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Vietnam, Cambodia and China Discovery

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 Trip Length
26 Days
 Trip Starts
Ho Chi Minh City
 Trip Finishes
Shanghai
26 Day Vietnam, Cambodia and China Discovery Itinerary (Travelmarvel)
Countries Explored: Vietnam Cambodia China
Accommodation
4 Star
Ship Type
River Ship
Trip Style
Rail Journey
Trip Code
VTMRCYG26

Overview

Book online 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.

Itinerary

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, and transfer to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Original Saigon Centre (D)

Insider Experience: Enjoy a two-night stay at the stylish Fusion Original Saigon Centre. Tonight, savour Vietnamese dishes for your Welcome Dinner at The Chopsticks Saigon.

This morning, take a step back in time and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. (B)

After breakfast, drive to My Tho Port to board your unique river ship. Built to provide a gratifying onboard experience, enjoy the sophisticated design and premium facilities of the new RV Apsara. Exuding a true Asian ambience, the superb ship offers balconies with every suite to ensure a unique and scenic perspective on your Mekong River cruise. Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River, RV Apsara (B/L/D)

Cruise to the town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be's French Gothic Cathedral and visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how it is made. Continue on to Sa Dec for a guided tour. Here, you'll see the home of Huynh Thuy Le, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, and visit a Cao Dai Temple. (B/L/D)

Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, step ashore for a rickshaw tour and visit a local island. Spend the remainder of the day in comfort on board as your ship cruises to the Cambodian border. (B/L/D)

Today, join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Security Prison 21. Later in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the extravagant Royal Palace. (B/L/D)

This morning, an excursion takes you to Oudong, Cambodia's former royal capital. While here, enjoy an Insider Experience. En route back to Phnom Penh, explore Koh Chen, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware. Here you'll visit some small family workshops and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Be treated to a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony in Oudong.

Disembark this morning for a tour of Oknha Tey, or ‘Silk Island', located on the lush banks of the Mekong River. Tour the village and see the traditional silk weaving that has been preserved for centuries. This afternoon, set sail for Angkor Ban. (B/L/D)

Disembark this morning for a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few traditional villages left in Cambodia. Later cruise to Kampong Cham before an Insider Experience. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Embark on a tuk tuk ride around the island of Koh Pen.

This morning, disembark in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. Later, enjoy an Insider Experience then continue on to explore Ta Prohm and its verdant, intertwined trees. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Shack (B)

Insider Experience: Meet with children at Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), an organisation that offers educational support. Stay at the beautiful Shinta Mani Shack.

After a morning at leisure in Siem Reap, visit the ancient Bayon Temple. Enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat before savouring local flavours during your Farewell Dinner. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Watch an Apsara dance and experience local Khmer culture.

Today, fly from Cambodia 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)

Insider Experience: This evening, sample Beijing's most iconic dish with a delicious banquet of Peking Duck at a local restaurant.

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)

Insider Experience: Tonight, indulge in a Chinese dumpling banquet.

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)

Trip Inclusions

  • Visit ODA, which supports local underprivileged children and receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks in Oudong
  • See a traditional Apsara performance in Siem Reap
  • Dine at The Chopsticks Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City and indulge in a traditional Peking Duck banquet in Beijing
  • See giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • See the bright lights of Shanghai during your floating Farewell Dinner

  • 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 Siem Reap and Beijing and most porterage

  • 59 meals – 25 breakfasts, 17 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 Travelmarvel's partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Flights from Siem Reap to Beijing on Day 12 is unescorted
  • Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
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Deck Plans

Mekong Deck (Level 1)
 
Category B
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
 
Category C
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Tonle Deck (Level 2)
 
Category A
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
 
Category B+
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Saigon Deck (Level 3)
 
Sadec Suite
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
 
Mekong Suite
French Balcony, Outside Balcony & Balcony Terrace
Sadec Deck (Level 4)

Cabins

  • Suite size 226 sq ft/ 21 sq m
  • Deluxe Queen-size bed
  • Ensuite with shower and toilet
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Outside balcony
  • Wall-mounted Flat-screen TV
  • Suite size 226 sq ft/ 21 sq m
  • Deluxe Queen-size bed
  • Ensuite with shower and toilet
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Outside balcony
  • Wall-mounted Flat-screen TV
  • Suite size 290 sq ft/ 26 sq m
  • Deluxe Queen-size bed
  • Ensuite with shower and toilet
  • Separate spa bath
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Outside balcony
  • Wall-mounted Flat-screen TV
  • Suite size 624 sq ft/ 58 sq m
  • Deluxe King-size bed
  • 2 Ensuites with shower and toilet
  • Separate spa bath
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Chaise lounge and foot stool
  • Adjoining living room
  • Sofa bed
  • Large balcony terrace with sun lounges

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