Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 26 Day Vietnam, Cambodia and China Discovery. Explore Vietnam, Cambodia and China on a premium holiday with Travelmarvel. Cruise the Mekong and Yangtze rivers, see Giant Pandas in Chengdu and indulge in the mouth-watering cuisine of these delightful countries.
Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, travel to the temple of Ta Prohm. The rest of the day is made up of a range of exciting Insider Experiences. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Shack (D)
Insider Experience: Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) which supports local underprivileged children.
This morning is free to explore. Later, head to Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the 12th-century temple Bayon and finish the day with sunset at Angkor Wat. (B)
Transfer to Kampong Cham to join your Mekong River cruise. Spend your afternoon on an Insider Experience. Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River, RV Apsara (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Hop on a tuk tuk and explore the agricultural island of Koh Pen. Travel along the shaded lanes and past wooden stilted houses, tucked among palm and sandalwood trees.
Enjoy an immersive tour of Angkor Ban by foot, one of the few traditional villages to survive the Khmer Rouge. Return to your ship and continue sailing towards Oknha Tey where you will board a local tuk tuk to discover village life. (B/L/D)
Cruise to Phnom Penh then travel by coach to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. After an Insider Experience, continue to Koh Chen and explore the open-air copper workshops. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Visit a Buddhist monastery where you will have the opportunity to partake in a Buddhist blessing ceremony.
Explore the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which recalls one of the darkest moments of the 20th century. This afternoon, take a tour to the Royal Palace and see the Silver Pagoda and Emerald Buddha. After dinner perhaps step out for an evening walk. (B/L/D)
Spend today on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. This afternoon, you might like to attend a fruit-carving demonstration by the ship's chef while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Vietnam. Tonight, watch a documentary film about Pol Pot as your ship cruises towards the small Vietnamese town of Tan Chau. (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong's tiny tributaries, observing the stilt house villages. Go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw. Known as one of the largest silk-weaving centres of Vietnam, visit the fascinating local artisan workshops to learn more about the history of the craft. (B/L/D)
Take a boat ride to the charming colonial town of Sa Dec for a tour. Visit the home of Huynh Thuy Le, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, who penned her best-selling novel, The Lover, here. After lunch, step aboard a local boat as it transfers you to Cai Be to see the French Gothic cathedral. Go ashore to visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how it is made. After, visit a coconut candy factory to see how the local sweet is created. Enjoy a final dinner on board your ship. (B/L/D)
Disembark at My Tho Port today and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Stay Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Original Saigon Centre (B/L)
Insider Experience: Enjoy a stylish stay at the modern Fusion Original Saigon Centre.
Explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Perhaps take a fascinating history tour or see the sights on a city tour. Enjoy your last dinner in Vietnam at The Chopsticks Saigon. (B/D)
Insider Experience: Dine at The Chopsticks Saigon.
Today, fly from Vietnam to Beijing in China and transfer to your hotel. Stay Four Nights: Beijing, Novotel Peace Hotel (B)
Today is a leisure to explore on your own. Tonight, meet your China Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort for dinner. (B/D)
This morning, visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest city squares. Continue to the Forbidden City. Steeped in history, it is the former home to an ancient line of Chinese emperors. After lunch, explore the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace. (B/L)
Discover China's greatest icon, the Great Wall of China. Take in breathtaking views during a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall. Continue to a cloisonne factory and enjoy a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonne. Return to the city later, where tonight you will enjoy an Insider Experience. (B/L/D)
This morning after breakfast, visit the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century. Afterwards, make your way to the city of Xi'an via rail. Stay Two Nights: Xi'an, Grand Mercure (B)
Insider Experience: Board a high-speed train to Xi'an.
Known for its remarkable collection of Terracotta Warriors, a discovery of Xi'an awaits today. Admire the excavation pits that have housed the thousands of sculptures since around 210 BC. Every sculpture is unique, with distinct facial features, hairstyles, postures and clothing. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Xi'an, taking in some of its most famous sights, including the Great Mosque and, the lively Muslim bazaar. (B/L/D)
This morning, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, then stop for a spot of lunch at a local restaurant before an Insider Experience. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, the charming Tibet Hotel which tastefully combines traditional Tibetan decor with modern furnishings. Stay Two Nights: Chengdu, Tibet Hotel (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Buddhist Wenshu Monastery and learn about the ancient structure. Finish your day with a visit to the charming Jinli Street where bright lanterns light up the path. (B/L)
Insider Experience: Spend the morning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Here you’ll learn all about how the pandas are being protected.
Following breakfast at your hotel, travel to Chengdu's Renmin Park. Also known as the People's Park, this lush garden is a hub for locals. Sample a range of teas at a teahouse before travelling by train to Chongqing where you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding your river ship. Kick back and begin your relaxing three-night cruise along the Yangtze River. Stay Three Nights: Yangtze River, Century Victory or similar (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Travel by high-speed train to Chongqing.
Today enjoy an excursion to Fengdu Ghost City a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner on board. (B/L/D)
This morning, you will sail through Qutang and Wu Gorges, before enjoying a shore excursion to Shennv Stream, a small tributary of the Yangtze River with its narrow gorges and picturesque mountain sides. Much of the landscape remains in a pristine state due to the light boat traffic which travels through here. This evening, enjoy a traditional Chinese buffet dinner back on board the ship. (B/L/D)
Bid farewell to your river ship and disembark at Maoping Pier, Yichang. Spend the morning at the Three Gorges Dam Site and take in the colossal scale of the world's largest hydropower project. After lunch, transfer to Yichang airport for your flight to Shanghai. Stay Three Nights: Shanghai, Pullman Jing'an (B/L)
This morning transfer to Suzhou, a city famous for its labyrinth of canals and bridges, as well as its gardens. Visit the Master of the Nets Garden, one of the finest classical gardens in China. The garden has a long and rich history and shares UNESCO World Heritage status with others in the area due to its beautiful design. After lunch, visit the city's 100-year-old Silk Mill and Garden of Cultivation, a wonderfully preserved example of a Ming Dynasty classical garden. End the day's explorations with a transfer to Pingjiang Road for a scenic canal cruise before returning to Shanghai. (B/L)
This morning, explore the beautiful scenery and artistic architecture of Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty more than 400 years ago. Experience Shanghai's bustling bazaar before visiting the historic Jade Buddha Temple. (B/D)
Insider Experience: See the bright lights of Shanghai during your floating Farewell Dinner.
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA).
Relax throughout your stay at the Shinta Mani Shack.
Watch an Apsara dance in Siem Reap and experience local Khmer culture.
Take part in a Buddhist blessing ceremony in Oudong.
Enjoy a stylish stay at the modern Fusion Original Saigon Centre.
Dine at The Chopsticks Saigon.
Enjoy a delicious banquet of Peking Duck at a local Beijing restaurant.
Travel extensively by high speed rail in China.
Indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet.
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
15 nights in premium accommodation, seven-night Mekong River cruise and three-night Yangtze River cruise
Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director in Vietnam and Cambodia, and a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort in China
Prices include airport transfers, port charges, tipping, flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Beijing and most porterage
60 meals – 25 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 17 dinners
International wine, local beer and spirits with lunch and dinner on board your Mekong River cruise
Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change
Itinerary days 13-26 operated by Great Rail Journeys
Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Beijing is unescorted
Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
Flights must arrive in Siem Reap by 12 noon on day 1 for afternoon touring
Great trip through Asia 2John Murray, NSW, Australia, Jul 2016
Great trip through China, Cambodia and Vietnam. The local guides were fantastic and provided us with so much information in such a friendly and cheerful manner, accomodation was good and the river cruise ships were all so professional and well presented. Would definitely recommend this as a good way to see Asia.
Experienced a wide and diverse slice of China 5Gary & Wendy Terry, VIC, Australia, Sep 2015
The tour was in two parts with the first being China. The group size was 34 which was about optimum size as some buses utilised had only one door exit. The group was comprised of 2/3 Australian nationality however there were 3 couples who had emigrated from the UK. It was interesting that there were about 4 couples who winged about the lack of non Asian ...read more food options which we thought strange as it was obvious that we were touring an Asian country. There were some who also complained about the constant on the move requirements of the tour which again we thought it demonstrated a lack of understanding of the itinerary. We loved the the fact that we were able to experience a wide and diverse slice of China and certainly liked the fact that we were on the go.
In particular our tour leader ( Tony) ensured that we we had a wonderful Great Wall experience venturing to a point involving a 1 1/2 hour bus trip necessitating an early departure. A great call on the leaders part as we were one of the first to arrive at this section of the wall. There were grumbles from some tour participants about an early rise, quite unjustified we believe. The Yangtze cruise was excellent but would recommend that all of your future clients be advised of the need to have the upgrade as this is money well spent. The surprise extra on this part of our holiday was the water town that we stayed at which is about 2 hours from Shanhai. We were impressed with our Travelmarvel tour leader who demonstrated a very professional and caring approach to all tour members despite the aforementioned wingers.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Vietnam and the Mekong cruise to Siem Reap. The ship was superb in all facets but again you could not be on the advertised 00 deck. We upgraded to deck 1 which would be the minimum to really enjoy the cruise. The elements of the cruise that stood out was the food, the staff and the on shore experiences. The Mekong cruise was special! We should also mention the accommodation in Siem Reap (Shinta Mani) I was moved to write a very favourable TripAdvisor review. In particular we had an airport pickup from the hotel/ resort at 3 pm along with 12 others, all guests were offered a checkout of 3 pm. I have written to Travelmarvel to say how much we appreciated this gesture by the hotel/ resort manager.
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