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Trail of Dragon in Vietnam

Trail of Dragon in Vietnam

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Vietnam  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 230 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1832 US Dollar (USD)

Many unexplored site visits await your discovery. Your 8 days journey will experience you from the north to south, including Asia oldest imperial capital city of Hue, a famous World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Ha Noi, a busy capital city. These are high light of your visit to Vietnam.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi. On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia‘s most striking colonial architecture. (If time permits) we enjoy a short cycles ride around the old quarter streets. Overnight in Ha Noi. Includes: (B)

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong. After breakfast, we start our city tour with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidency Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We then continue our trip to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university and the History Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history. After a visit to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple, we make our way to Halong Bay, stopping at Dong Trieu pottery village. Overnight in Ha Long. Includes: (B)

Day 3: Halong - Hanoi. Today, we embark on a boat cruising around Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. A five hour cruise provides a fantastic view of the magnificent bay, dotted with some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Along the way, we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of many beautiful caves. A seafood lunch on board is some of excitement of the trip. We then return to Ha Noi, arriving in time to see an evening performance of Ha Noi’s famous water puppets. Overnight in Ha Noi. Includes: (B)

Day 4: Hanoi – Danang - Hoian. An early morning fly to Da Nang. The sightseeing tour of central Vietnam begins with Hoi An Town which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The tranquility and charm of the town with its low tiled houses and assembly halls scattered along the small streets make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. After checking into hotel, we will have time strolling around the town to explore the lively central market and visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the many temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B)

Day 5: Hoi An - Hue. The journey continues to Hue, Vietnam’s imperial capital between 1802 and 1945. Along the way, we make stopover at the sensational Marble Mountains before arriving in Danang City for a visit to the Cham Museum, home to Vietnam's largest collection of Cham treasures. We then follow the road hugging the central coast before crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass and dropping down to the fishing villages of Lang Co. On arrival in Hue, we enjoy a cruise on the Perfume River, stopping at bustling Dong Ba Market and the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda, and then visit the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B)

Day 6: Hue – Ho Chi Minh. The royal mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc is also visited, this morning before we board a flight south. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. A half day sightseeing tour takes us in the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. Includes: (B)

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh. Heading out of the town, we travel by road to My Tho Province. On arrival, we embark on a boat navigating around the small canals in the Mekong Delta, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. We pass through the lush green vegetation before arriving at an orchard where there are some opportunities to visit the various fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch followed with seasonal fruits, we return to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown, which is crammed with fascinating temples and mysterious, narrow lanes. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Includes: (B)

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh - Departure. There is a free time to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh. The tour ends after your transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure. Includes: (B)

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Cost Includes:
* Transportation in private air-conditioned
* Accommodation in hotels (twin shared)
* Boat trip as stated in above sights
* English or French speaking guide
* Admission fee to indicated sights
* Meals: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
* Domestic govt tax and service charge
* Luggage handling

Cost Excludes:
* International air tickets to/from Vietnam
* Visa stamping fee on arrival
* Departure airport tax
* Travel Insurance in all kinds
* Meals: (lunch/dinner, quoted separately)
* Single room (quoted separately)
* Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others not stated
* Domestic Air ticket with airport tax

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