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Escorted Tours

Highlights of China and Vietnam including

Temples of Cambodia


Route:
  • UK
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Beijing
  • Xi'an
  • Shanghai
  • Saigon
  • Siem Reap
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £599pp

Tour Highlights
  • Angkor Wat Temple
  • Fortified City of Angkor Thom
  • Ta Prohm Ruins
  • Boat Trip on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Marvel at the Forbidden City & Great Wall of China on a Beijing city tour
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Explore the extensive Cu Chi tunnel network
  • Visit the floating village of Thoi Son in Saigon
  • Enjoy a cruise on the turquoise waters of Halong Bay
  • Take in the landmarks of Hanoi on a full-day city tour
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Shanghai

Extension from £599pp

Tour + Extension from £2598pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Visit the Temples of Cambodia

Extend your Highlights of China and Vietnam Tour with our extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia from 599pp. 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.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Hanoi, Vietnam

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Hanoi.

2
Hanoi, Vietnam

On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure before tonight's entertaining water puppet performance gives you the chance to witness this traditional Vietnamese art form.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Hanoi, Vietnam

Experience the energy of Hanoi, a city that weaves the remnants of its French colonial past into the tapestry of age-old Vietnamese traditions. Today's city tour moves from the regal Presidential Palace to Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the Buddhist temple of One Pillar Pagoda. Travelling away from central Hanoi, browse through the cultural artefacts of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups at the Museum of Ethnology before exploring the lively Old Quarter of Hanoi by tuk-tuk. This bustling centre has been a commercial hub since the 11thcentury and many of the streets still carry the names of the items originally produced and sold there.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Hanoi to Halong Bay, Vietnam

After breakfast, depart Hanoi for Halong Bay, a scattering of over 3,000 limestone islands rising majestically out of the turquoise waters of the bay. Enjoy lunch and a welcome drink as you sail to Bai Tu Long Bay where you'll transfer to a rowing boat that visits Vung Vieng fishing village, allowing you to witness the daily life of local fishermen. Continue on to Ban Chan Beach where you can relax on the soft, white sands of this tranquil area. Soak in the mesmerising scenery as you cruise among the karsts before anchoring at Cong Do. Gain insight into Vietnam's world-famous culinary delights with a cooking demonstration at a nearby restaurant before dining on regional dishes. Return to the ship for your overnight stay, with time to relax on deck and take advantage of the soothing spa services or do a spot of night-time fishing (at a fee).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Halong Bay to Hanoi, Vietnam

Rise early and witness the pink-streaked sky as the sun rises over the bay or take part in a calming Tai Chi session on board the vessel. After tea and pastries, take a shore excursion into the surreal underground cavern of Thien Canh Son cave. Enjoy a brunch buffet on your ship before you disembark and travel back to Hanoi.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
6
Hanoi to Beijing, China

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before your airport transfer and flight out of Vietnam and into Beijing, China. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, with time to relax and unwind before your first dinner in China's spectacular capital city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Beijing, China

China's dynamic capital is built on an impressive scale, with its imposing monuments serving as reminders of its imperial past. Today's comprehensive full-day tour takes you around the highlights of the city, including visits to the Temple of Heaven and its surrounding grounds dotted with over 4,000 ancient cypress trees, and the 9,999 rooms of the world's largest ancient palace - the Forbidden City. Enjoy one of China's top delicacies as you savour a crisp, fragrant Peking duck dinner later tonight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Beijing, China

Following a stroll around the impressive Summer Palace, China's largest and best-preserved royal park and lake, today's tour will continue to the iconic Great Wall. Winding across deserts, grasslands and mountains and stretching over 5,500 miles, it was constructed over 2,000 years ago to guard the Chinese empire against the Mongol invaders from the North. We've included a cable car trip to a viewing point to avoid the arduous steps. In the evening, take in the agility of the performers at an entertaining Chinese acrobatics show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Beijing to Xi'an, China

Depart Beijing this morning and board one of China's high-speed bullet trains as you travel to Xi'an, taking in the rural scenery that passes you by. On arrival in Xi'an, you will be met and transferred to your hotel before setting out for the Muslim Quarter, home to historic mosques and a labyrinth of market stalls selling everything from souvenirs to edible delicacies. Later this evening, travel back in time as you watch a colourful Tang Dynasty dancing show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Xi'an to Shanghai, China

Taking nearly four decades to complete and over 700,000 workers, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors were built to protect China's first emperor in his afterlife. Explore this impressive underground mausoleum, and the 8,000 extraordinarily sculpted warriors, bronze chariots and preserved weapons on display. Later, enjoy a second train ride as you journey through the picturesque Chinese countryside on an overnight sleeper train bound for Shanghai.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Shanghai, China

Arguably China's most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai offers a fascinating blend of Chinese culture and Western influences. After arrival and check-in, take a leisurely stroll along the Bund, the city's famed riverfront boardwalk that winds along the Huangpu River and once lay at the heart of the city's politics, economy and culture. Wander past monuments and statues, enjoying fantastic views of the towering skyscrapers on the opposite bank, including the second tallest building in the world - the Shanghai Tower. Next, walk along Nanjing Road, Shanghai's premier shopping destination, lined with stores selling designer goods, locally crafted wares and the country's renowned silk and jade souvenirs. Return to your hotel in time for dinner after this exploration of the city's best-loved walkways.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Shanghai, China

Enjoy the colonial-era and traditional Chinese elements of Shanghai on today's tour. Explore the tranquil pavilions, rockeries and ponds of Yu Garden and the tree-lined avenues and chic eateries of the French Concession. Cruise down the Huangpu River that runs through the centre of Shanghai, giving an excellent vantage point of the city, then wander the alleyways of Tianzifang, an enclave of trendy art studios, design boutiques, galleries and eateries.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Shanghai to Saigon, Vietnam

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Vietnam, touching down in the city of Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh) for the last leg of your tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Saigon, Vietnam

Take in the fusion of old-world, post-war and colonial-era Vietnam on today's tour of this exciting and eclectic city. Visit the district of Cu Chi, famous for its extensive 75-mile tunnel system which served as the base of operations for the Viet Cong and once housed supply routes, hospitals, weapon factories and living quarters. In the afternoon, visit the historic Reunification Palace and elegant Notre Dame Cathedral. Admire the classic French colonial structure of the nearby Saigon Post Office then browse through the multitude of stalls at the lively Ben Thanh Market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Saigon, Vietnam

This morning, travel to the city of My Tho where you'll board a motorboat for a ride down the mighty Mekong River. Catch a glimpse of floating houses as you make your way to Thoi Son islet where you'll enjoy a traditional music performance and tropical fruit tasting. Visit a workshop to learn how coconut candy is produced and sample these sugary snacks. Travel by horse-drawn cart to a local bee-keeping farm and enjoy a hot cup of honey tea before boarding a small rowing boat and slowly cruising down a scenic creek. Disembark and travel back to Saigon for dinner and your last night in Vietnam.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Saigon to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
17
Saigon to Siem Reap

Your morning will be at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
18
Siem Reap

After breakfast enjoy a free day to explore the city in your own time, or simply relax by the hotel's inviting swimming pool.

  • Breakfast
19
Siem Reap

Proceed to the Angkor Wat temple and discover the fortified city of Angkor Thom. After lunch, explore the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20
Siem Reap

Visit the stunning Banteay Srei, a 10th-century Hindu temple. In the afternoon, take a boat trip to a local village on the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
21
Siem Reap to the UK

Return to the airport for your flight to the UK, via Saigon.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

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. Therefore we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so 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.
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 £189.00; 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 recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel. However, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp 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

Your outbound flight is to Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) with Vietnam Airlines, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Your return flight is from Saigon International Airport with Vietnam Airlines.
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.
Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 7kg in weight and 56 cm x 36cm x 23 cm in size. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.
If you wish to arrange airport car parking, lounges 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, http://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 and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. 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 which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

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.
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.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £500-£600 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.
Tipping in Vietnam: It is customary to tip both your driver and guide. We recommend approximately £3.00 ($4.50) per person per day in total. This will be collected at the end of each destination visited, for your convenience. Tips for the porters at your hotels and the crew during the Ha Long Bay cruise will be at your discretion. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars and British pounds.
Tipping in China: It is customary to tip your national guide, local guide and driver. We recommend approximately £4.50 (CNY40.00) 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 £40 per person (CNY 320) for the total duration of the tour. Tips are collected in Chinese Yuan.
It is normal practice to be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.used throughout the itinerary

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2019 DATES
07 Mar 201926 Mar 2019£629£2239£2868Book Now
04 Apr 201923 Apr 2019£599£2279£2878Book Now
02 May 201921 May 2019£599£2299£2898Book Now
30 May 201918 Jun 2019£599£2299£2898Book Now
27 Jun 201916 Jul 2019£599£2329£2928Book Now
05 Sep 201924 Sep 2019£599£2339£2938Book Now
26 Sep 201915 Oct 2019£599£2339£2938Book Now
10 Oct 201929 Oct 2019£629£2339£2968Book Now
24 Oct 201912 Nov 2019£629£2229£2858Book Now
07 Nov 201926 Nov 2019£669£2229£2898Book Now
21 Nov 201910 Dec 2019£669£2149£2818Book Now
05 Dec 201924 Dec 2019£629£1999£2628Book 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 Changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dong

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

-2 °C / 7 °C

Spoken languages

Vietnamese

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Beijing

Xi'an

Shanghai

Saigon

Cambodia

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Travel plug adaptor
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Tour Route
  • UK
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Beijing
  • Xi'an
  • Shanghai
  • Saigon
  • 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 £419pp
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