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Taste of Vietnam - 2017

Delve into an ancient and mysterious world as you explore Vietnam's rich culture and complex history. At the Vietnam War Memorial park, tour the Cu Chi Tunnels underground hideouts used during the war. Experience life on the Mekong Delta. Learn about the country's unique culinary traditions during a cooking demonstration in rural Ky Son; at a local market followed by a cooking class in Hoi An; and while visiting the Tra Que Herb Village. Try your hand at lantern making at a famous lantern workshop. Stay aboard a luxury junk boat on brilliant Halong Bay. Behold the nation's imperial past at the Thien Mu Pagoda and marvel at the haunting ruins of My Son. A new colorful mosaic unfolds everyday as you make your way through this fascinating land.

Inclusions

13 breakfasts
13 lunches
13 dinners
Delight in a traditional Water Puppet performance.
Visit a local residence to learn about their traditional way of life.
Try your hand at lantern making at a famous lantern workshop.
Relax as you soak your feet in an herbal bath at Tra Que Herb Village.
Discover Cham Museum home to the finest collection of Cham artworks.
Tour Provider Collette
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $3,609
Start Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
End Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 24
Tour Style
Luxury
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
13 Apr 201827 Apr 2018GuaranteedAUD $3,609
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in historic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. For centuries, the city has been the commercial hub of the region, creating a cultural melting pot.
Ho Chi Minh City
This morning, head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then you'll get acquainted with the city's colonial landmarks on a tour that features the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral,* the Reunification Palace and the Binh Tay Market. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
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Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Today we explore the famous Mekong Delta, rich with natural and historic wonders, during a cruise along this bustling river. Be introduced to daily life during a visit to a home where coconut candy and rice paste are made. Enjoy a lunch of regional cuisine in a lush tropical garden. Visit a local residence to learn about their traditional way of life. Later, enjoy a visit to Cao Dai Temple and explore the region's rich architectural style.
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Saigon - Hanoi
Today, fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. From the ancient past, through colonial rule to the modern day, this vibrant city boasts many layers of history. Hanoi's French influences and traditional motifs paint a rich cultural portrait that enthralls visitors.
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Hanoi
Begin your day in Ba Dinh Square, home of the mausoleum built to honor Ho Chi Minh, a revered figure in Vietnam. Behind this impressive site and standing in stark contrast is Minh's simple house that sits on stilts. Admire the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Take in the well-preserved traditional architecture at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university, founded in the early 11th century. Enjoy lunch at a nonprofit restaurant. Learn how this caring organization changes the lives of underprivileged children by training them with new skills. Then, set out on a cyclo tour of Hanoi that takes you through its old quarter. Catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and see the traditional Vietnamese architecture including the "long house." End the day with a traditional water puppet performance.
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Hanoi - Ky Son - Hanoi
Venture to the countryside to Ky Son Village. Come to know life here as you embark on either a stroll or bike ride through the village. Learn about local culinary traditions during a cooking demonstration with a local chef before a lunch highlighting regional cuisine. Next, we head to Duong Lam village. Along the way, meet villagers and see their unique historic homes and communal places of worship. Enjoy a visit to the Mia Pagoda. Stop at the humble Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung temples, built by the locals in the 8th and 10th centuries to honor their kings. Return to Hanoi for an evening at leisure.
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Hanoi - Halong Bay
Journey to Halong Bay for your overnight cruise on a luxury junk boat. Travel through the rice paddy fields and stop in some of the villages. Marvel at the thousands of limestone islands that dot these waters. Enjoy a lunchtime seafood feast aboard followed by a swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay. Overnight among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea.
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Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
Wake as the fog gently lifts, revealing the morning light. Enjoy cruising through the emerald waters of Halong Bay back to the harbor. Then we return to Hanoi to board a flight to Hue, the Imperial capital city.
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Hue
Travel to the shores of the Perfume River and embark on a cruise that reveals Hue's Imperial past. First we make a stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest and most remarkable religious buildings in the country. Then it's on to see the incredible mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, the most elaborate royal tomb in the country. Continue on to explore the sprawling Imperial Citadel that originally encompassed 148 buildings before arriving at the Dong Ba Market to witness or partake in the timeless art of bartering. Later, savor the local flavors during dinner at a local restaurant.
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Hue - Hoi An
Travel along the coast and through the countryside via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass on your way to Hoi An. En route, pause to see the quaint Lang Co fishing village. Enjoy a visit to the Cham Museum in Da Hang which houses the finest collection of Cham artwork. Arrive in Hoi An, an ancient merchant trading port and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
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Hoi An
Learn about the local cuisine at today's cooking class. Begin with a visit to a local market to interact with vendors and learn about traditional ingredients. Learn how each of the vegetables and herbs are used to create everyday Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy lunch after your class. Then, visit one of Hoi An's famous lantern workshops and try your hand at lantern making. These colorful handmade creations are a part of the culture of the city and symbolize luck, happiness and wealth to the residents. Set out on a walking tour of this well-preserved town. Feel like you have stepped into the past as you stroll by the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the ancient merchant house, a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, and the vibrant riverside market. Later, enjoy a peaceful boat trip along the Thu Bon River before time at leisure to explore the old town.
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Hoi An
Catch a glimpse into the Champa Kingdom at the remarkable ruins of My Son Sanctuary (UNESCO), situated in a remote jungle valley. This once thriving epicenter of religion and politics dates back to the 4th century and has more than 20 well-preserved monuments to discover. Next, explore the local way of life at Tra Que Herb Village, a small farming community. En route, stop to see 17th-century Japanese tombs, the only ones of their kind outside of Japan. Arrive in town and observe the farmers tending to their crops and sample some local delicacies. Relax as you soak your feet in an herbal bath before returning to Hoi An. Tonight, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
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Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight, toast to the end of a remarkable adventure while savoring your farewell dinner.
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Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Ends
Return home with a wealth of incredible memories.
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