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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Hanoi & Ha Long Bay (Southbound) 2023

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

On this inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River.The best way to experience Vietnamese culture is with a tour of its fascinating capital of Hanoi. Go on a cyclo ride through the ancient streets of the Old Quarter and enjoy a water puppet performance. Travel through the peaceful countryside to Ha Long Bay, where you’ll cruise by its breathtaking limestone islands. Next, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, see the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance before embarking on your river cruise. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. On a hilltop at the site of the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey, take in the stunning views before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Continue your cruise into Vietnam and visit a colorful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. This memorable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation ends in Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll see the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen—Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. On an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used during the Vietnam War.

  1. Day 1
    HANOI, VIETNAM
    Welcome to Vietnam!
  2. Day 2
    HANOI
    This morning, your Guided Sightseeing takes a look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” Also visit the ancient Temple of Literature, over 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university. Lunch is at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that teaches local street children restaurant skills for more stable employment opportunities. After lunch, enjoy an electric-cart ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, with 36 ancient streets where merchants trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi’s renowned water puppets, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century.

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    HANOI–HA LONG BAY
    Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a Cruise Excursion to explore the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays.

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    HA LONG BAY–HANOI–SIEM REAP
    This morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Siem Reap.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    SIEM REAP
    The Tranquil Temples of Angkor and Joyful Dances

    CLASSIC Explore the temples by tuk-tuk. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, continue your Guided Excursion to visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, OR:

    ACTIVE Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike.

    Enjoy some time at your leisure this afternoon to explore Siem Reap’s shops for local artisan crafts.

    DISCOVERY This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance.

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    SIEM REAP
    Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles

    CLASSIC Continue your Sightseeing Tour of the Angkor temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route, stop at a village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand.

    Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    PHNOM PENH (EMBARKATION)
    Your Intimate Suite Ship® Awaits!

    Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to port where your ship’s crew will be waiting to welcome you on board. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.

    AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    WAT HANCHEY–ANGKOR BAN
    Water Blessings and Back-to-School Adventures

    DISCOVERY Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks.

    DISCOVERY After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KAMPONG TRALACH

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    KAMPONG TRALACH–KONPONG LOUANG
    Calm in the Cambodian Countryside

    DISCOVERY Your Guided Sightseeing starts in Kampong Tralach with an Ox-Cart Ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. At the silversmith village in Konpong Louang, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art.

    Sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh this afternoon.

    PHNOM PENH

    A Dark History or Market Dynamics

    CLASSIC After lunch, a Visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields for a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime, OR:

    DISCOVERY Visit the lively Central Market with its unique Art Deco design by tuk-tuk.

    This evening, spend some free time exploring the city on your own. Perhaps follow the riverfront promenade to the historic Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC).

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    PHNOM PENH
    The Royal Treatment

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the city by private cyclo with visits to the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts.

    The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Consider a Guided Optional Tour of a local brewery with free-flowing local beer!

    Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show, featuring local song and dance.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIETNAM/CAMBODIA BORDER

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    BORDER CROSSING–CHAU DOC, VIETNAM
    Good Morning, Vietnam!

    DISCOVERY Take a Village Walk through the Chau Doc market, and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, embark on a Guided Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more.

    EVENING CRUISE TO LONG KHANH A

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    LONG KHANH A–CU LAO GIENG
    Cotton Weaving, Conical Hats, and Handcrafted Sampans

    DISCOVERY This morning, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A, for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of this well-preserved tradition.

    DISCOVERY This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your Guided Excursion starts with a stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats, or “Non la,” from materials available to them such as palm leaves and bamboo. These iconic hats are primarily used as protection from the sun and rain but you may also see them used as a basket to carry home goods from the market. Lastly, visit a local workshop where a skilled family handcrafts sampan boats.

    EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    VINH LONG
    Sweets and Rice Treats

    DISCOVERY Board a sampan this morning to Visit a Local Workshop in Vinh Long where you will see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made.

    This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City.

    AFTERNOON CRUISE TO HO CHI MINH CITY

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION)
    Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine

    CLASSIC Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war. Then, visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market.

    DISCOVERY For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations!

    Enjoy time at your leisure this afternoon and evening for independent exploration. Maybe stop for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel.

    (B,L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  15. Day 15
    HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS
    Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts

    CLASSIC Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels—an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length—used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong.

    Explore the city further during free time this afternoon.

    This evening, join your traveling companions for a special dinner in a local restaurant.

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    HO CHI MINH CITY
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

The world is waiting to be rediscovered! And Globus helps you reunite with your favorite destinations through our ongoing commitment to travel with the ease and confidence travelers have come to expect on tour with us. No matter where you travel, our global network of travel experts has you ready to reconnect.

And along the way, we’re step-for step with you to remove the worries and hassles that might make aspiring globetrotters hesitate when taking that first step in discovering dream destinations once again. With exceptional health and safety protocols and on-trip contingency plans for unexpected surprises, Globus travelers see more of the world with more peace of mind.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will conduct tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start and peace of mind throughout the journey. This includes proof of vaccination for all guests.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

There may be times on tour or on the motorcoach when social distancing is required. We will take care in assuring any local guidelines are followed in a safe and comfortable way for our guests. For any cases where masks are required due to local guidelines, we ask that guests bring their own approved N95 (FFP2) masks for their own comfort and safety. Our wireless listening technology enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers during excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for each of our guests and our team, our Tour Directors, Local Hosts, and motorcoach drivers are fully vaccinated, and Globus is also requiring that all travelers are fully vaccinated before joining the trips. Additionally, regular guest checks are conducted, and, when required by local guidelines, masks will be worn by our guests and by our team when accompanying guests. In all other cases, masks are optional for guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Hanoi: Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Conveniently located near Hanoi¿s Old quarter, Lotte Hotel Hanoi connects the rich cultural history of the past with today and sets a new standard of luxury in Hanoi. Spacious rooms offer a touch of Vietnamese elegance with panoramic views over the city.
Address:
54 P. Lieu Giai
Hanoi , Vietnam
Ha Long Bay: Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long
The first & only resort in the North of Vietnam located on its own private island, Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long is the perfect base to explore all Ha Long Bay has to offer. With a pool, spa, gym, garden, three private beaches, and several dining options the resort is a destination, in aand of itself.
Address:
Reu Island, Bai Chay
Ha Long Bay , Vietnam
Siem Reap: Park Hyatt Siem Reap
The Park Hyatt, Siem Reap is the city's most prestigious address and perfect base to explore the Temples of Angkor. Located in the heart of the city, this award winning hotel blends an elegant and contemporary design to create an enlivening resort and residential feel. From the second you arrive you will be welcomed by true Cambodian hospitality and superb service. The stylish guestrooms offer a refined home away from home with all the amenities one would expect from a deluxe hotel. The luxurious collection of accommodation is matched by stylish dining venues that offer fresh, flavorful, well-presented dishes of French and Indochine inspirations. Lighter fare is also offered at The Glass House, the onsite deli-patisserie. Discerning travelers will appreciate the other amenities on offer. Relax by one of the two pools or in the inviting Living Room lounge and bar, get in a work out in the fitness center, or visit The Spa for holistic therapies and treatments using only locally harvested floral and aromatic ingredients.
Address:
Sivutha Blvd
Siem Reap , Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Saigon
Discover urban luxury with a combination of sophisticated design, handcrafted details, and modern-day comforts at Park Hyatt Saigon. Enjoy world-class dining, tranquil spa, and refreshing pool all on site. French-colonial inspired room rooms combine elegant, traditional comfort with the latest technology and desired amenities.
Address:
2 Lam Son Square
Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam

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