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Collette is Providing Travelers With a Taste of Vietnam in 2017

Tour Operator | Collette | October 14, 2016

Collette is Providing Travelers With a Taste of Vietnam in 2017

PHOTO: Halong Bay. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

WHY IT RATES: It’s always fascinating to visit a country that at one point was an adversary of the West and closed to tourism. - Michael Isenbek, TravelPulse Senior Editor

Collette, a Rhode Island-based international tour operator, has announced a new and unique tour for 2017, Taste of Vietnam.

“We are thrilled to release this package as Vietnam embodies so many hidden treasures that are unexpected and pleasantly surprising,” said Dan Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of Collette. “As one of the designers when creating this itinerary, I can confidently say that guests will experience a combination of historical wonders, majestic lands and deeply rich culture to make for an unforgettable experience to an incredible destination.” 

Highlights include:

• 15 days revealing the best of Vietnam, a beautiful country with a long and rich history.

• A visit to the cultural melting pot of Vietnam, historic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.

• Travel to the shores of the Perfume River to embark on a cruise that reveals Hue’s Imperial past.

• Exploration of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

• Enjoying a peaceful boat trip along the Thu Bon River.

• Enjoying a lunchtime seafood feast aboard a luxury junk boat followed by a swim in the crystal clear waters of Halong Bay.

• Making a stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest and most remarkable religious buildings in the country.

• Cruising the famous Mekong Delta, rich with natural and historic wonders.

• An introduction to daily life in Ho Chi Minh City during a visit to a home where coconut candy and rice paste are made.

• Catching a glimpse into the Champa Kingdom at the remarkable ruins of My Son Sanctuary (UNESCO), situated in a remote jungle valley with more than 20 well-preserved monuments to discover.

• Setting out on a walking tour in Hoi An and strolling by the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the ancient merchant house, a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the vibrant riverside market.

• Enjoying a lunch of regional Ho Chi Minh City cuisine in a lush tropical garden and visiting a local residence to learn about their traditional way of life.

• Seeing the incredible mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, the most elaborate royal tomb in the country.

• Visiting the Cao Dai Temple and exploring its rich architectural style.

• Through colonial rule to the modern day, visiting Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, a vibrant city boasting many layers of history, French influences and traditional motifs, which paints a rich cultural portrait that enthralls visitors.

• Taking in the well-preserved traditional architecture at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, founded in the early 11th century.

• Visiting one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops and trying your hand at lantern making, a craft-related part of the culture of the city, symbolizing luck, happiness and wealth to the residents.

• A journey to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a luxury junk boat. Travel through the rice paddy fields and stop in some of the villages.

• Experiencing the local way of life at Tra Que Herb Village, a small farming community and stopping to see 17th-century Japanese tombs, the only ones of their kind outside of Japan, while en route to this village.

• Visiting the home of the mausoleum built to honor the revered Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square.

• Learning how a nonprofit restaurant changes the lives of underprivileged children by training them with new skills. Then, setting out on a cycle tour of Hanoi that takes you through its old quarter.

• Visiting a local market in Hoi An to interact with vendors and learning about how each of the vegetables and herbs are used to create everyday Vietnamese cuisine.

• Catching a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and seeing the traditional Vietnamese architecture including the “long house.” End the day with a traditional water puppet performance.

• Cruising along Halong Bay and marveling at the thousands of limestone islands that dot these waters.

• Starting at $2,549 per person, land only, double occupancy.

SOURCE: A Collette press release

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