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Land & River Cruise
Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong

AMAWATERWAYS - AMADARA

January 8-23, 2019

deaf cruise including
Certified Sign Language Interpreter Service

AmaDara

Our River Cruise Ship on the Mekong: AMADARA
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Ha

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
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Floating

Floating Mareket, Vietnam
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Apsara Dancer, Cambodia

Apsara Dancer, Cambodia
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Angkor

The temple complex of Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu
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Fish Market
Fish Market

Map

Land Tour & Mekong River Cruise
January 8 After arriving, check into your hotel. Enjoy free time getting to know Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city, which boasts a rich cultural heritage that blends in harmony with its vibrant present. From ancient temples to French Colonial architecture and modern-day skyscrapers, along with beautiful parks and lakes, Hanoi is an eclectic and lively city.
January 9 Discover some of Hanoi's most famous historic and cultural sites on your guided tour that includes Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You'll also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War. Take an authentic rickshaw ride, known as "cyclo," in Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter, and then enjoy a traditional water puppet show. (B)
January 10 Ethereal Ha Long Bay is considered by many to be the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World, and AmaWaterways' guests will be treated to this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spend the night on board an elegantly appointed ship designed with all the modern conveniences to ensure smooth sailing. The backdrop of the bay's magnificent scenery as well as dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations provide you with the perfect setting for a memorable sojourn. (B,L,D)
January 11 Spend the morning sailing across the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay with more than 2,000 small islands rising from the water like a dragon's back. Later in the morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Hanoi Airport for a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire. (B,L)
January 12 Begin your morning exploration of the Angkor temple complex at Angkor Thom, meaning "the great city." This is home to Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. You'll then visit nearby Ta Prohm, known as the "Kingdom of Trees," for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. Afternoon excursions take you to the fascinating jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei, meaning "Citadel of Women," as it has been said that the carving is too fine to have been done by the hand of man. Afterwards, you are in for a treat of a different kind with a visit to the English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. Cap this memorable day off with a special "Apsara Dance Show" at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. Note: The English-Language school visit is capacity controlled (B,D)
January 13 Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples, Angkor Wat. This is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed and a true masterpiece of Khmer architecture built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. (B,D)
Januray 14 Transfer via motorcoach to the AmaDara in Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle Sap River, for your seven-n-ght cruise. Take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen, which specializes in silver- and copper-smithing. As you walk through the village, listen to the villagers tapping with small hammers and watch as they make jewelry and other ornamental items out of silver and copper, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, which are used in traditional ceremonies. Meet fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship sails to Kampong Chhnang. (B,L,D)
January 15 A local motorboat takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here as well as tranquil floating villages and its busy market. Be treated to an authentic experience, an ox cart ride through a local village. Afterwards, you'll take a motorcoach to Oudong, situated on a picturesque hillside. Oudong was Cambodia's former royal capital from 17th century until 1866; today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, you'll visit one of Cambodia's largest monasteries, where you'll be treated to a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony. Your ship departs for Oknhatey Village and moors midstream. (B,L,D)
January 16 Koh Oknhatey, or ôSilk Island," located on the lush banks of the Mekong River, is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. You'll go to Oknhatey, where you'll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the vibrant colorful capital of Cambodia. Experience Phnom Penh via an authentic tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. During the evening on board, enjoy a Khmer folk performance presented by local children. (B,L,D)
January 17 You will have a choice of excursions this morning. Visit Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) or, if you prefer to stay in Phnom Penh, you can visit the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you'll explore the highlights of the city, followed by the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. (B,L,D)
January 18 Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as ship crosses the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)
January 19 Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to get an authentic experience and take a traditional "xe-loi" (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to "Evergreen Island." Alternatively, simply take the boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise to Sa Dec. (B,L,D)
January 20 Once ashore in Sa Dec, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market and the 19th-century house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour. Later, board a motorcoach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper-making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Januray 21 Disembark the AmaDara in My Tho Port and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam's former capital of Indochina was once known as the "Paris of the Orient," and today, it is an industrial, cultural and educational hub. Explore such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum before visiting the Ben Thanh Market-one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)
January 22 Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense underground network built during the Vietnam War. Spend your afternoon at leisure exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City. (B)
January 23 Bid farewell to Vietnam as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
(B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner)

Prices are based on double occupancy and include the following:
  • 2 nights hotel and land program in Hanoi with tours and meals as shown above
  • 1 night onboard a traditional Junk and meals as shown above
  • Flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap
  • 3 nights hotel and land program in Siem Reap with tours and meals as shown above
  • 7 nights cruise onboard the AMADARA with port charges, tours and meals as shown above
  • 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City with hotel, tours and meals as shown above
  • free internet access onboard the AMADARA
  • free bottled water daily onboard the AMADARA
  • unlimited wine, beer and/or soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board the AMADARA
  • daily free house-brand spirits, local beer, and soft drinks on board the AMADARA
Cabin

Cabin in category A, B or C
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Bathroom in cabin category A, B or C

Bathroom in cabin category A, B or C
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Category B French Balcony and Outside Balcony
251 sq. ft.
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Category A French Balcony and Outside Balcony
251 sq. ft.
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Category Suite French Balcony and Outside Balcony
366 sq. ft.
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Category Luxury Suite French Balcony and Outside Balcony
502 sq. ft.
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MS AMADARA: Deck Plans, Ship and Stateroom Information


All prices are based on double occupancy. Prices and itinerary are subject to change at any time without prior notification. Prices do not include travel insurance, visa fees, tips, air from the U.S. etc. A deposit of $450.00 per person ($900.00 per cabin) is due NOW in order to make a firm reservation. A non-refundable cancellation fee of $100.00 per person will apply. Flight arrangements are offered by AMAWATERWAYS and can be booked through Kerstin's Deaf Travel. A passport, valid for 6 months beyond the completion date of your travel, a multi-entry Visa for Vietnam and a single entry Visa for Cambodia are required. AMAWATERWAYS and Minimum group size: 20 guests. Maximum group size is approx. 50 guests.

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