Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

Hanoi

3

Halong Bay

1

VIETNAM

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Hue

1

Danang

1

Hoi An

2

1

CAMBODIA LAND NIGHTS STAYED LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

1

Cu Chi LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED LAND A R NIGHTS STAYED Mekong Delta

SMALL GROUP TOUR

3

1

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 L ND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £1329pp

• Explore the bustling streets and local markets in Hanoi, and gain inside knowledge on the best local dishes to try • See the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise • Join the disadvantaged youth receiving training at Streets Cafe for a memorable market walk in Hoi An • Reach fascinating tributaries of the vibrant Mekong Delta on an unforgettable speedboat tour • Enjoy a traditional local lunch in Ho Chi Minh City, an authentic experience • Enjoy a rooftop drink atop of one of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 L ND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

11 day Vietnam Insight Hanoi • Halong Bay • Hue • Hoi An • Ho Chi Minh City • Cu Chi Tunnels • Mekong Delta

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi On arrival, take your included transfer to your hotel. That evening, meet your fellow travellers and Western Tour Leader or local guide for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. This is a great chance to get to know your fellow travellers and talk about the adventure that awaits you. Tirant Hotel Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay In the morning you journey east to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay. En route, you will pass fields of busy workers farming their rice using traditional methods of cultivation. On arrival, board your deluxe Indochina Sails boat and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch as the spectacular scenery unfolds around you as you cruise out to the bay. (BLD) Indochina Sails Overnight Boat Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi Rise early to make the most of Halong Bay’s stunning scenery. Continue your exploration and discover what makes this area so unique. Disembark after brunch and return back to Hanoi where you will join a backstreets walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter with the chance to try some local snacks. (B*) Tirant Hotel (2 nights) *Brunch Day 4: Hanoi Begin your discovery of this city with a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter - 36 ancient streets where you can observe the daily bustle of life around the markets where peddlers continue to trade as they have done for centuries. After head to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and visit sites including the ancient Temple of Literature and infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison. (B) Day 5: Hanoi – Hue Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Located on the banks of the perfume River, Hue was Vietnam’s capital throughout the Nguyen Dynasty and is a centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and scholarship. Hue was also the setting for some of the Vietnam War’s most bloody fighting, and provides a unique window into Vietnam and its complex past. Embark on a city tour to find out more about this fascinating city. (B) Moonlight Hotel Day 6: Hue – Hoi An From Hue, take a picturesque coastal train journey to Danang and rub shoulders with the locals along the way. Once in Danang, drive to charming Hoi An and enjoy a market tour with the young people from the Streets Foundation who introduce you to some of the local produce. Stroll Hoi An’s streets to discover

traditional houses, temples and the iconic Japanese Bridge. (B) Hoi An Trails Resort (2 nights) Day 7: Hoi An Day 7 is free for you to explore this beautiful town with its many clothing shops, colourful fish market and river life. Alternatively, you may wish to head to the nearby beach or just relax by the pool at your resort. (B) Day 8: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City In the morning enjoy some more time in Hoi An before transferring to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s commercial capital and a city of extraordinary energy. To finish the day, have a drink at a rooftop bar in Saigon and enjoy beautiful views of this historic area as the sun sets. (B) Norfolk Hotel Saigon (3 nights) Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels After breakfast at your hotel, travel to the Cu Chi tunnels to gain insights into Vietnam’s war history. Back in Ho Chi Minh City enjoy a traditional, local lunch before taking a walking tour along historic Dong Khoi Street, and visit sites including the War Remnants Museum. (BL) Day 10: Mekong Delta Explore the Mekong Delta’s canals, markets and villages by comfortable speed boat. Gain a real insight into the lives of the local people by visiting a local workshop and villages and have lunch at a family home. Spend your last night enjoying a group dinner at a local restaurant. (BLD) Day 11: Depart Ho Chi Minh City Your tour will conclude on day 11 with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£1329 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels and overnight Junk boat • Meals as specified: 9 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, 2 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned vehicle • Services of an English-speaking Tour Leader • Internal flights, train, airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary • All tipping

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DEPARTURES Most Saturdays Jan - Dec

TOUR STYLE: Small Group

GROUP SIZE: 16 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

Journey into Northern Vietnam and discover the fascinating lives of the ethnic minorities when you add the 5 day Sapa Explorer to the start of your journey.

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 5 stars Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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