> Vietnam & Cambodia
14 days, 13 nights Jan 22 - Feb 4, 2013

This is an unforgettable tour to a unique and almost undiscovered world. Vietnam and Cambodia offer exquisite natural scenery and some of the warmest, friendliest people you ever will meet. Vietnam's culture is interwoven between city life and traditional tribal practices. Despite the scars of its recent history the country possesses a serene environment. And wherever you look, there's lots and lots of water. Added to it is the magnificence of the Temples of Angkor and the unique Cambodian culture. This is an exhilarating, thrilling and breathtaking experience.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday Hanoi Arrival 22 Jan

Dinner in our hotel, the award-winning Sofitel Metropole 5* DLX. The first time that this stunning, oldworld charmer of a hotel offered strictly kosher dining was to President Shimon Peres and his entourage in 2012. They can't wait to do it again, for US!! This is one of the world's finest hotels - a French colonial-style hotel located in the heart of Hanoi. We will be here for 5 glorious nights!! HOTEL: DAEWOO HOTEL 5*,http://www.hanoi-daewoohotel.com Check out Frommer's review http://www.frommers.com/destinations/hanoi/H26361.html

Day 2 Wednesday : Hanoi 23 Jan

After breakfast, we'll leave for Hoa Binh Province, where we'll take the boat trip on the Da river to see how the Muong ethnic people live. We'll visit a home and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Lunch, sent from the hotel's kosher kitchen, will be taken along the way. On the way back to Hanoi we'll stop at the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum. The legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail was the supply line used by North Vietnam to link North and South Vietnam during the American War. Soldiers, ammunition, weapons and supplies were carried by hand, bicycle and truck for hundreds of kilometers through the otherwise impenetrable jungle that covered Vietnam's mountainous border with Laos. A testimony to the ingenuity, fortitude and commitment of the northern Vietnamese, the trail slipped from use at the end of the war and was taken back by the jungle. Dinner and overnight - Sofitel Metropole.

Day 3 Thursday: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Cruise - Hanoi 24 Jan

Breakfast at Hotel Weather permitting, we will divide into 2 groups; one will take the helicopter to Ha Long Bay, the other will return by helicopter from Ha Long Bay. The other legs will be by bus so as to enjoy the sights and the local handicrafts centre en route. (If you prefer, you can take the bus or helicopter there and back!!) After boarding our tour boat, we'll be served the lunch prepared on board with freshly caught fish and other ingredients we supply. Then, we'll take a cruise for about 4 hours between the limestone outcrops and long corridors, visiting THIEN CUNG DAU GO cave- the most beautiful cave in the bay. Dinner will be in a delicious Vietnamese Buddhist Vegan restaurant, with the food prepared in the presence of our Mashgiach, of course. O/N - Sofitel Metropole.

Day 4 Friday: Hanoi - 25 Jan

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll visit some of the major Hanoi sights: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hilton Prison, and the Ethnic Museum. After lunch, there'll be free time for shopping and markets before candle-lighting at 17h20. Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner in our hotel, The Sofitel Metropole.

Day 5 Shabbat: Hanoi - 26 Jan

Davening and breakfast will be followed by a guided walking tour of the city in whose center we are staying to see the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. Lunch will be in the hotel and after a rest we'll be charmed by Hanoi's old quarter. Straight after Havdala, 18h20 we'll experience the excitement of Hanoi's traffic from up close with a tour on the famous "cyclo" taxis before going out for another superb vegetarian Melave Malka!!

Day 6 Sunday: Hanoi - Hue 27 Jan

Indulge yourselves with a leisurely breakfast before we leave for our mid-day flight to Hue. Lunch will be supplied from the hotel to be eaten during the flight!! Once in Hue, we'll visit the Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City Dinner in another fabulous hotel: La Residence 5* DLX where we'll be staying for just 2 nights

Day 7 Monday: Hue 28 Jan

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a boat trip on the famous Perfumed River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, the Forbidden city and Khai Dinh tomb and if time permits we might visit the DMZ between North and South Vietnam to help our understanding of that terrible war. We'll eat a picnic on the move for lunch and return to the Hue La Residence for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Tuesday: Hue - Hoi An - HCMC (Saigon) 29 Jan

We'll breakfast early at the hotel, before setting off by bus on the journey to Hoi-An. A walking tour of Hoi An's lovely ancient town, with its Japanese bridge and Phuc Kien Pagoda, includes a visit to a silk factory and market. We'll bring lunch and dinner with us from Hue and after the tour of Hoi-An we'll take an evening flight to HCMC, enjoying the dinner on the flight!! Hotel: Sofitel Plaza 5* where we'll stay for 3 nights.

Day 9 Wednesday: HCMC 30 Jan

Breakfast at the hotel. Then we're off to the Chu Chi tunnels, around 75kms west from Ho Chi Minh City, and visit the Vietnam War related site. Picnic lunch. On our return to the city we'll visit the Re-Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office.

Day 10 Thursday: HCMC 31 Jan

After breakfast in the hotel, we drive to Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta region. Here we'll take a river tour of the Cai Be floating market. Then we'll experience an easy bicycle ride in Vinh Long, visiting a fruit farmer and tasting his delicious fruits. Back to HCMC for dinner in our koshered restaurant and to the Sofitel Plaza to sleep!!

Day 11, Friday: HCMC - Siem Reap 1 Feb

Breakfast at the hotel before we transfer - to HCMC airport for our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On arrival, we'll start our tour of the great Angkor temples complex. In the afternoon, we'll come to our hotel, the Grand Hotel Raffles 5* DLX, the sister hotel to the worldfamous Raffles of Singapore. Lunch will be ready for us and then there will be time to relax, swim and prepare for Shabbat, 17h45. Here for 3 nights. Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner will be in our hotel.

Day 12 Shabbat: Siem Reap 2 Feb

Davening and breakfast at the hotel. Perhaps by the pool - something very memorable!! During the day we'll not only relax, but also take a walking tour and visit the Angkor Museum and a local temple. All meals will be in the hotel. After Shabbat we'll go into the old town to enjoy the nightlife of this very cosmopolitan, modern, buzzing township - the main source of tourist income for Cambodia.

Day 13 Sunday: Siem Reap 3 Feb

Our last full day will be used to explore Angkor further. Our tour will include: the ruins of the city of Angkor Thom with its unique structures such as The Bayon, The Phmeanakas, The Terrace of the Elephants and more. We will learn about the ancient ways of life and the historical events from the bas-reliefs inscribed on the walls. We will also visit the unrivaled mighty Angkor Wat, which is the biggest structure left almost fully intact, with its huge surrounding moat and corridors. And in Tha Phrom temple we will be able to value the great power of the jungle. As evening falls we'll climb Bakheng Hill to watch the magnificent sunset over the great plains. Farewell Dinner in our Hotel.

Day 14 Monday: Siem Reap- Departure 4 Feb

Breakfast at the hotel. Our finale will be an excursion by boat on Tonlé Sap Lake to watch the floating village and the surrounding rice fields on the way. (See what the boy standing has around his neck?) Return to the city and visit Artisans d'Angkor artists school for traditional crafts. We'll then eat a late lunch / early dinner before we transfer to the airport for departing flights.

Start date End date Days Price Single supplement Comments
Jan 22 Feb 4, 2013 14 days $7,995 $1,995

Important:

  • From Israel: ElAl and Thai via Bangkok Dep Monday 21 Jan 23h05 Arr Tues 22 Jan 19.20 From New York: Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong Dep Monday 21 Jan 09h10 Arr 22 Jan 19.05 Arrival Noi Bai airport. You'll be collected and transferred to the hotel.
  • There may be changes to the schedule and hotel reservations dependent upon internal flights. We will make every effort to visit every location mentioned.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All accommodations in the 5* DLX hotels named or equivalent
  • Full transportations as tour program indicated by a 45 seat a/c bus
  • Private boat trip in Ha Long bay, Perfume river, and Mekong delta
  • Helicopter to Ha Long Bay.
  • Domestic flights : Hanoi- Hue, Da Nang- Ho Chi Minh City
  • Flight HCMC - Siem Reap
  • Full board meals ( kosher food, Israeli and local cooks)
  • All entrance fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Excellent English speaking guide specializing in the region

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International airfare - both from Israel and NY , from approx $1700 at today's rates
  • Visas and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Emergency transfers
  • Tips ($200 pp recommended)

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
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 90 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.

  • 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
  • 60-90 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
  • 30-60 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
  • Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total - no refund
  • We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend all our clients to be adequately insured. Please email insurance@eddiestravel.comfor an easy and comprehensive insurance premium. Eddie’s Kosher Travel is not responsible for lost or stolen goods or for cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. There are safes in the hotel rooms for your use.

These photos were taken by Rona Michelson