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Vietnam Discovery

Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,429

Discover Vietnam’s fascinating culture, turbulent and inspiring history, and scrumptious food with a thorough exploration of this enticing country. This trip is for travellers who want to see the highlights of Vietnam, but also want to go deeper, visiting some less travelled national parks and sights.


This 17-day small group trip takes you through one of Asia’s brightest travel stars from energetic Saigon to serene Ha Long Bay.

Ho Chi Minh City, still known to the locals as Saigon is at once frantic and enchanting. In Vietnam’s largest city, every sight is a treasure trove of history, every road ‘rule’ governing the ever moving sea of motorbikes is a mere guideline, and every café and restaurant is ready to charge your senses in one of the world’s great food (and coffee) destinations. Get a different slant on the ‘American War’ at the War Remnants Museum or drive your hardest bargain at Ben Thanh Market. 

Ho Chi Minh City is also a base for some excellent day trips. Jjourney out on your first day to the Cu Chi Tunnels for a close look at guerilla warfare, Viet Cong style. You'll also spend a day in the Mekong Delta. The food basket of Vietnam, the Mekong produces more than half the country’s rice and supports a large fishing industry. You’ll explore by boat, meeting some of the friendly locals and getting a taste of life in this unique region.

Onward to Dalat, visit a Zen monastery and ride the restoration of the original French train here. From there, fly on to Danang, gateway to Hue and Hoi An, two of Vietnam’s most beautiful cities. Hue is the former capital, and despite suffering considerable damage in the Vietnam War, still contains spectacular remnants of the Nguyen Dynasty such as the Imperial City and Mu Pagoda. Not far away is Hoi An, which has somewhat overshadowed its neighbour as one of old Southeast Asia’s best preserved trading ports. Much of the architecture here reflects that history, so it can often feel more ‘authentic’ than in other parts of the country. Visit the tomb of Nguyen Dynasty Emperor Tu Duc, before a city and market tour lets you sample the best of Hoi An.

To the north of Hue, visit Phong Nha, one of Vietnam's most beautiful national parks. Kayak among the limestone karsks, and explore the aptly named Paradise Cave. It's enough to whet your appetite for flying into Hanoi, bound for Ha Long Bay, Vietnam’s most astonishing natural wonder. Meaning ‘the Bay of Descending Dragons,’ Ha Long contains 1,969 islands and limestone islets. Spend the morning cruising through the bay before returning to Hanoi for a water puppet performance.

Vietnam’s charming capital has earned its reputation as a favourite of many travellers. A walking tour takes you through the Old Quarter, Ba Dinh Square and the Temple of Literature, home to Vietnam’s first national university. You’ll even visit what remains of Hoa Lo Prison (aka the ‘Hanoi Hilton’) and enjoy time at leisure before you depart.


 

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Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,429

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Day 1

Arrive Saigon

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

Duration2 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 to Cu Chi to discover the underground tunnels. Return to Saigon and enjoy a bowl of Pho noodle soup at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, take a walking tour along Dong Khoi Street, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the War Remnants Museum. As the sun sets, relax with sundowner drinks at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon.

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Day 3

Saigon to Mekong Delta

From Saigon, travel south to the Mekong Delta and board your overnight cruise boat, Mekong Eyes. On a walking tour through a rural village, gain a glimpse into local life before returning to the boat for sunset and dinner. Overnight on Mekong Eyes boat (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Mekong Eyes Classic

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    Mekong Eyes Classic



    The Mekong Eyes Classic combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts. 39 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, this river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta. ...

    The Mekong Eyes Classic combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts. 39 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, this river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta. The vessel can comfortably accommodate up to 30 passengers. Cabins feature a private bathroom with shower and hot water, wardrobe and air-conditioning, and all rooms offer panoramic views over the Mekong River. Amenities include a large dining room on the lower deck, a stylish upper-deck indoor panorama lounge, and a top deck open sitting area and sun deck with breath-taking views.

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    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 4

Mekong Delta to Saigon

Continue exploring the tributaries and canals of the Mekong Delta. Marvel at the vibrant scenes of an authentic floating market before returning to Saigon. Overnight at Palace Hotel (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Palace Hotel

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    Palace Hotel



    Palace Saigon Hotel features 144 luxury rooms and comfortable suites offering the ideal ambience for both business and leisure travellers. Our Palace Saigon hotel provides a facility and service array including the rooftop Lemongrass Vietnamese restaurant with panoramic city view, Buffet Ganh Restaurant, Calibre Fine ...

    Palace Saigon Hotel features 144 luxury rooms and comfortable suites offering the ideal ambience for both business and leisure travellers. Our Palace Saigon hotel provides a facility and service array including the rooftop Lemongrass Vietnamese restaurant with panoramic city view, Buffet Ganh Restaurant, Calibre Fine Dining Restaurant, Calibre Bar, Palace Café. In Balance Spa, beauty Salon and Fitness centre including an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness. The hotel's 4 meeting rooms offer the latest AV equipment and provide over 300sqm of space that can accommodate up to 300 persons.

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    • Banquet Facilities
    • Beauty Salon
    • Cafe
    • Gym
    • Massage Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 5

Saigon to Dalat

An early flight takes you to Dalat, a former French hill station. Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery on the drive to a Zen monastery which features a delightful garden. Take a train ride on a restored French train before ending the day exploring the central market. Overnight at Saigon Dalat Hotel (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Saigon Dalat

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    Saigon Dalat



    The Saigon Dalat Hotel is located right in the heart of Dalat city, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. It is comprised of 160 luxurious and comfortable rooms with air-conditioning throughout and modern amenities by international standard. The restaurants, tennis court, indoor swimming-pool and other services together ...

    The Saigon Dalat Hotel is located right in the heart of Dalat city, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. It is comprised of 160 luxurious and comfortable rooms with air-conditioning throughout and modern amenities by international standard. The restaurants, tennis court, indoor swimming-pool and other services together with friendly, enthusiastic and professional staff will render guests a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Dalat to Hoi An

Fly from Dalat to Danang, then drive to Hoi An. The evening is free for you to explore Hoi An or you may wish to take part in an optional cooking class. Stay the next three nights at Hoi An Historic Hotel (or similar).

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Duration3 Nights
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Hoi An Historic Hotel

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    Hoi An Historic Hotel



    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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Hoi An

Explore the old town on a morning walking tour. Visit a traditional ancient house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. The next day, enjoy a full free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An.

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Duration2 Days
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Hoi An to Hue

Enjoy more free time in Hoi An before travelling along Hai Van Pass to Hue. Drive to a nearby village and spend the evening sampling regional dishes within a family home. Stay the next two nights at Hotel Saigon Morin (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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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.

    Facilities

    • 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 10

Hue

Embark on a tour of some of Hue's most famous sites. Visit Spiral Foundation which employs people with disabilities and enjoy making a souvenir.

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Day 11

Hue to Phong Nha

Drive to Hue across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) at River Hai. Continue to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and cruise through some of Asia's oldest limestone karst mountains. Stay the next two nights at Chay Lap Farmstay (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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Chay Lap Farmstay

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    Chay Lap Farmstay



    The small bungalows nestled at the base of the ancient karst formations, only a few kilometers from the National Park, were the perfect foundation for Oxalis to create an incredible oasis. The original rooms were upgraded and 16 new rooms were built. The swimming pool ...

    The small bungalows nestled at the base of the ancient karst formations, only a few kilometers from the National Park, were the perfect foundation for Oxalis to create an incredible oasis. The original rooms were upgraded and 16 new rooms were built. The swimming pool area was revitalized, lush gardens were planted and infrastructure was improved with the addition of a restaurant, pool bar, reception building and administrative area. All of these improvements have led to Chay Lap Farmstay becoming a retreat for adventure seekers of all types.

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    • Outdoor Pool
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 12

Phong Nha

Enjoy a free day exploring the national park at your leisure. Kayak among the limestone karsts or explore the cave system of Paradise Cave.

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Day 13

Phong Nha to Hanoi

Travel from Phong Nha to Dong Hai before flying to Hanoi. In the afternoon, visit a market and sample delicious local snacks in the Old Quarter. Stay the next two nights at Tirant Hotel (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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Tirant Hotel

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    Tirant Hotel


    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, ...

    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, Hoan Kiem Lake (2 minute-walking); the Opera House, the Water Puppet Theater, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, the War Museum, and Temple of Literature or Hoan Kiem Lake. Also visit the Dong Xuan Market and experience shopping in the bustling atmosphere of the Old Quarter or spending the afternoon strolling along the shores of nearby lakes.

    The Tirant hotel features 63 uniquely lavish designed guestrooms overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel provides all the comforts of home whether traveling for business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 14

Hanoi

On a city tour, visit the Hanoi Hilton prison, walk through the Old Quarter and stop at the Temple of Literature. Visit the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts.

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Day 15

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Drive to Halong Bay and board your junk boat. Feast on fresh seafood before exploring an enormous grotto. Overnight on Indochina Sails boat (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Indochina Sails

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    Indochina Sails



    Indochina Sails is a brand name of Huong Hai Group, one of the top tourism services companies in Vietnam. Service, quality and luxury are the hallmarks of this meticulously sails, which epitomize style, flair, wonderful comfort and the latest modern amenities. Moreover, its experienced and ...

    Indochina Sails is a brand name of Huong Hai Group, one of the top tourism services companies in Vietnam. Service, quality and luxury are the hallmarks of this meticulously sails, which epitomize style, flair, wonderful comfort and the latest modern amenities. Moreover, its experienced and highly motivated crews look forward to make your trip impeccable and unforgettable.

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    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 16

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Rise early to make the most of Halong Bay. Enjoy brunch before returning to Hanoi. This evening, relax with a farewell group dinner. Overnight at Tirant Hotel (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Tirant Hotel

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    Tirant Hotel


    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, ...

    The Hanoi Tirant Hotel has an ideal location, nestled between 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi's tourist attractions. The Tirant hotel offers guests a true city experience without the hassle. Enjoy many of the famous attractions close to the hotel, such as, Hoan Kiem Lake (2 minute-walking); the Opera House, the Water Puppet Theater, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, the War Museum, and Temple of Literature or Hoan Kiem Lake. Also visit the Dong Xuan Market and experience shopping in the bustling atmosphere of the Old Quarter or spending the afternoon strolling along the shores of nearby lakes.

    The Tirant hotel features 63 uniquely lavish designed guestrooms overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel provides all the comforts of home whether traveling for business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 17

Depart Hanoi

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

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Jan 20; Feb 17; Mar 10, 24; Apr 7; May 5; Jun 23; Jul 14; Aug 4; Sep 8; Oct 6; Nov 3; Dec 1

2020: Jan 12; Feb 2; Mar 8, 22

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights' cruise accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Small group touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • National tour leader added with a minimum of 10 travellers
  • 3 regional flights
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Airport transfers
  • Porterage and incidental gratuities

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • 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 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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