Far East Encounter – China & Vietnam (19 days)

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flag Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Saigon
What's included?
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Two countries, one package! A journey of wonderment and discovery – an opportunity to see and experience the best of China and Vietnam. Two different cultures and yet each with friendly, warm, welcoming people. From busy city centres to the peace and quiet of breathtakingly majestic scenery, ancient structures and historical sites.

 

4* Value Option – save up to £350 per person on advertised price!

 

Day 1 UK to Beijing

Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight to Beijing. 

(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request)

Day 2 Beijing Arrival

Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to hotel in city centre and rest.

Day 3 Beijing

Start our tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (late Chairman Mao’s huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City – which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. In the afternoon the tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in the world, where late Qing emperors and empresses stayed between May and October, seeking escape from the pollution inside the city. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 Beijing

Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. You will be given plenty of time to explore this magnificent monument and climb to the top. This afternoon return to the city to visit the Temple of Heaven – built in 1420, it was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the God of Heaven and prayed for a good harvest for the year.The evening is time to relax with a traditional Peking duck banquet!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 5 Beijing to Xian

Start our tour today with a rickshaw tour around old Beijing’s Hutong (alleyways) area – visit a typical Beijing family in courtyard house. Later in the afternoon we fly to Xian – the ancient capital of China. Upon arrival, transfer to 5* hotel in the city centre. Later visit the Ancient City Wall, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Later we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda – known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex, the temple was initially built in 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Tonight enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 6 Xian

Today our tour begins with yet another highlight of the entire journey – Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang. With over 7,000 life-size figures unearthed since 1974, this is truly one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This afternoon return to the city to visit the Bell Tower – beautifully lit with red lanterns; this is the landmark of Xian. Also browse around the colourful local food market in the Muslim quarter.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 7 Xian to Guilin

Morning flight to Guilin – one of the most picturesque cities in China. On arrival we visit the Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill. After dinner, Emperor Tours will treat every customer with a refreshing traditional Chinese foot massage – a sensual experience and utter enjoyment.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 8 Guilin/Yangshuo

Today take a boat cruise along the scenic Li River to Yangshuo – a small town near Guilin which boasts of stunning landscapes. After lunch on boat, we will have plenty of time to browse around Yangshuo’s lively local market. Return to Guilin in the evening. Optional tour to see cormorant fishing will be organised if enough interest.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 9 Guilin to Hanoi, Vietnam

Take short train from Guilin to Nanning, where we connect to our overnight sleeper train to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 10 Hanoi

Early morning arrive in Hanoi where you will meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. This evening meet your guide for tour briefing at your hotel before dinner at one of the city’s finest restaurants. After dinner, enjoy the solemn moments of the flag lowering ceremony in Ba Dinh Square before transfer back to your hotel for overnight.

Meals Included

  • Dinner
Day 11 Hanoi

This morning we tour Hanoi’s charming French colonial boulevards and the Embassy Rows by a cyclo ride, visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the House on Stilts and The One Pillar pagoda. Meet your vehicle and drive to visit the ancient Temple of Literature, In the afternoon we explore Hanoi on foot, walking through the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade their wares the way they have done for centuries. Visit an old house that’s typical of dwellings in the Old Town in Ma May street and then walk through Hang Be market to the famed water puppet theatre for an evening show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 12 Hanoi to Halong Bay

Today we journey east through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta to Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay. Once you reach the bay the rest of the day is at leisure aboard to explore this extraordinary piece of Vietnam. Cool breezes, opal water, magnificent limestone islets, amazing caverns, exotic seafood, kayaking, boating and fishing – all make it unforgettable. Overnight on junk.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 13 Halong Bay to Hoi An

Wake up to a perfect sunrise with fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before disembarkation at 11:30. Bid farewell to Halong Bay and head straight back to Hanoi airport for a late afternoon flight to Danang. We will be met on arrival and drive to Hoi An.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 14 Hoi An

After breakfast we explore this charming and wonderfully preserved merchant town that retains Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences from its flourishing old days. We will walk narrow colourful lanes, admire historic architectures, and hunt for the unexpectedly good bargains of silk wares. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 15 Hoi An to Saigon

This morning we leave Hoian for Danang and fly to Saigon, the most dynamic city in Vietnam. We will have our lunch in local style, a tasty bowl of “Pho” noodle soup at “Pho 24”.

Afternoon time will be for the city’s architectural highlights the Notre Dame Cathedral, French Post Office, Reunification Palace, colonial Dong Khoi Boulevard, etc.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 16 Saigon/Cu Chi Tunnels

We start today with a drive out of the city to Cu Chi amazing tunnel system built by Communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War. After lunch in Cu Chi we return to Saigon and delve into the hustle and bustle of Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown. There we’ll see a have-all market and the elaborately ornate pagoda of Lady Hau.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 17 Saigon/Mekong Delta

Today we enjoy a day trip to My Tho to sample life on the Mekong River. My Tho is a prosperous town of 170,000 inhabitants, famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. We’ll ride a local boat on the criss-crossing waters of the area to the orchards on Phoenix Island, where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are being produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and traditional live music and songs performance and relax under the restaurant’s garden canopy. Take a horse cart ride to a farm to taste some homemade honey-tea and proceed by boat through the small canals and side arms of the river to observe the daily life along the river banks. Then return to Saigon for overnight.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 18 Saigon Departure

Daytime free for last minute shopping and exploration, or simply rest and watch the hectic Saigon lifestyle pass you by. Late evening transfer to airport for your departure flight home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 19 UK Arrival

Arrival at London Heathrow. End of itinerary.

Beijing - 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

Feel the pulse of the city from your central location on Wangfujing Steet, a short walk from Beijing’s international banking and shopping districts. Stroll 15 minutes to the mighty Forbidden City, Beijing’s vast, imperial network of wooden temples and palaces, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Beijing 4* Value Option - Sunworld Hotel

4* Sunworld Hotel

Sunworld Hotel Beijing is located in the “Golden” center of downtown Beijing at the corner of Wangfujing and Dengshikou streets. The new design of our distinguished hotel reveals a beautiful blend of modern simplicity and traditional elegance with great hospitality.

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Xian - 5* Grand Noble Hotel

5* Grand Noble Hotel

Grand Noble Hotel Xi’an is a luxurious property, managed by Grand Noble Hotels & Resorts. The hotel offering comprehensive facilities and services for leisure and business stays. It is conveniently located in the commercial center, shopping and entertainment area of downtown Xi’an, neighboring several popular tourist attractions. Bell Tower and Forest of Stone Steles Museum is 10 minutes-walk away.

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Xian 4* Value Option - Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

4* Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Located next to the city wall, the friendly staff at this location can make any stay in Xian effortless and memorable. With 480 rooms, Xian Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel can accommodate a large amount of people, and they usually do because of their popularity and reputation for excellence.

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Guilin - 5* Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel

5* Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel

Tranquilly set amongst the mountains and Peach blooming River, 20-minutes-drive from the international airport, the Grand Bravo Guilin greets you with the most breathtaking scenery in Guilin.

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Guilin 4* Value Option - Bravo Hotel

4* Bravo Hotel

The Guilin Bravo Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Guilin) is only 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and night market. Each room features individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, in-room safe, hairdryer, scale, TV with free in-house movies and satellite channels, free Internet access, international direct-dial phone and mini bar.

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Hanoi - 5* Sheraton Hanoi

5* Sheraton

Close to the bustle and excitement of the city, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is surrounded by lush gardens, sweeping lawns and tranquil courtyards. This peaceful oasis features picturesque views of West Lake and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. The hotel provides the perfect balance between tranquillity and convenience.

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Hanoi 4* Value Option - The Ann Hanoi

4* The Ann Hanoi

Discover the contemporary guest rooms and signature suites with thoughtful amenities and great deals at The Ann Hanoi. From business to family setting, The Ann Hanoi has everything to offer from graceful design, stylish furniture to chic amenities. Every single detail is deliberately crafted for an ultimately luxurious and indulgent ambience.

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Halong Bay - 5* Victory Star Cruise

5* Victory Star Cruise

All cruises are designed not only in classic and traditional boat type on Ha Long but also in safe, modern and comfortable specification. We provide all best Halong Bay’s cruises. We only hire well-trained and professional staffs, a high-end service for all the luxury cruises. You will enjoy the hospitality of our friendly and warm staffs having very high competences.

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Halong Bay 4* Value Option - Syrena Cruises

4* Syrena Cruises

Built in accordance with traditional Vietnamese style and modern luxury, Syrena Cruises have maintained the high standards of luxury cruising in Halong Bay. The Syrena Cruises fleet of 2 ships offers a total of 34 luxury cabins & suites accommodating a total of 68 passengers for Halong Bay cruises.

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Hoi An - 5* Palm Garden Resort

5* Palm Garden Resort

Set on five hectares of landscaped tropical gardens, overlooking the Cua Dai Beach, Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is the best charming upscale beachfront retreat in Hoi An. Influenced by Hoi An City’s local culture and people, the resort offers a touch of Hoi An’s traditional architectural design combined with a taste of modern luxury.

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Hoi An 4* Value Option - Boutique Hoian Resort

4* Boutique Hoian Resort

Discover authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality, unwind in the swimming pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens or indulge in a massage at our hotel spa. Our villas are directly on the beach facing the sea with large terraces for the ultimate in privacy and relaxation.

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Saigon - 5* Fusion Suite

5* Fusion Suite

Located in the centre of the Ho Chi Minh City and close to all major tourist attractions, Fusion Suites Saigon is an all-suite property with a minimalist, modern design and the Fusion signature wellness philosophy deeply embedded at its core.

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Saigon 4* Value Option - Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa

4* Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa

Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice for both business travellers and holiday makers. The hotel offers high class branded amenities and entertainment facilities such as Roof Garden Restaurant where guests can enjoy a special candle-lit dinner or guests can swim in the Roof Top Swimming Pool, overlooking the city landscape.

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Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Vietnam visa;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • China visa;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.

 

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£3,520 (pp)
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20/10/2018
07/11/2018
£3,520 (pp)
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18 nights
03/11/2018
21/11/2018
£3,520 (pp)
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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