Golden Key Classic Vietnam

Highlights

Explore Vietnam, a country with a troubled past and a bright future, with Golden Key’s Asia-Pacific Director, Andrew Roe. See the best of the country on this tour - it’s history, spectacular scenery and vibrant cities. This tour is open to Golden Key members, whether current students or alumni, and their guests. These prices are especially discounted for you, so sign up now!

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Dec 2, 2013): Hanoi
Arrive at any time.

Days 2-3 (Dec 3-4, 2013): Halong Bay/Hanoi (2B,1L,1D)
On day 2, we have private transport to Bai Chay harbour, our entry point to Halong Bay. Our sailing junk will take you to visit some of the islands and caves. You could enjoy a pre-dinner swim (depending on the season) and have an evening drink on the deck beneath the stars. Our accommodation tonight is a truly special experience – sleeping on a boat surrounded by high limestone karsts. All cabins are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom.

On day 3, after an early lunch on board the boat we head back to Hanoi. You have time to do some last minute shopping. Overnight train to Hue on Day 3.

Day 4 (Dec 5, 2013): Hue
We arrive early on day 4 into Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. After checking in to our hotel, we start our day with a visit to the wonderful Tien Mu Pagoda. Built over 400 years ago, and at seven stories high, Tien Mu is still the tallest and perhaps the most elegant pagoda in Vietnam. We then visit a tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors. These tombs are extremely ornate and embrace the concept of Feng Shui.

Afterwards, you may choose to enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery and there are various options to head out by bike to explore the local countryside. Please ask your CEO for more information.

Days 5-7 (Dec 6-8, 2013): Hoi An (3B)
This morning we’ll start our day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel, from where the whole of Vietnam was once ruled. In the late morning we begin our drive to Hoi An. After crossing over the Hai Van Pass, with fantastic views in all directions, we will stop at Lang Co Beach, arriving in Hoi An in the afternoon for our three night stay.

Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections. You can take a walking tour of this living museum which includes the Museum of History and Culture, the Tan Ky house, the Japanese bridge, the Fujian Assembly Hall and lunch at a riverside restaurant to sample some of the local delicacies. Hoi An is also a shopping mecca for tourists in the region. Tailors can produce virtually anything overnight, with clothing, silk lanterns, lacquer ware and many other crafts abound. For sun worshipers, Cua Dai Beach is only 4kms from town and it is an easy bicycle ride to reach.

Days 8-9 (Dec 9-10, 2013): Ho Chi Minh City (2B)
Drive to Danang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the sprawling metropolis that was once the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country’s commercial center.

On the morning of Day 9 we take our guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels. A complexed network of tunnels 90 minutes from the city where the locals lived during the American War to keep safe. The afternoon is free time to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Than Market. There is also the Reunification Palace, the residence of the presidents of South Vietnam before 1975, Cholon (literally translated: Big Market),the Chinese quarter and the War Remnants Museum.

Day 10 (Dec 11, 2013): Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Depart at any time.

Inclusions

• Entrance to Halong Bay caves, Halong Bay boat trip with seafood lunch and dinner, Entrance to Imperial Citadel and tomb, Cu Chi tunnels
• 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (Allow USD170-225 for meals not included)
• Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt)
• Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, cyclo, plane
• Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides

Exclusions

• Entrance fees not listed
• International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
• Applicable tourist visas
• Incidentals
• Insurance
• Airport taxes
• Tips or gratuities
• Beverages
• Meals not mentioned above
• Optional tours or optional admissions

To Book Your Spot:

In order to confirm this space, we require a non-refundable deposit of $250 USD per traveller or FULL payment if within 60 days of travel, along with the following passenger details:

* Full name as it appears on passport
* Date of Birth
* Passport number
* Passport issue date
* Passport expiry date
* Nationality
* Existing Medical Conditions
* Meal Requirements
* Emergency contact/ Next of Kin


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Contact Details

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