On this Fifteen-day trip, we will discover the wonders of Ha Long Bay and the picturesque port town of Hoi An, a favorite with many travelers. Also on the tour is the lush Mekong Delta, the amazing Cu Chi tunnels and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). After leaving HCMC, we will fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia to discover the marvel of the Angkor Complex, including Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Bayon, Banteray Srei and other masterpieces of ancient Khmer architecture.
(Passengers departing from Israel: Depart Tel Aviv on Monday and arrive Noi Bai on Tuesday). Arrival Noi Bai airport. Pick up and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Lacasa Hotel or similar.
After breakfast we will visit the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument where the preserved body of ‘Uncle Ho’ resides. We will also visit the homes where he lived.READ MORE
We’ll continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of mandarins, for an overview of Hanoian culture as well as the Maison Centrale also known as Hoa Lo Prison or the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ which originally housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and afterwards also American POWs during the Vietnam War. The fortress was once a vast colonial-style prison, most of which was torn down in the 1990s. We will drive to beautiful Halong Bay, a World Heritage site. Here we’ll be welcomed aboard ship and we’ll set sail through the enchanting bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the sea like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, we will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails.
Hotel: Royal Lotus Hotel or similar.
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll board our boat once again for 4 hours on the bay to visit famous caves and lagoon. We’ll transfer back to Ha Noi, and take a cyclo tour of Ha Noi’s old quarter after which we’ll go for dinner.READ MORE
We’ll then transfer to the railway station where we’ll board the TSC Express Night Train to Lao Cai in northern Vietnam (Air-conditioned cabin: 2 persons/cabin).Close this
We’ll arrive in Lao Cai early in the morning (scheduled at 05.00 a.m.) where we’ll be picked up and transferred for breakfast at our hotel in Sapa.READ MORE
In the terraced hills and mountains of Sapa, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colors of its hill tribe population: the rainbow colors of the Flower H’mong, flashes of shining silver jewelry from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad H’mong women, and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao. It is where we will find hands stained with color from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps purses and leggings.
We’ll enjoy a trek to through the green Sa Pa Valley to visit the Black H’mong minority of Lao Chai Village and Giay minority of Ta Van. Then it’s back to Sapa and to prepare for Shabbat.
Hotel: Chau Long Hotel or similar.
After prayers and breakfast our guide will takes us on walking tours to visit Ham Rong Mountain with orchid garden enjoy to see the show in Ham Rong Moutain then walking to visit Sapa Town.
Accommodation at hotel in Sapa.
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer to Bac Ha Sunday to see the colorful Sunday market. We’ll visit some minority villages then after an early dinner, we’ll return to Ha Noi.
After breakfast we will visit Ethnology museum which tells the story of Vietnam’s multiple ethnicities, and then we’ll then transfer to Noi Bai airport for our flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival to Da Nang, we’ll transfer to Hoi An.
Hotel: Green Heaven or similar.
Breakfast at hotel. AM: Transfer to visit My Son Sanctuary. PM: Visit Hoi An ancient town, Phuc Kien pagoda, Japanese Bridge and the AO DAI shop. We’ll take a boat trip to visit Thanh Ha village. In the evening, we’ll participate in a local tradition as we float little paper boats with candles from one of the bridges in town.
Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Da Nang to visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain then proceed to airport in Da Nang for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a Saigon). Arrival Ho Chi Minh City, pick up and transfer to visit Vinh Nghiem pagoda. Enjoy Water puppet show.
Hotel: Novotel Saigon Centre Hotel or similar.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer for tour to Mekong delta with visit to Vinh Long. Boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Starting early morning we will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250 kilometers, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was three levels deep.READ MORE
The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat. Tfilot and Shabbat dinner.Close this
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office.
Transfer to airport for departure flight to Siem Riep. Pick up at airport in Siem Riep, transfer to hotel (early check in is subject to availability). Visit to Gate of the Death, Spean Thma, T Keo, Terrance of Srang, and Prasat Kravan.READ MORE
PM: Visit the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng Hills.Close this
Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk. We will continue to the floating village of Chhong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.READ MORE
Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Relaxation with traditional Khmer foot massage for 1 hour in the city.Close this
Breakfast at hotel. Today we will visit the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Early dinner at restaurant. Transfer to airport for departure flight. (Passengers departing to Israel arrival Tel Aviv on Wednesday).
Pre/Post night: $110 per person, per night...Details
* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room
Train tickets according to the tour plan
Domestic flights as per itinerary
Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
Tips for local service providers
Kosher half board & supplies for making sandwiches for lunch
Professional experienced English-speaking guide
Local English-speaking Guide as required
Shows and evening entertainment not included in the itinerary
Tip for our Tour Guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Visa for Vietnam: $95 (will be add to your invoice)
Visa for Cambodia: $30 (paid directly at Cambodia airport)
Airport Departure Tax: $25
There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.
A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 working days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 30-59 working days prior to departure: 25% of total per passenger
• 15-29 days prior to departure: 50% of total per passenger
• Less than 14 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund
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