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THE EXOTIC WONDERS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA RIVER CRUISING & ESCORTED TOURING

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All-Inclusive

With Scenic, the perks and privileges come included. Our 5-star ships are truly an all-inclusive luxury package. 5-Star Ships

Return flights from a choice of UK airports with Singapore Airlines or Emirates Return airport transfers Authentic local entertainment

Suites

On board 100% one-bedroom balcony suites featuring Scenic Sun Lounges

Butler

Personal service with unrivalled staff-to-guest ratio Butler service for all guests Intimate, boutique river cruising and small group land journeys

Dining & Beverages

Complimentary beverages all day, every day† Four dining options, from casual to fine-dining Gym and Wellness Centre Complimentary laundry facilities

Enrich

Guest elevator on board Scenic Spirit Cruise Directors to guide and assist Expert local guides

Freechoice

Special Stays

The Nth Degree

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Onshore Scenic Enrich – unforgettable and exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences Scenic Freechoice – an extensive choice of activities and cuisines Scenic Sundowners – exclusive hosted evening drinks in memorable locations Scenic Special Stays – iconic hotels, remarkable for their location and heritage All internal flights

Stopovers

Experienced Tour Director

And of course all tipping and gratuities All drinks are included on board except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits.


WELCOME To simply see Southeast Asia is to merely touch the surface. Gaining a deeper understanding of what makes such a majestic region tick takes exploration and the opportunity to really appreciate what’s around you. After setting ourselves the task of building the best river cruise ships for Asian waters, we have specially-commissioned our state-ofthe-art 5-star ships to set the standard. Our design philosophy is not just about using the finest materials to create the most opulent interiors. We have purposefully limited the number of suites to create space and offer a more comfortable on board experience. Scenic offer the most inclusive cruises and escorted tours in Southeast Asia. We go to the Nth Degree to provide exclusive and authentic experiences, combined with award-winning excursions, to take you deep into the heart of every destination you visit and immerse you in the local culture. All this, as well as our uncompromising signature all-inclusive service, confirms Scenic really is the only way to travel.


Sagaing, Myanmar N 21° 54’ E 95° 57’


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China

Mingun Sagaing Monywa Myinmu Inwa Yandabo Bagan Salay Magwe

Mount Popa

Mandalay

Hanoi

Amarapura Pindaya Caves Heho Inle Lake

Ha Long Bay

Mai Chau

Taunggyi Kakku

Ninh Binh

Luang Prabang

Irrawaddy

South China Sea

Laos

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Pyay (Prome)

Lao Cai Sapa

Vientiane

Sri Ksetra

Myanmar Yangon

Hue Danang Hoi An

Thailand Cambodia

Siem Reap

Kampong Nha Trang Cham

Tonlé Sap

Kampong Tralach Oudong Phnom Penh

Mekong

Tan Chau

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DISCOVER Take to the dynamic waterways of Southeast Asia in style and navigate your way through a tapestry of colour and culture. Cross country borders and see the riverbanks come to life while indulging in the luxuries of modern day cruising.

Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City

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The Mekong River The Mekong is a trans-boundary waterway which flows for 4,350 kilometres through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Despite only being Asia’s seventh-longest river, it is one of the most biologically diverse in the world, second only to the Amazon. From floating markets to traditional sampans, it is truly fascinating to see how locals live in peaceful union with one of nature’s most plentiful sources.

The Irrawaddy River The Irrawaddy River cuts a peaceful path through central Myanmar for over 2,000 kilometres, from its glacial origins in the Himalayas to the Andaman Sea. Experience tranquil pleasures, visionary landmarks and age-old traditions along the water’s edge, while locals make the most of the river as both a life-giver and means of transport.


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Scenic Freechoice

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The Nth Degree

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Dining and Beverages

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World-Class Hotels

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River Cruises & Tours Overview Mekong River Cruising & Tours Duration

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Treasures of the Mekong

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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

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Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

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Mystical Myanmar

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The Eastern & Oriental Express

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Mai Chau Eco Lodge

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Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap

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Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

Irrawaddy River Cruising & Tours 20 Day

Yangon > Yangon

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Yangon > Mandalay

Wondrous Experiences 5/6 Day

Singapore > Bangkok

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Hanoi > Hanoi

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Scenic Special Stays

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Hotel Directory

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WONDER We search for wonder in everything we do. Be it in a spectacular view, an eye-opening journey or simply a new experience. With Scenic, the opportunity to create lasting memories is something we pride ourselves on as we explore parts of the world that have, until now, seemed untouchable to the ordinary traveller. During your Southeast Asia adventure, these moments of ‘wonder’ come in the form of exclusive invitations to places of magnificence, award-winning excursions to historically-significant landmarks, and even the opportunity to meet locals and learn about their lives. As part of our signature 5-star, all-inclusive promise, every minute you spend on board your luxurious ship, from fine-dining in a choice of venues, to your favourite beverage served to you on your private balcony by your butler, is included in the price. We go above-and-beyond to take you to the heart of the culture and tradition of every destination, as we really get under the skin of communities rich in tradition. We’ll elevate your trip from a mere holiday, into a journey of discovery, that exceeds anything currently available to you.


Handcrafted by Scenic

Mandalay, Myanmar For a unique cultural insight, learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.


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THE SCENIC EXPERIENCE A

Over 30 years of expertise in luxury travel has built us a strong heritage and one we are very proud of. We’re passionate about what we do, that’s why our experts hand-craft each itinerary to take you beneath the surface to create memories otherwise unattainable. Scenic's award-winning 5-star ships have set a new precedent in comfort and luxury on Asian waters. Uniquely handcrafted and speciallycommissioned, our service rivals anything yet seen on the rivers of Asia. Our luxury floating boutique hotels offer 100% Balcony Suites and a service that is secondto-none. Our world-class chefs and academytrained butlers go above-and-beyond to offer an experience like no other. Bespoke to Scenic, our perfectly proportioned ships successfully navigate the individuality of both the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers. The most spacious on Asian waters, every one of our luxurious Balcony Suites is beautifullydesigned to blend contemporary and authentic Asian style. Each boasts our genius all-weather balcony and a separate bedroom and living area, while communal areas are enhanced by Port Laurent marble and exquisite furnishings. We are the best in class and every trip is our opportunity to raise the bar higher with unrivalled, luxurious experiences.

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As part of our Scenic signature all-inclusive promise, everything you could wish for is included in the price of your trip. From flights and transfers, to all on-board drinks, fine-dining, and award-winning daily excursions, giving you the peace-of-mind to enjoy your journey-of-a-lifetime.

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Scenic Freechoice

Offering unprecedented access to illustrious hotspots, our Scenic Enrich moments are handpicked by our experts, offering experiences inaccessible to the ordinary traveller and, of course, are always included on both river cruise and land touring itineraries.

An eclectic range of immersive sightseeing and dining experiences are always included, offering the freedom to tailor your days as you please, at a pace that suits you.

Guided city tours of ancient ruins, traditional performances and inspiring conversations during visits to the homes of locals make for unique encounters, giving you a first-hand insight into native life and exemplifying just why we are the best at what we do.

Peruse historically-significant monuments, unearth an area’s natural allure, or delve into daily life during these included excursions, and indulge in authentic and traditional fare, as well as western favourites, in a range of unique settings, as part of Freechoice Dining. The choice really is, all yours.


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R  eturn flights from a choice of UK airports with Singapore Airlines or Emirates Return airport transfers Authentic local entertainment

On board 1  00% one-bedroom balcony suites featuring Scenic Sun Lounges Personal service with unrivalled staff-to-guest ratio Butler service for all guests I ntimate, boutique river cruising and small group land journeys Complimentary beverages all day, every day† Four dining options, from casual to fine-dining Gym and Wellness Centre Complimentary laundry facilities Guest elevator on board Scenic Spirit Cruise Directors to guide and assist Expert local guides Complimentary Wi-Fi

Onshore S  cenic Enrich – unforgettable and exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences S  cenic Freechoice – an extensive choice of activities and cuisines S  cenic Sundowners – exclusive hosted evening drinks in memorable locations

FULLYINCLUSIVE LAND TOURING

Our fully-inclusive promise means, once you reach the touring part of your journey, you can look forward to a wealth of inclusions. From selected dining and luxury accommodation, to transfers and tips, excellence on every level is assured. Scenic has combined the ease of tailored travel with a selection of journeys that offer the inquisitive traveller a true insight into Southeast Asia. Daily Scenic Freechoice excursions, consisting of sightseeing tours and historical visits, encourage you to dive into local culture as much or as little as you please, at no extra charge, while our Scenic Enrich experiences provide a deeper understanding of what makes a land tick, during immersive events, handpicked for your pleasure.

Scenic  Special Stays – iconic hotels, remarkable for their location and heritage All internal flights Experienced Tour Director

And, of course, all tipping and gratuities

Inclusions vary and are dependent on your cruise and destination. Please note stays in Dubai, Sentosa Island, Singapore, Bangkok and Eastern Orient Express, Sapa and Mai Chau Eco Lodge are not escorted by a Scenic representative but you will be met by a local representative. Hotel stays operate a B&B board basis unless stated otherwise in the itinerary. The Ha Long Bay cruise is not an all-inclusive Scenic cruise. †On board a Scenic vessel, all drinks are included except for a small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, beers and spirits. Laundry restrictions apply. Transfer conditions apply.

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Bespoke to Scenic, our 5-star ships are expertly-engineered and are living works of art, home to facilities that rival those of world-class hotels.

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The largest and most luxurious on Asian waters, our one-bedroom Balcony Suites are home to their own Scenic Sun Lounge, which converts into a private balcony at the touch of a button, inviting you to enjoy the picturesque landscapes that pass by your window, whatever the weather. A wide choice of dining venues provides guests with a diverse selection of cuisines, while the resort-style pool, a quiet library and tranquil Wellness Centre offer a range of places to escape for a little privacy or an indulgent treatment. We go above-and-beyond when it comes to personal service, that’s why our Southeast Asian ships hold a maximum of 68 guests. Half the capacity of our other vessels, this makes for a more spacious on board experience, allowing us to provide an unrivalled staff-to-guest ratio. Representing a connection between tradition and innovation, style and luxury is at every turn to ensure your Southeast Asian adventure is enjoyed in ultimate opulence.

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Our ships in Asia boast 100% one-bedroom Balcony Suites, taking cruising to a new level with state-of-the-art facilities and a butler service.

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We don't want you to miss a minute of the beautiful scenery as you cruise the waterways of Southeast Asia. Our 100% one-bedroom balcony suites boast a private balcony, and river view for every guest. And that’s just the start. At the press of a button, your balcony seamlessly converts into our exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge, allowing you to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as the unfolding landscape. It’s your own private oasis where you can enjoy breakfast, read a quiet chapter, or sip a glass of complimentary wine as you admire the sunset. Our expansive Royal Panorama Suites redefine the industry standard in river cruising accommodation. Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura both boast elegant lounge areas, oversized bathrooms and a private terrace featuring an outdoor Jacuzzi and daybed. All of our Grand Deluxe Suites also feature stylish lounge areas, spacious bathrooms (stocked with spoil-yourself lavish toiletries) and queen-size Scenic Slumber Beds.

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We know you’ve earned your holiday and we want you to pamper yourself, not just once but as a matter of course. Downy pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, plush bathrobes and complimentary shoeshine serve to enhance the ambiance of an opulent 5-star hotel. Our Balcony Suites are the most spacious on the Mekong and offer modern and elegant furnishings; HDTV, individual climate control and pillow menu. There’s also a safe for your valuables, a nightly turndown service and of course a complimentary mini-bar and Wi-Fi internet. We believe it's these hand-finished elements that make all the difference.


Even as a seasoned cruiser, I couldn’t believe how much space and luxury was afforded to us in our suite. After days spent ashore, we could look forward to complete luxury and comfort on board, as well as a refreshing drink on our balcony. Brian, 59 Mandalay, Myanmar N 21° 57’ E 96° 05’


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Dining & Beverages From the indulgence of degustation fine-dining, to a relaxed meal unwinding with new friends, there’s a venue and a menu for every occasion.

Included extras: • 24-hour service to all cabins • Fully restocked mini-bar daily • Late night menu for night owls • B  ottled water for all onshore excursions and chef-prepared picnics available Scenic Sundowners and Scenic Freechoice dining options highlight the wonders of food onshore as well as on board. All food and beverages are included in the price of your cruise*† so you won’t need to worry about making the most of everything that’s on offer.

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Savour a wonderful variety of culinary favourites or à la carte fare in our chic Crystal or Bamar Dining restaurant or visit the River Café for an early breakfast or casual Asian-inspired snacks throughout the day. On board Scenic Aura, our Teppanyaki Bar provides a theatrical dining experience as our chefs prepare your food in front of you and, on select evenings, we’ll fire up on the Sun Deck for the full al fresco dining experience. Of course, western food is also available, serving a selection of favourites every day. B

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From your favourite cocktail served in your suite, to the perfect wine pairing to accompany the finest degustation menus, we’ve got it covered. Complimentary beverages all day every day† during your cruise are all part of Scenic’s all-inclusive experience. Our bartenders are experts in preparing your favourite tipple, and our extensive wine list is sourced from the world's finest vineyards. For those who prefer something non-alcoholic, order freshly squeezed juices or help yourself to unlimited tea and coffee from the stations throughout the ship.

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• W  ide range of cuisine from local specialties to home-grown favourites • À  la carte menus available daily

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• A  maximum of six guests an • Dine in the comfort of your evening, all guests will dine suite with unprecedented here at least once during views of the river their cruise • E  njoy food cooked to order from a live cooking station by our expert chefs

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From the first warm greeting to remembering your personal preferences, our butlers are always on hand to give your cruise that polished edge. A

Jewel & Sapphire Decks

Your butler service includes a valet, shoeshine and drinks service, cocktails arranged in the lounge or your cabin, and morning tea and coffee delivered to your suite; all you have to do is ask.

Diamond Deck

Guests will also be served breakfast in their suite and enjoy a complimentary laundry service for two garments pressed daily.

Grand Deluxe Suite

As well as all of the inclusions enjoyed by Diamond Deck guests, you will also have fruit skewers delivered to your suite in the afternoon, canapés before dinner and petit fours for after.

Royal Panorama Suite

In select locations, guests enjoy private transfers on arrival and departure. You are welcomed on board with a bottle of champagne and you won’t even have to unpack or run yourself a scented bath, your butler will do it for you. Enjoy unlimited complimentary laundry services and $150 per couple on board Wellness Centre credit.

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A Canapés to your suite B On hand for every need C Complimentary pressing service for Diamond Deck guests D Breakfast served to your suite

We know that it’s the finer details and the outstanding service that really make your trip memorable. By providing a butler for every guest, we offer an exceptional level of service that combines 5-star quality with personal attention to detail. Every on board Scenic butler has been academy-trained to meet international standards and deliver a service beyond your expectations. Combining a mix of traditional eastern and contemporary western hospitality, we are able to offer you a very unique and attentive experience. Whichever suite you choose, your butler will ensure you’ll never be without complimentary refreshments and a re-stocked mini-bar for whenever the fancy takes you.

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Scenic Sundowners

Scenic Sundowners feature exclusive hosted drinks in memorable locations to celebrate the wonders of your journey. In Myanmar, relax with evening drinks in boats under Amarapura's U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, and capture that coveted photo of the bridge’s silhouette at sunset.

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Our signature Scenic Enrich experiences will take you to the cultural heart of life that has been established over centuries around the waterways of Southeast Asia. From great seats of learning to traditional country life, step into a truly memorable experience. Our Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of diverse and unique experiences that will become highlights of your journey. We’ll take you to spiritual temples and ancient ruins, invite you to authentic restaurants and unusual performances, and open the door on village life that will take you back generations. During both your cruise and within the touring part of your trip, these spectacular encounters will unveil a heartbeat of authenticity, offering a truly treasured insight into the pulse of the people and the land in which they reside. And, of course, this is all included in the price.

A Oil  lamp lighting, Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar B Temple Dinner, Angkor, Cambodia C Monk’s blessing, Oudong, Cambodia D Intha family lunch, Inle Lake, Myanmar E Phare Circus, Siem Reap, Cambodia


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All our guests are unique so we appreciate that you may want to move at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll want to follow a busy day with one at a more relaxed tempo, or you wish to truly unwind throughout. We’ve divided our extensive list of Freechoice excursions into active, moderate and relaxed pace so you can choose those which best suit your requirements and interests. Active – For those keen to explore further afield, for a longer or more demanding journey. Moderate – A comfortable walking pace at which you can easily discover a beautiful city on a walking tour. Relaxed – A slower pace to take in the temples or enjoy an authentic cooking class.

Traverse the streets of Ho Chi Minh City on a vintage Vespa. Take a hands-on cooking class in Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Unearth Yangon’s thriving art scene. Get up close with nature at the beautiful Tra Su Bird Park. Scenic Freechoice gives you the flexibility to pick the experiences that suit your taste. There are visits to World Heritage-listed sites, insights into local cultures, and revelatory journeys to hidden pockets of paradise that only the locals know about. You’ll also enjoy a wide array of dining options through Scenic Freechoice Dining. These insightful culinary highlights give you the opportunity to pick where to dine during certain parts of your journey. And they’re all included in the price you pay up front, both while cruising and throughout the touring section of your trip.


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Whether you want a relaxed pace or to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice offers a diverse range of award-winning activities and dining experiences for you to choose from. And of course, they’re all included. B

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Your hands-on cooking class starts with a visit to Hoi An's colourful central market to shop for ingredients. Travel by boat along the Thu Bon River to the stylish Red Bridge restaurant, set amongst stunning tropical gardens and featuring open air pavilion dining. This is the perfect place to learn how to whip up authentic Vietnamese dishes and sample the delicious results.


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The Nth Degree When you travel with Scenic you can be confident that we’ll go a little further to ensure that every aspect of your journey has been considered. It’s about going a degree beyond to ensure that your trip is a truly carefree experience. The personal touch

At your service

With groups averaging only 20 people while onshore, you’ll enjoy a more immersive and personalised experience. We will personally greet you at the airport and arrange transport to your hotel or ship. And, at the end of your journey you'll enjoy a transfer to the airport as you bid farewell to the journey of a lifetime.

On hand throughout your cruise, Scenic Cruise Directors make sure every last detail of your trip is flawless. No effort is too much, your enjoyment is their reward.

Travel in style

As well as travelling in luxury on your 5-star Scenic ship, all other elements of your journey are just as bespoke. We include all your internal flights and provide you with the best possible touring and convenient transport options – including some local varieties for truly authentic experiences. A Scenic Tour Director or local representative will be on-hand to ensure everything links together seamlessly. Local knowledge

Our guides and Tour Directors are local experts. After all, nobody knows a location quite like someone who lives there. Not only can you expect to explore the must-see highlights, you will also be treated to little known gems and delightful backstreets that only we know.

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Both on board or onshore, we'll bring you the very best art and culture of the region, allowing you to experience it all in the utmost of style and comfort. Whether it’s at shows with backstage access like the Water Puppets in Hanoi, prime seats at the Phare Circus in Siem Reap, visiting a nunnery in Sagaing to partake in their lunch time rituals or an exclusive highlight dinner at an Angkorian temple, you will remember these special moments for years to come.

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Seamless travel is integral to your journey, so we’ve made getting to and from your destination easy and comfortable. Thanks to our tailored travel arrangements, you’ll arrive feeling relaxed and ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Airlines you can count on

Fly Economy Class as standard

Flexibility and choice is important when it comes to planning your travel, which is why Scenic only fly with the most established airlines.

Where comfort and convenience meets contemporary, your Economy Class flight is included in the price of your trip and, with either Singapore Airlines or Emirates, you will enjoy increased personal space, a variety of delicious dishes and a wealth of on-demand entertainment options.

Departing from a choice of regional UK airports, including Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow*, you’ll travel with Emirates via Dubai, or Singapore Airlines, via Singapore.

Why not make your journey even more memorable by treating yourself to a flight upgrade? Contact us today to find out more.

To find out more about the options available to you, just ask us at the time of booking.

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These state-of-the-art aircrafts are sure to provide a seamless journey that is one of complete luxury and comfort.

Experience the world’s most memorable destinations with an unforgettable journey in Business Class. Relax in an ultra-spacious cabin, enjoying superior in-flight entertainment options, delicious cuisine, and world-class hospitality. Your spacious seat transforms into a fully flat bed, an office, entertainment multiplex or dining area. Combining enhanced personal space with luxurious comfort, cutting-edge technology and restaurant-style cuisine.


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Each of our carefully selected hotels have been handpicked to ensure they offer outstanding location and luxury.

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World-Class Hotels Uncompromising on exceptional quality and service, you’ll stay in the most unforgettable hotels. Each luxurious hotel has been hand-selected by our experts to ensure your onshore stays are those of complete opulence. From grand city centre properties to idyllic hideaways, there’s nothing like checking into a spectacular hotel, knowing it has been selected in order to introduce you to the best of each destination. Step back in time to 1930s Vietnam during your stay in Hue and unwind in the Art-Deco halls of the former French colonial governor’s residence, now the La Residence Hotel & Spa. In Mandalay, the Mandalay Hill Resort is set a mile from Shwenandaw Monastery and boasts ornate suites, three restaurants offering high-end, Burmese and international dining, as well as a garden theatre. And, during your time in stunning Inle Lake, the Aureum Palace Resort and Spa allows you to appreciate the extensive natural waterways from the lake shores.

Scenic Special Stays We’ve also handpicked a selection of extra-special hotels for your journey, the aptly named Scenic Special Stays. These are hotels of outstanding quality and character such as the historic Sofitel Legend Metropole, a French Colonial-style hotel located in the heart of Hanoi’s French Quarter. Another is the Sule Shangri-La in Yangon which blends elegance with gracious Burmese hospitality; and the Park Hyatt Saigon, one of the premier Ho Chi Minh City hotels, which enjoys a prime location overlooking Saigon Opera House on the city’s most famous square.

Scenic Special Stays Look for this symbol on your itineraries for locations where you will experience these outstanding properties. To read more about them turn to page 92.

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MEKONG RIVER CRUISING The name Indochina was coined by the French to refer to the intermingling of Indian and Chinese influences in mainland Southeast Asia. — But Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos each parade their own unique blend of home-grown cultures. An intoxicating fusion of Colonial grace, colourful energy and captivating landmarks glaze the jungles, cities and waterways of Southeast Asia. See how locals have integrated with their environment to live in harmony with the rich forests and fertile rivers of the region. Step back in time amidst goldtop pagodas, ornate temples and ancient customs. Immerse yourself in the magic of the Mekong on a luxury cruise and navigate the hubbub of city living, like a journey through the past and present.


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Indochina Used to denote a particular part of Southeast Asia, the term ‘Indochina’ is made up of much of the eastern part of the Indochinese Peninsula, specifically, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. A hypnotic blend of natural spectacles, ritualistic cultures and warm locals, Scenic want to lift the veil on this treasure trove as you navigate between each country. Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City’s rich history is visible through its beautiful French Colonial architecture, from Notre Dame Cathedral to its 19thCentury Post Office. Streets lined with fusion restaurants and food stalls selling crusty baguettes, this thriving metropolis perched on the banks of the Saigon River, can certainly challenge Singapore as the most influential Southeast Asian powerhouse. Northeast Vietnam is home to beautiful Ha Long Bay, where rainforest-topped limestone islands encase the majestic green waters. Here, you can board the elegant Au Co ship for a two-night cruise through the World Heritage-listed spectacle. Hanoi, nicknamed the ‘Paris of the East’ encourages you to discover your joie de vivre as you immerse yourself in its French influence. Explore its 36 streets that make up the Old Quarter and get lost in its dazzling labyrinth of hues and flavours. Long has it been inspiration to writers, poets and painters, and it's clear to see why. Cambodia

Cambodia’s busy capital, you can’t help but be swept up by the excitement as you breathe in the exotic scents of Phnom Penh. Situated at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, the confidence that the Cambodians feel about the future of their beloved country, is palpable.

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Journey to the Killing Fields, enjoy a guided tour of a local food market, explore Phnom Penh’s Colonial architecture on a Tuk Tuk ride and be sure not to miss the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. Journey through the floating villages of Tonlé Sap and discover the charms of Siem Reap, the gateway to the ruins of Angkor. A trip to this beautiful country would not be complete without a pilgrimage to Angkor Wat, a 12thCentury World Heritage-listed temple which was once buried deep in dense tropical rainforest. Marvel at the magnificent architecture, astonishing friezes and carvings as this ancient capital tells you everything of the country’s history and leaves you with memories to last a lifetime. Laos Often overlooked in favour of its better-known neighbours, landlocked Laos is one of Asia's best-kept secrets. With a rich history stretching back thousands of years, the country offers plenty for travellers keen to slow things down and see a more relaxed side of Southeast Asia. Featuring exquisite temples amid a densely forested, yet breath-taking landscape, Laos brings together the best of the region in one perfect package. An ideal place to unwind from the stresses of modern life, this land of mountains, mist and untamed natural beauty tempts with unrivalled peace and serenity.

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Mekong magnificence From the flavour and culture of Vietnam to the colour and history of Cambodia, your senses will be charmed along the length of the Mekong. This fascinating river is many things to many people.

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Meander along its path, discover its treasures and drop by the lively floating markets of Cai Be. Learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past or soak up the melting pot of culture that is Phnom Penh. Embark on a journey of contrasts as you gain a deeper understanding of the two countries’ complex histories and discover the bright communities embracing rural river life along the Tonlé Sap River. Explore the ancient hilltop monastery of Wat Hanchey and immerse yourself in the beauty of Khmer handicrafts in Cheung Kok. Sometimes simply sitting back and watching the world glide by is the perfect way to relish the sights and sounds of a new land. Luxury cruising doesn't get better. Let the Mekong captivate and astound.

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Scenic Enrich Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flowing drinks and a show featuring Aspara dancers in front of a candel lit temple ruins.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Depart UK

Cai Be > Sa Dec

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle. Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity. Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market. Also, visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

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Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Upon your Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be transferred to the Park Hyatt Saigon for your overnight Special Stay. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city, and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam. Once recognised as the Diamond of the Far East, it now has the country’s highest population, offering modern skyscrapers that exist harmoniously with oriental-style pagodas and streets lined with food stalls.

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise After lunch, travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. Perfectly proportioned for negotiating the meandering course of the Mekong and yet, despite its seemingly petite size, 34 generous guest suites, each larger and better appointed than any other river cruise suite on this mighty Asian waterway. Given its modest passenger carrying capabilities (Scenic Spirit accommodates just 68 passengers on any individual itinerary), you’ll enjoy an appreciation of space when journeying aboard, not to mention a sense of intimacy. Toast to the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a local silk factory. In Chau Doc, visit a familyoperated fish farm before walking through the local market, or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. Back on board, the afternoon is yours. Take advantage of the facilities on the most luxurious ship on the Mekong. Tonight, you’re invited to a themed dinner to say farewell to Vietnam. Meals: B.L.D

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Relax during a full day of cruising, as you cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital, Phnom Penh (depending on the season your arrival time may vary). Enrich Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship, viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route. Meals: B.L.D

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Cambodia’s capital is alive with the whirring of motorbikes as they take to the laneways. Food stalls and street markets give off mouth-watering smells and the general hustle and bustle of life creates a unique sense of personality and confidence. Now, world-class gastronomy, hip bars and a café culture has reignited the spark that was dulled by the war and given it a real capital city vibe. Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted into the main prison of the Khmer Rouge. Or, take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Central Market before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant, which teaches disadvantaged children hospitality skills. This afternoon, marvel at the Royal Palace, with its famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Meals: B.L.D

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Meet the resident novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Walk (or drive) to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham. Freechoice: Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor, an 11th-Century temple that has a modern pagoda built within. Alternatively, explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. Meals: B.L.D

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Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

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Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, your stylish three-night Special Stay located in the heart of Siem Reap. Enrich Take your seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. Marvel at the talented performers whose thrilling show blends contortion, juggling and acrobatics, with high energy music and modern dance forms. Meals: B.L

After a short cruise to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride through a local village, to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong and visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns. Enrich Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony which contributes to funding the daily meal of the residents. Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later, sail down the Tonlé Sap to the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

Cambodian Circus, Phare

Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Siem Reap Visit the colossal Angkor Wat, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Located at the heart of Angkor Thom, the 12th-Century Bayon Temple was built by King Jayavarman VII, Cambodia’s most-celebrated king. Carvings on the outer wall depict scenes of everyday life in 12th-Century Cambodia. Exuding grandness, over 2,000 carved faces give this majestic temple its unique character and the absence of a roof makes it the perfect photo opportunity at any time of the day. Later, visit the atmospheric jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night to visit the Night Markets. Meals: B.L

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Enrich Marvel at sunrise over Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO-supported local bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore the Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonlé Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. Enrich Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner, exclusive to Scenic, at an Angkor temple, with complimentary free flowing drinks and a show featuring traditional Apsara dancers in front of the candlelit temple ruins. Meals: B.D

Day 13

Siem Reap Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. See page 90. Meals: B

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Arrive UK Welcome home.

 Pre/Post-Tour Extension

Sunrise over Angkor Wat

Enquire about adding an extra 5 or 6-day extension, with the unique Eastern & Oriental Express, from £2,595 per person. For details see pages 80 to 83.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Truly All-inclusive Fly from a choice of UK airports with Emirates or Singapore Airlines 5 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 16 Scenic Freechoice activities 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners All excursions and entrance fees All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £490 per couple

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On board 7 nights on board our luxurious 5-star ship Luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites, the largest on the Mekong A choice of stunning on board dining venues Unlimited premium branded drinks† Cruise Directors to guide and assist Butler service for all guests Gym and Wellness Centre Sauna and beauty salon Open-air Vitality Pool Complimentary mini-bar Complimentary laundry facilities

Onshore All airport and hotel transfers 4 nights in luxurious hotels, including 2 memorable Special Stays All internal flights Services of an experienced Tour Director Travel in first class coaches

2018/19 Departure Dates Suite Categories 2018 Departures Jul 1, 6*, 15 Jul 20*, 29 Aug 3*, 12, 17*, 26 Aug 31*, Sep 9, 14*, 23, 28* Oct 7, 12*, 21, 26* Nov 4, 9*, 18, 23* Dec 2, 7*, 30 Dec 16, 21* 2019 Departures Jan 4*, 13, 18*, 27 Feb 1*, 10, 15*, 24 Mar 1*, 10, 15*, 24 Mar 29* Apr 7, 12*, 21, 26*

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For detailed deck & cabin plans see pages 106 to 107.

† With the exception of champagne, fine and rare wines and spirits. * Cruise Operates in reverse. Please note: The Mekong River and Tonlé Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 100 to 105.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


To be part of an exclusive group fortunate enough to experience such a special evening, is a memory that will live on for years. Scenic have truly gone the extra mile with this one. Magnificent. Maggie, 58 Ankgor Gala Temple Dinner, Siem Reap N 10° 59’ E 104° 58’


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Inspired by temples and traditions Breathe in the essence of Southeast Asia during this enchanting journey from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

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From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey, where resplendent water views await, to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences to allow you to appreciate the beguiling nature of this landscape, letting you become one with this magnificent waterway.

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The people who reside along the banks of the Mekong River have learnt to coexist with this mighty waterway. All around are reminders of how nature and humanity can adapt and thrive, living in harmony with one another. After discovering the many riches of Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving metropolis filled with stories and adventures, you will spend the first night on board Scenic Spirit settling into the luxurious surrounds that will become like home.

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To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Depart UK Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle. Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

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Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of wartime passageways. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by Night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively, dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One. Meals: B.L.D

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later, travel by coach to My Tho, where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. Meals: B.L.D

Cai Be > Sa Dec

Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and interact with the sellers in the market. Also, visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a local silk factory. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront, or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. Tonight, say farewell to Vietnam at a themed evening dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at a French colonial house or stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

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Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital, Phnom Penh. Enrich Arrive by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the celebrated Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided tour followed by high tea, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship, viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join in on a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market and the city’s modern architecture. Later this afternoon, marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Meals: B.L.D

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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In Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride through a local village to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong and visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns. Enrich Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to funding the daily meal of the residents. Later, sail down the Tonlé Sap and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh. Meals: B.L.D

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Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham. Freechoice: Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. Meals: B.L.D

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Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

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Enrich Marvel over the magnificent Angkor Wat at sunrise before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO-supported local bakery school. Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonlé Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. Enrich Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with complimentary free flowing drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of the candlelit temple ruins. Meals: B.D

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Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to Park Hyatt Siem Reap, your stylish three-night Special Stay located in the heart of the town. Enrich Take your seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare, marvelling at the talented performers. Meals: B.L

Visit the colossal Angkor Wat, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later, visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night and visit the Night Markets.

Depart Cambodia, treasuring many wonderful memories, and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. See page 90. Meals: B

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Arrive UK Welcome Home.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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On board  nights on board our luxurious 5-star ship 7 Luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites, the largest on the Mekong A choice of stunning on board dining venues Unlimited premium branded drinks† Cruise Directors to guide and assist Butler service for all guests Gym and Wellness Centre Sauna and beauty salon Open-air Vitality Pool Complimentary mini-bar Complimentary laundry facilities

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Enquire about adding an extra 5 or 6-day extension, with the unique Eastern & Oriental Express, from £2,595 per person. For details see pages 80 to 83.

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For detailed deck & cabin plans see pages 106 to 107.

† With the exception of champagne, fine and rare wines and spirits. * Cruise Operates in reverse. Please note: The Mekong River and Tonlé Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 100 to 105.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Celebrate the cultural, geographical and social diversity of these two neighbors. A glimpse into the fabric of life in both Vietnam and Cambodia is a rich and rewarding adventure.

Access unprecedented luxury on board the Mekong’s most spacious and indulgent ship, Scenic Spirit. In a fitting final memory, you’ll be treated to sunrise over the World Heritage-listed magnificence that is Angkor Wat.

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Enjoy two nights cruising around transcendent Ha Long Bay, fall for the charms of the former imperial capital Hue, before seeking out local treasures in Hoi An’s Old Quarter.

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Scenic Enrich Attend Hanoi's famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind the illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Depart UK

Ha Long Bay Cruise > Hanoi

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle. Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for a night at the Sofitel Legend Metropole and a historical tour of the property. Freechoice Dining: Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

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Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature. This afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter on your cyclo ride. Enrich After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets, you’ll be invited to learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass. Meals: B.D

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Journey to Ha Long Bay and board the elegant Au Co cruise ship for an awe-inspiring two-night Special Stay on board, as you cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed landmark. Meals: B.L.D

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Fly to Danang and continue to ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay at Almanity or similar, which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey as part of your stay. Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Cargo Club or Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river. Meals: B.D

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Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter including the Japanese Bridge and central market before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An. Sundowners This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine. Meals: B.D

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Freechoice: Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village. Meals: B.L

Ha Long Bay Cruise Begin the day with a relaxing Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park. Meals: B.L.D

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Travel via the breath taking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital. Enrich During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch. Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into the French colonial La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa or similar, your home for the night. Enrich This evening’s Royal Dinner is in a traditional private garden house accompanied by wine and Hue Royal Court music. Meals: B.L.D

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Cai Be > Sa Dec

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Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at a French colonial house or stay on board for your special Freechoice activity. Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and interact with the sellers in the market. Also, visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. Meals: B.L.D

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Learn about the history of Hue via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh City and take lunch at a Pho restaurant to learn all about this famous Vietnamese dish. After arriving at the elegant Park Hyatt Saigon, your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights, take a leisurely guided orientation walk of sites near your hotel.

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Enabling you to see a different view of the city, travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by Night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively, dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.

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Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital, Phnom Penh. Enrich Arrive by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the celebrated Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided tour followed by high tea, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship, viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

Meals: B.L.D

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Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise Learn all about Vietnam’s modern history during a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum, before

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join in on a hands-on Khmer cooking

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Continued demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market and the city’s modern architecture. Later this afternoon, marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Meals: B.L.D

Explore the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later, visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple and take advantage of a free night to visit the Night Markets.

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In Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong and visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. Enrich Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony. Later, sail down the Tonlé Sap and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh. Meals: B.L.D

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Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

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Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery, to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham. Freechoice: Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. Meals: B.L.D

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Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, your stylish three-night Special Stay located in the heart of the town. Enrich Take your seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare, marvelling at the talented performers. Meals: B.L

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Day 23

Siem Reap Depart Cambodia, treasuring many wonderful memories, and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. See page 90. Meals: B

Day 24

Arrive UK Welcome Home.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Truly All-inclusive Fly from a choice of UK airports with Emirates or Singapore Airlines 8 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 32 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 1 Scenic Sundowners event 21 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 18 dinners All excursions and entrance fees All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £970 per couple

Angkor temple gala dinner

24 Day Cruise & Tour Hanoi > Siem Reap

On board 7 nights on board our luxurious 5-star ship Luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites, the largest on the Mekong A choice of stunning on board dining venues Unlimited premium branded drinks† Cruise Directors to guide and assist Butler service for all guests Gym and Wellness Centre Sauna and beauty salon Open-air Vitality Pool Complimentary mini-bar Complimentary laundry facilities

 Pre/Post-Tour Extension Enquire about adding an extra 4 or 5-day extension to Sapa and Ninh Binh, or a 3 or 4-day extension to Mai Chau Eco Lodge to this itinerary. From £445 per person. Details see pages 84 to 85.

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All airport and hotel transfers 12 nights in luxurious hotels, including 3 memorable Special Stay 2 night Ha Long Bay Cruise - Special Stay All internal flights Services of an experienced Tour Director Travel in first class coaches

Scenic Special Stay Scenic Sundowners

Meals: Breakfast (B). Lunch (L). Dinner (D)

2018/19 Departure Dates Suite Categories 2018 Departures Jun 21, Jul 5, 6* Jul 19, Aug 3*, 16 Aug 30, Sep 13, 14* Sep 27 Oct 11, 12* Oct 25 Nov 8, 23* Nov 22 Dec 6 , 21* Dec 20 2019 Departures Jan 3, 17, 18* Jan 31, Feb 14, 28 Mar 1*, 14 Mar 28 Apr 11, 12*

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£11,240 £11,390 £11,390 £10,590 £10,990

For detailed deck & cabin plans see pages 106 to 107.

† With the exception of champagne, fine and rare wines and spirits. * Cruise Operates in reverse. Please note: The Mekong River and Tonlé Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 100 to 105.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


To sail through the serene emerald waters of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay, is something I'd always dreamt of doing. A must-see for all. Kenneth, 50 Ha Long Bay, Vietnam N 20° 54’ E 107° 11’


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The true spirit of Southeast Asia

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Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is Southeast Asia is yours for the taking. Vertiginous limestone islets and karsts provide an incomparable backdrop to Ha Long Bay. Sink into the luxury of two nights exploring the subtleties and sensations of this incredible place. Venture into the unspoilt and verdant country of Laos, where there are few moments you’ll value more than the opportunity to take part in a traditional morning alms ceremony along the streets of Luang Prabang. The streets of Laos’ spiritual home turn saffron with the robes of hundreds of Buddhist monks participating in this sacred ceremony. Once in Cambodia you’ll marvel at the ingenuity of the great lake Tonlé Sap’s floating villages one day, the incredible Khmer structures at Angkor Wat the next. Your spirit will soar.

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Scenic Enrich Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel's chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Day 5

Depart UK

Ha Long Bay Cruise

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle. Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

This morning, awake with a relaxing Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

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Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature. This afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter on your cyclo ride. Enrich After a performance from Hanoi’s famous water puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show. Meals: B.D

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Relax during your morning cruise before returning to Hanoi for an overnight Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Metropole. Freechoice Dining: Tonight, choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club. Meals: B.L.D

Day 7

Hanoi > Vientiane Relax this morning before flying to Laos this afternoon. Enjoy the night at the Settha Palace. Meals: B.D

Day 8

Vientiane > Luang Prabang

Journey to Ha Long Bay and board the Au Co cruise ship for a two-night Special Stay on board, as you cruise through this spectacular World Heritage-listed landmark. Sail the emerald waters in your delightfully luxurious, air-conditioned cabin and enjoy the beautiful views from your balcony. Your wooden-furnished, modern cabin boasts a flat screen television, a wellstocked mini bar and each opulent bathroom comes complete with a shower or bathtub. Meals: B.L.D

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Explore the capital of Laos including the gold covered temple, Wat Sisaket Monastery and Haw Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha. Fly to Luang Prabang for a three-night Special Stay at the Luang Say Residence. Meals: B.L.D

Day 9

Luang Prabang Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine, before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals. Tonight, bargain at the night markets. Meals: B.L

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Freechoice: Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively, set off on a bike ride to discover Luang Prabang. Enrich Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions. Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi.

Enrich Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with complimentary free flowing drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins. Meals: B.D

Day 14

Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

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Admire the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later, visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Enrich Take your seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare, marvelling at the talented performers. Meals: B.L

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Enrich Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO-supported local bakery school. Freechoice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum, or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonlé Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages, or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

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At Wat Hanchey, meet the resident novice monks before sailing to Kampong Cham. Freechoice: Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. Meals: B.L.D

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Cruise to Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery and observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns. Enrich Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to funding the daily meal of the residents. Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to meet the Scenic Spirit and sail to the silversmith village of Kho Chen. Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or shop at the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, sights and the Central Market, by Tuk Tuk. Enrich Immerse yourself in the luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a tour, followed by high tea, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail. Meals: B.L.D

Phnom Penh > Tan Chau Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Set sail for the border and celebrate arriving in Vietnam at your themed evening dinner. Meals: B.L.D

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Drive to Ho Chi Minh City for your two-night Special Stay and the Park Hyatt Saigon. Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or dine at an old French colonial house. Alternatively, try Restaurant Nineteen or Square One. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a local silk factory. Alternatively, explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. Meals: B.L.D

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Ho Chi Minh City Depart with many cherished memories and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. See page 90. Meals: B

Day 24

Arrive UK Welcome home.

Day 20

Sa Dec > Cai Be

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels before visiting the Reunification Palace and War Museum.

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Visit the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house. Alternatively, enjoy afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose an on board Freechoice activity. Meals: B.L.D

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Truly All-inclusive Fly from a choice of UK airports with Emirates or Singapore Airlines 7 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 29 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining 21 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 19 dinners All excursions and entrance fees All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £970 per couple

Cu Chi Tunnels

24 Day Cruise & Tour Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

On board 7 nights on board our luxurious 5-star ship Luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites, the largest on the Mekong A choice of stunning on board dining venues Unlimited premium branded drinks† Cruise Directors to guide and assist Butler service for all guests Gym and Wellness Centre Sauna and beauty salon Open-air Vitality Pool Complimentary mini-bar Complimentary laundry facilities

 Pre/Post-Tour Extension

Enquire about adding an extra 4 or 5-day extension to Sapa and Ninh Binh, or a 3 or 4-day extension to Mai Chau Eco Lodge to this itinerary. From £445 per person. Details see pages 84 to 85.

Onshore All airport and hotel transfers 12 nights in luxurious hotels, including 4 memorable Special Stays 2 night Ha Long Bay Cruise - Special Stay All internal flights Services of an experienced Tour Director Travel in first class coaches

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For detailed deck & cabin plans see pages 106 to 107.

† With the exception of champagne, fine and rare wines and spirits. * Cruise Operates in reverse. Please note: The Mekong River and Tonlé Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 100 to 105.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


Endless cascades of turquoise water pour into the spectacular pools below. Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in existence, be sure not to miss the Asian black bears greeting you on arrival. Amanda, 52 Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos N 19° 74’ E 101° 99’


Sagaing, Myanmar N 21° 54’ E 95° 57’


IRRAWADDY RIVER CRUISING Flowing north to south from its source high in the Himalayas, the Irrawaddy River is the lifeblood of Myanmar. — And cruising its waters is the perfect way to embark on a voyage of discovery through this beautiful country. Stretching across the country towards the Indian Ocean, the river has long been a source of inspiration to artists and poets alike, while major political and social changes in Myanmar have brought a new wave of intrepid travellers to the land, eager to unearth the previously guarded secrets of this mystical nation. Each mile bears testament to the river’s role as a life-giver and means of transportation. You’ll soon find out why Rudyard Kipling once described Myanmar as “unlike any land you know about”.


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Myanmar A land like no other, Myanmar will astound you with its natural beauty and incredible historic sites. Be part of a select group to go where few have been, from the bustling former capital Yangon, to the ancient pagodas and monasteries of Sagaing.

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Only recently opened to western travellers, Myanmar will surprise and delight, whether you’re exploring Inle Lake’s floating markets or the quaint port town of Thayetmyo. Visit some of the country’s best vineyards, explore the colossal temples in the Bagan Archaeological Zone or get to know the local artisans of Yandabo. Fuel for the soul

With over 100 ethnic groups, Myanmar’s melting pot of cultures will intrigue and enchant. Gentle, open and welcoming, it won’t be long before a local invites you into a traditional teahouse to share a cup or two. The Irrawaddy River is home to the greatest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, giving you plenty of opportunity to tap into your spiritual side. A land of extraordinary spirituality and passionate voices, explore Myanmar in luxury before the rest of the world finds out about this jewel of a country.

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U-Bein Bridge, Amarapura Local girl wearing Thanaka Fisherman, Inle Lake The Bagan plain


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Myanmar’s exquisite temples hold pride of place in the heart of this mesmerising country, however Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring power has carved out a few spectacles of her own.

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Amarapura Inwa (Ava)

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Yangon is the perfect introduction to this incredible country. Navigate the vibrant streets seeking out keepsakes to take home or watch the golden sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, there’s always plenty to appreciate in this hidden gem of a city.

Red Mountain Estate Vineyards

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Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury, as you journey from Pyay to Mandalay. Encounter traditional villages, have the opportunity to visit the temples of Bagan and marvel at the untold number of pagodas, temples and monasteries. The majestic Inle Lake reveals the ancient practice of one-legged rowing, perfected over centuries this is one of the many unique Myanmar traditions you’ll come across during your time in this striking land.

River Cruise

1 Overnight stay

Land content

Cruise start/finish

Scenic Sundowners Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today's tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning Inle Lake.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Mya Tha Lun Pagoda

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Day 5

Depart UK

Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. Regional airports on request at an additional supplement, please call for details.

Start with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed site. Later, set sail upstream into the heart of Myanmar.

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Welcome to Myanmar. On your arrival, you will be met by a Scenic representative and transferred to the Sule Shangri-La Hotel where you can settle into your executive floor room for your two-night Special Stay. Get to know your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel, built in 1901. Meals: D

Day 3

Yangon

Meals: B.L.D

Day 6

Thayetmyo In Thayetmyo, try your hand at putting on the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the local market before continuing to Magwe. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Embark on a ride on the local train around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of the city's thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha. Enrich At sunset, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’ before partaking in this local tradition. This evening, enjoy the included facilities of your executive club access. Meals: B.L

Day 4

Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise On your drive to Pyay, pay your respects at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. On arrival, you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Aura. Settle in and relax at the welcome cocktail reception.

Magwe Explore Magwe by traditional trishaw, similar to a sidecar. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Enjoy the remainder of the day cruising to Salay. Meals: B.L.D

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Salay > Bagan

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On your walking tour of Salay, admire a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. Enrich Soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand, as you approach Bagan. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Yandabo In 1826 the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed in Yandabo. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the artisans honing their craft.

 Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight

Meals: B.L.D

Day 12

Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)

Between 1 October and 31 March, take a chance to ride in a hot air balloon over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise. Freechoice: Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoy a visit to Old Bagan. Afterwards, visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple. Enrich This evening, be treated to a special occasion arranged especially for Scenic guests where you will be able to partake in a magical tradition of the Burmese people. Meals: B.L.D

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Enrich Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks. Back on board try mohinga, a traditional breakfast of the local people. Travel by horse cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Depart Bagan and stop off at the Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory, before continuing to Yandabo.

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Enrich In the ancient capital of Sagaing, meet novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a quiet nunnery where you can learn about their religion and donate to the resident nuns before their midday meal. Across the river, explore the sites within the ruins of Inwa’s palace by horse and cart. Meals: B.L.D

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Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura

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Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Admire the famous un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sundowners In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture a memorable photo of its silhouette at sunset. Back on board, enjoy a special farewell from Scenic Aura’s crew. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive is Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later, walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II. Enrich Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue. As the sun sets, head to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the magnificent views before staying a night at Mandalay Hill Resort.

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Inle Lake

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Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Taunggyi and take lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively, walk to a village close by on the lake and spend time interacting with the locals. Sundowners The perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration, enjoy some evening drinks whilst overlooking the stunning lake. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

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Mandalay > Inle Lake

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Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe, stopping at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery en-route. After lunch in town, glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards Aureum Palace Resort and Spa for a three-night Special Stay. This afternoon, relax at your hotel and take in your serene surroundings. Meals: B.L.D

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Inle Lake

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Cruise to Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves location every five days. Then, visit Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the region’s holiest sites. Enrich Learn about life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family where your host will cook and demonstrate how to prepare your traditional lunch. Later visit the Pa-Oh village of Indein. Meals: B.L.D

Inle Lake

Inle Lake > Yangon Fly to Yangon and have lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Afterwards, check into the Melia Yangon Hotel for your last night. Savour your farewell dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant located on Inya Lake. Meals: B.L.D

Day 19

Yangon Say farewell to Myanmar, treasuring many wonderful memories, and transfer to the airport for your flight home with Singapore Airlines. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. See page 90. Meals: B

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Truly All-inclusive Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines 7 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 9 Scenic Freechoice activities 2 Scenic Sundowners events 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 16 dinners All excursions and entrance fees All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £750 per couple

Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon

20 Day Cruise & Tour Yangon > Yangon

On board 10 nights on board our luxurious 5-star Ship Luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites, the largest on the Mekong A choice of stunning on board dining venues Unlimited premium branded drinks† Cruise Directors to guide and assist Butler service for all guests Gym and Wellness Centre Sauna and beauty salon Open-air Vitality Pool Complimentary mini-bar Complimentary laundry facilities

Day 20

Arrive UK Welcome home.

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Scenic Enrich Experience Scenic Freechoice - see page 94-96

Scenic Special Stay

Onshore

Scenic Sundowners

All airport and hotel transfers 6 nights in luxurious hotels, including 2 memorable Special Stays All internal flights Services of an experienced Tour Director Travel in first class coaches

Meals: Breakfast (B). Lunch (L). Dinner (D)

2018/19 Departure Dates

Jewel Deck Balcony Deluxe Suite Suite

Sapphire Deck Deluxe Deluxe Suite Suite

Deluxe Suite

Diamond Deck Grand Deluxe Suite

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BA

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A

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Royal Panorama Suite RS

2018 Departures Aug 12 Aug 22* Sep 1, 8*, 21 Sep 28* Oct 11, 18* Oct 31, Nov 7*, 20 Nov 27* Dec 10, 17*, 30

£6,395 £5,995 £6,795 £7,195 £7,195 £7,295 £7,195 £7,395

£6,990 £6,590 £7,390 £7,790 £7,790 £7,890 £7,790 £7,990

£7,390 £6,990 £7,790 £8,190 £8,190 £8,290 £8,190 £8,390

£7,490 £7,090 £7,890 £8,290 £8,290 £8,390 £8,290 £8,490

£7,690 £7,290 £8,090 £8,490 £8,490 £8,590 £8,490 £8,690

£8,590 £8,190 £8,990 £9,390 £9,390 £9,490 £9,390 £9,590

£9,390 £8,990 £9,790 £10,190 £10,190 £10,290 £10,190 £10,390

Jan 6*, 19, 26* Feb 8, 15*, 28 Mar 7*, 20 Mar 27*

£7,195 £7,195 £6,795 £5,995

£7,790 £7,790 £7,390 £6,590

£8,190 £8,190 £7,790 £6,990

£8,290 £8,290 £7,890 £7,090

£8,490 £8,490 £8,090 £7,290

£9,390 £9,390 £8,990 £8,190

£10,190 £10,190 £9,790 £8,990

Suite Categories

2019 Departures

For detailed deck & cabin plans see pages 106 to 107.

† With the exception of fine and rare wines and spirits. * Cruise Operates in reverse. Please note: The Irrawaddy River is subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 100 to 105.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


As the sun sets, this soaring golden beauty reflects the day’s final rays. The spirit and beating heart of Yangon, remarkable is an understatement. Linda, 62 Schwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar N 16° 47’ E 96° 08’


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Dip your toes into the magic of Myanmar

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From Yangon to Mandalay, the sublime Irrawaddy River and equally enchanting landscape of Myanmar will accompany you on this adventure of a lifetime. Only recently opened to western travellers, this land of spirituality and spectacular treasures will entrance and delight. The bustling city of Yangon offers up many surprises including a thriving art scene and the spectacular Schwedagon Pagoda, where you'll take part in the traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony as the sun sets. Scenic Aura will be your all-inclusive luxury home-away-from-home as you experience authentic village life on the majestic river banks. Explore the colonial relics of Thayetmyo and Salay, allow the awe of Bagan to wash over you, and enjoy once-in-alifetime dalliances with the local people.

1 Mandalay Amarapura Inwa (Ava)

Sagaing Bagan Salay

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Mount Popa

Magwe Thayetmyo

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Pyay (Prome)

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Bay of Bengal

Thailand

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Yangon River Cruise

1 Overnight stay

Land content

Cruise start/finish

Scenic Enrich As the sun begins to set, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of 'oil lamp lighting' before partaking in this local tradition.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Ananda Temple, Bagan

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Day 5

Depart UK

Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. Regional airports on request at an additional supplement, please call for details.

Start with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed site. Later, commence your cruise north into the heart of Myanmar.

Day 2

Yangon

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Welcome to Myanmar. On your arrival, you will be met by a Scenic representative and transferred to the Sule Shangri-La Hotel where you can settle into your executive floor room for your two-night Special Stay. Get to know your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel, built in 1901. Meals: D

Day 3

Yangon

Meals: B.L.D

Day 6

Thayetmyo In Thayetmyo, try your hand at putting on the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the local market before continuing to Magwe. Meals: B.L.D

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Freechoice: Embark on a ride on the local train around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha. Enrich At sunset, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’ before partaking in this local tradition. This evening, enjoy the included facilities of your executive club access. Meals: B.L

Day 4

Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise On your drive to Pyay, pay your respects at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. On arrival, you'll board the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at the welcome cocktail reception.

Magwe In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda. Spend the rest of your day on the most luxurious ship on the river, as you cruise to Salay. Meals: B.L.D

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Salay > Bagan

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On your walking tour of Salay, admire a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. Enrich Soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a villa dating from 1906. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand, viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach Bagan. Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L.D

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Pottery, Yandabo

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Enrich In the ancient capital of Sagaing, meet novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school. Learn about their religion and donate to the resident nuns before their midday meal. Across the river, explore the sites within the ruins of Inwa’s palace by horse and cart.

 Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight

Meals: B.L.D

Between 1 October and 31 March, take a chance to ride in a hot air balloon over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise. Freechoice: Venture to Mount Popa. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoy a visit to Old Bagan. Afterwards, visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple. Enrich This evening, Scenic guests will be able to partake in a magical Burmese tradition. Meals: B.L.D

Day 10

Bagan > Pakkoku

Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura

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Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura. Sundowners In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture a memorable photo of its silhouette at sunset. Back on board, enjoy the special farewell by Scenic Aura’s crew. Meals: B.L.D

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Enrich Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks. Back on board try mohinga, a traditional breakfast of the local people. Travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty. Depart Bagan and stop off at the Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory before continuing to Yandabo. Meals: B

Day 11

Yandabo Sail to Yandabo where, in 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the artisans honing their craft and the unusual way of firing the pottery. Meals: B.L.D

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Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay

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After disembarkation, marvel at the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later, walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II. Enrich Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue. Later, as the sun sets, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside before your farewell dinner and a night at Mandalay Hill Resort. Meals: B.L.D

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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 ly from London Heathrow or Manchester F with Singapore Airlines 6 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences Your choice of 6 Scenic Freechoice activities 1 Scenic Sundowners event 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners All excursions and entrance fees

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On board  0 nights on board our luxurious 5-star ship 1 Luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites, the largest on the Mekong A choice of stunning on board dining venues Unlimited premium branded drinks† Cruise Directors to guide and assist Butler service for all guests Gym and Wellness Centre Sauna and beauty salon Open-air Vitality Pool Complimentary mini-bar Complimentary laundry facilities

Day 15

Mandalay Say farewell to Myanmar, treasuring many wonderful memories, and transfer to the airport for your flight home with Singapore Airlines. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover. See page 90. Meals: B

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Onshore

Arrive UK

 ll airport and hotel transfers A 3 nights in luxurious hotels, including 1 memorable Special Stay All internal flights Services of an experienced Tour Director Travel in first class coaches

Welcome home.

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Scenic Special Stay Scenic Sundowners

Meals: Breakfast (B). Lunch (L). Dinner (D)

2018/19 Departure Dates

Jewel Deck Balcony Deluxe Suite Suite

Sapphire Deck Deluxe Deluxe Suite Suite

Deluxe Suite

Diamond Deck Grand Deluxe Suite

CA

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BA

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Royal Panorama Suite RS

2018 Departures Aug 12 Aug 23* Sep 1, 12*, 21 Oct 2*, 11, 22* Oct 31 Nov 11*, 20 Dec 1* Dec 10, 21* Dec 30

£5,195 £4,995 £5,495 £5,795 £5,895 £5,895 £5,795 £6,295 £5,995

£5,790 £5,590 £6,090 £6,390 £6,490 £6,490 £6,390 £6,890 £6,590

£6,190 £5,990 £6,490 £6,790 £6,890 £6,890 £6,790 £7,290 £6,990

£6,290 £6,090 £6,590 £6,890 £6,990 £6,990 £6,890 £7,390 £7,090

£6,490 £6,290 £6,790 £7,090 £7,190 £7,190 £7,090 £7,590 £7,290

£7,390 £7,190 £7,690 £7,990 £8,090 £8,090 £7,990 £8,490 £8,190

£8,190 £7,990 £8,490 £8,790 £8,890 £8,890 £8,790 £9,290 £8,990

Jan 10*, 19, 30* Feb 8, 19*, 28 Mar 11*, 20 Mar 31*

£5,795 £5,795 £5,495 £4,995

£6,390 £6,390 £6,090 £5,590

£6,790 £6,790 £6,490 £5,990

£6,890 £6,890 £6,590 £6,090

£7,090 £7,090 £6,790 £6,290

£7,990 £7,990 £7,690 £7,190

£8,790 £8,790 £8,490 £7,990

Suite Categories

2019 Departures

For detailed deck & cabin plans see pages 106 to 107.

† With the exception of fine and rare wines and spirits. * Cruise Operates in reverse. Please note: The Irrawaddy River is subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochure itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons. Terms and Conditions: All prices and upgrades per person, twin share in GBP. Deposit is £1,250 per person. Flights are in Economy class. Airline availability dependent on date selected. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure. Itinerary and departure date are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please refer to pages 100 to 105.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


The rising pagodas from the green delta plains are one of Asia's great sights. And that's saying something. The Ananda Temple has to be one of the best preserved of the Bagan temples. Sublime. Emma, 61 Ananda Temple, Bagan N 21° 17’ E 94° 86’


Sapa, Vietnam N 22° 14’ E 103° 57’


WONDROUS EXPERIENCES Extend your stay in the more remote destinations of Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. — As nature, history and culture prevail through stunning vistas, unique rail journeys and jungle retreats. From visiting former French hill stations and meeting minority tribes, to staying in luxury eco-lodges set amongst rice paddies and spectacular mountain views. No matter which extension you choose, you can look forward to moments that are simply so special, you’ll cherish them for a lifetime.


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Enter a world of timeless elegance aboard the world famous Eastern & Oriental Express. Take to the tracks for two nights as you travel in ornate luxury from Singapore to Bangkok in a private cabin, indulging in modern day spoils as exotic landscapes unfold beyond your window. Life’s pleasures don’t get much better than fine food, delicious wine and convivial company aboard the exquisite Eastern & Oriental Express. Emblazoned with an Old World colonial charm that evokes the work of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, your voyage of luxury begins the moment the train’s gracious stewards greet you at the station to welcome you aboard for your 1,255-milelong journey. During the day, your private Pullman cabin is a tasteful personal lounge complete with banquette-style sofa and colourful views of the rolling landscape; at night it converts into a plush bedroom with an upper and lower bed. Dinner is a classy affair in one of three dining cars. The ambient sounds of the train’s resident pianist complement an evening aperitif in the saloon car. And the attentive but discreet staff ensure your every whim is catered to.

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Eastern & Oriental Express 5/6 Day Tour

Singapore > Bangkok Thailand

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River Kwai

Bangkok Hua Hin

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South China Sea Butterworth

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Singapore 1 Overnight stay

The Eastern & Oriental Express Journey between two of Southeast Asia’s most iconic cities on board the colonial elegance of the Eastern & Oriental Express. The best way to discover these iconic cities is to journey between them, marvelling at the ancient villages, tea plantations and historic temples as they unfold before the window of your luxurious cabin. From the grandeur of Singapore’s Raffles Hotel, to visits to Malaysian mosques and lush Thai jungles, this spectacular trip is as exotic as it sounds. Fully air-conditioned and complete with the facilities of a world-class hotel, this majestic train journey is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest. Colonial opulence and excellent craftsmanship combine within the symbolic green and cream carriages and the history of luxury train travel is realised during special evenings indulging in fine food, wine and local entertainment.

Rail

Day 1

Day 2

Singapore > Eastern & Oriental Express

Kuala Kangsar > Padang Besar

On arrival, you will be meet and transferred (If doing a Post Tour Package, you will be transferred from the Shangri-La Singapore Hotel) to the Raffles Hotel to check in for the Eastern & Oriental Express. You will be met at the station by exquisitely dressed stewards who will show you to your private cabin. Once you have settled in, enjoy an afternoon tea as the train rolls out of Singapore and cresses the Causeway Bridge into Malaysia. As your journey winds through Malaysia, the train travels onwards through the northern state of Perak, one of the 11 states and two federal territories in the Malay peninsula. Meals: B.D

After breakfast, you’ll arrive at Kuala Kangsar, a picturesque royal town in Perak and the official residence of the Sultan of Perak. Your excursion will take you to the grand Ubudiah Mosque, reputed to be one of Malaysia’s most resplendent. Close by is the captivating Royal Museum of Perak, an architectural masterpiece which now houses the Royal regalia. En route to the museum, you will see one of the oldest rubber trees in the Malaysian peninsula. Your unforgettable tour concludes with a visit to the Sultan Shah Gallery. Later, enjoy lunch back on board the Eastern & Oriental Express as your journey continues, cutting a path through the rice fields with limestone

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outcrops on the horizon, heading for the border town of Padang Besar, where Malaysia meets Thailand.

onward flight (If doing a Pre-Tour Package, you’ll be transferred to the Shangri La Bangkok before joining your cruise and tour).

Meals: B.L.D

Meals: B.L

Day 3

Kanchanburi > Bangkok Lush jungles and winding rivers set the surrounding scene for the town of Kanchanburi. After breakfast on board, alight at the River Kwai Bridge station for a cruise along the picturesque river where a local historian will divulge secrets of this world-famous landmark. Visits to a war museum and war cemetery are also included. Dine back on board, enjoying a plentiful lunch as you head towards Krung Thep, also known as Bangkok. Transfer to the airport for your

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This tour is an independent extension and is not escorted by a Scenic Tour Director. The Pre-Tour Package to Bangkok includes a stay at the 5-star Bangkok Shangri-La after your E&O train journey, and the Post Tour Package includes a stay at the 5-star Shangri-La Singapore Hotel before your E&O train journey. Your hotel stay is on a bed and breakfast basis and includes all airport and rail transfers. The packages demonstrated here are combinable with selected dates featured in this brochure. Please call for further details. Meals: Breakfast (B). Lunch (L). Dinner (D)

Departure Datess 2018 Shangri-La Singapore

Pullman

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6 Day Post Tour Departures

£2,895

£3,825

5 Day Post Tour Departures

£2,775

£3,725

2018 Shangri-La Bangkok

Inclusions: Prices and upgrades are person, based on twin share.

Pullman

State

6 Day Pre Tour Departures

£2,775

£3,945

5 Day Pre Tour Departures

£2,595

£3,795

Luggage allowance on the Eastern & Oriental Express is limited to one case per person in the hold and one small overnight bag/case in the cabin. Please see back pages for full terms and conditions.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


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Sapa 4/5 Day Tour

Hanoi > Sapa > Hanoi

A  Ninh Binh

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Lao Cai Sapa 2

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Hanoi Vietnam Ninh Binh

1 Overnight stay

Sapa and Ninh Binh

Sapa is a charming mountain town and home to a number of local minority tribes. Marvel at the stunning vistas of this former hill station, the dramatic landscapes, picturesque villages and rice terraces and interact with the friendly hill tribe locals, many who still practice their traditions and customs. Ninh Binh has many fascinating sites to explore, from the ancient former capital city of Hao Lu, with its enchanting tombs and ruins, to Trang An, an area often referred to as the ‘dry Ha Long Bay’ and its stunning geological landscape.

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Day 2

Hanoi > Ninh Binh > Lao Cai

Lao Cai > Sapa

After checking out from your Hanoi hotel, begin your full day tour to Ninh Binh. Return to Hanoi for dinner before transferring to Hanoi train station to board you overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai. Meals: L.D

Upon arrival early in the morning at Lao Cai station, you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to Sapa. Enjoy breakfast at the Victoria Resort Sapa, your home for the next two nights, before beginning your exploration of the region. Visit the colourful Cat Cat village, meet the Blue and Black Hmong people and explore this idyllic village, which still retains many of its unique customs and practices. The afternoon is yours to explore Sapa at your own pace.

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Soak up the atmosphere and glimpse a lifestyle that has changed little over time. Wander through town, admire intricate handicrafts at the local markets and visit the fascinating Sapa museum. Meals: B

Day 3

Sapa After breakfast, visit Muong Hoa Valley. Pass the Black Hmong minority village of Lao Chai and discover the secrets of textile production with a visit to a Hmong family. After lunch, drive out of Sapa and commence a comfortable walk from the village of Suoi to Ma Tra. This downhill walk will cross a stream taking you to Suoi Ho, a village that sits elegantly on the top of a low hill. Visit several

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local homes before continuing your walk through the scenery to Ma Tra village. This portion of the walk offers beautiful views of the valley with terraced paddies. Stop at a flower farm before transferring back to Sapa. Meals: B.L

Day 4

Sapa > Hanoi After breakfast, drive to Hanoi airport via the brand-new highway for your flight home. Meals: B Guests must be capable of walking moderate distances over rough, mountainous terrain to undertake this extension. Pre tour itineraries. will require one additional day in Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast (B). Lunch (L). Dinner (D)

Departure Datess

5 Day Pre Tour Departures Pan Pacific Hanoi / Victoria Sapa 4 Day Post Tour 2017/2018# Departures Victoria Sapa 2017/2018#

Twin share

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Twin share

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£745

£1,475

Inclusions: 3 nights hotel accommodation (2 nights post tour), 1 night on board a soft sleeper train in a 2-berth compartment from Hanoi to Lao Cai, transfers and all touring will be conducted by local expert guides for Scenic guests including entrance fees and meals as listed. The extension is NOT escorted by a Scenic Tour Director but will operate either as an independent extension or as a small group of Scenic guests with local guide depending on numbers. Daily treks are subject to weather and safety conditions prevalent at the time of the tour. A good level of fitness is required to undertake the daily treks to the villages. Prices are based on low season, per person. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

To find out more visit scenic.co.uk or call your local travel agent


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Mai Chau Eco Lodge 3/4 Day Tour

Hanoi > Mai Chau > Hanoi

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Mai Chau

Mai Chau is an idyllic valley interspersed with villages, rice fields and limestone cliffs. Located less than 150 kilometres from Hanoi, it is home to many hill tribes including the Dzao, Muong and Thai. This beautiful mountainous area is abundant with thick jungle vegetation, bamboo groves, tea plantations and waterfalls and lends itself to relaxing walks and mini treks to ethnic minority villages, without the influx of tourists. It is a perfect destination for those who are seeking an idyllic escape and wish to immerse themselves in simple village life.

Mai Chau Eco Lodge

Mai Chau Ecolodge is a brand-new four-star lodge featuring 21 charming bungalows carefully built and operated with ecological principles in mind. This location is ideally suited for those seeking a balance between tourism, environmental conservation, and ethnic heritage with bungalows set in a spectacular view of the valley and rice fields.

Day 1

Day 2

Hanoi

Hanoi > Mai Chau

Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Pan Pacific Hotel.

Enjoy breakfast before commencing your threehour transfer to Mai Chau Eco Lodge. After checking in, relax by the pool or take an exploratory walk around the area. Meals: B.L.D

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Day 4

Mai Chau

Mai Chau > Hanoi

Make use of the included facilities to explore the surrounding countryside and village life. Utilize the lodge’s bikes to go for a ride amongst the rice paddies and ethnic villages or instead go for a relaxing walk. Of course, there is always the option of relaxing by the pool or soaking in the view from your balcony or the bar which have included WiFi connection. Tonight, choose to take part in a traditional dance show with Ruou Can (a local wine), a cooking class or a weaving class. The choice is yours.

After breakfast and a restful morning, checkout and drive back to Hanoi for lunch. Check into the luxurious Sofitel legend Metropole Hotel and relax before gathering to meet your Tour Director and fellow travel companions for your welcome briefing. Meals: B.L Itineraries concluding in Hanoi do not require Day 1 and will become a three day post tour. Meals: Breakfast (B). Lunch (L). Dinner (D)

Meals: B.L.D

Departure Datess

4 Day Pre Tour Departures Deluxe Rooms (Paddy Field View) 3 Day Post Tour 2017/2018# Departures Deluxe Rooms (Paddy Field View) 2017/2018#

Twin share

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£1,045

Twin share

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£875

Inclusions: 3 nights hotel accommodation (2 nights post tour), transfers and all touring will be conducted by local expert guides for Scenic guests including entrance fees and meals as listed. The extension is NOT escorted by a Scenic Tour Director but will operate either as an independent extension or as a small group of Scenic guests with local guide depending on numbers. Prices are based on low season, per person. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

To speak to our friendly and expert team call: 0808 115 9283


CRUISE & TOUR INFORMATION On the following pages you’ll find further information about your Scenic experience, including: — all the particulars about our Scenic Club, details on hotels and stopovers, a comprehensive list of Freechoice activities and Freechoice Dining, as well as detailed deck plans of our luxury ships. If you wish to know anything else feel free to contact us on 0808 115 9283 or at scenic.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help. We’re confident that, once on board, you won’t want for anything, but rest assured – if you do, your Scenic crew will be on hand to assist, day or night.


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Scenic Club

Be rewarded for doing what you enjoy most – creating beautiful memories with Scenic. At Scenic, a little loyalty goes a long way, and a lot of loyalty goes even further.

This entitles you to a range of exclusive privileges that will help you enjoy the experience even more.

Over our 31 year history, guests have always remained our number one priority and we’d like to say thank you. So, when you choose to travel with us, not only do you get to explore a world of wonder that will leave you with memories for a lifetime, you’ll also be automatically enrolled into our loyalty club.

Scenic Club benefits include, Thank You vouchers, priority on pre-release tours, complimentary luggage, on board access to our dining options, member-only itineraries and special events.

For the most up-to-date details of member benefits and Terms and Conditions, please visit our website. (Subject to change)


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The luxury started at our front door when our transfer came to pick us up. From then on I felt like royalty the entire holiday. It was a truly wonderful experience. Marion, 68, Platinum Brighton, England N 50° 49’ W0° 8’

Scenic Gold

Scenic Platinum

Scenic Diamond

Scenic Emerald

Upon returning from your first trip you will automatically become a Scenic Club Gold member. Benefits include:

Complete five paid tours or 50 days travel and be upgraded to Scenic Club Platinum. In addition to all the benefits of Gold your Platinum benefits include:

Complete 10 paid tours or 100 days travel and be upgraded to Scenic Club Diamond. In addition to all the benefits of Platinum your Diamond benefits include:

Complete 25 paid tours or 250 days travel and be upgraded to Scenic Club Emerald. In addition to all the benefits of Diamond your Emerald benefits include:

• P  rivate transfers before and after you travel

• A  Scenic Club premium trolley case or a £75 gift card prior to each departure

• A  dditional £50 voucher to be redeemed on next cruise/tour (£150 in total)

• A  £100 discount to be redeemed on your next cruise or tour • S  cenic Club backpack or unisex satchel, which you’ll receive prior to every trip • M  ember only offers on selected itineraries • P  riority on pre-release tours and cruises • M  ember competitions and events • T  he very latest news and information from Scenic • E  arn a £25 high street voucher for every friend you refer

• A  complimentary pre or post night hotel stay for trips of 20 days or more • S  cenic Club premium luggage selection prior to every trip≈ • E  xclusive Scenic Club Platinum offers • A  ccess to exclusive member only itineraries

• S  cenic Club premium luggage selection prior to every trip≈ • A  n extended distance allowance for the private transfer service • E  xclusive Scenic Club Diamond offers • A  ccess to exclusive member only itineraries

• £  50 on-board credit for use in the Wellness Centre • Upgraded hotel categories for pre or post accommodation subject to availability • M  ultiple access to dining at Table La Rive/ Table d’Or Portobellos or L’Amour (subject to availability). • U  nlimited laundry and pressing on cruises

Friend will receive a £250 discount on a Europe River Cruise per booking (min 2 pax), high street vouchers issued on balance payment. 100 miles mileage restrictions apply - please call for details. ≈Conditions apply.


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Stopovers The journey-of-a-lifetime should never have to end, so if you’re not quite ready to head home, then why not extend your adventure a little longer? Perfect for breaking up long-haul flights, Scenic’s selection of inbound stopovers, in a choice of Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok, boast some truly spectacular hotels in unrivalled locations. When flying with Singapore Airlines, you will have the choice of the following Scenic Stopovers. Location

Description

Singapore

Park Royal Pickering Road Singapore is no longer dismissed as a fly-by destination. This unique island-city state has taken on its own fusion of characters and cultures, marrying western innovations with a mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Between a cityscape of elegant temples, scented medicinal shops, grand colonial architecture and a gargantuan financial district lies a world of intrigue just waiting to be discovered. Look beyond the skyscrapers and you’ll find China Town and Little India, two colourful hideaways bursting with food markets, shrines and traditional music. Entertainment is easily found, with a thriving art scene offering up everything from opera to street performers. And when you want to escape the cosmopolitan buzz, you’ll find solace in the city-centre botanic gardens, a 74-hectre wonderland of thriving greenery. Inclusions • Superior Room with Breakfast • Return airport transfers • 3 nights accommodation Departures Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Stopover from (pp) Departures £495 £495 £495 £495 £495

Dec-18 Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19

Stopover from (pp) £545 £495 £495 £495 £495

Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa Sentosa Island is an idyllic resort off the coast of Singapore, which is home to renowned golf courses, a yachting marina, endless entertainment opportunities and plentiful waterside attractions. One of the best things about this eclectic paradise is that it caters to all appetites of adventure, whether you’re a history buff in search of local cultures or an avid-spa goer looking to unwind. Beach lovers especially will adore the 3.2km-long stretch of sandy shores framed by tall coconut palms, rustic alang alang huts and quaint flowering trees. The island is also home to 45 hectares of natural coastal and secondary forests, where some 170 species of birds and animals dwell. And once you’ve walked the sands and navigated the woodlands, you can dine in one of the region’s 50 restaurants, enjoy a tropical cocktail in one of the plentiful bars or even savour a little retail therapy at the island’s many outlets. Inclusions • Classic Room with Breakfast • Return airport transfers • 3 nights accommodation Departures Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18

Stopover from (pp) Departures £395 £395 £395 £395 £395

Dec-18 Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19

Stopover from (pp) £395 £395 £395 £395 £395


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When flying with Emirates, you will have the choice of the following Scenic Stopovers. Location

Description

Dubai

Sofitel Jumeriah Beach This truly wonderful 5-star hotel rises from Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach, an exclusive hot spot of stretching white sands, warm Gulf waters and sun-kissed relaxation, within easy distance of both outdoor and indoor attractions. While the city might dazzle with its modern exterior and the plentiful beaches, you’ll also find yourself in reach of Old Dubai in the Bastakiya district, an impressive historic quarter offering a real insight into the heritage of a place renowned for its modernity. At Dubai Museum, a host of exhibits dedicated to Dubai’s pre-boom history offer a glimpse of the past, while guided tours of Jumeirah Mosque unveil the treasures of Dubai’s religious life. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift or a treat for yourself, the traditional souks are a great place to dwindle away the hours searching for bargains at the countless jewellery stalls. Inclusions • Superior Room with Breakfast • Return airport transfers • 3 nights accommodation Departures Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18

Dubai

Stopover from (pp) Departures £345 £445 £675 £675 £695

Dec-18 Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19

Stopover from (pp) £995 £695 £695 £695 £695

Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Chosen for its excellent location, the 5-star Sheraton Mall of the Emirates is connected to the Mall of the Emirates, which is home to Ski Dubai, a cinema and a selection of international department stores. Just a 10-minute drive from The Beach Mall and Dubai Marina, all suites and rooms offer views of the city skyline and world-class amenities, while guests can unwind in the Shine Spa, work out in the gym, or take a dip in the rooftop pool. The romance of Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s water canals are a delightful combination of traditional Middle Eastern stalls, boutiques and gift shops. Located close, this is somewhere to shop and eat during the day, while showstopping performances at the Madinat Theatre at night, are a pleasure to have on your doorstep. This spell-binding hotel is sure to be unlike any other you’ve resided in before. Inclusions • Classic Room with Breakfast • Return airport transfers • 3 nights accommodation Departures Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18

Bangkok

Stopover from (pp) Departures £375 £375 £375 £575 £575

Dec-18 Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19

Stopover from (pp) £575 £625 £625 £625 £625

Amari Watergate Bangkok is more than just a stepping stone before journeying into Southeast Asia. Dig beneath the neon exterior of this sleepless metropolis and you’ll find a peaceful city rooted in religion and timeless customs. Amidst the sprawling high rise buildings and busy backstreets is a healthy scattering of tranquil sanctuaries, like the famous Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. During a visit to Wat Pho you’ll encounter Thailand’s famous gigantic reclining Buddha, just one of the highlights found in this vast complex of landscaped gardens, stone statues and glazed porcelain stupas. You can also swap the buzzing streets for the Chao Phraya and glide across the waterways on a hired boat, then see how the locals have learnt to live in harmony with the river at the floating market of Damneon Sadauk. When night time arrives, a carnival atmosphere blankets the Soi Cowboy, but peace and quiet can also be found in one of Thailand’s 40,000 temples. Inclusions • Deluxe Room with Breakfast • Return airport transfers • 3 nights accommodation Departures Jul-18 Aug-18 Sep-18 Oct-18 Nov-18

Stopover from (pp) Departures £225 £225 £225 £225 £275

Dec-18 Jan-19 Feb-19 Mar-19 Apr-19

Stopover from (pp) £275 £275 £275 £275 £225


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Special Stays Throughout your trip, you will stay in a selection of iconic hotels remarkable for their location. Handpicked by our experts, we call these Special Stays. Look out for the symbol in your itinerary. A

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A Aureum Palace Resort and Spa, Inle Lake, Myanmar B Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam C Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam D Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Au Co, Ha Long Bay Cruise Combining elements of traditional Vietnamese design with western luxury and elegance. Offering spacious cabins with private balconies, terraces and luxurious facilities, this wonderful ship allows guests to comfortably immerse themselves in the picturesque views of the bay.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Park Hyatt Saigon Enjoying a prime location overlooking Saigon Opera House on the city’s most famous square, the elegant, French colonial-style hotel is within walking distance of the most popular cultural and historical attractions.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Sofitel Legend Metropole Experience colonial grandeur and timeless elegance in the heart of Hanoi’s French Quarter. Behind a classical white façade await luxury hotel rooms, blending modern and classic décor.

Inle Lake, Myanmar

Aureum Palace Resort and Spa Built over the waters of Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most stunning wonders, each luxurious villa is elegantly decorated and lavishly equipped with amenities and a private outdoor terrace for spectacular sunset viewing.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Park Hyatt Siem Reap Located in the heart of the city, elegantly appointed with contemporary amenities and Khmer inspired art, the hotel offers a luxurious resort-style feel behind a residential façade and manicured gardens.

Yangon, Myanmar

Sule Shangri-La Hotel Blending elegance with gracious hospitality, the well-appointed and spacious club floor rooms with city views are the perfect base for taking in Yangon’s exotic and distinctive culture.


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A Almanity Resort and Spa, Hoi An, Vietnam B La Residence Hue Hôtel & Spa, Vietnam

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Say Residence Located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang, this 5-star colonialstyle resort is set within 14,000 square metres of tropical gardens.

Hue, Vietnam

Vientiane, Laos

Settha Palace Boasting French colonial charm, this beautiful family-run 5-star boutique hotel is perfectly situated within the capital city’s famous tourism and shopping district.

La Residence Hue Hôtel & Spa An Art Deco design aesthetic runs throughout this former governor’s residence, from the central reception rotunda, flanked by two wings, to Le Gouverneur Bar, Le Parfum restaurant, formal gardens, swimming pool, and 122 guest rooms and suites.

Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay Hill Resort At the foot of Mandalay Hill, facing the Royal Palace, this property reflects the elegance of its surroundings. The hotel features traditional fabrics, exquisite antiques and lush teak furniture.

Singapore

Park Royal on Pickering A unique hotel-in-a-garden concept, located in China Town, this refreshing escape in the heart of Singapore boasts lush sky gardens, reflecting pools and cascading vertical greenery.

Bangkok Thailand

Shangri-La Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, featuring river or city views, the sleek and spacious rooms of Shangri La rooms boast Thaiinspired accents and come with free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs, mini-bars and coffeemakers. You’ll find a range of cuisines and delicious beverages in one of nine onsite restaurants and bars, and plenty of ways to entertain yourself with an outdoor pool, tennis courts, gym and spa.

Mai Chau, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

Mai Chau Eco Lodge Secluded amidst a backdrop of mountains and rice paddies, Mai Chau Ecolodge boasts 19 traditional bungalows, encouraging you to get back to nature. Victoria Resort Spa Nestled within Vietnam’s mountainous region, this spectacular hotel replicates the traditional chalet style, as it works harmoniously within its environment, overlooking Mount Fanxipan.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Almanity Resort and Spa Situated in the heart of Hoi An, this luxurious resort combines ancient culture with modern Vietnam. Designed to relax guests, its terrace pools are adorned with lush tropical gardens.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Pan Pacific Hotel Situated minutes from the city centre, the 5-star Pan Pacific, soars 20 floors, boasting impressive panoramas, a heated pool and a diverse range of exquisite cuisine.


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A Floating Markets, Mekong Delta, Vietnam B Vespa foodie tour, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Active – For those keen to explore further afield, for a longer or more demanding journey. Moderate – A comfortable walking pace at which you can easily discover a beautiful city on a walking tour. Relaxed – A slower pace to take in the temples or enjoy an authentic cooking class.

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Whether you’re looking for a relaxed pace, or want to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice offers a diverse range of sightseeing excursions and activities for you to choose from. And of course, they’re all included. Scenic Spirit activity Relax during your special Freechoice activity on board the Scenic Spirit.

SIEM REAP Temple and Mines Explore the 12th century Banteay Srei Temples and visit the Landmine Museum.

Jungle Temples and Handicrafts Investigate the unrestored Beng Mealea jungle temples and appreciate Cambodia’s handicrafts, including lacquerware and fine sculptures.

Presidential Palace, Hanoi

VIETNAM Hanoi History Museum and Hoa Lu Prison Discover the stories of the Vietnamese history in Hanoi – a city that wears its history on its streets.

Vietnamese Cooking Class Visit local markets before learning the art of cooking Vietnamese cuisine.

Hanoi Highlights Explore city highlights such as Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter and Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and Hanoi’s first university, the Temple of Literature.

Hoi An My Son Tour the World Heritage listed site of My Son, a set of ruins from the ancient Cham Empire.

Red Bridge Cooking Class

Tru Su Bird Sanctuary

Tan Chau Local Cuisine (Chau Doc) Learn all about the local ingredients at the market before trying some samples of Chau Doc Cuisine at Victoria Chau Doc. Then cruise down canals to discover family operated fish farms and the Chau Doc waterfront.

Bird Sanctuary (Chau Doc)

Walk through the farms and meet the locals on Evergreen Island to gain an insight into their life, before riding on a xe loi. Visit a local Fish farm on return to the ship.

Farm Cycle

Visit the Killing Fields and tour the school used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge.

Colonial Tea and Cultural Demonstration Visit a French colonial house for refreshments whilst enjoying a cultural demonstration.

Local Industries in Cai Be Cruise by sampan to visit a colonial French or traditional Vietnamese house and learn about local cottage industries.

Tethered Balloon and Silk Farm Take a tethered balloon ride to experience the spectacular aerial view over Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting the Pouk Silk Farm and a Cambodian handicraft factory.

Evergreen Island (Tan Chau)

CAMBODIA Phnom Penh

Cai Be

Cruise on the UNESCO biosphere reserve Tonlé Sap Lake and discover the way of life of a floating village. (Green season only).

Explore Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, home to a rich array of wildlife and birds. (best time to visit – July to early December).

After a local market visit, cruise along the Thu Bon River to your cooking school. Enjoy your Vietnamese creations for lunch. Cycle along shady lanes to a nearby village and join the farmers in their vegetable gardens.

Tonlé Sap Lake Cruise

Killing Fields

Markets and Colonial Phnom Penh By Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings as well as its modern architecture and shop at the central market.

Cooking Class Take a guided tour of the local market before joining a hands on cooking class.

Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham Local Folklore Learn about the history and folklore of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple that has a modern pagoda built within.

Eco Village Wander through the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok and see how the villagers are being helped by a French NGO to develop a community based eco-tourism project.

Local Industries

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Visit a rubber plantation and factory and stop at a betel nut village outside of Kampong Cham.


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A wealth of extra choice in all locations satisfies even the most curious of guests, whichever journey you decide to embark on.

A Wat Nokor, Kampong Cham, Cambodia

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Dhala Excursion Travel to Dhala village on the southern side of the Yangon River by ferry and follow in the footsteps of the locals, many of whom use this mode of transport to make their daily commute to and from the city.

Art Galleries of Yangon Kuang Si Waterfalls

LAOS Luang Prabang Kuang Si Waterfalls Visit picturesque Kuang Si Waterfalls and take a leisurely hike or swim in the clear pools.

Laos Textiles Discover the cultural significance and different methods of weaving and dyeing of the beautiful textiles in Laos.

The contemporary art scene in Yangon is thriving. Explore this intriguing counter culture with a guide and uncover a creative side to this city that you might not know existed.

Inle Lake Pindaya Caves and Cooking Experience Delve deep into the Pindaya Caves, an enchanting destination and pilgrimage site filled with gleaming Buddha statues, and try your hand at cooking regional cuisine.

Taunggyi and Winery Tour Artists’ Haven Visit various Art Galleries and handicraft workshops to uncover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

MYANMAR Yangon

A Yangon Life NEW From Yangon Central Station, travel on the local ‘circle train’ around Yangon to the Insein township’s local market. A great way to interact with the locals.

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Drive through the Shan mountains to the capital of Shan state, Taunggyi. After exploring the town and local museum, stop for lunch and wine tasting at the Athaya Winery, Myanmar’s oldest.

Mine Thauk Village Walk

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Set off on foot to the small village of Mine Thaul on the shores of Inle Lake. Positioned half on land, half over the water, interact with the villagers before cruising back to your hotel.

Shwezigon Pagoda

Bagan Mount Popa Mount Popa is a famous pilgrimage site, which is home to numerous Nat temples set atop the mountain. This stunning landmark is an essential destination for anyone travelling through Myanmar.

Temple Circuit The temples of Bagan in central Myanmar are an archaeological spectacle. After exploring the lively markets at Nyaung U, visit the Temple Circuit including the Damayangyi, Thatbyinnyu and Htilominlo Temples for a close up look at these massive structures.

Old Bagan Explore the lively markets at Nyaung U before visiting in and around Old Bagan. Stop at the spectacular, golden Shwezigon Pagoda and see the murals at Gubyauknge Temple before undertaking a walk through a local village.

All Scenic Freechoice activities are subject to minimum numbers and/or seasonal operations. Certain Scenic Freechoice activities don’t include transfers - please call for details. Please see the tour itinerary for details on which Scenic Freechoice activities are included in your tour. Please note that Scenic Freechoice options may change before your departure. *Wet season runs May to October.


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A La Terrace Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam

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From casual to formal dining, local to global cuisine, you’ll find all your needs catered to day-by-day, with a wealth of fantastic dining options open to you.

Vespa Foodie tour of Saigon by Night

La Terrace at Sofitel Legend Metropole

Vietnamese Pho

Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi

Hoi An

Square One at Park Hyatt Saigon

KOTO on Van Mieu

Cargo Club

Offering Vietnamese and International cuisine, Know One Teach One provides training in the hospitality industry and essential life skills to street children and disadvantaged youth.

Dine at the Cargo Club, an open air restaurant located in the heart of the heritage part of the town serving a variety of cuisine and desserts.

Colonial House Meal

La Terrace at Sofitel Legend Metropole

Home cooked authentic Vietnamese and Asian fusion cuisine in a relaxed setting.

Inspired by Parisian cafés, enjoy a taste of France right in the heart of Hanoi’s bustling street life.

Take a culinary journey through the story of Hoi An’s past, present and future at this unique Vietnamese restaurant once home to artists.

Vespa Foodie tour of Saigon by Night

Ly Club

An atmospheric restaurant at Park Hyatt Saigon featuring simple and authentic Vietnamese and Western cuisine from an impressive display of integrated show kitchens.

A foodie night out on the town as a passenger on the back of a vintage Vespa. A combination of sampling some of Saigon’s best authentic street food, culture and nightlife that Saigon has to offer. This tour includes free flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite!

Restaurant Nineteen at Caravelle Hotel Dine at Restaurant Nineteen, Ho Chi Minh City’s most popular international buffet.

Set in a French colonial building, Ly Club offers mouth-watering Vietnamese, Asian and European cuisine.

Ancient Faifo Restaurant

Brother’s Café Located in the heart of the ancient town, this charming restaurant in a riverside setting serves Asian and Western cuisine.

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Terms & Conditions Booking conditions Important: The following terms and conditions together with the general information contained in our tour brochure form the basis of your contract with Scenic Tours (UK) Limited trading as Scenic. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions and agree to them. Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to tour arrangements (including pre and post tour accommodation, activities and other services) which you book with us in the UK and pay for before departure from the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “cruise”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such tour arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these booking conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them as the context requires. “We”, “us” and “our” means Scenic Tours (UK) Limited trading as Scenic. We are a Member of ABTA. When you book with an ABTA Member you can expect high service standards, fair terms of trading and accurate information. ABTA’s strict joining criteria for Members, code of conduct, customer helpline and approved ADR scheme to resolve complaints are all there to give you confidence and peace of mind when booking your travel arrangements. For more information see www.abta.com. Bookings 1. We welcome passengers with medical conditions or disabilities. If you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your tour or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), it is very important that you tell us of the condition and of any medical or mobility equipment you will need in writing before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. You must also notify us of any changes or deterioration in the disability or medical condition or development of any disability or medical condition after booking. We must reserve the right to decline a reservation of any person or,

if full details are not given at the time of booking or the condition/disability develops after booking, cancel when we become aware of these details, if we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate their particular needs. In the event that you require assistance with embarking or disembarking as a result of your reduced mobility or disability, please advise us at the time of booking and in any event no later than 48 hours before the assistance is required. Please also note that assistance is not always available when embarking or disembarking at all ports of call. Any passenger affected by a disability or medical condition must ensure they have notified this to their travel insurers and that their travel insurance will provide a suitable level of cover (see clause 35 for more information about insurance). 2. The operation of all tours is conditional on us securing the minimum number of bookings required to operate the tour and to ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere. Where sufficient numbers cannot be achieved, we reserve the right to cancel or change a scheduled tour. Please also see clauses 18 and 19. We will notify you no less than 30 days prior to the departure date of the tour if we have to cancel or significantly change a tour due to lack of numbers. 3. If you have any special requests (including dietary requirements) you must notify us in writing at the time of booking. Please note special requests cannot be guaranteed. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract by us. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier of any service(s) or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you. We cannot accept any conditional bookings, i.e. any booking which is specified to be conditional on the fulfilment of a particular request. All such bookings will be treated as “standard” bookings subject to the above provisions on special requests. Payment 4. To make a booking, you must pay the applicable deposit of a minimum of £1,250 per person if travelling in Economy flight class. Deposit will be higher if travelling in Premium

Economy or Business Class (for Eastern & Oriental Express options please add an additional £350 per person deposit) or full payment if booking 90 days or less before the start of the holiday. If you make a provisional booking the deposit or full payment, as applicable, must be received by us within seven days of the provisional booking to ensure a place on the tour is held. We will automatically assume that you do not wish to proceed with a booking if the applicable deposit or full payment, is not received by us within this seven day period and we will have no further liability to you. Any accommodation, sightseeing or flights we book for you which are separate to those stated in your itinerary are not included in the deposit or tour price. An extra payment will be required to cover the costs of these additional services, and these services will not be booked until both your holiday deposit and additional service costs are paid in full. 5. Deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable except as expressly set out in these terms and conditions. We therefore recommend that you take out adequate insurance prior to booking. 6. The balance of the tour price (after deduction of the applicable deposit) must be received by us no less than 90 days prior to the start of your tour. If we do not receive all payments due (including any surcharge where applicable) in full and on time, we are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking. In this case, we will be entitled to keep all deposits paid or due at that date. If we do not cancel straight away because you have promised to make payment, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in these terms and conditions depending on the date we reasonably treat your booking as cancelled. 7. Except for flight inclusive bookings, all monies you pay to one of our authorised travel agents for your holiday with us will be held by the agent on your behalf until a contract between us comes into existence. After that point, your agent will hold the monies on our behalf until they are paid to us. For flight inclusive bookings, all monies paid to any authorised travel agent of ours for your holiday with us will be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust subject to the travel agent’s obligation to pay such monies to us in accordance with our trading terms unless we fail. In the unlikely event of our financial failure, all monies then held by the travel agent or subsequently paid by you to the travel agent will be held by the agent on behalf of and for the


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benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation on the agent to pay such monies to us. Credit & Debit Card Payments 8. There is no fee for all payments including deposit payments by debit card. Fee on all other payments (subject to change) Credit Card 1% AMEX 1.95% Your contract 9. Subject to availability we will confirm your booking by issuing our confirmation invoice. This invoice will be sent to the lead name on the booking (“Lead Name”) or your Travel Agent. Please check this invoice carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information on the confirmation or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. We cannot accept any liability if not notified of any inaccuracy in any document within 7 days of our sending it out. We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so. 10. A binding contract between you and us comes into existence when we issue our confirmation invoice. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) (except as set out below). We both also agree that any claim (and whether or not involving any personal injury) must be dealt with by the Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any claim or other matter of any description which arises between us governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply). What are your on-tour obligations? 11. (a) You must follow the Tour Director’s instructions at all times. You acknowledge that failure to do so may result in restricted access to areas on tour, or if necessary for your own safety and/or that of other passengers, withdrawal from the tour. (b) We expect all clients to have consideration for other people. If in our reasonable opinion, or in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you behave in such a way so as to cause

or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to yourself or any third party or damage to property we are entitled, without prior notice, to terminate the tour of the person(s) concerned. We will not be liable to you for any loss, cost or damage resulting from your withdrawal. If you are withdrawn from the tour, you must make your own return travel arrangements at your own expense. Tour price 12. Please note, changes and errors occasionally occur. You must check the price of your chosen holiday at the time of booking. We reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in advertised prices at any time before your holiday is confirmed. We will advise you of any error of which we are aware and of the then applicable price at the time of booking. Once the tour price has been confirmed at the time of booking, clause 13 below will apply. 13. Once your tour price has been confirmed at the time of booking, then subject to the correction of errors, it will only be increased or decreased in the following circumstances. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out below, in the event of any change in our transportation costs or in dues, taxes, fuel or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports increase or decrease or in the exchange rates which have been used to calculate your tour price. Even in the circumstances set out in above, only if the amount of the increase in our costs exceeds 2% of your tour price (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment fee) will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of your tour price (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment fee), you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us (except for any amendment fee) or alternatively purchase another tour from us – see clause 18. You have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you wish to cancel or purchase another tour where applicable. Otherwise, we are entitled to assume that you do not wish to do so and will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the tour price or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the tour price due to contractual and other protection in place. A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds 2% as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you

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the full amount of the decrease in our costs. No surcharge will be levied within 30 days of departure. No refund will be payable if any decrease in our costs occurs during this period either. Tour features 14. We make no representations about the features of any tour other than those expressly set out in the tour brochure and these terms and conditions. Brochure validity 15. The tour brochure and these terms and conditions are valid for the departure dates as stated in the tour brochure unless extra dates are added or otherwise expressly advised by us. Variation or cancellation by us 16. We start planning the tours we offer many months in advance. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in the details of advertised tours both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings. 17. In the event of industrial action affecting air, rail, cruise or other tour related transportation we will make every effort to contact the lead name and advise of alternative arrangements (if any). However, if contact is not made, you should phone 0800 566 8777. 18. Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so. Due to the nature of our itineraries, which are dependent on the safe navigation of national and international waterways over which we have no control, it is therefore not always possible for our vessels to sail or call at all ports as planned or foresee when this may occur. Unfortunately this is an inherent risk in sailing which you must accept. The captains of all the vessels we use, retain the ultimate right to deviate from or change any particular itinerary where they believe it necessary to do so, for example in the interests of the health and safety of passengers. Most changes made to a confirmed tour are minor. Examples of what we both agree to be minor changes are changes of vessels to one of the same class for the whole or part of your tour, changes to vehicles used for transfers and excursions, changes to planned excursions, changes to hotel accommodation to that of an equivalent standard including the substitution of accommodation to on-board our vessels or vice versa, changes to berthing or dock location, changes to sailing times, and the substitution and/or removal of ports of call, or the replacement of sailing with the use of motor coaches. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change to or cancel a confirmed tour and we must reserve the right to do so. A significant


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change is a change made before departure which, taking account of the information you give us at the time of booking or which we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator, we can reasonably expect to have a significant effect on your tour. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, you will be offered the choice of the following options:- (a) (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements or (b) purchasing alternative arrangements from us, of a similar standard to those booked if available. We will offer you at least one alternative holiday of equivalent or higher standard for which you will not be asked to pay any more than the price of the original holiday. If this holiday is in fact cheaper than the original one, we will refund the price difference. If you do not wish to accept the holiday we specifically offer you, you may choose any of our other available holidays. You must pay the applicable price of any such holiday. This will mean paying more if it is more expensive or receiving a refund if it is cheaper or (c) cancelling or accepting the cancellation and receiving a full refund of all monies you have paid to us. Please note, the above options are not available where any change made is a minor one. A change of flight time of less than 12 hours, airline, type of aircraft (if advised) or destination airport will all be treated as minor changes. 19. If we have to make a significant change to or cancel a confirmed tour, we will in addition to the options set out in clause 18 pay you compensation depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the options set out in clause 18 can be accepted where (1) we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate your tour has not been reached – see clause 2. No compensation will be payable and the options set out in clause 18 will not be available if we have to cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these terms and conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where a change is a minor one. 20. Very rarely, we may be forced by Force Majeure (see clause 33) to change or terminate your tour after departure but before the scheduled

end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers which we do not use to pay for alternative services), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. Amendment or cancellation by you 21. If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, the person(s) concerned may transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified not less than 90 days before departure. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result together with an amendment fee of £50 per person per booking must be paid before the transfer can be effected. Any overdue balance payment must also be received. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight. 22. If you wish to make any amendments to your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing as soon as possible. It may not always be possible to make such amendments. Where we can, an amendment fee of £50 per person per booking will be payable together with any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. A change of tour dates will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and rebooking in which case cancellation charges will apply. Changes may result in the recalculation of the tour price where, for example, the basis on which the price of the original tour was calculated has changed. 23. You may cancel your booking by notice to us in writing and payment of the applicable cancellation fee as shown below. Cancellation notifications are not effective until received by us in writing (if received by us on a weekend day or public holiday the notification will be treated as having been received by us on the next working day). The following cancellation fees apply to each person(s) cancelling and where shown as a percentage are based on the total cost of the arrangements which are being cancelled excluding any insurance premiums, amendment fee or previously incurred cancellation charges which are all non-refundable in the event of your cancellation: Cancellation Fees Period before your tour commences within which written notification of cancellation is received by us

Cancellation period Fee per person 91 days and over Loss of Deposit 90 days to 60 days 35% of tour price 59 days to 30 days 50% of tour price 29 days or less 100% of tour price Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges under the terms of your insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned. Where any cancellation reduces the number of full paying party members below the number on which the price, number of free places and/or any concessions agreed for your booking were based, we will recalculate these items and re-invoice you accordingly. Our liability 24. We will ensure that the tour arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these terms and conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted tour arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of us, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted tour arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we have asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). 25. We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment or possessions), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: - the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or - the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your tour & which were unforeseeable / unavoidable or - Force Majeure as defined at clause 33 below. 26. We cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract with you. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any hotel or other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised in our tour brochure


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as part of your tour and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion or other services you purchase during your tour. Where any such excursion or services are purchased through or with our assistance, please note that we act only as booking agent. Your contract will be with the operator or provider of the excursion or services in question. We have no liability in relation to the same. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any of our brochures or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. 27. The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred will be used as the basis for deciding whether the tour arrangements in question had been properly provided. If the particular arrangements which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the then applicable local laws and regulations, the services will be treated as having been properly performed or provided. This will be the case even if the arrangements did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those arrangements been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable tour participant to refuse to take the tour in question. Please note, however, our obligation is to exercise reasonable skill and care as referred to in clause 24. We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care. 28. As set out in these booking conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £1000 per person affected unless a different limitation applies to your claim under this clause or clause 29 below. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment fees) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 29 below. This maximum

amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your tour. 29. Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/ or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea or rail carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea (as amended by the 2002 Protocol where applicable) and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail). Please note: where a carrier or hotelier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under and in accordance with the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. 30. Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any business losses including self-employed loss of earnings. 31. You must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must also tell us and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out below. If asked to do so, you must transfer to us or our insurers any

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rights you have against the supplier or whoever else is responsible for your claim or complaint (if the person concerned is under 18, their parent or guardian must do so). You must also agree to co-operate fully with us and our insurers if we or our insurers want to enforce any rights which are transferred. Suppliers 32. Many of the services which make up your tour are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions (see clause 29). Force Majeure 33. Except where otherwise expressly stated in these terms and conditions we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of Force Majeure. “Force Majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events are likely to include (whether actual or threatened) war, terrorism, exceptionally high or low water levels, lock closures, fire, flooding, unusual weather conditions, loss of power, epidemics or pandemics, industrial disputes, slow-downs or other strike activities, riots or civil disturbances, acts of government, government agencies or other authorities, inability to obtain any necessary licence or consent through no fault of ours and any other event or circumstances beyond the control of us or any supplier of any part of your tour, set out in clause 25 (which includes the behaviour of any passenger(s) on the flight who, for example, fails to check in or board on time). Risk/Travel insurance 34. You acknowledge and accept that there are inherent risks associated with our tours for example, events of Force Majeure, hazards of travelling in undeveloped areas, travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft or other means of transportation particularly in underdeveloped countries or more remote locations. 35. We strongly advise you to take out adequate and appropriate travel insurance to cover as a minimum cancellation by you, loss of luggage, early return following death of a relative and emergency repatriation in the event of accident or illness.


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36. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on your tour. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. Itinerary changes and travel advice 37. During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums and restaurants, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited or not available. Alternatives will be offered if possible. 38. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office may have issued information about your tour destination. You are advised to check this information on the internet at https://www.gov.uk/ foreign-travel-advice. Smoking 39. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted inside hotels, Eastern & Oriental Express, tourist coaches or indoors on any ship and such other places as are prohibited by us or our suppliers. Baggage allowance 40. You are entitled to carry one suitcase per person with the total sum of its length, width and height not exceeding 76 x 53 x 28cm/30 x 21 x 11in (62 inches) and weight 20kg (44 lbs). Personal and valuable items such as make-up, cameras, medication, passport, money/ credit cards etc. should be carried in a travel bag or on your person. You must ensure that luggage meets the weight requirements as overweight or oversize items will not be carried. Some carriers may impose a small surcharge per day for a second suitcase per person. Excess baggage is always at your cost. Please note, on board Eastern & Oriental Express items not required for the journey should be packed separately and will be stored away. You will then be able to take a smaller hand-luggage sized bag into your cabin which should include all your personal items and clothing for the duration of your journey. Young travellers 41. Travellers who are less than 21 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by and share a cabin/ room with an adult aged 21 or over. Children under 12 years of age are not accepted. Included in your fare 42. All Economy airfares from the UK (unless specified at the time of booking, e.g. selected special offers), coach travel, all cruise travel, services of a Cruise and/or Tour Director (if applicable), airport transfers, port charges, meals, accommodation, sightseeing and admissions and other services as expressly indicated in the itinerary, all gratuities and tipping on

land tours and river cruises except as set out below. NOT included in your fare 43. Gratuities and tips to any staff on cruise ships or trains not operated by us (unless otherwise expressly advised), meals not specified in the itinerary, drinks, laundry, passport fees, expenses of a personal nature, visas and vaccinations, travel between train stations and any other items which are not expressly included in the cost of your tour. Services of a Tour Director when staying in Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai or Eastern & Oriental Express are not included. Changes to flight schedules may require additional overnight accommodation at either commencement or completion of tour which is at your own expense. For the avoidance of doubt hotel accommodation is not provided on an all-inclusive basis. Transfers 44. These are only available on the day your tour commences and the day your tour terminates at designated times. Transfers outside these times will be at your expense and arrangement. If you have purchased pre and post tour hotel accommodation through us, you will be provided with airport transfers to/ from your hotel to the relevant gateway airport. If your airline booking is not made by us, you must ensure your flight details are provided to us (this can be entered by Tour Personaliser at www.scenic.co.uk.) Please note: No refund will be given for unused transfers. Transfers cannot be routed to other pick-up points or destinations. Passengers who miss the pre-booked transfer will be responsible for making their own way to/from the ship/rail station or hotel at their own expense. Transfers must be booked and flights advised to us a minimum of 60 days prior to travel otherwise transfers cannot be guaranteed. Please note, heavy traffic can result in long transfer times. Passports and visas 45. A full British passport presently takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to obtain. If you are 16 or over and have not yet got a passport, you should apply for one at least six weeks before your departure from the UK. The UK Passport Service has to confirm an applicant’s identity before issuing their first passport and will ask them to attend an interview in order to do this. If you are not a British citizen or hold a non-British passport, you must check passport and visa requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country(ies) you are travelling through and to which you are intending to travel. Please note, all requirements may change and all clients must check the up to date position in good time

before departure with the Embassy or consulate of the country(ies) you are travelling through and to. 46. British passport holders must generally have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. Passport holders with passports which are damaged or missing pages may be refused entry. It is your responsibility to ensure any visas required for countries to be visited on the tour have been obtained prior to the tour departure date. Failure to obtain correct documentation will mean you may be unable to participate in particular shore excursions and may be denied boarding and/or entry into certain countries. General visa information for the countries featured in this brochure is as follows (please note, it is correct at the time of going to print but may change), you should check your own specific requirements with the Embassy or consulate of the country(ies) you are travelling through in good time before departure: See website for full terms and conditions Financial security 47. We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 9294). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to


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those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be reassigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. Please note: Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. 48. We are a member of ABTA with membership number Y6328. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain high standards of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the dispute resolution scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com. If your holiday does not include flights, ABTA will financially protect your holiday by ensuring you receive a refund or, if your arrangements include return travel to the UK (other than flights) you are returned to the UK in the event that your holiday cannot be provided as a result of our insolvency. Please go to www.abta.com for a copy of the guide to ABTA’s scheme of Financial Protection. Tour participation 49 Additional to clause 1, you acknowledge that some of the cruise ships we use do not have elevators and where there is an elevator on board it may not access all decks. In addition standard cabins and bathrooms have significant thresholds and cabin doors which limit access and may not be wide enough to allow access by many wheelchairs. We may not be able to ensure that you are able to participate in some activities either on board the ship or onshore at all ports of call if it is not safe for you or others to do so. You must be physically able to undertake any tour and must be self-sufficient and/or must travel with a companion able to provide any assistance needed during the tour, we regret we cannot provide a companion to assist you throughout your tour. For the Eastern & Oriental Express, the dimensions and layout of the train are not accessible to wheelchair bound passengers. Passengers with slight walking restrictions can be accommodated but is recommended to travel with an able bodied passenger.

Please note a number of tracks in Asia are wooden and therefore the journey may be uneven. If you have special requirements please make your reservation agent aware at the time of booking. Cruise cabins 50. The tour price is based on the cruise cabin category as indicated on each tour page. Upgrades to other cabin types are available at additional cost. Please note that individual cabin number requests are a request only and cannot be guaranteed. Deck plans and Cabin layouts 51. The deck plans and cabin layouts/ sizes are to be used as an indication only and are subject to change. Please note Au Co (Ha Long Bay Cruise) and the Eastern & Oriental Express are not operated by Scenic and as such standard inclusions may vary. Noise, vibration and odour 52. While we take reasonable steps to minimise noise, vibrations and odours on the cruise ships, you acknowledge and accept that some noise, vibration and intermittent odours may be experienced on vessels and that we will not be liable to you in relation to such noise, vibration or odours. Eastern & Oriental Express is operated on wooden tracks through Asia and therefore noise and vibration can be experienced throughout the journey due to the use of vintage carriages on uneven rails. Docking position 53. During port stops, ships may dock side-by-side, obstructing views and requiring you to pass through other ships to embark & disembark. Cruise and Tour Director 54. An experienced English-speaking Cruise or Tour Director accompanies every tour as outlined in the itinerary. They are there to ensure your comfort, answer your questions and make your holiday relaxed and memorable. Cruise and Tour Directors are employed by us. All-inclusive beverages 55. (a) All standard beverages on board the Spirit and Aura are included in the tour price whilst you are on-board a Scenic ship. This includes wine, beer, soft drinks and standard spirits. It also includes daily replenishment of the cabin minibars. (b) Selected items such as high end spirits, including malt whiskey, selected French champagne and selected wines are not included and there will be an additional charge. (c) Responsible service of alcohol is practiced by all staff on-board. We reserve the right to refuse anybody service if the reasonable opinion of those severing, you are/ or appear to be intoxicated and could put the comfort, quiet enjoyment, or safety of yourself or those around you at risk. (d) All-

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inclusive drinks do not apply to tours, hotels or any third party suppliers. River cruise dining 56. Dining rooms are open-seating. River cruising Electricity and Wi-Fi 57. On-board electricity is 220v - you will need a suitable plug adaptor to use your electrical items. All river cruise ships have hairdryers available. 58. Some of our vessels have Wi-Fi internet access on-board. Even when available access to the internet may be limited or none existent during the course of your cruise due to the demands from other users and/or the ships proximity to telecommunication services and network access. We also cannot guarantee that you will have any Wi-Fi coverage in your room. Minibars and safes 59. Our Scenic Spirit and Aura river cruise ships have minibars and safes in all cabins. Single accommodation 60. There are no dedicated single cabins available on the Scenic Spirit or Aura ships. A limited number of suites are available at a single supplement rate for each cruise. Please contact us for price information. Sightseeing tours 61 It is not possible for large coaches to be used for some city sightseeing. Many towns and cities will be visited by way of walking tours and accordingly, a reasonable level of fitness is required. For river cruising and tours, clients should be able to climb ramps. For coaches, ship embarkation/ disembarkation (depending on river levels) and attractions, these may have a number of steep steps. Please note, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions are subject to change and maximum/ minimum numbers. Unless specified on your itinerary, entrance fees, gratuities and transportation whilst on land tours are not included in your tour price. Scenic Enrich 62. It may not always be possible to offer every Scenic Enrich activity. Wherever possible, suitable alternatives will be provided. Royal Suites 63. Guests staying in Royal Panorama Suites on board the Scenic Spirit and Aura will receive the equivalent credit of the $100 per person USD in local currency through their on board account, which may be used in the wellness centre. This credit may not be used for other on board purchases and cannot be exchanged for cash. Full terms and conditions are available to be download or printed at www.scenic.co.uk Published August 2017.


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Scenic Aura Built 2016 | Passengers 44 | Cabins 22 | Crew 41 | Length 65 metres Diamond Deck

Sun Deck Mandalay Lounge

Jewel Deck

Sapphire Deck

Gem Deck

Observation Lounge

Bamar Dining

Pool Deck

SUN DECK

11

308

306

26

DIAMOND DECK

6 4

SAPPHIRE DECK

307

305

208

206

207

205

5

302

303

301

204

202

203

201

3

10 8

7 7

JEWEL DECK

304

3

104

102

100

105

103

101

3

11

9 13 3

GEM DECK

12

14

Cabin Categories

Deck Plan

BALCONY JACUZZI

LOUNGE

1

Sun Deck

8

Bamar Dining

Diamond Deck

2

Vitality Pool and Bar

9

Gift Shop

RS

Royal Panorama Suite

3

Foyer Stairwell

10

Reception

11

Library

Grand Deluxe Suite

4

Outdoor Lounge

RD

5

Mandalay Lounge

12

Guest Laundry

6

River Café

13

Gym

7

Galley

14

Wellness Centre

BALCONY

ENTRY

A

Sapphire Deck Deluxe Suite

C

Deluxe Suite

BA

Deluxe Suite

CA

Balcony Suite

Deluxe Suite

BALCONY

ENTRY

BEDROOM

BEDROOM

Jewel Deck

B

BATHROOM

BEDROOM BATHROOM

BATHROOM

BATHROOM

BALCONY

ENTRY

BEDROOM

ENTRY

Royal Panorama Suite

Grand Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suite

Balcony Suite

Including Private Outdoor Terrace 70m2/753ft2

Including Scenic Sun Lounge 40m2/430ft2

Including Scenic Sun Lounge 32m2/344ft2

Including Scenic Sun Lounge 24m2/258ft2

RS

RD

A

B

BA

C

The deckplan and cabin layout images are an indication only and may vary. Please note cabin 101 is 28m2.

CA


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Scenic Spirit Built 2016 | Passengers 68 | Cabins 34 | Crew 50 | Length 85 metres

Sun Deck Spirit Lounge

Jewel Deck

Diamond Deck

Sapphire Deck

Gem Deck

Observation Lounge

Crystal Dining

Pool Deck

SUN DECK

11

312

308

310

311

6

6

307

309

214

212

210

55

44

SAPPHIRE DECK

306 306

304 304

302

305 305

303 303

301

33

22

DIAMOND DECK

208

206

204 204

202

207

205 205

203

201

106

104

102

100

3

3

215

211

209

10 10

77 8 8

JEWEL DECK

3

11 11

9 9

12 12

107

105

13 13

15 15

103

101

333

GEM DECK

14 14

16 16

Cabin Categories

Deck Plan 6 River Café

12 Guest Laundry

7 Galley

13 Gym

2 Pool and Bar

8 Crystal Dining

14 Beauty Salon

3 Elevator

9 Gift Shop

15 Steam Sauna

4 Outdoor Lounge

10 Reception

16 Wellness Centre

5 Spirit Lounge

11 Library

1 Sun Deck and Open

Air Cinema

Diamond Deck

Sapphire Deck

RS

Royal Panorama Suite

RD A

Jewel Deck

B

Deluxe Suite

C

Deluxe Suite

Grand Deluxe Suite

BB

Deluxe Suite

CA

Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suite

BA

Deluxe Suite

BALCONY

ENTRY BATHROOM

BATHROOM

BEDROOM

BEDROOM

BEDROOM

BALCONY

ENTRY

BALCONY

BATHROOM JACUZZI

ENTRY

Royal Panorama Suite

Grand Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suite

Including Private Outdoor Terrace 80m2/861ft2

Including Scenic Sun Lounge 40m2/430ft2

Including Scenic Sun Lounge 32m2/344ft2

RS

RD

The deckplan and cabin layout images are an indication only and may vary.

A

B

BB

BA

C

CA


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