21-day China & Vietnam Adventure through Yangtze River to Mekong
Tour code: ETC-A16
Discover China and Vietnam, on a journey from Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou… to Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City. Experience it all from the Great Wall of Beijing to the Terra Cotta Army Museum of Xian, the panda breeding center of Chengdu, to the many historical sites of Ho Chi Minh. In addition, enjoy cruising on Yangtze and Mekong for numerous unmissable sceneries.
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
||Arrive Beijing, Free Day|
||Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace|
||Great Wall, The Sacred Road, Ming Tomb|
|4||Beijing - Xi’an||Fly to Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum|
|5||Xi’an||Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda|
|6||Xi’an - Chengdu
||Fly to Chengdu, Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, Jinli Old Street|
||Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, Mt. Qingcheng|
|8||Chengdu - Chongqing
||Panda Breeding Center, bullet train to Chongqing, Ciqikou Ancient Town, board the Yangtze Cruise at night|
|9||Yangtze Cruise||On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" Fengdu or Shibaozhai|
||Yangtze Cruise||On board, shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream|
||Yichang - Shanghai||Arrive in Yichang , fly to Shanghai|
||Shanghai||Yu Garden, Shanghai World Finance Center, the Bund and Nanjing Road|
||Shanghai - Guilin||Fly to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave|
||Guilin - Yangshuo||Li River cruise, West Street, optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu'|
||Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin||Longji rice terraces, Ping An Zhuang Village|
||Guilin - Guangzhou||Speed train to Guangzhou, Yuexiu Park, Five Ram Statue|
||Guangzhou - Ho Chi Minh City||Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Thien Hua Pagoda, the former Presidential Palace, and War Remnants Museum.|
||Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta||East-south Asian style floating market in Cai Be, Dong Ho Hiep Island, experience the rural life of the Mekong Delta|
||Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City||Cai Rang Floating Market, back to Ho Chi Minh City|
||Ho Chi Minh||Ho Chi Minh Departure|
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 - 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 5 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 6 Xi’an - Chengdu (B, L)
Fly to Chengdu, transfer to visit Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, which was claimed as the first important archaeological find in China at the beginning of 21 century. Then wander around Jinli Old Street to have fun.
Day 7 Chengdu (B, L)
Drive to Dujiangyan Irrigation Project to see the aqueduct used for more than 2200 years, and then proceed to Mt. Qingcheng for a pilgrimage to Taoist Holy Mountain.
Day 8 Chengdu - Chongqing (B, L, D)
Half-day tour to Panda Breeding Center to see the lovely China's ambassadors. Then transfer to train station and take a speed train to Chongqing. Be picked up at the airport and transferred to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town. It was named as it had supplied large sum of chinaware dating during Qing and Ming dynasties. After dinner, board the Yangtze Cruise at night.
Day 9 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies. Since 2010, some cruise companies offer optional shore excursions during your cruise, please kindly check with your travel consultant for more information.
Day 10 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
Today you'll get a close look of the enchanting landscape as you board a small boat and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze to explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company.
Day 11 Yichang - Shanghai (B, L)
Arrive in Yichang at noon time. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Check in your hotel.
Day 12 Shanghai (B, L)
Visit the beautiful classical Chinese Garden Yu Garden. A saying goes as: "Those who have visited Shanghai but missed Yu Garden cannot claim that they have been to the city." Then pay a visit to Pudong Area and Shanghai World Finance Center to experience the prosperity of Shanghai. Later, wander around the area of the Bund and Nanjing Road. The Bund is located in the Huangpu District, the scenery line of Shanghai and the center of Shanghai. Nanjing Road is a shopping paradise just near the Bund.
Day 13 Shanghai (B, L)
Drive to Zhujiajiao to witness the traditional lifestyle at Yangtze Delta. The centuries-old town Zhujiajiao was a trading area due to its strategic location linking many canals. Later, transfer back to Shanghai and enjoy a free afternoon for your own exploration.
Day 14 Shanghai - 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 15 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 16 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 17 Guilin - Guangzhou (B, L)
In the morning, transfer to train station for your bullet train to Guangzhou. Upon arrival, go to Yuexiu Park - the largest park in Guangzhou City, and take photos of Five Ram Statue – the landmark of the city. Then pay a visit to Chen Family Temple, the largest, best preserved, and most decently decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province.
Day 18 Guangzhou - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Enjoy free time in the morning. After breakfast, our guild escorts you to Guangzhou airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide in Ho Chi Minh City and transfers to the hotel. In the afternoon, explore Thien Hua Pagoda, the former Presidential Palace, and War Remnants Museum.
Day 19 Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B, L)
After breakfast, visit the East-south Asian style floating market in Cai Be. Then visit Dong Ho Hiep Island which is located between Ving Long and Cai Be. You will experience the rural life of the Mekong Delta. After lunch in local restaurant, enjoy a stroll along the narrow canals before driving to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 20 Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
In the morning, take a boat to visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, enjoy the activities of local people. Along the boat trip, you will also enjoy watching bustling activities along the Can Tho Riverbank. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon and check in hotel for rest.
Day 21 Ho Chi Minh 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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