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Travel Dates: October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Book this vacation by August 31, 2018 to avail a special price of USD $ 3,313 (option 1) or USD $ 4,422 (option 2), and get USD $ 140 off your trip price!

This early bird offer is Vietnam travel at its finest! This private tour takes you to the hill country of Sapa, the floating markets of Can Tho and the lush Mekong Delta – all the key highlights of a country brimming with cultural insights. For those with less time, this is the ultimate vacation in Vietnam. What’s more, we’ve also arranged a complimentary dinner for you to sample authentic and delicious local flavors.

Please note that this offer is not valid for travel between 22 – 31 December 2018 and 3 – 12 February 2019.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3HanoiColonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient ArchitectureSilk Path Hotel, InterContinental Westlake
3 - 5Sa PaTonkinese Alps, View of Fansipan Mountain, Ethnic Minorities, WaterfallsNam Cang Riverside Lodge, Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa
5 - 6HanoiColonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient ArchitectureSilk Path Hotel, InterContinental Westlake
6 - 7Halong BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingDragon's Pearl, Jasmine Cruise
7 - 9HuéPerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HouseEldora Hotel, Pilgrimage Village
9 - 11Hoi AnUNESCO World Heritage Site, Beach, Relaxation, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese ArchitectureMaison Vy, Hoi An, Anantara Hoi An Resort
11 - 13Can ThoMekong Delta, Boat Ride, Floating market, Can Tho MuseumVictoria Can Tho Resort, Azerai Can Tho
13 - 15Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleLiberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, InterContinental Saigon

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  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hotel

Hanoi

2 Days

Hanoi has served as a beautiful capital city and the seat of government for Vietnam for over a thousand years.

Included Activities

Full Day Tour Of Hanoi With Cyclos Ride
Explore the charming city of Hanoi, often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’, with its yellow ochre colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Visit the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument of marble and granite built to house the preserved body of beloved Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known to the Vietnamese as “Uncle Ho”. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple built in 1049 of wood in the shape of a lotus blossom and set on a single stone pillar. Continue on to Ho Chi Minh’s House nearby, a simple wooden house in a tranquil setting where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Some of his belongings are on display and visitors can walk up the steps to see his bedroom. Next, visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century. The picturesque temple is an example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote. In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays) which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Drive back to central Hanoi for a 1hr cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. Explore the fascinating maze of back streets, fronted by narrow houses known as “tunnel” or “tube houses”, built to avoid taxes based on the width of their frontage onto the street, a wonderfully eclectic glimpse into Hanoi street life. Conclude the day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form said to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta. The show uses colourful wooden puppets to depict scenes of rural life and episodes of national history set to music. (Full Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs; Private activity & transfer; Fitness level: Easy. Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every afternoon on weekdays except Monday and Friday when it is closed all day; between September to December, it is closed everyday.)

Hotel Options
Silk Path Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 5

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa (316 km, 6.5 hrs)

Sa Pa

2 Days

Sapa: Nestled amidst vistas of incredible beauty high in the Tonkinese Alps, overlooking lofty mountains with pockets of swirling mist in the valleys below, Sapa is an incredibly picturesque market town on the border of China and home to many ethnic minorities.

Included Activities

Day Trip To Hill Tribe Market
Explore the heart of the hills! Embark on a three hour drive to the isolated northwest of Vietnam, where stunning mountains and friendly hill tribes hold sway. Meet the resident Black H’mong and Red Dzao tribes by the Chay River as they go about their business at the weekly markets in Coc Ly, Lung Khau Nhin, Can Cau, Muong Khau and Bac Ha. From livestock to handwoven fabrics, everything is sold at the markets! Float past enchanting caves by the river as you savor a hearty lunch on your boat. Indulge in a ride aboard a water buffalo cart at the Na Nen Village, which is just a short trek away, before returning to Sapa in the late afternoon. Kindly note that this activity is only possible on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Half Day Trek To Love Waterfall and Heaven’s Gate
Discover Love in Sapa! Take a short 30 min drive to visit the twinkling Love Waterfalls and soak in stunning panoramic views of the sweeping landscape. Admire the towering mountains that form a backdrop to the lush forests of Hoang Line National Park near the waterfalls. A charming local farm lies just a short walk away. Journey uphill by car for another 15 min to reach the aptly-named Heaven’s Gate, for breathtaking views of Fansipan Mountain – the highest in Indochina. Enjoy a few moments of rest and indulge your love for photography at this picturesque location, before returning to Sapa Town from your half day tour. The best time to do this activity is from May to November.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 5 - 6

Day bus from Sapa to Hanoi (dep. 14:30 arriv. 20:00)

Hanoi

1 Day

Hanoi has served as a beautiful capital city and the seat of government for Vietnam for over a thousand years.

Hotel Options
Silk Path Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 6 - 7

Drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay (165 km, 4 hrs)

Halong Bay

1 Day

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can witness the dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone islands as they rise spectacularly from the ocean in Halong Bay.

Included Activities

Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Dragon Pearl)
Enjoy a marvellous one night cruise aboard the Dragon Pearl! From your hotel you will be taken to the harbor where you can check-in, meet your crew and receive a safety briefing. The you can set sail to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay and Cap La, where the astonishing formations of Halong Bay await you. Enjoy a delicious lunch en route. If you wish, you can disembark and visit the local fishing village or go kayaking. Back on board, relax and unwind or have a swim before dinner. The following day you can cruise through an incredible panorama of grottos and explore Thien Canh Son cave. Enjoy a swim and another delicious lunch aboard the junk before a smooth cruise back to the harbor at Hanoi. (Open all year; Best Time to Travel: March – May, October – November; Full Day; Duration: Overnight; Shared Activity; Private Transfer; Meal included; Fitness level: Easy)

Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Jasmine Cruise)
Set sail into Halong Bay! Take a four hour drive from Hanoi to reach the jetty and take a boat to the Jasmine Junk. After your safety briefing, feast on a seafood lunch while cruising past limestone islands. Visit Tien Ong Caves, or take a bamboo boat ride to Halong’s oldest floating village at Cua Van. Back on the junk experience a Vietnamese culinary demonstration, unwind with a massage, and enjoy a cultural performance before dinner. Begin the next morning with Tai Chi before heading to a beach. Cruise back to Halong through picturesque Ti Top Island, Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain. Enjoy your brunch on board just before you arrive at Royal Park Pier around 1100 hours, before a leisurely drive back to Hanoi.

Hotel Options
Dragon's Pearl – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
Jasmine Cruise – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
Day 7 - 9

Drive from Halong Bay to Hanoi (165 km, 4 hrs)

Flight from Hanoi to Hue

Transfer from Hue Airport to Hotel

Hué

2 Days

The ancient Imperial Capital of Hué, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.

Included Activities

Imperial Vietnam By The Banks Of The Perfume River
Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich imperial heritage on this tour of historic Hué. The town is dotted with ancient pagodas, royal tombs, and the remains of an imperial stronghold. Set off after breakfast to visit Hué’s iconic, 17th century monument of Thien Mu Pagoda, whose narrow, seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterwards, you could either explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hué Monuments centered on the Imperial Citadel, or the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. At the Imperial Citadel, be dazzled by the regal architecture and royal gardens. Set amid a forested area, the Royal Tomb is equally spectacular. In the afternoon, drive down to the charming little village of Duong No, which was home to the young Ho Chi Minh. Walk over to the ornate Thanh Toan Covered Bridge spanning the Perfume River, featuring traditional Asian design and a timber arch dotted with ceramic elements and elaborate calligraphy. (Full Day; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
Eldora Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe City View
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 9 - 11

Drive from Hue to Hoi An (135 km, 3 hrs)

Hoi An

2 Days

Hoi An plays testament to its remarkable history as a major port town, booming with grand architecture of old Japanese merchant houses, pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shopfronts lit with glowing silk lanterns, and ageing tea warehouses.

Included Activities

Walking Tour Of Ancient Hoi An
Discover the magnificent Ancient Quarter of Hoi An on a walking tour. Glance into the city’s illustrious past as a trading port as you meander through narrow pedestrianized narrow streets, brimming with well-preserved buildings and unique cuisine. Visit the restored 17th century Chua Ong Pagoda, which was dedicated to ancient Chinese General, or head to the Chinese Assembly Halls of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, which boasts outstandingly ornate wood carvings. Explore the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the delightful 400 year old Japanese covered bridge, and other historic merchant houses whose architecture have been influenced by the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Soak up the atmosphere in the quarter’s colorful market, which offers an array of silks that you can get stitched into stunning garments within a day or two! Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Full Day Visit To My Son Temples
Explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son on a full day tour. Take a one and a half hour drive from Hoi An to this significant place of worship for the Cham civilization, which dated from the 2nd to the 13th century. Set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by the imposing Cat Tooth Mountain, this is a peaceful location to embrace ancient Vietnamese and Hindu culture. Your guide will bring to life the legends of these twenty monuments, which despite their age are still standing. Learn about the Cham culture, the building of this fascinating architecture, and the civilization who once lived here, before heading back into Hoi An.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 11 - 13

Drive from Hoi An to Danang (30 km, 1 hr)

Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh / Saigon

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon to Can Tho (169 km, 4 hrs)

Can Tho

2 Days

Can Tho, or nine dragons as it literally translates, is the largest town in the Mekong Delta.

Included Activities

Can Tho Floating Market and City Tour
Embark on a half day motorboat trip to Cai Rung, the most renowned and biggest floating market in Can Tho, where you can witness boats laden with fruits and vegetables and freshly caught fish. The way the busy market sellers advertise their goods in their own time-tested manner, shouting across the waters and tying their goods on tall poles that rise out of their boats and can be seen on the horizon. After this exuberant visit, head to Can Tho Museum, that holds over 5,000 Mekong relics, and venture into the countryside where you can see how ethnic Vietnamese, Chinese and Khmer live together. Finish your tour with a drive to Binh Thuy Ancient House, a feat of French influenced architecture that houses many valuable antiques. So as not to miss the market in full swing, we recommend you start this activity in the early morning.

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Azerai Can Tho – Opt 2
RoomGarden Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 13 - 15

Drive from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon (169 km, 4 hrs)

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

2 Days

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony.

Included Activities

Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (By Road)
Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense world famous tunnel complex that was first constructed in 1948 as a means to protect the Viet Cong guerillas from their French enemy. The tunnel system network grew as the need arose during the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975), becoming not just a communication route and food and weapon storage facilities, but also the guerilla’s living quarters. In fact, they even housed hospitals. The Americans conducted several military campaigns against the tunnels throughout the last decade of combat. Dubbed the Black Echo due to the hardship of this underground life that was rife with insect infestations and disease, this unique tour provides you with an opportunity to witness the resilience of the Vietnamese.

Highlights Of Ho Chi Minh City
Explore Saigon, a city that never sleeps! With its vibrant, exciting energy and brimming with people, you’ll quickly notice how modernity has collided with its rich history. The best way to explore Saigon is by foot, as you wander along and witness quaint yet sure French colonial buildings on Dong Khoi Street, also known as Rue Catinat. Witness many other historic landmarks, including the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the spectacular Presidential Palace. Visit the central Post Office, not to send your postcards home but to witness a magnificent feat of architecture. Want to make a wish? Visit Thien Hau Temple in District 5, where it is the local custom to attach your dreams to an incense coil. Kindly note that it is not possible to visit inside the Notre Dame during church services.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

Transfer to the Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,453 $ 3,313 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,562 $ 4,422 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 14 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh / Saigon
  • All activities as listed :
    • Hanoi: Full Day Tour of Hanoi with Cyclos Ride
    • Sapa & The Tonkinese Alps: Day Trip To Hill Tribe Market
    • Sapa & The Tonkinese Alps: Half Day Trek to Love Waterfall & Heaven’s Gate
    • Halong Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Jasmine Cruise)
    • Halong Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Dragon Pearl)
    • Hué: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
    • Hoi An: Walking Tour of Ancient Hoi An
    • Hoi An: Full Day Visit to My Son Temples
    • Can Tho: Can Tho Floating Market & City Tour
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (by Road)
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

Book this vacation by August 31, 2018 to avail a special price of USD $ 3,313 (option 1) or USD $ 4,422 (option 2), and get USD $ 140 off your trip price!

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Vietnam: Indulgence and Hidden Gems

15 days $ 3,453 $ 3,313 / person

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