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Asian Discovery

Trip Code: VTMRCYG26
26 Days
60 Meals
3 Countries
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  • Map & Itinerary
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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
  • 60 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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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.

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.

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

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Unwind at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy 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 Saigon

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Revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

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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 Marguerite

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy leisure time today to explore Phnom Penh. Discover more of the city’s sights, perhaps choosing to enjoy a guided Tuk Tuk tour or see how local beer is brewed with a Brewery Tour. Later, cruise to Koh Chen, a small village specialising in intricately crafted, handmade copperware.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

In Oudong, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks, sure to be a memorable highlight of your Mekong River cruise.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.


After breakfast, take a short coach ride to Oudong. Once the capital of Cambodia between 1618 and 1866, the hilly landscape here is made up of stupas and shrines in varying degrees of ruin. Continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu.

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Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, then cast off to Prek K’dam.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay at the stylish Shinta Mani Resort.


Enjoy a motorboat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang this morning for a glimpse at the variety of bird-life in the area. Afterwards, return to your ship and continue your journey to Prek K’dam, the final destination of the cruise. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board and reflect on the adventures you have shared with your crew and new-found friends.

Stay: Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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Today fly from Cambodia to Beijing. Here you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.

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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Today, discover sites including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.

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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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Venture to Leshan and see the famous Grand Buddha. Later, return to Chengdu to explore the Wenshu Monastery and 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 the 12-storey Shibaozhai Pagoda.

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Set off on a shore excursion to the scenic Shennv Stream.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by high-speed train to Wuhan.


Explore the Three Gorges Dam Site after disembarking your ship and travel by train 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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  • Lunch

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take part in a tea ceremony at a traditional teahouse in 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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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Travelmarvel to all who'll ask.