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Hidden Charms of Vietnam 2018

Highlights: traditional Han Noi, UNESCO HA Long Bay , Quaint Hoi An, Bustling Sai Gon , Village life in the Me Kong Delta

Itinerary

Day 1: DUNEDIN-HANOI via Auckland and Singapore flying Singapore Airlines

Day: 2: HANOI Arrival (D)

Arrive in Hanoi.  Meet a local guide on arrival then go to the hotel. Check in hotel.

Orientation walk and cyclo ride (45 minutes) in the Old Quarter.

Dinner at Rue Lamblot restaurant and welcome drink soft drink or fruit juice included

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: HANOI – City tour (B)

Morning: drive to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, HCM stilt house, one pillar Pagoda & Temple of Literature.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: HANOI – Dong Ngac Village - Water puppet show (B, L)

In the morning, Car and guide pick up at the hotel and depart for the countryside village of Dong Ngac & Ve.

Pick up by your host at the main entrance gate of the village and walk around. You will set your foot on the paths built by the red soil bricks. Today the village is mixing between the old and new. You can see dozens of old houses, some houses are in traditional Vietnamese architecture (200-300 years old) and some others are mixed French and Indochina style. During your walk, you will chance to visit some old houses, meet with the caretakers and enjoy their hospitality with some green tea. You also learn about their daily life by some stories which your host willing to share. Another highlight of the walk, you will visit the local food market where our villagers go to buying food every day and an ancient pagoda, the communal house which facing to the Red river, learn about the beliefs of Vietnamese people.

Arrival to your home host, you will meet with some family members, enjoy welcome drink and listen to your host introduce about the family.

Take part in a home cook preparation with your host and following with lunch.

Say goodbye after receiving a small gift from your host and family.

Arrival to the hotel.

This evening enjoy the famous water puppet show at theatre, a great performance of short stories and legends played out to traditional music.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: HANOI - HALONG (B / L / D)

Drive to Ha Long Bay 4 hour - journey.

11.30 - 12.15  Arrival at Hon Gai International Harbour.

12.30 - 13.00  Transfer by tender to boat, enjoy Welcome Drink, Depart to Bai Tu long Bay.

13.00 - 14.30  Enjoy Lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way.

15.30 - 16.30  Transfer from boat to rowing boat to visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village. Rowers are local people wearing traditional costume. It’s the opportunity to see the fisher’s daily life with the primary features in the charming nature.

16.45 - 17.30  Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Ban Chan Beach.

17.30  Return to boat - Continue cruising through the bay.

18.30  Anchor for overnight at Cong Do area.

19.30 - 21.00  Savor a delicious Set Dinner in dinning room.

21.00 - 23.00  Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.

Overnight on Junk

Note: junk’s itinerary is subject to change

Day 6: HALONG – HANOI – DANANG - HOI AN (B)

06.30  Enjoy Sunrise over the Bay.

06.45 - 07.45  Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in dining room.

08.00 - 08.30  Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.

09.00 - 09.30  Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection

09.30 - 10.30  Having international Brunch served in dining room.

10.30 - 11.00  Arrival at the pier. Farewell.

You will dock in the late morning and, having disembarked, you will transfer to HANOI in time for your flight to Da Nang.

Upon arrival in Da Nang, you’ll be met by your guide and transfer to Hoi An.   Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: HOI AN – Half day city (B)

In the morning, visit ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon River and afterwards enjoy free time to further explore the old town.

Afternoon free at leisure

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: HOI AN (B, L)

Morning Cooking at Red Bridge center (seat in coach travel) : Transfer with guide to meeting point of cooking class, then go to the market to understand cooking ingredient and food, get a boat to the center for cooking and enjoying a meal.

Afternoon free at leisure

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9 : HOI AN – FREE

Free at leisure (Guide and vehicle are disposal/within Danang & Hoian)

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 : HOI AN – Hue (B)

This morning, drive along the coast, through emerald-green paddy fields and over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass. En route, stop at Lang Co beach for seeing the fishing village.

Arrival Hue And check in hotel. Free time is yours.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 11: Hue – Full day city (B)

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Hue starting with a visit the elegant Thien Mu Pagoda along the banks of Perfume River. Then drive to visit the elaborate tombs of Emperor Khai Dinh & Tu Duc.

In the afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel, built on the same principles and design as Beijing's Forbidden Palace and contains a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences, and colleges and end the day with a visit to Dong Ba market.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue - HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

Transfer to Hue Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Upon arrival, pick up at airport and then go straight for city tour: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Church & Saigon Post Office.

Check-in hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 13: CU CHI TUNNELS - WAR REMNANT MUSEUM (B)

Pick up at hotel and transfer pier to take the boat to Cu Chi, where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war.

Drive back to Saigon and visit the War remnant museum.

Remainder of evening at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 14: HO CHI MINH – CAI BE – MEKONG LODGE (B / L / D)

Morning drive to Cai Be.

Note: private boat for return transfers & visit Cai Be floating market

-Arrive Cai Be, greeting at Cai Be harbor and boat trip transfer to Mekong Lodge.

-Check-in bungalows.

-Daily lunch is served in the nice restaurant with the Vietnamese day-menu.

-From 15h00pm: afternoon cycling tour to Tân Phong island, go to one of the orchard: approx. 10km along village paths, in passing 3 wooden ferries, in about 2 hours.

-Cooking class in the evening & dinner in restaurant.

-Riverside Bar are open until mid-night

Overnight at the Mekong Lodge.

Day 15: CAI BE – HO CHI MINH (B)

-07:30 – 08:00am: breakfast in the restaurant.

-From 08:00am: boat trip to the bustling floating market, visit handicraft villages, and Cai Be market on land, then transferred to Mekong Lodge.

-11:30am: clear bill and check out.

-12:00am: boat trip transfer to Cai Be harbor.

Boat transfer to Cai Be harbor and catch your bus again to Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 16: HO CHI MINH (Saigon) to DUNEDIN via Singapore and Christchurch flying Singapore Airlines

Day 17: Arrive DUNEDIN

Cambodia Extension

HOCHIMINH CITY – SIEM REAP (B)

Free at leisure till transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

At 16:30, you will be picked up at the hotel by Quad Adventure to enjoy a private 1 hour quad bike ride through strikingly beautiful rice fields as the clear blue sky slowly transforms into a golden, yellow hue. Marvel at spectacular views of the setting sun from quiet village lanes.

OVERNIGHT IN SIEM REAP [Breakfast]

SIEM REAP – ANGKOR COMPLEX (B)

Enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore the ancient city. Then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Explore its extraordinary architecture for an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments.

OVERNIGHT IN SIEM REAP [Breakfast]

SIEM REAP (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Free day at leisure (No Car/No Guide)

OVERNIGHT IN SIEM REAP [Breakfast]

Siem Reap – Departure

Free at leisure till transfer to airport for departure flight. END OF SERVICES [Breakfast]

Price on application for extensions to Cambodia and Singapore

Single supplement on request.

Vietnam Visa, Travel Insurance, Tipping and some meals are additional.

We require a minimum of 5 passengers to operate this tour.

Deposit of $500.00 at the time of confirmation. Final amount due no later than 1 March 2018

Travel Dates

For travel 3 Apr 2018 - 19 Apr 2018

*per person share twin

16 Nights From

$5,960*

Includes

  • Return economy class airfares flying Singapore Airlines
  • 4 and a half star accommodation throughout
  • Inclusions per itinerary

Bonus

Boutique tour size maximum 12 - Fully escorted from Dunedin - Experienced Vietnam host Rosann Connolly-George enabling a more in depth specialised local experience – with local guides throughout.

Personalised tailoring opportunities
Singapore and Cambodian extensions can be arranged for additional cost

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