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zSeven Nights Along the Mekong

8 days

8 Day Mekong River Cruise

Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by Ama Waterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

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Day
1

Welcome aboard!

Step aboard your luxurious vessel, moored at Tonle Sap Lake. The great lake dominates Cambodia and is known for its profuse bird life and tranquil fishing villages. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner as you cruise to Kampong Chhnang. The ship moors overnight. Meals D

Day
2

Pagodas and monasteries

After breakfast, a motor boat excursion takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap river. Enjoy a stunning variety of birdlife, and see numerous great fish traps, some over a half-mile long. After your excursion, return to your vessel and cast off towards Kampong Tralach. An afternoon tour includes an oxcart ride from the river bank through the countryside to the beautiful Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu. Tour the pagodas, and then board a motor coach to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, where you will tour the Buddhist monastery. After the visit, you motor coach will take you back to your ship, which will cruise towards the village of Chong Koh. Meals B,L,D

Day
3

From countryside to Cambodian capital

This morning, visit the Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisurely walk. Your vessel then departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. An afternoon walking tour provides an orientation to this spectacular city. Return to the vessel for dinner, followed by a special Khmer folk performance on board. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Sightseeing in Phnom Penh

A morning tour explores the highlights of Cambodia’s capital city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes, vibrant nightlife and renovated river “corniche.” Visit the Royal Palace and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, another excursion leads to the infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre (Genocide Museum) situated in the suburbs of the city. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine in one of many nearby restaurants and experience Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife, should passengers so choose. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Scenic cruising into Vietnam

Spend a delightful and leisurely day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Exploring by river boat and trishaw

After breakfast, transfer to small boats, which will navigate through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will also visit a catfish farm and a rattan mat and slipper-making workshop . Back ashore, a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) awaits to transport you around Tan Chau. In the afternoon, your vessel cruises downstream to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Historic Sa Dec and the floating markets of Cai Be

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec passing floating markets as your boat maneuvers through the river’s channels. Once ashore, you will tour Sa Dec, noteworthy as the town where the French writer Marguerite Dumas spent many years in her youth. Visit a local market, Fujian Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Dura’s Chinese paramour, which is now a small museum. Afterwards board a motor coach for the 1-hour ride to Xeo Quyt, used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site, with its jungle overgrowth. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market; then you will go ashore to see candy and rice paper workshops. In the evening, enjoy a gourmet Farewell Dinner onboard. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Disembark and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho, followed by a motorcoach transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. Once known as “The Paris of the Orient, ” today Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city - an industrial, cultural and educational hub that still retaining vestiges of its colonial past. Meals B

Embarkation Day: During low-water season, guests will transfer from Siem Reap via motor coach to Preak Kdam. Your luxury ship will be docked here in this small village on the Tonle River.

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Port charges: $98 per person

Single Supplement for Cruise: Category A, B & C 50% of twin price. Jr. Suite and Suite: 75% of twin price.

Prices are per person in Category C in a deluxe stateroom, based on double occupancy. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:
Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price

B – Tonle Deck – Balcony – $299
A – Saigon Deck – Balcony – $599
Jr.S – Sadec Deck – Balcony – $899
S – Sadec Deck – Balcony – $1499

Note: Jr. Suites and Suites feature a King size bed. For Deluxe Staterooms, please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A: Two twin beds; Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

PLEASE NOTE:
A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia.
Siem Reap Disembarkation Day: During low water season, disembark the ship at Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer via motor coach to Siem Reap.
iem Reap Embarkation Day: During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.
Phnom Penh: No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

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