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From the Great Wall of China to Halong Bay with Luxury Mekong River Cruise


From the Great Wall of China to the Temples of Angkor Wat this 18 day tour will take you to the three must see sites in Asia.  Explore the fascinating history of China, Vietnam and Cambodia, immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty as you cruise on the World UNESCO Heritage site of Halong Bay. See how the local people live and discover the local culture and  as you cruise along the Mekong Delta on premium ship RV Indochine II. This is a tour not to be missed! 

Trip code : TTC3134TC

Duration : 18 days

Destination : China, Vietnam & Cambodia

Travel Dates :2022

  • Complimentary one-way chauffeur service for residential address within 35 km from major Australia international airports
  • Enjoy a personalised experience in luxury small group touring with a maximum 16 passengers per vehicle
  • Explore the mixture of tradition and modern China in Beijing
  • Walk along the incredible Great Wall and stroll along the Sacred Way
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay
  • Explore the centuries-old culture of Cambodia and Vietnam via the mighty Mekong river
  • Explore the major sights in Ho Chi Minh city and venture to Cu Chi Tunnel, a remnant of Vietnam War
  • Experience sampan ride across the beautiful island and islet in Cai Be, Vinh Long
  • Experience Mekong Delta local delicacies (honey, pop-rice, rice alcohol, coconut candies etc.) and the traditional way of making them
  • Be amazed by the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh See Koh Chen, "silver and copper village" and visit a local primary school in Cambodia and interact with teachers and students.
  • Experience a fun ox cart ride to an ancient pagoda in the middle of a rice field, and experience monk blessing ceremony
  • Be amazed at the wonderful Angkor temples including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom

Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy free time at leisure.

Today you will first visit Tiananmen Square followed by the magnificent Forbidden City and then the Temple of Heaven.
  • Tiananmen Square: It is the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, where the national flag is raised exactly at sunrise every day.
  • The Forbidden City: It is located in the center of Beijing, used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years, it is the grandest integral palace complex still remaining in China. Note: It is closed on Monday.
  • Temple of Heaven: It is the place which was visited yearly by the emperors who performed intricate rituals to insure a good harvest for the whole nation at ancient times.
You will visit to the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round trip cable car included) and then visit the Sacred Road.
This most famous symbol of China and one of the world's most remarkable architectural wonders, was built over 2,000 years ago and stretching about 6,700km.
  • Round-trip cable car for Mutianyu Great Wall is included. (Chair-lift and toboggan are also available at an additional cost. If you want to change to any of them, please inform the local guide before he or she purchases the tickets for round-trip cable car for you. Please pay the extra charge in cash to the local guide.)
  • Sacred Road is a path lined with stone statues of animals, mystical beasts and officials who serve the emperor in his afterlife, through which the sitting emperors would go to perform memorial rituals for the ancestors once a year.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.
Upon your arrival in Noi Bai Airport you will be collected and taken to your hotel.
In the afternoon our driver will pick you up for your tour in Hanoi’s old quarter where you will experience traditional street life.
You will also have the opportunity to watch a Water Puppet show before being returned to your hotel.
Your air-conditioned transfer vehicle will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi and convey you to Hai Phong where our support vessel will take you to board our luxurious craft, Era Cruise.
After welcoming you aboard with a complimentary drink, our crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedure session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up and explore our luxuriously-appointed ship then watch the magical landscape go past.
A special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing delicacies will be served as we set sail for Lan Ha Bay, passing Da Chong islet where you can see an ancient lighthouse built by the French over a century ago.
The final part of the cruise takes us through the Cua Van area to Lan Ha Bay (part of Halong Bay). The 300 or so karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha are stunning with their pristine, snow-white beaches. You can explore Ba Trai Dao beach or Tra Bau area via kayaks or immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters.
It’s time to return to your lavish liner and cruise to your evening accommodation in time for "Happy Hour". We offer an extensive drinks list including special offers such as two for one drinks.
Our Vietnamese cooking demonstration is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers and we will guide you through the process prior to our Signature Dinner in our distinctive restaurant.
In the evening relax with an exotic cocktail and drink in the evening landscape. Our bar offers a wide range of wine, beer and liqueurs or order an indulgent spa service, watch movies, go squid fishing or simply relax on our roof top deck under the cover of a brightly illuminated sky.
The morning is the best time of the day on Lan Ha Bay. You might like to head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions or relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice to watch the stunning scenery unfold before you.
A light breakfast of pastries, tea and coffee will be served in our restaurant before the final stage of your trip is to be taken through the mysterious caves and amongst the remote islets via local rowing boats. The breath-taking beauty of this World Heritage region will certainly impress you.
Following this, you will journey back to the main ship to check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland.
After a final early brunch and a last farewell from our crew you will board our transfer boat and head back to the wharf where you will be met by your luxury van for the return trip to Hanoi and your hotel.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City enjoy a tour of the city visiting the Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office.
We board our ship RV Indochine ll and then have a welcome cocktail and dinner.
Overnight on board in Ho Chi Minh City.
Today we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to see the underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. Home to around 10,000 people for several years, it took about 25 years to build the underground city. The tunnel system was an excellent way for the Vietcong to move around the countryside undetected by the Americans. After a scenic drive through the picturesque villages we will watch a short introductory video on arrival before exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels and B52 bomb craters.
We will have lunch onboard before our afternoon visit of the National History museum then a visit to a lacquer-ware factory.
We return on board and set sail for the navigation channel of Chao Gao.
Dinner and overnight on board after we drop anchor and moor for the night at Nha Be.
We return on board for lunch and continue our cruise to Vinh Long and Caï Be which is located in the middle of the Delta region, between two arms of the Mekong. We set off in small boats through the arroyos and gardens which lead to Caï Be's colonial church.
Vinh Long, a land made rich by alluvium, is the country of mandarins and oranges.
All of life is organised around the water and we see houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions.
We then set sail for Sac Dec.
Dinner and overnight stop at our mooring point.
We return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue our cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago.
We have lunch on board and arrive in Chau Doc in the early afternoon. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city and a multitude of colours.
Transfer by small boat to visit a Cham village, a village of weavers and fish farms.
Dinner and overnight stop in Chau Doc.
We spend the day afloat today, first heading for the Cambodian border, where we complete customs during the morning and continue our journey.
Lunch and dinner are taken on board as we arrive towards the end of the day in Phnom Penh.
After dinner we have a short “tuk tuk” trip around the city in this motorised tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh.
We moor for the night in the port of Phnom Penh.
Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. We visit the Silver Pagoda, constructed of wood in 1892 then rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal palace, symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style.
Then we visit the National museum housing the Fine Arts museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style.
We have lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon we have the option to visit the Tuol Svay Prey S21 school, former centre of detention, torture and execution used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war.
There is free time in the “Central Market” - crammed full with all types of businesses.
This evening we have an Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians.
Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh.
We set sail early morning, have breakfast on board before we visit Koh Chen, a small village where the inhabitants are experts in silverwork and copper work. The ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings are made here.
Visit the private school of Mr. Thom Umson, a bright French teacher.
We have lunch on board and arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach Leu Pagoda.
We cross through the village of Kampong Tralach by oxcart to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer from the effects of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors, so its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot.
We return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Chhnang.
Dinner and overnight stop.
We have breakfast on board and then visit Kampong Chhnang. Located some 90km from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms.
The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country, and the region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of the pottery” in Khmer.
We visit a traditional grove of palm trees and taste some palm sugar before a visit to a traditional pottery.
Next we visit a floating village using small local boats. All the buildings here are afloat - the school, the shops and so on, and life develops along the canal network. We return on board for lunch then continue our cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong.
Cocktail and Gala Dinner tonight and our overnight stop.
We spend the morning cruising, taking breakfast on board. Depending on the water levels, we cross the Tonle Sap lake on board the RV INDOCHINE II .
We arrive in the port of Siem Reap. You will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Today you will have an early pick up from your hotel and be driven to the Angkor Wat complex to view the sunrise over the magnificent temples.
You will have plenty of time to take photos and then return to your hotel for breakfast.
In the afternoon we will set off to explore Siem Reap with a tour of the city.
After breakfast, you will visit The Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphuon, and Phimeanakas temples, plus Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King.
Lunch will be at a famous local restaurant.
In the afternoon visit Ta Prohm then explore the Angkor Wat temple, the 7th Wonder of the Ancient World.
You will climb up to Bakheng Hill to watch the sunset over Angkor Wat and the surrounding area.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel today before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

This Cruise is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our cruises/excursion require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our cruises is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You will be getting on and off cruises, coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our cruise itinerary carefully for outline of activities to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:
• All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

• All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the cruises are onboard or at famous restaurants during excursion, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

• Meals onboard are a cultural culinary experience: Continental breakfast buffets with a rich menu are offered daily, while lunch and dinner are set menus.

• Gala evening: The gala evening is a long-awaited tradition in the world of cruising. This is the night we like to dress up, although no dress code is imposed. The crew all in their dress uniform, are presented to the passengers who are invited have a pre-dinner drink with the captain in the company of the purser, and the head chef.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
The currency accepted on board is the local currency or US dollar. You can pay in dollars or using an international credit/debit card (Visa and MasterCard) at the end of the cruise. It is recommended to have some local currency or US dollars in cash with you during your cruises.
A range of activities and entertainment are provided on board:

• Before dinner, games and quizzes are hosted by our entertainers in the lounge bar

• On the sun deck, where you can stroll alone, be with family or friends or sit comfortably in the sun loungers, gymnastics sessions are organised in the morning whilst enjoying the magnificent views of the landscapes that pass by.

• The panoramic lounge bar, the library and the "piano bar"
• Depend on the destination, lectures on subjects related to the history and geography of the places visited, are offered in the lounge bar.

• Some evenings, the dance floor of the lounge bar comes to life with musical evenings, folk groups or singers

• Some cruises have variety evenings where the crew members reveal their hidden talents are also provided.
All cabins are air-conditioned and double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom

• Triple Share: Available upon request
• Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
• Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Not Available
• Laundry service: Not Available
• Wi-Fi: All the cruise is equipped with free Wi-Fi available in all lounges / bars and receptions. For some destination it is available in the cabin.
After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please note:
• Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
• Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges
Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Important notes:
• Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
• Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
• Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.
Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this cruise. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

• If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard. Recommended tips - For the crew members on board the ship - $10US per day per passenger.

• If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated. Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.
You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver/crews and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

Please note:

• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.

• Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.
Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our cruises and shore excursions.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.
FAQ & Travel Blog
  • International flight from Beijing to Hanoi - Economy cabin
  • Domestic flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City - Economy cabin
  • One night on 5* luxury Halong cruise
  • Two nights in 4* plus accommodation in Hanoi
  • Three nights in 4* accommodation in Beijing
  • Three nights in 4* accommodation in Siem Reap
  • Eight nights in luxury premium ship RV Indochine II
  • Sightseeing:

·        Beijing City Tour & Great Wall of China

·        Hanoi City Tour

·        Ho Chi Minh City Tour

·        Cu Chi Tunnel Tour

·        All shore excursions along the Mekong River

·        Phnom Penh City Tour

·        Angkor Sunrise Tour

·        Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat Tour​

  • Domestic flights from Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam airlines -Economy cabin
  • All private airports transfers
  • All Touring in private coach air-conditional vehicle
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking local guides
  • Full board meals on cruises
  • All day tour included lunches
  • Vietnam and Cambodia E-Visas​

Please note:  this cruise doesn’t include the entry visa for the country it travels to. Make sure you have acquired a valid visa before travelling and joining the cruise. Check whether a single entry or multiple entry visa is required/ available.

When assisting with an international travel booking, we assume that all travellers in the booking have a valid Passport and Visas to enter to the country it travels to. Passports must be valid for the countries through which a ship or tour passes. It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure the validity and conformity of their passport/Visas.

It is the customer’s responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such an event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. Please check our Terms & Conditions for penalty for “no-show”.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

Important Note:

  • All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and most countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine‐readable passport.
  • Some countries require visas and re‐entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities.
  • It is your sole responsibility if any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities.