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Vietnam Voyager

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,307

Experience the best of Vietnam on this tailor-made vacation through the Southeast Asian country. Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An to Hanoi and finally Halong Bay to see the nation’s mix of metropolises, colonial and imperial palaces, and natural treasures.


This 8-day Vietnamese vacation takes you to the nation’s most popular sights. It includes moderate, first-class, or deluxe accommodations based on preference, shared tours, local flights, and is perfect for first-time visitors to Vietnam.

Your Vietnam tour package begins in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city. Known as Saigon in the past, Ho Chi Minh City remains the busiest of Vietnam’s cities, and its economic powerhouse. In many ways, it supplanted Bangkok as the “Anything goes” capital of Southeast Asia, so you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied here. Take a day to explore the city’s history. Head north and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which the Viet Cong used to mount attacks in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After exploring the underground tunnels and learning about the war, head back into the city for a tour of the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

From Ho Chi Minh City, connect to Danang in the centre of the country and tour the Cham Museum, which charts the history of the Champa Kingdom, which ruled the region for over 1,500 years. Connect to nearby Hoi-An, many travellers’ favourite town in the country. Known for its colonial architecture and quaint old town that’s mostly free of cars, Hoi An has long attracted travellers with its walkable streets and gorgeous buildings. Start with a tour of the marketplace, where you’ll buy ingredients for a cooking class. Afterwards, board a boat and cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school, where you’ll learn to make some classic Vietnamese dishes and enjoy a special lunch of your own creations.

Connect back to Danang and fly to Hanoi, the nation’s capital. Hanoi’s colonial architecture evokes images of European capitals, while the endless crowds of honking scooters make it known that you’re definitely in Vietnam. Head on a city tour to see Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where Uncle Ho’s embalmed body is on display, before visiting the One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the Temple of Literature, which has served as a Confucian university for over a thousand years.

Close out your Vietnamese vacation by heading to Halong Bay, often called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Once you arrive on the coast, prepare to be floored. This landscape of karst rocks rising from the ocean is nothing short of magical. Board a junk and head on an overnight cruise of the bay, drinking in the exquisite views as you wine and dine onboard. The next morning, rise for views of sunrise breaking over the bay before returning to Hanoi and ending your trip through the country.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,307

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Day 1

Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport to City Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Saigon Hotel

The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and fitness centre.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Saigon Hotel

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    Saigon Hotel


    The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and ...

    The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and fitness centre.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Car Rental Service
    • Conference and Banquet
    • Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

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, two sections of this remarkable network are open to the public. Visiting the area at Ben Dinh, there is the option to go below the surface and visit sections of the tunnels first hand. The more adventurous may go deeper and your guide will be on hand to give guidance on the degree of expected difficulty. 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.

Duration10 Hours
Day 3

City Hotel to Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Ho Chi Minh City Airport to Da Nang Airport

Duration1 Hour

Transfer from Danang Airport to Hoian with Cham Museum Tour En-route

Upon arrival, you will drive overland visiting the Cham Museum. Situated in a quiet area of Danang City, the Cham Museum was built in 1915. The kingdom of Champa controlled what is now south and central Vietnam from approximately 192 through 1697. At present, the museum houses 297 stone and terracotta sculptural works made between the 7th and the 15th centuries. These are impressive works typical of the Cham culture. From here, continue on to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries with period architecture and relaxed lifestyle.

Duration1 Hour

Hoi An Historic Hotel

Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hoi An Historic Hotel

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    Hoi An Historic Hotel



    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the ...

    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Badminton Court
    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Day 4

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
Day 5

Hoi An to Danang Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Da Nang Airport to Hanoi Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Hanoi Airport to City Hotel

Duration40 Minutes

Chalcedony Hotel

Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site amenities include a rooftop restaurant, coffee lounge, business centre and gym. Complimentary internet is provided.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Chalcedony Hotel

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    Chalcedony Hotel



    Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site ...

    Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site amenities include a rooftop restaurant, coffee lounge, business centre and gym. Complimentary internet is provided.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Security
    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Baggage storage
    • Bar
    • Broadband Internet
    • Business Centre
    • Camera System on Public Areas
    • Coffee Lounge
    • Doctor on Call
    • Elevator
    • Foreign Currency Exchange
    • Gym
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Newspapers
    • Restaurant
    • Travel Desk
    • Wireless Broadband Internet

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Day 6

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 7

Hanoi to Halong Bay

Depart Hanoi early this morning and transfer overland to Halong City (approximately 3.5 hours). Upon arrival, you will transfer to a junk (a traditional Chinese style sailing ship) for your cruise on Halong Bay. Sailing through emerald waters and past rocky islets and lush islands, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Halong Bay is blessed with numerous grottoes, hidden pools and mystical islands. 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 or by bamboo rowing boat. Visit nearby caves and sandy beaches, or simply remain on board and take in the glorious vistas from the sundeck. As night falls, the boat will drop anchor in a peaceful spot. Enjoy a refreshing drink and the view from the sundeck before sitting down to a leisurely dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Early risers may have the opportunity to witness sunrise over the bay. After a light breakfast, disembark the boat once more for further discovery. On the return journey to port, savor the glorious scenery of Halong Bay while brunch is served. Arrive back into port mid-morning where you will be met and transferred back to Hanoi. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers throughout the itinerary
  • Local flights and taxes as per itinerary
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation in moderate, first class or deluxe hotels
  • 1 night cruise accommodation in moderate, first class or deluxe boats
  • Full day Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • Visit to Cham Museum
  • Half day Hoi An Market and Cooking tour
  • Full day Hanoi tour
  • 2 day / 1 night cruise on Halong Bay
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • 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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10 Jun 2019
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