Departure Date: 01/05/2019
Discover the best of Vietnam and explore through Ha Noi, Halong, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon). From majestic temples, stunning waters, vibrant cities and captivating culture await you... Enjoy your 9 night journey through this fascinating city.
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL DAY
Upon your arrival at Hanoi airport look for our driver who will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. The journey from the airport to your hotel will take approximately one hour and is an entertaining experience full of chaotic traffic, distinctive architecture and overloaded motorbikes. Stay at the 3.5 Star May de ville Old Quarter Hotel sharing a deluxe room. Inclusion: Private car with local guide
DAY 2: HANOI ½ DAY CITY TOUR (B)
Depart at 8.00am from your hotel. Your guide will lead you on a city tour to visit Uncle Ho. Learn about his great life at the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays and Fridays) and Presidential Gardens, Temple of Literature, All visitors to the mausoleum are required to wear clothes covering your knees and shoulders. This applies to both men and women. Stay at the 3.5 Star May de ville Old Quarter Hotel sharing a deluxe room. Private transport, local tour guide and entrance fee.
DAY 3: HANOI BAI TU LONG BAY – CONG DO – CAI LA ISLAND
For your tour to Ha Long Bay you only need to take some essential items and leave your main luggage at the hotel. Bring your swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, toiletries, change of clothes, something warm for the winter months and a book or journal, etc. And don't forget your camera. Check out of your hotel, pay all your bills and the staff will place your main luggage in storage.
08h00 – 8:30: The Swan shutter bus will pick you up from your hotel and heading to northeast of Vietnam.
12.30: Arrive at Swan office, transferred by tender to Swan Cruise.
12.45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefing about safety on boat and activities included then check in cabin.
13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay.
15.00: Arrive to kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.
17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.
20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.
Overnight aboard Swan Cruise.
3 Star Swan cruise sharing a deluxe cabin
Incl. Shuttle bus, tour guide, overnight on boat, meals
DAY 4: HA LONG – HA NOI (B/L)
06.30: Start early Tai Chi demonstration on sundeck.
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food
09.30: Finish packing and check out of your cabin. Prepare to join in our traditional cooking demonstration.
10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese brunch.
12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier
12.30: Farewell Halong Bay then returns to Hanoi
17.00: End of service.
Attention: The itinerary is subject to change due to the weather, tide level and operating conditions without prior notice.
Hotel: 3.5 Star May de ville Old Quarter Hotel sharing a deluxe room
Inclusion: Shuttle bus, lunch
DAY 5: HA NOI – DA NANG (B)
FREE DAY Transfer to the airport for a flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, our driver transfer you to hotel for check in.
Hotel: 3 Star Vinh Hung Emerald hotel sharing a deluxe pool room. Inclusion: Private airport transport, E-ticket
DAY 6: HOI AN FREE DAY (B)
Hoi An is a charming World Heritage village which is being beautifully restored and preserved that will captivate you immediately. No matter what you like you will find it here, whether it is shopping, restaurants, photography, history, architecture, golf, fishing, swimming, scuba, abseiling, or massage and lazing around. Hoi An has become famous for its tailoring where there is a huge variety of fabrics to choose from.
Hotel: 3 Star Vinh Hung Emerald Hotel sharing a Deluxe Pool room
Inclusion: Private airport transport, E-ticket
DAY 7: HOI AN BIKING TOUR AND COOKING (B/L)
8h30 am, you will be picking up at your hotel. Have a coffee or some drinks before head up to your tour. The tour is start by cycling along to the Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village. Ride along country lanes at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges; fields of water buffalo….Take a short break at a local family before enjoying an hour boat trip inside Coconut water palm forest. After that, ride on your bike continue to Tra Que herbs & vegetables organic village. Here you will be shown the environment way to plant which the farmers has used for centuries and even still be using nowadays.
After visit a local family and the garden, you will have a short and fun cooking class, we sit down to enjoy your delicious lunch.
2:00 pm, back to your hotel, tour finish here. Hotel: 3 Star Vinh Hung Emerald Hotel sharing a deluxe pool room
Inclusion: Bike, guide, boat trip and lunch
DAY 8: HOI AN - DA NANG – SAI GON
You will be picked up from your hotel for a morning fly to Sai Gon, upon arrival our guide and our driver will take you directly to visit Cu Chi then back to hotel check in after the tour.
Our guide will meet you at the airport to escort you on the 1 hour bus journey to see the amazing network of the communist guerrilla tunnels at Cu Chi. There are many sights to see during this excursion, including the ingenuous traps, demonstrations on how their weapons and bombs were made, underground kitchens and a brief propaganda video produced in 1969. Plus, you can even explore a short section of the tunnels and fire an AK47 if you are feeling brave.
Hotel: 4 Star Sai Gon Prince Hotel sharing a deluxe room
Inclusion: Transport, E-ticket, entrance fees, tour guide
DAY 9: MEKONG DELTA CAI BE – VINH LONG (B/L)
Today tour will take you to Cai Be floating market, a unique place where the Mekong way of life is there for everyone to see. After stopping here continue to explore the amazing waterways of the Delta by a small boat as small children and villagers run down the banks just to say hello. Hotel:4 Star Sai Gon Prince Hotel sharing a Deluxe Room
Inclusion: Private transfer, tour guide, boat trip and lunch
DAY 10: SAI GON DEPARTURE (B)
Our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Inclusion: Private transfer
Return flights ex Johannesburg via Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon) and flights from Ha Noi - Da Nang – Sai Gon and then home via Hong Kong, approx. airport taxes, stay at the 3.5 May de ville Old quarter Hotel in Hanoi sharing a deluxe room, a 3 Star Swan Cruise in Halong, a 3 Star Vinh Hung Emerald Hotel sharing a deluxe pool, in Hoi An and stay at the 4 Star Sai Gon Prince sharing a deluxe room in Sai Gon, meals as indicated in the itinerary, an english speaking local guide for each tour, tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles (except Ha Long bay join with group), entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
9 Nights from R33,785 pps
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