Day 1: Ha Noi Arrival
Day 2: Ha Noi - Halong Bay
Day 3: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Day 4: Ha Noi - Hoa Lu & Tam Coc
Day 5: Ha Noi to Hue Sightseeing Tour
Day 6: Hue Tour to Da Nang - Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An – My Son Sightseeing Tour
Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City Tour to Tay Ninh & Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 10: Mekong Delta Sightseeing Tour to My Tho
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (-/-/-)
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia's most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, or Van Mieu, a structure dedicated to Confucius. Constructed in 1070, the compound soon became first Vietnam’s university and the renowned Museum of Ethnography (closed Mondays), which houses an interesting collection of artifacts relating to the mosaic of ethnic groups that inhabit Vietnam. This afternoon’s touring will also provide the opportunity to see Hanoi’s famed old quarter from the seat of a cyclo. During your tour around the district you will see some of the areas original 36 streets which have always sold the same wares. Silver Street, Silk Street and Flower Street are just a few. During your adventure through this maze of streets you will see traditional ‘tube houses’, a style of architecture indigenous to this part of Hanoi.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 2: HANOI - HALONG (B/L/D)
07h45 - 8h30: Pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi then transfer to Halong city through the paddy field in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover in Hai Duong city where you can experience our hand-made Vietnamese handicraft products
12h00: Arrive Halong Bay and photography time in Halong tourist wharf
12h30: Boarding Royal Heritage Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the Bai Tu Long bay.
15h15: Visit splendid Surprising Cave (Sung Sot Cave) - This is one of the most beautiful grottos in Halong bay. You will feel surprised about imposing of stalagmites, stalactites and many legend stories about that.
16h15: Time for kayaking around Luon Cave area. You will have got around 45 minutes to explore Halong bay and some tunnel by yourself.
17h00: Back to Royal Heritage Cruise and drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by beautiful islets for swimming.
17h30: Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with green Tea and fresh fruits.
19h00: Dinner is served in the restaurant.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Relax and spend a romantic night on Royal Heritage Cruise
DAY 3: HA LONG BAY - HANOI (B/L/-)
6h30: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
7h30: Have breakfast at sunrise
8h30: Continue your cruise to Titov Island
9h15: Back to cruise and exploring the Bay and visit Hoa Cuong fishing Village. Passing Ba Hang fishing village, Ga Choi island, Dinh Huong islet and more….
10h00: Join Vietnamese Cooking class.
10h30: Enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11h30: Disembark at the harbor. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12h00: Take our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi
16h30: Arrival Hanoi.
It’s time to see an evening performance of Hanoi's famous water puppet show.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 4: HANOI - HOA LU - TAM COC (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we will depart our hotel at 8h00 for Ninh Binh to visit these two remaining structures. The country capital during the Dinh and early Le Dynasties is Hoa Lu, which however has left its legacy in the form of two small temples, each one nearly a thousand years old. The first one is dedicated to the Dinh Dynasty. The second one commemorates the Le Rulers. In front of these temples is the rugged Ma Yen mount; it involves a walk over 200 steps for a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. The following sight is Tam Coc which is surnamed “Halong Bay on land”. We board a sampan for a leisurely trip through the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by towering limestone cliffs to the grottoes of Tam Coc. The trip ends after arrival in Ha Noi
Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 5: HANOI - HUE (B/L/-)
After breakfast at hotel, you’re free at your leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for a short flight to Hue on VN1541 (08:50 – 10:00). Upon arrival, you will be escorted by our guide & driver then driven to your hotel for a drop of your luggage. Later on, we have a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda. The beautiful riverside Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious work ship in Hue. Afterwards, we start our sightseeing tour with the massive citadel named the Imperial 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. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. By the end of the day, we will have one more chance to take a glancing tour of Hue with a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
Overnight in Hue.
DAY 6: HUE - DANANG - HOIAN (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your tour with a visit to Tu Duc Royal Tomb, considered to be one of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. The emperor Tu Duc held the longest reign during the Nguyen Dynast and his tomb is situated on Van Nien Hill, 5 km outside of Hue. His corps, however, is not resting inside the tomb and to this day, no one knows the actual burial site. After the emperor’s death, his remains were taken to a secret location and the 200 servants who had buried Tu Duc were beheaded to ensure that Tu Duc’s final resting place remained a secret. Tu Duc’s biography was engraved in stone by the emperor himself. The tablet is housed in the Stele Pavilion. The Stele weighs 22 tons and is the largest in Vietnam. Then visit Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, located in Chau Chu mountain near Hue in Vietnam. It was built for the Nguyễn Emperor Khải Định. It was built from 1920 to 1931 taking 11 years to complete. The tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Though the smallest, Khai Dinh tomb is the most costly and recent compared with other Nguyen royal tombs.
In the afternoon, transfer to Danang (110km) with a stop-over on the Hai Van Pass overlooking the scenic Lang Co lagoon. In Danang, visit the Cham Museum, which houses the finest collection of Champa sculptures; some may date back to as early as 7th century. En route visit Marble Mountain, a scenic spot with caves, temples, shrines, pagodas and a great view of the surrounding area. The caves can be reached by climbing steep steps. Proceed to Hoi An Ancient Town, known to early Western merchants as one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a mixed Chinese-Vietnamese atmosphere with low, tile-roof houses and narrow streets. Having been through many ups and downs in the past, the original structures, however, are still virtually intact. That was the reason to persuade the UNESCO to recognize Hoi An as a World Heritage in 1999.
Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 7: HOI AN – MY SON SIGHTSEEING TOUR (B/L/-)
After having breakfast at hotel, we’ll set off our visit to My Son. Located approximately 60 km south of Da Nang this site is considered the most important Cham site in Vietnam and is classified by UNESCO as world heritage. The collection of temples, shrines and towers were constructed in a stunning valley and is ringed by verdant rainforest. My Son was the ancient capital of a powerful Cham kingdom, which held sway over this part of central Vietnam between the 2nd and 13th Century. The visit to My Son offers us a glimpse into the fascinating history of this Malayo-Polynesian culture. The trip is a must for aficionados of architecture and the history of the Cham people.
In the afternoon, continue your exploration of the area with a trip in Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sites in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past.
Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 8: HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)
After having breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for a short morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City VN1305 (08:00 09:15). On arrival, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. Formerly known as Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River. This metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafes. An afternoon will acquaint us with some major sights of Ho Chi Minh. We drive past many lively streets on our way to the Reunification Palace. This mansion was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We follow these with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit. Finish the tour at the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones. The evening is free at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 9: HO CHI MINH CITY – TAY NINH – CU CHI (B/L/-)
Breakfast. Depart from your hotel to Cu Chi. The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. Today, we have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Upon leaving Cu Chi we drive a short distance to Tay Ninh, the headquarters of Cao Dai Sect. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. We arrive in time to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes. These costumes are a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Return to Ho Chi Minh city
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY – MY THO – BEN TRE (B/L/-)
Heading out of town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta. This plain region boasts the largest rice bowl of Vietnam. On arrival in My Tho we board a boat navigating around the intricate small canals, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting river trip will pass by the lush green vegetation towards the famous Unicorn Island where we have a chance to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and see farmers at work. We navigate some narrower canals using small rowing boats to Ben Tre Province for an interesting visit to some local industries. The extra enjoyment is a lunch at one of the famous local eating spots. We drive back to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off en route to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda and the Saigon's Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon. This bustling area is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
There is a free time to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh. The tour ends after your transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure.
• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Air ticket Hanoi - Hue, Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (Economy Class)
• Accommodation in hotels (twin shared room)
• Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch & D = Dinner
• English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
• Water puppet show
• Boat trips
• Pure bottled water & wipes
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