Magnificent Mekong (Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City)
15 days with Viking River Cruises Rating:
Day 1 Hanoi, Vietnam
Fly to Hanoi, former capital of French Indochina, then transfer to your hotel.* Check in for a 2-night stay, then relax or take a walk to stretch your legs and get acquainted with the city.
Day 2 Hanoi, Vietnam
After breakfast, take a tour of this unique, thousand-year-old Asian capital where old and new combine in a lush setting of parks and lakes. Visit the Museum of Ethnology, which includes a number of fascinating exhibits that bring Vietnam’s history and astonishingly diverse culture to life. Then tour the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” the H?a Lò Prison where American POWs were held captive during the Vietnam War.
In the afternoon, visit Hanoi’s Temple of Literature. Founded in 1070 as Vietnam’s first university, this maze-like compound features inviting courtyards, gateways, pavilions, walkways, lakes and a museum. Continue on to the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century monument that was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. En route, pass some colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Relax this afternoon before dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Today you also visit the mysterious Bayon Temple, known for its giant, stone-carved faces with their enigmatic smiles. Dine at a local restaurant and relax this evening. (B, D)
After lunch on your own, visit a local village supported by Viking River Cruises, observe school children at work and find out how you can “adopt” a child to help support their education.
This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant followed by a Cambodian Circus show which uniquely blends together theater, music, dance, acrobatics, jugging and aerial acts. (B, D)
Day 6 Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Your afternoon is free to explore Phnom Penh’s historic riverfront area with its restaurants, art galleries and silk shops, or perhaps visit the distinctive Central Market or the “Russian Market” where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes and souvenirs. You might prefer to visit more of the city’s wats (monastery temples): Wat Langka, Wat Botum, Wat Koh or Wat Ounalom, each with its own special character and purpose. Late this afternoon, there will be an onboard presentation about recent Cambodian history by a local expert. Dinner is served aboard the ship. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
After lunch, join an excursion to the sobering memorial in the Tuol Sleng detention center, a former high school in which thousands of victims of the Khmer Rouge died, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, or explore the city’s maze of small alleys, markets and busy streets on your own. Tonight’s dinner is accompanied by a folkloric performance. (B, L, D)
Set sail in the afternoon, observing daily life along the way. This evening, enjoy a screening of the film l’Amant (The Lover), which will prepare you for tomorrow’s visit to Sa Ðéc. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Sa Dec, Vietnam
The rest of your afternoon is free. Explore the city’s neighborhoods or do a bit of last-minute shopping at the local markets before this evening’s festive final dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
All This Included
On this 15-day cruisetour, discover two stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive countries linked by Indochina’s most important river. Encounter ancient Khmer monuments at Angkor Wat and the elegant French colonial capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; in Vietnam, visit the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, experience the intimate charm of Hanoi’s old quarter and tour dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.
Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Mekong
Ho Chi Minh City: Sofitel Saigon Plaza or The Reverie Saigon
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Hanoi & Ha Long Bay
From $499 per person / 2-night pre-extension
Ride through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta as the daily village life of Vietnam unfolds around you. Enjoy stunning views as you arrive at Ha Long Bay, then board a traditional wooden junk for your afternoon cruise. Lunch is served as your guide discusses the bay’s features, history and ecosystem, and explains the legends that surround the various rock formations, islets, caves and grottoes you encounter. One night in the First-Class Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), one night in the First-Class Novotel Ha Long Bay (or similar), daily breakfasts and one lunch are included in this fully escorted program.
From $899 per person / 3-night post-extension
Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, capital of Thailand and one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Enjoy three nights in the First-Class Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok (or similar), daily breakfasts, a tour of the city’s canals and Chao Phraya River via longtail boat, and a tour of the Grand Palace, the Thai royal family’s main residence which dates back to the 18th century. There will be free time to explore multicultural Bangkok’s many sights and attractions—ancient palaces and temples, parks and museums, traditional dance and theater, and world-class shopping—before you fly home. All transfers between your hotel and airport are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
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* 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.