THE VIETNAM TAKE OVER!!!

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Flights

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Hotels

Tour Guide

Tour Bus

Food

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Day 1:

Depart USA & Check-in for your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam via Taipei, Taiwan.

 

TRIP ITINERARY:

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Day 2:

Cross the International Dateline and lose a day.

(You will recover this day on the return leg of your trip.)

 

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Day 3:

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel Grand Hotel Saigon,

located in the heart of the city and within easy access to shopping, touring and dining.

This afternoon, explore dynamic Ho Chi Minh City (still called Saigon by many locals) on an included comprehensive city tour. Begin at the historic Reunification Hall, which formerly served as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese resistance fighters’ tanks (the Viet Cong) rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. From 1885 to 1954, Vietnam was the French colony of Indochina, and you'll see remnants of the French influence throughout the city. You'll visit the ornate French colonial Saigon Post Office, built by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel, where locals still come to post letters and make international calls from the beautifully trimmed phone booths inside.

Later this evening, join your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner.

 
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Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City

Full day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City OR optional excursions:

 

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Depart your hotel this morning, heading south to the Ben TreProvince. Stop along the way to discover how Vietnamese farmers work in the rice fields and observe the daily life of the villagers of the Mekong Delta. Next, cruise the small canals and arroyos of the Mekong lined with palm and coconut trees. Sip on Vietnamese honey tea while strolling through fragrant fruit orchards and learn more about "Mekong culture." Before returning to Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant offering freshly caught fish.

Minimum 3 passengers to operate.

Optional Excursion #1:
A Day in Ben Tre with lunch, +$80
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Tonight offers a chance to experience the vibrant nightlife of Saigon from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. The city comes alive at sundown and people congregate on sidewalks, parks and all over the city. The first stop on your culinary exploration will be to sample some light evening snacks and refreshments at a rooftop bar. Continue through the city streets, seeking out bustling stalls serving authentic Vietnamese dishes. Conclude the evening at a hidden cafe where you can enjoy a musical performance over a drink and ice cream, and see the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique style.

Minimum 2 passengers to operate.

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Optional Excursion #2:
Saigon Nightlife by Vespa (purchased locally), +$125

Day 5:

After breakfast enjoy the morning at leisure, Hoi An Historic hotel, or take advantage of an optional morning excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels.

 

Optional Excursion #1:
Cu Chi Tunnels, +$55
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The Cu Chi Tunnels were built by the Viet Minh in the 1940s. This incredible network of tunnels once stretched for 210 miles and contained extensive Viet Cong infrastructure including tactical quarters, storage rooms, kitchens, a school and even an underground hospital. Most entrances were so well disguised that only a small portion of the system was ever discovered during the war, despite the fact that some 125 miles ran under a U.S. military base. You can enter the tunnels if you wish, or view them from outside.

Minimum 2 passengers to operate.

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This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Nang on the coast of the South China Sea. Upon arrival, board your touring coach and continue to Hoi An. The colorful market town of Hoi An is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a major Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to the 19th centuries, with ships arriving from all over the world to obtain silk and other fabrics, sugar, tea and ceramics. Hoi An's traditional Vietnamese architecture has been preserved, and there are many historic temples and pagodas in the area.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own. You might want to take advantage of Hoi An's world-famous tailors during your stay here. Anything you might want to wear can be made for you in Hoi An, all at bargain prices and with expert workmanship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special dinner at a unique local restaurant. STREETS International is much more than your typical restaurant, it is an innovative vocational training program for underprivileged children to learn hospitality management, entrepreneurship skills and the culinary arts. Tonight, you’ll support the program and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the students.

Day 6: Hoi An: Full day at leisure in Hoi An or optional excursions
Optional Excursion #1:
Optional Excursion: Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge, +$115
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Depart this morning for Ba Na Hills, a mountainous theme park perched high among the mountains of a former French resort. First, ascend one of the world's longest and highest cable car rides while taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Once on top of the mountain, visit the Linh Ung Pagoda, Loc Uyen Garden and the Quan Am Pavilion. Next, amid the misty hills of the mountains, bask in awe at the Golden Bridge, held by two hands that seemingly protrude out of the Earth to hold it up. Get your camera ready to take some incredible pictures of the bridge, as well as the neighboring hills and distant ocean. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before you transfer back to Hoi An.

Minimum 3 passengers to operate.

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Optional Excursion #2:
Hoi An walking tour (purchased locally), +$35
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Embark on a morning or afternoon optional walking tour through the streets of Hoi An, once a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Hoi An's architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Explore the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants' homes, a 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Before you return to your hotel, enjoy browsing and shopping in one of the most colorful local marketplaces in all of Asia.

Minimum 2 passengers to operate.

Optional Excursion #3:
Sunset Cruise on Thu Bon River (purchased locally), +$55

After a day of shopping and sightseeing in Hoi An, set off on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River. Cast off from the town center and watch the UNESCO Heritage trading houses fade from view. The boat will make its way north, entering smaller estuaries surrounded by leafy palm trees and dotted with quaint houses. Witness life on the river as local farmers return from the fields laden with vegetables, and school kids frolic on the riverbanks. The Hoi An river cruise comes to a close in the last light of day. Watch the sky turn brilliant shades of purple and orange as the sun sets over the river, then return to shore for the evening.

Minimum 2 passengers to operate.

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Day 7:
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After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight followed by touring coach transfer to Halong Bay. En route, visit China Beach then continue to the airport. After a short flight, board your touring coach and transfer to lunch at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, travel through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to your hotel

Wyndham Legend Halong - Hotel in Baichay, in Halong Bay for check-in. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 8:
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This morning, transfer to the pier to set sail on your private junk for a 5-hour cruise on the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch as you cruise amongst the spectacular limestone islands. This afternoon, return to Halong Harbor then transfer to Hanoi.

Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel 

Le Jardin Hotel & spa for check-in. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.

Day: 9
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This morning's half day tour of Hanoi begins with a view of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum as well as exploring his private residence from 1954 until 1969. The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by peaceful gardens. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Next, visit Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton." This notorious prison got its nickname during the Vietnam War—which the locals call the "American War," one of many endured in recent times. Long before Americans were imprisoned here, many Vietnamese who fought against the French were also held here.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One) restaurant, a non-profit restaurant and vocational training program for young people in Vietnam. Continue on to the Hidden Gem Café, a unique coffee shop built around sustainability and reducing the use of plastics. Take notice of the unique décor as you meet the owner and learn more about how this idea came to fruition. Watch as he shows how a traditional Vietnamese egg coffee is made and indulge in a tasting.

Enjoy your last evening in Vietnam at leisure or take part in an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion #1:
Authentic Life in Hanoi, +$42

Your afternoon optional excursion offers you the chance to explore Hanoi through the city's Old Quarter known as the 36 Streets. This bustling area of narrow streets and lanes is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. There's no doubt that these are entrepreneurial people and you'll see the evidence as you wind your way slowly through the quarter. You'll find plenty of photo opportunities all around you, so have your camera ready. Pass by Hoan Kiem Lake and admire the colonial architecture of St. Joseph's Cathedral.

Escape the hustle and bustle to Nha Chung Alley where you will get the chance to meet with a local and discover an in-depth view of the lives of Hanoi residents through three generations. Continue to the railway, which played an important role during the Vietnam War and built during French colonial rule. End the tour by enjoying the beautiful mural paintings highlighting Hanoi life in the old days and the city's living heritage.

Minimum 3 passengers to operate.

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Day 10:
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Depart Hanoi/Arrive USA

 

Today we end our TOUR, transfer to the airport to check-in for your return flight to the USA,

via Taipei, Taiwan

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PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Round trip flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Vietnam, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees.

 

  • All domestic flights and ground transportation in Vietnam.

 

  • 7 Night stays in high class Vietnam hotels with private bathrooms.

 

  • (12 meals included): 7 buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, including a welcome dinner.

 

  • Incredible Touring program

 

  • English speaking Tour Guide

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDES:
  • Travelers are responsible for booking their own round flights from their home airports to LAX

  • Visa to enter Vietnam ($85). Can be obtained at the link below (Click the E-visa option for faster processing).
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10 DAYS

Single Occupancy

$3,248

/person

Double Occupancy

$2,849

/person

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