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  • Date: January
  • Destination: Classic Vietnam
  • Duration: 17 nights
  • Price: 2699
Destination Vietnam
From Dublin or Cork
Date Jan – Dec 2017
Duration 16 Nights
Price from €2,699 pp
Flight Details to follow

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Classic Vietnam

Vietnam is not only historic and scenically beautiful, but also thought provoking and moving. In central Vietnam, the palace and tombs of the former capital, Hue, are reminiscent of the Forbidden City and Terracotta Army in China, whilst Ha Long Bay more than equals the scenic beauty of Guilin. Hoi An old town and the Mekong waterways are a pleasing contrast to the modernity of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

The Cu Chi tunnels and Presidential Palace with helicopter and exhibition present a snapshot of the ‘American War’, as they call the ‘Vietnam War’, and the Ho Chi Minh memorial is reminiscent of Mao or Lenin.

Enjoy a drink in an atmospheric location at the rooftop bars of the Rex or Caravelle in Ho Chi Minh City. The water puppet show and Saigon River cruise provide colourful entertainment.

Itinerary

Day 1 Flight Dublin or Cork to Heathrow – overnight in Airport hotel B&B

Day 2 Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Day 3 Visit the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. Three nights at the 4-star Duxton Hotel (name changing to the Saigon Prince Hotel).

Day 4 Attend a ceremony at Tay Ninh church, home to the Cao-Daism religion which combines Buddhism, Christianity, Taosim and Confucianism. At Cu Chi, visit the underground tunnel network. Evening dinner cruise on the Saigon River. (B, D)

Day 5 A scenic drive through the Mekong Delta to Vinh Trang Pagoda and My Tho for a cruise. (B, L)

Day 6 Fly to Hue to visit the Imperial Citadel. Two nights at the 4-star Saigon Morin (riverside rooms). (B)

Day 7 Cruise on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue by road to visit the tombs of the Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. (B)

Day 8 Cross the Hai Van Pass to Danang to visit the Cham Museum. At Hoi An, a walking tour visits merchants’ houses and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Two nights at the 4-star Hoi An Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Visit the My Son ruins of the Champa Kingdom. Cruise on the Thu Bon River. (B)

Day 10 Fly to Hai Phong. Lunch and an orientation tour of the town. Continue to Ha Long Bay for overnight at the 4-star Novotel Hotel, overlooking the bay. (B, L)

Day 11 Morning free before boarding an overnight cruise visiting islands and caves. Seafood lunch on board. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Extended cruising of Ha Long Bay. Disembark late morning and transfer to Hanoi (4 hrs) to visit the Ethnological Museum. Two nights at the 4-star Melia Hanoi. (B)

Day 13 Tour of Hanoi including the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s home and Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoam Kiem Lake and old quarter. Water puppet show. (B)

Day 14 Excursion to the ancient village of Duong Lam including lunch with a local family. Continue to Ninh Binh for two nights at the 4-star Emeralda Hotel. (B, L)

Day 15 Visit the Tam Coc Caves, Bich Dong Pagoda and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu with temples from the Dinh and Le dynasties. (B, L)

Day 16 At leisure before evening flight to Heathrow. (B)

Day 17 Arrive early morning. Continue on to Dublin or Cork

  • Key B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner

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Price inclusions

  • Flight Dublin or Cork to London Heathrow
  • Overnight accommodation in Heathrow Airport hotel (B&B)
  • Flight London to Ho Chi Min
  • Airport transfer to your hotel
  • 13 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels (see Itinerary)
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary: breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • All tours outlined in the itinerary
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Flight Hanoi to London Heathrow
  • Onward flight to Dublin
  • Services of guide and local representatives
  • Taxes and charges
  • One 20kg check in baggage per person & hand luggage

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes as indicated
  • Single room supplement €595
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit 10% per person
  • Full payment due 12 weeks before departure
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance €38 (conditions apply)
  • Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
  • Irish nationals require visas to enter Vietnam

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Accommodation details

Saigon Prince Hotel (formerly Duxton) – Saigon

A 4-star hotel is in the heart of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on the Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 191 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Hoi An Hotel – Hoi An

A 4-star hotel located close to the Old Town. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 150 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Novotel – Ha Long Bay

A 4-star hotel, overlooking Ha Long Bay. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 225 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Melia Hanoi – Hanoi

Located in the heart of Hanoi, this 5-star hotel is a short distance from Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 306 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
03 January 2017 €2,989
10 January 2017 €3,119
24 January 2017 €3,119
31 January 2017 €3,119
07 February 2017 €3,119
14 February 2017 €3,119
21 February 2017 €3,119
28 February 2017 €3,049
07 March 2017 €3,049
14 March 2017 €3,049
21 March 2017 €2,989
04 April 2017 €3,119
18 April 2017 €2,849
02 May 2017 €2,699
04 July 2017 €2,849
25 July 2017 €3,259
12 September 2017 €2,779
26 September 2017 €2,849
10 October 2017 €2,919
17 October 2017 €2,919
24 October 2017 €2,989
31 October 2017 €2,989
07 November 2017 €2,989
14 November 2017 €2,919
21 November 2017 €2,919
26 November 2017 €2,849
05 December 2017 €2,779
19 December 2017 €3,529
26 December 2017 €3,259

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