Overview

Discover Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 16-day small group journey. Begin your tour in French-accented Hanoi, and take a full-day excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay. Tour Da Nang’s acclaimed Cham Museum, and visit Hoi An and its charming Old Town, a UNESCO site. See local life up close on a walking tour of a farming settlement. Proceed to the imperial capital Hue, where you explore the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO site. Cruise the Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda. Travel to Can Tho in southern Vietnam and explore the storied Mekong River Delta’s tributaries and floating markets. Your journey concludes in vibrant Saigon with tours of Reunification Palace, the History Museum, and the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels; and a traditional water puppet performance. Discover Angkor Wat’s amazing temples on an optional 3-day/2-night extension to Cambodia.

Program Highlights

• Small group limited to 22 participants
• See the sights of French-accented Hanoi
• Take a full-day excursion to legendary Ha Long Bay
• Tour the ancient imperial capital of Hue
• Glimpse local life up close with a visit to a farming settlement
• Explore the charming and historic harbor town of Hoi An
• View the Cham Museum’s acclaimed sculpture collection
• Experience river life in the storied Mekong Delta
• Visit vibrant Saigon’s attractions and attend a traditional water puppet performance

Faculty

Faculty to be determined.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Thursday, October 11

Depart U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam

DAY 2 - Friday, October 12

Arrive Hanoi

We arrive in the Vietnamese capital late this evening then transfer to our hotel.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

DAY 3 - Saturday, October 13

Hanoi

This morning we take a walking tour of Ba Dinh Square, a popular complex of cultural and historic sites, including the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, and thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda. Following lunch on our own we embark on an orientation tour of this French-accented city with broad tree-lined boulevards and colonial architecture. We pass Hoan Kiem Lake; visit the marvelous Temple of Literature (c. 1070); and tour infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Later we walk the narrow streets of the diverse Ancient Quarter where tonight we gather at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Breakfast, Dinner (B,D)

DAY 4 - Sunday, October 14

Ha Long Bay

Vietnam Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Early this morning we depart on a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway sprinkled with 3,000 islands and islets, and surrounded by a fairytale landscape of limestone cliffs, secret grottoes, and hidden caves. Our tour of this UNESCO site includes a boat ride and a seafood lunch.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
B,L

DAY 5 - Monday, October 15

Da Dang

We fly mid-day to Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, situated on the south central coast. Upon arrival, we tour the acclaimed Cham Museum, which celebrates the Cham people’s Hindu legacy with a fine collection of sculpture and artifacts dating from the 7th to 15th centuries. After we reach our beachfront hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure in this splendid setting. Hyatt Regency Danang
B,D

DAY 6 - Tuesday October 16

Hoi An

This morning we visit nearby Hoi An, where a succession of Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese traders helped to build an architecturally diverse and colorful village where many ancient traditions still hold sway. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An’s Old Town is a charming car-free pedestrian zone lined with tailors, shops, and art galleries. This afternoon is at leisure to either remain in Hoi An on your own or return to our beachside resort for a relaxing interlude.
Hyatt Regency Danang
B

DAY 7 - Wednesday, October 17

Da Nang

A morning walking tour of a nearby farming settlement reveals the daily life of a local community up close. Here rice paddies occupy every spare patch of ground, water buffaloes plow the fields, and villagers ride to market with produce piled high on their bicycles. Later we enjoy a cooking lesson and lunch in Hoi An, after which we have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Hyatt Regency Danang
B,L

Day 8 - Thursday, October 18

Hue

Vietnam Hue StatuaryWe depart this morning by coach for the ancient imperial capital of Hue, whose palaces, temples, and tombs evoke its past grandeur as home to emperors and mandarins. After checking in at our hotel, this afternoon we embark on a traditional cyclo ride. Enjoying this unique vantage point, we explore the Imperial City housing the Forbidden Purple City complex where emperors lived with their families and now a UNESCO site. We also visit the busy Dong Ba central market. Tonight we enjoy a special Hue dinner, accompanied by traditional music.
Saigon Morin Hotel
B,D

Day 9 - Friday, October 19

Hue

This morning we cruise along Hue’s Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist
monastery that ranks among the city’s oldest and most important monuments. After admiring
the seven-story octagonal tower, we visit the palatial Tomb of Minh Mang (c. 1804), with its pavilions and courtyards modeled after the Ming Tombs of China. This afternoon we see the tombs of Tu Duc, a gem of royal architecture; and Khai Dinh, an elaborate mix of ancient and modern, European and Asian.
Saigon Morin Hotel
B,L

Day 10 - Saturday, October 20

Mekong Delta/Can Tho

Today begins with an early morning flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, we board a motorcoach for the three-hour drive south to the Mekong River town of Cai Be. We continue on to the busy river port and provincial capital of Can Tho, arriving at our riverside hotel late afternoon.
Victoria Can Tho Resort
B,D

Day 11 - Sunday, October 21

Mekong Delta

We rise early for a tour highlight: a journey by boat to the bustling floating market at Cai Rang on the Mekong’s lower reaches. After lunch together at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Victoria Can Tho Resort
B,L

Day 12 - Monday, October 22

Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Ho Chi Minh City Hall

An hour-long coach ride this morning brings us to the upper reaches of the storied Mekong. Here we board motorized sampans for an up-close look at river life as we explore the maze of tributaries and inlets that lead to tiny settlements and villages populated by fishermen and farmers. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue on by coach to Saigon (the name Ho Chi Minh City is used interchangeably). We reach our hotel late afternoon; dinner is on our own in this vibrant city.
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
B,L

Day 13 - Tuesday, October 23

Saigon

Since the institution of economic and political reforms, proud Saigon has once again reclaimed its cosmopolitan outlook. A morning tour includes the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government’s wartime headquarters. Now called Reunification Palace, it was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into Saigon on April 30, 1975; it remains preserved as a museum almost exactly as it was on that day. We also tour the History Museum, with its excellent collection of art and artifacts of the indigenous peoples of Vietnam. Later we attend a traditional water puppet performance.
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
B,D

Day 14 - Wednesday, October 24

Saigon

This morning we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground network from which North Vietnamese forces operated in wartime. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner.
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
B,D

Day 15 - Thursday, October 25

Depart for U.S.

Following a day at leisure for independent exploration or to enjoy our hotel’s amenities, late this evening we depart for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S. Our rooms are reserved for our late check-out.
B

Day 16 - Friday, October 26

Arrive U.S.

Typically, you will arrive in the U.S. and connect with your flights home.

Please note: This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking on stairs and uneven surfaces as well as embarkation/disembarkation on small boats.

Post-Tour Extension
Cambodia: Angkor Wat, October 25-28, 2018

3 days/2 nights for $XXX total price (Single supplement: $XXX)

Included in Extension Price: Round-trip air transportation Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap, inclusive of airline taxes and fees; 2 nights’ accommodations: in Siem Reap at Sofitel Angkor (Deluxe); rooms reserved for late check-out on third day (late afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City); 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners; Three days’ sightseeing in Angkor complex (UNSECO World Heritage site), including all entrance fees; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Private motorcoach transportation; Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Accommodations

• Hanoi – InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
• Da Nang – Hyatt Regency Danang
• Hue – Saigon Morin Hotel
• Can Tho (Mekong Delta) – Victoria Can Tho Resort
• Saigon – Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Meals

24 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Program Fees

Price is in development

Price Includes:
Round-trip air transportation from specific cities
13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
Luggage handling for one bag per person
Gatuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

Price Does Not Include: Airfare when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646, or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 110 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made by personal check or credit card. Our tour operator, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., reserves the right to cancel any reservation that are not paid in full at any time after final payment is due. If you make your reservation after the final payment date, payment in full will be required upon reservation.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Cavalier Travels reserves the right to use photos that might include you in marketing materials and other purposes unless you specify otherwise.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (July 8, 2018) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; luggage handling for one bag per person; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

Cancellation, Refunds, and Changes: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon the University of Virginia’s receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; cancel 94-65 days before departure: 50% of tour price; cancel 64-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; cancel 29-0 days before departure: no refund. If you make any changes to your reservation from 94 to 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, as well as your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, and restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, or of their employees, agents, servants, or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including, without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise lines, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in this University of Virginia tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and boats on your own. We regret that we cannot offer individual assistance; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. Please note that our itineraries cannot accommodate wheelchairs. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities, and contracts with those airlines the company feels provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air schedule approximately 2½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, Land Only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservation, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.