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11 Nights / 12 Days


Uncover local legends and be transported back to ancient times on this epic China and Vietnam tour. On this epic 12-day journey, you’ll travel primarily by train from Beijing to Hanoi discovering world-famous sights, stunning natural wonders and fascinating cultures. You’ll stand on the Great Wall, be introduced to the Yao and the Zhuang minority groups, and spend the night among the karst landscape of Halong Bay. Explore the hutongs of Beijing and the Old Quarter of Hanoi and  immerse yourself in local culture on your China and Vietnam tour.

Good to know

  • Currency:CNY (Chinese Yuan Renminbi)
  • Population:1.371 billion (2015)
  • Religion:Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Protestantism,
  • Time Difference:GMT +8
  • Best Time to visit:Apr, May, Sept, Oct
  • Capital:Beijing
  • Languages:Standard Mandarin, mandarin chines , English 
  • Dialing Code:+86
  • Best Connectivity : DEL, CCU ?

Did You Know?

  • One in five people in the world is Chinese
  • Fortune cookies are not traditionally Chinese, they were invented in San Francisco in the early 1900s
  • 45 billion chopsticks are used in China every year
  • The famous giant panda is found near the Yangtze River in China


  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Great Wall of China
  • Explore the stunning natural landscapes of Mingshi on a cycling trip
  • Wake to the breathtaking sight of the sun rising over the karst islands of Halong Bay
  • Meet China's diverse ethnic groups and learn about their unique cultures



    Welcome to the first day of your tailor-made China and Vietnam tour!

    Once you arrive you'll be greeted by your local guide and driven to your hotel to check-in.

    Depending on the time of your arrival, you'll have the chance to visit the Temple of Heaven, which reflects the rich symbolism of early Buddhist and Taoist beliefs. Travel back in time to see how emperors forged a connection with the divine through sacrificial rituals to the round sky and the square earth based on ancient principles.

    Overnight in Beijing.    

    No meals included on this day.

  • Day 2 : BEIJING

    Today you will travel to one of Beijing’s most fascinating landmarks, the Forbidden City.

    The majority of Chinese buildings face south, adhering to an ancient belief that symbolized barbarian threat or invasion from the north. You'll notice that the entrance of the famous Forbidden City faces south towards the third-largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square.

    The construction of the Forbidden City took place during the reign of Emperor Yongle, in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. The Forbidden City is said to have 9,999 rooms and served as the imperial administrative center during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, until 1911 when the empire fell.

    (Please note: Visitors must provide passport copies at least 11 days before visiting the Forbidden City for registration. The chosen date of the visit cannot be changed. The number of allowed visitors per day is capped at 80,000; hence early registration is extremely important. Please remember to bring your passport for the security check. The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays, with the exception of the months of July and August.)

    The Forbidden City was restored to its former glory in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Take time to explore this huge complex and enjoy discovering the maze-like courtyards and rooms. Next, climb the man-made Coal Hill behind the Forbidden City for breathtaking views over the ancient city and across Beijing.

    The visit to the Forbidden City is expected to take several hours and is a highlight of our China and Vietnam tour. Spend the rest of the day exploring Beihai Lake, a popular destination among Beijing’s youth for romantic outings, and the bustling Houhai Lake, which is surrounded by the city’s famous hutongs (alleyways). Navigate through the hutongs to see traditional courtyard-style homes, charming restaurants and little bars.

    You'll end up at Drum Tower, another iconic Beijing site. Witness a demonstration of how the passing of each hour was marked with a drum roll during the Ming Dynasty. From the top of the Drum Tower, soak in the view of the hutong rooftops and the nearby Clock Tower.

    Overnight in Beijing

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 3 : BEIJING

    Day 3 of your China and Vietnam tour takes you to one of the wonders of the world and the most famous symbol of China: the Great Wall! Despite common belief, the Great Wall cannot be seen from space; however, it is a must-see attraction on any trip to China.

    The Great Wall covers 6,000 kilometers, stretching from what was once ancient Manchuria to the fort of Jiayuguan, close to the Gobi Desert. In ancient China, criminals where banished to this area as it was considered one of the world’s most hostile environments.

    The Great Wall runs along mountain ridges, a strategic vantage point that allowed watchtower guards to spot any potential threats from outside forces. The wall was also a deterrent for invading Mongol horsemen who were forced to dismount before continuing their attack.

    You'll visit the Mutianyu Section, which is one of the most famous parts of the wall. If you would prefer not to walk up, you can choose to take the cable car. Time permitting; enjoy a scenic picnic directly on the Great Wall.

    Return to Beijing to explore the Summer Palace. This complex started as a simple imperial garden and was later redesigned splendidly in the 18th century by Emperor Qianlong. The Summer Palace is where the imperial court would relocate during the hotter summer months. You'll explore the temples, pavilions, lakes, pagodas and gardens to gain a further insight into Chinese culture and architecture.

    Of particular interest to explore in the Summer Palace gardens are the Long Corridor, the Marble Boat, Seventeen-Arch Bridge, Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill.

    Return to your hotel, roughly a 45-minute drive.

    Overnight in Beijing

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch


    Today your China and Vietnam adventure will have you traveling by high-speed train from Beijing to Luoyang. Depart Beijing at 8.15 am on train G671 and arrive in Luoyang at 12.53 pm (Your second-class train ticket is included in the tour cost).

    Once you arrive in Luoyang, you'll be greeted by your local guide and driver and driven to Longmen Grottoes, which literally means "Dragon Door", the ancient capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty.

    The region became home to various small kingdoms during the Han Empire towards the beginning of the third century. The Turkish-speaking Tuoba, who hailed from the north and were considered barbarians by the ancient Chinese, unified the area and founded the North Wei Dynasty (386–534 AD). Their first capital was established in Datong and finally moved into Luoyang in 494 AD. Today, evidence of this dynasty can be seen in both cities.

    Later, in the fifth century, the Wei adapted the traditional Chinese roots of the area and converted to Buddhism. Out of this came the famed Chinese Buddhist rock art sites of Yungang Grottoes and Longmen Grottoes, which are now both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    The caves, which started to be sculpted during the Northern Wei Dynasty and continued into the Sui and Tang Dynasties, spread over a kilometer long on both sides of the Yi River.

    Among the most popular sites are the Cave of 10,000 Buddhas on the west bank and the Ancestor Worshipping Cave on the east bank. The latter is home to a 17-meter-tall seated Buddha.

    Please note: Time permitting; you can also see White Horse Temple, which is considered one of the main temples of China, and the iconic Shaolin Temple, the legendary home of Chinese martial arts.

    Overnight in Luoyang.

    Meals included: Breakfast.


    Your epic train journey from China to Vietnam continues today as you travel to Guilin. You'll leave ZhengZhou at 12.21 pm on the express train G421 and arrive in Guilin at 7.45 pm. Your second-class train ticket is included in the tour cost.

    (Please note: As you will be spending most of the day on the train, you'll be given a packed lunch before setting off. We advise bringing extra snacks for the journey.)

    Once you arrive in Guilin you'll be met by your local guide and driver and transferred to the city center.

    The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is known for its diverse minority groups, picturesque landscape of rocky peaks along the Li River, caves, the Longsheng paddy terraces and the Detian Waterfalls. This part of your China and Vietnam tour will be of particular interest to nature lovers.

    Overnight in Guilin

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch


    Today’s adventure starts in Huangluo Yao Village in the Longsheng area. This village is home to the Red Yao minority group, just one of the many branches of a larger ethnic family.

    Yao girls are distinct in their appearance due to their long, black hair, which traditionally is kept uncut until they are 16, when it is believed they are ready to find a husband. It is custom for the grandmother to keep the cut-off hair. This is then given as a gift to the girl's future husband’s family. Villages hold competitions to honor the girl with the longest hair. While you are here, you'll have the chance to walk through the Yao village. (Please note: Shows are regularly set up for tourists, however we advise against attending these as there are concerns as to how the locals are represented.)

    You'll continue on to the 600-year-old village of Ping'an, which is roughly 40 minutes away down a winding road. This village is home to the Zhuang minority (China's largest minority group) who are known for their passion for song and theatre.

    Walk 30 minutes up a hill for beautiful views over the Longsheng rice terraces. (Please note: The rice paddies have distinct looks at different times of year. From May through summer, the rice paddies are saturated with water. From September to October the rice paddies are brilliant green until they turn a wheat color before they are harvested. It is advised to avoid visiting between December and March when snow and fog makes for a dampened experience.)

    Return to Guilin.

    Overnight in Guilin

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch


    Today your China and Vietnam tour takes you on to Nanning. You'll leave Guilin at 10.25 am on high-speed train number D8209 and arrive in Nanning at 1.03 pm. The cost of a second-class train ticket is included in the tour price.

    Once you arrive in Nanning you'll be greeted by your guide and driver and transferred to Mingshi. En route you'll drive along a highway followed by a beautiful road flanked by karst mountains and lush rice fields.

    You'll then head to either the Mingshi Mountain Village, a deluxe hotel located along the banks of the Mingshi River, or to the Art Hotel, a lovely hotel located 200 meters away. If you are staying at the Art Hotel you can still benefit from the services at the Mingshi Mountain Hotel.

    Overnight in Mingshi

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 8 : MINGSHI

    You'll start today with an excursion along a stunning road with magical vistas of the Detian Waterfalls, the biggest transnational falls in Asia. The Detian Waterfalls are located on the border between China and Vietnam and measure 40 meters tall and 200 meters wide, spilling over three levels. Karst mountains on the Vietnamese side create a stunning backdrop to this idyllic natural landmark.

    You'll go on an easy 2-hour walk to explore the falls. A short rafting trip is also an option.

    Once you're done exploring the falls, you’ll be driven back to Mingshi. The afternoon is for you to spend at your leisure or to choose from these optional activities:

    Craving some TLC? Take a dip in the swimming pool overlooking the river, soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi or treat yourself to a pampering spa treatment. Enjoy a meal at a riverside restaurant and drink in the serene countryside.

    Prefer an adrenaline rush? Rafting trips are also popular along the Mingshi River and amateur fishing sessions are also available—just let one of our Travel Specialists know which interests you. Or, you can rent a bicycle from the hotel and embark on a tour with a guide on one of four proposed routes:

    - Cycle the 6.8-kilometer Luck Line: An easy loop across the Mingshi River, through local villages with Longleng and Naguan just off route.

    - Cycle the 13.7-kilometer Happiness Line: A route that takes you to natural sites with quirky names like the “Kiss of the Heavenly Lion,” “the Wedding Night,” or the “Phoenix Looking at the Sun.” You'll pass over the river two times and weave through local villages off the main route.

    - Cycle the 20.5-kilometer Hero Line: This route is the longest of the four options and takes you away from the river through the surrounding countryside to see a variety of plant life including bamboo, maples, silk-cotton trees and sugarcane fields. You'll pass through Kanxu Town and other villages en route.

    - Cycle the 18-kilometer Discovery Line: This route can be cycled on its own or can easily be added on to any of the other routes.

    Walking route options are also available for those who would prefer to explore on their own two feet.

    Overnight in Mingshi


    Today you'll cross into Vietnam. Travel roughly 3 hours to Youyiguan Scenic Area and take a shuttle bus to the Chinese border.

    Once you've crossed the Lang Son Border you'll be meet by your local guide and private driver who will take you on the approximately 5-hour drive to Halong Bay.

    The natural wonder of Halong Bay covers a total of 1,500 square kilometers and is home to roughly 1,600 karst islets. There are many beliefs surrounding the creation of Halong Bay (also known as the “Bay of the Descending Dragon”). One claims that the bay's islands were created by dragons sent by the gods. The dragons spat jewels and jade around the bay to protect the Vietnamese people from potential invaders, thereby creating the stunning islets.

    Once you arrive in Halong City, check into your hotel and spend the rest of your day at your leisure.

    Overnight in Halong City

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 10 : HALONG BAY

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel. You’ll be transferred to the Halong Jetty for check-in procedures by noon. Then, receive a warm welcome as you climb aboard and enjoy lunch while cruising out to Halong Bay. Spend the afternoon participating in water activities or just relaxing on board. At the end of the day, as dusk draws near, your boat will set anchor for the night among the magical karst mountains. A delicious dinner will be served on board.

    Overnight on Halong Bay

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Day 11 : HALONG BAY - HANOI

    Rise and shine to the magical site of Halong Bay and enjoy breakfast (brunch on some boats) as your boat slowly cruises back towards port. Once you’ve disembarked, you'll travel roughly 4 hours to Hanoi, Vietnam's fascinating capital. (Please note: Depending on weather conditions, your tour is subject to change.)

    Once you arrive in Hanoi, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast


    Today is the last day of your China and Vietnam tour. Once you've had breakfast, you'll head out on an exciting half-day tour to discover Hanoi’s charming historical sites. You'll start in the iconic Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets,” and then go on a walking tour through Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Then, visit Ngoc Son Temple, a bustling area of narrow streets and local businesses. There will be plenty of great photo opportunities and things to explore.

    Your tour continues at the Temple of Literature, which is where Quoc Tu Giam, Vietnam's first university, educated Vietnam's royalty and elite for over 700 years. Take a stroll through the grounds to gain a glimpse into Vietnam's past. Marvel at the preserved architecture and enjoy the stunning gardens.

    This epic China and Vietnam tour ends at Noi Bai International Airport, where you will be transferred to catch your departing flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast


  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • GST


  • Domestic and international flights
  • Departure taxes if applicable
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fees (contact us for further information)












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  • Child below 02 years are Free
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  • We are not holding any reservations of air seats, hotel rooms, conference rooms etc. Final availability status will only be known when we request for bookings.
  • Holiday Surcharge will be additional if applicable
  • Any overstay expenses due to delay or change or cancellation in flight will be on the guests own & Akbar Holidays will not be held liable for such expenses however we will provide best possible assistance.
  • All rates are valid till Apr 2018