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Vietnam Showcase with Airfare

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,536

The perfect itinerary to experience the highlights of a fast emerging major tourist destination, find out why Vietnam is so highly thought of. Travel southbound.


If you were not aware of the variety of tourism attractions in Vietnam, this tour will show the many ways in which the country will enchant you. There are teeming cities, time worn temples and pagodas, second to none white sand beaches, history, recent and ancient, lush green mountains, national parks, rice terraces, hill tribes and much more.

Starting in Hanoi the capital, you will find a mix of east and west due to its wide boulevards and French influences.  Start with a Pedi cab ride through the city streets to experience a performance of the Water Puppet theatre. The next morning visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state.  Also visit the nearby museum which was his former home to learn more about the man.

In the afternoon, visit the charming and lovely One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature dating back to the 11th Century and the uniquely designed Opera House.  Finally, take a stroll through the ancient quarter called the 36 Streets all traditionally named after artisans and craftsmen.

From Hanoi travel overland to the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site of Halong Bay, a scenic archipelago of islands and rocks that jut straight out from the sea. A cruise around the bay will show you hidden lagoons, unexploited beaches and exotic grottoes. Spend the night on a traditional junk boat.  Return to Hanoi and have a free day to explore the city on your own.

Fly from Hanoi to Danang and take time to enjoy the Cham Museum with its large collection of sculptures after which head to Hoi An viewing en route the Marble Mountains and China Beach.

Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a historical port where the old town is a maze of interesting narrow streets and alleyways. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. The next day, visit the local market to buy ingredients for a 2 hour cooking class in which you will prepare a meal and then enjoy it for lunch. The restaurant is reached by boat along the Hoi An River.

Return to Danang for the flight to the coastal resort of Nha Trang with its excellent beaches. Here take a boat trip to a local village and also visit a local home.

Travel next by road to Dalat, a charming resort town in the highlands and a former French hill station with its European architecture. Here visit the Summer Palace of the last Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai, the Cathedral, the Ethnic Museum, and the French Quarter.

Continue by road to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, bustling with life – just watch a scooter go by with a family of five hanging on. Its many markets sell everything from silk to spices and the city is dotted with temples. Start with a visit to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate underground system of tunnels and chambers built in the 1940’s and used again in the 1960’s to evade the foreign enemy. Also, in the city, see the Notre Dame Cathedral the uniquely designed Post Office, Reunification Hall (formerly the Presidential Palace) and the History Museum.

Your Vietnam Showcase concludes.

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,536

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America on your overnight flight to Vietnam

Day 2

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

You are at leisure until this evening's dinner and show.

Vietnamese water puppetry is a tradition that dates to the 11th century when villagers would wade into the flooded rice fields and entertain one another with puppet play. This evening you will travel by cyclo (pedicab) to a theatre where this ancient and unique art form of water puppetry is re-enacted. The 'stage' is a pool of water in which the puppeteers stand waist deep, hidden by a screen from behind which they skilfully manoeuvre the lacquered wooden puppets. Attached to a bamboo pole, the puppets appear to dance and play on the water's surface. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides the musical accompaniment whilst performers sing songs telling the story being acted out by the puppets. Each short act relates to daily life and Vietnamese folklore with names such as 'Returning from school after graduation' and 'Rearing ducks and chasing foxes'. At the performance finale transfer by private vehicle to one of Hanoi's many superb Vietnamese restaurants for dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy

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    Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy



    La Siesta Trendy opened in 2016 and is located just west of Old Town, intended to capture the edginess and buzz of Hanoi. The incorporation of metal, glass and wood gives the hotel a sleek, contemporary feel. La Siesta Trendy offers 70 guestrooms, many of …

    La Siesta Trendy opened in 2016 and is located just west of Old Town, intended to capture the edginess and buzz of Hanoi. The incorporation of metal, glass and wood gives the hotel a sleek, contemporary feel. La Siesta Trendy offers 70 guestrooms, many of which overlook the eclectic city skyline, with full amenities and include complementary internet. On-site facilities include the La Siesta Trendy Restaurant and Spa.

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    • Airport Transfer
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 3

Full Day Hanoi City Tour including Lunch

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.

Duration8 Hours
Day 4

Hanoi to Halong

Depart Hanoi early this morning for Halong City (approximately three-and-a-half hours' drive). Upon arrival, transfer to the pier and board a traditional junk boat. A delicious lunch will be served as you begin cruising through emerald waters, past rocky islets and lush islands. Halong Bay is blessed with numerous grottoes, hidden pools and mystical islands, and this afternoon there will be the chance to disembark the boat and explore the region further (off-boat excursions are usually made by the ship's tender). Visits to nearby caves or sandy beaches may also be on the agenda. Or you might choose to simply remain on board and take in the glorious scenery from the spacious sundeck. As night falls, the boat will drop anchor in a peaceful spot. Enjoy a refreshing drink before sitting down to a leisurely dinner, served either on deck or inside the dining room depending on weather conditions.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Bhaya Classic Line

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    Launching its first cruise back in the summer of 2007, Bhaya Classic Cruises is a member of what is now Halong Bay's largest fleet of cruise boats & ships. The 4 Bhaya Classic boats are constructed in a classic, oriental style, while incorporating modern facilities …

    Launching its first cruise back in the summer of 2007, Bhaya Classic Cruises is a member of what is now Halong Bay's largest fleet of cruise boats & ships. The 4 Bhaya Classic boats are constructed in a classic, oriental style, while incorporating modern facilities catering to every aspect of passenger comfort.

    Each Bhaya Classic boat has between 15 and 20 cabins, the relatively small design creating informal, warm spaces promoting a convivial feel on board. A refurbishment programme carried out in August 2015 has given the boats a fresh new look.

    The Bhaya Classic boats are wooden boats constructed in the traditional oriental style long favoured by shipbuilders in this area. The construction material and style of the boats give them a classic feel which sets them apart from most cruise vessels around the world. On board, you will find atmospheric spaces which speak of the heritage design, and the small boat concept encourages a cosy feel which makes a Bhaya Classic cruise a pleasantly social affair. The colour scheme on board is a fusion of the rich browns of hardwood, white, and turquoise blue trim with red highlights. The wooden furniture on board only heightens the sense of timeless elegance which seems a natural extension of Halong Bay itself.

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    • Bar
    • Spa
    • Sundeck

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Day 5

Halong to Hanoi

Rise early to admire the sunrise, then enjoy a light breakfast before disembarking the boat for further exploration. On the return journey to port, brunch will be served as you continue to take in extraordinary views of Halong Bay. Arriving back into port mid-morning, you will be met by a driver and transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy

La Siesta Trendy opened in 2016 and is located just west of Old Town, intended to capture the edginess and buzz of Hanoi. The incorporation of metal, glass and wood gives the hotel a sleek, contemporary feel. La Siesta Trendy offers 70 guestrooms, many of which overlook the eclectic city skyline, with full amenities and include complementary internet. On-site facilities include the La Siesta Trendy Restaurant and Spa.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy

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    Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy



    La Siesta Trendy opened in 2016 and is located just west of Old Town, intended to capture the edginess and buzz of Hanoi. The incorporation of metal, glass and wood gives the hotel a sleek, contemporary feel. La Siesta Trendy offers 70 guestrooms, many of …

    La Siesta Trendy opened in 2016 and is located just west of Old Town, intended to capture the edginess and buzz of Hanoi. The incorporation of metal, glass and wood gives the hotel a sleek, contemporary feel. La Siesta Trendy offers 70 guestrooms, many of which overlook the eclectic city skyline, with full amenities and include complementary internet. On-site facilities include the La Siesta Trendy Restaurant and Spa.

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    • Airport Transfer
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 6

City Hotel to Hanoi Airport

Duration40 Minutes

Hanoi Airport to Hue Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Hue Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

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 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.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Saigon Morin Hotel

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    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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Half Day Perfume River Cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel With Lunch

This excursion begins with an interesting boat ride along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Consisting of seven stories, the pagoda is the tallest religious building in Vietnam and within its grounds is the Austin car in which Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who demonstrated against the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War, was driven to Saigon prior to his widely reported self-immolation in 1963.

Continue to the Imperial Citadel. Built between 1804 and 1833, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and despite a chequered history, the fortress remains superbly intact. There will be time for exploration before moving on to Long An Palace. Situated outside the citadel walls and only reopened to the public in 2012 after four years of extensive renovation, this baroque-influenced palace is now home to the Royal Fine Arts Museum. Inside this highly rated museum are several thousand antiquities including porcelain, silverware and paintings, many of which belonged to the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Half Day Emperors of Contrast by Road to Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Tomb

Located in attractive settings along the banks of the Perfume River, the tombs of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty were not just designed as their final place of rest. Here, the emperors would come during their twilight years to enjoy recreational activities such as fishing and hunting as well as the company of their many concubines. Of these tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc is considered to be the most magnificent. Tu Duc lived a life of excess and this is reflected in the grandeur of the traditional architecture, majestic walkways and ornate pavilions that fill the grounds of his mausoleum. In contrast, Emperor Khai Dinh was effectively a 'Puppet Emperor' for the ruling French colonialists and this is evident in the eclectic mix of European and Vietnamese styles that influenced the design of his final resting place.

Duration3 Hours

Hue to Hoi An With Visit To Lang Co Village En-route

Depart Hue and travel overland to Hoi An via Cloudy Pass, with a visit to the idyllic fishing village of Lang Co en-route.

Duration3 Hours

Boutique Hoi An Resort

Explore the rich heritage of Hoi An at Boutique Hoi An Resort and discover authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality. The Boutique Hoi An Resort offers a variety of unique facilities and services. A large swimming pool surrounded by a tropical garden forms the centrepiece of the resort. The Hoi An spa is located next to the pool, and provides a haven for pure relaxation and rejuvenation. The resort is ideally located on Cua Dai Beach, only 5 minutes from Hoi An centre, 35 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from the town of Da Nang.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Boutique Hoi An Resort

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    Explore the rich heritage of Hoi An at Boutique Hoi An Resort and discover authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality. The Boutique Hoi An Resort offers a variety of unique facilities and services. A large swimming pool surrounded by a tropical garden forms the centrepiece of …

    Explore the rich heritage of Hoi An at Boutique Hoi An Resort and discover authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality. The Boutique Hoi An Resort offers a variety of unique facilities and services. A large swimming pool surrounded by a tropical garden forms the centrepiece of the resort. The Hoi An spa is located next to the pool, and provides a haven for pure relaxation and rejuvenation. The resort is ideally located on Cua Dai Beach, only 5 minutes from Hoi An centre, 35 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from the town of Da Nang.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Swim-up Bar

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Half Day Danang City Tour incl Cham Museum, Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc Beach

Today's half day excursion begins with a visit to the excellent Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang. Located near the Han River the museum is one of a kind and houses an incredible collection of Cham artefacts including exquisite statues of Apsara dancers, mythical Garudas as well as images of the Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu.

Heading out of the city, the beach at Non Nuoc is renowned not only for its stunning setting and golden sands but also as a once-popular place of R&R for American troops during the Vietnam War, when it was known as East Vietnam Sea. Nearby, the five rocky outcrops of Marble Mountains are a source of many intriguing legends. The stepped path leading to the top of Thuy Son, the largest and most famous of the five mountains, is lined with several caves and beautiful pagodas and the reward for reaching the summit is a sensational panoramic view of the coastline and the city beyond. Following your descent, there will be time to observe skilled stonemasons carving all manner of statues from marble sourced locally from the base of the mountain before returning to your accommodation of choice or continuing with another excursion.

Duration4 Hours
Day 8

Half Day Market Visit and Cooking Classes with Lunch ex 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 specialities 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.

Duration5 Hours

Half Day Hoi An Walking Tour - Afternoon

Located 30KM south of Danang, the sublime riverside town of Hoi An is a feast for the eyes. Devoid of most forms of motorised transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of this ancient port is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets of this enchanting destination. You will visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colourful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will also be time to peruse the numerous boutiques and galleries that line the narrow streets and perhaps make a purchase or two. During the walk, a quick visit at the market to find out well-known local cakes in Hoi An market such as Banh It la Gai or Banh Dau Xanh.

Duration3 Hours
Day 9

Hoi An to Danang Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Danang Airport to Nha Trang Airport

Duration0 Hours

Nha Trang Cam Ranh Airport to Nha Trang Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Mia Resort Nha Trang

Nestled in a quiet bay, on the mountain pass between Cam Ranh Airport and Nha Trang city, Mia Resort is a haven of tranquillity for couples and families. Set on the slopes of the Nha Trang Mountains, sheltered by jungle, and with its own private beach, it is unequalled in its beauty, hospitality, and quality. The resort was designed and built for those who demand nothing less than the very best. With only 50 villas in total, set amongst manicured gardens, it is the perfect place to find peace, relaxation and comfort.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mia Resort Nha Trang

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    Nestled in a quiet bay, on the mountain pass between Cam Ranh Airport and Nha Trang city, Mia Resort is a haven of tranquillity for couples and families. Set on the slopes of the Nha Trang Mountains, sheltered by jungle, and with its own private …

    Nestled in a quiet bay, on the mountain pass between Cam Ranh Airport and Nha Trang city, Mia Resort is a haven of tranquillity for couples and families. Set on the slopes of the Nha Trang Mountains, sheltered by jungle, and with its own private beach, it is unequalled in its beauty, hospitality, and quality. The resort was designed and built for those who demand nothing less than the very best. With only 50 villas in total, set amongst manicured gardens, it is the perfect place to find peace, relaxation and comfort.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Golf
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 10

Nha Trang Countryside & Villages

Just a few kilometres from Nha Trang's beachfront lays picturesque countryside dotted with palm trees and fruit orchards. Here the local people go about their daily business with farming and cottage industries typically the mainstream of their livelihoods. Visit a household bakery that supplies the surrounding villages with delicious French style baguettes and the home of another family who weave mats from locally-grown rushes. Two people working together will weave just four mats in a day, which will then be taken to the local market and traded for food and other essentials. Look in on a local home where ancestor worship is an important part of daily life and observe that a large area of these small homes is usually reserved for the family altar.
Sample some of the tropical fruit grown in abundance locally at a riverside cafe where you can often see children playing or bathing their water buffalo at the end of a day's work in the rice paddies. Before returning to Nha Trang, stop by the local market, the hub of the village where women gather daily to barter for goods and where trading wares is more commonplace than currency in this part of the countryside.

Duration4 Hours
Day 11

Nha Trang to Dalat

Duration4 Hours

Du Parc Hotel Dalat

Ideal for business or leisure, Du Parc Hotel Dalat is a 4 star resort offering superior comfort and great facilities. This historic Dalat hotel, located 320km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, features 144 rooms and was formally known as the Hotel Du Parc. Surrounded by lakes and waterfalls, Mercure Dalat is an oasis in the Central Highlands, and features parking, two bars, a range of cuisine, including traditional Vietnamese or French cafe style, and guests enjoy access to the Dalat Palace Golf Club.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Du Parc Hotel Dalat

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    Ideal for business or leisure, Du Parc Hotel Dalat is a 4 star resort offering superior comfort and great facilities. This historic Dalat hotel, located 320km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, features 144 rooms and was formally known as the Hotel Du Parc. Surrounded …

    Ideal for business or leisure, Du Parc Hotel Dalat is a 4 star resort offering superior comfort and great facilities. This historic Dalat hotel, located 320km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, features 144 rooms and was formally known as the Hotel Du Parc. Surrounded by lakes and waterfalls, Mercure Dalat is an oasis in the Central Highlands, and features parking, two bars, a range of cuisine, including traditional Vietnamese or French cafe style, and guests enjoy access to the Dalat Palace Golf Club.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Golf
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Half Day Dalat Orientation

Gateway to the Central Highlands and a former French colonial hill station, the city of Dalat retains a character different to any other in Vietnam and on this tour you will discover something of this eclectic mix. Visit the town's vibrant central market. Bustling with activity and bursting with fresh locally-grown produce, it's not unusual to see fresh flowers and fruits more associated with European climes on display. Continue to the former Railway Station, which today is only used for special steam train charters, and Dalat Cathedral, built between 1931 and 1942 for use by French residents and holiday-makers.
Founded in the late 1800s, many reminders of its heritage remain and Dalat has a plethora of colonial-style buildings, including Bao Dai's Summer Palace, a marvellous art deco villa on the edge of town where the interior design has remained unchanged through the decades. Bao Dai was the Last Emperor of Vietnam and the palace has been preserved exactly as he left it in 1954. Finally, visit Lam Dong Museum which traces Vietnam's ethnic history via a fascinating display of regional artefacts and traditional costumes (subject to museum opening times).

Duration4 Hours
Day 12

City Hotel to Dalat Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Dalat Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Airport

Duration90 Minutes

Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport to City Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

Located along the active Saigon River, the Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel provides a romantic, tranquil vibe within an easy walk of many of the city's prominent landmarks. This award-winning hotel offers 170 comfortable, stylish rooms with city or river views. Facilities include an entire floor dedicated to health and wellness, swimming pool, in-house bistro, sky bar and restaurant.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

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    Located along the active Saigon River, the Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel provides a romantic, tranquil vibe within an easy walk of many of the city's prominent landmarks. This award-winning hotel offers 170 comfortable, stylish rooms with city or river views. Facilities include an entire …

    Located along the active Saigon River, the Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel provides a romantic, tranquil vibe within an easy walk of many of the city's prominent landmarks. This award-winning hotel offers 170 comfortable, stylish rooms with city or river views. Facilities include an entire floor dedicated to health and wellness, swimming pool, in-house bistro, sky bar and restaurant.

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Day 13

Full Day Cu Chi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour including lunch

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, a small section of this remarkable network is open to the public and there is the option to go below the surface to visit the tunnel first hand. 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.

Duration9 Hours
Day 14

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for North America

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Arrive in North America and continue to your home city.

 

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departures from Los Angeles
Prices in US $

First Class
Hotels

1 Jan - 24 May '20 $4,523  
25 May - 14 Aug '20 $4,906 
15 Aug - 30 Nov '20 $4,536
For departures from San Francisco add $100, Seattle or San Diego add $150, Dallas add $350

 

Departures from New York City
Prices in US $

First Class
Hotels

1 Jan - 24 May '20 $4,573
25 May - 14 Aug '20 $5,066
15 Aug - 30 Nov '20 $4,586
For departures from Chicago or Boston add $180, Miami add $320

 

Departures from Vancouver
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First Class
Hotels

1 Jan - 24 May '20 $5,035
25 May - 21 Jun & 2 Jul - 14 Aug '20 $5,145
22 Jun - 1 Jul '20 $5,545
15 Aug - 30 Nov '20 $5,035
For departures from Victoria add $100, Kamloops or Kelowna add $150, Calgary or Edmonton add $200, Winnipeg or Saskatoon or Regina add $250

 

Departures from Toronto
Prices in CA $

First Class
Hotels

1 Jan - 24 May '20 $5,325
25 May - 21 Jun & 2 Jul - 14 Aug '20 $5,395
22 Jun - 1 Jul '20 $5,715
15 Aug - 30 Nov '20 $5,325
For departures from Ottawa or Montreal add $120, Quebec or Thunder Bay or Halifax add $250, St. John’s add $320

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airfare taxes 
  • 11 nights first class hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on Halong Bay boat
  • Private sightseing and land transfers
  • Daily breakfast and other meals as indiciated
  • Regional flights including taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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 inquire.

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16 Nov 2020
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