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Luxury

Best of Vietnam, Cambodia and China

Ho Chi Minh City to Shanghai
25 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: VEMRC25
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Trip Highlights

Wu Gorge

Take a traditional sampan (longboat) and cruise through the stunning scenery of Wu Gorge

Kampong Chhnang

Take a small boat excursion into the beautiful wetlands near Kampong Chhnang

Ta Prohm

Explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm

Your Vacation Includes

  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities and airport transfers
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in seven locations
  • A total of 63 meals, as well as local beer and house wine throughout your Mekong Cruise
  • Enjoy a seven-night Mekong River Cruise
  • Expert English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Map & Itinerary

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APT China VEMRC25 Map 2017

Ho Chi Minh City to Shanghai

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Touching down in the centre of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met by an APT representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, you can enjoy the rest of the day to explore the neighbourhood at your own pace. Tonight, meet your fellow guests and your APT Tour Director during a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On the first Signature Experience, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross, a memorial erected by the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is set in a rubber plantation and marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. On the alternative, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. This evening, head to Xu Restaurant for an exclusive degustation dinner, complete with matching wines, all inspired by APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen.


Your first full day in Ho Chi Minh City offers you the chance to choose from two Signature Experiences.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Or jump on the back of a motorbike for an exciting city tour. Alternatively, tour the Ky Long Art Villa. You may like to try out your culinary skills with a fun cooking class at GRAIN by Luke Nguyen cooking studio or delight in an exciting shopping tour.


Transfer to My Tho Port to embark your luxury river ship. Settle in to your suite before an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner showcasing the diverse flavours from the region of Luke’s heritage.

Stay: Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus

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A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be. Once here, step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area. Visit a rice paper manufacturer to see how Vietnamese rice paper is made. Cruise to Sa Dec, 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 Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple.

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Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise right past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. 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 where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is left free for you to relax on board your luxurious river ship. This afternoon, perhaps take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the ship’s chefs while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Alternatively, sit back and watch daily life unfold on the riverbanks before enjoying dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today you may enjoy a guided tour of the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. 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. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk that is an exciting way to take in a range of city sights, including the Independence Monument and Wat Phnom, a sacred Buddhist pagoda.


Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s glorious river promenade as your ship nears the centre of the bustling capital. After breakfast on board, disembark and join your chosen activity for the day.

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With a free morning at hand in Phnom Penh, you may like to enjoy a restful start to the day and stay aboard your ship. Or, make use of your time in this beautiful city and head out on your own to discover the attractions. Your APT Cruise Director can provide inspiration should you need it. Later in the day, your ship will cruise to remote Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. Here you’ll visit some of the home-workshops that manufacture handmade copper souvenirs. Watch the clever artisans at work and perhaps purchase a memento of your journey.

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Today you’ll step ashore at the port of Prek K’dam and travel by coach to Oudong, the fascinating royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll call on a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with local monks. Afterwards, continue to the village of Kampong Tralach for a visit to the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then, take an exciting ox cart ride through the countryside, passing lush rice fields and smiling locals on your way back to your ship. Once aboard, enjoy a relaxing afternoon before dinner.

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Today brings you an authentic glimpse into the local way of life as you jump aboard a small boat and head into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Known as the ‘Clay Pot Port’, the local people craft pottery under their stilt homes on the river. Afterwards, return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K’dam on the Tonle Sap. Meet your fellow travellers for a pre-dinner drink before celebrating the end of your cruise with a Farewell Dinner.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight in Siem Reap, choose where to enjoy dinner from seven unique and delicious restaurants.


Disembark your ship in Prek K’dam before transferring to your Siem Reap hotel. After settling in, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, where you’ll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon.

Stay: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Rise early and travel back to Angkor Archaeological Park for a glass of champagne as you enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat.


After sunrise, 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. 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 then gives you the chance to dine wherever you wish.

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  • Breakfast
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, perhaps step out to explore the city independently. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance as part of your Farewell Dinner.

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Board your flight to China’s capital, Beijing. This evening, get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights: Raffles Beijing Hotel

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Your sightseeing begins today with a tour of Tiananmen Square and the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, the largest surviving palace complex on Earth. Following an afternoon at leisure, indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet for dinner.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At the Great Wall of China, be captivated by the magnitude of this 8th-century monument as you wander along an unrestored and rarely visited stretch of the Badaling section. Later, enjoy a buffet lunch and free-flowing beverages overlooking the wall, prepared just for APT guests.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Tonight, you may choose to attend a fascinating Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, watch an exhilarating Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre or explore the Silk Alley market.


Today, set out for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. After a delicious lunch, travel back to Beijing and enjoy afternoon tea at your hotel. Following dinner at leisure, the choice is yours for the evening’s activity.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore the Summer Palace gardens then board a traditionally styled boat for a private cruise along the shores of the palace. Admire the scenery of gardens, parklands and palaces then return to your hotel for afternoon tea.


Set your sights on the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, rebuilt by Emperor Guangxu for Empress Dowager Cixi following the destruction of the Old Summer Palace by French and British troops in 1860. Here you’ll find a variety of palaces, gardens and pavilions, as well as Longevity Hill and manmade Kunming Lake. This evening, board your flight to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to your luxury river ship and settle in for your Yangtze River cruise.

Stay: Four Nights: the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Set off on your cruise along the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, then take a tour of the Three Gorges Dam. This evening, indulge in the Captain’s Welcome Dinner, followed by an entertaining crew show.

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In Badong, transfer to a traditional sampan (longboat) and cruise through stunning scenery. Rejoin your ship and glide through the most scenic section of the river. See Wu Gorge and pass between two majestic cliffs on entry to Qutang Gorge.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In Badong, transfer to a traditional sampan (longboat) and cruise through stunning scenery. Rejoin your ship and glide through the most scenic section of the river. See Wu Gorge and pass between two majestic cliffs on entry to Qutang Gorge.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening in Xi’an, choose from Thai, Cantonese or Western cuisine to dine on.


Disembark your ship for the final time in Chongqing and head to the Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of wild and rare animals are on display, including the endangered Giant Pandas. This beautiful creature is fast replacing the dragon as China’s emblem and has been kept in zoos for over two thousand years. Later, visit a local restaurant for a hotpot lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an.

Stay: Two Nights: Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This evening, enjoy a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and feast on dumplings for dinner. Or, tour the Muslim Quarter, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.


Discover the attractions of Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China. Visit the ancient city walls and a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still made today. Then spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, with plenty of time to visit the three excavation pits where over 8,000 terracotta soldiers are arranged in vast columns.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal of Chinese cuisine at the Dragon Phoenix restaurant; head to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel’s signature restaurant, Ming Court; or enjoy an exotic fusion menu at Zen Restaurant.


Transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, ride the high-speed Shanghai Maglev Train and watch the kilometres race towards an exhilarating 300.

Stay: Three Nights: Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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  • Dinner

Take a bus tour through the downtown area of Shanghai. This evening, enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This morning is dedicated to further exploring Shanghai. You may like to cruise the Huangpu River and explore Yu Garden. Or take part in a cooking class. Another option is a full-day excursion to the water town of Jinxi.


This evening, attend a Farewell Dinner at The Cathay Room in The Fairmont Peace Hotel as you reflect on your journey.

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Transfer to the airport for your flight.

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