Travel 2 Touring 18/19

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ASIA

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LAND NIGHTS STAYED

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Quang Binh (Optional Extension) 2

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

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Hue

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Hoi An

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LAOS

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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Hoi An Old Town • Sample Central Vietnam’s renowned cuisine • Explore Hue, the historic former imperial capital LAND RAIL IGHT STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £559pp

• Stay in specially selected boutique accommodation • Flexible touring options LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

Boutique Asia – Central Vietnam Experience Hoi An • Hue

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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Day 1: Arrive Da Nang –Hoi An You will be met on arrival at Da Nang Airport and transferred to your Hoi An hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore this charming town. Lasenta Boutique Hotel (3 nights) Day 2: Hoi An Learn about local produce, interact with vendors at the market with your chef who will purchase the ingredients to be used in your cooking lesson. Cruising along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school is a wonderful way to experience life on the river. Hoian is renowned for its delicious culinary specialities and the class begins with an introduction to some of the region’s best-known dishes. That afternoon join a gentle bicycle tour through narrow canals, peaceful paths and rural roads leading past lush rice paddy fields to small settlements that have not changed for centuries. (BL) Day 3: Hoi An The day is at leisure to explore by yourself or take 1 of the recommended, optional, half-day tours. Option 1: Visit the ancient Ruins of My Son My Son was once the most important city in the Champa Kingdom, the centre for both intellectual and religious activities as well as the burial place of choice for the Cham Kings. My Son received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. Option 2: Half-day Local Farming Experience This tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Later, you will board a boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. Day 4: Hoi An – Hue In the morning, transfer from Hoi An to Hue via the stunning Hai Van Pass. That afternoon, take a boat ride along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to the Imperial Citadel – this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue. Move on to Long An Palace, situated outside the citadel walls, only reopened to the public in 2012 after extensive renovations. The evening is at leisure or take an optional street food tour discovering the city’s best street food by cyclo. (B) Pilgrimage Village (2 nights)

Day 5: Hue The day is at leisure or take an optional tour to Bach Ma National Park. Situated in the Annamite Mountains, at the border between north and South Vietnam, Bach Ma first attracted the attention of the French colonialists in the 1930s because of its cool climate. All but abandoned, the region was declared a protected area in 1962 and established as Bach Ma National Park in 1986 to protect the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the region. (B) Day 6: Depart Hue You’ll have time at leisure until your transfer to Hue Airport for your onward flight. (B)

2 Night Phong Nha National Park Extension Get off the beaten path with a fantastic trip to the relatively undiscovered Phong Nha NP. A UNESCO heritage site since 2003 and home to the oldest karst mountains in Asia, the park is honeycombed with cave sytems. A highlight of the trip is a visit to Thien Duong (Paradies Cave).

Price per person from: £359

TOUR DETAILS

£559 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 5 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Tours and transfers as specified (excludes optional tours) • English-speaking guide for sightseeing and transfers • VAT and government service charges

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 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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