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Majestic Mekong River Cruise
 15 Days • 30 Meals
River Cruise
Your journey begins in Siem Reap, where early mornings and ancient architecture promise to be the perfect combination. Angkor Wat is sure to fascinate, as is Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. Then your journey along the majestic Mekong introduces Phnom Penh and invites you to a family-owned silk-producing factory and a scarf-weaving workshop in Long Khanh Island. Continue cruising to amazing and historic ports of call before leaving your Star-Ship at Ho Chi Minh City. A two-night hotel stay is the perfect way to end your adventure in Cambodia and Vietnam.

 Highlights
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • 30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner while on-board Emerald Harmony
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary bottled water provided on every excursion
  • 12 Shore excursions
  • 8 EmeraldPLUS activities including a home visit and a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER points
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers
  • All gratuities included
  • ABTA and ATOL protected

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart The USA
Today you’ll depart the USA on your transpacific flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Day 2  Arrival Siem Reap
Sous Sdei and Welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap, your home for the next three nights. In the evening, meet your Tour Manager to learn more about the days ahead.
Day 3  Siem Reap
Today, start with a visit to the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. The fortified city enclosing residences of priest, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city of Angkor Thom consists of a square of 1.9 miles long on each side, a laterite wall 26 feet in height around the city encloses an area of 360 acres. After the tour, visit the sacred temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and it has been the backdrop of Hollywood movies. This evening, witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. Meals: B, L EmeraldPLUS: Phare Cambodian Circus performance DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Siem Reap (additional expense)
Day 4  Siem Reap
Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy a sun rise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a gala evening dinner together with a performance. Meals: B, D DiscoverMORE: Visit to Banteay Srei or visit Tonle Sap or Culinary Cambodia tour (additional expense)
Day 5  Siem Reap – Prek’kdam – Embarkation
Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Prek’kdam to embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship. On route to the ship, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge and have lunch on a local restaurant. Arrive in Prek’kdam and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Later, set sail to Kampong Tralach and enjoy your first dinner onboard with your fellow travelers. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Kampong Tralach – Phnom Penh
Start your day with an ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach to visit the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In one of the Oudong Temple there was a known large Buddha statue which was damaged during skirmishes with the Khmer Rouge which had the hill as one of their last strongholds. Receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Oxcart ride and traditional Buddhist Monk blessing DiscoverMORE: Silk farm tour or silversmith village (additional expense)
Day 7  Phnom Penh:
Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, where you have the opportunity to walk through the fields and learn about this sad chapter in history. Afterwards, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21), a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and central market located in the heart of the city. This evening, experience a tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Evening tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh DiscoverMORE: Champey Academy of Arts (additional expense)
Day 8  Phnom Penh – Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing – Hong Ngu
Today’s EmeraldPLUS excursion is a unique visit to a family-owned Lanh My A silk-producing factory. Learn about the long, complicated, silk-making process and see what the real Lanh My A silk feels like. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a type of wood tree, originally coming from Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. The excursion continues as you board a sampan to Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village, getting a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. This afternoon, visit Long Khanh Island, known for its scarf-weaving, grapefruit gardens and Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda. This evening, experience local flavor as a Lion Dance performance takes place onboard the vessel. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Visit a family-owned My A silk-producing factory and Lion Dance performance onboard
Day 9  Hong Ngu – An Long – My An Hung:
Relax onboard this morning, or join the DiscoverMORE tour to the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to My An Hung village as part of our EmeraldPLUS program. Wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldPLUS: Visit to My An Hung village DiscoverMORE: Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (additional expense)
Day 10  Sa Dec – Cai Be:
Upon arrival in Sa Dec, visit the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town. After lunch onboard, arrive in Cai Be via sampan and visit a coconut candy workshop followed by performances of traditional music and fruit tasting. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11  My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
Sit back and relax with a full day of sailing along the magnificent Mekong River. As the ship departs early this morning, watch as life along the Mekong awakens for another day. Begin crossing the Cho Gao Canal before meeting the Mekong Delta, known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. Enjoy the ever-changing vistas from the pool area, the Sun Deck or lounge as you cruise past mangroves, floating markets, fish farms, narrow canals, busy barges and fishing boats. This evening, views of the city lights welcome you to Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) as the vessel docks in the heart of the city. Meals: B, L, D
Day 12  Disembarkation - Ho Chi Minh City:
This morning, bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship and enjoy a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall. Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on April 30, 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through the city’s colonial quarter and admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall and the old Saigon Post Office. Listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Upon your return to the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Meals: B, L DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon street food tour (additional expense)
Day 13  Ho Chi Minh City
Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes of southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more. Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. The tour concludes at the hotel with the afternoon left free of planned activities. Meals: B, D
Day 14 & 15  Ho Chi Minh City Farewell
Transfer from your hotel to the airport and return home with memories of life enriching experiences of your amazing adventure. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 2–4  Shinto Mani, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Days 5-11  Aboard Emerald Harmony
Days 12 & 13  Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person Twin Single Room ADD Availability
January 19, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $4,295 $2,795 Available
February 2,2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $4,195 $2,735 Available
February 16, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $4,195 $2,735 Available
March 2, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $4,095 $2,665 Available
March 30, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $3,795 $2,465 Available
April 13, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $3,595 $2,335 Available
August 3, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $3,495 $2,275 Available
August 17, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $3,895 $2,535 Available
August 31, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $3,895 $2,535 Available
September 14, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $3,895 $2,535 Available
September 28, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $3,895 $2,535 Available
October 12, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $4,095 $2,665 Available
October 28, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $4,195 $2,725 Available
November 9, 2021 Riviera Deck: Emerald Stateroom $4,195 $2,725 Available
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