Vietnam and Cambodia Grand Tour

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Travel Dates

Departures year round

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Apr 30, 2024

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$17,390
Join APT’s most comprehensive luxury tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Spend seven nights aboard the brand-new luxury Mekong Serenity cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, home of majestic Angkor Wat, and cruise Ha Long Bay for three days. Explore Mai Chau and glide along the Perfume River in Hue.

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Land in Vietnam’s buzzing capital city. Be transferred to your hotel, then tonight, enjoy an informal gathering.

Day 2: Hanoi, Sapa

Rise early and transfer to the ancient mountain town of Sapa. Witness spectacular mountain views and valleys dotted with terraced paddy fields along the way. This former French hill station is home to local hill tribe people who make their way in from nearby villages to sell their produce in bustling markets.

Day 3: Sapa

Today, set off on a soft trekking tour. In Ta Phin village, find the home of the Red Dao people. Tonight, return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 4: Sapa, Hanoi

Travel by coach back to Hanoi this morning for an afternoon of leisure.

Day 5: Hanoi

Today, further explore Hanoi at your own pace. Tonight, meet more of your fellow travellers over a welcome briefing and dinner.

Day 6: Hanoi

A guided tour of Hanoi takes you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites. Highlights include Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and the Temple of Literature. You’ll also enjoy a cyclo ride through the Old French Quarter. Then, explore more of this vibrant city on your selected Freedom of Choice experience. Tonight, choose your dining experience.

Day 7: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

Travel by coach to Ha Long and set sail among thousands of limestone islets. Savour an assortment of Vietnamese dishes during lunch as the The Au Co slowly glides towards the southeast of Ha Long Bay, passing Trong Mai Islet, Ngon Tay Islet, Con Coc Islet, and Cua Van Floating Cultural Centre. Later, arrive at pristine Ba Ham Lake and take some time to enjoy a swim or kayak in its emerald waters. Tonight, perhaps take in a fun Vietnamese cooking demonstration on board your ship. The evening is yours to spend how you wish. You might like to watch a film in the onboard open cinema or order a cocktail to enjoy on the sundeck.

Day 8: Ha Long Bay

As the sun rises, perhaps rejuvenate your body and soul with a Tai Chi class. Later this morning, gain a first glimpse of Cat Ba Island before disembarking to discover Cat Ba National Park and enjoy lunch at Viet Hai Village. Following lunch, a secluded swim or chance to sunbathe is on the cards with a stop at Ba Trai Dao Beach. A barbeque dinner aboard The Au Co caps off an exciting day.

Day 9: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi An

Visit the Cua Van Floating Culture Centre, considered the most idyllic spot on the bay. Take part in a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony on board as your ship makes its way back to port. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Da Nang, from where you’ll travel to historic Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An

Set out on a guided discovery of Hoi An this morning, taking in sights such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and the 19th-century Chinese Temple. Visit a handicraft workshop to see local artisans making silk lanterns and other traditional crafts. You will also stop off at a local cafe to try a Vietnamese specialty, coconut coffee. This afternoon, a special Signature Experience awaits.

Day 11: Hoi An

Today, catch a glimpse of rural Vietnamese life as you set out on an agricultural eco-tour. Visit a local garden and meet the farmers who work there while taking part in a number of different farming activities. See how soil is prepared and how vegetables are watered and transplanted. You’ll then set out on an exploration of the water coconut palm jungle by basket boat. The afternoon has been left free for you to explore more of this quaint town at your leisure. This evening, take in a performance at Hoi An Lune Centre, the first and only bamboo theatre in Vietnam. Experience Vietnamese culture at its most unique as you hear stories of daily life from different regions in Vietnam, brought to life by the Vietnamese Bamboo Circus.

Day 12: Hoi An, Hue

Travel past the Marble Mountains and cross Hai Van Pass on your way to Hue. Lunch is in a garden restaurant before visiting Hue’s Imperial Citadel and the historic Thien Mu Pagoda.

Day 13: Hue, Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure before dinner.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan or Cu Chi Tunnels

Choose from one of two Signature Experiences today. Tonight, another Signature Experience awaits.

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark Ship

Choose your sightseeing this morning, then be transferred to your river ship. Tonight, a Vietnamese welcome dinner awaits, showcasing the diverse flavours from the region.

Day 16: Cai Be, Sa Dec

In Cai Be, visit the French Gothic cathedral and port area. Then, at a rice paper manufacturer, learn how this Vietnamese staple is made. Continue to 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. After, visit a traditional Cao Dai temple.

Day 17: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing

Transfer to a small boat to cruise the tiny tributaries around the town of Tan Chau. Disembark for a rickshaw tour and visit a local silk and rattan weaving workshop. Then explore an evergreen island to see authentic rural Mekong life.

Day 18: Phnom Penh

Enjoy your Freedom of Choice activity then relax back on board this evening.

Day 19: Oudong, Koh Chen, Oknha Tey

Explore Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital. Return via Koh Chen village and perhaps visit local copperware workshops. Back on board, cruise to Oknha Tey, known for its silk weaving traditions.

Day 20: Angkor Ban

Enjoy a walking discovery of ancient Angkor Ban today, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in traditional wooden homes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive.

Day 21: Kampong Cham, Koh Pen

If you are feeling active this morning, walk to the hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey, for views over the Mekong. Lunch is back on board before taking a tuk tuk to explore the island of Koh Pen with its wooden stilt houses and local farming culture. On your ship this evening, enjoy a final farewell dinner.

Day 22: Kampong Cham, Disembark Ship, Siem Reap

Disembark at Kampong Cham and transfer to your hotel. Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon. Choose where to dine in Siem Reap this evening.

Day 23: Siem Reap

Return to Angkor Archaeological Park for sunrise over Angkor Wat. Take a guided tour before breakfast at your hotel. Later, explore Ta Prohm Temple and visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA).

Day 24: Siem Reap

Embark on your selected activity today. Tonight, take in an Apsara dance performance, before a memorable farewell dinner.

Day 25: Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.