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Hong Kong and Vietnam Voyager

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,239

Experience the best of Hong Kong and Vietnam on this tailor-made journey through Southeast Asia. Begin in Hong Kong, where you’ll explore the city’s history, before connecting to Vietnam to visit Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, and finally Halong Bay, experiencing the nation’s history and natural treasures.


This 11-day Southeast Asian vacation takes you from Hong Kong to the most popular sights in Vietnam. It includes moderate, first-class, or deluxe accommodations based on preference, shared tours, domestic flights, and is perfect for first-time visitors to Southeast Asia.

Your trip to Southeast Asia begins in Hong Kong, the massive metropolis full of skyscrapers and world-class food and shopping. Upon arrival, you’ll quickly realize that Hong Kong stands out from the rest of China; it was controlled by the British for over a century before returning to the mainland in 1997. Today, the city remains a bridge between East and West and an intoxicating city for travellers to explore. You’ll have a full day at leisure to see the city and get your bearings. Spend your time scoring deals on designer brands in the famous shopping malls or feasting on the mouth-watering international cuisine found within the city’s abundant restaurants. Climb Victoria Peak, the highest point in the city, and take in the stunning panorama of the 1,300 skyscrapers that crowd the skyline. The next day, head on a full-day tour of Hong Kong’s history, starting at the Kowloon Walled City Park before visiting Wong Tai Sin, Chi Lin Nunnery, and the modern Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

From Hong Kong, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest metropolis. Known as Saigon in the past, Ho Chi Minh City remains the busiest of Vietnam’s cities, and its economic powerhouse. In many ways, it supplanted Bangkok as the “Anything goes” capital of Southeast Asia, so you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied here. Take a day to explore the city’s history. Head north and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which the Viet Cong used to mount attacks in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After exploring the underground tunnels and learning about the war, head back into the city for a tour of the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

From Ho Chi Minh City, connect to Danang in the centre of the country and tour the Cham Museum, which charts the history of the Champa Kingdom, which ruled the region for over 1,500 years. Connect to nearby Hoi-An, many travellers’ favourite town in the country. Known for its colonial architecture and quaint old town that’s mostly free of cars, Hoi An has long attracted travellers with its walkable streets and gorgeous buildings. Start with a tour of the marketplace, where you’ll buy ingredients for a cooking class. Afterwards, board a boat and cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school, where you’ll learn to make some classic Vietnamese dishes and enjoy a special lunch of your own creations.

Connect back to Danang and fly to Hanoi, the nation’s capital. Hanoi’s colonial architecture evokes images of European capitals, while the endless crowds of honking scooters make it known that you’re definitely in Vietnam. Head on a city tour to see Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where Uncle Ho’s embalmed body is on display, before visiting the One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the Temple of Literature, which has served as a Confucian university for over a thousand years.

Close out your Vietnamese vacation by heading to Halong Bay, often called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Once you arrive on the coast, prepare to be floored. This landscape of karst rocks rising from the ocean is nothing short of magical. Board a junk and head on an overnight cruise of the bay, drinking in the exquisite views as you wine and dine onboard. The next morning, rise for views of sunrise breaking over the bay before returning to Hanoi and ending your trip through the country.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,239

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Arrive Hong Kong

On arrival at Hong Kong, clear customs and in the arrival hall look out for your driver holding a sign with your name. You will be transferred to your accommodation and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel Category Hotel
First Class City Garden Hotel  
Deluxe Harbour Grand Hong Kong
Duration3 Nights
Day 2

Full day at leisure in Hong Kong

Today is at leisure in Hong Kong.  This city is easy to navigate on your own or chat with one of our Asia experts to add in a day excursion.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Treasures of Kowloon

This tour delves into fascinating Hong Kong heritage, starting with a visit to the Kowloon Walled City Park. This charming park was once the site of a Qing Dynasty fort before becoming a haven of crime and debauchery throughout the 20th century. In 1987, with the agreement of China, the colonial government finally took control of the no-go area, resettled its inhabitants, and replaced the slum with a park. Continue on to visit one of Hong Kong's most popular temples, Wong Tai Sin, which specializes in fortune-telling and is home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism). Its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre. Next visit the Chi Lin Nunnery, a stunningly renovated piece of Tang dynasty architecture. You'll find halls containing a treasure trove of religious relics as well as restful lotus ponds and beautiful Bonsai trees. Finally, explore the modern Kai Tak Cruise terminal, an architectural icon on the site of the former Kai Tak Airport runway. The rooftop garden offers incredible views of both Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Depart Hong Kong for Vietnam

Today you will be collected from your hotel lobby and transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.  On arrival, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel.  The rest of your day is at leisure.

Hotel Category Hotel
First Class Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel  
Deluxe Caravelle Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 5

Cu Chi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour

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, two sections of this remarkable network are open to the public. Visiting the area at Ben Dinh, there is the option to go below the surface and visit sections of the tunnels first hand. The more adventurous may go deeper and your guide will be on hand to give guidance on the degree of expected difficulty. 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Cham Museum enroute to Hoi An

Today you will be met by your driver in the lobby of your hotel for a transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will drive overland visiting 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.

Hotel Category Hotel
First Class Boutique Hoi An Resort  
Deluxe Anantara Hoi An Resort
Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 7

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 specialties 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Hoi An to Hanoi

Transfer today from Hoi An back to Danang Airport for your flight to Hanoi.  On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure.

Hotel Category Hotel
First Class Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy  
Deluxe InterContinental Hanoi West Lake
Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 9

Hanoi

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 10

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Today you will be collected from you hotel in Hanoi and transferred to a cruise to a cruise for your journey on Halong Bay. Sailing through emerald waters and past rocky islets and lush islands, a delicious lunch will be served on board.

Halong Bay is blessed with numerous grottoes, hidden pools and mystical islands and this afternoon, there will be the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore the region further. Off-boat excursions are usually by ship's tender although often there is the opportunity to discover the beautiful landscapes of the bay by kayak or bamboo rowing boat. Visits to nearby caves or sandy beaches may also be on the agenda and of course there is always the option to remain on board and take in the glorious vista from the spacious sundeck.

As night falls, the boat will drop anchor in a peaceful spot. Enjoy a refreshing drink and the view from the sundeck before sitting down to a leisurely dinner which will either be served on deck or inside the dining room depending on the vessel and local weather conditions.

Cruise Category Cruise Ship
First Class Bhaya  
Deluxe Paradise Luxury
Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Depart Hanoi

Today you will be transferred back to Hanoi to the airport for your onward journey.  You are able to extend your journey if you so wish.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily: Jan 5 - Mar 31, 2019

Accommodation Category

US $

CA $

First Class Hong Kong and Vietnam $2,239 $2,829
Deluxe Hong Kong and Vietnam $2,689 $3,579

Blackout Periods: Cherry Blossom season; approx. end of March to early April and Chinese New Year 4 – 10 Feb 2019

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers throughout the itinerary
  • 3 nights accommodation in a first class or deluxe hotel in Hong Kong
  • Half day Treasures of Kowloon tour in Hong Kong
  • 6 nights' accommodation in first class or deluxe hotels in Vietnam
  • Domestic Airfare and applicable air taxes with Vietnam
  • 1 night first class or deluxe cruise accommodation
  • Full day Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • Visit to Cham Museum
  • Half day Hoi An Market and Cooking tour
  • Full day Hanoi tour
  • 2 day / 1 night cruise on Halong Bay
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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 seats, subject to availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


31 Mar 2019
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