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Explore the world heritage-listed city of Hoi An.

Includes return flights from the UK. During this luxurious APT journey, you will cruise the Mekong River and discover its rural villages, as well as get to the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia’s thriving cities.

  • Absorb the stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay on a three day cruise.
  • Drink in hand, you'll watch the golden glow of a sun rise over the temples of Angkor Wat.
  • Explore the stunning World Heritage-listed Old Town of Hoi An decorated with bright lanterns and twinkling fairy lights.
  • Cambodia
  • Asia
  • Vietnam
Tour Types
  • Land Journey
  • River Cruise
  • Scenic
  • Singles
  • Small Group
  • History
  • Cruise
  • Luxury
  • Cultural
Day 1: Depart London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Vietnam.

Day 2: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Today you’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel then enjoy the rest of the day at 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 local dishes. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
After breakfast this morning, you are able to choose from two Signature Experiences. Tonight, enjoy another Signature Experience.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City,Da Nang, Hoi An
pend your final morning in Ho Chi Minh City enjoying your selected sightseeing activity. After, 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.
Accommodation: Three Nights, Hotel Royal Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An
It’s time to explore this delightful seaside town as you set out on your selected sightseeing activity. Afterwards, a free afternoon gives you the chance to explore more of Hoi An. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Day 6: Hoi An
You can experience the true personality of a city at its markets, and Hoi An is no exception. Today you’ll celebrate the quaint town with a culinary Signature Experience.

Day 7: Hoi An, Hue
Travel past the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country’s most scenic hillside roads, on your way to Hue. Enjoy lunch in a garden restaurant 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.
Accommodation: Hue, La Résidence Hotel & Spa

Day 8: 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. Take the rest of the evening to relax and settle in to your new surrounds over dinner.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 9: Hanoi
Spend this morning on your selected Freedom of Choice activity. Then, after a leisurely afternoon, enjoy the freedom to choose where to dine for dinner.

Day 10: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay
Travel by coach to Ha Long and embark on your cruise. Enjoy lunch on board as you traverse through the stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay and watch as a myriad of unique islands seem to glide past your boat. Later, tour the World Heritage-listed Sung Sot Cave with its thousands of beautiful stalactites. Relax on board during dinner this evening and raise a glass to the beauty of Ha Long Bay.
Accommodation: Two Nights, Ha Long Bay, The Au Co

Day 11: Ha Long Bay
Perhaps enjoy tai chi on the sun deck during a morning spent cruising the bay. After breakfast, your ship will sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay, cruising past the floating villages of Cua Van and Vung Vieng before visiting Cong Dam fishing village by bamboo boat or kayak. Here, you can explore the floating village and see how the residents live. After a traditional lunch on board, you will arrive at Cat Ba Island to visit the Cat Ba National Park and Viet Hai Village. Here, explore the sights of the island by bike. Upon retiring to The Au Co for the evening, relax and enjoy dinner.

Day 12: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Siem Reap
This morning, cruise beside the Surprise Grotto and Titov Island. The stunning islands, a slow creation of humid weather and tectonic activity, are a beautiful sight to be greeted with. After breakfast, transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Siem Reap.
Accommodation: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

Day 13: Siem Reap
Today, 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. Later this afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, with its stunning ruins, then visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged local children. This evening, take in an exciting Apsara performance before you enjoy dinner.

Day 14: Siem Reap, Angkor
After your Signature Experience at Angkor Wat, 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, set out on your chosen Freedom of Choice sightseeing activity. This evening, select from a number of local restaurants for dinner.

Day 15: Siem Reap, Prek K’dam, Embark Cruise
Transfer by coach to Prek K’dam today to board your river ship for your eight-day luxury Mekong River cruise. Tonight, join fellow guests in the dining area for an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Seven Nights, Mekong River, RV AmaLotus

Day 16: Kampong Chhnang, Oudong, Kampong Tralach
Today brings you an authentic glimpse into the local way of life as you jump aboard a small boat and head into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Known as the ‘Clay Pot Port’, the local people craft pottery under their stilt homes on the river. Here, watch out for water birds and traditional fishing traps near the riverbank. Afterwards, take a coach to Oudong, the royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. Calling in on a local monastery, you are met by Buddhist monks before receiving a special blessing from them – an unforgettable experience. Afterwards, continue to the village of Kampong Tralach for a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then take an exciting ox cart ride through the countryside, passing lush rice fields and smiling locals on your way back to your ship. Discuss the day’s adventures over a delicious dinner on board.

Day 17: Koh Chen, Phnom Penh
This morning, sail to the village of Koh Chen for a walk to visit the fine copperware workshops. Watch the craftsmanship and learn about the process. Later this afternoon, you are free to explore Cambodia’s buzzing capital, Phnom Penh. You might like to wander the streets and familiarise yourself with the city before returning to your luxurious river ship for dinner.

Day 18: Phnom Penh
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 an 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 a guided city tour on a tuk tuk.

Day 19: 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.

Day 20: 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 and a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Later, visit an evergreen island and see authentic rural Mekong life.

Day 21: Sa Dec, Cai Be
In the quaint town of Sa Dec, disembark to visit a Cao Dai temple. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Huynh Thuy Le’s old house Continue on to Cai Be. Step ashore to see its French Gothic cathedral and port area. You’ll also visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made.

Day 22: My Tho, Disembark Cruise, Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Disembark the ship at My Tho and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City for your return flight to the UK.

Day 23: Arrive London
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Touring with APT

It’s the extra little things APT think of that make your journey totally unforgettable. Whether it’s the inspirational destinations; eye opening experiences; or the fact that so much is included in the price, rest assured APT takes care of everything.

Learn from expert inside knowledge whilst you explore iconic sites – as well as discovering undiscovered gems at lesser known locations. Experience a new perspective on the world as the sights, sounds and flavours of unfamiliar cultures are vividly brought to life by their hand-picked local guides. And enjoy the unparalleled level of care and attention APT has refined over 90 years of family ownership.

APT offer a choice of Luxury or Essential river cruises and tours (Essential holidays are operated by APT Travelmarvel). There’s so much included from excursions, tipping, port charges and flights. Luxury even includes private home-to-airport  transfers and a range of Signature Experiences, giving you once-in-a-lifetime moments. And because everyone is different, the Freedom of Choice concept allows you to tailor your sightseeing in select locations, your way, at no additional cost.

But it’s the attention to detail in their personal service that truly sets APT apart. Their guests think so too. They’ve given them a 5 star TrustPilot rating.

Delight in every detail. That’s the APT Difference.


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