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Red, Mekong & Yangtze River Odyssey

33 Day
Between Hanoi and Shanghai
Yangtze, Mekong
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In Vietnam, explore Hanoi and the Red River region through to Ha Long Bay, cruise along the mighty Mekong River on board the luxurious Scenic Spirit, then discover China’s Yangtze River, all in one amazing journey.

You’ll travel through three of China’s most prominent cities – Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an – and discover many of the must-see wonders, from the Great Wall of China to Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors. History, culture, cuisine – it’s all on the table, including an incredible cruise along the majestic Yangtze River.

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* From price is for a 11 August 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle. Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Day 2
Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of a vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure as you settle into your iconic hotel for your one-night Special Stay. Tonight, meet your Scenic Tour Director at your welcome briefing and dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
Highlights: Au Co Cruise

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Halong Bay Cruise
Highlights: Cat Ba Island, Scenic Sundowners

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, savour some wine tasting on board against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Highlights: Hotel Heritage Tour, Scenic Freechoice Dining

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

Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter by night, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Hanoi
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Water puppets

Later, on your cyclo ride, discover the maze of back streets throughout the Old Quarter.

Freechoice

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

Enrich

After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
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, Lunch
Day 8
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 9
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.

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 10
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 11
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 12
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.

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

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

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
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.

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 14
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 15
Tan Chau
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy your private balcony.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
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 17
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.

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 18
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 19
Ho Chi Minh City > Beijing
Highlights: Welcome reception

Fly to Beijing, China via Hong Kong for your next adventure. Settle into the luxurious hotel in Beijing, 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 20
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 21
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.

Choose between contemporary Asian dining or modern Western epicurean cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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 26
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 27
Xi’an
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit

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

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.

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 28
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 29
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 30
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 31
Shanghai
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

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

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 32
Shanghai

It’s time to bid farewell and transfer to Shanghai Airport for your return flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 33
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