Itinerary and Price - Vietnam

This is a 12 day trip through the beautiful Vietnam.

Total package price including flights on Singapore Airlines , Food and Cultural Tour and Vietnamese visa

 

$3910pp * twin share or $4350 single occupancy

 

  

*Please note: PRICE IS BASED ON 11 FULL PAYING ADULTS, IF NUMBERS FALL SHORT THEN THE PACKAGE PRICE WILL INCREASE.

 

Flights are into Hanoi and out of Ho Chi Minh – dates proposed are 7-19 SEP 2019 inclusive ex BNE, however NO FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN HELD AT THIS STAGE.

 

Travel insurance will be additional and quoted on each traveller’s requirements. 

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For detail on what to expect on each day of the trip please CLICK on the city that we will be visiting, thank-you :

Hanoi

Hanoi Day 1


Arrive in Hanoi, where you'll be met by a representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. There are no activities planned until an important group meeting in the evening (usually 6 pm). Please check the welcome board or reception desk on the ground floor of the hotel for details. Your trip leader will collect your travel insurance details at the meeting, so please bring these with you. Afterwards head out for your first taste of the Hanoi dining scene at one of Hanoi's acclaimed restaurants set in a restored 19th century villa located in the atmospheric Old Quarter. Accommodation Lan Vien Hotel, or similar (1 night) Included Activities Hanoi - Welcome dinner Meals Included Dinner




Hanoi Day 2


Start your day with a sunrise walk around Hoan Kiem lake. This is the best way to see the city come to life. Enjoy a truly authentic Hanoi breakfast of pho. This iconic dish has its origins in a village not far from the city and is designed to awaken the senses and prepare you for the day. Embark on a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. Sample authentic Vietnamese tea at one of Hanoi’s hidden teahouses (tea plays a major role in Vietnamese culinary culture, and the locals tend to favour light, flower-infused varieties), then take a stroll through Ngo Sy Lien Market for an insight into the ingredients that form the building blocks of northern Vietnamese cuisine. We will sample the local coffee, typically served with condensed milk - or for the more adventurous - egg! Late in the afternoon, take a cooking class featuring northern Vietnamese dishes. Accommodation Lan Vien Hotel, or similar (1 night) Included Activities Hanoi - Temple of Literature Hanoi - Cooking Class, Northern Vietnamese Hanoi - Traditional Tea House Hanoi - City Tour & Egg Coffee Tasting Meals Included Breakfast Dinner





Halong Bay

Halong Bay Day 3


Drive to Halong Bay (approximately 3 hours). You can leave your luggage behind at the Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag. You will travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West) where you will board a boat for an exploration of the bay. The scenes of sailing junks navigating scattered limestone islands, are nothing short of spectacular. Visit one of the caves in the area; in the warmer months you can take a swim there. An onboard chef will prepare all your meals (both seafood and non-seafood options are available). A highlight of the cruise is a candlelit dinner under the stars on the top deck of the boat (weather permitting). Accommodation Overnight boat (1 night) Included Activities Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner Halong Bay - Candle-lit Dinner Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner Special Information Your wooden junk-style boat has twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning. Due to the limited cabins on board, the single supplement is excluded, and accommodation will be on a twin-share basis.

Local authorities only permit a limited number of boats to stay overnight in Halong Bay. To ensure all travellers can be accommodated on board available boats, on rare occasions you will stay on a larger boat (with up to 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels, in which case a group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.
Swimming in the bay from the boats is banned by the local authority. Kayaking is restricted to designated zones within the bay.





Hue

Hue Day 4


In the morning you will sail back to the port, disembark and drive to Hanoi. Collect your luggage then transfer to the airport to board a mid afternoon flight bound for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. After checking in at the hotel, your leader will take you on an evening orientation walk of the city. Afterwards, choose to relax at the hotel or explore the Hue dining scene. Your trip leader will have a variety of options for dinner. Accommodation Cherish Hotel or similar (1 night) Included Activities Hue - City Tour Meals Included Breakfast




Hue Day 5


Hue is the hub of Vietnam’s historic past. This former imperial capital is an eclectic mix of busy streets and peaceful beauty. Satisfy your hunger with a popular dish called bún bò Huế which contains rice vermicelli (bún) and beef (bò). This is a signature of the city. Next take a boat cruise on the Perfume River and witness the Thien Mu Pagoda – the unofficial symbol of the city. The Pagoda is an active Buddhist monastery that dates back to 1601. You will also visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees. This evening you are invited to share a meal with a local family in their home. It's a unique chance to partake in everyday local life - and perhaps leave with some secret family recipes. Accommodation Cherish Hotel or similar (1 night) Included Activities Hue - Perfume River cruise Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda Hue - Emperor Tu Duc's Tomb Hue - Home-cooked meal Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner





Hoi An

Hoi An Day 6


After breakfast, visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost completely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War. Depart for Hoi An, passing through the beautiful Hai Van Pass – a mountainous stretch of highway with views across Lang Co beach. On arrival in Hoi An, a walking tour will take you around the major sites of Hoi An’s charming Old Town, including an historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. You will notice a distinctly Chinese appearance to the pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. In the evening you will be taken on a tour of Hoi An’s impressive culinary scene. Over the course of this staggered dinner you will taste some of the city’s signature dishes in cafes, food stalls, markets and restaurants that are well off the tourist trail. Accommodation Atlas Hotel or similar (Feature Stay) (1 night) Included Activities Hoi An - Old Town walking tour Hue - Imperial Citadel Hoi An - Street Food Tour Meals Included Breakfast Dinner




Hoi An Day 7


Today you will delve deeper into central Vietnamese cuisine. Start your morning with a bike ride through the expansive herb gardens located on the outskirts of the city. Back in Hoi An, you will then have a hands-on lesson in some classic central Vietnamese dishes at Vietnam’s celebrated Morning Glory Cooking School. For lunch you will feast on your own delicious creations. The afternoon is free for you to explore Hoi An as you please. The market is a good place to buy silk that can be made up into fine garments, and many expert tailors offer a same-day service. If you fancy a swim, there is a nice local beach which can be reached easily by bicycle. Accommodation Atlas Hotel or similar (Feature Stay) (1 night) Included Activities Hoi An - Herb Garden Bicycle Tour & Cooking Class, Central Vietnamese Optional Activities Hoi An - Thu Bon sunset river cruise - VND4227222 Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Special Information For passengers who would prefer not to cycle, a taxi will be offered as an alternate form of transport to Tra Que village.




Hoi An Day 8


Today is free for you to continue exploring Hoi An and its surrounding areas. There is an optional fish market visit for early risers, as well as an optional fishing experience to learn more about the life and work of Hoi An’s fisherman. Alternatively, a great day trip is to cycle into the surrounding countryside to discover a world of verdant grasslands and fascinating scenes of daily rural life unfolding. In the evening, perhaps enjoy some seafood by the water, or take a boat ride out to a nearby island for a barbeque feast. Accommodation Atlas Hotel or similar (Feature Stay) (1 night) Included Activities Hoi An - My Quang Cooking Demonstration Optional Activities Hoi An Fish Market - Free Meals Included Breakfast





Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Day 9


After breakfast, take a short flight to Vietnam’s economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Vietnam's largest city is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. For lunch today you will dine in a restaurant famed for its fantastic home-style Vietnamese cuisine. Next, take a short city tour that covers Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. Along the way, you'll be able to admire the many beautiful French colonial buildings, such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). Finish the day with a true highlight – a cooking class with one of Vietnam’s most respected food personalities, Mrs Dzoan Van Cam. Learn about the distinct flavours and dishes of southern Vietnam with this noted expert and enjoy the results of your cooking over dinner. Accommodation Millenium Hotel, or similar (1 night) Included Activities Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum HCMC - Cooking class and dinner Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner




Ho Chi Minh City Day 11


Rise early, as the locals do, and enjoy a delicious traditional breakfast. Then return to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving early afternoon. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for an aperitif at a rooftop bar overlooking the city lights, then head out for a taste of Ho Chi Minh City's exciting contemporary restaurant scene with dinner at a top dining establishment. Accommodation Millenium Hotel, or similar (1 night) Included Activities Ho Chi Minh City - Farewell Dinner Meals Included Breakfast Dinner




Ho Chi Minh City Day 12


Your journey comes to an end after breakfast this morning, and you are free to leave at any time. Meals Included Breakfast





Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta Day 10


After breakfast you will drive south for a boat cruise along the Mekong Delta (approximately 2–3 hours). The Mekong Delta is renowned for its fertile land – rich in tropical fruits, flowers and rice. For this reason, it is often referred to as the 'Rice Bowl' of Vietnam. Visit some local cottage industries located along the river, then continue to a guesthouse surrounded by an orchard, which is your lodging this evening. Here you will enjoy a beautiful home-cooked meal of dishes distinct to the Mekong Delta region. Accommodation Mekong Delta Homestay (1 night) Included Activities Mekong Delta - River cruise Mekong Delta - Homestay & Home Cooked Meal Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Dinner Special Information Facilities at the guesthouse are simple. While the conditions are basic, this part of the trip is a fascinating insight into local life and a rewarding experience.





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