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Vietnam

23rd June - 8th July 2018
16 days - 15 nights
Price 6,995  |  Single Supplement 1,095
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Highlights

 Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Reunification Palace

 Jade Emperor Pagoda

Notre Dame Palace

Binh Tay Markets

Mekong Delta Cruise

Hoi An Ancient Town

Lantern Making Factory

Perfume River Boat Cruise

Emperor Ming Mang’s Tomb

Hanoi City Tour

Halong Bay Cruise

 
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Rich in tradition and culture, Vietnam will truly broaden your horizons.

From the majestic Mekong River and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, to misty tropical forests and breathtaking temples steeped in history. Watch the sunset as you relax on board Le Cochinchine while cruising the Co Chien River or wander through the countryside covered with orchards and meet the friendly locals. Visit Hoi An Ancient Town, explore the local markets and enjoy the sights of Halong Bay.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday 23rd June
Lunch, Dinner

We fly from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City, a city with an expansive collection of modern buildings that pulses with the hustle and bustle of the residents. We arrive late evening and are met at the airport by our private transfer to escort us to our hotel in the heart of the business and entertainment neighbourhood of District 1.

Day 2

Sunday 24th June
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we go on a tour of Ho Chi Minh city to visit to the temples and pagodas that make this metropolis so unique. Our stops during this tour include the Reunification Palace, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Binh Tay Market to name just a few of the many beautiful Vietnamese architectural marvels we’ll be taking in.

Day 3

Monday 25th June
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We travel to the Mekong Delta to board Le Cochinchine boat to cruise up river then disembark and wander the footpaths of the countryside where we’ll discover tropical fruit orchards and meet local farmers. Watch the sunset whilst sitting on deck of the Le Cochinchine enjoying dinner as the shores of the Mekong pass you by before retiring for the night in your cabin on board the boat.

Day 4

Tuesday 26th June
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up to the sounds of the floating markets as we cruise through to Can Tho where we explore the Cai Rang markets with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners entice you to buy fresh produce and handmade crafts. We enjoy lunch on board the Le Cochinchine before taking an afternoon stroll visiting a local fruit orchard to sample seasonal fruits in Xuan Hiep-Vinh Long. Finish the day with an evening cocktail as we enjoy the sunset.

Day 5

Wednesday 27th June
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we visit the lively Sa Dec food market and Cao Dai Temple before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch at a local restaurant on the way. In the afternoon, we take a quick 1 hour flight to Danang, where we’ll be escorted to our hotel in Hoi An Ancient Town.

Day 6

Thursday 28th June
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we take a guided tour to see the interesting sights Hoi An. We visit many landmarks that make this ancient town rich with history. We spend the afternoon at a lantern-making workshop in the village where we meet the craftsman and make a lantern yourself with the artisan’s directions. Finishing off the day back at the hotel where we have some time to relax and unwind before dinner.

Day 7

Friday 29th June
Breakfast

Today is a free day where you can choose to take it easy in the hotel, take a leisurely cycle to the surrounding villages or simply relax on the Cua Dai beach nearby.

Day 8

Saturday 30th June
Breakfast

Another day which you can take at your own pace. If you choose, you can opt to take a half-day cooking class and tour at Red Bridge Cooking School. You will take a tour of the markets at Hoi An where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients you’ll be using in the cooking lesson later.

Day 9

Sunday 1st July
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we take a leisurely drive through the scenic Hai Van pass, along the coast to the old citadel of Hue. On the way, we visit Marble Mountain in Danang and have a short stop at the spectacular Lang Co beach for refreshments. In the afternoon, we take in the sights of the Ancient Imperial Citadel before embarking on a drive to Hue’s countryside to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is one of the most beautiful of all Emperors’ tombs, surrounded by pavilions, temples, courtyards and lakes.

Day 10

Monday 2nd July
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start the day with breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to Hue airport for a one hour flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi,we are met and escorted to a local restaurant for lunch and then the afternoon can be spent at your own leisure.

Day 11

Tuesday 3rd July
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we take a sightseeing tour of the Hanoi’s most outstanding historical and cultural sites. The tour visits Ho Chi Minh historical sites, the One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature and also enjoy a cultural Water Puppet show. We end the day exploring the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

Day 12

Wednesday 4th July
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a scenic drive to Halong Bay, we board the Calypso Junk Cruise boat. We’ll be greeted with a welcome drink and then enjoy lunch while cruising the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay. After lunch, we travel by rustic to Vung Vieng fishing village which is set in a lagoon surrounded by mountains and is an excellent location for photo opportunities.

Day 13

Thursday 5th July
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taking advantage of Halong Bay’s beautiful landscape, we enjoy breakfast on the boat deck before visiting Thienh Canh Son Cave in Bai Tu Long Bay. After an early lunch, we make your way back to our hotel in Hanoi.

Day 14

Friday 6th July
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi, the day is yours to spend at your leisure. There is an optional day trip to Ninh Binh which includes visiting the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam and see the biggest bronze Buddha statue in the country as well as exploring the cave complex at Trang An.

Day 15

Saturday 7th July
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel, making the most of the remaining leisure time this morning before our transfer to Hanoi airport and our internal flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, we check-in for our evening flight back to Auckland.

Day 16

Sunday 8th July

We arrive in Auckland around lunchtime after our overnight flight.

If you would like to upgrade your flights please contact us for details.

 

 

 

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