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Grand Mekong Odyssey

25 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Grand Mekong Odyssey

This 25-day odyssey is one of our most immersive and in-depth tours of Indochina, featuring a full seven nights of cruising on the Mekong plus two nights cruising in Halong Bay. With two cruises, a breathtaking coastal rail journey and even a meeting with a war veteran, this itinerary showcases Vietnam and Cambodia at their most personal and authentic.
  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 23 , Lunches: 22 , Dinners: 23
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    23 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Cruise
    Halong Bay Cruise, Victoria Mekong Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 24
  • Physical Rating 1
    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.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
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25 DAYS
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Hanoi (3N) Ninh Binh (2N) Halong Bay Cruise (2N) Hue (2N) Hoi An (2N) Saigon (2N) Victoria Mekong Cruise (7N) Siem Reap (3N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Grand Mekong Odyssey tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Hanoi (3N) - Ninh Binh (2N) - Halong Bay Cruise (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hoi An (2N) - Saigon (2N) - Victoria Mekong Cruise (7N) - Siem Reap (3N)
  • Day 1
    Fly to Hanoi
    Dinner
    Day 1: Fly to Hanoi

    Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's leafy capital city. Meet your guide for your transfer to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture ahead of this evening's welcome dinner and guide briefing.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Hanoi Through the Ages
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Hanoi Through the Ages

    Today, enjoy an introduction to Vietnamese history at the Ethnology Museum, for a fascinating window into Vietnam's many indigenous groups. See tribal antiques and full-scale replicas of Vietnamese longhouses and stilt houses. Continue to the Confucian Temple of Literature before lunch. This afternoon, explore the city's French Quarter, and enjoy a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter's narrow historic streets.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Wartime Hanoi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: Wartime Hanoi

    Visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter for an insight into the Vietnam War. Visit the Humble House on Stilts, where Ho Chi Minh lived in the grounds of the Presidential Palace, and see his Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square. Stop to see the wreckage of an American bomber plane, still visible in the lake where it was shot down in 1972. Later, visit a 1980s apartment in the Old Quarter and hear about life in the difficult post-war subsidy period.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Ninh Binh Countryside
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Ninh Binh Countryside

    Drive two hours into the countryside to Ninh Binh, famously known as‘Halong Bay on land' thanks to its dramatic karst mountains. En route, stop to visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, the tenth century capital of Dai Viet. This afternoon, enjoy a boat trip through the paddy fields, stopping to explore prehistoric caves before checking in at your hotel.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Bear Sanctuary & Cuc Phuong National Park
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Bear Sanctuary & Cuc Phuong National Park

    Begin the day at Four Paws Bear Sanctuary. Learn the stories of these bears, rescued from the illegal pet and bile industries, and hear how they have been given a second chance in life. Enjoy a fresh lunch at the sanctuary, made from ingredients grown on site. This afternoon, head into Cuc Phuong National Park and hear all about the local wildlife on a short stroll through the rainforest. Return to the hotel.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Ninh Binh - Halong Bay
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

    Drive to Halong Bay and embark on a two-night scenic cruise through this famous UNESCO-listed bay’ known for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands. Head to a hidden spot and try your hand at kayaking through these mesmerising seascapes.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Halong Bay
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Halong Bay

    See the bay through a local's eyes! The local fishermen will row you through their floating village, where many families have lived for generations. Later, head to one of the bay's beaches for a chance to sunbathe on the sands.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Halong Bay - Hue
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Halong Bay - Hue

    Rise early for Tai Chi on deck as the sun rises over Halong Bay. Visit one of the bay's largest caves before cruising back to port after brunch. Disembark and fly to Hue, a charming city and once the seat of the Nguyen emperors.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Imperial Hue
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Imperial Hue

    Discover Hue's imperial history, beginning at the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. Continue to Thien Mu Pagoda. After lunch, visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang before a leisurely cruise along the Perfume River.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Hue - Danang by Rail
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Hue - Danang by Rail

    The 102km railway journey from Hue to Danang is considered one of the best in the world. Three hours of scenic coastline await, with beautiful tropical beaches on one side and dramatic mountain scenery on the other. On arrival in Danang, transfer to the wonderfully traditional town of Hoi An. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the Old Town's charming shops and boutiques before dinner. With its charming yellow buildings and vivid silk lanterns, a stroll through this traditional town feels like stepping back in time.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Hoi An
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Hoi An

    Head out on a walking tour of Hoi An's Old Town, with visits including Chua Ong Pagoda, a 200-year-old merchant house, and the spectacular Japanese Covered Bridge. Afterwards, continue into Hoi An's peaceful countryside to visit an organic farming community.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Hoi An - Saigon
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Hoi An - Saigon

    Fly to Saigon, perhaps Vietnam's most evocative city. Embark on a city tour to explore the city's heady mix of local culture and colonial influences. See the Notre-Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the poignant War Remnants Museum.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Cu Chi & War Veteran Meeting
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: Cu Chi & War Veteran Meeting

    Discover the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were central to the Viet Cong's military operations, including the Tet Offensive. For a truly authentic insight into the war, meet a Vietnamese veteran and hear his story. Stop for lunch at an organic farm en route back to Saigon.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Embark the Victoria Mekong river cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Embark the Victoria Mekong river cruise

    Transfer to Can Tho and board the Victoria Mekong for your seven-night cruise. Enjoy a welcome cocktail on deck as the ship sets sail.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Mekong Cruise Long Xuyen & Tiger Island
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 15: Mekong Cruise: Long Xuyen & Tiger Island

    Take a tender boat through a fascinating floating market to reach Long Xuyen, the region's main town. Visit the local museum, with displays of ancient crafts. Later, head to Tiger Island. Visit a temple and see local industries such as incense-making. Cruise upstream towards Vam Nao.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Mekong Cruise Phu Tan & Tan Chau
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 16: Mekong Cruise: Phu Tan & Tan Chau

    Head ashore in Phu Tan and visit a craft village famous for its handmade clay stoves. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise toward Tan Chau, where a local rickshaw will take you to explore a colourful temple and local market. This evening, enjoy a riotous Vietnamese lion dance on the sky deck!

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17
    Mekong Cruise Into Cambodia
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 17: Mekong Cruise: Into Cambodia

    Enjoy onboard activities such as a cocktail competition or a mini golf tournament as the ship crosses the border into Cambodia. Arrive into Phnom Penh late this afternoon.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18
    Mekong Cruise Phnom Penh & The Killing Fields
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 18: Mekong Cruise: Phnom Penh & The Killing Fields

    Hop on a cyclo and head to the elaborate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Later, drive into the countryside to pay respects at the Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge executed over 1 million victims in the 1970s. Today, it is a memorial site for peaceful reflection. Return to the city and end the afternoon in style with a signature cocktail at Raffles Hotel Le Royal before returning to the ship for a lively Apsara dance performance.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19
    Mekong Cruise Oudong & Silk Island
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 19: Mekong Cruise: Oudong & Silk Island

    Enjoy a walking tour of Koh Chen village, where you'll meet a local copper and silversmith, before continuing to the country's former capital, Oudong. Visit Buddhist monks at a local meditation centre before taking a tuk-tuk to Silk Island to learn about the process of silk weaving from worm to loom.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 20
    Wat Hanchey & Angkor Ban
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 20:  Wat Hanchey & Angkor Ban

    Explore the laid-back village of Angkor Ban with its wooden stilt houses. Sail to Wat Hanchey and head up the hill to see its 7th-century temple with panoramic views over the Mekong.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 21
    Disembark & Transfer to Siem Reap
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Disembark and drive through lush Cambodian countryside to reach Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. The afternoon is at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 22
    Explore Angkor
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 22: Explore Angkor

    Journey to Angkor Thom and visit its many treasures, including the Bayon, Elephant and Leper King Terraces, and the atmospheric Ta Prohm. Continue to the magnificent Angkor Wat and explore its many halls and towers. This evening, return to Angkor Thom and enjoy a cruise on its moat as the sun sets.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 23
    Cooking Class
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 23: Cooking Class

    Join a morning cooking class at an organic farm. Pick up supplies at the local market, then head to the farm to pick some organic ingredients. Your chef will guide you in creating a traditional Khmer lunch before an afternoon at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 24-25
    Departure
    Breakfast

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Australia, arriving home the following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

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.

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When to go

The best times to visit Vietnam as a whole are the spring (March and April) and autumn (September to December).

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 13
    20
    16
  • 27
  • Hanoi
  • 14
    19
    16
  • 19
  • Hoi An
  • 19
    25
    22
  • 92
  • Hue
  • 18
    24
    21
  • 145
  • Saigon
  • 21
    32
    26
  • 14
  • Siem Reap
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 4
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 14
    20
    17
  • 31
  • Hanoi
  • 15
    20
    17
  • 26
  • Hoi An
  • 20
    26
    23
  • 32
  • Hue
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 45
  • Saigon
  • 22
    33
    28
  • 4
  • Siem Reap
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 6
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 43
  • Hanoi
  • 18
    23
    20
  • 44
  • Hoi An
  • 21
    28
    24
  • 30
  • Hue
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 59
  • Saigon
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 10
  • Siem Reap
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 27
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 21
    27
    24
  • 91
  • Hanoi
  • 21
    27
    24
  • 90
  • Hoi An
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 34
  • Hue
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 68
  • Saigon
  • 26
    35
    30
  • 50
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    35
    31
  • 84
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 168
  • Hanoi
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 188
  • Hoi An
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 56
  • Hue
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 122
  • Saigon
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 218
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 188
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 244
  • Hanoi
  • 26
    33
    29
  • 240
  • Hoi An
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 99
  • Hue
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 87
  • Saigon
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 312
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 205
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 267
  • Hanoi
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 288
  • Hoi An
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 90
  • Hue
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 66
  • Saigon
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 294
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 233
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 312
  • Hanoi
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 318
  • Hoi An
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 104
  • Hue
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 194
  • Saigon
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 270
  • Siem Reap
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 245
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 206
  • Hanoi
  • 25
    31
    28
  • 265
  • Hoi An
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 297
  • Hue
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 509
  • Saigon
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 327
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    31
    28
  • 269
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 119
  • Hanoi
  • 22
    29
    25
  • 131
  • Hoi An
  • 23
    29
    26
  • 526
  • Hue
  • 23
    29
    26
  • 898
  • Saigon
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 267
  • Siem Reap
  • 25
    31
    28
  • 176
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 55
  • Hanoi
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 43
  • Hoi An
  • 22
    27
    24
  • 363
  • Hue
  • 21
    26
    24
  • 682
  • Saigon
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 116
  • Siem Reap
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 62
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Halong Bay
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 24
  • Hanoi
  • 15
    22
    19
  • 23
  • Hoi An
  • 20
    26
    23
  • 206
  • Hue
  • 18
    24
    21
  • 350
  • Saigon
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 48
  • Siem Reap
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 12

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$105 per person (AU$157) is paid locally in Vietnam.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • 4* accommodation
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • All meals

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