Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

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VIETNAM

Da Lat

2

1

CAMBODIA

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1

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

3

2

Mekong Delta (Optional Extension)

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1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £879pp

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• Sample Ho Chi Minh City night life and street food on a vintage vespa • Explore the colonial hill station of Da Lat LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

• Stay at specially selected boutique accommodation • Flexible touring options 1

Boutique Asia – Vietnam Southern Experience Ho Chi Minh City • Da Lat

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TOUR DETAILS

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£879 per person

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Day 5: Da Lat The day will be at leisure to explore by yourself or add 1 of the recommended, optional tours. Option 1: Half-day Countryside Dankia Lake Cycling – the rolling countryside that surrounds Dalat is ideal for an adventure on 2 wheels. Traverse forested valleys, rolling hills and beautiful farmlands on this exhilarating ride. Option 2: Half-day kayak in the highlands by Phat Tire – enjoy a short hike with fantastic views of the town and surrounding areas. Arrive at the lake and explore the many inlets and secret spots by kayak, stop for lunch then continue your exploration of the lake. Option 3: Full-day jungle trekking – Dalat’s cool mountain air make it the perfect spot to explore Vietnam’s untamed forest and this moderately graded hike takes you through rolling hills to one of the few remaining untouched jungles in the country. (B) Day 6: Depart Da Lat You will have free time until your transfer to Da Lat airport for your onward flight. (B)

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Villa Song Hotel (3 nights) Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City In the morning, visit the Cu Chi tunnels, synonymous with the Vietnam War and a testament to the determined spirit of the Vietnamese, the underground network of passages at Cu Chi is a fascinating day trip out of the city. Return to the city and after lunch visit the Reunification Palace, formerly named the Presidential Palace and now a museum. Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, across the street from the cathedral is the city’s striking French colonial-era post office, whilst Hotel de Ville de Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City Hall, is another of the city’s most prominent buildings. The Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in yet another fine example of Sino-French architecture. Finish the tour with the unforgettable Your day will be at leisure until the evenings Ho Chi Minh City nightlife tour. Explore by yourself or add 1 of the recommended, optional, half-day tours. Option 1: Art tour with a local expert – the morning’s art appreciation tour visits private art collections, the fine arts museum and a contemporary gallery. Option 2: Market visit and cooking class at Hoa Tuc restaurant – Vietnam is a food-lover’s paradise and its reputation for one of the world’s finest cuisines is well justified. At the market, learn about the wide array of produce from your Vietnamese chef and tutor. Proceed to the cookery school for an introduction to the 3-course menu you will prepare. That evening, experience downtown Saigon, from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Part night excursion, part street food adventure, this after-dark tour of Saigon’s hectic downtown, visits places you would never discover on your own. (BD) Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Lat Transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Lat, you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Da Lat is perfect for gentle walks, hiking and adventure or just enjoy the wonderful scenery and cooler climate. (B) Ana Mandara Villas (2 nights) Jade Emperor Pagoda. (BL) Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

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

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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.

EXTEND YOUR TOUR

Mekong Delta Island Extension Extend your trip with a 2-night stay at the Island Lodge My Tho. This small 12 room lodge with eco sensibilities, is situated on an island in the Mekong Delta and is a great base for exploration of the areas waterways, islands, coconut plantations and villages.

Price per person from: £299

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