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Treasures of China & Vietnam

TICN05: 16 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xian - Shanghai - Hanoi - Halong - Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
From $3359 per person Free Inquiry
Yu Garden in ShanghaiThe Bund, ShanghaiHo Chi Minh's Mausoleum, HanoiHoan Kiem Lake, HanoiNotre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City street scene
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to Beijing! After claiming your baggage, please proceed to the Arrival Hall. Our guide awaits you at the exit holding a placard with your name on it. After a short greeting, the guide will accompany you to the hotel and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the day will be up to you. You may familiarize yourself with the city or take a good rest and prepare for the 16 days China tours with Vietnam tomorrow.

Meals: No meals included today
Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
We will spend a full day to explore the most significant sights in China's charming capital today. After a short walk around remarkable Tiananmen Square, we head to the Forbidden City - the world's largest and most complete wooden structure building complex constructed more than 500 years ago. In addition to admiring its grand layout and magnificent buildings, you can also see many rare treasures and antiques. Around noon, we will serve you an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a superb restaurant. We then visit the Temple of Heaven, where one can explore the finest examples of Chinese ancient architectures.

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing
Tian'anmen Square, Beijing
Our guests at Tiananmen Square
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Today is a nice balance of physical activity and cultural experience. We will focus on a challenging walk on the Mutianyu Great Wall with the aid of the round-trip cable car in the morning. Your physical effort is rewarded when climbing high and seeing the imposing great wall snaking its way over the rolling mountain ridges into the distance. Lunch is not included today though your guide is ready to help you find a good place if you like. On our way back downtown, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium), and you have a chance to take some photos of its unique exterior. Then we will head to visit a local market before driving back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pentahotel Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Summer Palace, Hutong visit. A high speed train to Xian. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
This morning, our guide will show you the Summer Palace. Covering an area of 290 hectares, this classic royal garden integrates Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake, many exquisite halls, pavilions, corridors, rocks, bridge and so on. We then explore the more traditional and historic side of Beijing by taking rickshaws through the old Hutongs. After the sightseeing, you will be escorted to the railway station. Riding an afternoon high-speed train to Xian adds to your experience. Upon your arrival at the North Railway Station, your local guide and driver will greet you and take you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda
Day 5 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Provincial History Museum, City Wall. (B)
Morning excursion today will take you to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is acclaimed as one of the greatest archeological discoveries in the 20th century. This amazing museum is built on the excavation site with an exhibition of more than 7,000 life-sized terracotta warriors, horses, chariots and weapons buried 2200 years ago. Lunch today is at your own cost. Our guide is happy to recommend a good restaurant at your request. We continue to visit the must-see Provincial History Museum and the ancient City Wall.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Terracotta Army
Day 6 Xian - Shanghai
Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit with lunch. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast, we visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda & Xian Museum, both of which are set in a peaceful tree-lined park. Built more than 1300 years ago, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda remains stunning although its top collapsed in an earlier earthquake. The neighboring Xian Museum is beautifully laid out with exquisite items displayed. We will then introduce you to a local family, where you can have an authentic communication with the hosts and taste the home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price). Afterwards, you will head to Shanghai on an afternoon flight. On arriving, you will be greeted and taken to the downtown hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Accommodation: Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Day 7 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and a cultural street. (B+L)
This private day tour begins with Shanghai Museum. The various potteries, costumes, brass wares, coins, calligraphy and paintings on display give visitors great insight into the brilliant Chinese culture and art. A visit to Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful oasis in the heart of Shanghai comes next. As a great example of classical Chinese gardens, one is easily impressed by the details in its planning and design. After having an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a local popular restaurant, we take a Huangpu River cruise to view the striking buildings on both sides of the river in the Puxi and Pudong areas. You will have some free time to walk around the Bund area. The day concludes with a visit to a charming Old Street, where you can find a good mix of old and modern.

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Ocean Hotel Shanghai
Yu Garden in Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden
The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund area
Day 8 Shanghai - Hanoi
Free time in the morning. Fly to Hanoi. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
You will have the morning free to simply relax at the hotel or do some shopping on your own. You will be escorted to the airport for an afternoon flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. After about 3.5 hours flight, you will arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Our local guide will meet you at the airport exit. A private transfer takes you to the selected hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Day 9 Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, cyclo trip around Hoan Kiem Lake, streets of Old Quarter. (B+L)
As a rapidly developing city also bearing profound culture, Hanoi never fails to leave visitors with strong impressions. Our morning sightseeing starts with the solemn Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his former residence, both of which are iconic monuments of the country. We then visit the nearby One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature. After lunch, we have a leisurely cyclo trip around Hoan Kiem Lake, which is a haven away from the vibrant Old Quarter. Later, we explore the busy streets of Old Quarter to pick up the pulse of Hanoi, and then we return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake
Day 10 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Halong Bay cruise, Thien Cung (or Dau Go or Sung Sot). (B+L+D)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel. We set out to Halong Bay, a scenic wonderland that is about 3.5 hours drive from Hanoi. You will board a Junk Cruise to take in the captivating landscape. A gourmet lunch of fresh seafood is served onboard as your junk sails out into the alluring bay. Thousands of islands, ranging from small to large, dot the waters along with fishing villages. In the afternoon, your cruise ship will dock at Thien Cung (or Dau Go or Sung Sot), which is one of the three largest and most beautiful limestone caves in Halong Bay. Here you can see numerous stalactite and stalagmite formations with colorful man-made lighting. What a fantastic experience! For the rest of the day, you can enjoy lazing aboard or take optional activities including Kayaking, diving and swimming. Stay overnight on the junk cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Signature Cruise
Day 11 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An
Boat trip to nearby islands. Fly to Da Nang. Airport-hotel transfer.
If you are interested in Tai Chi, you can get up earlier to learn it on the top deck. After having a wake-up coffee or tea, you will take a boat to visit the nearby islands. Brunch is served as the Junk Cruise returns to Halong pier. Your Hanoi guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for a flight to Da Nang. On arriving, you will be met and taken to the hotel in Hoi An directly. You may either have a rest at the hotel or roam the attractive old town on your own for the remainder of the day.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: The Beach - Little Boutique Hoi An
Day 12 Hoi An (Walking tour & Boat trip)
A guided day trip in Hoi An. (B+L)
Hoi An, once a prosperous port city from 15th to 19th century, has well retained a great many old buildings with different architecture styles, including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and French. We will spend the whole morning to walk through the narrow streets of the ancient town, and visit the centuries-old Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky ancestral house and the famed Japanese Bridge. The afternoon is devoted to a short boat trip to a nearby island village for you to learn about the villagers' traditional way of making pottery. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon. The evening is at your own disposal, and you can enjoy its wonderful night scenery at a leisurely pace.

What to eat in Hoi An Ancient Town:
Hoi An's cuisine is world-renowned. There are Vietnamese specialty restaurants, authentic Chinese restaurants, and delicious French restaurants. The Hoi An Rice Noodle (Cao Lầu), Cantonese Rice Noodles (Mì Quảng), Fried Wonton (Hoành thánh chiên), Fish Cake noodles (Bún Chả Cá), and Chicken Rice (Cơm Gà) are very popular and delicious. Be sure to try these dishes in Hoi An's restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Beach - Little Boutique Hoi An
Day 13 Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue
Hoi An-Hue transfer, Hai Van Pass, Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Mausoleum of King TuDuc, Imperial Museum and Dong Ba Market. (B)
This morning we leave for Hue, which was historically a capital city for three dynasties. It is absolutely a scenic drive, and we stop at Hai Van Pass to take in a spectacular view of mountains, sea and coastline. Besides, we will have a drink at the fishing village of Lang Co. In the early afternoon, we arrive at Hue. After a short break, we take a walking tour to the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King TuDuc. Then we continue to visit the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba Market.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Moonlight Hotel
Royal Citadel, Hue
Royal Citadel, Hue
Day 14 Hue - Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. War Remnant Museum, Reunification Palace, Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, City's Centre Post Office, Ben Thanh Market. (B+L)
After breakfast, you will be guided to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to a downtown hotel. Lunch is served at a good quality restaurant. We then visit the major sightseeing spots of the city, including War Remnant Museum, the Reunification Palace, the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the City's Centre Post Office. We conclude the day after visiting Ben Thanh Market where you can look for various souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City
A day trip to Ben Tre. Cruise on Ham Luong River, Local orchards and workshops, Countryside tour, Visit a local family. (B+L)
A pleasant trip of Mekong River Delta is scheduled today. It takes about 2 hours to drive to Ben Tre, from where we take a boat and start our cruise along Ham Luong River. You can see many barges filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, rice, dry goods and other products along the way, which is a traditional way of living still going on today for the locals. Then we visit a family-run workshop to see conventional way of processing coconut candy, rice paper rolls and swelled candy. Afterwards, we take a rowboat to the more rural area for a deeper exploration in a farmer's home. Later you will be guided to take a "Xe Loi" or bicycle through the village. After that, our cruise goes back to Ben Tre, from where we transfer back to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City
Notre Dame Cathedral
Ho Chi Minh City street scene
Ho Chi Minh City street scene
Day 16 Departure from Ho Chi Minh City
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
The 16 days China tour with Vietnam comes to an end today. Bid adieu to Ho Chi Minh City. Your private guide will escort you to the airport according to your outbound flight schedule. Should you wish to continue visiting other neighboring counties, we have many options for you to choose from. Let's keep the wonderful experience going on!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Year Round$3809 $3428$3359 $3023
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • One high-speed train (second class seat): Beijing - Xian.
  • Four flights (economy class seat): Xian - Shanghai - Hanoi - Da Nang; Hue - Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Price Excludes
  • International flight into Beijing and out Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • China and Vietnam Visa fees.
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