Unpack only once and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful rivers from a spacious cabin. The Emerald Harmony provides relaxed elegance and comfort. Enjoy the daily tours, have afternoon coffee or tea in the lounge, or take a walk on the sun deck while experiencing all that the rivers offer. Gourmet meals with wine enhance your experience.
Deluxe River Cruising the Mekong river.
ALL-INCLUSIVE 5 STAR CRUISING LUXURY:
3 NIGHTS IN SIEM REAP:
• 3 nights PRE-accommodation in a first-class hotel or similar in Siem Reap
o English-speaking national Cambodian guides for the visits to Angkor
o 2 full day guided city visit of Siem Reap and Angkor temple including transportation.
o Round trip transfers with English speaking assistants from airport to hotel to ship.
2 NIGHTS IN HO CHI MIN CITY:
• 2 nights POST-accommodation in a first-class hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh city
o English-speaking national Vietnamese guides for the visit of Ho Chi Minh City
o 1 full day guided city visit of Ho Chi Min city including transportation
o Round trip transfers with English speaking assistants from hotel to airport.
7 NIGHTS CRUISE ON A 5 STAR EMERALD SHIP ALONG THE MEKONG RIVER
o Five-star hospitality and superior luxury.
o Spacious, comfortable accommodations you’ll want to spend time in, with our panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on our Vista and Horizon decks
o Concierge service in all suites providing individual service and outstanding hospitality.
o One-bedroom suites with private balconies fitted with ‘Sun-Lounges’.
o Luxuriously appointed suites with queen size bed, personal climate control, minibar restocked daily and monogrammed cotton bathrobe.
o Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages all day, every day.
o Unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experiences and excursions. Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
o Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
o Laundry facilities.
o Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
o A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
o Tea and coffee available at all times
o Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
o Onboard entertainment and lectures to provide insight into the local culture.
o Pool deck with heated swimming pool.
o Fitness and wellness center, beauty salon, boutique and library.
o Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
o All tipping and gratuities for onboard and shoreside staff.
o Port Charges.
• Knowledgeable, personable local English-speaking national Cambodian and Vietnamese guides for the visits during the cruise
• Porterage at the hotels
• Bus—as per itinerary
ITINERARY (subject to change / approval from the cruise company)
Day 1: Departure from NYC or LAX
Day 2: Welcome to Cambodia (D)On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a Jet Vacations representative and transferred* to your hotel. Here, you will have the chance to unpack, relax in your room. Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor, and this vibrant city has a lot to offer. In the evening, join the rest of the group for a Welcome Dinner. Meals included: Dinner
Day 3: Siem Reap (B,L) Today, start with a visit to the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII and covers an area of 9 square kilometres. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, overgrown by jungle trees. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Siem Reap (B,D) 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 farewell evening dinner together with a performance. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Siem Reap - Prek’kdam - Kampong Tralach (D)Today, transfer from Siem Reap to Prek’kdam to embark your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship. On route to the city, you will have a chance to view and walk over the impressive Angkor Bridge in Kampong Kdei. Be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Set sail to Kampong Tralach and enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travelers. Your Tour Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh (B,L,D)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. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship.
Day 7: Phnom Penh (B,L,D)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, we 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 will have the opportunity to walk through the fields and learn about this sad chapter in history. Then, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and central market located in the heart of the city.
Day 8: Phnom Penh - Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing - Hong Ngu (B,L,D) Visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here, you will learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. Continue the visit, take one of our sampans to Evergreen island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. Re-board your luxury star-ship and cruise to the border between Cambodia and Vietnam.
Day 9: Long Khanh – An Long – Hong Ngu (B,L,D) This morning, embark on a visit to the Long Khanh Island. There, you will visit a local family and learn about scarf weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda and a grapefruit garden. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own of if you prefer, join an optional tour (at additional expense) of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. Return to the star-ship and this evening be delighted by a lion dance performance on-board.
Day 10: My An Hung - Sa Dec – My Tho (B,L,D) Start your day with a visit to My An Hung village. A visit this lovely and unspoiled place will surely mesmerize you. Return to the ship and Sail to Sa Dec, and in the afternoon 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.
Day 11: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,D)This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and other fruits workshop. Then, visit the Tan Long Pagoda. Return to the star-ship and sail to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation (B) Bid Farewell to your luxury star-ship in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Here, you will have the chance to unpack, relax in your room. Formerly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colorful past. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s commercial center with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes. Meals included: Dinner
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City (D)Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to 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. In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, 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 30 April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through the Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, 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. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh Farewell (B)After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight back to the USA. END OF SERVICES
Notes: Onboard currency is the Euro. The ship’s captain reserves the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel. This cruise is dependent on the sea and tides and arrival, departure and stop over times may be adjusted accordingly. All taxes and fuel surcharges are included and correct at the time of printing, but subject to change. The price does not include beverages except the ones mentioned above, shore excursions that might be offered in addition to our daily included shore excursion program, gratuities/tips for guides/drivers and onboard staff such as maids, waiters, and maitre d’, wellness/spa center, airline luggage overage fees, passports fees, visas as well as items of a personal nature.
*Price is in US$, per person based on double occupancy, in your choice of cabins (Email us for pricing), chartering the vessel with a minimum of 100 passengers on board. Single supplement is an additional 50% of the double occupancy price.
DECK PLAN - MS HARMONY:
Join us for a journey on the exotic waters of the Mekong, and immerse yourself in the wonders of Southeast Asia. You’ll travel the course of the river from Vietnam’s dazzling colonial metropolis Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian town of Siem Reap, visiting some of Asia’s most esteemed landmarks along the way. During your deluxe river cruise, you’ll navigate the mighty Mekong River, which cuts a stunning course to the very heart of Southeast Asia, flowing through lands of color, vibrancy and tradition on its route from source to sea. This great waterway has brought life to the people of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for thousands of years, and its influence continues to shape local customs and cultures today.
14 days – 12 nights in Cambodia & Vietnam, including accommodations, cruise, sightseeing
SIEM REAP - PREK'KDAM - KAMPONG TRALACH - PHNOM PENH - HONG NGU - LONG KHANH - MY AN HUNG - SA DEC - MY THO - HO CHI MINH
Available yearly departures: APRIL to MAY