Explore the wonders of the Mekong River as you are swept through the legendary landscapes of these enchanting lands. An intoxicating blend of breathtaking natural landscapes, vibrant cities and incredible flavour’s, Vietnam has been an attractive destination for traveller’s 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.
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Cambodia.
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the exciting Siem Reap city centre. Once you’ve settled in, you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor
Head to Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the temple of Bayon.
This afternoon, explore Ta Prohm before visiting ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), an organisation providing support for local children.
Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and traditional Apsara dance performance.
Day 4 - Siem Reap
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Rise early this morning and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park to enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat with drink in hand.
After your Signature Experience, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple.
Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure.
This afternoon, a choice of sightseeing awaits.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining In Siem Reap tonight, you can select from a number of delicious and authentic local restaurants for dinner.
Day 5 - Siem Reap, Embark Ship Kampong Cham
Transfer to Kampong Cham to embark your luxury river ship.
After lunch, an afternoon tour of Koh Pen awaits.
Tonight, savour an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner.
Day 6 - Angkor Ban, Oknha Tey
Visit one of the few preserved villages in Angkor Ban after the Khmer Rouge regime.
Cruise to Oknha Tey, famous for its silk weaving traditions, and enjoy a demonstration.
Dine onboard tonight.
Day 7 - Koh Chen, Oudong-Koh & Phnom Phen
Disembark in Phnom Penh for a Buddhist blessing ceremony in Oudong.
Stroll through the village Koh Chen to visit some home copperware workshops.
Before dinner this evening, be treated to a special Khmer folk performance.
Day 8 - Phnom Penh
After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on your selected Freedom of Choice sightseeing activity.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps enjoy a tour of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
Or take a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields.
Your other options are a visit to the National Museum or a city tour in a tuk tuk.
Day 9 - Phnom Penh, Border Crossing
Relax while border crossing formalities are carried out before arriving in Tan Chau.
Day 10 - Tan Chau, Evergreen Island
Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Glide past a floating fishing farm, then take a rickshaw tour.
Later, observe rural Mekong life on an Evergreen Island.
Day 11 - Sa Dec & Cai Be
Today, cruise to the quaint town of Sa Dec.
On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover.
Afterwards, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple.
This afternoon, a local boat will take you to the town of Cai Be. Step ashore to explore before visiting a local rice paper manufacturer.
Day 12 - Disembark Cruise, Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Choose from two differing Signature Experiences.
On the first, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war.
Alternatively, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan.
Disembark at My Tho and be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City.
Stay: Two Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City
Choose from an extensive range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities today.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing 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.
This evening, head to Vietnam House where a delicious and exclusive dinner menu, created by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen, awaits.
Day 14 - Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer to the airport this morning.
Day 15 - Arrive London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Vietnam.
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure before a briefing and Welcome Dinner. Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Choose from two Signature Experiences today. On the first, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a moving memorial service at the Long Tan Cross. Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner, complete with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.
Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark Ship
This morning, choose from a wide range of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options. Later, transfer to My Tho Port to board your luxury river ship, where a Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner awaits. Stay: Seven Nights: the RV AmaLotus
Day 5 - Cai Be & Ca Dec
A local boat will take you to the town of Cai Be. Step ashore to explore before visiting a local rice paper manufacturer. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to the quaint town of Sa Dec. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple.
Day 6 - Tan Chau & Evergreen Island, Cambodia
Travel on a small boat around Tan Chau, stepping ashore for a rickshaw tour. Later, visit a local evergreen island and witness authentic rural Mekong life. The rest of today is spent on board. After entering Cambodia, cruise overnight towards Phnom Penh.
Day 7 - Phnom Penh
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps enjoy a tour of the white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda; visit the infamous Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum; explore the National Museum of Cambodia; or take a guided city tour in a tuk tuk.
Day 8 - Phnom Penh & Koh Chen Village
Enjoy time at leisure in Phnom Penh before cruising to remote Koh Chen.
Day 9 - Oudong & Kampong Tralach
Disembark in Prek K’dam and travel to Oudong for a tour. Continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu before an exciting ox-cart ride.
Day 10 - Kampong Chhang
Enjoy an authentic glimpse into the local way of life today with a small-boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Return to your ship for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 11 - Disembark Ship & Siem Reap
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining Tonight, choose where to dine. Disembark your ship in Prek K’dam before transferring by coach to Siem Reap. After settling into your hotel, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit Angkor Thom to see the 12th-century temple, Bayon. Back in Siem Reap. Stay: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor
Day 1 2- Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE EXCLUSIVE! Enjoy a glass of champagne as you take in sunrise at the iconic temple of Angkor Wat. Rise early this morning and travel to the Angkor complex. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm before visiting Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children.
Day 13- Siem Reap
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Embark on your selected sightseeing activity. Tonight, enjoy an Apsara dance performance and a Farewell Dinner.
Day 14 - Depart Siem Reap
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 15 - Arrive London
This brand new ship on the Mekong River provides a spacious retreat to truly enjoy the lush landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. Mekong Serenity features a large amount of space per guest, this luxurious vessel boasts some of the largest suites on the Mekong. With just 44 suites on board its intimate size means your voyage is highly personalised. With a sophisticated and modern styling with a nod to colonial times.
True to APT’s commitment to fully inclusive cruising, international house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drinks are included at all times during your cruise. While each meal presents the chance to dine on exotic Asian fare, Western favourites are always available. Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner During your Mekong River cruise, you’ll indulge in a three-course Vietnamese Welcome Dinner designed by Luke.
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.
Head to the pool for a chance to cool off and unwind, or enjoy a light lunch at the accompanying cafe. The sun Deck beckons above, inviting you to lounge and find complete relaxation with a book or drink in hand. Or take advantage of the Spa & Wellness Centre with a range of hair and beauty treatments. The Lounge & Bar is an ideal place for afternoon tea or nightcap or just to take in the views for air conditioned comfort.
The top deck features an enclosed air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with a pool and Cafe. The 44 suites, including two Angkor Suites and 10 Bayon Suites, feature air-conditioning and a private balcony where you can enjoy unobstructed views.