23 September 2019, 09:27
23 September 2019, 09:27
Dig into a remarkable history in Vietnam
Explore guerrilla tunnels and cultural traditions on Vietnam Highlights tour
- 11 nights reduced to £2,099pp on November 5th departure
- Boat trips on Perfume and Saigon rivers
- Spend a night on a junk in Ha Long Bay
- VIP door-to-door travel to the airport
A night on a junk in Ha Long Bay and a visit to the military Cu Chi Tunnels are among the highlights of Saga’s new tour that reveals the captivating beauty and fascinating culture of Vietnam.
There are boat trips on the Perfume and Saigon rivers, a visit to the picturesque Pass of the Ocean Clouds, and the opportunity to explore Hanoi and the unique atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on the Vietnam Highlights tour.
Saga, the experts in providing holidays and services exclusively for the over 50s has tailored this tour to ensure that holiday feeling really does start before their customers leave home. Not only is travel insurance included in their holiday, guests are picked up from home by their VIP door-to-door travel service ready for them to relax on their journey to the airport.
Accommodation throughout the trip is in four and five-star hotels, as the 11-night holiday takes in a series of magical destinations including several UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as the night in the bay with its 3000 spectacular limestone islands.
Colonised by the French in the 19th century, Hanoi contrasts a 1,500-year-old pagoda, atmospheric old quarter and colourful markets with exuberant nightlife and curiously iridescent skyscrapers, all set amid tree-lined avenues and lush parks.
Hue, the country’s capital for nearly 150 years, saw some of the fiercest fighting during the Vietnam War but, while much of the old city was destroyed, it still retains a certain graceful beauty.
The Pass of the Ocean Clouds, a mountain range often shrouded by heavy cloud, are on the route to Hoi An, where the covered bridge, linking the Japanese and Chinese communities, represents its multi-cultural atmosphere with yellow and green roof tiles appearing to ripple like water.
On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, lunch is included at a restaurant training young adults who have been living in poverty, while the streets are lined with food stalls, and shopping malls sit alongside war relics and colonial architecture.
At the Mekong Delta, often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, a boat trip passes fish farms and floating markets to Ben Tre, where the local tradition is coconut carving and sweet making, before a horse and cart journey to an orchard where bees are bred and lunch is taken on another islet.
The final evening cruise from Ho Chi Minh City along the Saigon River features a Vietnamese menu and traditional music, while the adventure concludes at the 250-kilometre network of Cu Chi Tunnels, used in the 1960s by Communist guerrilla forces and civilians, which included kitchens, hospitals, weapons factories and booby traps.
For details call free on 0800 056 0464 or visit saga.co.uk/Vietnam
11 nights from £2,099 per person departing Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines on November 05 2019, January 21, March 17 , 2020.
Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.
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