For travelers with less time, this shorter tour is an excellent way of seeing the great cultural treasures of Vietnam at Hue and Hoian and allows for time to see Saigon before joining or after a Pandaw Mekong cruise. Hotels are of the highest standard and all transfers are by air-conditioned car with expert guides.
Day 1: Arrival Danang - Hoian ancient town. Arrival in Danang. After a short drive from Danang, we reach Hoi An, the old merchant town of central Vietnam. In the evening, we walk the quiet streets and explore on our own.
Day 2: Hoi An - Danang - Hue. In the morning we wander through this town filled with charm, which was once a flourishing port and meeting place of eastern and western culture during Nguyen dynasty. Lining the narrow streets, we can see many old houses, combining the typical architectural styles of three nations Vietnam, China and Japan. After lunch, we continue on to Danang, we visit the fascinating Cham Museum. Driving to Hue citadel. Check in.
Day 3: Hue sightseeing. From the center of Hue, we board a dragon boat and travel on the scenic Huong River (Perfume River) to Thien Mu Pagoda (built in 1601 by King Nguyen Hoang), followed by a visit to the impressive tomb of King Minh Mang. The afternoon is spent exploring the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, where the Nguyen Kings settled and ruled Vietnam. The great value of this ancient landmark is the royal architectural complex, which has Saigon, we stop at the fascinating Dong Ba Market, where we can experience the bustle of daily life in been officially recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Day 4: Hue - Saigon. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Saigon. Take a half-day city tour: Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, Former US Embassy, City Hall, War Museum of remnants. Shopping at Ben Thanh market.
Day 5: Departure. Free time until departure.
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