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Vietnam

28 September to 8 October 2019

Experience the culture, flavours, and highlights of a Vietnamese adventure you and your new friends will remember
 

Philippines Island Adventure

18 to 28 April 2020

Explore, relax + make new friends

 

Vietnam (in collaboration with Intrepid Travel)

28 September – 8 October

$2300.00 twin share    ($500 deposit)

With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, you will soon fall in love with Vietnam. Sail beautiful Halong Bay. Bask in the undeniable charm of Hanoi. Get a new outfit tailor-made in Hoi An or perhaps explore the Golden Bridge (Bridge of Hands). Maybe even take a dip in the Vietnam East Sea. With so much to share and do together, you’ll experience the culture, flavours, and highlights of a Vietnamese adventure you and your new friends will always remember.

Start Hanoi, Vietnam

Finish Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

female tour group Vietnam 2019

Itinerary

DAY 1 / SEPTEMBER 28

Hanoi
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free day at leisure. Meeting your guide in the hotel lobby at 16:00.After a short briefing by your tour leader, you’ll begin a street food tour at the city’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do – on the street. Stroll through hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s charming old quarter. Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture. Try local specialties with influences from French and Chinese cuisine. Finish the night at the famous beer corner ‘Bia Hoi’.

Arrival Transfer: Included

Included Activities:  Street food tour

Meals: Dinner – Street food tour

DAY 2 / SEPTEMBER 29

Halong Bay
Travel by private minibus for around 4 hours to the spectacular World Heritage site of Halong Bay. This is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful places, a bay of emerald waters flecked with sandstone islands and caves. Go on a cruise to explore the rock formations and caves and in the warmer months perhaps go kayaking out on the bay. You’ll spend the night on the boat with twin-share cabins, air-conditioning and private facilities. There’s also a dining room and bar where you’ll enjoy all of your meals, including a seafood buffet meal.

Included Activities: Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Special Information: We recommend leaving your main luggage in Hanoi and packing a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay for ease of boarding and disembarking.

Kayaking & swimming is restricted to designated zones within the bay.

There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight, sometimes resulting in a shortage. To ensure all Intrepid travellers can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, occasionally you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels, in which case an Intrepid group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.

DAY 3 / SEPTEMBER 30

Hanoi – Fly to Hoi An

Take a bus back to Hanoi (approx 3.5 hrs). Head straight to Hanoi airport to catch a flight to Danang, arriving at 21:00 where you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. (the time of the flight might vary, please ask the guide)

Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch

DAY 4 / OCTOBER 1

Hoi An
Your leader will take you on a walk around the Old Town today. The city was a major trading port with the west from the 17th century onwards, and has a various architectural influences from Europe, China and Vietnam. Today the city is being restored and some areas look very much like it did over a century ago.

The afternoon is free. You can rent a bicycle and take a trip out to the nearby beach. There’s also an optional Urban Adventure including a countryside bike ride and finishing up with a cruise along the Thu Bon River.

Included Activities:  Old Town walking tour

Meals included:  None

DAY 5 / OCTOBER 2

Hoi An
Enjoy a free day in Hoi An.

If you can muster an early rise this morning, head to the local produce market to watch animated shoppers haggling over fresh fish, spices and vegetables. Your leader can help you arrange an optional Vietnamese cooking course. Perhaps visit the ruins of My Son, Vietnam’s most important Cham site. Set in a verdant valley, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the massive Cat’s Tooth Mountain, the elaborate World Heritage-listed temples here reflect the rich cultural traditions of the Cham civilisation that flourished in this region between the 4th and 12th century.

Optional Activity: Golden Hands Bridge day tour

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 / OCTOBER 3

Ho Chi Minh City
Today take a short early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a fascinating history and is arguably Vietnam’s capital of commerce and culture. After landing, take a sightseeing bus tour around the city, visiting the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. Head to the War Remnants Museum for a sobering yet informative lesson on the Vietnam War. Here you’ll see things like old military equipment, an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.

Included Activities: Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and City tour

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 / OCTOBER 4

Hoi Chi Minh 
Enjoy a free day in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 / OCTOBER 5

Mekong Delta
Travel by private vehicle to Cai Be (approx 3 hours). Here you’ll board a boat to explore the canals of the Mekong Delta. The Delta is known as ‘Vietnam’s rice bowl’ for its abundance of rice paddies, fruit and flower orchards. During the boat trip, you’ll stop to sample some of the fresh tropical fruit and visit some cottage industries in the area. round sunset you’ll make your way to your local guesthouse to spend a night and enjoy a meal of local specialties.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 / OCTOBER 6

Ho Chi Minh City
Return to Ho Chi Minh City this morning, afternoon is free.

Finish the day with a captivating view across Saigon from the 23rd floor of one of the city’s best rooftop bars. A superb opportunity to get an overview of your new cityscape, from Notre Dame Church to the Saigon River. Lastly enjoy a farewell cocktail or two with your new friends whilst soaking in one last Vietnamese sunset.

Included Activities: Saigon sky at sunset cocktails drinks tour

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 / OCTOBER 7

Ho Chi Minh City
Your Vietnam Adventure today. Enjoy your last breakfast in Vietnam before transferring to airport for your return flight. Say farewell to your new friends and make plans to catch up again soon!

Departure Transfer: Included

Meals included: Breakfast

The fine print...

This is based on twin share accommodation.  If you want your own room, it is a further $585

INCLUSIONS:

  • 7 night hotel accommodation
  • 1 night overnight cruise
  • 1 night homestay
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Female tour guide
  • Hanoi street food tour
  • Overnight boat cruise in Halong Bay
  • Saigon sunset & cocktails
  • Transfers to & form the airport
  • Flights within Vietnam (as per itinerary) Economy class

GENERAL INFO:

  • This tour is conducted in English
  • There will be free wifi at most hotels but be prepared for no wifi whilst on the overnight boat cruise & at the home stay.
  • The tour is a guaranteed departure upon 6 members joining
  • All booking subject to our terms & conditions

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International flights & taxes – for best available airfares email sarahw@travelmanagers.co.nz
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Late checkouts at hotels
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Personal insurance (travel insurance is required)
  • Optional activities

PAYMENT:

  • Tour cost is $2300
  • Exact pricing is subject to change & determined by the current currency conversion rates
  • $500 deposit is required at time of booking
  • Balance is due by 20 June 2019
  • Deposits are non-refundable.

To book contact Sarah Weaver – 

Philippines

18 - 28 April 2020 (10 nights)

Starting + finishing in Manila

Visiting Bohol, Siquijor, Dumaguete + Manila

What's included?

Accomodation – All 4 star and above

2 nights in Manila at Hotel Celeste.

3 nights in Bohol at the Bohol Beach Club

3 nights in Siquijor at Coco Grove

2 nights in Dumaguete at Atmosphere Resort

Other inclusions:

Daily breakfast

Welcome dinner on our first night

A visit to the Chocolate Hills – These weird, round, lumpy hills are green in the rainy season and go brown in the dry season, looking like lumps of chocolate. In this area we will also see the world’s smallest monkeys, the Tarsier. Well known for their great big eyes, they sit in the trees snacking on small insects flying by.

All transfers from airport to hotel and between the islands

Flight from Manila to Bohol

Flight from Dumaguete to Manila

Enjoy a stroll through the markets and shop up a storm on our last day in Manila

Farewell cocktails on our last evening together

Spend a full day out on the water, hoping between islands, snorkelling with tropical fish AND swimming with the amazing whale sharks.

Plenty of free time to relax, swim in the ocean, explore the local markets, get pampered or arrange an optional activity (with our help)

Xena (founder of SWTT) as your host

What's the plan?

DAY 1 – Airport transfer to our hotel. Free time to chill or explore before our welcome dinner to meet your new friends

DAY 2 – After breakfast we take a transfer to the airport and catch out flight to Bohol. Checking in at our gorgeous beachfront hotel for the next 3 nights. Enjoy a free afternoon.

DAY 3 – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then we have a free day. Perhaps soak up the beach vibes or enjoy a massage at the hotel (for all of $15 an hour!!)

DAY 4 – After breakfast we are heading out for the day to explore the island, visit the Chocolate hills and see the cute little tarsiers (the worlds smallest monkeys). If you are feeling super adventurous you can also bike across a wire rope amongst the rolling hills (don’t worry you will be safely strapped in & held in place!).

DAY 5 – Enjoy your last breakfast before we take a boat ride to our next tropical paradise. Arriving in Siquijor we will be transferred to our new home for th next 3 nights. Enjoy a free afternoon.

DAY 6 – Sleep in and enjoy breakfast when you rise. Today is a free day. Perhaps head out to explore with your new friends, or relax & pamper yourself or maybe join me at the beach for a cocktail or two.

DAY 7 – After breakfast we head out for a day on the water. Hoping between islands, snorkelling with colourful tropical fish and one of the HUGE highlights swimming with the whale sharks and seeing them up close.

DAY 8 – After breakfast we will take a boat transfer to our last island, Dumaguete. Checking in for 2 nights at this luxury resort, prepare to be amazed. Afternoon is free to explore or chill.

DAY 9 – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then we have our last free day in the islands. Head off to explore, swim at the beach or just enjoy all that this resort has to offer.

DAY 10 – After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for a morning flight back to Manila. Once we arrive we will drop our bags at the hotel and head out to shop till we drop & explore the local markets (shopping here is GOOD!!!). Once we are all shopped out we head back to our hotel for cocktails.

DAY 11 – Enjoy our last breakfast together and say farewell to your new friends before getting a transfer to Manila airport.

What's the cost?

The total cost is NZD$3800 per person on a twin share basis – we will pair you up with a like-minded women

Pay in full or secure your spot with a $500 deposit.

Book and pay in full before 1st Nov and save NZD$230
If you wish to have a single room this will be an additional NZD$1100*
Early bird offer is available for SWTT members*

What's not included?

This tour does NOT include your international flights to and from Manila, travel insurance (this is a requirement), any visa’s that may be required, meals, drinks & activities not mentioned in the itinerary and list of inclusions.

What do you need to know?

This trip is limited to 8 ladies. All women on our trips are part of our SWTT community.

Travel insurance is required for all our trips and retreats.

This itinerary has been specially designed to create a unique and memorable experience of the Philippines.

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