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Red, Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey on Scenic Spirit 2021

Red, Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey on Scenic Spirit 2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam on Mon, Mar 22, 2021
Ends: Shanghai, China on Wed, Apr 21, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, China, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Mon, Mar 22, 2021): Hanoi

Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Tue, Mar 23, 2021): Hanoi

Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or join an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.

Enrich
After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Wed, Mar 24, 2021): Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring two night Special Stay cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Thu, Mar 25, 2021): Halong Bay Cruise

Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruising deeper into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

Sundowners
Exclusive to Scenic guests on board, enjoy a wine tasting against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Fri, Mar 26, 2021): Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and undertake a historical bunker tour at the hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, or dine at the La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Sat, Mar 27, 2021): Hanoi > Siem Reap

After a morning at leisure, fly to Siem Reap for your three night Special Stay, located in the heart of Siem Reap.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 (Sun, Mar 28, 2021): 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 the markets, or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting Pouk Silk Farm.

Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 (Mon, Mar 29, 2021): Siem Reap

Enrich
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an 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.

Enrich
Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Tue, Mar 30, 2021): Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

Discover rural Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Wed, Mar 31, 2021): 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 downstream to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice: Learn 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 11 (Thu, Apr 01, 2021): Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns

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 Island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

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

Enrich
Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Fri, Apr 02, 2021): Phnom Penh

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by tuk tuk, visit the Central Market as well as the city’s modern architecture.

This afternoon is at your leisure.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Sat, Apr 03, 2021): Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

Marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit. The afternoon take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Sun, Apr 04, 2021): Tan Chau

Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. In Chau Doc visit Vinh Te canal and a family-operated fish farm followed by Tây An Temple at Sam Mountain or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Enjoy a free afternoon cruising to Sa Dec.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Mon, Apr 05, 2021): Sa Dec > Cai Be

Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop 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 learn how to make cocktails on board.

Enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Tue, Apr 06, 2021): Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Wed, Apr 07, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Reminisce with your fellow travellers during your farewell dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Thu, Apr 08, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City > Beijing

Fly to Beijing, China via Hong Kong for your next adventure. Settle into your luxurious hotel in Beijing for a three night stay. Your wonderful journey starts with a welcome feast of Peking Duck.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 (Fri, Apr 09, 2021): Beijing

Start your journey with a visit to 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 20 (Sat, Apr 10, 2021): Beijing

Wander through Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and enter the mysterious Forbidden City, completed in 1420 and home to 24 emperors until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. 

Enrich
Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home to experience what it would have been like to live in the Hutongs, before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways. 

Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at the Exchange.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Sun, Apr 11, 2021): Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, the last but largest of the summer palaces of the Chinese emperors. Cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise, the Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with lunch and dinner. 


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 (Mon, Apr 12, 2021): Yangtze River Cruise

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23 (Tue, Apr 13, 2021): Yangtze River Cruise

Glide through 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 24 (Wed, Apr 14, 2021): Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 (Thu, Apr 15, 2021): Chongqing > Xi’an

Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo to see the rare and treasured Giant panda before travelling by high speed train to Xi’an. Later, check into your historically located in Xi’an for a three night stay. 


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 26 (Fri, Apr 16, 2021): Xi’an

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 the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. 

Sundowners
Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 27 (Sat, Apr 17, 2021): 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. Later explore Xi’an’s 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 28 (Sun, Apr 18, 2021): 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 settling into your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 29 (Mon, Apr 19, 2021): Shanghai

Discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in 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 Shanghai Acrobats.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 30 (Tue, Apr 20, 2021): Shanghai

Freechoice: Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square. Explore the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area and its unique 1920’s ‘shikumen’ buildings. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. 

Later, spend your free time exploring shopping opportunities on Nanjing Road before enjoying your Chinese farewell dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 31 (Wed, Apr 21, 2021): Shanghai

It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.


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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