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Essential Vietnam

 

11 days


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Hai Van Pass in Da Nang

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

* Hanoi’s beautiful colonial streets and Water Puppet Show
* Boat cruise in spectacular Halong Bay 
*
Reunification Express train
* Imperial city of Hue
* The historical trading town of Hoi An 
* The dynamic and vibrant city of Saigon and the tunnels of Cu Chi.
* Floating markets of Mekong Delta

 

TRIP ITINERARY

 
Day    1 Hanoi
Days  2-3 Halong bay
Days  4-5 Hue
Days  6-7 Hoi An
Day    8 Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Days  9-10 Mekong Delta & Cu Chi tunnels  
Day   11 Sai Gon

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  Brief itinerary

 

Day 1 Hanoi
Get a feel for this charming city on a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. With its wide boulevards and yellow painted buildings, the city centre still retains an air of a provincial French town of the 1930s. 

Days 2-3 Halong Bay Junk overnight, return to Hanoi
Rest your eyes on the azure waters of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise magestically from the waves. Aboard a sailing junk visit some of the islands and caves, take a pre-dinner swim and enjoy a a very peaceful night beneath the stars.

Days 4-5 Hue 
Surrounded by mountains and sea, Hue was chosen as capital by the Nguyen emperors for its natural beauty and isolation. The royal past lives on in the atmospheric ruins of the Imperial Citadel and the emperors' magnificent tombs

Days 6-7 Hoi An
Head south through the spectacular scenery of buffalo-dotted rice paddies, endless lagoons and breathtaking mountain passes to Hoi An. once known as Faifo, was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections 

Day 8 Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Get acquainted with the city on a cyclo tour and choose from an endless array of eating options, from a local style lunch in the Ben Thanh Market to fine dining and outdoor barbecue. 

Days 9-10 Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels
The 'rice bowl' of Vietnam is famous for its tropical fruits and flowers - and of course rice. Cruise among floating markets and visit some cottage industries by boat through the maze of waterways. Mix with the locals in the floating market and crawl down the famous Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 11 Sai Gon 
Vietnam's lively city is the perfect place to unwind from our trip. Wander the Dong Khoi avenue, while the hours away on rooftop bars or browse the city's markets before a final meal.

 

DESCRIPTION

travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different (perhaps group travel isn't for you), an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. Transport and accommodation are provided and to give you maximum flexibility, inclusions vary from trip to trip - please check the trip notes for full details.
group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
accommodation
8 nights hotel, 1 night sleeper train, 1 night on board junk boat
Hanoi: Hanoi A1 Hotel
Halong Bay: Junk boat
Overnight train
Hue: Asia Hotel
Hoi An: Hai Au Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City: Tan Hai Long 1 Hotel
Mekong Delta:
Sai Gon Can Tho Hotel

transport 
Ha Noi – Ha Long:                                              coach or minibus
Ha Noi – Hue:                                                      RE night train
Hue – Hoi An:                                                      coach or minibus
Hoi An – Sai Gon:                                               flight
Sai Gon – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi tunnels:     coach or minibus and boat

Tour includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• All transfers and transportation as dedicated in the itinerary
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Local English speaking tour guide
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time 
Tour excludes:
• International flights and visas
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Entrance fees and permits during free time
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program 

 

PRICING INFO

Tour cost: US $1020 per person in the party of 2

 

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