The Real Deal Vacation package to Vietnam includes airfare from L.A. to Ho Chi Minh City, with a return trip from Hanoi, on China Airlines; flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and all ground transportation within the country; three nights in Ho Chi Minh City at the New World Hotel Saigon; three nights at the Hotel Nikko Hanoi; daily buffet breakfast; an extensive touring program including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide; a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City with stops at Reunification Hall, the Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chinatown, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Thien Hau Pagoda, and Binh Tay Market; a city tour of Hanoi with stops at Hoa Loa Prison, the Taoist Quan Thanh Temple, and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest Pagoda in Vietnam; a trip to the Museum of Ethnology and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; from $1,999 per person including air and hotel taxes and fees.
When Apr. 14, May 12, 2013 ($1,999).
Gateways L.A. ($1,999).
The Fine Print Package price does not include the $115 Vietnam Visa fee (paid separately). Travelers must obtain a Vietnam visa before departure. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $375. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Nov. 13, 2012 ($1,899); add $300 for bookings made after Nov. 13, 2012.
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Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest multicity round-trip airfares between L.A., Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi starts at $1,004 in mid-March (China Southern). Add to that $277 per person including taxes for three nights at the New World Hotel Saigon, $205 per person including taxes for three nights at the Nikko Hotel Hanoi, and $476 per person for a nonstop flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and you're already spending $1,962 on airfare and accommodation alone. For just $37 more, this travel package gets you airfare, six nights in two Vietnamese cities, and the flight between them, plus several guided tours including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking guide throughout, daily buffet breakfast, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available including a trip to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels for $55 per person, a Mekong Delta excursion for $85 per person, a cooking lesson with a trip to the local market for $68 per person, a tour of Hanoi by cyclo (three-wheeled carriage) for $50 per person, or an excursion to Ha Long Bay for $150 per person.
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