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Ornate temple rooftops, Vientiane, Laos

 

Indochina Grand Tour 19 days/17 nights
Duration 19 days (full package)
18 days (land only)
Places Visited: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang, Hoi'an, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), My Tho, Siem Reap, Angkor, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Bangkok
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Halong Bay Natural Scenic Area, Hue Complex of Monuments, Hoi'an, My Son Sanctuary, Angkor Wat, Luang Prabang
Max Group Size: 16
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"There are a few places in the world in which one feels proud to be a member of the human race, and one of these is certainly Angkor ... In every stone there is an inherent greatness whose measure remais firmly in the mind ... On the lintel of a door, an ancient hand had chiseled a message: The wise man knows that life is nothing but a small flame shaken by a violent wind.

Tiziano Terzani A Fortune-Teller Told Me

INFORMATION

 

ITINERARY

Days 1-2 DEPARTURE/EN ROUTE
Depart from West Coast North America for Hanoi; upon arrival you'll be met and taken to your hotel.

Melia Hotel

Day 3 HANOI
The modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi retains the charm of past eras: narrow lanes, traditional shops, beautiful public spaces, lakes, parks, and tree-lined boulevards. Begin your day visiting the Temple of Literature. Founded in 1070 and built in the style of a Confucian Temple, it is the site Vietnam's first university. Continue to One Pillar Pagoda, also dating from the 11th century, then on to vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, commemorating the 20th century Vietnamese leader. Your tour will take you past colonial landmarks, including the Opera House and St. Joseph's Cathedral and on to Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the city. From there begin exploring the Old Quarter by cyclo or pedicab. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shops is also known as 'The 36 Streets,' each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there. In the afternoon, visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, either the History Museum or the Museum of Ethnology which contains art and artifacts from Vietnam's 54 different ethnic groups. You will also attend a Water Puppet Show, a singularly Vietnamese art form best seen in Hanoi.

Melia Hotel B L D

Day 4 HALONG BAY
Today you'll go by coach to Halong Bay passing Haiphong, the major port serving northern Vietnam. The ride takes about one-and-a-half hours. Arriving at the pier in Halong Bay around noon, you'll board a traditional wooden junk-style boat for a cruise in the islet-studded bay whose natural wonders have earned raves from travelers and World Heritage Site status from UNESCO. The cruise takes you by floating villages, fishermen casting their nets, and pearl fisheries. A seafood lunch is served on board. The cruise ends in the late afternoon; return to Hanoi for the night.

Melia Hotel B L D

Day 5 HANOI/HUE
Have a leisurely morning prior to flying to Hue, 700 km south in central Vietnam. The historic capital of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) is another of Vietnam's World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a cruise on the prosaically named Perfume River, stopping at Thien Mu Pagoda, a venerable shrine, and the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh of Nguyen era.

Saigon Morin Hotel B L D

Day 6 HUE/DANANG/HOI'AN
After a hearty breakfast, you'll travel by coach south across Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds) passing colorful villages and enjoying spectacular views of the sky and sea. Lunch in Danang followed by a visit to Cham Museum to see art and artifacts from the Champa Kingdom that ruled this part of Vietnam for more than a millennium, from the 7th century to 1832. The ride to Hoi'an takes you by Marble Mountain and China Beach. Dinner will be on your own tonight.

Palm Garden Resort & Spa B L

Day 7 HOI'AN
The exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi'an was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colorful shophouses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shoppers’ paradise, best explored on foot. The streets are cobbled; the low-roofed buildings are tiled, the central market is a hive of activity, and the small harbor is filled with colorfully painted boats. The walking tour will include a visit to a private house, a typical Chinese style pagoda, and a 400-year-old covered bridge built by the Japanese community of Hoi'an to connect the town with the Chinese quarters across the river. In the afternoon enjoy a cruise down the Thu Bon River, with stops at a pottery village and woodcarving village.

Palm Garden Resort & Spa B L

Day 8 MY SON/HO CHI MINH CITY
In the morning depart for My Son Sanctuary, 50 km southwest of Hoi'an, and the fourth World Heritage Site visited on this tour. My Son was capital of the Cham nation (7th to 13th centuries). The ruins here are in the same league as Angkor Wat and Ayutthaya. Return to Hoi'an around noon. After lunch travel back to Danang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Equatorial Hotel B L D

Day 9 HO CHI MINH CITY(SAIGON)
Situated 1,760 km south of Hanoi, Saigon is Vietnam's largest and most dynamic city. It was capital of both French Cochin China and South Vietnam until 1975 when north and south Vietnam unified. In 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding province of Gia Định and was officially renamed Hồ Chí Minh City. It is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, some 60 km from the South China Sea. Your tour begins with a stop at the Reunification Palace, once the home of the South Vietnamese president. The palace has been preserved from the time it was stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. You'll then go to the War Remnants Museum detailing the long Vietnam-American War. A tour of the city centre follows where you'll visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda and drive by Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, City Hall and the old Opera House, each in own way a wonderful example of French provincial architecture. The tour winds up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where you can put your bargaining skills to test. In the afternoon, visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground labyrinth created by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and which had command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapons factories, all ingeniously concealed.

Equatorial Hotel B L D

Day 10 HO CHI MINH CITY
In the morning you'll go by coach to My Tho, a bustling town in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta. The town features a beautiful temple and pagoda as well as a sanctuary for orphans and other needy children. A local boat will take you into the delta, stopping at a farm on Thoi Son Islet to taste delicious fruit and sip tea while being entertained by local musicians. You can also take a ride in a sampan through the tiny waterways that thread the islet. Return to Saigon for the night.

Equatorial Hotel B L

Day 11 HO CHI MINH CITY/SIEM REAP
After a leisurely morning, fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Rest of day at leisure.

Angkor Century Resort & Spa B L

Day 12 SIEM REAP
Today you'll tour the World Heritage Site of Angkor, starting at the south gate of Angkor Thom (Angkor City) and proceeding to Bayan, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. After lunch you'll go to Angkor Wat, the stunning temple complex. Weather permitting you'll stay until sunset. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Angkor Century Resort & Spa B L

Day 13 SIEM REAP/PHNOM PENH
In the morning go by small boat to the floating market on Tonlé Sap Lake, then visit Les Artisans d’Angkor, an arts and crafts centre. Afternoon fly to Phnom Penh, long regarded the loveliest of French-built cities of Indochina. It has been capital of Cambodia off and on for 500 years, continuously since 1866, when the current Royal Palace was built. The city was once called the Pearl of Asia, a title it is reclaiming after a horrendous dark period in the 1970s. Dinner at the hotel.

Juliana Hotel B L D

Day 14 PHNOM PENH
Today's tour will take you to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and the Russian Market. Afternoon free. Evening enjoy a cruise on the Tonlé Sap River that runs past the city joining the Mekong a short distance to the east.

Juliana Hotel B L D

Day 15 PHNOM PENH/VIENTIANE
In the morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Vientiane, capital of Laos. Visit Phra Keo,Vientiane's oldest and most beautiful temple and Vat Sisaket, a royal temple that is today a museum. As you tour the city you will see the pervasive influences of French architecture, style and tastes. Laos was a French protectorate for almost 100 years. The crowning symbol that era is Patouxay, a structure modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Dinner tonight at Kua Lao restaurant with traditional music and dances.  

Don Chan Palace Hotel B L D

Day 16 VIENTIANE/LUANG PRABANG
In the morning you will go to Vat Luang Stupa, the most revered shrine in Laos, then to Talat Sao, a large central market. Lunch at Le Nadao Restaurant. Afternoon fly to Luang Prabang.

Grand Hotel B L D

Day 17 LUANG PRABANG
Luang Prabang is Laos's foremost tourist showpiece with its mix of temples, French provincial architecture and multiethnic inhabitants. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encircled by mountains, set at about 700 metres above sea level and situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rivers, the town gives travelers a refreshing taste of a slower, calmer pace of life. Today you'll go by boat on the Mekong to the sacred Buddhist cave, Pak Ou, 25 km from town. On the way stop at a picturesque village for a glimpse of riverine life. Visit Tham Ting and Tham Phoum caves containing hundreds of Buddhist statues. Lunch at “Elephant” restaurant near the caves. Return to town by coach. Late afternoon climb Phousy Hill for a panoramic view of the city and Mekong River. Dinner at Tamnak Lao restaurant.

Grand Hotel B L D

Day 18 LUANG PRABANG
Today's tour will take you to the National Museum and Wat Mai, one of the most beautiful buildings in Luang Prabang. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit Kuangsi, a beautiful multi tiered waterfall about 30 km south of town. You'll stop at villages of Hmong and Khmou people en route. Pools below the falls are popular for swimming, although the water can get be quite cold.

Grand Hotel B L D

Day 19 LUANG PRABANG/BANGKOK/HOME
Morning free until rtansfer to airport for homeboudn flight. Extra days can be arranged in Loas or Bangkok OR you can extend yourstay in Southeast Asia with a journey into Myanmar.

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Accommodations
Melia Hotel, Hanoi
Saigon Morin Hotel, Hue
Palm Garden Resort & Spa, Hoi'an
Equatorial Hotel, Saigon
Angkor Century Resort & Spa, Siem Reap
Juliana Hotel, Phnom Penh
Don Chan Palace Hotel, Vientiane
Grand Hotel & Resort, Luang Prabang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prices and Group departure dates
Prices are in Canadian dollars per person based on double occupancy with minimum seven tour members. Full package departs from Vancouver, BC Add-on airfares other cities click here
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If you are taking the Land Only package, you might want to consider spending a day or two in Hong Kong prior to starting the tour in Hanoi. We'd be happy to arrange additional nights at a hotel for you.
Add-On Airfares
Victoria $150
Edmonton, Calgary $250
Regina, Winnipeg $380
Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal $450
Halifax $550
Seattle,Portland $150
For other cities please contact us
Start
Hanoi
Finish
Luang Prabang

Land Only

2010
July 15
Aug 1
$3195
Sept 14
Oct 1
$3225
Oct 7
Oct 24
$3325
Nov 4
Nov 22
$3325
2011
Jan 21
Feb 7
$3380
Mar 4
Mar 21
$3380

Single Supplement: $1095

Tour price is based on group size of seven or more. Discounts apply for groups of 11 or more. For group size of two people, add $540 per person; for group size of between three and six, add $255 per person. Discounts are available for children under age 12. Full package including international flight from North America is available. Contact us for price and details.

Land Only Package Includes:
Superior accommodations generally 5-star or high 4-star
Most meals, as indicated in itinerary
Ground transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles with complimentary cold towels and drinks
Boat tickets; all admissions, stated excursions, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guide.
Six flights:
Hanoi/Hue;
Danang/Saigon;
Saigon/Siem Reap;
Siem Reap/Phnom Penh;
Phnom Penh/Vientiane;
Vientiane/Luang Prabang

Fuel charges at current rate (subject to change at short notice; surcharge may apply)
Domestic airport taxes
Baggage handling (one bag per person)

Land Only Package does not include:
International flight from North America
International airport taxes
Visa fees
Personal expenses
Travel insurance

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