Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia

23 Days
Hanoi to Siem Reap
From (GBP)
£ 4,345
Dates & Pricing

2022/2023 Hanoi > Siem Reap

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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
DEHH
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Siem Reap

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Return economy flights from London Heathrow or Manchester are included in the price of your holiday.

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi

    Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to the Anatole 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.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi

    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.

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    Lunch at KOTO Restaurant

    Included Excursion

    A full-day city tour of Hanoi

    Included Excursion

    A traditional water puppet show

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

    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.

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    A one-way scenic flight over Halong Bay (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    A Halong Bay cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay

    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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Hoi An

    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.

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    A visit to Reaching Out NGO

    Included Excursion

    A walking tour of Hoi An

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Hoi An

    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.

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    A Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense)

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    A visit to My Son (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Hoi An - Hue

    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.

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    A cyclo ride through Dai Noi

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    A boat tour on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda

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    A traditional Vietnamese royal dinner at a local restaurant

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Imperial Citadel

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

    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 before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City

    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.

    Included Excursion

    A tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels

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    An evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation

    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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Ben Tre

    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. Then travel to the Tan Long Pagoda 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Sa Dec - My An Hung

    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.

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    A visit to My Ang Hung village

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - An Long - Long Khanh Island

    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.

    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.

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    A Lion Dance performance on board

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

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Tan Chau - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing

    In Tan Chau, as part of EmeraldPLUS, 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. 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.

    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.

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    A visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Evergreen Island

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Phnom Penh

    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. In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and the central market located in the heart of the city. 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

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    Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Royal Palace and central market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Phnom Penh - Oudong – Prek K’dam

    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. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or to simply relax on board your Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation.

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    A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

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    A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Oudong Monastery

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    A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Prek K’dam Disembarkation – Siem Reap

    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 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.

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    The Cambodian Circus, Phare

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - Siem Reap

    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.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Angkor Thom

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    A visit to Ta Prohm Temple

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    A Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  21. Day 21 - Siem Reap

    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.

    Later this evening, enjoy your farewell dinner with an Apsara dance performance.

    Included Excursion

    A sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

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    A visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)

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    A visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)

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    A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Depart Siem Reap

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  23. Day 23 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

    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.

Tour inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
  • 11 nights in centrally located hotels
  • 2 nights on board of the Bhaya classic junk (or similar)
  • 7 nights on board Emerald Harmony
  • Airport transfers to and from the hotel
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise & Tour Director
  • The services of local tour guides
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Full day city tour of Hanoi and water puppets performance
  • Halong Bay cruise with various tours
  • Guided Tour of Hoi An
  • Visit to the Imperial Citadel in Hue
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour and orientation drive of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and visit to Tan Long Pagoda
  • Visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le
  • Visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island
  • Visit to Evergreen Island
  • Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market
  • Visit to Oudong Temples
  • Visit to Angkor Thom
  • Visit to Ta Prohm Temple
  • Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

EmeraldPLUS
  • Enjoy lunch at KOTO
  • Visit to Reaching Out
  • Cyclo Ride through Dai Noi
  • Boat Tour to Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Royal Dinner experience in Hue
  • Visit My An Hung village
  • Lion Dance performance on board
  • Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory
  • Experience Phnom Penh at night during a Tuk-Tuk drive
  • Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing
  • Phare Circus

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 47 superb meals including 20 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner on board Emerald Harmony
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board Emerald Harmony

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