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Classic Vietnam From Hanoi

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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,265

Experience the essential Vietnam in one week visiting vibrant Ho Chi Min City, colourful Hoi An and the attractive capital, Hanoi. Find out what Vietnam is all about in one week.


Enjoy the highlights of this fast emerging destination. There are teeming cities, time worn temples and pagodas, second to none white sand beaches, history, recent and ancient, lush green mountains and much more.

Starting in Hanoi the capital, you will find a mix of east and west due to its wide boulevards and French influences.  Here visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state.  Also visit the nearby museum to learn more about the man. In the afternoon, visit the charming and lovely One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature dating back to the 11th Century and the uniquely designed Opera House.  Finally, take a stroll through the ancient quarter called the 36 Streets all traditionally named after artisans and craftsmen.

Fly from Hanoi to Danang and take time to enjoy the Cham Museum with its large collection of sculptures after which head to Hoi An viewing en route the Marble Mountains and China Beach.

Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a historical port where the old town is a maze of interesting narrow streets and alleyways. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. The next day, visit the local market to buy ingredients for a 2 hour cooking class in which you will prepare a meal and then enjoy it for lunch. The restaurant is reached by boat along the Hoi An River.

Return to Danang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, bustling with life – just watch a scooter go by with a family of five hanging on. Its many markets sell everything from silk to spices and the city is dotted with temples. Start with a tour of the city; see the Notre Dame Cathedral the uniquely designed Post Office, Reunification Hall (formerly the Presidential Palace) and the History Museum. Later, visit to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate underground system of tunnels and chambers built in the 1940’s and used again in the 1960’s to evade the foreign enemy. 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,265

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Day 1

Hanoi Airport to City Hotel

Duration40 Minutes

InterContinental Hanoi West Lake

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake offers contemporary style in a luxurious setting on the waterfront. It overlooks the 800 year old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, Ho Tay Lake. The historic city centre is within a 10-minute ride, as are a wide range of shopping and cultural venues. The hotel is just 40 minutes by taxi from Noi Bai International Airport. There are 359 spacious guestrooms and suites that are gracefully appointed and come with all the contemporary amenities.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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InterContinental Hanoi West Lake

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    InterContinental Hanoi West Lake



    InterContinental Hanoi Westlake offers contemporary style in a luxurious setting on the waterfront. It overlooks the 800 year old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, Ho Tay Lake. The historic city centre is within a 10-minute ride, as are a wide range of shopping …

    InterContinental Hanoi Westlake offers contemporary style in a luxurious setting on the waterfront. It overlooks the 800 year old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, Ho Tay Lake. The historic city centre is within a 10-minute ride, as are a wide range of shopping and cultural venues. The hotel is just 40 minutes by taxi from Noi Bai International Airport. There are 359 spacious guestrooms and suites that are gracefully appointed and come with all the contemporary amenities.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Full Day Hanoi City Tour including Lunch

Visit Ba Dinh Square where silent sentries guard the marble mausoleum in which Ho Chi Minh lies in state. Subject to opening hours, the interior of the mausoleum may be visited. Continue to the modest stilted wooden bungalow where Uncle Ho lived and worked, before visiting Ho Chi Minh Museum. Dedicated to the 'father of the country', the museum chronicles the evolution of Vietnamese independence.

French architecture features prominently in Hanoi and the nearby former Governor's Residence is a fine example. Continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda with a history steeped in folklore. The final stop is the Thang Long Royal Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 11th century during the Ly Viet Dynasty. This important historical site served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your exploration of the city, resplendent with French colonial architecture including the exquisite, Opera House. Pass Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the 'Lake of the Restored Sword' after the legend that surrounds it, en-route to one of the city's many fascinating museums: choose from History Museum, Military Museum, Hoa Loa Prison or Fine Arts, depending on your personal interests. Continue to the Temple of Literature, a serene retreat from the busy streets outside. Built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, it became Vietnam's first university.

The best way to experience Hanoi's Old Quarter is on foot and next, take a walking tour through an area of the city known as '36 Streets'. The oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, this densely populated section of Hanoi was once an important centre of commerce where goods were sold on the street name of a particular guild. The labyrinthine alleyways are perfect for exploring on foot with names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

City Hotel to Hanoi Airport

Duration40 Minutes

Hanoi Airport to Hue Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Hue Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Azerai La Residence Hotel & Spa

La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue, Vietnam is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel. Here you can step back in time, indulge in the comforts and bask in the serenity. The hotel boasts a distinctive art deco design that is reminiscent of colonial Indochina. With just 122 rooms and suites, Hotel & Spa is truly a boutique hotel and great care has been taken to preserve the comforts and atmosphere of a classic colonial villa.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Azerai La Residence Hotel & Spa

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    Azerai La Residence Hotel & Spa



    La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue, Vietnam is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel. Here you can step back in time, indulge in the comforts and bask in the serenity. The hotel boasts a …

    La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue, Vietnam is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel. Here you can step back in time, indulge in the comforts and bask in the serenity. The hotel boasts a distinctive art deco design that is reminiscent of colonial Indochina. With just 122 rooms and suites, Hotel & Spa is truly a boutique hotel and great care has been taken to preserve the comforts and atmosphere of a classic colonial villa.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Half Day Perfume River Cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel With Lunch

This excursion begins with an interesting boat ride along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Consisting of seven stories, the pagoda is the tallest religious building in Vietnam and within its grounds is the Austin car in which Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who demonstrated against the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War, was driven to Saigon prior to his widely reported self-immolation in 1963.

Continue to the Imperial Citadel. Built between 1804 and 1833, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and despite a chequered history, the fortress remains superbly intact. There will be time for exploration before moving on to Long An Palace. Situated outside the citadel walls and only reopened to the public in 2012 after four years of extensive renovation, this baroque-influenced palace is now home to the Royal Fine Arts Museum. Inside this highly rated museum are several thousand antiquities including porcelain, silverware and paintings, many of which belonged to the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Half Day Emperors of Contrast by Road to Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Tomb

Located in attractive settings along the banks of the Perfume River, the tombs of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty were not just designed as their final place of rest. Here, the emperors would come during their twilight years to enjoy recreational activities such as fishing and hunting as well as the company of their many concubines. Of these tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc is considered to be the most magnificent. Tu Duc lived a life of excess and this is reflected in the grandeur of the traditional architecture, majestic walkways and ornate pavilions that fill the grounds of his mausoleum. In contrast, Emperor Khai Dinh was effectively a 'Puppet Emperor' for the ruling French colonialists and this is evident in the eclectic mix of European and Vietnamese styles that influenced the design of his final resting place.

Duration3 Hours

Hue to Hoi An With Visit To Lang Co Village En-route

Depart Hue and travel overland to Hoi An via Cloudy Pass, with a visit to the idyllic fishing village of Lang Co en-route.

Duration3 Hours

Anantara Hoi An Resort

At the Anantara Hoi An Resort you will experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation and Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away. Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An's fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Anantara Hoi An Resort

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    At the Anantara Hoi An Resort you will experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation and Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away. Scenically positioned on the banks of the …

    At the Anantara Hoi An Resort you will experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation and Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away. Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An's fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Wedding Chapel

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Half Day Hoi An Walking Tour - Afternoon

Located 30KM south of Danang, the sublime riverside town of Hoi An is a feast for the eyes. Devoid of most forms of motorised transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of this ancient port is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets of this enchanting destination. You will visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colourful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will also be time to peruse the numerous boutiques and galleries that line the narrow streets and perhaps make a purchase or two. During the walk, a quick visit at the market to find out well-known local cakes in Hoi An market such as Banh It la Gai or Banh Dau Xanh.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

Half Day Market Visit and Cooking Classes with Lunch ex Hoi An

Begin the morning with a fresh juice or ca phe sua da (Vietnamese coffee) at a local cafe before experiencing the cacophony of sights and sounds at Hoi An's vibrant marketplace. Here you will have the chance to interact with the local vendors and also purchase the necessary ingredients to be used in your cooking lesson later this morning.

Walking the short distance to the jetty, board a small boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school. As you journey, the bustling scene close to town gives way to peace and tranquility and the boat trip is a wonderful way to experience life on the river. Hoi An is renowned throughout Vietnam for its delicious culinary specialities and this morning's cooking class begins with an introduction to some of the region's best-known dishes. You will tour the school's vegetable and herb garden before following the example of the local chef and preparing some of the dishes yourself. The class will last approximately 2 hours and will culminate with lunch and a short demonstration of Vietnamese vegetable carving and plate decoration.

Duration5 Hours
Day 6

Transfer from Hoi An To Danang Airport with Cham Museum Tour En-route

On route to Danang Airport you willl drive overland and visit the Cham Museum. Situated in a quiet area of Danang City, the Cham Museum was built in 1915. The kingdom of Champa controlled what is now south and central Vietnam from approximately 192 through 1697. At present, the museum houses 297 stone and terracotta sculptural works made between the 7th and the 15th centuries. These are impressive works typical of the Cham culture. From here, continue on to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries with period architecture and relaxed lifestyle.

Duration1 Hour

Da Nang Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport to City Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Caravelle Hotel

The Caravelle Hotel is centrally located in the midst of the city's business, shopping, and entertainment districts, and it is just 12 kilometres from the airport. The Caravelle's dining options are varied and exquisite, while its renowned Saigon Bar offers live entertainment and the best views of Ho Chi Minh City's skyline. The Caravelle's deluxe facilities include a swimming pool, a modern and fully-equipped gym and a spa.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Caravelle Hotel

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    The Caravelle Hotel is centrally located in the midst of the city's business, shopping, and entertainment districts, and it is just 12 kilometres from the airport. The Caravelle's dining options are varied and exquisite, while its renowned Saigon Bar offers live entertainment and the best …

    The Caravelle Hotel is centrally located in the midst of the city's business, shopping, and entertainment districts, and it is just 12 kilometres from the airport. The Caravelle's dining options are varied and exquisite, while its renowned Saigon Bar offers live entertainment and the best views of Ho Chi Minh City's skyline. The Caravelle's deluxe facilities include a swimming pool, a modern and fully-equipped gym and a spa.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Full Day Cu Chi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour including lunch

Synonymous with the Vietnam War and a testament to the determined spirit of the Vietnamese, the underground network of passages at Cu Chi is a fascinating day trip out of the city.

Work on the tunnels began during the war against the French in the 1940s and over the next 25 years as the conflict with America escalated, they were improved and expanded to create an underground city of meeting areas, storerooms, living quarters and much more. The tunnels allowed the Viet Cong to control a vital area of South Vietnam and at their height, extended for more than 200KM in length and stretched from what was then Saigon to the Cambodian border.

Preserved as a memorial park, a small section of this remarkable network is open to the public and there is the option to go below the surface to visit the tunnel first hand. There is plenty of interest above ground as well and it is recommended to bring good footwear, sunscreen and a hat. Please note you may get a little dusty if you decide to go underground.

Return to city for lunch at a local restaurant. The first stop on this afternoon's itinerary is Reunification Palace. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on 30th April 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signalling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. Now a museum complete with period meeting areas, war rooms and a basement communication centre, after your visit, walk the short distance to Notre Dame Cathedral. At the centre of HCMC's government district, this romantic church dates back to the late 19th century and is a popular backdrop for wedding photographs. Across the street from the cathedral is the city's striking French colonial-era post office, whilst Hotel de Ville de Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City Hall, is another of the city's most prominent buildings. The Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in yet another fine example of Sino-French architecture. Dating back to the 1920s, it contains an excellent series of exhibits dating from the Bronze Age to the Nguyen dynasty, the last ruling family of Vietnam.

As an alternative to the Museum of Vietnamese History, visit the elegant Fine Arts Museum with its impressive collection of ancient and modern art and sculptures, or the War Remnants Museum, which is primarily dedicated to the Vietnam War but also includes exhibits dating back to French colonialist period and the first Indochina War.

The final stop today is the unforgettable Jade Emperor Pagoda. With the pungent smell of incense hanging heavy in the air and an interior packed fall of ornate carvings and fierce-looking statues, this Taoist temple is one of the most atmospheric places of worship in the city. Transfer back to your hotel after your visit or alternatively be dropped off at Ben Thanh market for personal exploration and a spot of souvenir hunting.

Duration9 Hours
Day 8

City Hotel to Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport

Duration45 Minutes

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Domestic flights
  • Transfers
  • Sighseeing with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

  

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