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Flavours of Vietnam (in Sep 2020 - Mar 2021)

Price: R 29,509.00

11 nights, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

Visiting 1 country: Vietnam.

Dive in to picturesque Vietnam on this laidback tour of buzzing cities, beautiful bays and lush green countryside. Along the way you'll witness spectacular sunsets, come face to face with breathtaking architecture and enjoy delectable local cuisine - all while staying in charming boutique accommodation.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Visit a traditional papier mâché mask making family in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise in the picturesque Halong Bay.
  • Take a scenic river cruise down the Mekong Delta.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Specific departures: Prices per person sharing from:
  • Between 08 - 22 September 2020
  • Between 20 October 2020 - 02 February 2021
  • On 16 March 2021
R 29,509.00 pps
  • On 06 October 2020
  • Between 09 February - 02 March 2021
R 31,059.00 pps

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi, Vietnam

After transferring from the airport to our hotel, we’ll meet the group and get to know each other in lively Hanoi today – a city brimming with busy street food stalls, picturesque pagodas and well-preserved colonial buildings. Tonight, we’ll sample our first taste of Vietnamese cuisine at KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise that gives disadvantaged young people the chance to learn new skills.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Hanoi

After a refreshing breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off for the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – where we’ll discover more about the man who led the movement for Vietnamese independence. Next, we’ll take a stroll through Hanoi’s bustling streets and visit the Temple of Literature to soak up some of Vietnam’s unique ancient history. The afternoon will see us embark on a cyclo tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where we’ll learn more about the area’s French colonial architecture. Finally, after a busy day of sightseeing we’ll stop in at the home of the city’s last remaining mask-making family, where we’ll gain an insight into how traditional papier-mâché masks are made.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

After breakfast, our transfer will take us to a World Heritage Site that’s widely regarded as the jewel in Vietnam’s crown: the beautiful Halong Bay. Here, we’ll take to the emerald waters in a traditional junk boat and set off to explore the area’s famous limestone islets and fascinating grottoes. This evening will be yours to spend reclining on a comfy chair, clinking glasses with the group or watching the twinkling stars from the sun deck. *Please note: Our exact cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on season and weather conditions.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An

We’ll tuck into tea, coffee and pastries on board the boat before cruising back to Halong City this morning. Upon arrival, we’ll disembark and transfer to the airport, where we’ll begin our journey to historic Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 - Hoi An

This morning we’ll get acquainted with Hoi An’s atmospheric Old Town on a guided tour of historic houses, museums and assembly halls – not to mention the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. After an included lunch, the afternoon will be yours to spend strolling past the area’s tailor shops, artwork-filled stores and aromatic tea warehouses. Tonight, why not enjoy some incredible sunset views over Cua Dai Bridge before heading out into the beautiful paper lantern-lit streets to sample some of the delicious local fare?

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6 - Hoi An

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ll have the opportunity to channel our inner creatives with a silk lantern making workshop. This traditional craft not only adds a wonderful touch of colour to the streets of Hoi An, but it’s also a practice said to bring luck, happiness and wealth to the family home. After returning to the hotel, you’ll have the afternoon to spend at your leisure. Tonight, the choice is yours: sample a selection of Hoi An’s specialty dishes at a local restaurant, or simply spend the evening sipping on glasses of crisp wine overlooking the Thu Bon River.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Hoi An - Hue

We’ll awaken our senses with a Vietnamese coffee before we depart Hoi An and move on to our next stop: the imperial city of Hue. Despite having the majority of its ancient architecture destroyed in the American War, this city still resonates with imperial glory at every turn. After lunch, the afternoon will be yours to dive into the illustrious history of the region. Our suggestion for tonight: take some time to hunt down a steaming bowl of Bun Bo Hue at a local haunt.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8 - Hue

Today we have an appointment with Hue’s Imperial City. A citadel-inside-a-citadel, this enormous complex on the banks of the Perfume River once housed the emperor’s residence, palace and temples within its six-metre-high walls. After taking in the sights of what remains of the ancient city, we’ll visit a historic garden house for a delicious lunch. You’ll have some well-deserved time to relax this evening back out our accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9 - Hue - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, we’ll head to the airport for our flight to the incomparable Ho Chi Minh City. After touching down and dropping off our bags at our hotel, we’ll acquaint ourselves with this pulsating city on a walking tour of the main sights. Be swept up in the swirl of energy as we visit the Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace – passing incense-filled temples, aromatic street stalls and chic designer malls as we go. Tonight, the evening will be yours to enjoy some contemporary Vietnamese cuisine at your choice of local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

First today: we’ll make an early departure for the province of Ben Tre, where we’ll swap the hustle and bustle of the city for a scenic cruise through the Mekong Delta – an area that’s known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’ due to its rich and fertile soil. We’ll arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City in time to hit the streets and sample more tantalising food stall delights. Why not wrap your tastebuds around some sizzling banh xeo or the full flavours of a bowl of bun mam before returning to the hotel?

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City

Today we’ll set off on a day trip to the labyrinthine Cu Chi Tunnels: a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War that housed kilometre upon kilometre of secret trap doors, weapon factories, living areas and hospitals. After venturing back out into the daylight, we’ll gather for lunch at a remote organic farm in Cu Chi. Then: we’ll put our palates to the test at a craft beer tasting session back in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City

After one last breakfast with the group, our tour will come to a close.

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Selected set departures between September 2020 - March 2021.
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator Back-Roads Touring
Tour Identifier/s BAHFVHO-0
Inclusions • 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 2 Dinners
• 10 nights in boutique accommodation
• 1 night on an overnight cruise
• Air-conditioned transportation
• Complimentary arrival airport transfer
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation other than mentioned above.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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