Treasures of Vietnam & China


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This epic tour blends the charms of Vietnam with the fascinating history of China. Explore Saigon, cruise Halong Bay, view adorable Giant Pandas, see the Terracotta Warriors and walk the Great Wall on one memorable adventure.

Please note: This page shows the 2017 Itinerary. To see the itinerary for tours departing in 2016, please Click Here.

Places Visited

Australia - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - Shanghai (2N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative and largest city.
Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon to see the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office – legacies of a colonial past and the War Remnants Museum.
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 3: Mekong Delta cruise
Travel to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Called the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam', get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta and lunch on delicious, typical Mekong dishes. Return to Saigon.
Day 3: Mekong Delta cruise
Days 4-5: Historic Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An. Take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laid-back and wilfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander around – visit an old merchant's house, the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge and the market. The next day, head out to Tra Que Village. Help with the cultivation of vegetables and enjoy a rejuvenating herbal foot bath. Eat lunch at a local family home and watch a cooking demonstration.
Days 4-5: Historic Hoi An
Days 6-7: Imperial Hue
Travel to Hue. Visit the UNESCO-listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day, float along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before travelling to An Hien House. Finally, make your way to the imposing Imperial Citadel where you can fully explore.
Days 6-7: Imperial Hue
Day 8: Colonial Hanoi
Fly to the capital city of Hanoi, dubbed the 'Paris of the Orient'. Visit the Fine Arts Museum, take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter's atmospheric streets and watch a Water Puppet show.
Day 8: Colonial Hanoi
Days 9-10: Halong Bay
Cruise amongst karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. Spend the night on board. Return to Hanoi the next day.
Days 9-10: Halong Bay
Day 11: Discover Hanoi
Hanoi brings all the charms of the past with all the buzz of the future in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, and visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Also visit the Temple of Literature. The rest of the afternoon is free.
Day 11: Discover Hanoi
Days 12-13: Giant Pandas
Fly to Chengdu via Guangzhou. The next day, visit Chengdu's famous Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where you can see China's celebrated icons up close. Wander through People's Park to see the fascinating Matchmaker's Corner and visit a traditional tea house. This evening, you can sample the delicious Sichuan cuisine.
Days 12-13: Giant Pandas
Day 14: Ronghu Lake
Take an early morning flight to Guilin. Stroll around Ronghu Lake, visting the Sun and Moon Pagodas.
Days 15-16: Li River cruise and Yangshuo
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. The next morning, explore this unique rural location before taking the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Days 15-16: Li River cruise and Yangshuo
Day 17: Reed Flute Cave
Travel to Guilin. Later, see the formations of the Reed Flute Cave. Spend some time exploring the South China Pearl Museum.
Day 18: Shui Jiao dumplings
Fly to the ancient city of Xian. The start of the Silk Road, Xian is an incredible melting pot of religions and cultures. Stroll along the 14th-century ancient city wall. This evening indulge in traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 18: Shui Jiao dumplings
Day 19: Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors for years. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks standing sentinel in their mysterious necropolis. Later, visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day 19: Terracotta Warriors
Day 20: Travel to Beijing
Board a bullet train to Beijing. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 20: Travel to Beijing
Day 21: Imperial Beijing
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you'll find a complex full of imperial treasures. Also visit the lovely Temple of Heaven and wander through the adjacent park where you can watch, or participate in a session of Tai Chi.
Day 21: Imperial Beijing
Day 22: Great Wall
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. Savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. Stroll along the Long Corridor, admire carefully cultivated gardens and wonder at the Marble Boat built under Empress Dowager Cixi. Round off the day with a Chinese acrobatic show.
Day 22: Great Wall
Days 23-24: Explore Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai and explore this cosmopolitan city. Start with a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu River. The next day, visits include the Yu Garden, the old town, Shanghai Museum and the colonial architecture of the Bund.
Days 23-24: Explore Shanghai
Day 25: Depart Shanghai
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport for your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 25: Depart Shanghai
Day 26: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.

Tour prices are per person, twin share

2016

2017

2018

Additional Price Information:

Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Single Hotel Room and Cruise Cabin Option from $1,280
Land Only (Saigon to Shanghai) 25 days from $6,480 per person (includes tipping)
Darwin and Cairns passengers may require stopovers in Singapore at an additional cost
15 Apr, 16 Sep 2017 and 14 Apr, 08 Sep 2018 departures coincide with Golden Week and sightseeing may be affected
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 5 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. 
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure. 
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 1300 318 203 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.


Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with an extensive period of time available and who are looking to visit the highlights of Vietnam and China. This tour incorporates the top cities and scenic areas of both Vietnam and China and is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive understanding of these two countries.

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