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11-Day Tour of Vietnam excluding International Flights and Meals

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11 Days Tours Culture Travel Vietnam Adventure
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**RESERVATIONS: FlightCentre will handle all reservations on behalf of the tour, so please make ALL reservations with them:

Contact details - 087 740 5105 (Office hours: 09:00-20:00)

**It is recommended to make a booking within 24 hours of receiving your voucher

**Package price is per person. To buy for a couple you will have to checkout 2 packages. 

Subject to Availability - Travel Dates:

  • 8 July – 18 July 2020
  • 15 July – 25 July 2020
  • 29 July – 8 August 2020
  • 5 August – 15 August 2020
  • 9 August – 29 August 2020

Please note: Flights are not included (please see exclusions and T&Cs below)

**This deal is non-refundable after purchasing from OneDayOnly.

About

Get a taste of adventure in Vietnam on an 11-day nature, culture and food-focused escapade from north to south. Travel from French-influenced Hanoi to heaving Ho Chi Minh City on a journey that takes in a whole range of Vietnam's most intriguing sights. Explore the countryside around Hue by bicycle, and kayak between limestone karsts off the coast of Cat Ba Island. With plenty of time to relax in the historic haven of Hoi An and the seaside setting of Phan Rang, the only thing you’ll be worrying about is whether to get a banh mi or banh xeo for lunch. Let an expert local leader take you around this vivacious nation as you discover the real Vietnam.

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals not specified
  • Visas and passport fees
  • Optional activities
  • Other personal expenses.
Itinerary
Day 1 Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. If you happen to arrive early, take the day at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter admiring the city’s French-colonial architecture and manicured parks, or simply enjoy some street food. Better yet, consider booking the Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure with an expert local guide to introduce you to the city and its sites, including the Temple of Literature, the Hoa Lo Prison museum and Hoan Kiem Lake. Head to urbanadventures.com/destination/hanoi-tours for more information.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Day 2 Cat Ba Island

An early start is necessary to get the most out of your day. Take a 7.30 am bus ride and ferry transfer to the steep karsts and tiny beaches of Cat Ba Island, arriving before midday – you’ll have a quick stop to stretch your legs en route. The largest of all the islands in World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, charming Cat Ba will be your base for exploring the limestone cliffs and turquoise water that define this area. Get acquainted with this stunning spot with an afternoon cruise around the bay, enjoying lunch on the boat while floating past the karsts covered in emerald-green foliage. Later, get closer to the water and explore on a kayak, perhaps stopping at one of Cat Ba’s many beaches for a swim. Stay overnight on Cat Ba Island and enjoy the sunset with a cold beer.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Cat Ba Island - Kayaking
  • Cat Ba Island - Boat trip on Lan Ha Bay
Day 3 Hanoi – Overnight Train

Wake up in paradise and enjoy some free time lazing on the beach. Maybe go for a swim, kick back with a book or take a stroll along the sand. In the afternoon, head back to Hanoi. Hopefully, you’ll have some time to grab dinner with the group before boarding an overnight train for a 12-hour journey to Hue later on. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are the best way to travel long distances and brush shoulders with the locals. Most trains have a dining carriage which serves simple food, but some travellers like to take some fresh bread, cheese, fruit and other snacks for the journey.

Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Day 4 Hue

The former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Packed with historic monuments, Hue is also perfectly located to explore the surrounding countryside, which features stunning scenery, quaint villages and the peaceful Tam Giang Lagoon. The bustling Dong Ba Market offers a plethora of goods and foods to see and sample, and it's a good place to try some of the specialities that graced the Nguyen emperors' banquet tables, such as the banh khoai – a royal rice cake. You have a free day to explore, which you could easily spend exploring Hue’s massive walled citadel and the Forbidden Purple Palace enclosed within. Perhaps jump on board a dragon boat and enjoy a cruise up the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, or cycle out to one of the Royal tombs such as the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Otherwise, set off on an optional motorcycle tour of the sights in Hue and some surrounding villages.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Day 5 Hoi An

Continue on your journey and travel to the World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An, where on arrival, your leader will take you on an orientation walk around town. The city was a major trading port with the west from the 17th century onwards, and has various architectural influences from Europe, China and Vietnam. Today, the city is being restored and looks exactly like it did over a century ago. The rest of the day is free for you to do some optional activities or soak up the ambience of the place. You may like to wander Hoi An Market and the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more. It’s also famous for its talented tailors who can make beautiful items to order within 24 hours, so be sure to check that out!

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Hoi An - Old Town walking tour

Day 6 Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to further explore Hoi An. Perhaps take a cruise up the Thu Bon River or learn the secrets of cooking delicious Vietnamese dishes. Visit some of the main art galleries or simply wander around the beautifully restored Chinese shop houses. There’s also the option of cycling around the surrounding countryside – a truly relaxing way to get off the beaten track and see rural Vietnam up close. Your leader will be able to suggest activities to help you get the most out of your time.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Day 7 Hoi An Overnight Train

Make the most out of another free day in Hoi An. Perhaps do some of the activities you couldn’t fit into your schedule over the past couple of days, or go pick up your fresh threads from the tailors. There’s also Cua Dai Beach nearby – the perfect place to rest up before continuing on your way. This evening, board another overnight train bound for Phan Rang. Remember, it’s always a good idea to have some snacks and a book on hand.

Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Day 8 Phan Rang

Arrive in Phan Rang early this morning for two days of beachside bliss and relaxation. With arguably the best weather in Vietnam, Phan Rang is a low-key coastal city where swimming, snorkelling and seafood take priority. While you’re here, look out for banh can and banh xeo – egg, squid, shrimp and vegetables cooked into a pancake. Delicious!

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Day 9 Phan Rang Overnight Train

Take a break with another day in Phan-tastic Phan Rang. You could squeeze the sand between your toes and grab some rays on the beach, or take a quick ride out to Dinh Cape – one of the most picturesque bays and stretches of sand in the area. Otherwise, perhaps ask your leader where you can get a massage to really get your zen on. Keep in mind that there’s your overnight train journey waiting for you this evening, so get outside and enjoy all that Phang Rang has to see, and eat! Tonight’s overnight train journey will take approximately 7 hours and drop you right into bustling Ho Chi Minh City.

Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City very early this morning and transfer to your hotel. Today you’ll have plenty of free time to explore Vietnam’s largest city. Ho Chi Minh City has a busy atmosphere and many French influences. In your free time, it’s recommended to visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. There’s also the historic Dong Khoi Street, and the chaotic markets of Ben Thanh and Cholon (Chinatown). Ho Chi Minh City has a different style of cuisine to its northern counterpart Hanoi, so be sure get out for restaurant meals and street food with your travel crew. Your group leader has all the best people in the right places, so they’ll know of some delectable places to eat, for any budget.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: Ho Chi Minh City - Orientation Walk

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City

With no planned activities today, you can depart at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out times. As we don’t spend much time in Ho Chi Minh City on this tour, why not stay a few extra days to make the most of your time here? You could take a day trip to the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can witness the strategic underground labyrinth that helped the locals during the Vietnam War. Ask your leader for more recommendations or book in on an Urban Adventure. Find out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/ho-chi-minh-city-tours

Product Specifications

Terms and Conditions

  • All packages are quoted per person sharing.
  • The following discount code can be used to claim this offer at time of booking if required: 690029.
  • All rates & availability are quoted from a live dynamic database and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Best Available rate quoted at time of enquiry.
  • Other Departures Dates are available but the rates may vary. The 20% saving on the normal will still apply to these rates though.
  • Rates are subject to Rate of exchange fluctuation.
  • Availability can change at any time and is never guaranteed & an alternate hotel may be offered.
  • Rates are based on 2 people sharing a standard twin room.
  • Rates valid for South African residents only.
  • Identification in the form of passport will be required at check-in at the hotel.
  • Prices and availability are correct as at 10 January 2020 and are subject to change without notice.
  • Prices quoted are on sale until 15 January 2020 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
  • All packages and flights have to be booked and paid for before 15 January 2020.
  • Not combinable with any other offer including loyalty.  
  • Discount only applies to the land portion of the trip and cannot be applied to flights, insurance, or any additional services.
  • This sale is valid for residents of South Africa and Europe (excl. UK) only.
  • E and OE.
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