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Price Fr. €2650
24 TH OCTOBER – 6 TH NOVEMBER 2019
3 Nights Saigon, 2 Nights Hoi An,
1 Night Hue, 4 Nights Hanoi & 1 Night Halong Bay Cruise
Escorted by Mícheál De Barra
|Departure Date:||24 Oct 2019 - 06 Nov 2019|
SAIGON (Ho Chi Minh City) is Vietnam’s largest city and is the powerhouse driving the country’s rapid
economic development. Being the centre for trade in Vietnam, Saigon hums with energy from dawn to dusk,
and life in the second city is fast-paced, dynamic, cosmopolitan and exciting.
HOI AN The charming and well-preserved city of Hoi An offers a blend of Western and Asian architecture
from the prosperous era of this former commercial seaport (during the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries). Several
classic houses remain intact and the city retains the feel of centuries past.
HUE Vietnam’s former imperial city, Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centres of
Vietnam. Hue became the nation’s capital under the Nguyen Dynasty when Emperor Gia Long, the first of the
Nguyen emperors, chose the location for the imperial city in 1802. The city remained Vietnam’s capital until
1945, when Bao Dai, the last of the Nguyen emperors, abdicated.
HANOI capital of Vietnam is a city full of charm, with remarkable colonial architecture, large shady avenues
and numerous lakes and gardens. The old quarter, near the small lake, is a labyrinth of pastel coloured lanes,
stalls, hawkers, cyclos and motorbikes. Everything is situated around the 36 old streets and Dong Xuan Market.
Hoan Kiem Lake or "small lake" and Ngoc Son Temple, located in the heart of the city, are some of the most
beautiful sites. Other marvellous places include the West Lake, Temple of Literature, One-Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi
Minh Mausoleum and Museum, and Quan Thanh Temple. Hanoi is the heart of a thriving modern country.
HALONG BAY a natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
magnificent Halong Bay lies 160km to the east of Hanoi. Over three thousand jagged limestone islands emerge
from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. While some islands are no more than large rocks, others are
much more substantial and contain huge cathedral-like caves of stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 1: 24 th October
Depart Dublin Airport at 11.55 a.m. Arrive Hong Kong at 07.00 a.m. Depart Hong Kong at 08.35 a.m. Arrive
Saigon at 10.15 a.m. (25 th October).
Day 2: 25 th October
Upon arrival at Saigon Airport you will be met by your local guide who will assist you with your visa. We will depart the
airport and make our way to our hotel for check in. Free day. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: 26 th October - Saigon
Breakfast in Hotel. Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels. The cramped tunnels were central to a
few of the wars strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet - Offensive and they did not escape damage. American
B52 bombers dropped hundreds of missiles leaving huge tell-tale craters behind. The Cu Chi experience can be emotional
for some visitors, but it offers a fascinating window into the hardship and traumas of war. In the afternoon we will explore
modern day Saigon with its heady mix of local culture and colonial influences. We pass the Note Dame Cathedral, visit the
Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: 27 th October – Mekong Delta
After breakfast, drive approximately two hours to the picturesque Mekong Delta to witness the daily life of people living in
this area. You will travel around by motorized, wooden boats between the islands and then change to smaller paddle boats in
the canals. Sightseeing involves hopping on and off these boats. Lunch at a local Restaurant where you can sample the
culinary specialities of the Mekong Delta. Return to Saigon, en route visiting Vinh Trang Pagoda to experience the Cao Dai
Mekong Delta: Although primarily rural, the Mekong Delta is a densely populated area where life progresses around its
fertile banks. The Mekong Delta is the 13 th longest, and the 10 th largest by volume alone and people live, trade, travel and
even go to school on the riverbanks. The rice which is cultivated in the many farming lands is said to be enough to supply
the entire country with a little extra.
Day 5: 28 th October: Saigon – Hoi An
After breakfast, fly for one hour and 15 minutes to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. This afternoon,
enjoy a walking tour of the narrow and ancient streets of this charming town. Visit one of Hoi An’s oldest homes, built over
200 years ago and still occupied by the descendants of the merchant family that originally built it. You will also visit the
traditional Hoi An Market, the Reaching Out arts and crafts workshop, the Quan Cong Chinese Temple and the Japanese
Japanese Covered Bridge: First constructed in the 1590s to link the Japanese and Chinese quarters of the town. This iconic
pink hued bridge has been restored to its former splendour.
Reaching Out: Provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. The arts
and crafts workshop provides a platform for local people to showcase their talents.
Day 6: 29 th October: Hoi An
After breakfast at the hotel visit a local community farming project just outside of Hoi An – Tra Que village, where the
community has come together to create a large vegetable farm. Learn the traditional methods the farmers use to plant,
fertilise and harvest the crop, then try your hand at raking the ground and sowing seeds. The remainder of the afternoon is
free at your leisure to explore the ancient town or go to the beach.
Day 7: 30 th October: Hoi An - Hue
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive approximately four hours to Hue; this journey will take you over the scenic Hai
Van Pass. Hue is the epitome of Vietnam’s dynamic past, and considered a scholarly city. Upon arrival, explore the Royal
Tomb of Minh Mang; the complex comprises of almost 40 monuments and is surrounded by gardens and pools, making it
one of the more beautiful tombs. Then visit the Imperial Cidadel and the Forbidden Purple City which is still being restored
many years after the destruction caused by street fighting and bombing during the American War in Vietnam. Continue by
road to Thien Mu Pagoda and take a cruise on the Perfume River. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: 31 st October: Hue - Hanoi
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for your flight to Hanoi which takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check-into
your Hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 9: 1 st November: Hanoi
After breakfast discover the sights of Hanoi. First stop will be the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and visit Ho Chi Minh’s
Mausoleum, followed by the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next we drive to the serene Temple of
Literature, Hanoi’s first university. Later experience an exhilarating cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old quarter. Each cyclo takes one passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. This afternoon you will also have the opportunity
to taste some traditional egg coffee. This evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Show. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 10: 2 nd November: Hanoi – Halong Bay
After breakfast we drive four hours from Hanoi to Halong where you will take an overnight cruise to the far most corners of
the bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise out into the bay, stopping to anchor for an afternoon of activities. Activities are
subject to change due to cruise selection and weather conditions. Sightseeing usually includes visiting underground caves on
the islands which involves climbing up and down lots of steps. End the day on deck with a drink in hand to watch the sunset
over the bay followed by a freshly prepared dinner, before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Day 11: 3 rd November: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Spend the morning sailing through halong Bay. After an early lunch (or brunch meal) disembark your cruise and return to
Hanoi. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 12: 4 th November: Hanoi
Breakfast at hotel. Today is a free day for optional activities.Overnight in Hotel.
DAY 13: 5 th November: Depart Hanoi
Free time until transfer to Hanoi Airport. Flight departs from Hanoi at 7.50 p.m. and arrival time into Hong Kong is 10.35
p.m. Flight departs from Hong Kong at 01.00 a.m. and arrival time into Dublin Airport is 06.15 a.m. 6 th November.
Cost Per Person: €2650.00
Flight ex Dublin to Saigon via Hong Kong on the outbound and return from Hanoi via Hong Kong to Dublin on
the service of Cathay Pacific airlines.
Transportation by private coach with air conditioning.
3 Nights accommodation in the Liberty Green View Hotel, Ho chi Minh City Saigon (or similar)
2 Nights accommodation in Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel Hoi An (or similar)
1 Nights accommodation in Monidal Hotel Hue (or similar)
4 Nights accommodation in Super Hotel Hanoi Old Quarter Hanoi (or similar).
1 Nights accommodation Halong Bay Cruise.
Breakfast and lunch included each day.
Entrances fees as per itinerary.
Airline Taxes and City Taxes.
English speaking Tour Guide for duration of tour.
Single supplement: €280.00. (Please note single rooms are very scarce and are on a first come first served basis).
Entrance fees for visits which are not included in the Itinerary.Meals where not specified – i.e. dinners/snacks.
Drinks with meals.
Travel Insurance: You must have valid travel insurance for this tour. If you do not have a policy we will be
happy to assist you with a quotation.