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Travelmarvel

Vietnam, Cambodia & China Discovery

Trip Code: VTMCYG26
26 Days
61 Meals
3 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 15 nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV Apsara featuring all suite categories with balconies
  • Three-night Yangtze River cruise on the Century Glory
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director in Vietnam and Cambodia and a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort in China
  • 61 meals - 25 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 18 dinners
  • International wine, local beer and spirits included with lunch and dinner on-board your Mekong River Cruise
  • Flights from Vietnam to China
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

Travel & Accommodation

External of RV Apsara

All Balcony Suite Ship

New to Travelmarvel, enjoy a seven night cruise aboard the All Balcony Suite ship, the RV Apsara.

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View along the Great Wall of China from the walking path, China

The Great Wall

Absorb the breathtaking views from the Mutianyu section during an unforgettable visit to the Great Wall of China.

The Yangtze Explorer on a bend in the Yangtze River

Cruising the Yangtze River

Discover the beauty of China’s incredible Three Gorges region during a three-night cruise onboard the Century Glory.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Itinerary days 13-26 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Day 12 is unescorted
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, port charges and most porterage
  • Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
  • Flights must arrive in Siem Reap by 12 noon on day 1 for afternoon touring
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
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Insider Experience

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), a local organisation that provides support to underprivileged children.


Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, travel to the temple of Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm is unlike any other temple in the world – it’s made up of a complex of towering temples and narrow alleyways, many of which are entirely covered by thick vines. After your visit, continue to Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) for an Insider Experience and then back to your hotel. The Shinta Mani Shack is an oasis of tranquillity where you can relax and enjoy the lush gardens and large swimming pool. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and watch an Apsara dance with fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights, Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Shack

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This morning is free to explore. Later, discover the remains of Angkor Archaeological Park, one of Cambodia’s most iconic sites, and a long-standing tribute to the ancient Khmer Empire. Visit the 12th-century temple Bayon where carved rock faces stand tall. Finish the day with sunset at Angkor Wat. After sunset, you’re free to spend the evening as you please, perhaps visit a local restaurant for a bite to eat.

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View of temple reflected over the water, Cambodia

Transfer to Kampong Cham to join your Mekong River cruise. This afternoon explore the agricultural island of Koh Pen by tuk tuk. Travel along the shaded lanes and past wooden stilted houses, tucked amongst palm and sandalwood trees.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, RV Apsara

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Disembark in Koh Pen and board a local tuk tuk to discover village life from the local homes to rice fields.


Enjoy an immersive tour of Angkor Ban, which is one of the few traditional villages to survive the Khmer Rouge regime. Then return to your ship and sail towards Oknha Tey. Disembark in Koh Pen for an Insider Experience.

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In Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, visit a Buddhist monastery where you will have the opportunity to partake in a traditional blessing ceremony.


This morning, cruise to Phnom Penh then travel by coach to Oudong, which is the former capital of Cambodia. Here, enjoy an Insider Experience. Afterwards, continue to Koh Chen and explore the open-air copperware workshops. This afternoon is free to explore or enjoy one of Travelmarvel’s select experiences.

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Explore the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which recalls one of the darkest moments of the 20th century. Following a sobering morning exploration, this afternoon take a tour to the Royal Palace. See the Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace complex and admire the striking Emerald Buddha carved from baccarat crystal. After dinner, perhaps step out for an evening walk around the capital, or remain on board with a good book and relaxing cup of tea to tie off the evening.

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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. Fruit carving is a common addition to many Vietnamese dishes, and the skilful chefs manage the challenging practice with ease. Tonight, maybe you’ll enjoy watching an interesting documentary film about Pol Pot as your ship cruises towards the small Vietnamese town of Tan Chau.

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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.

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Take a boat ride to the charming colonial town of Sa Dec for a tour. Visit Huynh Thuy Le’s old house, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras. 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 rice paper is made. After, visit a coconut candy factory to see how the local sweet is created. This evening, celebrate your final night on board with a delicious dinner in the ship’s restaurant.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay close to the city’s action at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.


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. While here you’ll have the chance to understand the different methods of capture the Vietnamese used in the tunnels. For dinner, you have the opportunity to set off on your own and discover the local flavours.

Stay: Two Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Dine at The Chopsticks Saigon.


Explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Perhaps take a fascinating history tour or see the sights on a city tour. Your last evening in Vietnam is celebrated with a delicious traditional meal. at The Chopsticks Saigon, chat with fellow travellers as you reminisce over this part of your holiday.

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Today, fly from Vietnam to Beijing in China and transfer to your hotel. Take a moment to relax and settle in, preparing for the many exciting adventures that await you in China.

Stay: Four Nights, Beijing, Novotel Peace Hotel

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Spend today at leisure. You might like to wander around the city and discover how locals like to spend their time. Later in the evening, meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

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This morning, visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares. Known as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, the square has many different arches and gates, all of which are used for different ceremonial purposes. Continue to the nearby Forbidden City. No longer forbidden to enter and no longer a city, this site is steeped in history, as it is the former home to an ancient line of Chinese emperors. You’ll have time to take a look around and learn all about the ancient and modern histories that have taken place between its walls. After lunch, explore the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace and return to your hotel. Here you’re free to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, dine like a local, and sample Beijing’s most iconic dish with a delicious banquet of Peking Duck.


Today, 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. Return to the city later, passing by the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) and the bubble-covered Water Cube. En route back to Beijing, stop at a cloisonné factory and enjoy a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonné. a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonné.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board a high-speed train headed for Xi’an.


This morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel. After, you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century. Historically used as a place for emperors to worship and make sacrifices for heaven and earth, the complex, set in a beautiful and vast garden, is now a hub for locals and travellers alike to understand the region’s history. Afterwards, enjoy an Insider Experience board as you travel to Xi’an. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Grand Mercure

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet.


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, the lively Muslim bazaar and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.


After breakfast this morning, enjoy an Insider Experience as you travel to Chengdu, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The charming Tibet Hotel tastefully combines traditional Tibetan decor with modern furnishings.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Tibet Hotel

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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.


Enjoy an Insider Experience at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You’ll be able to watch these cuddly creatures as they go about their daily business of lounging and snacking on bamboo, as well as listen to experts as they detail protection efforts and awareness. 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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by train to Chongqing.


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. Wander the thriving gardens and take in the way local people enjoy their time here. Later, engage in an age-old tradition and sample a range of teas at a local teahouse. Afterwards, enjoy an Insider Experience as you travel to Chongqing, where you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding your river ship for a three-night cruise along the picturesque Yangtze River. Kick back on the deck and take in the surrounds as they glide by.

Stay: Three Nights, Yangtze River, Century Glory

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Today will be spent exploring Shibaozhai, an isolated peak protruding from the northern bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill sits a magnificent red twelve-storey pavilion that was built during the Qing Dynasty. Not a single nail was used in the wooden building’s construction. Tonight you’ll enjoy a Captain’s Dinner on board.

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This morning, set off on 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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Depart on a high-speed train bound for Wuhan.


Bid farewell to your river ship and disembark in Maoping. Spend the morning at the Three Gorges Dam Site and take in the colossal scale of the world’s largest hydropower project.

Stay: Marco Polo Wuhan

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Transfer to the station and catch a high-speed train to Shanghai.


Today begins with a visit to the Yellow Crane Tower, a five-storey yellow tiled marvel sitting at the top of Snake Hill. Later, transfer to the station for your Insider Experience. Arrive in Shanghai where you’ll spend the evening at leisure. Perhaps explore the city’s streets at your own pace, or spend some time in your hotel relaxing.

Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Pullman Jing’an

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This morning, take part in a tea ceremony at a traditional teahouse in Yu Garden.


After this morning’s Insider Experience, it’s time to experience Shanghai’s bustling bazaar before visiting the historic Jade Buddha Temple. After lunch, explore the Bund, a famous waterfront area home to an impressive collection of European style buildings. Continue on to Shanghai’s stylish French Concession and wander through the leafy streets. This evening you’ll get to taste the traditional flavours of Shanghainese cuisine during a Farewell Dinner at Xianqiangfang Restaurant.

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Your iconic adventure through China, Vietnam and Cambodia comes to an end today. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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