Vietnam & Cambodia

Gain an insight into authentic local life along the Mekong River on your luxury cruise with APT. Aboard the RV AmaLotus experience an intimate discovery of Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruising with APT that goes beyond the tourist trail.

With one of the finest luxury river ships, personalised service from outstanding staff and an unrivaled reputation, APT are the award-winning experts in revealing the hidden wonders of the Mekong River. Each day you’ll wake to new adventures and experiences that are sure to become unforgettable memories.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
River CruiseVietnam and Cambodia Grand Tour25 On Application From $11,995.00
River Cruise Luxury Mekong Cruise8 On Application From $3,795.00

Vietnam and Cambodia Grand Tour

A comprehensive tour specially designed to include the best that Vietnam & Cambodia have to offer. Time to explore Sapa, its colourful markets and partake in a walking tour. Experience the beauty of Halong Bay, select ingredients at a local market in Hoi An for your cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School.

See the Cu Chi Tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City, or tour Long Tan and attend a memorial service. Exclusive visit to Xu Restaurant, enjoy degustation dinner with matching wines. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you take in the sunrise at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive HanoiOn arrival in Hanoi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city. Later this evening, you’ll get to know your fellow travellers and your local guide during an informal gathering.

Stay: Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi, Duong LamTravel by coach to the ancient village of Duong Lam. Recognised as a national relic, it has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back 400 years. On arrival, visit one of the oldest houses in the village, the home of the Huyen family who have lived here for generations. Then explore this quiet village and the tranquil countryside on foot or by bicycle. Visit Phung Hung Temple and Mia Pagoda before lunch at the house of a local family. Back in Hanoi, take an overnight rail journey to Lao Cai.
Stay: Victoria Express Train (superior cabin)
Day 3: Lao Cai, SapaOn arrival in Lao Cai this morning, disembark your train and transfer to Sapa, a quiet and visually stunning mountain town located in north-western Vietnam. After settling in to your resort, set off on a soft trekking tour to nearby Ta Phin, a picturesque village that’s home to the Kinh, Black Hmong and Red Dao people. This expedition offers great insight into the daily life of these ethnic hill tribes. Afterwards, return to Sapa for dinner.
Stay: Sapa, Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa
Day 4: Sapa, Lao Cai, HanoiSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
This morning, a guided walking tour of Sapa and its famous colourful markets reveals the beauty of the region. A magical combination of breathtaking landscapes, ethnic cultures and bracing mountain air, the alpine village of Sapa has been a gathering spot for hundreds of years. Here, local hill tribes buy and sell household products, embroidery and handicrafts.
After lunch and some leisure time, transfer by coach back to Hanoi.
Stay: Three Nights: Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 5: HanoiWith a free day on the cards, perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a restful morning before stepping out to explore the city at your own pace. You might even like to try the local drink of choice - a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee served with sweet condensed milk. Tonight, meet your APT Tour Director at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner.
Day 6: HanoiFREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining
This evening, choose from one of six different but equally superb restaurants for dinner that have been carefully selected for you.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing

After a morning tour, explore more of this vibrant city on your selected Freedom of Choice activity.
Enjoy a guided tour of Hanoi, which will take you to the city’s most famous historical and cultural sites.
Day 7: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Farewell Hanoi as you travel by coach to Ha Long and embark on your three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.
Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail among thousands of spectacular limestone islets this afternoon, gliding slowly over the azure waters. Enjoy lunch on your way towards the south region of Ha Long Bay, keeping your camera handy as you pass Fighting Cocks and Titov islands. Later, your ship will drop anchor at Ban Chan Beach so you can go for a swim or participate in water activities. Relax on board during dinner tonight.
Stay: Two Nights: Ha Long Bay, The Au Co
Day 8: Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long BayPerhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck during a leisurely morning spent cruising the bay. After lunch, your ship will sail towards Bai Tu Long Bay, an undeveloped region less frequented by tourists. Spend the afternoon swimming or kayaking before a guided visit to Thien Canh Son Cave. Tonight, perhaps try your hand at squid fishing with the crew.
Day 9: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi AnThis morning, take a kayak or bamboo boat out to visit Vung Vieng fishing village before your ship returns to shore. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, take a scenic coach ride to the historic city of Hoi An. Arrive at your five-star hotel situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Here you will enjoy three relaxing nights amid Art Nouveau-inspired surrounds.

Stay: Three Nights: Hoi An, Hotel Royal Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi AnFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
This morning, set out on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps take a walking tour of Hoi An, enjoy an eco-tour of the surrounding countryside, learn how to make lanterns with a local craftsman, or join a bicycle tour of the countryside. Alternatively, head to the city’s finest tailors to be fitted for a complimentary shirt or blouse, take a wet rice planting tour; or enjoy some rest and relaxation during an indulgent spa treatment.

With the afternoon then at your leisure, perhaps explore more of bustling Hoi An. Tonight, enjoy a tantalising dinner at one of the city’s restaurants.
Day 11: Hoi AnSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
You can experience the true personality of a city at its markets and Hoi An is no exception. Today, you’ll venture into the colourful market to meet vendors and learn about the local ingredients you’ll use later during an exclusive cooking class with the Red Bridge Cooking School.

Take a boat cruise along the Hoi An River to the school and explore the herb garden before learning how to prepare Vietnamese dishes. Then, sample the results of your efforts for lunch.
Day 12: Hoi An, Lang Co Beach, HueYour journey continues towards Hue as you travel past the towering Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of Da Nang. Visit the beautiful Lang Co Beach then cross the Hai Van Pass, one of the country’s most scenic and stunning hillside roads, as you continue on your way. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch in a lush garden before visiting Hue’s impressive Imperial Citadel and the tallest pagoda in Vietnam, the historic seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda. Tonight, be treated to an indulgent Emperor Feast, featuring sumptuous royal-inspired Vietnamese cuisine unique to this region.
Stay: Hue, La Résidence Hotel and Spa
Day 13: Hue, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in to your luxurious hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Saigon
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan OR Cu Chi TunnelsSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
On the first option, journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at the 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. Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. This evening, enjoy a Luke Nguyen-inspired degustation dinner with matching wines at Xu Restaurant.
Today choose from two unique Signature Experiences before enjoying a Luke Nguyen-inspired dinner.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark ShipFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
Select one of our Freedom of Choice activities today. Enjoy a cooking class; explore the city by foot or on a motorbike; visit an artist’s home; or embark on an shopping tour.

After your chosen sightseeing activity, transfer to My Tho Port to embark your ship. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner with your fellow guests.

Stay: Seven Nights: Cruise the Mekong River aboard APT’s RV AmaLotus
Day 16: Cai Be, Sa DecStep ashore in Cai Be to visit the French Gothic cathedral and a local rice paper manufacturer. Enjoy lunch back on board as you cruise towards Sa Dec. Here, enjoy a boat ride, then visit a Cao Dai temple.
Day 17: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border CrossingTake a small boat along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour through the village. Visit an evergreen island, then perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border formalities are carried out.
Day 18: Phnom PenhFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the 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). Your other options are a visit to the National Museum or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk.

Perhaps rise early to take in Phnom Penh’s river promenade as your ship nears the capital. After disembarking, join your chosen activity.
Day 19: Phnom Penh, Koh ChenThis morning in Phnom Penh, you can relax aboard your ship or discover the city’s attractions on your own. Later today, cruise to Koh Chen, a small village specialising in silverware and copperware.
Day 20: Oudong, Kampong Tralach Disembark in Prek K’dam from where you’ll set off by coach on a morning tour of the graceful town of Oudong. Visit the monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience, then continue to Kampong Tralach to visit the Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Later, take an ox cart through rice fields back to your river ship.
Day 21: Kampong ChhnangEnjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Then return to your ship and head back towards Prek K’dam. This evening, enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner on board your ship.
Day 22: Prek K’dam,Disembark Ship, Siem ReapFREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining
Back in Siem Reap this evening, enjoy a choice of restaurants for dinner.
Disembark at Prek K’dam and transfer to your hotel. Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon.
Stay: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel Angkor
Day 23: Siem ReapSIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
Rise early and travel back to the Angkor Archaeological Park for a glass of champagne as you enjoy the sunrise over Angkor Wat.
Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple then return to your hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, explore the temple of Ta Prohm and visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’.
Day 24: Siem ReapFREEDOM OF CHOICE™-Sightseeing
Embark on your selected activity today. Options include a Buddhist blessing, a tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, an Apsara dance class, a quad bike adventure, a leisurely horse and cart ride, a bicycle tour across the countryside, a Khmer cooking class, a shopping trip, or a relaxing spa treatment.
After your chosen sightseeing activity, take in an Apsara dance performance tonight before a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Day 25: Depart Siem ReapTransfer to the airport this morning.

Luxury Mekong Cruise

An unforgettable 8 days which includes 7 nights on board the RV AmaLotus, complimentary beverages, finest dining – total 21 meals. All inclusive sightseeing in up to seven destinations. Everything as detailed, including gratuities and onboard entertainment.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Embark CruiseTransfer to My Pho Port to embark on 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 RV AmaLotus
Day 2: Cai Be, Sa DecA local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Once here, step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral as well as the colourful port area, which is filled with crumbling colonial buildings and delightful flowering gardens. The morning then takes you onwards to a rice paper manufacturer where you’ll see how Vietnamese rice paper is made. Lunch will be served back on board later as your ship cruises past scenes of charming rural life towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This delightfully sleepy locale 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 Marguerite Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, pay a visit to a traditional Cao Dai temple. Watch visitors and pilgrims come and go, and appreciate the beauty of the building.
Day 3: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border CrossingTransfer 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.
Day 4: Phnom PenhFREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing
Today you may 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. Your other options are a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia or a guided city tour in a tuk tuk which takes 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.
Day 5: Phnom Penh, Koh ChenWith 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.
Day 6: Prek K’dam, Oudong, Kampong TralachToday 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. Afterward, 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.
Day 7: Kampong Chhnang 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 - a delight to watch. Afterwards, you’ll return to your ship and cast off towards Prek K’dam on the Tonle Sap. This evening, reflect on the days that have just gone by as you enjoy your last night on board your luxury river cruise. Meet your fellow travellers for a pre-dinner drink before celebrating the end of your cruise with a Farewell Dinner.
Day 8: Prek K’dam, Disembark Ship, Siem ReapDisembark your ship in Prek K’dam before transferring by coach to Siem Reap for your onward flight.
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Europe

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseMagnificent Europe15 On Application From $7,295.00
CruiseDouro Delights11 On ApplicationContact Us
CruiseParis to Bordeaux11On Application From $8,595.00

Magnificent Europe – Amsterdam to Budapest

On APT’s 15 Day Magnificent Europe River Cruise, glide from Amsterdam through five countries to Budapest. From mighty rivers to superbly engineered canals and stream-like waters that wind through tranquil valleys, APT has left no course uncharted in creating their outstanding range of unforgettable river cruises. Fine dining, incredible sightseeing, the highest levels of personal attention, stunning accommodation; they’ve considered – and included – every last detail. Even if you have visited Europe before, nothing quite compares to the new experiences and fresh perspectives awaiting you on a river cruise with APT. Offering an unrivaled way to discover Europe and designed specifically for Australians, you’ll enjoy the dedicated services of an APT Cruise Tour Director, all sightseeing experiences, a range of complimentary onboard beverages and many inclusions.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Embark ShipBe met on arrival and transferred to your ship before a Welcome Reception tonight.
14 Night Stay: one of APT's luxurious Aria or Concerto river ships.
Day 2: AmsterdamChoose from two activities today. Perhaps cruise Amsterdam's canals aboard a glass-top boat or visit Zaanse Schans. Tonight. attend a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Cologne, Bonn, AndernachBe joined by a local guide for a tour around the historic city of Cologne or travel to Bonn for a tour. Later, explore Namedy Castle, before sitting down to a lavish banquet held in ballroom.
Day 4: RüdesheimVisit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or ride a gondola for panoramic views over the Rhine Valley.
Day 5: MiltenbergArrive in Miltenberg and stroll along the winding cobblestone lanes, explore quint half-timbered shops, mingle with friendly residents and sample delicious local fare.
Day 6: WürzburgThe architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show as you stroll through the city to Würzburg Residence. Or, travel along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg for an enthralling tour.
Day 7: BambergExplore Bamberg's World Heritage-listed Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings.
Day 8: NurembergDelve into Nuremberg's history on a city tour that includes a selection of World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds
Day 9: RegensburgWalk the lovely streets of Regensburg with a local expert guide today.
Day 10: Passau, Salzburg, LinzTake an exquisite rail journey aboard the Magestic Imperator to Salzburg today. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside.
Day 11: Melk, DürnsteinTour Melk Abbey, one of the world's most famous monastic sites, or enjoy a walking tour through the town. Then, either ride a bicycle or cruise to Dürnstein.
Day 12: ViennaSoak up the elegance of the city during a guided tour. See the exquisite Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and much more. After dinner, head to the City Palace and attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys' Choir.
Day 13: ViennaPerhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, join an excursion to Bratislava or visit the Spanish Riding School to see the Lipizzan horses
Day 14: BudapestJoin a local guide for a tour of Budapest. Among many highlights, you'll see Heroes' Square and superb Fisherman's Bastion. This evening, set off on a twilight cruise.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart BudapestDisembark and transfer to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
14 Night Cruise, Expert APT Cruise Director, touring, all main meals on board, range of beverages, transfers, port charges, tipping

Douro Delights

  

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Porto, Embark ShipBe met on arrival and transferred to your ship before a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Seven Nights: the stylish MS AmaVida
Day 2: PortoOn a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and Baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia.
Day 3: Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-RiosTake a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement, as well as 15th to 19th-century architecture. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for producing Vinho Verde since the 17th century. Enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a tasting of their famous wine before dinner.
Day 4: Caldas de Aregos, RéguaDock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the estate on a tour, followed by a tasting. Delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua, where you’ll visit the Douro Museum.
Day 5: Régua, Lamego, PinhãoTour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bolas de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. After, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese winery.
Day 6: Pinhão, Vila RealTake a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Embark on a tour of the palace followed by free time to explore the extensive gardens. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Barca d’AlvaTravel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you makew the most of your last night on board your stylish river ship.
Day 8: Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, MadridDisembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Stay: Three Nights: Westin Palace Madrid
Day 9: MadridEnjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tantalising tapas later in the evening.
Day 10: MadridEnjoy a choice of activities in Madrid today. Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of delecatable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Otherwise, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artisits including elázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Alternatively you may wish to explore Bernabéu soccer stadium, home to the world-famous Real Madrid Football Club.
Day 11: Depart MadridAfter a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
Unique experiences in up to 11 destinations, Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors, Return airport transfers, port charges and tipping, Finest dining - a total of 25 meals.

Paris do Bordeuax

  

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive in Paris

Arrive in the romantic city of Paris and be transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
Day 2: ParisEnjoy a sightseeing tour of the French capital. See the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, and take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This evening, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge.
Day 3: ParisPerhaps join a culinary walking tour, discover Montmartre or take a tour through The Louvre.
Day 4: Paris, Bordeaux, Embark ShipTravel by train to Bordeaux and on arrival, transfer to your river ship. After settling in, delight in a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
Day 5: CadillacToday you will have your choice of sightseeing. Perhaps tour Cadillac, before exploring Saint-Macaire. Alternatively, visit Sauternes where you’ll tour two historic châteaux then try the region’s famous dessert wine. Tonight, visit Château de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre. Be greeted by the current owners of the Sabran-Pontevès family, descendants of the original owners. Enjoy a private tour of the lovingly restored interior, before sitting down to dinner in the impeccable Grand Salon, while enjoying the traditional music from a three-piece Baroque band.
Day 6: PauillacTake in the stunning sights as your ship threads its way along the Gironde estuary, which cuts alongside the historic vineyards of Aquitaine. On a visit to one of the few remaining family-owned cooperages, you’ll get to see how wooden wine barrels are produced and learn the fascinating secrets of this time-honoured craft, followed by a wine tasting with your very own oenologist. Later, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 7: Blaye, BourgDiscover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel. Later, perhaps travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house or sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour.
Day 8: Libourne, Saint-ÉmilionIn Saint-Émilion, head beneath the village to visit the Monolithic Church and the underground cellars of Les Cordeliers. Then sample some macarons and Les Cordeliers’ sparkling wines.
Day 9: Libourne, BordeauxPerhaps join a guide for a tour of Bergerac to discover the wonderfully restored Old Town. Another option is to tour Libourne and visit a caviar estate. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 10: BordeauxTake in the sights of Bordeaux on a tour.
Day 11: Disembark Ship, BordeauxBe transferred to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
Unique cultural experiences in up to 8 towns, villages and cities, Transfers, port charges and tipping
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