Vietnam's Pearls 

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An unforgettable trip!

Travel in a small group limited to a maximum of 16 people.

Restaurants are carefully selected for a culinary discovery of typical regional dishes.

A memorabel night on board: The Junk in Halong Bay.

A cruise through the Mekong Delta to board L'Amant, a beautiful colonial style, boat tracing the footsteps of the famous French Author Marguerite Duras.

An exploration of the best sights listed by UNESCO and other more unusual sights.

A fascinationg meeting with the local people.


DAY 1 Friday Arrival Hanoi

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel by the driver (without tour guide). Then check-in at the hotel.
Note: Rooms are available from 14h00.
Meeting with your tour guide at the lobby of the hotel at 19h00 for the “welcome” dinner in an old converted colonial house
tastefully and delicately decorated, the Chef offers fine Vietnamese culinary discovery.
Overnight in Hanoi. (D)



DAY 2 Saturday Hanoi

In the morning, enjoy the orientation tour including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his old residence (closed on Mondays

and Fridays), where the remains of the national hero and the Father of the nation is resting. Then visit the One-Pillar Pagoda, a
remnant of the 11th century, and Tran Quoc Pagoda, regarded as the most ancient pagoda of the city (built in the 6th century)
and a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. Then visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in the history of Vietnam.
At noon, lunch at a local restaurant, an ideal place for tasting the traditional Vietnamese cuisine of the three regions, in a
cozy atmosphere.
In the afternoon, depart by rickshaw and spend some time wandering in the old quarters and its antique shops. Then visit the
Ngoc Son Temple built in the 19th century, beautifully situated on Hoan Kiem Lake and can be reached through a charming
wooden bridge.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a water puppet show by the local artists and discover the beauty of this unique Vietnamese traditional
Dinner “Cha Ca” grilled fish, a famous specialty of Hanoi with flavors that will delight every palate in a modest local
Vietnamese restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi. (B,L,D)



Day 3 Sunday Hanoi - Halong Bay

After breakfast, travel by road to the majestic Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Arrive in Halong by midday and board on a junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Halong Bay.
Lunch on the junk.
In the afternoon, navigate between karts, some of which display extraordinary shapes, if time and weather allow, stop for a swim
in the jade-colored waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The day concludes with a cooking demonstration and the preparation of tasty
spring rolls. At night, fishing for squid is an option, an opportunity to learn the Vietnamese fishing techniques!
Dinner and overnight on the junk.
Note: The private guide is not authorized to accompany the passengers on board the junk. Therefore, during the cruise the
private guide will be replaced by a local Anglophone guide. (B,L,D)



Day 4 Monday Halong - Hanoi/Hue

After the breakfast, the junk resumes its course.
During the morning, it crosses the bay and stops to visit a natural cave.
A snack will be served on board before returning to the coast at around 11h00. Transfer by road to Hanoi.
On the way, visit Bat Trang or Con Son pottery. Then, the time is at leisure until the transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Huê. (B,Snack,D)



Day 5 Tuesday Hue - Danang - Hoi An

After breakfast, depart for the exploration of Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty. Discover the Imperial
City before visiting the Celestial Lady Pagoda.
Then, enjoy a typical family lunch of Hue in the heart of a lush garden.
In the afternoon, visit the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the buildings and gardens have been shaped according to the dictates of
geomancy (Feng Shui). The entirety of the place forms a huge park where nature is omnipresent. After visiting the Mausoleum
of Tu Duc, a quick stop at a family workshop making incense sticks and conical hats.
Then, depart to Hoi An, the ancient Chinese and Japanese trading port of the seventeenth century, through the Hai Van Pass.
Check-in at the hotel on arrival.
In the evening, dine at the “Street Restaurant”, managed by Streets International, a non-profit organization, training underprivileged
street youth on skills in catering and hospitality. So by practicing responsible tourism, participants can support this association
to save troubled youth and help them attain a brighter future.
Overnight in Hoi An. (B,L,D)



Day 6 Wednesday Hoi An

After breakfast, explore the old town of Hoi An and its fabulous treasures, its narrow streets lined with traditional houses and the
harbor, now classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The morning concludes with a visit to a lantern making shop and an
introduction to this ancient and delicate art technique.
For lunch, stop at a local restaurant to enjoy delicious food and a great view of the city.
The afternoon is free to stroll through the old town or enjoy the beach.
Dinner and overnight in Hoi An. (B,L)



Day 7 Thursday Hoi An - Danang / Ho Chi Minh City - Sa Dec - Cai Be

After breakfast, transfer to Danang Airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Welcome at the airport and then depart to Sa Dec, in the heart of the Mekong delta, upon arrival embark and check-in on board
of L’AMANT. Presentation of the crew and the facilities of the boat, followed by the first lunch on board (late).
In the afternoon, visit the old town of Sa Dec which is known for its flowers and bonsai plants, and for its colonial heritage that is
partly preserved. It is in this peaceful town where the famous French Writer, Marguerite Duras spent her childhood in the 1920’s
and 30’s. Stroll through the shady streets to the tomb of “The Lover” (the character in Marguerite Duras’ novel) and his parents.
Visit a Chinese temple and stop at the school where Marguerite’s mother taught, and the house where she lived with her children.
On the way, visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, the “house of the Chinese” described in the novel of Marguerite Duras as “The
Return back on board of L’Amant and set-sail to Cai Be. By early evening, the boat anchors near Cai Be for the night.
Dinner on board followed by the screening of a film (The Lover or Indochina) outdoor on the upper deck.
Overnight on board.
Note: The school is closed during the Tet (Vietnamese New Year) and other holidays. (B,L,D)



Day 8 Friday Cai Be - My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, check-out of L’amant and board a local boat to explore the myriad of canals where many famous orchards made

its reputation in the region.
Then take a horse-drawn cart to explore the inland and the small villages. On the way, stop at a local house to taste some tropical
fruits, visit a bee farm, some craft villages, including a coconut candy workshop before returning back to the local boat.
Return back to Ho Chi Minh City by road. Your tour Guide in Ho Chi Minh City awaits you at the restaurant for lunch.
In the afternoon, discover the bustling Saigon: the City Hall, the Opera House, the Cathedral built in the nineteenth century, the
beautiful Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace (inside).
Dinner at the elegant, tastefully decorated and centrally located, ‘The Dining Room’ Restaurant offering a delectable cuisine, in
a sophisticated atmosphere and well cared service.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L,D)



Day 9 Saturday Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, according to the flight schedules, free time until the transfer to the airport (without guide).
Note: The rooms should be released 12 (noon).
If time permits, you could enjoy one of the optional excursions (for details see excursions listed below). (B)

End of our services.



Optional activities in Ho Chi Minh City for the last day.

Depart to visit the Kim Lien Pagoda. A Buddhist nun welcomes visitors
and introduces them to the Buddhist’s philosophy and the art of
Each participant will receive a personal calligraphy painting (1 hour).
Continue by road to Truc Mai house. This family of renowned artists
offers musical rhythm using various traditional musical instruments.
Enjoy a private performance and get to know the different traditional
musical instruments through the ever-lively instructions and
performance of each family member.
End of our services.
Transfer to Cu Chi by car.
Upon arrival at Cu Chi, visit the underground city, an immense network of
connecting underground tunnels, and are part of a much larger network
of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were
the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and
were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The
tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat,
as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food
and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese
fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong
in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing
American military effort. Return back to Ho Chi Minh City around noon.
End of our services.
Depart to Tay Ninh, the Holy See of Caodaism, about a hundred
kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City. The outstanding and colorful
building integrates elements from all the religions it represents, turning
out into a surprising and colorful mix, with a dominance of blue, red
and yellow, which is the respective colors of Taoism, Confucianism
and Buddhism. Attending to one of the 4 daily masses is an interesting
thing to do by the travelers.
In the afternoon, drive to one of the most dramatic site in the history of
the Vietnam War: Cu Chi Tunnels.
Visit the underground city, an immense network of connecting
underground tunnels, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels
that underlie much of the country. The tunnel systems were of great
importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and
helped to counter the growing American military effort.
Return back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.
End of our services.


Escapade in Cambodia 4 days / 3 nights


After a complete discovery of Vietnam, we suggest an exploration of the Cambodian
Khmer temples. A break for a few days to discover the essence of the Angkor
Archaeological Park with its most splendid temples.


Day 9 Saturday Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap

Welcome at the Siem Reap International Airport and transfer and check in at the hotel.
Note: Rooms are available from 14h00.
Lunch in a restaurant where the scents and distinctive tastes of Khmer cooking will please you.
Visit the National Museum, then the Angkor Wat, the most famous mountain-temples. It is dedicated to Vishnu, the supreme
God of Hinduism and was built in the early twelfth century by Suryavarman II. The temple is regarded as a masterpiece of the
Khmer architecture.
In the evening, the meal is accompanied by a very impressive traditional Apsara dance show, with their gracefulness and
charm. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Note: The visit of Angkor Wat can be moved to another day if it falls on the day of Buddha. During that day, the 3rd floor of the
temple is not accessible to the public. (L,D)



Day 10 Sunday Siem Reap

After breakfast, depart by motorcycle trailer “rem ok” to the Preah Khan Temple which was probably the royal residence during
the construction of Angkor Thom. It was built at the time of Jayavarman VII during the second half of the twelfth century.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom, a vast architectural complex including the famous Bayon at its center.
This mountain temple formerly comprised 54 towers. On each of the 37 remaining towers includes the 4 enigmatic faces.
Then explore Baphuon, which was fully restored by a French archaeological team after 16 years of work.
In the evening, watch a surprising circus combining creativity, energy and originality, portraying the Khmer culture.
Dinner in a local restaurant with Khmer specialties.
Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)



Day 11 Monday Siem Reap

After breakfast, visit the twin temples of Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda, the unfinished-mountain of Ta Keo Temple and the
holy water basin of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei Monastery.
Finally, discover the fascinating Ta Phrom Temple, one of the most famous monuments with Angkor Wat and Bayon. Transported
to the jungle, the ruins are now overgrown with roots like giant snakes.
Khmer lunch in a charming wooden house.
In the afternoon, take the road towards the famous Banteay Srei Temple known as the “Citadel of Women”. This small pink
sandstone temple dating back from the end of the tenth century is considered a jewel of classical Khmer art because of the
refinement and beauty of its sculptures.
Return back to Siem Reap through the Cambodian countryside and stop at the production center of the golden silk to learn more
about this forgotten craft. Before reaching Siem Reap, visit the wonderfully restored, Banteay Samre Temple.
During the dinner, the culinary discovery of the Khmer cuisine continues and can be surprising.
Overnight in Siem Reap. (B,L,D)



Day 12 Tuesday Siem Reap

After breakfast, enjoy a free time. Depending on your flight schedule, transfer to the airport for the departure flight
(without tour guide).
Note: The rooms should be released 12 (noon). (B)

End of our services.



















Price per person in
3* Hotels / 4* Hotels
SIC Vietnam's Pearls Single supplement Vietnam Extension Cambodia Single Supplement Cambodia
7 October 2016 - 21 April 2017     10.000:- / 11.670:-   3.600:- / 5.080:- 3.750:- / 4.000:- 880:- / 1.130:-
5 May - 22 September 2017 9.660:- / 11.120:- 3.370:- / 4.680:- 3.600:- / 3.700:- 730:- / 825:-
6 October - 15 December 2017 10.275:- / 11.830:- 3.675:- / 5.120:- 3.855:- / 4.080:- 970:- / 1.195:-





























 Inrikesflyg för Vietnam tillkommer med ca 2.320:- per person och för Cambodia ca 2010:- per person.


Optional excursions Ho Chi Minh City 1 pax 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-7 pax 8-10 pax
Calligraphy and Musical Performance 1/2 day 1.775:- 1.000:- 760:- 550:- 535:-
Cu Chi Tunnels by car 1/2 day 800:- 435:- 340:- 245:- 220:-
Tay Ninh & Cu Chi 1 day 1.385:- 805:- 635:- 465:-  435:- 






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