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Classic Mekong

  • Duration
    18 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
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    £4,690pp
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Embark on a glorious adventure, starting amongst the magnificence of the temples of Angkor before boarding the wonderfully intimate Victoria Mekong ship for a four-night cruise down the Mekong river. With shore excursions designed to give you an authentic glimpse of local life, cross into Vietnam to discover its many treasures. Explore vibrant Saigon, charming Hoi An and historic Hanoi, and sail the waters of Halong Bay.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 16 , Lunches: 15 , Dinners: 16
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    15 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Cruise
    Victoria Mekong Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 24
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Classic Mekong tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Tour Experiences

Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Siem Reap
    DAYS 1-2 FLY TO SIEM REAP

    Fly overnight to Siem Reap. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Temples of Angkor
    Day 3 Temples of Angkor

    Rising early, journey to the old city of Angkor Thom and pass through the magnificent South Gate flanked by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thom's centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breathtaking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm before the rest of the day is dedicated to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved of all of Angkor's treasures.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Tonle Sap Lake
    DAY 4 TONLE SAP LAKE

    High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Phluk and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Visit Chong Kneas floating village.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Fly to Phnom Penh
    DAY 5 FLY TO PHNOM PENH

    Fly to Phnom Penh and explore by cyclo, stopping to visit the magnificent Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Embark the Victoria Mekong
    DAY 6 EMBARK THE VICTORIA MEKONG

    Reflect on the history of the city with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields, locations that provide chilling reminders of the Khmer Rouge regime. Afterwards, you will say goodbye to your National Escort and be picked up by a local guide from the Victoria Mekong. Board the Victoria Mekong for a welcome briefing and cast off into the waters of the Delta. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the welcome dinner and enjoy a traditional music show as you cruise downstream.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Tan Chau
    DAY 7 TAN CHAU

    Cross over into Vietnam, taking in the passing scenery. There will be onboard activities available such as cocktail making. Tender ashore in Tan Chau and visit a silk village. In the evening, enjoy a thrilling lion dance performance before dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Tan Loc
    DAY 8 TAN LOC

    Continue downstream, visiting a floating market and local museum. After lunch, head to Dinh Yen Craft Village. Here, you will visit a local family who make beancurd and also a local who makes colourful straw mats. Sail on to Can Tho for a farewell dinner, accompanied by a traditional music performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Disembark the Victoria Mekong
    DAY 9 DISEMBARK THE VICTORIA MEKONG

    Visit a local floating market before bidding farewell to the Victoria Mekong, boarding the ship's shuttle bus from Can Tho to Saigon and stopping en route in Cai Be for a delicious local lunch. In Saigon, you will be met by your Vietnamese National Escort. This evening, enjoy dinner in the dark at Noir, a restaurant supporting Saigon's visually impaired.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Discover Saigon
    DAY 10 DISCOVER SAIGON

    Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon to explore the iconic sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and Central Post Office.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Journey to Hoi An
    DAY 11 JOURNEY TO HOI AN

    Fly to Danang, and continue by road to Hoi An. Enjoy a walking tour of this charming town – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Tra Que Village
    DAY 12 TRA QUE VILLAGE

    Head out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later spend the afternoon at leisure back in Hoi An.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Fly to Hanoi
    DAY 13 FLY TO HANOI

    After breakfast, fly to Hanoi to explore the Old Quarter by cyclo. Also stop by the Temple of Literature, and make sure to try a traditional egg coffee on the way!

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Explore Hanoi
    DAY 14 EXPLORE HANOI

    Discover the rest of Hanoi's sights today, with the Ho Chi Minh quarter and Mausoleum, Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and more. In the evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin, a beautiful open-air performance on a lake.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 15-16
    Halong Bay
    Days 15-16 Halong Bay

    Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17
    Departure from Hanoi
    Day 17 Fly Hanoi to UK

    Return to Hanoi for some time at leisure. The next day, board your flight home, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Siem Reap
    Days 1-2 Fly to Siem Reap

    Fly overnight to Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. This evening, join your group for dinner and a welcome briefing with your National Escort.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Temples of Angkor
    Day 3 Temples of Angkor

    Journey into the Old City of Angkor Thom. At its heart is the enigmatic Bayon, an iconic temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Admire the Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King before continuing to the atmospheric Ta Prohm. Spend the afternoon soaking up the magnificent treasures of Angkor Wat. This evening, return to Angkor Thom to take a boat ride on its moat at sunset.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Tonle Sap Lake
    Day 4 Tonle Sap Lake

    Travel to the shores of Tonle Sap. Visit the floating village of Kampong Phluk (Oct to Feb) or Chong Kneas (Mar to Sep). Stop at a local village for a glimpse of rural life before visiting the home of a Khmer family.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Phnom Penh
    Day 6 Phnom Penh

    Travel to Cambodia's charming capital, Phnom Penh. Board a cyclo and head into the heart of the city to see the magnificent Royal Palace - official residence of the King - along with the Silver Pagoda in its grounds. Check into your hotel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Embark the Victoria Mekong
    Day 6 Embark the Victoria Mekong

    Reflect on the history of the city with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields, locations that provide chilling reminders of the Khmer Rouge regime. Afterwards, you will say goodbye to your National Escort and be picked up by a local guide from the Victoria Mekong. Board the Victoria Mekong for a welcome briefing and cast off into the waters of the Delta. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the welcome dinner and enjoy a traditional music show as you cruise downstream.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Into Vietnam
    Day 7 Into Vietnam

    The ship departs this morning, with plenty of onboard activities available. Alternatively, spend the morning relaxing in the pool. Sail into Vietnam around lunchtime, anchoring near Tan Chau. Tender ashore to visit a Taoist temple and see the intriguing stilt houses. Return to the ship in time for an exciting lion dance performance on the Sky Deck as the sun sets.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Phu Tan & Tiger Island

    After breakfast, tender ashore in Phu Tan to visit a craft village famed for its handmade clay stoves. After lunch, anchor at Tiger Island and head ashore to explore, learning about local industries such as ceramics and incense making. Return to the ship for dinner and the evening's entertainment.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Long Xuyen & Dinh Yen
    Day 9 Long Xuyen & Dinh Yen

    Arrive in Long Xuyen and hop on a tender to visit the bustling floating market. Stop in town to visit a museum with exhibits on ancient cultures of the region before returning to the Victoria Mekong. Enjoy lunch as the ship continues downstream to Dinh Yen, where you'll see the villagers weaving colourful straw mats and meet a family who specialise in making sheets of beancurd. This evening, the ship continues to Can Tho.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Disembark & Drive to Saigon
    Day 10 Disembark & Drive to Saigon

    Transfer from Can Tho to Saigon, stopping en route for a delicious local lunch. This evening, your Vietnamese National Escort will whisk you away to enjoy 'dining in the dark' at NOIR, a social enterprise restaurant employing blind waiters. Immersed in total darkness, with your senses heightened, tastes and textures are amplified to create a truly mindful dining experience.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Saigon City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels
    Day 11 Saigon City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels

    Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon to explore the iconic sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and Central Post Office.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Journey to Hoi An
    Day 12 Journey to Hoi An

    Fly to Danang Airport and transfer to Hoi An. Head out an a walking tour, with visits including Chua Ong Pagoda, a historic merchant house and the spectacular Japanese Covered Bridge. With its charming yellow buildings, shimmering river, and vivid silk lanterns, a stroll through this traditional town feels like stepping back in time.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Tra Que Village
    Day 13 Tra Que Village

    Head out into Hoi An's peaceful countryside to visit an organic farming community. Here you can enjoy the lush green landscapes and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. You'll even have an opportunity to try the techniques for yourself! The afternoon is at leisure to head to the beach or explore the Old Town's charming shops and boutiques.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Historic Hanoi
    Day 14 Historic Hanoi

    After breakfast, transfer to Danang and fly 1 hour and 20 minutes to the charming city of Hanoi. This afternoon, visit the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university, before taking a cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Each cyclo (rickshaw) takes one passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. Wrap up your ride with an opportunity to taste some 'egg coffee' – a local speciality!

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Explore Hanoi
    Day 15 Explore Hanoi

    Discover the rest of Hanoi's sights today, with the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and more. Tonight, attend one of Hanoi's famous theatre performances.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 16-17
    Halong Bay
    Days 16-17 Halong Bay

    Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 18
    Depart Hanoi
    Day 18 Depart Hanoi

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Lotus Blanc Resort
    National Road 6, Kruos Village, Krong Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia
    Lotus Blanc Resort
    Perfectly combining a French and Khmer aesthetic, the Lotus Blanc is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the lively heart of Siem Reap. Stately but chic, there is a large pool, fitness centre, spa, 3 bars and 3 restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes. Rooms are expansive, bright and minimalist and boast a balcony, bathroom with rain shower, television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, armchairs and air-conditioning.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Queen Grand Boutique Hotel and Spa
    Queen Grand Boutique Hotel and Spa
    Queen Grand Boutique Hotel and Spa is centrally located in the heart of Phnom Penh, close to a number of the city's major monuments. Featuring an onsite spa offering Khmer massage, a rooftop Jacuzzi, and a sky bar, this modern boutique hotel offers a number of options for relaxation. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.
    • Wi-Fi
  • Victoria Mekong
    Victoria Mekong
    The Victoria Mekong is a four star river cruise ship offering superior service and elegance. Offering 3-4 night luxury cruising itineraries between Vietnam's Mekong Delta and Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, there is no better way to experience the beauty of the Mekong. Furnished with 33 spacious deluxe cabins, all with private balconies, the ship is also home to a cocktail bar and pool, games room, lounge area and treatment spa.
    • Restaurant
  • Muong Thanh Saigon Centre
    Muong Thanh Saigon Centre
    Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
  • Vinh Hung Old Town
    Vinh Hung Old Town
    Vinh Hung Old Town Hotel is the perfect base to discover the heritage town, at only a 6 minute walk away. With 33 rooms, all rooms have high standard amenities with free wifi, air conditioning, mini bar, hair dryer and more. Home to a swimming pool, pool bar and in house dining, this hotel won a TripAdvisor traveller’s choice award in 2018 and is sure to offer the perfect place to relax after exploring Hoi An.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Muong Thanh Hanoi Centre
    78 Tho Nhuom, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    Muong Thanh Hanoi Centre
    In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.
    • Wi-Fi
  • Bhaya Classic
    Bhaya- No. 08, 09, 10, Tuan Chau International Port, Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
    Bhaya Classic
    Aboard a traditional-style junk, refurbished in 2015, a Bhaya Classic cruise offers a convivial atmosphere and classic oriental style. There is a sundeck for admiring the scenery and a spa and jacuzzi for relaxing whilst the restaurant serves freshly prepared Vietnamese and international cuisine. Onboard activities as you cruise include Tai Chi and cooking classes. Cabins are cosy and comfortable with big windows for beautiful views, a fridge and a bathroom with walk in shower.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 16°c
  • 27mm
  • Hanoi
  • 16°c
  • 19mm
  • Hoi An
  • 22°c
  • 92mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 27°c
  • 26mm
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 14mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 26°c
  • 4mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 17°c
  • 31mm
  • Hanoi
  • 17°c
  • 26mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 32mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 28°c
  • 12mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 28°c
  • 6mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 20°c
  • 43mm
  • Hanoi
  • 20°c
  • 44mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 30mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 30°c
  • 58mm
  • Saigon
  • 29°c
  • 10mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 30°c
  • 27mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 24°c
  • 91mm
  • Hanoi
  • 24°c
  • 90mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 34mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 30°c
  • 101mm
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 50mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 31°c
  • 84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 168mm
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 188mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 56mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 30°c
  • 112mm
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 218mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 30°c
  • 188mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 244mm
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 240mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 99mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 29°c
  • 177mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 30°c
  • 205mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 29°c
  • 267mm
  • Hanoi
  • 30°c
  • 288mm
  • Hoi An
  • 30°c
  • 90mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 29°c
  • 196mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 294mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 29°c
  • 233mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 318mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 104mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 29°c
  • 172mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 270mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 29°c
  • 245mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 206mm
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 265mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 297mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 28°c
  • 249mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 327mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 28°c
  • 269mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 25°c
  • 119mm
  • Hanoi
  • 25°c
  • 131mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 526mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 27°c
  • 319mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 267mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 28°c
  • 176mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 21°c
  • 55mm
  • Hanoi
  • 22°c
  • 43mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 363mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 26°c
  • 135mm
  • Saigon
  • 27°c
  • 116mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 28°c
  • 62mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Halong Bay
  • 18°c
  • 24mm
  • Hanoi
  • 19°c
  • 23mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 206mm
  • Phnom Penh
  • 26°c
  • 80mm
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 48mm
  • Siem Reap
  • 26°c
  • 12mm
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Classic Mekong map

Places Visited: Siem Reap (3N) – Phnom Penh (1N) – Mekong Cruise (3N in 2023; 4N from 2024) – Saigon (2N) – Hoi An (2N) – Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) – Hanoi (1N)

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