Vietnam
A Tea Tour

Jan.10 - Jan. 25, 2017

Itinerary  

January 10 -  Depart the US for the flight to Hanoi in Vietnam. Please note that depending when you flight leaves, you may have to depart a day early, or you may want to include a stopover at the Hong Kong Airport, in which case your departure would be Jan. 9. In any case you have to arrive in Hanoi on Jan. 12. Check with us before you book your flight ticket.

Jan. 12 Arrive in Hanoi where you have private transfer the hotel  located just a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. After checking in the day is at leisure. There is time to check out the colorful local shopping area around the hotel or take a walk to the lake before meeting for dinner in one of Hanoi's best restaurants, specializing in  upscale local fare. D 

Jan. 13 After breakfs depart for a day excursion to Thai Nguyen provinced to visit a tea plantation. Afer being served a cup of tea by our host, you will take a walk in the tea fields and try your hand on picking tea leaves, before pausing for lunch. In the afternoon attend a demonstration how tea is processed, drying, shaping, heating, blending and packaging. Later in the afternoon tea return to Hanoi where you have some time to relax before meeting for dinner. B D

Jan. 14 - After a leisurely breakfast explore Hanoi's illustrious and sometime turbulent history. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his famous wooden house on stilts. Afterwards visit the Ethnology Museum. Although we usually let participants visit museums on their own. This museum is well worth a visit since it gives you an insight of the various Vietnamese people, their traditions and clothing. After lunch at the famous noodle house, Pho Bat Dan, attend a talk of tea by a Tea Master and a tea tasting. This is followed by a cyclo tour of Hanoi's old quarter before returning to the hotel where the evening is at leisure. B L

 Jan. 15 Got'a be up just a wee bit early since we are leaving at 8:30 am for the drive to Halong Bay where we embark on a three-night/4-day, cruise aboard a luxury junk that will take us through a landscape of  prehistoic limestone pillars rising from the sea. This area was the bottom of the sea before the earth uplifted creating the surrealistic landscape of Halong Bay. B L D

Jan.16 - This morning we continue cruising among spectacular scenery stopping early in the afternoon to visit a small fishing village at the foot of densely overgrown cliffs.  After dinner our junk will drop anchor in a lagoon circled by limestone cliffs and towers to spend the night.  B L D

Jan.17 - Today we will sail to a more remote  area of Halong Bay. Later we board a smaller ship to negotiate another, even more remote area, and to sail through passages to narrow for the junk. After a day of exploring the bay relax on board for another overnight. B L D

       
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Jan. 18  - You can get up early this morning to join a tai chi lesson on the poop deck, or just relax with a light breakfast before a tender will take us a small island where you can opt to climb the 500 steps to the pagoda atop the a rocky hill from where the view over the bay with its countless karst towers is nothing short of spectacular. If you are not up to the climb the view of the bay is equally fascinating from the beach. Back on the ship breakfast is served before we return to the dock, to drive to the airport in Hanoi for the flight to Hue, our next destination. B L

Jan. 19 - This morning we take a boat down the Perfume river which origintes in the mountains of Laos and flows into the sea in Hue. The Perfume river is know for its elaborat tombs of past Emperors. Not tombs in the ordiany sense of the word, but elaborate palaces set in romantic gardens. After lunch we return by coach to Hue to visit a tea shop like no other you have ever seen. The shop is located in a woodland setting with views of the surrounding mountains from the shops terrace where you can pause and sip a cup of tea. Later in the afternoon we visit the immense Citadel, the enclosure for the Royal Palace referred to as the Forbidden Purple City, where Vietnams Emperors resided and which, as the Forbidden City in Beijing , was off-limits to everyone except the Emperors ministers, his concubines and eunuchs. Before returning to the hotel we will pause for dinner in a local known for its excellent cooking. B L D

Jan. 20 - Today we board a deluxe coach to drive over the mountains to the city of DanangEn route a stop is made in the  "whiskey village" where everyone is engaged in brewing  rice whiskey, the most disgusting hooch you ever tasted. It is so bad it is sold by the gallon, yet everyone always tries it. Further down the road a family is engaged in the business of making lovely Eucalyptus Oil, nice stuff, much nicer than the whiskey. Afer lunch in a seaside restaurant, we make a short stop at the Cham Museum will will introduce us to the culture of the Cham people who ruled central Vietnam in ancient  times. A reminder of this time are the Cham Ruins which we will visit the next day. Later in the afternoon, after checking into the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisureB L

     
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Jan. 21 Very early this morning we embark on the excursion to the Cham Ruins, an ancient city swallowed by the jungle, but what is left of it, is splendid. The once elaborate city was built by the Champa civilizations date in the 9th century. Older than the Angkor Wat, the mystery of the ancient Champas still lingers in this remote mountain valley. We will arrive there at sun-up to have breakfast on the deck of a small restaurant facing the ruins. Afterwards walk through the ruins scattered in the jungle, still  quiet at this early hour. Later when the first tour buses arrive we return to our bus and continue on to Hoi Anh.  Hoi An is an exceptional and well preserved example of an old Asian Trading Town. It is also known for its silk  will make a stop in one of a silk factory where you can observe the process of producing silk from the worm to the finished product. At noon we relax over lunch in a lagoon-side restaurant before embarking on a boat trip to the estuary where the sea meets the Thu Bon river. Afterwards there is time to shop in the old town before we return to the Hotel. B L D

  Jan, 22   After breakfase we transfer to the airport for the flight to Dalat. Dalat is now a fair sized city, but was the summer retreat for wealthy families during the Colonial time. To this day it is still a popular spot for locals and tourist to visit, especially in the hot summer months when the climate in Dalat is comfortable because of its loction high in the mountains. After arrival a scenic drive will take us to the base of Lanbian Mountain, the highest peak in south Vietnam. A cable car ride will take us to the top for a birdseye view of the surrouning countryside. On the way to Dalat city a visit is made to a tea farm which produces some of the best tea in Vietnam's southern regions. After arrival at the hotel the remainder of the day is at leisure. B L

Jan. 23 Today we are leaving Dalat to drive to  Ho Chi Minh City which is still locally referred to as Saigon.  The drive takes us through tea and coffee plantations and past the scenic Dalat Waterfalls where we stop for lunch. After arrival at our riverfront hotel Saigon, the remainder of the day is at leisure. B L

Jan 24 After a leisurely breakfast we embark on a city tour of Saigon to see all the famous sites and those lesser famous ones, that are often overlooked by others. In the afternoon we have a avisit  to a tea master's house who will inform us about the taste of different teas, how to serve them properly and importance of the tea pot. At the end you will be spoiled for tea bags forever! Afterwards there is time to do some shopping, before a French dinner, in a French Colonial villa.

Jan. 25 - After breakfast transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. B

TOUR COST:  2796.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:  886.00

INCLUDED: 13 nights first class hotel accommodations throughout the trip, daily buffet breakfast, lunches and dinners as per itinerary, transportation in a deluxe coach, private guides, 3-nights/4-days cruise in Halong Bay, flights within Vietnam, private sightseeing throughout, all entrance fees to included attractions, tips to guides and drivers and the services of Posh Journeys and Vidotour, our associates in Saigon.

NOT INCLUDED: International air fare and any expenses in conjunction with it, visa costs, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks with meals if not part of a featured meal, airport transfers on arrival and departure ( we will help with that and coordinate the transfer for you) and any item not specifically mentioned in this itinerary. 

 

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