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  • 29 Day Best of China, Vietnam and Cambodia - Beijing to Siem Reap

    • Tour code: CHYVR29
    • Duration: 29 Days
    • Departure City: Beijing
    • Return City: Siem Reap

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Day By Day

  • Day 1 Arrive Beijing

    Transfer to your hotel before a Welcome Reception this evening.
  • Day 2 Beijing

    Your day begins with a tour of Tiananmen Square. Enlarged to four times its original size in the 1950s, Tiananmen is the world’s largest city square. After the tour, head to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, the largest surviving palace complex on Earth. Located within the Imperial City of Beijing, the Forbidden City was home to 24 Chinese emperors between 1420 and 1924. Entrance to the city was once at the sole discretion of the emperor, but today visitors are able to access this preserved site. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, then indulge in an authentic Peking Duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.
  • Day 3 Beijing, Great Wall of China

    Today, set out for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea up into the Gobi Desert for more than 6,000 kilometres. After a delicious lunch, travel back to Beijing and enjoy afternoon tea at your hotel. Following dinner at leisure, the choice is yours for the evenings activity.
  • Day 4 Beijing, Yichang, Embark Ship

    Set your sights on the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, rebuilt by Emperor Guangxu for Empress Dowager Cixi following the destruction of the Old Summer Palace by French and British troops in 1860. Here you’ll find a variety of palaces, gardens and pavilions, as well as Longevity Hill and manmade Kunming Lake. This evening, board your flight to Yichang. On arrival, transfer to your luxury river ship and settle in for your Yangtze River cruise.
  • Day 5 Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam

    Cruise along the Yangtze River through the spectacular Three Gorges region. Pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple, built around 770BC - 476BC and set amid groves of orange and pomelo trees. Arrive at the Three Gorges Dam and take a tour of the world’s largest engineering project. After the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 6 Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge

    Arrive at Badong this morning and transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). As you cruise on this longboat, poled by a local Tujia boatman, you’re able to absorb the serenity of the river and take in the rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. After lunch back on board, continue to Wu Gorge. Noted for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces, the gorge is surrounded by the Wu Mountains and is the second of the Three Gorges system. Later, your ship will graciously glide between the majestic Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain to enter Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges. As you cruise past the south bank, look out for the ancient inscriptions that are engraved into the white chalk cliff faces. This evening, you can indulge in a delicious dinner with your fellow guests and APT Tour Director.
  • Day 7 Fengdu or Relocation Tour

    Perhaps rise early to participate in a Tai Chi class atop the ship’s Observation Deck for a relaxing start to the day. Later, disembark for a tour of Fengdu, a graceful little ‘Ghost City’ that lies in the foothills of the mountains by the river. Alternatively, you may choose to take a ‘Relocation Tour’, which will give you an insight into the impact of the Three Gorges Dam project on local farming communities. Back on board, choose from a range of activities. Perhaps attend a Chinese calligraphy demonstration, learn how to play Mahjong or a few words of Mandarin, or participate in a dumpling making session. In the evening, enjoy the Emperor’s Farewell Dinner, a Chinese banquet feast.
  • Day 8 Chongqing, Disembark Ship, Xi’an

    Disembark your ship for the final time in Chongqing and head to the Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of wild and rare animals are on display, including the endangered Giant Pandas. This beautiful creature is fast replacing the dragon as China’s emblem and has been kept in zoos for over two thousand years. Later, visit a local restaurant for a hotpot lunch before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an.
  • Day 9 Xi’an, Terracotta Army

    Discover the attractions of Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China. Visit the ancient city walls and a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still made today. Then spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, with plenty of time to visit the three excavation pits where over 8,000 terracotta soldiers are arranged in vast columns.
  • Day 10 Xi’an, Shanghai

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. On arrival, ride the high-speed Shanghai Maglev Train and watch the kilometres race towards an exhilarating 300.
  • Day 11 Shanghai

    This morning, be joined by a local guide for an orientation tour through downtown Shanghai. Stop at the Oriental Pearl Tower and take an elevator to the viewing deck, then visit a silk factory. This evening, after dinner at leisure, enjoy premium seating at a thrilling acrobatic show.
  • Day 12 Shanghai

    This evening, attend a Farewell Dinner at The Cathay Room in The Fairmont Peace Hotel as you reflect on your journey.
  • Day 13 Shanghai, Hanoi

    Enjoy free time in Shanghai to explore. Tonight, board an evening flight to Hanoi. On arrival, be transferred to your hotel.
  • Day 14 Hanoi

  • Day 15 Hanoi, Ha Long Bay

    Enjoy lunch as you set off cruising, then drop anchor at Ban Chan Beach where you can go for a swim or participate in water activities.
  • Day 16 Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay

    Perhaps enjoy Tai Chi on the sun deck during a relaxed morning. After lunch, sail to Bai Tu Long Bay for an afternoon of swimming or kayaking, then visit Thien Canh Son Cave.
  • Day 17 Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    Disembark your ship and travel to Hanoi for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Day 18 Ho Chi Minh City, Long Tan or Cu Chi Tunnels

  • Day 19 Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Embark Ship

    Later today, embark your ship and enjoy a Luke Nguyen Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 20 Cai Be, Sa Dec

    In Cai Be, visit a rice paper manufacturer, then cruise towards Sa Dec. Tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and visit a Cao Dai temple.
  • Day 21 Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, Border Crossing

    Transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around the riverside town of Tan Chau. Cruise right past a floating fish farm then step ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau. Later, step back in time during a visit to an evergreen island where you’ll experience authentic rural Mekong life. The remainder of today is then spent on board your river ship while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia.
  • Day 22 Phnom Penh

  • Day 23 Phnom Penh, Koh Chen

    Today, cruise to the village of Koh Chen. On arrival, visit a selection of home workshops that manufacture handmade souvenirs.
  • Day 24 Prek K’dam, Oudong, Kampong Tralach

    Travel to Oudong and visit a monastery for a Buddhist blessing. Later, enjoy an ox cart ride through the countryside.
  • Day 25 Kampong Chhnang

    Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. Indulge in a Farewell Dinner aboard your ship.
  • Day 26 Prek K’dam, Disembark Ship, Siem Reap

    Disembark your ship in Prek K’dam before transferring to your Siem Reap hotel. After settling in, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, where you’ll see the 12th-century temple, Bayon.
  • Day 27 Siem Reap

    After sunrise, enjoy a guided tour of this impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. A free evening then gives you the chance to dine wherever you wish.
  • Day 28 Siem Reap

    With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps step out to explore the city independently. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance as part of your Farewell Dinner.
  • Day 29 Depart Siem Reap

    Transfer to the airport this morning.

Inclusions

  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities and airport transfers
    APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in ten locations
    A total of 73 meals, as well as local beer and house wine throughout your Mekong Cruise
    Enjoy an eleven-night Mekong River Cruise
    Expert English-speaking Tour Director throughout

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