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Vietnam River Cruise in 2014

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River

Limited Availability - Only a Few Cabins Remain!!

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rose gray vietnamMarch 1 – March 17, 2014

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City | 15 Days
7 Day Tour and 7 Days Aboard the River Orchid

With Airfare from Chicago O'Hare

There can be no more striking cultural contrast between bustling Vietnam and the tranquility of Cambodia. From Ho Chi Minh City, through the Mekong Delta so rich in human life and endeavor, to the diverse countryside of Cambodia, you’ll discover two countries, two cultures, and two ways of life linked by one river, the Mekong, that have shaped these nations.

Join Rose Gray, host of 620 WTMJ's Fox World Travel Show on a WTMJ listener trip through Cambodia and Vietnam, with a 7 day tour and 7 day Mekong River Cruise aboard Uniworld's new River Orchid. Traveling March 1-17, 2014, we're excited to take our first group ever to this exciting destination. This is a can't miss vacation!

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NEW lower pricing due to airfare reduction!

Save an additional $300 per person in addition to other discounts offered if you book and we secure your airfare now. This offer is subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Contact a travel agent by calling 877-794-2551 for details!


Available Exclusively with Fox World Travel

An intimate experience of two worlds along one river

Uniworld offers an intimate encounter inside Vietnam and Cambodia that other river cruise lines can't match. You'll never descend onto a village, market, or important cultural site as part of a massive tour group. Instead, you’ll be part of small groups, with one local guide for every twenty guests. You will meet the people and visit the places that make up these fascinating destinations. In addition, you’ll travel to floating villages and sites by way of a luxurious sampan, so you’ll have a genuine experience every step of the way.

Uniworld’s commitment to intimacy extends to your shipboard experience as well. The River Orchid, Uniworld’s brand new ship and sister ship to the stunning River Saigon plying through the Mekong, boasts just 30 deluxe staterooms, and no more than 60 guests at a time. This means that you will be treated to gracious and personalized service. The staff onboard the River Orchid will be there to ensure you have everything you need—morning, noon, and night. Whether you are sitting on the spacious sun deck being served a refreshing complimentary beverage as you watch the passing scenery or you are listening to an enlightening lecture, your staff will stand ready to make your stay as special and comfortable as can be.

You’ll also notice extra special Uniworld touches throughout your journey, from VIP check-in service at all onshore hotels to luxurious sampans that let you tour the river in style, to relaxing with fresh fruit and tea after your onshore excursions. There’s simply no better way to experience the magic of these destinations along the Mekong River.

Who Will Enjoy This Trip?
 
Those travelers who crave a more rigorous and expeditionary travel experience will enjoy this trip along the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia.  Please note: This is an active trip and not for those with difficulty walking and health issues that may limit you from participating.

 

 

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Highlights and Pricing

Featured Inclusions

  • Escorted by Fox World Travel tour host, Rose Gray of the Fox World Travel Show on WTMJ*
  • Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
  • Round trip coach flights from Chicago O’Hare to Hanoi, Vietnam and return from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Business and first class flight accommodations may be available at an additional charge.
  • All transfers between the airports, hotel and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package
  • River Cruise and Land Tour Package with Uniworld onboard the new 60 passenger River Orchid including highlights to the right.
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
  • Travel insurance protection is included through Travel Guard. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options to add trip cancellation coverage.


Not included:  Meals and sightseeing not specified in itinerary, bar beverages unless indicated; gratuities to cruise porters, transfer drivers, guides or shipboard staff; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport and visa are required.

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Tour and River Orchid Ship Highlights

 
  • 7-night Mekong River cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the NEW River Orchid
  • 7 nights in centrally located, 5 star-deluxe hotels featuring sophisticated accommodations, buffet breakfast, and all service charges, taxes, and porterage.
  • Private check-in with a welcome drink at each hotel
  • 12 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
  • 14 buffet Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, and 10 Dinners
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinners, and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and local spirits throughout the cruise.
  • Welcome Reception, Vietnamese Themed Dinner, and Royal Cambodian Dinner onboard
  • In-room welcome flower arrangement and fruit platter at each hotel
  • Embroidered bathrobe with your name to use in Siem Reap’s Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa and to take home
  • Special souvenir menus for all included onshore meals as a keepsake of your experience
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset systems on all excursions throughout the trip
  • All transportation throughout your Uniworld cruise/tour, including flights between Siem Reap and Hanoi
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms with hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite
  • Panoramic restaurant, lounge with library, massage room and boutique
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
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Pricing and Special Offers

Total River Cruise Package Pricing with Airfare from Chicago O'Hare

Category 3 Cabin

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY PRICE

PRICE AFTER EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT


$6989* per person

Past Passengers:
$6,739 per person
$6,989* per person

$6,789* per person

Past Passengers:
$6,539 per person

 

Category 3 staterooms feature lovely French-doors that open onto a spacious promenade. All staterooms have hotel beds draped in fine linens along with a pillow menu. Other stateroom amenities include: vanity, built-in closet and safe, individual climate control and bottled water. Bathrooms are stocked with fine bath and body products, hair dryer, bathrobe, and slippers.

Upgrade Opportunities

  • Category 2 Upgrade : Add $200.00 per person
  • Category 1 Upgrade : Add $600.00 per person
  • Suite Upgrade : Add $1,899.00 per person

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Single Supplement Pricing:

Add below amounts to per person cost of $9688.00* in Category 3

  • Category 2 Upgrade : Add $200.00 
  • Category 1 Upgrade : Add $600.00
  • Suite Upgrade : Add $4,449.00

*Above pricing is per person based on occupancy in a category 3 cabin and subject to availability. Current taxes and fees of $558.10 per person are included. Taxes are subject to change even after final payment has been made. Pay in full discount if offered does not exempt participants from increases in air taxes and fuel surcharges at any time.

Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes, if allowed, will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.   A valid passport is required with a minimum validity of six months beyond the return date.

A minimum number is required for the Fox World Travel tour host to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Triple accommodations are not available. 

Special Offers!

NEW lower pricing due to airfare reduction!

Save an additional $300 per person in addition to other discounts offered if you book and we secure your airfare now. This offer is subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Contact a travel agent by calling 877-794-2551 for details!



Pay in Full or Early Booking Discount

 
Pay in Full Discount

Book and pay in full prior to November 29, 2013 and get $400.00 off per person for double cabins only.

Early Booking Discount

Book and deposit prior to November 15, 2014 and get $200.00 off per person for double cabins only.

 

Past Passenger Discount $250 off per person


Past passengers of Uniworld receive an additional $250 off per person (combinable with above promotions  on single and double cabins! ( Past Passenger Discounts apply if clients have travel previously with Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, or Red Carnation Hotels.)



Initial Deposit:

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$400.00 per person. 

Final payment:

Due November 15, 2013

Required Travel Documents:

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip. Also a multiple entry Visa is needed for Cambodia and Vietnam. The cost of the passport and Visa’s are not included in the package and is the responsibility of the traveler.   Go to: http://visacentral.com/tourkits.php to apply for visa or speak with your travel professional for assistance.

Insurance:

Comprehensive base travel protection insurance is included in your package. Fox World Travel offers reasonably priced options to add trip cancellation and interruption coverage. Details and rates can be obtained from your vacation travel specialist.

Flight Schedules: TBA from Chicago O'Hare

Flight schedules are still pending for travel from Chicago O'Hare

The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

*Flight schedules are subject to change. FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.

Cancellation Penalties:

From date of deposit to November 14, 2013............ Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
November 15 to December 20, 2013 ......................  50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees*
December 21, 2013 to January 30, 2014 ……...……  75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees*
January 31, 2014 to departure.................................. No refund

*Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.

Itinerary

March 1: Depart Chicago

Motorcoach transportation with select pick up points is included to Chicago, O’Hare airport to board your overnight flight.

 

March 2: Hanoi (Vietnam) Motorcoach

Arrive at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative who will transfer you to your hotel, the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake.



March 3: Hanoi (Vietnam) MotorcoachCultural Experience

Featured Excursions: Hanoi city tour, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and colonial Hanoi cyclo tour 


You’ll also see the Temple of Literature, a Confucian institution dating from the 11th century that encompassed Vietnam’s first university. After lunch, step into a cyclo for an exciting tour of the colonial district. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at one of Hanoi’s most charming establishments. (BB, L, Welcome Dinner)

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March 4: Siem Reap (Cambodia), fly to Siem Reap (Cambodia) MotorcoachDeparting Flight

Feature Excursion: Siem Reap City Tour

You'll fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap and check into the Victoria Angkor Hotel. You'll have a city tour of Siem Reap in the evening. (BB)
 

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March 5: Siem Reap (Cambodia) MotorcoachDining Out

Featured Excursion: Angkor archaeological area

The temple of Ta Prohm has been overtaken by the jungle; tentacle-like tree roots spill over millenniumold roofs, enveloping the entire structure. You’ll also see the Ta Keo pyramid; Preah Khan, which is believed to have been a Buddhist university; Banteay Srei, which is considered the pinnacle of artistic achievement at Angkor; and Banteay Samré. Enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance during dinner. (BB, L)

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March 6: Siem Reap (Cambodia) Motorcoach

Featured Excursion: Angkor archaeological area


Built over five centuries, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Today’s expedition encompasses the south gate of Angkor Thom, once the capital of the Khmer empire, and the pyramid temple of Bayon, which features the enormous carved heads that are an iconic symbol of the area. The afternoon ends with a walk around Baphoun Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the moss-encrusted Terrace of the Leper King. (BB, D)

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March 7: Kampong Cham (Cambodia) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachDining OutCultural Experience

Today you'll transfer from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham, where you'll board the River Orchid. (BB, L, D)

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March 8: Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham (Cambodia) Motorcoach

Featured Excursions: Kampong Cham exploration, Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey Monastery, and Nokor Bachey Temple


Today, you’ll investigate a number of historic sites dedicated to the Buddha. Peaceful eighth-century Wat Hanchey has wonderful views of the vast Mekong; stroll among the ancient and modern buildings and then receive a traditional water blessing from the monks there. During the afternoon in Kampong Cham, visit the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey temples, where monkeys frolic among massive gilded Buddhas. The tour finishes at Nokor Bachey, where you’ll discover a wealth of intricate wall carvings and statues. (BB, L, Royal Cambodian Dinner)

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March 9: Angkor Ban, Chong Koh (Cambodia) Cultural Experience

Featured Excursions:Angkor Ban walking tour, Chong Koh walking tour
This morning you’ll visit the very rural, very friendly village of Angkor Ban. You’ll enjoy a two-hour walking tour of this charming horse-and-cart hamlet; your visit includes stops at traditional Khmer homes, the village school, and the local Buddhist monastery, where you’ll have a chance to talk with the monks.

Then you’ll sail on to Chong Koh, a small town famous along the Mekong for its silk and cotton weaving. As you walk along the village’s main road today you’ll see looms under nearly every house and women offering beautiful scarves and tablecloths for sale. You’ll pop into a villager’s home to hear how locals use indigenous fruits and vegetables to treat illness. Afterward you’ll visit the community’s Buddhist temple and then the village school to observe and interact with the local schoolchildren. Don’t be surprised if your arrival is greeted by squeals of delight—the children love visitors and always appreciate opportunities to practice their English. (BB, L, D)


 

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March 10: Kampong Chhnang (Cambodia) Cultural ExperienceSampan

Featured Excursion: Tonlé Sap River cruise and Kampong Chhnang walking tour

Tonlé Sap is a lake-and-river system of vital importance to the Cambodian people; it includes the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and supports what is thought to be the most productive inland fishing industry in the world. This morning, you’ll enjoy a scenic cruise along the Tonlé Sap River. Then, hop aboard an executive sampan to get a closer look at life on the water. You’ll see hundreds of homes and fish farms floating on the water as your sampan glides across the river. You’ll stop for a walking tour of Kampong Chhnang, a bustling riverfront community supported by the fishing trade. Located near the geographical center of Cambodia, Kampong Chhnang is renowned for its distinctive clay pots (Chhnang is the Khmer word for pottery). (BB, L, D)

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March 11: Phnom Penh (Cambodia) MotorcoachMuseum Visit

Featured Excursions: Choeung Ek Memorial Stupa and grounds, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum


Cambodia’s grievous experience under the Khmer Rouge regime is revealed at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Visiting this memorial and the Tuol Sieng Genocide Museum is incredibly moving. This afternoon, following lunch onboard, explore the city at your leisure. (BB, L, D)

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March 12: Chau Doc (Vietnam) SampanCultural Experience

Featured Excursions: Chau Doc harbor cruise, fish farm, and holy temples at the base of Sam Mountain


Join the locals in lively Chau Doc harbor as your sampan cruises among the traditional floating markets. Visit a local fish farm before cruising to the base of Sam Mountain, one of the most revered holy sites in Vietnam. Relax onboard your ship in the evening as it sets sail for the Cambodian border. (BB, L, D)

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March 13: Sa Dec (Vietnam) SampanCultural Experience

Featured Excursions: Sampan cruise, An Kiet House, rice-paper and candy-making shop, Sa Dec canal cruise, brick and rice factories, and Huynh Thuy Le house


Sail aboard a sampan to the historic An Kiet House, a former imperial residence, and then stroll through the village of Cai Be to visit a small family-run factory that makes candies, rice paper, and popped rice. Later, in Sa Dec, visit a factory where bricks and tiles are made with Mekong Delta clay and are fired with rice husks. Then you’ll sail through busy floating markets to the one-time home of Huynh Thuy Le, made famous by Marguerite Duras’s novel, The Lover. (BB, L, D)

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March 14: My Tho (Vietnam) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark

Featured Excursion: Cu Chi Tunnels


Today you'll depart the River Orchid, and transfer from My Tho to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, the Intercontinental Asiana Hotel Saigon. (BB, L)

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March 15: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) MotorcoachDining OutCultural Experience

Featured Excursions: Ho Chi Minh city tour

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an astonishing system of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. You’ll learn about the tunnels’ astounding history and interact with a Viet Cong veteran about his experience in the area. Following the tunnels, we’ll learn about the harvesting and processing of latex at a local rubber plantation before returning to Ho Chi Minh for a panoramic city tour. You’ll also get to visit with lacquer artisans about the history of their beloved craft. (BB, D)

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March 16: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) Motorcoach

Transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your return flight home. (B)

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March 17: Flight home arrives in Chicago

 

 *Hotels subject to change.

 
 

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

What makes Uniworld very different from all other cruise lines is the unique partnership we have with our sister company, the Red Carnation Hotels, an award-winning collection of familiy-run, world-class hotels renowned for its expertise in operating luxury 5-star boutique hotels.

Combining the same professional expertise with decades of outstanding nautical experience sets Uniworld apart from other cruise lines. The synergy shared between the two companies has resulted in unparalleled  levels of quality in service and stylish luxury, offering the very finest river cruise experience available for our discerning guests.

In recent years, the renowned Red Carnation Hotels' design team has personally overseen every detail of our ships, to create stunning, welcoming interiors, as remarkable as the sights you'll see on your travels with Uniworld.  Every aspect of the décor, original artwork, amenities, and thoughtful details is carefully chosen, with much thought and care for our guests' comfort and needs.

While each Uniworld ship has its own individual style and personality, all of our ships share the same common threads of distinction, elegance and, most of all, warm and caring service of which provides our guests with a uniquely satisfying vacation.

Uniworld, together with Red Carnation Hotels, has totally redefined a new level of river cruising. We call it boutique cruising and we are the only cruise company that offers this experience.

Awards

Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List" 
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

Ranked one of the "World's Best Cruise Lines" by readers of Condé Nast Traveler and distinguished as "Platinum Circle" Member (an honor bestowed for consistently being on the Gold List every year for the past five years running)

About Uniworld's River Orchid

Uniworld's River Orchid is the NEWEST and most intimate ship on the Mekong River.
Beautifully handcrafted colonial style, the River Orchid boasts just 30 deluxe staterooms, all of which feature lovely French-doors that open onto a spacious promenade.

A wide range of entertainment options and cultural activities await you in the ship's common areas. Peruse the onboard gift shop, sip a complimentary beverage on the peaceful sun deck, or take in a traditional Khmer dance performed by visiting Cambodian children during the evening in Phnom Penh.

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Ship Features & Amenities

Public areas: Panoramic restaurant | Lounge with library | Massage room | Boutique | Sun deck

Deluxe staterooms: Beautiful riverview staterooms have hotel beds draped in fine linens along with a pillow menu.  Other stateroom amentities include: vanity, built-in closet and safe, individual climate control and bottled water. Bathrooms are stocked with fine bath and body products, hair dryer, bathrobe, and slippers.

About Fox World Travel

Fox World Travel is the largest vacation travel agency in Wisconsin, with 11 travel agency locations throughout the state and over 50 years experience planning individual, group and corporate travel. Fox has earned "Top Producer" awards with virtually every major vendor and our team of travel agents each average over 10 years of experience with our company and about 20 years experience overall. This recognition and expertise, along with the flexibility to book your vacation travel online, sets Fox World Travel apart from many travel companies. You can be confident you are receiving the highest quality products and services from top industry suppliers when you book your travel with Fox World Travel.

Please a Travel Agent by calling 877-855-3954 to make your reservations, request more information online using the form above, or visit one of our area locations.


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“FWT” will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled travelers, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers.  The American with Disabilities Act is only applicable within the United States and facilities for disabled individuals are limited outside its borders.  Most transportation services, including a touring motorcoach, are not equipped with wheelchair ramps. We regret we cannot provide individual assistance to a vacation participant for walking, dining, getting on and off motorcoaches and other vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance and must assume full responsibility for their well being. Motorized scooters are unsuitable for most vacations.