Dates: November 4 - November 17, 2019
Total Duration: 14 days
Cost: From $8,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Mekong Princess
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: South Eastern Asia
Indochina. The Mekong River. Angkor Wat. These names evoke appealing images of exotic cultures, magnificent Buddhist and Hindu temples, and lush tropical landscapes punctuated by a patchwork of rice paddies. Join fellow Yale alumni on a fascinating journey through Vietnam and Cambodia, including a 7-night Mekong River cruise aboard the Mekong Princess, a riverboat that embodies the gracious heritage and beauty of Southeast Asia, combined with a romantic French colonial style and all the modern comforts. Her small size and ultra-shallow draft allow us to experience this mighty river from an intimate and authentic perspective, stepping into local homes to see how people live and work, and gliding through floating markets in the early-morning hours as they come to life.
Our program begins with a stay in Ho Chi Minh City--still known by many as Saigon, it is a busy and dynamic city, exuding energy and abuzz with activity—and ends with two full days to explore the remarkable Khmer temples and monuments of legendary Angkor, one of Asia's most exquisite archaeological gems. In between, the Mekong River takes us into the fascinating but seldom-visited world of one of Asia's great waterways. Marvel at floating villages whose residents literally live on the water—working, shopping, even attending school and church. Tour a family-owned orchard, visit a noodle factory and a coconut candy maker, and look down over the treetops at the nesting area of protected egrets at a bird sanctuary.
A pre-tour extension to Hanoi and breathtaking Ha Long Bay is also available.