Treasures of Vietnam & China
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Treasures of Vietnam & China

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This epic tour effortlessly blends the captivating charms of Vietnam with the extensive and fascinating history of China. Explore Saigon, cruise Halong Bay, view adorable pandas, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and walk along the Great Wall on one memorable adventure.

tour duration 26 Days from
tour price 3,890pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (1N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hanoi (2N) - Chengdu (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the verdant Mekong Delta, the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam
Soak up tradition and history in the charming town of Hoi An
Cruise on waters as you gaze upon karst scenery in mesmerising Halong Bay
Come face to face with the lovable Giant Pandas in Chengdu
Walk the parameters of Xian’s 14th century city walls, a Ming Dynasty masterpiece
Immerse yourself in Beijing’s imperial past at the grand Forbidden City

Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, return to Saigon and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office – legacies of a colonial past, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Travel to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Return to Saigon.
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO listed Hoi An. Take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laid back and willfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit an old merchant’s house, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the market.
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Day 6 Tra Que Village
Visit Tra Que Village and join a cooking demonstration followed by lunch featuring the delicious vegetables straight from the farm to the plate.
Day 6 Tra Que Village
Day 7 Journey to Hue
Journey over the scenic Hai Van Pass to city of Hue, the epitome of Vietnam’s dynamic past, and considered a scholarly place. Upon arrival, visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.
Day 7 Journey to Hue
Day 8 Imperial Hue
Explore the imposing Imperial Citadel before visiting An Hien House. This afternoon stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's oldest and most beautiful pagoda, and enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River.
Day 8 Imperial Hue
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi
Fly to the graceful and exotic capital city of Hanoi, visit the Fine Arts Museum before taking an exhilarating cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Tonight enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets.
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi
Day 10 Fly to Hanoi and cruise Halong Bay
Cruise amongst karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage.
Day 10 Fly to Hanoi and cruise Halong Bay
Day 11 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend the morning cruising through Halong Bay before disembarking your boat and returning to Hanoi.
Day 11 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Day 12 Discover Hanoi
Hanoi brings all the charms of the past with all the buzz of the future in one fast paced yet refined city. This morning explore Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Quarter. Visit the Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Day 12 Discover Hanoi
Days 13-14 Pandas
Fly to Chengdu where, this evening, you can sample delicious Sichuan cuisine. Next day, visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre where you can see China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum, Matchmaker’s Corner and a traditional tea house. Tonight dine on a delicious Sichuan meal.
Days 13-14 Pandas
Day 15 Guilin
Fly to the attractive city of Guilin and enjoy a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake. Later visit the Sun & Moon Pagodas for a spectacular views over downtown Guilin.
Day 15 Guilin
Day 16-17 Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. The next morning, explore this unique rural location before taking the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Day 16-17 Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Day 18 Return to Guilin
Drive back to Guilin and explore the colourful formations of the Reed Flute Cave.
Day 18 Return to Guilin
Days 19 Terracotta Warriors
Fly to Xian and stroll on the ancient city walls. This evening indulge in traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Days 19 Terracotta Warriors
Day 20 Discover Xian
The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shihuang has intrigued visitors for years. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks before visiting the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day 20 Discover Xian
Days 21-22 Imperial Beijing
Board your bullet train to Beijing, spend the remainder of your day soaking up the atmosphere in China’s bustling capital. The next day stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you’ll find a complex full of imperial treasures. Also visit the lovely Temple of Heaven and take a Tai Chi class.
Days 21-22 Imperial Beijing
Day 23 The Great Wall
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. Visit the Summer Palace and round off the day with a Chinese acrobatic show.
Day 23 The Great Wall
Day 24 Fly to Shanghai
Fly to the vibrant city of Shanghai. This evening dine on traditional Shanghai cuisine and take a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River.
Day 24 Fly to Shanghai
Day 25 Shanghai
Explore the cosmopolitan city including the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, the Silk Museum and the colonial architecture of the Bund.
Day 25 Shanghai
Day 26 Fly Shanghai to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 26 Fly Shanghai to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

24-Mar > 18-Apr - £3,990 BOOK NOW
14-Apr > 09-May - £3,990 BOOK NOW
19-May > 13-Jun - £3,890 BOOK NOW
01-Sep > 26-Sep - £3,990 BOOK NOW
15-Sep > 10-Oct - £3,990 BOOK NOW
13-Oct > 07-Nov - £4,090 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,290pp (Saigon - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £820 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$164pp
Moderate Pace Tour

23-Mar > 17-Apr - £4,490 BOOK NOW
13-Apr > 08-May - £4,390 BOOK NOW
18-May > 12-Jun - £4,290 BOOK NOW
24-Aug > 18-Sep - £4,390 BOOK NOW
07-Sep > 02-Oct - £4,390 BOOK NOW
12-Oct > 06-Nov - £4,490 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,290pp (Saigon - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £820 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$164pp
Moderate Pace Tour

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Lan Lan 1 Hotel
Lan Lan 1 Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (4 Nights)
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Green Heaven Hotel
Green Heaven Hotel - Hoi An, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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50 yards from Song Hoai Square and 100 yards to Cam Pho Temple, Green Heaven Hotel features 65 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms all with facilities and stunning views of the ancient town and Hoai River. Guests at the hotel can enjoy renting a bicycle, massage treatments, spa, and laundry/ironing services. The in-house restaurant serves delicious Vietnamese and International cuisines for guests to savour.



Mondial Hotel
Mondial Hotel - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A 5-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh Museum and Dong Ba Market, Mondial Hotel features a swimming pool, three dining options and lobby bar lounge. Free in-room Wi-Fi is also available. The hotel provides guests with air-conditioned en-suite rooms offering city, pool or mountain views, each equipped with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.



The Palmy Hotel & Spa
The Palmy Hotel & Spa - Hanoi, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp
Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 940pp
Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 380pp

A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

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What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with an extensive period of time available and who are looking to visit the highlights of Vietnam and China. This tour incorporates the top cities and scenic areas of both Vietnam and China and is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive understanding of these two countries.

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