Destinations: Vientiane-Paklay-Ban Thadeua-Kuang Si-Luang Prabang-Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi
Welcome to Vientiane! Your cruise will depart at approximately 14:00. Settle into your cabin as we begin our 6 day cruise. Upon your arrival, you will be given a short guided tour of this wonderful capital city, including a visit the national symbol, the famous Luang temple, and the picturesque Arc de Triomphe.
Day 1: Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane Departure
Day 3: Mekong River discovery
Day 4: Paklay Highlights
Day 5: Ban Thadeua
Day 6: Kuang Si- Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang Highlights
Day 8: Departure from Luang Prabang –Hanoi Arrival
Day 9: Hanoi Highlights
Day 10: Sapa Discovery
Day 11: Sapa- Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi Departure
Welcome to Vientiane! Your cruise will depart at approximately 14:00. Settle into your cabin as we begin our 6 day cruise. Upon your arrival, you will be given a short guided tour of this wonderful capital city, including a visit the national symbol, the famous Luang temple, and the picturesque Arc de Triomphe.Return back to the ship and enjoy a welcome dinner on board followed by relaxation time in the evening.
Today you will cruise upstream through the untouched, formerly inaccessible parts of the Mekong river.Enjoy your lunch and dinner on board. Spend the night on a beautiful sandbank, surrounded by nothing but the sights and sounds of pristine nature.
Today you will witness some of the most remarkable and impressive landscapes in Laos as we sail up the mighty Mekong River. As you take in the beautiful scenery, we will visit some local villages along the shores. Enjoy natures breathtaking wonders such as hills covered in tropical vegetation and rock formations along the river banks as we continue to sail.At the end of the day, we will make another stop along the sandbanks where we will spend the night. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax.
Today you will cruise across the Mekong, stopping to visit the small riverside community of Paklay, famous for its colonial architecture. The beautiful landscape is interwoven with local small villages and herds of cattle.Upon your return to the ship, enjoy a nice dinner and have a lovely, relating evening as we continue to sail along the river.
As we cruise through Ban Thadeua, enjoy the spectacular views as we make our way back towards Luang Prabang. As we sail, see if you can spot the local fishermen catching fish near the shore.Enjoy your last evening on board with a lovely farewell dinner.
Once we have sailed for a couple of hours, you will take a bus tour to visit the Kuang Si Falls, the most famous waterfalls in Laos. On the way, you will stop to stroll through the small local villages.You will arrive in Luang Prabang in the afternoon, where you will sadly say goodbye to your wonderful Laotian crew, you local guide will greet you at the pier and take you to your hotel for Check-in.The rest of the day is yours to explore the city on your own.
In the early morning, you can join a traditional alms ritual and accept a blessing by the local monks. After breakfast, you will enjoy a city tour by visiting Wat Xiengthong, the stunning Golden City Temple, Wat Aham, which has depictions of Buddha's life painted on the walls and finally, the Royal Palace Museum, to have a chance to learn about the Lao history and culture.Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Today you can just relax until it's time for your guide to take you to the airport for your ongoing flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival to Hanoi, your friendly local guide will greet you at airport and then take you to your hotel to check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax, settle in and, if jet lag permits, do a little exploring on your own.Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning touring around Hanoi city. Begin with a visit to The Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Stilt House, Presidential Palace and Museum. Then, its on to, the One Pillar Pagoda, this temple rises from the centre of one pillar and is said to be have been built in the shape of a lotus. Finish your day with a stroll around the Fine Arts Museum; showcasing pieces from a range of historical periods.
Your afternoon will be spent at the fascinating Ethnologic Museum, where you can learn a bit about the many different ethnic minorities in Vietnam. After this, you'll be taken to visit the ancient Hoan Kiem Lake; you can find out all about the very interesting mythology that surrounds it. The tour ends with a special Vietnamese treat – you will take a cyclo or rickshaw around the picturesque Old Quarter.You can relax until the evening, when you will be able to enjoy a cultural treat – a famous Water Puppet Show at the theatre. After the performance, you will be taken to the train station for your night train to Sapa, this mountain town is famous for it's fine, rugged scenery and it's cultural diversity.Overnight aboard the train to Sapa.
In the early morning, you will arrive at Lao Cai train station and be met by your guide, then you'll drive to your hotel. After checking in, you'll have the chance to have some breakfast and take a short rest.Once you feel rested and refreshed, you'll begin the tour of this fascinating area. The first stop will be a visit to a hill-tribe village and the beautiful paddy terraced fields. You can ask your guide about their rich and unique culture.After lunch, you will be able to go trekking in this amazing rural area and go and visit a small local market. You can spend the rest of the day hiking or exploring on your own.Overnight in Sapa.
In the morning, you'll get more of an opportunity to appreciate the stunning natural beauty of Sapa, by taking an trip to the Tafin Village of Dzao. In amongst the mountains, you will find the dramatic 'Silver' Waterfalls.After lunch in a local restaurant, you will be taken back to Lao Cai train station for your overnight train to Hanoi.Overnight aboard to the train to Hanoi.
enjoy a leisure time in the morning, Upon your train arrive in Hanoi, your private guide will be waiting to meet you at the train station to take you back to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Vietnam is a unique cultural experience and hopefully, by the time you leave, you will have a new appreciation for this incredible country and it's people.