days of tailor-made luxury travel in Vietnam's French colonial
cities with accommodation in carefully restored period hotels
- cultural tourism at its best!
This is an example of one of our classic tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar Vietnam vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.
Asian tours and luxury vacations go deep into Vietnam's
culture. This example includes Hanoi, an evening cyclo
tour round the Old Quarter, colonial hotels, meeting local
craftsmen and artists, luxury travel through Hue Imperial
City, Hue Royal Tombs and garden houses, Hoi An, Ho Chi
Minh City architecture, and Dalat's 'counter-culture'
cultural tourism experience begins with ....
...... three days in Hanoi, starting with
time to recover, a 'Welcome'' dinner and some to introduce you to Vietnamese rural culture
On the following days,
your time will be taken up with the cultural aspects of the
city - history, architecture, art, traditions, customs,
and so on. If you're keen on museums,
there'll be a free morning to visit one or two.
two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
transfers, first evening, and two days
days in Hue
The first Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty acceded to the throne
via the support of the French military forces. Thereafter, the
power balance steadily moved towards the French.
Apart from showing
you the famous Citadel, Imperial City, and the mausoleums of
the Emperors, your guide will explain the interaction between
the two authorities and trace the path to the Vietnam War and
the present day.
make contact with the Imperial past when you dine in one of
Hue's unusual 'garden houses'.
two breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner
and a day and a half from arrival
days in Ho Chi Minh City
Be prepared for a complete contrast! Instead of Hanoi's
elegant boulevards, tree-shaded walks and relatively calm atmosphere,
you find Ho Chi Minh City is brash, noisy and frenetic. It's
also very exciting! You'll visit the sights, of course
- the is a particular favourite for many of our
clients - but you'll also have time to wander around Vietnam's
best shopping area.
Under the French,
and known as Saigon, the city was the capital of French Indochina
and became a very chic destination. One of the famous itinerant
visitors was a regular in the hotel where you'll be staying
- you might like to try our pedestrian tour as it takes you to some excellent
examples of colonial architecture. You won't need a guide.
three breakfasts and three lunches
Guide: transfers and one day
days in Dalat
After a free morning in Ho Chi Minh City, a noon flight whisks
you to Vietnam's most misunderstood city. Here, Dalat
is described as 'romantic', because thousands of
Vietnamese couple go there for their honeymoon. However, the
attraction is the cool temperature, not moonlight and roses.
Once a sophisticated
mountain resort under the French, it's now Vietnam's
capital for kitsch. Nevertheless, there's plenty to see
and do, particularly Summer Palace - the comparison between
the grandeur of the Citadel and what resembles a large suburban
house graphically illustrates the collapse of the last member
of the Nguyen Dynasty to puppet status. Then it's time
to fly back to Ho Chi Minh City
three breakfasts, three lunches and one dinner
one full day and two half-days.
You'll be free until your car arrives to take you to Ho
Chi Minh City airport for your transfer or departure flight.
Prices (per person in US dollars):
The prices below are based on the hotels on the Vietnam Sonata '' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference on the relevant '' page, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.
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*Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*
These prices are valid until October 31, 2018. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.
* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.
Our prices do not include:
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Dinners except as specified above.
- Camera fees (if any)
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.