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Best of Vietnam and Cambodia

FROM $10,295

Cruising the Lower Mekong is one of the most amazing experiences available to the modern traveller. Visits remote local communities, where you’ll gain a deeper insight into the local cultures, their customs and their ways of life.

Hanoi’s Sights – Enjoy a tour of Hanoi’s historic sights on a cyclo ride

Ox Cart Ride – Take an authentic oxcart ride in Kampong Tralach

Imperial City – Visit Hue’s Imperial Citadel, an impressive walled fortress and palace

  • DURATION 21 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY LAND JOURNEY & RIVER CRUISE
  • OPERATES VARIOUS DATES THROUGHOUT 2017 & 2018
  • DEPARTS HO CHI MINH

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Today you’ll arrive in bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel then enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. Ho Chi Minh City pulses with a vibrant energy that is intoxicating for visitors. Get swept up in the hustle and bustle as you discover its gorgeous French colonial architecture and wide leafy boulevards. Perhaps explore the warren of back alleys, lined with food stalls and vendors offering an array of tantalising local dishes. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon (D)

DAY 2 Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On the first Signature Experience, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation and marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. On the second alternative, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, hospitals and weapon caches, and make for a fascinating visit. This evening, head to Xu Restaurant for a tantalizing and exclusive degustation dinner, complete with matching wines, all inspired by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen.

Your first full day in Ho Chi Minh City offers you the chance to choose from two Signature Experiences, during which you’ll learn about Vietnam’s recent past.

Stay: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon (BLD)

DAY 3 Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Spend your final morning in Ho Chi Minh City enjoying your selected sightseeing activity.

After your selected sightseeing activity, board your included flight to Da Nang and, on arrival, take a scenic coach ride to the city of Hoi An on the country’s east coast. Arrive at your five-star hotel situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River, where you will enjoy three relaxing nights amid Art Nouveau-inspired surrounds.

Stay: Three Nights: Hoi An, Hotel Royal Hoi An (BD)

DAY 4 Hoi An

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

It’s time to explore this delightful seaside town as you set out on your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps take a walking tour of Hoi An; enjoy an eco-tour of the surrounding countryside; learn how to make traditional lanterns with a local craftsman; enjoy a bicycle tour of the countryside; head to the city’s finest tailors to be fitted for a complimentary shirt or blouse; take a rice planting tour; or enjoy a spa treatment.

Afterwards, a free afternoon gives you the chance to explore more of Hoi An. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Stay: Hoi An, Hotel Royal Hoi An (BD)

DAY 5 Hoi An

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Venture into the city’s colourful market to learn about local ingredients that you’ll use during an exclusive cooking class with the Red Bridge Cooking School.

You can experience the true personality of a city at its markets and Hoi An is no exception. You’ll take a leisurely boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the school and explore the herb garden before learning how to prepare Vietnamese dishes. Sample the results of your efforts at lunch.

Stay: Hoi An, Hotel Royal Hoi An (BD)

DAY 6 Hoi An, Lang Co Beach, Hue

Travel past the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Dip your toes in the waters of beautiful Lang Co Beach then cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country’s most scenic hillside roads, on your way to Hue. Enjoy lunch in a garden before visiting Hue’s Imperial Citadel and the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, the historic Thien Mu Pagoda. For dinner, enjoy an Emperor Feast unique to this region featuring royal Vietnamese cuisine.

Stay: Hue, La Résidence Hotel and Spa (BLD)

DAY 7 Hue, Hanoi

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Hue to Hanoi. This afternoon, a tour of Hanoi will take you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You’ll also take in the sights during a cyclo ride.

Stay: Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (BD)

DAY 8 Hanoi

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Spend this morning on your selected Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps tour the 500-year-old village of Bat Trang, world-famous for its pottery. Or, relax and enjoy a foot massage back at your hotel. Embark on a walking tour to observe Hanoi’s French colonial architecture, and explore the interior of the Hanoi Opera House, or take in a water puppet show. Other options include a visit to the home of an artist or a leisurely bicycle ride past Hanoi’s lush rice paddy fields.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

How your evening evolves is also up to you – choose from six different but equally superb restaurants for dinner.

Stay: Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (BD)

DAY 9 Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Travel by coach to Ha Long and embark on your luxurious three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.

Treasure the chance to sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets this afternoon as you glide along the azure waters. Enjoy lunch on your way towards Ban Chan Beach, where your ship will drop anchor so you can go for a swim or participate in water activities. After dinner on board, you might like to try your hand at squid fishing with the crew.

Stay: Ha Long Bay, The Au Co (BLD)

DAY 10 Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay

Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck during a leisurely morning spent cruising the bay. After lunch, your ship will sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay, an undeveloped region less frequented by tourists. Spend the afternoon swimming or kayaking before a guided visit to Thien Canh Son Cave.

Stay: Ha Long Bay, The Au Co (BLD)

DAY 11 Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Siem Reap

Take a kayak or bamboo boat to explore Vung Vieng fishing village before your ship returns to shore. Disembark and travel to Hanoi for your included flight to Siem Reap. Arrive this evening and relax at your hotel.

Stay: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor (BL)

DAY 12 Siem Reap

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

This afternoon, set out on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. Options include an unforgettable Buddhist blessing, a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, an Apsara dance class, a quad bike adventure, a leisurely horse and cart ride, a bicycle tour across the countryside, a Khmer cooking class, a shopping trip, or a relaxing spa treatment.

Head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. This evening, take in an Apsara performance while you enjoy dinner.

Stay: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor (BD)

DAY 13 Siem Reap

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Rise early this morning and travel back to the Angkor Archaeological Park for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

On a Freedom of Choice dining evening, you may choose from a number of restaurants at which to enjoy dinner.

After your Signature Experience this morning, embark on a guided tour of the temple and admire the ancient structures in the soft morning light, before breakfast back at your hotel. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, with its vine-covered ruins, then visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged local children.

Stay: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor (BD)

DAY 14 Siem Reap, Prek K’dam, Embark Ship

Transfer to Prek K’dam to board your ship for your eight-day luxury Mekong River cruise. Tonight, dine on an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (BLD)

DAY 15 Kampong Chhnang, Koh Chen

Transfer to a small boat to explore the lush wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, watching for birdlife and traditional fishing traps near the riverbank. Meet back at your ship and continue sailing to the small village of Koh Chen. Disembark and take a walk to visit the silverware and copperware workshops.

Stay: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (BLD)

DAY 16 Prek K’dam, Oudong, Kampong Tralach, Phnom Penh

Take a coach to Oudong, once a royal capital of Cambodia, where you’ll call on a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with monks. In Kampong Tralach later, ride an ox cart through the countryside, passing rice fields and smiling locals on the way back to your ship. Later, arrive in Phnom Penh.

Stay: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (BLD)

DAY 17 Phnom Penh

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Step ashore in Phnom Penh this morning and perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Alternatively, take 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). Your other options are a visit to the Cambodian National Museum or an exciting guided city tour through the busy streets on a tuk tuk.

Stay: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (BLD)

DAY 18 Phnom Penh, Border Crossing

Relax on board as you cruise towards the Vietnamese border. You might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border crossing formalities are carried out.

Stay: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (BLD)

DAY 19 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. You’ll cruise past a floating fishing farm, then disembark for a rickshaw tour. Later, visit an evergreen island and see authentic rural Mekong life.

Stay: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (BLD)

DAY 20 Sa Dec, Cai Be

In the quaint city of Sa Dec, enjoy a small-boat ride past floating markets, then disembark to visit a Cao Dai temple. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Then continue on to Cai Be. Step ashore to see its French Gothic cathedral, then explore its port area and delight in its colonial buildings and flower gardens. You’ll also visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made.

Stay: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus (BLD)

DAY 21 My Tho, Disembark Ship, Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Disembark the ship at My Tho Port and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. (B)

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