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Overview Tour - South to North of Vietnam -14 days

This is one of our most popular tours and with good reason. There is so much to see and do in Vietnam that you need two weeks to do it all. We travel from the far south of the Mekong Delta up to the northern mountains along the Chinese border. Every part of Vietnam offers a different experience.

Day 1
Saigon
Officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon has become the business center of Vietnam with modern skyscrapers, new hotels and an energy comparable to any major city in the world. Yet, it's kept much of its old world charm and has much to offer in the way of shopping and sightseeing. Most flights from the US arrive late in the evening so we will check in to the hotel and get some rest before starting out the next morning.
Tour Price*
Number of Pax

Quality Hotels

Luxury Hotels
2-6 $1986 $3076
7-12 $1816 $2906
13-20 $1616 $2706
Day 2
Saigon
Sightseeing in Saigon. We get up reasonably early and visit the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace) where the tanks of the northern army burst through the gates and ended the war in 1975. Next, we'll take a short walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the oldest Catholic church in Vietnam. We load up after a typical Vietnamese lunch of Pho and go to visit the War Museum. We'll take a break to give you a chance to rest up before dinner then go to the rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel for a drink. 
Day 3
Cu Chi Tunnels
The next morning we load up head out of the city to Cu Chi. This area is famous for its elaborate tunnel complex that was used by the VC and Northern Army during the war. One has to see this complex to fully appreciate it. Though the allied troops knew of its existence, they were never able to locate the more than two hundred kilometers of tunnels that served as a major stronghold for the Resistance during the war.
Day 4
Mekong Delta
We head south 70 km to the Mekong Delta. This is a must see for anyone who comes to Vietnam. A boat will take us up the Mekong River to one of the many islands where we can see the small villages and experience the lifestyle of the people who fish and farm in this area. We will have lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants and have a chance to row small canoes through some of the lush jungle lined canals that run through the area.

We fly out in the afternoon so make sure you are ready to head out in time for our flight to Da Nang.

Day 5
Da Nang
Enjoy sunrise on China Beach, visit the charming fishing village and drive up Monkey Mountain to visit the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. In the Afternoon, we drive to Marble Mountain. This cluster of five small mountains of marble has been a holy place for centuries. There is a Buddhist temple at the top and a very impressive cave to examine. This cave was used by the Viet Cong during the war as an R&R (rest and relaxation) center and they could look down into the Marine facility known as Freedom Hill located at its base. It's a bit of a climb up a stairway to get to the top but it's worth the effort. We will also stop at the marble factory where they hand carve amazing pieces of art from the marble found in the mountain.
Day 6
Hoi An
Drive to Hoi An, a historic village just south of Da Nang that has become a famous attraction for tourists because of its many fine shops and restaurants. We will visit the silk factory where they spin the silk from the cocoon of the silk worm into fine fabric and then custom tailor clothing for you on the spot. You can be measured in the afternoon and have your garment delivered to your hotel before noon the following day. At sunset we catch a boat on the river and take an hour cruise to watch the fishermen cast their giant nets out for their catch. The rest of the evening is free time to wonder the streets and do a little shopping before dinner.
Day 7
Hoi An
Free day in Hoi An for shopping in the charming ancient town or to hang out at the beach.
Day 8
Hue
Head out early and drive over Hai Van Pass, stopping at the top for coffee and photos before continuing on to Hue. With its central location and beautiful setting on the Perfume River, Hue was selected by the emperor to be the capital of Vietnam. The Citadel, built in 1805, was modeled after the Forbidden City in China. Hue became the cultural center of Vietnam and has much to offer for all visitors. The city was also the setting for some of the heaviest fighting of the war. During the Tet Offensive in 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnam regulars took up positions in the Citadel and held onto their positions for 18 days. This resulted in the destruction of most of the emperor's palace and much of the city itself. Today, a monumental effort is underway to restore the Citadel to its original splendor.
Day 9
DMZ Tour
Early morning drive through Dong Ha to the 17th Parallel where the temporary  border between North and South Vietnam was established in 1954. While there, we will visit the Truong Son National Cemetery. After our stop, we continue on to take Hwy 9 past The Rockpile and Camp Carroll to the combat base at Khe Sanh where the US Marines were held under siege by North Vietnamese soldiers for 77 days. Lunch in the town of Khe Sanh near the Laotian border. In the afternoon, we drive down the Ashau Valley to spend the night in the mountain village of Aluoi.
Day 10
Aluoi/Hue
Early morning, walk through the local market to see the way the minority people do their business, smoking pipes, dressed up with different traditional skirts, pass by Hamburger Hill to go to Hue (60km). Lunch in Hue. Continue to do the Hue City tour. Ride in a dragon boat up the Perfume River to see the Thien Mu Pagoda and tour the famous Citadel. Evening free.
Day 11
Fly to Hanoi
Take a leisurely morning to enjoy shopping and free time in Hue before going to the airport at Phu Bai to fly to Hanoi at noon. After checking into our hotel we will do a tour of the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Dinner by the lake.
Day 12
Halong Bay
After an early breakfast, we head out for Ha Long Bay. No trip to Vietnam would be complete without spending a night on the magnificent Ha Long Bay. It's a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle and reflect on your trip to Vietnam. This natural wonder is made up of one thousand nine hundred and sixty nine islands that jut up from the quiet bay like dragons teeth and is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Your boat, a large wooden 'junk" has comfortable cabins with private bathroom and an observation deck. The food served by the crew is the freshest seafood that can be found and is delicious. 
Day 13
Hanoi
Breakfast on the boat before cruising to the natural cave and grotto. Lunch on the boat before driving back to Hanoi.
Day 14
Hanoi/
Flight Home
Morning tour of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Hilton Prison and Temple of Literature. Drive to airport to catch evening flight back to the US.

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Classic Tour - (South and Central Vietnam) - 10 Days

This tour is designed for those who want to want to experience a little depth of the country and it's culture. We don't see the entire country but we do take the time in the areas we visit to appreciate and get to know the places from an insider's perspective.

Day 1
Saigon
Officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon has become the business center of Vietnam with modern skyscrapers, new hotels and an energy comparable to any major city in the world. Yet, it's kept much of its old world charm and has much to offer in the way of shopping and sightseeing. Most flights from the US arrive late in the evening so we will check in to the hotel and get some rest before starting out the next morning.
Tour Price*
Number of Pax

Quality Hotels

Luxury Hotels
2-6 $1315 $1845
7-12 $1145 $1675
13-20 $945 $1475
Day 2
Saigon
Sightseeing in Saigon. We get up reasonably early and visit the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace) where the tanks of the northern army burst through the gates and ended the war in 1975. Next, we'll take a short walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the oldest Catholic church in Vietnam. We load up after a typical Vietnamese lunch of Pho and go to visit the War Museum. We'll take a break to give you a chance to rest up before dinner then go to the rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel for a drink. 
Day 3
Cu Chi Tunnels
In the morning we load up and head out of the city to Cu Chi. This area is famous for its elaborate tunnel complex that was used by the VC and Northern Army during the war. One has to see this complex to fully appreciate it. Though the allied troops knew of its existence, they were never able to locate the more than two hundred kilometers of tunnels that served as a major stronghold for the Resistance during the war.

Back to Saigon to catch our evening flight to Da Nang.

Day 4
Da Nang

Enjoy sunrise on China Beach, visit the charming fishing village and drive up Monkey Mountain to visit the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. In the Afternoon, we drive to Marble Mountain. This cluster of five small mountains of marble has been a holy place for centuries. There is a Buddhist temple at the top and a very impressive cave to examine. This cave was used by the Viet Cong during the war as an R&R (rest and relaxation) center and they could look down into the Marine facility known as Freedom Hill located at its base. It's a bit of a climb up a stairway to get to the top but it's worth the effort. We will also stop at the marble factory where they hand carve amazing pieces of art from the marble found in the mountain.

Day 5
Hoi An
Drive to Hoi An, a historic village just south of Da Nang that has become a famous attraction for tourists because of its many fine shops and restaurants. We will visit the silk factory where they spin the silk from the cocoon of the silk worm into fine fabric and then custom tailor clothing for you on the spot. You can be measured in the afternoon and have your garment delivered to your hotel before noon the following day. At sunset we catch a boat on the river and take an hour cruise to watch the fishermen cast their giant nets out for their catch. The rest of the evening is free time to wonder the streets and do a little shopping before dinner.
Day 6
Hoi An / Hue
Leaving Hoi An, we drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, stopping at the top for coffee and photos. Then drive up Hwy 1 to Hue. With its central location and beautiful setting on the Perfume River, Hue was selected by the emperor to be the capital of Vietnam. His palace, or The Citadel, was built in 1805 and modeled after the Forbidden City in China. Hue became the cultural center of Vietnam and has much to offer for all visitors. Hue was also the setting for some of the heaviest fighting during the war. In 1968 during the Tet holiday, Viet Cong and North Vietnam regulars took up positions in the Citadel and held on to their positions for 18 days. This resulted in the destruction of most of the emperor's palace and much of the city itself. Today, a monumental effort is underway to restore the Citadel to its original splendor.

 After lunch we have the remainder of the day free to explore the city's shopping district and night life.

Day 7
DMZ
In the morning, we load up and drive up Hwy 1 to the 17th Parallel (the border between North and South Vietnam during the war) and turn on Hwy 9 to visit The Rockpile, Da Krong Bridge, and Khe Sanh Combat Base, Spend the night in Dong Ha.
Day 8
Hue

Return to Hue and take the dragon boat up the Perfume River to visit the Heavenly Lady Pagoda and the Citadel. Take a cyclo tour around the city in the evening.

Day 9
Da Nang
Take the train back to Da Nang and spend the rest of the day enjoying China Beach.
Day 10
Saigon
Fly back to Saigon for some last minute shopping and get ready for early morning flight to the US

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 ADVENTURE   TOUR    (SOUTH+CENTRAL: 10 days )

This ain't no blue-hair tour. It's designed for those who have a taste for adventure. We get off the beaten path and into some pretty remote parts of the country. As a result, expect a few surprises. Expect to get a little hot, a little cold, a little wet, and more than a little dirty. Though the roads are safe and in good shape with almost no traffic, you need to be aware there is always a little risk out there. But that's what makes it an adventure. If this sounds like what you are looking for, your won't be disappointed.

Day 1
Saigon

Arrive Saigon in the late evening. Check in the hotel.

Day 2
Saigon
We take a tour of Ho Chi Minh city and visit the Presidential Palace where the war came to an end then stop to see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Museum. You will have time to rest up or explore the city on your own before dinner and then have a night cap on the rooftop bar at the famous Rex Hotel.
Tour Price*
Number of Pax

Quality Hotels

Luxury Hotels
2-6 $1335 $1795
7-12 $1165 $1625
13-20 $965 $1425
Day 3
Cu Chi
Or
Mekong Delta
In the morning we load up and head out of the city to Cu Chi. This area is famous for its elaborate tunnel complex that was used by the VC and Northern Army during the war. One has to see this complex to fully appreciate it. Though the allied troops knew of its existence, they were never able to locate the more than two hundred kilometers of tunnels that served as a major stronghold for the Resistance during the war.

Or we head south to the Mekong Delta and ride a boat up to a village where we see how the local people live.
We return to Saigon in time to catch our evening flight to Da Nang

Day 4
Da Nang

Hoi An

We get up early to enjoy the sunrise on China Beach, visit the charming fishing village and drive up Monkey Mountain to visit the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. In the Afternoon, we drive to Marble Mountain. This cluster of five small mountains of marble has been a holy place for centuries. There is a Buddhist temple at the top and a very impressive cave to examine. This cave was used by the Viet Cong during the war as an R&R (rest and relaxation) center and they could look down into the Marine facility known as Freedom Hill located at its base. It's a bit of a climb up a stairway to get to the top but it's worth the effort. We will also stop at the marble factory where they hand carve amazing pieces of art from the marble found in the mountain. From there, we drive to the ancient town of Hoi An for shopping and exploring the quaint town.
Day 5
Ho Chi Minh Trail
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. We get an early start and load up on motorbikes or war vintage Jeep (your preference) to head west to pick up the Ho Chi Minh Trail. This magnificent ride takes you through some of the most spectacular country in the world. We wind through the mountainous jungle roads along the Laotian border and travel through the remote areas where some of the heaviest fighting of the war took place. Along the way, we stop at a Co Tu minority village for a picnic lunch then climb over the pass and wind our way down through  the Ashau Valley. We spend the night in the mountain village of Aloui at the base of  Ap Ba Mountain, once called Hamburger Hill.
Day 6
DMZ

 

Dong Ha

Early in the morning, we take a walk through the market in Aloui where the mountain people come every morning to sell their wares. It's a fascinating photo opportunity. After a breakfast of local food, we saddle up and continue north through the Ashua to Hwy 9, just south of the DMZ. We take a left to go up to the former combat Base at Khe Sanh and have lunch. Then back on Hwy 9, we drive past the Rockpile, and Con Tien along the Ho Chi Minh Trail stopping to visit the national cemetary at Trong Son in route to the 17th Parallel where North and South Vietnam were divided during the war.

We work our way down Hwy 1 to spend the night in the town of Dong Ha where the 3rd Marine Division had its headquarters during the war.

Day 7
DMZ/Hue
We drive down Hwy 1 back to Hue for the evening and have the afternoon free to relax and freshen up.
Day 8
Hue
Take the dragon boat on the Perfume River to see the Citadel, Heavenly Lady Pagoda.
Day 9
Da Nang
Cyclo tour for over view in Hue. Take the train to Da Nang.
Day 10
Saigon
Relax in the morning. Take the noon flight to Saigon.
End of the tour.

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Short Tour -8 days

This tour is designed for those who don't have much time in Vietnam. We will explore the south and central part of the country at a pace that is not too rushed. It is ideal for those who are traveling through Asia and want to get a taste of what Vietnam has to offer.

Day 1
Saigon
Officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon has become the business center of Vietnam with modern skyscrapers, new hotels and an energy comparable to any major city in the world. Yet, it's kept much of its old world charm and has much to offer in the way of shopping and sightseeing. Most flights from the US arrive late in the evening so we will check in to the hotel and get some rest before starting out the next morning.
Tour Price*
Number of Pax

Quality Hotels

Luxury Hotels
2-6 $1277 $1697
7-12 $1107 $1527
13-20 $907 $1327
Day 2
Saigon
After lunch we will do a site seeing tour of Saigon visiting the Presidential Palace, the War Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral (the oldest Catholic church in Vietnam).  We will have a couple of hours of free time to explore the city on our own or catch up on some rest before dinner. We will go to the rooftop bar at the famous Rex Hotel for a nightcap to wrap up the day.
Day 3
Cu Chi Tunnels

Da Nang

The next morning we load up head out of the city to Cu Chi. This area is famous for its elaborate tunnel complex that was used by the VC and Northern Army during the war. One has to see this complex to fully appreciate it. Though the allied troops knew of its existence, they were never able to locate the more than two hundred kilometers of tunnels that served as a major stronghold for the Resistance during the war.

We go to the airport after lunch to catch our flight to Da Nang.

Day 4
Da Nang

 

Hoi An

We start the day by watching the sunrise over China Beach and take an early morning swim if you want. The beach is crowed with locals in the early morning and it's interesting to watch the people doing exercises and playing soccer before the day gets too warm.

From there we take a short drive up Monkey Mountain (Sontra) to visit the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam and walk around the beautiful monastery grounds. Next is a stop at Marble Mountain and the interesting marble carving shops before lunch.

After lunch, we drive 20 km south to the ancient town of Hoi An. This historic village has become a famous attraction for tourists because of its many fine shops and restaurants. We will visit the silk factory where they spin the silk from the cocoon of the silk worm into fine fabric and then custom tailor clothing for you on the spot. You can be measured in the afternoon and have your garment delivered to your hotel before noon the following day. Free time in the evening to explore the town and its nightlife.

Day 5
Hue
Leaving Hoi An, we drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, stopping at the top for coffee and photos. Then drive up Hwy 1 to Hue. With its central location and beautiful setting on the Perfume River, Hue was selected by the emperor to be the capital of Vietnam. His palace, or The Citadel, was built in 1805 and modeled after the Forbidden City in China. Hue became the cultural center of Vietnam and has much to offer for all visitors. Hue was also the setting for some of the heaviest fighting during the war. In 1968 during the Tet holiday, Viet Cong and North Vietnam regulars took up positions in the Citadel and held on to their positions for 18 days. This resulted in the destruction of most of the emperor's palace and much of the city itself. Today, a monumental effort is underway to restore the Citadel to its original splendor.

 After lunch we take a cyclo tour of the city. We have the evening free to explore the city's shopping district and night life.

Day 6
DMZ
In the morning, we load up and drive up Hwy 1 to the DMZ and turn on Hwy 9 to visit The Rockpile, Da Krong Bridge, and Khe Sanh Combat Base, return to Hue in the evening.
Day 7
Hue

While in Hue, we will take the dragon boat up the Perfume River to visit the Heavenly Lady Pagoda and the Citadel.

Day 8
Home
Fly out of Phu Bai Airport back to Saigon to catch flight back to your next destination early the next morning.

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Veteran's Tours *

Though this tour is designed with the veteran in mind, it is not limited to only veterans. Family members are most welcome. If you are interested in the war in Vietnam and want to see some of the key places of the war, please join us.  If you want to bring a group of vets over, let me know and I will put a package together that is customized to you needs.

Day 1
Saigon
I will meet you at the airport and we load up on the bus to take us to our hotel. After taking a little time to freshen up, we will take a quick tour of the city and see the Presidential Palace where the NVA tanks crashed through the gates in 1975 and then stop at the war museum to see how the Vietnamese portray the war. The American Embassy where the last Marines were lifted out is no longer standing so we won't be going there.

After our city tour, we will have some time to walk around a little before dinner. Be prepared to eat a lot. There are a couple of good night spots close to our hotel if any of you are ready to get out for some R&R.

Day 2
Cu Chi
The next morning we load up head out of the city to Cu Chi. This area is famous for its elaborate tunnel complex that was used by the VC and Northern Army during the war. One has to see this complex to fully appreciate it. Though the allied troops knew of its existence, they were never able to locate the more than two hundred kilometers of tunnels that served as a major stronghold for the Resistance during the war.
Day 3
Da Nang
Most Marines who served in Nam spent at least some time in Da Nang. This was the transit center for Marines coming in and going out of country. On arrival in Da Nang, we will drive around the city for a tour of some of our old stomping grounds. Namo Bridge, Freedom Hill, Monkey Mountain, to name a few. Keep your swim trunks handy because we will go for a swim on China Beach before having lunch.

After checking into our hotel, we will take a couple of hours break then drive to Marble Mountain, just south of the city. This cluster of five small mountains of marble has been a holy place for centuries and there is a Buddhist temple at the top and a very impressive cave to examine. This cave was used by the Viet Cong during the war as an R&R center and hospital. It's a bit of a climb up a stairway to get to the top but it's worth the effort. We will also stop at the marble factory where they hand carve amazing pieces of art from the marble found in the mountain.

Day 4
Hill 55,
Ga Noi Island, Arizona Territory,
Chu Lai
It could be said that the real shooting war between the American forces and the Vietnamese started south of Da Nang in a place known as Chu Lai. This was the stage in 1965 for Operation Starlight where the first major engagement between the two forces took place. In the following years, the area to the west and south of Da Nang became a hotbed of conflict. We will check out many of the key areas that became well known to the Marines who served here. This will be a long day so be prepared by wearing a good pair of shoes and hat.

After our day in the field, we will stop in the historical village of Hoi An for the night.

Day 5
Hoi An 
The historical town of Hoi An is a great place to get out and do some shopping. This small town has become a number one tourist stop over because of its many shops, restaurants, and easy going atmosphere.
Day 6
Dong Ha / DMZ
We load up early the next morning and head north over Hai Van Pass to the DMZ. We will drive up Highway 1 to Dong Ha for lunch then catch Highway 9 through Cam Lo, past The Rockpile and LZ Stud and end up at Khe Sanh. There isn't a lot left of the original base but the Vietnamese have put up an interesting museum on the site of the old airstrip.

We drive back to Dong Ha and spend the night at a hotel on Highway 9 and go for a swim.

Day 7
DMZ
This day will be spent exploring some of the old stomping grounds along the DMZ. Places like Con Thien, Mutter's Ridge, A-2, C-3, Gio Linh, and Dai Do. After lunch at Qua Viet, we go up to the Ben Hai River that separated the North from the south and have a photo op on the bridge. There are also some impressive tunnels at the town of Vinh Moc to explore. Then it's back to Hue for a little R&R.
Day 8
Hue
With its central location and beautiful setting on the Perfume River, Hue was selected by the emperor to be the capital of Vietnam in 1805. His palace, or The Citadel, was modeled after the Forbidden City in China. Hue became the cultural center of Vietnam and has much to offer for all visitors. Hue was also the setting for some of the heaviest fighting during the war. In 1968 during the Tet holiday, Viet Cong and North Vietnam regulars took up positions in the Citadel and held on to their positions for 18 days. This resulted in the destruction of most of the emperor's palace and much of the city itself. Today, a monumental effort is underway to restore the Citadel to its original splendor.

The first eveining, we will have a Royal Dinner on the river complete with costumes and traditional music. We will also take a boat up the river to visit many of the key attractions in this interesting city. Our hotel, The Saigon Morin, is my favorite place to stay in Vietnam. Its old French charm and beautiful courtyard and pool make for a relaxing evening.

Day 9
Hue 
This will be a free day to relax, explore, shop, whatever you want. Hue is a great place to get out and just look around. In the evening we will set up a dinner with some former NVA as our guests. It's always interesting to sit down and share old war stories with these men.
Day 10
Hanoi
Catching the morning flight out of Phu Bai we arrive in Hanoi and go by West Lake where John McCain was shot down then take a tour of the Hanoi Hilton Prison before checking into our hotel. After lunch, we will stop and the war museum then go visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. In the evening, we grab some cyclos (pedi cabs) and have a ride around the Old Quarter of Hanoi before dinner.
Day 11
Dien Bien Phu
(This excursion is dependant on flight availability.)
 Dien Bien Phu was the site that marked the end of the beginning of the Vietnam War in 1954. It is here that the French were defeated by General Giap and his fighters. We spend the night here then fly back to Hanoi the next afternoon. This area is too far to drive from Hanoi and flights do not run every day. This excursion may not be available for all tours.
Day 12
Hanoi
We return to Hanoi late in the afternoon and have the evening on our own. It will be a good time for independent exploration or catching up on email. Dinner is on your own.
Day 13
Ha Long
No trip to Vietnam would be complete without spending a night on the magnificent Ha Long Bay. It's a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle and reflect on your trip to Vietnam. This natural wonder is made up of over three thousand islands that jut up from the quiet bay like dragons teeth and has been nominated to be on the list of the seven natural wonders of the world. Your boat, a large wooden 'junk" has comfortable cabins with private bathroom and an observation deck. The food served by the crew is the freshest seafood that can be found and is delicious. 
Day 14
Ha Long Bay  Hanoi
We will return to Hanoi around four in the afternoon and get ready to head home in the morning. There will be time for some last minute shopping as well. For our final evening, we will have a farewell dinner complete with special entertainment.
Home Saddle up for the Freedom Flight back to the world.
Custom Tours
Custom tours are available for anyone who has a special trip in mind. We can arrange hotels, transportation, and guide service to meet your needs.
*Price Includes
  • All in country transportation as on tour itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Two meals per day
  • Hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
        Single occupancy add $25/night/person for quality hotels - $100/night/person for luxury hotels
  • Admission fees and permits

Price does NOT include

  • International transportation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Tipping

 

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