Vietnam in Style

Vietnam in Style

12 Days / 11 Nights Hanoi to Saigon or Vice Versa

Price from$5,962

• Hanoi • Halong Bay cruise • Hoa Lu Tam Coc Caves • Hoi An • Hue • Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta

Stay in some of the finest accommodations in the country as you discover the exoticness of this vast country in our Vietnam In Style package. Drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. After visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel, take a sampan on a river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves. Enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields giving rise to this place's other name, 'Halong on Land'. In Hanoi, you will see French influences all over the streets and admire the beautiful scene of Halong Bay on a boat ride. In Central Vietnam, venture in the forbidden city of Hue. Enjoy an overnight cruise on the Mekong Delta where you can sample the culinary delights of the floating market.

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival On arrival into Hanoi you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. (The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Overnight at: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel - Premium Room

Day 2: Hanoi Street Food Tour With Local Chef (B,L) Eating on the street is a very typical activity for Hanoians and makes up an important part of the city's unique culture. Street food is for everyone - rich, poor, old, young, tourist and local alike. Start your street food tour with an overview of local ingredients by visiting a local food market with your local chef. With some background knowledge, it's time to hit the streets and start your food adventure. Most street restaurants only serve one or two dishes - and each is prepared right in front of you. Walk down some small alleys and bustling streets and savour some of Hanoi's specialties which are recommended and explained by your gastronome. Finish the trip dining at Ngon (delicious) Restaurant which is set up like a local food market selling specialties from each region in Vietnam. Your guide will join you for lunch.

With ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at Ho Chi Minh's House. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood and enjoyed a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh's belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. A short walk from the mausoleum is the lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda - resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture.

Overnight at: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel - Premium Room

Day 3: Hanoi > Hoa Lu > Ninh Binh (B,L) A 2 hour drive to Ninh Binh province will bring you to Hoa Lu ancient capital. This was the first centralised feudal state in Vietnam at the end of the 10th century. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel but some vestiges including King Dinh and King Le worship temples still stand to this day among the rice paddies and are a worthwhile visit to get a glimpse of the ancient Vietnamese past. Lunch at a local restaurant in Ninh Binh then continue on to Van Long eco-tourism area, an astounding place of natural beauty. With an area of nearly 3000ha it is the largest wetland reserve of Northern Vietnam and one of its most important protected areas. A two hour boat trip along the river offers stunning scenery of local villages dotted among the limestone karsts and caves. Bring along binoculars as you might encounter some rare langur or bird species in their native environment.

Overnight at: Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room

Day 4: Ninh Binh > Halong Bay (B,L,D) Embark on a 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay with a quick rest stop at Hong Ngoc Center - the best place to stop and stretch your legs en route. On arrival in Halong Bay, board your deluxe junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. Mid-afternoon you will visit the mysterious atmosphere of Tien Ong cave, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, then continue to the Cua Van fishing village, the largest community on the bay. This will allow a closer look into the lives of local fishermen before you transfer to a bamboo boat and are rowed slowly through the village with a museum and a school among floating houses. Back to the boat, a cooking class is offered with the chef if you are interested. Or enjoy sunset cocktails and canapes on up top deck before being served a wonderful dinner on board tonight.

Overnight on board Boat Violet Junk - Suite

Day 5: Halong Bay > Hanoi > Danang > Hoi An (B) Wake up early and partake in a Tai Chi class which is held on the upper deck. Visit Soi Sim Island, here you can relax in azure water of Halong Bay or enjoy over 200 steps to the up top for panoramic view of the whole bay. Back to the boat for boarding before cruising towards the shore while brunch is served. Prepare your luggage and hand your key to the reception for check out.

Arrive at the jetty late morning and transfer back to Hanoi. En route visit Thanh Chuong Palace, the home and studio of Thanh Chuong who is one of the most celebrated painters in Vietnam today is an architectural gem showcasing Vietnamese traditional cultural objects and structures. A living space rather than a museum which showcases Vietnamese archaeology, art, history and other culture values. Have lunch here before exploring the monuments at this fascinating museum. Transfer to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Danang.

On arrival, you will be met at the airport by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An.

Overnight at: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Day 6: Hoi An Walking Tour (B,L) Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage-listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. The narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour. There is plenty to visit including the old merchant's houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.

Lanterns, the simple yet colourful item is now an essential part of Hoi An culture. The lantern is inspired and hand-made by local artisans and is meant to bring good fortune. It is really made a comeback by an experienced artisan - Mr. Huynh Van Ba who is now in his 80's. Engage in a casual talk to him for a brief introduction to the history, shape, and colour of the lanterns as well as the stages of production. Try creating your own lantern and take it home as a souvenir.

Overnight at: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Day 7: Hoi An (B) Full day at leisure to relax on the beach or have clothes tailored in Hoi An Town.

Overnight at: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Day 8: Hoi An > Danang > Hue (B) Depart for a 3.5 hour drive over the Hai Van Pass and enjoy a spectacular panorama of the central coastline from its summit. Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to the ancient town of Hoi An with a stopover at the Cham Museum, which is home to the best collection of the Cham ruins dating back to the 2nd to 15th century. The objects on display represent the architecture and sculptures of the Hindu-influenced ancient civilization of Champa. A researcher on Cham sculptures and architecture will accompany you. Continue to Hue.

Overnight at: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa - Deluxe River View Room

Day 9: Hue (B, L,D) Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors' tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Start from your hotel with a 10 minute cyclo ride from your hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. From there, vehicle will take you to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold.

Enjoy lunch at Ancient Hue restaurant.

This afternoon, drive out 30 minutes to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture and atmosphere showcase elements of eastern art and western designs. Continue to the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Transfer back to your hotel with an optional stop en route at an incense stick making house.

Princess Ngoc Son was a daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh - when she married, her father granted her the land to build a home. Today, it is one of the best garden houses and has been maintained largely in its original form. The house is a classic structure with three bays and two wings. The highlight is a small artificial rock garden. The present owner also has a fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. Enjoy a traditional Hue specialties prepared by the family at their historical home while you unearth Hue's fascinating past.

Overnight at: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa - Deluxe River View Room

Day 10: Hue > Saigon (B) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.(The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Despite all the hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Today, discover the real Saigon like a local on the back of an old style vintage Vespa. Enjoy a ride behind your driver passing by the city's historic landmarks including the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Cruising further, head to China town to visit Francis Xavier Church and the Thien Hau pagoda.

*Note: Clients ride as passenger behind an experienced driver.

Overnight at: Park Hyatt Hotel - Park Room City View

Day 11: Saigon > Ben Tre > Mo Cay > Vung Liem > Tra On (B,L,D) At 8.00 am, depart for a 1.5 hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Upon arrival at Ham Luong river, board your private charming Mango Cruise. Your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing welcome drink on the deck and meet the crew members. Our first stop will be the Mo Cay local wet market where the locals come to buy fresh fish, meat, vegetables, as well as other exotic delicacies including rat and snake. Continue cruising along the canals and stop at a village for a short walk to visit the coconut processing place where they make coconut oils and coconut fiber. Return to the boat for a cold drink and some time to relax on deck. A lunch with Mekong specialties will be served on board. We then head down Vung Liem canal to visit traditional brickworks. Hop on your bike for a leisurely ride to visit Cao Dai and Kh'mer temple. Get back on the boat for a cruise to Tra On where we will stop for the night. While on board, freshen up, and then head to the deck where you will have a cooking demonstration before enjoying a delicious dinner. The rest of the evening is at your leisure to enjoy the boat facilities.

Overnight on board Mango Cruise

Day 12: Tra On > Cai Rang > Can Tho > Saigon Departure (B) Get up early in the morning to visit Tra On floating market before heading to Can Tho. Stop at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market, where you will transfer to a smaller boat and mingle amongst the thousands of trading vessels. Feel free to buy yourself fruit or drinks from the local boats. After the market visit, return to your Mango Cruise, and soak in your surroundings, before being dropped off at Ninh Kieu quay in Can Tho, and preparing for your onward trip back to Saigon. Transfer to Saigon Airport for your onward flight.

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Saigon Arrival (D) On arrival into Saigon you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. (The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Despite all the hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Today, discover the real Saigon like a local on the back of an old style vintage Vespa. Enjoy a ride behind your driver passing by the city's historic landmarks including the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Cruising further, head to China town to visit Francis Xavier Church and the Thien Hau pagoda.

*Note: Clients ride as passenger behind an experienced driver. (Minimum 2 people required for tour to operate)

Overnight at: Park Hyatt Hotel - Park Room City View

Day 2: Saigon > Ben Tre > My Tho > an Hoa > Cho Lach (B,L,D) At 8.00 am, depart for a 1.5 hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Mango Pier (You will be transferred from Hung Vuong Pier to Mango Pier if you cruise with the Lily May) and head to An Hoa canals. Upon boarding your private sampan, your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail on the deck while meeting your crew members and enjoying the scenery and fresh air from the water.

The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by the water coconut plants. Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit the rice noodle factory before starting your bike trip around the village. Then return to your boat to enjoy the lunch before continuing to cruise to Thoi Loc village, Cho Lach District. On the way we will stop for a visit at the floating fish farm and experience the local river culture. In the evening, relax and enjoy your cruise then prepare for your cooking demonstration while enjoying your dinner.

Overnight on board Mango Cruise

Day 3: Thoi Loc > Cao Be > Saigon > Danang > Hoi An (B) Get up early in the morning to visit Tra On floating market before heading to Can Tho. Stop at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market, where you will transfer to a smaller boat and mingle amongst the thousands of trading vessels. Feel free to buy yourself fruit or drinks from the local boats. After the market visit, return to your Mango Cruise, and soak in your surroundings, before being dropped off at Ninh Kieu quay in Can Tho, and preparing for your onward trip back to Saigon. Transfer to Saigon Airport for your flight to Danang.

On arrival, you will be met at the airport by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An.

Overnight at: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Day 4: Hoi An Walking Tour (B,L) Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage-listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. The narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour. There is plenty to visit including the old merchant's houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.

Lanterns, the simple yet colourful item is now an essential part of Hoi An culture. The lantern is inspired and hand-made by local artisans and is meant to bring good fortune. It is really made a comeback by an experienced artisan - Mr. Huynh Van Ba who is now in his 80's. Engage in a casual talk to him for a brief introduction to the history, shape, and colour of the lanterns as well as the stages of production. Try creating your own lantern and take it home as a souvenir.

Overnight at: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Day 5: Hoi An (B) Full day at leisure to relax on the beach or have clothes tailored in Hoi An Town.

Overnight at: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Day 6: Hoi An > Danang > Hue (B) Depart for a 3.5 hour drive over the Hai Van Pass and enjoy a spectacular panorama of the central coastline from its summit. Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to the ancient town of Hoi An with a stopover at the Cham Museum, which is home to the best collection of the Cham ruins dating back to the 2nd to 15th century. The objects on display represent the architecture and sculptures of the Hindu-influenced ancient civilization of Champa. A researcher on Cham sculptures and architecture will accompany you. Continue to Hue.

Overnight at: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa - Deluxe River View Room

Day 7: Hue (B, L,D) Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors' tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. Start from your hotel with a 10 minute cyclo ride from your hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. From there, vehicle will take you to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold.

Enjoy lunch at Ancient Hue restaurant.

This afternoon, drive out 30 minutes to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture and atmosphere showcase elements of eastern art and western designs. Continue to the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Transfer back to your hotel with an optional stop en route at an incense stick making house.

Princess Ngoc Son was a daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh - when she married, her father granted her the land to build a home. Today, it is one of the best garden houses and has been maintained largely in its original form. The house is a classic structure with three bays and two wings. The highlight is a small artificial rock garden. The present owner also has a fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. Enjoy a traditional Hue specialties prepared by the family at their historical home while you unearth Hue's fascinating past.

Overnight at: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa - Deluxe River View Room

Day 8: Hue > Hanoi (B) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Saigon you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.(The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Overnight at: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel - Premium Room

Day 9: Hanoi Street Food Tour With Local Chef (B,L) Eating on the street is a very typical activity for Hanoians and makes up an important part of the city's unique culture. Street food is for everyone - rich, poor, old, young, tourist and local alike. Start your street food tour with an overview of local ingredients by visiting a local food market with your local chef. With some background knowledge, it's time to hit the streets and start your food adventure. Most street restaurants only serve one or two dishes - and each is prepared right in front of you. Walk down some small alleys and bustling streets and savour some of Hanoi's specialties which are recommended and explained by your gastronome. Finish the trip dining at Ngon (delicious) Restaurant which is set up like a local food market selling specialties from each region in Vietnam. Your guide will join you for lunch.

With ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at Ho Chi Minh's House. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood and enjoyed a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh's belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. A short walk from the mausoleum is the lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda - resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture.

Overnight at: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel - Premium Room

Day 10: Hanoi > Hoa Lu > Ninh Binh (B,L) A 2 hour drive to Ninh Binh province will bring you to Hoa Lu ancient capital. This was the first centralised feudal state in Vietnam at the end of the 10th century. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel but some vestiges including King Dinh and King Le worship temples still stand to this day among the rice paddies and are a worthwhile visit to get a glimpse of the ancient Vietnamese past. Lunch at a local restaurant in Ninh Binh then continue on to Van Long eco-tourism area, an astounding place of natural beauty. With an area of nearly 3000ha it is the largest wetland reserve of Northern Vietnam and one of its most important protected areas. A two hour boat trip along the river offers stunning scenery of local villages dotted among the limestone karsts and caves. Bring along binoculars as you might encounter some rare langur or bird species in their native environment.

Overnight at: Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room

Day 11: Ninh Binh > Halong Bay (B,L,D) Embark on a 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay with a quick rest stop at Hong Ngoc Center - the best place to stop and stretch your legs en route. On arrival in Halong Bay, board your deluxe junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. Mid-afternoon you will visit the mysterious atmosphere of Tien Ong cave, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, then continue to the Cua Van fishing village, the largest community on the bay. This will allow a closer look into the lives of local fishermen before you transfer to a bamboo boat and are rowed slowly through the village with a museum and a school among floating houses. Back to the boat, a cooking class is offered with the chef if you are interested. Or enjoy sunset cocktails and canapes on up top deck before being served a wonderful dinner on board tonight.

Overnight on board Boat Violet Junk - Suite

Day 12: Halong Bay > Hanoi (B) Wake up early and partake in a Tai Chi class which is held on the upper deck. Visit Soi Sim Island, here you can relax in azure water of Halong Bay or enjoy over 200 steps to the up top for panoramic view of the whole bay. Back to the boat for boarding before cruising towards the shore while brunch is served. Prepare your luggage and hand your key to the reception for check out.

Arrive at the jetty late morning and transfer back to Hanoi. En route visit Thanh Chuong Palace, the home and studio of Thanh Chuong who is one of the most celebrated painters in Vietnam today is an architectural gem showcasing Vietnamese traditional cultural objects and structures. A living space rather than a museum which showcases Vietnamese archaeology, art, history and other culture values. Have lunch here before exploring the monuments at this fascinating museum. Transfer to Hanoi Airport for your return flight.

• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • 9 nights accommodation in deluxe hotels • 1 night aboard a luxury junk boat in Halong Bay • 1 night aboard the Mango Cruise on the Mekong Delta • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Economy class airfares Hanoi > Danang & Hue > Saigon including airport tax • Boat trips as specified • 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners (Departures from Hanoi) • 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners (Departures from Saigon)

Pricing (per person) $NZD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

5 Star - Departing Hanoi

1 May - 30 Sep

5 Star - Departing Saigon

1 May - 30 Sep

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$5,962

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$6,010

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$10,670

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$10,670

Departs

2017 Daily

Booking conditions

• Surcharges apply during TET Vietnamese New Year 15 Feb to 21 Feb 2018 • Surcharges apply during public holidays • Compulsory Gala Dinner 24, 31 Dec 2017

TET, the Vietnamese New Year. Travelers who are visiting larger cities like Saigon or Hanoi during the holidays may encounter empty streets and deserted parks as Vietnamese people return to their home town to celebrate the New Year with their families. Most businesses are closed during this period

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

Vietnam Visa