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Route: Hanoi (2N) – Halong (1N) – Hue (2N) – Hoian (2N) – Saigon (3N) Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights Trip type: Culture & Luxury Tour

Trip summaryLuxurious & alluring, experience this privately-guided getaway through the vibrant & ancient cities of Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang & Ho Chi Minh City. Delve into Vietnam’s graceful yet courageous past, its dedicated Buddhist spirituality & the vivaciousness of its people as you tour its imperial palaces, exquisite temples & charming villages. Relax on an indulgent boat trip through enchanting & ethereal Halong Bay where thousands of islands rise from the turquoise waters, creating a vista of unforgettable & inspiring splendor. Visit the French Quarter of Hanoi, Buddhist pagoda of Quan Su, Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh City, UNESCO World Heritage site of Hue Citadel, Perfume River & more. Featuring private guide, sumptuous dinner in a Royal Residence, Tai Chi lessons, Vietnamese cooking class, lavish hotels & private transfers.

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.Today, you will take a walking tour that explores the French Quarter through the ideas of its architects and the shape of its stones with your own English speaking guide. It is set in the time from the unraveling of all the threads of civilization, which have left their mark on the area, beginning with recent reminders of Soviet style. Just around the corner, discover a different world altogether as we visit the Buddhist pagoda of Quan Su, the center of Vietnamese Buddhism and Tran Hung Dao streets. You will learn about the French approach to justice and punishment and hear tales of daring Vietnamese resistance to the repressive regime. Enjoy the end of your tour with a nice cup of Vietnamese coffee. Entrance fee, coffee and mineral water is included in this tour. Lunch is not provided.Overnight at Intercontinental Westlake (http://www.intercontinental.com)

DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR

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 Intercontinental Westlake

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 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. 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 – HUE

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 Hue. You will be picked up by an English speaking guide with a private car and transferred between the Hue airport and your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast Overnight at La residence Hotel (www.la-residence-hue.com)

DAY 5: HUE FULL DAY CITY TOUR

In the morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to visit the Hue Citadel – Vietnam’s former imperial capital and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, this citadel is far more elaborate than those constructed by previous empires. After lunch (included), continue your tour with a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Enjoy this romantic cruise and visit the Minh Mang Tomb. Finish up at Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.

Enjoy a dinner in a Royal Residence with a descendant of Vietnam’s Imperial Family. The Dinner is served by the servants that wear traditional royal clothes. The food includes dishes that look like dragon, phoenix or peacock. Dinner includes private transportation and guide.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight at La Residence DAY 6: HUE – DANANG – HOI AN You will be picked up by an English speaking guide with a private car and transferred between Hue and 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 (www.palmgardenresort.com.vn)

DAY 7: HOI AN – COOKING CLASS

In the morning, you will be met by your English speaking guide with private car at your hotel and transferred on a half day of cooking class at a school. With a guide from the restaurant, you will take a walking tour through the market, where you will be shown all the fresh ingredients that would be used in typical Vietnamese recipes. After the market tour, a 25 minute boat ride will take you across the Hoi An River. Take sight of the fishermen cast their nets up along the river while on your way to the cooking school. Upon arrival at a small town you will walk towards the cooking school. The lesson will begin in an open-air pavilion next to the river, where Chef Thanh will teach you how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes. Afterwards, relax and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight at Palm Garden

DAY 8: DANANG – HOCHIMINH CITY

You will be picked up by an English speaking guide with a private car and transferred from the airport. 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. You will be met by your English speaking guide at your hotel and transfer by private car to visit War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam’s wars with the both the French and Americans. The museum is a call for peace, and the hope that the horrors of war will never be repeated. The exhibit begins with a room listing war facts such as troop numbers, bomb tonnage, and statistics on international involvement in the conflict, including numbers of casualties on both sides. Your visit will also include exhibits dedicated to the journalists who were lost during the war as well as biological warfare, weaponry, and worldwide movements for peace. Continue the tour to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Afterwards, stop at Ben Thanh Market for a shopping experience. Entrance fees and mineral water is included in this tour.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight at Renaissance Hotel (www.renaissance-saigon.com)

DAY 9: HOCHIMINH CITY – CAO DAI – CUCHI TUNNELS

In the morning, you will be picked up by private car with an English speaking guide and taken to Tay Ninh. Just, 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City is the Great Temple or Holy See, the center of the intriguing Cao Dai sect. Cao Dai is a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. The Cao Dai Temple (as it is more commonly known) was begun in 1933 in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions. In the afternoon, you will travel just north of the city to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Vietnamese are proud of their resolve in their prolonged history of struggle against invading armies, and the story of the people of Cu Chi is indicative of that spirit. The residents of Cu Chi then 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 areas. Enjoy a nice lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight at Renaissance HotelDAY 10: FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA TOUR Morning, pick up at your hotel and transfer about 136km to Vinhlong, a riverside town located in the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a boat cruise to the Caibe floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging goods from their boats, and then go to Hoa Binh Phuoc islet where the maze o shady creeks will surely fascinate you. You will have a change to mingle with local peasants, learn the secrets of their bonsai gardening. Visit local homes where the families produce tiles and ceramics; drop into rice-paper kiln and coconut-candy kiln; and observe daily country life. A typical Vietnamese lunch at a local home will be arranged. After lunch, crossing river by ferry to  Dong Phu village on An Binh Island. Continue riding on paths through this Island to home of local where you will enjoy your first night in home-stay Meal: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight at Renaissance Hotel DAY 11: 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.Meal: BreakfastPLEASE NOTEThese 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.
  • Visa stamping fee (US$ 25/pax payable at the airport), 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 itineraryAll US$ prices are plus £200 Acceptance Fee/Deposit payable on booking in UKPrice 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 FeeTour Cost in GB £ include Acceptance Fee – CURRENT RATES ON APPLICATION
Category23 – 45 – 67 – 89-1011-1213-15Single supplement
Deluxe        
Price is valid from 1 May to 30 Sep.2013.
ALL RATES ARE NET IN US$ PER PERSON + £200 Acceptance FeeTour Cost in GB £ include Acceptance Fee –  CURRENT RATES ON APPLICATION
Category23 – 45 – 6789-1011-1213-15Single supplement
Deluxe        
Domestic Flights included in above prices
  • Domestic tickets (Hanoi – Hoian / Hoian – Saigon): xxxx USD per person 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.
  1. You pay 100% 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
  WE RECOMMEND: Payment via our Currency Payment transfer system which gives a commercial rate and NO bank charges apply – 

Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable. 30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable. 25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 75% of the total amount will be applicable Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.Acceptance Payment non refundableIncluded in the Cost
  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability
  • Any single room subject to supplement shown.
  • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
  • Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
  • Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Where US$ 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.