The Small Print
The total price for the main 12-day Vietnam Cuisine and Culture Tour from Saigon to Hanoi from 19-31 July 2019 is US$5,910 per person single occupancy of a double room and US$4,967 for a second person sharing a double/twin room in Luxury Accommodation, and US$3,828 for single occupancy in a double room; US$3,228 for the second person sharing a twin/double room in ‘Boutique’ accommodation option. The 3-day Halong Bay Extension from 31 July-2 August 2019 is US$850 per person and the 3-day Sapa Extension from 2-5 August 2019 is US$820. While the main 12-day tour can be booked on its own, the extensions can only be booked as add-ons to the main trip.
The main 12-day tour must be paid in full by 24 May 2019, however, the Halong Bay and Sapa extensions must be paid in full by 15 April 2019. This means payments must be received by these dates, so we can pay our travel partners. If payments are not received on time, there is a risk that some bookings, such as flights, might be cancelled by our travel partners.
An early-bird discount of US$500 is offered off the per person price of the main 12-day tour with Luxury accommodation if payment is made in full by 30 April 2019. This means payment must be received in our account by 30 April. This is because our Vietnam travel partners offer us a discount if we pay on this date. The early-bird discount will not apply to payments received after this date. We cannot offer an earlybird discount on the 12-day tour with Boutique accommodation.
Bookings and Deposits
To book a place on the main 12-day Saigon to Hanoi trip a deposit of US$1,000 is required by 15 March for the ‘Boutique’ accommodation option and by 15 April for the ‘Luxury’ accommodation option. To book places on the 3-day Halong Bay and/or 3-day Sapa extensions, an additional US$250 is required per trip to hold places on each of these tour extensions. If you want to book the main trip and both extensions, a deposit of US$1,500 is required by the dates above. A receipt will be provided as soon as these payments are received.
Deposits are non-refundable because they are used to hold bookings for your domestic flights, accommodation and some tours. This is because it’s a condition of our booking that enables us to secure the best deals and keep the prices as low as possible. If we didn’t provide these deposits, the tour prices would be higher. This is why travel insurance is necessary in case you need to cancel your place on the trips.
Itineraries and Accommodation Subject to Change Until Booked
Only after your deposit is paid will your place on the trip and accommodation at the hotels and the Halong Bay Cruise in the itinerary be confirmed. Therefore, hotels are subject to change until then. Should we lose booked rooms, then efforts will be made to book hotels and a cruise that is as close as possible to the price point, quality and style as possible.
Unlike many tour companies that use characterless hotels that off generous trade commissions, we have selected hand-picked accommodation that is not only incredibly comfortable but offers a special experience – whether it’s the grand old hotels with history in Saigon and Dalat; the luxurious resorts in Hoi An and Hue with swimming pools when you most need them; the comfort and style of our hotels in Hanoi and Sapa; and the luxury of the cruise on Halong Bay. We would hate to lose these bookings.
In the event of you needing to cancel your place on these trips, cancellation of bookings before 24 May 2019 will be subject to a US$3,000 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations after 24 May 2019 may be up to 100% cost of the tour. This is why travel insurance is essential. Detailed terms and conditions available on request.
In the event that Lara could not fulfil her commitment as host on these trips due to exceptional circumstances, such as a serious illness or personal emergency, then an alternative host with similar expertise and experience in Vietnam will be engaged, but unfortunately cancellations by participants cannot not be accepted and refunds cannot be given in the highly unlikely event of this happening.
We like to keep our tours small with an ideal group size of 7-10 people. For this small group luxury tour we have decided on just 7 guests, as we believe smaller is better: the host and guides are able to ensure all participants receive attention on tours, excursions and classes; we are able to travel on smaller, more comfortable vehicles; participants are able to forge stronger friendships with their travel companions; and smaller groups are less intrusive in local settings such as restaurants. If you’d like to undertake this trip with a larger group of friends or family, get in touch and we can organise a private trip for you.
Extend Your Trip?
Lara can assist with travel planning advice, itineraries or a few tips if you’d like to continue travelling in Southeast Asia after the Vietnam Cuisine and Culture Tour. She will also be hosting Cambodia Culinary Tours and Creative Retreats in 2019, including a trip immediately before the Vietnam Cuisine and Culture Tour. Email or fill out the contact form above if you’d like more information.
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