VN - T 09:  VIETNAM CLASSIC, 14 days (S)

Saigon - Phan Thiet - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Hanoi - Halong

 

Day 1              Saigon

 

Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): meet on arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel.

Free time at leisure

Overnight in Saigon

 

Day 2              Saigon

 

After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing in Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown) - the largest of Vietnamese cities, with the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall, Opera House, Jade Emperor pagoda, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Giam Lam pagoda, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes, and sleek new bars. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is District 5, the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cholon, which means 'Big Market'.

Overnight in Saigon

 

Day 3              Saigon

 

After breakfast at the hotel, excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels - 45 miles from the city to see Vietcong underground base used during the American war, this amazing network was never discovered. Afternoon process to Tay Ninh, this town serves as the headquarters of one of Vietnam's religions, Caodism. The Caodai Great Temple at the sect's Holy See is one of the most striking structures in all of Asia

Overnight in Saigon

 

Day 4              Saigon - Phan Thiet

 

After breakfast at the hotel, traveling by vehicle from Saigon to Phan Thiet via the dunes of Mui Ne. Afternoon, free at leisure

Overnight in Phan Thiet

 

Day 5              Phan Thiet - Nha Trang

 

After breakfast at the hotel, by vehicle from Phan Thiet to Nha Trang - Journey north along the coast and Highway 1 past Phan Rang, Lam and Dien Khanh. Ninh Tuan Province, where Phan Rang is located, is home to tens of thousands of descendents of the Cham people. Afternoon, free at leisure

Overnight in Nha Trang

 

Day 6              Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An

 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Nha Trang airport for flight from Nha Trang to Danang. Arrival in Danang: meet on arrival at the airport, continue sightseeing in Danang, process to China Beach and at the Marble Mountains Vietnam's fourth largest city marks the northern limits of Vietnam's tropical zone, boasting a pleasant year-round climate. Afternoon transfer to Hoi An - one of world heritage site in Vietnam.

 

It is best to visit some of the following sites of Hoi An by walking around and/or by cyclo.

 

Quan Cong Temple: the main altar is dedicated to Quan Cong, Phuoc Kien Pagoda: Chinese pagoda, the temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen). Japanese Covered Bridge: It was built by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Tran Family Chapel: this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from the family members. Sa Huynh Museum: located near the Japanese covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Phung Hung House: one family has been living here for already 8 generations. The house is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese style.

Overnight in Hoi An

 

Day 7              Hoi An Hue

 

After breakfast at the hotel, depart Hoi An for Hue - Journey north along Highway 1 past Danang, Lang Co and the Hai Van Pass (pass of the Ocean Clouds), passing through many fruit orchards, small villages of red-tiled, you can enjoying spectacular views of sky and sea.

Arrive in Hue, the royal city of Vietnam last ruling dynasty. Transfer to the hotel after refreshment, visits the old Imperial City Imperial City, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa palace, Hall Of The Mandarins, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City, Dong Ba Market and free time for shopping.

Overnight in Hue

 

Day 8              Hue

 

After breakfast at the hotel, boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda

Afternoon, visit Tomb Of Emperor Minh Mang: The most beautiful of Hue's pagodas and tombs, known for its magnificent architecture, military statuaries, and elaborate decorations. Sightseeing at the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh

Overnight in Hue

 

Day 9              Hue Hanoi

 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Hue airport for flight from Hue to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi, meet on arrival at the airport and transfer for sightseeing in Hanoi - a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French style buildings and less traffic than other cities in Asia.  Visit One Pillar Pagoda: Constructed of wood on a single stone pillar, it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Opera House and visit a Water Puppet Show before go back to the hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi

 

Day 10            Hanoi - Hoa Binh

 

After breakfast at the hotel, excursion to Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong Pagoda) - Journey first by road and then by boat along a scenic waterway.

Afternoon by vehicle from Hanoi to Hoa Binh: visit the Sugarcane Pagoda in the village of Dong Sang (Son Tay Province). This is a beautiful pagoda, it is also called: Mia pagoda. The Pagoda is situated on a latrine hill, covering a large area, and is divided into 3 separated parts.

Overnight in Hoa Binh

 

Day 11            Hoa Binh

 

After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing in Hoa Binh with an excursion to Mai Chau: the area is home to many hill tribe people, including H'mong and Tai. It is possible to taste the rice wine produced here and visit the Muong villages of Ban Dam and Giang

Overnight in Hoa Binh

 

Day 12            Hoa Binh - Hanoi - Halong

 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by vehicle from Hoa Binh to Hanoi. Journey east along Highway 6 across Ha Tay and Hoa Binh Province and continue driving to Halong Bay.

Afternoon free time at leisure

Overnight in Halong

 

Day 13            Halong

 

After breakfast, explores Halong Bay by boat (8 hrs). This eight hours boat trip, going past the islands of Trong, Mai, Am, Chen and Cong Troi (Heaven Gates) with visits to one of the following caves.

 

BA TRAI DAO: "The three peaches" islands.

 

BO NAU: 'Pelican' caves.

 

HANG DAU GO: a huge three-chambered cave, which is reached via 90 steps. The cave derives its Vietnamese name from the third of the chambers, which is said to have been used by Trang Hung Dao during the 13th century to store bamboo stakes used against the Mongol invaders.

 

THIEN CUNG: "Heaven Palace."

 

HANH (DRY) CAVE: in the dry season it is possible to take a small boat to explore the Hanh (Dry) cave.

 

SUNG SOT: "Surprise" Cave. One of the biggest caves in Halong Bay

 

Day 14            Halong

 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by vehicle from Halong to Hanoi, journey around Halong Bay to Hai Phong and west along Highway 5, across Hai Hung Province to Hanoi airport for departure.

 

End of Services    **Note: Itinerary subject to change due to flight schedules.

 

 

US$

Per pax

1 Pax

2 Pax

3-6 Pax

7-11 Pax

12-15 Pax

16-20 Pax

21+ Pax

Single

Supplement

Standard

1,698

966

827

611

554

537

515

170

Superior

1,890

1,059

920

754

645

632

610

267

Deluxe

2,275

1,265

1,127

961

853

847

822

445

 

- Valid from 01 Jan 05 to 30 Sep 05

- The above rates are in USD per person base on twin sharing room

- Reduction for 3rd pax in triple room: US$ 85 for Standard; US$ 72 for Superior; US$ 184 for Deluxe

- Child reduction (sharing bed of parents): under 2 years FOC; under 12 years -30%

- The 16th pax is FOC in sharing double room

 

Hotels

Standard

Superior

Deluxe

Saigon

Saigon Star Hotel 2-3*
Run of House

Chancery Hotel 3-4*
Superior

Equatorial Hotel 4-5*
Superior

Phan Thiet

Palmira Resort 2*
Run of House

Seahorse Resort 3-4*
Bungalow Gardenview - weekend

Novotel Ocean Dunes 4*
Standard Golf view

Nha Trang

Vien Dong Hotel 2-3*
Run of House

Yasaka Saigon Nha Trang Hotel 3*
Run of House

Ana Mandara Resort 4-5*
Garden view

Hoi An

Phu Thinh 2 Hotel 2*
Run of House

Lotus Hotel 3*
Run of House

Life Resort Hoi An 4* (+)
Superior - Gardenview

Hue

Hoa Hong 2 Hotel 2*
Run of House

Huong Giang Hotel 3-4*
Deluxe Garden view

Huong Giang Hotel 3-4*
Deluxe River view

Hanoi

Prince 2 Hotel 2*
Run of House

Green Park Hotel 3*
Run of House

Sofitel Plaza 4-5*
Superior

Hoa Binh

Hoa Binh Hotel 2-3*
Run of House

Hoa Binh Hotel 2-3*
Run of House

Hoa Binh Hotel 2-3*
Run of House

Halong

Ha Long 3 Hotel 1-2*
Run of House

Ha Long 2 Hotel 2-3*
Run of House

Heritage Halong Hotel 4*

 

Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered. All hotel ratings are according to the local accreditation authority.

 

Included services:

- English or German-speaking guide.

- Meals according to itinerary.

- Boat ticket(s) according to itinerary.

- Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle (complimentary cold towels and drinking water).

- Sightseeing incl. admissions fees according to itinerary.

- Accommodation in hotels as mentioned above or equivalent

- Flight ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. Flight from Nha Trang to Danang and Flight from Hue to Hanoi

 

Excluded services:

- International and domestic airport tax. **Airport tax information**

- Visa fees, drinks and personal expenses.

 

Remarks:

 

1. Please note that the validity of this quotation includes the Christmas and New Year period. Many hotels could include last minute compulsory meal packages during these festivals. We will inform you of any additional costs, if applicable, as soon as we are notified by the hotels, and will adjust the quotation accordingly.

 

2. Please note that general terms and conditions apply as stated in our Terms and Conditions

 

 

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