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Magical Vietnam
Capture the essence of Vietnam on this journey of discovery starting with the natural splendours of the North, from the colonial atmosphere of Hanoi to the eternal beauty of Halong Bay. Continue with the historic charm of Central Vietnam where the Imperial city of Hue awaits you. Then onto Hoi An, where you will have ample time to shop and relax in this charming UNESCO protected town. Conclude your voyage with an in-depth discovery of the beauty of the Mekong Delta. Explore this diverse region by boat and bike and truly appreciate the local way of life with a night in a homestay.
Holiday Length: 13 days
Start City: Hanoi
End City: Ho Chi Minh City
Departures: Daily

Select & Mix Private Holiday 

Day 1

Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam.  Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel.
   
Day 2

Hanoi

  Sightseeing tour of Hanoi. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Ethnology Museum. This afternoon, explore the famous 36 streets of the Old Quarter on a walking tour. (B)
   
Day 3
Hanoi – Halong Bay
  Morning drive to Halong. Board a traditional wooden junk and sail amongst the thousands of karst limestone islands and islets of Halong Bay. Fresh seafood lunch and dinner will be served on board. (B,L,D)
   
Day 4

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An

  Wake up early in the morning to admire the bay at sunrise. Later, disembark and transfer to Hanoi for your flight to Danang. Arrival transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. (B)
   
Day 5

Hoi An

  This morning, explore the quaint cobblestone streets of Hoi An with your guide on hand to offer his expert knowledge and help you unearth some hidden gems in this UNESCO protected town. (B)
   
Day 6
Hoi An
  A day at leisure to explore Hoi An at your own pace, shop in the market, have a silk dress or suit fitted or simply relax at your hotel or on the lovely Cao Dai Beach. (B)
   
Day 7

Hoi An - Danang - Hue

  Depart to Danang via the scenic Hai Van Pass. In Danang, visit the Cham Museum, home to relics from the Khmer civilisation. Arrive in Hue in the afternoon. (B)
   
Day 8
Hue
  This morning your guide will take you on a short sampan cruise up the Perfume River. You will then depart for a short cycle ride to the village of Thanh Tien, famous for its traditional handicraft production of paper flowers. Afternoon visit to Hue Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba market. (B)
 
Day 9
Hue - Ho Chi Minh City
  This morning, visit Tu Duc mausoleum and a typical garden house built following the precise rules of geomancy. Transfer to the airport and flight to Ho Chi Minh City. (B)
 
Day 10
Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City
  Morning drive to Cu Chi to visit the amazing tunnel network built by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. Later, city tour of the former Saigon. See the Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Chinese district of Cho Lon. (B)
 
Day 11
Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
  Drive to Cai Thia and depart for an easy cycle ride along the many canals of the area. Stop at a local house for lunch. Afternoon leisurely boat trip along Cay Da Canal.  Tonight spend the night in homestay, you may join your hosts in the kitchen to prepare dinner and learn to cook some traditional dishes. (B,L,D)
 
Day 12 Mekong Delta
  A morning boat trip to visit a floating catfish farm.  Continue your journey with a short bike ride in the surrounding countryside. Visit a primary school, rice fields and fruit orchards. Overnight in Can Tho. (B,L)
   
Day 13
Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
  Morning visit to the colourful floating markets of Cai Rang and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh Airport. (B)

PRICE INCLUSIONS





• Private air conditioned transfers and transportation
• Accommodation in your choice of tourist, first or deluxe class hotels and homestay for one night
• Overnight junk cruise in Halong Bay
• Professional private English speaking local guides
• Domestic flights
• Private sightseeing, activities, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Select & Mix: your choice of 4 options (included in the price)

Pick any 4 of these 11 experiences to personalise your holiday (included at no extra cost)
 




HANOI:
A. Attend a water puppetry show in a local theatre (day 2 evening)
B. Learn the ancient art of calligraphy with a reputable Hanoian scholar (day 2 afternoon)
C. Join the locals and take part in a Tai Chi session in a local park (day 3 morning)
HOI AN:
D. Short cycling tour to a rural village followed by a cooking class (day 6 morning)
E. Cycle to the villages of Cam Kim and Duy Vinh and share lunch with a local family (day 6 morning)
F. Streetfood tour of Hoi An (day 6 afternoon) G. Explore My Son Sanctuary by Jeep (day 6 afternoon)
G. Explore My Son Sanctuary by Jeep (day 6 afternoon)
HUE:
H. Sunset boat cruise on Perfume River with a soothing foot massage (Day 8 evening)
I. Enjoy an aperitif at sunset on Vong Canh Hill (Day 8 evening)
HO CHI MINH CITY:
J. Attend the beautiful A O Show at Saigon Opera House (day 9 or 10 evening)
K. Explore Saigon at night by scooter: part night excursion, part street food adventure (day 9 or 10 evening)

   

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