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Luxury Asia Cruise - Halong Bay



Private Luxury Vietnam Tour by Explorient

A Private Luxury Vietnam Tour – HCM City –  Mekong Delta – Nha Trang –  Hoi An –  Hanoi –  Halong Bay

11 days / 10 nights – Departs Daily

Perhaps there is no better time to visit Vietnam than now – where the innocence of its people remains unspoiled by modernization; where raw beauty can still be witnessed steps away from luxury comfort; where the desire to strive is felt in every pulse of life, in each motion of contact; where your experience of Vietnam is not what is seen by the eye, but how it’s felt by the heart; where luxury travel can be defined at its highest standard.

Designed to capture the true essence of Vietnam with a touch of class, this awe-inspiring itinerary is meticulously crafted to warmly invite you to Vietnam in style.  Your journey begins with Ho Chi Minh City, affectionately known as Saigon and the “Paris of the East”. In recent years, Ho Chi Minh City has rapidly blossomed into one of Asia’s hottest spots, featuring Vietnam’s best cuisines, nightlife and accommodations.  In addition to visiting the remarkable sights in and around the city, you will embark on an unforgettable private boat journey along the Mekong Delta where you will catch a glimpse of life in the “Bread Basket”, exactly as it was half a century ago.

Next stop: Nha Trang, known for Vietnam’s best beaches.  Pamper yourself at the beautiful Ana Mandara Resort & Spa, one of Vietnam’s most luxurious resorts reminiscent of an old Vietnamese village, where life of the typical fisherman can be witnessed just steps from your beachfront terrace.  A short flight then takes you to Danang, infamous for its Cham Museum and China Beach, followed by an enchanting visit to  UNESCO Hoi An, an artists colony long admired for its unsurpassed charm,  well-preserved ancient buildings and fantastic shopping!

Last but not least, Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks. With narrow alleyways lined with shop-houses selling silk products, traditional handicrafts and arts, the old quarter is an enchanting place to wander. Your incredible journey is topped off with a memorable trip to Halong Bay that hypnotically transcends your body and soul to a new dimension, as you marvel its stunning sceneries while on board your privately chartered Junk.

Luxurious Accommodations. Timeless Culture.  Incomparable Service. It’s all here — Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!


TOUR OVERVIEW

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights luxury accommodations at Vietnam’s finest hotels
  • Business Class Air within Vietnam per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • Sensational Cuisine at Select Dining Venues
  • Private Tour with private car and services of expert guides

HO CHI MINH CITY (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at PARK HYATT SAIGON (Park Room)
  • Full Day City tour with excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Full Day excursion to the Mekong Delta with boat trip
  • Dinner at the Award Winning Mandarin Restaurant

NHA TRANG (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at ANA MANDARA RESORT (Sea View Villa)
  • 2 hour Spa Session at Ana Mandara’s exquisite Six Sense Spa
  • Nha Trang City Tour with boat trip to nearby islands OR Countryside tour of rural farms and villages (see itinerary)
  • Dinner at Ana Mandara Resort

HOI AN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at THE NAM HAI (One Bedroom Beachfront Villa)
  • Sightseeing of UNESCO Hoi An & boat trip on Thu Bon river

HANOI (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at SOFITEL METROPOLE (Grand Premium Room)
  • Private full day city tour
  • Set dinner at the Beaulieu Restaurant offering the best French cuisine in Hanoi

HALONG BAY (1 night)

  • 1 night at NOVOTEL HALONG  (Executive Room) OR on board the HALONG VIOLET CRUISE (Suite)
  • Halong Bay Cruise on board the Wow Cruise (day cruise) or Halong Violet (overnight cruise)

Mekong Delta on Luxury Vietnam Tour

Life on the Mekong Delta


Hoi An Old Town, Bespoke Vietnam Vacation

Hoi An Harbor


Ho Chi Minh City, Private Vietnam Tour

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

 

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel.

Day 2  Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels
City sightseeing tour includes the Notre Dame cathedral, Reunification palace, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels, the Vietcong built, 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. This evening, enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Mandarine Restaurant or The Deck. (B,L,D).

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City (Mekong Delta)
Today enjoy an excursion to the Mekong Delta at Cai Be, a small town with an elegant Neo-Romanesque Cathedral at the town center recalling the presence of the French colonialists back in the 19th century. Embark on a local boat to explore the riverside village in which local families are running age-old cottage industries making traditional treats such as dried longans, rice pancakes and puffed rice candies. Here, mingle with the locals with a chance to sample these local delicacies. Continue the trip across a main flow of the mighty Mekong then follow narrow waterways through peaceful lush green orchards as well as lively scenes well inhabited sections of canals. Disembark at Vinh Long and return to Saigon by vehicle. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang
Fly to Nha Trang . Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Ana Mandara Resort & Spa. After a welcome refreshment drink, enjoy the rest of the day with your 2-hour Spa package at Ana Mandara’s Six Senses Spa. Enjoy an International Buffet Dinner at the Resort.  (B,D)

Day 5 Nha Trang
This morning, enjoy a private boat trip for visits to the Ebony island, Hon Tam island and the Sea Aquarium. Stop by one of the islands for a chance to snorkel, swim or just relax and enjoy the magnificent view of the bay. Seafood lunch is served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Nha Trang (B,L)

***Alternate Tour**** This morning’s excursion explores Nha Trang countryside to observe rural Vietnam’s culture and way of life. Starting with a boat trip on Cai river, we visit a traditional shipyard and a clay stove making village. Highlights include a visit to an ancient house where four generations live under one roof, a horse cart ride through the village roads, strolling through a rice field, visiting a village market as well as a local kindergarten. Return to Nha Trang in the afternoon and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 6 Nha Trang / Hoi An
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Danang. Commence sightseeing upon arrival. Visit Cham museum, the Marble Mountain and China Beach. Proceed to Hoi An and check in at the luxurious Nam Hai. (B)

Day 7 Hoi An
Today enjoy sightseeing of the charming and picturesque city of Hoi An with a boat trip on the Thu Bon river to Kim Bong village on Cam Kim island to see the woodworkers and boat-building families at work. Overnight in Hoi An. (B,L)

Day 8 Hoi An / Hanoi
This morning, drive to Danang for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, visit the Old Quarters by cyclo and enjoy a Water Puppet Show. Accommodations at Sofitel Metropole Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Hanoi
Today, tour the city of Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum*, his House on Stilt where he lived and ruled the country, One Pillar pagoda, Temple of Literature, the Opera House and Hoa Lo Prison (a.k.a. “Hanoi Hilton”). This evening, enjoy diner at Hanoi’s highly acclaimed Le Beaulieu French Cuisine. Overnight in Hanoi. (B,L,D) **Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closed on Mondays & Fridays and from October thru November.**

Day 10 Hanoi / Halong Bay
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Halong Bay, passing the Red River and small local towns en-route. Upon arrival, board your privately chartered WOW Cruise and set sail for a fantastic cruise around Halong and Bai Tu Long Bay. While on board, feast your eyes on the azure waters of this magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Visit Luon cave to discover the lagoon by bamboo raft through the water tunnel with a chance to observe wild monkeys and various wildlife and bird species. Continue cruising passing through local fishing villages and enjoy a cooking and fruit carving demonstration. A delicious seafood lunch is served on board. Upon disembarkation in the afternoon, transfer to your hotel for your overnight accommodation. (B,L)

***Note: if preferred, passengers may overnight on board the Halong Violet Cruise (supplement applies) instead of at a hotel in Halong Bay. Please refer to the program page for details.***

Day 11 Depart Hanoi
Transfer to Hanoi airport for your departure flight onward. (B)

***END OF PROGRAM***


PRICE CHART

2017/18 Price Chart (Prices valid Thru March 31st, 2018)

Hotel

Twin Sharing

Single Supplement

LS HS LS HS

Luxury accommodations as listed above

6,200 6,700 3,450 3,900

Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • LS (Low Season) : May – September
  • HS (High Season): October – April
  • Price is per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes all entrance fees, domestic airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Optional overnight cruise on board the Halong Violet Cruise (Violet Suite) is available with a per person supplement of $200 (Low Season) and $300 (High Season)
  • Holiday Surcharge and/or compulsory gala dinners at hotels may apply for travel between Dec. 20 – Jan. 05
  • Price excludes Trans-pacific airfares.  Discount Economy and Business Class Fares available upon request.
  • Economy Seats will be used for internal flights without Business Class cabin
  • Price excludes personal expenses, beverages,  gratuities to guides and drivers
  • A visa is required to enter Vietnam. Not included in package.


ACCOMMODATIONS

Saigon - Park Hyatt Hotel

Saigon – Park Hyatt Hotel

Nha Trang - Evason Ana Mandara Resort & Spa

Nha Trang – Evason Ana Mandara Resort & Spa

Hoi An - The Nam Hai Resort & Spa

Hoi An – The Nam Hai Resort & Spa

Hanoi - Sofitel Metropole

Hanoi – Sofitel Metropole

Novotel Hotel, Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay – Novotel Hotel

Halong Bay - Violet Cruise

Halong Bay – Violet Cruise


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private sightseeing of Ho Chi Minch City Tour, Cu Chi Tunnels & boat trip of Upper Mekong Delta
  • 2 hour Spa Session at Ana Mandara’s exquisite Six Sense Spa
  • Private countryside tour with local village visit in Nha Trang
  • Tour of UNESCO Hoi An by Cyclo and boat trip on Thu Bon River
  • Halong Bay Cruise on board a Luxury Junk
  • Private Hanoi City Tour including Old Quarters by cyclo & “Hanoi Hilton” Prison
  • Select dining venues serving Vietnam & French Cuisine per itinerary

Price Starting From: $6,400


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TESTIMONIALS

“We were so impressed with the countries and the wealth of information the guides provided. I could go on forever and ever about the guides’ willingness to go above and beyond the necessary….Thanks so much for helping us have a great summer vacation!”

Nancy Myers - Pennsylvania

August 2005 (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia)