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Vietnam Impressions - 8 Days/ 7 Nights

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The perfect snapshot of a captivating country, delve into Vietnam's energetic cities, fascinating heritage and compelling landscapes. See the sights of Hanoi and Saigon whilst savouring the breath taking scenery of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta.
Itinerary
  • Day 1
    • Flight: Johannesburg (JNB) to Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Day 2
    • Flight: Hong Kong (HKG) to Hanoi (HAN)
    • Escorted Tours: Vietnam Impressions - 8 Days/ 7 Nights
  • Day 3-8
    • Escorted Tours: Vietnam Impressions - 8 Days/ 7 Nights
  • Day 9
    • Flight: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Hong Kong (HKG)
    • Flight: Hong Kong (HKG) to Johannesburg (JNB)
Full Itinerary

Vietnam Impressions - 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
Arrive in Vietnam's vibrant capital city Hanoi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Dinnet at hotel.

Day 2 & 3 Halong Bay Cruise
Spend the day cruising amongst spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe inspiring beauty. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. Spend a night on board before returning to Hanoi the next day. This evening see a traditional water puppet show. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board.

Day 4 Explore Hanoi
Hanoi brings together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet graceful city. Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you'll pass Ho Chi Minh's monumental mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and walk through the Old Quarter's atmospheric tangle of streets. Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO listed town of Hoi An. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner at hotel.

Day 5 Hoi An Walking Tour
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An. A wonderfully laidback, graceful and wilfully traditional place, the streets of the town, lined with lantern shops and tailors, are a delight to wander especially as traffic is entirely banished from the town centre. Visit a lovely old house, still occupied by the descendants of the merchants who built it over 200 years ago, before seeing the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market. Vietnamese cooking is renowned across the world for its innovative use of fresh ingredients and spices - this evening, learn all about the local produce and the necessary skills in a hands-on cookery class. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 6 Discover Saigon
Fly to Saigon. A seamless blend of past and present, Saigon offers a high-octane ride into Vietnam's ever brighter future. Whilst this exuberant city is the driving force of modern Vietnam, it also has a treasure trove of fascinating heritage to explore. Experience Notre Dame Cathedral and the neoclassical Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel - both grandiose legacies of a colonial past. Also visit the Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up by browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 7 Mekong Delta
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam', the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm lined canals, getting a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta, and enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

Day 8 Cu Chi Tunnels and depart Saigon
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you'll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Return to Saigon and transfer to the airport where your tour ends. Breakfast at hotel.

Possible Hotel List
The list of suggested hotels could change. Confirmed hotel names will be released 2 -3 weeks prior to departure.

Hanoi
Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Hoi An
Emm Hoi An

Saigon
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel

Possible Hotel List
Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels and differences in facilities and quality may exist between South Africa and Asia.

Change of Booking:
If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be from the Travel Agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge as set out below per person and any further cost we incur together with any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers in making this alteration.
Terms & Conditions

Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.

Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.


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