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Classic Vietnam Tour

14 Days

Our 5 star deluxe Classic Vietnam tour brings together the history, culture and natural beauty of this incredible and diverse country in an itinerary that is exciting and fun.

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    Our most popular South East Asian tour, Classic Vietnam brings you the best of this country in a stylish two week itinerary. Explore the history of the modern capital of Hanoi and the rural beauty of Tam Coc. Relax as you cruise across Halong Bay from the comfort of your delux cabin before discovering the ancient history of the Champa Kingdom in My Son. From the tranquil beauty of Hoi An and the ancient imperial city of Hue, we arrive in the vibrant city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) with is fascinating history and lively atmosphere. From hear the journey continues into the Mekong Delta for a first hand cultural experience of life on this amazing system of rivers from your private cruise. With excellent accommodation and hand-picked cuisine, this tour can stand alone as an amazing holiday or be fused with some of our extension options to Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar (Burma).


    Price includes
    Return international flights;
    Accommodation as listed on itinerary (twin/double share);
    All domestic flights and land transportation;
    All excursions and sight-seeing entrance fees;
    Meals as listed (B, L, D);
    Taxes and surcharges

    Price excludes
    Single supplement where applicable (from £395)
    Travel Insurance;
    Vietnam Visas;
    Tips and gratuities


     

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  • Day 1: UK – Hanoi (Meals on board)

    Your journey begins with an overnight scheduled flight to Hanoi.

    For those who may experience jet lag, we recommend adding a pre-tour night in Hanoi for a refreshing start to your holiday – from £44 per person. We can also offer flight upgrads, please enquire for supplement prices.


    Day 2: Hanoi (Meals on board)

    Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will meet your guide & transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is at leisure for you to relax and unwind after your journey.


    Day 3: Hanoi (B, L, D)

    After breakfast we depart on a full day tour of the city, beginning with the mausoleum of  Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside), the founder of modern Vietnam. Then it’s on to a wooden ethnic minority style house which was his temporary residence from 1954 – 1969. A short walk from here, you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. Next we stop at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university.  Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We continue to the West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc, and the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh.

    Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Hanoi before an afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Known as the ‘36 streets’, this bustling area of narrow alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.

    In the early evening, we complete the day with a Water Puppet show. This uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicts scenes from rural life and episodes of history. A dinner of traditional Vietnamese food will be served at Anh Tuyet’s restaurant before returning to your hotel.


    Day 4: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc (B, L)

    After breakfast we head out of the city and drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of the country’s first capital, Hoa Lu. We visit the temples dedicated to emperors of the Le Dynasty dating back around 1000 years and view the remains of the ancient Hoa Lu Citadel. If time permits, we’ll also take a half-hour walk into the surrounding limestone karst hills for spectacular views of the area before departing for Tam Coc Town for a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.

    This afternoon, sit back and relax on board your private sampan for a boat trip through the Thung Nang Valley. Away from the regular tourist trail, we pass through cave formations and fields of lotus (most beautiful in the Summer) before reaching a hidden pagoda. From here we transfer back to Hanoi where there will be free time in the evening.


    Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

    After breakfast we depart for Halong Bay. As we travel out through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta, you’ll see everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice paddies, take pigs to market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes.

    Once in Halong, transfer and check-in for the overnight cruise into Halong Bay. Lunch is served on board as you set sail. Sit back and relax as you pass through the stunning rock formations for which the bay is rightly famous. Towards the end of the day, we drop anchor for the night and enjoy a sun-set dinner on board.  Overnight on board your Halong Cruise ship.


    Day 6: Halong – Hoian (Brunch)

    Enjoy a leisurely morning with a full breakfast (or brunch) as your boat weaves its way back to the dock at Halong city. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi airport and the short flight to Danang. On arrival in Danang, transfer for the short journey to your hotel in Hoian.  Free time for the rest of the day.


    Day 7: My Son – Hoian (B, L)

    This morning, there will be a half day to visit to My Son – the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom. Here, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th Centuries. On the way back to Hoi An stop to visit Tra Kieu, formerly known as the Lion Citadel, the capital of Champa between the 4th and 8th Centuries.

    Return to Hoian for lunch at a local restaurant before an afternoon walking tour. You’ll see the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall, the colourful market and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of pure white sand.


    Day 8: Hoian – Danang – Hue (B, L)

    Today, we travel overland to the former imperial capital of Hue. This scenic route climbs over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and via the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. En-route we visit the Cham Museum at Danang, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. On arrival in Hue, lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon, we visit the Mausoleum of Tu Duc. Built decades before becoming a tomb, it was used as a palace retreat before becoming the Emperors’ resting place. Continue to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditionally Vietnamese by design but with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. We then return to the city and the vibrant Dong Ba Market where a huge array of fresh produce is on offer. Free time in the evening.


    Day 9: Hue (B, L)

    Today we visit to the Imperial Citadel (also known as the Purple Forbidden City) where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument, we take a cyclo-rickshaw ride through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. From here we drive onto the 400 year old Thien Mu Pagoda with a 21-metre tall tower at its centre.

    After lunch at a  local restaurant, the rest of the day will be free at leisure for you to further explore the citadel on your on or transfer back to your hotel. Your guide will be on hand to offer suggestions.


    Day 10: Hue – Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (B, L)

    After breakfast we transfer to the airport for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh. After arrival and bag drop at the hotel, we visit the Museum of War Remnants and the former Presidential Palace of Southern Vietnam before embarking on a walking tour of the central district, still known today as “Saigon”. The tour features major colonial sites including the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), the Continental Hotel, the City Hall and the Opera House.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be dropped-off at Ben Thanh Market to explore on your own. Have fun bartering with the local sellers or sit back and enjoy the spectacle from one of the nearby cafés. Free time in the evening.


    Day 11: Tay Ninh – Cu Chi (B, L)

    After breakfast we depart Ho Chi Minh City for Tay Ninh. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. At Tay Ninh we visit the Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, we move on to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. In the late afternoon journey back to Ho Chi Minh City, where there will be free time for the rest of the day.


    Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be – Traon (B, L, D)

    This morning, we drive to the Mekong Delta town of Cai Be.  On arrival, we board our delta cruise boat, the Bassac. Welcome drinks will be served on arrival followed by an introduction to the ship and crew. From here we sail towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River whilst lunch is served on the upper deck. Sit back and relax while the ship branches into the Cho Lach Canal, winding through the traffic of sand and rice barges, past fruit drying vendors and around building yards of traditional wooden ships.

    In the afternoon we visit a village on the banks of river Mang Thít as well as nearby orchards and rice paddies. Back on board the Bassac, complimentary drinks will be served, whilst you sit back and enjoy the sunset overlooking the Mekong’s magical waterways. Dinner will be served as you cruise the Mang Thit River and overnight will be on board the ship.


    Day 13: Traon – Cantho – Ho Chi Minh (B, L, Meals on board)

    Breakfast is available from 6:30 while the Bassac cruises past Tra On, towards Can Tho. Upon arrival at the Cai Rang floating market, we disembark the cruise, transfer to a local boat and visit this lively floating centre of local commerce as well as the nearby canals and gardens, ending at the Ninh Kieu Pier, late in the morning. From here we return to dry land where your guide and driver await you for the transfer back to Saigon.

    Lunch will be served en route as you head to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK or onward destination.  Alternatively, you can transfer back to the city for an extra nights stay or take one of our extension options to Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar (Burma). Please enquire for details.


    Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – UK (Meals on board)

    Morning arrival into the UK.


    Accommodation

    Hanoi: 5*Sofitel Legend Metropole
    Halong Bay: 5* Jasmine Junk (Premium cabin)
    Hue: 4+* La Residence
    Hoian: 4+* Victoria Hoian
    Ho Chi Minh: 4+* The Caravelle
    Meking Delta: 4* Bassac (Private cabin)


     

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  • Depart UK Arrive UK Price pp from Book
    07/02/2015 20/02/2015 £2639
    07/03/2015 20/03/2015 £2589
    04/04/2015 17/04/2015 £2539
    06/06/2015 19/06/2015 £2399
    26/09/2015 09/10/2015 £2589
    24/10/2015 06/11/2015 £2599
    21/11/2015 04/12/2015 £2799
    19/12/2015 01/01/2016 £2899 *Christmas Holiday Departure
    09/01/2016 22/01/2016 £2759
    06/02/2016 19/02/2016 £2699
    05/03/2016 18/02/2016 £2649
    02/04/2016 15/04/2016 £2599
    13/06/2016 26/06/2016 £2499
    29/10/2016 11/11/2016 £2649
    26/11/2016 09/12/2016 £2799
    21/12/2016 03/01/2017 £2899
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