Highlights of Vietnam

10 Nights / 11 days

HANOI ARRIVAL

Arrive in Hanoi, welcome by our local guide and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hanoi.


HANOI (B)

The capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1.000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites and our
days’ tour will visit the highlights. See the grand and solemn mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and
Fri and in Nov), the ‘icon of Hanoi’ - The One Pillar Pagoda, the beautiful Temple of Literature, West Lake’s Tran Quoc temple
and Quan Thanh pagoda as well as the fascinating Ethnology Museum, the bustling Old Quarter and at the end of the day
- a waters puppet performance.

08:30 depart your hotel for the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Vietnam's first university Quoc Tu Giam, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049, next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov)

Visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049, next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov)

Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.

In the afternoon visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam.

At the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.

Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hanoi.


HANOI – HOA LU – HANOI (B, L)

Depart your hotel this morning early for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital,
Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the
Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three
square kilometers. If time permits after visiting Hoa Lu take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills,
the climb is rewarding with spectacular views.

In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way stop to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape. After lunch board your private sampan* (see options for Tam Coc sampan trip below). As the boat gently slices through the water notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to the area’s other name, 'Halong on Land'.

Should you feel adventurous, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprised of three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Return by sampan to Tam Coc town before returning to Hanoi.

Trang An Boat Option (in replace of Tam Coc): Trang An is a less visited nature reserve similar to Tam Coc. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). An 'eco tourism' area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.

Thung Nang Boat Option (in replace of Tam Coc): Similar to Tam Coc, Thung Nang is off the tourist trail and a pleasant alternative. Pass through a cave, fields of lotus (in summer) and reach a quaint pagoda before returning on the same route

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hanoi.


HANOI – HALONG BAY (B,L,D)

Depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay. Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes. Arrive from Hanoi late morning for a warm welcome at the pier of your boat.

Complete check-in procedures and transfer to your boat for the overnight journey into the Bay. Lunch is served on board as you cruise into Halong Bay. Cruise by rock formations with such names as Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot). Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner.

Overnight on board the cruise in Halong Bay.


HALONG BAY – NOI BAI AIPORT – DANANG – HOI AN (B)

On your return to Halong City enjoy a full breakfast (or brunch) as your boat weaves its way through spectacular scenery back
to the dock. Upon disembarkation, your driver will meet you for the transfer to Noi Bai Airport for the flight to Danang. En
route visit Thanh Chuong Palace, the home and studio of Thanh Chuong, of the most celebrated painters in Vietnam.
More a living space than a museum, the Palace is an architectural gem showcasing Vietnamese traditional cultural objects,
exquisite antiques and remarkable structures.

After the visit it’s a quick transfer to the airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer 40-minutes to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hoi An.


HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN (B)

Today, take a half day to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries. On the way back to Hoi An stop to visit Tra Kieu, formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel, the capital of Champa between the 4th and 8th centuries. Some of the finest sculptures in Danang’s Cham Museum originated from here.

Upon return to Hoi An, take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market. Hoi An is a destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hoi An.


HOI AN – HUE (B)

Enjoy this morning at leisure before leaving Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. It’s mesmerizing tombs and
mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects.
The ancient Citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both
ancient and modern. The Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war but retains a sense of grace and
majesty even today.

Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hue.


HUE (B)

0830 depart from your hotel in Hue. Start at the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. From here take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. It is full of lotus flowers in summer and there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study.

After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River Constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tower is the centerpiece of after exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River Constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tower is the centerpiece of pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. On the pagoda grounds is the famous Austin car a resident monk drove to Saigon in 1963 to protest against the southern regime. The photo of his self immortalization is one of the most well known images of the war.

Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. The market is another of the must see sites in Hue, the stalls are teeming with color and a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life.

Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. The market is another of the must see sites in Hue, the stalls are teeming with color and a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hue.


HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

Transfer to Hue Airport after breakfast for the short flight to dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals. A full
day city tour takes in Cholon, the Chinatown district, to discover the area’s markets, shops and the Cantonese Thien Hau
Pagoda - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. Visit Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum, with
an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Implements used to
prepare indigenous herbs and objects commo nly found in traditional pharmacies can be seen in the galleries as well as
ancient books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine.

Head back to the city centre to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market exploring the variety of goods for sale.

This afternoon visit the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace Stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon head back to your hotel.

Note: History Museum is closed on Mondays.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY (B, L)

The colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination. This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.

On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market is hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer.

After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, admiring the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers along the way. Lunch is local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.


HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B)

Departure day. At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward flight.

Tour Cost & Date

FOR SPECIAL OFFER – APPLICABLE ON 2 PERSON TRAVELING TOGETHER AND SHARING SAME CABIN ON TWIN OCCUPANCY

DEPARTURE DATES - YEAR 2018
October
08
December
3, 31

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ROOMING
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JUNIOR SUITE
SUITE
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Accompanying Adult – 50% off US$ 3125 US$ 49438 US$ 7211 US$ 12383
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  • COST FOR 31 DECEMBER 2018 - NEW YEAR DEPARTURE

    ROOMING
    DELUXE CABIN
    JUNIOR SUITE
    SUITE
    PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
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    Accompanying Adult – 50% off US$ 3647 US$ 5465 US$ 7733 US$ 1290
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    • Special rates are per person on twin sharing basis.
    • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits.
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board.
    • Butler Service.
    • Entrances fee at the monuments
    • English speaking guide for excursions.
    • Porterage at stations
    • Transportation for sightseeing with Deluxe coaches – VOLVO BUS for Guests staying in Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite.
    • For Suite guests transportation by a Toyota Corolla with separate English Speaking guide will be provided
    • For Presidential Suite guests transportation by a Toyota Camry with separate English Speaking guide will be provided.
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