18-day Asia Impression through China to Vietnam
Tour code: ETC-A14
Travel through the classical cities and enticing towns of Vietnam and China. You will enjoy everything from the magnificent ancient constructions in Beijing & Xian to the fun-filled local markets in Hanoi. Moreover, indulge yourself in the surreal landscape of Halong Bay and Guilin, and also the amazing rice terraces in Longji and Sapa.
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
|2||Shanghai||Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple|
|3||Shanghai - Beijing||Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund and Nanjing Road, take a flight to Beijing|
|4||Beijing||Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Summer Palace|
|5||Beijing||Great Wall, Ming Tomb, The Sacred Road|
|6||Beijing - Xi’an||Fly to Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum|
|7||Xian||Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda|
|8||Xi’an - Guilin||Fly to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave|
|9||Guilin - Yangshuo||Li River cruise, West Street, optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu'|
||Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin||Longji rice terraces, Ping An Zhuang Village|
|11||Guilin - Hong Kong||Fly to Hong Kong|
|12||Hong Kong - Hanoi||Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market|
|13||Hanoi||Hochiminh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Vietnam History Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, Vietnamese water puppet show|
|14||Lao Cai - Sapa||Train to Sapa, Ta Van Village and Red Dao Village|
|15||Sapa - Hanoi||Bac Ha Market, Trung Do village, Chay River, overnight train back to Hanoi|
|16||Hanoi - Halong Bay||Halong City|
|17||Halong Bay - Hanoi||Thai Chi lesson, ransfer back to hotel in Hanoi|
Day 1 Arrival Shanghai (no meal)
Arrive in Shanghai. Our guide will meet you at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)
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 3 Shanghai - Beijing (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. Then transfer to Beijing.
Day 4 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 5 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 6 Beijing - 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, D)
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 - Hong Kong (B)
Fly to Hong Kong, free at leisure in the rest of day.
Day 12 Hong Kong - Hanoi (B)
Visit the Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market. Transfer to airport to connect your flight to Hanoi
Day 13 Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast, explore the capital city of Vietnam. In the morning, visit the Hochiminh Mausoleum and his former, the 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. In the evening, board the overnight train to Lao Cai to discover the mountain tribes in northern Vietnam. Overnight on the train.
Day 14 Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)
In early morning around 6:30 am, arrive in Lao Cai train station. Your local guide will pick you up and then escort you to your hotel in the Sapa. Have a breakfast in hotel and take a short rest. In the afternoon, enjoy a soft trekking tour in the beautiful rice terrace, visit the Ta Van Village and Red Dao Village to explore the local ethnic tribe Back H’mong and Giang Ta Chai.
Day 15 Sapa - Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast, drive to Bac Ha Market (approximately 2.5 hours drive). Visit the local market and experience the daily life of ethnic minority. In the afternoon, visit the Trung Do village to enjoy a water buffalo cart ride at the beautiful rice fields and the village to the riverside, and then take a boat trip, travel along the Chay River for about 30 minutes. Then transfer to train station, take the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 16 Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Arrive in Hanoi in early morning, visit to the morning flower market. After breakfast, drive to Halong City. Enjoy the beautiful view along road. Upon arrival, board the cruise for relaxing. You can absolutely enjoy the sun shine. 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 17 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 back to hotel in Hanoi. Check in and free at leisure at night.
Day 18 Hanoi Departure (B)
Enjoy free time in the morning until our guild escorts you to airport for your homeward 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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