Escorted Small Group Tours

9 DAYS STARTING FROM £1250 PER PERSON

Escorted Small Group Holidays

Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.

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These Citrus Travel small group holidays are the perfect introduction to some of the worlds most beautiful countries.

Our routes combine the must-see sights of a region with carefully selected, off-track gems. Along with our in-depth knowledge we are continually developing the tours it means we are able to offer inspirational experiences that linger in the memory of our clients long after their journey ends.

Finding great places for our clients to stay is at the heart of what we do at Citrus Travel and we put a great deal of effort identifying the best accommodation choices. The small heritage properties and centrally located hotels we choose are designed to make your experience more pleasurable and provide convenient access to principal sights. We check the quality of every property to ensure they meet our exacting standards.

The small size of our groups (max 16) ensures a stimulating tour with a close-knit atmosphere as you and your co-travellers have the full attention of your local guides and tour leaders. If you seek inspiring journeys and enjoy experiencing new ways of life, then one of these holidays with Citrus Travel may well be the trip for you.

WHAT MAKES OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS SPECIAL?

Lower Costs
Small Groups – max 16 people
Fully Escorted with a well trained, experienced and knowledgeable English speaking guide
Flexibility – you’re never obliged to join the days planned activities, you can explore on your own.
Comfortable accommodation – all checked for quality.
Quality Food – a good meal always makes for a good day’s travelling.
Extension Options – we can add per and post tour extensions easily.
Private Travel Option – we can easily make the tour more personal by upgrading you to have your own private guide and transfers
Scheduled Flights – to give you flexibility we haven’t included your flights, we can arrange these to suit your needs.

DISCOVER UZBEKISTAN

11 DAYS FROM £1995 per person

Join us on our escorted Group Tour to Uzbekistan, a country whose cultural legacy spans more than three millennia. Marvel at the emerald, lapis blue and wax-yellow patterns adorning Samarkand’s Registan Square – one of the great wonders of the Islamic world. Shop for hand-woven kilims, silk scarves and soft, camel-wool shawls in the bazaars of Bukhara. And savour the desert as you cross the Oxus Delta in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.

The itinerary has been carefully planned to showcase the architectural brilliance of the Timurids. Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to meet local people, experience traditional music and dance, watch ceramicists, carpet weavers and embroiderers at work, and shop for fabulous, locally made silk garments. Accommodation will be in comfortable, Western-style hotels, and all meals are included in the price.

Highlights – See the great architectural masterpieces of the ancient Silk Road • View the world’s oldest handwritten Qurans • Explore the open-air museum city of Khiva • Be awed by Shakhrisabz • Visit the magnificent Registan Square • Discover the crafts of the Timurid Dynasty that influenced so much of Asia • Visit the 7th century ruins of Afrosiab • Lunch at a traditional pottery

Itinerary 
Day 1: Tashkent
On arrival in the Uzbek capital, the group will be met at the airport by our local representative and driven to our hotel. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing and later, enjoy an afternoon of guided sightseeing of this beautiful city.
Days 2 & 3: Khiva
This morning you transfer to the airport for your flight to Khiva, via Urgench. On arrival enjoy an introductory tour of Khiva. You second day has a full day’s guided sightseeing in Khiva and focuses on the principal highlights of the old walled city, the Itchan-Kala, which has been beautifully restored and is traffic free. As well as monuments, there are lots of crafts stalls and workshops to browse around the backstreets.
Days 4,5,6: Bukhara
A long drive across the Kyzl Kum desert to Bukhara takes up most of today. En route, we’ll traverse the Amu Darya River, known in the time of Alexander the Great (who crossed it twice) as the ‘Oxus’. On day two you  have a full day’s tour of Bukhara’s medieval monuments, covering the mighty Poi-i-Kalan, the Lyabi Hauz complex, with its shimmering pond, and mausoleums of Ismail Sami and Kashma Ayub. On the morning of the third day in Bukhara, we visit the Ark fortress, at the northwest side of the old walled town, followed by the iconic Chor Minor Madrassa. In the afternoon you’ll be free to explore and shop at your own pace, with or without your guide.
Days 7,8,9: Samarkand
Continue east through the green belt lining the Zeravshan River to Samarkand, pausing for lunch at a traditional pottery. On arrival, visit Timur’s azure-domed tomb, the Gur-i Amir. An unforgettable tour awaits today as you visit the oasis town of Shakhrisabz, on the far side of the Gysar Mountains. Later, enjoy the superb tile work and sociable atmosphere of the Shah-i-Zinda tomb complex back in Samarkand. The ninth day of the tour starts with a visit to the magnificent Registan, the greatest ensemble of buildings surviving from Timurid times, followed by Bibi Khanum mosque and nearby Siab market.
Day 10: Samarkand – Tashkent
You will visit the site of ancient Samarkand in the morning, followed by a tour of Ulugbeg’s famous observatory in the afternoon, ahead of your return by high-speed train to Tashkent in the evening.
Day 11: Tashkent
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

BHUTAN ADVENTURE

10 DAYS FROM £2225 per person

Discover the mystery and beauty of Bhutan on this wonderful tour covering the sights of Paro and Thimpu, and taking in the astonishing fortified monastic complexes at Punakha. Also included is the beautiful valley of Gangtey, famous for its population of migrant black necked cranes and an excellent base for walks in the hills. The tour is book-ended with short stays in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, where you will have the opportunity to do some sightseeing and souvenir shopping between flights.

Highlights – Visit Durbur Square in Nepal’s capital • Explore the sites of Thimpu, including the Folk Museum and Buddhist Painting School • Visit the 17th century dzong at Gangtey • Discover the spectacular Punakha Monastery complex • Admire the breath-taking scenery as you travel over the dramatic Dochu La Pass • Climb to the top of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery perched on a cliff side.

Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu
Greeted on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Malla hotel or similar for an overnight stay. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the bustling Thamel quarter on your own.
Days 2 & 3:  Thimphu
Take a short flight on Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier, landing in Paro. On arrival you are driven to Thimphu, the capital city, for your two nights’ stay at Kisa Hotel or similar. A full day is spent visiting the sights of Thimphu. This includes an impressive dzong, a fortified monastic building found in nearly all of Bhutan’s main settlements as well as the King’s Memorial, the Painting School where students undergo a 6-year training in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, Simply Bhutan Museum, Textile Museum, Buddha Point and a local craft bazaar.
Days 4 & 5: Gangtey
Eastward bound, you start with a morning’s drive up to the Dochu-la pass (3,088 metres). Continue on to Gangtey and the valley of Phobjika. Two nights are spent at the simple Dewachen Resort or similar. The valley is considered sacred to the Bhutanese as it is the winter residence of a small but significant black necked crane population that migrate over the Himalaya from Tibet. You visit the black necked crane centre to learn more about these birds and the significant place they hold in local folk lore.
Day 6: Punakha
This morning you drive to Punakha for one night at the Damchen Resort or similar. You visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong this afternoon, considered to be one of the finest examples of dzong architecture in Bhutan. Later take a short excursion to Chimi Lhakhang also known as ‘Fertility Temple’.
Day 7 & 8: Paro
This morning you start your journey to Paro (4-5 hours). En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country, housing the School for Buddhist studies. Stay at Gangtey Palace hotel or similar for two nights. This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 8 is a full day’s sightseeing including visits to the Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum, the Rinpung Dzong and a demanding but rewarding walk up to the famous Taktsang (‘Tiger’s Nest’) monastery, which rests on a rocky hillside overlooking a wide forested valley.
Optional: Experience a local hot stone bath.
Day 9: Paro – Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu for an overnight stay at the Malla hotel or similar.
Day 10: Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport.

ESSENCE OF NEPAL

9 DAYS FROM £1245 per person

This quintessential itinerary showcases the very best of Nepal. Accompanied by our hand-picked English-speaking local guides and tour leader, the tour takes care of all needs of first-time visitors while staying in comfortable, well-located properties. This tour is a fascinating mix of landscapes, religious monuments and colourful Nepali cultures. Starting in the capital we visit Durbar Square and the historic town of Bhaktapur, site of the country’s best preserved medieval temples, before heading West to Bandipur, where you will get your first really spectacular view of the Himalayan ice peaks. Next, we head on to the lake town of Pokhara, whose elevations offer more astounding panoramas of the nearby snow line. From there, we proceed southeast to Chitwan National Park in the tarai grasslands, where hopefully wild rhino and other rare animals could be spotted on a jeep safari.  A final night in Kathmandi, visiting the stupa of Swayambhunath, brings the trip to a suitably magical conclusion.

Highlights – Visit Boudhanath, Nepal’s largest stupa • Explore the Tibetan border town of Bandipur • Relax by the lake at Pokhara • Chance of seeing Rhino and tiger in Chitwan • Visit Swayambhunath Temple at sunset • Enjoy a 7 course Nepali banquet in Dillibazar • Take the cable car to Pokhara’s Peace Pagoda overlooking the mountains • Optional scenic flight over Everest

Itinerary
Day 1 &2: Kathmandu
You are greeted on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Kantipur Temple House or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a traditional seven-course dinner at the Bhojan Griha. A second full day sightseeing of this vibrant city includes the renowned Durbar Square and an excursion to the ancient and beautifully crafted Newari city of Bhaktapur.  Optional: Mountain flight over Mount Everest.
Day 3: Bandipur
Up early and after breakfast start the four-hour, winding drive to the breathtaking mountain village of Bandipur. Stay overnight at the Old Inn hotel or similar. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Days 4 &5: Pokhara
Explore the streets of Pokhara a delightful village, known for its medieval, rustic charm and take a cable car ride to see the local temple which is perched on a hill. Tge mountain views from this vantage point are incredible. In the afternoon, you drive three hours to Pokhara. Check in at the Temple Tree Resort or similar for two nights. The second day is at leisure. For those keen to do a bit of walking and trekking, there are several short trekking routes in this area which satisfy your hunger for the stunning views of the Himalaya. Optional: Sunrise tour of the town. Afternoon trekking.
Day 6 &7: Chitwan
You’ll have a long drive (5-6 hours) through the countryside towards Chitwan National Park. Check in at the Machan Country Villa or similar for two nights. There’s a full day of jungle activities including a jeep safari, canoe ride and nature walk. Also visit the local Tharu villages and a co-operative that uses elephant dung to make paper.
Day 8: Kathmandu
In the morning, there is the option of a cycle ride around Sauraha or another safari in the park. Take an early afternoon flight to Kathmandu for an overnight stay at the Kantipur Temple House or similar. Visit the impressive Buddhist stupa, Swayambhunath, to wind off the evening.
Day 9: Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

WILDS OF SRI LANKA

8 DAYS FROM £1625 per person

Discover the remarkable natural beauty & diversity of Sri Lanka, from the birds and reptiles in the rainforests to large mammals in the national parks and the abundant marine life in the waters off the south coast. Starting from the Waikkal biosphere, renowned for its endemic birds, this tour visits the Udawalawe and Yala National Parks in search of elephants and leopards. Continue to the west of the island to look for blue whales and sperm whales off the coast of Galle and see turtles hatch in Kosgoda, before returning to Colombo.

Highlights – Bird watching in Waikkal • Elephant Shelter in Udawalawe • Leopards in Yala • Whale watching in Mirissa • Go in search of leopard, elephant and sloth bears on a thrilling safari in Yala • Enjoy the country’s vast variety of bird life • Marvel at the incredible blue whales and sperm whales

Itinerary
Day 1: Colombo – Waikkal
On arrival at Colombo you are greeted and transferred to your hotel in Waikkal, an hour’s drive away. Stay overnight at Suriya Resort or similar. Enjoy an afternoon boat ride on Negombo lagoon to observe the bird life. A welcome dinner is arranged this evening.
Days 2 & 3: Udawalawe
Beautiful Udawalawe National Park is next, visiting an elephant shelter en-route. You stay for two nights at Grand Udawalawe or similar. Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris in the park. Udawalawe National Park is a wonderful place to see wild Asian elephants in their natural habitat. The park is home to approximately five hundred elephants. Other wildlife includes sambar deer, jackals, water buffalo and monkeys including the Grey Langur and the endemic Toque Macaque. A total of 183 species of birds have been recorded here, some of which are resident and the others, migrant. The endemic Sri Lanka jungle fowl, brown-capped babbler, malabar pied hornbill and the Sri Lanka spurfowl are all excellent sightings for birdwatchers. Of the water birds, the rare osprey and Indian cormorant can also be found here.
Days 4 & 5: Yala
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive for about two hours to arrive at Yala National Park. Stay for two nights at Laya Safari or similar. Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris in Yala Park, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest national parks. Yala covers an area of 1500 sq km and has one of the highest concentrations of leopards in the World. The park is home to variety of wildlife including spotted deer, crocodiles, wild boar, wild buffaloes, langurs, peacocks and over 200 species of birds.
Days 6 & 7: Galle
Drive to Weligama in the morning to see stilt fishing, a tradition unique to Sri Lanka. Later drive on to Galle. Stay for two nights at Amari Galle. You have an option to visit Mirissa for a whale watching expedition (November to April) or cycling tour through Eluvila bird sanctuary. In the afternoon visit a turtle hatchery at Kosgoda. In the evening enjoy a walk through Galle city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit Galle Fort, Maritime Museum, the old Church, the Sun and the Moon bastions and the lighthouse.
Day 8: Colombo
Today morning we drive to Colombo airport in time to board our return flight home.

INDIA TIGER SAFARI

11 DAYS FROM £2435 per person

This magical trip takes you to the wild and beating heart of India. Visiting three of the country’s most remote and beautiful national parks, this special group tour will give you the best possible chance of spotting tigers, as well as other magnificent and rare animals, including leopard, nilgai (blue bull), bison, sloth bears, civet and pangolins. This is a hugely memorable journey taking you deep into India’s untrammelled interior – domain of the world’s most adored and endangered creature, the Royal Bengal tiger.

Highlights – Explore India’s best National Parks for Tigers • Observe the contrasting ecosystems • Stay in cottages and tented suites on the edge of the jungle • Enjoy alfresco, lantern lit dinners listening to the sound of nature • Enjoy evening lectures by resident experts on India’s flora and fauna • Visit local villages and schools •
Learn about wildlife conservation projects

Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi
On arrival, the group will be met by your representative in Delhi and escorted to The Claridge’s hotel, where we’ll stay for one night. Spend the remainder of the day at the hotel, perhaps venturing out later for a stroll around the nearby Lodi Gardens.
Days 2 &3: Pench
After breakfast you transfer to the airport, for a morning flight to Nagpur. Travelling onwards to Pench National Park for part one of the safari. Stay at Pench Jungle Camp or similar for two nights. In the evening enjoy an introductory talk on the local flora and fauna, followed by supper. On the second & third day your morning and afternoon game drives account for most of your tour, with the screening of a wildlife documentary in the evening before supper. Between safaris, enjoy the luxury facilities of the camp, which include a large, oval pool screened by stately old mahua and teak trees.
Days 4,5,6: Kanha
A final game drive at Pench in the morning, followed by a long journey northeast to Kanha National Park in the afternoon, where you’ll spend three nights at Kanha Jungle Lodge or similar. Your first full day at Kanha features morning and evening safaris, beginning at 5am (an earlier start than usual is recommended in order to get the paperwork done and gain a head start on other vehicles entering the park) and at 2.30pm. Enjoy another safari in the morning. In the afternoon, the group will have the choice between a second game drive, or visiting the local village and school.
Days 7,8,9: Bandhavgarh
After an early breakfast, the group will travel to Bandhavgarh National Park in time for lunch and an afternoon safari. You’ll stay for three nights at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge or similar. Bandhavgarh is the largest of the three parks you visit. It boasts a wide variety of animals including sloth bear, antelope, several varieties of monkey and an array of birdlife. Enjoy a day full of jungle activities including morning and afternoon drives in the park. Your final day of park safaris begins with the usual early morning wake-up call at around 5.15am, when a tray of ‘bed tea’ will be brought to your cottage. Breakfast will be served in the park during the drive.
Day 10: Delhi
Depart for Jabalpur airport, where we’ll catch a flight back to Delhi. Stay at Pride Plaza Aerocity or similar for the night.
Day 11: Delhi
After breakfast transfer to the terminal building of nearby Delhi international airport for your return flight back home.

INDIA, LAND OF EMPERORS AND KINGS

15 DAYS FROM £2435 per person

Focusing on Rajasthan’s royal heritage, including the Taj Mahal and other great monuments of the ‘Golden Triangle’, you follow a classic route around northwest India’s more regal and opulent locations: from the Mughal wonders and packed bazaars of Delhi to Akbar’s ghost city at Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur (the ‘Pink City’) and the fairy-tale desert citadel of Jaisalmer. From there, you head back across the sandflats of the Thar to Jodhpur, known as the ‘Blue City’, before dropping
south to end the trip in high romantic style, with a spell beside the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola at Udaipur. Along the way, you’ll get to spend time in some rural locations as well as cities, staying in elegant period palaces that give a flavour of the lifestyles enjoyed by India’s Maharajas before Independence.

Highlights – Tour Old and New Delhi • Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise • Explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur • Venture into the desert fort of Jaisalmer • Enjoy a night in a tented desert camp • Visit the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur • Relax around the lakes of Udaipur • Stay in elegant period palaces • Experience a night in a desert camp • Dine under the stars with folk music • Enjoy a scrumptious high tea while cruising Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Itinerary
Days 1 & 2: Delhi
On arrival in Delhi you are transferred to the Suryaa Hotel or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure, with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Explore Delhi on a full day sightseeing tour. Start with a tour of Old Delhi in the morning: enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk followed by a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the Raj Ghat, a memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi, a prominent figure in India’s struggle for freedom. Drive through Lutyen’s New Delhi in the afternoon. Visit the tomb of Humayun and the lofty Qutb Minar, an early Mughal structure made of red sandstone and white marble.
Day 3: Agra
After breakfast you drive to Agra (4-5 hours) for an overnight stay at the ITC Mughal hotel or similar. On the first afternoon visit the impressive Agra Fort whose buildings, made of red sandstone and marble, are a mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture. This is followed by a visit to the ornate tomb of Itamud-ud-Daula, and a heritage walk of Agra.
Days 4 & 5: Jaipur
It’s an early rise this mornign to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast back at your hotel, continue to Jaipur (6-7 hours) with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar that was abandoned after just 14 years. Closer to Jaipur, you’ll stop to see the impressive 9th Century Chand Baori step well at Abhaneri. Staying at Narain Niwas or similar, for two nights. On day two visit the 17th century hilltop fort of Amber and the sparkling Mirror Palace. In the afternoon visit the City Palace complex including its museum and the 18th century Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Drive through the busy bazaars for a photo stop at the recently restored Hawa Mahal, one of the most famous buildings in Jaipur.
Day 6: Khimsar
Leave the “Pink City” in the morning and head towards rural Khimsar (5-6 hours). Arrive and check-in to traditionally decorated rooms at the Khimsar Fort hotel for an overnight stay. The afternoon is at leisure to relax by the pool or explore this 16th century fort and village. Bikes are available or a camel cart ride can be arranged.
Days 7 & 8: Jaisalmer
Drive west for 5-6 hours towards the lone city of Jaisalmer, at the edge of Thar desert. The old part of the city was built almost entirely of yellow sandstone, lending to the settlement being affectionately termed “The Golden City”. Stay at the Rang Mahal or similar for two nights. The next morning, visit Jaisalmer Fort, which towers over the local landscape. A maze of alleyways and narrow lanes that lead to various Havelis or merchant homes and Jain temples are all enclosed within the fort. You will also visit the Gadisar Tank, once the sole water supply of the city and now a repository of small temples and shrines.
Day 9: Dechu
Getting back in your vehicle after a typical breakfast you drive towards Dechu (5 hours) for a royal experience complete with dining under the stars and unwinding as local folk musicians play out the night at the Samsara Tented Camp.
Days 10 & 11: Narlai
Turning eastwards, you drive to ‘The Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Stop here  for a visit to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and then drive on to the village of Narlai (3 hours) for a two night stay at the Rawla Narlai. Your second day is free to explore this authentic Rajasthani village which is dotted with curious temples. There is also the option of a jeep safari or a dinner on the edge of the 1100 year old step-well.
Days 12 & 13: Udaipur
Heading south, traverse the Aravalli Hills to Ranakpur, home of an intricately and painstakingly carved Jain Temple complex. Continue to Udaipur where we stay for two nights at The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace or similar. Day two has a morning city tour taking in the City Palace, a complex of 11 palaces, all with intricate stone work and interiors featuring glass mirror and ornamental tile. You will also visit Sahelion Ki Bari, the old city and the Jagdish Temple. The afternoon of day two is at leisure to browse through the markets. This evening you take a high tea cruise on the lake to watch the sunset.
Day 14: Delhi
Fly back to Delhi for overnight at the Pride Plaza Aerocity or similar.
Day 15: Delhi
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

ESSENTIAL VIETNAM

12 DAYS FROM £1495 per person

On this introductory tour of Vietnam, one of Southeast Asia’s most diverse and pleasant countries. Starting in Hanoi, the capital city, explore buildings and shaded boulevards reminiscent of its links with France. Visit scenic Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site, and spend the night on a traditional junk boat. The travel south to the historic cities of Hue and Hoi An to see their charming old towns, pagodas and merchant homes as well as colourful market stalls brimming with local specialities. Ho Chi Minh City is the last stop. Take a full day tour of the main sights and visit the Mekong Delta with beautiful riverside landscapes before travelling home.

Highlights
Explore the Colonial buildings of Hanoi • Cruise scenic Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Experience a water puppet show, a tradition dating back to the 11th-century • Squeeze through the Cu Chi Tunnels • See the Reunification Hall and visit the War Museum in Ho Chi Minh • Spend the night on a traditional junk boat • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River, Hoi An • Enjoy a walking tour through the old town of Hoi An • Explore the Mekong Delta

Itinerary
Days 1 & 2: Hanoi
On arrival in Hanoi you are met and transferred to The Ann Hotel or similar for two nights. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university, established in the 11th century. Afternoon visit the Ngoc Son temple, on the Hoan Kiem Lake. This afternoon take a walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter to experience the bustling local life. This evening enjoy a Water Puppet show.
Day 3: Halong Bay
This morning you drive to the World Heritage Site, Halong Bay. You then board the Glory Legend or similar for an overnight cruise. As you set sail into the bay you pass limestone islands and visit Sung Sot cave. You have the chance to trek and swim at Titov island.
Days 4 & 5: Hue
Before you diembark this morning you will visit Luon cave and transfer back to Hanoi. You’ll stop at a pottery village and enjoy some snacks and tea. This evening you will  fly to Hue and check in to Eldora Hotel or similar for two nights. On your second day visit the Imperial tombs of Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese Emperor, and Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. The afternoon sightseeing includes a tour of the Old Imperial City, modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. Also visit the Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a boat back to the hotel on the Perfume River.
Days 6,7,8: Hoi An
In the morning drive to Danang (3-4 hours), crossing the picturesque Hai Van pass. There is also the chance to visit the Cham Museum which houses the finest examples of Cham art. Continue the drive south to Hoi An, past the Marble Mountains and numerous villages, before checking in at Hoi An Silk Village Resort or similar for three nights. On your second morning enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An. The buildings and street plan of this former trading post are a mix of local and colonial influence, recognised today as a World Heritage site. Enjoy a sunset cruise in the evening.
Optional: Cooking class, farming experience.
Day 9,10,11: Ho Chi Minh City
This morning you fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest of the Vietnamese cities. There is a visit to the eerie Cu Chi Tunnels included and you will stay at the Edenstar Saigon or similar for three nights. On day two take a morning walking tour of Chinatown. In the afternoon take a city tour to see the former Presidential Palace now known as the Reunification Hall, the War Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy a last full day out to the Mekong Delta. Explore the smaller waterways and canals by local boat, visiting orchards and local cottage industries.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer to the airport.

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