The Heart Of Cambodia & Vietnam With Luang Prabang 2020

Overview

Countries and places

Cambodia, Vietnam

Tour Code

AV-WSIL-B2020

Operator

Duration

20 days

Brochure

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This magical Southeast Asia river cruise along the Mekong River will take you to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, showing you the culture and local traditions of each country and the must-see sites along the way. Your adventure begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the magnificent Temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, these ancient ruins are a display of architectural complexity and grandeur unlike anything else in the world. Stand in awe at the most famous of these temples, Angkor Wat, which honors the Hindu god, Vishnu; and the Bayon temple, which features some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance and other treasures of the city before embarking on your river cruise. In Kampong Tralach, an ox cart ride will show you the Cambodian countryside and you′ll meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. The temple of Wat Hanchey, perched on a hilltop, will provide the most stunning views, and then take part in a traditional water blessing with local monks. Continue your journey into Vietnam and stroll through a local market-a unique opportunity to see locals buying and selling fresh produce. Via sampan, visit the home of a local family for a cotton-weaving demonstration and a local workshop which makes rice wine and traditional candies. In bustling Ho Chi Minh City, try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class and go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels-the extraordinary network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war. Fly to Hanoi and explore the famous sites, such as the Old Quarter, where peddlers have traded goods for centuries on its 36 ancient streets. Next, a remarkable 2-night cruise along Ha Long Bay will show you its beautiful Limestone Islands. You′ll visit the Cua Van Floating Village, spectacular caves, and even go for a swim at Ti Top Island. Finally, fly to Luang Prabang, and be sure to have your camera handy as you ascend Mount Phousi for stunning views of the city and the Mekong River below. Your sightseeing will show you the famous sites, such as Wat Xieng Thong, considered the most beautiful monastery in the city. The perfect ending to an unforgettable Southeast Asia river cruise holiday!

Features

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains and desserts.

About Avalon Waterways

With Avalon, you'll sail on the newest ships on the European waterways - an impressive fleet that averages just three years in age. In fact, each year Avalon adds new award-winning vessels.

On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, "included" is the name of the game. Spacious outside staterooms with expansive riverscape views - included. VIP access into the must-see sights - included. Your choice of enriching shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides - included. WiFi access - Inlcuded. Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional wines and beers at every onboard dinner, and unlimited lattes and premium coffees - included. And we are proud to offer Avalon Choice, an exciting concept in river cruising that gives you the freedom to personalize so many elements of your cruise.

Once you have settled down in your spacious Deluxe Stateroom or Suite you are at home for the duration of your cruise. No need for daily unpacking, you can devote your time to exploring the highlights of each exciting stop.Then return to your floating hotel to relax on the upper deck or enjoy a meal and marvel at the sights while you glide gently by. An Avalon Waterways cruise lets you do it all - see more, experience more and include more free time in your holiday.

Because Avalon's itineraries take advantage of what a location provides, our cruises offer a variety of itineraries, lengths and shore stays. Some itineraries spend every night on board the ship while others have beginning and/or ending nights on shore.

All Avalon cruises are guaranteed departures.

Europe From the bustling cities steeped with history and culture to some of the most quaint townships and villages in the world, Europe is the quintessential river cruising destination. Avalon Waterways lets you discover all the major river systems including the Rhine, the Moselle, the Main, the Danube, the Rhone and now the Black Sea.

China China is a land of continual intrigue from the Great Wall of China and the terracotta warriors to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. With Avalon Waterways you'll discover the major capitals and the allure of the Yangtze River as well as the colossal Three Gorges Dam.

South-east Asia Ancient ruins, historic sites, and an opportunity to learn about new cultures, activities, and religions, cruising the Mekong River has it all.

Galapagos Islands The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the world's most amazing wildlife. The marine iguana, sea lions, giant tortoises', penguins and flamingos all inhabit this small cluster of islands and provided Charles Darwin much of the inspiration behind his theory on evolution. Avalon Waterways offers two exciting cruises.

Amazon River Embark on a journey to one of the world's vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. Experience the Amazon wilderness where it originates in Peru.

Terms & Conditions

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Tour Type

River Cruises

FAQs

  • Air Conditioning and Heating
  • All rooms on the ships are air conditioned and heated. All ships have individual controls in the staterooms.

  • Beverages
  • Wine, beer and soft drink is included with all onboard dinners. Alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. In Europe, regular coffee, tea and iced tea are available free of charge throughout the day from the self service coffee stations. On the Yangtze and Galapagos Islands cruises: coffee, tea and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.

  • Clothing
  • Dress aboard and on shore is "casual and comfortable". We kindly request that shorts not be warn in the restaurant or lounge in the evenings. Bathing suits are not appropriate in the lounge or restaurant at any time. You may wish to wear something a little dressier for the Captains Dinner. We recommend that for shore excursions you wear comfortable shoes and don't forget a sun hat.

  • Cruise Director
  • A professional, experienced, English-speaking Cruise Director accompanies every departure.

  • Cuisine
  • All meals on board are prepared by accomplished chefs and consist of local food adjusted to suit the tastes of international passengers. There is a buffet breakfast and in Europe a buffet lunch including a choice of soups and main courses with appetiser, salad or sandwich and dessert. On the Yangtze, a mix of Western and Chinese dishes are offered; in the Galapagos, you'll be able to taste some Ecuadorian specialties. Dinner is a multi-course meal with choice of soups and entrees.

  • Currency & Credit Cards
  • In Europe:
    Most of the countries you will be visiting in Europe use the Euro. Exceptions are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland; they all have their own currencies but the Euro is accepted in many establishments. Many locations accept major credit cards; however in small towns they are not widely accepted. In these cases and for incidentals or small vendors, you will need some local currency. ATM machines are located on shore at some stops. Prior to your departure, confirm with your bank that your ATM or credit card and PIN number will work abroad. All purchases on board are charged to your room account. The onboard currency is the Euro. U.S. currency and traveller’s cheques may be exchanged for Euros. For payment of shipboard accounts, Euros and U.S. dollars are accepted as well as American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diner’s Club. A fee is charged for the use of traveller’s cheques. Personal cheques cannot be cashed on board.
    In China:
    U.S. dollars are widely accepted on shore. The local currency is the Yuan. ATM machines will dispense Yuan or they can be purchased on board the ship using U.S. dollars. The currency on board is the Yuan. Shipboard accounts can be settled in cash, traveller’s cheques or most major credit cards.
    In Ecuador:
    Ecuador uses U.S. dollars as their official currency. Credit cards are usually accepted in larger towns. In smaller towns cash is recommended. Shipboard accounts can be settled by credit card, cash or traveller's cheques.
    In Egypt:
    The official currency is the Egyptian pound, but Euros and U.S. dollars are widely accepted. In small towns it is recommended to carry small amounts of local currency, but vendors in tourist areas are likely to accept U.S. dollars. Credit cards are usually accepted in larger towns. ATMs are available in most larger cities. Shipboard accounts can be settled by credit card or with cash. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

  • Dining
  • Meals are served in the dining room in a single sitting. There is open seating so you may sit at different tables for each meal if you wish to meet other fellow passengers. All meals on board the ship are included.

  • Electricity
  • Electricity on board is 220v. The bathrooms have a dual 220v/110-120v plug for shavers and small appliances. You will need an adapter or converter to use in other outlets in the stateroom for any small personal items such as a razor, curling iron or alarm clock. In the Galapagos, electrical outlets are 110v with American-type outlets.

  • Email, Internet & Fax
  • Internet service is available on board. The service works via satellite and there is an hourly charge. On the Yangtze River cruises the internet is a flat rate charge. Internet cafes can be found in many towns along the way in Western Europe and charges are generally very reasonable. Faxes can be sent and received via reception; there is a charge for both outgoing and incoming faxes.

  • Gratuities 2014
  • For all 2014 European cruises gratuities for your Cruise Director and crew are included in the pricing.

  • Hairdryers
  • Each stateroom is equipped with a hair dryer. Please call reception if there is no hair dryer in your room.

  • Laundry
  • Laundry service is available on board for a modest fee. Price lists will be available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board. For safety reasons, we ask that you do not iron clothing in your cabin. For a small fee, the onboard laundry service is available to iron clothing. Laundry facilities are not available on the Galapagos cruise.

  • Library
  • You may check out books from the ship's library free of charge. We ask that you return them before your cruise ends.

  • Mail Services
  • Stamps and postcards are available for purchase on board. Mail is sent from each major port.

  • Medical Services
  • Should you fall ill, please contact your ship's reception, at once. Due to the proximity to land, medical services can be called from shore when necessary. There is a resident physician on board the Santa Cruz and the La Pinta.

  • Newsletter
  • A daily newsletter is produced on each ship and features information about daily activities, shore excursions, tour departure times and more.

  • Onboard Language
  • The language on board is English. All staff, crew and tour guides speak English. All announcements and commentary will be in English.

  • Onboard Shop
  • The ships have an onboard gift shop offering accessories, films, souvenirs and gifts as well as a limited selection of personal and toiletry items.

  • Payment During the Cruise
  • A cashless system operates on the vessels. Purchases and shipboard services are credited to your account (see "Shipboard Account")

  • Safes
  • Although it is recommended that you leave valuables at home, all staterooms are equipped with a safe. Any items that exceed the size of the safe can be checked into the ship's reception desk.

  • Smoking
  • In Europe and in the Galapagos, all ships have non-smoking interiors. Smoking is only permitted on the Sky Deck. On the Victoria Anna, Victoria Jenna and Royal Lotus, smoking is limited to specific areas.

  • Special Occasions
  • Passengers celebrating special occasions, such as anniversaries or birthdays, should alert ship personnel upon boarding the ship.

  • Telephones
  • Each stateroom has it's own telephone. This may be used to call room to room or to any of the ship's offices. In Europe calls can be made from ship-to-shore. In Egypt and China, ship-to-shore calls must be made from reception. Any charges are placed on your shipboard account. In the Galapagos, there are two satellite-linked phones available for use in the reception lounge.

  • Television
  • Each stateroom has a colour satellite TV and will receive some English programming. There is a shipboard information channel and a channel with entertainment videos or movies.

  • Your Shipboard Account
  • For convenience, all purchases and paid services on board (after your authorisation) are billed to your personal shipboard account. At the end of your cruise, you will receive a total which can be paid with cash or charged to a major credit card or paid in traveller's cheques (there is a processing fee). Traveller's cheques are not accepted on the Royal Lotus. Personal cheques are not accepted.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Welcome to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 - 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)

Day 3 - 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)

Day 4 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia (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)

Day 5 - 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)

Day 6 - 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 A Dark History or Market Dynamics CLASSIC - After lunch, join a Guided 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 by tuk-tuk to see its unique Art Deco design. This evening, spend some free time exploring 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 7 - 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 (B,L,D)

Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 hand-crafts sampan boats. EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG (B,L,D)

Day 10 - 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)

Day 11 - 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)

Day 12 - 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 travelling companions for a special dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City-hanoi

Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)

Day 14 - Hanoi

Historic Hanoi and Water Puppets CLASSIC - First, join a Guided Visit of the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next, see iconic sites, including One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Lastly, visit the 900-year-old Temple of Literature, Hanoi`s first university. Enjoy lunch at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that teaches local street children restaurant skills for stable employment opportunities. CLASSIC - After lunch, enjoy an Electric-Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter-with its 36 ancient streets where merchants trade as they have for centuries. DISCOVERY - An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating Live Performance of Hanoi`s renowned water puppets, a traditional 11th century art form. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Hanoi-ha Long Bay

Island Shapes and a Floating Village Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes. Board the luxurious Paradise Elegance for a 2-Night Cruise on the bay. DISCOVERY - Visit the Cua Van Floating Village, home to more than 700 people, by bamboo raft, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Kayak Ride to visit Cua Van Village. Enjoy scenic sailing for the remainder of the day before anchoring for the night. (B)

Day 16 - Ha Long Bay

Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs DISCOVERY - Visit Ti Top Island on a Guided Excursion for a swim, or a climb 400 steps to the top of the island for stunning views. You can also visit Luon Cave by boat, and explore Dark & Bright Cave by bamboo raft, OR: ACTIVE - Explore Luon Cave and Dark & Bright Cave by Kayak Ride. After a day of exploring, consider a spa treatment or simply relax for happy hour prior to dinner! (B,L,D)

Day 17 - Ha Long Bay-hanoi-luang Prabang, Laos.

This morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 18 - Luang Prabang

Today, enjoy a full day of Guided Sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend Mount Phousi for beautiful morning views over the city and Mekong River. Then walk through the historic town centre stopping at Wat Mai, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. Visit the National Museum and Wat Xieng Thong, considered the most beautiful wat, or monastery, in the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

Day 19 - Luang Prabang

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (B)

Day 20 - Luang Prabang

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Prices/Dates

All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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06 Jan 2020 25 Jan 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
13 Jan 2020 01 Feb 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
20 Jan 2020 08 Feb 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
27 Jan 2020 15 Feb 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
03 Feb 2020 22 Feb 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
10 Feb 2020 29 Feb 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
17 Feb 2020 07 Mar 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
24 Feb 2020 14 Mar 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
02 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
09 Mar 2020 28 Mar 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
16 Mar 2020 04 Apr 2020   AUD $16297 AUD $10865 AUD $9235
23 Mar 2020 11 Apr 2020   AUD $15767 AUD $10595 AUD $9005
30 Mar 2020 18 Apr 2020   AUD $15767 AUD $10595 AUD $9005
06 Apr 2020 25 Apr 2020   AUD $15429 AUD $10415 AUD $8852
20 Jul 2020 08 Aug 2020   AUD $13234 AUD $9275 AUD $7883
03 Aug 2020 22 Aug 2020   AUD $13234 AUD $9275 AUD $7883
17 Aug 2020 05 Sep 2020   AUD $13234 AUD $9275 AUD $7883
31 Aug 2020 19 Sep 2020   AUD $14848 AUD $10115 AUD $8597
14 Sep 2020 03 Oct 2020   AUD $15429 AUD $10415 AUD $8852
21 Sep 2020 10 Oct 2020   AUD $15797 AUD $10605 AUD $9014
28 Sep 2020 17 Oct 2020   AUD $16338 AUD $10885 AUD $9252
05 Oct 2020 24 Oct 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
12 Oct 2020 31 Oct 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
19 Oct 2020 07 Nov 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
26 Oct 2020 14 Nov 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
02 Nov 2020 21 Nov 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
09 Nov 2020 28 Nov 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
16 Nov 2020 05 Dec 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
23 Nov 2020 12 Dec 2020   AUD $16665 AUD $11055 AUD $9396
30 Nov 2020 19 Dec 2020   AUD $16135 AUD $10785 AUD $9167
07 Dec 2020 26 Dec 2020   AUD $15554 AUD $10485 AUD $8912
14 Dec 2020 02 Jan 2021   AUD $15865 AUD $10645 AUD $9048
21 Dec 2020 09 Jan 2021   AUD $15554 AUD $10485 AUD $8912
28 Dec 2020 16 Jan 2021   AUD $16496 AUD $10975 AUD $9328

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