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Highlights of Vietnam

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 1,572

See the essentials of magical Vietnam on this journey through its historic highlights. Experience the busy streets of Hanoi and Saigon, pus the tranquil farmhouses of the Mekong Delta, the ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue, and the serene beauty of misty Halong Bay.


This 10-day trip through Vietnam begins in Saigon, the economic powerhouse of the entire country, before taking you through the beautiful historic cities of Hoi An and Hue, misty Ha Long Bay, and the country's lovely thousand year old capital, Hanoi.

Begin in Ho Chi Minh City, known as Saigon before 1975. It is the largest city in the country, alive with scooters zipping along the streets, and markets selling everything from silk to spices. During your stay, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels just outside the city, used by guerilla fighers during both WW2 and the Vietnam War. Back in the city, see the Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace, followed by the History Museum with its Vietnamese antiquities. Take in the Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during their occupation, and the uniquely designed Post Office.

Take a trip to the Mekong Delta, where the mighty Mekong River empties into the South China Sea. This is the 'rice basket' of Vietnam, where te villages are generally only reached by river or canal rather than by road. A boat cruise will take you to a number of typical delta villages, introducing you to the lifestyles of the local people.

Fly the next day to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam, located on the enigmatically named PerfumeRiver. Here sail down the river on a short cruise arriving at the Thien Mu Pagoda. Also visit the impressive burial grounds of former Emperors and the Citadel modeled on the Beijing Imperial Palace.

Drive the following morning to Hoi An, 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 have a walking tour to see its many galleries, tailor shops and cafes. The next day is at leisure to explore Hoi An on your own.

Then fly to Hanoi and immediately travel by road to Halong Bay region staying in Halong City for overnight. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and quite rightly so as it is a natural wonder consisting of some 1600 islands in a series of bays, most uninhabited. Enjoy an overnight cruise, during which you will explore the islands, discover floating villages, and see peaks with panoramic views of the area, lagoons, caves and excellent sandy beaches. You'll even take part in a sunrise tai chi lesson, if you so desire.

Returning to Hanoi, it's time for a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Visit the former home of Ho Chi Minh, One Pillar Pagoda, the 11th century Temple of Literature where graduating classes still celebrate today, and the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison for a very different version of the Vietnam War narrative. Much of Hanoi's joy lies in simply exploring the city on its own terms, so watch for traffic and enjoy the rush and charm of Vietnam's capital.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,572

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Day 1

Saigon

On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing. Stay the next three nights at Grand Hotel Saigon.

Duration3 Nights
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Grand Hotel Saigon

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    Grand Hotel Saigon



    Built in 1930, the architecture of the Ancient Wing offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere within a professional and attentive service in European style. In 2011, Luxury Wing is marked by a refurbishment to become 5-star hotel, from the spectacular charm of the lobby, to ...

    Built in 1930, the architecture of the Ancient Wing offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere within a professional and attentive service in European style. In 2011, Luxury Wing is marked by a refurbishment to become 5-star hotel, from the spectacular charm of the lobby, to the deluxe appointments of the rooms and to the personalized and courteous service. With total of 230 rooms and suites, offered both classic and contemporary style, 500-seat ballroom & break-out rooms, recreation area, VIP Lounge, Western & Asian restaurants, Bars & Grand Caf_ at Roof Garden, ?so that every guest will enjoy the caring touch while staying with. Grand Hotel Saigon is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown where is named as The Pearl of the Far East, overlooking the historical streets and the Saigon River.

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Day 2

Cu Chi Tunnels and City Tour

Drive from Saigon to Cu Chi and discover the incredible network of underground tunnels. On returning to Saigon, enjoy a bowl of Pho noodle soup at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant then visit the city's most impressive sites on a walking tour. Lined with French-colonial buildings, wander along Dong Khoi Street, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh Square before visiting the War Remnants Museum. As the sun sets over Saigon, relax with a drink at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon, the perfect end to the day.

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Day 3

Mekong Delta

From Saigon, drive south to the Mekong Delta and spend the day exploring the palm-fringed canals and tributaries of the Mekong in a private boat. Gain an insight into the main local industries of the area as you visit a traditional brick factory and meet a family of weavers. Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring fresh local ingredients. On the return drive to Saigon, stop at Cao Dai temple.

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Day 4

Saigon to Hue

Fly from Saigon to the former imperial capital of Hue. See the city's most famous sites including Emperor Tu Duc's tomb, Imperial Palace and Citadel. Visit Spiral Foundation, a unique enterprise which was established in 2001 to employ people with disabilities. With the help of the local people, enjoy making a souvenir from recycled materials as you learn about their lives. Overnight at Hotel Saigon Morin.

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Duration1 Night
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Saigon Morin Hotel

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    Saigon Morin Hotel



    Built in 1901 by French, the Saigon Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. Survived through many wars, this is more than a Hotel, it's a part of the History of Hue city in the last 100 years. Now lovingly restored to ...

    Built in 1901 by French, the Saigon Morin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Hue City, Vietnam. Survived through many wars, this is more than a Hotel, it's a part of the History of Hue city in the last 100 years. Now lovingly restored to its century-old glory, Saigon Morin Hotel is once ready to live up to its reputation as the choice of celebrities, intrepid adventures and businessmen. The Hotel offers everything a discerning traveller would expect form a world class hotel without sacrificing the old world charm that made the Saigon Morin Hotel legendary.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 5

Hue to Hoi An

Drive along Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An and soak in some of Vietnam's most stunning scenery and views. On arrival in the charming riverside town of Hoi An, embark on a walking tour to discover the mix of Chinese, Japanese and French influenced architecture. Visit a traditional ancient house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Stay the next two nights at Hoi An Historic Hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hoi An Historic Hotel

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    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the ...

    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

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    • Art Gallery
    • Badminton Court
    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Day 6

Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An. Choose to explore the old town, have a tailor create a new wardrobe or cycle to An Bang Beach. From street carts to French-style cafes and riverfront seafood restaurants, enjoy dining at a range of eateries.

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Day 7

Hoi An To Halong Bay

Drive a short distance to Danang before flying to Haiphong and driving on to Halong Bay. Dotted with 3,000 limestone karsts, Halong Bay is one of Vietnam's stunning natural wonders. Board a beautifully appointed junk boat and begin to cruise the waters of impressive Halong Bay. Feast on fresh seafood before stopping to explore an enormous grotto. In the evening, retreat to your private cabin, or relax on the deck or at the bar. Overnight on Indochina Sails boat.

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Duration1 Night
Day 8

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Greet the day with a sunrise Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Spend time exploring one of the islands and climb to the peak for 360 degree views of Halong Bay. After brunch on board, disembark and drive to Hanoi, the nation's capital. In the afternoon, venture into the narrow backstreets of Hanoi's Old Quarter to sample delicious local snacks including a Vietnamese pancake, shrimp cake, the sweet tea drink known as 'che' and drink beer local-style at a 'Bia Hoi' establishment. Venturing into the Old Quarter offers a fascinating insight into the local way of life. Stay the next two nights at Silk Path Hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Silk Path Hotel

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    The Silk Path Hotel is located in the heart of the charming old quarter of Hanoi close to countless tourist attractions, government and diplomatic institutions as well as the business district of the city. The Silk Path Hotel, with its 106 well-appointed exclusively designed rooms ...

    The Silk Path Hotel is located in the heart of the charming old quarter of Hanoi close to countless tourist attractions, government and diplomatic institutions as well as the business district of the city. The Silk Path Hotel, with its 106 well-appointed exclusively designed rooms and suites, makes the hotel the preferred choice of both the leisure and business traveller.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
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    • Sauna

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Day 9

Hanoi

Discover Hanoi's sites on a city tour. Visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, walk through the Old Quarter and see the tranquil Temple of Literature. In the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visit the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts. This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner to celebrate your time in Vietnam.

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Day 10

Depart Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES: 

2018:  Every Saturday (except Jul 7, 21; Aug 4, 18)
2019:  Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Apr 6, 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10; 24; Sep 14, 21, 28; Oct 12, 19, 26; Nov 9, 16, 26; Dec 7, 21, 28
2020: Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 8, 15, 22, 29; Mar 7, 14, 21, 28

PRICES INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation 
  • 1 night cruise accommodation onboard Indochina Sail
  • All flights as specified in the itinerary 
  • Small group touring as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local English Speaking guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All tips on tour 
  • Sightseeing as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visas if required
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

    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 enquire.

Selected departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests, please check with our Asia experts on the relevant dates. It is compulsory to have comprehensive travel insurance to participate on this trip. 

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