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Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey 2019

26 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Siem Reap
Arrive at your hotel, your home for a three night Special Stay located in the heart of Siem Reap. Spend the day at leisure until your welcome briefing and dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2 Siem Reap
Visit Ta Prohm temple before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

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Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 Siem Reap
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Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

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Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice: Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
On arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of resident monks.

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Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Later sail downstream to Koh Dach, an island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Sundowners
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.

Upon arrival revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Phnom Penh
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

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Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi or cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy your private balcony. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Sa Dec > Cai Be
Visit historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

Freechoice: Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board and learn to make cocktails. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City > Beijing
Fly to Beijing, China via Hong Kong for your next adventure. Settle into your luxurious hotel, within walking distance of the Silk Markets, for a three night Special Stay. Your wonderful journey starts with a welcome feast of Peking Duck. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14 Beijing
Visit China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Freechoice: Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 15 Beijing
Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the Forbidden City. Later, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home before a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways.

Freechoice Dining: Choose between contemporary Asian dining or modern Western epicurean cuisine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the beauty of the Summer Palace and cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise ship, the Yangzi Explorer. Enjoy dinner on board with included wine and beer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18 Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 19 Yangtze River Cruise
Take an excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground project. Tonight, enjoy the Taste of China gala dinner and dress in your finest Chinese outfit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 20 Chongqing > Xi’an
Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo where you’ll get to see the rare and treasured giant panda before flying to Xi’an. Later, check into your hotel for a three night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 21 Xi’an
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Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process.

Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

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Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enjoy a refreshing drink and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 22 Xi’an
Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family. Back in Xi’an, explore the ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy. 

Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.
 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 23 Xi’an > Shanghai
This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi'an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train from the airport before transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 24 Shanghai
Discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to Yu Gardens.

Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats. (
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 25 Shanghai
Freechoice: Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession Region and Xintiandi entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges.

Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road’s shopping opportunities before enjoying your farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 26 Shanghai
It’s time to bid farewell and transfer to Shanghai Airport. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • Angkor Temple Discovery , Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus
  • Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – Temple dinner
  • Welcome on board
  • Scenic Freechoice
  • Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing
  • Scenic Enrich – Raffles High Tea
  • Royal Palace, Border crossing
  • Sa Dec markets, Scenic Freechoice
  • Scenic Freechoice Dining
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum
  • Great Wall of China, Scenic Freechoice
  • Forbidden City, Scenic Sundowners, Scenic Freechoice Dining
  • Summer Palace, Embark Cruise
  • Three Gorges Dam Project
  • Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
  • Fuling, Gala Dinner
  • See a Panda at Chongqing Zoo
  • Scenic Enrich – Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit
  • Xi’an City Wall
  • Muslim Quarter, Maglev Train
  • City sightseeing tour
  • 66 meals including 25 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches and 21 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Spirit
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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