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Vintage Vietnam

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,860

Explore the country of Vietnam from south to north. Passing from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi, you’ll witness the country’s kaleidoscope of wonderful people and picturesque landscapes and experience the historical temples, spectacular coastline, and lively cities that make it such a unique country.


This 15-day Vietnam vacation takes you across the nation from Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta in the south to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in the north.

Your Vietnam tour package begins in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city. Known as Saigon during the country’s past, Ho Chi Minh City remains the most bustling 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. Spend some time exploring the city’s juxtaposition of skyscrapers and old markets and temples before heading to the nearby Mekong Delta to witness the “rice bowl of Vietnam.” A landscape of floating markets, winding canals, and pastoral rice paddies, the Mekong Delta transports you to the country’s past. Enjoy a boat cruise along the delta, stopping off at a fruit orchard and other local cottage industries, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City to tour the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Leave Ho Chi Minh City and head north, stopping off at the Cu Chi Tunnels along the way. The Viet Cong used the Cu Chi Tunnels to mount attacks in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today, you can explore this web of underground tunnels and learn about the war from the Vietnamese perspective before continuing north to Nha Trang, the country’s hub of beach resorts and version of the French Riviera. Take a boat tour of the nearby fishing villages and enjoy the city’s nightlife during your time in Nha Trang.

Continue your Vietnam vacation to Hoi An, the most charming town in the country. Known for its colonial architecture and quaint old town that’s mostly free of cars, Hoi An has long been one of Vietnam’s most popular spots for tourists. Start with a morning walking tour of the Old Town to see the iconic 17th-century Japanese Covered Bridge and pass alongside Buddhist shrines, merchant shops, and restaurants in old French colonial buildings. That evening, take a boat trip along Thu Bon River and enjoy a cocktail as you watch the sunset over Hoi An. Spend the rest of your time in the city taking a tour to the ruins of My Son Cham or learning to cook fresh Vietnamese dishes at a cooking class.

Head northwest of Hoi An to reach Hue, one of the oldest cities in the country. Hue was the Vietnamese capital during the 19th and early 20th centuries and the home of the Nguyen Dynasty. Tour the Dao Noi Citadel, which was the old Imperial City of Hue, to explore the country’s past. While most of the city was destroyed during the Vietnam War, it’s constantly being restored and you can still see several palace halls, courts, and temples. Afterwards, cruise along the picturesque Perfume River and see Thien Mu Pagoda, which stands seven stories tall on the river’s north bank.

Continue to the north of the country to reach Hanoi, the nation’s capital. Hanoi’s colonial architecture evokes European capitals, while the endless crowds of honking scooters lend the city its unique atmosphere. Spend some time losing yourself in the Old Quarter, with its narrow streets and wet markets. In the afternoon, head to the theatre to see a water puppet performance. The next day, you’ll enjoy a half-day guided tour of the city, visiting the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and the former home of Ho Chi Minh, before heading to Halong Bay to see one of the world’s natural marvels.

The coastal region of Halong Bay is defined by the thousands of limestone rocks rising out of the ocean. Take a junk out onto the bay to marvel at the floating villages and explore the massive caves on the islands. After exploring the natural marvels of this “8th Wonder of the World,” return to Hanoi to close out your trip to Vietnam.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,860

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Day 1

Arrival at Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. There are no activities planned until an important group meeting in the evening, usually at 6 pm, please advise ahead of time if you are unable to attend this meeting. If you do have time, get out and acquaint yourself with the city beforehand, it is a bustling center of shopping, historic sites and traffic mayhem. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group at one of the city's excellent eateries.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Millennium Boutique Hotel

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    Millennium Boutique Hotel



    Millennium Boutique Hotel features 72 rooms and suites, fully equipped with comfortable, sophisticated and cozy guest rooms, stylish restaurants, rooftop pool bar, meeting room. It is perfect for business and leisure travelers. All of the guest rooms have the fantastic view to the city and …

    Millennium Boutique Hotel features 72 rooms and suites, fully equipped with comfortable, sophisticated and cozy guest rooms, stylish restaurants, rooftop pool bar, meeting room. It is perfect for business and leisure travelers. All of the guest rooms have the fantastic view to the city and Saigon River.Located in gateway and prime destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, it aims to extend its footprint in more locations around the region. Guest will explore vibrant Ho Chi Minh City from the contemporary and comfort of Millennium Boutique Hotel. The hotel is located in a CBD area which is next to the Saigon River, just few steps to The Opera House, close to historical attractions, premier Saigon dining, and local businesses.

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Day 2

Mekong Delta

Sit down to a leisurely buffet breakfast at KOTO this morning. This restaurant is designed to give disadvantaged youth an education in hospitality. Then, you'll drive south to Cai Be for a boat cruise along the intricate and beautiful waterways of the Mekong Delta. En route you'll stop and visit an orchard and sample some local tropical fruit and visit some local cottage industries. As the sun starts to drop, continue to your local guesthouse, your place of rest tonight. Here you will enjoy a beautiful home-cooked meal of local specialties.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City

Today you'll return to Ho Chi Minh City and take a bus and walking tour around the city. You'll visit Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Admire the many beautiful French colonial buildings along the way, such as the main Post Office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). Ho Chi Minh City is full of history and you will visit many of the major sites today.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Millennium Boutique Hotel

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    Millennium Boutique Hotel



    Millennium Boutique Hotel features 72 rooms and suites, fully equipped with comfortable, sophisticated and cozy guest rooms, stylish restaurants, rooftop pool bar, meeting room. It is perfect for business and leisure travelers. All of the guest rooms have the fantastic view to the city and …

    Millennium Boutique Hotel features 72 rooms and suites, fully equipped with comfortable, sophisticated and cozy guest rooms, stylish restaurants, rooftop pool bar, meeting room. It is perfect for business and leisure travelers. All of the guest rooms have the fantastic view to the city and Saigon River.Located in gateway and prime destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, it aims to extend its footprint in more locations around the region. Guest will explore vibrant Ho Chi Minh City from the contemporary and comfort of Millennium Boutique Hotel. The hotel is located in a CBD area which is next to the Saigon River, just few steps to The Opera House, close to historical attractions, premier Saigon dining, and local businesses.

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Day 4

Dalat

This morning after breakfast, head on a half-day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network (some 200 kilometers) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. They contained hospitals, dwellings and schools and were used extensively for refuge and storage, as well as being a military base. As you explore this extraordinary labyrinth you will learn more about its history and the 1968 Tet Offensive. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what the underground life must have been like. Please note that these tunnels will be hot and can get claustrophobic, so there is an option if you'd like to view from above ground. Later this afternoon, fly to Dalat (approximately 1 hour).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 5

Dalat

Dalat is high in Vietnam's southern highlands and is surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls, it is a natural mountain paradise. Dalat, commonly known as the City of Flowers, is part of a region ideal for growing crops and flowers that cannot be otherwise grown in Vietnam, because of its temperate climate and high rainfall. Today, visit some of these plantations, including the renowned flower and vegetable gardens, a coffee plantation and an interesting visit to a cricket farm, where you may have the chance to taste these delicacies. Afterwards, see the process of silk making at a silk farm, then head deep into nature in search of some stunning waterfalls. Today is a jam-packed day, so perhaps choose to relax this evening. If you still want to keep exploring, there are some vibrant night markets in the center of town, spilling into the streets around Nguyen Thi Minh Khai.

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Day 6

Hoi An

Enjoy a free morning in Dalat to perhaps explore the Bao Dai Summer Palace and gardens or head to the Crazy House, a bizarre guesthouse commissioned by avant-garde architect Hang Nga, who still lives on site. In the afternoon, take a short flight to Danang (approximately 1 hour). From here you will embark on a short ride by private vehicle to Hoi An (approximately 1 hour). Hoi An was originally a Cham port town but has been influenced by traders from many cultures. With its charming low tiled houses and tranquil feel, this is a delightful town to walk around. You'll notice a distinctly Chinese appearance here, with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the narrow lanes.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel

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    The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel



    The Villa Hoi An- Boutique Hotel was build following an environmental friendly concept and is one of the first destination in South East Asia to be certified green by HQETM. To obtain the certification, the design and construction of the hotel required sustainable design and …

    The Villa Hoi An- Boutique Hotel was build following an environmental friendly concept and is one of the first destination in South East Asia to be certified green by HQETM. To obtain the certification, the design and construction of the hotel required sustainable design and construction principles with strict attention to preserving and maintaining the environment. We maintain this commitment to sustainability and the environment in everything we do.

    We are boutique retreat, allowing you to escape from the crowds after a day in the Old Town, touring and exploring. The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel features a beautiful pool, restaurant and bar as well as our Organic Spa, to ensure our guest's best comfort.

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    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Family Room
    • Free WiFi
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Hoi An

A morning walking tour today takes you to a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. Afterwards, sit down to a delicious lunch with the group. This afternoon you are free to make the most of Hoi An and its surrounding areas. Your leader will be able to help with suggestions for extra activities in Hoi An and the surrounding countryside.

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Day 8

Hoi An

The day is yours to spend as you please in this historic haven. Hoi An is renowned for its specialist tailors and some do same-day turnaround, so perhaps take this opportunity to get some clothing made from some unique local fabrics. If you feel like getting active, beautiful Cua Dai Beach is located nearby and is easily accessible by bicycle (you can rent them in town). Otherwise, book in a tour to My Son Cham to explore the ruins dating back to the 4th century. You might also like to visit a local workshop to learn how to make your own rice paper. A Vietnamese cooking class too is a great way to familiarize yourself with some age-old culinary techniques, not to mentioning feasting on the fruits of your own labor!

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Day 9

Hue

Depart Hoi An today bound for Hue: the former imperial capital and hub of Vietnam's historic past. En route, pass through the Hai Van Pass, a scenic mountainous stretch of highway with views across Lang Co beach. Arrive in Hue and discover its eclectic mix of frenetic streets and peaceful beauty. In the afternoon you will visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost completely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War but its humble, foliage-covered ruins remain a testament to its proud history. Here you'll gain some insight into the horrific damage endured during the war.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Cherish Hotel

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    Cherish Hotel



    Phu Bai Airport: 15 km . Located in the heart of Hue city, close to Perfume river, Cherish Hotel is harmonized among the world historical heritage by UNESCO, the life-cultural destinations, the citylife services as well as entertainment

Day 10

Hue

Venture out this morning for a local breakfast, feasting on a popular dish called bun bo hue, which contains rice vermicelli (bun) and beef (bo). This is a signature of the city, and is a fresh and delicious start to the day. Head in a private vehicle to Tam Giang lagoon, one of South East Asia's largest freshwater areas, which provides this part of the country with a rich ecosystem and fruitful fishing ground. It is where the region's three largest rivers, Huong, Bo and O Lau meet before they reach the sea. Take a boat trip on the lagoon, passing by local fisherman on their daily catch and then head to a local home for a prepared seafood lunch. If your fishing adventure did not provide much to eat, not to worry the locals will ensure that there's enough food to go around, including vegetarian options. In the afternoon, take a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue. The Pagoda is an active Buddhist monastery that dates back to 1601. You will also visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc with its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees. Afterwards, travel back to your hotel for a relaxing evening.

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Day 11

Hanoi

Fly from Hue to Hanoi today (approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes). Your departure will mostly likely be in the morning but can vary a little depending on flight schedules. After some free time on arrival, be taken through the ancient 36 Streets and discover a varied selection of shop-lined alleys that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, jewelry and beautifully embroidered tablecloths. In the afternoon, be treated to a traditional Hat Xam performance. Hat Xam is an art form of Northern Vietnam dating back to the Tran Dynasty and literally translates to 'singing in darkness'. Originally, this was performed by blind performers, and was enjoyed by local working-class audiences, right up until the late 1950s, when a wave of communism deemed all art forms to be corrupting influences. Today, this style of performance occurs rarely, but you and your group will be taken to a private club house for an exclusive performance; one of the few places where such artists still perform acoustically. The performance takes around 90 minutes and includes some story telling aspects, performances and possibly interaction with guests, so be ready to get involved!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Lan Vien Hotel

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    Lan Vien Hotel



    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business …

    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business or pleasure travelers Hotel situated in the heart of Hanoi, at the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet street and Hang Bai street. A great location allows you to explore and connect to our wonderful city over 1000 years. You can stroll out of our doors and enjoy the surrounding shopping area.

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Day 12

Hanoi

Enjoy a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the former residence of Vietnam's most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. In your free time, the Vietnam Fine Arts museum is well worth a visit. Walking is a great way to explore the city, many lakes and parks provide enjoyable escapes. You'll see that this enchanting northern capital can be quieter than its southern counterpart and the West Lake, north of the main city, is an ideal place to interact with the locals and relax by its banks.

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Day 13

Halong Bay

Leave your luggage at the hotel and pack an overnight bag as you drive to Halong Bay (approximately 3 hours). Take in glorious views of this World Heritage-listed beauty and its spectacular limestone islands. You will travel to Tuan Chau Port (Halong City West) and board a boat for an exploration of the karsts and caves in the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner, with other dietary options available. During the warmer months your leader will discuss the option for swimming from Ti Top Island. There is also the option for kayaking to get up close to the towering limestone karsts. A candle-lit dinner on the deck of the boat (weather permitting) is a truly memorable experience, as the views at sunset are stunning.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 14

Hanoi

In the morning, sail back to the port, disembark and take a bus back to Hanoi (approximately 3 hours). Arriving back in the capital, there will be a few hours free to wander around and enjoy some of the city's attractions you may have missed the first time. You can shop on Hang Gai Street or perhaps enjoy some afternoon tea at the Metropole Hotel. In the evening, enjoy a dinner in a Hanoi restaurant, sharing stories with your newfound friends.

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Duration1 Night
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Lan Vien Hotel

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    Lan Vien Hotel



    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business …

    LanVien Restaurant located on 11th floor, guests can enjoy Western and Asian cuisine and looking down to the beautiful view of City through the restaurant's impressive windows. The LanVien Hotel offers the perfect combination of modern luxuries, impeccable service and excellent value for the business or pleasure travelers Hotel situated in the heart of Hanoi, at the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet street and Hang Bai street. A great location allows you to explore and connect to our wonderful city over 1000 years. You can stroll out of our doors and enjoy the surrounding shopping area.

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Day 15

Departure

After breakfast, you are free to leave at any time, as there are no activities planned today. Please let us now if you need a departure transfer or you would like to extend.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 13, 20, 27; Dec 4, 11, 18, 25
2020: Jan 8, 15, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; Mar 4, 11, 15, 18, 25; Apr 1, 5, 8, 15, 22, 29;
May 6, 13, 27; Jun 3, 10, 24; Jul 8, 15; Aug 5, 12, 26; Sep 9, 16, 23, 30;
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 16, 30

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights hotel, 1 night Guest house and 1 night boat accommodation
  • 14 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Arrival transfer
  • Transportation: Boat, plane, private minibus and taxi as per itinerary
  • Activities:
    • Mekong Delta - Sightseeing tour including cottage industries, local market
    • Ho Chi Minh City - KOTO breakfast, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, City tour, Cu Chi Tunnels
    • Nha Trang - Boat trip, basket boat ride
    • Hon Mun Island - Snorkelling
    • Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
    • Hue - Imperial Citadel, Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Perfume River cruise, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tam Giang Lagoon visit and lunch in a local home
    • Hanoi -Old Quarter Tour, Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and HCM stilt house, Hat Xam performance
    • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

Occasionally these itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and research. Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so being flexible is key. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time

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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