7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Best of Vietnam

Hanoi - Saigon
Starting from $1,450 (Land Only)

Best of Vietnam

Discover the best of Vietnam on this 7-day program. Hanoi is the modern-day capital of Vietnam that still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shop houses are found in the Old Quarter, while Hanoi's many beautiful public spaces - lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments - give it an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals. Scenic Halong Bay, located on the South China Sea, is home to beautiful limestone islands and floating fishing villages, best explored aboard a traditional wooden boat.  In the vibrant metropolis of Saigon the French influence is readily seen in the old colonial buildings, such as the Opera House and City Hall, which serve as a contrast to the luxury hotels, shopping malls, and gourmet restaurants springing up across the city.

INCLUDES
  • Hotel accommodations for six nights, including hotel taxes and service charges.
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Sunway Hotel Hanoi in Hanoi
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City in Saigon
  • Six full American breakfasts and one lunch.
  • Flight from Hanoi to Saigon.
  • Transportation in a private A/C vehicle with English-speaking guide.
  • Full-day tour of Hanoi including a Water Puppet Show.
  • Excursion to Halong Bay with a cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk boat.
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Saigon.
  • Excursions to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong River Delta.
  • Round-trip airport to hotel transfers in each city.
EXCLUDES
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for details)
  • International airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Airport User Fee (Approx. $16 for Intl flights)
  • Tips & Personal items
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Vietnam visa fees.
  • Any optional tours mentioned.
ITINERARY
Day 1 - Hanoi.

Arrive at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to your hotel.


Day 2 - Hanoi.

Embark on a full-day private tour of Hanoi City. Sights include the Temple of Literature, which served as Vietnam's first university dating back to 1076, One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple considered one of Vietnam's famous, and Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex*, site of the mausoleum where the body of the famous president lies in state.  Continue touring Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, Hoan Kiem Lake, and view colonial landmarks such as the Opera House and St. Joseph's Cathedral. In the afternoon visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, either the History Museum, including exhibits spanning the entirety of Vietnam's history, or the Museum of Ethnology that brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam. Finish the day by seeing a Water Puppet Show, a fantastic art form where puppets appear to "dance on water."

*Note:  Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, and during the months of October and November for yearly maintenance.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 3 - Hanoi.

Departing Hanoi we enjoy a day trip to scenic Halong Bay; located on the South China Sea, it is home to beautiful limestone islands and floating fishing villages. Upon arrival at the pier at midday begin a cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk boat, passing craggy limestone cliffs, and stopping at different islands to explore some of the areas many caves. Lunch will be served aboard the boat. Late afternoon return to Hanoi and your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast - Lunch
 


Day 4 - Saigon.

Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city, and today a vibrant metropolis teeming with energy, activity, and motion. Upon arrival embark on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an important Vietcong base during the war. Walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the Vietcong, and even venture inside the tunnel if you choose. Afterwards return to Saigon.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 5 - Saigon.

Experience the sights and sounds of Saigon today on a full-day tour. Begin with a visit to the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall, the old Opera House, neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Tour the Reunification Palace, followed by a visit to the War Remnants Museum, and then the Emperor of Jade Pagoda. In the afternoon explore bustling Cholon (Chinatown), with visits to Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda, and Ben Thanh Market.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 6 - Saigon.

Depart this morning for an excursion to the lush Mekong Delta region. Travel to Ben Luc and Tan An, and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to Ben Tre, where local handicrafts and sweets derived from coconut are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Afterwards proceed by a small sampan boat through the canals to see daily life unfold along the riverbanks.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 7 - Depart Saigon.

Transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your onward flight.

Meals
Breakfast
 


DEPARTURE & RATES

Gold Plan

Land Only
Dates Price
From March 31 2017 to October 31 2018 $1450
Single Supplement
Dates Price
From March 31 2017 to October 31 2018 $550
Notes
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, and during the months of October and November for yearly maintenance.

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