Vietnam - The Changing Face of Southeast Asia

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How big are the groups?
What is included in the tour price?
What is not included in the tour price?
Are these educational tours?
How do we travel while in Vietnam?
What are our accommodations like?
What about weather?
When is payment due?
Is medical insurance required?
What meals are included?
What should I take on the tour?
Can you arrange my flights?
What if I would like more information?
 

How big are the groups?

Each group is limited to 16 participants. Small groups are an important ingredient in adventure travel. They allow for more interaction and more personalized service throughout the itinerary.

 

What is included in the tour price?

All accommodations throughout; all meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); bottled drinking water throughout the trip; all internal transportation; airport transfers on day 1 and departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); all day trips and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary; tips for hotels (porterage), bus driver, restaurants and spot guides; services of a trip leader.

 

What is not included in the tour price?

International flights, tips to ElderTreks tour leader, national guide, alcoholic drinks, visa’s and travel insurance.

 

Are these educational tours?

Yes, in the broadest sense of the word, “educational”. We visit cultural centers and historical sites, and have discussions on various aspects of Vietnamese politics and history, but these are only a few aspects of what we do. We believe that it is equally educational to meet local people on a non-commercial basis, visit their homes and even try to learn a few words in the native language. Sometimes the most “educational” moments are spent walking through a street market.

 

How do we travel while in Vietnam?

All land transportation is included in the price of the trip. We have our own minivans or bus for road travel, and we fly from Danang to Saigon. We also travel by boat and cyclos.

 

What are our accommodations like?

We always stay in good accommodations — both hotels and guesthouses, where rooms have a private bath or shower. The accommodations have been chosen on the basis of location, atmosphere, and charm.

 

What about weather?

Vietnam has three different climactic zones (southern – hot, central – warm and northern – cool) each of which has very distinct weather patterns. You should be ready for a good deal of sunshine and temperatures into the 80s˚F (27˚C), but you can also encounter cooler temperatures in the north, high 50s˚F (10˚C) low 60s˚F (16˚C) in the winter months.

 

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 or £300 GBP (plus insurance if you require it) is due at time of booking and will reserve your place on the tour. Payment of the full land cost is due 100 days before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable and are outlined in the “Terms and Conditions” section of our catalog.

 

Is medical insurance required?

Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended. ElderTreks offers comprehensive travel insurance and we are happy to provide you with a quote if you call our office. If you are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as possible.
*Please note those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions must take out travel insurance at the time of deposit

 

What meals are included?

All meals during the itinerary are included, starting with dinner on day 1, and finishing with breakfast on departure day. We eat a variety of local foods prepared in a wide range of settings. In many cases, we simply order a number of dishes and share, allowing you to sample new foods and decide what you enjoy best.

 

What should I take on the tour?

There is a detailed “What to Take” list in our Trip Kit, which we will send to you after you have booked the trip.

 

Can you arrange my flights?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over en route, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us for a customized flight itinerary.

 

What if I would like more information?

If you have any further questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact our office for additional information. A Trip Kit containing further details on the destination will be sent to you once you have booked the trip.

 

1-800-741-7956 North America  •  0808-234-1714 United Kingdom  •  416-588-5000 Worldwide
 
 

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