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Vietnam Insight

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,688

Gain a deeper understanding of magical Vietnam with a more in depth 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 be the serene beauty of misty Halong Bay.


This 11-day journey is ideal for Vietnam first timers, but also takes the time to reveal sides of the country's most popular stops that other travellers might miss. Visit beautiful Ha Long Bay and Hanoi, Hoi and and Hue, and feel the rush of Ho Chi Minh City on this memorable journey.

Land in Hanoi and take a night to shake off the jetlag and adjust to Vietnam. Consider booking an extra day to explore the city on your own terms - it's a fun place to simply get lost before you join your small group. Four hours drive away, visit Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site, and a natural wonder of the world, consisting of some 1600 islands in a series of bays, most of which are 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.

Fly the next day to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam, located on the enigmatically named Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, and 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. This historical port offers a maze of interesting narrow streets and alleyways in its old town. Take a walking tour to see its many galleries, tailor shops and cafes, and take the next day to explore on your own.

The following day, fly to 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.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,688

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Day 1

Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

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 2

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Drive past scenes of traditional rural life as you travel from Hanoi to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay. On arrival, board a well-appointed junk boat and begin cruising among some of the 3,000 islands which rise from the sea. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch before stopping to explore an enormous grotto. In the evening, retreat to your private cabin, or relax on the main deck or at the bar.

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.

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    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 3

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Take part in a sunrise Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck then climb to the summit of an island for 360 degree views of Halong Bay. After brunch on board, disembark and drive to Hanoi. In the afternoon, wander through the backstreets of Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter and sample delicious local snacks including a Vietnamese pancake, sweet tea 'che', shrimp cake and drink beer local-style at a 'Bia Hoi' establishment.

Meal Plan Breakfast
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 4

Hanoi

On a city tour, discover Hanoi's must-visit sites including the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Walk through the crowded streets of the Old Quarter and visit the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, explore the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts in the Ho Chi Minh Quarter.

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Day 5

Hanoi to Hue

Fly to the former imperial capital of Hue, situated on the banks of the Perfume River. Visit the city's sites including Emperor Tu Duc's elaborate tomb, Imperial Palace, Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda - Hue's oldest and most revered religious monument.

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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

Travel by train as the locals do from Hue to Danang on the Reunification Express and take in some of Vietnam's most stunning coast and mountain scenery. From Danang, drive a short distance to Hoi An. Meet the students from Streets Café, an organisation which was established to help disadvantaged youth gain skills in the hospitality industry. Join the students on a special food focussed walking tour while helping them practise their English-speaking skills. In the afternoon, visit some of Hoi An's main sites including the Japanese Covered Bridge on a walking tour.

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

Spend a free day exploring Hoi An independently. Wander through the old town, have a tailor create a new wardrobe or cycle to An Bang Beach.

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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

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 9

Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon Tour

From Saigon, drive to the Cu Chi tunnels and discover the network of underground tunnels while learning about their role in the Vietnam War. On returning to Saigon, enjoy a bowl of traditional Pho at a local restaurant for lunch then explore the city centre on a walking tour. Wander along Dong Khoi Street which is lined with French-colonial buildings, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh Square before visiting the War Remnants Museum.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 10

Mekong Delta

Board a speedboat for a scenic trip from Saigon to the Mekong Delta. Travelling this way allows you to explore areas of the Mekong that few travellers get to experience. Spend time exploring the palm-fringed canals and tributaries, and visit some local temples and markets. Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch made using fresh local ingredients. Return to Saigon and join your group for a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Depart Saigon

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

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DEPARTURES:

2018:  Every Saturday (except Jun 2, 16; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25)

2019: Jan 5,19,26; Feb 16, 23; Mar 9,16, 23 30; Apr 13,17; May 25; Jun 29; Jul 13; Aug 10, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 5, 26; Nov 2, 23; Dec 7, 21

2020: Jan 11, 25; Feb 15, 22, 29; Mar 14, 21

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.

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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