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Huan ying, welcome to China! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. A symbol of total Chinese genius, the Great Wall is a cultural icon. At least 20 dynasties were involved in its construction. Stretching some 6700 kilometres, we walk along just a small chunk of this massive masterpiece of human endeavour.
Today you have free time to explore why not go to Tiananmen Square which is essentially the heart of Beijing. Also think about going to the Forbidden city, these can be added to your itinerary, please look at the enhance your holiday section for more details. Later that day we will take an exciting overnight train ride (4 berth soft sleeper cabin) to Xi’an.
Arrive Xi’an, hotel check in and free morning. If time allows, opt for a morning dip in the hotels heated swimming pool. Perhaps the find of the 20th century the Terracotta Warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand in military formation in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay, no two faces are alike. Later today we visit the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site and a workshop where warrior figurines are made.
Early this morning we depart on an excursion by road to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre, a shelter for ill or injured Giant Pandas in the region (approx 2 hrs drive from Xi’an). Afterwards we spend some time in the down town area, giving an opportunity to enjoy a western meal if you choose before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Shanghai.
Good morning Shanghai! Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. Spend the day at leisure and maybe select to take a tour of the city to visit the Yuyuan Gardens and Jade Buddha Temple.
Today you have free time to explore, chose to relax at the hotel and use the the facilities, alterntaively explore the local area and buy up some Chinese gifts. Another option today would be to take a tour of Suzhou, which is known as the Venice of the East, please look at the enhance options for more details.
This morning after breakfast we take a transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival we will transfer you to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. The remains of the day offer free time for you to explore the wide tree lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagoda’s and thriving, historic old city, all easily navigated on foot.
This morning a scenic drive leads us to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Boarding our traditional wooden junk boat we cruise the emerald waters. Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the floating fishing village. Tonight, there's a Vientnamese cooking demonstration before an impressive seafood dinner is served.
Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs, we sail back to port. Arriving to Hanoi mid afternoon a little time will be given to freshen up before boarding the our train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on he ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue.
Arriving into Hue we have a hotel breakfast before embarking on a sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city. As the sun sets opt for a cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night.
Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass . Reaching the summit of Thuy Son Mountain, we enter the naturally formed grottoes-cum- Buddhist sanctuaries. The enormous cathedral like Huyen Khrong cave is from the rock face is spectacular. Onward to Hoi An. The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with it cobbled streets, lose yourself in a by gone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront,
A bicycle ride into the countryside, leads us to Tra Que village. Here,we discover age old farming practises and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch.
A free day for you relax or further sightsee. You may wish to take a relaxing rowboat journey along the river or spend the day lazing by the beach or hotel pool. It’s also possible to take an optional excursion to the most holiest and evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites. The massacre was a significant turning point in the Vietnam War and the story is told through photo presentation on a walk through the village.
Early morning flight to Saigon. Drive to the Mekong Delta. The fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice. Taking our sampan from Vinh Long we’ll cruise Cai Be’s colourful and lively floating markets and. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.
Early today we visit Cai Rang floating market and drive to Saigon. Once called the Pearl of the Orient, modern Saigon is a thriving metropolis on the move. Sleek sky scrapers, gourmet restaurants, designer malls and swanky bars and spas are scattered between ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks and lively street markets. Our walking tour of Saigon includes visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure.
This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling underground network of tunnels and living quarters used by the Viet Cong during the war. Then we drive to the Cambodian border (crossing at Moc Bai/Bavet) and continue on to the capital of Phnom Penh. Today the nation’s capital offers a bustling mix of Asia’s past and present.
Today is a free day to explore at your leisure. Maybe explore the sights which include the National Museum of Fine Arts, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Also we can arrange a tour of S21 and the Killing Fields, these are places where Khmer Rouge executed over 10,000 people.
Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. After time to freshen up we visit the last capital of the Angkorian Empire – Angkor Thom. This monumental fortified city is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. We continue to the monastic complex of Preah Khan before heading to the mother of all temples – Angkor Wat.
Early this morning opt to see Angkor Wat bathed in the spectacular golden light of sunrise. Later, we head out to Banteay Srei temple, considered by many to be the art gallery of Angkor with some of the finest stone carvings in the world. Cut from stone of a pinkish hue, the Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva and contains lavishly decorated libraries and stunning reliefs of divinities.
This morning we visit the Roluos group of temples (Bakong, Lolei and Preak Ko), the earliest large and permanent temples built by the Khmers. The monuments mark the dawn of Khmer classical art, dating from the late 9th century, with elaborate inscriptions in the ancient Hindu language of Sanskrit. Later visit the floating village of Kompong Pluk. Houses built on soaring stilts hover over the Tonle Sap Lake.
Today after breakfast we take a flight to beautiful Phan Thiet. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel. The remainder of the day you are free to relax while using the hotels facilities.
Relax and spend the next few days at the beach.
This morning after breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight to Hanoi. The remaining time in Hanoi you have free time to explore and pick up some last minute gifts.
Today you have a late evening flight, so you can relax at the hotel until your flight, we'll transfer you to the airport for your onward flight to Tokyo.