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Vintage Vietnam

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,830

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$ 2,830

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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 6pm). Please check the welcome board or reception desk on the ground floor of the hotel for details about this. If you have time, get out and acquaint yourself with the city beforehand. Afterwards you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your group at one of the city's excellent eateries. Rooms at the Millennium Boutique Hotel and in Ho Chi Minh City in general are compact given the building style and central location.

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. Your guesthouse is operated by local hosts, with simple twin and double rooms. Bedding and mosquito nets are supplied. Each room has a private bathroom, although may only have cold water available.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City

Today is an early start, as after breakfast you will be taken to visit the bustling Cai Be market. Mingle with the locals and browse the stalls at this local bazaar. You will then return to Ho Chi Minh City for a bus 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).

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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

Nha Trang

This morning, after breakfast it's time for a half-day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network (some 200 KM’s) 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. Note that this will be hot and can be a little claustrophobic. Later this afternoon, fly to Nha Trang (approximately 1.5 hours).

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Duration2 Nights
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Stella Maris Nha Trang Hotel

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    Stella Maris Nha Trang Hotel



    Located in the heart of the coastal city of Nha Trang, next to shopping and lively nightlife area and is just one block from beautiful beach, Stella Maris Nha Trang Hotel is surely the ideal for your holiday in Nha Trang . Stella Maris Nha ...

    Located in the heart of the coastal city of Nha Trang, next to shopping and lively nightlife area and is just one block from beautiful beach, Stella Maris Nha Trang Hotel is surely the ideal for your holiday in Nha Trang .

    Stella Maris Nha Trang Hotel offers international standard 4 star with 98 various types of rooms to meet all the needs of travelers. Besides, the hotel provides a choice of catering with 2 restaurants can accommodate over 200 guests. Especially, an outdoor pool bar will bring you a views across the city and the beautiful coastline of Nha Trang .

    In addition, Stella Maris Nha Trang Hotel is also offers the international business services and recreational facilities including conference rooms, gym with modern equipments, the Spa, tour desk combined with transportations will help guests explore the beautiful Nha Trang city and make your vacation memorable.

    Stella Maris Nha Trang Hotel committed to bring differentiation and satisfaction to customers.

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Day 5

Nha Trang

With palm trees, white sandy beaches and a hip cosmopolitan atmosphere, Nha Trang is often referred to as the Cannes of the Orient. Venture out on a boat to explore the nearby islands today. From the main boat, you will take basket boats to shore and visit a fishing village. There's also the chance to snorkel in the pristine water, feast on a fresh included seafood buffet lunch and enjoy the sunshine on the deck of the boat.

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Day 6

Hoi An

Take a short flight to Danang (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes). From here, you will embark on a short minibus ride to Hoi An (approximately 1 hour). Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced by a myriad of traders from various 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 small lanes.

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Duration3 Nights
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Pearl River Hoi An Hotel

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    Pearl River Hoi An Hotel



    Designed as purely Vietnamese architectural style, our hotel embodies its charm and attractiveness that will make a great impression on our guests from the very beginning. Pearl River hotel is a 4 star property with luxurious amenities, surrounded with bamboo, which offers all our guest ...

    Designed as purely Vietnamese architectural style, our hotel embodies its charm and attractiveness that will make a great impression on our guests from the very beginning. Pearl River hotel is a 4 star property with luxurious amenities, surrounded with bamboo, which offers all our guest Vietnamese hospitality in a friendly atmosphere. Situated near the center of Hoi An city, our hotel provides our guests easy access to the major attractions and surrounding countryside of Hoi An, offering our guests the opportunity to easily explore Hoi An and its surroundings. Located on the banks of the Thu Bon river, Pearl River Hoi An enjoys peaceful sunrise and fresh air

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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.

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Day 8

Hoi An

This evening, take a boat trip on the Thu Bon River and enjoy some drinks as you watch the sunset over picturesque Hoi An. This is one of the best times of day to see the city, as it basks a lovely sunset glow beside the river. Before this activity, the day is yours to spend as you please. Hoi An is renowned for its specialist tailors, so perhaps take this opportunity to get some clothing made from some unique local fabrics. If you feel like getting active, a lovely beach is located just nearby and is easily accessible by bicycle (these are easily rented). Or take a tour to My Son Cham to explore the ruins dating back to the 4th century. You might 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 beautiful Hoi An today 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. You will also make a stop at this beach to stroll the shore. 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.

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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

    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

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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.

Take a boat cruise on the Perfume River before visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue. The Pagoda is an active Buddhist monastery that dates back to 1601. You will also enjoy lunch at a local nunnery or monastery. This not only allows you to sample some of Hue's famed vegetarian food, but also offers a chance to learn about Vietnamese Buddhism. You will also visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees.

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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. After some free time on arrival, be taken through the ancient '36 streets' and discover an amazing selection of shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, jewellery and beautifully embroidered tablecloths. This afternoon, sit down to a water puppet performance. Your host Liem invites you into his home, a veritable small-scale theatre that continues a long running family tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Witness not only the show itself but gain an behind-the-scenes insight into how the puppets are made and animated. Liem is only too happy to discuss the history and development of this age-old cultural practice.

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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, with fun shopping and many lakes and parks provide enjoyable escapes. You'll see that this enchanting northern capital can be quieter than its southern counterpart.

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Day 13

Halong Bay

Leave your luggage at the hotel and pack an overnight bag as you drive to Ha Long Bay (approximately 3 hours). Take in glorious views of this World Heritage-listed beauty and its spectacular limestone islands. You will travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West) and board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood is also available). A candle-lit dinner on the deck of the boat, weather permitting, is a truly memorable experience, as the views at sunset are stunning. You'll also visit a cave in the area. 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. If the weather is obliging, the views at sunset are especially incredible. Your wooden junk-style boat has twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning. Due to the limited cabins on board, the single supplement is excluded, and accommodation will be on a twin-share basis.

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Duration1 Night
Day 14

Hanoi

In the morning, sail back to the port, disembark and then take a bus back to Hanoi (approximately 4 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 final dinner in a Hanoi restaurant, bidding farewell to 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

Our journey comes to an end after breakfast today.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Aug 29; Sep 19, 26; Oct 3, 17, 31; Nov 14, 21, 28; Dec 5, 18, 26, 28
2019: Jan 2, 9, 16, 23; Feb 13, 20, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 29; Apr 3, 10, 17, 19, 24
May 8, 15, 22; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10, 17; Aug 7, 28; Sep 11, 18, 25;
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 13, 20, 27; Dec 4, 11, 18, 25

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meals as indicated
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night guest house
  • 1 night boat accommodation
  • Transportation as indicated
  • Touring 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

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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