Mekong River Cruise – Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
October 6-13, 2022
7 Night Cruise along the Mekong River
from $6,699 per person
Private LGBTQ+ Charter of the Wind Spirit
Our journey to Tahiti and the Society Islands will be a journey to remember. We originally started coordinating our journeys back in 2001 with the arrival of the Full Moon and we will be doing so again in Tahiti. What a great way to help us celebrate 20 years of exceptional journeys with all our Source guests!
Check out our video below for a taste of what awaits!
CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS & AMENITIES:
- Full Moon Celebration Feast with Fire Dancers
- Bora Bora Lagoon Tour
- Newly remodeled Ocean View staterooms
- Sumptuous linens, towels & bedding
- L’Occitane bath products
- Fresh flowers and fruit basket
- Well-stocked Mini-bar
- Bathrobes, slippers & spacious closets
- Nightly Turndown service
- Massaging shower head
- Twenty-four-hour in-room dining
- Flat-screen television. DVD player.
- Bose Sound Dock speakers.
- Private safe. Hairdryer. Alarm Clock.
- Individual climate control
- Direct-dial telephone
Source Events invites you to experience a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Egypt. The Great Pyramids of Giza, and other treasures of Egypt have beckoned travelers for more than two millennia. On this luxury small group journey, visit venerable tombs and temples to piece together the life and times of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations. Visit bustling Cairo, the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the new Grand Egypt Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of antiquities, including artifacts recovered from the great Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Cruise the fabled Nile in style — like the pharaohs once did — on the luxurious Nile Adventurer, disembarking at iconic sites as well as little-known temples. Ride like a local on camelback and sail in a felucca on the Nile. Go off the beaten path, flying to Abu Simbel, one of the most awesome monuments of ancient Egypt.
With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids, and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us.
Saigon/Embark Mekong Princess
After checking out of the Park Hyatt Hotel by noon, shuttle to the Saigon Port and embark the RV Mekong Princess by noon and begin the journey up the Mekong. Lunch is served during the breathtaking sail out of Saigon. After enjoying time to settle into your suites and explore your Mekong River home, a welcome reception and Vietnamese welcome dinner are served this evening. Meals: (B/L/D)
Ben Tre / Can Tho
This morning, sampans take you through a channel lined with mangroves to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process, walking through the village to visit an orchard where fruits native to Vietnam can be seen in various stages of maturity on the vine. After a fresh fruit tasting, you continue to a pier where you board small, local boats (two guests per boat) for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship.
This afternoon, the ship sails through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to Can Tho city, the capital riverside city of Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Guests will take a short and orientated city tour by visiting the Zihuang Pagoda (Chua Ong) and enjoying the welcome unicorn dances. Explore yourself on your own around the charming city before having dinner on board. (B/L/D)
Can Tho / Hoa An
We begin our morning before breakfast aboard the sampans for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. The sampans will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items the residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, there will be many opportunities for amazing photographs, while enjoying fresh fruit and the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water. Before returning to the ship for breakfast, we stop at a local noodle factory, where we witness the amazing process of how they are made.
After lunch, continue excursion by boat to Hoa An village, where is untouched and well- known with flower growing and handmade craft. Our first stop at flower gardens is where we will see many different kinds of flowers and learn how to grow and take care of them. Then, a short walking to a local house and chat with the host to see how they live and work in their daily life.
After a short break, continue our excursion on a motor cart to another village. We stop by at the conical hat-making and mat weaving families, have a memorable time chatting with local family members, and learning how to create products through hands-on experience. Enjoy your walk in the peaceful village with rice fields, fruit trees…in between visiting 2 local families. Then, we say goodbye and go back to the ship by boat. (B/L/D)
This morning, your sampans return to take you to Gieng Island. After a short walk around visiting a local sampan village, where hundreds of sampans are produced daily by local families, we will take a canal drive to explore the untouched floating area with duck farms, monkey bridges, and tropical orchards along the riverside.
We will try one of the most popular local transportation named “xe loi” (motor trishaw) driving through this island to visit a Catholic Church, which was built as old as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon in the 1870s. (B/L/D)
Hong Ngu / Border Crossing
Today we visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Hong Ngu produces a large number of the traditional, Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. Woven in many homes around the village, here we have the opportunity to see the weaving process under several homes. Some villagers are also embroidery artists, displaying their art in and around the homes. The inhabitants of this area had only encountered one western visitor prior to the arrival of the RV Mekong Princess, they are especially friendly and welcoming. Guests will also visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. This afternoon, the RV Mekong Princess will cross the border into Cambodia and continue up the Mekong River. (B/L/D)
After breakfast this morning, local cyclo drivers meet you for an exciting city tour of Phnom Penh. You begin your ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where a leisurely walk takes you through the grounds, with opportunities to visit the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second section of the complex, you walk amongst enormous stupas and spirit houses, on the way to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Following a short break, your cyclos take you to the National Museum. Housing the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia, the National Museum ends the morning tour with a comprehensive look at many of the artifacts excavated around the Angkor Archeological Area in Siem Reap, as well as other areas around the former Khmer Empire. After a return cyclo ride to the ship, you may wish to take some time to have lunch at a local restaurant, walk along the quay, or visit some of Phnom Penh’s famous markets and lovely boutiques.
This afternoon, a private motor coach takes you on a scenic 45-minute drive from the ship, arriving at Choeung Ek, the killing fields depicted in the movie, and the center of the darkest days of Cambodian history. You may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. On the return drive to Phnom Penh, a stop is made at Tuol Sleng (infamously known as S-21), which was converted by the Khmer Rouge from a large school to a prison and torture headquarters.
Before dinner, children from a local orphanage entertain guests with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as several traditional folk dances. (B/L/D)
Today we will visit the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a family’s home to see how the locals live, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle.
Next, you will continue through the village to the local school, where you will visit the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. You will then walk back through the village to the ship, with an opportunity to take photos along the way, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex. (B/L/Farewell Dinner)
Following breakfast this morning you say good-bye to the Mekong Princess and her crew, and transfer and overnight at the Belmond’s Residence D’Angkor for 3 night stay.
Pre and Post-Cruise: Petra, Wadi Rum, and The Dead Sea
With its verdant gardens, natural aquarium, and glorious views of the volcanic peaks of Moorea island, the InterContinental® Tahiti Resort & Spa is a South Pacific paradise. Our beautiful swimming pools and indulgent spa offer a stylish way to relax. You can dine on freshly caught seafood in our fabulous restaurants, and sip signature cocktails in our lively Tiki Bar. Enjoy watersports, explore the local market for handicrafts, then sink into a lounger and soak up the tropical sun.
Accommodations include taxes and a deluxe buffet breakfast.
Dates of Stay: September 4-6
Additional pre-program nights available upon request.
The Wind Spirit, the sister ship of the Wind Star, will be fully renovated in 2020 four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 145 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,350, the Wind Star feels like your own private yacht. Wind Spirit features wide-open, teak decks—quite unusual for small ships. With over 10,000 square feet of open deck space, guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private verandah.
The Source Events All-Gay Windstar experience: THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE IT ON EARTH Tall billowing sails – brilliant blue seas – sun-drenched teak decks. You’re with your close friends – old and new – discovering the world’s finest destinations. Nurturing your mind, body, and soul as you explore tiny harbors and hidden coves where no one else can go. Invigorating your senses with 5-Star cuisine and celebrating all life has to offer. This is the inspiration behind every Source Events Windstar Gay Cruise.
|Key||Cabin Class||Price||Availability||Book Now|
|Owner's Suite - Deck 1||$5,699.00 / person||Sold Out||BOOK NOW|
|Category AX - Mid Ship Deck 2||$3,899.00 / person||Limited||BOOK NOW|
|Category A - Forward/Aft Deck 2||$3,699.00 / person||Limited||BOOK NOW|
|Category BX - Mid Ship Deck 1||$3,499.00 / person||Limited||BOOK NOW|
|Category B - Forward/Aft Deck 1||$3,299.00 / person||Sold Out||BOOK NOW|
Included in this Journey
- 5-star accommodations throughout Egypt
- Daily Breakfast
- 3 Lunches
- Welcome Dinner in Cairo
- All meals aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
- Private airport transfer in a modern air-conditioned vehicle with service of tour coordinator
- All tours as described in the program with a private English-speaking Egyptologist throughout entire trip
- All admissions for the sightseeing stated in the program
- Water in the tour vehicles
- Portage at airports and hotels
- Fully escorted by Source Events concierge
Not Included in this Journey
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Expenses
- International Flights
- Domestic Flights within Egypt ($250)
- Gratuities for guides and drivers and crew of the Nile
- Entry visa for Egypt (currently $25, subject to change)
- Post Trip Extension to Jordan (Petra & Wadi Rum)
- Travel insurance – highly recommended
Please Note: Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two consecutive blank pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. U.S, Canadian and other citizens will require a visa. Arrival and Departure Airport Cairo (CAI). If you are doing the extension to Jordan, your return flight can be booked from Amman (AMM). Source Events can assist with booking your international flights.