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12 Days - SIGNATURE AND BESPOKE TOUR OF VIETNAM

Luxury Travel welcomes you to join our private escorted small group tour and gain an insight into Vietnam. We begin in the vibrant city of Saigon, (as it is still popularly known) where we will discover the local sights and sounds of a cultural melting pot. We then head north to the charming city of Hoi An which still retains an old world ambience. It is rich in historical quality that has resulted in its recent listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We stop-over at Hue to discover its brief history as a past capital of Vietnam; with its own Forbidden City. We fly to Hanoi, full of personality and the capital of Vietnam where we learn more about the nation’s complex history. Finally, we enjoy an overnight luxury cruise at the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. Along the way, we will explore local markets with our expert guides and introduce you to local fruits vegetables and plants used in foods and as herbal remedies; participate in a cooking class presented by our Vietnamese chef who will demonstrate many of the unique flavours of the Vietnamese cuisine. Come join us as a solo traveller, couple or with a group of friends and immerse yourself in a wonderful cuisine and cultural experience.

Day 01: Arrival Saigon
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City as it is called by the younger generation. You will be met by your tour director and transferred to your deluxe hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore Saigon. Your tour director is able to offer you a number of options including shopping and or dining.

Day 02: Saigon (B/L/D)
This morning we discover more about this hectic city by visiting a local market, The War Remnants Museum, The Reunification Palace (Presidential Palace) Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market for shopping. Afternoon at Leisure.

Day 03: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Saigon (B/L/D)
It’s an early morning drive to the Mekong Delta. Heading out of the bustling city, we drive along rice fields to Mekong Delta. Today you will discover the beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. We visit colourful Cai Be floating market, cruising among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. We also visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the 19th century where the family will welcome you with a cup a tea. After lunch enjoy a short walk along a beautiful canal at Ba Bon Bridge where your own private vehicle waiting to transfer you back Ho Chi Minh city for overnight.

Day 04: Saigon - Hoi An (B/L/D)
Later this morning we transfer to the airport for our morning flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel in Hoi An. This afternoon enjoy a private tour of the old quarter of Hoi An. We explore the fascinating Japanese covered bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, the Chinese Pagoda and typical 18th century Vietnamese houses.  Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia’s major international ports and today it still retains that special old-world feel.

Day 05: Hoi An (B)
This morning we offer half-day local market tour and a cooking course in Vietnamese cuisine. Hoi An has now achieved UN World Heritage status and its profusion of old houses, quiet streets and covered bridge are being preserved and restored. These days, Hoi An is renowned for its diverse architectural heritage, masterful tailors, abundant silks and superb cuisine. Hoi An is also the ultimate place to have affordable clothes made to order. You will also choose to have free time and relax at the beach, or shop for a new outfit and dine at your choice of the town’s riverside cafés.

Day 06: Hoi An (B/D)
Today is a free day at leisure. Or you may wish to participate in an optional cooking course in Vietnamese cuisine or a Lantern Making class. This afternoon an optional tour to My Son is available. We rendezvous for dinner later this evening.

Day 07: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue (B/L)
This morning we drive to Hue. On the way we pass China Beach, and stop for a short walk up Marble Mountain to see caves and temples embedded in the rock. Hue was the capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty of emperors from 1802 till 1945. The scenic route passes through Da Nang before climbing over the Mountain Clouds Hai Van Pass where a spectacular panorama of the central coastline can be viewed at the summit, dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co located on a sand dune line. Free afternoon to perhaps visit Dong Ba market.

Day 08: Hue - Hanoi (B/L)
This morning we take a private city tour and visit the Imperial Citadel (Forbidden City). After lunch, we travel by Dragon Boat on the romantically named Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower. Later this afternoon we transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. This evening is at your leisure.

Day 09: Hanoi (B/L)
This morning we participate in the Sofitel Metropole Hotel market tour & cooking class. This is a most memorable experience. After lunch, the city tour starts with a visit to Van Mieu (our first national university), Hoan Kiem Lake (the Lake of the Restored Sword). Stop at Ngoc Son Temple then attend a one-hour water puppetry show at the Thang Long theatre. Perhaps return to your hotel via the Old quarter for some shopping. This evening is at your leisure.

Day 10: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Following an early breakfast we board our private bus for an extraordinary journey to the picturesque city of Ha Long. Arrive at Pier and board the shuttle boat for short transfer to our deluxe Vietnamese ’junk’. From here, we explore spectacular Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site of outstanding natural beauty. Welcome drinks are served. Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay. Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. We sail around rocks, islets, caves and grottoes, we visit the Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves - the most beautiful among thousands of caves. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with sails boats, go swimming on a quite beach at Soi Sim Island or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, we visit an interesting fishing village. This evening enjoy cocktails while watching sunset and later unwind at the restaurant.

Day 11:  Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Brunch/ SD)
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Coffee or tea is served. Visit beautiful limestone Sung Sot grotto. Buffet brunch is served. Then it’s time to say good bye to Ha Long Bay and drive back to Hanoi. Spend this afternoon at leisure, perhaps enjoy a cyclo ride or wander its tree-lined avenues, with local galleries and Vietnamese handicrafts and home-wares. This evening we shall enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Day 12: Hanoi (B)
Our small group tour concludes after breakfast and for most guests today it is time to say farewell to acquaintances and new-found friends. At your leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward or homebound journey.
Some guests may wish to stay another day or more in this amazing country; please don’t hesitate to contact Luxury Travel for further travel arrangements.


Tour Rate: For further information in booking this tour please don’t hesitate to email us at: info@luxuryprivatetravel.com
                                                                             
Inclusions:
  • Exclusive and personal airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
  • Internal Airfare – Economy Class: Saigon - Da Nang - Hue - Hanoi
  • Deluxe private air- conditioned vehicles for all our transportation
  • 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast "B" "L" for Lunch and "D" for Dinner 
  • Private services of one or more bilingual tour guides
  • Admission fees to all tourist sites and shows 
  • Organising of any ‘luggage delivery’ via FedEx or postal services 
  • An exclusive information travel package
  • Small bottled water - 1 bottle daily
 
Not included:
  • International air or train fares
  • Arrival / Departure Taxes, levies and other charges
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals not included
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses & Tipping
  • Additional local guides

Ethnic Voyage Vietnam offers comprehensive luxury travel packages with just about everything on land included in one price. Accommodation, most meals, transfers, baggage handling, all major sightseeing and numerous cultural events are also included. Before you travel, you may have questions about what to expect while on your tour; for further information about this tour, or assistance in booking this tour please don’t hesitate to email us at info@ethnicvoyage.com

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