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Luxury Tour

China, Vietnam and Cambodia

FROM $14,995

We’ve combined a journey through fascinating China, including a Yangtze River cruise, with an exhilarating discovery of Vietnam and Cambodia, including APT’s ever-popular Mekong River cruise, for the ultimate journey.

  • DURATION 29 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY LAND AND RIVER CRUISE JOURNEY
  • OPERATES 7 SEP, 21 SEP 2017; AUG - NOV 2018
  • DEPARTS Beijing

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Beijing

On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome Reception this evening.
Stay: Regent Hotel Beijing

DAY 2 Beijing

Tour Tiananmen Square and the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City. This evening, indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet with traditional accompaniments.(BLD)
Stay: Regent Hotel Beijing

DAY 3 Beijing, Great Wall of China

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a private buffet lunch overlooking the wall.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

After dinner at leisure back in Beijing, attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, watch a Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre or explore Silk Alley market.

Visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China.(BL)
Stay: Regent Hotel Beijing

DAY 4 Beijing, Yichang, Embark Ship

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At the Summer Palace, enjoy a private cruise aboard a traditionally styled boat.

Visit the Summer Palace this morning then, transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to your luxury river ship.(BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 5 Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam

Set off on your cruise along the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, then take a tour of the Three Gorges Dam. This evening, indulge in the Captain’s Welcome Dinner, followed by an entertaining crew show.(BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 6 Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge

In Badong, transfer to a traditional sampan (longboat) and cruise through stunning scenery. Continue to Wu Gorge, and pass between two majestic cliffs on entry to Qutang Gorge.(BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 7 Fengdu or Relocation Tour

Today, disembark for a tour of Fengdu, or take a ‘Relocation Tour’. Back on board, enjoy a class in Chinese calligraphy, mah-jong, Mandarin or dumpling making. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a Chinese banquet feast.(BLD)
Stay: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

DAY 8 Chongqing, Disembark Ship, Xi’an

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

This evening, choose from three restaurants for dinner.

Disembark and head to the Chongqing Zoo to view the famous and protected giant pandas. Later, visit a local restaurant for lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an.(BLD)
Stay:Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

DAY 9 Xi’an, Terracotta Army

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

This evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and a dumpling dinner. Or embark on a tour of the Muslim Quarter, including dinner at a local restaurant.

Explore Xi’an on a guided tour then visit a clay factory. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Observe the tomb of life-size models that represent the army that triumphed in the Warring States period, and ushered in the United Imperial China era.(BLD)
Stay:Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

DAY 10 Xi’an, Shanghai

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal of Chinese cuisine at the Dragon Phoenix restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to head to Lost Heaven, which specialises in Yunnan cuisine, or enjoy a western style seafood meal at Amanda Restaurant.

After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, board the high-speed Maglev train into the heart of the city.(BLD)
Stay: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

DAY 11 Shanghai

After breakfast, take a bus tour through the downtown area of Shanghai. Stop at the Oriental Pearl Tower for panoramic views of the city then visit a local silk factory. This evening, after dinner at your leisure, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.(BL)
Stay: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

DAY 12 Shanghai

FREEDOM OF CHOICE ™ – Sightseeing

Choose your activity this morning. Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River and explore the Yu Garden. Following your tour, sit down to a dim sum lunch. Or you may prefer to take part in a cooking class, where you will learn to make Shanghai Dumplings. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi, an ancient water town.

This evening, attend a Farewell Dinner.(BLD)
Stay: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

DAY 13 Shanghai, Hanoi

Enjoy free time in Shanghai to explore. Tonight board an evening flight to Hanoi. On arrival, be transferred to your beautiful hotel.(B)
Stay:Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

DAY 14 Hanoi

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

This evening, choose from five restaurants for dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Choose from a range of sightseeing activities. Perhaps tour the village of Bat Trang and enjoy a pottery wheel class. Alternatively, enjoy a foot massage, take a walking tour, or see a traditional water puppet show. Other options include visiting the home of a local artist, or a bicycle tour past Hanoi’s rice fields and along the canal.(BD)

Stay:Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

DAY 15 Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take in a three-day cruise on a luxurious ship on Ha Long Bay.

Travel by coach to Ha Long and embark your luxurious three-day cruise on the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Set sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets. After lunch, travel by small boat to Sung Sot Cave, filled with stalactites. Enjoy a tour of the cave system and absorb the magnificent bay views from viewing platforms.(BLD)
Stay:Ha Long Bay, Paradise Elegance

DAY 16 Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay

Perhaps enjoy tai chi on the Sun Deck this morning. Later, visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat. After lunch take a guided biking or walking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit The Au Co organic farm. Tonight, try your hand at squid fishing with the crew.(BLD)
Stay:Ha Long Bay, Paradise Elegance

DAY 17 Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a tea ceremony before returning to shore. Then travel to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City.(BLD)
Stay: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon

DAY 18 Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan or Cu Chi Tunnels

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, perhaps visit the site that once served as the Australian Military Base during the Vietnam War, and attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross (min. and max. numbers apply). Or, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Back in Ho Chi Minh City tonight, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.(BLD)
Stay:Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon

DAY 19 Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Ship

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps take a walking tour and enjoy a cyclo ride, visit an artist’s home, participate in a cooking class or take a motorbike tour. Transfer to My Tho Port to embark your ship for your river cruise. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen signature dinner.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 20 Cai Be, Sa Dec

In Cai Be today, visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Later, cruise to Sa Dec and visit a colourful Cao Dai Temple.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 21 Tan Chau, Border Crossing

Take a small-boat journey along the tiny tributaries around Tan Chau, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of the town. Later, visit a remote evergreen island and discover authentic rural Mekong life. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 22 Phnom Penh

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on your chosen activity. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a city tour in a tuk-tuk.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 23 Phnom Penh, Koh Chen

Enjoy time at leisure. Perhaps relax aboard your luxurious ship or discover Phnom Penh independently. Later, cruise to Koh Chen village, a small village specialising in copperware. On arrival, visit home-workshops that manufacture copper souvenirs.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 24 Oudong, Kampong Tralach

Disembark and travel by coach to Oudong. During your time here, visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience. Afterwards, continue to the beautiful Kampong Tralach region before an exciting ox-cart ride takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 25 Kampong Chhnang

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll enjoy a relaxing small-boat excursion into the beautiful wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. After some time cruising, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you indulge in a Farewell Dinner aboard your ship.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 26 Disembark Ship, Siem Reap

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

This evening, enjoy a choice of lovely restaurants for dinner.

Disembark your cruise in Prek Kdam and be transferred to Siem Reap. Once there, head to the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, and admire the Bayon temple.(BLD)
Stay: Mekong River, APT’s luxurious RV AmaLotus

DAY 27 Siem Reap, Angkor

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Rise early and enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat, with a celebratory drink.

After your special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat, set out on a tour of the temple of Angkor. Return to your hotel for time at leisure. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm and visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA).(B)
Stay: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

DAY 28 Siem Reap

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Today you can choose your activity. You may like to visit the temple of Wat Preah Phrom Rath, or travel the city on the back of a tuk-tuk. Alternatively, participate in a Apsara dance class, take a quad bike adventure, or embark on a bicycle tour. More options include a cooking class, or indulging in a spa treatment.

Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance as part of your Farewell Dinner.(BD)
Stay: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

DAY 29 Depart Siem Reap

Your journey comes to an end this morning with a transfer to the airport for your flight.(B)

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