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Travelmarvel

Vietnam, Cambodia and China Discovery

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

  • 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
  • 60 meals – 25 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 17 dinners and international wine, local beer and spirits with lunch and dinner on board your Mekong River cruise
  • 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

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change
  • Itinerary days 13-26 operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include airport transfers, port charges, tipping, flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Beijing and most porterage
  • 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
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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) which supports local underprivileged children.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Unwind at the Shinta Mani Shack. An oasis of tranquillity, you’ll relax amid the lush gardens and large swimming pool of your hotel.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Watch an Apsara dance and experience local Khmer culture.


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

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  • Dinner

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. 

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  • Breakfast
View of temple reflected over the water, Cambodia

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.


Transfer to Kampong Cham to join your Mekong River cruise. Spend your afternoon on an Insider Experience. 

Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, RV Apsara

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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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.

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  • Breakfast
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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit a Buddhist monastery where you will have the opportunity to partake in a Buddhist blessing ceremony.


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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Royal Palace Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Lunch
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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.

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Cai Be floating markets, Vietnam

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a stylish stay 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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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. Enjoy your last dinner in Vietnam at The Chopsticks Saigon. 

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, fly from Vietnam to Beijing in China and transfer to your hotel.

Stay: Four Nights, Beijing, Novotel Peace Hotel

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  • Breakfast

Today is a leisure to explore on your own. Tonight, meet your China Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort for dinner. 

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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. 

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


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 cloisonné factory and enjoy a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonné. 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board a high-speed train to Xi’an.


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

Daily :
  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Tonight, indulge in a 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.


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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.


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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed 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. 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 Sky

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today will be spent exploring Shibaozhai, an isolated peak rising from the northern bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill sits a magnificent red 12-storey pavilion built during the Qing Dynasty. Tonight you’ll enjoy a Captain’s Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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 and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the historic Jade Buddha Temple.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

See the bright lights of Shanghai during your floating Farewell Dinner.


Today, soak in the colourful history of China at the world-class Shanghai Museum, which boasts 11 permanent galleries of fascinating ancient art and collections. You can then explore Shanghai’s most famous walking street in your free time, as you stroll through the iconic shopping district of Nanjing Road. Continue to the picturesque French Concession and wander through the leafy streets before enjoying a special Farewell Dinner.

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  • Dinner

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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