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2004 The Best Value China Travel Tours

Vietnam Adventure for Mr. Rodrigues

Prepared by: Yangtze Cruises, Inc / Date: Oct. 20, 2003

  • Cross Water flight schedule:
    • 2 CX 767K 06NOV 6 HKGSGN GK 0905 1040 /
    • 3 CX 790K 16NOV 7 HANHKG GK 1105 1355 /
  • Domestic flight schedule:
    • Nov 10: SGN - DAD VN 334 (0610 0915).
    • Nov 14: HUI - HAN VN 244 (1350 1500

  • Nov 04-5, NYC - Vietnam via Cathay Pacific flight Depart from JFK on a Cathay trans-pacific flight to Vietnam. Cross the International Date Line.

  • Nov 06Saigon - Met upon arrival and transferred to the hotel. The afternoon is free to explore. Overnight in HCMC.

  • Nov 07 -09Saigon (AB) - Free activities in HCMC (exclusive: guide & transportation)

  • Nov 10.HCMC- DA NANG by air- HOI AN (B/L/D) - Take flight to Danang. Ovrland to Hoi An. Free to explore. Hoi An was the international trading center in the 16-17th centuries. right in this town, japanese, Chinese , Dutch, indian traders set up their emporiums and living quarters. Free to explore. Hoi An hotel.

  • Nov 11: HOI AN- MY SON- HOI AN (B/L/D) - Excursion to explore My Son- Holy Land, 70 away from Hoi An.

    Journey southwest of Hoi An to Vietnam's most important Cham site and one of the most stunning sights in the Hoi An area.MY SON: considered to be Champa's counterpart to Angkor and Bagan, the great cities of South East Asia's other Indian-influenced civilizations. The monuments are set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by massive Cat's Tooth Mountain. TRA KIEU: formerly known as Simhapura, it was the first capital city of Champa, serving in that capacity from the 4th through to the 8th century. A large number of artifacts, including some of the finest carvings in the Cham Museum in Danang, were found here.

    Overnight in Hoi An.

  • Nov 12: HOI AN- CITY tour(B/L/D) - Cruise on Thu Bon River and ancient house visit, the Marble Mountain and Cham Museum. CHAM MUSEUM: this houses probably the best collection of Cham art to be found anywhere in the world. There are more than 300 artifacts in the museum, many dating to the 4th century. There are beautiful sculptures reflecting the 1000 year Cham period.CHINA BEACH: made famous in the American TV series of the same name it stretches for many kilometres north and south of the Marble Mountains. During the American War, soldiers were airlifted here for 'rest and relaxation'.MARBLE MOUNTAINS: consist of 5 stone hillocks, once islands, made of marble. Each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy Son, has a number of natural caves in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries. When the Champas ruled this area, these same caves were used as Hindu shrines.

  • Nov 13: HOI AN- HUE (B/L/D) - Take a scenic drive to Hue. Visit the Imperial Citadel. Hue was the capital of the nguyen dynasty by King Gia long. It still preserves hundreds of historical and cultural vestiges. Its main attractions are the splendid Imperial Citadel and tombs if Emperors under Nguyen Dynasty, recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

    By vehicle from Hoi An to Hue Journey north along Highway 1 past Danang, Lang Co and the Hai Van Pass.HAI VAN PASS: the pass crosses over a spur of the Truong Son Mountain Range that juts into the South China Sea. It is an incredible mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views.LANG CO: a pretty, island-like stretch of palm-shaded sand with a crystal-clear lagoon on one side and many kilometers of beachfront facing the South China Sea.

    Sightseeing old Imperial City IMPERIAL CITY: located in the Citadel, it was built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City in Peking. There are numerous palaces and temples within these walls, as well as towers, a library and a museum.NGO MON GATE: the principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure, facing the Flag Tower. The central passageway with its yellow doors was reserved for use by the emperor, as was the bridge across the lotus pond.THAI HOA PALACE: built in 1803 and moved to its present site in 1833, Thai Hoa Palace is a spacious hall with an ornate roof of huge timbers supported by 80 carved and lacquered columns.HALLS OF THE MANDARINS: these buildings, in which the mandarins prepared for court ceremonies held in the Can Chanh Reception Hall, were restored in 1977. NINE DYNASTIC URNS: these were cast in 1835-36. Traditional ornamentation was then chiseled into the sides of the urns, each dedicated to a different Nguyen sovereign. FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY: this was reserved for the personal use of the emperor. The only servants allowed into the compound were eunuchs, who would pose no threat to the royal concubines. (Today the site is in ruins)

  • Nov 14: HUE- HANOI by air (B/L/D) - Visit the two royal tombs in the morning. TU DUC TOMB: Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, built his tomb when he was still alive and used it for meditation, reading and theater performances. There are pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life.KHAI DINH: this was the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty and was constructed between 1920 and 1931. It sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village. It has a long staircase flanked by dragons. There are ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes. Transfer - Flight from Hue to Hanoi - Transfer Overnight in Hanoi

  • Nov 15: Halong Bay (B/L) - Quang Ninh is a North Eastern Province of Vietnam, where there is Ha Long Bay , a natural World heritage Site. There are more than 1600 island and islets, jutting from the ever blue water of the sea and numerous romantic grottoes have a story to linger on.

    Excursion to Halong Bay and boat cruise about 4 hours to visit the beautiful caves and transfer back to Hanoi.

  • Nov 16: HANOI- SEE-OFF (B) Feel free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight to China. Hong Kong and China.

  • * (B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)

  • HOTEL :

    • In HCMC : New World Hotel
    • 76 le Lai, Dist 1 Tel : 84-8-822-8888 Fax:84-8-823-0710
    • IN HUE: Century Hotel
    • 49 le Loi Rd., Hue Tel: 84-54-823-390
    • Fax : 84-54- 823 - 394
    • IN HOI AN: Hoian Hotel
    • 6 Tran Hung Dao Street. Hoi An Tel:84-54-861-373
    • Fax : 84-54-861-636
    • IN HA NOI: Daewoo Hotel
    • 360 Kim Ma Street, Hanoi, Tel : 84-4-831-5000
    • Fax : 84-4- 831-5500

  • Included:

    1. Land arrangements in Vietnam as per itinerary.
    2. Hotel accommodations as listed based on Signle occupancy.
    3. All air-con private coaches.
    4. Meals and tours as per itinerary.
    5. All entrance fees as per itinerary.
    6. English speaking guide.
    7. * Internal flight from HCMC - Da Nang & HUE - Hanoi.

  • Exluded:

    1. International or domestic airport taxes.
    2. Personal expenses, loss of money or loss of or damage to personal effects.
    3. Tipping for guide:USD3 per day/pax and driver:USD2 per day/pax is recommended.

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