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Vietnam Revealed (12 Days)

Vietnam Revealed (12 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 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: 334 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2859 US Dollar (USD)

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 President 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 short visit to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem, we make our way to Halong Bay with stopover 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 – Hue

There is free time for your own exploration of the town and catching up on some shopping areas before you board a flight to Hue, Vietnam’s last feudal capital. This small and quiet city is widely known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs. Upon arrival in Hue, we enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River, stopping along the way at the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda and 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 5: Hue – Danang – Hoi An

The sightseeing tour of Hue continues with a visit to the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Upon leaving the town, we drive south to Hoi An, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The route is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. The view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. Along the way, we make stop in Danang City for a visit to the display of Cham’s sculptures before continuing on to the sensational Marble Mountains and the China Beach. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B)

Day 6: Hoi An

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 breakfast, we will have time strolling around the town to explore the lively market and visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the many temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Today ends with a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which gives us some opportunities to admire the scenic countryside and visit craft villages of Thanh Ha and Kim Bong. Overnight in Hoian. Includes: (B)

Day 7: Hoi An – Nha Trang

An early morning flight to Nha Trang. This picturesque coastal town is an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape. After checking into hotel, we visit the Oceanographic Institute, the Long Son Pagoda with its famous giant Buddha image, the Hon Chong Rock formation and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. The remainder of the day is free for you to further explore the town or relax on a beach. Overnight in Nha Trang. Includes: (B)

Day 8: Nha Trang – Dal Lat

After breakfast, we head the coast towards Da Lat, passing the famous Cam Ranh Bay. On the way, we visit the scenic pass of Ngoan Muc and the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham. At an elevation of 15,000 meters, Da Lat was founded as a hill station to enable the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Saigon at the beginning of the 20th century. The sightseeing tour of Da Lat begins with the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. We follow this with a trip to the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Crazy House of Hang Nga, a brightly painted concrete structure which embraces itself around trees, mimicking their shapes. Overnight in Da Lat. Includes: (B)

Day 9: Da Lat – Ho Chi Minh

The bustling Central Market of Hoa Binh and the Prenn Waterfalls are also visited, this morning before we make our way to Ho Chi Minh City, traveling through many tea and coffee plantations. The deep contrast of lush vegetation and red surface of basaltic soil is incredible along the way. There is a long journey, but you can make stops as you please, to stretch your legs and take photographs. We arrive in Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Includes: (B)

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh

Today, we spend a half day seeing Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. We pass the site of the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before we visit the Reunification Palace and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon 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 11: 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 12: Ho Chi Minh - Departure

There is a free time to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh City. 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
* 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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