Treasures of Vietnam & China

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This epic tour effortlessly blends the captivating charms of Vietnam with the extensive and fascinating history of China. Explore Saigon, cruise Halong Bay, view adorable pandas, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and walk along 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 (4N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (3N) - Chengdu (1N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Xian (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Beijing (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. Darwin passengers may depart two days earlier.
Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Day 2: Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels
Discover the complex network of the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and the War Remnants Museum.
Day 2: Saigon & 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. Return to Saigon.
Day 3: Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 4-5: Historic Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Visit an old merchant’s house, Japanese Covered Bridge and the market. Tomorrow, visit the verdant village of Tra Que.
Day 4-5: Historic Hoi An
Days 6-7: Imperial Hue
Travel to Hue. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Tomorrow, voyage along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before travelling to An Hien House. Finally, visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City to explore.
Days 6-7: Imperial Hue
Day 8: Fly to Hanoi
Fly to the capital city of Hanoi, dubbed the ‘Paris on the Orient’. Visit the Fine Arts Museum, walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and watch the Water Puppets.
Day 8: Fly to Hanoi
Day 9-10: Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Take a traditional junk cruise amongst karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. Return to Hanoi.
Day 9-10: Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Day 11: Discover Hanoi
Hanoi blends 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 walk past Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Also visit the Temple of Literature and take a cyclo ride through Hanoi’s charming Old Quarter.
Day 11: Discover Hanoi
Days 12-13: Chengdu-Guilin
Fly to Chengdu (via Guangzhou). Tomorrow, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Tonight, sample delicious Sichuan cuisine.
Days 12-13: Chengdu-Guilin
Day 14: Ronghu Lake
Fly to Guilin. Later stroll around Ronghu Lake and visit the Sun and Moon Pagodas.
Days 15-16: Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo and explore the colourful markets. The next morning, explore this unique rural location before an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Days 15-16: Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Day 17: Reed Flute Cave
Travel to Guilin and see the colourful formations of the Reed Flute Cave.
Days 18-19: Terracotta Warriors & Xian
Fly to Xian and stroll on Xian’s City Walls. This evening indulge in a feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next morning view the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors before visiting the Little Wild Goose Pagoda.
Days 18-19: Terracotta Warriors & Xian
Day 20: Travel to Beijing
Board a bullet train to Beijing.
Day 20: Travel to Beijing
Days 21-22: Imperial Beijing
Arriving in Beijing, savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace and sample the local delicacy – Peking Duck. The next day 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.
Days 21-22: Imperial Beijing
Day 23-24: Explore Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai and later cruise the Huangpu river, admiring the City lights. The next day visit Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum and the Bund.
Day 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



Additional Price Information:

Single Hotel Room Option from $1,295
Land Only (Saigon to Shanghai) 26 days from $5,999 pp (includes tipping)
Darwin passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost
Passengers departing Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra will fly with QANTAS or Virgin Australia to connect with Vietnam Airlines departing Sydney or Melbourne
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
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 4 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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Tailor Your Tour

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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