15-day Highlights of China & Vietnam from Nanning to Hanoi
Tour code: ETC-A11
First of all, you will have a classical China tour to learn of Chinese culture and history and immerse yourself in the intoxicating natural wonders. Then travel further to North Vietnam - another fascinating country in Asia and explore the best of Hanoi and Halong Bay have to offer: historical museums, sunny beaches, fishing villages, folk art performances…
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
|1||Beijing||Arrival in Beijing|
|2||Beijing||Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace|
|3||Beijing||Great Wall, The Sacred Road, Ming Tomb|
|4||Beijing - Shanghai||Take a flight to Shanghai, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple|
|5||Shanghai||Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund and Nanjing Road|
|6||Shanghai - Xian||Fly to Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum|
|7||Xian||Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda|
|8||Xian - Guilin||Take a flight to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave|
|9||Guilin - Yangshuo||Li River cruise, West Street|
|10||Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin||Longji rice terraces, Ping An Zhuang Village|
|11||Guilin - Nanning - Hanoi||Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill, transfer to train station to Nanning and take an international train to Hanoi|
|12||Hanoi||Hochiminh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Vietnam History Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake|
|13||Hanoi - Halong Bay||Halong City, Halong Bay cruise|
|14||Halong Bay - Hanoi||Thai Chi lesson|
Day 1 Arrival Beijing (no meal)
Arrive in Beijing. Our guide will meet you at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Take a private escorted tour to go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Secondly, go to the Forbidden City, officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was constructed between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Zhu Di and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over the following 505 years. The Summer Palace comes the last one on the plan. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, the greatest of the eight ancient architectural wonders in the history of human civilization. Then go to Ming Tomb, about 50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, is the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. The Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven", is affiliated with Ming Tomb. At night, a famous and delicious Peking Duck Banquet is offered.
Day 4 Beijing - Shanghai (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, visit 3 highlights today: first, visit Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art which is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls with a collection of over 120,000 pieces. Secondly, pay a visit to Yu Garden to appreciate its brilliant historical garden art and have a leisurely stroll in it. At last, go to the Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma.
Day 5 Shanghai (B, L)
In the morning, Visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower and wander around the old quarters of Shanghai to get close to Shanghai people's life and appreciate the architecture style there. Then proceed to the Bund and Nanjing Road – as it is known to all, the Bund is the waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period.
Day 6 Shanghai - Xi’an (B, L)
Enjoy the free time until your guide escort you to airport for you flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty (221-207B.C.).
Day 7 Xi’an (B, L)
After breakfast, go to the Shaanxi History Museum, which boats a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Then visit the Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China – 13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, and the foundation is 18 meters in width and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide. Later, go to the Wild Goose Pagoda - the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty (618-907) for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.
Day 8 Xi’an - Guilin (B, L)
Enjoy the free time until your guide escort you to airport for you flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, visit Reed Flute Cave near Guilin downtown – inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition.
Day 9 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)
Take a leisurely Li River cruise, and disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape - Yangshuo. At Yangshuo, you can have a free afternoon for your own exploration. At night, the West Street is a must-go where shows lively nightlife with both Chinese and western style. Besides, you can also go to watch the optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River.
Day 10 Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin (B, L)
Drive to Longji to see the rice terraces. It is a feat of farm engineering which was first built in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Then visit Ping An Zhuang Village, where you can know about Zhuang people's life, customs, etc.
Day 11 Guilin - Nanning - Hanoi (B, L)
In the morning, visit Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill. After lunch, transfer to train station to Nanning and take an international train to Hanoi in Nanning.
Day 12 Hanoi (B, L)
Arrive in Hanoi in early morning, you local guide will meet you at train station. Transfer to hotel, take a short rest. Start to explore the capital city of Vietnam. In the morning, visit the Hochiminh Mausoleum and his former, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Vietnam History Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake and take a walk at the old quarter of Hanoi. After that, enjoy the traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.
Day 13 Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Halong City. Enjoy the beautiful view along road. Upon arrival, board the cruise for relaxing. You can absolutely enjoy the sunshine. When you get to shore will explore a beautiful cave, visit a local fishing village and interact with local fishermen. After that, enjoy your dinner while enjoying a charming sun set.
Day 14 Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, you can join a Thai Chi lesson for some morning exercise. Visit a limestone grotto in the morning and disembark around 11:00 am then transfer to hotel in Hanoi. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day15 Hanoi Departure (B)
Enjoy your free morning, until your guide will escort you to airport for your home flight.
PRICES START FROM PER PERSONAs all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.
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