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We all have our passions... Food, wine, art, history, music, and more. At Maritime Travel, we design our own exclusive, specialty tours adventures with this in mind. Graciously escorted, intimate, and worry-free experiences provide an opportunity to embrace your passions in the world's most fascinating destinations. Imaginative itineraries, lots of free time, expert hosts, personal attention, and loads of extras combine to provide our most discerning guests with a trip of a lifetime. Indulge your passion on one of our specialty tours below.

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

Oct 26, 2020 - Nov 7, 2020


Immerse yourself in fascinating cultures and ancient traditions as you embark on an inspiring journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Along the way, learn more about the history of each country, marvel at spectacular scenery, and interact with the friendly locals. This is a journey that will create memories you won’t soon forget!



Because it’s all about YOU. You are the reason we’ve used our 90 years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we’ve taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you’ll experience on board our Avalon ships.

• Intimate cruise experience with maximum capacity of 36 people
• Unique cultural activities & interactions with locals
• More cruising! Avalon has eliminated 7 hours of motorcoach travel time*
• Expert Local Guide with all excursions 8 Headsets for all guided shore excursions
• Bottled water on all excursions
• Fresh fruit & tea after all ship excursions
• Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day at the bar
• Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at dinner
• Bar serving premium local spirits 8 Daily early riser coffee & tea 8 Full bu?ffet breakfast
• Nightly option of entrées
• Complimentary local beer/spirits, soft drinks and coffee & tea at lunch
• English-speaking crew
• Non-smoking interior
• Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
• Large private bathrooms featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities
• Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
• Easy under-bed luggage storage
• Bathrobes & slippers 8 And, much more.
* Depending on water levels

/_uploads/images/branch_tours/Burnaby-Avalon-ship.png INCLUDED AMENITIES:
• Open-air observation lounge with shade
system & premium lounge chairs
• Non-smoking interior
• English-speaking crew
• Cruise Director
• Fitness Center & Spa treatment room
• Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the
lounges (when signal available)
• Bar serving premium local spirits
• Headsets for all guided shore excursions
• Sightseeing with Certifi ed Local Guides
• Library and games
• Indoor Lounge
• Onboard movie nights



4425 East Hastings Street, Burnaby | V5C 2K1
Call: (604) 291-6091

Terms & Conditions *You may confirm this reservation with a $250 per person non-refundable deposit. Final payment due on July 28, 2020. Port charges, intra-tour air, taxes, and gratuities to the Cruise Director and the ship’s crew are ALL INCLUDED. *Price is per person, based on twin-share, in cabin category B. Upgrade to cabin category A for $520 per person. International flights, airport transfers, visas, and travel insurance are extra, please inquire. Triple accommodation is not available. Supplement for single accommodation: $3,196 based on cabin category B or $4,236 based on category A. **Price includes $1,300 per person discount and free prepaid gratuities.


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DAY 1 | OCTOBER 26, 2020: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY 2: Ho Chi Minh City.
Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine.CLASSIC: Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war. Then visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. DISCOVERY: For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations! Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. This evening join your travelling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Ho Chi Minh City.
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels. Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts CLASSIC: Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels—an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length—used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 | OCTOBER 29, 2020 : Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation).
Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding Transfer to the port on the Saigon River for embarkation. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. Afternoon/evening cruise to Vinh Long. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Vinh Long–Cu Lao Gieng.
Sweets, Sampans, and Sun Hats DISCOVERY: Board a sampan this morning to Visit a local workshop in Vinh Long where you will see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. DISCOVERY: This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your Guided Excursion starts at a local workshop, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats, or “Non la,” from materials available to them such as palm leaves and bamboo. These iconic hats are primarily used as protection from the sun and rain but you may also see them used as a basket to carry home goods from the market. Lastly, stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches. Afternoon/evening cruise to Chau Doc. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Chau Doc–Long Khanh
A–Border Crossing, Cambodia. Colorful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers DISCOVERY: In Chau Doc take a Guided Walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fi sh, meat, and produce. Then embark on a River Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional fl oating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more. DISCOVERY: After lunch, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of a well-preserved artisan’s tradition. Return to the ship to set sail for the Cambodian border. Evening/overnight cruise to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Phnom Penh.
The Royal Treatment CLASSIC: Take a City Tour by private cyclo to visit the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the city at your leisure. Consider a Guided Optional Tour ($) of a local brewery with free-fl owing local beer! Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Phnom Penh.
A Dark History or Market Dynamics CLASSIC: This morning, a Guided Visit of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields o ers a glimpse into the atrocities infl icted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime, OR: DISCOVERY: Visit the lively Central Market by tuk-tuk to see its unique Art Deco design. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. Afternoon/evening cruise to Wat Hanche. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban.
Water Blessings and Back To School Adventures DISCOVERY: Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks. DISCOVERY: After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school. Evening/overnight cruise to Konpong Louang. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach.
Calm in the Cambodian Countryside DISCOVERY: Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. In Kampong Tralach board an ox cart for a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle River. Evening cruise to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 | NOVEMBER 5, 2020: Phnom Penh (Disembarkation)–Siem Reap.
A Pilgrimage of Inspirational Beauty Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! CLASSIC: After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring fi ve trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, OR: ACTIVE: Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike. The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, stay to witness the sunset at Angkor Wat, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus. (B,L)

DAY 12: Siem Reap.
Roots Carved in Stone and Celebrated in Dance CLASSIC: Continue your Guided Sightseeing of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route stop at a local village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion ($) to further explore Siem Reap or the temple complex by tuk-tuk. DISCOVERY: This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance. (B,D)

DAY 13 | NOVEMBER 7, 2020: Siem Reap.
Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)