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Flavors of Vietnam

24 October - 6 November 2023

Floating Market Mekong Delta

Indochine is a name that stirs the senses and emotions. It conjures visions of proud farmers in conical straw hats tending to their rice paddies. It conjures smells of lemongrass, ginger and mint, savory spices used in Vietnamese cooking. And it conjures the romance of a bygone colonial era, and the hope of a resilient people who look to a modern future, even as they retain the deep traditions that make Vietnam tours so fascinating.

Join us on our Vietnam tour for an experience that will take you deep into the culture as you eat your way from Hanoi to Saigon. Along the way you’ll stop at the former imperial capital of Hue and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An. Enjoy unparalleled local access on our Vietnam tour, such as private dinners in a colonial mansion and a royal garden house, Vietnamese cooking classes and market tours with renowned chefs, and even a street food tour as you ride on the back of a vintage Vespa!

PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY TO BOOK YOUR SPOT

Phone: 941.302.1413
Email: Taryn@CompassRoseTravelDesign.com

total cost: $5,650.00 per person

Pricing based upon double occupancy
Save 3.5% by paying with cash or check

Inclusions:

  • 11 nights of luxury hotel accommodation including daily breakfast, hotels tax and service charges
  • 3 days / 2 nights aboard Ylang junk (Shared cruise/private cabin)
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour
  • Sightseeing with local English-speaking guides (one guide in each city)
  • Entrance fees and boat rides
  • Meals as specified – 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners (meals only, no drinks/ water)
  • Airfares: HAN – HUI/ DAD – SGN (Economy class with airport tax)
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
  • Airport Assistance Service on arrival on day 1 and departure on day 14

Non-inclusions:

  • Separate luggage truck
  • Visa
  • Other meals where not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks/water at included lunches and dinners
  • Other flights & airport taxes
  • Hotel early check in/ Late check-out
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column

Please note:Effective March 15, 2022, the Vietnamese government has resumed pre-pandemic visa issuance policies. All previous visa restrictions have been lifted. Effective May 15, 2022, the Vietnamese Government no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry into Vietnam.

Let's Take A Look At The Journey

 

Day to Day Itinerary: 

24 October: Welcome to Vietnam!
As soon as you deplane, our Airport Assistance Staff will meet you just before the entrance to Immigration (or at the entrance of the terminal if there’s no jet bridge), holding a signboard with your name(s) on it. The officer will assist and take you to the priority line for immigration procedures and provide support at the visa counter

After clearing immigration, our Immigration Officer will escort you to baggage reclaim to collect your luggage and introduce you to your guide, who will be waiting outside the terminal

Meals: None
Accommodation: Capella Hanoi/ Premier room (Queen/ Twin)

25 October: Hanoi City Highlights & Afternoon Street Food Tour
Morning is at leisure or you can take the optional tour as below:

HANOI HALF-DAY CITY TOUR WITH OLD QUARTER CYCLO RIDE

Explore the charming city of Hanoi, often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’, with its yellow ochre colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Visit the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, and continue to the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century.

6.00 p.m. meet your guide in the hotel lobby and start your exploration.

Eating on the street is a very typical activity for Hanoians and makes up an important part of the city’s unique culture. Depart in the afternoon for a leisurely walk with our tour guide to the Old Quarter. Make your way through streets lined with food vendors tending steaming vats of Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and line up with the other hungry customers to try this tasty cuisine. After experiencing Hanoi’s insatiable demand for Pho, head to a nearby street market, alive with the sights and sounds of Hanoi – it is the essence of Vietnamese street culture. Sit down at a tiny shop to try a bit of Banh Duc – cooked rice powder with Vietnamese spices, served cool or hot depending on weather. Follow your guide into a small alley to get an idea of a typical “tube house” in Hanoi and then stop for a tasty banh mi.  

Conclude your day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form said to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta where villagers entertained themselves by manipulating puppets over the water.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Capella Hanoi/ Premier room (Queen/ Twin)

26 October: Hoa Lu And Van Long Nature Reserve
Depart Hanoi for a 2hr drive to the Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh Province. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, Trang An is famed for its spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by vertical cliffs. Within the complex, visit Vietnam’s ancient capital of Hoa Lu, the country’s first centralized feudal state from the end of the 10th century. While the ancient citadel has largely disappeared, the temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties still stand surrounded by rice paddies. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ninh Binh, continue to the 3,500ha (13.5 sq mi) Van Long Nature Reserve, the largest wetland natural reserve in the Red River Delta. Enjoy a 2hr boat trip taking in stunning scenes of local villages dotted among the limestone karsts and caves. Bring along binoculars as you may encounter some rare langurs (monkeys) or birds. Return to Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Capella Hanoi/ Premier room (Queen/ Twin)

27 October: Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay
Your luxurious floating home sets sail around noontime. We greet you with a refreshing welcome drink upon boarding while we acquaint you with the facilities and procedures of our Heritage Line ship – Ylang. As our unique journey begins, lunch is served in the light-flooded dining room on the terrace deck offering panoramic views of the passing scenery. We pass an ancient lighthouse built by the French more than a century ago. Heading deeper and further south into the maze of Lan Ha Bay, there is time to enjoy our activities offered onboard – take a plunge in the pool, enjoy from our selection of signature beverages at the bar, or settle into relaxing bliss and let us pamper you with one fine treatments and massages available in our expansive Ylang Spa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Heritage Line Ylang/ Signature Suite 3D2N “Senses of Lan Ha”

28 October: Lan Ha Bay
For those who awake with the sun, coffee, tea, and pastries are offered. To get the full wellness experience from Ylang, a Tai Chi session is held on the sun deck to ease mind and muscles with the first rays of the sun. Once energized, breakfast is served at the dining room or to your suite before we set off to visit one of the few remaining local floating fishing villages. During lunch, Ylang continues to sail through the bay to a secluded spot in the bay. The afternoon is at your own pace and choice: you may like to swim and sun bath on a natural beach, or join in on a kayak tour – or a bit of both.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Heritage Line Ylang/ Signature Suite 3D2N “Senses of Lan Ha”

29 October: Lan Ha Bay to Hue aboard Included Vietnam Airlines Flight
Ylang moors this morning to offer to our guests some more kayaking or refreshing early morning swim – conveniently from the ship’s platform. We serve a hearty breakfast, and leaving you some relaxed time on the deck day-dreaming before we have to say our final goodbyes

Drive to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.

Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby. Your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ancient Hue Garden Houses/ Vong Canh Villa

30 October: Hue City Highlights Tour
Once the imperial capital of the Nguyen Lords from the 17th to the 19th centuries, Hue’s splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel contribute to its undeniable royal charm. Enjoy a short cyclo ride from your hotel to the Imperial Citadel at the centre of the Complex of Hue Monuments inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. After leaving the citadel, there’s time for a short visit to the Royal Antique Museum. Drive to the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument.  Continue the tour to visit various monuments and on the way back to the hotel, stop for a drink at Vonh Canh hill which offers an amazing view of breath-taking scenery and ancient relics

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:
Ancient Hue Garden Houses/ Vong Canh Villa

31 October: Travel from Hue to Hoi An by Road
After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and drive to Hoi A

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort/ Deluxe Balcony

1 November: Hoi An Culinary Experience At Market Restaurant & Half Day Hoi An Walking Tou
Learn the secrets of preparing traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a market tour and cooking class. Set off to a local market with a chef from the Market Restaurant and Cooking School. Your chef will share shopping tips before continuing to the school where you will participate in entertaining, hands-on cookery course held in one of three teaching areas with modern equipment for a truly immersive cooking experience.

This afternoon, meet your guide and start your exploration. Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An known then as ‘Faifo’, was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage ancient town is recognized for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. Hoi An’s narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour of its many atmospheric sights

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort/ Deluxe Balcony

2 November: My Son Temple
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre of My Son is the site of Vietnam’s most extensive Cham structural remains. Morning departure from Hoi An on a scenic 1.5hr drive to the My Son complex and explore the 20 temple towers still standing today (from a total of at least 68 original structures), set in a verdant jungle valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by massive Cat’s Tooth Mountain. Stroll around the temple complex, rediscovered in the late 19th century, to learn about the fascinating Cham culture, architecture and civilization. Notice the strong ties to Hindu divinities, namely Shiva, regarded as the founder and protector of Champa’s dynasties, before returning to Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort/ Deluxe Balcony

3 November: Hoi An to Saigon aboard Included Vietnam Airlines Flight
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon

Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby. Your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

This evening, meet your guide and start your exploration.

The darker the night gets, the more vivid Saigon becomes! Get ready for a fascinating ride by vintage vespa tonight to discover busy Saigon after dark, together with delightful local food tasting in the most authentic local restaurants. It’s such a great chance for you to experience the Southern Vietnam specialties. Then continue to zig zag through the hustle and bustle of the streets. End up your night at a cozy speak easy bar to taste some signature cocktails (or mocktails for your children) and have a chat with people here. Get back to your hotel and call it a night

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel/ Park Room City View

4 November: City Highlights Tour & Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (By Road) & Traditional Dance Performance and Dinner at Ambassador’s Former Residence
With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps. Despite its modernity, Saigon maintains a strong link to the past and our city tour takes in some of Saigon’s most historic landmarks. Experience Saigon’s famed street coffee culture while your guide provides a brief language lesson as well as insights into daily life of a Saigonese.

From Saigon, take a 2hr drive northwest to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as living quarters, communication and supply routes, and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Touring the underground compounds will provide a better understanding of the history of the tunnels, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. Return to Saigon.

Follow a lane dotted with colonial-era mansions until you reach a gate, behind which lies a truly enchanting villa. Home to Henry Cabot Lodge, the US Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, the villa is now a private residence and has been fully restored to its former glory. Enjoy a welcome reception complete with traditional Vietnamese dance performances in the intimate courtyard. A fusion of traditional Vietnamese and western cuisine will be served in the magnificent dining room accompanied by live music, creating a uniquely memorable atmosphere.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel/ Park Room City View

5 November: Secrets Of a Handicraft Village in the Mekong Delta
Depart for a 2.5hr drive to Cai Be in the province of Tien Giang, in the Mekong Delta. Situated in the heart of the Mekong Delta, Cai Be is famous for its tropical fruit gardens and traditional handicrafts. Board your charming wooden boat at Ba Ton’s local pier and start cruising on the Mekong River. Leave the boat for a while to visit the local business where you can interact with the local people to learn more about their daily life. Continue with your boat through the “heart” of the town’s trading activities with floating vendors lining up their boats in the middle of the river with their agricultural products hung on bamboo poles. Disembark the boat when reaching Tan Phong Island where you will start a very interesting cycling tour through small villages. Ride along the concrete road of 1m width, you will take the opportunities to visit local families who make traditional products. After a sad farewell to your crew, enjoy a home-hosted lunch with Mekong Delta specialties at an ancient house before driving back to Saigon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel/ Park Room City View

6 November: Saigon Departure
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for your flight back home. 

On arrival at the airport (2hrs before flight time for international flights), our representative will collect your tickets, passport and luggage and proceed to check in and obtain your boarding pass. When all your documents are in order, our representative will hand them over to you and assist you with immigration procedures before escorting you to the waiting area

Meals: Breakfast

END OF SERVICES!

PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY TO BOOK YOUR SPOT

Phone: 941.302.1413
Email: Taryn@CompassRoseTravelDesign.com