based on 11 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
First Class High-Speed Train from Beijing to Xian
per person based on two sharing.
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays and also Christmas and New Year.
Visit the highlights in China and relax on Vietnam's stunning coastline all in one trip
Visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites including The Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven and The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
Enjoy relaxing in central Vietnam, a wonderful coastline with spoiling beaches
If you are travelling between October and December, we can change Nha Trang for the beaches in Southern Vietnam, where it will be drier at this time
This part of China enjoys four distinctive seasons owning to its humid continental climate, ranging from very warm during the summer: 28ºC to 38ºC, to chilly and dry during the winter: -10ºC to 10ºC. Autumn (September to early November) is the optimal season to visit Beijing as the weather is gorgeous and fewer tourists are in town. In winter, it’s glacial outside (dipping as low as -20°C) and the northern winds cut through the city. Arid spring is OK, apart from the awesome sand clouds that sweep in from Inner Mongolia and the static electricity that discharges everywhere. Spring also sees the snow like liuxù(willow catkins) wafting through the air and collecting in drifts. From May onwards the mercury can surge well over 30°C. Beijing simmers under a scorching sun in summer (reaching over 40°C), which also sees heavy rainstorms late in the season. Maybe surprisingly, this is also considered the peak season, when hotels typically raise their rates and the Great Wall nearly collapses under the weight of marching tourists. Air pollution can be intolerable in both summer and winter. Central Vietnam is generally best between mid-January and August, during this period it should be dry. If you want to travel outside of this period, we can recommend some great accommodation on Vietnam's southern beaches, which are better between November and March.
This enriching journey includes bucket list musts in China, including Beijing, Xian and Shanghai along with Vietnam's glorious central coastline providing the perfect combination of history, culture and beach time to end. China and Vietnam is an uncommon combination but one that works brilliantly, especially if you like to have some downtime to end off your holiday.
The itinerary begins with three nights in historic Beijing, home to iconic sights such as The Imperial Summer Palace, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Spending three nights here, with a specialist guide on hand, is such a great introduction to China's imperial past and more modern day living. Beijing also provides access to The Great Wall, one of the China's greatest man-made creations that covers the most stunning landscape, and we have included a full day trip out to the wall followed by a visit to the Summer Palace for you, which is a beautiful and scenic way to spend the day.
From Beijing, you’ll take the highspeed train to Xian where you'll find the army of Terracotta Warriors, arguably one of China's major highlights. Undiscovered until 1974, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a collection of thousands of terracotta warriors, bronze chariots, horses and weapons. It's a spectacular sight and one of history's most important archaeological finds. Your guide will also bring Old Xian to life, as an ancient town once strongly linked with the silk route.
From Xian it's a short flight to Shanghai where you really will be able to see ancient China meeting modern with the vibrant skyscrapers of Pudong contrasted with the historical French Concession of Puxi. On arrival in Shanghai, your guide will meet you from the airport and take you directly to explore the French Concession where you must make sure to stop in at is Fuxing Park, brilliant for people watching. From here you’ll continue you tour into the old town and on to Nanjing Road with its vibrant atmosphere. This evening we have also included the ERA show for you, a thrilling mix of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology.
On departure from Shanghai you will take a connecting flight through Hanoi in Vietnam before reaching Nha Trang on the central coast. On arrival in Nha Trang you will be met by your driver and whisked away to the pier for your short boat trip across to Six Senses Nha Trang for four blissful nights on the beach to end your trip. As in traditional Six Senses fashion, you’ll set your watch back by one hour on arrival, cementing the feeling that you have been totally transported to an island paradise. After four nights you will make your way back to Nha Trang to connect to your onward flight home or to continue further travels.
Get away from the crowds as you trek a remote section of the Great Wall of China with a guide, along crumbling ramparts and past watchtowers with exceptional views over the surrounding rugged countryside.
Explore the cultural riches of Shanghai, both ancient and modern, as you travel through the city, from the artefacts of the Shanghai Museum to the religious heritage of the Jade Buddha Temple and on to the contemporary art scene of M50.
Enjoy historic Xian with your guide, learning about its city walls and visit the world famous Wild Goose Pagoda.
Walking the streets of the old city, you’ll discover a culinary hotspot as a wealth of morning delicacies are crafted in front of you, from dumplings to noodles, potstickers to pancakes. Taste ten local dishes as you get a flavour for the neighbourhood.
Get a glimpse into the ancient art of Tai Chi as you begin your day with a lesson from a master, and enjoy an hour of practice in one of the Shanghai’s parks, looking out over the city’s skyline.
The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty was a hugely significant discovery in the 1970s. The warriors are fascinating and well worth exploring with a private guide.
Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.
Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.
Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.
Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.
Uncover the secrets of two of Xi’an’s most enigmatic sites as you explore the mysterious cave dwellings of the loess rock formations and the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors.
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