Avanti Launches Its Six-Night 'Best of Vietnam'

PORTLAND, Ore. -- For most travelers, simply going to Vietnam qualifies as an adventure.

Avanti Destinations, based here, unveiled a package that showcases the highlights of the destination while offering comfort and convenience.

The six-night Best of Vietnam program, which is priced from $2,349 per person, double, is available from 13 departure gateways.

Participants will stay in first class and deluxe accommodations when available.

Air transportation is aboard Cathay Pacific Airlines.

Included are local transportation, transfers, services of guides, tours and meals.

The package, which is available year-round, focuses on such highlights as the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Quan Thanh Pagoda and the Ngoc Son Temple, all in Hanoi, and the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, the Citadel and Thai Hoa Palace, all in Hue.

Participants also will be able to visit two imperial tombs, one of which commemorates the Emperor Tu Duc, known for his inability to produce an heir despite having had more than 100 wives.

Destinations with more recent historical significance include China Beach and Ho Chi Minh City.

Four extensions are listed:

* A three-night Halong Bay cruise leaves from Hanoi and features visits to such coastal sights as Quang Nihn and Hang Kenh Tapestry Factory.

* A daylong cruise affords passengers a glimpse of more than 3,000 islands, featuring sandy beaches and grottoes.

The extension is priced from $564 per person, double.

* A trip to My Son/Hoi An departs from Danang and takes in the ancient ruins of the Cham Empire. The two-night add-on costs from $320.

* A four-night Dalat and Nha Trang excursion leaves from Ho Chi Minh City and winds through the coastal hills to visit the Bao Dai Summer Palace, the Valley of Love and Cam Ly.

Participants also will see the Phan Rang and Thap Cham ruins as well as spend an afternoon at the beach.

The four-night program is priced from $798.

The Mekong Delta River trip, which also departs from Ho Chi Minh City, includes lunch at the home of a local family; a visit to botanical gardens and markets, including one that floats, and a trip to the temple and museum of Bat Pagoda.

For additional information, call (800) 422-5053; fax (800) 422-9505 or send E-mail to [email protected]

To view on-line products, Avanti's Web site is at http://www.avantidestinations

.com/~avanti.

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