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Classic Vietnam


Our tour of Vietnam is a must for those eager to explore the great cultural legacies and colonial pasts of one of Southeast Asia’s most important countries. From Vietnam’s tasty cuisine and beautiful scenery to it's historical past, this tour includes 11 nights touring Vietnam’s vivid cities and picturesque towns. On tour 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be visited including the natural wonder of Ha Long Bay, the Complex of Hue Monuments, and Hoi An Ancient Town.

Tour Accommodation

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Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a traditional PHO - pronounced “fa” - noodle soup for lunch followed by a cyclo tour and coffee briefing in the French Quarter. Later join the tour leader and fellow travelers for the tour’s welcome dinner.

Hotel La Siesta Trendy & Spa Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Start the day off with the sights and sounds of Hanoi by visiting the morning market and watching or even joining the dancers of Hanoi before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. Afterward set out on a city tour of Hanoi’s many highlights including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Then stop for lunch at a local restaurant to enjoy a special Hanoi dish of Bun Chá. Continuing with the tour make a brief photo stop at the French Opera house before enjoying a walking tour along the legendary Hoán Liém Lake with a visit to The Huc Bridge. Later enjoy the sunset over the Red River and dinnertime with a local family at their home.

Hotel La Siesta Trendy & Spa Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Today escape the bustling capital of Hanoi to the quiet pace of Vietnam’s countryside where it looks and feels like another world. Driving and walking the narrow lanes and dikes reveals the beauty of local village life, the daily making of noodles and rice paper, the working of the fields, elderly chatting and the children playing. Enjoy a hand massage and foot bath before having a cooking class followed by lunch of fresh countryside dishes. This is Vietnam as real as it gets, only a stone throw from Hanoi. This evening enjoy dinner at a very special not-for-profit restaurant called KOTO, which transforms the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam through its holistic hospitality-training program.

Hotel La Siesta Trendy & Spa Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

This morning transfer to Ha Long Bay, (a UNESCO site) featuring thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Once on board enjoy welcome drinks and a delicious lunch as the junk (a traditional sailing vessel) begins cruising through the spectacular landscapes of this natural bay. After lunch, we will dock on Cat Ba Island and transfer by bus to explore Trung Trang Cave. It measures 984 ft (300m) length-wise through the mountains and was carved by nature for more than 2,000 yrs. Back onboard the ship, you can watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin or join a traditional cooking class in the making of some Vietnamese dishes. The boat then cruises to its overnight anchorage before dinner is served in the dining room. Afterward, why not try your hand at night squid fishing or grab a nightcap with your fellow travelers before bed.

Peony Cruises 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

The day starts early onboard with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Enjoy breakfast while the boat cruises further through the beauty of Ha Long Bay. Afterward, transfer to a day boat to visit Viet Hai village. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way before stopping at the village, where you will visit and have a chance to see the local life. Enjoy lunch on the day boat as you sail back to your ship. Back on board enjoy swimming at an untouched area or enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the ship’s sundeck. The boat cruises to its overnight anchorage point before dinner is served in the dining room. After dinner, enjoy a nightcap or enjoy watching a movie in the diningroom with your fellow travelers.

Peony Cruises 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Why not rise early to witness the bay at its very best whilst enjoying an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck; after which we serve a light breakfast. Afterward, head out in canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Toi Sang sea cave is situated. Back on board brunch is served in the dining room. While the boat sails back to the quay side a tea ceremony is served with the boat’s crew. After disembarkation, transfer back to Hanoi for the short flight to Hue

Moonlight Hue Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Hue is the cultural, religious and educational heart of the country and often regarded as the "Third Capital" of Vietnam. Cruise along the perfume river and visit the Imperial City of Hue (a UNESCO site), a walled fortress and palace with a circumference of 10km that took 27 years to build. Enjoy a unique vegetarian lunch and a peaceful ceremony by a monk at a pagoda before visiting a handicraft village to learn how to make a conical hat and joss (incense) stick of your own—a perfect souvenir!

Moonlight Hue Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Morning transfer from Hue to Hoi An, crossing the 'Ocean Cloud Pass' with its breathtaking views of Vietnam’s coastline. Enjoy lunch and a walking tour through this ancient port city visiting merchant's houses, the Japanese Bridge and stop into a local tailoring shop, which Hoi An (a UNESCO site) is renowned for. Later after dark, the old town transforms into a fairyland of lights and lanterns, which is a great time to take part in a wishing candle light experience on the banks of the Thu Bon River.

EMM Hoi An Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Vietnam is famous for its food! This morning take part in a fun and interesting cooking class at one of Vietnam's most famous chef's restaurants, Ms. Vy's Market Restaurant. Learn about the Hoi An way of life, delicious Vietnamese food and how it's prepared. Enjoy a boat trip to Hoi An’s colorful central market followed by a market tour, food tastings and purchase of ingredients for the class. Back at Ms. Vy's restaurant watch live demonstrations and take part in the hands-on cooking of your very own Vietnamese lunch.

EMM Hoi An Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City better known as Saigon. Business, cultural and tourist life is concentrated in an area bordering the Saigon River. Enjoy a light lunch with Pho before exploring the city's ‘Chinatown’ by cyclo where you will have an opportunity to practice some purchasing like the local Vietnamese women. Afterward, enjoy a brief city tour visiting the relics of the colonial past such as the Reunification Palace, the red-bricked Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Building designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel (inside) and the city's architectural symbol the Hotel de Ville de Saigon, a town hall lifted straight out of a French province. After arriving at our hotel the afternoon is at leisure. Later we’ll enjoy a dinner cruise along the Saigon river.

Catina Saigon Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Leave the bustle of Saigon behind and travel south to the Mekong Delta also referred to as the "Rice Bowl" of Vietnam. On the way, see small children whiz by on their bicycles to school and women pedaling gracefully in their traditional “ao dai” dresses. A highlight of any trip to Vietnam is seeing the delta's floating markets, where locals trade from their boats. Witness firsthand the buying and selling of the many fruits, vegetables and fish at the Cai Be floating market. Visit local houses and observe pancake making, water hyacinth hand-weaving and learn about traditional musical instruments before heading back to Saigon. On route we stop at a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional lunch including deep-fried elephant-ear fish. Back at the hotel the evening is at leisure.

Catina Saigon Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Optional Excursions Available - The entire day is at leisure to further explore the city, do some last-minute souvenir shopping or just relax and savor your last Vietnamese iced coffee! Later that evening everyone will gather to enjoy a final farewell dinner in Vietnam.

Catina Saigon Hotel 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

This morning you bid farewell to SE Asia and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour Details

Trip Code Dates Shared Single
CV021620   Feb 16, 2020 - Feb 27, 2020 $4,159   $4,729
Pay by Bank Transfer and SAVE $75

 • Based on a minimum of 4 passengers

• Shared price is based on sharing twin accommodation on the tour

• Single price refers to single accommodation during the entire tour

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars taxes included

• Deposit of $1000.00 CAD per person and an insurance waiver is required at time of booking

• Final Payment is required 75 days prior to departure

Tour Inclusions

• 10 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotels including private facilities

• 2 night Luxury Ha Long Bay cruise including private facilities, full-board and excursions

• 29 meals (11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners) including Welcome and Farewell dinners

• 2 flights on tour including Hanoi to Hue and Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City in Economy Class

• Individual private arrival and departure airport transfers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

• Tour transportation in private air-con vehicle throughout the tour

• English-speaking local guides for all sightseeing tours as per itinerary

• Jeff Pychel of Design Tours will be the Tour Leader and accompany the group during the entire tour

• All sightseeing tours and entrance fees as per itinerary

• Local taxes on all included ground transportation, accommodation, included meals & beverages and services per itinerary

Tour Leader

Tour Leader - Jeff Pychel of Design ToursTour Leader - Jeff Pychel of Design ToursJeff Pychel of Design Tours will be the Tour Leader for our Cultural Cuba and will accompany the group during the entire tour.

Jeff has travelled and been booking clients to Vietnam and Cambodia for over 9 years.

He specializes in customized cultural, historical and adventure vacation packages to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Tour Highlights

• Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on tour

• More meals on tour including dinner at a special restaurant staffed by at-risk youth and a special Hanoi dish of Bun Chá

• Enjoy dinner with a local Vietnamese family

• Explore Halong Bay on an extended 3 day / 2 night cruise

• Learn how to make a conical hat and incense stick

• Take part in a wishing candle light experience

• Enjoy a market tour and cooking class at one of the country's top chef's restaurant

Tour Exclusions

• International airfare

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions section

• All beverages except for those included with breakfast

• Personal Insurances (medical, travel, baggage, cancellation, etc.)

• Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations

• All items of a personal nature and souvenirs

• All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary

• Gratuities and baggage handling

Tour Cancellations

Once a deposit has been paid the following cancellation charges will apply when a cancellation notice is received:

• More than 75 days prior to departure: Deposit Paid

• Up to 60 days prior to departure : 75% of Trip Price

• Up to 45 days prior to departure : 100% of Trip Price

Note: Insurance premiums and international flights are non-refundable (unless by airline). We suggest travel insurance to protect your payments, please feel free to ask us for a quote.