valid from APR till 10 DEC 18
Return airfare from Johannesburg with taxes
share twin accommodation with breakfast
2 nights Hanoi
1 night Halong Bay cruise
1 night Hoi Ann
1 night Hue
3 nights Ho Chi Minh City
Transfers, tours and sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
Any services not mentioned
Pick up at Hanoi airport and transfer your hotel. Night in Hanoi.
Hanoi city tour (B,L)
AM: 08:00-08.30: Pick up at your hotel. Then 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. We then continue on to the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist – dating from the Ly Dynasty) and the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam). Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After lunch we’ll proceed to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam – Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 – it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. For the last part of the tour we’ll journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Night in Hanoi
Notes: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and museum are closed on Monday and Friday.
Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D) Sharing Swan Cruise
08:00-08.30: The Swan shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel and heading to northeast of Vietnam
12.30: Arrive at Swan office, transferred by tender to Swan Cruise.
12.45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefing about safety on boat and activities included then check in cabin.
13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Halong Bay.
15.00: Arrive to kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.
17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.
20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An (B,L) Flight
06.30: Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food – ‘PHO’
08.00: Explore the Thien Canh Son. Guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay and this Cave, made by Mother Nature
09.30: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier
12.30: Farewell Halong Bay then transfer back to Hanoi.
In time private transfer to Hanoi airport for departure flight to Da Nang. Pick up at Da Nang airport then transfer to hotel in Hoi An. Night in Hoi An.
Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue (B) Private car without guide
Free time walking to visit Hoi An town on your own: Japanese Covered Bridge, TanKy Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese. PhucKien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market.
PM: Transfer to Hue by private car. Taking photograph from HaiVan Pass (The pass of Sea and Cloud). Spend time in LangCo beach enroute. Night in Hue.
Hue city tour – HCMC (B,L) Flight
Morning – Pick up at your hotel 8:00am by shuttle bus.
Noon – Buffet lunch (50 traditional foods, Asia & Western foods).
Afternoon – Continue by coach.
Then get on the boat for a sight-seeing along the Perfume River to see fishing village and sampan on the way back. Back to town at 4:30 pm. In time private car transfer you to the airport for departure flight to HCMC. Pick up at HCMC airport then transfer to hotel in HCMC. Night in HCMC.
HCMC – Cu Chi tunnels (B,L) (start 08.00 – return 18.30)
8:00 AM: HCM City
We start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum.
PM: Cu Chi Tunnels
Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the 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 centers & 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”.
Start our tour in the afternoon, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Night in HCMC.
HCMC – Mekong delta (B,L) (start 8.00 – return 17.00)
7:45 AM pick up at your hotel. Enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields.
On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit& 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. Meet the bus and return to HCMC. 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. Night in HCMC.
HCM departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Check out at noon. Free until transfer to HCMC airport for flight departure. The end tour.