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Vietnam Revealed

Vietnam Revealed

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Vietnam  
Specialty Categories: Military History   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 281 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2276 US Dollar (USD)

For many people of Vietnam conjures up nightmarish images of combat helicopters, napalm explosions and intolerable suffering. The terrible Vietnam War was one of the great tragedies of the 20th century for all involved. The war ended in 1975 but the sad legacy still lives on in the shape of physical and mental scars. You will retrace all dated back of nation hero and his people lost their lives.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Ho Chi Minh. On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. (If time permits) we stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Includes: (B)

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh. The sightseeing tour acquaints us with some major sights of the city. We pass the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before we visit 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 Museum, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. We then drive this afternoon, to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometres constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Includes: (B)

Day 3: 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 4: Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An. After breakfast, we take a short flight to Da Nang. The sightseeing tour of central Vietnam begins with Hoi An 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 Hoi An 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 market and visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B)

Day 5: Hoi An – Hue. Upon leaving Hoian, we drive north to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Along the way, we make stopover at the sensational Marble Mountains and the China Beach 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 visit the Citadel 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. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B)

Day 6: Hue. The beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. We include these in a guided cruise on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. On return to the city, we then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B)

Day 7: Hue - Hanoi. There is free time for your own exploration of the town and catching up on some shopping areas before you take a flight north. 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. After checking into hotel, we have time visiting the beautiful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple, the picturesque West Lake and the Dong Xuan Market. In the late afternoon we take a short cycle ride around the old quarter streets, seeing the different local ways of life. Overnight in Ha Noi. Includes: (B)

Day 8: Hanoi – Halong. Today, 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 that displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history. Heading out of town, we make our way to Halong Bay with stopover at Dong Trieu pottery village. Overnight in Halong. Includes: (B)

Day 9: Halong – Hanoi. After breakfast, we take a five hour boat trip around Halong Bay, which provides a great opportunity to explore the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and 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 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 10: Hanoi – Departure. There is a free time to relax or further explore Ha Noi. The tour ends after your transfer to Noi Bai 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
* Domestic Air ticket with airport tax
* Visa stamping fee
* 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

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