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Travelmarvel

Vietnam, Cambodia & China Discovery

Trip Code: VTMCYG26
26 Days
61 Meals
3 Countries
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

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

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
  • Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Beijing is unescorted
  • Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
  • Itinerary days 13-26 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, port charges and most porterage
  • Flights must arrive in Siem Reap by 12 noon on day 1 for afternoon touring
Asia Map VTMCYG26 2020

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay at The Shinta Mani Shack, an oasis of tranquillity. Relax amid the lush gardens and large swimming pool.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

See a classical Cambodian Apsara dance performance.


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.

Stay: Two Nights, Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Shack

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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. After sunset, you’re free to spend the evening as you please, perhaps visit the local restaurants for a bite to eat.

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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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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take an ox-cart ride, coined the ‘Khmer limousine’, and see how locals live in rural Cambodia.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel to the former royal capital Oudong, for a traditional Buddhist blessing. Once at the stupa, you’ll receive your blessing from a local monk, and it’s sure to be a memorable highlight of your Mekong River cruise.


Enjoy a small boat expedition of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Drift along the flourishing surrounds at a tranquil pace and familiarise yourself with how daily life unfolds in the area. Afterwards, continue on to Kampong Tralach. Later, enjoy an Insider Experience in Oudong.

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The heartbeat hammering of the open-air 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. While here, you’ll learn about the Khmer Rouge regime and visit some of the historic sites linked to the events of the genocide. 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. 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. 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, the namesake of your vessel. 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

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. While here you’ll have the chance to understand the different methods of capture the Vietnamese used in the tunnels. Learn about the soldiers’ daily eating habits, and how they cleverly kept their tunnels impenetrable for so long. 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

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.


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.


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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to 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, travel to Xi’an and be taken to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Grand Mercure

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  • Breakfast

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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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


After your Insider Experience, have lunch at a local restaurant, and visit the Buddhist Wenshu Monastery to 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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  • 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. 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, you’ll travel by train 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 Cruise, 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-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 Shennv 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.


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. Later, head to Wuhan.

Stay: Wuhan, Marco Polo

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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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  • Breakfast
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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 Vietnam, Cambodia & China comes to an end today. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.

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