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Vietnam Insight

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,834

Gain a deeper understanding of magical Vietnam with a more in depth journey through its historic cities, provincial culture and glistening coastline. Experience the bustling streets of Hanoi and Saigon, or the tranquil farmhouses of the Mekong Delta, the ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue, and be enlivened by the sparkling beauty of Halong Bay.


Vietnam is fast becoming "the" destination in demand when travellers visit Asia. With captivating natural beauty and quaint village life, Vietnam also offers history, culture and attractive and vibrant cities. 

Arrive in the capital, Hanoi for overnight and to meet your tour guide. The following day,  explore Hanoi with a walking tour of the Old quarter which will include landmarks such as the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison and the serene Temple of Literature after which enjoy a performance of the typical Vietnamese water puppet show. 

The next morning, set off overland to one of nature’s most amazing beauty spots, Halong Bay famous for its scenic karst topography included in lists of natural wonders of the world. . Here board your special cruise boat which will sail through the Halong Bay archipelago made up of 1969 islands, both settled and uninhabited. Stay overnight on board. After breakfast, the next day, disembark and drive back to Hanoi. This afternoon explore the backstreets of Hanoi on a food orientated walking tour. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

The following morning, fly to Hue, the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. A visit to the tomb of the former Emperor, Tu Duc, a vast, sprawling complex set around a lake, with wooden pavilions and tombs and temples dedicated to wives and favored courtesans will be part of the day’s activities as well as the a visit to the  Citadel, modelled along the lines of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Citadel was badly damaged during fighting between the French and the Viet Minh in 1947, and again in 1968.  As a result, some areas are now only empty fields, bits of walls, and an explanatory plaque. Other buildings are intact, though, and a few are in sparkling condition. Stay overnight in Hue.

Leave by road the next day travelling south over the spectacular Hai Van Pass eventually arriving at the town of Hoi An. Have a walking tour to discover the charms and narrow streets, alleyways and quaint shops and buildings which abound here plus a visit to the local bustling market. The following day is free to explore on your own the many galleries and handicraft shops and cafes.

Your last stop is Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon reached by air where you will spend the next 3 nights. The morning after arrival brings the opportunity to visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels and part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort. Afterwards, explore the city including the “French Quarter”, the Reunification Palace and the fascinating War Remnants Museum. 

The following day, travel south to the lush and tropical Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the mighty Mekong River. You will explore the villages, markets and canals by speed boat.  

Your next morning, it’s farewell to Vietnam as you fly off to your next destination 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,834

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Day 1

Arrive Hanoi

As you exit the airport you will be met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers over welcome drinks while your Tour Leader (or local guide) briefly explains some important details and logistics of the journey ahead. Please open your welcome pack as it contains details of tonight's activities. After the tour briefing, join your tour leader and savour some tasty Vietnamese dishes at a local restaurant, or discover Hanoi independently. The choice is yours!

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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 2

Hanoi

Today's exploration begins with a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter - 36 ancient streets where you can observe the daily bustle of life around the markets where peddlers continue to trade as they have done for centuries. Continuing, we visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison Musuem, aka 'Hanoi Hilton' - Hanoi's former central prison made famous first for the incarceration of the leaders of Vietnam's National Liberation movement and later US Air force pilots shot down over North Vietnam. Drive across the city to Hanoi's first university - the Temple of Literature - dating back to 1070. This historical centre of learning is now dedicated to Confucian worship. Later visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, starting at Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and where Ho Chi Minh first declared the goal of attaining independence from French rule in 1945.
Ho Chi Minh is arguably one of the great figures of 20th century history and the 'father of modern Vietnam'. You'll visit the humble House on Stilts where 'Uncle Ho', as he is affectionately known, led North Vietnam until his death in 1969. You'll also visit the nearby Presidential Palace, and One Pillar Pagoda. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the rest of the evening independently discovering Hanoi's numerous eateries.

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Day 3

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Early this morning, drive east to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay (approximately a four-hour drive). Along the way, witness traditional rural life as rice farmers tend to their crops and locals do business on the side of the highway. Considered Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural landscape. En-route to the bay, catch the first glimpses of karst-limestone-mountains appear in the distance as Halong Bay draws nearer. Halong Bay's beauty received international exposure as the prime location in the 1992 French film 'Indochine' starring Catherine Deneuve. The bay has assumed an important position in Vietnamese legend for many centuries, with stories of a giant mythical dragon residing in the bay with the limestone peaks representing the dragon's spine. These legends continue to capture the imagination of locals and visitors alike. On arrival at the port, board your deluxe Indochina Sails junk boat, your home for the night, and begin your exploration of the bay. On board, feast on a fresh seafood lunch, soaking in the beautiful surrounds.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Today, rise early to make the most of Halong Bay's stunning scenery. After a light breakfast, continue your exploration and discover what makes this area so unique. On the cruise back to Halong City, enjoy a tasty brunch. This afternoon travel to Hanoi. Take a walking tour of the Hanoi backstreets to visit some local markets and specialty food stores. You will have the opportunity to try some local dishes and in the process learn more about daily life and culinary customs and habits of the
Vietnamese people. Sample "Che" a local dessert served with crushed ice, and made with sugar cane, green bean, black bean, glutinous rice, and lotus seed. Perhaps try Banh Tom or "shrimp cake", a local Hanoi specialty, sold in a small tucked away food alley. We make a fun stop at a local 'Bia Hoi' establishment. Available throughout Vietnam but originating from Hanoi, these small roadside cafes are not just about beer but are a social outlet for many Hanoians. These local establishments offer a
wonderful opportunity to interact with the friendly and sometimes boisterous patrons! Afterward, sample a Hanoi specialty called "Banh Cuon", a Vietnamese-style cannelloni, made with steamed rice pancake, filled with mince pork and crunchy black fungus pork, and served with fresh baby herbs and sweet and sour fish sauce, Yum!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 5

Hanoi to Hue

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Located on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue was former imperial capital during the Nguyen Dynasty and is the country's centre of Mahayana Buddhism and scholarship. Hue was the setting for some of the Vietnam War's most brutal fighting, and the city provides a unique window into Vietnam's culture and its complex past. Begin your exploration of Hue by visiting the elaborate tomb of the former Emperor, Tu Duc. Explore the grounds of this large complex, and learn a little bit about the history of this colourful period. Next, visit the imposing Citadel and Imperial Palace, the impressive home of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, who lived here with their families between 1802 and 1945. Much of the Citadel was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968 but since then has gradually been restored to its original beauty. After exploring the Citadel, 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Moonlight Hotel Hue

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    Moonlight Hotel Hue


    If what you are looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Hue, look no further than Moonlight Hotel Hue. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With the city's main attractions such as XQ Silk ...

    If what you are looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Hue, look no further than Moonlight Hotel Hue. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With the city's main attractions such as XQ Silk Hand Embroidery, Tu Do Stadium, Truong Tien Bridge within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.

    At Moonlight Hotel Hue, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Games Room
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 6

Hue to Hoi An

This morning, embark on a picturesque coastal train trip between Hue and Danang - a spectacular journey along this coast clinging train route, winding across the rugged cliffs overlooking the Eastern Sea. Practice a few Vietnamese phrases with the friendly locals, and enjoy the scenery along the way. The World Heritage listed old part of Hoi An town was Vietnam's most active trading centre over many centuries and has been largely preserved. The architecture of the city 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. Meet the students from 'Streets Café' - a culinary Institute based in New York who will take you on a local market and backstreets tour of Hoi An to learn about the local produce. The walking tour is an opportunity for the students to improve their English-speaking and client interaction skills as part of their accredited training program. Enjoy a small tasting menu of some of the products when you return to Streets Cafe. Visit an old merchant house, a Chinese assembly hall and the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. Check-in to your centrally-located hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening exploring atmospheric Hoi An.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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

Hoi An is famous for its clothing tailors and distinct local cuisine. You have an entire day free to explore the town's many clothing shops, colourful fish market and river life. Alternatively spend the day enjoying the nearby beach or simply relax by the pool at your resort.

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Day 8

Hoi An to Saigon

There's more free time to enjoy Hoi An and perhaps get those final alterations to your new tailored clothes before transferring to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. A city of extraordinary energy, Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as many locals still prefer to call it, is Vietnam's largest city and the country's commercial capital. Nowhere is Vietnam's rush to modernise more visible than in Saigon, yet despite this, the city is a friendly and welcoming place whilst still containing many reminders of its recent turbulent past.
After checking-in to your centrally located hotel, there's no better start Saigon than with a beer or cocktail in hand, as you watch the sun set over this historic city, looking down at the whirl of traffic below, from one of the city's many hidden rooftop bars favoured by your Tour Leader or local guide. The remainder of your evening is at your leisure to explore this vibrant city.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Norfolk Hotel

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    Norfolk Hotel



    Perfectly situated in the prime location of Ho Chi Minh City, Norfolk Hotel Saigon offers easy access to famous city attractions, shopping centers, commercial buildings, while its 104 rooms and exceptional services leave lasting impression for those seeking comforts and relaxation. Our guests enjoy endless ...

    Perfectly situated in the prime location of Ho Chi Minh City, Norfolk Hotel Saigon offers easy access to famous city attractions, shopping centers, commercial buildings, while its 104 rooms and exceptional services leave lasting impression for those seeking comforts and relaxation. Our guests enjoy endless amenities in a richly appointed setting, making each stay both pleasurable and productive. Since the opening of our doors, it's a continual, consummate privilege for the Norfolk Hotel staff to provide guests with gracious service in a welcoming surrounding.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Room
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 9

Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon Tour

Start your day as the locals do, slurping down a delicious, steaming bowl of hot noodle soup, at a local eatery before travelling to the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels, located in an area known during the Vietnam War, 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 kilometres (155 miles) and extended to three levels below ground and provides an insight into the method and determination of Communist forces during the war years. Spend a few hours exploring the various tunnels before returning to Saigon for lunch.
After lunch, visit a few of central Saigon's main landmarks and attractions including the moving War Remnants Museum, the impressive architecture of French-built Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral, Post Office, and Municipal Theatre. Stroll down nearby Dong Khoi Street filled with local boutiques, walk past Ho Chi Minh Square and the famous Rex Hotel. After a full day of sightseeing, return to your hotel to relax. The evening is yours to do as you like. You may choose to indulge your taste buds at one of Saigon's many fine-dining restaurants or pull up a stool at a street-side eatery and meet some local characters. Your local guide and tour leader will share their local favourite tips to help you explore the city's vibrant nightlife.

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Day 10

Mekong Delta

This morning travel south of Saigon to the Mekong Delta, known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam. Explore the Delta's canals, markets and villages by comfortable speedboat. Depart from downtown Saigon on this specially designed tour and avoid the tourist crowds. The delta is the most fertile region in the country and is the main producer of rice and tropical fruits for Vietnam. On your way to the delta, make a brief stop at a Cao Dai pagoda, a uniquely Vietnamese sect that is a dizzying combination all the world's great religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.
Explore some of the regions narrow canals, and get a glimpse into the lives of the local people. Gain a real insight into the main local industries of the area. Visit a Buddhist pagoda and stop at the home of a local family. Feast on a delicious lunch featuring local specialties including Elephant Ear Fish. You will arrive back in Saigon in the late afternoon This evening we've included a delicious group dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants, to celebrate the end of a memorable holiday in Vietnam. It's a chance to farewell your fellow travellers and new friends you've made during a memorable trip through Vietnam.

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Day 11

Depart Saigon

It's time to say your final goodbyes, but just think of all the wonderful stories you will take home. Your private car will transfer you to the airport for your onward travels.

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DEPARTURES:

2018:
Classic
- Every Saturday (except Jun 2, 16; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25)
Deluxe - Jan 13, 2; Feb 3, 17; Mar 10, 24; Apr 28; May 26; Jun 23; Jul 21; Aug 18; Sep 22; Oct 6, 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15

2019:
Classic
- Every Saturday (except Feb 2; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 24; Dec 28)
Deluxe - on request

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 1 night cruise accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • 2 internal flights within Asia
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Small group touring
  • Entrance fees
  • National tour leader added with a minimum of 10 travellers
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Return transfers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 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.

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).

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