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Intriguing Vietnam & Cambodia 10 Days – Starting from $1,255

Hanoi • Hue • Hoi An • Saigon • Siem Reap » Tour Code : AVC

  • 2015 – 2016 Tour Itinerary
  • Tour Dates & Prices
  • Hotel Accommodations
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Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel.

Day 2 Hanoi » Hue (AB)
fter breakfast, begin your day visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. (The Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays and closes annually in October and November for restoration). Continue through the Park to Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Continue your visit to One Pillar Pagoda, dated 11 century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. It stands near the vast of Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. You will also visit the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Finally, discover the Old Quarter of Hanoi by walking. The fascinating network of narrow alleys and shophouses is also known as the 36 Streets, each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. A handicraft-lover’s paradise and a endlessly interesting place to explore local life. Take flight to Hue. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
Note: The Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays and closes annually in October and November for restoration.

Day 3 Hue (AB, L)
This morning, enjoy a leisurely boat ride down the Perfume River, stopping first at the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue’s most widely recognizable monument. Continue cruising to Thuy Bieu Village. Upon arrival, enjoy a pleasant walk or bike ride around the village. Visit the garden house and then an ancient ancestral temple and communicate with local people. Stop by at incense making family and discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm. Have lunch at a local house with Hue traditional specialties. Relax by steeping your feet in a mixture of medicinal herbs and water – a traditional therapeutically practiced. Enjoy an excellent massage by blind people. Return to Hue and visit the Old Imperial City. Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds and visit Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho Palace) where the Queen mother lived. You will visit Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites, including Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.

Day 4 Hue » Danang » Hoi An (AB)
After breakfast, visit the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Continue to visit the Xuan Thuy Village. After that, transfer by vehicle to Hoi An. Journey from Hue over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Halfway between Danang and Hue lie the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and South Vietnam. Continue southwards passing Lang Co, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea. En route, you will visit Cham Museum, an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Briefly pass Nuoc Beach, a famous spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam-American War. Continue to Hoi An stopping en route to visit the Marble Mountains, five stone hillocks, once island that now rise sharply from the surrounding rice fields. Riddle with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe. Check in to your hotel.

Day 5 Hoi An (AB)
After breakfast, visit the Bai people’s Tie-Dye workshop in the town of The exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It’s colorful shop houses and temples reflect a diverse heritage dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port of Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. This beautifully preserved historic city is best seen on foot. The walking tour includes Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Continue to Sa Huynh Museum located near the Japanese Covered Bridge. You will also visit the Tran Family Chapel and Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall. Stop by at one of the lantern workshops in Hoi An. This afternoon, enjoy tea at Reaching Out Tea House.

Day 6 Hoi An » Danang » Saigon (AB)
Transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 7 Saigon (AB)
Today’s highlight is to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard literate, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Return to Saigon and begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside) and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Norte Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the Reunification Palace, formerly the Independence Palace of South Vietnamese President. It was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. Continue to the harrowing War Remnants Museum which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam – American War and Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of the Saigon’s most interesting Pagoda.

Day 8 Saigon » Siem Reap (AB)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and proceed for sightseeing. Today’s excursion is to Kampong Kleang by boat. It is located about 50km from Siem Reap Town. The place is situated on the northeast shore on the edge of the ecologically important Tonle Sap Lake. This boat trip will explore the floating villages that live at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms. Return to Siem Reap and check in to your hotel.

Day 9 Siem Reap (AB)
Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit to the Angkor Wat, the national symbol and the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture. Continue your visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue on to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings. You will also visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. This evening, watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.

Day 9 Siem Reap – Home (AB)
Farewell to Siem Reap. Transfer to airport for your flight back to the USA.

Intriguing Vietnam & Cambodia 10 Days Tour Land Package Per Person
Hotel
Accommodations
Land Only
2 PAX
Land Only
3 – 6 PAX
Land Only
7 – 9 PAX
Single
Supplement
Superior First Class $1,545 $1,415 $1,255 $290
Deluxe $1,865 $1,735 $1,575 $575
Above rates are valid for travel between April 01, 2015 – March 31, 2016 (seasonal surcharge may apply)

Superior First Class Accommodations

  • Hanoi: May De Ville Old Quarter Hotel star
  • Hue: Mondial Hue Hotel star
  • Hoi An: Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa star
  • Saigon:Vissai Saigon Hotel star
  • Siem Reap: Angkor Riviera Hotel star

Deluxe Accommodations

  • Hanoi: Pullman Hanoi Hotel star
  • Hue: Imperial Hotel star
  • Hoi An: Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort star
  • Saigon: Equatorial Hotel
  • Siem Reap: Sokha Angkor Resort star

Package Includes:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Arrival airport and departure transfers
  • Domestic air within Vietnam. International air between Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary including admission charges where applicable
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Baggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes; all local taxes

Special Notes

  • Transpacific airfare, US domestic add-on airfare are available, please call for details
  • Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar class
  • All prices are subject to change without notice
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