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Vietnam Homeland Heritage Tour B (North to South)

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:13 Nights/14 Days
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Province side trip, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Vinh Long

Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival – Hanoi
meals: n/a
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport you will receive a warm welcome from our tour guide and be escorted to your hotel.  Enjoy the initial sights of Hanoi, which is a peaceful city of lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant parks and grand French colonial architecture while you adjust to the new time zone.
Day 2: Hanoi
meals: B/L
A full day tour visiting Hanoi’s most interesting sites, visit Dong Xuan market, viewing the variety of transaction of local people. Tour continue to the must-see places of our beautiful city such as Ho Chi Minh mausoleum-the Mecca of Vietnamese, The 1000 year-old Buddhist and Toaist temples of Tran Quoc, temple of Literature, the historical training track, the enchanting French Quarter, The hustling & bustling Old Quarter.
A walking along the streets to taste street foods and learn about “local cuisine culture”, such as cha que (sausage with cinnamon), banh cuon (Vietnamese rolling cakes), bun cha (rice noodles served with Vietnamese BBQ pork), nem (deep fried “square-shape” spring rolls).  
Enjoy traditional cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and transfer back your hotel for relax.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
meals: B/L/D
This morning, depart Hanoi for a trip to Halong Bay by shuttle bush of Cruise with a scenic drive through the Red River delta. Upon arrival you will be escorted to Bhaya Classic Cruise.
Things to do: Kayak around Trinh Nu Area / Sip between sights in Happy Hour/ Try Masterchef "Halong Bay Edition" / Squid fishing like a local
*Depending on weather conditions, this activity might be replaced by kayaking in Luon Cave.
Departs: 12:30 PM
Attraction: Trinh Nu Area includes Trinh Nu Cave, which is the finest sunlight-filled cave in Halong Bay, and a stunning private beach surrounded by Ha Long Bay's crystal water. This is where visitors will have a chance to unwind in a quieter neighborhood and be in touch with raw nature.
Activities (on-board & off-board):
Kayak in the tranquil Trinh Nu Area
Take in the stunning views of Trinh Nu Area by kayaking in the jade-colored water. This activity is highly recommended to all guests. Or sunbathe on a private beach nestled behind Trinh Nu Cave.
Sip between sights in Happy Hour - Buy 1 Get 1
Taste our most exquisite drinks varied vastly in the selection while enjoying the scenic panorama view of Halong Bay during Happy hour, time to rejoice with the buy 1 get 1 promotion.
Squid fishing like a local after dinner
After dinner, try out the technique like a local to get the squids from the ocean while having a wonderful time together. Overnight on the cruise.
Day 4:Halong Bay – Hanoi – Province
meals:B
Things to do: Tai Chi on sundeck/ Explore Sung Sot Cave Attraction: Sung Sot Cave
The most popular and largest cave in Ha Long Bay, Sung Sot Cave keeps up to its reputation by constantly wowing any visitor, regardless of new or old. Its marvelous structure tells an incredible history that you don't want to miss. Activities (on-board & off-board):
Tai Chi on Sundeck
Rejuvenating the body and spirit with a refreshing Tai Chi lesson as the sun rises over the acclaimed UNESCO Heritage Site is one of the most relaxing experiences that passengers have. Practicing this beautiful art regularly can help treat a number of human ailments.
Be amazed by Sung Sot Cave’s beauty
Paying a visit to the largest and most renowned cave will definitely awe you with many good surprises. Behold the impeccable creation by Nature and use your imagination to connect with ancient folklore.
Check-out: 10:30 AM
You will be driven back to Hanoi by cruise shuttle bus service and then transfer Noi Bai airport for a late afternoon flight to your child’s province. You will be greeted warmly by a local guide at the airport and be escorted to your hotel to settle in and relax, check in to the hotel and relax from the day’s activities.
Day 5: Province
meals: N/A
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 6: Province
meals: N/A
This day is also arranged in a specialized way according to your preferences to explore the birthplace of your child. We can recommend and arrange local activities for you, based on local culture and choices.
Day 7: Province – Nha Trang
meals: N/A
In the morning, you will have free to explore, pack and relax. This afternoon, check out from the hotel for your flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, meet your English-speaking tour guide and driver and you will be escorted to your hotel.
Day 8 :Nha Trang
meals: B
Nha Trang is a famous coastal destination that offers pristine beaches, offshore islets, Cham Towers, hot springs and abundant water sport options.  After breakfast, enjoy and relax at a deluxe beach resort. You will have full day to relax, explore and enjoy the resort.
Day 9: Nha Trang
meals: B
Enjoy breakfast at hotel with a day of free time to relax on the private beach and swimming pool at the deluxe beach resort. You can have spa services like massage and steam bath or enjoy sightseeing or water sports like diving, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and speed boating.
Day 10: Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City
meals: B/D
After breakfast, meet your guide and driver and transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival meet the guide and driver and check in to your hotel. You will be free until your guide and driver pick you up for the dinner excursion on the boat along Ho Chi Minh City River.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be floating market- Vinh Long
meals:B/L/D
Drive to the Mekong Delta where the group will experience its first evening of The Mekong Delta or Cuu Long in Vietnamese, with its rich agricultural soil, is one of the nation's treasured “rice baskets.” The surrounding area is comprised of low lying rice paddies and the rivers are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries of Mekong River provide a comprehensive network of canals and channels. Travel by river is the best method to explore the region at a leisurely pace as it offers opportunities to experience the truly unique Mekong River lifestyle.
During the day, you will choose from a variety of activities:
- Boat trip to Caibe floating market
- Visiting the cottage industry workshops (coconut candy, rice paper, pop-rice).
- Watching a performance of local traditional music
- Rowing boat on the small canal
- Lunch at a local house
- Walking or biking along the village
- Homestyle Cooking with a local family    
We enjoy diner and have cup of tea or rice wine when talking together. You can ask the locals about the culture, people, history of this Island. They do not mind to answer some personal questions. Overnight in a private room of local house
Overnight at the home-stay/ a private room with air-conditioner, mosquito net, private bathroom inside
Day 12: Vinh Long- Orphanage- Ho Chi Minh City
meals: B/L
Have a breakfast and walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning
Boat trip to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. Our boat will go along the floating village. We will learn how to farm catfish on Mekong river
We can visit Vinh Long market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetables...
We visit The Home for Care of Helpless Old People & Children and Social Support Center of Vinh Long.
Lunch in Vinh Long at Thu Thuy restaurant and then drive back to Saigon.Check in your hotel, free time and Overnight in Saigon.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
meals: B
Enjoy breakfast at hotel and have day free time to relax at the swimming pool or shop at Dong Khoi Avenue as you prepare to create and capture last memories before departing for home.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – U.S. City
meals: B
After breakfast, please meet your guide and driver and transfer to Tan San Nhat International Airport for the departure flight back home. The guide will help you to check in at the airport for your trip across the International dateline. You can catch up on your journal writing, recounting memories of your Vietnam explorations and excursions before you arrive back in the US.
TOUR PRICE ( Price per person in USD )

price

Travel Time 

2 Persons

3-5 Persons

6-9 Persons

10 Persons

Deluxe class 

Jan – Mar, 2023

$2,100.00

$1,920.00

$1,750.00

$1,650.00

Apr – Sep, 2023

$1,999.00

$1,820.00

$1,650.00

$1,550.00

Oct – Dec, 2023

$2,100.00

$1,920.00

$1,750.00

$1,650.00

Superior class 

Jan – Mar, 2023

$2,350.00

$2,160.00

$1,999.00

$1,899.00

Apr – Sep, 2023

$2,250.00

$2,060.00

$1,899.00

$1,799.00

Oct – Dec, 2023

$2,350.00

$2,160.00

$1,999.00

$1,899.00

Note:
1.child price is 80% of adult price.
2.All above tour prices are valid only during the promotional period (December 1st, 2022 – April 30th, 2023). Please plan your trip with tour deposit payment before April 30th, 2023 so that you can get the promotional deal.

Accommodations:

City

Deluxe Class

Superior Class

Hanoi

Silk Path hotel

Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi 

Halong Bay

Bhaya Classic Cruise

Bhaya Classic Cruise

Nha Trang

Novotel Nha Trang hotel 

Mia Resort Nhatrang

Ho Chi Minh City

Grand Hotel

Majestic Hotel

Vinh Long

Ut Trinh Homestay

Ut Trinh Homestay


Inclusions

  • Airfare of Nha Trang/Ho Chi Minh City
  • 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.
  • Provincial side trip on Days 05 - 07, and the transportation of Hanoi – Province – Nha Trang. The side trip can be arranged with extra cost by us once we get your adopted children’s orphanage information.
  • Some meals
  • Optional tours
  • 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

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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.
  • Provincial side trip on Days 05 - 07, and the transportation of Hanoi – Province – Nha Trang 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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