12 departures dates are available in 2017:
September: 12 & 26
October: 03 - 17 & 31
November: 14 & 28
December: 12* & 26*
*Additional fees apply during holidays.
*Prices may fluctuate according to the season you are traveling.
19 Days / 17 Nights
Day 1: Canada - Hanoi (Vietnam)
Flight with Qatar Airways (or similar) with good connexions.
Day 2: Hanoi
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day will be open. All meals at your own expense.
Night at hotel Muong Thanh Ha Noi 4* (or similar).
Day 3: Hanoi
Meet up at 2pm at your hotel’s lobby to start discovering the city. Capital of unified Vietnam, Hanoi has kept its old-fashioned charm from the French colonial era. The city’s modernisation, undertaken by the French in 1882, has prolonged until 1955 and Hanoi’s appearance has not changed much since.
It is one of the most beautiful places of worship in the country; an emblem of Confucianism.Lunch at your own expense.
Dinner and night at hotel Muong Thanh Ha Noi 4* (or similar).
Day 4: Hanoi - Duong Lam - Hanoi
After lunch at the hotel, departure to the village of Duong Lam, located about 65 km east of Hanoi, in the province of Ha Tay (North). Duong Lam is the first Vietnamese village to have been recognized as a national cultural relic. This honor allowed the city to engage in the preservation of its heritage.
Duong Lam has all the features of a traditional Vietnamese village - banyan temple and communal houses. One of the special feature is that all the monuments are built in Duong Lam laterite brick which were polished by the erosion of time and took a soft brown color. Duong Lam lists 800 century old homes, some of which are about 400 years old. After visiting the village of Duong Lam, you will return to Hanoi where you will dine in a local restaurant.
The rest of the day will be free to allow you to walk around in the interesting neighborhood of 36 corporations.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel Muong Thanh Hanoi 4 * (or similar).
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong
After breakfast at the hotel, early departure to the Ha Long Bay. On the way there, visit of the handicapped artisans shops in Dai Viet. Boarding of a traditional junk ship. Start of the cruise. Seafood lunch.
Ha Long Bay; a UNESCO world heritage site is of supreme beauty and offers an unforgettable sight.
Dinner and night on board with Ha Long Sails (junk ship) (or similar).
As the nature of visits is linked to the change in tides and weather conditions, the boat’s captain will define the itinerary on the same day.
Day 6: Halong - Ninh Binh
You will start your morning on the deck, most likely gazing upon the sunrise over the Bay (depending on weather).
Breakfast onboard, following by a visit of the Luong cave (tunnel cave). Return to the junk ship, the cruise will continue for a discovery of the Bay. Disembarkation.
Lunch at local restaurant. Travel towards Ninh Binh. Scenes of rural Vietnamese living will accompany you.
Dinner and night at hotel Legend 4* (or similar).
Day 7: Ninh Binh - Dien Chau
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the land part of the Ha Long Bay. This site of exceptional beauty is composed of tall rock formations, which can be compared to those seen on the Ha Long Bay, standing atop rice plantations. 90-minute rowboat stroll amongst the rice plantations surrounding the cone hills that served as the setting for the movie Indochine. Tour of the Bich Dong temples and caves.
Departure in direction of Phat Diem, village known for its cathedral of Sino-Vietnamese architecture, which was built from 1875 to 1899. Visit of the gorgeous Sino-Vietnamese cathedral of Phat Diem. Lunch at a local’s.
Dinner and night at hotel Muong Thanh Dien Chau 4* (or similar).
Day 8: Dien Chau - Dong Hoi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a route towards the South, passing through breathtaking landscapes. Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant, followed by travel by boat and foot towards the gigantic and impressive caves of Phong Nha.
The Phong Nah cave system was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 2003. After the 700m boat excursion, you will be walking to discover the rest. You will have the opportunity to explore the remnants of the Chams’ shrines as well as the inscriptions in caverns.
Dinner and night at hotel Sunspa 4* (or similar).
Day 9: Dong Hoi - Hue
Breakfast the hotel, early departure by route #1 to carry on our progression towards the South. Visit of the Vinh Moc tunnels, major place of the Viet Cong resistance against Americans and bridge of the 17th parallel, natural frontier between the two regions from 1954 and 1975.
Arrival and lunch in Hue. Hue was the imperial capital from 1802 to 1945. Classified as historic patrimony of the UNESCO since 1993, Hue possesses strong capacity for evocation and dream. You will then enjoy a rickshaw ride to the Dong Ba market, where you will find the prettiest conical hats in Vietnam.
Dinner and night at hotel Green 4* (or similar).
Day 10: Hue
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a sampan stroll on the Perfume River up to the Pagoda of the Heavenly Lady (Thien Mu), located on the left bank of the Perfume River. Il is a Buddhist sanctuary built in 1601.
Visit of the charming Eunuch Temple. Stop at the conical hat and incense shops. Visit of the tomb and gardens of emperor Tu Duc.
Lunch at local restaurant, followed by Tai Chi and Calligraphy displays in a martial arts centre. You will also have the opportunity of enjoying a water puppet show.
**OPTION ($): Lighting a candle on the Perfume River: 10 USD / Passenger
Day 11: Hue - Danang - Hoi An
Breakfast at the hotel. Using the tunnel, travel towards Hoi An. Stop at Danang to visit a marble sculpting shop. Lunch at local restaurant.
Hoi An is amongst the most popular tourist sites of Vietnam. It is the only city in Vietnam that has remained pristine, thus becoming precious cultural and historic heritage.
During the evening in Hoi An, you will experience the atmosphere of bygone times brought to life by the warm and soft glow from the boutiques’ lanterns and the beauty of its buildings, but especially the exclusive experience of being in a unique city that has been preserved for centuries and has not been damaged by the war.
Discovery of Hoi An and its main points of interest by foot:
The Fujian sanctuary, the Phuc Thanh Pagoda,
The Japanese bridge,
An old house: well-preserved, two-century old house that provides a striking example of the combination between Sino-Japanese influences and local style.
Followed by a bicycle ride through the gentle rural Vietnam towards the Tra Que Vegetable Village, located 5km away. You will enjoy a 20-minute foot massage session with the village’s aromatic herbs.
Lunch on **OPTION ($): 45-minute massage session for 25 USD / passenger
Dinner and night at hotel Glory 4* (or similar) for 3 nights.
Day 12: Hoi An
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a tour of the My Son Sanctuary in the morning: From century IV to XIII, the contemporary Vietnam coast welcomed a unique culture, associated to Indian Hinduism by its spiritual roots.
You will attend to the presentation of Cham dances.
Lunch, followed by open afternoon. Possibility of a stroll on the evening market.
**OPTION ($): Duration of 2 hours and a half – Meeting with fishermen to learn their fishing techniques. Round boat trip in the forest of nipa palm trees:
25 USD / Passenger.
Dinner at local restaurant and night at hotel Muong Thanh Hoian 4* (or similar).
Day 13: Hoi An - Danang - Saigon - Can Tho
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Danang airport for your flight towards Saigon.
Departure for the tour of the Mekong Delta. Stop on the road for a tour of the Caodaist temple.
Arrival in My Tho: boarding of a local motorboat and navigation towards the Phoenix island. During your stroll, you will taste the region’s coconut juice.
Regional lunch at a local restaurant on the island (Elephant-ear fish).
Return to the boat to reach the Ben Tre Island, where you will visit a family factory of coconut-juice candies. Carriage ride to the bee farm, where you will enjoy honey tea and seasonal fruits. Boarding of a rowboat in the arroyos.
Arrival at the hotel in Can Tho.
Dinner in local restaurant and night at hotel Muong Thanh Can Tho 4* (or similar).
Day 14: Can Tho - Saigon
Breakfast at the hotel. Can Tho is the capital of the province of Can Tho and its geographical location makes it the main hub of the Mekong Delta. Boarding of the local boat. Navigation towards the floating market of Cai Rang. Stop at an artisanal rice cake factory and another one in Nuoc Mam.
Debarkation and return to Saigon. Diner at local restaurant on the way there.
Renamed Ho Chio Minh in 1976 after the Americans left, the ex-capital of South Vietnam has kept the name of Saigon to the majority of its 8 million residents. Tours of the day: tour of the colonial neighbourhood of the city: Dong Khoi Street, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and National Opera of Saigon.
Visit of a lacquer ware factory.
Optional dinners ($):
OPTION ($) 1: Cruise dinner on the Saigon river in Indochina boat at 25 USD / passenger.
OPTION ($) 2: Dinner and city tour in Jeep at 50 USD / passenger.
Night at hotel Muong Thanh Saigon 4* (or similar).
Day 15: Saigon - Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the bus station of Saigon from where you take the road towards the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Once at the border with Cambodia, you will need to obtain the Cambodian visa. The visa is payable locally. (Around 37 USD)
Then drive back to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
Once in Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by our local representatives. After lunch, in town, you will take a tour of the Royal Palace and the silver-roofed pagoda before being transferred to your hotel where you will have dinner.
Overnight at Hotel Juliana 4 * (or similar).
Day 16: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
After breakfast at the hotel, you will make the interesting visit to the museum Toul Sleng and the central market.
After lunch in a local restaurant, take the Mekong Express bus to the city of Siem Reap.
Once you arrive you will be welcomed by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Regency Angkor 4 * (or similar).
Day 17: Siem Reap
After breakfast, visit the Angkor Thom site, including the Bayon, the mountain temple adapted to Buddhism and dating from the late 12th / early 13th century was its main monument. One will then discover the Baphuon, imposing building site of the French School of the Far East, was in the middle of the 11th century. Then, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of the Elephants on which the king and his court attended the processions and the terrace of the Leper King, so called because of a statue that represents a demon-like Hell of Hell.
After lunch in a local restaurant, visit Angkor Wat, imposing "temple assembly", erected in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. This sanctuary, which marks the apogee of the Khmer kingdom, is the finest achievement of classical Khmer art by its concentric enclosure plan, the perfection of its proportions and the richness of its carved decoration. If the traveler were to see only one monument in Angkor, it would be that one!
At the end of the afternoon: admiration of the temples at sunset and spectacular view towards Angkor Wat of the mountain Bakend.
Dinner Khmer traditional dance show in a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Regency Angkor 4 * (or similar).
Day 18: Siem Reap
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the temple of BANTEAY SREY, the "citadel of women". The apsaras are more beautiful there than elsewhere. One of the peculiarities of this Shivaite temple is its small proportion, but it is above all the detail of the ornamentation of the walls, which reminds one of the carved stone that deserves attention, as well as the decoration of the lintels and the pediments above doors.
After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the Angkor Crafts School located in the heart of the city. Supported by the Ministry of Education, this center was founded in 1992 and seeks to revive the ancestral art Khmer. The school receives 250 students a year and gives them training in craft and traditional techniques. In the shop, silk clothes and polychrome wood statues are expensive but are magnificent.
Visit of Phar Chas Market and dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Regency Angkor 4 * (or similar).
Day 19: Siem Reap - Canada
After breakfast, visit the lake Tonlé Sap, considered a paradise for fishermen. Very fishy, it shelters lake villages since the dawn of time. It is the largest lake in Cambodia and its "nurturing mother". Morning: A boat trip is planned to allow you to get involved in the daily life of the fishermen of the beautiful floating village of Kampong Pluk.
After lunch in a local restaurant, a transfer will take you to Siem Reap airport for your boarding on your return flight home.
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-Round-trip international flights Canada / Hanoi and Siem Reap / Canada with Qatar Airways (or similar).
-Internal flights between Danang / Saigon. (Transfers included)
-Transportation by Air Conditioned motorcoach.
-Transfer between the airport and the hotels in Hanoi and Siem Reap.
-16 nights accomodation in standard room at the hotels mentioned on the itinerary.
-1 night on a traditional shared Junk in Halong.
-All meals are included. (Except the meals on day 2, lunch on day 3 & 15 and dinner on day 14)
-Tours and activities mentioned as included on the itinerary.
-English speaking guide during the entire trip.
-All the taxes and fees, Including FICAV and OPC.
Package does not includes:
-Beverages, snack, lunches, dinners unless otherwise mentioned.
-Personal expenses and optional activities.
-Vietnamese visa agreement: 20 $ CAD / Passenger approx. Payable with Wingbuddy at the moment of booking.
-Vietnamese Visa Fee of $ 25 USD / Passenger approx. Payable upon arrival in Vietnam.
-Cambodian Visa Fee of $ 37 USD / Passenger approx. Payable at the border of Vietnam and Cambodia.
For a single occupancy, additional fees of $1250 will be charged per person.
*Children from 2 to 11 pay 85% of the price in double occupancy if the room is shared with 2 adults.*
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