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Vietnam Total Immersion

  • Hanoi – Duong Lam - Tam Coc – Ha long Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Saigon – Cu Chi – Mekong Delta – Mui Ne
  • COVN18
  • US$1,000
Beyond scope and diversity lies an engaging insight of Vietnam and that is what this cross-country tour is all about. Get started by appreciating the thousand-year charm of Hanoi along with its suburban ancient village of Duong Lam characterized by unique antique housing. Open your heart for charity by donating gifts to a suburban school for ethnic minority kids and conversing with them in English. Observe the amazing terrain similarities between the heavenly Ha Long Bay and the marvelous inland labyrinth of rocky mountains and waterlogged fields in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. In the former capital city of Hue, land of the Perfume River and imperial legacy, be engrossed into stories of how the Nguyen dynasty’s kings rose and fell. The peaceful ancient town of Hoi An with its exquisite architecture and inhabitants’ colorful lifestyles will get you imagining how it became a convergence point of Asian cultures. You will be deeply touched in Ho Chi Minh, the city that never sleeps down South, by a stark contrast of a prosperous present and a painful yet glorious war-ladden past. Enjoy the Mekong Delta with its vast landscape of flat islands, coconut-lined waterways and warm-hearted farmers. The tour will come to a relaxing end by the sunny pristine beaches of Mui Ne, the coastal site of Cham ethnic temples and picturesque sand dunes.

SUMMARY
DAY 1:  HANOI – ARRIVAL    
DAY 2:  HANOI – FULL DAY CITY TOUR       (B/L)
DAY 3:  HANOI - DUONG LAM ANCIENT VILLAGE – ENGLISH COVERSATION AT A LOCAL MINORITY SHOOL   (B/L)
DAY 4:  HANOI – HOA LU TAM COC       (B/L)
DAY 5:  VAN LONG – KENH GA     (B, L)
DAY 6:  HA LONG OVERNIGHT ON WOODEN JUNK     (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HA LONG – HANOI – HUE (ONE HOUR FLIGHT)   (B/L)
DAY 8:  HUE – DA NANG – HOI AN        (B/L)
DAY 9:  HOI AN TOUR          (B/L)
DAY 10: HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CHI MINH      (B/-/D)
DAY 11:  HO CHI MINH – MY THO (MEKONG DELTA)   (B/-/D)
DAY 12:  HO CHI MINH – PHAN THIET BEACH    (B)
DAY 13:  MUI NE – PHAN THIET BEACH      (B)
DAY 14:  MUI NE – PHAN THIET BEACH      (B)
DAY 15:  MUI NE – PHAN THIET – HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE    (B)

HIGHLIGHTS:
  •  Duong Lam Ancient Village, English lesson at a local minority school
  •  Overnight on Wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Full day Hanoi city tour to visit; Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Hanoi Old Quarter.
  •  Hoa Lu Tam Coc, Van Long, Kenh Ga
  • Hoi An ancient town - 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hue - Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital
  • Full day Saigon tour includes: Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, City Hall, War Remnants in Viet Nam Museum, Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), Ben Thanh Market
  •  My Tho – Mekong Delta
  • End tour on Mui Ne Phan Thiet Beach

What you should bring:
Walking shoes, hat, sun glasses, insect repellent, personal medicine.

Day 1:  Hanoi – Arrival

On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, welcomed to Vietnam by our guide and transferred to hotel for check in. Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains a unique old world charm and some Asia’s most striking colonial architecture.

Accommodation: at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2:  Hanoi – Full Day City Tour    (B/L)

Morning, we enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a visit to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. Lunch at Ngon restaurant with many kind of street food.

Afternoon, we will explore West Lake, which is steeped in legend and is bordered by several significant pagodas.  We will view Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnam's oldest pagoda, built in the 6th century and located on Cayang Island in the middle of the lake. Enjoy a cyclo (pedicab) trip around 36 streets of Hanoi old quarter, you have an opportunity to view Trang Tien Plaza, Opera House and stop to visit Hanoi Ancient House at 87 Ma May Street. End of day, enjoy at cup of Vietnamese coffee at Ham Ca Map rooftop coffee shop. Enjoy your free time.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: at hotel in Hanoi.



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Day 3: Hanoi - Duong Lam Ancient Village – English Conversation at a Local Minority School

• Time: 8:00am – 18:00pm
• Surround yourself in the rich history and breathtaking scenery of Vietnam.
• Seeing and touching the houses over 300 years old.
• Explore life style of local people (in ancient village)
• Visit and presenting school tools for a minority primary school.
• Min from 2pax up to 10pax
• Traditional food menu with local people

Give something back to the community! Cosiana Tour is supporting a local minority English school whose students love to practise their conversational English with foreigners. The pupils are from 11 years old till 14 who will be the main resource authorities for the mountainous area in the north and depending on the day you visit the school you will find yourself either playing with young kids and read stories or have discussions in English about all kind of subjects regarding Vietnam, the world and daily life of the pupils.

The coordinator and car will pick you up from your hotel at 08:00 in the morning, on the way you have an opportunity to visit Duong Lam village – one of the oldest village in Vietnam with three house year old and bring you back around noon. A fun and interactive way to get to know the local people of Vietnam.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc   (B/L)

After breakfast at hotel, we depart Hanoi by private coach to Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh province (2,5 hours). Visit the ancient capital of Vietnam and the famous old temples of The Dinh and The Le Dynasties.  Enjoy cycling tour for an hour on picturesque quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops to Tam Coc (12km) then check in hotel. Lunch at local restaurant.
1.30pm – An hour boat journey in the heart of "Inland Ha Long Bay".
Take in the beauty of the karsts formations as you pass along their base and row into three of the many caves carved through the limestone.
Stop for a short rest near a small shrine before returning to dock (1 hour).
Free time and relax.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: at hotel in Ninh Binh.


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Day 5: Van Long – Kenh Ga   (B/L)

Have a breakfast. Leave Tam Coc for Van Long Nature Reverse. Take the tiny bamboo boat to visit the "preserving nature area". Lunch in restaurant. After that move to Kenh Ga floating village in Gia Vien district.
Take the motor- boat on Yellow Dragon River. Visit the "Kenh Ga hot spring", and if you have time, you can have a shower or a swim in the hot water from the hot spring or you can walk through the green rice field to visit the Van Trinh Cave.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: at hotel in Ninh Binh

Day 6: Halong bay – Overnight On Wooden Junk    (B/L/D)

08:00  Our guide and driver pick you up from hotel, transfer to Ha Long via vehicle  (160km driving one way - 3.5hrs drive). On the way you have chance to see some of the rural areas of Vietnam. The drive goes through the Red River delta, so we'll have plenty of chance for taking photo of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy field. At half way, we will have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes and embroidered paintings.
With a quick rest stop en route, you will reach Ha Long City. Arrival in Ha Long at 11:30
12h15:  Check-in registration, Boarding on Junk. Welcome drink is served
12h45:  Start cruising
13h00:  Have lunch board
13h30:  A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave and a swim at Titop beach.
17h30:  Relax and enjoy sunset
19h30:  Enjoy dinner on board.
21h00:  Fishing or relax and spending a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation:Overnight on board

Day 7:  Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue   (B/L)

Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Bay's landscapes. Sitting on the upper desk we can enjoy the breath - taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the
Bay. We can hear the birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves
against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and  gentle breeze.
7:00  Have breakfast
7:30  A morning cruise to visit Man's head island. Tortoise Island and Bai Tu Long Bay.
10:00  Arrange luggage and check out then have lunch on boat.
11:45  Arrive at the pier. Our guide and driver pick you up and transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. En route, stop to visit But Thap Pagoda before process to airport
After an hour flight, we arrive at Phu Bai airport in Hue. You will be welcomed by our tour guide and driver. Transfer to Hue city center for check-in.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: at hotel in Hue.

Day 8:  Hue – Da Nang – Hoian   (B/L)

Morning, meet our guide and transfer to visit Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh ThanhHue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel) and Khai Dinh Tomb _ is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern. Stop to visit Tu Duc Tomb and Dong Ba market for shopping.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon, leave Hue we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road hugs the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang City, the China Beach and the Marble Mountains, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9:  Hoi An Tour  (B/L)

Morning, visit Hoi An Ancient Town - was declared a World Culture Heritage site by UNESCO in late 1999. It is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Museum of Trade Ceramics, the 200 year old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. Today we include these on a walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past.
Afternoon, free at leisure for shopping in the central of town.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh   (B/-/D)

Morning, transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh in the South of Vietnam.
Arrival Ho Chi Minh (formerly named Saigon),  take a Saigon city tour to visit to War Remnants Museum which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam's wars with the both the French and Americans. Stop to take photo at Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Saigon Central Post Office, former US Embassy, Cholon including the Quan Am Pagoda. The district is home to the city's 400,000 Chinese and has many beautiful temples and pagodas. Dinner on Saigon Boat cruise.

Meals: Breakfast/ Dinner
Accommodation: at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.


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Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho (Mekong Delta)  (B/-/D)

Morning, we travel by roads to My Tho and embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. The next stop of our trip isBen Tre Province you will have the opportunity to watch local villagers producing coconut candy in the workshop, 5 minute trekking on the village way and try rickshaw or cart (draw by horse), cruising through the smaller canals on local sampans, try honey in bee keeping house. Drive back Ho Chi Minh City and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast/ Dinner
Accommodation: at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Phan Thiet Beach   (B)

Morning, transfer to Mui Ne beach in Phan Thiet province for beach extension

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: at hotel in Phan Thiet.

Day 13: Mui Ne – Phan Thiet Beach   (B)

Full day free at leisure or take our optional tour.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: at hotel in Phan Thiet.


Option 1: Half day Phan Thiet tour (Means of conveyance:  A/C car, sampan)
Duration:  5 hours/ Departure time: 08:00am or 13:00pm

Itinerary: Our car will pick up you to Phan Thiet fishing port to visit Con Cha fish market where fresh seafood is collected from fishermen around the area and people starts to do their business. Next to visit other famous places in Phan Thiet such as: The Ho Chi Minh museum, Duc Thanh school, Ong Pagoda and The Thuy Tu temple where the largest whale skeleton in Vietnam is showcased. Then our car will bring you back to your hotel.  On the way you will drop by: Phi Long sand painting, Lau Ong Hoang and the renowned Poshanu Cham towers

Option 2: Sunrise or Sunset at Mui Ne sand dune (Means of conveyance: Jeep 2-3pax/jeep)
Duration: 3 hours/ Departure time: early morning or late afternoon

Itinerary: The Jeep car will pick you up at the hotel then transfer to Mui Ne. The first destination is Mui Ne wharf where hundreds of large and small boats of fishermen anchoring after they return for catching seafood. After that, the Jeep will take you to the red sand dune in Mui Ne, you can go walking to conquer them, participant the jolly sand slide and keep your wonderful moment through photographs. On the way back, you will visit Fairy Stream and the unique wine castle in Vietnam

Day 14: Mui Ne – Phan Thiet Beach  (B)

Full day free at leisure on the beach

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: at hotel in Phan Thiet

Day 15: Mui Ne – Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh Departure  (B)

Leisure time until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City for flight departure.










QUOTATION: All rates are per person sharing DBL/BB Basis, in US dolar, net and non commissionable. Validity is from 01May 2014 – 30September, 2015.
 

ALL RATES ARE NET IN US$ PER PERSON
Category123–5Single Supplement
Valid from 1 April.2014 to 30 Sep.2014
First class2,1021,1611,000301
Valid from 1 Oct.2014 to 31 Dec.2014 & 1 Jan.2015 to 30 April.2015
First class2,1861,2051,043342
Valid from 1 May.2015 to 30 Sep.2015
First class2,1331,1771,016317

Supplement for flight by Vietnam airline: Subject to be changed without prior notice.
  • Hanoi (HAN) -  Hue (HUI) US$ 110 per way
  • Da Nang (DAN) -  Saigon (SGN) US$ 110 per way

Price Include:
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (Based on Twin Sharing)
  • (Tour price for 1pax travelling based on single room already)  
  • Private transportation and tours with English, French speaking guide. Supplement US$ 20 per day/ group for Spanish, German speaking guide.
  • Package 2D1N Overnight on Cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Private boat for sightseeing in Hue & Mekong Delta.
  • Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated.
  • Meals (Vietnamese food) at local restaurant as specified in the program.
  • Bottle of water available on coach (01 bottle/ pax/ day)
  • Visa service (approval letter) as complementary

Price Exclude:
  • Vietnam stamping fees currently US$45 / pax payable upon arrival
  • Personal expenses such as drinks at meals, laundry, camera fees, vacation insurance to tour sites.
  • All other accounts are not mentioned in the above inclusion.
  • Tipping for guide and driver

Child Policy & Notes:
  • Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with parents with extra bed: is charged for 65%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with parents without extra bed: is charged for 55%.
  • Tipping for guide and driver (suggestion):
  • Group from 2 – 4 pax:  US$ 5/ pax/ day
  • Group from 5 – 9 pax:  US$ 4/ pax/ day
  • Group from 10 – 15 pax: US$ 3/ pax/ day
  • Group above 15 pax:  US$ 2/ pax/ day

IMPORTANT NOTES
1. SURCHARGE FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR DURING (18FEB – 25FEB 2015): 20% TOUR PRICE.
2. SURCHARGE FOR X’MAS (24DEC 2014), NEW YEAR (31DEC 2014).
TBA upon make reservation





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