For new bookings on 2021-2022-2023 Mekong river cruises aboard Emerald Harmony. Air offers are only applicable to bookings made 61 or more days before departure, otherwise, an air credit will apply. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. If air is included in your booking, a secondary non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due 6 months prior to departure for economy flights; $800 for premium economy. Maximum value of air ticket is $1200 per person inclusive of all taxes & fees. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways' choice of airlines and routes. Travelers who purchase their own air receive $750 per person savings on 13+ day itineraries departing in 2021 or April 2022-May 2023, $500 per person when departing January-March 2022; $500 per person on 8-day itineraries or $300 per person when departing January-March 2022. Offers are based on cruise days and exclude land portions, and are not combinable with any other offer except for Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER vouchers and early payment offer. Taxes and port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.
Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel situated in downtown Hanoi for a two-night stay. Relax at the hotel or explore the city, strolling along the tree-lined avenues or wander Hanoi's romantic West Lake. This evening, meet your Tour Director for your welcome briefing.
Today you will enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. The tour includes the main sights of the city including the outside view of by the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, which is the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam. Continue to the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda and to the Temple of Literature. The temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and it was established to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. As part of EmeraldPLUS, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged street children. After lunch, continue with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, as well as a stop at Ngoc Son temple. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. This evening, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance.
Full day city tour of Hanoi
Lunch at KOTO Restaurant
Water puppets performance
This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay where you will board your traditional style junk boat. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy the tours offered on board, learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or simply choose to relax. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations and dinner is served on board.
One-way Scenic Flight Over Halong Bay (extra expense)
Halong Bay cruise
Today, you will be transferred to your day trip boat tour with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch is served onboard of the boat by your private chef. Return in the evening hours after a full day of exploration to your traditional junk boat.
Private boat tour to local beaches and activities on Halong Bay
Enjoy the fresh morning in the middle of the bay while having breakfast and cruising through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Bid farewell to the traditional style junk boat on Halong Bay and transfer to Hanoi airport, with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant. At the airport in Hanoi, board your flight to Danang (Hoi An). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the historic port town of Hoi An and relax for the rest of the evening. Included is a three-night stay in Hoi An.
Today start with our EmeraldPLUS visit to the Reaching Out Project. Reaching Out is an NGO established in 2000, which provides opportunities for people with disability to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. Visit their workshop and get a glimpse how this NGO helps the disabilities to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day tour of Hoi An and see old merchant’s houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation.
Visit to Reaching Out NGO
Walking tour of Hoi An
Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. Perhaps take the time to explore the Hoi An Ancient Town, or take a cyclo to An Bang Beach. The choice is yours.
Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense)
Visit to My Son (extra expense)
Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. You will drive through Danang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In Hue, you will visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. As part of your EmeraldPLUS, take a cyclo (bicycle style rickshaw) from Dai Noi “Old City” to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. Then later, join a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening, experience a traditional costume play Royal Dinner.
Cyclo ride through Dai Noi
Boat Tour to Thien Mu Pagoda
Visit to the Imperial Citadel
Royal dinner at a local restaurant
Today, transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city, starting with a visit to Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace. Then, stroll through Ho Chi Minh City’s Colonial Quarter. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall and the old Saigon Post Office, and hear stories about French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. This afternoon, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.
Orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City
Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to 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. Upon your return in Ho Chi Minh City, your afternoon today is free at leisure to relax.
Cu Chi Tunnels tour
Evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)
Today, transfer from your hotel to board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, where you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Set sail to My Tho in the Mekong Delta and, this evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and fruit workshop. Then travel to the Tan Long Pagoda and return to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Dec, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.
Visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and visit to Tan Long Pagoda
Start your day with a visit to the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, then take a walk through the Central Market and peruse its many stalls. Return to Emerald Harmony and sail to My An Hung village. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, specialising in red-hot chilli and peppers.
Visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le
Visit to My An Hung village
This morning is yours to explore on your own or, if you prefer, you can take part in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. In the afternoon, embark on a journey to Long Khanh Island and visit a local family to learn about scarf-weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda and a grapefruit garden. Return to Emerald Harmony this evening and you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.
Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)
Visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island
Lion Dance performance on board
As part of EmeraldPLUS, 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, embark 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 Vietnam and Cambodia.
Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory
Visit to Evergreen Island
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, we 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. This afternoon, 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, where you will enjoy a beverage and take in the great views of the city as part of EmeraldPLUS.
Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market
Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night
Start your day with a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach and 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 your EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship.
Visit to Oudong Temples
Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing
Silk Farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)
Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. This evening, attend the Cambodian Circus, Phare and enjoy an evening of acrobatics, music and dance.
Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom. The last capital of the Khmer Empire, it was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and has been the backdrop to Hollywood movies.
Visit to Angkor Thom
Visit to Ta Prohm Temple
Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)
Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Later this evening enjoy your farewell dinner accompanied by Chayyom dancers.
Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
Visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)
Visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)
Culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.
This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.
The world may have changed, however, our commitment to our guests and crew, the guest experience and their health, safety and wellbeing remains our key priority. We are working closely with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), local and international Government Health agencies, to ensure our protocols exceed the latest regulatory requirements. Our Health & Safety Steering Committee oversees all health and safety policies and training with Emerald Cruises, ensuring you can travel with complete confidence that your wellbeing and safety are taken care of to the highest standard. In addition, we are implementing the most recent insights and technologies, with our Emerald Cruises team dedicated to exceeding the levels of cleanliness required in today’s travel climate.
We are continuously updating our protocols to safeguard both the health, safety and the experience of our valued guests. You will be informed about these important procedures, well in advance of your journey departure, which may include the following information and guidelines:
Medical Evaluation & Test
To ensure all of our guests are safe and well before your journey with us begins, we will require you to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation. During the phased embarkation process you, and your fellow passengers, will be tested for COVID-19 by a medical specialist. This will allow you to relax with complete peace-of-mind when you board our Star-Ships, in the company of other like-minded travelers.
Our Dedicated Team
Our Captains, Hotel Managers and Cruise Directors, alongside their exceptional teams, will deliver a first-class level of service during your time traveling with us. You can enjoy the same exciting program of on board and on shore experiences, tailored to smaller groups to allow for safe social distancing. The team are readily available to ensure every detail of your journey with us is memorable, for all the right reasons. They will ensure health and safety protocols are followed on a daily basis.
Having the best crew to look after you is at the heart of our core values at Emerald Cruises, and we will go the extra mile to ensure our crew is healthy in doing so. All crew will be regularly tested for COVID-19 and will have daily temperature and health checks. They will also be trained and regularly briefed on all aspects in preventing COVID-19 amongst themselves as well as our guests. They will go beyond the ordinary to make your cruise a truly exceptional experience.
Contact-Free Check In & Check Out
We have adjusted the various touchpoints of your journey, allowing you to check in and check out in a completely contact-free way. Through a phased embarkation you will be able to arrive and depart from your Star-Ship smoothly and with safe social proximity in mind. And, of course, every time you return to your Star-Ship, our crew will be there to greet you with a warm smile.
Briefings & Screenings
Our medical expert will host mandatory briefings and screenings. These events are designed to ensure every member of our guests and crew are healthy, and also offer an opportunity to allay any concerns or ask any questions you may have about our safety protocols.
Enhanced Cleaning Commitment
Our on board crew will be increasing and enhancing our already frequent and high standard cleaning protocols in public areas and suites, leaving surfaces and spaces spotless. Additional care and attention will be paid to high contact zones, such as communal restrooms and dining facilities.
Socially Aware Dining
You can expect the same delightful dining experiences when you travel with us, savoring a choice of dishes inspired by regional cuisine and local produce. We are adapting and redesigning our on board food and beverage service to ensure extra care is taken in order to minimize social contact. We will serve our delicious food a la carte or via served buffets.
The spacious surrounds of our ships in combination with the guest numbers provide ample room for you to relax, allowing for an abundance of personal space. We are introducing contact-free movement across our Star-Ships to further reduce risks. Contact-free hand sanitizer dispensers will be readily available in all public spaces and guest corridors on board, whilst automated doors and contact-free guest servicing will minimize the number of touchpoints.
Our Star-Ships are equipped with air circulation systems. These systems ensure there is no re-circulation of inside air on board the ship. When you are relaxing in your suite you will be breathing air from outside the ship that is channeled directly to your suite. The air will also be released from your suite directly to the outside.
Smaller Groups & Social Proximity
Discovering the local culture of your destination is the highlight of every river cruise. Create memories to cherish during our choice of on shore excursions. You will travel in smaller groups, allowing for a more intimate travel experience, whilst respecting social proximity and destination specific regulations. To enhance your sightseeing, you can utilize our digital headsets, which will act as your personal tour guide and travel map.
Carefully Selected Local Partners
As well as enhancing our health and safety protocols on board and with our crew, we’re working closely with our local partners. We have forged long-standing relationships with our local partners, all of whom have been carefully selected for their expertise and high levels of service, and are committed to ensuring your safety. They will receive extensive training to adhere with our enhanced protocols. We will also introduce strict control and screening procedures for anyone boarding our Star-Ships.
Wellness Throughout Your Journey
Your wellbeing is our number one priority, both during your time on board and on shore. Journey to and from your destination with complete peace-of-mind. All transport vehicles will be equipped with hand sanitizer and will undergo deep cleaning after every journey, surpassing the high industry standards required. You can also rest assured that we will monitor social proximity, allowing you to travel safely, with plenty of personal space.
We are committed to continually reviewing and updating our protocols and guidelines as new information becomes available, to ensure that our guests can travel safely in the many destinations we operate in.
Emerald was awesome. It offered us cultural experience that was unusual and authentic. We felt like we got to know the countries we visited. We are looking to book with Emerald again in Europe. Local and tour Director was the best
first emerald waterway tour was excellent ! excellent and unique excursions included plus good optional tours offered loved the Vespa ride, ox cart and rickshaw ride Hoi Ann and Halong bay are highlights emerald staff very welcoming to us
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