Discover the mystique of ancient traditions juxtaposed with vibrant modernity as you cruise from Hanoi to evocative sites along the coast of Vietnam and conclude with two days at Cambodia's Angkor Wat.

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 The ethereal Ha Long Bay, Vietnam  Monk at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Credit: Jon Arnold / Danita Delimont  The breathtaking Ha Long Bay  Temple of Literature, Hanoi  Da Nang Harbor  Modern Da Nang  The Japanese Bridge in Hoi An  The canals of Hoi An  Skyline of Ho Chi Minh City at dusk  M41 Walker Bulldog Tank at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City  Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City  Monks at Angkor Wat  Monk at Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat  The iconic site of Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat  Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom  Angkor Thom, Cambodia  Monk at Angkor Wat. Credit: Chris Palmer

A Cruise along Vietnam’s Coast

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City And featuring Cambodia's Angkor Wat

15 days from $6,695

Discover the mystique of ancient traditions juxtaposed with vibrant modernity as you cruise from Hanoi to evocative sites along the coast of Vietnam and conclude with two days at Cambodia's Angkor Wat.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Discover the mystique of ancient traditions and many World Heritage sites as you cruise along Vietnam’s coast, then spend three nights at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

Highlights Include  

  • Hanoi and Ha Long Bay: Visit the ancient Temple of Literature and the more modern Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison (the infamous “Hanoi Hilton”), and cruise mist-shrouded Ha Long Bay. 
  • Hué and Hoi An: Tour the highlights of Hué, an imperial city that is one of Vietnam’s most alluring destinations. Explore the ancient trading post of Hoi An, where more than 800-period buildings remain intact. 
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Old Saigon reflects the vibrant convergence of French and Vietnamese cultures. See the 19th-century European-style Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, then visit Reunification Hall, the War Remnants Museum, and other sites that offer a unique perspective on the Vietnam War.
  • Angkor Wat: Fly to Siem Reap for two days of exploring Angkor Wat, known for its Khmer architecture, sacred temples, and World Heritage sites. Enjoy time at Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei.
  • Le Laperouse: Launched in 2018, Le Lapérouse is among a new fleet of luxury expedition ships launched by the Ponant cruise line. This ship combines revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury. See more information about this ship on the Tour Details page. Each voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. 

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 – Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. and cross the International Date Line.

Day 3 & 4 — Hanoi, Vietnam

Arrive in Hanoi to stay two nights in the deluxe Sofitel Legend Metropole.

The undeniable charm of this capital city resides in its shaded boulevards and bucolic parks, while the city center is a marvelous time capsule of 1930s French-Colonial architecture.

Walk through the famous Ba Dinh Square and see a testament to more recent history, the imposing, granite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Visit the Temple of Literature, founded in A.D. 1070 and which educated scholars in Confucianism for more than 400 years. (2B)

Day 5 — Hanoi/Haiphong

Along the shores of peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake, residents can still be seen performing traditional Tai Chi exercises. In the bustling 36 Streets Old Quarter District, stroll the 15th-century lanes, which carry the names of traditional handcrafts practiced here, such as “Silk Weaving Street”. Walk through Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” where captured pilots were held during the Vietnam War.

From historic Hanoi, travel by way of scenic roads through an intricate patchwork of well-manicured rice paddies to Haiphong. Embark the exclusively chartered Le Lapérouse. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Ha Long Bay/Gulf of Tonkin

Spend the day cruising the Gulf of Tonkin, and board a traditional Vietnamese junk for a private cruise of Ha Long Bay, the majestic “Bay of the Descending Dragon,” one of Vietnam’s most extraordinary natural features and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amid over 3000 chalk and limestone islands, wooden-hulled Vietnamese junks with their characteristic orange sails glide along the bay’s tranquil waters between caves and coves, grottoes and stone towers. Walk among the impressive natural stalactites and stalagmites up close in picturesque Thien Cung—the Heavenly Palace Cave. Join the Captain this evening for the welcome reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 7 — Cruising the Sea

The day is at leisure on board. Enjoy the passing coastal scenery and onboard lectures. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Da Nang/Hoi An

Visit the impressive Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, exhibiting the world’s largest collection of Cham sandstone works of art. Stop at the foot of the landmark Marble Mountain, where skilled carvers chisel marble jewelry and sculptures.

Prior to the 14th century, ancient Hoi An was the commercial capital of the Cham Empire and a strategic port for the very lucrative spice trade. Later, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Dutch merchants settled Hoi An’s ancient town, and today this UNESCO World Heritage site is a well-preserved example of a 15th- to 19th-century trading post with more than 800-period buildings still intact. Admire the Japanese-style covered bridge, the emblem of Hoi An.

Visit the intricately carved grand temple of Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and its workshop for traditional handcrafts including woodcarving, mat-weaving, and embroidery. Stroll the city’s colorful riverside market and watch locals engage in the art of bartering. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Chan May/Hue

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Hue, located on the banks of the Perfume River and one of Vietnam’s most intriguing and alluring destinations, was the Imperial City of the Nguyen kings from 1601 to 1945.

Explore its Imperial Citadel—rivaling Beijing’s Forbidden City in sheer immensity and see its massive ramparts and moat dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Tour the Imperial Closure and its Forbidden Purple City, a citadel within a citadel, formerly reserved only for the royalty and servants of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Visit the 17th-century Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady Pagoda), built to ensure the country’s prosperity, according to a legendary prophecy, and the impressive tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, considered one of the most beautiful architectural works of the Nguyen dynasty and designed by the emperor himself. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Cruising the South China Sea

Enjoy the day cruising the paradisal southeast coast of Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) has remained a vibrant convergence of French romance and Vietnamese flair, where women still wear the traditional national costume of áo dài dresses, a silk tunic worn over pantaloons.

Visit the imposing Reunification Hall, which once served as the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace; the lovely 19th-century, European-style Central Post Office; and the War Remnants Museum, which offers a unique perspective on the Vietnam War through the eyes of the Vietnamese. See the neo-Romanesque-style Notre Dame Cathedral, a distinct reminder of the city’s French Colonial history.

This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 12 — Saigon/Disembark ship/Fly to Siem Reap

Disembark the ship in Saigon and visit the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels. This extraordinary underground complex built by Viet Cong totaled 75 miles, stretching from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and included living quarters, kitchens and field hospitals.

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and check into the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, your Five-Star accommodations for three nights. (B,L)

Day 13 — Siem Reap for Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and best-preserved temple in the region. Built in the 12th-century, this paragon of Khmer architecture is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Beneath its soaring, lotus-shaped towers, nearly 13,000 square feet of delicately carved celestial nymphs, guardian lions and mythical serpents depict eight Hindu narratives in the longest and most detailed bas-relief series ever sculpted. Arguably the most important is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, which illustrates the creation of the universe and a conflict between the devas (gods) and asuras (demons).

Visit with local children in a countryside primary school during a scenic transfer alongside verdant fields of rice paddies en route to breathtaking Banteay Srei. Considered the jewel of Khmer art, this 10th-century temple was built from rose-pink sandstone, and its name, the Citadel of Women, is believed to be derived from the intricacy of the well-preserved carvings that adorn its peaked buildings.

Stop at a rural Cambodian village to see traditional stilt houses and a roadside market offering freshly prepared palm sugar candy, local fruit and handcrafted baskets. (B)

Day 14 – Siem Reap for Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm

The monumental walled city of Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire. On the banks of the Siem Reap River see the towers of its Bayon Temple, featuring approximately 200 smiling stone faces and a series of bas‑relief sculptures depicting historical scenes from the everyday life of the Angkorian Khmer. Inside, the artwork turns to different subjects, primarily depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.

Explore the surroundings of the complex, including the ruins of the 11th‑century Baphuon mountain temple. Walk through the intricately carved Terrace of the Elephants, the mysterious Terrace of the Leper King and the atmospheric Royal Palace. Tour Ta Prohm, a unique, 12th-century Buddhist temple left largely untouched in the jungle. With fig, banyan and kapok trees growing out of the ruins, the dynamic interaction between nature and man‑made art sets an oddly haunting and exotic scene living up to Ta Prohm’s “lost city” legends. Visit the workshop of Artisans Angkor, which provides training for young rural people in the creation of splendid traditional handcrafts. This evening attend a farewell reception at your hotel. (B,L,R)

Day 15 – Siem Reap/Depart for U.S./Cross the International Date Line/Arrive in the U.S.

Following breakfast in the hotel, board your flight from Siem Reap to the U.S., crossing back over the International Date Line. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)