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Celebrate the Year of the Brown Earth Dog (TET Festival 2018)

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Explore wonders of Vietnam with its stunning landscapes fascinating cultures and experience the festival ambiance of the city, the excitement and intense joy of people get ready to welcome and celebrate the Year of the Brown Earth Dog with this special unforgettable journey.  The highlight of this tour is to take you through all the traditional and cultural details of “Tet” preparation from shopping, decorating the home, and cooking “Tet” food – the most fun and festive part of this important holiday in Vietnam. A wonderful travel experience not to be missed.

Guaranteed Departure – Small Group Journey 2-10 guests.

Included:

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • Accommodations based on Twin/Double share with daily breakfast
  • Meals (excluding drinks) as specified
  • Boat fee & sightseeing fee as specified, on a private basis
  • Government tax and services charges
  • Pedal cab fee in Hanoi
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water

Excluded:

  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Day 1 / Feb 03 Arrival Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi airport. You will receive warm welcome from our guide and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 / Feb 04 Hanoi Old City and Street food (B,L)

In the morning, we drive to one of biggest market in Hanoi - Chau Long market, where really makes a market an experience. From here we walk to Truc Bach Lake, stop at one of famous restaurant specialty Hanoi dish Pho Cuon – the flat noddle rolling with grilled beef and vegetable. Drive back to old town, visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature and enjoy traditional cyclo ride through Hanois’ Old Quarter.

We stop visit the Bach Ma temple. It is a sacred temple in town, which dates back to the 11th century. We continue walking along the narrow streets of the old quarter to Hang Be market. There are many varieties of flowers arranged ready to sell. A lot of delicious confectionary is displayed along the street. Don’t forget to savor Banh Cuon– Vietnamese flour rolling cakes served with Cha Que- sausage with cinnamon, that you dip in fish sauce. Our Hanoi street food tour is not complete without Bun Cha is the best choice for lunch. Bun Cha is grilled pork served with rice noodles and vegetables. Of course, we cannot miss Che, a popular dessert soup with many varieties kinds of beans. We end tour at Highland Coffee Shop, you will have the best view of the Hanoi city while enjoy sips of coffee dripping from the filter. The rest of the evening is free for your own activities..

Day 3 / Feb 05 Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)

In the morning, you will take a scenic drive to Halong and transfer by tender to the deluxe junk at BaiChay/TuanChau Island. Discover treasures such as fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, and dramatic rock formations rising up out of emerald water as we sail across the Bay of the Descending Dragon. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board or kayaking (optional). Dinner is onboard.

Day 4 / Feb 06 Halong – Hanoi (B)

In the morning, we visit the Ethnology Museum and the 8th century Tay Phuong Pagoda, famous for its magnificent wooden Buddha statues. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in the town of Hanoi. After lunch, transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to hotel. Check in hotel.

Day 5 / Feb 07 Hanoi – Hue (B,L)

Early risers can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Enjoy a delightful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its thousands of islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your cruise ends on BaiChay/TuanChau late morning. On the way back to Hanoi, we will stop at Dong Ho Folk Painting Village; it is an essential element of the Tet, and the art gallery of the famous artist Nguyen Dang Che – one of the first excellent students of the well-known Indochina Fine Arts College. Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 6 / Feb 08 Hue (B,L,D)

In the morning, we drive to the surrounding countryside passing peaceful streams and verdant rice paddies until you arrive at the small village of Thanh Toan – home to a legendary market. Learn more about the role of agriculture and spend time exploring the small town. Stop by the beautiful Thanh Toan covered bridge or simply soak up the atmosphere while sipping Vietnamese coffee at the village café. Then drive to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, we visit the former Imperial Citadel, UNESCO World Heritage site. Tonight, a warm welcome awaits you at the Tuyet Nguyen family, a former royal family of the third generation. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony before dining on an authentic Vietnamese dinner. These special treats give you a unique opportunity to spend time and learn about culture and traditional customs.

Day 7 / Feb 09 Hue – Hoian (B,D)

After breakfast, we visit Dong Ba market. Here, during Tet we can share the local custom of buying “five – color” cakes, which are small & square cakes made of bean and rice powder. This is a unique Hue specialty. The most delicate cultural artifacts of this city can be found here in the local traditional products, like Phu Cam conical hat, Phuoc Tich pottery, rattan and bamboo products, and Tinh Tam lotus, etc. Drive to Hoian. On the way, we stop at Danang to visit the Cham Sculpture Museum. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we travel over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Arrive in Hoian and check into hotel. Afternoon, take a walking tour along Hoian’s waterfront from the Japanese Covered Bridge to the main market, stop at the ancient house Tan Ky, the ornate Fu Kien Chinese Temple and down to the Hoian local market. Tonight, dinner is at a fabulous restaurant in a lovely, privileged garden setting located in the heart of Hoian.

Day 8 / Feb 10 Hoian – Cooking class (B,L)

Today’s highlight is the cooking class at Green Bamboo Cooking School. The class offers a unique cookery class experience. Run by mutli-lingual Vietnamese chef Van, this class gives a fabulous insight into Vietnamese culinary skills in a friendly and relaxed setting. Van opened the cooking school in 2010 as a natural extension of the hospitality she's been offering visitors to Hoian for years. With a Swedish husband, Van is the perfect hostess with a deep knowledge of Vietnam and what is most interesting to foreigners. This wonderful course is suitable for both experienced cooks wanting to learn new techniques or amateur chefs who simply want a fun day out.

Day 9 / Feb 11 Hoian – Saigon (B)

Morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon, we will take you to Chinatown to have a general view of the local life during Tet festival. Back to the downtown area, we visit downtown Saigon: Colonial Quarter Opera House, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office.

As one of the Vietnamese traditions before Tet, we visit calligraphers at the Youth Cultural House asking for New Year’s greetings, wishing for happiness, health, wealth, or longevity for the upcoming year.

Day 10 / Feb 12 Saigon – Mekong Delta (B,L)

Morning, we drive to Cai Be to visit some local villages with traditional workshops doing Tet preparations, such as pop-rice, rice-paper, coconut candy, and other special candies. We will have a chance to learn how to make the Southern Vietnamese rice cake, “banh tet” (a special cake for Lunar New Year). Then continue to Binh Hoa Phuoc Island to visit the Bonsai and flower garden. Lunch will be served at a local house with a special menu prepared for celebrating the New Year. After lunch, we take a boat trip to Vinh Long town and a walking tour to Vinh Long Market before driving to Can Tho where we stay overnight.

Day 11 / Feb 13 Can Tho – Saigon (B,L)

After breakfast, we visit Cai Rang Floating Market, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. All the shops and stalls at the market are actually boats and barges of different sizes. This is a most interesting sight highlighting the abundant, colorful and bustling river-life in the Delta. We drive to Sa Dec visiting one of the flower centers in the South of Vietnam. All type of flowers and bonsai are shipped to Saigon and other provinces to show-off their beauty for the Tet Holiday. Then continue to the Sa Dec Central Market and return to Saigon. Check in to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free time.

Day 12 / Feb 14 Departure Saigon – USA (B)

Morning, use your last morning in Saigon to visit the Saigon Flower Market and Ben Thanh Market to witness and enjoy the atmosphere of everyone preparing for the Lunar New Year. Check out of hotel at noon. Transfer to the airport for flight home.

Have a safe trip!

B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Included features

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle as per program
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • Accommodations based on Twin/Double share with daily breakfast
  • Meals (excluding drinks) as specified
  • Boat fee & sightseeing fee as specified, on a private basis
  • Government tax and services charges
  • Pedal cab fee in Hanoi
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water

Accommodation – Superior class

  • Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel / Deluxe room
  • Halong Bay: La Vela Premium Cruise / Premium cabin
  • Hoian:  Essence Hoian Hotel / Deluxe room with balcony
  • Hue:  Imperial Hue / Deluxe city view
  • Saigon:  Grand Saigon Hotel / Deluxe Premium room
  • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Hotel / Superior room

Price is land tour only and based on double occupancy. Offers are subject to availability at the time of booking.  Price does not include international and domestic air tickets, fuel charges, taxes, and airline baggage fees.