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  • Get an authentic taste of the real Vietnam and glimpse the compelling culture beyond the tourist hotspots on this 13 night tour.
  • Highlights include a scooter ride through Hanoi, a home-cooked meal with a local family, a cooking class and cruising on iconic Ha Long Bay.
  • You will stay in some stunning hotels throughout with amazing extras such as a complimentary massage and daily yoga classes.

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Your Destination

Year on year Vietnam is becoming a more popular holiday destination as people start to discover all that this beautiful and fascinating country has to offer.  The attraction of a holiday to Vietnam is evident when you consider its unique cultural and historical heritage set in an unspoiled, diverse and engaging landscape.

The itinerary below has been specially put together so you can get an authentic taste of the real Vietnam and glimpse the compelling culture beyond the tourist hotspots.

Experience Vietnam through the eyes of a local during a thrilling Motor Scooter tour through the vibrant city of Hanoi then sample the wonderful Vietnamese hospitality in a home hosted meal where you will have the privilege of seeing this exceptional world up close and personal.

Get a feel for the extensive history and extraordinary customs when you visit the ancient village of Duong Lam and the hauntingly beautiful Thay pagoda.

Immerse yourself in a defining part of Vietnam and try your hand at cooking the local delicacies...a souvenir that can be enjoyed for years to come!

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival – 45’ to 1hr drive (30km = 19 miles)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by guide and transferred to your hotel in the city centre, to check in. Relax after a long journey. Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Check-in time: 14:00. Early check-in is not included.

Day 2: Hanoi – Explore the city by scooter & hosted meal with local family (B/-/D)
After breakfast, you will be free for relaxing or shopping!

13:30 - meet our scooter drivers. Wear on your helmet and ready for the adventure! Our scooter drivers will take your around Hoan Kiem Lake, stop at Ngoc Son Temple, Opera House, and ride further to Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Army Museum, Royal Citadel. Enjoy a local coffee or beer before returning to your hotel.

In the evening, meet our guide again and drive by car to a local family. There are 3 generations living together in a same house. You will join in cooking a dinner with the family, have dinner with them. After dinner, it's time for tea, seasonal fruits and culture exchange.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Ancient Village - Hanoi (B/L)
After breakfast, you will travel to Duong Lam ancient village, 50km west of Hanoi. It’s a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where some hundred-year-old houses are still well preserved. Upon arrival in Duong Lam village, visit Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact and Mong Phu Temple. Discover the daily life and farming, practice of Vietnamese peasants along the rice paddy fields with stop at two ancient houses - the biggest ancient house was built 200 years ago and the most ancient house dated back to 400 years ago.

After lunch, visit Ngo Quyen & Phung Hung Temple, dedicated to two national heroes who led revolutions against Northern Chinese invaders for autonomy and independence in 7th & 10th century and Mia Pagoda, built in 15th century with collection of 287 statues of various materials. Optional easily cycling around the sites is available for those who love cycling. Return to Hanoi late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (B/L/D/Local guide on boat) – 3.5hrs drive (140km = 87 miles)
After breakfast, 08:00am - you will meet our driver and depart by road to Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Travel through the rich farmlands of the Delta of Red river and the landscape of rice fields, water buffalo, the daily life of the Vietnamese village. Arrive in Halong and board to board a traditional junk. Lunch on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. The cruise may stop for a while for visiting the Surprising Cave. Later on the junk move to docking area for overnight. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 5: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi  - Ho Chi Minh City (Brunch/Local guide on boat) - 4 hours drive (145km = 90 miles)
In the morning, your brunch will be served while doing further cruise to explore the beauties of the Bay before returning to the Wharf. The junk continues cruising toward Ha Long port. Ready for disembarking. Our driver will be there to pick you up toward Hanoi and straight to the airport  for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, meet up by our driver guide and check in your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - 1/2 day Joint cooking class (B)
After breakfast, 08:15am - pick up by our guide to a meeting point at Ben Thanh Market. Greeted by your chef and visit a local market. Your chef will show you the main ingredients of Southern Vietnamese food. The South of Vietnam has a wide selection of tropical fruits that are not available in the North due to different weather environment. Also the cuisines of the South have been influenced by Cambodia, Thailand and India. After the market, drive to Saigon Cookery Centre where you will learn how to make Vietnamese food with the Southern taste and enjoy the food cooked by yourself!

In the afternoon, visit the moving War Remnants Museum which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam. Continue to the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975. The day ends with visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post office.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre in Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
Depart from your hotel at 08:00am, it takes only 2 hours pleasant drive to Ben Tre province crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong river while sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring. Our first stop is at brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Return to the boat and go through natural scissors creeks to a village and see some local houses making sleeping mats and enjoying some fruits.

Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Have lunch at local a riverside restaurant.

After lunch, we take a rowing-boat along beautiful water palm creek before meeting up the motorized boat and transfer you back to the pier. Return to hotel after a memorable day merging in Mekong Delta local living. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Thiet (B) – 190km = 118miles = 5hrs drive
After breakfast, 09a.m - check out your hotel and travel by road (no guide) for 5 hours to Phan Thiet, one of the best beaches in Vietnam. Upon arrival, check in your resort and overnight.

Days 9 to 13: Phan Thiet – Free at leisure (B)
The next 5 days are free for you to relax at your beach resort, taking in the sights and sounds of Phan Thiet and the Mui Ne area.

Day 14: Phan Thiet - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B) – 195km = 121miles = 5hrs drive
You will be free today until meeting your driver again for travelling back to Ho Chi Minh City in a good time to connect to your departure flight.

Note: Hotel check-out time is 12:00. Late check-out is not included.

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Your Accommodation

All rooms sleep up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults
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1 Child
or
Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults

Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed

Thien Thai Hotel 4* (3 nights in a Classic Room)
Set in a striking French colonial building, this hotel is located on a quiet side street close to Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This boutique hotel has been restored to reflect Hanoi's French colonial heritage while incorporating a contemporary flair.

Classic rooms are warm and welcoming, measuring approximately 25sqm with queen bed or twin beds. The room features a spacious bathroom with bathtub and shower enclosed or a full glass panel shower room. They have broadband Internet access, a large working desk, LCD flat screen TV and a comfortable armchair. All the rooms feature windows overlooking the Old quarter of Hanoi.
La Vela Classic Cruise 4* (1 night in a Deluxe Cabin)
A modern western style steel boat with 24 cabins that can accommodate up to 40 guests at a time, the La Vela Classic exemplifies the combination of contemporary interiors and northern Vietnamese décor.

Each cabin is equipped with high-standard facilities that reflect a 4-star hotel room. All cabins offer a sea view and have an en-suite bathroom, hot shower, and air-conditioning.
Paragon Hotel 4* (3 nights in a Deluxe Room)
The 4* Paragon Saigon Hotel is ideally located just a 3 minute walk from the Opera House and Vincom Shopping Centre, as well as a mere 15-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace.

Elegant and luxurious, this modern hotel exudes French-Vietnamese charm and contemporary décor and features a fitness centre, free WiFi and a restaurant serving Vietnamese, Western and Asian cuisine.

The stylish rooms all come with wooden flooring, ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV and minibar.
Victoria Phan Thiet Resort 4* (6 nights in a Garden Bungalow)

Just for you:
- A 60 minute massage per stay
- One complimentary cocktail each day during Happy Hour (5pm - 7pm)
- 10% discount on food and beverage, laundry and tours 

200 km north of Ho Chi Minh City, the four star Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is located at one of the most idyllic destinations on the Vietnamese coastline - a traditional fishing village, and remnant of the Cham Empire.

The 57 cosy thatched roof bungalows at Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa feature large bathroom with courtyard, al-fresco shower and a large outdoor patio facing the sea complete with sun lounger and umbrella. All bungalows are decorated in honey and coral tones with traditional furniture.

Excursions by jeep are popular with visitors, as is visiting the fishing village and trekking 1,000 steps to the top of Ta Ku Mountain to admire a giant 49 meter reclining Buddha statue. Enjoy natural experiences at an idyllic location for a relaxing stay with a great choice of activities.  

Your Journey

Flights: You may choose from Economy or Business Class flights.

The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Please note: You will be arriving into Hanoi and departing from Saigon.

Transfers:
Private transfers are included throughout, as per itinerary.

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What's Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as mentioned or similar
  • Transfer services in a private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Meals as listed in the program B= Breakfast; L= Lunch & D = Dinner: pre-arranged at local restaurants based on local food with set menu.
  • Domestic flights from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, with Vietnam Airlines and including airport taxes including 20kg of checked luggage and 7kg of handbag.
  • Experienced local English speaking guide as indicated in the program
  • Motor tour in Hanoi and home hosted meal
  • Full day Duong Lam Ancient village
  • Ha Long Bay Cruise 2 days/1 night
  • 1/2 day Joint cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City
  • 1/2 day city tour in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Full day Mekong Delta
  • Government taxes

Weather

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Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Travel Documents

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.
Please check all details on this confirmation are correct.  If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents.  You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

If you have booked transfers, Meet & Greet, car hire or airport lounges, you will receive a separate voucher for each of these services.  Please note that transfer vouchers are sent directly from the transfer supplier.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at customer.relations@voyageprive.com

Important Information

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Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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