2017 SEASON
Sep 2017 - Dec 2017

15 Day Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia

Trafalgar Small Group Tour starting in Hanoi and finishing in Siem Reap

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Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 15 Day Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia. Discover Vietnam's famous highlights on this fascinating trip, which also reveals Cambodia's ancient Khmer culture and mystical Angkor Wat. It's Insider moments like witnessing...read more

Overview

Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Regional Explorer
Duration: 15 Days
From: Hanoi to Siem Reap
Tour Code: CTVC
Visits: Vietnam, Cambodia
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Hanoi (2 Nights)

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers. (WR) Stay: Melia Hanoi
2

Hanoi Sightseeing

Start the day with a visit to the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. A short walk from here is Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, a Cultural Insight, where he lived intermittently between 1958 and 1969. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins, for an overview of Hanoian culture. After lunch enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to embrace the bustling local life. In the evening, see a traditional water puppet performance, a Cultural Insight. This northern Vietnamese art form beautifully illustrates scenes of rural life and natural history. (BB/L)
3

Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise

This morning, drive through green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay to board your Authentic Accommodation, a traditional Vietnamese Junk sailing boat. Cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Mid afternoon visit Vung Vieng fishing village by rowing, boat to get a closer look into the lives of the local fishermen. Drop anchor later in the evening for a Regional Meal and a peaceful overnight stay. (BB/L/RM) Stay: Bhaya Cruise Authentic Accommodation
4

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (2 Nights)

Begin your day as the locals do during a morning T'ai Chi class with a Local Specialist, on the deck of the traditional Junk boat. Then explore Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling take on numerous shapes and forms. Return to the boat to indulge in a delectable brunch as you continue cruising amongst the islands. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi, stopping at the Dong Trieu Ceramic factory, a Cultural Insight. Later enjoy early dinner; a delicious Regional Meal at Thanh Chuong Palace, an architectural gem. Continue to Hanoi Airport for your evening flight to Hue, and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. (BB/RM) Stay: Imperial
5

Hue Sightseeing

Start from your hotel with a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage designated site. From here drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, it is an amazing sight. Then take a local dragon boat trip along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son for a Be My Guest lunch. It is one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue and although no longer owned by royalty the current owners have maintained it largely in its original form. Chat with a family member to get a glimpse of their life in this historic house and enjoy lunch prepared by the family. This afternoon enjoy some free time or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB/BMGD)
6

Hue - Danang - Hoi An (3 Nights)

This morning depart Hue and drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass stopping en-route at Red Beach where American Marines first landed in Vietnam during the war before continuing to Danang. On arrival visit the Cham museum, a Cultural Insight, to learn about the ancient Champa civilisation. Continue to the ancient town of Hoi An and your resort hotel. This afternoon join a Vietnamese cooking class including a boat trip to the schools location on the banks of the An Hoa River and learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. After the class take the opportunity to savour the dishes you have prepared for your own Regional Meal. The rest of the evening is yours to wander the peaceful lantern lit streets of this picturesque town. (BB/RM) Stay: Royal Hoi An
7

Hoi An Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Today this ancient UNESCO World Heritage designated town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets, narrow lanes and a colourful market, a Cultural Insight. See the old merchants houses and the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. Later visit Tra Que Organic Village for a Cultural Insight. Spend some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines, before indulging in a relaxing foot massage. After lunch return to Hoi An for the rest of the day and evening at leisure. (BB/RM)
8

Hoi An Free Time

This morning enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or explore Hoi An further. In the afternoon your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: to join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour (subject to weather conditions) to learn about the lives of the local fishermen and have a go at casting your own fishing net. (BB)
9

Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (3 Nights)

This morning, fly to Vietnam's largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival enjoy some free time to stroll around the city before lunch at KOTO restaurant; a non profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. Meet a senior staff member who will explain more about the work of KOTO and enjoy a meal served by some of the senior trainees who are on their internship within the training programme. Next transfer to Dong Khoi Street for the start of a walking tour. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals. Conclude the day at Ben Thanh market before arriving at your centrally located riverside hotel this evening. (BB/L) Stay: Renaissance Riverside
10

Mekong Delta

Today take a day trip to My Tho situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Transfer to a small sampan boat and discover the maze of small canals before stopping for a Regional Meal of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. Take a short walk along village roads to visit the house of a former soldier, a Local Specialist who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper and have some fascinating stories to tell. Later return to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure. (BB/RM)
11

Ho Chi Minh City Free Time

Today is a free day to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace or to join an Optional Experience to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This evening join your fellow travellers for a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, a Cultural Insight followed by your Farewell Dinner. (BB/FD)
12

Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap (3 Nights)

Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Have some free time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities. (BB) Stay: Tara Angkor
13

Angkor Wat And Siem Reap Sightseeing

This morning, visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important religious monuments in the world, with a renowned Khmer Scholar Local Specialist. Take a stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat, as the Khmer Empire is brought to life through the scholar's explanations, of the various stories contained in each of the bas reliefs and murals. Next head to Banteay Srei temple which is one of Angkor's most significant structures. Made of red sand-stone, its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is in an amazing state of preservation. Make a stop for lunch at a local Khmer restaurant, before taking a guided walk around the fascinating corners of the Old Town of Siem Reap.

Visit Artisans d'Angkor, for a Cultural Insight into the training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, while at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross picturesque Siem Reap River to Wat Damnak, a living temple, and receive a special blessing from one of the monks, which includes the tying of a blessed string around the wrist. Walk back across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Old Market and be lead through the maze of undercover stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and household goods as well, as an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs. In the evening perhaps take an Optional Experience sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see Siem Reap's famous floating village and to observe the lifestyle of the people living on the lake. (BB/L)
14

Angkor Sightseeing And Free Time

Start the day with a visit to two other UNESCO listed sites - Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire and its centrepiece, the Bayon Temple. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army. Next head to the picturesque temple of Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film 'Tomb Raider'. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening complete your trip in style with a Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing. (BB/FD)
15

Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast, transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

Trip Inclusions

Insider Experiences with Trafalgar

  • Enjoy Insider moments witnessing the wild beauty of Angkor Wat and the Ta Prohm temple as you explore with a passionate expert, and receiving a personal blessing from monks at the Buddhist monastery of Wat Damnak.
  • Be My Guest lunch at the historic home of a local family in Hue.
  • Cultural Insight Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, enjoy a water puppet performance, watch local pottery artisans at work, learn about the ancient Champa civilisation, see the colourful market stands of Hoi An, visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam; Artisans D’Angkor training school.
  • Authentic Accommodation on a traditional Vietnamese Junk boat in Halong bay.
  • Local Specialist in Halong Bay, Angkor Wat and the Mekong Delta.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cruise around Halong Bay and along the Perfume River in Hue
  • See Red Beach in Danang
  • Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap Old Town, Artisans d'Angkor, Wat Damnak, and the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei
  • As per the Highlights of Vietnam itinerary plus: 

Included Dining

  • 14 buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners.
  • 7 lunches (including Be My Guest).

Touring Inclusions

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Flights

Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Hanoi to Hue, Danang to Ho Chi Minh City and Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap and are accurate as at brochure release date.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land, plus internal flights & charges specified above. International airfares and taxes are not included

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Regional Explorer
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Location: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 26 (Avg. 22)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Trafalgar for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (1)

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Australia
Trip Date: 17/12/2016

“Exciting trip with experiences of various types of culture and food”

It was our third Trafalgar tour and loving it, see the world from the inside. Love the local experiences, secret treasures, and the attentive care from all the travel directors.

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2017 SEASON
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