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The north of Vietnam makes a statement with majestic mountain ranges, centuries-old rice terraces, and fascinating ethnic groups.

Along the banks of the Red River lies Hanoi, a city locked in time yet simultaneously leaping forward. Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter, beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and classic colonial architecture will leave you enchanted. There are excellent museums and art galleries to tour and when you get hungry, you’ll find the northern streetfood is both abundant and delicious. Pull up a chair at one of many charming cafes to watch life unfurl and gain a sense of the city’s timeless rhythm.

Not far from Hanoi waits the fairy tale landscape of Ninh Binh, where sheer limestone cliffs rear straight up from paddy fields, and rowboats will bring you on a mesmerising journey through river caves. No visit to the north is complete without a cruise on Halong Bay to soak in the sight of thousands of islets and the bay’s deep emerald green waters.

Package Includes:

Book by January 31!

February 17-May 31, 2020
September 10-November 30,2020
Vancouver $2599 + $420 tax
Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton $2999 + $440 tax
Single Supplement:  on request
Weekend Surcharge: Fri, Sat, Sun travel from $40 more. Additional air, hotel & holiday surcharge may apply depending on your date of travel

Tour itinerary:-

Day 1  Canada – Hanoi  by international flight

Day 2   Arrival in Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi, transfer to hotel check-in.

Day 3  Hanoi city tour (B,L)

Full day tour features many highlights: Tran Quoc Pagoda, Presidential Palace (façade only), One Pillar pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy a traditional cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Day 4/ Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Transfer to Halong Bay (by Junk’s bus) for an overnight cruise. Relax and enjoy beautiful landscapes. Participate on on-board activities. Enjoy visiting grottos, swimming, kayaking, cooking demonstration, and squid fishing.

Day 5/ Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B)   via domestic flight

Early risers can join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Late morning, say farewell to the crew and transfer back to Hanoi by bus. Then private transfer from Hanoi hotel to airport for flight to Hue.

Arrive in Hue, transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 6/ Hue city tour (B,L)

Visit Thanh Toàn tile-roofed bridge, Vọng Cảnh Hill, Hổ Quyền Arena. Stop at a local cafe with a special war items collection. Next, visit Tu Hieu Pagoda which is oldest pagoda in Vietnam. Afternoon visit the former Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba market.

Day 7/ Hue – Hoi An (B)

Private transfer from Hue to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8/ Hoi An – Tra Que and Cam Thanh Village – Hoi An city tour (B,L)

Coach tour or Optional biking available along the country roads. Visit an organic vegetable village then join in farmer’s daily activities. You can experience riding a water buffalo and paddling bamboo basket boat in the river. Lunch at Tra Que Village.

Afternoon, take a walking tour in Hoi An featuring Phung Hung Ancient House, Museum of Hoi An, Kwan Kung Temple, Japanese Covered Bridge, Workshops of Traditional Handicrafts and Hoi An Market.

Day 9/             Hoi An easy day (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, free time is at leisure.

Optional Red Bridge cooking class half day tour with lunch: CAD70 per person (min 2 pax)

We start the day (8.15am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café – our meeting point.

(98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town, Tel: 3863210)

Visit Hoi An’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, enjoy the authentic lunch prepared by yourself.

Day10/            Hoi An easy day (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, free time is at leisure.

Day 11/           Hoi An easy day (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel, free time is at leisure.

Day 12            Hoi An – Danang – Canada (B) via International flight

Transfer to the airport for departure flight back HOME.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 1 month beyond the expiry date of their visa.

Visas

Tourist visa: Required
Canadians must be in possession of a visa to enter Vietnam. You should obtain your visa prior to arrival. You can request an extension from:

  • the Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City
  • certain local travel agencies and tour companies (for a fee)

Electronic visa authorization

Holders of a valid Canadian passport are eligible to apply online for a single-entry electronic tourist visa (e-visa), valid for a maximum of 30 days. Some restrictions apply.

Those who have an e-visa can only enter Vietnam via the port of entry indicated in their visa approval notice.

Apply for an e-visa – Immigration Department of Vietnam

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes $30 per adult Booking Management Fee.  Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287