Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner.
Day 2 | Hanoi Highlights: Enrich - Water puppets
Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.
Day 3 | Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise Highlights: Au Co Cruise
Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.
Day 4 | Halong Bay Cruise Highlights: Cat Ba Island, Enrich - Beach dinner
Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.
Day 5 | Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi Highlights: Freechoice Dining
Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi and a night at your hotel for a historical tour of the property.
Day 6 | Hanoi > Hue Highlights: Perfume River cruise
Fly to Hue, the former imperial capital. Take a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking in for the night at your French colonial hotel in Hue.
Day 7 | Hue > Hoi An Highlights: Enrich - Duc Son Pagoda
Learn about Hue’s history via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel.
Day 8 | Hoi An Highlights: Visit a local home, Freechoice Dining
Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.
Day 9 | Hoi An Highlights: Freechoice, Sundowners
Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village.
Day 10 | Hoi An > Ho Chi Minh City Highlights: Vietnamese cuisine
In Ho Chi Minh City take lunch at a Pho restaurant to learn all about this famous Vietnamese dish. After arriving at your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights, take a leisurely walk around Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House and the Central Post Office.
Day 11 | Ho Chi Minh City Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining
For a different view of the city, travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.
Day 12 | Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise Highlights: Welcome reception
Discover Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum before lunch. Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit starting with a cocktail reception and welcome dinner.
Day 13 | Cai Be > Sa Dec Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets
Board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and French colonial or traditional Vietnamese houses. Alternatively relish a later start before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. Or stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.
Day 14 | Tan Chau Highlights: Freechoice
Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Day 15 | Tan Chau > Phnom Penh Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Cambodia. Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by before berthing in Phnom Penh.
Day 16 | Phnom Penh Highlights: Freechoice
Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills.
Day 17 | Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing
After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.
Day 18 | Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham Highlights: Freechoice
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.
Day 19 | Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap Highlights: Enrich - Phare Circus
Drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village and a stroll across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. After lunch in Siem Reap, be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at your hotel, your stylish three night Special Stay.
Day 20 | Siem Reap Highlights: Discover Angkor Temples
Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying a refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.
Day 21 | Siem Reap Highlights: Sunrise Angkor Wat, Aspara Temple dinner
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.
Day 22 | Siem Reap > Champasak Highlights: Discover Champasak
Fly to Pakse and discover this quaint city before travelling to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.
Day 23 | Champasak Highlights: Wat Phou, Freechoice
Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.
Day 24 | Champasak > Luang Prabang Highlights: Discover Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night stay at your colonial-style hotel.
Day 25 | Luang Prabang Highlights: Monk alms collection, Enrich - Baci ceremony
Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images.
Day 26 | Luang Prabang Highlights: Freechoice
Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.
Day 27 | Luang Prabang Highlights: Farewell
Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories of the people and places you have visited during your Indochina adventure.