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Vietnam & China Explorient Tour Package

A Private Tour of China & Vietnam – HCM City, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Xian, Beijing

16 Days / 14 Nights – Tour Code (VCN)

Private Tour – Daily departure

Fishermen at work, Luxury China and Vietnam tour


This incredible 16-day tour takes you on a time journey to Vietnam and China – two of Asia’s revered travel destinations of timeless heritage, alluring natural beauty, awe-inspiring landmarks and vast entertainment.

We begin in Vietnam, a place where warm friendly faces, breathtaking sceneries and fabulous cuisine welcome the visitor with open arms. A place blessed with two thousand miles of coastline where a masterful blend of East and West coexist in complete harmony. A place where simple pleasures remain the essence of everyday life. A place where visitors are embraced with warm, genuine hospitality unmatched by anywhere on Earth. Here, visit Ho Chi Minh City, affectionately known as Saigon and “Paris of the East” and soak up its sophisticated cityscape of Vietnam’s modern day vibes amid the backdrop of city’s French Colonial yesteryears. Journey through time to the Mekong Delta and catch a glimpse of rural agricultural life in the country’s “Bread Basket” that has changed little in centuries. Relax and embark on an invigorating cruise of the stunning Halong Bay on board a private wooden “Junk”. And stroll about Hanoi’s shaded boulevards, quaint sidewalk cafes and bustling alleyways of the capital’s Old Quarters.

We fast forward back to the 21st century by touching down Hong Kong. Forever known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, Hong Kong offers something for everyone – from its breathtaking skyline to world class entertainment, out-of-this-world cusines to endless shopping bargains, timeless fishing villages to action-packed night markets. Next, travel north west bound for Xian, an ancient capital with a history of over 3,000 years famous for its remarkable terra-cotta warriors and imposing City Wall. Last but certainly not least, visit Beijing, a vast metropolis of the modern and the ancient that has mesmerized visitors for centuries with its awe-inspiring Forbidden City, revered Temple of Heaven and legendary Great Wall.


TOUR OVERVIEW

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Economy Class Air via Cathay Pacific Airways from USA
  • All air and ground transportation per itinerary
  • 14 nights superior and deluxe hotel accommodations of your choice
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • Other meals as specified per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and Professional Guides

HO CHI MINH CITY (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at The Pullman Saigon (Superior) | Hotel Nikko Saigon (Deluxe)
  • Full day private tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market, City Hall, the Reunification Palace and Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Full day private excursion to Mekong Delta at Ben Tre

HALONG BAY (1 night)

  • 1 night at Novotel Halong Hotel OR on board the Bhaya Classic Cruise**
  • Cruise of UNESCO Halong Bay on board a traditional Junk

HANOI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at The Hilton Opera | Movenpick Hanoi (Superior) | Hotel de L’Opera (Deluxe)
  • Full day private tour of Hanoi visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex*, One Pillar pagoda, Temple of Literature, Opera House, Old Quarters and “Hanoi Hilton” Prison.

HONG KONG (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at The Royal Garden Hong Kong (Superior) | InterContinental Grand Stanford (Deluxe)
  • Private Half Day Walking Tour* of Hong Kong Island with visits to Victoria Peak, Causeway Bay & Central via public transportation

XIAN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Sofitel Xian Renmin Square (Superior) | The Westin Xian (Deluxe)
  • Full day private sightseeing including the Terra Cotta Army excavation site, Yangling Tombs, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Museum and the City Wall
  • Dinner & Cultural Show at Tang Dynasty Theatre

BEIJING (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Park Plaza Beijing(Superior) | The Regent Beijing (Deluxe)
  • 2 full days of private sightseeing including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Temple of Heaven and Hutongs by Rickshaw
  • Evening “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance



Bird's Nest Beijing, China Vacation

The Bird’s Nest, Beijing

 

Luxury Halong Bay Cruise, Vietnam Vacation

Halong Bay, Vietnam

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Depart North American
Depart USA for Ho Chi Minh City via Cathay Pacific Airways, connecting in Hong Kong.

Day 2 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival in HCM City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City (Cu Chi Tunnels)
Today’s tour includes Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market, City Hall, the Reunification Palace and an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels. (B,L).

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City (Mekong Delta)
Today, journey outside the hustle and bustle of Saigon to the upper Mekong Delta at Ben Tre. Here, take a boat trip on the Mekong River to Vam Xep canal where local handicrafts and coconut sweets are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on motor cart to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by sampan through the small canals to observe the daily life of local people along the riverbanks with some stops for a leisurely stroll. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Return to HCM City in the afternoon. (B,L)

Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City / Halong Bay
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, journey east along Highway 5 across Hai Hung Province for Halong Bay. Overnight in Halong. (B) ****optional overnight on board Bhaya Cruise instead at hotel available. Slight adjustments to the itinerary required. Contact us for details. ****

Day 6 Halong Bay / Halong
This morning, enjoy a cruise by traditional “Junk ” (wooden boat) around the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping at different islands to explore the many caves in this area. Sail past floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay. A seafood lunch as served on board your cruise. Proceed by road to Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarters by Cyclo. (B,L)

Day 7 Hanoi
Today, tour the city of Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum*, his House on Stilt where he lived and ruled the country, One Pillar pagoda, Temple of Literature, the Opera House, “Hanoi Hilton” Prison, Hoan Kiem Lake with lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, enjoy a Water Puppet Show. (B,L) NOTE: *Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closed Mondays & Fridays and in October & November.

Day 8 Hanoi / Hong Kong
Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel (driver only) for your next 3 nights’ accommodations. (B)

Day 10 Hong Kong
Hong Kong: Enjoy a morning private walking tour via public transportation to explore Hong Kong’s Central & Western Districts. Starting with a ride on the Star Ferry, we visit Central District, the business and financial hub of Hong Kong – a glittering show of mirrored towers, multi-million dollars high-rises and designer shops. Take a tram ride up to Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s must-sees offering panoramic views of the Hong Kong Harbor. Afterwards, visit a local wet market and take a ride on the historic double-decker Hong Kong Tramway before returning to your hotel by subway (MTR). Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 10 Hong Kong
Full day free at leisure to shop and further explore Hong Kong on your own. (B)

Day 11 Hong Kong / Xian
Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Xian. Upon arrival, commence sightseeing of the City Wall, Bell & Drum Towers before checking-in at your hotel. This evening, enjoy a stroll of the Night Market in Muslim Quarters. (B)

Day 12 Xian
Today’s full-day tour includes the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City (or Shaanxi) Museum and the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di with its terra cotta army. Includes lunch. Tonight enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner and cultural show. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Xian / Beijing
Fly to Beijing. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner followed by a Legends of Kung Fu evening performance. (B,D)

Day 14 Beijing
A full day city tour today visits the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square with lunch at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 15 Beijing
Today you will visit the spectacular and less crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall with Cable Car ride. After lunch, proceed to the Old Quarters of Beijing, also known as the Hutongs, visiting a local family’s residence and the Bell & Drum Towers by rickshaw. (B,L)

Day 16 Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home, connecting in Hong Kong. Arrive the same day. (B)

PRICE CHART

2017/18 Price Chart (Prices valid through March 31, 2018)
Daily Departure Land Only SFO/LAX NYC/CHI/BOS Single Supplement
January ’17 S 4,425 5,775 5,875 1,925
D 4,845 6,195 6,295 2,165
February S 4,225 5,575 5,675 1,725
D 4,745 6,095 6,195 2,055
March S 4,325 5,675 5,775 1,825
D 4,765 6,145 6,245 2,085
April S 4,445 5,775 5,875 1,775
D 4,825 6,175 6,275 2,095
May* S 4,275 5,625 5,725 1,625
D 4,675 6,025 6,125 1,945
June – August S 4,225 5,975 6,175 1,545
D 4,645 6,425 6,625 1,925
September S 4,295 5,645 5,745 1,635
D 4,725 6,075 6,175 1,995
October – November S 4,525 5,875 5,975 1,875
D 4,875 6,225 6,325 2,145
December** S 4,345 5,695 5,795 1,675
D 4,725 6,095 6,195 2,025
January ’18 S 4,345 5,695 5,795 1,675
D 4,745 6,095 6,195 2,025
February ’18 S 4,275 5,645 5,745 1,625
D 4,675 6,025 6,125 1,945
March ’18 S 4,375 5,725 5,825 1,725
D 4,725 6,075 6,175 1,995
Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
S = Superior D = Deluxe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes all entrance fees, domestic air taxes, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages during included lunches & dinners, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • For Air & Land Option:
    • U.S. & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $180 – subject to change)
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on a weekend (Fri-Sun), add $50 per person each direction
    • *June rates apply for departures between May 24-31 (due to peak season airfares)
    • **A supplement of $400 (SFO/LAX) | $500 (NYC/CHI/BOS) applies for departures between Dec. 10 – 31
    • For add-on fares from eligible connecting U.S. domestic cities, please refer to Connecting Cities chart.
  • **Add $100 per person for overnighting on board the Bhaya Cruise in Halong Bay. Overnight cruise features full board and operates on join basis with other cruise passengers.
  • *Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays, and in October and November.
  • Holiday surcharges applies for stays during Dec. 23 – Jan. 05
  • Land Only Option does NOT  airfares between Hanoi / Hong Kong / Xian (land cost includes HCM City / Hanoi and Beijing/Xian segments only)
  • Visas are required to enter Vietnam & China. Not included in package.
  • All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation

ACCOMMODATIONS

Pullman Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Tour

HCM City – Pullman Saigon Hotel

Nikko Saigon, Vietnam and China Travel Package

HCM City – Hotel Nikko Saigon

Novotel Hotel, Halong Bay Vacation Vietnam

Halong Bay – Novotel Hotel

Bhaya Cruise, Luxury Halong Cruise

Halong Bay – Bhaya Cruise

Movenpick Hotel, Hanoi Vietnam Travel

Hanoi – Movenpick Hotel

Hotel De L'Opera, Hanoi - deluxe Vietnam Tour

Hanoi – Hotel De L’Opera

Hilton, Hanoi and Halong travel package

Hanoi – Hilton Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel, Hong Kong and Vietnam Tour

Hong Kong – Royal Garden Hotel

Intercontinental Grand Stanford, Hong Kong Vacation

Hong Kong – Intercontinental Grand Stanford

Xian - Sofitel on Renmin

Xian – Sofitel on Renmin

Xian Westin Hotel

Xian – The Westin

Park Plaza Beijing, Private China tour

Beijing Park Plaza Hotel

The Regent, Beijing - Luxury Travel China

Beijing – The Regent Hotel


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Excursion to Mekong Delta at My Tho
  • Halong Bay Cruise on board a traditional Junk
  • Private Hanoi City Tour including visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Old Quarters & “Hanoi Hilton” Prison
  • Tour of Great Wall at Mutianyu with cable car ride
  • Hutong Tour by Rickshaw with visit to a local family’s residence
  • “Legends of Kung Fu” Performance
  • Tour of Terracotta Museum & Yangling Tombs
  • Dinner & Cultural Show at Tang Dynasty Theatre
  • Hong Kong Island tour including rides on Victoria Peak Tram, Star Ferry & 120 year-old HK Tramway

Price Starting From: $5,575


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TESTIMONIALS

Thank you for the most marvelous, interesting trip to China. It will remain with me forever…I am grateful to have been able to visit China & your guides made it so much more memorable

Donna Landay - New York

April 2011 (China)