Speak to a River Cruise Specialist

800-510-4002
Cruises Cruises Hotels and Resorts Hotels &
Resorts
Africa Safaris Africa
Safaris
Home Escorted Tours Independent Vacations River Cruises Expedition Cruises Train Tours Discounts Newsletter My Account
Find a Vacation
FastDeal Lookup
#


Mekong Discovery 2020 (Southbound, Cruise-Only)

8 days with Avalon Waterways   Rating: Deluxe

Book this Trip Now and Save!

  • Save $1,000 per couple off this cruise. Expires December 18. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on select 2020 river cruises. Expires December 18. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Avalon Waterways Journeys Club members save $150 per person off trips. Click here for eligible departures.

Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some discounts are not combinable.


Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices NOTE: The following information is from the 2019 tour season and is subject to change once the 2020 tour season information becomes available.

Day 1 PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Cambodia. Your intimate Suite Ship® Awaits!

Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY (L,D)

Day 2 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 KONPONG LOUANG (B,L,D)

Day 3 KAMPONG TRALACH–KONPONG LOUANG–PHNOM PENH
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
Shining a Light on a Dark History

CLASSIC After lunch, join a Guided 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. 

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)

Day 4 PHNOM PENH
Bonjour! French Charm Lives in Cambodia

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 (B,L,D)

Day 5 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 (B,L,D)

Day 6 LONG KHANH A–CU LAO GIENG
Cotton Weavers & Sampan Makers

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 along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Join a Guided Excursion to a local home, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, ride a motor cart to one of Vietnam’s oldest churches for a special interaction with a Catholic priest.

EVENING CRUISE TO BEN TRE (B,L,D)

Day 7 BEN TRE
Sweets and Sampans

DISCOVERY Board a sampan this morning to Visit a Local Workshop in Ben Tre to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Continue on to a local garden, where several types of fruit indigenous to the area are grown. 

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)

Day 8 HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Map
All This Included
On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.

In the enchanting Cambodian countryside, go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In a Silversmith Village, see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. French influences are still apparent in the lovely capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Here you’ll tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda and enjoy a song and dance performance by children at a local orphanage. 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 river cruise into Vietnam where you’ll walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Via sampan, cruise into Ben Tre and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. This once-in-a-lifetime Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Saigon:
    • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
    • Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
    • Spa treatment room
    • Fitness Room
    • Library and games
    • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Saigon:
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
    • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Vegetarian options available with all meals
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits with all onboard meals
    • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
    • Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
    • Complimentary juices with breakfast
    • Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
    • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
    • Complimentary wine with all onboard lunches & dinners
Highlights
  • Phnom Penh (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
  • Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban: Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit
  • Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh: Ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanage
  • Border Crossing–Chau Doc: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc
  • Long Khanh A–Cu Lao Gieng: Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng
  • Ben Tre: Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Siem Reap or Avalon Saigon
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Nights per person in Ho Chi Minh City:
in single room $268; in twin room $139
Notes
  • 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). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.
  • All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in a Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck. To upgrade to a Category A on the Tonle Deck, add $400 per person in double occupancy or $800 in single occupancy.
  • 2020 prices and itineraries are subject to change.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
For Avalon Waterways terms and conditions, please click here.

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.