AmaWaterways has unveiled details of its newest custom-designed vessel, AmaDara, which will enhance the line’s Vietnam, Cambodia & The Riches of The Mekong program in 2015.
AmaDara is slated to make its anticipated debut with an inaugural sailing Aug. 17, 2015 and will join its sister ship AmaLotus in offering 16-day river cruises on the fabled Mekong in 2015 and 2016. Both ships sail as part of the AmaVoyages program, an extension of AmaWaterways’ core product line that delivers the highest standards available for travel in remote, undiscovered destinations.
AmaWaterways’ Mekong River itineraries begin in Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, with sightseeing tours including visits to the city’s most famous historical spots. Then, a scenic ride to Ha Long Bay will include boarding a contemporary junk for a once-in-a-lifetime overnight experience. Travellers will enjoy a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia to experience the ancient Khmer empire and mingle with the warm, friendly Cambodian people. Travellers will also embark upon a three-day adventure, touring the ancient temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before beginning their Mekong cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake. The epic journey concludes with an overnight stay in Phnom Phen, the capital of Cambodia, followed by two nights in Ho Chi Minh City.
As part of the itinerary, visitors touring the Angkor Archaeological Park will have the chance to visit the Orphans and Disabled Arts Association’s (ODA) Free Village English School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A proud sponsor of ODA, AmaWaterways supports this institution in offering young children free English language instruction and providing a safe, comfortable community centre for the village’s residents.
Cruise only pricing for a seven-day sailing onboard AmaDara or AmaLotus on the Mekong River starts at $2,299 p.p. For cruise only passengers, an optional four-day/three-night pre-cruise stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia is available, starting at $799 p.p. including luxury hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and guided sightseeing tours. Pricing for the full 16-day land and cruise itinerary starts at $4,498 p.p.