Tour ItineraryStarts Hanoi & ends HCMC (Saigon)Hopping on and off the ‘Reunification Express’ sleeper train, journey from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam commonly referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, all the way to metropolitan Saigon. Stay overnight onboard a traditional junk in UNESCO world heritage listed Halong Bay, volunteer teaching English in the countryside, explore the Mekong Delta and ‘shop till you drop’ or relax on sandy beaches in quaint Hoi An. The perfect way to experience Vietnam’s highlights whilst lending a hand.Day 1 Hanoi Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Walking tour of the old town in the afternoon. Evening group meeting (B). Day 2 Halong Bay – Overnight on Boat Today we drive to Halong City and embark on a traditional junk cruise around Halong Bay, where we also visit a limestone cave. Option of Kayaking (LD) Approx 3hrs drive. Day 3 Hanoi After breakfast we’ll be transferred back to Hanoi. Free afternoon (B)
Day 4/5/6/7 Drive to the picturesque valley of Mai Chau – Volunteer Project We will be spending the next four days in the countryside north west of Hanoi, where modern capitalization has still not entered the lives of the locals. This provides a fantastic opportunity to experience the traditions of the local ethnic minority villagers and help the kids at school by sharing your language skills. Accommodation will be basic at a local family house (BLD) All meals included.Day 8 Drive back to Hanoi in the afternoon, evening board re-unification express sleeper train to Hue. (B) Approx 12hrs ride.Day 9 Hue Arrive into Hue in the morning and after checking into the hotel you have the option to travel by boat along the Perfume River and visit Tien Mu Pagoda and the tombs of famous Nguyen Emperors.Day 10 Hue- Hoi An After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the famous Citadel and then continue our drive to Hoi An, traveling through famous Lang Co beach and over Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival in Hoi An enjoy a walking tour of the old town (B) Approx 4hrs drive. Day 11 Hoi An Free day to get a wardrobe of clothes tailor made, relax at a café by the river front or hire a bicycle and venture out to the countryside or beach (B).Day 12 Hoi An- Overnight train Free morning to enjoy this beautiful town and beaches. We will then be transferred to Danang to continue the journey on the overnight reunification express train to Saigon (B). Approx 16hrs journey.Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City After checking into the hotel in the morning, you will embark on a walking tour of the city, visiting the old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Re-unification Palace, War Museum and the vibrant Ben Thanh market.Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City Free day to explore the local market, Chinatown, or perhaps the famous Cu Chi tunnel and Cao Dai temple. Tour leader will advise you the best way to fill your free day (B).Day 15 Mekong Delta (Chau Doc) Today we will continue the drive to Chau Doc. In the afternoon we take a small boat to explore and learn something about typical daily life in the Mekong. You can watch the sunset or wander through the local market in the evening (B). Approx 3 hrs ride. Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City: Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, tour ends on arrival (B).Note: Minimum donation of 1US$ a day per person is required during the volunteer daysNote: Please note, for placements involving children, we may request a Federal Police criminal background certificate from your country. This is to protect both the volunteers and the children we seek to assist. TOUR COST All Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £200. Cost per person on twin share basis as per itineraryPlease ask for confirmation of the current Tour Cost
Price Indication: US$ 1498 Single supplement: US$ 1227 Local payment: US $ 300Reunification Express to Saigon Departure Dates:2010 – Please ask for revised datesPayment.1. On acceptance – £200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by bank transfer or cheque payable to “S W & M Miller”. Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Partner Company in Vietnam to whom payment for the tour is made.2. Eight weeks prior to arrival in Vietnam or on Acceptance – 50% payable in US $, by Credit Card or International Bank Transfer, direct to Vietnam/Thailand3. On arrival in Vietnam– 50% payable, in US $, by Credit Card or Cash.Please Note: A credit card charge may apply in certain countries.