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Red, Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey on Scenic Spirit 2021

From Hanoi, Vietnam to Shanghai, China
Length: 31 Days - Departs: Mon, Mar 22, 2021
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Departure
Mar 22, 2021
Arrival
Apr 21, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Hanoi
    Mon, Mar 22, 2021

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


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Hanoi
    Tue, Mar 23, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
    Wed, Mar 24, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Halong Bay Cruise
    Thu, Mar 25, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
    Fri, Mar 26, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Hanoi > Siem Reap
    Sat, Mar 27, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Siem Reap
    Sun, Mar 28, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Siem Reap
    Mon, Mar 29, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
    Tue, Mar 30, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
    Wed, Mar 31, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
    Thu, Apr 01, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Phnom Penh
    Fri, Apr 02, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
    Sat, Apr 03, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Tan Chau
    Sun, Apr 04, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Sa Dec > Cai Be
    Mon, Apr 05, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
    Tue, Apr 06, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Wed, Apr 07, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Ho Chi Minh City > Beijing
    Thu, Apr 08, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Beijing
    Fri, Apr 09, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  20. Day 20
    Beijing
    Sat, Apr 10, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
    Sun, Apr 11, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  22. Day 22
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Mon, Apr 12, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  23. Day 23
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Tue, Apr 13, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  24. Day 24
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Wed, Apr 14, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  25. Day 25
    Chongqing > Xi’an
    Thu, Apr 15, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  26. Day 26
    Xi’an
    Fri, Apr 16, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  27. Day 27
    Xi’an
    Sat, Apr 17, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  28. Day 28
    Xi’an > Shanghai
    Sun, Apr 18, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  29. Day 29
    Shanghai
    Mon, Apr 19, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  30. Day 30
    Shanghai
    Tue, Apr 20, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  31. Day 31
    Shanghai
    Wed, Apr 21, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Cambodia, China, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
3.7

Ratings based off 3 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Scenic were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.

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    Starts
    Hanoi
    Ends
    Shanghai
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