Visitors of Laos will have the opportunity to discover the serene beauty of Southern Laos during a cruise aboard the newly built cruise vessel Mekong Islands. Starting and ending point is in the capital of Champasak province Pakse, idyllically located along the Mekong shore
DAY 1: WELCOME TO SOUTHERN LAOS!
We pick you up at Pakse airport or hotel in town. At boarding this afternoon (Check in is after 2pm), your ever-friendly Laotian crew welcomes you with a cocktail. You will start your cruise experience with the departure southwards. When the sun has set and your cruise vessel is moored safely at the river shore you will get to know more about Laos and its people as well as the nearly 5,000 km long Mekong river during exciting presentations and lectures held by your cruise director. During the next days, indulge in Southeast Asian delicacies for dinner on board or an atmospheric barbecue on the riverbank. (-/-/D)
DAY 2: UNESCO-WORLD HERITAGE AND NATURE DELIGHTS
After cruising leisurely further downriver you will stop to go on a shore excursion to the impressive temple complex of Wat Phou, relics of the great Khmer empire reining the region from the 8th to 13th century. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located at the foot of the 1,500 m high Kao Mountain. With its mystical atmosphere these ruins are among the most inspiring archaeological tour destinations of Laos. Returning aboard your can lean back and enjoy the beautiful sunsets from your cabin or the sundeck while cruising deeper into the so called region of the 4,000 Islands. (B/L/D)
DAY 3: THE 4000 ISLANDS
Here in the deep south of the country the Mekong has its widest expansion of up to 16 km during the annual high water period. In thousands of years nature created a landscape that seems almost surreal with thousands of islands appearing in the river bed when the high water declines annually. Some of these islands are bigger with a magnitude of a few square kilometers; other uninhabited ones are only a few square meters wide. Today you will go on an excursion partly by river cruise, local slowboat and bus to explore this remote nature escape and you will also see the mighty Khone waterfalls, the biggest falls in Asia. In the evening enjoy our farewell dinner aboard. (B/L/D)
DAY 4: RETURN TO PAKSE
Breakfast is served in the morning, before you disembark for your return to Pakse by bus. (No flights earlier than 13:30 from Pakse or 17:30 from Ubon Ratchatani will be reached. If you plan an earlier flight, we’ll be happy to arrange an extra hotel night in Pakse to your itinerary.) A short city tour of Pakse can be arranged for those spending an extra night or leaving late afternoon/evening.* (B/-/-)
NOTE: Every river cruise in Southern Laos is a pioneering experience and is subject to constantly changing river conditions, including floodwaters and shallows. Therefore please understand that we must reserve the right to alter the itinerary due to the logistical complexities involved. Small deviations in the program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, local authorities and river and/or road conditions. For safety reasons and according to navigating conditions, these programs may be amended without previous notice.
* The cruise is also operated in the opposite direction starting with the city tour (arrivals until 12am) and the bus transfer to embark the Mekong Islands down south on day 1 at 2 pm. The same program will then be conducted from south to north. On day 4, no flights earlier than 11:30 pm from Pakse or 14:30 pm from UBP will be reached. If you plan an earlier flight, we’ll be happy to arrange an extra hotel night in Pakse to your itinerary to leave the next morning.
Please be informed that the cruise requires a minimum of 5 passengers to operate.
Free one night at the Champasak Palace Hotel before/ after the cruise
PRICE IN EURO PER CABIN
|Booking||Departure||Arrival||Classic Single||Classic Double||Superior Single||Superior Double|
|Book this date||9 Jan 2013||12 Jan 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||12 Jan 2013||15 Jan 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||16 Jan 2013||19 Jan 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||19 Jan 2013||22 Jan 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||6 Feb 2013||9 Feb 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||9 Feb 2013||12 Feb 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||13 Feb 2013||16 Feb 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||16 Feb 2013||19 Feb 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||27 Feb 2013||2 Mar 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||13 Mar 2013||16 Mar 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||16 Mar 2013||19 Mar 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
|Book this date||27 Mar 2013||30 Mar 2013||860||1360||1130||1730|
Sightseeing, shore excursions, admission fees and onboard programs by English-speaking guides. Meals as shown by BLD, drinks at meal time (mineral water, juice, coffee, tea). Return airport transfers between Pakse airport and pier. Accommodation on RV Mekong Islands with private facilities.
Flights, tips, visa, drinks with the exception of drinks mentioned above.
Port tax if any
Fuel surcharges if any
All bookings must be made directly with Mekong River Boats or our associated travel partners.
A confirmed reservation will be given to the guest or booking agent providing the requires deposit; all other reservations are in danger of cancellation.
Travel Partners are not allowed to offer clients the cruises for an amount below the official Rack rates.
For group bookings, a rooming list must be provided at least two weeks prior to the group’s arrival.
Rates are subject to change without prior notice. The confirmed rates are based on average prices for fuel and other costs (such as currency exchange rates, e.g.). Should these purchase costs rise by more than 10 %, Mekong River Cruises is authorized to impose a supplement commensurate with the rise in cost even after the confirmation of the original rate was sent to the customer.
Individual and small group-bookings payment conditions:
A 30 % deposit is required in order to make a booking. The full payment must be settled 30 days before the start of the cruise. Failure will result in cancellation of the booking.
Mekong River Cruises reserves the right to charge interest of 5 % per month on overdue bills.
Mekong River Cruises does not take responsibilities for bank surcharges for international transactions. If applicable, the sender of the money will pay his bank surcharges, Mekong River Cruises its bank surcharges.
Our bank details will be advised upon confirmation of your reservation. Payments shall be in USD/ EUR in form of bank transfers. Payments from overseas shall be done by telegraphic transfer. The payment can be made via our payment gate online with popular credit cards. 4% surcharges for payment online.
Individual and small group-bookings cancellation policies:
Cancellation before 120 days prior to the start of the cruise: 30 % of the total rate
Between 120 and 61 days prior to the start of the cruise: 50 % of the total rate
Between 60 and 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 70 % of the total rate
Less than 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 90 % of the total rate
For travel professionals and special interest groups only, that book the full vessel exclusively for their group:
Exclusive group fullcharter payment conditions: 30 % of the total charter amount is due upon confirmation of his charter(s) (leave 70 %).
20 % of the total charter amount is due 180 days prior to each charter period (leave 50 %).
The remaining 50 % of the total charter amount are due 30 days prior to each charter period.
Exclusive group full charter cancellation policies:
Cancellation before 180 days prior to each charter period: 30 % of the total rate
Between 180 and 30 days prior to each charter period: 50 % of the total rate
Less than 30 days prior to each charter period : 90 % of the total rate
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