The Real Deal Vacation package to Vietnam includes airfare from San Francisco to Hanoi, with a return trip from Ho Chi Minh City, on Korean Air; all flights, transfers, and ground transportation within the country; 5-star hotel accommodations throughout your stay in Vietnam; two nights at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel; one nights' accommodations onboard a two-day Pelican Luxury Cruise in scenic Halong Bay; two nights at the Golden Sand Resort & Spa in Hoi An; two nights at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City; a late-night flight from Ho Chi Minh City so you have the whole day to explore before you leave; an extensive sightseeing program including entrance fees and the services of English-speaking guides throughout; 10 meals, including seven American buffet breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner; a guided city tour of Hanoi, with stops at the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, and Hoa Lo Prison; a two-day Halong Bay cruise in a traditional Vietnamese style junk; a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, with stops at Reunification Palace, Dong Khai Street, and Notre Dame Cathedral; and the option to take a complimentary guided tour of Seoul during your long layover in South Korea on the way home; from $1,699 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Apr. 2, 2014 ($1,699); add $100 for Sept. 10, 17, Oct. 1, 15, 22, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; add $200 for May 14, 28; add $300 for Dec. 3, 10, 2014.
Gateways San Francisco ($1,699).
The Fine Print Vacation package reflects the cash discount price ($1,699). Contact World Spree Travel to reserve and send a $200 non-refundable check deposit within seven days to confirm your spot. Remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $400. Airport taxes and fees are included, however a $115 visa fee is not ($70 to World Spree for filing your documents and $45 for the visa stamp fee, payable directly upon arrival in Vietnam). Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Mar. 31, 2014.
Contact World Spree Travel, 866/652-5656, worldspree.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest multicity round-trip airfare between San Francisco, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City starts from $1,032 in early April (Asiana Airlines). Add to that $162 per person with taxes for two nights at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, $176 per person without taxes for one night onboard the Pelican Luxury Cruise, $266 per person with taxes for two nights at the Golden Sand Resort & Spa, and $219 per person with taxes for two nights at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, and you're already spending $1,855 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $156 less, this travel package gives you all the same perks, plus an extensive sightseeing program including entrance fees and the services of English-speaking guides, all transfers and transportation within the country, most meals, and covers all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available, including a guided trip through Hanoi's Old Quarter in a three-wheeled bicycle carriage for $50 per person, a guided excursion to Tay Ninh and Cu Chi for $50 per person, and a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City by night including a sampling of local beer, street food, and a taste of the local club scene, from $110 per person.
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