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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

Kampong Chhnang

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

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Witness the beauty of Cambodia’s World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat with a drink in hand as the sun rises over the temple

Visit the Great Wall

Be captivated by the magnitude of this 8th-century monument

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 15 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in seven locations
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus
  • Four-night Yangtze River cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard lectures
  • Finest dining - a total of 62 meals

Map & Itinerary

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Asia Map VEMRC25 2018/19

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 in the exciting business and entertainment districts on Dong Khoi Street. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, you can enjoy the rest of the day to explore the neighbourhood at your own pace. Once a bustling French colonial city previously known as Saigon, today Ho Chi Minh City offers a myriad of attractions that display both its rich culture and fascinating history. 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

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Perhaps journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross. Alternatively, visit the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Back in Ho Chi Minh City tonight, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-created degustation dinner with matching wines at Vietnam House.


Today, be treated to a wealth of Signature Experiences.

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

This morning, perhaps take a walking tour, visit an artist’s home, participate in a cooking class, take a motorbike tour, or join a shopping trip.


After a Freedom of Choice activity, embark your ship for your river cruise. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen signature dinner.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit a rice paper manufacturer in Cai Be and learn how rice paper is made. Later, cruise to Sa Dec and visit a Cao Dai temple.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 then spent 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, watch daily life on the Mekong unfold, before enjoying a delicious dinner later this evening. After entering Cambodia, your ship will continue to cruise overnight towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 which is 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 city tour in a tuk tuk.


Disembark in Phnom Penh and choose your activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

With a free morning, why not rise a little later and enjoy the facilities on board your ship. Or, head out to explore the city independently. Later, cruise to Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware. On a walk, visit the home workshops and pick up a souvenir.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark and travel by coach to Oudong to visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience. Continue to the Kampong Tralach region before an exciting ox cart ride takes you through rice fields and a small village to rejoin your ship.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing excursion by boat into the beautiful wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. After some time cruising, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you indulge in a Farewell Dinner aboard your ship.

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

This evening, enjoy a choice of lovely restaurants for dinner.


Disembark your ship for the final time in Prek K’dam and be transferred to Siem Reap. Once there, head to the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, and admire the Bayon temple.

Stay: Three Nights at Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, enjoy a choice of lovely restaurants for dinner.


After an early morning Signature Experience at Angkor Wat, set out on a tour of the temple itself. Return to your hotel for time at leisure. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm and visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Today you may like to visit the temple of Wat Preah Phrom Rath; explore the city on the back of a tuk tuk; participate in a Apsara dance class; take a quad bike adventure; embark on a bicycle tour; enjoy a cooking class; or indulge in a spa treatment.


Embark on your chosen activity in Siem Reap this morning. Tonight, enjoy an Apsara performance before your dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Stay: Three Nights at Beijing, Regent Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a private cruise of the Summer Palace.


Tour Tiananmen Square and the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City. Later this afternoon we visit the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, then indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet this evening.

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

After dinner at leisure back in Beijing, attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, watch a Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre or explore Silk Alley market.


Set out for the Great Wall of China today. Be captivated by the magnitude of this 8th-century monument as you wander along one of the best preserved stretches of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. On arrival, explore Yichang with a city tour before boarding your luxury river ship.

Stay: Four Nights on the Yangtze River, aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

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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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rise early to participate in a Tai Chi class atop the ship’s Observation Deck for a relaxing start to your day. After lunch, visit The 816 Underground Project, an intriguing, secret military project, hidden in the mountains of Fuling. A visit to this Cold War relic offers an interesting insight into China’s military capabilities at the time. Tonight, savour the Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a Chinese banquet feast.

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

This evening, choose from three restaurants for dinner.


Disembark and head to the Chongqing Zoo to view the famous and critically endangered giant pandas. Later, visit a local restaurant for lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an.

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

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

Tonight, enjoy a Tang Dynasty cultural performance and a dumpling dinner. Or embark on a tour of the Muslim Quarter, with dinner at a local restaurant.


Explore the city of Xi’an on a tour and visit a clay factory. Then, spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. Here lie the three excavation pits where the terracotta sculptures depicting the warriors of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, were first unearthed by farmers in 1974.

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

In the evening, enjoy a 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.


Fly to Shanghai and on arrival, take the high-speed Shanghai Maglev Train into the city.

Stay: Three Nights at Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take a coach tour through the downtown area of Shanghai. Later this evening, you will enjoy premium seating at a stunning acrobatic show. Watch in awe as the performers twist and turn in an array of daring stunts that are sure to take your breath away.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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 morning is dedicated to further exploring Shanghai on your Freedom of Choice activity. 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Deep mountain ravine to Yangtze river below
Four night Yangtze cruise

Admire stunning natural landscapes on a cruise through the Three Gorges region aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

View Our Fleet
Paradise Elegance Cruise

For two nights board Paradise Elegance and explore the tiny islands and limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay

Blue hulled ship exterior and white body of the small river ship moored
RV AMALotus

Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard APT's AMALotus

Virtual Tour

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