Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel Sofitel Angkor for your three night stay.
Tonight is yours to spend at your leisure.
Meet your tour director and fellow travellers at a welcome briefing before heading to Angkor Archaeological Park. Here, discover the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and the 12th-century temple of Bayon. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and traditional Apsara dance performance, once reserved for the royal family’s entertainment. (B,D)
Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park to enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat. As the sun rises over this World Heritage-listed monument, stand before the silhouette of the temple’s tips, while brilliant shades of orange and pink light up the sky.
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, select from a number of authentic local restaurants for dinner. (B,D)
Transfer to Kampong Cham to embark your luxury river ship, Mekong Serenity for your 7 night all-inclusive river cruise.
Following lunch on board, jump in a tuk tuk and explore the island of Koh Pen. Travelling through shaded lanes, keep an eye out for wooden stilted houses tucked among palm and sandalwood trees. You can see a varying range of crops growing depending on the season, including tobacco, betel nuts, watermelons or coconuts and many more tropical fruits.
Tonight, a Vietnamese welcome dinner awaits, showcasing the diverse flavours from the region. (B,L,D)
Take 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 their traditional wooden abodes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive.
Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, renowned for its silk weaving traditions. Here, gain an insight into the traditional process that has been preserved for centuries.
Afterwards, return to your river ship, where you’ll relax and unwind before delicious onboard dining tonight. (B,L,D)
Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, enjoy a Signature Experience.
In Oudong, be treated to a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery.
On the way back to your ship, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that make copperware. The afternoon is yours to explore Phnom Penh as you wish.
Tonight before dinner, be treated to a special Khmer folk performance. (B,L,D)
Freedom of Choice
Experience some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Otherwise, discover Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride past the railway station and the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. You will also stop to haggle for a bargain at the Central Market. History buffs can embark on a visit to the National Museum, while the active can hop on a leisurely bike ride through the quiet back roads.
After lunch, perhaps explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, partake in some retail therapy on a shopping expedition, or take a little high tea indulgence accompanied by panoramic views over Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
Depart Phnom Penh as you cruise along the Mekong. After entering Vietnam, head towards Tan Chau. (B,L,D)
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)
Cruise towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. It was here where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover.
Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go, and appreciate the beauty of the building.
This afternoon, continue to Cai Be and step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral and the colourful port area filled with crumbling colonial buildings and flowering gardens.
Afterwards, you’ll visit a rice paper manufacturer and learn about how this Vietnamese staple is made. (B,L,D)
Disembark in My Tho and continue to Ho Chi Minh City, once the bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon.
Your first day here offers you the chance to choose from two Signature Experiences, during which you’ll learn about Vietnam’s recent past. Enjoy a two night hotel stay at Park Hyatt Saigon.
Perhaps 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.
Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. These tunnels served as Viet Cong hiding spots, supply and communication routes, as well as hospitals and weapon caches. (B,L,D)
A range of Freedom of Choice options await today. This evening, we have arranged a special Signature Experience for you. (B,D)
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.
Experience dinner at Vietnam House, founded by Australia-born Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)
The 2023 5★ Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights
View prices as:
Your current viewing preference is:
Per Person Pricing
* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
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.
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.
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.
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.***
John Lewis Gift Card is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booking an Oceanview or above by 8pm 25th August 2022. The amount is tiered on cabin grade booked.