Day 1, Arrival - Ha Noi. On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi, Vietnam’s capital, is one thousand year old city with peaceful lakes, French styled buildings, old quarter streets, three lined boulevards, brightly painted temples and pagodas. Enjoy a short cyclos ride around the old quarter streets. O/N in Ha Noi. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Ha Noi - Ha Long. A morning sightseeing tour of Ha Noi includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university, the Fine Art Museum and the beautiful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple. Then, we travel by road to Ha Long Bay. Overnight in Ha Long. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3, Ha Long - Ha Noi. Ha Long Bay boasts one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. This morning, we enjoy a five hour boat trip 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. After a seafoodlunch on board we return to Ha Noi, arriving in time to see an evening performance of Ha Noi’s famous water puppets. Overnight in HN. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4, Ha Noi - Da Nang - Hoi An. A short morning flight to Da Nang. Sightseeing of Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The tranquillity and charm of this town with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of Vietnam’s most delightful places. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5, Hoi An - Hué. Heading north of Hoi An is Hué, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Da Nang before climbing over the spectacular pass of Hai Van and dropping down to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. On our journey we make stops at the sensational Marble Mountains and the display of Cham’s sculpture. Upon arrival we take a boat trip on the Perfume River, stopping at the beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in the tranquil setting garden and lakes. Overnight in Hué. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6, Hué - Ho Chi Minh. The Imperial Citadel and the elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc are also visited this morning before we board a flight south. An afternoon city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, includes the Nôtre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, a lacquerware factory, the bustling Chinatown and Giac Lam Pagoda. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7, Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Ho Chi Minh. After two hours by road from Ho Chi Minh’s bustling streets, we start venturing into the watery world of the Mekong Delta. As a highlight of the trip, we take a cruise along narrow waterways through the lush vegetation to an orchard garden where we have the opportunity to visit local homes as well as enjoy a lunch followed with seasonal fruits. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8, Ho Chi Minh - departure. Transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure. Includes: (B).
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