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: email@example.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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.