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China to Vietnam by Rail


Route:
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Chengdu
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Nanning
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • UK
Tour Pace:

16 DAYS from £1999pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy fascinating city tours of Beijing, Xi'an and Hanoi
  • The Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden Palace and Summer Palace
  • Marvel at the cavernous underground vaults which house the 8,000 strong Terracotta Warriors
  • Encounter the Giant Pandas of Chengdu at Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre
  • Sail the rippling waters of the beautiful Li River
  • A day at leisure to explore Hanoi at your own pace
  • Two night cruise through the limestone karsts of Halong Bay

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China to Vietnam by Rail

Take a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through two of the world's most enigmatic countries
on this remarkable rail tour. Travel from Beijing to Hanoi on trains winding past traditional
countryside, bustling towns, ancient monuments and natural wonders.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Beijing

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Beijing via Hanoi.

2
Arrive in Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

3
Beijing

Stroll across Tiananmen Square and soak in the history of the world's largest plaza before passing through the Gate of Supreme Harmony and entering the Forbidden City. Boasting an impressive exterior exemplifying traditional Chinese architecture, explore the regal palace complex and its 9,999 rooms and chambers. Next visit the tranquil Temple of Heaven where you'll see locals playing cards, dancing and practicing Tai Chi in the surroundings. A delicious Peking Duck dinner is the perfect end to your day.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Beijing -Xian

Travel to the Great Wall of China, built over 2,000 years ago as a final defence against marauding Mongol invaders. A stroll along this incredible structure is the only way to appreciate it's scale and significance as it stretches over 5,500 miles into the distance, flanked by mountains and rolling grasslands. Return to Beijing and explore the traditional gardens and exquisite architecture of the Summer Palace before boarding your overnight train to Xi'an.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Xian

Behold the vast cavernous underground vaults which house the extraordinarily crafted 8,000 strong Terracotta Warriors, constructed in 206BC to protect China's first emperor in the afterlife. Next, you'll discover a labyrinth of exotic stalls and colourful markets at Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, savouring local delicacies and testing your bargaining skills along the way. This evening enjoy authentic Chinese music and dance at a vibrant Tang Dynasty dancing show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Xian

Delve into a fascinating sightseeing tour of Xi'an's most famous landmarks this morning, incorporating a visit to the ancient city walls. Gaze in awe at the megalithic 14th-century structure, which protectively stands at an impressive 12 metres high and saunter along a stretch of its 8.5-mile circumference before venturing to the striking 43 metre Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Xian to Chengdu

Transfer to the railway station for this morning's highspeed train to Chengdu. Explore Chengdu People's Park's, a spiritual haven amidst an urban backdrop and either enjoy the tranquillity at the trickling Gold Water stream or observe the park's vivacious entertainment centre at Rockery Square before strolling around Jinli Ancient Street.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Chengdu

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Chengdu Panda Centre, catching a glimpse of endearing pandas snoozing on treetops or snacking on bamboo, in an enclosure built to imitate their natural habitat. This evening, enjoy a taste of tradition as you feast on a delicious Sichuan meal

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Chengdu to Guilin

Travel from Chengdu on the bullet train, arriving in time to explore Guilin's 'Two River and Four Lakes' water system, situated amidst the bustling city centre; relax with a peaceful stroll around Mulong Lake.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
10
Guilin to Yangshuo to Guilin

After breakfast, board your ship at Guilin and cruise the rippling waters of the breath-taking Li River, sailing past traditional villages and scenic Karst peaks lining the watercourse. Disembark in Yangshuo, one of China's most beautiful counties and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the town's oldest avenue. West Street, or 'Global Village' as it is affectionately known, pulsates with tourists from all over the globe who flock to witness its multitudes of shops and restaurants. Be sure to satisfy your palette by sampling the variety of delicious worldwide cuisine that this street offers, before returning to Guilin.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Guilin to Nanning to Vietnam

This morning, enjoy your last taste of China by climbing Fubo Hill, majestically situated overlooking the Li River below and admire the stunning panoramic views over Guilin's archaic rooftops and rolling karst mountaintops from the summit. Board the bullet train to Nanning and transfer onto an overnight sleeper train to Vietnam.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Hanoi

Arriving in Hanoi early this morning, journey to the hotel before enjoying a day at leisure to explore this atmospheric city at your own pace or simply relax.

  • Breakfast
13
Hanoi

Begin a full day's sightseeing tour in the enchanting city of Hanoi at the ornate Presidential Palace, strikingly recognisable by its mustard facade. Wander the flourishing botanical gardens and discover Ho Chi Minh's modestly sized house on stilts, distinctly designed to replicate traditional Vietnamese architecture. Continue onwards to the One Pillar Pagoda, the iconic landmark designed to resemble a lotus blossom - a Buddhist symbol of enlightenment - and zigzag through the charming gardens and courtyards of the Temple of Literature. Later, learn about Vietnam's struggle for independence and gain insight into its cosmopolitan heritage at Hoa Lo Prison Museum and Museum of Ethnology, respectively.Temporarily catch your breath at the harmonious Hoan Kiem Lake before crisscrossing through the swarming market stalls of Hanoi's Old Quarter and enjoy a traditional water puppet show this evening

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Hanoi to Halong Bay

Travel to Halong Bay for your two-night cruise. Undoubtedly a highlight of the tour, embark on a gentle cruise, sailing along the spellbinding emerald waters of Halong Bay. Snake past towering limestone islands peppered across this magnificent landscape and pause for a swim in the undisturbed waters of a secluded cove, exploring picturesque grottoes, perfectly hidden beneath the cliffs.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Halong

Begin your day with some calming Tai Chi on the boat's deck, or watch the sunrise from your cabin before setting off for a more active day on the water. Cruise to some of the bay's more untouched areas. Spend the evening relaxing on board with a spa treatment (at a fee).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Halong Bay to the UK

Awake to serene sounds of lapping waters and enjoy the rising sun's glistening reflection from the middle of Halong Bay, slowly cruising through mesmerising rock formations whilst feasting on a delicious breakfast. This afternoon, return to Hanoi for your flight to the UK or onto your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your Meals

China: Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner will be taken in local Chinese restaurants and served with either one glass of beer or one glass of soft drink. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.
Vietnam: Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner will be taken in local Vietnamese restaurants. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.

Important Information

Visas

China: A visa is required for entry into China. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £199; when calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of the most up to date fees. The visas take around 10 working days to
issue and are valid for unlimited trips to China for 2 years from the date of issue. We, therefore, recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel. However, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application to make sure that you will not need it during this time.
Please see the below information required when applying for your Chinese Visa;
Company license number ; 91110000710938407L
Company name: China Travel Service Head Office (Beijing)Co. Ltd
Contactor mail: lhs.oz@ctsho.com
Vietnam: A visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. The cost of the visa is approximately USD$25 and will take roughly 3 working days. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote
'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa through The Travel Visa Company is £105. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of entry. We, therefore, recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application to make sure that you will not need it during
this time. You can also visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. This visa information is a guideline only and is subject to change; up-to-date information regarding the process and fees will be advised at the time of calling the Travel Visa Company.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Flight and Airport Information
Your initial flight is to Beijing Capital International Airport with Vietnam Airlines (Via Hanoi) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Your return flight is from Saigon International Airport with Vietnam Airlines.
Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage. Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 7kg and with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 115 cm (56 cm x 36cm x 23 cm). Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

China: The currency in China is the Renminbi, known as RMB or CNY. It is often referred to as the yuan. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in China should you want to use an alternative currency.
Vietnam: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong, known as VND. You can exchange your currency in Vietnam. However, US Dollars are widely accepted in Vietnam should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks; Approximately £500- £600 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.
China: It is customary to tip your national guide, local guide and driver. We recommend approximately £5 (CNY55.00) per person per day. For your convenience, this will be collected by your national guide on the first day of your tour in Beijing; we recommend approximately £50 per person (CNY 550) for the total duration of the tour. Tips are collected in Chinese Yuan.
Vietnam: It is customary to tip your guide and driver; please allow approximately £2-£4 (US $3-6) per person per day for the guide and £1 - £1.5 (US $2-3) per person per day for the driver.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
11 Oct 201927 Oct 2019£2499.00Book Now
08 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£2449.00Book Now
29 Nov 201915 Dec 2019£2099.00Book Now
2020 Dates
24 Jan 202009 Feb 2020£2299.00Book Now
07 Feb 202023 Feb 2020£2399.00Book Now
06 Mar 202022 Mar 2020£2499.00Book Now
08 May 202024 May 2020£2399.00Book Now
05 Jun 202021 Jun 2020£1999.00Book Now
04 Sep 202020 Sep 2020£2399.00Book Now
09 Oct 202025 Oct 2020£2499.00Book Now
13 Nov 202029 Nov 2020£2399.00Book Now
04 Dec 202020 Dec 2020£2199.00Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary Note

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. The schedules of the domestic airlines in country are subject to frequent changes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction &/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Yuan

Average Flying time

11 hours

Spoken languages

Mandarin, English

What to pack
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • A travel plug adaptor: the voltage in Vietnam is 220-240 volts. You will need a 2 round pin plug or 2 flat pin plug adapter. The voltage in China is 220 volts. However, there are several types of electrical sockets throughout the country, some taking plugs similar to the UK's, others for two or three thin prongs. It is advisable to bring a multi-adaptor
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater and jacket for the cooler months
Tour Map
China to Vietnam by Rail Route Map
Extensions
  • Vietnam
    Hoi An Beach Stay

    4 nights from £329pp

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  • Cambodia
    Visit the Temples of Cambodia

    4 nights from £499pp

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  • Vietnam
    Saigon and the Mekong

    4 nights from £589pp

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Extensions

Hoi An Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Chengdu
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Nanning
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hoi An
  • UK

Extend your trip in Vietnam with a 4-night stay on the stunning beach just outside Hoi An, a beautifully authentic town where hundreds of tailors line the narrow low-rise streets and riverside cafes overlook the waterside edge.

This add-on must be taken at the end of the main tour.

4 nights
from £329pp
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Visit the Temples of Cambodia
Tour Route
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Chengdu
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Nanning
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Siem Reap
  • UK

Extend your China to Vietnam by Rail Tour with our extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia from 499pp. This extension includes visits to some of the most iconic and atmospheric sites in Cambodia, including the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest religious monument in the world.

4 nights
from £499pp
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Saigon and the Mekong
Tour Route
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Chengdu
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Nanning
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Saigon
  • UK

Experiencing the fascinating city of Saigon, discover the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, take a cruise on the famous Mekong, marvel at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market and journey through the picturesque canals of Can Tho.

4 nights
from £589pp
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