Highlights of Vietnam Highlights of Vietnam

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Asia 2018

Float on the sparkling emerald waters of Halong Bay on a traditional Vietnamese Junk. Glide past hidden islets, giant limestone karsts and colourful fishing villages, stopping only to gain insight into the lives of the local fishermen at Cua Van and to practice T'ai Chi in exquisite surroundings.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City Tour of Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • See Red Beach in Danang
  • Witness the revival of traditional Khmer craftsmanship at the Artisans D'Angkor training school Visit Ho Chi Minh's house. Visit the Cham museum to learn about the ancient Champa civilisation. Visit the colourful market of Hoi An. Visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s. Join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour to learn about the lives of the local fishermen and have a go at casting your own fishing net
Dining Highlights
  • 11 buffet breakfasts
  • 8 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 3 dinners
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Details

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2018
Duration
12 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1HanoiArrive Hanoi (2 Nights): Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.Welcome Reception
Melia Hanoi
Day 2HanoiHanoi Sightseeing: Start the day with a visit to the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. A short walk from here is Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, a Cultural Insight, where he lived intermittently between 1958 and 1969. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins, for an overview of Hanoian culture. After lunch enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to embrace the bustling local life. This evening is yours at leisure or choose to take part in an Optional Experience.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3Halong Bay CruiseHanoi - Halong Bay Cruise: This morning, drive through green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay to board your Authentic Accommodation, a traditional style Vietnamese junk boat. Cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage listed site. After lunch on board travel by small boat to visit the Tien Ong Cave; a very large cave which boasts a system of stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Continue to Cua Van Fishing Village, where the people live in floating houses. It is generally considered to be the "wealthiest" village in Halong Bay and many families have houses with tiled roofs, television sets and furniture. Head back to the boat and participate in a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy sunset on the top deck before dinner and a peaceful overnight stay.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jasmine Cruise Authentic Accommodation
Day 4Hoi AnHalong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (3 Nights): Begin your day as the locals do during a morning T'ai Chi class with a Local Specialist, on the deck of the traditional Junk boat. Then it is time for an early morning swim at a natural white sandy beach. If you are feeling energetic, perhaps take an uphill walk to have one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang. On arrival transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.Buffet Breakfast
Royal Hoi An
Day 5Hoi AnHoi An Sightseeing: This morning enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Today this ancient UNESCO World Heritage designated town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets, narrow lanes and a colourful market, a Cultural Insight. See the old merchants houses and the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. Later visit Tra Que Organic Village for a Cultural Insight. Spend some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines, before indulging in a relaxing foot massage. After lunch return to Hoi An for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6Hoi AnHoi An: This morning enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or explore Hoi An further. In the afternoon your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: to join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour (subject to weather conditions) to learn about the lives of the local fishermen and have a go at casting your own fishing net.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7HueHoi An - Hue (2 Nights): This morning depart Hoi An by boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking famous Vietnamese food. Then savour the dishes you have prepared before boarding a local boat for a short cruise along Hoi An River back to Hoi An. This afternoon, drive over the picturesque Hai Van Pass stopping en-route at Red Beach where the American Marines first landed in Vietnam during the war. Continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum before arriving in Hue for your overnight stay. Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Imperial
Day 8HueHue Sightseeing: Start from your hotel with a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage designated site. From here drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, it is an amazing sight. Then take a local dragon boat trip along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son for a Be My Guest lunch. It is one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue and although no longer owned by royalty the current owners have maintained it largely in its original form. Chat with a family member to get a glimpse of their life in this historic house and enjoy lunch prepared by the family. This afternoon enjoy some free time or take part in an Optional Experience.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day 9Ho Chi Minh CityHue - Ho Chi Minh City (3 Nights): This morning, fly to Vietnam's largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival enjoy some free time to stroll around the city before lunch at KOTO restaurant; a non profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. Meet a senior staff member who will explain more about the work of KOTO and enjoy a meal served by some of the senior trainees who are on their internship within the training programme. Next transfer to Dong Khoi Street for the start of a walking tour. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals. Conclude the day at Ben Thanh market before arriving to your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Day 10Mekong DeltaMekong Delta: Today take a day trip to My Tho situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Transfer to a small sampan boat and discover the maze of small canals before stopping for a Regional Meal of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. Take a short walk along village roads to visit the house of a former soldier, a Local Specialist who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper and have some fascinating stories to tell. Later return to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 11Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City: Today travel by private speedboat to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. On leaving Ho Chi Minh City glimpse the glittering skyscrapers and commercial centres which give way to green fields and stilt houses along the Saigon River. Arrive at the famous tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as living quarters, communication and supply routes, and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Tour the underground compounds and gain an understanding of the history of the tunnels. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy some free time this afternoon. Later join your fellow travellers for a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, a Cultural Insight followed by your Farewell Dinner. Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
Day 12Depart Ho Chi Minh CityDepart Ho Chi Minh City: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Buffet Breakfast
Dates/Pricing

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January 20, 2018Land Price - Definite Departure - On Request$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
March 03, 2018Land Price - Definite Departure$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
March 24, 2018Land Price - Definite Departure$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
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April 21, 2018Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
May 05, 2018Land Price$3,075.00* (USD)Quote
May 19, 2018Land Price - Definite Departure$3,075.00* (USD)Quote
June 16, 2018Land Price - Definite Departure$3,075.00* (USD)Quote
July 14, 2018Land Price$3,075.00* (USD)Quote
August 11, 2018Land Price$3,075.00* (USD)Quote
September 15, 2018Land Price - Definite Departure$3,075.00* (USD)Quote
September 29, 2018Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
October 13, 2018Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
November 17, 2018Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
December 08, 2018Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
December 15, 2018Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
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