A fifteen-day honeymoon with plenty of time to relax as well as visiting the two main cities in Vietnam and Ha Long Bay. As you’ll be traveling tailor-made, you can rearrange the itinerary as you wish. As the name of the tour suggests, there’ll be a few surprises on the way! We want your honeymoon to provide you with lifelong happy memories – we’re well aware that it’s the most significant holiday you’ll ever have!
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (D, GP). Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a special candlelit ‘Welcome dinner’. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City orientation (B, L, G). After a leisurely champagne breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City starting with a visit the Reunification Palace. From there, you’ll enter the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City. It’s packed with every conceivable commodity.
You’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple, one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll finish your day with a visit to a lacquer workshop to see the complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional Vietnamese craft product. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City/Nha Trang (B, G in Ho Chi Minh City). After breakfast, your time is your own until your car arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for the afternoon flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, you’ll find a car and driver waiting to take you to your chosen resort where you’ll spend the night.
Day 4 to Day 10: Nha Trang (B). Free days in your chosen resort – relaxing, snorkelling, beach sports, swimming pool games, etc. Nha Trang offers a variety of activities for a short break. You can take a boat trip up the River to visit some of the craft villages and communities along its banks. The beach is long, busy in front of the town but almost deserted further away. For diving, we usually direct visitors to the PADI 5-star Rainbow Diving Centre (because they’re good - we don’t ask for, or receive, commission). There are many restaurants along the beach offering a variety of cuisines: the Louisiana Café is good, and has a large swimming pool free of charge.
There are many more restaurants and cafes, both international and Vietnamese, in the town itself, quite a few bars and a few ‘night clubs’ (i.e. disco’ in Vietnam), and some interesting shops. Other places to visit are the museum devoted to Dr. Yersin (a much-loved foreigner who created the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang and founded the city of Dalat) and the Long Son Pagoda. Climbing the steps behind the pagoda takes you to a massive statue of Buddha and spectacular view of Nha Trang and the bay. The cathedral and the Oceanographic Institute are also worth a look.
Day 11: Nha Trang/Hanoi (B, DP, G). A free morning until your driver arrives to take you to the airport for an afternoon flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel with time to relax after the journey. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam and a light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi (B, L, G). You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and the museum dedicated to his memory. After lunch, you’ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake.
Then it’s off to explore Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. It’s a magnet for visitors – noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction. The Old Quarter is a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi. We’ll arrange your program to avoid the busy times at popular destinations, but if there’s anything you particularly want to see, let us know.
Day 13: Hanoi/Ha Long (B, L, D, G). After an early breakfast, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim, fish, climb a hill (not a mountain!) for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood, and you’ll sleep in a twin cabin with an en suite toilet and shower.
Day 14: Ha Long/Hanoi (Brunch, G). You’ll spend the morning cruising Ha Long Bay, followed by lunch just before docking around noon and leaving for Hanoi. You should arrive in the late afternoon and spend the night in Hanoi.
Day 15: Hanoi departure (B, GP). After breakfast, you’ll be free until your driver arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above.
- Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle.
- Boat cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll join other passengers on a high quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
‘Welcome’ package - fruit, flowers, champagne, etc.
- Massage and therapeutic treatments in Ho Chi Minh City.
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
Prices vary depending on level of accommodation and dates of travel. Contact us to customize a vacation itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.
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