Vietnam's Quintessence

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Vietnam's Quintessence

Vietnam's Quintessence

Duration   16 Days/15 Nights
Departure   Daily from Hanoi, Vietnam
Return   Saigon, Vietnam
Additional info     Vietnam's Quintessence will be customized to fit your travel requirements
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− Vietnam's Quintessence journey features the essences of Vietnam today
− Ride a cyclo to explore Hanoi Old Quarter
− Biking along green rice paddies and houses on stilt in Mai Chau valley
− Back to Vietnam battle fields by exploring Vinh Moc tunnels and DMZ in Quang Tri
− Enjoy a meditation and zen to immerse into spirit of Buddha
− Cooking class at Red Bridge School in Hoian
− Amazing cruise in Mekong Delta
− Indulge into Spa treatments at Fusion Maia Danang
− Exclusive access to Executive benefits at Signature Lounge, Caravelle Hotel Saigon


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  1. After reading this program, you can change the itinerary to fit your travel requirements: budget, hotels, preferences, leisure time, special needs... Our Travel Specialist will work with you to design a perfect holiday just for you. We are committed to offer you the BEST VALUE for QUALITY SERVICES and GREAT CUSTOMER CARE.
  2. Local assistance: Vietnam Hello World Travel Company Team are available all time while you are on the tour: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  3. Our Travel Specialists at Vietnam Hello World Travel Company take care of your holiday. So, you can unwind and enjoy your touring without any hassle. We are on the ground to give you the best travel experiences.
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Contact person: Ms. Jennifer Pham
E-mail: sales@vietnamhelloworld.com
Hotline: + 84 - 913 063 770 (English Speaking) or + 84 - 919 568 821 (French Speaking)


Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (-/-/D)
Welcome to Vietnam !
You will be greeted by our friendly local tour guide upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Time at leisure. 
Welcome dinner at local restaurant as the first introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. Accommodation in Hanoi. Check - in time at 02:00 pm. 

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L/-)
Enjoy one hour cyclo – ricksaw ride to stroll around Hanoi Old quarter to observe the daily life of local people. Afterward, visit Tran Quoc pagoda, One pillar pagoda, French colonial quarter, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Hilton prison, Museum of Ethnography. 
Then explore Hoan Kiem lake and a short walk in Hanoi Old quarter.
Attend a typical Vietnamese traditional performance of water puppet show. Back to the hotel for refreshment. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B/L/-) 
Breakfast at the hotel
We leave behind the noisy capital of Hanoi for Mai Chau valley (150km - 3h30 by car approximately). Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 150 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau. Stilt houses border both sides of the roads as you approach Mai Chau. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish.
On the way, visit a local market - Luong Son which is not touristy, where you have local people trading their daily products. Upon arrival, check in at the resort and have lunch there.
In the afternoon, hike toward small villages of Thai minority group with houses on stilt, ponds of fish and rice paddies. Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel
In the morning: We ride a bike to explore the surrounding villages. Then back to the resort for lunch.
Afternoon: Drive back to Hanoi. You arrive at the hotel at around 05:00 pm. Relax and rest. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 am depart for Halong Bay, 160km east of Hanoi, listed as World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1994. 
12:00 we board a traditional junk to discover the 8th World Wonder where the movie "Indochine" was realized with Catherine Deneuve, French star in the 1990's. Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. It's time to relax on the deck through the most beautiful landscapes with more than 2,000 islands and islets limestone, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave, the most picturesque grotto in the bay. Swimming (if the weather permits) and relaxing on the deck. Dinner & Overnight on board.

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B/-/-)
Early wake up in the fresh atmosphere of Halong Bay to catch up the sunrise.
Attend a Tai Chi exercise onboard.
Continue our excursion in the bay while taking last photos in the miraculous bay.
11:00 Disembark at Tuan Chau pier, 
11:10 Drive back to Hanoi Airport. Visit a workshop of potteries en route. Fly to Hue 
Upon arrival at Hue Airport, you will be welcome by our local guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hue. 

Day 7: Hue Discovery (B/L/-)
Today we explore Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden city, Tu Duc King tomb, Minh Mang King tomb. Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to discover Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Lunch at local restaurant. Accommodation in Hue.

Day 8: Hue – Vinh Moc – Hue (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
Today we return to the battlefields in Dong Hoi which were famed as DMZ during the Vietnam War. Driver to Dong Hoi (200 km). We visit former DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) along Ben Hai river (1954 - 1975) where vestiges of fierce battles can be seen comprising Vinh Moc tunnels and Doc Mieu base. Travel on Truong Son road or Hochiminh Trails - the north - south supply route during the Vietnam war, passing by Truong Son cemetery and Ben Tat bridge (cầu Bến Tắt). 
Back to the Highway No1 via Dong Ha town and the ruins of old Quang Tri citadel.  Lunch en route.
Return to Hue for overnight. 

Day 9: Hue – Meditation – Cycling (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel
08:30AM we ride a bike from the hotel for a special zen and meditation day to immerge and indulge into local atmosphere. You will find “Bliss in mind and body”, learn how to meditate and practice yoga:
Greetings and Qigong performance
- Introductions of architecture and the spiritual meaning 
- Instruction of 4 movements of qigong
- Enjoy brown-rice tea, dried ginger jam after qigong lesson
- Watch instruction of meditation and experience meditation
- Discuss culture, meditation etc. with the owner
- Spiritual retreat before lunch, enjoy luch here
- Wash hands with herb cream and do walking meditation
14: 00 farewell to the zen house. Continue our cycling in the rural area of Hue. Back to the hotel for refreshment. Overnight in Hue.

Day 10: Hue – Danang (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel
We leave the historical citadel of Hue for Danang. The scenic 2 hours and half drive via Hai Van (Cloud pass) offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit Cham museum on the way. Lunch at local restaurant.
Check – in at the resort. Leisure time for your relaxation and enjoy spa treatment. Overnight in Danang.

Day 11: Danang – Hoian – Cooking Class – Cruise on Thu Bon river (B/L/-)
07:30 AM route to Hoian old town
08:15AM We start the day with a welcome drink at Hai Café (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town) - our meeting point. Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked. 
01:00 PM Enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Hoian old town.
After having lunch, discover Hoian ancient town, known to early Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoian has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit historic merchants and community houses, places of worship and Japanese covered bridge, Hoian central market.
Drive back to Danang. Accommodation in Danang.

Day 12: Danang Beach (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the resort.
Enjoy full day at leisure for relaxation and spa treatments: NO TOUR, NO CAR, NO GUIDE. Overnight in Danang.

Day 13: Danang – Saigon (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the resort.
The morning is at your leisure time: NO TOUR, NO CAR, NO GUIDE.
In the afternoon, fly to Saigon VN117 # 14:05 – 15:35. 
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by our local guide at Saigon Airport, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Saigon. 

Day 14: Saigon Half Day City Tour (B/L/-)
Morning: Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest economic center in the country: visit Opera house, Notre Dame cathedral, Post Office, China town, War Remnants Museum, a lacquer workshop. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: leisure time for your relaxation and enjoyment at Signature Club privileges. Overnight in Saigon /Hochiminh city.

Day 15:  Saigon - Mekong Delta - Can Tho (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel,
We leave the bustling city of Saigon for Cai Be to explore Mekong Delta today. On arrival in Cai Be, enjoy an amazing cruise to visit tropical orchards, local family industries, taste tropical fruit, traditional music, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afterwards, our boat leads you to Vinh Long. Continue our journey by car to Can Tho. Upon arrival, check – in at the hotel. Leisure time. Farewell dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 16: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Saigon - Departure (B/L/-)
Morning explore Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday.
The market is about six kilometers from Can Tho, or about a 30-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you will glimpse life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water. Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like. Your guide on the boat will usually give you tidbits of information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with some of these floating merchants; most commonly this happens when a small boat selling drinks latches onto the tour boat’s side.
Afterward, head out to Binh Thuy ancient house where the décor for the movie “lover” was used by French filmmakers.
Drive back to Saigon Airport. Lunch on the way. 
Transfer to Saigon International Airport for flight to go home. Tour ends.

INCLUDING

  • DOUBLE/ TWIN room at selected hotels with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise aboard junk (NON - PRIVATE BOAT) in Halong Bay
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Boat trips in Halong Bay, the Perfume River, Hoian, Mekong Delta
  • Cycling and hiking in Mai Chau valley, Hoa Binh province
  • Private transfers by AC vehicles
  • ENGLISH Speaking Guides in each region
  • 02 bottles mineral water + 02 towels/ pax/ day whilst touring
  • 02 Spa treatments/ person/ day at Fusion Maia Resort in Danang
  • Zen class in Hue from 09:00AM to 02:00PM
  • Cooking class in Hoian (Non - private class)
  • Benefits at Signature Lounge Privileges at Caravelle Hotel every day
  • Meals (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner) as mentioned in program 

EXCLUDING:  

  • Vietnam visa fees
  • International airfares & airport’s taxes to/ from Vietnam
  • Domestic airfares & airport taxes Hanoi - Hue/ Danang – Saigon Economy Class on Vietnam Airlines
  • Tips, drinks, gratuities
  • Travel insurances
  • Other personal expenses...

1, PRICES: from US$ 2,722 per person on Twin share basis.
Please contact our Travel Specialist to get the best prices. 

HOTELS:
1. SHERATON Hotel DELUXE (*****) in Hanoi
2. VICTORY Cruise SUPERIOR (****) in Halong Bay 
3. MAI CHAU ECOLODGE DELUXE (****) in Mai Chau
4. LA RESIDENCE Hotel SUPERIOR River View Room (****) in Hue
5. FUSION MAIA Resort & Spa – 01 Bedroom Pool Villa (*****) in Danang
6. CARAVELLE Hotel SIGNATURE (*****) in Hochiminh city with Signature Privileges Lounges
7. VICTORIA Hotel SUPERIOR (****) in Can Tho


2, PRICES: from US$ 3,096 per person on Twin share basis.
Please contact our Travel Specialist to get the best prices. 


HOTELS:
1. SOFITEL METROPOLE Hotel PREMIUM Opera Wing (*****) in Hanoi
2. JASMINE Cruise SUPERIOR (****) in Halong Bay
3. MAI CHAU ECOLODGE DELUXE (****) in Mai Chau
4. LA RESIDENCE Hotel DELUXE Room (****) in Hue
5. FUSION MAIA Resort & Spa – 01 Bedroom Pool Villa (*****) in Danang
6. CARAVELLE Hotel SIGNATURE (*****) in Hochiminh city with Signature Privileges Lounge
7. VICTORIA Hotel DELUXE (****) in Can Tho

AIRFARES (Subject to change by the carrier without prior notice)
Domestic airfares & airport taxes Hanoi - Hue/Danang – Saigon: US$ 230/ person Business Class on Vietnam Airlines