Vietnam Highlights with 2 Nights Halong Bay Cruise

Valid Year round Departures

Prices from £2021.00 per person based on 4 people

ITINERARY

Day 01 DEPART HEATHROW

Depart from London Heathrow flight to Saigon

Day 02 Arrive Saigon – Half day city tour (B/-/-)

Xin Chao! Welcome to Saigon, Vietnam. You are met by your guide upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport and being transferred to your hotel in Saigon for check in.
Early check in with breakfast is included for you so you have time to fresh up after long flight.
This afternoon, we begin our sightseeing around Vietnam's largest and busiest city with a visit to the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1886 and 1890, and the French-style Central Post Office.
We continue to the Reunification Palace. This was the scene for the final stages of the American War in Vietnam when a North Vietnamese tank bulldozed through the gates and the tank commander ran to the fourth floor of the palace to raise a North Vietnamese flag from its rooftop, being directed on the way by the recently appointed President of South Vietnam.
Later, we will drive to Ben Thanh Market where we will have some free time to enjoy some bargain hunting! Overnight in Saigon.

Day 03 Saigon – Mekong Delta - Saigon (B/L/-)

After a delicious breakfast, your adventure will start when you travel to Ben Tre in Mekong Delta
On arrival in Hung vương Pier. Boating on Ben Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river- is along mangrove tree from town to country. Witness lively activities in morning as fishing, coconut cargo boats carrying on river.... Stop at traditional brickwork to see how to make bricks by hand. Go on by boat to My Long village, walking to hamlet to see making rice paper and enjoy some rice cake. Turn on Cai Son canal winding through coconut jungle, visit coconut workshop, have a look stages of coconut processing from husk off, prize out to peel out by hand. Go on small waterway and stop at a bee garden, enjoy some fruits, honey tea and listen to local music as well. Visit candy mill and enjoy some sweet by the way. Continue short walking to visit farmer house who making sleepmats.
Cycle rural tracks or drive tuktuk through coconut grove, vegetable plains (cucumber, bitter melon...).Keep going by row boat on shady palm tree canal and stop for lunch at Green Garden riverside restaurant. Boating back Hùng vương pier by motorboat. Tour end.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 04 Saigon Cu Chi Tunnel and A O Show(B/-/-)

The Cu Chi Tunnels, 70km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh, is a well-known historical vestige of the Vietnamese revolution. As a distinctive architecture, this cobweb-like tunnel complex is a network of underground dug-outs of over 200 kilometers long, consisting of many layers and turnings with meeting, living and fighting quarters.
Visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed before seeing various mantraps, the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. Spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong communists were able to survive in this underground network.
In the eveing, Enjoy the 1.2 A O Show (Subject to avilability)
A “new circus” show à la Cirque de Soleil, À Ố Show is a new kind of art performance surpassing all the limits of previous art shows in Vietnam over the years. The audience is offered the opportunity to let their imagination run, set off by the visual creation and lighting of each performance. The chastity of bamboo, the basket boat and its use in the daily life of many Vietnamese are leading visuals for the show. During the 60 minute show, the audience is gently introduced to many different tones of emotion, and some may see flashes of their own reflection through the vivid yet poetical rendering. It is almost as if the audience were privy to a Vietnamese dream of life, survival, love and everything in between.
Return back to your hotel and overnight in Saigon.

Day 05 Saigon – Fly to Da Nang – Hoi An (B/-/-)

Time at leisure until having transfer without guide to Saigon airport for your short flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, meet our guide and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 06 Hoi An at leisure (B/-/-)

Full day at leisure for your own activities.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 07 Hoi An at leisure (B/-/-)

Full day at leisure for your own activities.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 08 Hoi An at leisure (B/-/-)

Full day at leisure for your own activities.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 09 Hue full day tour (B/-/-)

After breakfast, Take 3.5 – 4 hour drive from your hotel in Hoi An to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Emperor Minh Mang reigned in the Nguyen Dynasty, the last of the Vietnamese dynasties, from 1820-1840. The complex comprises of almost 40 monuments and is surrounded by gardens and pools, making it one of the more beautiful tombs in Vietnam. Continue to Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, which was built only for the Imperial family, concubines and eunuchs. The Forbidden Purple City is still being restored many years after the destruction caused by street fighting and bombing during the American war. the tile-roofed Thanh Toan Bridge is an arched wooden span 17m long and 4m wide. Lined on both sides with wooden platforms, the bridge has been recognized as among the most rare and beautiful in Vietnam. Then drive back to Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 Hoi An – Fly to Hanoi – Half day city tour (B/-/-)

This morning you will be transferred without guide to Da Nang airport for your flight to Hanoi.
Meet our guide upon arrival and transfer to your hotel before having city tour this afternoon.
This afternoon, we will passby to have photo stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
Then visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, opened by the government to help preserve as well as present the cultural heritage of the ethnic groups. Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country, which is composed of 54 ethnic groups and today we will learn more about these groups, their traditions and languages.
Then drive to Old Quarter and have a walking tour to discover this lively part of city. Pay a visit to Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake.
This evening we enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets. Vietnamese Water Puppets were invented thousands of years ago by farmers in the Red River Delta region near Hanoi, as a means to entertain themselves when the rains flooded their rice paddy fields.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 11 Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 Take a 4-hour scenic drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay
12 : 00 Arrive at Bhaya Group Cruise Centre at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.
12 : 45 Embark your cruise onboard Bhaya Cruises. Enjoy welcome drinks while our Cruise Manager does the itinerary and safety briefing.
13 : 00 Let the vacation begin with a fusion buffet lunch while the boat cruises towards the southwest of Halong Bay.
15 : 00 Discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave which is not only a beauty spot but also an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is one of the finest caves in Halong Bay.
17 : 00 Bar opens for the Happy Hour "Buy one get one free". Take the chance to get more delicious drinks and fun.
17 : 30 Join exciting “Master-Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration, learn and try your hands with authentic Vietnamese food. The winner or the Master-Chef of Bhaya Cruise would be awarded with surprising gifts. It’s also time to admire the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while the boat anchors for overnight stay.
19 : 00 Enjoy set-menu dinner on board while your Cruise Manager introduces the following day program.
21 : 00 Retire to your cabin or join our staffs for squid fishing.
Overnight aboard Bhaya Classic

Day 12 Halong Bay (B/L/D)

06 : 30 Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.
07 : 00 Full breakfast is served onboard. The vessel weighs anchor to sail to Hang Trai Island.
08 : 45 Transfer to Bhaya Spirit (day boat) for the second day’s activities.
09 : 00 Bhaya Spirit will pass by Ang Du area, Hang Du, Kong Skull Island filming area to reach Coc Cheo Islet area. Kayaking and swimming freely in Coc Cheo Islet area – a less touristic and more private area.
11 : 00 Back to the boat, Bhaya Spirit takes you to a floating pearl farm for a special local lunch experience, while the boat passes Ho Ba Ham Area, Ba Men Temple, But Island, Me Cung Cave. Discover around to learn about pearl cultivating and handicraft process and local life in HaLong Bay with our tour guide.
12 : 30 Lunch is served on floating farm with authentic Vietnamese style menu.
15 : 00 Come back Bhaya Cruise and relax.
17 : 00 Bar opens for the Happy Hour "Buy one get one free”, enjoy relaxing time on the sundeck.
19 : 00 Enjoy set-menu dinner onboard while Cruise Manager introduces itineraries for next day.
21 : 00 Retire to your cabin or join with our staffs for squid fishing
Overnight aboard Bhaya Classic

Day 13 Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch/-/-)

06 : 15 Take part in Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee.
07 : 00 Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating fishing village.
07 : 45 Take your time to visit the village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.
09 : 00 Return to your boat and relax.
09 : 30 Brunch is serving the restaurant while the boat cruises through Lom Bo Islet, Soi Sim Island, Hoa Cuong Islet, Chicken Cock Islet, and Ba Hang Village.
10 : 45 Disembark at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port
Upon arrival in Hanoi, visit Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museum containing the ethnic costumes of the various minorities of VN, as well as relics, tools and even full-size replicas of their homes and buildings.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 14 Hanoi - Departure (Brunch/-/-)

Check out this morning after breakfast and drive to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, starting at the President’s Mausoleum from outside. Continue to his humble “house on stilts”, see the French colonial Presidential Palace and the 11th-century One-Pillar Pagoda.
Then be transferred to Hanoi Airport for your onward flight.

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TOUR PRICE PER PERSON IN £ STERLING

Hotel supplements may apply at certain times of the year

Group 2pax 4pax 6pax 8pax Single supplement
Oct 2018 – Mar 2019 Fr. £2245.00 Fr. £2045.00 Fr. £1940.00 Fr. £1924.00 £622.00
Apr – Oct 2019 Fr. £2222.00 Fr. £2021.00 Fr. £1916.00 Fr. £1898.00 £600.00
Nov – Dec 2019 Fr. £2245.00 Fr. £2045.00 Fr. £1941.00 Fr. £1924.00 £622.00

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES :

  • Airfares international and domestic
  • 10 nights’ shared Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • 3 Days/2 Night cruise on boat in Ha Long Bay
  • Early check-in on Day 2 with Breakfast
  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
  • Local ENGLISH speaking guides
  • Mekong Delta-Saigon: 1 guide for city tour & Mekong Delta
  • Da Nang: 1 guide for airport pickup
  • Hanoi – Halong Bay: 1 guide (our guide will not escort clients on the cruise)
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Private boat trip in Ben Tre
  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program.
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES :

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Drinks
  • Visas to Vietnam
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Tips
  • Early check-in or late checkout
  • Insurances
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to an emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • Peak season surcharges if any All not mentioned above

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