Trip Highlights: Visit 5 world heritages of Vietnam, City tour in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon, water puppet show, 2 night stay in the Junk and kayaking on Halong Bay, boat trip on Gianh River, Thu Bon River and discover Phong Nha Cave, visit Vinh Moc and Cu Chi Tunnels, discover My Son – the holy land of Cham people, Cao Dai Temple and enjoy our exclusive discover features on the trip.
Exclusive discovery features: Tour to Duong Lam and Tho Ha, two ancient villages in the Red River Delta. Bike ride in the rural area around Tay Phuong Pagoda, Cyclo trip in Hue and to rural area of Hoi An and boat trip on Thu Bon River, cooking class in Hoi An and dinner hosted by nuns in Dong Thuyen Pagoda. Walking tour to Kim Long Village in Hue.
Day 1: ARRIVAL - HANOI (-/-/-)
Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival to the airport, you well be met by our guide and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: HANOI – FULL DAY OF CITY TOUR (B/L/D)
Morning start our tour to discover Hanoi, a peaceful city with beautiful trees and lakes, the city has thousand years of history and culture. Drive over the French Quarter, that can explain to you why this city so called “ Paris of the East” before visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – the symbol of the country and Presidential Palace, Presidential Garden, his House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Then visit Temple of Literature – the central of culture of Hanoi. After enjoying your lunch in local restaurant, visit Ethnology Museum in which you can study the great outline of 54 ethics people living in Vietnam. Back to the center of the city for one hour cyclo trip around Old Quarter of Hanoi. It is great chance for you to discover the daily life activities of local people in the most attractive area of the city. Your tour will be concluded with great experience of Water Puppet show – the unique art of Vietnamese people from Red River Delta. Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Morning depart to Halong bay through Red River Delta. Upon arrival to Halong Welcome on board of Halong Jasmine and set sail through bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with Halong Jasmine sails, go swimming on a quite beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fish men who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. At sunset time, kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board, enjoy cocktails while watching sunset and later unwind at the restaurant.
Overnight on Junk in Halong
Day 4: HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to your day – trip boat with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch served on board by your private chef. Return to the mother boat for the night. Overnight on Junk in Halong
Day 5: HALONG BAY – HANOI - THO HA VILLAGE - DONG HOI (B/L/-)
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi. On the way, visit Tho Ha the famous village of terracotta products before 20th century. Discover village through narrow and zigzag alleys with the old houses had been constructed from broken part of terracotta from the past. Walking over village cemetery to the dike, where you can see the village from distance over the beautiful lake. Drive back to Hanoi for the night train to Dong Hoi. Overnight on train.
Day 6: DONG HOI - PHONG NHA CAVES - QUANG BINH (B/L/-)
Arrive to Dong Hoi Station in early morning. After breakfast in town, we will drive to visit Phong Nha, the second Natural World Heritage in Vietnam. The beautiful boat trip along Gianh River give us a great change to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of lime stone mountain and daily activities of local people along the way. Visit the cave of Phong Nha, where the longest underground river in the world starts. Back to you hotel in Quang Binh for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure.
Overnight in Quang Binh.
Day 7: QUANG BINH – VINH MOC - CUA TUNG - HUE (B/L/-)
This morning, we drive to visit Vinh Moc, the famous tunnel that local people used in the war time. Then visit Cua Tung, the beautiful beach nearby. After lunch en route, drive to Hue, the first city in Vietnam has been recognized to be world heritage by UNESCO.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: FULL DAY HUE CITY TOUR (B/L/D)
Morning take a cyclo trip from your hotel over famous Trang Tien bridge and Dong Ba market. The cyclo will take you around the ancient citadel of Hue, getting over the streets, local shops for the over view of daily life and architecture of this famous citadel. Stop at Noon gate of Imperial Citadel for the walking tour to the inner area of the citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. Lunch at Royal Park Restaurant. Afternoon visit Tu Duc Tomb, discover beautiful and impressive architecture of this unique construction in Hue as well as the story of the King there. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: HUE - DANANG - HOIAN (B/L/-)
Morning we drive to visit Thien Mu pagoda, the symbol of Hue city then take a walk around Kim Long Village where you can visit the original ancient house of the former mandarin, mingle with local people and experience their daily activities in the village. Then drive to Danang. Upon arrival to Danang, enjoy lunch in Apsara restaurant. After lunch, visit famous Cham Museum with great selection of sandstone sculptures from 4th to 13th century. Drive to Hoi An, on the way stop at China Beach. Check in the hotel and take the orientation walk to the town. The rest of the day is free at leisure. In the evening, experience the vegetarian dinner at Dong Thien Pagoda and interact with the nuns there.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: FULL- DAY HOI AN CITY TOUR (B/L/-)
Morning take a walking tour to Hoi An ancient town. Visit Phuc Kien congressional assembly hall, Japanese Cover Bridge and Tan Ky ancient house. Then you have free time for discovering the town on your own or shopping before having lunch at Cargo Club Restaurant. Afternoon take a cyclo trip to rural area of Hoi An. Follow the Thu Bon river bank and enjoy the great view of Hoi An town over the river then discover the villages of local people before taking the boat trip on Thu Bon River. It is great chance to see the daily life activities of local people along the river. On the way back to Hoi An, enjoy the beautiful sun set on the river.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 11: HOI AN - MYSON (B/L/D)
Early morning we will drive to My Son, the Holly land of Champa kingdom date back from 4th to 13th century. Arrive to My Son before it getting crowded by the other tourists, you will have great chance to discover and feel the great ancient atmosphere of the complex of nearly 70 difference towers there, where you can find the best brick sculpture in the world. My Son also had been recognized to be culture world Heritage in 2000.Back to Hoi An for lunch. Afternoon free for shopping and further discovery of Hoian on your own before attending to the cooking class at Morning Glory Restaurant.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 12: HOI AN - DA NANG – SAI GON (B/L/-)
Morning transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon. Upon arrival take tour to Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post office. After lunch in local restaurant, take a tour to China town, the special identity of Saigon. Visit Thien Hau Pagoda, where hundreds of local people come and burn the incense for their luck, prosperity and happiness. After that, take a walk around Cho Lon, the biggest whole sale market in town. It is great combination of busy and bustle atmosphere of the market and traditional Chinese Architecture there.
Overnight in Sai Gon.
Day 13: FULL DAY TO TAY NINH + CU CHI TUNNELS (B/L/-)
Morning depart for Tay Ninh, the head quarter of Cao Dai religion. On arrival we will have time to visit the impressive Holy Temple of Caodaism, the famous local religion that is the symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism before attending the fantastic mid-day mass. After having lunch in local restaurant, drive to Cu Chi, the famous network of 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 250km 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. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Sai Gon.
Day 14: HO CHI MINH CITY - Departure (B/-/-)
At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight. Tour end.
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