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Travelmarvel

Asian 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 on the RV La Marguerite
  • Three nights on a premium Yangtze River cruise
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director and a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
  • 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, tipping and most porterage

Travel & Accommodation

Relax in your Sadec Suite aboard RV La Marguerite.

RV La Marguerite

Boasting colonial era style with a contemporary edge, expect elegant suites and attentive service on board your ship.

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High speed train at train station, China

China's High-Speed Railways

Experience the high-speed efficiency of China's rail network as you travel in air-conditioned comfort.

Hotel room with double bed and large window, Vietnam

The heart of Ho Chi Minh City

Located in the centre of the city and close to all major attractions, enjoy the modern design of Fusion Suites Saigon.

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
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

See a classical Cambodian Apsara dance performance.

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

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Relax and unwind at the stylish Shinta Mani Resort.


Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, travel to the temple of Ta Prohm. Enjoy an Insider experience before a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort

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This morning, tailor your day by choosing one of Travelmarvel’s select experiences. Later, discover the fascinating remains of Angkor Archaeological Park, a long-standing tribute to the ancient Khmer Empire. Visit the 12th-century Bayon Temple. Finish your day with a spectacular sunset at Angkor Wat.

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Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark your Mekong River cruise. The Mekong’s unique charm is found in this stunning region with greenery strewn throughout the riverbank and the floating villages. Board your river ship and indulge in your first dinner prepared by our own onboard chef.

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River cruise, RV La Marguerite

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Take an ox-cart ride, coined the ‘Khmer limousine’, and see how locals live in rural Cambodia. Later, travel to the former royal capital Oudong for a Buddhist blessing.


Enjoy a small boat expedition of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Enjoy an Insider Experience before advancing on to Kampong Tralach.

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The heartbeat hammering of the open-air silver and copperware workshops announces your arrival at Koh Chen. Visit some of the home workshops in this small village before continuing towards Phnom Penh, the charismatic capital city of Cambodia.

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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. This afternoon, take a tour to visit the Royal Palace. See the Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace complex and admire the Emerald Buddha carved from baccarat crystal.

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Spend today on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Offering amazing views, reclining loungers, a swimming pool and cold drinks from the bar, the Sun Deck is a great place to relax. 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.

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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.

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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, the namesake of our vessel. After lunch, a local boat transfers you to the river-land town of Cai Be. See the French Gothic cathedral, and see the small boats laden with fresh produce at the floating market. Go ashore to visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Enjoy a final dinner on board your ship.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Be 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.

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

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Explore the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today. Perhaps take an exciting Jeep military tour or enjoy a Vietnamese cooking class. Enjoy a unique dining experience at the Chopsticks Saigon tonight.

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Today, fly from Vietnam to Beijing in China. Here you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Four nights, Beijing, Novotel Peace Hotel

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Enjoy a free day to explore China’s buzzing capital. This evening, meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort at a Welcome Dinner.

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Begin your day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares. Continue on to the Forbidden City and see the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. Steeped in history, it is the former home to an ancient line of Chinese Emperors during the Ming dynasty through to the Qing dynasty. After lunch, explore the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, the largest royal park in China.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Sample Beijing’s most iconic dish with a delicious banquet dinner of Peking Duck at a local restaurant.


Enroute to the Great Wall you will stop at the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century. Next, discover China’s greatest icon, the Great Wall of China. Take in the 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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to Xi’an.


On arrival in Xi’an, settle in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Grand Mercure

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet dinner.


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.


On arrival in Chengdu, 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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  • Dinner

Today you will venture to the riverside town of Leshan and take a boat trip to see the famous Grand Buddha. Carved out of a cliff face and towering over the river below at a staggering height of 71 metres, it is the world’s largest ancient Buddha. After lunch, return to Chengdu and visit the Buddhist Wenshu Monastery. Your day of sightseeing comes to an end with a visit to the charming Jinli Street.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to Chongqing.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Chengdu’s Panda Breeding Research Centre and learn all about how the pandas are being protected.


Spend the morning enjoying an Insider Experience before boarding your river ship in Chongqing to begin your relaxing three-night cruise along the Yangtze River.

Stay: Three Nights, Yangtze River Cruise, Century Sun

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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-story pavilion that was built during the Qing Dynasty. Tonight you'll enjoy a Captain's Dinner on board.

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Today you will enjoy an excursion to the Shennong Stream with its narrow gorges and scenic mountain sides. This evening, enjoy a traditional Chinese buffet dinner back on board the ship.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to Wuhan.


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

Stay: Wuhan, Marco Polo

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  • Lunch
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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by 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, arrive in Shanghai and spend the evening at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Pullman Jing’an

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in beautiful Yu Garden.


Today, 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 comes to an end today. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.

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