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Highlights of Vietnam

Highlights of Vietnam

10 Days / 9 Nights

from Hanoi / to Saigon

Tour Highlights
• 10 days and 9 nights
• Halong Bay overnight cruise
• Explore former emperors tombs
• See the oldest University in the Country
• Water puppet show
• Visit temples dedicated to emperors that ruled centuries ago
• Watch locals in their daily lives
• Visit Halong Bay
• Visit famous museums
Explore Vietnam with this 10-day adventure. Begin with your tour with beautiful Hanoi and visit its historical past and antique structures. Educate yourself through travelling Hanoi and immerse yourself in its culture. This tour also includes a exciting river cruise taking in the breathtaking views Vietnam has to offer. Complete the tour with an in-depth journey into Ho Chi Minh and discover all its glory.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. Your first attraction to visit will be the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. This stunning structure is located in the middle of a lake surrounded by a beautiful garden which consist of Orange and Mango trees. We will then walk nearby to see the One-Pillar Pagoda. This was constructed in 1040 under King Ly Thai To.  Next we will see the Temple of Literature which was constructed in 1070 built for Confucius as a temple to worship. Later it became the first university in Vietnam. Next we will meet an expert in traditional eastern medicine, Dr Huong, where she will tell you about the traditional remedies along with her extensive knowledge of Chinese medicine. In her clinic she will educate you in how you can treat certain sicknesses using roots, barks, leaves, herbs and all other sorts of remedies. Later in the evening you will be taken to a water puppet show showing a glimpse of Vietnams culture along with traditional music. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi (B, L)

On this day, after breakfast we will be joined by Daniel Hoyer, an American chef, teacher and author of five cookbooks who will take you through the streets of Hanoi and educate and show you the best street food and ingredients that Vietnam has to offer. He is the head of the gastronomic adventure tours in Latin America and Southeast Asia. We then head over to the French quarter where you will enjoy a local coffee called Ca phe or tea called Tra along with fresh pastries. Sit down with locals to enjoy this experience. We will then visit the markets to learn about ingredients used in Vietnamese cooking with a local guide. Lunch can be taken in the many street stalls or restaurants in Hanoi. Throughout the morning your guide will assist you in your choices and will explain the various dishes that you see. Following lunch the Ethnographic Museum will be our next port of call. This museum hosts unique products, homes and clothes of daily life of different tribes. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Following breakfast we head over to the Halong Bay, a UNESCO heritage site, where we will view local life and also get to see the water buffaloes at work in the rice fields. Once here we will board the Junk (an exquisite boat) and welcome you to check-in. You will enjoy lunch on board as we go through beautiful waters visiting recently discovered enchanting caves. Choose to swim in the emerald waters or go kayaking. For those who want to relax and enjoy the sun you can stay on board the top deck. Following sunset, dinner will be served. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Breakfast will be served on board this morning whereby after you will transfer to a local boat and cruise Halong Bay. You will be able to visit Cat Ba island, caves and caverns, have the opportunity for a kayak tour or to go swimming. These are subject to the weather and the local boat that takes you. We then head back on board for lunch where you will be offered a wide range of fresh seafood. After lunch the trip continues to Lan Ha Bay. Here we will explore the countryside and give you the option to swim on the beach, kayak or snorkel. We then return back aboard the Junk where you will be treated to a drink and enjoy a delectable five-course meal. Overnight on board.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Saigon (B)

This morning you will enjoy breakfast on-board before we head to Tuan Chau island. Once here we will go to Hanoi by road. During the drive we will stop to see the But Thap Pagoda. In the afternoon we will transfer you to the airport to take your flight from Hanoi to Saigon. Once in Saigon you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 6: Saigon (B)

Early morning you will be picked up by your guide from your hotel and will take you to the market of Vuon Chuoi where you will see the hustle and bustle of the daily life of the Vietnamese people. You will be able to find almost everything here from foods to househould products. Here in this maze of streets we will visit a local cafe and relax to enjoy a cup of local white coffee. We then continue our walk to a temple. We pass a pagoda on the way where the monks lead travelers in the prayer and to a meditation hall and explain them everyday life in the pagoda. We then return to the hotel where the rest of the morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon we tour the Chinatown of Saigon, Cholon. The Chinese first came to Vietnam centuries ago and establised themselves well and truly here as you will see. In Cholon there are a variety of markets and plenty of small shops. The Thien Hau Pagoda is located here which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 7: Saigon (B, L)

After breakfast your morning begins with a trip to a local market where you will purchase your ingredients to create a authentic Vietnamese dish under the tutelage of a local chef and get to enjoy your creation. The afternoon will consist of an extensive cultural and historical tour. This will include the historic center, Dong Khoi Street and the main shopping street which is located in the heart of colonial Saigon. The City Hall,  the former Hotel de Ville, the old opera house will also be visited but only from the outside. We will also visit of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 8: Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B, L, D)

After breakfast on this morning we will travel by road to Cai Be where we will board the the ship,  Bassac. The crew will be waiting to welcome you on board with a welcome drink. As we travel along the Tien Giang river lunch will be taken on the upper deck. As you rest and relax aboard the Bassac there will be a bar where you can enjoy drinks. We take you through the Cho Lach canal to visit a village on the edge of the Mang Thit River. See how the locals live and work and enjoy their hospitality. Take a walk amongst rice fields and orchids. You will be served dinner by the crew while the Bassac travels on the Mang Thit river into the sunset. The Bassac will dock next to the Phuoc Hu pagoda in Tra On. Overnight on board.

Day 9: Can Tho – Saigon (B)

At 06:30 Breakfast is served as we travel to visit the floating market of Cai Rang. Once here you will leave the ship to visit to the floating market on a small boat and also see the surrounding “Arroyos” and gardens before returning to the Ninh Kieu pier. Once at Ninh Kieu in Can Tho, we will travel on foot into the Cai Son garden. After we will take bikes and ride around 7km through beautiful scenery along the river on a narrow bike path and return to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 10: Saigon (B)

This morning you spend as you wish before we transfer you to the airport for your 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 1.823 3.071 599
Hotel Category Superior 2.099 3.634 899
Hotel Category First Class 2.435 4.238 1.175
Supplement for domestic flights in Vietnam: 158  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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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 (Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City)
• travel insurance • meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• 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:
Hanoi: Golden Rice Hotel *** (Deluxe Room)
Halong Bay: Bhai Tho Dchunke (Deluxe Cabin)
Ho Chi Minh City: Signature Saigon *** (Deluxe Room)
Can Tho: Bassac Cruise (Cabin)
Hotel Category Superior:
Hanoi: Golden Silk Hotel **** (Deluxe Room)
Halong Bay: Indochina Sails (Superior Cabin)
Ho Chi Minh City: Grand Hotel Saigon**** (Premium Deluxe Room)
Can Tho: Bassac Cruise (Cabin)
Hotel Category First Class:
Hanoi: Intercontinental West Lake ***** (Superior Room)
Halong Bay: Paradise Cruise (Deluxe Cabin)
Ho Chi Minh City: Renaissance ***** (Deluxe River View Room)
Can Tho: Bassac Cruise (Cabin)

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