive Private Balcony Suites have been designed without compromise and are 24% larger than comparable cabins. The Panorama Lounge and Bar with it's floor to ceiling windows is 31 metres long and not only provides spectacular views but is 20% larger than standard river cruisers. The 5 metre long Observation Lounge is an open-air teak deck at the bow of the ship. It's just one of three outdoor viewing areas on board and has become a favourite place to watch the waterways of Europe glide by. The main restaurant, Crystal Dining , is 30% larger per guest than average so there's no need for two meal sittings as all of their guests can be seated in the restaurant at the same time. The unique ship design also allows Scenic Tours the opportunity to be the only river cruising company offering two restaurants, with our exlusive Portobello's Italian Restaurant.

See Europe From a Different Perspective
Your ship will sail through the very heart of Europe's towns and cities and will dock right where you want to be, at the centre of everything. From here expert, local guides will escort you on fascinating walking tours. In larger cities, such as Vienna, you'll step aboard a coach for a fully guided city tour. When the ship is docked you're free to make use of complimentary bicycles on board to go exploring in the town or along the riverbanks. The all-inclusive policy means you will receive outstanding value for money because we include all sightseeing, meals and many highlight events. You won't be asked to pay for optional tours along the way. Many people are uncomfortable at the prospect of tipping while abroad, so they won't ask you to as all tips and gratuities are included.

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Grand Deluxe Suite

 
 

Royal Panorama Suite

 
 

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World Class Culinary

Unlimited Beverages
Enjoy a drink for every occasion with complimentary, unlimited beverages on board at any time of the day, from fine regional wines and boutique beers to pure bottled water and espresso coffee. Plus your in-suite mini-bar is replenished daily, which means you will enjoy complimentary drinks whenever and wherever you fancy; with meals, at the bar or from the privacy of your balcony.

Amazing cuisine
One of the great joys of travel is experiencing the cuisine of other countries. On a Scenic Cruise you will be treated to the delights of Europe's regional cuisine at our five dining venues. At the heart of on-board dining is our magnificent Crystal Dining Room, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served.

The Crystal Dining Room is spacious and light, with floor to ceiling glass exposing the passing panorama. The room is large enough for all our guests to dine at a single sitting without allocated tables. With this flexibility you can sit with whomever you wish. You may choose an intimate table for two or choose to dine with a group of new friends.

For those days where you feel like lounging on the Sun Deck watching Europe pass by, we have our exclusive River Café, a place to satisfy your all-day dining needs. Whether you are in the mood for coffee, cakes, sandwiches or gelato, you will find it at River Café.

Bountiful breakfasts, leisurely lunches
Early risers can enjoy a light breakfast of fruit and freshly baked pastries with tea and Barista coffee in the River Cafe. For added flexibility the Cafe provides full service casual dining from early morning until dinner.

If you have a hearty appetite, choose from the extensive breakfast buffet or order hot favorites to be served at your table. Lunches are unmatched, with bountiful buffets or a la carte specials, superbly cooked and served to you by your waiter.

Dinner is always a highlight
In the evenings, the restaurant sparkles with lively conversation during the service of a four course a-la-carte meal. You will sample the best of European cuisine, featuring fresh local produce, the finest cuts of meat and regional specialities.


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