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Program #15147RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 25 — Mar 3, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, next to the People Committee House, within steps of the famous Ben Thanh Market and historical Opera House, and 7 km/ 20 minute drive from Tan Son Nhat Airport. It was made famous during the Vietnam War when its conference room hosted a daily press conference derisively named The Five O'Clock Follies by cynical journalists who found the optimism of leading US military officers to be misguided. Its rooftop bar was a well known hangout spot for military officials and war correspondents.

Contact info:
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
phone: (+848) 382 921 85
web: www.rexhotelvietnam.com/

Room amenities: Wi-Fi, phone, satellite TV, electronic safe, A/C, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar,

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa, gym, internet access, 24 hour room service, laundry service, tour desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.


Day One: Monday, February 25 - Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive To: Arrive at Ho Chi Minh International Airport and transfer to hotel.

Dinner: Dinner upon arrival at hotel. Convene with other Participants for program orientation.

Lodging: Rex Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, next to the People Committee House, within steps of the famous Ben Thanh Market and historical Opera House, and 7 km/ 20 minute drive from Tan Son Nhat Airport. It was made famous during the Vietnam War when its conference room hosted a daily press conference derisively named The Five O'Clock Follies by cynical journalists who found the optimism of leading US military officers to be misguided. Its rooftop bar was a well known hangout spot for military officials and war correspondents.

Contact info:
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
phone: (+848) 382 921 85
web: www.rexhotelvietnam.com/

Room amenities: Wi-Fi, phone, satellite TV, electronic safe, A/C, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar,

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa, gym, internet access, 24 hour room service, laundry service, tour desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.


Day Two: Tuesday, February 26 - City Orientation/Mahayana Buddhism/Reunification ...
City Orientation/Mahayana Buddhism/Reunification Hall / War Remnants Museum

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Take a bus tour around the city, making stops at Notre Dame Cathedral, La Poste, Giac Lam Pagoda and some French landmarks. Continue to a Buddhist Temple and learn about Mahayana Buddhism.

Lunch: Vegetarian lunch at the temple.

Afternoon: After lunch, take an excursion to Reunification Hall (the former Presidential Palace) built as a modern administrative center. Then continue to the War Remnants Museum, which holds a large collection of weapons, machinery, artifacts and photographs illustrating the War.

Dinner: Dinner at the restaurant in downtown Saigon.

Lodging: Rex Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, next to the People Committee House, within steps of the famous Ben Thanh Market and historical Opera House, and 7 km/ 20 minute drive from Tan Son Nhat Airport. It was made famous during the Vietnam War when its conference room hosted a daily press conference derisively named The Five O'Clock Follies by cynical journalists who found the optimism of leading US military officers to be misguided. Its rooftop bar was a well known hangout spot for military officials and war correspondents.

Contact info:
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
phone: (+848) 382 921 85
web: www.rexhotelvietnam.com/

Room amenities: Wi-Fi, phone, satellite TV, electronic safe, A/C, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar,

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa, gym, internet access, 24 hour room service, laundry service, tour desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.


Day Three: Wednesday, February 27 - Cu Chi Tunnels
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: This morning visit the Cu Chi tunnels, the underground network dug in the 1940's by the Vietnamese as a place to hide during the fight against the French. They were later used in the Vietnam War. Along the way, visit a rice paper bakery and learn about this industry; an important part of the Vietnamese cuisine.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This is your free time to explore this bustling city, visit some of the museums, the local market, or just relax.

Dinner: Enjoy selecting dinner on your own at a restaurant of your choice.

Lodging: Rex Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Victoria Can Tho Hotel opened in October 1998 as the flagship of the Victoria Hotels & Resorts Chain in the Mekong Delta. Set in magnificent gardens, this splendid colonial style hotel, is situated on the banks of the Hau River, one of the nine estuaries of the Mekong Delta. The location and services offered have been carefully planned to allow guests to experience the opulence of the local culture, the beauty of the area and admire the diversity of the region and its people. Victoria Can Tho Hotel is the Mekong Delta’s first luxury hotel with an aim to provide guests with an enchanting and relaxing setting in a European atmosphere, offering courteous and efficient service.

Contact info:
293 C Tran Van Kheo (Cai Khe Ward)
Can Tho, 99999 Vietnam
phone: +84 71 810 111
web: www.victoriahotels-asia.com/eng/hotels-in-vietnam/can-tho-resort

Room amenities: All rooms have wooden flooring, authentic Vietnamese decoration and balconies offering spectacular views of the river, pool or of the garden. Each room combines the elegance of traditional artefacts and the comfort of an international standard hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, February 28 - Depart for Can Tho/Mekong River Cruise / Brick Fa...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart for Can Tho with stops in Cai Be and Vinh Long. En route, stop by Cao Dai temple, a temple of the Cao Dai religion that is a fusion of Buddhism, Confusianism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam. Continue to Cai Be and board boats for a visit to an Ancient House, an old traditional Vietnamese style house.

Lunch: Lunch at an Ancient house that has been restored to retain its traditional architectural style.

Afternoon: Cruise on the Mekong to Vinh Long, observing the life along the Mekong. Then stop at a brick and pottery making factory and learn how these bricks are produced and the importance of this industry to the South Vietnamese people. Afterwards, continue to Can Tho.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant along the waterfront.

Lodging: Victoria Can Tho Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Victoria Can Tho Hotel opened in October 1998 as the flagship of the Victoria Hotels & Resorts Chain in the Mekong Delta. Set in magnificent gardens, this splendid colonial style hotel, is situated on the banks of the Hau River, one of the nine estuaries of the Mekong Delta. The location and services offered have been carefully planned to allow guests to experience the opulence of the local culture, the beauty of the area and admire the diversity of the region and its people. Victoria Can Tho Hotel is the Mekong Delta’s first luxury hotel with an aim to provide guests with an enchanting and relaxing setting in a European atmosphere, offering courteous and efficient service.

Contact info:
293 C Tran Van Kheo (Cai Khe Ward)
Can Tho, 99999 Vietnam
phone: +84 71 810 111
web: www.victoriahotels-asia.com/eng/hotels-in-vietnam/can-tho-resort

Room amenities: All rooms have wooden flooring, authentic Vietnamese decoration and balconies offering spectacular views of the river, pool or of the garden. Each room combines the elegance of traditional artefacts and the comfort of an international standard hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, March 01 - Can Tho University
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: This morning, visit Can Tho Univeristy and participate in two lectures. One will concern the Vietnamese Educational System and the other will discuss Rural Economic Development of the Mekong Delta.

Lunch: Have a catered lunch at the university and engage in a cultural exchange with local students. Discuss their goals and aspirations and ask them about what has motivated them to pursue their studies.

Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to explore Can Tho city the main city of the Mekong Delta and the transportation center for the region. It is connected to the other towns of the Delta by an extensive system of rivers and canals.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Victoria Can Tho Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, next to the People Committee House, within steps of the famous Ben Thanh Market and historical Opera House, and 7 km/ 20 minute drive from Tan Son Nhat Airport. It was made famous during the Vietnam War when its conference room hosted a daily press conference derisively named The Five O'Clock Follies by cynical journalists who found the optimism of leading US military officers to be misguided. Its rooftop bar was a well known hangout spot for military officials and war correspondents.

Contact info:
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
phone: (+848) 382 921 85
web: www.rexhotelvietnam.com/

Room amenities: Wi-Fi, phone, satellite TV, electronic safe, A/C, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar,

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa, gym, internet access, 24 hour room service, laundry service, tour desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.


Day Six: Saturday, March 02 - Floating Market / Fish Farming/Depart for Saigon/...
Floating Market / Fish Farming/Depart for Saigon/Wrap up / Farewell dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart on a boat excursion to the floating market of Cai Rang. Continue exploring and visit the home of a local farmer where you will have a chance to talk with the farmer's family. Learn about small scale farming as you visit their farm.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant on the Mekong river.

Afternoon: This afternoon, depart for Saigon, with a stop at a local rest area for coffee.

Dinner: Program wrap up and farewell dinner at the hotel. This is your opportunity to share with the group your reflections of the Mekong delta.

Lodging: Rex Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, March 03 - Depart for airport
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart for Ton Son Naht International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City.)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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