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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 $ 2,099 (option 1) and USD $ 2,799 (option 2), and get USD $ 200 off your trip price!

Vietnam tours are best experienced privately so you can take in the vivid daily life. This unique vacation takes in the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon as well as an exhilarating boat ride through the famous Halong Bay! Before you return, a complimentary dinner is arranged for you to sample authentic 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 ArchitectureThe Apricot Hotel, InterContinental Westlake
3 - 4Halong BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingDragon's Pearl, Jasmine Cruise
4 - 6HuéPerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HousePilgrimage Village, La Résidence Hôtel (Hué)
6 - 8Hoi AnUNESCO World Heritage Site, Beach, Relaxation, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese ArchitectureMaison Vy, Hoi An, Anantara Hoi An Resort
8 - 10Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleLiberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, Villa Song

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  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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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
Delve into Hanoi’s colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Start at the historic mausoleum and former house of Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. Visit the beautifully designed lotus-shaped Buddhist temple of One Pillar Pagoda. If you wish to gain an overview of Hanoian culture and ancient architecture then you will be in for a treat at the Temple of Literature, whilst the Museum of Ethnology offers fascinating insights into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. You can observe the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter with a thrilling one hour cyclo ride, where many local people go about their daily lives. To complete this culturally rich day, enjoy a performance at the mystical Water Puppet Theater, which brings to life a traditional artform describing daily life and the legends of Vietnam’s history. (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
RoomSketch King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 4

Day bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay (dep. 08:00, arriv. 12:00)

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 (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

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)

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 4 - 6

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
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

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.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 8 - 10

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

Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh / Saigon

Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport to Hotel

Transfer from Hotel to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport

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

Saigon Opera House & AO Show (2 Hours)
Discover the iconic opera of Ho Chi Minh City! In the late evening, set out to discover the unique history and architecture of the 19th century Saigon Opera House, which was built by famous French architect Eugene Ferret. Witness a live performance inside the theatre to truly appreciate this historic venue. Before the A O Show begins, step backstage to witness an exclusive presentation of instruments used in the performance and/or meet one of the actors. Gain unique insights into the history and inspiration for the performance. An intricate blend of bamboo cirque, acrobatics, live music and visual drama, the show itself is a beautiful depiction of life in urban and rural Vietnam. Enjoy traditional live music and plenty of action, supported by exquisite stage design and lighting to make it an unforgettable experience! (Show Timings – 6:00pm – 7:00pm or 8:00pm – 9:00pm)

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
Villa Song – Opt 2
RoomWriters Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 2,299 $ 2,099 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 2,999 $ 2,799 /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 9 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
    • 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
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Saigon Opera House & AO Show (2 Hours)
    • 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 $ 2,099 (option 1) and USD $ 2,799 (option 2), and get USD $ 200 off your trip price!

What our guests say about this trip

Here we are at one of the many spots we visited with our lovely street food guide in Hanoi, Vietnam.  This was our second trip with Enchanting Travels, after last year’s journey to India, and, again, everything was perfect–from our trip planner, coordinator, and guides to the wonderful food, people, visual and performing arts, and natural beauty of this amazing country.  (And the shopping was great, too). Enchanting Travels did an excellent job of working with Susan and me to accommodate our specialized interests.  We look forward to our next adventure with the company.

– David Pankratz & Susan Swarthout
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10 days $ 2,299 $ 2,099 / person

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