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 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.
Day 2 - Arrive Siem Reap
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
Today, embark on your selected sightseeing activity. Visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; enjoy a tuk tuk ride; participate in a Apsara dance class; take off on a quad bike adventure; enjoy a bicycle tour; take a horse and cart ride; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or indulge in a spa treatment. Head to Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the temple of Bayon. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance before a memorable dinner.
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. FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining In Siem Reap tonight, you can select from a number of delicious and authentic local restaurants for dinner. 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, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA).
Day 5 - Siem Reap, Embark Ship Prek K'Dam
Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark your luxury river ship. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner. Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, APT’s RV AmaLotus
Day 6 - Kampong Chhnang, Koh Chen
Today, jump aboard a small boat and head into the lush wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Back on your ship, continue sailing to the village of Koh Chen for a walk to visit the fine silverware and copperware workshops.
Day 7 - Kampong Tralach- Oudong-Koh & Phnom Phen
Take a coach to Oudong. Calling in on a local monastery, be met by Buddhist monks before receiving a special blessing. Afterwards, continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then, take an exciting ox cart ride. This evening, you arrive in Phnom Penh.
Day 8 - Phnom Penh
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. After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on your selected Freedom of Choice sightseeing activity.
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
In the city of Sa Dec, enjoy a small boat ride past floating markets, then disembark to visit a Cao Dai temple. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and visit a rice paper manufacturer.
Day 12 - Disembark Cruise, Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), attend either a memorial service at Long Tan Cross or visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Disembark at My Tho Port and select from two Signature Experiences. Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE EXCLUSIVE! At Xu Restaurant on Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a degustation dinner with matching wines, inspired by Luke Nguyen. FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ Discover the city on your choice of activities: tour the city on foot, enjoy a motorbike tour, visit the Ky Long Art Villa, join a shopping tour, or take part in a cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio.
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
Newly refurbished for 2016, the RV AmaLotus is one of the most luxurious river ships cruising on the Mekong River. Experience Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruising in luxury on an all-inclusive cruise. With almost one staff member to every two guests on the RV AmaLotus, you’ll experience an intuitive, friendly and gracious style of service.
The AmaLotus 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. 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.
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. Lotus Spa & Wellness Centre. Movie Nights in Your Suite & the Saigon Lounge – Each night presents the chance to take in a film on the television in your suite. In addition to a selection of films available to borrow on DVD, you’re able to enjoy movies and documentaries that are based on the very regions you’re in.
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.
st, 15th, 29th August 2019. Prices from Cat c £4,890 pp- Sadec Suite £5,590 pp
12th, 26th September 2019. Prices from Cat C £4,395 pp – Sadec Suite £5,590 pp
10th, 24th October 2019 . Prices from Cat C £4,545 pp – Sadec Suite £5,790 pp
7th, 21st November 2019. Prices from Cat C £5,040 pp – Sadec Suite £5,790 pp
5th December 2019. Prices from Cat C £45,040 pp – Sadec Suite £5,790 pp
16th, 30th January 2020. Prices from Cat C £4,495 pp – Sadec Suite £5,690 pp
13th, 27th February 2020. Prices from Cat c £4,495 pp- Sadec Suite £5,690 pp
12th, 26th March 2020. Prices from Cat C £4,495 pp – Sadec Suite £5,690 pp
9th April 2020. Prices from Cat C £4,495 pp – Sadec Suite £5,690 pp
FLY FREE IN BUSINESS CLASS: All prices are per person, twin share and include savings where applicable. Solo supplements apply, and are available upon request. Offers valid on new bookings made from by 31st July 2019, unless sold out prior. Travel is for 2019 / 2020 departures only and applicable in Category B cabins and above. Not combinable with any other offer unless specified, and can be withdrawn at any time. A non-refundable deposit of £400 per person is due within 7 days of booking, full payment is due 100 days prior to departure. Return Business Class airfares are valid from London Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines. Airfares are subject to availability of booking class at the time of booking; once booking class is sold out surcharges will apply. Limited number of offers available, once sold out, alternative offer may apply. Flights must be booked by APT and all internal flights are in Economy Class. Standard APT booking terms and conditions apply; see APT Asia River Cruising & Touring 2019-20 Brochure or website for further details.
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