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Map & Itinerary
- 15 nights in premium accommodation
- Seven-night Mekong River cruise on the RV La Marguerite
- 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 onboard your Mekong River cruise
- Flights from Cambodia to China
- Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
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China's High-Speed Railways
Experience the high-speed efficiency of China's rail network as you travel in air-conditioned comfort.
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
- 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 and flights as specified only
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Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Unwind at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.
Tonight, savour dinner at The Chopsticks Saigon.
Your journey begins today amid the vibrant bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in the city, be met at the airport and transferred to the Fusion Suites Saigon. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at The Chopsticks Saigon where you will have the opportunity to meet your Tour Director as well as your fellow travellers.
Stay: Two Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites SaigonDaily :
Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
Revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.Daily :
Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Cruise
Drive to My Tho Port and board your river ship. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner prepared by your onboard chef.
Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River cruise, RV La MargueriteDaily :
Cai Be, Sa Dec
Visit Cai Be and its surrounds by tender boats, admiring the colours and buzzing atmosphere. After, go ashore to see the French Gothic cathedral. You’ll then visit a manufacturer of rice paper to learn how it’s made. Afterwards, take a boat ride to the charming town of Sa Dec for a guided tour. Voyage by small boat to the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of your vessel.Daily :
Tan Chau, Border Crossing
Go ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau, a sleepy town almost untouched by tourism. One of the largest silk-weaving centres in Vietnam, you can observe how silk is woven in the local workshops. Take a small-boat ride to discover rural life on Evergreen Island. Later, navigate narrow channels by local boats and pass by floating fish farms and stilt houses that defy gravity and lean haphazardly upon each other. The rest of today is then spent on board. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration or learn the art of creating Vietnamese spring rolls while border formalities are carried out. Cross into Cambodia and cruise overnight towards the capital, Phnom Penh.Daily :
Today begins your exploration of the city of Phnom Penh. After breakfast, learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Explore the Killing Fields, where you’ll find the Memorial Stupa, a glass monument erected in memory of the thousands of Cambodians who lost their lives. You’ll also visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. After lunch on board, disembark and visit the spectacular Royal Palace, delighting in its dazzling white and gold architecture. Then head to the glorious Silver Pagoda, set on the southern side of the palace complex.Daily :
Oudong, Phnom Penh
In Oudong, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks, sure to be a memorable highlight of your Mekong River cruise.
Get a taste of living like a local with a ride on what is coined the ‘Khmer limousine’, an ox-cart. Traverse rice fields as you head back to your ship.
Travel to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia and a place of pilgrimage for the Cambodian Buddhist community. Visit the spectacular Buddhist monastery where you will have the opportunity to partake in a Buddhist blessing ceremony. Afterwards, you will have a traditional experience of an Ox Cart ride, which will take you around the villages. In Phnom Penh, the afternoon is free for you to explore or perhaps enhance your time by choosing one of Travelmarvel's select experiences such as a tuk tuk ride to uncover the sights and sounds of the city, or gain a greater appreciation of the local beers at the Kingdom Brewery (all at own expense).Daily :
After breakfast, awake in the town of Oknha Tey, known for it’s traditional silk weaving and is often referred to as the Silk Island. Hop on a local tuk tuk for a village tour. Discover rural life from the local homes to the rice fields and the faces of the friendly locals. You can also continue on foot for a more in-depth exploration of the village. Enjoy lunch onboard as the ship sets sail for Angkor Ban. As you sail along the Mekong, enjoy some time at leisure. Perhaps take a dip in the pool, sit back and read a book on the Sun Deck as Mekong life passes you by.Daily :
Angkor Ban, Koh Pen
This morning, enjoy an immersive tour of Angkor Ban, a village awash in stories of Cambodia’s cultural history, and one of the few traditional villages that survived the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970’s. During a walking tour you will be able to view the traditional wooden houses standing intact on stilts which are shaded by banana trees and get amongst the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural activities of the locals. After lunch, enjoy a tuk tuk tour of the agricultural island of Koh Pen. Travel along the shaded lanes and past wooden stilted houses tucked amongst palm and sandalwood trees. Depending on the time of year, you can see a variety range of crops growing, including tobacco or betel nuts, as well as coconuts and tropical fruits.Daily :
Disembark Cruise, Siem Reap, Angkor
Visit Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) which supports underprivileged children.
Stay at the stylish Shinta Mani Shack.
After breakfast your Mekong River cruise comes to an end. Bid farewell to the crew and disembark for your transfer to Siem Reap. En route, travel through rural villages and absorb the changing views as you get closer to Siem Reap. This afternoon, set off to discover Ta Prohm, well known for the tree roots that are intertwined amongst the stonework. On the way back to your hotel, visit ODA (Opportunities for Development thru Art), an organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children.
Stay: Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani ShackDaily :
Angkor, Siem Reap
Watch an Apsara dance performance during your Farewell Dinner.
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Later, see Bayon temple and Angkor Wat and admire the sunset. Savour a Farewell Dinner.Daily :
Siem Reap, Beijing
Today, fly from Cambodia to Beijing in China and transfer to your hotel.
Stay: Four Nights, Beijing, Novotel Peace HotelDaily :
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.Daily :
Beijing, Forbidden City
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.Daily :
Beijing, Great Wall of China
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.Daily :
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, travel to Xi’an and be taken to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Grand MercureDaily :
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.Daily :
Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.
After breakfast this morning, set off for 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 HotelDaily :
Spend the morning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Here you’ll learn all about how the pandas are being protected. 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 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.Daily :
Chengdu, Chongqing, Embark Ship
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, 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, Century GloryDaily :
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.Daily :
Scenic Cruising, Shennv Stream
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.Daily :
Maoping, Disembark Ship, Wuhan
Board 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. Later, head to Wuhan.
Stay: Marco Polo WuhanDaily :
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, head to the station and board a train to 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’anDaily :
This morning, take part in a tea ceremony at a traditional teahouse in Yu Garden.
After your 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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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