Vietnam Discovery – 15 days/ 14 nights – Land tour

Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Can Tho – Danang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi –Halong Bay – Sapa

 Our Vietnam Discovery program features a cultural-inspiring journey to the exotic land of Vietnam, offering our guests a truly unique and magical experience little known to even the most distinguished travelers.

Your introduction to Vietnam begins with Ho Chi Minh City, forever known as Saigon and the “Paris of the East”. In recent years, Ho Chi Minh City has rapidly become one of Asia’s hottest spots, featuring Vietnam’s best cuisines, a bustling nightlife and accommodations.  Journey southwest to the Mekong Delta region. Visit the Mekong River islands with their “monkey bridges”, or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals; followed by Can Tho, an important commercial center and river port of the Mekong that boasts a colorful floating market and ancient architectures.

Next, a short flight from Saigon will take you to Da Nang, infamous for its Cham Museum, the Marble Mountains and China Beach. Your next stop is Hoi An, one of Southeast Asia’s most important ports for many centuries. Today, Hoi An is unsurpassed for its charm and has blossomed into an artists’ colony and home to numerous well-preserved ancient buildings like no other town in Vietnam.  Travel along the picturesque Hai Van pass onto Hue, an imperial city that was the cultural and intellectual center of Vietnam for centuries.

Your journey continues in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks. With narrow alleyways lined with shop-houses selling traditional handicrafts and arts, the old center is an enchanting place to wander.  Embark on a private chartered wooden boat for a memorable trip to Ha Long Bay.   View the magnificent limestone cliffs and stunning sceneries while having a seafood lunch on board.

Next, board the Victoria Express train to SaPa.  Visit the colorful Coc Ly market to watch the local ethnic minorities trade their goods and socialize.  Journey downstream by boat on the Chay River to enjoy the magnificent view of Sapa and have a picnic lunch en route.  Trek around the Ta Van area and visit the homes of the H’Mong and Dzay villages.

Discover Vietnam on this extraordinary journey.  The experience will sure imprint in your heart precious memories that will last a lifetime.

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights accommodations per itinerary
  • Domestic economy airfares within Vietnam
  • Round trip overnight train fare on board the Victoria Express
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • Other meals as specified per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and Professional English-speaking guides

HO CHI MINH CITY (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Renaissance Riverside Hotel
  • Full Day private tour of HCM City with excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels

CAN THO (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Victoria Can Tho Resort
  • Private boat excursion to the Mekong Islands
  • Private excursion to Cai Rang Floating market

HOI AN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Life Heritage Resort Hoi An
  • Private sightseeing of Danang & Hoi An

HUE (1 night)

  • 1 night at La Residence Hotel & Spa
  • Visit Old Imperial City and Tomb of Tu Duc

HALONG BAY (1 night)

  • 1 night at Novotel Halong Bay
  • Excursion to Halong Bay by private junk
  • Seafood lunch on board

HANOI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Hilton Opera Hotel
  • Full Day Hanoi city tour including visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

SAPA (4 nights)

  • 2 nights on board the VICTORIA EXPRESS**
  • 2 nights at Victoria Sapa Resort
  • Full day sightseeing of Sapa

2012/13 Tour Price Chart (Price chart – December )

 hotel                                         half twin               single supplement
As listed above
Supplement for 1 person traveling alone: $1,150

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Price is per person, based on double occupancy

Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners apply between Dec. 20 – Jan. 05

*Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays and in October and November

Price excludes Transpacific airfares, personal expenses, beverages, gratuities to drivers and guides

Price excludes airport departure taxes & fees collected locally at airports

Visa is required to enter Vietnam. Not included in package.

All services subject to availability at time of reservation

** The Victoria Express train departs 4 times a week from Hanoi Railway Station: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 09:30 pm  and departs 4 times a week from Lao Cai Railway Station: Thursday and Saturday at 10.20 am, Tuesday at 9.15 pm and Sunday at 08.20 pm.  (This schedule is subject to change.)

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1   Arrive HCM City

Arrive HCM City, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2   HCM City / Cu Chi Tunnels

City sightseeing tour includes the Notre Dame cathedral, Reunification palace, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.  Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnel, the Vietcong built, 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories.  Overnight in HCM City (B,L)

Day 3 HCM City / Vinh Long / Can Tho

Excursion to the Mekong River islands – Visit many of the beautiful small islands in the river, totally given over to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to HCM City. Some of the most popular islands to visit include Binh Hoa Phuoc and An Binh Islands with their ‘monkey bridges’, or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals. Journey southwest in Vinh Long Province and then via ferry across the Hau Giang River. Overnight in Can Tho. (B,L)

Day 4 Can Tho

Sightseeing Can Tho: the capital of the province and the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta. Rice-husking mills provide a major local industry. Highlights include Munirangsyarm pagoda, Cantonese Congregation pagoda, Central market, and Ho Chi Minh Museum: the only museum in the Mekong Delta devoted to Ho Chi Minh.  Excursion to SE Asia’s largest floating market at Cai Rang. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Overnight in Can Tho. (B,L)

Day 5 Can Tho / HCM City / Danang

Transfer from Can Tho to HCM City. to board your afternoon flight to Danang.  Upon arrival, proceed to Hoi An by road. Overnight in Hoi An. (B)

Day 6 Hoi An

This morning, enjoy a tour of UNESCO Hoi An by Cyclo, visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge, Quan Cong and Phuoc Kien temples, Phung Hung antique house and colorful market. Overnight in Hoi An.  (B)

Day 7 Danang / Hue

This morning, drive to Hue along Hai Van Pass, visiting Cham Museum & China Beach en-route. Upon arrival in Hue, visit the Old Imperial City and Tu Duc Tomb.  Overnight in Hue. (B)

Day 8 Hue / Hanoi

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi.  Upon arrival, be met and proceed to Ha Long, crossing the Red River. The three-hour scenic drive stops en route at Hong Ngoc, where you will have time for a drink and see local people manufacturing different kinds of handicrafts.  Overnight in Halong. (B)

Day 9 Ha Long/ Hanoi

This morning, board a private junk for a fantastic cruise through Ha Long Bay (approx. five hours) with a fresh seafood lunch on board.   Enroute, visit the Heavenly Palace Grotto and Driftwood cave, one of the highlights around the bay.  In the afternoon, drive back to Hanoi and check-in at your hotel.   (B,L)

Day 10 Hanoi

Today, tour the city of Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, his House on Stilt where he lived and ruled the country, One Pillar pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Opera House and Tay Phuong pagoda.  Overnight in Hanoi.  (B,L)

Day 11 Hanoi / Lao Cai / Sapa

This morning, discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo.  Explore this fascinating place filled with hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, paper lanterns, traditional handicrafts and arts; and enjoy people watching atop Vietnamese coffee shops.  This evening, transfer to Lao Cai station and board the Victoria Express train.  Overnight on train with Deluxe accommodation. (B,L)

Day 12 Lao Cai / Sapa

Pick up at Lao Cai station and transfer to Coc Ly market, which takes place only on Tuesday, with breakfast en route. Experience the weekly market of the H’Mong, Dzay and Flower H’Mong. By boat downstream on Chay River with picnic lunch. The afternoon trek includes visits to local H’Mong and Dzay villages. After arriving in Bao Nhai, drive back to Sa Pa along the winding road.  Tonight, enjoy a fondue dinner in front of an open-hearth fireplace in your hotel.  Overnight in Sapa.  (B,L,D)

Day 13 Sapa / Ta Van

Trekking around the area of Ta Van to visit the local ethnic hill tribes and enjoy the mountainous sceneries.  Return to Sapa by Jeep.  Overnight in Sapa.  (B)

Day 14 Sapa / Lao Cai / Hanoi

Transfer to Lao Cai station to board your overnight Victoria Express train to Hanoi. (B)

Day 15 Depart Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi Station, transfer to the airport for your departure flight onward. (B)
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