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Vietnam tour, 20 days

In the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Saigon, the French influence is still evident in the architecture and in the cuisine. There are even croissants and baguettes available. The stay in the picturesque Halong Bay with its numerous jagged rock islands is especially picturesque. We visit the beautiful Hoi An and the ancient imperial city of Hue. In Nha Trang snorkelling enthusiasts can take a fishing boat to the islands and reefs. In the Mekong Delta you get in touch with life in the countryside and from a boat it is fun to observe everyday life In Sa Pa introduce you to the colorful residents of the mountain villages. Especially the stay in the picturesque Halong Bay with its numerous jagged rock islands.

Itinerary

  1. Saigon
  2. Saigon, excursion Tay Ninh and Cu Chi
  3. Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho
  4. Can Tho, visit the floating market - Saigon
  5. Saigon - Mui Ne - Nha Trang
  6. Nha Trang
  7. Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham-torens - Qui Nhon
  8. Qui Nhon - Tam Quan - My Lai - Hoi An
  9. Hoi An, bike ride
  10. Hoi An
  11. Hoi An - Marble Mountains - Hué
  12. boat trip to Hué, flight to Hanoi
  13. Hanoi, night train to Lao Cai
  14. Lao Cai - Bac Ha, visit the Sunday market + homestay
  15. Bac Ha - Sa Pa
  16. Sa Pa – Lao Cai – night train to Hanoi
  17. Hanoi
  18. Hanoi – Ninh Binh
  19. Ninh Binh - boat trip to Halong Bay (overnight on a boat)
  20. Boat trip to Halong Bay – Hanoi

Day by day

                          VIETNAM - 20 day (Land Program) 

Day 1 - (Travel Day
Day 2 Arrival Saigon
Day 3 Saigon
Day 4: Saigon, excursion Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is a metropolis with an important port and is enter for industry, commerce and international communication. After the division of the country in 1954 Saigon was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam. After the invasion of the northern armies in April 1975 the revolutionary authorities gave the city the name Ho Chi Minh City, but most people still call it Saigon.  On the way to the hotel is striking as the streets are lined streets with bright green trees, and you will see  an endless stream of bicycles, mopeds and cyclos. As the French and later the Americans brought Western culture and architecture to  Saigon, the Vietnamese gave counterbalance everywhere constructing pagodas and temples. To see the city it is best to walk or rent a bike or cyclo. Some fine examples of French architecture are the post office, the 'Hotel de Ville' or town hall, and the cathedral. Visit the Museum of the Revolution, the historical museum or the Ho Chi Minh Museum and spend  a few hours in the lively Chinese Quarter and the fascinating Ben Thanh market where you can buy everything imaginable from pots and pans, every kind of shoe or clothing, silk flowers or all kinds of  Christmas decorations!  

On day four we make an excursion outside the city. First we stop at a museum which was as part of the tunnel network of Cu Chi during the war.  In the sixties this was a vast opposition stronghold of the Vietcong in this province. Then we drive to Tay Ninh, the center of one of the most intriguing sects in Vietnam, the Cao Dai. The cathedral there is a striking building, which is cross between a sugar sweet, extravagant rococo church and a fantasy fairytale building. We arrive there before noon so you can experience a colorful and disciplined ceremony in the church. 

Can Tho 

Day 5: Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho 

Day 6 Can Tho, excursion floating market - Saigon  

With our own bus we drive a few hours to the southern delta, the most prosperous and densely populated part of Vietnam. Numerous tributaries of the Mekong River make this flat area extremely fertile. Wherever you drive, you see lush green paddy fields and farm fields where pineapples, coconuts, peanuts and tobacco are grown. The products are often transported by boat to the markets, where you can buy vegetables and fruit and fish. T 

On the way we stop in My Tho, where we take a small boat to cruise the narrow, beautiful canals of the Mekong Delta. This is an excellent way to experience the daily life of the Vietnamese people up close. The tour leads through lush green orchards where we can stroll and you can taste exotic fruits. You can also take a look at local craft businesses, where, for example coconut candies are made. Also you can visit a honey farm and at the end we visit the Vinh Trang  pagoda. Overnight we stay in Can Tho, which is about 170 kilometers from Saigon. Well known are the floating markets where people from near and far will go to sell the fresh harvest and fish.

Of course we will also take a look. The boats are piled high with pineapples and vegetables which are sold to passing customers on boats. Poles protrude from the vendor boats with pierced pineapples or vegetables; advertising whatever they are selling that day. You can also rent a boat to  to observe the daily life of the people in simple homes on stilts along the river. The women sit on their porched doing the laundry, or preparing the food. Children splash about during their swimming lessons and they greet you with noisy enthusiasm. Restaurants at the harbor offer local delicacies of the region: frog, turtle and snake. We promise you will be astounded at the sumptuous and affordable cuisine throughout Vietnam.  

Nha Trang 

Day 7 Saigon - Mui Ne - Nha Trang 

Day 8: Nha Trang 

On the way to Nha Trang, the landscape changes enormously. Forested mountains give way to arid plains and the temperature rises. En route we stop at the Mui Ne Sand Dunes, an extensive dune area, where it looks like you're in the Sahara, so strange to find in Vietnam. Just before Nha Trang you see along the way white salt plains and mountains, where workers are busy harvesting salt. Nha Trang is ideal for beach lovers: there is a  kilometer long white beach, turquoise sea, palm trees and restaurants where you can choose fro a  wide selection of seafood.  Also refreshing are the famous mud  baths. You can follow that up with a Hot Mineral Bath.

Next you can swim and rejuvenate when you return to Nha Trang. In addition to soaking up the sun on the beach and enjoying the mud baths, there are still plenty of other things to do. Fishing boats organize day trips to various islands and then you can swim to your heart's content on the go and snorkeling. For little money you can rent a bicycle to go to the Oceanographic Institute, the Pasteur Institute, the 14 meter high white Buddha at Long Son Pagoda or cycle to the port where dozens of fishing boats are moored. Note the huge round bamboo baskets in which paddle fishermen move from one boat to another.  Our comfortable hotel is located a stone's throw from the beach. 

Qui Nhon Hoi An 

Day 9 Nha Trang - Po Nagar Cham Towers - Qui Nhon 

Day 10 Qui Nhon - Tam Quan - My Lai - Hoi An 

Day 11: Hoi An 

Day 12: Hoi An 

Near the harbor in Nha Trang standing on a rocks are the red brick Po Nagar Towers from the 7th to 12th centuries, the place that for centuries was a Hindu ceremonial place.  This is an excellent example of Cham temples.  We stop here before we head to Qui Nhon. Here you come to the end of the afternoon where we are  beautifully situated at the beach, hotel. The next day we travel equipped to Hoi An. During the long drive to Hoi An, we make a stop in Tam Quan, where we can visit several factories, for example where tapioca crackers, coconut cookies and tiles are made. A little further on we stop for a visit to the stricken village of My Lai during the war. 

There is ample to do in Hoi In  for two full days. The town situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River  was formerly a thriving port and a meeting point of Western and Eastern culture. At the beginning of the 16th century the Portuguese discovered the coast of Hoi An, soon followed by the first western traders and then the Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, English and French. For some centuries Hoi An was both an extraordinary flourishing port as a leading cultural center. Around 1900 Hoi An the social and natural environment changed dramatically and fell into a sleepy town.

For hours you can now stroll through the center.  Yellow, French style bistros line the canals in this enchanting town. Hundreds of temples, community centers, homes, shops, possibly thanks to the support of UNESCO restored adorn the streets of the ancient Japanese and Chinese district.   A highlight is the covered Japanese bridge pink. Nearby are beautiful homes of wealthy Chinese merchants who are currently opened by the heirs to the public. So you can in the Tan Ky house get a tour of the residents, a venerable old family. The houses are often decorated with dark wood columns and gilded woodwork, bonsai trees and all kinds of old Chinese stuff. 

The best way to admire the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Hoi An is through the bike ride organized by Djoser. We will observe typical country scenes : endless bright green rice fields, children make their way home with the buffalo in the afternoon and heavy traffic of wooden boats on the river.  You can also rent bikes independently to explore on your own.  Inquire about hiring the little woven boats and exploring the maze of low coconut palm covered canals, a really fun experience. 

Hue, Hanoi  

Day 13: Hoi An -Marble Mountains  - Hue 

Day 14 Boat Hue, flight to Hanoi 

Day 15 Hanoi, overnight train to Lao Cai 

On the road from Hoi An to Da Nang you can see the flat landscape suddenly rising up the odd shaped Marble Mountains. In the caves are Buddhist shrines and is therefore a popular pilgrimage site. From the top you have a fantastic view, especially on the long stretch of China Beach where American soldiers  enjoyed peace and relaxation during the war.  A must see is the Cham Museum in Da Nang, where you will find the largest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. 

Between 1802 and 1945, Hue was the political capital of Vietnam and residence of the thirteen successive emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. The the broad Huong Giang (Perfume) river situated city traditionally enjoys a reputation as a cultural, religious and educational center of Vietnam. The town center is dominated by the sprawling citadel, whose construction was started in 1804 by order of the emperor.  Inside was a magnificent palace complex, exclusively accessible to the imperial family . Unfortunately, the part, called the Forbidden Purple City, was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968. The entrance gate and several reception halls have been reconstructed. The imperial pomp and circumstance you will find in the tombs of emperors Tu Duc, Khai Dinh and Minh Mang. These complexes are far outside Hue located amid the rice fields. It is a wonderful experience to strolling around in the idyllic surroundings with its imposing sculpture, wooden pavilions, ponds and flowering trees, which brings old Vietnam to life. By boat we travel in the morning a piece of the Huong Giang River, where we take the road to  the Thien Mu pagoda and one of the graves. In the afternoon  we take a flight from Hue to Hanoi, where you have the time to a get your first  impression of the Vietnamese capital. Traditionally Hanoi is the political and historical capital of united Vietnam, but compared to Ho Chi Minh it seems to be a provincial town.  There are many striking buildings and parks.  The center has changed little since the fifties with the character  well preserved. You can roam around all day in comfort and enjoy the atmosphere of the cozy city. In the center is the Hoan Kiem lake  on the other side the modern center, de Ville with the French department stores, embassies and hotels. The streets in the old Chinese district are a paradise for souvenir hunters: hand-painted cards, Chinese embroidered flags, Paint and wood carvings, antiques, silk products and hundred-and-one more great gadgets. Dong Xuan Market is located in the old quarter: here you'll find plenty of local food stalls and for a song, you purchase all kinds of things.  In the east of the city you will find the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh , the one-pillar pagoda   from the 11th century, the rustic Literature Temple and Ngoc Son Temple. Look out for the 'Hanoi Hilton'  the nickname for the prison where Americans were held.  We take the night train to Lao Cai. 

Bac Ha, Sa Pa  

Day 16: Lao Cai - Bac Ha, visit Sunday market + homestay 

Day 17 Bac Ha - Sa Pa 

Day 18: Sa Pa - Lao Cai night train to Hanoi 

In the morning we arrive early by train in Lao Cai, and that's a good thing because there is so much activity on the colorful Sunday market in Bac Ha. There is everything sold from household to colorful fabrics for the costumes and singing birds in cages to water buffalo. It is also the meeting place for locals to exchange news and to talk while enjoying a bowl of pho (a yummy noodle dish with broth). In Bac Ha we stay in simple but unique homes. 

The next morning we drive the route up through the mountains to Sa Pa. Along the way you will enjoy countless photogenic vistas. The mountain village surrounded by forests  in Sa Pa was formerly a popular holiday destination among the French, where beautiful villas were built. In the center you see Hmong, Mao and Thais who come to do their shopping at the market in Sa Pa or to sell their own wares. You will encounter these mountain tribes, recognizable by their colorful folk costumes, the next day if you choose  to go for a for a hike or jeep tour with a local guide to visit the villages in the vicinity, the May-bridge or the Bac Falls. The road up through the mountains is rugged, but again magnificent. In the evening you'll board the night train to Hanoi. You'll stay in compartments that sleep four. 

Halong Bay 

Day 19 Night Rein Hanoi - Ninh Binh 

From Hanoi we leave to the quiet Ninh Binh.  By boat you can enjoy the beautiful limestone mountains and Trang An caves surrounded by rice fields. Here you see the live in the rice fields nearby. The Dich Dong temple is situated on a hill where you have a fantastic view over the area. 

Hanoi 

Day 20 Ninh Binh - cruise Halong Bay (overnight on boat) 

Day 21 Cruise Halong Bay - Hanoi 

Day 22 Hanoi -  

In  the afternoon we reach the unique nature of Halong Bay.  A thousand vegetated rocky limestone islands rise from the Gulf of Tonkin. Here we will board our lovely wooden cruise boat where we will spend the night, so you get enjoy the  surroundings   from the deck or swim in  he clear water of the unprecedented natural beauty of this picturesque water. In Hanoi you will have a chance to enjoy the contrast of modern and traditional Vietnam. There are many elegant French-style buildings and manicured parks. Explore countless markets and be sure to take in a traditional water puppet show, staged in a modern theater.  It is a colorful and humorous depiction of  a farmer life on the water. It should not be missed! This is a great place to pick up some last souveniers at bargain prices. 

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Dec-22-18Jan-10-19$2,5900 seats

Departure dates 2019

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Jan-12-19
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Jan-31-19$2,6553 seatsbook now >
Feb-02-19
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Feb-21-19$2,5258 seatsbook now >
Feb-23-19
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Mar-14-19$2,5253 seatsbook now >
Mar-16-19
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Apr-04-19$2,52510 seatsbook now >
Apr-13-19May-02-19$2,32514 seatsbook now >
May-04-19May-23-19$2,52517 seatsbook now >
Jun-15-19Jul-04-19$2,52520 seatsbook now >
Jul-13-19Aug-01-19$2,59018 seatsbook now >
Jul-20-19Aug-08-19$2,59020 seatsbook now >
Jul-27-19Aug-15-19$2,59020 seatsbook now >
Aug-31-19Sep-19-19$2,52520 seatsbook now >
Sep-21-19Oct-10-19$2,52520 seatsbook now >
Oct-05-19Oct-24-19$2,52520 seatsbook now >
Oct-12-19Oct-31-19$2,32520 seatsbook now >
Oct-26-19Nov-14-19$2,52520 seatsbook now >
Nov-16-19Dec-05-19$2,32518 seatsbook now >
Dec-21-19Jan-09-20$2,72020 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2020

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Jan-11-20Jan-30-20$2,45520 seatsbook now >
Feb-01-20Feb-20-20$2,45520 seatsbook now >
Feb-22-20Mar-12-20$2,45520 seatsbook now >
Mar-14-20Apr-02-20$2,45520 seatsbook now >
Apr-11-20Apr-30-20$2,45520 seatsbook now >
May-02-20May-21-20$2,45520 seatsbook now >
Jun-13-20Jul-02-20$2,45520 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Land package (begins & ends at hotel), lodgings , tour leader (as a logistics coordinator, not a lecturer) speaks Dutch & English, city-to-city transport by private bus, excursions according to program, domestic flights, breakfasts, local guide, along Bay cruise with meals

Price excludes

International flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, visa(if applicable), exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure

Group trip dates denoted with the green "G"  (Most Likely to GO)

The dates you see listed in our group tours that are marked with a green "G" are MOST LIKELY TO GO based on this trip's past booking history, for a similar date. Before booking your flights it is important that you check with us to see if the group has enough participants for the trip to GO. However, Djoser is not responsible for costs for flight changes or cancellations if a trip must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, which might include a booking cancellation after the trip has been deemed to have sufficient bookings for a "GO". 

Cost Overview

Costs are listed in U.S. Dollars

Single room from:  $335

Estimated Out of Pocket Costs Weekly (for meals, excursions and extra not listed as included)   $190

Extension hotel city #1 SAIGON
Double room - total from $85
Single room  from $70
Extension hotel city #2 HANOI
Double room total from  $85
Single room from  $70

Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date. 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Weather:   http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html

Consulate List:   http://www.state.gov/misc/list/index.htm

Passport/Visa Expeditor:   TRAVISA   http://www.travisa.com/

Travel Insurance Quote:  TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792  http://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1  

Currency Conversion Cheat Sheet : http://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations

Rooms have been reserved at central, comfortable hotels, from which you can easily walk, go by cyclo or bicycle around town. The double rooms are equipped with private shower and toilet and almost always have air conditioning. In Vietnamese you often find a thermos of hot water and a box of tea in your room. The bathroom equipment often contains soap, shampoo, a comb and toothbrush. In most hotels you can have your clothing washed. .We sleep a night aboard the boat on Halong Bay. Here you have your own cabin with bathroom.

In Bac Ha you do not stay in a hotel, but in people's homes in a traditional stilt house. The facilities are very simple and you will sleep with more people in one room. The toilet facilities are shared here.

2 Nights we sleep in the night train, where berths are reserved in four persoons coupés. There is a toilet and a washbasin in the compartments.

Some examamples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Hue  Gold Hotel
Hoi An Golf Hoi An Hotel
Nha Thrang Hoang Ha Hotel

 
Single room
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on 'dates & prices' page.

Hotel extensions

It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the dates& prices' page.


Meals

Breakfast is included in the trip cost. In Vietnam you can expect baguettes served with butter, jam, eggs or spreadable cheese. Food lovers wil have a good selection for breakfast. Furthermore you yourself can decide what, where and with whom you will eat. The tour leader can offer suggestions. Please note: one must get used to eating with chopsticks in these areas. The basic ingredient of local meals is rice. There is a large variety of tasty beef, fish and vegetables dishes, heavily spiced, often with fresh coriander and ginger.

Vietnamese cuisine has almost 500 traditional dishes. Some of the favorites include small eggrolls with a variety of fillings. For the main course, you can choose from dishes with rice, meat or fish. Pho is a popular soup with noodles, vegetables, fish and usually meat. It is served throughout the day, even in the morning. There are also Chinese restaurants and some European dishes on the menus. Vietnamese retaurants are quite plain and appear to be messy, but the food is excellent and trustworthy. Tea is the favored beverage. Coffee is available most places, as are bottled water and soft drinks.

During the stay at the boat in Halong Bay, a delicious extensive lunch and dinner is served with lots of fresh fish. The costs are included in the price.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight

We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the LAND BEGIN and END times are listed below. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participant proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airlane: Cathay Pacific

NL participants arrive: HCM city 10:20 AM
NL participants depart: Hanoi 7:30  PM


Before you book your flight
To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours
When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary
We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions
If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the 'dates & prices' section

If the Netherlands arrive in the late evening
Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included

If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com


Local transportation

Throughout the trip we use own (mini) bus. which has the advantage that we can stop regularly in the villages and places that we pass, for example, to visit a local market or sights. Throughout the year buses include air conditioning.

The route from Hue to Hanoi it covered by train. Hotels are centrally located in cities ; an easy walk, bike or cyclo ride to town. Thus, Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi and their surroundings can be excplored by bike..YoFora few euros per day you can rent a bicycle or moped, and you can be easy to go out by yourself or with a few others. You will see Vietnam also from the water: in Halong Bay we sleep on a boat, in Hue we a cruise on the Perfume River. The watery Mekong Delta lends itself perfectly for (optional) boat trips with a group or on your own.

The route from Hue to Hanoi traveled by domestic flight with Vietnam Airlines. Sa Pa to Hanoi vv we use the night train, where berths are reserved in four person compartments

Vietnam can also be viewed from the water: in Halong Bay and Hue we take a boat trip. The watery Mekong delta and the coastal strip in Nha Trang lend themselves perfectly for (optional) boat trips with a group or on your own.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our “dates & prices' page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour leader (logistics coordinator, not a lecturer), speaks Dutch & English)
  • City-to-city transport by private bus, sometimes internal flights, trains or boats
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Excursions according to program
  • Domestic flight Hue - Hanoi
  • Local guide
  • Night train Hanoi - Sa Pa
  • Breakfasts
  • Bike tour Hoi An
  • Boat Hue - Perfume River
  • Boat trip with overnight Halong Bay with meals
  • Tour Temple Tay Ninh and Cu Chi tunnel system
  • Visit Floating Market Can Tho

Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date.

 

While you are traveling

Local Currency:  Vietnam=Dong
ATM Machines: Widely available
Cash accepted: Dollars. Smaller denomincations. Never bills
Credit cards :  Not accepted.


Tipping

It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.
** You will find a list of all trip costs in the 'dates & prices' section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the 'dates & prices' section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.


On the way our bus stops at a number of places where you will need to pay entry fees:

  • A visit to the Cu Chi tunnels. Here you get to know everything about the underground tunnel network that the Vietnamese created in the fight against the Americans during the Vietnam War. You can see how these fighters were underground and at night came out the attack. Crawl through the tunnels themselves and experience the life of a Vietnamese warrior.
  • A visit to Tay Ninh where we visit the Cao Dai temple. The Cao Dai temple is an impressive colorful temple of a relatively new faith. Followers attempt to create the ideal religion. Take your shoes off and attend the special ceremony.
  • On the way to Can Tho we stop at My Tho. Here we sail through the Mekong Delta and we see the real rural life in Vietnam.
  • A visit to the floating market in Can Tho. Here you can sail a boat by the market and you can enjoy the activity and the sale of local products.
  • A visit to the Po Nagar Cham towers in Nha Trang. Imagine yourself in the Champa kingdom in this beautiful Hindu temple.
  • We visit My Lai, here we learn more about the carnage that was wrought here during the Vietnam War.
  • The Marble Mountains we visit on the way to Hue. Here you can take a walk over the hills consisting of marble and sandstone. Be surprised by the beautiful surroundings where you can admire a number of caves and temples.
  • A boat trip on the Perfume River in Hue, which due to odors that it led from the forests away. Its name
  • A visit to the Thien Mu pagoda. This place is known for the Buddhist opposition to all forms of oppression.
  • A visit to the Sunday market in Bac Ha, the meeting place of the local population.
  • A visit to the mud baths in Nha Trang, an ideal day to relax.
  • And of course the night on the boat in the mystical Halong Bay


In Vietnam many other excursions are definitely worth your attention:

  • A cyclo tour through Saigon or Hanoi. Ride through town on a real Vietnamese cyclo, view various highlights and take in the atmosphere of the city.
  • Get fitted for a new outfit in Hoi An. A jacket, pants, dress or glasses, everything is possible here.
  • Teach yourself how to prepare the delicious Vietnamese dishes, and take a cooking course in Hoi An.
  • Visit Hue, the old imperial city and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of this former capital.
  • A boat trip in Tam Coc, sailing a small boat through the limestone mountains and rice fields.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed
Visa needed: Vietnam
Consulate link 

Visa expeditor
If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport.
TRAVISA 

Health Issues & Insurance

 

Check for the Center for Disease Control for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a perscription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

Center for Disease Control – Travelers information 

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.

It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM)

Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, anticeptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommended to get

  • DTP vaccinations, typhoid and hepatitis A
  • Malaria tablets for mountain areas in Vietnam
     

Insurance

For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan.
* Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation.
TRAVELEX  1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group

\Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our trips, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way.

The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips will be guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

On this trip a local guide will also assist us in and will explain about the customs, religious influences and cultural aspects of the area.

In-country agent

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region:

Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at  http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html


The expansiveness and various terrains in Vietnam are distinguished by different climates. South and Central Vietnam have a warm tropical climate with temperatures between 65° and 90°F. The North enjoys a subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. The temperature in Hanoi, for example, lies between 60° and 90°F. In Sa Pa it is, on average, several degrees cooler. In the winter months it can even get cold. There are two different rainy periods. Between October and April is a relatively wet period in the northern part of Vietnam stretching to the central area near Da Nang. From May to October, in the South, you will find warm, wet weather. In the rainy period there are regular downpours at the end of the afternoon and at night. The quantity ranges, however, from region to region. China is one of the largest countries in the world and has very diverse geographical and climate characteristics. Because of the vastness of the country, you can encounter various climate changes.

Rain frequently falls at the end of the day and at night. The downpours are generally short and hard and the cloud cover is in this period frequently dense. Laos and Cambodia have a tropical climate. The rainy season runs from June to September. There is then no long-term rainfall, but possibly one or two spectacular rainbursts per day, generally at the end of the day or at night. Rain makes nature in this period a splendid, lush green. Afterward it is clear and cool. After February it becomes hotter. In the jungle in these months it can be quite misty.

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Highlights

  • Domestic flight Hue - Hanoi
  • Dutch tour guide (speaks Dutch & English)
  • Local guideSpecial stay authentic stilt house
  • Unique overnight on boat in Halong Bay with meals
  • Excursion to Cu Chi tunnel system included
  • Visit breathtaking Ninh Binh
  • Visit colorful mountain dwellers Sa Pa + local Sunday market, Bac Ha
  • Unique combination of culture, nature and beach
  • Includes cruise Perfume River