January 7 – 15, 2021

From the misty mountains of the north to the lush rice fields of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is a beguiling destination which rarely fails to charm. Timeless images of Indochina abound – conical-hatted farmers toil in bright green rice fields; junks drift through the mist on Lan Ha Bay; cyclo drivers ride through the narrow streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. But there is a new Vietnam emerging, in the upscale hotels, shopping arcades and fine dining restaurants of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, and in the luxury designer beach resorts of Hoi An and Mui Ne.

A country of contrasts where pleasant surprises await at almost every turn. But in Vietnam, one thing remains constant – the warmth, inquisitiveness, and positivity of its people, which remain the abiding memory of those who spend time in this alluring country.

Join Ryan & Malaka on this backstage access tour of the country’s most celebrated sights, sounds, and flavors!

The rate is $5,245.00 per person for an unparalleled luxury journey.

OptionalSeaplane from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay on 08 January. If interested, $399.00 USD per person, with a minimum of 10 passengers.

Price is subject to change if the minimum numbers are not met.

Call 1.888.722.3401 to secure your space on this unique journey (scroll down for journey details)

Street Scenes in Hanoi Vietnam

January 7, 2021 – Arrival into Hanoi, Vietnam.  As soon as you deplane, our Immigration Officer will meet you at the end of the jet bridge (or at the entrance of the terminal if there is no jet bridge), holding a signboard with your name(s) on it. The officer will assist you with immigration procedures. (there is only one visa-on-arrival counter at Noi Bai Airport.)

After clearing immigration, our Immigration Officer will escort you to the baggage claim to collect your luggage and introduce you to your guide who will be waiting outside the terminal.

NOTE: This service does not include any required visa or associated visa fees

Transfer service to your hotel, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel. (approximately 30 minutes)

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences.

January 8-9, 2021  – Meet with your guide and transfer to Noi Bai airport for your on-ward flight to Ha Long Bay.

OPTIONAL: Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay on seaplane #HAI601 @ 10:00am – 11:00am

(charter flight with 15 minutes’ scenic flight)

Departing from Noi Bai Airport, the destination for this short flight is the coastal port town of Ha Long Bay, the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed bay. Enjoy fabulous aerial views over the countryside and experience the thrill of a water landing at the Tuan Chau Island Marina.

Instead of spending half a day in a shuttle bus with traffic-clogged streets, hop on a seaplane from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay which takes you only 45 minutes. This is a perfect solution for a quick, comfortable, fun-filled and luxury trip.

Traveling with seaplanes gives you a totally unique experience compared to any other kind of transportation. Only with our seaplane can you enjoy the fabulous aerial views over the countryside and be amazed by the thrill of water landing which have lured many savvy travelers from all over the world. The flight can be extended to include an additional 15-minute scenic tour over the bay, which allows you to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the thousands of limestone karsts jutting up from the jade green waters and see remote fishing villages before landing at Tuan Chau Island Marina

Upon arrival, transfer by electric car (arranged by seaplane) to the lounge of Ylang cruise.

Ylang, the latest member of Heritage Line’s ship collection in Lan Ha Bay, features a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French-Colonial accents. This ancient flair of Indochina emanates throughout the vessel with a delicate floral leitmotif inspired by local poetry and related to the four seasons of the year. Local artisans contributed to Ylang’s decoration with hand-crafted paintings and artwork using various materials and techniques. All suites are dedicated to a particular blossom which typically represents a season in Vietnam. All this creates an inimitable sense of bliss and an exceptional abode at sea.

Ylang has only ten spacious suites on two decks – each room is flooded with natural light pouring in through floor-to-ceiling panoramic doors which open onto a private balcony. What makes Ylang unique, is her expansive spa with its extensive selection of thoughtfully selected treatments. The focus on wellness lives on in the more dynamic activities such as “singing bowl” meditation or early morning Tai Chi lessons on the upper deck.

On board, you immediately feel at home. The very large suite with your own balcony welcomes you with fresh fruits and cozy living quarters.

Discover a local floating fishing village or kayak in the bay

January 10, 2021 – Start early again with a nice and tasty traditional Vietnamese coffee, of which we hope will become part of your future morning routine to remember this special place on earth.

Join for another open air session of Tai Chi or take part in some Yoga indoor. Ylang moors this morning to offer to our guests some more kayaking or refreshing early morning swim – conveniently from the ship’s platform.

Take these final moments to fully emerge with the sense the Bay has to offer before Ylang gently glides back to its harbor. While we pass back through Lan Hay Bay towards the pier, we serve a hearty breakfast, and leaving you some relaxed time on the deck day-dreaming before we have to say our final goodbyes.

Start your morning with a traditional Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Upon disembarking the Heritage Vlang, begin your drive back to Hanoi.

En route, visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century. The picturesque temple is an example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote.

Drive back to central Hanoi for a 1hr cyclo tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. Explore the fascinating maze of back streets, fronted by narrow houses known as “tunnel” or “tube houses”, built to avoid taxes based on the width of their frontage onto the street, a wonderfully eclectic glimpse into Hanoi street life.

Return to your hotel at 4.00pm (approx.).

Your evening is at leisure to enjoy as you choose. Relax in the spa on property, dine on a Hanoi rooftop for spectacular views of the city, or wander into the city for a stroll and dinner at a local establishment.

January 11, 2021 – Explore the charming city of Hanoi, often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’, with its yellow ochre colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s House, a simple wooden house in a tranquil setting where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Some of his belongings are on display and visitors can walk up the steps to see his bedroom.

Continue to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, in Hanoi, is a unique opportunity to learn about the long-standing Vietnamese history from a qualified expert, Dr. Dao Duc. While walking through the museum, participate in a one-hour discussion about Vietnamese history and varied aspects of Vietnamese culture. Tourists will also learn about the evolution of the many Vietnamese ethnic groups’ ways of life and religious practices.

Dr. Dao Duc Biography: Dr. Dao Duc is the Vice Editor and a researcher on folk culture at the Institute of Cultural Studies and Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS). Additionally, he graduated with an M.A. in Anthropology from University of Washington with a focus on Vietnamese Religious Practice HYI. He has a deep knowledge on Vietnamese Cultures, history and ethnic research. He has also experienced first-hand living through the war era, the strict Communist era and the present modernization of Vietnam.

Enjoy lunch at a nice local restaurant before transferring to the Hanoi Airport for your flight to Hội An

Banh Mi Street Stall

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hội An, Vietnam

Upon arrival at Da Nang Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the signboard with your name on it.

Your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to the Four Seasons Hotel in Hoi An. (approximately 30 minutes).

Enjoy the evening at leisure.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An

January 12, 2021 – Meet your guide and transfer to the picturesque Co Co river for a bamboo basket-boat ride to Thanh Dong village which is the first and only organic farm in Hoi An.

Get a glimpse about the history and customs of this charming village before venturing into the garden and getting your hands dirty – You may like to borrow the farmers’ clothing provided by the villagers and learn how cultivate vegetables without chemicals before harvesting vegetables for your cooking class.

Continue a short bamboo basket-boat ride through the peaceful water coconut forest to a riverbank restaurant looking out rice fields. On arrival, enjoy a welcome drink, take part in traditional Vietnamese folk games as balance Bamboo Bridge, pot smashing then join in a hands-on cooking class.

After the cooking class, savor the dishes you have prepared. Bid farewell to the chef before transferring back your hotel.

In the afternoon, start your half day walking tour around Hoi An.

Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An known then as ‘Faifo’, was a prosperous trading port, attracting Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish ships among others. Today, this World Heritage ancient town is recognized for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past.

Hoi An’s narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour of its many atmospheric sights including: the old merchant houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, first built in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with its intricate woodcarvings; and the colorful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Continue making lantern with local handicraftsman. Silk lanterns, the simple yet colorful handicraft is now an essential part of Hoi An culture. The lantern is inspired and hand-made by local artisans and is meant to bring good fortune. It has really made a comeback thanks to experienced men who were born in traditional lantern making families. Chat with a local handicraftsman for a brief introduction to the history, shape, and color of the lanterns as well as the stages of production. Try creating your own lantern and take it home as a souvenir.

Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

January 13-15, 2021 – Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport (Saigon), after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the signboard with your name on it.

Your guide will come to meet you transfer to a nice restaurant for lunch.  We will continue with touring, prior to going to the Park Hyatt Hotel Saigon.

Park Hyatt Saigon

After lunch, start your half day tour to explore Saigon.

With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps. Despite its modernity, Saigon maintains a strong link to the past and our city tour takes in some of Saigon’s most historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires constructed from materials imported from France (entrance is only permitted when no services are being performed).

Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, completed in 1891. A short drive away is the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American War.

Continue to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid perspective of the American War through the eyes of the Vietnamese. (Please note that some of the displays are very graphic.)

Experience Saigon’s famed street coffee culture while your guide provides a brief language lesson as well as insights into daily life of a Saigonese before returning to your hotel.

The darker the night gets; the more vivid Saigon becomes! Follow our vintage vespa wheels to discover the life of our city after sunset, and let us share with you the stories of Saigon, from its golden days of 1960s to its modern days of century 21st.

Learn how our local cuisine has changed after years by stopping at some authentic food stalls, restaurants and bars. Uniquely customized for curious minds who love to get their footprints off the beaten track, the flexible menu introduces you to different courses including most popular local delicacies, coffee and signature cocktails tasting. Let us know your special interest and we can customize a unique route to fulfil your appetite.

Remark about traffic in Saigon:

If you have never visited Saigon – the city on the move, then it is a good idea to discover this city by motorcycles. Get well prepared that the traffic moves in a different way that at home. The roads are always busy with motorbikes, cars and buses. But take it easy, Saigonese knows how to handle all the turns. You will sit behind experienced drivers who understand their Vespa and the traffic like the back of their hands. Only by sitting on a motorcycle that you can zig zag through the narrow alleys, bustling residential area to capture the real night life of Saigonese.

Saigon by Motor Bike

January 14, 2021 – Morning transfer to the Jetty and depart for the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Begin your private speedboat excursion and witness glittering skyscrapers and busy commercial centers giving way to green fields and stilt houses along the Saigon River.

Arrive at the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as living quarters, communication and supply routes, and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Touring the underground compounds will provide a better understanding of the history of the tunnels, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat.

Return by private speedboat to Saigon with a stop en route for lunch at a local restaurant.

January 15, 2021 – Enjoy breakfast in the Park Hyatt before transferring to the airport for your onward travels.

Call Jolene DiRocco at 941-951-1801 at extension 106 now to reserve your space on this unique journey today!  You may e-mail at jolene@admiraltravel.com

$5,245.00 per person based on double occupancy.

A $50 per person Admiral Travel booking fee will apply.

OptionalSeaplane from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay on 08 January. If interested, $399.00 USD per person, with a minimum of 10 passengers.

Inclusions:

  • Overnight accommodation is inclusive of hotel tax, hotel service charges and includes daily breakfast
  • 2D1N Ylang cruise (Shared cruise/private cabin)
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour
  • Sightseeing with Local English speaking guides (escort guide)
  • Entrance fees and boat rides
  • Meals as specified (included soft drink/ mineral water)
  • Airfares: Hanoi – Da Nang / Da Nang – Saigon (Economy class with airport tax)
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
  • Welcome pack
  • International Airport Assistance Service on arrival in Hanoi
  • Vietnam visa letter and stamping fee

Exclusions:

  • Other Airport Assistance Service
  • Other meals where not mentioned in the program
  • Other flights & airport taxes
  • Hotel early check in/ Late check-out
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column