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12 Day Amazing Vietnam (2017)

 

 

Stopover Programs

3 Day/2 Night Post-Trip Taipei Stopover Program ($220 per person, Taipei)
 
Extension tour in Taipei

Take advantage of China Airlines (CI) flights and visit Taiwan, one of Asia's hidden gems.

World Spree' s Taiwan Stopover Program offers two-night hotel accommodations in a 4-star hotel within Taipei' s bustling business district. We include buffet breakfasts, and airline stopover change fees. We do not include airport transfers as it is easy to arrange those by yourself; it costs about $30-$40 per cab ride from Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) to your hotel.

Minimum of two passengers.
 

 

Extensions

5 Day/4 Night Pre trip Sapa Minority Village ($649 per person, Sapa)
 
Extension tour in Sapa

Discovering Sapa is the perfect way to begin experiencing the beauty and mystery of Vietnam.

Sapa is the gateway to a world of fascinating cultures, luscious landscapes, and is a real retreat after the hustle and bustle of city life. Around Sapa are gorgeous valleys with quilt-design rice terraces, lofty mountains and authentic hill minority homes.

Our 5-day Sapa program is a privately guided pre-trip tour that features deluxe accommodation in a French Colonial hotel; 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner; all transportation including an overnight train experience to Hanoi; unique home visits to the minorities’ villages; authentic, rural insights into the local life including the colorful Bac Ha Market, and more!

Subject to availability of air booking class, space on train and hotel, and seasonality. Minimum of two passengers.
Day 3: Overnight Train Private Cabin Upgrade ($45 per person, Sapa)
 
Optional tour in Sapa

The Fanxipan Express is a fully-equipped train with wooden paneled cabins that have 4 berths which feature air-condition, soft sleepers, and basic necessities like reading lights, baggage storage and bottled water. Upgrade your overnight train journey to a more private cabin for 2.
Day 3: Victoria Express Train Upgrade ($90 per person, Sapa)
 
Optional tour in Sapa

Upgrade your overnight train journey to Hanoi with the elegant Victoria Express Train. Inspired by the Romantic Era and tastefully decorated, each deluxe sleeping cabin is air-conditioned, wood paneled, with individual reading lights, baggage storage, complimentary snacks and bottled water, and oversized windows.
6 Day/5 Night Pre trip Sapa Minority Village ($699 per person, Sapa)
 
Extension tour in Sapa

Travelers from JFK must book this unique Sapa extension that includes our Culture Insights Program!

Sapa is the gateway to a world of fascinating minority cultures, luscious landscapes, and is a real retreat after the hustle and bustle of city life. Around Sapa are gorgeous valleys with quilt-design rice terraces, lofty mountains and authentic hill minority homes, making it the perfect start to discovering the beauty and mystery of Vietnam.

Our 6-day Sapa program is a privately guided pre-trip tour that features deluxe accommodation in a French Colonial hotel; 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner; all transportation including an overnight train experience to Hanoi; unique home visits to the minorities’ villages; authentic, rural insights into the local life including the colorful Bac Ha Market, and more!

Minimum of two passengers.
Day 2: Ninh Binh - The Halong on Land ($85 per person, Hanoi)
 
Optional tour in Hanoi

The reserve in Ninh Binh Province is a primeval tropical forest with spectacularly shaped limestone mountains surrounding the north's largest wetland, an area described as an "inland Ha Long Bay". With its rural villages, vast green paddy fields, expanding mountains and a poetic river that flows into the horizon, Ninh Binh is the scenic quintessence of Vietnam as a whole. Its history is also worth mentioning - the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, Ninh Binh is a venue of relics that reflect its 1000 years of history and development.

Upon arrival, you get on small rowing boats to travel along the canals amid local villages and green fields. Enjoy the beauty of Tam Coc by rowing through the caves, and then ride the ox cart through the peaceful village. After lunch, you cycle to Bich Dong, which is known to be “Vietnam's second most beautiful grotto”. Climb up the Ngu Nhac Son (Buddha's Palm Mountain) and be charmed by the marvelous scenery offered by the mountains, rivers and pagodas.
 

 

Optional Tours

Day 3: Half-day Hanoi "Old Quarters", "Hanoi Hilton" and Water Puppet show ($50 per person, Hanoi)
 
Optional tour in Hanoi

Enjoy our optional tour for an unforgettable opportunity to explore the narrow, chaotic streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter on electrical cart. Also known as 36 Streets, this maze of streets dates back to the 13th century and the street names, such as Tinsmith Street, Silk Street and Dried Fish Street, are indicative of the original trades that flourished here. There are plenty of photo opportunities as you will pass street vendors selling various foods and produce.

We then visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, originally used by the French to hold political prisoners it gained the ironic nickname the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War due to its harsh and unsanitary conditions. Whilst most of the prison has been demolished, the old gatehouse remains and is now a museum housing exhibits from the two eras.

The tour concludes with a water puppet show, this traditional Vietnamese art form dates to the 11th century, where it developed in the paddy fields of North Vietnam. Today, the water of the paddy field is replaced by a large pool which acts as a stage for the puppets who are expertly guided by puppeteers hidden behind a bamboo screen. Accompanied by music, the puppets depict rural tales and historic stories.

The popular half-day tour includes the private tour and entrance fees, a lunch. Approximate tour duration is 4-5 hours.
Day 7: Cyclo Tour with royal dinner at Imperial Citadel ($45 per person, Hue)
 
Optional tour in Hue

Our particular highlight of today's tour is the opportunity to explore the old town of Hue on cyclos (three wheeled cycle rickshaw, pedaled by a driver, with you in front; the cyclo is a very common mode of transport in Vietnam) and Riding through its cobbled stone streets provides a great way to experience the colorful ancient town, the attractive French Quarter, and its bustling local markets in a very intimate way.

We start from the French Quarter with French colonial style architectures and old houses. Pass by the school where Ho Chi Minh was educated. Continue along the colorful markets, where the locals shop and bargain, to a local restaurant inside the Citadel. Hue, is renowned for its cuisine and tonight we enjoy a special banquet with traditional Nguyen Royal Cuisine
Day 8: Full-day Hue Perfume River Boat Trip, Royal Tombs and pagoda with lunch ($60 per person, Hue)
 
Optional tour in Hue

After breakfast, we will enjoy boat cruise up the scenic Perfume River to visit the seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda, set atop Ha Khe Hill. Local legend says that an old lady foretold that a great leader would visit and erect a pagoda to bring peace and prosperity to the country. Upon visiting the site in 1601 and hearing this story Nguyen Hoang, the first of the Nguyen dynasty, ordered the construction of this temple, the name of which translates as "celestial lady" in honour of the lady who's prophecy he fulfilled. On our return to Hue we visit the tomb of Khai Dinh. This elaborate tomb is interesting as it combines a mix of Asian and French influences. Khai Dinh ruled from 1916 to 1925 by which time the Nguyen dynasty only really retained symbolic power as much of its real control had been ceded to the French colonialists. This close relationship gave him the opportunity to visit France and it is clear from the design of his mausoleum that he was influenced by the architecture he witnessed on this trip. Our tour concludes with a visit to the popular Dong Ba Market, where local fresh produce, fish, flowers and cosmetics are sold.
Day 10: Full day Mekong Delta tour and cruise ($85 per person, Saigon)
 
Optional tour in Saigon

Enjoy our optional cruise and land tour to the Mekong Delta. Known as Vietnam's rice basket the verdant landscapes of the Mekong Delta offer an enjoyable excursion away from the busy streets and bustle of Saigon. Our tour starts with a drive out to the town of Ben Tre, situated in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival we will enjoy a ride through the local village of Huu Dinh by Xe Loi- Tuk Tuk (like a cyclo but with the passengers carried in a small carriage to the rear of the bicycle). We then continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge where we board our cruise.

On board, we will be served refreshing fruits and drinks as we cruise through the delta's amazing scenery, past rich orchards and endless paddy fields with the opportunity to view local life as people fish and farm. We stop off at a brick kiln, which still uses century old techniques to make the bricks by hand.

We then switch to bicycle (for those who does not want to ride, can choose Xe Loi – Tuk Tuk again), for a trip through the pleasant country lanes to a local village. After a brief stop for tea and fruit, we then visit a local workshop that produces Hu Tieu rice noodles, a popular breakfast staple in the region. Then we transfer to small sampans, allowing us to explore the narrow canals.

After lunch, we walk to the village of My Long to meet a former Vietcong soldier who now makes the local speciality, rice paper. You will have the opportunity to see how it is made as well as sample the produce. Afterwards, we resume our cruise returning to Ben Tre for the journey back to Saigon.

Unlike most other Mekong cruise offered by our competitors, our comprehensive people-to-people program features both a cruise on the Mekong River and visits to local people's homes and business at less tourist areas for a complete insight about the real life of the locals--a genuine experience for an eye-opening journey.
Day 11: Half-day Cu Chi Tunnels ($40 per person, Saigon)
 
Optional tour in Saigon

Enjoy our optional excursion to the famous Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels. Originally built by the Viet Minh during their struggles with the French, they were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and the base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. Some 75 miles of the complex have been preserved by the government of Vietnam, and turned into a war memorial park. Our excursion allows us to enter this once secretive complex of tunnels - a testament to Vietnamese ingenuity, they housed an incredible infrastructure including kitchens, a school and even a hospital and were protected from enemy intrusion by secret entrances and booby traps. Travel back to Saigon.

The half day trip includes a private tour and entrance fee. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.