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Classic Mekong

From £3,690 pp

Embark on a glorious adventure, starting amongst the magnificence of the temples of Angkor before boarding a three-night deluxe river cruise down the Mekong. With shore excursions designed to give you an authentic glimpse of local life, cross into Vietnam to discover its many treasures. Explore vibrant Saigon, charming Hoi An and historic Hanoi and sail the waters of Halong Bay.

What’s Included:

  • 4 Nights on 4* Victoria Mekong
  • All meals
  • 4* Hotels
  • Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • All domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
  • Entrance fees, guides and daily tours
  • All international airfares from the UK
Ha Long Bay - Sailing Junks
Mekong, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Skull Pagoda at The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek - Phnom-Penh, - Cambodia
Day 1 - 2 Siem Reap

You will be met in Siem Reap in the arrivals hall by your Local Guide or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time travel to your hotel for check in.

Day 1 - 2 Siem Reap

Dinner

Day 3 - Siem Reap

Spanning from the 9th to 15th century, the Angkor complex with over 1,000 temples was the seat of the thriving Khmer Empire. UNESCO manages the complex and to enter, your group will drive approximately 6km out of town to the main entrance gate to get your entrance passes, which you must carry with you. If you choose to climb at any site, you must be able to climb and descend without assistance. Begin at the city of Angkor Thom and the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King before continuing to the temple of Ta Prohm, enveloped in a labyrinth of jungle. This afternoon is devoted to the fascinating and awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. Later, relax on-board a boat and view the sunset on Angkor Thom’s moat. Please note: The Central Tower of the Angkor Wat complex is closed on Buddhist holidays and on all other days has a limited number of visitors allowed at any given time, under regulations from UNESCO. If you wish to visit this tower, you will be required to wait in the queue alongside all other visitors. The ability to do this will be determined upon the groups’ schedule.

Day 3 - Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Siem Reap

In the high-water season, drive to Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilts houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap lake. In the lower water season, you will visit Chong Kneas floating village. Get a glimpse into local life at the home of a Khmer family. Return to Siem Reap to enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 - Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Depart Siem Reap and fly 1 hour to Phnom Penh, a city of attractive boulevards. Visit the Cambodian Royal Palace and the opulent Silver Pagoda by cyclo before travelling to the National Museum with extensive artefacts on display, sightseeing today will involve approximately 3 hours on foot. Make a final stop at Wat Phnom and then, experience how traditional arts are preserved with a Cambodian Living Arts tour.

Day 5 - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Phnom Penh - Victoria Mekong Cruise

Reflect on the history of the city with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields. The visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum involves 1 hour on foot. This museum commemorates the atrocities that occurred during the regime of Pol Pot. The transfer south-west to the Killing Fields will take 30 minutes. You will spend about 1 hour here on foot for a harrowing insight into Cambodia’s tumultuous past. Most people find it quite confronting and emotional so you will be given time to explore on your own. Later on, transfer to Phnom Penh pier where you will say goodbye to your National Escort and board the Victoria Mekong. After a welcome briefing, you will cast off into the waters of the Mekong Delta. Relax with a sundowner on deck and sit down to a sumptuous gala dinner whilst enjoying an Apsara performance on board.

Day 6 - Phnom Penh - Victoria Mekong Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Victoria Mekong Cruise

Sail towards the border, passing into Vietnam in the early afternoon. Spend a relaxed morning enjoying the passing scenery and a wealth of onboard activities, such as a cultural lecture and cocktail making. In Vam Nao, go offshore by sampan to visit traditional cottage industries such as traditional clay pottery and local rice cakes. This evening, before dinner, experience a thrilling lion dance performance! Drop anchor at Vam Nao.

Day 7 - Victoria Mekong Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Victoria Mekong Cruise

Continue downstream to Long Xuyen and disembark to visit the bustling floating market and a local museum. After lunch back onboard, arrive at Tan Loc Island, where you’ll be able to explore by electric bike, visiting the Ancient House and a lush garden for tea and fruit – a taste of Mekong hospitality. Alternatively, go by local motor cart to a plum farm where they distill plum wine, which you can taste. Sail on to Can Tho, a Mekong Delta city where the ship will dock. Enjoy a performance of Đờn ca tài tử – traditional music of the Mekong, while you sip a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Day 8 - Victoria Mekong Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Victoria Mekong Cruise - Saignon

Enjoy breakfast onboard and visiting a local floating market by boat. Disembark and bid farewell to the Victoria Mekong, boarding the ship’s shuttle bus from Can Tho to Saigon, stopping en route in Cai Be for a delicious local lunch. This evening, dinner will be at Noir, a restaurant that supports Saigon’s visually impaired, for a sensory dining experience.

Day 9 -  Victoria Mekong Cruise - Saignon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Saignon

Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels. The cramped tunnels were central to a few of the war’s strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive, and they did not escape damage. American B52 bombers dropped hundreds of missiles leaving huge tell-tale craters behind. The Cu Chi experience can be emotional for some visitors, but it offers a fascinating window into the hardship and traumas of war. Sightseeing here involves two hours on foot on uneven mud paths through the bush and, if you choose, crawling through some of the tunnels. Return to Saigon to explore its heady mix of local culture and colonial influences. See Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum, stopping for a coffee break at one of the best coffee workshops on the way. Please note: The Notre Dame Cathedral will be under renovation for 2 years, starting in July 2017. During this time we are unable to enter the Cathedral; however we can view it from the outside.

Day 10 - Saignon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Saignon - Hoi An

After breakfast, depart Saigon and fly 1h20 to Da Nang Airport. Drive 45 minutes to your hotel in Hoi An. Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of Hoi An, arriving first at Chua Ong Pagoda. Next, pass by the 200-year old Tan Ky House and take a short break at the Japanese Covered Bridge – one of Hoi An’s most iconic structures. Visit the Reaching Out Tea House, an establishment that aids locals with disabilities, for a rejuvenating cup of tea

Day 11 - Saignon - Hoi An

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12- Hoi An

This morning visit a local community farming project just outside of Hoi An – Tra Que village where the community has come together to create a large vegetable farm. Learn the traditional methods the farmers us e to plant, fertilise and harvest the crop, then try your hand at raking the ground and sowing seeds. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, with options to head to the beach or explore Hoi An ancient town.

Day 12- Hoi An

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Hoi An - Hanoi

After breakfast, transfer to Danang and fly 1 hour and 20 minutes to the charming city of Hanoi where you will check into  your hotel. This afternoon, visit the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university. Then take a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Each cyclo takes one passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. Wrap up your ride with an opportunity to taste some traditional egg coffee and feel like a local on your plastic stool!

Day 13 - Hoi An - Hanoi

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Hanoi

Discover the sights of Hanoi today. First stop at the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, followed by the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next, drive to the Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays). This evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin show, an artistic open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. Please note: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed for entry on Mondays and Fridays every week and from September to December each year. During these times we are unable to enter the Mausoleum; however, we can view it from the outside.  

Day 14 - Hanoi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Hanoi & Ha Long Bay

Drive around 2 and a half hours today from Hanoi to Halong, where you will take an overnight cruise to the far-most corners of the bay by boat. There is usually a crowd of boats at the docks; however, the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing. Boarding your boat could involve navigating your way over and through other boats, moored between it and the dock, sometimes without handrails, ladders or assistance from staff. Enjoy lunch onboard as you cruise out into the bay, stopping to anchor for an afternoon of activities (which are subject to change due to cruise selection and weather conditions). Sightseeing includes visiting underground caves on the islands, which require climbing up and down steps inside and outside of the caves. End the day on deck with a drink in hand to watch the sunset over the bay followed by a freshly prepared dinner, before retiring to your cabin for the night. You will need to pack a smaller overnight bag for your trip to Halong Bay. Main luggage will be left in safe storage at the hotel in Hanoi and picked up your return.

Day 15 - Hanoi & Ha Long Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 - Halong Bay - Hanoi

Spend the morning sailing through Halong Bay. After an early lunch (or brunch meal) disembark your cruise and return to Hanoi.

Day 16 - Halong Bay - Hanoi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17 - Depart Hanoi

You will be transferred 1 hourfrom the hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. Any time before your flight is at leisure.

Breakfast

The Victoria Mekong, one of the very first larger ships sailing the Mekong Delta, whilst the vessel boasts a 4* rating and price, the ship provides 5* superior service and fantastic deluxe facilities and offers the utmost comfort for customers. It has all the facilities that a 5* standard ship has to offer, cocktail pool and pool bar, contemporary Asia-themed bar and lounge with luxurious soft furnishings plus a signature restaurant with a locally-inspired menu that showcases native cuisine from the region.

It offers a different starting point in Can Tho to ensure customers avoid the crowds, have more opportunities to explore some of the off the beaten track areas and experience more unique offshore excursions along the Mekong River.

Victoria Mekong Exterior Artist Impression

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 33 Deluxe cabins & 2 VIP Suites with private Balcony Space
  • Wireless internet in all public areas
  • Lounge
  • Spa with massage service
  • Library & Games Room
  • Entertainment
  • Swimming pool with pool bar and sundeck
  • All meals on the cruise
  • Local soft Drinks, beers & spirits

Accommodation & Amenities

The 33 Deluxe staterooms, which have private balcony space, there is a Cocktail pool and bar, with a Games room, Lounge area and Spa.

VIP Suites

484 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Private Balcony
  • Ensuite with shower and spa-branded toiletries
  • Air conditioning

Deluxe cabins

269 ft² – Upper & Main Deck

  • Private Balcony
  • Ensuite with shower and spa-branded toiletries
  • Air conditioning

Prices starting from £3,690 in 2020.  Departures in Feb, March, Sept & Oct. Call for details.


Cambodia: A visa is required for entry into Cambodia. Standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. We will require your passport, completed visa application forms, and 2 passport photos, taken within the last 6 months, to process your visas. We will require all this information 8 weeks prior to departure. As per our standard visa processing service, we will have your passport for at least 4 weeks. In rare cases you may be required to provide further information or documentation to the Cambodian Embassy. If this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible. Vietnam: For UK citizens entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30-day period; therefore UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Currently this visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2020. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2020 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 60 days prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply.


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