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Vietnam like never before
Vietnam's beauty, whether the majestic limestone pinnacles of Halong Bayor the grace and elegance of the aodai, is haunting. Its cities - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - bear the hallmarks of French colonial splendour.
The Mekong Delta inspires images of lush green vegetation and productivity, images of traditional Vietnamese floating markets. In the north and inland, there are tribal areas bursting with ethnic diversity and colour. The coast is home to a fascinating collection of sites which include Khmer temples, beautifully preserved old Chinese towns and, for those seeking relaxation, beautiful beaches. A&K's Vietnam holidays and beyond will take you to the heart of this amazing country. Tastes of Vietnam Cooking classes in Hanoi and Hoi An. Old River Port, World Heritage listed Hoi An. Spectacular scenery and friendly locals. French colonial influences. Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi. Arrival transfer to hotel. Sofitel Legend Metropole (Grand Luxury Room)
Day 2: Hanoi.This morning visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. After lunch visit the Museum of Ethnology (B,L). Sofitel Legend Metropole (Grand Luxury Room)
Day 3: Design your day Hanoi.A choice of half day activity today. Join local food blogger Van Cong Tu on a street food tour. Or visit the ancient village of Duong Lam where many of the houses date back 400 years. The afternoon is at leisure (B,L). Sofitel Legend Metropole (Grand Luxury Room)
Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Bay.Drive through rich farmlands to Vietnam's famous natural wonder, Halong Bay. Board your junk and cruise through the limestone islets (B,L,D). Paradise Peak Cruise (Superior Suite)
Day 5: Halong Bay - Hoi An.Return to Hanoi airport for your short flight to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An (B). The Nam Hai (One Bedroom Villa)
Day 6: Hoi An.A leisurely walking tour through the ancient town centre. See former merchants' homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the local market. Afternoon at leisure (B). The Nam Hai (One Bedroom Villa)
Day 7: Design Your Day Hoi An.Choose between a morning tour with bike ride to Tra Que village where you meet the farmers, pick the produce and prepare a local dish; a private cooking class at Red Bridge; or take part in an eco-farm and fishing tour. Afternoon at leisure (B). The Nam Hai (One Bedroom Villa)
Day 8: Hoi An - Hue.Drive north to Hue, the 19th century capital. Visit the Cham Museum and the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh (B,L,D). La Residence Hotel & Spa (Colonial Suite)
Day 9: Hue.A cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market. After lunch enjoy a boat cruise on the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda and on to the mausoleum of emperor Minh Mang (B,L). La Residence Hotel & Spa (Colonial Suite)
Day 10: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City.Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. This afternoon visit Cholon, the city's Chinatown district followed by the lively Binh Tay Market (B). Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room)
Day 11: Design Your Day Ho Chi Minh City.Plot your own course. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels with a veteran guide and tour the city. Or a full day trip into the Mekong Delta with a boat trip through the canals and a bike ride to villages meeting local craftsmen along the way and a riverside lunch (B). Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room)
Day 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh City.Say farewell to Vietnam before your final airport transfer (B). Enquire now for 2017 departures and prices.
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