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Vietnam Discovery

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,170

Discover Vietnam’s fascinating culture, charming locals and scrumptious food with a thorough exploration of this enticing country.


This 14 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 both 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. Then journey out to the Cu Chi Tunnels for a close look at guerilla warfare, Viet Cong style.

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.

Make your way north 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.

Flying into Hanoi, transfer to 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
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,170

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Day 1

Arrive Saigon

A transfer takes you straight to your hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and Western Tour Leader (or local guide) for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. This is a great chance to get to know your fellow travellers and talk about the adventure that awaits you. Please look out for your welcome pack with the details included.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 2

Saigon

Saigon is Vietnam's commercial capital, and a city of extraordinary energy. Nowhere is Vietnam's rush to modernise more visible, yet despite this, Saigon is still known as a friendly and welcoming place. This morning, transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located in an area known as the Iron Triangle. Established as a means of waging guerrilla war against superior French and later American fire power, the tunnel network stretched over 250 km (155 miles), and extended three levels below ground. The complex provides an insight into the method and determination of Communist forces during the Vietnam wars. Transfer back to Saigon (lunch at own expense). In the afternoon, spend some time at the comprehensive and emotive War Remnants Museum and walk through the heart of the city to see famous landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square and Municipal Theatre. This evening, enjoy a drink at a rooftop bar in Saigon as the sunsets.

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Day 3

Saigon to Mekong Delta

This morning, depart downtown Saigon and head to the Mekong Delta. Known as the rice bowl of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country and is the main producer of the country's rice and tropical fruits. Upon arrival, board your boat (the Mekong Eyes) to begin your exploration of the area. After a delicious lunch featuring local specialties, explore some of the region's fascinating canals and tributaries, and gain insight into the lives of the local people. Take a guided walk through a rural village and picturesque plantations before returning to the boat to enjoy the sunset and dinner on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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

After breakfast, continue exploring the small canals of the region and visit one of the Mekong Delta's floating markets, where local farmers trade their produce the same way they have done for centuries. Afterwards, visit a local family-run food producer. Return to Saigon in the afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 5

Saigon to Dalat

This morning, transfer to the airport for your early morning flight to the cooler climate of the Central Highlands and the former French hill station of Dalat. Dalat is now a city of great local character and faded French elegance. Enjoy spectacular views as you drive through the highlands to a beautiful Zen monastery. Wander through the monastery's tranquil gardens, then continue on to the French railway station and ride an open-air train to the Trai Mat hamlet. Finish the day with a walk through the central market of Dalat, a pleasurable assault on the senses bursting with colourful fruits, vegetables and flowers, as well as a livestock and grocery section.

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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.

    Facilities

    • 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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Day 6

Dalat to Hoi An

This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Danang and short oevrland transfer to Hoi An. En-route, stop at the Marble Mountains, a series of large marble outcrops which have acquired mythical significance over the centuries. The caves of the Marble Mountains have a number of sacred Buddhist shrines, and once housed a Communist guerrilla hospital during the Vietnam War. Arrive Hoi An, Vietnam's most active trading centre for many centuries. The city's architecture reflects the influence of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French and British traders. Hoi An is also the town where French Missionary Alexandre De Rhodes introduced Catholicism to Vietnam, as well as the Romanised script that has become the standard Vietnamese script. This afternoon, take a walking tour to visit an old merchant house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. This evening is at leisure (optional excursion, additional cost: hands-on cooking class).

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Duration2 Nights
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Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa

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    Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa



    The Hoi An Trails Countryside Resort provides a new approach of taking care of the requirements of our guests. Whatever you want or need, they are there to ensure that everything is taken care of right down to the smallest details. They bring you to ...

    The Hoi An Trails Countryside Resort provides a new approach of taking care of the requirements of our guests. Whatever you want or need, they are there to ensure that everything is taken care of right down to the smallest details. They bring you to the local culture, the natural environment and particularly the normal life of Hoi An people, that you can feel in every facet of their service. Your stay at Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa offers you all of Hoi An's gentle charms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Volleyball

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Day 7

Hoi An at leisure

Today is free for you to explore this beautiful town, with its many clothing shops, colourful fish market and river life. Alternatively, you may wish to head to the nearby beach or just relax by the pool at your resort.

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Day 8

Hoi An to Hue

Enjoy a free morning in Hoi An before traveling to the old imperial capital of Hue via the spectacular Hai Van Pass early this afternoon. The drive is considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam, and you will pass through rural and coastal settings on the way to Hue. Located on the banks of the perfume River, Hue was Vietnam's capital during the Nguyen Dynasty and is a centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and scholarship. Hue was also the setting for some of the Vietnam War's most bloody fighting. This evening, drive a short distance to a nearby village and enjoy a group dinner with a local family.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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 9

Hue

Begin the day by visiting the impressive home of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors (1802-1945), the Citadel and Imperial Palace. Much of the Citadel was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968 but is gradually being restored. From here, visit the much-revered and tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's oldest and most beautiful religious monument, situated near the banks of the Perfume River. In the afternoon, explore the elaborate tomb of the former emperor, Tu Duc, then enjoy a unique visit to the Spiral Foundation for deaf and mute workers. The workers will assist you in making your own souvenir from 100% recycled materials. All workers are employed with fair wages based on an hourly rate (not on piece-work), and all proceeds from the handicraft sales are returned to fund primary health care, medical and educational projects.

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Day 10

Hue to Hanoi

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight north to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi and begin your discovery of this city with a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter. The 36 ancient streets of the Old Quarter provide an opportunity to observe daily life around the markets, where peddlers continue to trade as they have done for centuries. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi's famed water puppets.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Golden Lotus Hotel

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    Golden Lotus Hotel


    The Golden Lotus Hotel is conveniently located in the charming area of Hano's Old Quarter on trendy Pho Hang Trong, a block west of Hoan Kiem Lake. Nearby attractions worth exploring includes The Opera House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Boasting a ...

    The Golden Lotus Hotel is conveniently located in the charming area of Hano's Old Quarter on trendy Pho Hang Trong, a block west of Hoan Kiem Lake. Nearby attractions worth exploring includes The Opera House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Boasting a rich blend of Eastern style with Western influence, this hotel offers a variety of luxurious rooms and suites, all featuring an elegant interior design. As for dining, the Golden Lotus Restaurant specializes in traditional Vietnamese cuisine and features an impressive array of fresh seafood.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 11

Hanoi to Halong Bay

This morning, journey east (approximately four hours) to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay. En-route you will pass fields of busy workers farming their rice using traditional methods of cultivation. Halong Bay has assumed an important position in Vietnamese legend for many centuries and continues to capture the imagination of visitors. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board your deluxe Indochina Sails boat for the cruise out to the Bay. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch as you begin your cruise. Considered Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural environment. Spend the afternoon cruising this beautiful part of Vietnam.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 12

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Today, rise early to make the most of Halong Bay's stunning scenery. After breakfast, continue your exploration of the Bay and discover what makes this area so unique. On the cruise back to Halong City, enjoy a tasty lunch, then travel overland to Hanoi. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Golden Lotus Hotel

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    Golden Lotus Hotel


    The Golden Lotus Hotel is conveniently located in the charming area of Hano's Old Quarter on trendy Pho Hang Trong, a block west of Hoan Kiem Lake. Nearby attractions worth exploring includes The Opera House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Boasting a ...

    The Golden Lotus Hotel is conveniently located in the charming area of Hano's Old Quarter on trendy Pho Hang Trong, a block west of Hoan Kiem Lake. Nearby attractions worth exploring includes The Opera House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Boasting a rich blend of Eastern style with Western influence, this hotel offers a variety of luxurious rooms and suites, all featuring an elegant interior design. As for dining, the Golden Lotus Restaurant specializes in traditional Vietnamese cuisine and features an impressive array of fresh seafood.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 13

Hanoi

Start your day with a bowl of Hanoi's famous pho, arguably the best in the country! Continue to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, starting at Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and where Ho Chi Minh first declared independence from French rule in 1945. Visit the humble house on stilts from which "Uncle Ho", as he is affectionately known, ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. You can also view the nearby Presidential Palace, and the intriguing One Pillar Pagoda. Drive across the city to the infamous Hanoi Hilton, a former prison made famous for the incarceration of the leaders of Vietnam's National Liberation movement, and later for US Air force pilots shot down over North Vietnam. Afterwards, visit Hanoi's first university, the Temple of Literature, dating back to 1070. This historical centre of learning is now dedicated to Confucian worship. This evening enjoy a special group dinner at an excellent local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 14

Depart Hanoi

This morning, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

 Classic and Deluxe    
2017 2018 2019

August 27
September 10, 24
October 8, 22
November 5, 19
December 3, 17

January 14
February 11
March 11
April 8
May 6
June 10
July 8
August 5
September 9
October 7
November 4
December 2

January 13
February 10
March 10
April 7
May 5
June 9
July 7
August 4
September 8
October 6
November 3
December 1

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights' cruise accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Small group touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Western tour leader with a minimum of 7 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

The above departures are guaranteed to operate with at least 1 traveller booked Single travellers are welcome to join this tour. You can choose the option of "willing to share" and share a room with another same-sex traveller or pay the single supplement for a private room.    Note: It is compulsory to have comprehensive travel insurance on this itinerary (additional charge).

TB TRAVELIHOC18SG: VDIC
10 Jun 2018
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