Cruising the Mekong River on AmaDara
AmaWaterways had just been named Best River Cruise Line by Virtuoso and AmaDara enhances that reputation. Cruises on AmaDara start at $4,959 per person.
The experience began on land with a stay at the exotic Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia to see Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, what are left of the glories of the Khmer empire when much of this area of Asia was known as Campuchia.
Both are impressive and convey the melancholy of lost grandeur.
|Floating village in Cambodia|
We were welcomed to AmaDara by a local band, Cambodian lion dancers, traditional dancers, captain and crew and AmaWaterways' owners and board of directors. Cabins are spacious, come with two balconies and are well-equipped. Public spaces are comfortable and airy.
|Residents' transportation to and from Evergreen Island in Vietnam.|
|Buddhist monks at prayer, Oudong, Cambodia.|
|Appetizers were always creative.|
|City Hall, SaIgon|
|Dinner at Quan Bui.|
|Cambodian girl gets your attention with her tarantula in hopes you will buy some bananas.|
Note: For a more thorough account of the cruise, go to All Things Cruise and look for AmaDara.
Italian DealHow about $479 for nine nights in Italy?
Three nights' accommodations Rome at the Hotel Buenos Aires, three nights in Florence at the Corona d'Italia and three nights in Venice at the Malibran or Santa Chiara plus daily breakfast, high speed train tickets, free pizza and gelato in Rome and Florence and and a tour of Murano in Venice. Oh, and one sight-seeing tour.
Available November 1 to December 20, 2015 and does not include air or local hotel taxes.
Upgrades available, natch, at www.tourcrafters.it, “Deal of the Week.” For reservations, call TourCrafters toll-free at 1-800-ITALY95.