Best of Vietnam Experience

Description

Vietnam is a country with a rich past that has steadily been attracting more and more international visitors.

 

It’s known for its diverse cultures and the wide array of ethnic groups who reside within its borders.

Vietnamese food is considered to be one of the world’s greatest cuisines; if you’re an adventurous eater with an open mind, you’ll experience smells and flavours here that you probably never dreamed existed.

 

The people are perpetually smiling; and we hope that this welcoming and cheerful lifestyle will rub off on you as you experience all this beautiful country has to offer during your 9 day stay.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International Airport for your transfer to the hotel.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 2

  • After breakfast at hotel, private guide and driver pick you up at hotel in Hanoi and head out to Ethnology Museum which gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups. Next visit is The Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius was built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles.

  • After lunch, we take you visit the Ho Chi Minh complex, pass in front of the impressive mausoleum and take a nice stroll in the lush gardens of the Presidential Palace that includes the one-pillar pagoda and the house on stilts of Ho Chi Minh. We then exit the green oasis and transfer to the Old Quarter, the bustling heart of Hanoi. Skilled craftsmen started to migrate and artisan guilds were formed on the famous "36 Streets". Previously, each street carried the name of the item produced and sold there, and many still have the same names. This is a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping and cultural / historical sites all wrapped into one. Located at the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a historical site and one of the symbols of Hanoi. The picturesque Tortoise Tower stands on a small island in the middle of the lake, and Ngoc Son Temple occupies the larger island, accessible by an iconic red wooden bridge.

  • Overnight in Hanoi

 

Day 3

  • Private English-speaking guide and driver pick up you at hotel in Hanoi at 7am and drive to the South. It is nearly two-hour drive to the reminiscences of the imperial capital of Hoa Lu. We visit the remaining temples dedicated to the Lê and Dinh dynasties. We then travel deeper into the less travel region of Mount Tuong. Here we hop on bikes and go for a leisurely ride across the quaint and peaceful surrounding countryside. We have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we take a sampan ride to journey from Thien Ha grottoe to Thung Nham subvalley. We end our exploration by climbing the three levels of Bich Dong pagoda to enjoy spectacular views over the so-called Inland Halong. If time permits, we can tread lightly for a little while in the village nearby before we check-in the hotel to rest.

  • Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 4

  • Heading out to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival we will join our cruise and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. We will spend the rest of the day cruising in our boat around the myriad of tiny islands and exploring the many grottoes created by the wind and the waves. While on board we will have a fresh seafood, lunch followed by a swim and exploring one of the limestone caves in this area.

  • Dinner and overnight onboard.

  • Notes:

    • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather. Unused services are not subject to a refund.

    • Our private English-speaking guide will not escort clients on board

 

Day 5

  • Today we continue to cruise to visit more sightseeing and spots in Ha Long Bay. We will reach the pier around noontime and transfer back to Hanoi. The rest of time is free at leisure (Day use at hotel in Hanoi is not included in tour price, it will be surcharged if clients would like to book)

  • 18.00pm, our private guide and driver pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi railway station for the night train to Hue (SE3 Unification Express, sharing 4-berth air-conditioned compartment).

  • Overnight on train.

  • Notes:

    • Our tour guide will not accompany you on the train.

    • Train schedule is subject to change (ETD: 19.30pm)

    • Private compartments on request at surcharge.

 

Day 6

  • Upon arrival at Hue Railway Station (ETA: 08:30 hrs), transfer to the hotel (early check-in is not included). Leave your luggage at the hotel reception and start to explore the Imperial City of Hue. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the center the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. 

  • After lunch at restaurant, continue with visit to the emperor’s tombs. Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Royal Tombs, considered to be two of the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue and then transfer back to the hotel.

  • Overnight in Hue.

 

Day 7

  • Today you continue by road south to Hoi An. The scenery is remarkable, as the route hugs the coastline of the East Sea before winding up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Here you can stop to admire the stunning views: north over Lang Co Beach and south over Da Nang. The Museum of Cham Sculpture features extensive and diverse displays of Hindu-influenced Cham sculpture dating from the 7th to the 15th centuries. Designed in 1915 by two French architects, Delaval and Auclair, your visit here will introduce you to the most common features of Cham towers and temples from throughout the region. Then continue driving along My Khe Beach to Hoi An.

  • Overnight in Hoi An.

 

Day 8

  • Walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Hoi An's unique architecture is well displayed in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town. Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. A symbol of Hoi An and a testament to its fascinating history, the Japanese Bridge was probably constructed in the early 17th century, though the exact date is unknown. The bridge, also known as the Pagoda Bridge (Chua Cau), was built by Japanese craftsmen who were part of a larger community of foreign merchants active in Hoi An.

  • This afternoon is free at leisure.

  • Overnight in Hoi An.

 

Day 9

  • Rest at leisure before checking out and transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Ends of services.

Vietnam

May to September 2020

From R 31 350. 00*

per person

October to December 2020

From R 31 817.00*

per person

*All above pricing is based on 4* accommodation and 1 traveler, inquire with us for 5* accommodation and bigger groups.

9 Days / 8 Nights

Validity: Immediately - December 2020

Including

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check in and check out around noontime)

  • Boat trip as program

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program 

  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):

    • 1-2 pax: minivan of 7 seats 

    • 3-6 pax: van of 16 seats

    • 7-10 pax: bus of 25 seats

  • Local ENGLISH-speaking guides

  • All entrance fees as program

  • Government tax and service charge

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

Excluding

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Tips

  • Visas to Vietnam

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • All not mentioned above

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Insurances

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

1st Floor, 65 Knoppiesdoring St, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, 2156

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