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This tour visits key attractions in Vietnam and Cambodia over two weeks, allowing plenty of time to see and experience ‘Indo-China’. We will start the tour in Ho Chi Minh City and visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. We’ll also spend time in UNESCO listed Hoi An, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches. A visit to Vietnam would not be the same without seeing Hanoi and beautiful Ha Long Bay, another UNESCO site.
We then travel into Cambodia to Siem Reap, visiting and exploring the temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world as well as rural villages, markets and a lake for a wooden boat ride. From Siem Reap we fly to cosmopolitan and vibrant Shanghai for an overnight of sightseeing and an optional night cruise on the Huangpu River.
THE TREASURES OF INDOCHINA By land: Ho Chi Minh to Shanghai
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* round-trip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• domestic flights
• 14 nights 4 to 5-star hotel accommodation
• 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and five dinners
• sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• private motor coach transportation
• local English-speaking tour guide
• Merit Travel tour host**
• all taxes and gratuities
$4,695* p.p. Departs Toronto/Vancouver: Nov. 9, 2018
Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Shanghai
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Group size: 24 maximum
Hoian Ancient town houses, Vietnam
Your Itinerary | Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner = (B, L, D)
DAY 1 | Nov. 9, 2018 | Toronto/Vancouver - Shanghai
China Eastern flight 208 departs Toronto at 3:25 p.m. arrives Shanghai at 7:10 p.m. the following day (November 10) OR China Eastern Airlines flight 582 departs Vancouver at 12:20 p.m. arrives Shanghai at 4:35 p.m. the following day (November 10).
DAY 2 | Nov. 10, 2018 | Shanghai - Ho Chi Minh
Connecting with China Eastern flight 281 departs Shanghai at 10:15 p.m. arrives Ho Chi Minh 1:25 a.m. the following day (November 11).
Overnight at Silverland Yen Hotel or similar (3 nights)
DAY 3 | Nov. 11, 2018 | Ho Chi Minh (B, L, D)
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, we will be met by our local representative and transferred to our hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast we will drive northwest to the Cu Chi Tunnels which were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968.
We have lunch at a local restaurant and in the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City, including the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House.
Then we visit the War Remnants Museum, containing exhibits from the American phase of the Vietnam War.
This evening, we relax with a dinner cruise along the Saigon River.
DAY 4 | Nov. 12, 2018 | Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta (B, L)
After breakfast we travel from Saigon to My Tho, for a boat cruise along the Mekong River passing by fishing villages where we will see the locals in their day to day way of life. We'll visit coconut village, a bee farm and a handicraft workshop to enjoy some honey tea. After, we will return back to My Tho by boat and then transfer to our hotel.
DAY 5 | Nov. 13, 2018 | Mekong Delta - Hoi An (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check out. Then transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Danang. Upon arrival we meet our local representative and have lunch together.
In the afternoon visit Hoi An for a city tour including the Japanese covered bridge, the Handicraft workshops, Tan Ky old house, Fujian Assembly Hall and the 15th century Chuc Thanh Pagoda.
Tonight you have an option to book a dinner cruise on the Thu Bon River for $60 per person.
Overnight at Silk Boutique Hotel or similar (2 nights)
DAY 6 | Nov. 14, 2018 | Hoi An (B, L)
After breakfast we start the day with a visit to My Son sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ancient religious centre of the Cham people.
We return to Hoi An in time for lunch and the rest of your afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 7 | Nov. 15, 2018 | Hoi An - Hue (B, L)
Today we transfer to Hue, visiting the fascinating Cham Museum and the Marble Mountains on the way. We will also cross Hai Van Pass where we will have magnificent views of the East sea.
When we arrive in Hue we check in to our hotel and in the evening we have the option to book a traditional music and dance performance with dinner at a local restaurant for $60 per person.
Overnight at Indochine Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
DAY 8 | Nov. 16, 2018 | Hue - Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast we check out of our hotel. We then join a river boat for a morning trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the Ming Mang Emperor’s mausoleum.
We have lunch at a local restaurant and in the afternoon visit a nunmber of sites including, the Imperial Citadel, the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynasty Urns, Nine Holy Cannons and Thai Hoa Palace.
There will be ample time for shopping in Dong Ba market and then in the evening we transfer to the airport for our flight to Hanoi.
We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel for check in.
Overnight at The Light Hotel or similar (2 nights)
DAY 9 | Nov. 17, 2018 | Hanoi (B, L, D)
After breakfast we drive to the historic complex of Ba Dinh and visit Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda.
We then continue with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the first Imperial school in Vietnam built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Sight-seeing
Travellers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring by transport and by foot and and do not require mobility aids.
Temple (Jade mountain Temple), and then enjoy a pedicab ride along the busy streets of Hanoi’s old quarter.
In the evening, we will be entertained with a special Vietnam traditional Water Puppet dinner show.
DAY 10 | Nov. 18, 2018 | Hanoi - Ha Long Bay cruise (B, L, D)
Today we depart for Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s most impressive sights, while passing through the scenic countryside. Upon arrival we board your overnight cruise and pass by some of the 3,000 limestone islands rising from the clear emerald water.
Along the way we anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and visit one of the many hidden grotto's beneath towering cliffs.
Overnight onboard the Emeraude Classic cruise or similar (1 night)
DAY 11 | Nov. 19, 2018 | Ha Long Bay cruise - Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast we continue cruising around the bay and then take a sampan to visit Luon Cave.
We return to the boat for lunch before disembarking and transferring back to Hanoi to check in to our hotel.
Overnight at the Light Hotel or similar (1 night)
DAY 12 | Nov. 20, 2018 | Hanoi - Siem Reap (B, D)
Your morning is at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel.
This evening we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with a traditional Apsara dance show.
Overnight at Empress Residence Resort and Spa or similar (2 nights)
DAY 13 | Nov. 21, 2018 | Siem Reap - Angkor (B, L, D)
Early this morning we explore the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat and visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm at dawn.
We return to the hotel for breakfast.
In the afternoon we continue our journey of discovery by visiting Angkor Thom - the Great City. Our visit seeing the Southern Gate, Bayon Temple, Baphuon Temple, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and Phimean Akas,“Celestial Palace”, dedicated to Hindu deities.
This evening we enjoy a romantic sunset on the hill top of Phnom Bakeng and gather for a final farewell dinner with your group.
DAY 14 | Nov. 22, 2018 | Siem Reap - Shanghai (B, L)
Today we drive to the rural village of Pour Krom and take an ox cart ride in the village of Chong Knies before boarding a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake.
Next, we visit Les Artisans D’Angkor for some shopping and afterwards return back to town to explore the Psar Chass, also known as the “Old Market”.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure before our transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Shanghai.