JANUARY 21 2018
Cathay Pacific Checking Desk Opening Times: LAX 19:20 PST, JFK 21:25 EST
Flight CX 883 departs LAX at 22:20 (PST)
JANUARY 22, OVERNIGHT FLIGHTS TO HONG KONG
Flight CX 845 departs JFK at 00:45 (EST)
DAY 1: JANUARY 23 HONG KONG TO HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) – VIETNAM (D)
The JFK flight arrives in Hong Kong at 05:40 and the LAX flight arrives at 06:00. We all depart Hong Kong together on flight CX767 at 08:25, Upon arrival in Saigon at 10:20 AM, look outside of the customs area for our guide holding a Barker’s European Tours sign and be transferred to Park Royal Hotel. After a short rest time, we will visit the War Remnants Museum in the afternoon. Afterwards, dinner at a local restaurant and transfer back to the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
DAY 2: JANUARY 24 HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) – VIETNAM (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart on a full day of sightseeing starting with an excursion to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. Built during the Vietnam War to protect from bombing raids, the tunnels extend underground for over 212 km and range in depth from 3 to 12 meters! They feature remnants of a living city; schools, community kitchens, sleeping quarters, hospitals as well as military production facilities. Return to the city and enjoy a Vietnamese style lunch at a local restaurant. Then continue with a city sightseeing tour that will include the Post Office, built by Gustav Eiffel, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. The tour ends with a unique performance of the Water Puppet show where puppet masters are submerged under water while their puppets entertain above! Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Saigon.
DAY 3: JANUARY 25 HO CHI MINH CITY – MY THO – EMBARKATION – SET SAIL (B, L, D )
Morning pickup at hotel at 9:30 (be in lobby of our hotel at 9:15) for transfer to Sofitel Plaza Hotel to meet our fellow passengers and transfer to My Tho, located around 44 miles away. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market to visit a lacquer factory. On arrival in My Tho, welcome aboard the M/V Prestige II. Lunch on board. Set sail in the afternoon. Welcome Dinner on board followed by a traditional music show.
DAY 4: JANUARY 26 CRUISE CAI BE – SA DEC (B, L, D)
Arrival at Cai Be in the morning. After breakfast take a morning junk trip around Cai Be to visit a floating market and go ashore to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Take a stroll along the river bank and visit a local manufacturer producing rice paper and coconut sweets. Return to the ship for lunch. Cruise past Vinh Long Province to arrive at Sa Dec for an afternoon walk. The Famous French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. Both the school where Duras’ mother taught, the small house behind it where the family lived and the ‘Chinaman’s House’ featured in her famous novel “The Lover” ‐ also made into a movie, still stand. Visit a Caodaist Temple and stroll through the colorful local market.
DAY 5: JANUARY 27 TAN CHAU ‐ CAMBODIAN BORDER (B, L, D)
Arrival at Tan Chau in the morning, a remote town on the main Mekong River. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to visit a fishing farm. We go ashore to visit a local workshop producing woven mats and take a short walk in the village to visit a silk weaving workshop. A rickshaw ride around this fascinating town takes us back to the pier for lunch. Depart for the Cambodian border. Evening cruise up the broad Mekong River to Phnom Penh.
DAY 6: JANUARY 28 PHNOM PENH (B, L, D)
Full day of sightseeing in Phnom Penh. The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets. Visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board. The afternoon excursion to the former High School ‘S21’, converted to a detention center under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979, is followed by a visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named. Dinner on board will be followed by a traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show on board!
DAY 7: JANUARY 29 CHONG KOH – PHNOM PENH (B, L, D)
Early morning sailing from Phnom Penh to Chong Koh or Oknathey (both located on Silk Island). Visit this silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure and a visit to the local workshop. The excursion includes a visit to a Pagoda and a meeting in a primary school. We cruise past the Mekong timeless villages and River life with extensive fishing activities. Return to Phnom Penh and afternoon at leisure. Dinner on board.
DAY 8: JANUARY 30 CRUISE OUDONG – KAMPONG TRALACH (B, L, D)
In the morning, sail upriver heading towards Oudong. Arrival at Prek Dam in the early afternoon, 40 kilometers away from Phnom Penh. Excursion by coach to reach Oudong, the former capital city of Cambodia, between 1618 and 1866. Visit of the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, located at the foot of a hill on top of which were erected numerous Stupas dating from the last Khmer Kings, also a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. Then, continue by bus to Kampong Tralach to visit the charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by popular ‘local taxi’ ‐ ox‐drawn carriages!. Dinner back on board.
DAY 9: JANUARY 31 CRUISE KAMPONG CHHNANG – FLOATING VILLAGE (B, L, D)
Morning sailing on the Tonle Sap River which connects the Mekong River to the Tonle Lake. Arrival at Kampong Chhnang, one of Cambodia’s largest fishing ports and the center of fish farming. It is also famous for its archaic pottery making which supplies the whole country. After the tour of this bustling town, board local boats and sail through the “Floating Village” of Chnok Tru, a unique town completely set on water! See the people living on boats, including a local ‘floating’ school and church! The smiles of the local children are priceless! We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market. Lunch & Dinner on board.
DAY 10: FEBRUARY 1 END CRUISE – DISEMBARKATION – SIEM REAP (B, L, D)
Cruise across Tonle Sap Lake early in the morning.* The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length, with interesting and varied bird life resulting from the varied water levels in the lake and river depending on the time of year and rainfall. After breakfast bid farewell to crew and disembark at Phnom Krom pier for our transfer to our hotel in Siem Reap. ***Check‐in to the Prince d’Angkor Hotel and enjoy a light lunch and some rest time.
*Important notice: it
may not be wasn’t possible to cross Lake Tonle Lake since if the water is low. Alternative arrangements will be made to cross the lake either by speedboat or by bus, arriving at the hotel at 1:30 pm.
PM: In the early evening depart for the city center for a walking tour through the vibrant Pub Street prior to enjoying dinner at the popular (and air-conditioned) Champey restaurant! After dinner, you may want to explore further on your own or return to your hotel which is only a 5 minutes tuk‐tuk ride away!
DAY 11: FEBRUARY 2 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR TEMPLES (B,L,D)
The day is devoted to an in‐depth exploration of the fascinating “Lost City of Angkor”. Once the capital of the ancient Khmer empire, which ruled the area from the 9th to the 13th century, the city and its fascinating temples were slowly covered by jungle until the city was lost to civilization. The temples were rediscovered at the end of the 19th century, the jungle was cleared over the next 70 years to reveal the “8th Wonder of the World” – the ancient Temples of Angkor Wat – today a UNESCO Heritage site. After breakfast at our hotel, our morning tour will take us to explore the south gates of Angkor Thom, Bayan Temple, Elephant Terrace, the Royal enclosure and the Terrace of the Leper King. A break for lunch will be held al fresco at the popular FCC club nearby. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to Ta Phrom (Jungle Temple) and the magnificent main Temples of Angkor Wat! End the day with a stop for a drink at the famous Red Piano (own expense) followed by a nice dinner at a local restaurant.
Note: During the visit of the temples of Angkor Wat, visitors are required to wear proper attire, covering shoulders and knees as this temple is still considered a sacred site (no shorts, miniskirts or short trousers).
DAY 12: FEBRUARY 3 SIEM REAP – Overnight (B, D)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel prior to departing on a tour which will include a stop at the famous Artists D’ Angkor where we will see local artists at work (a great place to purchase those last minute souvenirs)! Rest of the day at leisure, until dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 13: FEBRUARY 4 SIEM REAP TO USA (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for flight KA 249 departing REP at 11:05, arriving in HGK at 14:40. New York: CX 840 departs at 16:00, arrives at JFK at 1905 EST. Los Angeles: CX 882 departs at 16:35, arrives LAX at 13:05 PST.
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