Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (GP). On arrival at Hanoi Noibai Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After our welcome drink and tour briefing we enjoy a performance of Viet Nam's unique traditional Water Puppetry. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi (B, G). Commencing the day with a heritage walk, we visit President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and humble house on stilts, as well as the famous One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature (Viet Nam's first University). Insight into Viet Nam's ethnic diversity is gained at the Museum of Ethnology, while Hoa Lo Prison Museum is a more sobering experience. After enjoying the tranquility of Hoan Kiem Lake's Ngoc Son Temple we are free to explore the intriguing and bustling Old Quarter with its 36 streets packed with traditional handicrafts and goods. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D, G). Traveling to the province of Hoa Binh, we pass through a region of spectacular limestone mountains and tea plantations to arrive in Mai Chau. We spend the night in a village long house of Thai minority in Lac village, experiencing their wonderful hospitality, traditional dancing and rice wine. Overnight in Mai Chau.
Day 4: Mai Chau - Hoa Lu - Hanoi (B, L,G). Leaving the people of the mountains behind, we drive through rural countryside to the 10th Century capital of Hoa Lu to visit temples of King Ding & Le. Continue to visit the magnificent grotto of Tam Coc, also known as “Halong Bay on land”, we navigate the river's limestone outcrops by rowboat, discovering the ancient temples before heading back to Hanoi for overnight.
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong bay (B, L, D, G). Leave Hanoi by road for Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board our traditional sailing junk. Enjoy the fresh seafood lunch while cruising the exquisite waters and viewing Dog Island, Incense Urn Island, Fighting Coq Island, Finger Island, Hoa Cuong Island and explore the mystery of Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave). Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board .
Day 6: Halong - Hanoi (B, L, G). Wake up to enjoy a wholesome breakfast and fresh coffee before cruising to visit Man’s head island, Tortoise island, Bai Tu Long bay and take small bamboo boat to visit Luon cave. After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board, disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi by road.
Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B, DP in Hanoi, GP in Hue). Free time in Hanoi until transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, pick you up and transfer to hotel for checking in. Relax at hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hue (B, L, G). In the morning, we glimpse the regal splendour of a time now past as we walk the cobbled paths through the grounds of the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. In the afternoon, we take a leisurely cruise by royal dragon boat on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda's stone steps, our boat waits as we climb the stairs to explore one of Viet Nam's oldest and most revered Pagodas. Gliding through the clear waters we arrive at the majestic and serene tomb of King Ming Mang. Free time for shopping at Dong Ba market in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, G). In the morning, we will start the trip to Da Nang, where the Museum of Cham Sculpture displays carvings from a once powerful and prosperous civilization. Arriving into the old merchant town of Hoi An, the heritage streets beckon exploration. We enjoy a guided introduction to Hoi An, where restored shop houses, Chinese Assembly Halls, Japanese Bridge and shared water wells paint a vivid story.Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B, DP in Hoi An and Nha Trang). Free morning on the beach/ town. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival in Nha Trang, our driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 11: Nha Trang (B, L, G). A visit to the imposing 7th century Cham Tower of Po Nagar is followed by a tour of the Oceanographic Institute's staggering collection of aquatic flora and fauna. At Ben Da harbour we board our boat and cruise the island dotted turquoise waters of Nha Trang Bay. Bobbing boats and swaying nets can be observed as we sit down to a sumptuous lunch of the freshest seafood at the Mieu Island fishing village. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 12: Nha Trang free (B). We are free enjoy the beachfront and swim or relax in the shade of a thatched umbrella or swaying coconut palm, and take advantage of a massage and manicure. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 13: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B, DP). Leaving the golden sands behind, we visit the remarkable Cham Towers of Poklon Garai before commencing our ascent into the mountains of the South Central Highlands. Panoramic views of the costal plains pine clad mountains and crisp cool air herald our approach to the scenic French Hill Station of Da Lat. Overnight in Da Lat.
Day 14: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City by air plane (B, G). In the morning, we have time to explore Da Lat's, stairways and cobbled lanes, colorful central market, beautiful flower gardens, tranquil lake and grand French villas. As we descend from the 'City of Eternal Spring'. In the afternoon we take the plane to the frenetic bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (B, G). We are engulfed by the dynamic energy of Ho Chi Minh City as we explore historic landmarks including Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the former US Embassy. As we enter the Chinese District of Cho Lon, home to the largest wholesale market in Viet Nam, the energy is palpable and respite from the frenetic activity is found within the ornate walls of Chinatown's oldest Pagoda, Thien Hau. Continue to visit the War Museum before ending the day-tour at Ben Thanh market for shopping. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 16: Tay Ninh - Cu Chi (B, L, G). A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See in time to watch the mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you’ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho (B, L, G). At 8:00 AM Pick up at your hotel in HCMC. Depart for My tho. Take the boat ride through the Bao Dinh natural canal, view the stilt houses and the fruit plantation along the river sides. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market. Proceed to the Tortoise island. Lunch served in the heart of the orchard. Enjoy the nice boat ride through the Tan Thach natural canal in Ben Tre, cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees. Visit the family where you can experience the agricultural lifestyle. Trekking through the fruit plantation in Thoi Son island, enjoy the rowing boat ride along the creeks before returning to My Tho by motorised boat. Proceed to Can Tho. Dinner on guests' account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 18: Can Tho - HCM City (B, L, G). 07:00 AM After breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market with the busy sence right at the time. Keep cruising through the small chanels system, visit the rice noodles making viallge. Experience the "monkey Bridge" in the Delta. Return to Ho Chi Minh city and stop en route for lunch. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B, DP). A good opportunity to do some last minute shopping before your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your ongoing flight. Trip ends.
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above.
- Boat cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll join other passengers on a high quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
- Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle.
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
- Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
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