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Vibrant Vietnam

Tour & Return Economy Class Flights From $5,139* per person

Dates: 26 Nov - 09 Dec 2021

Fully escorted

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Duration: 14 days

Experience the Solo Connections difference when you join us in amazing Vietnam! Solo Connections tours are fully escorted, unique small group tours designed specifically for solo travellers over 50. Our tour includes comfortable quality accommodation during your stay throughout Vietnam with your own private room, most meals and tailor-made sightseeing.

 

Anything seems possible in Vietnam.  A country full of amazing contrasts from mega-cities to hill tribe villages in this country so vibrant and engaging.  Discover friendly people, history both old and new,  and wonderful taste sensations on this 14 day tour.

Highlights

  • Saigon
  • Mekong Delta
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Hoi An
  • Cooking Class
  • Hue
  • Imperial Citadel
  • Hanoi
  • Cyclo Tour
  • 2 Night Halong Bay  Cruise

 

  • For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

14 DAYS
Fully Escorted

Departing Brisbane 26 November 2021

$5,139*per person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne – ask us about departing from other capital cities.

Includes

  • Return Economy Class Airfares including Taxes* – business class upgrades available on request
  • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary – 12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers by private vehicle
  • Tour Host – travels with group from/to Brisbane
  • Local English speaking Tour Guides
  • Tips for Guides & Drivers

Excludes

  • Any meals other than mentioned above
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa

*Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights. 

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

 

Day 1

Depart Brisbane  – Arrive Saigon  (via Singapore)   (D)

This morning meet with your Tour Manager at Brisbane International Airport for our flight to Singapore and ongoing to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Welcome to Vietnam.  This country is full of contrasts. From huge modern cities to hill-tribe villages anything seems possible in this fascinating country. When we arrive at Tan Son Nhat international airport, our local guide will be waiting and transfer us to our hotel for a light dinner before settling in for the night

Accommodation:   Saigon Sonnet or similar (3 nights)

Day 2

Cu Chi Tunnels   (B-L)

This morning after breakfast we visit Cu Chi Tunnels.  Synonymous with the Vietnam War and a testament to the determined spirit of the Vietnamese, the underground network of passages at Cu Chi is a fascinating trip out of the city. We then continue on to visit Reunification Palace. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on 30th April 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signalling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. Across the street from the cathedral is the city’s striking French colonial-era post office. The Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in yet another fine example of Sino-French architecture. Dating back to the 1920s, it contains an excellent series of exhibits dating from the Bronze Age to the Nguyen dynasty, the last ruling family of Vietnam. The final stop today is the unforgettable Jade Emperor Pagoda. With the pungent smell of incense hanging heavy in the air and an interior packed fall of ornate carvings and fierce-looking statues, this Taoist temple is one of the most atmospheric places of worship in the city. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. We can choose to be transferred back to the hotel after our visit or alternatively be dropped off at Ben Thanh market for personal exploration and a spot of souvenir hunting. Dinner is at leisure this evening.

Day 3

Mekong Delta  (B-L)

This morning after breakfast we begin the day by exploring Ben Tre, one of the lesser-visited provinces in the Mekong Delta. We will cruise along the Ham Luong River visiting small factories that provide an insight into how the local economy works. Stops include a brickworks, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand, a salt refinery, a coconut processing workshop where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products, and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself! We then stop at a peaceful village for a short walk to see more of local life in the community before travelling by xe loi (a design of cyclo used only in the Delta) through fruit orchards before stopping at a riverside restaurant for a delicious lunch. The lunch will feature local specialties such as elephant ear fish and river shrimp. After lunch, there will be time to explore the garden or wander along the riverbanks with your guide before taking a rowing boat along narrow canals back to the main boat. We return to the pier in Ben Tre and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.  This evening is at leisure.

Day 4

Saigon – Danang – Hoi An        (B-D)                                                                            

Today we will transfer to Saigon Airport for the short flight to Da Nang.  Once in Da Nang we’ll be met by our local guide and transfer to our hotel in Hoi An.  Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:  Belle Maison Hoi An or similar (3 nights)

Day 5

Cooking Class  (B-L)

We’ll start the today with a walk around the local food markets before taking a short boat ride to Tra Que herb village. Take a short stroll around the vegetable garden and listen to the history of the village. Then join gardening activities in preparing the land, fertilizing with seaweed, raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables… Enjoy a foot soak before preparing lunch with a local family. Learn how to make ‘Tam Huu’ (spring rolls) and ‘Banh xeo’ – a local pancake specialty. After lunch bid farewell to your host family before taking the boat back to Hoi an ancient town. This afternoon, time to explore the old town of Hoi An.   Visit the Hoian market by the Hoai River and some famous points including old China trading houses, temples, and traditional houses in a mixture of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese styles.  If you’re wanting to order tailor-made clothing or shoes today is your opportunity to order for collection tomorrow afternoon!

Day 6

Hoi An   (B-L)                                                                                                                            

This morning, we will visit My Son Holy Land to discover with the old Cham towers and shrines built 2000 years ago. Take the chance to wander through crumbling towers and listen to the culture and history of might the Champa Kingdom once upon a time.  Back to Hoi in time for lunch and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the alleyways and wonderful shops in Hoi An.

Day 7

Hoi An – Hue  (B-D)

This morning after breakfast, we leave Hoi An and travel via the scenic Hai Van pass, (about 3.5 hours) to Hue.  Check in to our hotel, have some lunch (own arrangements) and freshen up before visiting taking a boat ride along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Consisting of seven stories, the pagoda is the tallest religious building in Vietnam.  Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:  Moonlight Hotel Hue or similar (1 night)

Day 8

Hue – Hanoi    (B-D)

This morning we will visit the Imperial Citadel.     Built between 1804 and 1833, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and despite a chequered history, the fortress remains superbly intact. There will be time for exploration before moving on to Long An Palace.  We’ll then transfer to Hue airport for our flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi we’ll be met by our guide and transfer to our hotel.  Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:  Thang Long Opera Hotel or similar (3 nights)

Day 9

Hanoi City Tour   (B-L)

This morning after breakfast we will enjoy an orientation of Hanoi, with its tree-lined streets resplendent with French colonial architecture, including the exquisite, recently restored Opera House. We’ll take a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. Pass Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the ‘Lake of the Restored Sword’ after the legend that surrounds it, en-route to one of the city’s many fascinating museums. We’ll visit the Temple of Literature, a serene retreat from the busy streets outside. Built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, it became Vietnam’s first university. After lunch at a local restaurant we move on to the Ho Chi Minh complex, his simple house-on-stilts and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square where the most solemn ceremonies of Hanoi take place. We return to the hotel and have the evening at leisure. Our tour manager will discuss dining options with the group.

Day 10

Hanoi   (B-L)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we visit the Museum of Ethnology, which gives an overview of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Here we’ll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land. Driving through Colonial Hanoi we see the Opera House and other local sights. We go inside the infamous Hoa La Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned. After lunch at a local restaurant we have the rest of the day to shop or simple relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Dinner this evening is at leisure and our tour manager will discuss options with the group.

Day 11

Hanoi – Halong Bay  (B-L-D)

You might like to wake up early this morning and join an exciting scene of hundreds of locals as they do their morning exercises of Tai Chi Quan, jogging, martial arts, classical dance and so on, on the lake’s edge. We’ll then travel to Halong to board the vessel which will be our home for the next two nights.   Lunch will be served as we sail out through Bai Tu Long Bay.  During the afternoon we’ll visit Vung Vieng fishing village which is one of the biggest villages in Halong Bay.  We’ll also make a stop at the Pearl Village. Back on board enjoy happy hour as the sun sets, then a cooking demonstration before dinner is served.  You might like to try your luck quid fishing over the back of the boat this evening!

 Accommodation:  Era Cruise or similar (2 nights)

Day 12

Halong Bay  (B-L-D)

You might like to start the day with some Tai Chi on the sundeck early this morning.  Breakfast will be served afterwards.   Today enjoy the scenery of the bays as you cruise around.  You might like to try kayaking if you’re feeling energetic.  If not, grab your camera and a deck chair and enjoy the passing scenery.

Day 13

Halong Bay – Hanoi/Depart Hanoi   (B)

Tai Chi anyone?  Or early light breakfast?    This morning make a stop at Thien Canh Son caves which are quite magnificent and worth the climb (steps)!    We’ll then check out of our cabins and enjoy brunch as we sail back into the pier.  Our coach will be waiting for us to transfer us back to Hanoi Airport and our flight home.

Day 14

Arrive Brisbane

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444