Cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia aboard a Luxurious River Ship the RV AmaLotus. Onboard one of the finest luxury river ships, gain an insight into authentic local life which goes way beyond the tourist trail. The route is full of thriving cities, rural communities, floating villages such as Kompong Luong, floating markets and endless rice paddies, pagodas and temples.

Enjoy personalised service from the outstanding ship’s staff whilst travelling the Mekong River. Each day you’ll wake to new adventures and experiences that are sure to become unforgettable memories. Explore Vietnam and cruise overnight on Ha Long Bay before discovering Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Whilst not on the boat, stay in luxurious hotel accommodation which has been hand-picked by our ground handlers for maximum comfort and location.

This Mekong River cruise can be combined with a land tour so you experience the most from each wonderful destination.
Our professional 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.

**Some special money savings at particular times of year – check with us for details.

Trip code: VEMR15F Saigon to Siem Reap

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels or tour Long Tan
  • Savour a degustation dinner at Xu Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Admire the sunrise at Cambodia’s Angkor, an extensive array of ornate 12th-century stone structures and beehive like towers built in the jungle near Siem Reap.

What’s Included?

  • All meals, plus complimentary house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drink served at your discretion on board the RV AmaDara or RV AmaLotus. (Includes 31 meals – enjoy 12 Breakfasts,
  • 8 Lunches and 11 Dinners)
  • Tour Director & expert local English speaking guides
  • All sightseeing & onboard entertainment
  • Unique or exclusive Signature Invitations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions
  • Overseas transfers, all port charges & tipping
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Dinner

On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet fellow guests and your APT Tour Director during a briefing and a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Today you are able to choose from two Signature Invitations. On the first, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at the Long Tan Cross. Alternatively, visit the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. Tonight, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner, complete with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.

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Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City, Freedom of Choice, Embark Ship

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Choose from a range of fun activities today. Later, embark on your eight-day luxury Lower Mekong River cruise, a true highlight of your journey.

Cruise begins!

Accommodation: Seven Nights: cruise the Lower Mekong aboard APT’s RV AmaDara or RV AmaLotus

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Day 4: Cai Be, Sa Dec

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Go ashore in Cai Be to visit a local rice paper manufacturer. Later cruise to Sa Dec. Here, enjoy a boat ride, learn the story behind Marguerite Duras’ novel The Lover and visit a traditional Cao Dai temple.

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Day 5: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Today, tour Tan Chau by rickshaw, then explore a remote evergreen island. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration on board while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia.

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Day 6: Phnom Penh

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. Disembark in Phnom Penh and set off on a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Later, take a guided tour of the Royal Palace, and Silver Pagoda, located on the south side of the palace complex.

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Day 7: Phnom Penh, Koh Chen

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Spend the morning at leisure in Phnom Penh. Later today, cruise to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in copperware. On arrival, visit some home workshops that manufacture interesting handmade copper souvenirs.

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Day 8: Oudong, Kampong Tralach

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Disembark in Prek K’dam and set off on a tour of Oudong. Experience a Buddhist blessing at the monastery, then visit Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu before an ox-cart ride back to your ship.

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Day 9: Kampong Chhnang

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Then return to your ship and cast off towards the lake of Tonle Sap. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.

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Day 10: Disembark Cruise, Siem Reap, Freedom of Choice

Breakfast • Dinner

Disembark for the final time and transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap. Choose from a range of restaurants tonight, each is sure to impress you.

Accommodation: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

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Day 11: Siem Reap, Angkor

Breakfast

Head to the Angkor Archaeological Park this morning. Here you’ll visit the Great City of Angkor Thom, which includes the architectural masterpiece of Bayon. In the afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm, famous for its intertwined trees. Later, visit the Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) centre that supports disadvantaged children.

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Day 12: Siem Reap, Angkor, Freedom of Choice

Breakfast • Dinner

Today is your chance to discover the splendour of Angkor Wat in the hazy morning glow. After touring the iconic temple, gain a fresh perspective of Siem Reap during your selected sightseeing activity. You might like to visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing. Alternatively, join a fun Apsara dance class, or take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure. Other options include a leisurely bicycle tour; a traditional cooking class; or indulging in a relaxing spa treatment. This evening, reflect on your experiences with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

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Day 13: Siem Reap, Depart

Breakfast

Spend the morning at leisure exploring the rich culture of Cambodia. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Stay in the heart of the city at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

Seven nights cruising the Lower Mekong on the RV AmaDara or RV AmaLotus

Enjoy the beautiful garden surrounds at Siem Reap’s Hotel Sofitel Angkor
RV AmaLotus

Launched: 2011 | Refurbished: 2016 | Decks: 4 | Length: 92.05m | Suites: 54 |
Crew: 50 | Deck plans available – please just ask us.

Accommodation on your Asian Cruise Ship

Deluxe Twin Balcony Suites

Categories: C, B, B+ & A. 226 square feet / 21 square metres
Enjoy the comfort of luxurious suites on your Mekong River cruise with APT.Representing a meticulously planned progression in design, APT’s exclusive Deluxe Twin Balcony Suites offer guests 226 square feet of floor space and use of both a Panoramic Balcony and an Outside Balcony. Thanks to this spacious layout, you’ll have ample viewpoints to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery.

Sadec Twin Balcony Suites

Category: Sadec. 290 square feet / 26.9 square metres
Relax in luxury when you choose to cruise Cambodia and Vietnam with APT.The spacious Sadec Twin Balcony Suites are perfectly designed for entertaining, and offer a significantly larger living space. You’ll have plenty of room to relax in your suite at the end of a day’s sightseeing.These suites also feature a large Outside Balcony and indoor Panoramic Balcony.

Owner’s Suites

Category: Owner’s. 624 square feet / 58 square metres
Discover luxury river cruising when you choose to cruise Vietnam and Cambodia with APT.Our Owner’s Suites are the epitome of luxury cruising aboard the RV AmaLotus. Perfect for entertaining in privacy, these incredible suites boast a Panoramic Balcony, a large Outside Balcony Terrace with sun lounges, a second Outside Balcony, an adjoining living room and an entertaining area, a king-size bed and two ensuites, one with a whirlpool spa bath.

Note: suite layout and fixtures are indicative only, and are subject to change.

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Access is restricted on Tonle Sap due to low water levels
  • Disembarkation day: during low water season from June – Aug. and Dec. – April, you’ll disembark your Mekong River cruise at Prek K’dam and transfer by coach to Siem Reap (five hours)
  • The ship RV AmaDara operates from Jan. – April 2016 only.
  • Other disruptions and changes to itinerary may occur
  • Supplements for solo travellers available on application
  • Prices are for land/cruise/flights as specified

When travelling on this Asia Luxury Cruising tour, you have the opportunity to tailor your holiday around your own interests. In the following locations throughout Vietnam and Cambodia choose from a variety of sightseeing experiences – at no extra cost.(Just 1 choice included). Look for “Freedom of Choice” on the itinerary.

HO CHI MINH CITY – choose 1 of these activities:

Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City: On a walking tour, visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. You’ll also take a cyclo ride.

Artist Home Visit: Tour the Ky Long Art Villa, and see active artist workshops. You’ll also learn the techniques and processes of Vietnamese lacquer art.

Cooking Class: Whip up some wonderful Vietnamese food as you learn about the local cuisine at a cooking class, hosted by an expert chef.

Shopping Tour: Experience an authentic Vietnamese market and treat yourself to retail therapy of clothes, lacquer and bamboo souvenirs, jewellery and shoes

HANOI

Art Tour: After visiting a 300-year-old pagoda, visit the home of a local artist, where you will have the chance to see some of the artist’s work.

Bat Trang Pottery: Take an insightful walking tour of the 500 year-old village of Bat Trang, famous for producing some of the world’s best pottery

Bicycle Tour: After a brief tour of Tay Phuong Pagoda, hop on your bicycle for a leisurely ride past rice paddy fields and along the canal to see daily local life

Walking Tour of Hanoi: See Hanoi’s French Colonial buildings during this walking tour, and visit the city’s Opera House for a closer look at the architecture

Half-Hour Poolside Foot Massage at Hotel: Enjoy a gentle foot scrub followed by a truly relaxing foot massage.

HOI AN

Lantern Making: At the home of a local craftsman, learn about the history of traditional lanterns. You’ll also get to make your own lantern

Local Tailor: Visit a local tailor and be fitted for a beautiful tailored shirt or blouse made from tussore fabric (or similar) by Hoi An’s best tailor.

Walking Tour of Hanoi: See Hanoi’s French Colonial buildings during this walking tour, and visit the city’s Opera House for a closer look at the architecture.

Guided Eco-Tour: Enjoy an eco-tour of the countryside for an insight into the unique farming and fishing techniques adopted by the locals.

Wet Rice Planting Tour: Learn about the staple of the Vietnamese diet and see traditional agricultural techniques on a fascinating tour of wet rice farms.

Countryside Bicycle Tour: Pedal at a peaceful pace across bridges, through forests, and see local rural life at its most picturesque.

PHNOM PENH

Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda: Explore the gleaming gold Cambodian Royal Residence and adjoining Silver Pagoda.
Killing Fields Excursion: Learn about a confronting part of Cambodian history with a sobering visit to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

City Tuk Tuk Tour Tour Phnom Penh from an authentic tuk tuk. See icons like the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom
National Museum of Cambodia At Cambodia’s leading archaeological and historical museum, you’ll uncover fascinating pieces of history.

SIEM REEP

Village Bicycle Tour: Pedal at a peaceful pace through the scenic countryside to a remote village, and see local rural life at its most idyllic.

Khmer Cooking Class: Learn about the delicate balance of flavours of Cambodian cuisine during a Khmer Cooking Class, hosted by a chef.

Horse Cart Ride: Enjoy the countryside on a horse cart ride, which brings you to the real Cambodia. Meet local farmers and see traditional villages.

Buddhist Blessing: On a tour of the temple of Wat Preah Phrom Rath, meet Buddhist monks studying and living there, then be part of a Buddhist blessing.

Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop: Visit the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local hand-made crafts.
Quad Bike Adventure: Drive automatic Quad bikes that are built to travel safely over all types of terrain. Pass rice fields, forests, and go through the villages.

Spa Treatment: Unwind and soothe your soul with a rejuvenating spa treatment. You may like to indulge in a one-hour massage.
Apsara Dance Class: Learn about the historical significance of the Apsara dance – and some basic steps yourself – in a fun dance class.
Shopping Tour: Be guided through a maze of markets and shops in search of the perfect bargain!

***Please Note: All activities are subject to availability and many are subject to weather conditions. Due to venue and operational closures on some dates, some options may not be available as listed. Minimum and maximum group numbers may apply on some activities for them to operate.

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