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Taste of Vietnam 2019-2020 (Explorations)

14 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Day 2 Hanoi, Vietnam - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Hanoi, Vietnam’s dynamic capital city.

Day 3 Hanoi
Enjoy a walking tour this morning through the French Quarter. You’ll also see the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. This historic site, dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs, is now a museum which tells the story of Colonial history from the Vietnamese perspective. Later, discover decades of Vietnamese art treasures at the Vietnam National Art Museum. This evening, attend a traditional water puppet show that welcomes you to Vietnam with its incredible display of artistry and folklore. Afterward, dine in one of Hanoi’s best restaurants located in a restored Colonial mansion. (B,D)

Day 4 Hanoi
Rise early to circuit the “Lake of the Restored Sword,” Hoam Kiem Lake. Become mesmerized by Tai Chi practitioners moving along the waterfront in this peaceful respite as the city comes to life for the day. Later this morning, take a step back to Imperial times on a walking tour through the Old Quarter. Follow the meandering streets, decorated with temples and pagodas, and feast on the history before you. After working up an appetite, enjoy a walking food tour including some of Vietnam’s most famous dishes like banh mi and pho. At the end of the tour, enjoy coffee and views of Hoam Kiem at a hidden rooftop café. (B,L)

Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Journey to Halong Bay and board a luxury junk boat for an overnight cruise - the perfect vantage point for soaking up the spectacular landscape. Once on board, enjoy a feast of fresh seafood as you sail past vistas of low green mountains, small villages and hundreds of islands and limestone peaks jutting out from the sea. Disembark to discover the wonders of nature, history and archaeology in the mysterious Tien Ong Cave. Back on board, sit back and relax as the sounds and peaceful sway of the boat lull you to sleep. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
Awaken as the fog gently lifts above the emerald surface of Halong Bay. The day begins with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, as the boat makes its way to one of the bay’s floating fishing villages. Here, it’s your choice! Explore a floating village by traditional row boat -OR- see it from the seat of a kayak! Cruise back to the harbor and return to Hanoi to board your flight to Hue. (B,D)

Day 7 Hue
A full day of discovery awaits in Vietnam’s Imperial capital city of Hue. Stop at the mausoleum of Tu Doc, an elaborate royal tomb dedicated to the former emperor. At the shores of the Perfume River, board a traditional dragon boat and sail to Thien Mu Pagoda, an iconic temple that dates back to 1601. After a thrilling cyclo tour through the city, conclude the day with a tour of Hue’s impressive citadel. (B)

Day 8 Hue - Hoi An
On your way to Hoi An, travel the coast and countryside via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. Pause for a glimpse of the quaint fishing village, Lang Co. Finally, arrive in the trading port of ancient Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On a walking tour of the old town, stroll by such incredible sights as the ornate Chinese-style temple Phuc Kein Assembly Hall, and a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. End at the vibrant riverside market on the banks of the Thu Bon. Enjoy another memorable meal tonight at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 Hoi An
Explore the flavors of Hoi An today. Embark on a river basket boat journey along the Thu Bon River to your kitchen for an immersive cooking class! Learn how to catch fish and crabs in the river, and grind rice into flower. Then use your ingredients to cook four classic Vietnamese dishes which you’ll enjoy for lunch afterward. Once you’ve learned the secrets to some of Vietnam’s cuisine, embark on a soulful experience at Reaching Out Vietnam. Celebrate the work of a talented team of artisans that create original pieces of sustainable and fair-trade products. Here, amongst new friends and enlightened minds, you’ll take part in an immersive lantern-making experience. A significant part of Hoi An’s culture, lanterns symbolize luck, happiness, and wealth. Working together, you’ll create colorful beacons of prosperity in a place that is a beacon of hope for the community. (B,L)

Day 10 Hoi An
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the magic of Hoi An. Walk along the canals that cut through Ancient Town and discover an architectural melting pot all around you. You’ll find history is very much alive in this beautifully preserved city on the central coast. In the afternoon, consider an optional tour exploring the Hoi An countryside by vintage Vespa. (B)

Day 11 Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
Leave Hoi An and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the energetic urban capital formerly known as Saigon. On an eye-opening city tour, see the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral,* and the Reunification Palace. Then, head over to explore treasures from local vendors on display at the Old Market in District 1. (B)

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Today we take to the waters of the famous Mekong Delta. As you sail along, your guide will delve into the history and culture of the region. Lush tropical gardens and islands, floating markets and the bustling energy of these expansive waterways give an intriguing peek into everyday life. Discover the region’s cottage industry with a visit to a coconut candy factory, and learn how this confection is made. Enjoy lunch featuring southern Vietnamese cuisine before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City
Embark on a journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in metropolitan Ho Chi Minh City before your farewell dinner at a local restaurant – a renovated Art Deco-style villa. (B,D)

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Ends
Return home with a wealth of incredible memories of your journey through the rich cultures of Vietnam. (B)
Map
All This Included
Delve into an ancient and mysterious world; a world rich in culture and fascinating history. A poetic, verdant paradise, where villages thrive in rural landscapes, and bustling cities keep one step firmly in the past and another pointed to the future. From Hoam Kiem Lake and the Hoa La prison, to a street food adventure through the city, Vietnam’s balance of peace, modernism and prosperity engage your thoughts and senses around every turn. On a luxury junk boat, bask in the serenity of Halong Bay. Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class. Bear witness to Vietnam’s Imperial past at the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, and on the Mekong Delta, watch as history dances with nature on emerald waters. This is Vietnam, a fascinating mosaic of culture and history that unfolds with every new blink of the eye.
  • 21 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Explore Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter on an exciting walking tour.
  • Participate in a lantern-making experience at an organization that benefits local artisans.
Accommodations
Hanoi: La Siesta Hotel Trendy 
Halong: Bhaya Classic, Halong Bay 
Hue: Pilgrimage Village
Hoi An: Hotel Royal Hoi An 
Ho Chi Minh City: Hotel des Arts Saigon 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Tour Extension:
  • 3 Night Bangkok Extension ( Land Only )
Post Night Hotel:
  • Hotel des Arts Saigon
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.