DISCOVER VIETNAM

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City

Overview

TOUR CODE: SCVTN8

See the very best of Vietnam on this Discover Vietnam tour designed to give you enough time to savor your travel experience at a leisurely pace. Starting from Hanoi, discover Vietnam’s bustling capital and its historic monuments and the famed French Old Quarter. From here, we travel to Halong Bay where we will stay overnight in a traditional wooden Junk boat cruising amongst spectacular seascapes. Then discover the historic UNESCO highlights of Hue and Hoi An before heading to Saigon to explore its colonial architecture and meet friendly people.

What’s Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare
  • One-way economy class airfare from Hanoi to Hue
  • One-way economy class airfare from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • 2 nights in a Premium Deluxe Room at Silk Path Hotel or similar in Hanoi
  • 2 days/1 night Halong Bay Cruise in a Deluxe Cabin on board Bhaya Classic Cruises or similar
  • 1 night in a Deluxe City View Room at Eldora Hotel or similar in Hue
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa or Le Pavillon Hoi An Luxury Resort or similar in Hoi An
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Liberty Central Saigon Centre or similar in Ho Chi Minh City
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Half-day Hanoi City Tour
  • Morning Hue city tour
  • Hoi An World Heritage Site Walking tour
  • Half-day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
  • All taxes, fees, and carrier-imposed surcharge

Itinerary

DAY 01

DEPART HOMETOWN/HANOI

Board your flight to Hanoi.

DAY 02

ARRIVE HANOI

Arrive in Hanoi, after customs and immigration procedures, meet your local guide at the airport arrival hall for your transfer to the hotel for check in.

 

Optional tours:

Water Puppet & Cyclo Tour ($47 per person, minimum two participants)

Enjoy a cyclo ride (1 hour) through old quarter to explore the city. Continue to Water puppet theatre to see the performance. The traditional water puppet shows are staged with original and interesting programs. It is a folk art particular to the people cultivating wet rice fields in North Vietnam. The artists hidden behind a curtain while immersed in water manipulate the puppets through an apparatus put under in the water surface, which serves as the stage.

 

Half-day Hanoi city tour by Vespa ($112 per person, minimum two participants)

Cruise on the Vespa through streets of Hanoi like a local and visit different antique collectors to learn a little more about the life of Hanoi residents. Your Vespa driver will take you through different streets of Hanoi while you can take in scenes of daily life as well as the old architecture. During your ride you will have chances to interact and view a variety of antiques such as fans, vehicles, clocks… Last but not least, expand your knowledge of Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities by walking to visit Minh’s Ethnic Gallery before being transferred back to your hotel.

DAY 03

HANOI CITY TOUR (B)

Morning Hanoi city tour, visit Ho Chi Minh wooden stilt house, the unique One Pillar Pagoda,  Temple of Literature followed by a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. This afternoon is free at leisure. Option tours are available on request.

 

Optional tours:

Water Puppet & Cyclo Tour ($47 per person, minimum two participants)

Enjoy a cyclo ride (1 hour) through old quarter to explore the city. Continue to Water puppet theatre to see the performance. The traditional water puppet shows are staged with original and interesting programs. It is a folk art particular to the people cultivating wet rice fields in North Vietnam. The artists hidden behind a curtain while immersed in water manipulate the puppets through an apparatus put under in the water surface, which serves as the stage.

 

Half-day Hanoi city tour by Vespa ($112 per person, minimum two participants)

Cruise on the Vespa through streets of Hanoi like a local and visit different antique collectors to learn a little more about the life of Hanoi residents. Your Vespa driver will take you through different streets of Hanoi while you can take in scenes of daily life as well as the old architecture. During your ride you will have chances to interact and view a variety of antiques such as fans, vehicles, clocks… Last but not least, expand your knowledge of Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities by walking to visit Minh’s Ethnic Gallery before being transferred back to your hotel.

DAY 04

HANOI/HALONG (B/L/D)

Morning road to Halong. Embark the boat for a cruise around Halong Bay.  The bay’s immense number of islands are dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, and their sparsely forested slopes ring with birdsong.

DAY 05

HALONG BAY/ HANOI/HUE (B)

Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi by shuttle bus with driver only (approx. 3.5 hours) for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

DAY 06

HUE/HOI AN (B)

Take a morning boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, visit the Imperial Citadel and the Royal Antiquities Museum. In the afternoon, drive along the coast and via mountain passes to Hoi An with a stop en route at the photogenic village of Lang Co Beach. Visit the Cham Museum in Danang which houses the world’s finest collection of Cham artworks before proceeding to Hoi An. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the town.

DAY 07

HOI AN (B)

Set out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage Site. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. This afternoon is free to explore the town at leisure.

 

Optional tours:

Half-day tour to My Son ($48 per person, minimum two participants)

Meet your local guide at your hotel lobby for a half day tour to the ruins of My Son in a remote jungle valley. My Son was formerly the centre of the Cham Kingdom and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, over 20 well preserved monuments remain and return to hotel

DAY 08

HOI AN/DANANG/HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

Transfer to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, meet our tour guide at the airport for our transfer to our hotel.

 

Optional tours:

Half day Hoi An Countryside by Bicycle ($65 per person, minimum two participants)

Enjoy a boat cruise in the morning to Kim Bong Village where we will visit a shipbuilding yard and cycle through the village with stops at old colonial houses, temples and local cottage factories. (Cycling distance: 5 miles)

DAY 09

HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

Morning  city tour including Cathedral, General post office, the China town with visit to Binh Tay market and Thien Hau temple. Afternoon free for optional tour on request .

 

Optional Tours:

Half-day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour ($57 per person; minimum 2 participants) or Saigon’s alleys and the secret weapon storage tour ($35 per person; minimum 2 participants)

DAY 10

HO CHI MINH CITY  DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

 

*Passengers leaving late afternoon may leave luggage at the hotel’s bell captain’s desk until your transfer to the airport.

Meals: B= Breakfast  L= Lunch  D= Dinner

Dates & Prices

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2018Los AngelesSan FranciscoSeattleHoustonNew YorkChicagoSingle Room Supplement
    Sep 10N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A$1,899$800
    Sep 11$1,749$1,799$1,849$1,899$1,899N/A$800
    Oct 08N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A$1,899$800
    Oct 09$1,799$1,849$1,849$1,899$1,899N/A$800
    Nov 05$1,899N/AN/A$1,999N/A$1,999$800
    Nov 06N/A$1,949$1,949N/A$1,949N/A$800
    Dec 03$2,099N/AN/A$2,099N/A$2,149$800
    Dec 04N/A$2,049$2,149N/A$1,999N/A$800
    2019
    Jan 07$1,899N/AN/A$1,999N/A$1,999$800
    Jan 08N/A$1,899$1,949N/A$1,949N/A$800
    Feb 18$1,899N/AN/A$1,999N/AN/A$800
    Feb 19N/A$1,899$1,949N/A$1,949N/A$800
    Mar 12$1,899$1,899$1,949$1,999$1,949N/A$800
    Apr 09$1,849$1,799$1,849$1,899$1,849N/A$800
    All prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. A $75.00 per person air weekend surcharge (Fri-Sun) applies per way if you deviate from the package. Inbound air peak season surcharge of $100 per person from Jan 01-10 if you deviate from the package.Tour prices include all taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharge. An extra night stay in Hanoi is required for departure from Chicago. (BR/172/040918/C-10)

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