An amazing 15 day trip where, you will discover the wonders of Ha Long Bay, Hue and the picturesque port town of Hoi An, a favorite with many travelers. Also on the tour is the lush Mekong Delta, the amazing Cu Chi tunnels and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). After leaving HCMC, you will fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia to discover the marvel of the Angkor Complex, including Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Bayon, Banteray Srei and countless other masterpieces of Khmer architecture.
Best time to visit: The time period from November through February is generally the best one to visit Southeast Asia when drier, cooler weather prevails.
Passengers departing from Israel: Depart Tel Aviv on Monday and arrive Noi Bai on Tuesday Arrival Noi Bai airport. Pick up and transfer to Temple of Literature, Maison Central. Transfer to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Pagoda. Enjoy Water Puppet show. Hotel: Prestige Hotel or similar www.prestigahotels.com.vn
Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long
After breakfast we will drive to Halong Bay. We will be welcomed aboard and set sail through the bay that passes through the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, we will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails. Later in the afternoon, we will visit an interesting fishing village with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Hotel: Royal Lotus Hotel or similar www.royallotushalong.com
Day 3: Ha Long – Ha Noi- Night train to Lao Cai
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Hon Gai to see the fishing market. Transfer back Hanoi Stop at mini hotel in Hanoi for shower then dinner at restaurant. Transfer to the railway for night train on TSC TRAIN to Lao Cai depart at 21.10 ( Air-conditioned cabin: 2 persons/cabin).
Day 4: Lao Cai – Sapa
Early morning, arrival at Lao Cai station. Pick up and transfer for breakfast at hotel in Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of Sapa, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colors of its hill tribe population … the rainbow colors of the Flower H’mong, flashes of the shining silver jewellery from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad H’mong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao. It is where you will find hands stained with color from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps purses and leggings. Enjoy a trek to the Red Dao village of Ta Phin, and in the afternoon trek through the green Sa Pa Valley to visit the Black H’mong minority of Lao Chai Village and Giay minority of Ta Van then back to Sapa and start preparing for Shabbat. Hotel: Chau Long Hotel or similar www.chaulonghotel.com
Day 5: Sapa
After prayers and breakfast our guide will take us for walking tour to visit Ham Rong Mountain with orchid garden enjoy seeing the show in Ham Rong Moutain then walking to visit Sapa Town. Accommodation at hotel in Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa- Bac Ha- Night train to Ha Noi
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bac Ha Sunday market to see the colorful market. Visit some minority villages then proceed to Lao Cai train station for night train to Ha Noi
Day 7: Ha Noi- Hue
Early Arrival to Hanoi . Transfer to the mini hotel for breakfast and refresh. Transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Musuem, One Pillar. Then transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Arrive Hue, pick up and transfer to visit Forbidden City Imperial Citadel, Khai Dinh Tombs. Hotel: Indochine Palace Hotel or similar www.indochinpalace.com
Day 8: Hue-Hoian
Rising up in this ancient land, we will have breakfast in the hotel before setting off on a romantic cruise on the Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the unofficial symbol of Hue, and the center of Buddhism in Central Vietnam. We will drive to King Minh Mang’s Tomb and King Tu Duc’s Tomb. In the afternoon you will embark on a tour of Hue, including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and the Dong Ba market. Hotel: Hoian Riverside Hotel or similar www.hoianriverside.com
Day 9: Hue – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Da nang to visit the Cham Museum and then proceed to airport in Danang for to Ho Chi Minh. Arrival Ho Chi Minh, pick up and transfer to visit Vinh Nghiem pagoda. Check-in at hotel in HoChiMinh city. Check-in at hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Hotel: Novotel Sai Gon Centre Hotel or similar www.accorhotels.com
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh- Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh
08.30: Transfer for tour to Mekong delta with visit to Vinh Long. Boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market. Transfer back to HoChiMinh city Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh- Cu Chi, Tay Ninh – Ho Chi Minh
Starting early morning we will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250 kilometers, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Continue to Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a “Walt Disney World of the East.” The temple’s exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of religious symbols. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat. Tfilot and Shabbat dinner.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, and the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap
Transfer to airport for departure flight to Siem Riep. Pick up at airport in Siem Riep, transfer to hotel (early check in is subject to availability). Visit to Gate of the Death, Spean Thma, T Keo, Terrance of Srang, and Prasat Kravan. PM: Visit the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng Hills. Accommodation at hotel in Siem Reap. Hotel: Apsara Angkor Hotel or similar www.apsaraangkor.com
Day 14: Siem Reap
AM: Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. PM: Visit the floating village of Chhong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Relaxation with traditional Khmer foot massage for 1 hour in the city. Accommodation at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 15: Siem Reap
Breakfast at hotel. This morning begins with a visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples. Transfer to Visit Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and spend time at leisure at a local market. Early dinner at restaurant. Transfer to airport for departure flight. (Passengers departing to Israel arrive Tel Aviv on Wednesday).
|Tour||Date And Price|
Nov 29 - Dec 13, 2016
|Price for land only||$4,900|
|Price with flights from Tel Aviv||TBC|
|Pre/Post night||$220 twin share BB|
|Arrival/departure transfers||$50 per person|
|Tour Guide||Dr Rona Michelson|
Tour Price Includes:
- Train tickets according to the tour plan
- Domestic flights as per itinerary
- 4* Hotels
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
- Kosher half board & lunch packs daily
- Professional experienced English-speaking guide
- Local English-speaking Guide as required
Tour Price Excluds:
- International flights
- Personal expenses
- Tips for local service providers $140
- Shows and evening entertainment not included in the itinerary
- Tip for our Tour Guide (Recommended: $3 per person per day)
- Visa’s for both country’s: $95
- Airport Departure Tax: $25
Important to Know:
- There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
- The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.