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Vietnam Zen and Spa (11 Days)

Vietnam is a country that is constantly on the move but you can enjoy the calmer side of life with Vietnam Zen and Spa. This trip will take you through many of Vietnam´s premier tourist destinations but will focus on refreshing the body, mind and soul. Explore the various forms of Vietnamese Buddhism, savor the taste of the traditional vegetarian cuisine, and relax with traditional massage, Yoga and Tai Chi.

Itinerary
DAY 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL (Dinner)

You arrive in Hanoi capital. You will be greeted at Noi Bai International Airport by our guide who will escort you to your hotel in the Old quarter. In the evening, enjoy a healthy vegetarian dinner at restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 2: HANOI INSIGHT CITY TOUR (Breakfast, lunch)

For early risers: practice meditation at an ancient temple. After the morning class, stroll downtown and join in locals who gather for Tai Chi every morning around the lakesides in the city. It is a magnificent city sight to witness the practice. You can even participate in this graceful practice for an unforgettable experience. Back to your hotel for breakfast or try one of our typical breakfasts at a street-stall. After breakfast, visit a fresh and wet market where a huge variety of fresh products are traded every day - a fundamental part of Vietnamese culture. Next, we visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology which successfully recognizes Vietnam as a multi-ethnic country and promotes socio-cultural diversity.

Continue to the Temple of Literature. Such was constructed in 1070 under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, first to honor Confucius and now to celebrate the doctorates and high ranking scholars of Vietnam. Lunch at KOTO (refers to Know One Teach One) to support street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. The Yoga session is daily scheduled in the late afternoon and instructed by a Vietnamese Yoga master. Morning Yoga Session can be arranged upon request. Also in the afternoon, indulge yourself with a 1.5 hour traditional massage and herbal bath at Zen Spa which is housed in a French villa overlooking Westlake. The remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 3: HANOI – HA LONG BAY (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Take a 3.5-hour drive to Ha Long Bay, recognized by UNESCO as a World Wonder of nature. You will go through the provinces of Bac Ninh and Hai Duong before reaching Quang Ninh Province where Ha Long Bay is located. Spending a night on a junk boat is an ideal way to see the maginificent Ha Long Bay. From the comfort of the cruise, the mystical scenery of Ha Long Bay, with thousands of limestone islands jutting out from the emerald waters and colorful floating villages, can truly be a spectacular experience. In the evening, enjoy dinner on board. Overnight in Ha Long Bay on the junk boat.

DAY 4: LAN HA BAY – BAI TU LONG BAY (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Awake early and join the Tai Chi session on the sundeck or just relax and enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while the boat cruises leisurely in Halong Bay. Cave excursion while cruising toward the pier, and disembarking around noon. Picked up by our driver and transferred back to Hanoi’s airport. We will stop at the Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, a private museum that successfully promotes the unique architectural and artistic styles of the Vietnamese folklore.

Board a flight to Hue City. Located on the bank of Song Huong (Perfume River), Hue, the capital of Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam, is 700 km south of Hanoi, 1100km north of Ho Chi Minh City, and only a short drive from the sea. Until 1945, Hue was the national capital and the political, cultural, religious center of Vietnam under the control of Nguyen Dynasty. Most well-known for its historic values, Hue has been recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Be greeted by our guide at airport and be escorted to your hotel.

DAY 5: HUE (Breakfast, lunch)

Today we offer a half day cultural Hue tour and a cooking class which is fully flexible and arranged upon your availability. Hue Imperial Citadel visit and Food Carving Class: Follow our guide to the city center to explore the Imperial Citadel, then go to Thien Tam Restaurant for a special class of food carving. With the instructions from the local artisan you will be able to make an eagle nest from a pumpkin or a vase of roses from vegetables. Some Hue specialties are also served during the lesson. Lunch will be served at Thien Tam Restaurant with vegetarian food. Enjoy your free time for leisure at hotel or spa service (not included). Overnight stay in Hue.

Day 6 HUE (Breakfast, lunch)

We offer a half day cultural Hue tour and home hosted meal at a garden house in the city. Cultural tour includes a boat trip along the peaceful Perfume River, visit Minh Mang Mausoleum and Tu Hieu pagoda. Watch or join monk chanting if you visit on Thursday (10:00am – 4pm). Then, you will be served with a home meal at a garden house in the city. Enjoy your free time for leisure at hotel or spa service (not included). Overnight stay in Hue.

Day 7: HUE– BACH MA ZEN MONASTERY – DA NANG/HOI AN (Breakfast)

Leisure time until the 3-hour journey to Da Nang city through the breathtaking Hai Van pass and Lang Co beach. On the way to Da Nang, make a stop of 2 hours to visit the Bach Ma Zen Monastery. Constructed in 2006, Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen monastery is in the center of the Truoi River with its head standing against the mountain. From far, it looks like a very scenic secluded island. This place is an ideal destination for ones to relieve all their tiredness and worries. If you are lucky, you will have a chance to personally talk to the master monk that is multilingual. After Buddha praying, and a Truc Lam Zen session, we go back to the main road to continue the land journey to Da Nang. Note: Proper clothes are required to enter the Zen monastery. Upon arrival in Da Nang, check in your resort. Overnight in Da Nang.

Day 8: DA NANG/HOI AN- Exotic outdoor Yoga Session (Breakfast)

Follow your tour guide to visit the Marble Mountains and join our exotic 45-minute Yoga session instructed by an Indian Yoga Master on the Marble Mountains or on a tranquil beach. This will allow you to experience new sensations and to test your capabilities. Enjoy your leisure time in the afternoon. Overnight stay at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9: HOI AN- LEISURE DAY (Breakfast)

You may continue with some Tai Chi, Yoga, beach meditation or a tour around the city of Hoi An (with the shuttle bus of the resort). Overnight stay at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 10: DANANG- HO CHI MINH CITY- SUNSET CRUISE ON SAIGON RIVER (Breakfast)

Have breakfast at your hotel, then check out and arrive at Da Nang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival, be welcomed by your guide and go to your hotel in the city centre. Relax with free use of Sauna, Steam bath, Jacuzzi at your hotel (spa/massage not included). In the midafternoon, explore the bustling city with quick view of the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh market. Later on, board the Lady Hau Cruise for a relaxing sunset cruise on Saigon River (canapes and selected free flow drinks included). Go back to your hotel for your leisure time. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 11: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (Breakfast)

After breakfast, enjoy your personal time at the resort before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

OUR HOTELS

Accommodation bases on lowest room category of each hotel. Higher room grade can be arranged subject to availability and additional charges.

Notes on hotel categories:

Superior category refers to local or international 4 star hotels where applicable
Deluxe category refers to international reasonable 5 star hotels where applicable

Destinations Superior Deluxe
     
Hanoi The Lapis Hotel De L’Opera
Ha Long Bay Flamingo Cruise Indochina Sails
Hue Eldora Hotel Indochine Palace
Da Nang/ Hoi An Hoian Silk Marina Resort & Spa

Almanity Resort
Including one spa journey per person per day

Saigon Central Palace hotel The Myst Dong Khoi Hotel
 
Included:

Transfer services in a private air conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees to the indicated sites, and other boat fees where applicable
Meals as listed in the program B= Breakfast; L= Lunch & D = Dinner: pre-arranged at local restaurants based on local food with set menu  
Tours with local English speaking guide
Yoga session by Yoga Master in Ha Noi at an ancient temple
Meditation session at Cat Tuong Quan Monastery
150 minute traditional massage and herbal bath at Sen Garden in Hanoi
Join-in dinner cruise on Saigon River
Bottled drinking waters and wet wipes in car on touring days
Government taxes

Excluded:

- International and domestic airfares and its airport taxes
- Drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses & Tips
- Surcharge for Public Holidays (if any)
- Compulsory gala dinner on 24 & 31 Dec 2018 (to be advised)
- Surcharge on Peak Season (to be advised)
- Visa processing fee, visa stamping fee
- All other services not stated in the program

 

  Price:- From $1,360 per person using Superior Accommdation. Please contact us for trip dates and availability 

  Price:- From $1,757 per person using DeLuxe Accommdation. Please contact us for trip dates and availability 

 

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