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The Orient Circle

"The Orient Circle" Escorted Tour
14 days from $ 1,599 pp

Day 1, Depart Los Angeles Overnight transpacific flight to Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 2, Arrive Bangkok (2nights) On arrival in Bangkok you're met and transferred to your hotel. Later after check-in the rest of your day is at leisure to relax or explore.

Day 3, Bangkok at leisure Enjoy a full day at leisure in this exciting city. Perhaps visit the fabulous temples, shops for Thai silk and take a cruise on one of the native motorboats. Or why not dine out at one of the inviting restaurants in this vibrant city? (Breakfast)

Day 4, Bangkok - Hanoi (2nights) This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Hanoi *, Vietnam. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
(Breakfast/ Dinner)

Please note: * Land Only price does not include flight from Bangkok to Hanoi.

Day 5, Hanoi sightseeing Our morning sightseeing tour includes highlights such as the Old Quarter, with its narrow streets and colorful local markets, the Opera House, the One Pillar Pagoda plus Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, where the nation's leader lies in state. This city is one of the oldest and most charming in Asia, and apart from its traditional Vietnamese architecture, there's a French Quarter with grand French colonial villas and broad boulevards lined with sandalwood trees and coffee houses. Tonight, we'll enjoy the fascinating water-puppets show, an art form unique to Vietnam traditionally passed down through generations from father to son. (Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 6, Hanoi - Haiphong We follow the modern freeway to the coastal city of Haiphong. Here our sightseeing tour includes visits to the Du Hang Pagoda, and other sights of the downtown "Old Quarter". (Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 7, Haiphong - Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi This morning it's a fun ride by pedicab to the bustling port. Here we board our Modern jetfoil for the exciting ride to the Halong Bay, with its thousand of limestone islands, amongst which we will cruise by traditional wooden junk. We enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on board before our return cruise to Haiphong. Later, we drive back to Hanoi. (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)

Day 8, Hanoi - Hue Today we transfer to the airport for our morning flight to Hue. On arrival, we visit the ornate mausoleums of the former emporers Tuduc and Khai Dinh. Later, we visit the Old Citadel, palace of the former Imperial family. Next, enjoy a highlight cruise along the Perfumed River to the picturesque. Thein Mu Pagoda. We overnight at our riverside hotel. (Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 9, Hue - HoiAn - China Beach This morning we drive over the scenic 'Pass of the Clouds', historic dividing line between North and South Vietnam, to HoiAn. En route we visit the Cham Museum, with relics of an empire long past, and whose only remains are their impressive sculptures; the Marble Mountains, Literally made of solid marble. We find at the foot of these mountains several small villages where the locals make a living by selling marble sculptures at very low prices - perfect souvenirs! HoiAn is truly an architectural and cultural treasure where things have changed little from the 17th century. In the afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of the sights of HoiAn. Our overnight is at a luxurious resort on the famed China Beach. (Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 10, HoiAn - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (3nights) Enjoy a morning tour to My Son, where the capital of the once great Champa Kingdom stood. The chams, who originally came from India and were Hindus, were the rulers of large areas of central Vietnam amid the 2nd and 15th centuries. Then your afternoon is at leisure for more exploration, bargain hunting or lounging on the nearby beach. Later we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On our arrival, we are transferred to our hotel in the heart of the city, for the first of our three-night stay.
(Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 11, Ho Chi Minh City - CaoDai Temple - Cu Chi Tunnels Today's first stop is a visit to the unique CaoDai Temple where we witness the midday mass of this most colorful and intriguing religion. Then we discover the underground Cu Chi Tunnels, fighting base for the Vietcong, truly a day full of moving and emotional experiences. (Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 12, Ho Chi Minh sightseeing & at leisure Ho Chi Minh is a modern, bustling city still possessing much of its historic past. Our sightseeing tour this morning includes the French style Cathedral, Cholon Chinese markets and the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace. Your afternoon is free for bargain hunting or why not visit one of the old colonial hotels for afternoon tea? (Breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 13, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Bangkok Today we bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh as we transfer to the airport for our return flight to Bangkok*. (Breakfast)

Please note: * Land Only price does not include flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok.

Day 14, Bangkok - Los Angeles Time to bid farewell before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to Los Angeles. (Breakfast)


VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE

LAND ONLY passengers will not only be responsible for their own transpacific air reservations to and from Bangkok, but also the flights from Bangkok/ Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City/ Bangkok will be required. Please be sure that your Travel Agent books these flights when making your air reservations.

Land only price includes includes flights from Hanoi/ Hue and Danang/ Ho Chi Minh City.

Please note: * Land Only price does not include flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok.


Rates in US$ per person

2008 Departures

Rate

January: 09

February: 06

March: 05

April: 02-30
May: 28

June: 25

July: 23
August: 20

September: 24
October: 22

November: 19

$ 2,299

Supplements & Reductions

Single Room Supplement

$ 599

Triple Room Reduction

$ 50

Young Traveler Reduction (05-17 years, with 2 adults)

10%

Extensions Available on Request!


The Tour Includes

  • Deluxe motorcoach with air conditioning

  • 4 Star Hotels in all cities

  • Meals as indicated in the program

  • Inter Island flights from Oahu to Hawaii and Hawaii to Maui

  • Multilingual tour escort during tour

  • Sightseeing and excursions mentioned in the program with local guide

  • Airport transfers on scheduled times (please contact us for details)

Not Included

  • Air fare from Los Angeles

  • Tips, beverages and extra services

  • Entrance fees (unless specified)

  • Everything not mentioned in the program.

First Class Hotels

  • Bangkok: Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok Hotel
  • Hanoi: Nikko
  • Haiphong: Royal Harbour View
  • Hanoi: Nikko
  • Hue: Morin Hotel
  • Danang: Furama Resort
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Hotel
  • Bangkok: Amari Airport


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