Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey on Scenic Spirit 2019/20

Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey on Scenic Spirit 2019/20

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Sat, Mar 14, 2020
Ends: Shanghai, China on Wed, Apr 08, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, China, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong, Yangtze

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Mar 14, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Sun, Mar 15, 2020): Siem Reap

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 ride to all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 (Mon, Mar 16, 2020): 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.

Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

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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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, Mar 17, 2020): Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Mar 18, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, Mar 19, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Mar 20, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, Mar 21, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, Mar 22, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Mon, Mar 23, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Tue, Mar 24, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Wed, Mar 25, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Thu, Mar 26, 2020): 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 (Fri, Mar 27, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 (Sat, Mar 28, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Sun, Mar 29, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Mon, Mar 30, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Tue, Mar 31, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Wed, Apr 01, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 (Thu, Apr 02, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21 (Fri, Apr 03, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22 (Sat, Apr 04, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23 (Sun, Apr 05, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 24 (Mon, Apr 06, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 (Tue, Apr 07, 2020): 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 26 (Wed, Apr 08, 2020): Shanghai

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


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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