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Tour ID:121541
Arrival:Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
Dates are flexible
Prices are Per Person

Experiencing the cultures, flavours and highlights of a trip to Vietnam will be engrained in your family’s memory forever. Admire the masterfully crafted art of Vietnam, as you take a creative journey in the home turned art gallery of a local artist. Cruising the lush Mekong Delta, explore and appreciate the local communities that inhabit the riverbanks. Take a leisurely cycle through the surrounding villages of Hoi An and participate in the crafting of Hoi An’s iconic lanterns. This adventure will highlight the atmospherically vibrant life of Vietnam’s inner cities in the cultural hub of Hanoi, in addition to mystical natural landscapes highlighted as you cruise through Ha Long Bay. Your trip to Vietnam provides meaningful time to spend with your family as you bond alongside the experiences present at every corner of your journey.

Example Itinerary

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Experience the culture and creativity of Saigon in this wonderfully artistic half-day tour, beginning the day at the fascinating Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts. This French-inspired mansion features impressive architectural designs and is home to some of the finest artworks in Saigon. Enjoy a walk around the museum and take in the colours, curves and artistic endeavours of some of the regions most talented artists.

From here, resume your creative journey with a visit to a local artist’s house which has been turned into an art gallery. Converse with the artist to uncover her story and the passion she has for teaching youth to paint. Attempt the colourful and creative art form of glass bottle painting, take home your creation as a memento of your experiences in Saigon. After a morning of artistic excellence, delight in a homemade Vietnamese lunch before returning to the hotel where the remainder of the day is your free time.

Please note:

  • Fine Arts Museum is closed on Mondays. The alternative is Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography Gallery
  • The booking will be confirmed upon the artist’s availability
  • Please advise in advance if you have any special dietary requirements

Highlights:

  • Explore Ho Chi Minh Fine Art Museum and admire the artistic masterpieces
  • Meet a local artist who will guide you in painting glass bottles
  • Enjoy a tasty homemade Vietnamese meal

Optional Tour:

Story of Saigon Group Tour

Start your exploration of Saigon with a visit to the War Remnants Museum. Here, your guide will tell the story of the city’s darkest and most tragic hours during the Vietnam War. The museum displays military artefacts from aircraft to weaponry, as well as documentation of this period –  warning that some of these photographs are quite graphic in nature. Although most of Vietnam’s population are too young to remember the war, its legacy is felt strongly across Vietnamese society.

Next, visit the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government, now the palace maintains a reputation for being the place where the war ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates on the 30th of April 1975. Wander through the war room, the banquet hall and the presidential office, before visiting the Central Post Office, designed and constructed by the renowned architect Gustave Eiffel. Just behind the post office is the Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic Saigon landmark built in neo-romanesque style by the French between 1863 and 1880. Today it’s beauty is utilised as a backdrop for many Vietnamese wedding photographs.

Stroll down Dong Khoi Street, which featured prominently in Graham Greene’s famous Vietnam novel, ‘The Quiet American’ , referred to as its former colonial title ‘Rue Catinat’. Your wander leads to the Saigon Opera House, a Vietnamese landmark with a rich history. Once utilised as a bomb shelter, the Opera House has additionally housed the parliamentary Lower House, reforming back to a theatre fifty years ago.

Conclude your exploration of Saigon with a speedboat trip along the city’s ancient canals where the local life carries on unchanged. Return to your hotel as the sun sets on this fascinating city.

Please note:

  • Estimated pick-up time: 01.30PM – Estimated duration: 4 hours
  • Since the Notre Dame Cathedral is closed for renovation since July 1st 2017, we can only view the church from the outside at this time. Depending on the time of construction, different parts of the church will be visible. Thank you for your understanding

Highlights

  • Learn Vietnam’s history through the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace
  • Aboard a speedboat on Saigon river and enjoy the sunset
  • Explore a contrasted side of the bustling modern Saigon city

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