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FAR EAST Ninh Binh


HISTORIC VIETNAM NEW


12 DAYS from £2290 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary


An excellent introductory tour exploring both ancient and modern Vietnam


DAY 1 – Fly to Hanoi Vietnam Airlines direct flight from Gatwick to Hanoi.


Hue


DAY 2 – Hanoi Early check in is booked at the Mövenpick Hanoi Hotel for a 2 night stay. Afternoon cyclo ride through the Old Quarter.


DAY 3 – Hanoi Morning city tour including Hoan Kiem Lake, One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Afternoon at leisure. Evening water puppet performance.


DAY 4 – Halong Bay Travel to Halong Bay and board the Bai Tho for an overnight cruise. Sail amongst the 3,000 islands and emerald waters of Halong.


DAY 5 – Hoi An More sailing time to admire sunrise and the beautiful scenery in the morning. Return to Hanoi and fly south to Danang. Transfer to Life Resort in Hoi An for 2 nights.


Fusion Maia


DAY 6 – Hoi An Morning walking tour of the picturesque narrow streets of the town including the Japanese Bridge. Afternoon at leisure.


COOKERY COURSES Visit the local market with a guide and then learn to cook with fresh ingredients. One of our favourite courses is run by Ms Vy at the Morning Glory Cookery School in Hoi An. Drawing from her love of street food, Ms Vy is the founder of four of the best restaurants in Vietnam. Courses are available on a shared or private basis.


HUE Founded during the 17th Century, on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue served as the feudal capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city is one of Vietnam’s most valued historic treasures. The Imperial City, based on Beijing’s expansive Forbidden City still lies behind 10 metre thick walls, that were the scene of very heavy fighting during the 1968 Thet offensive.


DAY 7 – Hue Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Hue with a scenic drive over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the Cham Museum en route. 2 nights at the Morin Hotel.


DAY 8 – Hue Boat trip on the Perfume River and tour the Imperial City and the moated Citadel.


DAY 9 – Saigon Fly to Saigon. Afternoon tour of Chinatown and the temples. 2 nights at the Majestic Hotel.


DAY 10 – Saigon Optional visits to Cu Chi Tunnels, the Mekong Delta or a cookery lesson.


DAYS 11/12 – Fly to the UK Morning at leisure. A late check out before your overnight direct Vietnam Airlines flight to Gatwick. Arrival back in the UK.


Special Something POST-TOUR EXTENSIONS


From Saigon it is possible to spend a few days on the beach at Phan Thiet (a 4 hour drive), travel into the Mekong Delta for an extended visit or continue to Cambodia. A recommended extension is for 4 nights into Cambodia, taking in the capital city and the jungle temples of Angkor.


DAY 11 – Fly to Phnom Penh Fly to the Cambodian capital. Afternoon visit to the Killing Fields and Apsara Arts Association. 1 night at Sunway Hotel.


PILGRIMAGE VILLAGE, HUE A lovely boutique resort located about 10 minutes from the centre of Hue, this tranquil setting provides a perfect spot


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to relax for an extra day or so. Its Villa Deluxe rooms feature lake and countryside views and come with private balconies, bathtubs and individually controlled air conditioning. The resort also features a Vedana Spa and a wonderfully crafted restaurant.


DAYS 12 to 14 – Siem Reap Drive via Skuon to Siem Reap for 3 nights at Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa. 2 full days of sightseeing to take in the many Angkor temples and ruins.


DAYS 15/16 – Fly to the UK Morning at leisure. Fly Vietnam Airlines via Saigon to Gatwick.


DEPARTURES WEEKLY


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