Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Tan Cang – Can Giuoc – The Island Lodge (L, D)
8:00am: Your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Tan Cang Pier.
8:15am: The boat departs and you slip away from downtown Saigon via narrow canals, and enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast is served on board.
9:00am: Visit Can Giuoc riverside market full of local curiosities, tropical fruits and all manner of fish and shellfish. Great photo opportunities!
10:00am: Enjoy a brief stop at the Pagoda, while your guide explains the importance of Buddhism to many people of the Delta.
10:30am: Reach the idyllic watery expanses of the Delta itself, known as the Delta of Nine Dragons for the 9 tributaries that splinter from the main Mekong River.
12:00pm: Visit a brick atelier to see how locals still use traditional technologies to make bricks.
12:30pm: Take a ride on “xe loi”, a traditional transport used in the villages of the Mekong Delta.
1:00pm: Have a delicious lunch at a local riverside restaurant.
2:00pm: Continue your xe loi ride and visit a weaving workshop. Board a boat and go through small canals to reach a coconut candy workshop.
3:00pm: Arrive to the boutique hotel The Island Lodge. Relax by the river, chill at the pool or take a bike ride on the peaceful alleys of the Unicorn Island full of shady fruit trees.
In the evening have a delicious dinner specially cooked for you by a French chef.
Day 2: The Island Lodge – Cai Be – Cho Lach – Tra On (B, L, D)
9:00am: Have breakfast at the hotel and depart The Island Lodge to continue exploring the Delta.
9:45am: Visit Cai Be floating market to see how locals run their trading business on the river.
11:30am: Board Bassac wooden cruise boat in Cai Be. Enjoy a welcome drink and check-in to your cabin, while departing towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river.
12:00pm: Enjoy Vietnamese lunch on board cooked by Bassac chef. Relax on the deck after lunch.
2:00pm: The boat slips into the "Chợ Lách" Canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle river, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the colorful and active life on the river and its banks.
3:00pm: Explore a village on the banks of Mang Thit River, observe the way of life and experience hospitality of the locals before visiting a nearby orchard or rice fields.
4:00pm: Board back and enjoy a complimentary drink, watching the sunset on the deck.
6:00pm: The crew will serve dinner of Mekong specialties, while the boat is cruising Mang Thit River.
7:00pm: Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.
Day 3: Tra On – Can Tho – Cai Rang – Ninh Kieu – Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
6:30am – Have an early breakfast while passing by the Tra On floating market. Then the ship will depart to Can Tho.
8:30am: Arrival to Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer to a local boat to slide between the market vessels.
10:00am: Visit to a noodle factory and return to the Ninh Kieu pier in Can Tho.
12:00pm: Lunch at Sao Hom or Nam Bo restaurant.
If you wish, you can also add one of the extensions to your tour: it can be either a lunch cruise to a khmer pagoda or a cycling tour along Tra On river. (In this case a surcharge will be applied).
1:00pm: Minivan will pick you up after lunch and bring back to Saigon. There will be a 30-minute rest stop on the way.
4:30pm: Drop off at the hotel in HCMC.
Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.