Pamper yourself and relax in perfect comfort and exquisite surroundings on this 13 day holiday, one of our tours to Vietnam. Start your tour in style staying at the five star Fusion Maia Resort & Spa, Danang, using it as a base to explore nearby Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy an authentic Asian culinary experience at the Red Bridge Cookery School before returning to your hotel for one of your two a day spa treatments. Visit My Son Holy Land, the ancient capital of the Cham civilisation, which dates back to the 2nd century.
Head back to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) where your private guide and chauffeur will take you on a tour of this bustling city, visit the thought provoking War Remnants Museum and see touches of French colonial architecture. Explore the Viet Cong’s Cu Chi Tunnels before turning south to the Mekong Delta.
All our tours to Vietnam are uniquely personal and come with your own local expert guide and private car with driver.
This fully escorted, personalised private tour has been designed for those who would enjoy the highlights of Southern Vietnam; the excitement of Vietnam’s most populous city, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the fertile Mekong Delta together with a resort holiday in beautiful surroundings. This itinerary gives you an opportunity to enjoy an absolute relaxing and rejuvenation holiday at the luxury 5 star Fusion Maia Resort & Spa, Danang. Once refreshed, you will experience the history and sights of Saigon together with a visit to the Mekong Delta, a “biological treasure trove”, in Vietnam’s southernmost region.
Tour Highlights • Cooking class at The Red Bridge Cooking School, Hoi An – a fun & interesting half-day learning about Vietnamese food and the Hoi An way of life. • Guided walking tour of ancient and charming Hoi An • UNESCO World Heritage Site, My Son Holy Land • Plenty of time for pampering, relaxation & rejuvenation! • Full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta and Life on Water
Day 01: Saigon Welcome to Vietnam’s largest bustling metropolis: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon! Upon arrival your dedicated guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant playing traditional music where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 02: Saigon – Danang Today you fly from Saigon to Danang. On arrival your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your resort. Accommodation: Fusion Maia Resort Meals: Breakfast
Day 03: Fusion Maia Resort, Danang You are free today to enjoy the wonderful resort and spa facilities at stunning Fusion Maia Resort. You are guaranteed a minimum of 2 spa treatments per adult per day! This is your chance to renew, re-energise and relax. Check out the Maia Spa Wellness Program and enjoy one or more of the scheduled daily complimentary activities. Choose from yoga, stretching, guided beach walks, stretching class or a wellness tea talk. Relax by the pool, read a book or stroll along the sandy beach – today is all yours – enjoy it! Accommodation: Fusion Maia Resort www.fusionmaiadanang.com Meals: Breakfast
Day 04: Hoi An Cooking Class & Walking Tour From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high-grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor’s shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century.
Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local vendors and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking class later in the morning. We will then board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise 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. After the class, we sit down and eat what we have created – delicious! Bring your swimsuit as after the cooking tour has finished you can relax and enjoy free use of the 20-metre swimming pool. Towels and showers are provided for your convenience.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour to explore the winding streets and major sites of the Ancient Quarter of Hoi An town. We will visit Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tam Ky Ancestral House and the famous Japanese covered bridge. The afternoon is at leisure to immerse yourself in the calming mood of this unique town. You will be transferred back to Fusion Maia late in the afternoon. Accommodation: Fusion Maia Resort Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 05: My Son Holy Land This morning you will visit the ruins at My Son Holy Land, the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Accommodation: Fusion Maia Resort Meals: Breakfast Day 06, 07 & 08: Fusion Maia Resort & Hoi An For the next 3 days you can fully enjoy the wonderful resort and spa facilities at stunning Fusion Maia Resort. You are guaranteed a minimum of 2 spa treatments per adult per day! This is your chance to renew, re-energise and relax. Check out the Maia Spa Wellness Program and enjoy one or more of the scheduled daily complimentary activities. Choose from yoga, stretching, guided beach walks, stretching class or a wellness tea talk. Relax by the pool, read a book or stroll along the sandy beach – the time is all yours – enjoy it! Hoi An is also famous for its clothing and shoe tailors. Everything is made with high quality fabrics at very reasonable prices. Bring your own designs or have something beautiful created just for you! Accommodation: Fusion Maia Resort Meals: Breakfast
Day 09: Danang to Saigon– Full Day Of Exploring You will be transferred to Danang airport for the short flight to Saigon. On arrival, your guide and driver will meet you and take you on an exploration Vietnam’s most populous city visiting the Reunification Palace, one of the most important buildings in the city. It was here that the Vietnam War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was the Presidential residence. Visit the thought provoking War Remnants Museum and see the deeply moving Requiem exhibit. See touches of French colonial architecture when you travel to the Notre Dome Cathedral and the Old Post Office. After lunch, your exploration continues to visit Saigon’s oldest pagoda, Ciac Lam Pagoda and Thien Pagoda and you can enjoy shopping at the Binh Tay market in China Town and Ben Thanh markets. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: Saigon – Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province to visit Cao Dai, a local sect of Buddhism, and join a memorable noon daily ceremony of the Cao Dai followers. After lunch you will drive to the historic site of the Vietnam War – the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by the local people and guerillas to survive the war against the American explosive attacks. You can even crawl inside part of a tunnel to understand the living conditions of the Vietnamese soldiers during the wartime period. Later in the afternoon we will drive back to Saigon to check into your hotel where you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon at your leisure. Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon Meals: Breakfast
Day 11: Saigon – Cai Be – Mekong Delta – Saigon You will depart at 07:30 am for a fabulous day trip to the Mekong Delta, the southernmost region of Vietnam, often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta area marks the end of a 4,500 km journey made by the Mekong River after having travelled through six countries. At Cai Be floating market you can cruise among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta selling a variety of fruits and vegetables. You will continue our day tour at the Candy factory, orchard garden and then be entertained with traditional music and a delicious lunch at the Ancient House. Accommodation: Saigon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 12: Saigon Departure This morning you will have at your leisure. You may like to enjoy some last minute shopping, a foot massage or a swim in the hotel pool until your transfer to the airport for departure flight. This is the end of your amazing Vietnam journey. Safe travels! Meal: Breakfast Includes: • Accommodation in a Pool Villa Fusion Maia Resort and Spa. The specially designed Pool Villas come with an exquisite private pool, an intimate green garden and an interior space filled with sunlight. • Two free spa treatments a day at the Fusion Maria Spa. (not applicable for children under 16 years of age) • Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary • Transport by private car with air conditioning • Internal flights –Ho Chi Minh City to Danang, Danang to Ho Chi Minh City • English speaking tour guides • Vietnam Visa Approval Letter • Water & tissues • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions • Use of a pre paid mobile phone whilst in Vietnam
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