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The 2023 5★ Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

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FREE Private UK Chauffeur Service*

Hotel stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City & Siem Reap included*

Two night cruise of Ha Long Bay aboard the luxurious Au Co*

Seven night all-inclusive 5★ river cruise with Included Drinks, Wi-Fi, Gratuities & Shore Excursions*


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 18 nights
  • Departs 23 Jan 2023
  • Sails from My Tho, Vietnam
  • Ship Mekong Serenity
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1763546
  • Voyage code ‍VEMR19F

Your Itinerary

Chauffeur

Private Chauffeur transfer from your home address to the airport Mon 23 Jan 2023

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Fly from London

Fly overnight from London to Hanoi, Vietnam Mon 23 Jan 2023

Fly from London
Hanoi, Vietnam

Two night hotel stay in Hanoi, Vietnam Tue 24 Jan 2023

Hanoi, Vietnam

Upon arrival, be transferred to your hotel, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for your two night stay. Later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (D)

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

Hanoi, Vietnam Wed 25 Jan 2023

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

This morning, 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 of the Old Quarter during a cyclo ride. Spend the afternoon on your selected Freedom of Choice activity.

Freedom of Choice

Perhaps tour the 500-year-old village of Bat Trang. 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, take in a water puppet show, or a leisurely bicycle ride.

How your evening evolves is also up to you – choose from a range of different but equally superb and delicious restaurants for dinner. (B,D)

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Hanoi - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Thu 26 Jan 2023

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Travel by coach to Ha Long Bay and embark your ship, the luxurious Au Co. Embark on your luxurious three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets this afternoon, gliding slowly over the azure waters.

Enjoy lunch on board as you traverse through stunning scenery towards Ba Ham Lake, where you will have the chance to go for a dip or enjoy a spot of kayaking in the emerald green waters. Back on board, you might like to try your hand at creating authentic Vietnamese dishes during a cooking demonstration. Dinner this evening will be accompanied by a Vietnamese cultural dance. Afterwards, perhaps catch a movie at the ship’s moonlight open cinema, or take in the views as you enjoy a cocktail on the sun deck. (B,L,D)

Cat Ba National Park

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Fri 27 Jan 2023

Cat Ba National Park

Awake early and as the sun rises, perhaps rejuvenate your body and soul with a Tai Chi class. A secluded swim or chance to sunbathe is on the cards with a stop at Ba Trai Dao beach. After lunch, continue to Cat Ba Island, where you will take a guided bike tour to Viet Hai Village, nestled among the jungle-clad mountains of Cat Ba National Park. While here, you will also have the chance to visit an ancient Vietnamese house.

Upon retiring to The Au Co for the evening, relax and enjoy a barbecue dinner. (B,L,D)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Two night hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Sat 28 Jan 2023

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This morning after breakfast, take to the waters around the Cua Van Floating Culture Centre by kayak or traditional rowing boat. Renowned for its natural beauty, this calm bay allows you to see traditional floating fishing villages and enjoy local life. Return onboard for a farewell Vietnamese tea ceremony.

After, transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, Park Hyatt Saigon, for your two night stay. (B,L,D)

Cu Chi Tunnels

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Sun 29 Jan 2023

Cu Chi Tunnels

Today, choose from two Signature Experiences, and enjoy another unforgettable Signature Experience in the evening.

Signature Experience

Journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan, followed by a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial marking the site of this battle. Erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, it is located in a rubber plantation. Or visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. This remarkable tunnel network concealed the Viet Cong and served as supply and communication routes, as well as hospitals and weapon caches.

Experience dinner at Vietnam House, founded by Australia-born Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen. (B,L,D)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Mon 30 Jan 2023

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Enjoy a Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activity today

Freedom of Choice

Perhaps jump on the back of a motorbike and tour the vibrant streets of Saigon, or rise early for some city discovery and morning Tai Chi in the park. Other options include a walking tour of the capital, retail therapy at a bustling Vietnamese market, a tour of artist workshops or an authentic Vietnamese cooking class.

My Tho, Vietnam

My Tho, Vietnam Mon 30 Jan 2023

My Tho, Vietnam

Afterwards, transfer to My Tho to embark your ship, the Mekong Serenity for your seven night all-inclusive river cruise. 

Cai Be, Vietnam

Cai Be - Sa Dec Vietnam Tue 31 Jan 2023

Cai Be, Vietnam

In Cai Be, visit the French Gothic cathedral and port area. Then, at a rice paper manufacturer, learn how this Vietnamese staple is made. Continue to Sa Dec where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. Tour his former home and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. After, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple. (B,L,D)

Tan Chau, Vietnam

Tan Chau - Evergreen Island, Vietnam Wed 01 Feb 2023

Tan Chau, Vietnam

Step ashore in Tan Chau today for a rickshaw tour. On board your rickshaw, you’ll glide past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals who are always eager to say hello. Stop to pay a visit to a local silk and rattan weaving workshop.

Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island aboard a small boat, where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life.

The remainder of today is left free for you to relax back on board your river ship. (B,L,D)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia Thu 02 Feb 2023

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Freedom of Choice

Explore Cambodia's past or present today wit a range of Freedom of Choice experiences. After lunch back on board, more choices await.

Perhaps experience some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, see the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Or, discover Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride with a stop at the Central Market. History buffs can visit the National Museum or, if you prefer, take a leisurely bike ride through the city’s quiet back roads.

After lunch, either explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, enjoy some shopping or indulge in high tea.

This evening is yours to relax. (B,L,D)

Oudong, Cambodia

Oudong - Koh Chen - Oknha Tey, Cambodia Fri 03 Feb 2023

Oudong, Cambodia

Today, journey to historic Oudong, which was Cambodia’s fascinating royal capital from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience.

Signature Experience

In Oudong, partake in a traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony.

On the way back to Phnom Penh, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that manufacture copperware. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, which is renowned for its silk manufacturing traditions, preserved over centuries. Here, gain an insight into the traditional silk weaving process.

Afterwards, return to your river ship to relax before enjoying delicious onboard dining tonight. (B,L,D)

Angkor Ban

Angkor Ban, Cambodia Sat 04 Feb 2023

Angkor Ban

Join a walking discovery of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in traditional wooden homes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Continuing cruising towards Siem Reap this afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure on board. Perhaps go for a dip in the pool, or kick back on the Sun Deck with a good book and relax as life along the Mekong passes you by. (B,L,D)

Kampong Cham, Cambodia

Kampong Cham - Koh Pen, Cambodia Sun 05 Feb 2023

Kampong Cham, Cambodia

If you are feeling active this morning, perhaps set out on a walk to the hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey. From here, enjoy views over the Mekong, making it well worth the climb. You’ll find many temples, pagodas and stupas, some dating back to the 8th century.

Lunch is back on board, before taking a tuk tuk to explore the island of Koh Pen with its wooden stilt houses and local farming culture.

On your ship this evening, toast the end of your cruise during a final Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Three night hotel stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia Mon 06 Feb 2023

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Disembark your ship in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap.

Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon.

Freedom of Choice

Tonight, choose where to dine in Siem Reap.

Three night stay in, Siem Reap, at Hotel Sofitel Angkor (B,L,D)

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia Tue 07 Feb 2023

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a Signature Experience. After experiencing the majesty of World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat, enjoy a guided exploration of what is regarded as Angkor’s best-preserved temple, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Relax back at your hotel after breakfast. Then this afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site which is famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children.

The evening is at your leisure. (B)

Mekong River Cruise

Siem Reap, Cambodia Wed 08 Feb 2023

Mekong River Cruise

Embark on your selected sightseeing activity.

Freedom of Choice

Perhaps set out a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, you might like to join a quadbike excursion through the Cambodian countryside. Alternatively, unwind with a soothing spa treatment.

Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance before enjoying a Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London Thu 09 Feb 2023

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)

Arrive in London

Arrive in London Fri 10 Feb 2023

Arrive in London
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Private Chauffeur transfer from the airport to your home address Fri 10 Feb 2023

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What's included *

  • Incredible Savings Included!
  • FREE Private UK Chauffeur Transfers up to 75 miles each way to take you too and from the airport in style
  • TWO NIGHT stay at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam
  • TWO NIGHT cruise of the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay aboard the luxurious Au Co
  • TWO NIGHT hotel stay at Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • SEVEN NIGHTS 5★ all-inclusive river cruising aboard the BRAND NEW luxurious Mekong Serenity during her Maiden Season
  • THREE NIGHT stay at the Hotel Sofitel Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • FREE Airport Lounge Pass when you book by 8pm 30th August 2022
  • COMPLIMENTARY drinks throughout your river cruise
  • Choice of dining options including the Exclusive Indochine By Luke Nguyen restaurant
  • Gratuities included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • FREE tea & coffee & water replenished daily on board
  • Aluminium refillable bottle to allow you to fill up at your leisure
  • All sightseeing excursions , including: - Unique Signature Experiences - Freedom of Choice sightseeing and dining
  • Butler service available for select suites and complimentary laundry service is included in all suites
  • All port charges and tipping
  • Services of a Tour Director and local guides
  • Overseas transfers
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 25th August 2022 and receive a FREE John Lewis gift card worth up to £75

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The Ship - Mekong Serenity

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  • Length302 ft (92.05 m)
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The brand new ship on the Mekong River, the enchanting Mekong Serenity provides a spacious retreat to truly enjoy the lush landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. With a large amount of space per guest, this luxurious vessel boasts some of the largest suites on the Mekong. With just 44 suites accompanying a maximum of 88 guests, its intimate size means your voyage is highly personalised. Showcasing a modern sophisticated style with a nod to colonial times, this is a ship beyond compare.

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  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
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Do APT Cruises have a flexible cancellation policy?

APT Cruise will be offering a flexible transfer policy for a limited time only. At no additional charge, receive increased protection and flexibility, including the flexibility to change the date of your 2022 & 2023 holiday when booked by 30th 2022 up to 100 days prior to departure and rebook to a new date with no change fee.

Airline fees may apply. Further Cruise lines terms & conditions will apply. This policy is not valid for APT’s Tailor made holidays.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard an APT river ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations at least 14 days prior to travel, including a booster dose. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. You may also need to provide this during your cruise depending on the port of call entry requirements.

 


What are the testing & on board requirements for APT Cruises?

Prior to embarkation, all guests must present a negative PCR test on the day of boarding, taken no earlier than 72 hours prior. 

Medical exemptions are allowed when certified by a professional.  

Whilst onboard guests are currently required to wear a face-covering while moving around the ship indoors and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions are made while guests are eating or drinking.

 

 


Last Updated: 18/03/2022

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Booking conditions of APT Group and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Savings are based on two adults sharing. Regional and premium class flights will incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay. Drink inclusions are subject to the cruise lines t&c's. Tours are subject to change, are non-transferable and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Please note, walking tours are weather dependent. Private UK Chauffeur Service is included within 75 driven miles of selected UK departure airports and available to UK mainland addresses only. Additional miles can be purchased at a supplement. Please ask for more details. Please note, itinerary is subject to change due to water levels and other uncontrollable factors. FREE Airport Lounge Pass when you book by 8pm 30th August 2022, subject to availability,  Offer applies to Flight Inclusive Packages only and cannot be exchanged for a monetary discount.  Lounge pass only applicable for at outbound departure airport used for departing international flight. Named hotels are subject to change. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner. 5 star refers to the cruise element only. All-inclusive refers to the cruise element only. Savings are based on per cabin total. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE

***Please be aware that APT have a new health and safety policy for cruising. Customers will have to have both doses of the COVID vaccination to travel on a APT & Travelmarvel cruise. If a customer will not have had both doses of their covid vaccination prior to departure, customers will be able to transfer to a later date. If there are any medical reasons why customers cannot have the covid vaccination APT/Travelmarvel will look at these on a case-by-case basis. APT will be increasing sanitation practices in all public areas, such as dining rooms and outside railings. These areas will be cleaned regularly with hospital grade cleaning products. Dining will also be more socially aware – APT will be offering multiple dining options in their restaurants to give passengers more space.***

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