October 24 - November 9, 2017 (17 days)
Join us to unveil some Asia's greatest jewels aboard a new ship of the AMA Waterways line! A world-class adventure with no planning hassles or worries, including:
- 2 nights hotel in Hanoi with buffet breakfast
- Overnight on spectacular Ha Long Bay aboard a luxuriously appointed replica of a traditional junk
- 3 nights hotel in Siem Reap from which to explore the spectacular temple complexes of Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei, Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm
- 7 nights Deluxe cruise aboard the AMADara, newly launched in 2015, from My Tho to Tonle Sap on the fascinating Mekong. All statrooms are outside and feature Juliet balconies to bring the scenery to your door.
- A rich sightseeing program with visits as per itinerary
- Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
- Unlimited local beer, wine & soft drinks with dinner aboard ship
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Onboard Special Highlights including cultural performances and special event dinners
- Non-smoking environment on enclosed decks
- 2 Nights hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with buffet breakfast
- Port charges, intra-Asia air & taxes
The marvels of the Mekong are delivered to your doorstep as you relax in the comfort of your suite aboard the elegant AMADara. A new ship featuring the beautiful service, exquisite catering, and fascinating excursions our guests have come to expect from AMA Waterways.
From Vietnam’s floating markets to Cambodia’s legendary temples, you can look forward to the trip of a lifetime, knowing that every detail has been taken care of by a trusted operator of the highest standards and integrity.
- Flight Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at
- the So tel Legend Metropole (or similar).
- Overnight stay on board a traditional wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the So tel Plaza Saigon (or similar).
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom with balcony.
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the So tel Royal Angkor (or similar).
- Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner and complimentary house-brand spirits, beer and soft drinks during Cruise.
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily during Cruise.
- All special performances & excursions including applicable entrance fees during cruise and land programs, as per itinerary.
- Buffet breakfasts during land portion of tour. • Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) as per itinerary.
- Port charges ($201).
- Local taxes and service charges.
- Air fare Canada - Hanoi; Siem Reap - Canada (see Air Options on next page).
- Most airlines now apply Seat Assignment charges. We will advise you if this is the case, and how much, at time of booking.
- Single entry Visa for Vietnam & Cambodia.
- Gratuities for ship’s crew and excursion drivers & guides.
- Items of a personal nature.
Departure for Hanoi.
Upon arrival, we will be greeted by our local guide and transfer to the hotel. (D)
Vietnam’s capital city is known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, temples and verdant parks. Inhabited since 3,000 BCE, this ancient capital served as the capital of French Indochina for the first half of the 20th century. A morning sightseeing tour will take you to some of Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B)
After breakfast, we take a scenic journey to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we board a contemporary junk with traditional accents for a spectacular overnight sailing excursion. We’ll enjoy dinner on board, set against the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations. (B,L,D)
We disembark and take to the skies for our flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon, this former capital of Indochina was once known as the Paris of the Orient. Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. After checking in to our hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Today we will enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Ofice and Notre Dame Cathedral. We will also visit the city’s popular War Remnants Museum, known for its vast collection of artifacts from the Vietnam War. We will finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market, one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City. There we can nd local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. (B,L)
We board our ship at My Tho Port. Tonight we have a chance to meet our fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)
In the morning board a local boat to visit Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. We will have some interesting visits to local candy and rice paper workshops also. An afternoon excursion will take us to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau. (B,L,D)
This morning, we visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option is to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. We will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
In early morning the ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We begin with an excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center, now the Genocide Museum, just outside the city. After lunch on board, our afternoon tour explores the lighter highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife scene. (B,L,D)
The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting or an opportunity to take a Tuk Tuk tour through the city. In the late morning, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where we will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit home workshops specializing in silver- and coppersmithing. (B,L,D)
We will have a truly memorable day today, starting with a short motor coach ride to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. We will visit a monastery where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach we will take a delightful oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. (B,L,D)
This morning we will take a local motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap, the great lake that dominates Cambodia. Enjoy the tranquil floating villages and breaktaking variety of bird life here. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Our cruise comes to an end as we disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. We then transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire. After checking in to our hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Tonight, we will enjoy a special apsara Dancing Show at our hotel, featuring local Cambodian/ Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)
After breakfast, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also see the Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, an exquisitely carved jewel of red sandstone considered the Jewel of Khmer Art. Afterwards, we have an opportunity to visit a local English- language school. (B,D)
Angkor Wat, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest religious structure in the world. Originally constructed by Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple to Vishnu, it epitomizes the high classical style of Khmer architecture. Later dedicated as a Buddhist temple, it is admired for its grandeur and elegance, with walls adorned with intricate bas-reliefs.
Following that we visit nearby Ta Prohm, known as the Kingdom of Trees for the forest vegetation that has become evocatively intertwined with the temple stones. (B,L,D)
We transfer to the airport for our flight home and arrive the same day. (B)