Tour Ref;CIA-365/9

Route: Hanoi (2N) – Halong (1N) – Hoian (3N) –Saigon (2N)
Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights
Trip type: Culture tour

Trip summary

A haunting land of sweet smelling incense, awe-striking pagodas, surreal natural beauty & a dramatic past, this elegant tour showcases Vietnam with the luxury of private guide. Encounter traditional folklore during a water puppet show & cruise through a maze of antiquated streets on a cyclo in Hanoi. Learn Tai Chi & enjoy a traditional banquet as you sail through the limestone karsts of Halong Bay. Bike along the beach, visit silk workshops & see how ying & yang applies to culinary traditions during a cooking course. Behold relics of the Vietnam War, crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels & visit temples in the former Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. Featuring a great mix of 4 & 5 star hotels, private guide, driver, internal flights & more, this tour promises to be the trip of a lifetime.


DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vietnam! Please be sure that your visa has been pre-arranged, or that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry on luggage. These documents will be presented to customs at your first point of entry into the country. You will be picked up by private car with an English speaking driver and transferred between airport and your hotel in Hanoi.

Overnight at Movenpick Hotel (www.moevenpick-hanoi.com)


DAY 2: HANOI

You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken to visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and his former residence, One pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. After lunch, continue your city tour to one of Hanoi’s many museums featuring Fine Art, History, Revolutionary, War, Ethnology of your choice, then head to Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple and experience a 1 hour cyclo tour. Finish your day off at the Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. For lunch, enjoy a lovely meal at a local restaurant.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Movenpick Hotel


DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY

You will be picked up at 8am for your private transfer to Halong City. This takes roughly 3 hours. You may stop enroute to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30am and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through a magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. A optional Kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back on board enjoy a lavish dinner. Overnight on board
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at Paradise Cruise (www.paradisecruises.vn)

DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI – HOIAN

Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast buffet will be served in the restaurant, then you will visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around 11am and transfer back to Hanoi with your private vehicle, guide and driver. You will be picked up by private car with an English speaking driver and transferred between airport and your hotel in Hanoi. Fly one way from Hanoi to Danang. Airport transfer between Danang airport and Hoi An with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide.

Meal: Brunch
Overnight at Palm Garden (www.palmgardenresort.com.vn)

DAY 5: HOI AN

You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken on a city tour to visit the ancient architecture of Hoi An. The city is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight at Palm Garden

DAY 6: HOI AN – COOKING CLASS

You will be picked up by car today for a full day tour. Join a small group for the cooking school portion. Pick out your ingredients at the local market and take a boat 25-minutes up the river to the cooking school. Watch the fishermen cast their nets on the water and experience the life along the river. We arrive at a small town and walk to the cooking school. The lesson is in an open-air pavilion next to the river. Chef Thanh will teach you how to cook a traditional Vietnamese meal. Work off that lunch with an afternoon cycling tour to Cua Dai beach (5km) and relax. You will return back to your hotel by about 4:00P

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight at Palm Garden

DAY 7: HOI AN – DANANG – HOCHIMINH CITY

Airport transfer between Danang airport and Hoi An with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Fly one way from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be picked up by a private car with an English-speaking guide and transferred between Ho Chi Minh City airport and your hotel.
At 6:30pm you will start your cyclo tour with the private guide to experience the life of locals. The cyclo will transfer you to the restaurant that serves Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant is surrounded with trees. After dinner you will visit the Ben Thank Market for walking tour.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Renaissance Hotel (www.renaissance-saigon.com)

DAY 8: HOCHIMINH CITY

In the morning, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which is 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you will find an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war. The residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage area. In the afternoon, return to the city for a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and the former Presidential Palace. Next, continue onto visit the War Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a lovely Vietnamese lunch at local restaurant before exploring the China Town area and visiting Thien Mu Pagoda. Towards the end of the day, you will be able to visit and experience Ben Thanh Market.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight at Renaissance Hotel

DAY 9: HOCHIMINH CITY
You will be picked up by a private car with an English-speaking guide and transferred between Ho Chi Minh City airport and your hotel.

PLEASE NOTE

These are Special Prices and are subject to different terms and conditions.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The bookings have to be confirmed at least 3 to 5 months before departure dates.
  • Full payments for the confirmed bookings are required to be made at least 2 to 4 months before departure dates
  • No cancelation for confirmed bookings is accepted. Only dates can be changeable in the same month
  • Guests can only stay in the hotels mentioned in the programs
  • Where an event of Force Majeure occurs, the solution to the event will be based on actual status.

INCLUDED in Tour Cost: (see also Inclusions below)

  • Accommodations with daily breakfast based on twin sharing
  • One night accommodation on board in Halong based on twin sharing if mentioned in the program
  • Private transportation with English speaking guide.
  • Private boat for sightseeing as stated in the program.
  • Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program.
  • Gov’t tax and services charge.
  • Mineral water is available.
  • Vietnam Traditional Gift (free)
  • Visa approval letter (free)

EXCLUDED from Tour Cost: (see also Exclusions below)

  • International Airfare with taxes. Domestic tickets
  • Visa stamping fee, Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!
  • Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Years from 10 – 15 Feb 2013: 25% of tour package
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve: TBA

TOUR COST based on exchange rate of US$1.59 to £, subject to actual exchange rate on day of payment

Cost per person on twin share/ single occupancy basis with breakfast as per itinerary

All US$ prices are plus £200 Acceptance Fee/Deposit payable on booking in UK

Price is valid from 1 Jan to 30 April .2013 & 1 Oct to 31 Dec.2013.

ALL RATES ARE NET IN US$ PER PERSON + £200 Acceptance Fee

Tour Cost in GB £ include Acceptance Fee

Category23 – 45 – 67 – 89-1011-1213-15Single supplement
Deluxe1300

£1020

1229

£975

1121

£908

1108

£900

1075

£880

1071

£875

1053

£865

542

Price is valid from 1 May to 30 Sep.2013.

ALL RATES ARE NET IN US$ PER PERSON + £200 Acceptance Fee

Tour Cost in GB £ include Acceptance Fee

Category23 – 45 – 6789-1011-1213-15Single supplement
Deluxe1265

£998

1194

£952

1086

£885

1073

£875

1040

£855

1036

£853

1018

£842

515

Domestic Flights included in above prices

  • Domestic tickets (Hanoi – Hoian / Hoian – Saigon): 218 USD per pax including all tax & subject to be changed without prior notice.

Domestic airfares, included in above cost, are subject to change without prior notice. See the below.

Some airlines demand payment on confirmation.  When this happens we must ask you to pay for the flights immediately.

Other Supplements – if required

Payment

1.    On acceptance£200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) payable to “S W & M Miller” by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account.

Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Partner Company in Vietnam to whom payment for the tour is made.

Payment for flights included in the itinerary may be required at the time of flight confirmations.

You pay 50% of the total 12 weeks prior to arrival in Vietnam, or on Acceptance if less than 12 weeks – in USD, by International Bank Transfer  to Vietnam

3       The balance of 50% of the total is payable in USD

8 weeks before arrival in USD/THB by International Bank Transfer

Credit Card

A credit card is not always acceptable and a charge applies in certain countries – please ask.

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Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable.
30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable.
25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 75% of the total amount will be applicable
Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.

Acceptance Payment non refundable

Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability
  • Any single room subject to supplement shown.
  • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
  • Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
  • Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Where US$ are quoted the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.

Excluded from the Cost

  • Expenses of a personal nature: table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water,tips,shopping etc.
  • No tipping is included.
  • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
  • Any international airfares to India and Asia
  • Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change.
  • Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
  • Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
  • Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country
  • Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners

General note:

All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made.  The hotels/ services as quoted may change when giving you the final confirmation, based on current availability.