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Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia

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 Cruise Length
21 Days
 Cruise Starts
Hanoi
 Cruise Finishes
Siem Reap
21 Day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Vietnam, Cambodia
 Cruise Length
21 Days
 Cruise Starts
Hanoi
 Cruise Finishes
Siem Reap
21 Day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Vietnam, Cambodia
Ship
Departures
Passengers
84
Crew
40
Launched
2019
Cruise Code
EWHH-1
Ship
Departures
Passengers
84
Crew
40
Launched
2019
Cruise Code
EWHH-1

Overview

Hanoi’s labyrinth of streets are filled with food stalls and markets. Journey to Halong Bay and embark on a traditional junk boat as you sail its ethereal waters, and drive through Da Nang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Discover Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi Tunnels, before meeting Emerald Harmony and sailing the Mekong, stopping off in My Tho, Sa Dec and Phnom Penh. Conclude your trip with three nights in Siem Reap, attending the Phare Cambodian Circus and visiting the historic Angkor Wat.
Explore Hanoi’s labyrinth of streets, filled with food stalls and markets, and journey to Halong Bay to embark a traditional junk boat as you sail its ethereal waters. Acquaint yourself with Hoi An’s diverse beauty and community spirit, walk in the footsteps of Hue’s Nguyen Dynasty and discover Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi Tunnels. All before meeting Emerald Harmony and sailing the Mekong, stopping off in Ben Tre, Sa Dec and Phnom Penh. Conclude your trip with three nights in Siem Reap, attending the Phare Cambodian Circus and visiting the historic Angkor Wat.

Itinerary

Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel, situated in downtown Hanoi, for your two-night stay. Relax at the hotel, explore the city, or wander Hanoi's romantic West Lake. This evening meet your tour director for your welcome briefing. (D)

Today you will enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi, including its main sights. Enjoy the view from outside ‘Uncle Ho's' mausoleum, considered the father of modern Vietnam, and continue to the small but iconic One Pillar Pagoda and to the Temple of Literature.

The Temple of Literature was Vietnam's first university and it was established to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into the country's past. As part of EmeraldPLUS, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged children.

After lunch, you'll visit Hanoi's Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets'. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, and stop at Ngoc Son temple. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. Later, enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a unique North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of historical significance.

  • EmeraldPLUS Lunch at KOTO Restaurant
  • Included Excursion A full-day city tour of Hanoi
  • Included Excursion A traditional water puppet show (B/L)

This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay where you will board your traditional-style junk boat. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy the tours offered on board, learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or simply choose to relax. Towards the end of the day, the boat anchors for the night in the Trinh Nu area among the karst formations, and dinner will be served on board.

Included Excursion A Halong Bay cruise (B/L/D)

Today, continue sailing further into the region’s more untouched areas towards Lan Ha Bay. From a smaller boat, enjoy swimming on quiet beaches and kayaking in Ho Ba Ham Lake. Then visit Cua Van fishing village by rowing boat. Return to your traditional junk boat after full day of exploration. Tonight, try squid fishing.

Included Excursion A private boat tour to local beaches and activities on Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Enjoy the sunrise and breakfast before beginning your cruise back through the magnificent rock formations, visiting Sung Sot Cave before arriving back at port. Bid farewell as you transfer to Hanoi airport, with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant. At the airport in Hanoi, board your flight to Danang (Hoi An). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for your included three-night stay, where you can relax for the rest of the evening. (B/L)

Today, start with our EmeraldPLUS visit to the Reaching Out Project. Reaching Out is an NGO established in 2000, which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. Visit the workshop and get a glimpse of how this NGO helps them to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day tour of Hoi An and see the old merchant's houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation.

EmeraldPLUS A visit to Reaching Out NGO

Included Excursion A walking tour of Hoi An (B/L)

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. Perhaps take the time to explore the Old Town, or take a cyclo to An Bang Beach. The choice is yours.

DiscoverMORE A Vietnamese cooking class at Red Bridge Cooking School (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE A visit to My Son (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE Hoi An Rural Life - Bikes, Basket Boats, Farms & Fields (extra expense) (B)

Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. You will drive through Danang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In Hue, you will visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. As part of your EmeraldPLUS, take a cyclo (bicycle style rickshaw) from Dai Noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. Then later, join a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening, experience a royal dinner with traditional costumes.

EmeraldPLUS A cyclo ride through Dai Noi A boat tour on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda

EmeraldPLUS A traditional Vietnamese royal dinner at a local restaurant

Included Excursion A visit to the Imperial Citadel (B/D)

Today, transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. You will have the afternoon to explore the city on your own before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant. (B/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. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. This evening choose between two DiscoverMORE options to experience the night life of HCMC.

Included Excursion A tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels

DiscoverMORE Evening - Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE Evening – One night in Saigon (extra expense) (B)

After checkout, enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Town Hall. Then, visit the Reunification Palace before transferring to the port, where you will board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. You'll be welcomed on board by your captain and crew before setting sail towards My Tho in the Mekong Delta. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

Included Excursion An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, along with a fruit workshop. Enjoy a ride through the fruit plantations to Tan Long Pagoda on a Lambro before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Dec, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.

Included Excursion A visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and a visit to Tan Long Pagoda (B/L/D)

Visit Sa Dec on a walking tour, with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, and enjoy a walk through the central market to peruse its varied produce. Return to Emerald Harmony by sampan and sail to My An Hung Island. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specialises in red-hot chilli and peppers. Enjoy some local folk singing during the visit.

EmeraldPLUS A visit to My Ang Hung village

Included Excursion A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le (B/L/D)

The morning is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. Covering a total area of 7,313 hectares, Tram Chim National Park, located in Tam Nong, is currently one of Vietnam’s eight most important bird sanctuaries. With a system of swamps, grass plots and natural canals, the park is an ideal habitat for 191 species of plants, 150 species of freshwater fish, and nearly 231 species of water birds. Some of these are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of rare and threatened species.

In the afternoon, embark on a journey to Long Khanh Island, visit a local family to learn about scarf-weaving and visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda. Return to Emerald Harmony where, later this evening, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.

EmeraldPLUS A Lion Dance performance on board

DiscoverMORE A visit to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in Tram Chim National Park (extra expense)

Included Excursion A visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island (B/L/D)

In Tan Chau, as part of EmeraldPLUS, visit the recently renovated Cao Dai temple. The religion of Cao Dai is a syncretic, monotheistic religion established in southern Vietnam in the city of Tây Ninh in 1926. Here, you will learn more about the mix of ideas that form the basis of this fascinating religion.

After a Xe Loi ride, embark 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. Stop at a local fish farm enroute back to the ship. Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Tonight, celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner.

EmeraldPLUS A visit to Cao Dai temple, a religion unique to the Mekong Delta

Included Excursion A visit to Evergreen Island and Tan Chau (B/L/D)

Wake up in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, you will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of the country's history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Here you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the small museum and learn about this sad historic chapter.

Afterwards 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. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring, experience one of four DiscoverMORE options or to simply relax on board your Star-Ship. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (or Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights.

  • EmeraldPLUS Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour
  • Included Excursion A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
  • DiscoverMORE A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE A visit to the silversmith village of Kho Chen (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE Enjoy a craft beer adventure by remork in Phnom Penh (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE Savour High Tea and cocktail at Raffles Le Royal (extra expense) (B/L/D)

Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. 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 the main temple of the Oudong Monastery, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple's resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS excursion.

In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and the central market located in the heart of the city. This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children's Organisation.

EmeraldPLUS A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

EmeraldPLUS A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children's Organisation

Included Excursion A visit to Oudong Monastery

Included Excursion A visit to the Royal Palace and central market (B/L/D)

Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. En-route to Siem Reap, stop in the spider village of Skol, Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge. This evening, witness the incredible Cambodian Circus, Phare, 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.

EmeraldPLUS The Cambodian Circus, Phare (B/L)

Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom. As 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. Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, still overgrown by jungle trees, it has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies. This afternoon and evening is at your leisure or undertake a DiscoverMORE option.

Included Excursion A visit to Angkor Thom

Included Excursion A visit to Ta Prohm Temple

DiscoverMORE Afternoon - A Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE Evening – Drinks and Canapes in the Rice Field (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE Evening - Champagne Sunset Gondola Boat at Angkor

DiscoverMORE Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense) (B/L)

Rise early and witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Afterwards walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. This afternoon is free for you to explore more, to go shopping or to relax at your hotel. And, in the evening, you'll enjoy your farewell dinner accompanied by an Apsara dance performance.

Included Excursion A sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

DiscoverMORE A visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE A visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense) (B/D)

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight. This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions. Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change (B)

Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel, situated in downtown Hanoi, for a one-night stay. Relax at the hotel, explore the city, or wander Hanoi’s romantic West Lake. This evening, meet your tour director for your welcome briefing. (D)

This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay where you will board your traditional-style junk boat. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy the tours offered on board, learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or simply choose to relax. Towards the end of the day, the boat anchors for the night in the Trinh Nu area among the karst formations where dinner will be served on board.

  • Included Excursion A two night Halong Bay cruise (B/L/D)

Today, continue sailing further into the region’s more untouched areas towards Lan Ha Bay. From a smaller boat, enjoy swimming on quiet beaches and kayaking in Ho Ba Ham Lake. Then visit Cua Van fishing village by rowing boat. Return to your traditional junk boat after a full day of exploration. Tonight, try squid fishing after dinner. (B/L/D)

Enjoy the sunrise and breakfast before beginning your cruise back through the magnificent rock formations, visiting Sung Sot Cave before arriving back at port. Bid farewell as you transfer to Hanoi. As part of EmeraldPLUS back in Hanoi, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged children.

After lunch, you’ll visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. Visit Hang Be Market, also located in the Old Quarter, before enjoying a walk around Hoàn Kiem Lake located in central Hanoi. Here walk across the red bridge to Ngoc Son Temple located on the Jade Islet within the lake. Later, enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a unique North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of historical significance.

  • EmeraldPLUS Lunch at KOTO Restaurant
  • Included Excursion Visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Included Excursion A traditional water puppet show (B/L)

Begin your morning tour of Hanoi and learn about ‘Uncle Ho’, considered the father of modern Vietnam, by seeing his mausoleum from outside. Continue to Ho Chi Minh Quarter to see his humble stilt house and the small but iconic One Pillar Pagoda before moving to the nearby Temple of Literature.

The Temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and it was established to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into the country’s past. Bid farewell to Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Danang (Hoi An). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for your included three-night stay, where you can relax for the rest of the evening.

  • Included Excursion Hanoi’s City Tour, including the Temple of Literature (B)

Today, start with our EmeraldPLUS visit to the Reaching Out Project. Reaching Out is an NGO (non-governmental organisation) established in 2000, which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. Visit the workshop and get a glimpse of how this NGO helps them to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives.

After enjoying a local Hoi An street food themed lunch, enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An and see the old merchant’s houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation. Tonight is yours free to wander the historical lantern lit streets and their many shops or bars.

  • EmeraldPLUS Reaching Out Project
  • Included Excursion A walking tour of Hoi An (B/L)

Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. Perhaps take the time to explore the Old Town and visit one of the many tailors Hoi An is known for, or take a cyclo (bicycle style rickshaw) to An Bang Beach. Alternatively venture out on one of our DiscoverMORE excursions. The choice is yours.

  • DiscoverMORE Red Bridge Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE A visit to My Son Ruins (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE Hoi An Rural Life (extra expensee) (B)

Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. You will drive through Danang before crossing the Hai Vân Pass, known as the Ocean Clouds Pass before dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In Hue, you will visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.

Enjoy a relaxing cyclo (bicycle-style rickshaw) ride from Dai Noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors where the emperors used to go to relax. Then later, join a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into your hotel for the night. This evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, experience a royal dinner with traditional costumes.

  • EmeraldPLUS A traditional Vietnamese royal dinner at a local restaurant
  • Included Excursion Cyclo ride from Dai Noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake
  • Included Excursion A visit to the Imperial Citadel
  • Included Excursion A boat tour on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (B/D)

Today, transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. After checking into your hotel, you will be free to explore the city. (B)

Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a Pho lunch with remainder of the afternoon and evening yours to enjoy at leisure or venture out on one of our DiscoverMORE excursions.

  • Included Excursion Cu Chi Tunnels
  • DiscoverMORE An evening Saigon Street Food walking tour (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE One Night in Saigon (extra expense) (B/L)

After checkout, enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Town Hall. Then, visit the Reunification Palace before transferring to the port where you will board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. You’ll be welcomed on board by your captain and crew before setting sail after lunch towards My Tho in the Mekong Delta, travelling through the bustling Cho Gao enroute. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

  • Included Excursion An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

This morning travel through the bustling Cho Gao. The Cho Gao canal is one of the major arterial canals of Vietnam connecting Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta with Ho Chi Minh City. Today is a fascinating morning watching the heavy commercial traffic navigate this important waterway which can see upwards of 1,800 vessels transit each day.

This afternoon once on the Mekong River, you’ll visit the Tan My Floating community followed by a ride through the local plantations to visit a mushroom farm, a fruit farm with sampling and a honey farm with local sweet before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Ðéc, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.

  • Included Excursion Visit the Thoi Binh hamlet and its farming and fishing communities, untouched by tourism (B/L/D)

After a short ride on a sampan to Sa Dec enjoy a walking tour around town with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le (currently under renovation), who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, and enjoy a walk through the central market to peruse its varied produce.

Return to Emerald Harmony by sampan and sail to My An Hung Island. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specialises in red-hot chilli and peppers. As part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy some local folk singing during the visit.

  • EmeraldPLUS Listen to some local folk singing in My An Hung
  • Included Excursion A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the bustling Sa Dec Markets
  • Included Excursion A visit to My An Hung village and its Monkey Bridge (B/L/D)

On Gieng Island you can travel through the island’s villages to visit families who work in a variety of local industries including boat building of different types and creating incense sticks for temples. Also visit Vietnam’s oldest church.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in An Long.

  • Included Excursion See the local industries in Gieng Island
  • DiscoverMORE A visit to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in Tram Chim National Park (extra expense) (B/L/D)

Embark on a sampan to Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. Reboard your sampan to travel back to Tan Chau and as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, visit the recently renovated Cao Dai temple. The religion of Cao Dai is a syncretic, monotheistic religion established in southern Vietnam in the city of Tây Ninh in 1926. Here, you will learn more about the mix of ideas that form the basis of this fascinating religion. Afterwards ride in a Xe Loi (local form of cyclo) from the temple back to your sampan to then visit a Mekong fish farm before returning to Emerald Harmony.

Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Whilst at the border, as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board. Tonight, celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner.

  • EmeraldPLUS A visit to a local Cao Dai Temple
  • EmeraldPLUS A Lion Dance performance on board
  • Included Excursion A visit to Evergreen Island
  • Included Excursion Experience a Xe Loi ride, unique to the Mekong Delta (B/L/D)

Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, you will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of the country’s history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Here you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the memorial and learn about this sad historic chapter.

Afterwards 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. Spend the afternoon as you please exploring our DiscoverMORE excursions or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. In the evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (local Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights.

  • EmeraldPLUS Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour
  • Included Excursion Killing Fields at Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • DiscoverMORE A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE Craft Beer Adventure by remork (extra expense) (B/L/D)

Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. Important remnants on the temple site include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In the main temple of the Oudong Monastery, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme.

In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens, followed by the Central Market located in the heart of the city. Back on board, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children's Organisation. Afterwards set sail, gliding past the illuminated Phnom Penh at night for a short sail to Koh Khsach Krao.

  • EmeraldPLUS A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing
  • EmeraldPLUS Cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation
  • Included Excursion A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market (B/L/D)

Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. Stay at the beautiful Shinta Mani, a deluxe boutique property of world-class design that takes great care in honouring the environment and paying homage to the traditional and local aesthetics. This evening as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, attend Phare, The Cambodian Circus, where a combination of acrobatics, music and dance tell a uniquely Cambodian story.

  • EmeraldPLUS Phare Cambodian Circus performance. (B/L)

Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom, not a single temple such as the historic sites it neighbours, but rather one of the most remarkable royal cities of the Angkor Period and an architectural wonder. As the last capital of the Khmer Empire, it was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace, military and buildings for administering the kingdom. Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm. In an incredible standoff between human creation and nature, the jungle's root systems have reclaimed this spiritual location now enshrouded in wild vegetation. The backdrop to many Hollywood scenes, the incredible Ta Prohm is both a cinematic and contemplative location. This evening is free to visit ‘Pub Street’ or try a DiscoverMORE option this evening.

  • Included Excursion Visit to Angkor Thom
  • Included Excursion Visit to Ta Prohm Temple
  • DiscoverMORE Evening – Sunset Drinks Gondola Boat at Bayon (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE Evening - Dinner in the Rice Field (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense) (B/L)

Rise early and witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Afterwards walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. This afternoon is free time to visit the town and markets or try a DiscoverMORE tour. Later this evening, enjoy your farewell dinner as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, accompanied by an Apsara dance performance.

  • EmeraldPLUS Apsara dance performance and dinner show
  • Included Excursion Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
  • DiscoverMORE Vespa tour of Siem Reap
  • DiscoverMORE A visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE A visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)
  • DiscoverMORE Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop (extra expense) (B/D)

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Siem Reap airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. (B)

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Slowly down the Mekong   0 , NSW, Australia, Feb 2024
Wonderful experience on the Emerald Harmony . Lovely crew and delicious food on board, plenty to do or as little as you want. Highlight was experiencing Siem Reap and Angkor, much changed after 20 years since last here, as was Phnom Penh and Bustling Saigon, made more colourful by being there in Chinese NY and TET.
Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong 2 , QLD, Australia, Nov 2023
Firstly I would like to thank Tracey, my travel consultant at Global Journeys, for all the help she gave to me in booking and processing this tour. This Emerald Cruises tour was the best trip I have been on for a long time. From day 1 arriving in Ho Chi Minh City to the end in Siem Reap the Tour Directors and their support staff along with the staff ...read more and crew on the Emerald Harmony were absolute professionals and the service provided by all was excellent.

The Emerald Harmony was a beautiful and comfortable ship and the food provided was beyond amazing, a great chef and his staff provided some of the most enjoyable meals I have experienced. The tours were short but interesting, taking into account the humidity still rather high in November. I had an amazing look into Vietnamese and Cambodian life and culture. The hotels in Ho chi Ming City and Siem Reap were excellent and very comfortable. I applaud Emerald for the support they give to various organisations, the dancing troupe, Satcha Cambodian handicrafts etc. I am highly recommending Emerald cruises and this tour and hopefully will be able to return to Vietnam and Cambodia in the future.
Vietnam and Cambodia by river 0 , Christchurch, New Zealand, Sep 2023
We have just returned from an amazing cruise on board the Emerald Harmony. Our only other river cruise was in Europe in the winter (Emerald also) so we were not sure what to expect on hot steamy days in South East Asia. From the Cruise director, AB, to the cabin staff and all in-between we were treated like VIPs and always knew what, where and why things ...read more were happening.
Sampan rides, tuktuk rides, rickshaws - all safely navigated.

The cultural events on board were worth attending and were given with passion by the people of the culture. Our new cruise friends were great fun but we also were able to find a quiet place if needed. The transfer and hotel service provided by Emerald made everything so easy so I really could relax for the whole journey. The cabins were all that was needed and were super clean and comfy.
A wonderful insight to the history of Vietnam and Cambodia 3 , VIC, Australia, Dec 2022
This was our first river cruise and was a wonderful experience. Thanks to Hannah at Global Journeys and the helpful, attentive and friendly guides and crew. Oh so much better than a large cruise ship. The itinerary was varied and encompassed some truly magical spots, the varied cultures and history of the region, even if it was confronting from time ...read more to time. Top marks to Emerald!

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Asia River Cruises

Emerald Asia River Cruises (2023-24)

You are invited to navigate Southeast Asia with Emerald Cruises. Join us in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to lift the veil on over three millennia of proud history. Sail the vibrant Mekong River on board our custom-built boutique Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, fusing Asian style with all the amenities of a world-class hotel.

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Asia River Cruises

Emerald Asia River Cruises (2023-24)

You are invited to navigate Southeast Asia with Emerald Cruises. Join us in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to lift the veil on over three millennia of proud history. Sail the vibrant Mekong River on board our custom-built boutique Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, fusing Asian style with all the amenities of a world-class hotel.

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