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18-Day Vietnam & China Discovery Tour

Tour route: Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho - Danang - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay, China: Shanghai - Xian - Beijing

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  • Tour code: IOT-0567
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Vietnam! On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax or head out into the city for a little adventure on your own.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Today we start with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Later, drive to Cholon (China Town) where you will see Thien Hau Pagoda built for the Chinese sea goddess Thien Hau. End the tour at Ben Thanh Market for some shopping.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho

Head for My Tho to take a boat trip on Tien River, visit My Tho fish market and four islands. Then ride a cart along one of the most beautiful villages to Mr. Muoi Hai’s house to enjoy honey tea. You’ll also have the opportunity to row on a sampan along the canals of Mekong River. In the afternoon, get in a private vehicle to Can Tho. Upon arrival, enjoy some leisure time on your own.

Overnight: Can Tho
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An

Today you’ll have a boat cruise on glittering streams along the endless waterway of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang floating market before heading back for Ho Chi Minh City for your flight to Danang. Upon your arrival, be Met at airport and then transfer to Hoi An (about 40minutes),

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Hoi An Sightseeing

Full day to discover the daily life of handicraft house & Tra Que village in Hoi An (with lunch). Around 08:30 am, you'll ride by bicycle to the home of a craftsman in an old street, to discover the daily life of Hoi An people and see how they make a lantern, also with chance to make your own lantern and keep it as a souvenir. After lunch at a local restaurant, cycle to Tra Que Vegetable Village, experience a day of living and working with the local farmers in this village. You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. You can also enjoy activities such as raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens, etc. before biking back to your hotel.

Note: if you don't feel like biking, you can take cars instead.

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Hoi An -My Son, My Son Sanctuary

In the morning, visit the My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO site that is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. Later get back to Hoi An. 
In the afternoon, you'll get a real feel for this tiny town by taking a light excursion to the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, renowned Chinese Temple and former Vietnamese merchants' houses. Our guide will tell you all the stories behind these historical relics. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Hoi An - Hanoi

If you like, visit the local tailors on your own, whose clothing-making skills will stun you. In the afternoon, be transferred to Danang airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay

The next one day and a half will be a rich Halong Bay cruise. It starts with a 3-hour’s scenic drive from Hanoi to this World Heritage site, where you can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves. It will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities on board like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip. 

Overnight: Onboard
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise until brunch is finished and then disembark the cruiser. Transfer back to Hanoi. You’ve got enough time to make the most of by yourself.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: brunch

Day 10: Hanoi Sightseeing

After breakfast, begin our visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday, Oct. and Nov.). Next stop is One Pillar Pagoda before we head for Temple of Literature. Stroll through the Old Quarter for some great fun. Add brilliance to our trip by attending a Water Puppet Show in the afternoon, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam. 

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 11: Hanoi - Shanghai

After breakfast, you will bid farewell to Vietnam and start your China adventure. After arrival in Shanghai, check in to the hotel and enjoy your leisure moment.

Option: watch an Acrobatics Show in the evening and appreciate performers' breath-taking skills, which can be found only in China.

Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: breakfast

Day 12: Shanghai Sightseeing

Today, you will first visit the Bund, and then have a leisure time at Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Market and Jiangnan Silk Workshop. In the afternoon, you will be driven to the Jinmao Tower to get a bird eye view of Shanghai city, follow by a visiting to Tianzifang

Overnight: Shanghai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 13: Shanghai - Xian

You will be free on this day until your personal guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Upon arriving in Xian, your local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Hanyang Tomb before taking you to your hotel.

Option: by evening, attend a traditional dumpling banquet while being entertained by a performance of music and dance inherited from the Tang Dynasty.

Overnight: Xian
Meals: breakfast

Day 14: Xian Memory

Start the day by visiting the Ancient City Walls, the world's largest city walls. Later, embrace the highlight of your Xian tour - the incredible Terracotta Warriors with 6,000 life-size soldiers & horses and a great legend behind it. Return to Xian, stop off at the Art Ceramics Factory and Lacquer Exhibition for a glimpse.

Overnight: Xian
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 15: Xian - Beijing

After breakfast at hotel, visit the Great Mosque, one of China’s largest mosques, and the Muslim Street to admire exotic religious architectures and Muslim culture. In the afternoon, fly to your last destination - Beijing. Try the local delicacy Peking duck for dinner.

Overnight: Beijing
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 16: Beijing Fun

On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Then hold your breath at the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, which will give you an insight into what Chinese imperial life is like. 

Option: watch the Legend of Kung Fu show in the evening. It’s visually stunning with a great story line and martial arts skills. 

Overnight: Beijing
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 17: Beijing Fun

No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today you will visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round trip cable car included), the 8th Wonder of the World. Later, take a leisure stroll along the Sacred Road of Ming Tomb, a royal path noted for vivid stone statues and afterlife stories.

Overnight: Beijing
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 18: Beijing, Departure

After breakfast, you will have a tour to the Summer Palace, the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. Later, we’ll escort you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: Vietnam & China Discovery Tour

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Clients: Christine Dwyer Johnson

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Reinself Wei
I had never heard of China Odyssey Tours until I googled them on the internet and with some nervousness made an initial enquiry with them. Reinself Wei replied to my email and from that moment on I knew this was the agency I wanted to deal with. Thank you Reinself Wei for being our agent. We cannot fault your service. You have given us great service which has been professional, efficient, knowledgeable, prompt and without problems. You have answered all of our questions promptly and given us advice regarding our trip to China. We would definitely book through you and your company again. Thank you very much. Christine and Suzanne
Rating: May 28th, 2017

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WOW! So glad we booked with Odessey Tours, had great tour guides and great hotels! Thank You
Rating: May 28th, 2017

Clients: Lucia MacQuarrie

From: Canada

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Alex Quan
Thanks to our amazing tour planner Alex Quan of China Odyssey Tours we had an amazing tour of 7 cities in China over 16 days. The guides have perfect English and were attentive to everything we needed, ensuring we were happy with our hotel rooms and that we made it onto the trains and planes, and they explained so much about how China operates and what it is like to live in this hugely populated country. I learned so much, and enjoyed every single tour. They gave us choices along the way, and would make extra stops for specific requests. I did not think we needed this much assistance, as I have traveled several times to Asia, but because so few Chinese people speak English, we appreciated dining suggestions and assistance with finding authentic souvenirs. We chose 5 star hotels, even requested a view of the Bund in Shanghai, and we loved every place we stayed. It was a great 4 person tour. Alex was very quick to respond to each and every email. I would recommend Odyssey Tours to anyone. I have never seen such first class service from start to finish. No surprise there are all these amazing reviews. Thank You.
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Brian Fulmer

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Tom Zhou
Tom Zhou has been putting together our itinerary for China and Hong Kong for next year and to date, I cannot fault anything he has done. His attention to detail and service has been excellent. Really looking forward to the trip that Tom has planned for us.
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Alicia Dunbar

From: Australia

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Leila Deng
We booked our 15 day personalised tour through Leila of China Odessey Tours. Found company on internet so was a little worried if the trip would be ok. Reviewed company on TripAdvisor and the like and seemed to have very good reviews. Our trip was awesome and the company was very obliging. Leila was great to deal with as where all guides and drivers. We highly recommend this company! Thankyou!
Rating: May 27th, 2017
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