Essential Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

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Drinks & Gratuities Included*

4★ hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City & Siem Reap included*

Expert-led Shore Excursions Included*

Sail on board the elegant all-balcony suite river ship RV Apsara*


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 13 nights
  • Departs 01 Feb 2025
  • Sails from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Ship RV Apsara
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍2113032
  • Voyage code ‍VTMR14F

Your Itinerary

Fly from London

Fly overnight from London to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Sat 01 Feb 2025

Fly from London
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Two night hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Sun 02 Feb 2025

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, Le Méridien Saigon, where you will have time to relax and unwind.

Later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (D)

Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Mon 03 Feb 2025

Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

Signature Experience

Today choose from two Signature Experiences - Perhaps 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.

After, return to the city and enjoy the afternoon to explore at your own pace. (B)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tue 04 Feb 2025

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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

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. (B,L,D)

My Tho, Vietnam

My Tho, Vietnam Tue 04 Feb 2025

My Tho, Vietnam

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

Cai Be, Vietnam

Cai Be - Sa Dec, Vietnam Wed 05 Feb 2025

Cai Be, Vietnam

In Cai Be this morning, visit the French Gothic cathedral and port area. Then, at a rice paper manufacture, learn how this Vietnamese staple is made. Continue to the quaint town of 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. Afterwards, return to the ship. (B,L,D)

Tan Chau, Vietnam

Tan Chau - Evergreen Island, Vietnam Thu 06 Feb 2025

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 Fri 07 Feb 2025

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Freedom of Choice

Perhaps take a sobering excursion to the Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21. Alternatively, see Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride with a stop at the Central Market. 

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

Oudong, Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Oudong - Koh Chen - Phnom Penh, Cambodia Sat 08 Feb 2025

Oudong, Cambodia

Disembark in Phnom Penh and discover Oudong, an important place of pilgrimage in Cambodia where you’ll be treated to a special Signature Experience.

Signature Experience

Partake in a traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony at a monastery in Oudong.

Begin your morning with an excursion by road to Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th until the 19th century. While here, enjoy your memorable Insider Experience. En route back to Phnom Penh, take a leisurely walk to explore Koh Chen, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware. Here you’ll visit some small family workshops and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Enjoy a free afternoon.

Enjoy dinner onboard tonight. (B,L,D)

Angkor Ban

Oknha Tey - Angkor Ban, Cambodia Sun 09 Feb 2025

Angkor Ban

Rise early as you cruise towards Oknha Tey, or Silk Island, renowned for its silk manufacturing traditions preserved over centuries. Travel by tuk tuk, pass rice fields and get a glimpse into rural life. Stroll amongst the stilt houses and gain insight into the traditional silk weaving process. Watch as the village women create the beautiful Khmer fabrics from their wooden looms.

Enjoy lunch on board as you sail towards Angkor Ban. In the afternoon take a dip in the pool, take in the passing scenery from the Sun Deck. (B,L,D)

Angkor Ban

Angkor Ban - Koh Pen - Kampong Cham, Cambodia Mon 10 Feb 2025

Angkor Ban

Insider Experience

Embark on a tuk tuk ride around the island of Koh Pen. Travel along the shaded lanes and past wooden stilted houses, tucked amongst palm and sandalwood trees. Start your day with a tour of Angkor Ban by foot. Nicknamed the 'Lucky Village', Angkor Ban is one of the few rural villages that escaped destruction from the Khmer Rouge. Stroll through town and see traditional wooden houses, some over a century old, and a Khmer-style pagoda surrounded by stupas dedicated to Buddha.

This afternoon, your cruise docks at its final location, Kampong Cham. After lunch, jump in a tuk tuk for your Insider Experience. This evening, savour a final dinner on board and reminisce about your Mekong River cruise. (B,L,D)

Mekong River Cruises

Two night hotel stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia Tue 11 Feb 2025

Mekong River Cruises

Disembark at Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. Bid farewell to the crew and disembark the RV Apsara. Travel to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat, passing through picturesque countryside and remote villages. Take a break before heading to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, commonly referred to as the Tomb Raider Temple having featured in the movie starring Angelina Jolie.

Insider Experience

Tonight, choose where to dine.

Three night stay in, Siem Reap, at Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley Collection Pool Villas (B,L,D)

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia Wed 12 Feb 2025

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Set off early to explore some of the breathtaking Khmer architecture and sites at the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Delve deeper into the history and significance of Angkor Wat as you wander inside the vast temple complex. Continue to Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital, built in the 12th century, and head to the intriguing Bayon Temple with its carved stone smiling faces. Visit the Terrace of Elephants, which used to be the base for the king’s grand audience hall, and the Terrace of the Leper King, which housed the royal cremator. Later explore Siem Reap at your own pace or choose from one of our Select Experience options. Cap off your visit to Siem Reap and celebrate your unforgettable journey with your Insider Experiences.

This evening dine on tantalising Khmer cuisine and watch a private Apsara performance. (B,D)

Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London Thu 13 Feb 2025

Fly to London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)

Arrive in London

Arrive in London Fri 14 Feb 2025

Arrive in London

What's included *

  • 2nd Guest Sails for FREE! | Incredible Savings
  • 4★ hotel stay in Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam, including breakfast
  • SEVEN Night full board Mekong River cruise on board the elegant, all-balcony suite 4★ RV Apsara
  • All meals as stated on the itinerary including 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners
  • 4★ hotel stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia, including breakfast
  • Return flights from London (regional and premium class flights may be available on request) and all overseas transfers
  • COMPLIMENTARY local beer, spirits, soft drinks and international wine served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Luxury all Balcony Suite accommodation
  • All sightseeing excursions and on board entertainment
  • Unique Insider Experiences - unique sightseeing activities, memorable interactions with the local people, and exclusive culinary experiences
  • FREE tea & coffee & bottled water replenished daily on board
  • Included gratuities
  • Services of a Tour Director and local guides
  • All port charges and tipping
  • Overseas transfers

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The Ship - RV Apsara

A cruise aboard RV Apsara offers comfort, convenience and smooth sailing through two of Asia’s most fascinating countries. What’s more, RV Apsara operates in both directions along the Mekong River between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.

What’s onboard: Activity Room, Apsara Spa & Wellness Centre, Fitness Centre, Gift Shop, Le Viêt Nam Café, Mekong Restaurant, Reception, Saigon Lounge & Bar, Sun Deck, Swimming Pool and much, much more.

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Booking conditions of APT Group and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. This tour is operated by Travelmarvel, part of the APT group. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single suites, may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Regional flights will incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay. Tours are subject to change, are non-transferable and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Savings are based on two adults sharing. Itinerary is subject to change due to water levels. Some images used are for illustrative purposes. Drink inclusions are subject to the cruise lines t&c's. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner. 4 star refers to the cruise and hotel elements only. 2nd guest sails for free refers to the cruise price only and not the flight cost. 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 an APT & Travelmarvel cruise. If a customer does not have both doses of their covid vaccination before 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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