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Vietnam Spiritual Journey

Vietnam Spiritual Journey

8 Days / 7 Nights

from Ho Chi Minh City / to Hanoi

Tour Highlights
• 8 days and 7 nights
• Explore the wonderful sites of Ho Chi Minh City
• Take a tour of Hoi An aboard a cyclo
• Visit a vibrant wet market
• Choose between a tour of a magnificent garden house or a trip to a beautiful ancient pagoda
• Learn more about the country through various historical sites at Hanoi
• Enjoy an overnight cruise along Halong Bay
Take a spiritual journey across the enchanted land of Vietnam in this 8-day adventure. Visit ancient temples and monuments and get in touch with your inner spirituality. Mingle with the locals and get a first-hand experience of their daily lives. You may also choose to join optional activities to make your trip even more exciting.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

This morning, explore Ho Chi Minh City. Visit a family run temple, and spend time learning about the spiritual beliefs of the small monastery. Begin your walking tour at the vibrant local market. Then visit a small temple honoring 5 mother goddesses and a monastery where the monks are happy to show you their home and give you an astrology reading. This afternoon, visit Vietnam’s FITO Museum, the first traditional medicine museum, displaying a collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine including ancient books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine can be seen in the galleries. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Hoi An (B)

After breakfast, take a short flight to t Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Take a cyclo tour of the ancient town, past former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese covered bridge and the vibrant market. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 4: Hoi An – Hue (B, L)

Today’s tour will begin at the vibrant ‘wet market’. Browse everything from silk worms, fresh herbs and vegetables to the meat and fish.  After leaving the market, continue wandering along the streets and alleys to discover fantastic vendors and sample delicious authentic street foods. This afternoon, depart for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Visit the mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam and the ancient citadel. Drive through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and in to the fishing village of Lang Co. Overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Hue – Hanoi (B)

Spend the morning exploring the garden houses of Hue or visit the peaceful pagoda. Choose one of the options below.

Option 1: Visit a typical garden house, made with a timber frame and roofed with brick tiles and stands on large pillars placed on a stone base. The altar of the family’s ancestors occupies the central room. Then visit the home of Mr. Phan Thuan An, a respected historian who has devoted his life to researching the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Option 2: Transfer to the beautiful pagoda which dates back to 1843. Located in a forest of pine trees this monastery was once the home of Zen master. One of the most interesting parts of the pagoda is the eunuch tombs from the former Royal Court which in the whole city of Hue are only found here. If in Hue on Thursday or Sunday mornings between 0900-1000 join up to 20 Buddhist monks and nuns who gather together to pray and read aloud scriptures. This is highly recommended. Then, explore the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.

From here transfer to Airport for the 1-hour flight to Hanoi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi (B)

Before breakfast, visit one of Hanoi’s oldest temples and participate in a  Chi session with Master Vuong. The session is suitable both for those with no prior experience, and those who have already studied other martial arts. After breakfast at the hotel, visit Hanoi’s Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam – Vietnam’s first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, 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. Continue on to beautiful West Lake, the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda and the Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. This afternoon, visit a traditional Vietnamese docto, Dr Huong. An expert in Traditional Eastern Methods through Acupuncture, Acupressure and Cagut Implantation in Hanoi, she has been a practitioner of Traditional Eastern Methods for over 20 years. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

After breakfast travel to Halong City for an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk for the overnight journey into the Bay. En-route lunch will be served. Enjoy the beautiful rock formations scenery including Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot). At sunset, enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood, salads, and fruits on board. Overnight on Halong Bay.

Day 8: Halong – Hanoi Departure (B)

This morning enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi. As an optional extra and according to your flight schedule visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam ‘But Thap’ on the way back to Hanoi. At leisure for shopping until your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.05. 2015 – 30.09.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 1.064 1.968 229
Hotel Category Superior 1.309 2.480 510
Hotel Category First Class 1.722 3.223 838
Supplement for domestic flights in Vietnam: 258  USD per person *
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and the Tet Festival (February 2016). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.
* Price-Tip: If you buy the long-haul flights with Vietnam Airlines about us, we can offer the domestic flights in Vietnam in combination with long-haul routes to a less expensive price than above mentioned offer. Should you opt for a different airline or booking flights on their own, the costs listed for the domestic flights are in addition to the prices indicated in the table for the round trip.

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• domestic flights (Ho Chi Minh City / Danang & Hue / Hanoi)
• travel insurance • meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Ho Chi Minh City: Signature Saigon *** (Deluxe Room)
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Emeralda Resort *** (Superior Room)
Hue: Eldora Boutique Hotel ***(*) (Deluxe Room)
Hanoi: Golden Rice Hotel *** (Deluxe Room)
Halong Bay: Bhai Tho Dchunke (Deluxe Cabin)
Hotel Category Superior:
Ho Chi Minh City: Grand Hotel Saigon**** (Premium Deluxe Room)
Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An **** (Superior Room)
Hue: Saigon Morin **** (Premium City Deluxe Room)
Hanoi: Golden Silk Hotel **** (Deluxe Room)
Halong Bay: Indochina Sails (Superior Cabin)
Hotel Category First Class:
Ho Chi Minh City: Renaissance ***** (Deluxe River View Room)
Hoi An: Victoria Beach Resort ****(*) (Deluxe Room)
Hue: La Residence ***** (Superior River View Room)
Hanoi: Intercontinental West Lake ***** (Superior Room)
Halong Bay: Paradise Cruise (Deluxe Cabin)

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