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

Enjoy this wonderful tour with your family that explores Vietnam from South to North, and provides you unique experiences such as the opportunity to have farming lessons in the Vietnamese countryside, lunch in a beautiful bonsai garden and relaxing days at a beach resort.  This tour offers a customizable visit to your child’s orphanage city as well as the opportunity to visit a local Vietnamese school and capture glimpses of daily life in Vietnam.

Tour Overview
Trip Duration:15 days/14 nights
Ho Chi Minh City,Vinh Long, Can Tho,Ho Chi Minh City,DaNang , Hoi An,Hanoi

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival –Ho Chi Minh City
meals: N/A
Upon arrival, meet the English-speaking tour guide at the airport gate exit, and your driver and guide will escort you to the hotel. Relax while you soak in the local sights and culture while adjusting to the new time zone.
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 on the Phu Nam culture, 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
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 7: Province – DaNang – Hoi An
meals: 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
meals: B/L
Today you will drive or ride a bike to Tra Que village together with local people. Then you will have the opportunity to play a role as a Vietnamese farmer. You will work on the field to understand how to make a plot of herb or mint. Enjoy the flavor of special mints such as common basil, lemon basil, dill, Chinese coriander while working. Then try the local meal at the Tra Que village and learn more of the daily life of Hoi An people. After this, relax with a wonderful foot massage experience; this is likely a memory you’ll be talking about once you’re back home!
Day 11: Hoi An – DaNang – Hanoi
meals:B/L
After breakfast, your guide and driver will take you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon your arrival, meet your guide at the airport gate exit and you will be escorted to the hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant visit Ngoc Son & Quan Thanh Temples, the old quarter of Hanoi, and the Dong Xuan market where you can shop and choose final mementos of your trip. This evening, 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
meals: B/L
Today, you will rise early and enjoy a morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake "Lake of the Restored Sword" to experience early morning in Hanoi. According to the legend, gods provided Emperor Le Thai To a magical sword to defeat the Ming dynasty Chinese invaders. After the victory the emperor was boating on the lake when a giant tortoise reared up and took the sword, returning it to its rightful owners. Today, the lake is where local residents do their morning exercise. You can join then as they do “tai chi”.
Then, you will go to a restaurant and have a lesson on how to prepare Vietnamese cuisine. The cooking lesson includes a tour of the famous Hang Be market where you will learn the ingredients of Vietnamese dishes.  After assisting with preparation back at the restaurant, enjoy your own Vietnamese creations and receive a detailed recipe cards as your souvenir.
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong
meals: B/L
Take a scenic drive to Halong which is 180 km east of Hanoi.  Halong means, “where the dragon descends into the sea” and is named after the legend which has the bay created by a dragon which lived in the mountains. As it ran to the sea one day, its tail dug up the land leaving only small areas (the karst islands) visible – the rest filled up with water. After lunch at a local traditional restaurant you will be escorted to the hotel for check-in.
Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi
meals: B/L
Discover Halong Bay which is listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. "Dragon descending to the sea" as it is known in Vietnamese the picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. With a 5-hour boat cruise one will visit a grotto and then continue on to explore more of these wonders of creation. You will have an opportunity to enjoy a seafood lunch on board. In the late afternoon, you will be driven back to Hanoi where you may check in to the hotel and relax from the day’s activities.
Day 15: Hanoi – US
meals: B
After breakfast, please meet your guide and driver to be escorted to the Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight back to your home. The guide will help you to check in and you can make your last journal entries about your memorable trip experience.
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

$2020

$1870

$1750

$1640

$750

OCT-DEC,2017

$2110

$1950

$1840

$1699

$830

Superior class 

APR-SEP,2017

$2150

$2010

$1880

$1750

$870

OCT-DEC,2017

$2240

$2099

$1960

$1830

$940


Note: child price is 80% of adult price.

Accommodations:

City

Deluxe Class

Superior Class

Hanoi

Maison D'Hanoi Hanova Hotel

Nikko Hotel

Halong

Grand Halong Hotel

Halong Plaza Hotel

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.
  • Adoption Provincial trip on Day 05 & 06 and the domestic airfare of Ho Chi Minh City - Province– DaNang.
  • 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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