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Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia

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Essential Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia

From £4,595pp

Explore the wonders of the Mekong as you are swept through the legendary landscapes of these enchanting lands.  An intoxicating blend of breathtaking natural landscapes, vibrant cities and incredible flavours, Vietnam has been an attractive destination for travellers for decades, and very few visit just once.

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), so captivated are they with the country’s incredible beauty and energetic cities that they return time and again. A country that boasts wondrous grace, stunning beauty and a sobering recent history.  Cambodia is a land of contrast.

Its highlights are plentiful not least of which is the iconic Ankor Wat, considered the world’s largest religious monument. The Capital of Cambodia Phnom Penh is the political and cultural hub of the country, with the gleaming gold Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda superb examples of fascinating Khmer architecture.

Tour operated by APT Travelmarvel

What’s Included:

  • Seven night Mekong river cruise on the RV La Marguerite.  From October 2020 RV Apsara
  • 11 nights in premium hotel accommodation
  • 19 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Travelmarvel Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK*
  • Insider Experiences
  • Select complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping
Ha Long Bay - Sailing Junks
Mekong, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 1 - Depart London

Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Vietnam.

Day 2 - Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Vietnam’s dynamic capital, Hanoi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the beautiful Mövenpick Hotel.

Tonight, stay at the beautiful Mövenpick Hotel followed by enjoying a delicious Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu.

 

Stay: Two Nights, Hanoi, Mövenpick Hotel

 

Insider Experience: Welcome Dinner at KOTO on Van Mieu.  KOTO stands for ‘Know One, Teach One’, and give disadvantaged youths the opportunity to train at its culinary school.

Day 2 - Arrive Hanoi

Dinner

Day 3 - Hanoi

Known for its centuries-old architecture, picturesque pagodas and rich history, take in the iconic sights of Hanoi on a guided tour, including the historic French-colonial Ba Dinh Square and final resting place of the well-respected Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Insider Experience: In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely rickshaw ride through the bustling city streets and charming colonial architecture of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, located within its thriving major commercial district.

Later this evening, explore the exciting city and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Day 3 - Hanoi

Breakfast

Day 4 - Hanoi & Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, travel to Ha Long. Enjoy a Welcome Drink as you set off to sail among a spectacular scatter of islands. Have lunch on board as you set off cruising.

Known for its picturesque emerald waters and towering limestone islands, board your premium Bhaya Cruises junk for a two-night cruise on the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.

Visit the fascinating Dark & Bright Lagoon by bamboo boat.

Back on board this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner and a range of entertainment options before retiring to your cabin for the night.

Stay: Two Nights, Ha Long Bay, Bhaya Cruises junk

Day 4 - Hanoi & Ha Long Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Ha Long Bay

Today you will absorb the romantic scenery of Ha Long Bay as you cruise towards the centre of the World Heritage Site.

Begin your morning on the right note with Tai Chi on the sundeck.

Afterwards, relish in the opportunity to kayak along the picturesque waters of Ba Ham Lake.

After lunch, continuing on to Cua Van Floating Culture Centre for some sight-seeing around the beautiful area.

Day 5 - Ha Long Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Ha Long Bay, Hoi An

This morning, explore the rock formations of Sung Sot Cave before docking back at Ha Long.

From here, transfer to Hanoi for your included flight to Da Nang, followed by a transfer to Hoi An.

 

 

Stay: Three Nights, Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort

Day 6 - Ha Long Bay, Hoi An

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Hoi An

Insider Experience: Discover the time-honoured art of cooking delicious Vietnamese cuisine with the Morning Glory Cooking School.

Today, take a guided tour of Hoi An’s market, prepare a selection of dishes and sample the results of your efforts at lunch.

Day 7 - Hoi An

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8 - Hoi An

Today is a day at leisure. The choice is yours if you wish to enjoy a select experience in Hoi An.

Perhaps you may enjoy learning the ancient art and methods of rice cultivation; discover the My Son ruins; or visit the Golden Bridge (surcharge applies).

Day 8 -  Hoi An

Breakfast

Day 9 - Hoi An, Hue

Insider Experience: See the stunning white sands at Lang Co Beach before traversing the impressive 13-mile-long twisting Hai Van Pass.

Later, arrive into Hue and visit the walled fortress and palace of the Imperial City, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Insider Experience: Later today relax in the lakeside surrounds of Pilgrimage Village.

Stay: Hue, Pilgrimage Village

Day 9 - Hoi An, Hue

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Hue, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Today, board your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon. Here, spend time exploring southern Vietnam’s famous, vibrant and thrilling city at your leisure.  Perhaps take an exciting history tour; an impressive shopping tour; or explore the lively and buzzing city on a guided tour (surcharge applies).

Insider Experience: Be close to the city’s action as you stay at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.

Insider Experience: Savour an authentic dinner at The Chopsticks Saigon. Once the residence of Mr Tran Van Huong, the former Vice President of the Southern Vietnamese Government, The Chopsticks Saigon has been beautifully restored with many of its original features retained.

Here, enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes, fresh in flavour and quality ingredients.

Stay: Two Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon

Day 10 - Hue, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11 - Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

This morning take a step back in time and revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War.

Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapons caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.

Nowadays, Cu Chi has since become a place of pilgrimage, offering a unique hands-on historic engagement.

Day 11 - Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho. Embark Cruise

After breakfast, drive to My Tho Port to board your river ship. Built to provide a gratifying and immersive onboard experience, enjoy the sophisticated design and premium facilities of the new RV Apsara.  Exuding a true Asian ambience, the superb ship offers balconies with every suite to ensure a unique and scenic perspective on your Mekong River cruise.

Featuring a Sun Deck, swimming pool and Apsara Spa and Wellness Centre, a relaxing and intimate experience awaits onboard with superior service and premium accommodation. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner on board, before retiring to your stylish suite.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, RV Apsara

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho. Embark Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Cai Be, Sa Dec

Take a local boat to the town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and a visit to a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made.

Visit floating markets, then cruise to Sa Dec. Here, you’ll see Huynh Thuy Le’s old house once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras,  and visit a Cao Dai Temple.

Day 13 - Cai Be, Sa Dec

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Tan Chau, Border Crossing

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, step ashore for a rickshaw tour and visit a local island. Spend the remainder of the day on board as your ship cruises to the Cambodian border.  Offering views, reclining lounges, a swimming pool and cold drinks from the bar, the Sun Deck is a great place to relax. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship’s chef while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia.

Tonight, perhaps watch a documentary about Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge, as your ship cruises towards Phnom Penh.

Day 14 - Tan Chau, Border Crossing

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Phnom Penh

Today join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here, you’ll learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s regime in the mid-to-late 1970s.

Later this afternoon in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the Royal Palace. You’ll also see the opulent and extravagant Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace complex.

After dinner, perhaps step out for an evening walk around the capital.

Day 15 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 - Oudong, Koh Chen

Insider Experience: Travel to the former royal capital, Oudong, for a traditional Buddhist blessing.

After this morning’s Insider Experience in Oudong, explore Koh Chen on foot, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware.

Here, you’ll visit some small family workshops and have the opportunity to buy souvenirs.

Day 16 - Oudong, Koh Chen

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17 - Oknha Tey

Today, disembark in Oknha Tey, or “Silk Island”, located on the lush banks of the Mekong River.  Tour the village and observe traditional silk weaving in practice.

Later, set sail for Angkor Ban.

Day 17 - Oknha Tey

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18 - Angkor Ban, Koh Pen

Insider Experience: From Kampong Cham, take a tuk tuk ride around Koh Pen Island.

Enjoy a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages still preserved after the Khmer Rouge, to see the traditional buildings and local life.

 

Day 18 - Angkor Ban, Koh Pen

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19 - Disembark Ship, Siem Reap, Angkor

This morning, disembark in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. After your Insider Experience, explore Ta Prohm, famous for its verdant intertwined trees.

Insider Experience: In Siem Reap, meet with underprivileged children at Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), and get a glimpse into the organisation that supports them by providing a creative, educative and loving environment.

Insider Experience: Stay in the beautiful and sophisticated Shinta Mani Shack, centrally located in the leafy French Quarter.

Day 19 - Disembark Ship, Siem Reap, Angkor

Breakfast

Day 20 - Angkor, Siem Reap

After a morning at leisure in Siem Reap, visit the ancient Bayon Temple.

Insider Experience: See an Apsara dance performance.  This evening, enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat before savouring a delicious Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends and fellow guests.

Day 20 - Angkor, Siem Reap

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 21- Depart Siem Reap

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 21- Depart Siem Reap

Breakfast

Day 22 - Arrive London

Welcome Home

Sail beside stunning scenery aboard the luxurious RV La Marguerite. Visit remote villages that line the banks of the Mekong River. Your luxurious ship offers superior service and accommodation, combining colonial era with a contemporary edge.

With a guest to staff ratio of 2:1, the service you’ll receive on board is exceptional. Each crew member has extensive training and is always delighted to help.

Each Deluxe Suite is designed with your absolute convenience and comfort in mind. Featuring French Colonial-inspired decor and state-of-the-art appointments, every suite offers the feel of a luxury retreat.

Unwind with Tai Chi classes on the Sun deck and learn about Cambodian and Vietnamese culture and history with lectures from local guides. There’s a fruit-carving demonstration by the executive chef who will also reveal the secret to making delicious Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Enjoy musical performances on select evenings including a night of Khmer song and dance.

Enjoy a superb dining experience each day in the air-conditioned Mekong Restaurant. Dine on exotic Asian fare prepared by your onboard chefs each day from the freshest ingredients. Western favourites are also available. Local beer, spirits and soft drink are included at all times at no additional cost. International wine is also included during lunch and dinner on board.

Unwind in the ships peaceful air-conditioned lounges or on the Sun Deck, both offering magnificent views. Be entertained with a wide selection of games, Wi-Fi in select areas, DVDs and music. Pamper yourself in the ships spa or work out in the fitness centre. The Sun Deck offers further relaxation with a swimming pool and reclining lounges.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 46 outside staterooms and suites with private balconies
  • Sun deck with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers and plunge pool
  • Classically styled restaurant with open seating
  • Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner with house wine and beer included
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee available all day as are non alcoholic drinks
  • Spacious airconditioned lounge and bar
  • Spa & Fitness Suite

Accommodation & Amenities

This lovely river cruise vessel, features just 46 spacious staterooms 226-443 sq.ft serviced by a wonderful crew of 43 staff.

All suites feature a true Asian ambience featuring colonial inspired decor and state of the art appointments. Each suite is positioned on the outside of the ship and features twin or queen sized beds , ensuite, air conditioning, a desk/ dressing table, mini bar and a safe as well as bathrobes and slippers.

The Mekong restaurant serves a variety of sumptuous local and international gourmet dishes prepared by the ships masterful on board chef’s. International wines are served with both Lunch & dinner, while beer, local spirits and soft drinks are available all day in the Saigon Lounge & Bar.

Indochina Balcony Suite

443 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Suite size: 443 sq. ft.
  • Larger balcony / Terrace area
  • Deluxe King Size Bed
  • Luxurious en-suite bathroom from the main bedroom with shower & WC, hair dryer and bathrobes
  • Living area with sofa bed
  • Hotel style beds with fine cotton bed linen, twin or double arrangement.
  • Armchairs, & coffee table, writing desk and safe
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Sadec Balcony Suite

284 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Suite size: 284 sq. ft.
  • Larger balcony area
  • Queen size beds
  • private balcony
  • Luxurious en-suite bathroom with shower & WC, hair dryer and bathrobes
  • Hotel style beds with fine cotton bed linen, twin or double arrangement.
  • Armchairs, & coffee table, writing desk and safe
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Deluxe Balcony

226 ft² – Main & Upper Deck

  • Cabin size: 226 sq. ft.
  • Outside balcony
  • Luxurious en-suite bathroom with shower & WC, hair dryer and bathrobes
  • Hotel style beds with fine cotton bed linen, twin or double arrangement.
  • Armchairs, & coffee table, writing desk and safe
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Standard Suite

226 ft² – Lower Deck

  • Cabin size: 226 sq. ft.
  • Porthole Windows
  • Luxurious en-suite bathroom with shower & WC, hair dryer and bathrobes
  • Hotel style beds with fine cotton bed linen, twin or double arrangement.
  • Armchairs, & coffee table, writing desk and safe
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

On the RV Apsara (formerly AmaLotus), you can enjoy the sophisticated design and premium facilites of Travelmarvel’s stylish newest river ship.

Experience Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruising in luxury on an all-inclusive cruise. With almost one staff member to every two guests on the RV Apsara you’ll experience an intuitive, friendly and gracious style of service. The AmaApsara features large public areas for you to relax and enjoy your journey, including an air-conditioned lounge connected with the Sun Deck and Wellness Centre.

Exquisite Onboard Dining, featuring local cuisine, all meals, including a Champagne Breakfast each day, are included during your Mekong River cruise. While each meal presents the chance to dine on exotic Asian fare, Western favourites are always available.

Our professional APT Tour and Cruise Directors are friendly English-speaking locals who possess amazing knowledge. With a reputation as the best in the business, they are always on hand to ensure your experience is unforgettable.

Relax and take in the scenic views from the large Sun Deck with Swimming Pool – A delightful space to relax ,so you can enjoy the passing riverside views in comfort. Le Viêt Nam Café – Enjoy afternoon tea in this stylish French-inspired cafe, on the Sadec Deck. With large windows which allow you to take in the passing views, the air-conditioned Le Viêt Nam Café combines elegance with a relaxing atmosphere. Apsara Spa & Wellness Centre. 

 

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 52 spacious staterooms and 2 Owners Suites, all with balconies
  • Spacious ensuite with a hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries in all Suites
  • Outside Balcony, Panoramic Balcony and individual climate control in all suites.
  • Restaurant with panoramic views
  • Spacious Lounge with stunning views from floor to ceiling windows
  • Eco friendly boat
  • Sun Deck with plunge pool
  • Le Viêt Nam Café – Enjoy afternoon tea in this stylish French-inspired cafe
  • Apsara Spa & Wellness centre

Accommodation & Amenities

The top deck features an enclosed air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with a plunge pool. The 54 suites, including two Owners Suites and 10 Sadec Suites, feature air-conditioning and a private balcony where you can enjoy unobstructed views.

Owners Suite

624 ft² – Lower and Middle Deck

  • 624ft Suite
  • Private Balcony with Sitting Area
  • Air conditioning
  • En suite bathrooms with shower and spa bath
  • Hairdryers and toiletries
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Safe
  • Living area, with sofa, chairs and TV center
  • Butler service

Sadec Suite

290 ft² – Lower and Middle Deck

  • Suite size: 290 sq.ft.
  • Butler service
  • Private Balcony
  • Air conditioning
  • En suite bathrooms (shower)
  • Hairdryers and toiletries
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Safe

Deluxe Twin Balcony Suite

Deluxe Balcony Suite

  • Suite size: 226 sq.ft.
  • Private Balcony
  • Air conditioning
  • En suite bathrooms (shower)
  • Hairdryers and toiletries
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Safe

Price’s below include savings

2019 Departures

4th, 18th October 2019 . Prices from £4,371 pp.  

1st, 15th November 2019. Prices from £4,791 pp.

2020 Departures

3rd, 17th, & 31st January 2020. Prices from £4,056 pp. 

14th February 2020. Prices from £4,056 pp.  

27th March 2020. Prices from £5,196 pp. 

10th, 24th July 2020. Prices from £4,595  pp

7th, 24th August 2020. Prices from £4595 pp

4th, 18th September 2020. Prices from £4,595 pp

02nd, 16th, 30th October 2020. Prices from £4,595 pp

2021 Departures

1st,15th, 29th January 2021. Prices from £4,995 pp

12th, 26th February 2021. Prices from £4,745 pp

12th March 2021. Prices from £4,745 pp

 


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