Luke Nguyen's Vietnam and Mekong River Cruise

Fly free to Vietnam including taxes* when you book before 31 August 2018 from $8,090 pp*

14 Days | Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap | Departing 30 November 2018

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Trip Highlights:

Cooking Class With Luke
Enjoy a cooking class hosted by Luke at his cooking studio, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, in Ho Chi Minh City

Luke Nguyen's Vietnam House
At Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam House in Ho Chi Minh City, be treated to a dinner personally designed by Luke for APT guests.

Old Saigon Tour
Join Luke for a tour of Old Saigon and meet his extended family, members of whom inspired Luke's culinary journey

Inclusions:

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to eight destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in one location
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard lectures
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise*
  • Finest dining - a total of 21 meals

Day 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) today, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury hotel to begin your exciting journey.

Stay: Three Nights at Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
 
Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City   

On your first full day in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a range of special Luke Nguyen Signature Experiences.

LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Meet APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen this morning. He’ll then guide you through the bustling streets of Old Saigon where you’ll wander the atmospheric neighbourhoods. Dodge swarms of motorbikes as they whirl amid the bustling streets. During the walk, you’ll also visit the area in which Luke’s parents grew up and meet his extended family of aunties and uncles.

This afternoon, enjoy an exclusive cooking class with Luke at his culinary school, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, where you’ll learn how to prepare some of his favourite Vietnamese dishes.

This evening, head to Vietnam House, Luke Nguyen‘s new contemporary Vietnamese restaurant set in the heart of Saigon in a beautifully restored art deco building. Be treated to menu personally designed by Luke for APT guests.
 
Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi Tunnels  

Today you are able to select one of two fascinating Signature Experiences.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Perhaps journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross. An alternate option to the aforementioned is a visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war.

LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Back in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy dinner at a restaurant personally selected by Luke.
 
Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark Ship  

Today you are able to explore this exciting Vietnamese city on one of our Freedom of Choice activities. Later, transfer to My Tho to embark your luxury river ship.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing
Perhaps enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, taking in the charming French colonial architecture as you visit the Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office. You might like to jump on the back of a motorbike and tour the city or visit the Ky Long Art Villa to learn the techniques of Vietnamese lacquer art and see active artist workshops. Alternatively, join a shopping tour.

LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Tonight, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen Vietnamese dinner.

Stay: Seven Nights on the Mekong River, aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus
 
Day  5 - Cai Be, Sa Dec

A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Once here, you’ll step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens. Afterwards, visit a rice paper manufacturer then enjoy lunch back on board as your ship cruises towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This is where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Duras’ best-selling novel, ‘The Lover’. Later, visit a colourful Cao Dai temple, watching visitors and pilgrims come and go as they worship and appreciate the artistry of the building.
 
Day 6 - Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing

After a breakfast on your ship, disembark and transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island as you observe traditional rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is then spent on board. Enjoy a delicious dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
This afternoon, take part in an exclusive ‘Get to Know Luke’ session, where APT’s Ambassador will discuss fascinating details of his background and passion for food while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia.
 
Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After breakfast, disembark in Phnom Penh and embark on your chosen activity.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing
Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which is located on the south side of the palace complex and houses many national treasures. Alternatively, you may wish to discover some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields, before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located 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 Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-to-late 1970s. Another option is a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia. Home to one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art, there is plenty to discover here. Or, you might like to a embark on a guided city tour in a tuk tuk, which takes in sights including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, a sacred Buddhist pagoda.

Day 8 - Phnom Penh, Koh Chen

With some free time at hand, perhaps you’ll enjoy a late breakfast and a restful morning on board. Or, you can set out to discover the city’s many attractions independently. Later, your cruise continues, this time to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. On arrival here, you’ll visit some of the home workshops that manufacture fine handmade silverware and copperware. You will also have the chance to purchase a handicraft memento of your journey. Return to your ship for a relaxing afternoon before dinner.

Day 9 - Oudong, Kampong Tralach

Disembark and travel by coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience. Continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda before an ox cart takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship and continue your journey.
 
Day 10 - Kampong Chhnang

Enjoy an authentic glimpse into the local way of life today with a small boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Afterwards, you’ll return to your ship and cruise towards Prek K’dam. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night on board your ship and indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your fellow guests. Take some time to relax and prepare for the next portion of your exciting journey.
 
Day 11 - Prek K’dam, Disembark Ship, Siem Reap

Farewell your crew in Prek K’dam this morning and transfer to your luxurious hotel in Siem Reap. Here, 8 Day (VEMR08) guests depart the tour. After settling in, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, where you’ll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining
Back in Siem Reap this evening, enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants.

Stay: Three Nights at Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel  Angkor
 

Day 12 - Siem Reap

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Rise early this morning and travel to the Angkor Archaeological Park to enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat with drink in hand.
After a Signature Experience early this morning, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Afterwards, return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. A free evening in the city then gives you the chance to step out and explore the local dining scene at your leisure. Your APT Tour Director can point you in the direction of some fantastic restaurants for dinner.
 
Day 13 - Siem Reap

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing
Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts; participate in a fun Apsara dance class; take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure; enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside; take a horse and cart ride; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.

With the afternoon at leisure, you might like to step out to explore the city independently. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance before a Farewell Dinner.
 
Day 14 - Depart Siem Reap

Your journey comes to an end this morning as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
 


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*Terms and Conditions: Offer includes economy class airfare and air taxes of up to $200 per person. Available when booking any Vietnam and Cambodia tour of 13 days or more or when combining a Vietnam and Cambodia tour with China or Myanmar tour, departing between July 2018 and April 2019. Information correct as at 26 April 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and all departures in selected cabin categories. Offer available until 31 August 2018 unless sold out prior. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. A non–refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is due within seven days of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tour’s departure date. All air is ticketed upon receipt of the first deposit. Any changes made after ticketing may incur an amendment and/or cancellation fee and, in some cases, tickets are non-refundable. Air taxes are estimated and subject to change. Fuel surcharges are subject to change and an additional fuel surcharge may apply. Note that frequent flyer miles/points may not be awarded on all airfares. A Singapore stopover is allowed in each direction at an additional cost. Flights must be booked by APT. Flights are based on wholesale airfares in economy class (W class) with Singapore Airlines (or another airline of APT’s choosing) from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth. All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out surcharges apply. Should you choose to depart earlier than your scheduled tour/cruise departure, or make variations to airline routings, surcharges may apply. Airline schedules are subject to change without notice and APT is not liable for any additional costs incurred due to airline schedule changes. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: APT