10 nights from R 18 497 pps
Valid till 30 SEP 17 | Book by: 30 NOV 16
Block Out Dates – New Year 31 Dec 16, Lunar New Year 25Jan to 05 Feb 17, holidays & festival events 30 April to 2 May 17 & 31 August to 02 Sept 17.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake
Bat Trang pottery village
Thien Cung Cave
Thien Mu Pagoda
Minh Mạng Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Traditional Martial Art Van An
Tu Duc Tomb
Conicat Hat & Incense Making Village
Cu Chi tunnels
Vinh Trang pagoda
Return airfares from Johannesburg with estimated taxes
Share twin accommodation in selected hotels
Three nights Hanoi
One night Hue
Two nights Hoi An
Three nights HoChiMinh
Overnight Train from Hanoi to Hue
Return airport transfers on SIC basis
Boat trip in Halong bay
Boat trip in Mekong delta
Boat trip in Perfume river
Four Lunches & 9 Breakfast
Internal flight from Da Nang to Saigon
Entrance fees to monuments.
Visa, insurance, personal items, tips and any items not mentioned above
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Meet & greet on arrival at Hanoi International Airport. Transfer to and overnight at your selected hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart on a full day city tour of Hanoi. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake before visiting Bat Trang pottery village (Mon, Wed & Fri) and having lunch at local restaurant.
Continue to the Ethnology Museum (Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat), the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 – its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Drive past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son Temple. At the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Watch the water puppet show. Return to and overnight at your hotel.
• Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum close on Monday and Friday morning.
• Bat Trang pottery village will be visited on Mon, Wed & Fri (without Ethnology Museum).
• Ethnology. Museum will be visited on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat (without Bat Trang pottery village).
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
Depart for Halong City this morning. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a 4hour boat cruise through emerald waters between the limestone outcrops and long corridors, to visit Thien Cung Cave. Sail back to Halong City. Board your minibus and drive back to and overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Day 4:Depart Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. You are at leisure until your transfer to the Hanoi Station for your overnight train to Hue.
Day 5: Arrive Hue by Half day city tour
Arrive at Hue this morning. Meet and greet and transfer to your selected hotel to drop off luggage. You are at leisure till pick up time for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant that caters to 50 traditional Asian and Western foods.
Continue by coach to the Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, take a cruise for sightseeing along the Perfume River to see a fishing village and sampans on the way back. Drive back to your hotel. Check in and overnight at your hotel in Hue.
Day 6: Hue City – Hoi An (B)
Depart on a city tour of Hue this morning visiting the Minh Mạng Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, Traditional Martial Art Van An, Tu Duc Tomb, Conical Hat & Incense Making Village.
Return to your hotel. Check out and proceed to the coach station in Hue. Board a coach and depart for Hoi An, arriving there in the late afternoon. Take a cab to your selected hotel for check in and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An –Tra Que Village (B, L)
Pick up after breakfast. Take a bicycle ride to Hoi An’s colourful central market. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. Continue to Tra Que herb village. Welcome drink for a rest and then walk through the market gardens where local farmers work on their fields using traditional methods of hundreds of years ago. Later, work together with the chef. Learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked
Tam Huu dish, Banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake), Hoi An spring rolls & grilled sea fishes
Banh xeo, Papaya salad & Hot pot
Return to your hotel after lunch. Afternoon and evening at leisure, overnight at your hotel.
Day 8:Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast and in time transfer to Danang Airport and catch your flight to Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your selected hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9:Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
Morning departure by coach for the Cu Chi Tunnels – located some 60 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists – this network of over 200 kilometres of tunnels became legendary after they played such a vital role in the Vietnamese War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”.
We start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed before spending the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, you may enjoy tea and cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Ho Chi Minh
After breakfast – Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for onward flight to next destination. End of Service!
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong Delta (B, L)
Pick up at your hotel after breakfast. Enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, and view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.
Proceed to Tortoise Islet and have lunch in the orchard garden. Then, take a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristic attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of coconut trees along natural canals. Later, enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals.
Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. Meet the coach and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. You are at leisure until your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your onward flight. Itinerary Ends.