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Vietnam Tour 1B South to North (Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi)

This tour begins in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon and includes many key historical sites coupled with glimpses of modern day life, such as visits to a local elementary school and a fun time at a modern water park for play.  You will also get to step back and view traditional farming and fishing life for locals engaged in those vocations.  This tour offers rural glimpses of life, beach resort relaxation and modern city living as well as a customizable visit to your child’s birth city and locale.  It’s a tour that offers a lot of life experiences in a treasured two week time period.  Join it today and plan to create unique family memories in your child’s birth county.

Tour Overview
Trip Duration:14 days/13 nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long , Can Tho ,Hoi An, DaNang,Hanoi,Halong Bay

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival –Ho Chi Minh City
meals: n/a
Upon your arrival, meet the English-speaking tour guide at the airport gate exit and you will be driven to your hotel for check in. Relax while you adjust to the new time zone and surroundings
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
meals: B/L/D
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and then enjoy a visit to a local elementary school to get a first hand glimpse of the education system in Vietnam.  Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.  In the afternoon, you can visit the Dam Sen Water Park where kids play and all can cool off in the heat of the day and have some relaxing fun in the water.  Or, if you prefer your family can enjoy a visit to the History Museum, which displays antiques of the Phu Nam civilization, Cham arts and Mekong Delta arts.  In the evening, experience a dinner cruise on board a vessel along the Ho Chi Minh City River.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho
meals: B/L
Today take a scenic drive to Vinh Long, where you will get on a sampan for a small cruise and enjoy this beautiful area of the Mekong Delta.   Next your family will visit a brick kiln and a floating market, a truly fascinating experience.  Follow this with a visit to the well-known Mr. Sau Giao's bonsai garden, where you will be treated to lunch.  Then take a short sightseeing bike ride tour of Vinh Long.  This will include seeing the Ngoc Vien Pagoda, as well as visiting local people's houses, and a stop at the historic Vinh Long church. Then rest while you are driven to Can Tho(around 3.5 hours) where you will check in to the hotel.  Optional: Instead of bike ride, visit school and interact with students and local people. If time permits, children can participate in school activities together with the students.
Day 4: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
meals:B/L
After breakfast, you will have a boat trip on Mekong River and visit the Cai Rang floating market for a memorable shopping excursion.  In the afternoon, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City via the scenic Sadec area and visit Rose Garden of Mr. Tu Ton, which is sure to delight all ages.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Province
meals: B
Meet your tour guide and driver at the hotel lobby after breakfast and you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight to your child’s adoption city. Upon your arrival, meet your guide and driver and you will be escorted to your hotel.  We can arrange optional local activities of interest to the area, or arrange specific desired site visits as you designate.  Or, you may choose to explore the adoption city on your own
Day 6: Province/Orphanage Visit
meals: B/L
Today, a Lotus guide will sensitively and carefully assist your family with your arranged visit to the orphanage, foster care family or birth family as you’ve requested.  This day is customized to your family’s wishes and specifications.
Day 7: Province – DaNang – Hoi An
meals: B/L
Take a late morning flight from your child’s province to DaNang. Please meet your guide at the airport gate exit upon your arrival in DaNang.  You will be escorted to visit the March 29th Park where one can walk along the shady streets, enjoying fresh air right at the heart of the city.  After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Hoi An’s old town where you will discover the historic part of the city which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Its sizeable community of foreign merchants created a unique architectural style with Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. You will have a walking tour in Hoi An to the Chinese Assembly Hall & Temples, old houses & Japanese Covered Bridge.  You will then go to the beach resort hotel for check in.
Day 8 :Hoi An
meals: B
Today, you will have full day to enjoy and relax on the beach. The beach resort is equipped with pools, lounge chair and other amenities. You can enjoy beach volleyball, tai chi, kite flying and water sports like wind surfing, kayaking sailing, snorkeling, jet-skiing parasailing and others.
Day 9: Hoi An
meals: B
Today, you will have another full day to enjoy and relax on the beach while you absorb local culture as well as the resort’s fun activity options.
Day 10: Hoi An (Enjoy the eco-tour today in Hoi An)
meals: B/L
Today you will discover nature, meet locals and enjoy the farming and fishing life tours. The farming to fishing life tour provides a unique cultural window into the Vietnamese way of life. You will explore the narrow roads along the countryside by bicycle and may see sights such as water buffalos, rice paddies fields, plenty of organic vegetables being worked by local farmers. This allows your family to soak in the scenery and experience the warm hospitality of local Vietnamese families.  Experience a bit of a fisherman’s life by using the fishing net, riding a funny basket boat and visiting water palm coconut paradise.  You will also get to have lunch on the boat and relax.
Day 11: Hoi An – DaNang – Hanoi Hotel (B/L)
meals:B/L
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the Da Nang airport and fly to Hanoi for a day of cultural highlights of North Vietnam. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will meet your guide and driver and be escorted to your hotel.
Following lunch you will get to have a tour of Hanoi, which includes the Temple of Literature built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first University & Fine-Art Museum.  This evening, you may enjoy the traditional water puppet show, which is a unique Vietnamese art and is one the whole family is sure to appreciate
Day 12: Hanoi – Halong
meals: B/L/D
After your ride to Halong, (180 km), get ready for a unique touring experience.  Halong means, “Where the dragon descends into the sea” and is named after a traditional legend.  The legend says a dragon lived in the nearby mountains ran to the sea one day and its tail dug up the land leaving only small areas (the karst islands) visible.  The rest filled up with water and became Halong Bay.  You will enjoy spending time on the waters of Halong Bay with a special day planned.  Following boarding the boat, you will have a fantastic cruise in Halong Bay in which you pass through Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog island and Sail Island.  You will then visit Sung Sot cave and have the opportunity to swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach. At sundown, relax and enjoy the view and enjoy dinner on board. You can spend the rest of the evening fishing or relaxing as you prepare for the overnight on board the junk.
Day 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi
meals: B/L
This morning following breakfast, visit Luon cave on a small bamboo boat.   You can have a look at Man's head island and Tortoise Island from the junk.  After this small outing you can return to the boat and prepare luggage for check-out and may have brunch prior to departure.  Arrive at Halong wharf around 11 a.m. and depart the junk.  This afternoon, sit back and relax while you are driven to Hanoi where you will check in to your hotel and get to do last preparations for return to the US and final glimpses around the city.
Day 14: Hanoi – US
meals: B
After breakfast, you will meet you guide and driver who will escort your family to the airport for your flight back to US. Catch up on your journal entries on the plane ride home while you cross the International Date Line and return home the same day you departed.
TOUR PRICE ( Price per person in USD )

price

Travel Time 

2 Persons

3-5 Persons

6-9 Persons

10 Persons

Hotel Single
Supplement

Deluxe class 

APR-SEP,2017

$2120

$1970

$1830

$1710

$860

OCT-DEC,2017

$2210

$2070

$1930

$1799

$950

Superior class 

APR-SEP,2017

$2280

$2030

$1990

$1890

$1010

OCT-DEC,2017

$2370

$2210

$2080

$1960

$1090


Note: child price is 80% of adult price.

Accommodations:

City

Deluxe Class

Superior Class

Hanoi

Silk Path hotel

 Nikko Hotel

Halong

Calypso Sails

Indochina Sails

Hoi An

Sunrise resort

Sunrise resort

Ho Chi Minh City

 Grand Hotel

Majestic Hotel

Can Tho

Golf Hotel Can Tho

Victoria Can Tho Resort


Inclusions

  • Air fare of DaNang/Hanoi
  • Airport/hotel/airport transfer as listed on itinerary
  • All listed sightseeing and tour programs with private English-speaking tour guide and private van or bus with driver
  • Hotels and meals as indicated on itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Puppet show ticket & Cyclo fee & Mineral water: 2 bottles per person per day

Exclusions

  • International Airfare, please contact us for discount international airfare starting from your city.
  • Domestic air fare in Vietnam
  • Adoption Provincial trip on Day 05 & 06 and the domestic airfare of Ho Chi Minh City - Province– DaNang.
  • Optional tour
  • Some meals
  • Tipping to tour guide and driver
  • Vietnamese visa
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Vietnamese airport tax
  • Fuel surcharge

Terms and Conditions:

  • Deposit: A $500.00 per person non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration
  • Balance: Balance is due 60 days before departure
  • Terms & Conditions: Our terms and conditions are listed on

    Lotus Travel Terms and Conditions

Important Remarks

  • Discounted international airfare could be arranged through Lotus Travel with extra cost. You need to contact the airlines directly if you wished to use your frequent flyer mileage to redeem free international air tickets
  • Adoption Provincial trip on Day 05 & 06 and the domestic airfare of Ho Chi Minh City - Province– DaNang could be arranged with extra cost
  • All prices are quoted per person based on two people sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement applies for single travelers
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