VIETNAM TRAVEL & CULTURE SERVICES TARIFF 2006-2007

VIETNAM SOFT ADVENTURE TOURS

TRAVEL & CULTURE “14-DAY CYCLING IN VIETNAM” - VTN6026

(Daily departure on private tour, halfboard)

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Cycle from north to south to discover some of Vietnam wonders: vibrating cities as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, historic sites as Hue and Hoain, sugar-white sandy beaches around Qhy Nhon and Nha Trang, green mountain scenery in Dalat, rice baskets and orchards in the south and amgnificent Temples and Pagodas everywhere.

Note: Vietnam’s roads are among the most dangerous in the world, we avoid any highways and cycle only on narrow roads.  For long stretches we use the supporting vehicle, which is following the cyclers. The tour is escorted by an experienced guide. Due to the difficult traffic situations in Hanoi, we didn’t include cycling in the city of Hanoi.

ITINERARY

Day 1  Hanoi - Arrival  (-)

Meet on arrival atHanoi / Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to hotel for check in.

Rest of the day free at leisure to stroll and soak upHanoi’s stoic atmosphere along Hoan Kiem Lake and ancient, yet lively, Old Quarter.

Accommodation at hotel.

Day 2  Hanoi    (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full-day city tour including: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and whole October-November) and Residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Army Museum.

Continue the visits with the Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first university. Head next to the Fine Art Museum and Quan Thanh Temple.

Evening: Water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art.

Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 3  Hanoi - Hue  (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer toHanoi airport for a morning flight toHue.

Upon arrival transfer to hotel for check-in. Once everybody is settled, the cycling starts along the Perfume River on our way through the high-walled Imperial Citadel, to the peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda. Return to hotel later in the afternoon.

Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 4  Hue (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Cycle from the hotel on the riverfront throughHue's beautiful countryside to the majestic Khai Dinh and Tu Duc Royal Tombs. Free afternoon to explore the giant, bustling riverfront market and other attractions, or rest up for our next day's journey. Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 5    Hue - Hoi An   (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day cycling one of the most scenic routes in Vietnam. Depart Hue (by bike or by car) early in the morning towards the top of the Hai Van Pass. Our route passes by rural villages and the picturesque Lang Co Lagoon, then, ascends the six-mile road over the Hai Van Pass offering stunning views of the coast and follows with a thrilling descent to the green rice fields and white-sand graveyards around Danang. After regrouping we will skirt around Danang on a side country road to Hoi An. Afternoon arrival in the center of this historical town. 

Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 6  Hoi An  (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

City tour of Hoi An, an ancient port of trade. Much of Hoi An's rare wooden architecture remains in this small, pleasant town. We will explore the elegant pagodas, bustling riverfront marketplace and distinctive cuisine, soaking up the atmosphere. We will spend most of the day cycling from Hoi An to Cua Dai Beach on the South China Sea for baked clams, or a Vietnamese cooking demonstration in town featuring local specialties in a nice surrounding, or by relaxing on our own with a boat excursion on the river. Plenty of time to also explore Hoi An's vibrant market.

Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 7  Hoi An – Qui Nhon  (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Early departure from Hoi An along the coast and past scenic rice villages. Stopover at Chu Lai, a former American military base, and the My Lai Memorial. Lunch at the golden sands of Sa Huynh beach, a nice spot for a dip in the cooling South China Sea. Afternoon cycling passing some rice rural villages canopied by swaying coconut palms. Arrive at the hotel in Qui Nhon. Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 8  Qui Nhon - Nha Trang   (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Our ride from Qui Nhon to Nha Trang covers some of Vietnam’s most scenic coastline, featuring deserted blue lagoons and stone promontories overlooking the waters below. Fishing villages dot the coast here, their bays filled with brightly colored boats. Not many travelers stop by here, so over attention can be expected. Lunch at scenic Dai Lanh Beach. Upon arrival in Nhatrang transfer to the hotel.

Dinner at own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 9  Nha Trang  (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Vietnam's finest oceanfront city. Enjoy today a half-day boat excursion to the nearby islands and a marine reserve. Take the opportunity to do some snorkeling and swimming over the coral reefs in warm, clear water, or sunbath before the grilled seafood lunch. Afternoon cycling tour within the city visiting, the Lon Song Pagoda and the Po Nagar Cham ruins. Evening free to walk along the beach, to stroll the busy promenade, have a massage or swim in the warm waters.

Dinner at own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 10 Nha Trang - Dalat  (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning bus drive past historic Cam Ranh Bay to Phan Rang - location of a large a Cham ruin, Cham Tower, and most of the remaining original inhabitants of Vietnam - the Chams. Today’s cycling route runs from Thap Cham along the flat to the six-mile climb up Ngoan Muc Pass (optional bus ride for this part) into the beautiful pine forests of the Central Highlands around Dalat. Small villages and strawberry, carrot and other crops line the empty road passing into Dalat. 

Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 11 Dalat   (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning visits include Vien Thuc Pagoda, Bao Dai Palace and the Valley of Love.

Continue with a visit to the Truc Lam Monastery and Tuyen Lam Lake, the central marketplace, Dalat Cathedral and the artist community.

Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 12 Dalat - Bao Loc – Ho Chi Minh City   (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

The morning begins with a twisting six-mile descent from Dalat through pine forests to the rolling and gradually falling road to Ho Chi Minh City. We'll pass by numerous coffee, tea, banana and rubber plantations. We'll also pass by the ubiquitous churches in this unique and predominately Catholic area of Vietnam. Just outside of Ho Chi Minh City, the rubber trees originally planted by the French Colonialists are still harvested.

Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City   (B/D)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Start the day with a half-day city tour of China town with Binh Tay market, Thien Hau pagoda, the Saigon River front and several historical sites. Lunch on own account. Afternoon free to cycle the city (for the bravest only) or to do some sightseeing and shopping for local arts and crafts with guide. Farewell dinner in a nice Vietnamese Restaurant. 

Accommodation at hotel.

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time at leisure until it is time for the transfer to Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure.

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PRIVATE PACKAGE TOURS – US Dollar

Number of passengers (Nett per person in half-twin room)

SUP SGL

Hotel category

1

2

3-5

6-9

10-14

15-19

20 Up

Tourist class

2511

1421

1145

954

890

866

840

221

Superior class

2769

1550

1274

1083

1020

990

964

350

First class

3222

1789

1512

1322

1258

1209

1183

565

Deluxe

3852

2115

1838

1647

1584

1554

1528

869

Validity: 01 November 2006 – 31 October 2007

Hotel feature

City

Deluxe (5*)

First(4+*)

Superior(4*)

Tourist

Hanoi

Sheraton

Sofitel Plaza

Sunway

Thien Thai

Hue

La Residence

Morin

Festival

Ngoc Huong

Hoian

Victoria

Life Resort

Pacific

Vinh Hung 2

Qui Nhon

Life Resort

Life Resort

Life Resort

Saigon Quinhon

Nha Trang

Ana Mandara

Sunrise

Saigon Nha Trang

Que Huong

Dalat

Sofitel Palace

Novotel (Sup)

Novotel (Std)

Empress

Saigon

Caravelle

Duxton

Palace

Chancery

Surcharge (USD/room/night):

Sofitel Plaza Hanoi 1-31/10/2007:  USD 12.-

Ana Mandara Nhatrang  20-31/12/06:  USD 63.-

1-15/1/07: USD 65.-

Sofitel Palace Dalat 21/12/06-3/1/07: USD 12.-

Novotel Lalat 21/12/06-3/1/07: USD 6.-

Caravelle Saigon  26-31/12/06:  USD 15.-

1-31/10/07:  USD 12.-

Victoria Hoian  

24-26/12/06, 31/12/06-2/1/07, 17-22/2/07:  USD 24.-

Sunrise Nhatrang  1-10/1/07: USD 36.-

 

Including:

·  Accommodation with meals as specified in the programme

·  Transfers and tours with English/French/German speaking local guide

·  Domestic airticket Hanoi/Hue  and domestic airport tax in Vietnam·  Entrance fees, boat fee

·  Service charges, room tax and handling fee

Not included:

·  Departure airport tax in Ho Chi Minh at USD 14.00 nett per person

·  Vietnamese visa fees

·  Personal insurance

·  Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.

Remarks:

·  Minor programm changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road conditions and room availability.

·  Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increase.

·  These tours can suit anybody who is a little fit and in good shape. They are not aimed to especially well-trained people. Do not forget to pack light, easy-to-dry clothes and a good pair of comfortable shoes/sneakers

 

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