Day 1: Canada- Beijing Fly to Beijing. Cross the Int'l Date Line.
Day 2: Beijing--Upon arrival in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 - Beijing (AB, L)Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional tour with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical-"The Golden Mask Dynasty" ($65/RMB340 optional).
Day 4: Beijing (AB, L, SD)Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné" Factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Day 5 - Beijing/Shanghai-Suzhou(B) Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch ($79/RMB420 optional ). Temple of heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city planning, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family and local market afterwards. In the afternoon, depart for Shanghai, and be transferred to Suzhou upon arrival.
Day 6: Suzhou - Wuxi (B, L)This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, one of the classical garden masterpieces on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” as a large part of the city is covered in water. After lunch, you may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal for a glimpse of the local life and China’s golden waterway in its heyday ($30/RMB160 optional). Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill to learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. You will be transferred to Wuxi hotel this afternoon.
Day 7: Wuxi - Hangzhou (B, L)To start the day, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand-year old Buddhism temple nearby. Later, you will be transferred to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Impression West Lake”, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes ($90/RMB450 optional).
Day 8: Hangzhou- Shanghai (B, L)In the morning, take a boat ride on the West Lake, known for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sights. Then experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After lunch, travel to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Followed by a walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. It is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. This evening, you may take the optional Huangpu River Night Cruise to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai ($50/RMB250 optional).
Day 9: Shanghai (B, L)Today, visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show “ERA – The Intersection of Time” at your own expense ($65/RMB340 optional ).
Day 10 Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Check in and free at leisure or explore the local life in the old town.
Day 11 Hanoi (B,L,D)
Enjoy a city tour of Hanoi’s most famous sites including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside view), the Presidential Palace and Ho’s still house, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s rst university. This afternoon, enjoy a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter to discover the lifestyle of locals. At night, you may enjoy a optional Water Puppet Show($35), a traditional form of Vietnamese folk art, before tonight’s welcome dinner.
Day 12 Hanoi-Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Standard package:Travel to Halong Bay, 180km from Hanoi (ittakes approximately 3.5 hours). Stop enroute at the ceramic andhand embroidery workshops which have ready to wear silk clothes in a range of sizes for the more traditionally built tourists.
Premium package(Extra $89pp for up-grade): Travel to Halong Bay and take a boat trip to explore one of the world’s great natural wonders cruising the thousands of limestone islands lled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnicent picturesque scene that blends with the sky. You also get a chance to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering clis. A seafood lunch and dinner will be served on board the charming junk. Stay overnight on board.
Day 13 Halong Bay-Hanoi (B)
Standard package: This morning board the cruise in Halong Bay (4 hours), a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1994. Visit some magical grottoes and relax in the best scenic beauty of Vietnam. Seafood Lunch served on board. Disembark from the junk at noon and return to Hanoi.
Premium package: Enjoy the aquamarine waters of the bay at its best as the junk continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations. Disembark from the junk at noon and return to Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or join an optional “Food Tour” to sample tasty local delicacies ($65).
Day 14 Hanoi- Hoa Lu-Hanoi (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart from your hotel to the site of Vietnam’s rst capital, Hoa Lu. Along the way, you can take photographs of local villages and the surrounding landscape. On arrival in Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th and 11th century, visit two temples, one of them dedicated to Emperor Dinh (968-980) and the other in memory of Emperor Le (980-1009). Continue to Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch; then board your private sampan boat on Ngo Dong river through “the Ha Long on land” the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice elds surrounded by limestone formations to visit three grottoes of Tam Coc (Hang Ca, Hang Giua & Hang Cuoi). Then enjoy a short biking tour Bich Dong before returning to Hanoi.
Day 15 Hanoi-Fly to Saigon (B,L)
You are free until transfer to the airport to catch the departure ight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival, this afternoon is free at leisure.
Day 16 Saigon-Mekong Delta (B,L,D)
You will be picked up from hotel, then travel by road from Saigon to the peaceful countryside in Ben Tre. Embark a local boat and take a boat on Ben Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river. Stop at brickwork to see how to make brick by hand. Visit the perfume coconut garden and coconut processing workshops located along canal and enjoy some fruits, coconut juice. Continue the trip by boat through criss-crossed with countless canals where they look more narrow to countryside. Walking on peaceful paths to farmer house to see people weave mats. Take a motor cart (xe loi) or bicycle on shady road, pass by rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on really life and nd out about tropical culture. Enjoy lunch at farmer house on the riverside. Afternoon, take rowing boat along water palm canal and then back to Ben Tre before return to Saigon for your farewell dinner on Indochina Junk on Saigon river.
Day 17 Saigon (B)
This morning enjoy a city tour including Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Oce, and Ben Thanh Market.This afternoon is free at leisure or you can take an optional tour to Travel 30km northwest of Saigon to the town of Cu Chi and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels($79), one of the most famous battlegrounds of the Vietnam War. The se-cret tunnel system is 200 km long deep inside the earth, and was used for hiding in during combat, also serving as communication and supply routes during the Vietnam War.
Day 18 Saigon- to Canada (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure flight back home.
• Round trip airfares
• Arrival/ departure airport transfers
• 4-5 star hotel accommodation
• Daily meals as listed on the itinerary
• All transportation: coach, local air
• Entrance fees to scenic attractions as indicated
• English-speaking tour guide(s)
Price not include:
• Visa fees
• Insurance for any kind
• Prepaid Tipping: $10/pp/day
• Personal expenditure such as laundry service, souvenirs and telephone calls
We reserve the right to modify the itinerary if necessary subject to the local real conditions. We reserve the right to modify the price without notice subject to the currency exchange rates.(NHF01B)