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21 Day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia on Emerald Harmony

From Hanoi, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Length: 21 Days - Departs: Wed, Mar 12, 2025
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Mar 12, 2025
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Apr 01, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Hanoi
    Wed, Mar 12, 2025

    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 one-night stay. Relax at the hotel, explore the city, or wander Hanoi’s romantic West Lake. This evening, meet your tour director for your welcome briefing.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Hanoi – Halong Bay
    Thu, Mar 13, 2025

    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 anchors for the night in the Trinh Nu area among the karst formations where dinner will be served on board.

    Included Excursion
    A two night Halong Bay cruise


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Halong Bay
    Fri, Mar 14, 2025

    Today, continue sailing further into the region’s more untouched areas towards Lan Ha Bay. From a smaller boat, enjoy swimming on quiet beaches and kayaking in Ho Ba Ham Lake. Then visit Cua Van fishing village by rowing boat. Return to your traditional junk boat after a full day of exploration. Tonight, try squid fishing after dinner.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Halong Bay – Hanoi
    Sat, Mar 15, 2025

    Enjoy the sunrise and breakfast before beginning your cruise back through the magnificent rock formations, visiting Sung Sot Cave before arriving back at port. Bid farewell as you transfer to Hanoi. As part of EmeraldPLUS back in Hanoi, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged children.

    After lunch, you’ll visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. 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. Visit Hang Be Market, also located in the Old Quarter, before enjoying a walk around Hoàn Kiem Lake located in central Hanoi. Here walk across the red bridge to Ngoc Son Temple located on the Jade Islet within the lake. Later, enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a unique North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of historical significance.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Lunch at KOTO Restaurant

    Included Excursion
    Visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter

    Included Excursion
    A traditional water puppet show


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Hanoi – Danang / Hoi An
    Sun, Mar 16, 2025

    Begin your morning tour of Hanoi and learn about ‘Uncle Ho’, considered the father of modern Vietnam, by seeing his mausoleum from outside. Continue to Ho Chi Minh Quarter to see his humble stilt house and the small but iconic One Pillar Pagoda before moving to the nearby 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 the country’s past. Bid farewell to Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Danang (Hoi An). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for your included three-night stay, where you can relax for the rest of the evening.

    Included Excursion
    Hanoi’s City Tour, including the Temple of Literature


    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Hoi An
    Mon, Mar 17, 2025

    Today, start with our EmeraldPLUS visit to the Reaching Out Project. Reaching Out is an NGO (non-governmental organisation) established in 2000, which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. Visit the workshop and get a glimpse of how this NGO helps them to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives. After enjoying a local Hoi An street food themed lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An and see the old merchant’s houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge (currently undergoing renovations, views may be restricted) and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation. Tonight is yours free to wander the historical lantern lit streets and their many shops or bars.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Reaching Out Project

    Included Excursion
    A walking tour of Hoi An


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Hoi An
    Tue, Mar 18, 2025

    Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. Perhaps take the time to explore the Old Town and visit one of the many tailors Hoi An is known for, or take a cyclo (bicycle style rickshaw) to An Bang Beach. Alternatively venture out on one of our DiscoverMORE excursions. The choice is yours.

    DiscoverMORE
    Red Bridge Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    A visit to My Son Ruins (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    Hoi An Rural Life (extra expensee)


    Meals: Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Hoi An – Hue
    Wed, Mar 19, 2025

    Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. You will drive through Danang before crossing the Hai Vân Pass, known as the Ocean Clouds Pass before 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. Enjoy a relaxing cyclo (bicycle-style rickshaw) ride from Dai Noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the emperors used to go to relax. Then later, join a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into your hotel for the night. This evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, experience a royal dinner with traditional costumes.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A traditional Vietnamese royal dinner at a local restaurant

    Included Excursion
    Cyclo ride from Dai Noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake

    Included Excursion
    A visit to the Imperial Citadel

    Included Excursion
    A boat tour on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Hue – Ho Chi Minh City
    Thu, Mar 20, 2025

    Today, transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. After checking into your hotel, you will be free to explore the city.


    Meals: Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Fri, Mar 21, 2025

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a Pho lunch with remainder of the afternoon and evening yours to enjoy at leisure or venture out on one of our DiscoverMORE excursions.

    Included Excursion
    Cu Chi Tunnels

    DiscoverMORE
    An evening Saigon Street Food walking tour (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    One Night in Saigon (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 11
    Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation
    Sat, Mar 22, 2025

    After checkout, enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Town Hall. Then, visit the Reunification Palace before transferring to the port where you will board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. You’ll be welcomed on board by your captain and crew before setting sail after lunch down the Saigon River to Cho Gao canal where you will anchor for the night. 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.

    Included Excursion
    An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Ben Tre
    Sun, Mar 23, 2025

    This morning travel through the bustling Cho Gao. The Cho Gao canal is one of the major arterial canals of Vietnam connecting Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta with Ho Chi Minh City. Today is a fascinating morning watching the heavy commercial traffic navigate this important waterway which can see upwards of 1,800 vessels transit each day. This afternoon once on the Mekong River, you’ll visit the Tan My Floating community followed by a ride through the local plantations to visit a mushroom farm, a fruit farm with samplings and a honey farm with local sweets before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Ðéc, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.

    Included Excursion
    Visit the Thoi Binh hamlet and its farming and fishing communities, untouched by tourism


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Sa Dec – My An Hung
    Mon, Mar 24, 2025

    After a short ride on a sampan to Sa Dec enjoy a walking tour around town with stops at the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, and enjoy a walk through the central market to peruse its varied produce.

    Return to Emerald Harmony by sampan and sail to My An Hung Island. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specialises in red-hot chilli and peppers. As part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy some local folk singing during the visit.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Listen to some local folk singing in My An Hung

    Included Excursion
    A visit to the bustling Sa Dec Markets

    Included Excursion
    A visit to My An Hung village and its Monkey Bridge


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Gieng Island - An Long
    Tue, Mar 25, 2025

    On Gieng Island you can travel through the island’s villages to visit families who work in a variety of local industries including boat building of different types and creating incense sticks for temples. Also visit Vietnam’s oldest church.

    The afternoon is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in An Long.

    Included Excursion
    See the local industries in Gieng Island

    DiscoverMORE
    A visit to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in Tram Chim National Park (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Tan Chau - Vietnam/Cambodia Border Crossing
    Wed, Mar 26, 2025

    Embark on a sampan to Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community.  Reboard your sampan to travel back to Tan Chau and as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, visit the recently renovated Cao Dai temple. The religion of Cao Dai is a syncretic, monotheistic religion established in southern Vietnam in the city of Tây Ninh in 1926. Here, you will learn more about the mix of ideas that form the basis of this fascinating religion. Afterwards ride in a Xe Loi (local form of cyclo) from the temple back to your sampan before returning to Emerald Harmony.

    Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Whilst at the border, as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board. Tonight, celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A visit to a local Cao Dai Temple

    EmeraldPLUS
    A Lion Dance performance on board

    Included Excursion
    A visit to Evergreen Island

    Included Excursion
    Experience a Xe Loi ride, unique to the Mekong Delta


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Phnom Penh
    Thu, Mar 27, 2025

    Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, you will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of the country’s history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Here you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the memorial and learn about this sad historic chapter.

    Afterwards 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. Spend the afternoon as you please exploring our DiscoverMORE excursions or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. In the evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (local Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour

    Included Excursion
    Killing Fields at Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    DiscoverMORE
    A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    Craft Beer Adventure by remork (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Phnom Penh – Oudong – Koh Khsach Krao
    Fri, Mar 28, 2025

    Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. Important remnants on the temple site include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In the main temple of the Oudong Monastery, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme. In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens, followed by the Central Market located in the heart of the city.  Back on board, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children's Organisation. Afterwards set sail, gliding past the illuminated Phnom Penh at night for a short sail to Koh Khsach Krao.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

    EmeraldPLUS
    Cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

    Included Excursion
    A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Koh Khsach Krao Disembarkation – Siem Reap
    Sat, Mar 29, 2025

    Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. Stay at the beautiful Shinta Mani, a deluxe boutique property of world-class design that takes great care in honouring the environment and paying homage to the traditional and local aesthetics. This evening as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, attend Phare, The Cambodian Circus, where a combination of acrobatics, music and dance tell a uniquely Cambodian story.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Phare Cambodian Circus performance.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  19. Day 19
    Siem Reap
    Sun, Mar 30, 2025

    Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom, not a single temple such as the historic sites it neighbours, but rather one of the most remarkable royal cities of the Angkor Period and an architectural wonder. As the last capital of the Khmer Empire, it was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace, military and buildings for administering the kingdom. Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm. In an incredible standoff between human creation and nature, the jungle's root systems have reclaimed this spiritual location now enshrouded in wild vegetation. The backdrop to many Hollywood scenes, the incredible Ta Prohm is both a cinematic and contemplative location. This evening is free to visit ‘Pub Street’ or try a DiscoverMORE option this evening.

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Angkor Thom

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Ta Prohm Temple

    DiscoverMORE
    Evening – Sunset Drinks Gondola Boat at Bayon (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  20. Day 20
    Siem Reap
    Mon, Mar 31, 2025

    Rise early and witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Afterwards walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. This afternoon is free time to visit the town and markets or try a DiscoverMORE tour. Later this evening, enjoy your farewell dinner as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, accompanied by an Apsara dance performance.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Apsara dance performance and dinner show

    Included Excursion
    Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

    DiscoverMORE
    Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    A visit to Banteay Srei and Apopo Visitor Centre (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    A visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Depart Siem Reap
    Tue, Apr 01, 2025

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Siem Reap 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.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

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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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