Day 1: Arrival – HANOI (-/-/-)
Arrive Noi Bai Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI (B/-/-)
Today we commence our sightseeing of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We follow this with a visit to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university, and the Ethnology Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnam’s ethnic minorities with their own traditions, cultures & life-styles. The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred Ngoc Son temple and the bustling Hang Be or Dong Xuan Market are also visited before taking 1-hour cyclo around the old quarters.
Lastly, you will have a chance to enjoy a very unique traditional art performance named Water Puppet Show.
O/N in Ha Noi.
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay.
On arrival at 12h30, we embark on a cruise to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes.
A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave.
Paddle from Titov beach to Luon Cave. Enjoy dinner on board
Optional night paddle.
Fishing, drinking Vietnamese wine, and spending a night on board.
Overnight on board.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI (Br/-)
Today we continue to explore other side of Halong Bay.
A brunch is served on board.
11h30: Pick up and transfer back to Hanoi with stopover at Dong Trieu Ceramic village.
O/N in Hanoi.
Day 5: HANOI – HUE (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, we start our sightseeing tour with the massive citadel consisting of the Imperial Citadel including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Close to this masterpiece is Hue Imperial Museum which displays an interesting collections of bronzes, Chinaware, court robes and various emperors’ personal belongings.
Afterward, visit the Royal Mausoleum of Tu Duc designed in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. And then we enjoy a boat trip on the Perfumes River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda.
The rest of time, we will stroll around Dong Ba market selling a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts (if time permits) before going back hotel.
O/N in Hue.
Day 6: HUE – DANANG – HOIAN (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, before leaving to Hoi An, you will be transferred to visit Khai Dinh Royal Mausoleum located on the slope of Chau Chu mountain just 10Km from Hue city to learn about the life & history of Emperor Khai Dinh ruling the country from 1916 until 1927.
Afterward, we will depart for Da Nang, The scenic 4-hour drive will be via Hai Van Pass known as one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes offering spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). On the way to Hoi An, we will stop by one very famous Cham Museum. This structure contains many exquisite limestone carvings from the vanquished Kingdom of Champa which has been the central coastal littoral prior to the march of the Vietnamese nation south. And then if you are interested in more discoveries, we will go up to see Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples. Then continuing further south to Hoi An, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century.
O/N in Hoi An.
Day 7: HOIAN (B/-/-)
In this morning, after having breakfast. We will make our way to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sights in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past
Afternoon: free time at leisure on the beach or shopping.
O/N in Hoi An.
DAY 8: HOIAN – QUI NHON (B/-/-)
Overland to Qui Nhon along the magnificent coastline. En route, there will be some stopovers at fishing villages to have chances of communicating with the locals & sightseeing & taking photos. Additionally, we will visit one garden of Statues to memorize the geniuses in medical field.
O/N in Qui Nhon
DAY 9: QUI NHON – NHATRANG (B/-/-)
Drive to Nha Trang after having breakfast at hotel, all activities that we do today is quite similar to what we did yesterday.
In the afternoon, we will arrive Nha Trang then get a check-in at your seaside hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
O/N in Nha Trang.
DAY 10: NHA TRANG (B/-/-)
In the morning, pick up at hotel and visit the Institute of Oceanology, then step up the boat to see Hon Tam Island. Here, we have time for relaxation by bathing in private beach with transparent cool water & participating sporting activities in water (Pay by yourself).
Keep on heading to Tri Nguyen Aquarium to explore the Ghost Ship & learn more about organisms in Ocean. Lastly, we will be back to the Boat Harbour & transferred by car to hotel. Seafood lunch.
Afternoon, free time for leisure on the beach.
O/N in Nha Trang.
DAY 11: NHA TRANG – DALAT (B/-/-)
Drive to Dalat city, 1500 m above the sea level. Refresh with a little bit cool atmosphere of the highland city, which was known as “A little Paris” or “a flower city”. The influence of the French is evident in local culture and architecture since Da Lat was founded in early last century as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat in the coastal plains and the chaos of Saigon. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Afterward, we take visits to King Bao Dai’s summer palace, city flower garden and Dalat Market, one of the most beautiful markets in the highland with a wide array of flowers, fruits and vegetables & Linh Phuoc Pagoda.
Then time for strolling around Xuan Huong Lake.
O/N in Da Lat.
DAY 12: DALAT – HO CHI MINH (B/-/-)
In this morning, before leaving Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City, we will spend our rest of time discovering more beauties of this city by visits to the sacred Truc Lam Zen Monastery and the Tuyen Lam Lake then the Hang Nga Guesthouse. This construction is well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. The lively central market and the old rail station are also visited. On the way, we will stop by to visit Bongua Waterfall and Chicken Village (K’hor ethnic minority). Arrive Ho Chi Minh, check in hotel.
The rest of time, you will be at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 13 CITY TOUR + CU CHI TUNNELS (B/-/-)
Today we spend a half-day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town center. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous mansion was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. Upon leaving these landmarks we drive to see the crowded Saigon’s Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon, which is crammed with fascinating temples as well as mysterious and narrow lanes. We follow it with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, The tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14 FULL-DAY TO MEKONG DELTA – CAI BE (B/L/-)
In the morning, we will keep heading out of town by roads to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival we embark a boat for a leisurely trip around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River, stopping en route to explore the vibrant floating market of Cai Be where each boat usually sells one particular item such as pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes and more. In order that customers know where to shop, the vendors hang that item from the highest part of the boat. We continue our exciting river trip to visit some local cottage industries including rice paper makers, sweet factory and bonsai nurseries. The boat will anchor at an island, giving us a chance to see various farmers at work and enjoy a huge lunch followed by many seasonal fruits. We weave our way through the intricate network of canals which are the lifeblood of the Mekong Delta. On reaching Vinh Long Town, we meet up with our vehicle for a return to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 15: HO CHI MINH CITY – Departure (B/-/-)
At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00).
|Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep’11)||ESSENTIAL VIETNAM TOUR|
|3 – 6 pax||1,445||1,559||1,809|
|7 -10 pax||1,179||1,295||1,545|
|11 – 14 pax||955||1,065||1,315|
|15 – 19 Paxs||875||992||1,259|
|20 – Upwards||799||915||1,179|
|Full board supplement||220||230||240|
– Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
– Air ticket Hanoi – Hue
– Accommodation in hotels (twin shared room)
– Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch, B = brunch, D = dinner
– English or French speaking guide
– Entrance fee to indicated sights
– Water puppet show
– Boat trips
EXCLUDING: Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance…
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