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Vietnam


EXCLUSIVE ESCORTED TOUR ZZZ PLUS 15 DAYS


FRIENDSHIP TRAVEL


EXCLUSIVE


Key Locations 3Ho Chi Minh City 3Mekong Delta 3Hue 3Hoi An 3Hanoi 3Halong Bay Cruise


Including 3Reunification Palace, War Museum, Cathedral, Cu Chi Tunnels


3Mekong Delta & Ben Tre River


3Perfume River 3Thien Mu Pagoda 3Tu Duc &


Ahai Dinh tombs


3DaNang Cham Museum 3My Son Sanctuary 3Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum 3Hoi An Water Puppet Theatre


3Cu Van floating village & Sampan fishing


3Dau Be Island 3Tai Chi Lesson


Plus 3International flights 3Two internal flights 3All other travel within Vietnam


3English speaking Host/Guide throughout


Each Friendship Travel group (no more than 8 guests) is accompanied throughout by a local Friendship Travel Host, who meets you on arrival in Vietnam. As well as transport by road and boat, we include two internal flights.


Our hotels are of international 4-star standard, and we are on a B&B basis. Some other meals are included on excursions, and when they are not, we eat together (at own expense) picking local restaurants: allow £10-£15 per day.


The Aphrodite is a unique cruise. This small ship combines traditional craftsmanship with modern features. Vietnamese styling, smiling service, good food and amazing experiences are included. With only 17 cabins, the Aphrodite is an intimate ship.


Itinerary Day 1 Direct flight Heathrow to Vietnam.


Day 2 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Meet your Host and transfer to the hotel (3 nights). The rest of the day is free to unpack, unwind and orientate.


Day 3We drive south into Ben Tre province, boarding a boat to discover the Mekong Delta, travelling along palm-fringed creeks to see life lived on the water. Lunch included.


Day 4 A full day city sightseeing taking in Reunification Palace and the War Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market. After lunch (included) we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels where the Viet Minh resisted the French.


Day 5 Early start for our first flight, to Hue, with the rest of the day free to relax (2 nights).


Day 6We take a boat trip on the Perfume River, visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda and the tombs of the emperors. After lunch (included), we see the local Dong Ba market and take a cyclo tour of Hue.


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Day 7 Driving to Hoi An (for a 3-night stay), stop en route at the Cham Museum in Danang. In Hoi An town we visit the Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall and local market. Lunch included.


Day 8 This morning we visit the amazing temple site at My Son, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Day 9 At this stage we deserve a day off to relax on Hoi An’s beach.


Day 10 Fly to Hanoi (1 night). We take a city tour, see the house and mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh himself and the city’s pagodas. After lunch (included) we take a cyclo tour of the old town and see a performance of the famous water-puppets.


Day 11 The final highlight is beautiful Ha Long Bay. Board Aphrodite for a two-night cruise, enjoying lunch as we set sail. Docking near the village of Cu Van, we take a sampan tour before dinner and late night squid fishing!


Day 12 Head to Dau Be point to kayak through the spectacular tunnels to discover a secret lagoon, before anchoring near a beautiful beach for the afternoon. (All meals, but not drinks, are included during our cruise.)


Day 13 Try Tai Chi before breakfast! There’s a final expedition, then we sail back to Ha Long Bay, enjoying lunch on-board before returning to Hanoi for a last night in Vietnam. Let’s make it a memorable one!


Day 14 After breakfast, time for last-minute shopping before the flight home.


Day 15 Land at Heathrow around breakfast time.


Please see online for further details, including the Aphrodite Cruise Ship and Hotels.


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