Vietnam, Cambodia and China Discovery
Ho Chi Minh City to Shanghai
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 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
59 meals – 25 breakfasts, 17 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
- Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change
- Itinerary days 13-26 operated by Travelmarvel's partner Great Rail Journeys
- Prices include airport transfers, port charges, tipping, flights between Siem Reap and Beijing and most porterage
- Flights from Siem Reap to Beijing on Day 12 is unescorted
- Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
- Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
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Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a two-night stay at the stylish Fusion Suites Saigon.
Tonight, savour Vietnamese dishes for your Welcome Dinner at The Chopsticks Saigon.
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, and transfer to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites SaigonDaily :
Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
This morning, take a step back in time and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat.Daily :
Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Ship
After breakfast, drive to My Tho Port to board your unique river ship. Built to provide a gratifying onboard experience, enjoy the sophisticated design and premium facilities of the new RV Apsara. Exuding a true Asian ambience, the superb ship offers balconies with every suite to ensure a unique and scenic perspective on your Mekong River cruise.
Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, RV ApsaraDaily :
Cai Be, Sa Dec
Cruise to the town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how it is made. Continue on to Sa Dec for a guided tour. Here, you’ll see the home of Huynh Thuy Le, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, and visit a Cao Dai Temple.Daily :
Tan Chau, Border Crossing
Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, step ashore for a rickshaw tour and visit a local island. Spend the remainder of the day in comfort on board as your ship cruises to the Cambodian border.Daily :
Today, join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21. Later in Phnom Penh, a tour takes you to visit the extravagant Royal Palace.Daily :
Oudong, Koh Chen
Be treated to a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony in Oudong.
This morning, an excursion takes you to Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital. While here, enjoy an Insider Experience. En route back to Phnom Penh, explore Koh Chen, a village specialising in the manufacture of copperware. Here you’ll visit some small family workshops and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.Daily :
Disembark this morning for a tour of Oknha Tey, or ‘Silk Island’, located on the lush banks of the Mekong River. Tour the village and see the traditional silk weaving that has been preserved for centuries. This afternoon, set sail for Angkor Ban.Daily :
Angkor Ban, Koh Pen
Embark on a tuk tuk ride around the island of Koh Pen.
Disembark this morning for a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few traditional villages left in Cambodia. Later cruise to Kampong Cham before an Insider Experience.Daily :
Disembark Ship, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Angkor
Meet with children at Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA), an organisation that offers educational support.
Stay at the beautiful Shinta Mani Shack.
This morning, disembark in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. Later, enjoy an Insider Experience then continue on to explore Ta Prohm and its verdant, intertwined trees.
Stay: Two Nights, Siem Reap, Shinta Mani ShackDaily :
Angkor, Siem Reap
Watch an Apsara dance and experience local Khmer culture.
After a morning at leisure in Siem Reap, visit the ancient Bayon Temple. Enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat before savouring local flavours during your 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 :
Today is a leisure to explore on your own. Tonight, meet your China Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort for dinner.Daily :
Beijing, Forbidden City
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.Daily :
Beijing, Great Wall of China
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.Daily :
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 MercureDaily :
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.Daily :
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 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.
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 :
Chengdu, Chongqing, Embark Ship
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 SkyDaily :
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.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 :
Yichang, Disembark Ship, Shanghai
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’anDaily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
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