Features: Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Guilin, Xian, Beijing.
Departs 12th October, 2011
Day 1. Friday. April 10. NEW ZEALAND - HO CHI MINH CITY
Depart Auckland this morning for Ho Chi Minh City arriving mid evening. Accommodation at Duxton hotel.
Day 2. Saturday. April 11. HO CHI MINH CITY (BD)
Morning tour of Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Hall, Historical Museum, Vinh Ngiem Pagoda etc. This afternoon visit the Ben Thanh market, Notre Dam Cathedral, China Town, Thien Hau temple, and Cuu Chi tunnels
Day 3. Sunday. April 12. DA NANG - HOI AN (BLD)
Morning flight to Da Nang. Sightseeing includes the Cham Museum, Marble Mountains, and China Beach before visiting the fascinating ancient Heritage town of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An at Golden Sand Hotel.
Day 4. Monday. April 13. HOI AN - HUE (BLD)
Drive to Hue with a stopover at the top of Hoi An Pass and visit to Lang Co beach. Hue was the Imperial capital of the ancient Cham Civilisation and this afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel and museum of Royal relics.Accommodation at Imperial (4 star) or La Residence (5 star) Hotel.
Day 5. Tuesday. April 14. HUE (BLD)
Enjoy a boat ride on the perfume river and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, the tombs of the Kings Minh Mang and Khai Dinh the markets and shopping area. Free time to explore on your own this afternoon.
Day 6. Wednesday. April 15. HUE - HANOI HA LONG BAY (BLD)
Fly to Hanoi and drive to beautiful Ha Long Bay to join our overnight cruise boat. Enjoy the fabulous scenery including the Karst limestone formations. Anchor overnight in a quiet bay.
Day 7. Thursday. April 16. HA LONG BAY - HANOI. (BLD)
Continue cruising and disembark late morning for our drive to Hanoi. Accommodation at Sofitel Plaza Hotel.This evening enjoy a Hanoi by night tour and water puppet show.
Day 9. Friday. April 17. HANOI DEPART. (BLD)
Sightseeing includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Fine Arts Museum, Quan Tanh Temple, West Lake, and district of 36 ancient streets including a cyclo tour. Mid afternoon transfer to the rail station and depart early evening by train. Two berth (or 2 persons per 4 berth) cabin provided.
Day 10. Saturday. April 18. GUILIN ARRIVE (BLD)
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we travel through southern China passing through Nanning this morning and arriving in beautiful Guilin late afternoon. We will be met and transferred to our accommodation at Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar.
Day 11. Sunday. April 19. GUILIN - LI RIVER CRUISE (BLD)
A day of amazing scenery as we cruise down the Lijiang River amid the amazing karst limestone mountains. See the Cormorant fishermen and cruise past the rice fields to the village of Yangshuo. Explore the village and markets and return to Guilin by coach. This evening enjoy a night cruise on the river to see the city lights and night fishermen.
Day 12. Monday. April 20. GUILIN - XIAN (BLD)
Visit the beautiful Reed Flute limestone cave, Fubo Hill, and an art gallery. This afternoon fly to Xian, first capital of all China. Transfer to the Bell Tower Hotel or similar.
Day 13. Tuesday. April 21. XIAN (BLD)
A highlight of your tour will be a visit today to the amazing Terracotta Army of Emperor Qing Shi Huangdi. Also visit the Small Wild Goose pagoda, Ban Po village, Grand Mosque, and Bell Tower. This evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty show and dinner.
Day 14. Wednesday. April 22. XIAN - BEIJING. (BLD)
This morning fly to Beijing, capital of modern China. This afternoon enjoy a visit to Tian an Men Square, Temple of Heaven, and take a rickshaw ride through the ancient Hutong residential district of Bejing.
Day 15. Thursday. April 23. BEIJING. (BLD)
Drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu with a ride on the cable car included then on to the Ming Tombs to walk the sacred way of the animals and visit one of the tombs. Also today visit a Cloisonne factory with demonstrations of this ancient art form - and the opportunity to buy!.
Day 16. Friday. April 24. BEIJING (BL)
Today visit the Summer Palace and Forbidden City. This evening enjoy a Peking Duck dinner.
Day 17. Saturday. April 25. BEIJING DEPART (BLD)
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Hong Kong connecting to our overnikght flight to Auckland.
Day 18. Sunday April 26. AUCKLAND ARRIVE
Arrival at Auckland is scheduled for this morning.
Tour cost per person
2 per room.... $8,860
Single room... $10,450