Vietnam Explorer: North to South

11 Days from US$2,607 per person

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A JOIN-IN TOUR



Treat yourself to an in–depth exploration of the best Vietnam has to offer on this comprehensive journey. From the heart of Hanoi and its tree-lined boulevards to the vibrant, bustling streets of historic Saigon – and everything in between. Cruise the famous Halong Bay, gliding between the limestone karsts on a Chinese junk. Walk the narrow crooked lanes of historic Hoi An, exploring the multitude of shops and tailors and clamber over the ruins of the ancient My Son temple complex. Explore the storied Mekong Delta, vibrant and verdant, from your private boat before gaining deeper insight into the war-time period in Saigon. Experience Saigon at night from the back of a motorbike, sampling delicious street food from local vendors.

ITINERARY DETAILS

day 1Arrive in Hanoi, where you will be met by your expert guide and taken to your hotel. Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, considered the city's physical and symbolic center, and witness the daily routines of the residents.

day 2Take in the highlights of the city, including the atmospheric streets of the Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature. In the evening, take your seat for the Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Theatre and enjoy the unique folk art that has been practiced and perfected for over 1000 years. (B)

day 3In the morning drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, where your traditional Chinese junk awaits. Enjoy a memorable overnight cruise at one of the most famous natural areas in the world. Float amongst the limestone karsts and islands which dot the area, with swimming and kayaking options available. (B, D)

day 4Spend the day aboard your Chinese junk, taking side trips to see local floating villages aboard a bamboo raft, or perhaps kayak between the huge limestone columns for a truly atmospheric experience. (specific schedules vary, depending on your choice of cruise). (B, L, D)

day 5Welcome the sunrise from the deck before enjoying a fabulous late breakfast/brunch as you continue cruising towards the mainland. Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Da Nang, and then travel by private car to Hoi An. (Brunch)

day 6Explore the narrow lanes of UNESCO World Heritage listed Hoi An, a well-preserved former trading port, and learn more about its most famous buildings including the Japanese Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall of the Chinese and Tan Ky's House. In the afternoon, visit My Son Sanctuary, an imperial city during the Cham dynasty and home to a number of fantastic brick temples and towers, designed to reflect royal divinity. (B)

day 7Transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where you will meet your guide and driver and make your way south to the Mekong Delta town of Cai Be. Enjoy a short river exploration of the area, wetting your appetite for the follow day's exploration. (B)

day 8This morning, return to the water with a visit to Cai Be's floating market. Hundreds of farmers and traders attend each day, making for a visual spectacle not to be missed. Continue along the waterways, visiting local gardens and houses to see some of the orchards for which the region is famous. (B, L)

day 9Enjoy a morning at leisure to soak up the unique surroundings. After the scenic drive back to Saigon, experience Saigon at night the local way, with a Back of the Bike street food tour! Sample exotic edibles from the local vendors, progressing from one venue to the next with your guide, a knowledgeable local University student. (B, D)

day 10Start the day with a tour of Old Saigon's streets and its iconic buildings, including the Opera House, Central Post Office and Thien Hau Pagoda. Visit sites from wartime Saigon, starting at the Reunification Palace, the site of the symbolic ending of the war in 1975, before visiting the emotive War Remnant's Museum which offers the perspective of the war from Vietnamese eyes. (B)

day 11Start the day with a morning at leisure, and a chance to explore local shops and markets for local products, before your private transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.







TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • 3-day cruise in the famous Halong Bay
  • Kayaking and swimming amongst the limestone islands
  • Old Town Hoi An
  • My Son ancient temple complex
  • Boat ride through the Mekong Delta
  • Cai Be Floating Market
  • Tour wartime Saigon, including War Remnants Museum
  • Evening Street food tour by motorbike in Saigon

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

HOTELS

Hanoi: La Siesta

Halong Bay: Bhaya Classic Cruise

Hoi An: Hoi An Historic Hotel

Cai Be: Mekong Riverside Resort

Saigon: Liberty Central Saigon Riverside



Low Season: $2,607 per person
01 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

High Season: $2,717 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Peak Season surcharges may apply

Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

HOTELS

Hanoi: Sofitel Legend Metropole

Halong Bay: Paradise Luxury Cruise

Hoi An: Victoria Beach Resort

Cai Be: Mekong Riverside(best available hotel-3*)

Saigon: Park Hyatt



Low Season: $3,447 per person
01 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

High Season: $3,730 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Peak Season surcharges may apply

Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room

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