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Adventures Afloat: Angkor Wat and the Mekong River: Life along the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam

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Program #19033RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 27 — Oct 11, 2015

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Day One: Sunday, September 27 - Depart the U.S.
Depart From: Depart US for flight to Cambodia.

Day Two: Monday, September 28 - En Route
In Transit: Overnight flight to Cambodia.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Tara Angkor is equipped with modern amenities and elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness your stay will be something not to be forgotten.

Contact info:
Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Siem Reap, Cambodia
phone: (+855) 63 966 661
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com/facility.php

Facility amenities: The Tara Angkor Hotel's stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap’s accommodation sector. Facilities include 213 magnificent rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness center and sauna, free wi-fi and a small business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact RS Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Tuesday, September 29 - Arrival Siem Reap / Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive to Siem Reap International Airport. Transfer to the hotel for check in.

Afternoon: Convene at the hotel with other participants for the Program Orientation.

Dinner: 'Welcome Dinner' featuring a taste of local food.

Lodging: Tara Angkor Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Tara Angkor is equipped with modern amenities and elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness your stay will be something not to be forgotten.

Contact info:
Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Siem Reap, Cambodia
phone: (+855) 63 966 661
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com/facility.php

Facility amenities: The Tara Angkor Hotel's stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap’s accommodation sector. Facilities include 213 magnificent rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness center and sauna, free wi-fi and a small business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact RS Travel Services for more information.


Day Four: Wednesday, September 30 - Siem Reap / Angkor Museum / Ta Promh / Banteay Sr...
Note: Participants must be able to get in and out of bus and sit and stand nearly the whole day in hot and humid weather.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Begin your introduction to the temples of Angkor with a visit to Ta Prohm, the Jungle Temple. Unlike most of the temples of Angkor, Ta Prohm has been largely left to ruins. With its dynamic interaction between nature and man-made art, this atmospheric temple is a favorite for many - who can't help but feel a little like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft (which was filmed here) as they pick through the rubble. Later in the morning, take a field trip to the Angkor National Museum. This new national museum will provide you with an informative introduction to the temples and their art.

Lunch: Lunch in Siem Reap.

Afternoon: In the afternoon visit the temple Banteay Srei, the Citadel of Women. The Citadel of Women, a pink sandstone temple, was built in the latter half of the 10th century by Rajendravarman II and Jayavaraman V. The carvings of Banteay Srei are among the oldest and most intricate that you will see.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Tara Angkor Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Tara Angkor is equipped with modern amenities and elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness your stay will be something not to be forgotten.

Contact info:
Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Siem Reap, Cambodia
phone: (+855) 63 966 661
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com/facility.php

Facility amenities: The Tara Angkor Hotel's stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap’s accommodation sector. Facilities include 213 magnificent rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness center and sauna, free wi-fi and a small business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact RS Travel Services for more information.


Day Five: Thursday, October 01 - Siem Reap Sun Rise at Angkor Wat / Free Time
Note: Must be able to walk on uneven terrain. Climbing is required on stone steps, some without railing.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Immerse in the breathtaking beauty of Angkor Wat as it silhouettes in the sky during sunrise. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. As the best-preserved temple at the site, Angkor Wat, is the only temple to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation is Hindu - dedicated to the god Vishnu - then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. Also explore Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Established in the late twelfth century by king Jayavarman VII, at the center of the city is the mesmerizing temple of Bayon.

Lunch: Lunch in town.

Afternoon: After enjoying some free time, go off the beaten path to an elementary school, where you will be introduced to the educational system of Cambodia.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy the local fare.

Lodging: Tara Angkor Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Barge

Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet

Contact info:
313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
web: www.cfmekong.com

Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, October 02 - Transfer to Siem Reap Pier
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Free morning to explore on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on own.

Afternoon: Transfer to Siem Reap Pier to board your ship, the Toum Teave. Board the ship in the late afternoon. The Captain and crew will give you a safety briefing shortly after boarding.

Dinner: Welcome drink and dinner.

Lodging: CF Mekong Toum Tiou

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet

Contact info:
313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
web: www.cfmekong.com

Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Saturday, October 03 - Floating Village / Kampong Chhnang
Note: Must be comfortable climbing up and down the barge ladder. Will require that participants get in and out of small wooden boats. Must be able to be active between sitting and standing for at least 4 hours a day.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the boat.

Morning: This morning, stop at a floating village to learn about this unique community on the Tonle Sap.

Lunch: Lunch on board the boat.

Afternoon: A great afternoon awaits you in Kampong Chhnang village, or Pottery Village, where villagers still produce pottery using traditional methods. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. Other village products are not to be overlooked, such as the Thnot tree (sugar palm – a real national symbol) that abounds in the area, a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes, and palm wine.

Dinner: Dinner on board the boat.

Lodging: CF Mekong Toum Tiou

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet

Contact info:
313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
web: www.cfmekong.com

Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, October 04 - Kampong Tralach / Phnom Penh
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the boat.

Morning: Arrive at Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we will approach Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some stretches of emerald rice paddy. The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations. The Vihara is home to some outstanding mural paintings; however they are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain some of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference. Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.

Lunch: Lunch on board the boat.

Afternoon: Step back into time, as you arrive to Phnom Penh - renowned for its French influenced architecture. Begin the afternoon by attending an expert lecture on Khmer Culture and Cambodian History, and then take explore Phnom Penh on your own. Visit one of the local markets, walk the city streets, or just relax.

Dinner: Dinner on board the boat.

Lodging: CF Mekong Toum Tiou

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet

Contact info:
313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
web: www.cfmekong.com

Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Monday, October 05 - Phnom Penh / S-21 / Killing Fields / National Mus...
Note: Will need to be able to walk and stand on and off for at least 3 to 4 hours minimum. Heat and humidity needs to be taken into account.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the boat.

Morning: Explore Choeung Ek Killing Fields, where thousands of Cambodians were executed for unwarrented crimes. Then return to town to visit the the S-21 (Tuol Sleng) Interrogation Center, where Cambodians were tortured and forced to confess to crimes they did not commit. Through these visits, you will hopefully gain a better understanding of the recent tragic period in Cambodian history, the scars it left, and how it affects both social and economic development in the country today.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternnon, discover the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and finish the afternoon at the National Museum. The National Museum in Phnom Penh is the most significant public repository of Khmer artifacts in the country, displaying many important Angkorian artifacts and rare pieces from later periods.

Dinner: Dinner on board the boat.

Evening: Enjoy an 'Apsara Dance' preformance danced by a group of local artist that are working to preserve the traditional Cambodian classical arts. As evidenced in part by the innumerable apsaras (celestial dancers) that adorn the walls of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian temples, this dance has been a part of Khmer culture for more than a millennium.

Lodging: CF Mekong Toum Tiou

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet

Contact info:
313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
web: www.cfmekong.com

Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 06 - Kaam Samnaar / Border Crossing into Vietnam / Cha...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the boat.

Morning: Navigation towards Kaam Samnaar - the Cambodian Border.

Lunch: Lunch on board the boat.

Afternoon: Depart for the Vietnamese Cambodian border. Arrival at Kaam Samnaar check-point in Cambodia. Enjoy a lecture by your Study Leader on the Economic Development along the Mekong Delta. The ship leaves the border and proceeds toward Chau Doc.

Dinner: Dinner on board the boat.

Evening: Overnight near Chau Doc.

Lodging: CF Mekong Toum Tiou

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet

Contact info:
313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
web: www.cfmekong.com

Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 07 - Chau Doc / Sa Dec
Note: Must be able to comfortably walk anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 miles in the morning.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the boat.

Morning: In the morning, take a tour of this little city. Take a field trip to Sam Mountain, the highest elevation on the Mekong provides a spectacular view of the region's Rice Paddies and canal system and the Cambodian border. Stop at a few spots to look at some of the temples such as Tay An Pagoda, the Temple of Lady Xu and the Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau.

Lunch: Lunch on board the boat.

Afternoon: This afternoon, arrive in Sa Dec. Continue to Kien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec Market along the Sa Dec River bank. Sa Dec is a small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by visitors. It provides a glimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the "Chinaman's house" (from Duras' novel "The Lover", also made into a movie). Return to the boat with stopover at a nursery of flower and bonsai trees. Famous for its horticulture (it has many varieties of fabulously exotic flowers) Sa Dec was known as the "Garden of Cochin Chine" during colonial times.

Dinner: Dinner on board the boat.

Lodging: CF Mekong Toum Tiou

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet

Contact info:
313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
web: www.cfmekong.com

Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.

Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Thursday, October 08 - Vinh Long / Cai Be / My Tho
Note: This will be an active day. Though there won't be a lot of walking, participants must be able to easily climb ladders on the side of the barge. Participants must also be comfortable getting in and out small wooden boats at least 3 to 4 times a day.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the boat.

Morning: This morning arrive in Vinh Long and explore the brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of fruit trees as well as a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long, which translates as "Majestic Dragon", is right in the middle of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits. Life is organized around the water. Houses on stilts, hawkers on boats, hundreds of small crafts crisscross in all directions. Then continue to Cai Be floating market.

Lunch: Lunch on board the boat.

Afternoon: This afternoon arrive in My Tho and depart for Vinh Trang Pagoda with a view of My Tho town. On the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong, My Tho, which translates as "fragrant herb", is where vistors come to discover the beauty of the delta. It's a quiet, prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its many fruit orchards, gardens and the huge rice fields that surround it. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, with its coconut palms, banana and mango trees.

Dinner: Captain's farewell dinner on board the boat.

Lodging: CF Mekong Toum Tiou

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Surrounded by a downtown ambiance, handicraft shops, restaurants - Grand Hotel, a modern comfort in a very classical French atmosphere and architecture since 1930, is an ideal place for businessmen, travellers as well as the ones who seeking rest and entertainment.

Contact info:
08 Dong Khoi, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
phone: +84-8-823-0163
web: www.grandhotel.vn/

Room amenities: Satellite TV (65 channels...), Mini-bar, IDD telphone with bathroom extension In-room safe box, Electricity current: 220 volts Water purification, Air Conditioning, Hair dryer, Wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Souvenir Shop, Concierge, Currency Exchange, Laundry and dry cleaning service, shoe-shining service, internet access, roof-top restaurant, swimming pool.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: Contact Road Scholar Travel
Extra nights can be arranged with Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Friday, October 09 - Cruise towards Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) / City O...
Cruise towards Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) / City Orientation / Family-hosted dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the boat.

Morning: Arrive at Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) in the morning. The vibrant city of Saigon is a thriving metropolis reflecting Vietnam's contentious past as well as its fast-forwarding future. Clear port authorities and transfer to hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Led by an expert historian, begin the afternoon learning about the history of Vietnam. Then visit some of the main sites in Saigon including the Rex Hotel, the People’s Committee Building which was built as the Hotel D’Ville by the French in 1908, Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office.

Dinner: Enjoy a family-hosted dinner.

Lodging: Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Surrounded by a downtown ambiance, handicraft shops, restaurants - Grand Hotel, a modern comfort in a very classical French atmosphere and architecture since 1930, is an ideal place for businessmen, travellers as well as the ones who seeking rest and entertainment.

Contact info:
08 Dong Khoi, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
phone: +84-8-823-0163
web: www.grandhotel.vn/

Room amenities: Satellite TV (65 channels...), Mini-bar, IDD telphone with bathroom extension In-room safe box, Electricity current: 220 volts Water purification, Air Conditioning, Hair dryer, Wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Souvenir Shop, Concierge, Currency Exchange, Laundry and dry cleaning service, shoe-shining service, internet access, roof-top restaurant, swimming pool.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: Contact Road Scholar Travel
Extra nights can be arranged with Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 10 - War Remnants Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Take an excursion to Reunification Hall (the former Presidential Palace) built as a modern administrative center. Then continue to the War Remnants Museum, which holds a large collection of weapons, machinery, artifacts and photographs illustrating the War.

Lunch: For lunch enjoy the taste of Vietnam as you sample Pho - a local favorite!

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Saigon on your own.

Dinner: Convene for a farewell dinner and program wrap-up.

Lodging: Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Sunday, October 11 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
1 Performances

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