Charming Vietnam Trip 14 Days 13 Nights

Overview

Encounter the "2 weeks Vietnam Trip" with its rich history, vibrant culture, awe-inspiring landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. With 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Vietnam presents architectural marvels, ancient relics, and revered landmarks. The friendly and hospitable Vietnamese people share their traditions and customs. Delight in the vibrant flavors of Vietnamese cuisine, renowned throughout Asia. Embark on an enthralling journey to Vietnam and discover a world of marvels.

  • Witness the lively metropolis of Hanoi, overflowing with historical and cultural treasures.
  • Embark on an unforgettable expedition through the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ha Long Bay.
  • Explore the mist-shrouded city of Sapa with its diverse ethnic communities.
  • Enchanted by the timeless grandeur of Hoi An's ancient town.
  • Immerse yourself in the innocence and simplicity of Hue.
  • Indulge in the rustic charm of the Mekong Delta with an overnight stay in a pristine, community-owned lodge.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – First Visit (D) (Dinner) April 26, 2024

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – First Visit (D) (Dinner)

Upon your arrival at Hanoi Airport, our driver will be delighted to welcome you and drive you to your hotel, which is approximately 35 km away, roughly a 45-minute drive. After a long flight, it's crucial to take some time to rest and adjust to the time difference.

At 5:00 PM, embark on a combo: a 60-minute full Vietnamese body massage with dinner included. This revitalizing massage incorporates ancient techniques that target pressure points and invigorating movements, accompanied by aromatherapy massage oils to warm the muscles, relax the body, and enhance your overall well-being and physical flexibility.

Afterward, return to your hotel following a light dinner.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch) April 27, 2024

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Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we will embark on a visit to the Museum of Ethnography, the most comprehensive museum about the culture, customs, and traditions of the 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. This visit will enable us to better understand the country's cultural diversity.

Continue for discovery of the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university.

Following the sightseeing, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, embark on an intriguing walking tour of the Hanoi Old Quarter, starting from Cao Thắng Street (crossroads with Trần Nhật Duật street) where traditional cooking spices are sold. Proceed to Dong Xuan Market, the largest market in Hanoi, and explore the vibrant Hang Ma Street, known for decorative items, Chinese toys, and colorful lanterns.

Continue your walk through Luong Van Can, Lan Ong, and Hang Buom Streets, visiting Bach Ma Temple (76 Hàng Buồm Street), the oldest temple in Hanoi, and experiencing the peaceful alleyways of Trung Yen (Ngõ Trung Yên). Pass by Hang Be Street, which used to be a renowned outdoor market, and take a break at a coffee shop named Cafe Market (Hanoi Coffee Station 44 Hàng Bè street).

Conclude the tour at Hoan Kiem Lake, known as the "Lake of the Returned Sword" where you can admire the iconic red bridge, The Huc Bridge, leading to Ngoc Son Temple.

In the early evening, join a water puppet show in Hanoi, a traditional Vietnamese art form featuring puppets controlled by hidden poles beneath the water's surface. Immerse yourself in Hanoi's culture, history, and local life through these captivating experiences.

Come back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Surprise Cave (B; L; D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) April 28, 2024

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Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Surprise Cave (B; L; D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We will start your day with an 8am pick-up from your hotel to transfer you to Halong Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular travel destination located in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. In Vietnamese, "Hạ Long" means "descending dragon."

We will arrive at Tuan Chau Port around 11:45am to 12:00pm, where you will board our boat. You will receive a welcome drink and a cruise briefing with safety instructions. A delicious deluxe Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch will also be served. If you wish, you may book a massage service in advance with your Cruise Manager and enjoy it throughout the cruise.

As we cruise through Halong Bay, we will pass by the most beautiful and serene areas, including Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, and Finger Islet. Our next destination is the breathtaking Surprise Cave (Hang Sửng Sốt), one of the largest and most stunning grottoes in Halong Bay. To reach the mouth of the grotto, we will climb approximately a hundred stone steps.

After exploring the Surprise Cave, we will depart and sail for about 30 minutes to anchor overnight. During this time, guests can attend a Fruit and Vegetable Carving Lesson led by our Head Chef. Our chef will demonstrate fruit and vegetable carving and teach guests how to decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese food.

Dinner, featuring fresh seafood, will be served in the evening, followed by various activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi will be available, as well as massage services throughout the cruise. Everyone can also try their luck at squid fishing on the boat with the help of the crew.

Overnight on boat.

Day 4: Halong - Hanoi - Sapa By Night Train (160km – 4h00) (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch) April 29, 2024

Train Kayak Car
Day 4: Halong - Hanoi - Sapa By Night Train (160km – 4h00) (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

You may choose to wake up at 6:30am to enjoy coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries served in the dining room. However, this is not mandatory if you prefer to sleep in.

For those who wish to participate, a Tai Chi lesson lasting about 30 minutes will be held on the sundeck at 6:45am.

Guests will then be transferred by tender to Titov Island, where they can spend approximately one hour climbing to the peak to enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the Bay. An expansive viewing deck is also available halfway up the island for those who prefer not to climb. After the climb, guests can relax on the beach and take a swim.

Once guests return to the boat, they will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. We kindly ask guests to collect all of their belongings from the cabins and leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins. Our staff will transfer your luggage directly to the pier.

A full breakfast will be served in the dining room, and bills will be settled after breakfast. Guests can then relax on the sundeck or in the dining room, enjoying the beautiful bay scenery as we approach the pier.

We are scheduled to arrive at Tuan Chau port at 11:00am. Guests can then relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation.

(Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, tide levels, and operational conditions, and the times provided are approximate and may vary.)

At 12:00 PM, your memorable cruise experience will come to an end, and you will be transferred to Hanoi.

Later, at 8:10 PM, you will be transferred to the railway station to catch the night train to Sapa.

Overnight on train (A/C soft sleeper - 4 persons/ cabin).

Day 5: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Y Linh Ho Village - Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village - Sapa (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch) April 30, 2024

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Day 5: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Y Linh Ho Village - Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village - Sapa (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

Upon your arrival at Lao Cai railway station at approximately 6:00 AM, a comfortable transfer will take you to the magnificent town of Sapa. Nestled in the mountains, Sapa boasts a diverse and vibrant community of over 30 ethnic minority tribes, including the Black H'mong, Flower H'mong, and Red Dzao. The town is also home to Fansipan Mount, the highest peak in Vietnam. Upon arrival in Sapa, you may choose to enjoy breakfast at your hotel or one of the nearby restaurants.

After breakfast, you will set out on a trekking adventure to Cat Cat village. This charming village is located on the picturesque Muong Hoa Valley and is inhabited by the H'Mong hill tribe. The village is situated about 3 km away from Sapa Town and can be reached by an easy 45-minute walk. During your trek, you will be surrounded by rice fields and corn plantations.

Next, you will proceed towards Lao Chai village via Y Linh Ho village. As you traverse through the region's stunning landscape, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and explore the scenic beauty of the area.

At lunchtime, you will savor a delectable meal at a local restaurant, which may be located in Lao Chai village.

After lunch, your trek will take you to Ta Van village, where you can leisurely stroll and observe the traditional lifestyle of the friendly locals. The village's serene and picturesque rural surroundings, complete with rice paddies, wooden bridges, and rivers, offer the perfect setting to relax and unwind.

Return to Sapa Town by car, then check-in your hotel.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at the hotel in Sapa Town.

Day 6: Sapa - Hanoi By Bus (B) (Breakfast) May 01, 2024

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Day 6: Sapa - Hanoi By Bus (B) (Breakfast)

Following breakfast, you will have some free time to spend in the village before being picked up by the driver to return to Sapa town. From there, you will take a VIP bus to Hanoi, which covers a distance of 330km and takes approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Upon arrival at your hotel in Hanoi in the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore the city on your own.

You may choose to enjoy a meal at a restaurant of your choice.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi - Da Nang | By Plane - Hoi An (B) (Breakfast) May 02, 2024

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Day 7: Hanoi - Da Nang | By Plane - Hoi An (B) (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your morning flight to Da Nang city. Upon arrival, a driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to Hoi An. En route, you will make a stop at Non Nuoc Marble village, located about 8km southeast of Da Nang City, which is also known as "Mountain and Water" in Vietnamese.

Next, you will continue your journey to the ancient town of Hoi An. This town was once an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries, and has been officially listed as a World Heritage site. After arriving, you will check into your hotel and have free time to explore the ancient town.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Discovery - Ecotour (B; L; D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) May 03, 2024

Walking Sampan Cruise Bicycle
Day 8: Hoi An Discovery - Ecotour (B; L; D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, embark on a scenic walk through the Hoi An ancient town to discover its hidden gems. Begin by visiting the Quan Cong temple, a shrine dedicated to the brave and loyal Chinese General. Next, explore the Phuc Kien pagoda, the most famous assembly hall in the ancient town. The pagoda was built by Fukjianese, who were Chinese traders that settled in Hoi An during the XVII century. Here, various gods are worshipped, as it serves as a place of worship for the traders.

Continue your exploration by visiting the Japanese Bridge, an iconic landmark of Hoi An that is widely used as an emblem of the town. Built by Japanese merchants in the 16th century, the bridge is a testament to the town's history and cultural diversity. Next, visit the Tan Ky ancient house, the most popular of Hoi An's old houses. The house is an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture and showcases the town's cultural heritage.

Before lunch, take a moment to admire the beauty of Hoi An port, a World Heritage site listed by UNESCO.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before beginning the afternoon activities.

Spend a leisurely day cycling through the picturesque countryside of Vietnam, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After cycling through the town, pass through the villages of rice fields on quiet roads, culminating in the Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau water coconut forest. Covering an area of seven hectares, the forest comprises mangroves, canals, and houses covered in water coconut leaf. This place served as a refuge for people and local soldiers during the Vietnam War and is now famous for its abundance of seafood.

On the way to the village, stop at Ba Le market, rice fields, cemeteries, and schools. Upon arrival in the village, you will be greeted with a warm cup of green tea by Mr. Han and his family, the third generation of his family to live in the village. Take some free time to stroll through the village before joining the locals in a basket boat to learn their traditional fishing techniques in the water coconut forest.

After returning to Mr. Han and his family, enjoy a traditional therapeutic foot bath with medicinal herbs before preparing dinner with a local family. Dinner will feature a range of local dishes, including Tam Huu spring rolls, Banh Xeo local pancakes, and grilled fish in banana leaf, among other Vietnamese delicacies.

After dinner, take some free time to rest and enjoy the tranquility of the region before returning to your hotel.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An - Hue (100km - 2h30 By Car) (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch) May 04, 2024

Sampan Cruise Car
Day 9: Hoi An - Hue (100km - 2h30 By Car) (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

After enjoying breakfast, you will be driven to Danang to visit the Cham Museum, a fascinating museum that showcases the art and artifacts of the Cham civilization. Afterward, you will continue your journey to Hue, which was the capital of Đàng Trong (meaning South region of Vietnam) from 1738 to 1775 and the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyễn dynasty from 1802 to 1945.

Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat cruise on the serene Huong River, passing by the bustling Dong Ba market and visiting the Thien Mu pagoda on the riverbank. You will also explore Emperor Minh Mang's tomb, which is reminiscent of the Ming tombs in China with its pavilions, ponds, and gardens, and is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. The tomb was built during his reign (1820-1841) and completed in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri.

You will have dinner on your own tonight.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 10: Hue City Tour (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch) May 05, 2024

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Day 10: Hue City Tour (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, you will visit the Imperial Citadel, which was the seat of power for the Nguyen Dynasty from 1804-1945. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the most highly revered sites in this World Heritage area, including the Flag Tower, South Door, Edict Pavilion, Supreme Harmony Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.

Next, you will discover Emperor Khai Dinh's mausoleum, which is unique among the royal tombs in Hue. While other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution.

You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Dong Ba market, a vibrant market that offers a wide range of goods, from fresh produce to souvenirs. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Diem Phung Thi exhibition of sculptures. Diem Phung Thi was a renowned artist who began studying sculpture in 1959. Her work became famous and in 1991, her name was listed in the Larousse Dictionary: The Arts of the Twentieth Century; Dictionary of Statues and Paintings. She became an Academician of the European Academy of Sciences, Literature, and Arts in 1992. In 1992, she returned to Vietnam and opened an exhibition room at the Vietnamese-French Culture Exchange Institute in HCMC.

You will have dinner on your own tonight.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 11: Hue - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | By Plane (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch) May 06, 2024

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Day 11: Hue - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | By Plane (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Hue Airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, it served as the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955-75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, after the Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945-1955) and president (1945-1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).

Upon arrival, you will discover the bustling city of Saigon. You will visit the Opera House, which was built in 1900 and inspired by the architecture of the Opera Garnier in Paris. The facade of the opera is a replica of the Petit Palais in Paris. You will also visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, a famous central Saigon Cathedral built in 1877 with materials imported from France, and the Post Office signed by Gustave Eiffel.

After lunch at a restaurant, you will explore the Chinese quarter "Cho Lon" and its impressive Binh Tay market. You will end the day with a visit to a lacquer ware factory, where you will have the opportunity to witness the creation of traditional Vietnamese lacquer ware.

At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel for some leisure time.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre (Mekong) (110 Km – 2h30) (B; L; D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) May 07, 2024

TukTuk Sampan Cruise Car
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre (Mekong) (110 Km – 2h30) (B; L; D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Begin your immersive experience of traditional Vietnamese life with a pick-up from your hotel in Ben Tre, a charming town situated in the Mekong Delta renowned for its scenic natural landscapes and distinct local culture.

At 10:30 am, you'll arrive at Hàm Luông pier in Ben Tre town, where you'll board a boat for a picturesque cruise on the Ben Tre River, one of the Mekong Delta's tributaries. During the journey, you'll observe the vibrant activities taking place along the river, such as fishing and water transfer, which form an essential part of the daily routine of the local people.

Witness the traditional brick-making process by visiting the masonry and observing how bricks are printed and fired. Then, explore a coconut processing workshop located along the canal and visit a workshop where mats are made and tea and fruit are enjoyed.

Experience the tropical culture of the peasants by taking a motor cart (xe lôi) or a bicycle through the green plains or green rice fields.

Enjoy lunch at the Hai Hồ family and then take a rowing boat to reach the pier, where you'll continue your journey by car to the house where you'll be spending the night. Check-in with the locals and take some time to rest or explore the village to learn more about the daily life of the locals.

Savor the flavors of traditional Vietnamese cuisine at the homestay dinner, prepared using fresh, local ingredients.

After dinner, unwind with a foot bath program that includes precious medicinal herbs from the garden and Sa Huynh salt, which is made using coconut shells for an authentic relaxation and healing experience.

Overnight homestay in Ben Tre.

Day 13: Ben Tre - HCM City (110 Km – 2h30) (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch) May 08, 2024

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Day 13: Ben Tre - HCM City (110 Km – 2h30) (B; L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

Start your day with a refreshing bicycle ride to a coconut garden after breakfast. Enjoy the taste of fresh coconuts while listening to the story of the house with three compartments and two wings.

Next, you will taste fresh cocoa and learn about the processes of harvesting and producing cocoa in the region. This unique experience will enable you to discover the traditional methods of cocoa picking.

Cycle through a beautiful region that features typical southern landscapes, and admire the vast rice fields, orchards, gardens, and canals that stretch for miles.

After a busy morning, take a break for lunch and savor the local cuisine. Collect your luggage and hit the road to Ho Chi Minh City.

Your full-day adventure and discovery of Vietnamese rural life will conclude upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City around 5:00 p.m.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B) (Breakfast) May 09, 2024

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Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B) (Breakfast)

Following your breakfast, you will have some leisure time before your scheduled airport transfer for your flight back home. Please note that meals during this time will be at your own discretion.

End of Trip (Vietnam trip 2 weeks).

Important noted

Trip Inclusion

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast.
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Overnight cruise on board a shared good-quality boat in Halong Bay (private boat upon request).
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Night train (A/C soft sleeper - 4 persons/ cabin) to Sapa.
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary.
  • English-speaking guide during all tours.
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Bicycle in Hoi An & Mekong Delta.
  • Ecotour in Hoi An and water & cool towels.
  • Local private sampan cruise in Hoi An, Hue, Mekong Delta.
  • Government taxes & service charge.

Trip Exclusions

  • Drinks and meals not mentioned.
  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks… etc.
  • Vietnam Visa (If you are not exempt from the visa).
  • Any gratuities and tip to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide & driver, $1 for boat rower and cyclo rider).

* Notes:

  • Domestic flights: We quote separately and can book for you without fees.
  • Surcharged for Gala dinner on 24th and 31st December if any.
  • The triple room is possible upon your request.
  • Surcharged for Public holidays (30/4-1/5, Lunar New Year).
  • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
  • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/late check-out is upon your request).

Thing To Carry

  • All customers participating in the tour must have a passport and identification document when leaving the country.
  • Backpack, toiletry bag, sunscreen/cap, water bottles, camera(optional), extra pair of clothes, personal medication, track pants and cotton T-shirt, sweater/ warm jackets for the night.
  • Dry fruits, energy bar, chocolates, torch per person with extra batteries, moov spray, dettol solution or salt to avoid leeches, sports shoes or trekking shoes or comfortable shoes with good grip, personal hygiene items: medicine, face towel, shower gel, brush, toothpaste.

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit 50% tour price when signing up and pay the remaining amount 10 days before starting date.
  • In case of tour cancellation: (Tour cancellation time is calculated by working days, excluding Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and New Year).
  • After the deposit, if you cancel the tour, the company will not refund the deposit.
  • If you cancel or change the tour within 20 - 29 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 70% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel or change the tour within 10 - 19 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 90% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel or change the tour 9 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 100% of the tour value.

* Notes:

  • Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of return.
  • If you are a foreigner or overseas Vietnamese, please bring all your passports (bring both passports in case you have 2 citizenships), and Vietnamese visa (attached to your passport or separate sheet) while on tour.
  • Please follow according to the tour program, do not separate from the group. If there is a need to separate from the group, please notify the consultant when registering for the tour for more information and additional costs (if any).
  • Customers aged 70 years or older require a health certificate to travel abroad from a doctor and must be accompanied by a relative under 60 years old (healthy). Guests over 75 years old, please pay a premium insurance (the fee varies depending on the tour).
  • The program may change depending on the flight situation, the hotel in at the site will be officially confirmed on the day of the group meeting, 2-3 days before the departure date. The attractions may not be in the order in the program. During the peak weeks in the site, the hotel may not be in the central area but still ensure the hotel standard according to the program.

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation of the tour right after registration until 10 days before the departure date, you will be subject to a 30% penalty on the travel fare.
  • In case of cancellation of the tour within 5-10 days before the departure date, you will be charged 50% of the travel fare.
  • In case of cancellation of the tour within 3-5 days before the departure date, you will be charged 75% of the travel fare.
  • If you cancel the tour within 0 – 3 days before the departure date, you will be charged 100% of the travel fare.

* Notes:

  • In case of tour cancellation due to objective incidents such as natural disasters, epidemics, postponement and cancellation of transportations service... Tourist will not be responsible for any additional compensation other than refund tour fee.
  • Above is the maximum cancellation penalty, this cost can be reduced depending on the conditions of each service provider for Tourist.
  • The tour cancellation time is calculated for working days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and New Year.
  • If the travel program is canceled or changed by either party due to a force majeure reason (fire, weather, accident, natural disaster, war, delay and cancellation of the public transport plus…), the two parties will not bear any obligation to compensate for the loss that has occurred and not bear any liability. However, each party is responsible for trying its best to help the aggrieved party to minimize losses caused by force majeure.

Children Policy

  • Children under 2 years old: 30% of adult price (baby sharing bed with parents).
  • Children from 2 to under 12 years old: 90% of adult price (kid sharing bed with parents), 100% of adult price (kid has their own bed).
  • Children from 12 years old and up: 100% of the adult price.

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