Treasures of Vietnam and China
From $6,068 - 27 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Discover the treasures of Vietnam and China on this brilliant tour, commencing in the dynamic city of Saigon where you will learn about Vietnam’s turbulent history. The old town of Hoi An will charm you as you wander its cobbled streets. Along the Hai Van Pass to Hue you will discover breathtaking scenery. City lovers will adore Hanoi, regarded as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Halong Bay will leave you amazed; the limestone islets rising out of the emerald waters are truly spectacular.
China will be equally as captivating. In Chengdu, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and see these animals in surroundings similar to their natural habitat. In the city of Guilin, visit Mt. Diecai and the Reed Flute Caves. In Xian see the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century. Visit iconic landmarks in Beijing including the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. The glittering metropolis of Shanghai will be your final destination.
Prepare to discover authentic Vietnam and China on this amazing tour.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a four night stay.
DAY 2: SAIGON
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. End the day at Ben Thanh Market for some shopping.
DAY 3: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA
Travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea. This afternoon you will return to Saigon.
DAY 4: SAIGON – CU CHI & TAY NINH
This morning you will explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels led by a War Veteran who lived in the tunnels for years. Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion.
DAY 5: SAIGON TO HOI AN
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountain en route.
DAY 6: HOI AN
Take a walking tour of Hoi An, visiting a traditional merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple.
DAY 7: HOI AN TO HUE
Drive over the Hai Van Pass to Hue. This afternoon take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City.
DAY 8: HUE
Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Travel to An Thien House, the original residence of Emperor Tu Duc’s daughter and later, visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.
DAY 9: HUE TO HANOI (via Danang)
Hue Airport will be closed from the 20th of March until the 20th of November 2013. During this time our group tours that fly in/out of Hue Airport with Vietnam Airlines will be flying in/out of Danang Airport instead.
Transfer to Danang Airport through the Hai Van Tunnel and fly to Hanoi. Visit the Fine Arts Museum and later, explore Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.
DAY 10: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Cruise around the emerald waters, taking in the spectacular scenery, before returning to Hanoi.
DAY 11: HANOI
Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will see the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards drive to the Temple of Literature. This afternoon enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets.
DAY 12: HANOI TO CHENGDU
Bid farewell to Vietnam and embark on your Chinese adventure. Fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, for an overnight stay. This evening you will sample the local Sichuan cuisine.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO GUILIN
Explore the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, wander through the People’s Park and Wide and Narrow Alleys preserved from the Qing Dynasty. In the evening fly to Guilin.
DAY 14: GUILIN
Visit Seven Star Caves and Mt. Diecai.
DAY 15: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO
Relax on a Li River cruise as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for an overnight stay.
DAY 16: YANGSHUO TO GUILIN
Wander through the local markets before returning to Guilin, visiting the town of Daxu en route. This evening enjoy a display of traditional cormorant fishing.
DAY 17: GUILIN TO XIAN
Fly to Xian, the former imperial capital. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 18: XIAN
Visit the ancient City Wall and the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Return to Xian, stopping at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition along the way.
DAY 19: XIAN TO BEIJING
Tour the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter and visit the Islamic food markets. This evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing, the capital of China.
DAY 20: BEIJING
Arrive in Beijing this morning. Visit the Summer Palace and admire the landscaped beauty. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAYS 21-22: BEIJING
Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City and tour the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Tomorrow, take a walk along the Great Wall and watch an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 23: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI
Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. The afternoon is free at your leisure.
DAYS 24-25: SHANGHAI
Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, stroll along the famous Bund and visit the Shanghai Museum. Tomorrow, visit the Pudong district and Xintiandi area. In the evening enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River as your farewell celebration.
DAY 26: DEPART SHANGHAI
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport for your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 27: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:"My wife and I returned to Brisbane this morning after completing a 27-day Wendy Wu 'Treasures of Vietnam and China' tour. Having never been to either Vietnam and China before, our expectations were somewhat apprehensive. However, the efficient and professional manner in which our party of 16 were treated made it a holiday to remember with warm satisfaction.
Your National Guides in Vietnam (Thuan) and China (Leo) excelled. They went out of their way to ensure everyone enjoyed every moment of the trip. Both young men are a credit to your company.
Having perhaps spent a little more time in China under Leo's guidance, we would like to pass on a special word or two of congratulations for his great efforts. As with all groups, there were one or two members of our party with special needs and wants. Leo went out of his way to ensure satisfaction where possible. He is a bright, cheerful and knowledgeable and we would gladly travel under his guidance again if we get the opportunity.
Thank you and congratulations on providing a tour that offers a wonderful insight into two countries and is of great value for money."
Mr and Mrs Winders, Queensland - April 2012
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