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Vietnam

November 27 - December 9, 2020

Classic Tour

A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Vietnam on a journey that spans from the emerald mountains of the north to the sun-drenched beaches of the south. Spend a night on a traditional junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay, roam the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An, glimpse rural life on a trek through hilltribe villages, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the heart of bustling Hanoi. As you travel the length of the country, take in the long view of this fascinating corner of Indochina.

 

Signature Moments

  • Learn to cook oodles of noodles at a youth-training school
  • Cruise along Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat
  • Learn how to make a traditional lantern in the lantern capital of Vietnam
  • Step back into history at the Cu Chi Tunnels and Hanoi Hilton
  • Enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua (a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth)
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 11 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • 1 Night traditional Junk boat
  • Internal flights
  • Arrival transfer
  • 12 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Private minivan transportation throughout
  • Breakfast at Hoa Sua, Hanoi
  • Traditional Lantern Experience, Hoi An
  • Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion, Hoi An
  • Oodles of Noodles demonstration and lunch
  • Visit Hoa Lo Prison and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Overnight on Junk Boat on Halong Bay
  • Guided tour of Emperor's Tomb and Imperial Citadel Hue
  • Walking tour of Hoi An Old Town
  • Guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Vietnam Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour.
Accommodations - Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

 

Day 2 - Mai Chau

We will travel to the lush Mai Chau Valley where we will stop to enjoy a countryside walk through rice paddies and local villages. Enjoy an easy walk through rice rice paddies, terraces and scenic green hills. Visit Na Phon village and a local traditional brickworks, continuing to Lac Village (White Tai ethnic group) or Mai Chau market for some exotic fruit tasting. Enjoy a stunning natural landscapes while earning about the local ethnic tribes of the Mai Chau valley.
Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley where we stay in a rural lodge, the perfect base for exploration, hiking and learning about Vietnam's ethnic hill tribes.
Accommodations - Mai Chau Hideaway Lake Resort

 

Day 3 - Mai Chau

Enjoy free time to explore the valley. Options include cycling in the countryside, a cooking class, and kayaking.
Accommodations - Mai Chau Hideaway Lake Resort

 

Day 4 - Hanoi

Today we return to Hanoi to explore Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and go on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter.
We will tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, referred to as Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners, to learn more about the Vietnam War. Most exhibits relate to the prison’s use up to the mid-1950s, focusing on the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France. A gruesome relic is the ominous French guillotine, used to behead Vietnamese revolutionaries. There are also displays focusing on the American pilots who were incarcerated at Hoa Lo during the American War. After the Prison we will vist the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body is housed in a glass case. Visit the museum and learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life and political history.
Take a seat on a cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Let the driver navigate through the bustling streets and start taking some photos or just use the tour to help get familiar with the area.
Accommodations - Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

 

Day 5 - Ha Long

Start your day off right with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a non-profit training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth where you can enjoy a hearty meal while helping others. Afterwards, we will transfer to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Relax and enjoy as we cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site and continue to cruise around the bay and explore the Me Cung cave with our local guide.
This traditional junk boat is our home for the evening. The traditional wooden sailing boat offers a unique way of navigating the lime karsts of Halong Bay with all the comforts of a motorized, floating hotel. The boat crew will prepare an included seafood lunch and dinner to feast on.
All cabins are twin share and have an en-suite bathroom. The boat features an enclosed dining and sitting area and of course plenty of outside deck space to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Accommodations - Halong Boat

 

Day 6 - Hue

Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi to catch our short flight to Hue.
Accommodations - Moonlight Hotel Hue

 

Day 7 - Hue

Visit the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Take a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of former emperors, visiting one of the most impressive royal tombs. Opt to explore Hue like the locals on a motorbike taxi, visiting local shops and a convent for lunch.
Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and remains one of Vietnam's major tourist attractions. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadel, royal tombs, pagodas, and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty on the lush banks of the Perfume River.
Accommodations - Moonlight Hotel Hue

 

Day 8 - Hoi An

Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walking tour of the ancient town. Also visit the Lifestart Foundation and learn how to make a traditional lantern from one of the beneficiaries of this program. Supported by Planeterra, this project helps local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities gain sustainable employment.
As we depart Hue sit back and enjoy the scenic journey to Hoi An, via the Hai Van Pass, an incredibly scenic and mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views of Lang Co Beach. Hoi An itself is a charming small town 30km (19 mi) south of Danang.
Accommodations - Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel

 

Day 9 - Hoi An

Take a walking tour of a Hoi An local market led by youths who have come to Oodles of Noodles to be trained in the culinary arts. This excursion will empower the kitchen youth to lead insider noodle tours in Hoi An. There are currently over 26 types of noodles in this city alone and we will go to the market with two students and their trainer, learn about the ingredients at the market, and do a tasting of the different noodles while supporting local small women enterprises. We then pick the ingredients and return with our youth guides to the training kitchen where you will learn to cook and prepare noodles. After we enjoy our noodles for lunch and watch a video an learn about the organization.
Accommodations - Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel

 

Day 10 - Hoi An

Today is a free day to take part in optional activities and enjoy the city. You may choose to explore My Son Temples or spend your day at the beach.
If you choose My Son Temples you will travel approximately one hour from Hoi An to arrive at My Son. Tour these Hindu temples built between the fourth and 14th centuries; the site is widely accepted as one of the most important Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Learn about the architectural style and history of a site that’s often compared to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Burma.
Or you may choose to visit Cua Dai Beach and relax with a beach day.
Accommodations - Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel

 

Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast we will depart to the airport for our short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will have the rest of the day to relax or explore the city.
Accommodations - Hotel Continental Saigon

 

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City

Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you’re not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.
Accommodations - Hotel Continental Saigon

 

Day 13 - Depart

Time to say good-bye to Southeast Asia and fabulous friends you have made along the way.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $2799 CAD per person (sharing a room)
Single Occupancy - $3788 CAD per person (your own room)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $350 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - September 1, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Extend Your Stay

Southeast Asia Grand Journey
November 13 - December 17, 2020
Experience it all on this once in a lifetimes journey through South East Asia. Your journey starts in Thailand, known for it's tropical beaches, world famous cuisine, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples. Then continue to Vietnam, a land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages. Finally complete your journey in Cambodia, home of the amazing architectural achievement of Angkor Wat. Along the way you will enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this iconic destination.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $8339 CAD per person (sharing a room)
Single Occupancy - $11,416 CAD per person (your own room)

Thailand Tour
November 13-27, 2020
Known for it's tropical beaches, world famous cuisine, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples, Thailand is truly a magical destination. Our tour starts in the north as we ponder the River Kwai and eat your way through Chiang Mai. Along the way we experience all that Thailand has to offer, finally heading to the southern shores for some downtime at Koh Samui and Krabi. Along the way, bask in the radiance of golden temples, enjoy long-tail boat rides, and learn to cook authentic Thai food.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $3659 CAD per person (sharing a room)
Single Occupancy - $5268 CAD per person (your own room)

Pre-Night Hotel
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Rate:
Double Occupancy - $57.50 CAD per person (sharing a room)
Single Occupancy - $115 CAD per person (your own room)

Post-Night Hotel
Continental Saigon Hotel
Rate:
Double Occupancy - $97.50 CAD per person (sharing a room)
Single Occupancy - $195 CAD per person (your own room)

(Prices and hotel are subject to change.)

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

We will notify you once this tour is a guaranteed departure. Please do not book your flights until you have been notified.

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Hanoi
Depart from Ho Chi Minh City

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
Insurance Quote

Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Vietnam Tour
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

Rising over the heart of Hanoi's central old quarter and famous Silk Road, with a 3-minute walk to HoanKiem Lake, Water Puppet Theatre, St Josephs Cathedral, Night Market, Hanoi Post Office, Trang Tien Plaza shopping center etc. The luxury and impressive designed Golden Silk Boutique Hotel features stunning views and gracious style – a remarkable luxury experience, even by Western standards with graceful Asian style. Especially, the front view rooms of the hotel with balconies, captivating vistas of Hanoi’s old quarter.

Women's Travel Club Vietnam Tour
Mai Chau Hideaway Lake Resort

With exposed wood beams, the simple rooms have free Wi-Fi, en suite wet rooms, and tea and coffeemakers, plus decks or balconies, and lake or pool views.

Women's Travel Club Vietnam Tour
Moonlight Hotel Hue

A new luxury brand hotel in Hue City, was opened from 15 April 2013. Within walking distance to Huong River and in the heart of Hue Downtown, the location of The Moonlight Hotel Hue could not be more central or ideal for those wanting experience the popular attractions of Hue.

Women's Travel Club Vietnam Tour
Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel

Set along the banks of the Thu Bồn River, this upscale hotel is 6 km from Cửa Đại Beach

Women's Travel Club Vietnam Tour
Hotel Continental Saigon

The Hotel Continental Saigon is conveniently located in the central area of Ho Chi Minh City, near a variety of conveniences for traveler and businessman alike, within walking distance of most major attractions, festivals and events.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request

Pre-Night Hotel
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

Rate:

Double Occupancy - $57.50 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $115 CAD per person (your own room)

 

Post-Night Hotel
Continental Saigon Hotel

Rate:

Double Occupancy - $97.50 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $195 CAD per person (your own room)

(Prices and hotel are subject to change.)