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Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey

26 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,380
  • 2019/2020 Siem Reap > Shanghai

    Tour Code:

    VSCH

    Duration:

    26 Days

    Departure City:

    Siem Reap

    Return City:

    Shanghai

  • 26 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      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.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Angkor Temple Discovery , Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus

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

      Enrich

      Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – Temple dinner
      Enrich

      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.

      Enrich

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      Welcome on board

      Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing

      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.

      Enrich

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Raffles High Tea
      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.

      Enrich

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Royal Palace, Border crossing

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Sa Dec > Cai Be
      Highlights:
      Sa Dec markets, Scenic Freechoice

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice Dining

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum

      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.

      Meals included: 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China, Scenic Freechoice

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 15 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Forbidden City, Scenic Sundowners, Scenic Freechoice Dining

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Summer Palace, Embark 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Three Gorges Dam Project

      Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Fuling, Gala Dinner

      Take an excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground project. Tonight, enjoy the Taste of China gala dinner and dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Chongqing > Xi’an
      Highlights:
      See a Panda at Chongqing Zoo

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit
      Enrich

      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.

      Enrich

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 22 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Xi’an City Wall

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Xi’an > Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Muslim Quarter, Maglev Train

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 24 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s time to bid farewell and transfer to Shanghai Airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast