A TASTE OF VIETNAM

Route: HANOI – HALONG – DANANG – HOIAN – HUE – SAIGON – MY THO
Tour code: VNOO2
Duration: 8 days 7 nights

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Day 1: Arrival Hanoi

You will be met upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International airport and transferred to your hotel in the city. After checking in at your hotel, you will have free time to enjoy Ha Noi, Vietnam’s 1000 year old capital city, a stylish and gracious city that has retained its unique old world charm and some of Asia s most striking colonial architecture. Its many lakes and parks provide a touch of nature and a relaxing atmosphere that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Free time to explore the city
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide

Day 2: Hanoi City tour

After breakfast at your hotel, begin your city tour at the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, the iconic One Pillar pagoda and historic Ba Dinh Square. Continue on to Van Mieu, the Temple of Literature, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Vietnam’s first Confucian university established in 1076. Have lunch in one of Hanoi’s famous restaurants and relax before continuing your tour in the afternoon at the Museum of Ethnology then a traditional cyclo ride through the famous Old Quarter to visit Dong Xuan market. Enjoy the uniquely Vietnamese artistry of a water puppet performance later in the afternoon. Free time to have dinner at one of the city’s many restaurants and perhaps stroll around romantic Hoan Kiem Lake in the evening along with the locals. Overnight in Hanoi.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi

08:00 am pick up at your hotel and drive to Halong city for boat a private boat cruise on the Bay, stopping along the way to admire the landscape and take pictures of typical Vietnamese countryside scenes. When you arrive at Halong Bay you will board your private junk where the boat crew will greet you with a special seafood lunch. Enjoy a relaxing four hour cruise around the bay visiting Dinh Huong, Ga Choi, Dog, and Sail Islands as well as Sung Sot cave. Return to the harbor in the afternoon and drive back to Hanoi in your private vehicle, arriving in the city around 6:30 pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, entrance fees, private boat trip, breakfast and lunch.

Day 4: Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An

Take an early morning flight to Danang where you will be greeted at the airport and driven a short distance to ancient Hoi An town, originally a seaport in the kingdom of Champa that has been influenced over the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is plenty to see in this tranquil UNESCO World Heritage site, such as the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, the 200 year old historic Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the bustling market. We will visit all these sights on a walking tour passing many low tiled-roof houses and assembly halls scattered along the small streets which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past. Overnight in Hoi An.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hoi An, tour guide, entrance fees; flight from Hanoi to Danang, breakfast and lunch.

Day 5: Hoi An – Hue

The next stop on your tour will be Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam between 1802 and 1945. During the drive from Hoi An to Hue we will explore the sensational Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc Beach before continuing to the Cham Museum in Danang. We travel along the winding road through the spectacular Hai Van Pass, stopping at the top to admire the fantastic views north to Lang Co and Danang in the south. Upon arrival in Hue, you will check in to your hotel then enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River with stopovers at the bustling Dong Ba Market and historic Thien Mu Pagoda. After the boat trip, visit the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City, which was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, but it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Overnight in Hue.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hue, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch.

Day 6: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

No tour to Hue would be complete without seeing the elaborate tomb of Tu Duc, Vietnam’s last emperor, which you will visit in the morning before boarding your flight south to Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals today, is a dynamic cosmopolitan metropolis crowded with motorbikes and cars as well as exciting shopping areas and sidewalk cafés. An afternoon city tour takes you to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and the nearby French colonial architecture including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We will also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum before continuing to the famous Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is on sale. Free time to further explore the city and dine at one of its excellent restaurants in the evening. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, tour guide, entrance fees, flight from Hue to HCMC, breakfast and lunch.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

After breakfast at your hotel we head out of town, traveling by car to My Tho in the Mekong Delta, the “rice bowl of Vietnam,” where we board a boat to navigate the intricate canal system. You can observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch views of the many islands, passing through the lush green forests before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Stroll around an orchard tasting the many seasonal tropical fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. The next stop is Ben Tre province to visit some of the fascinating local industries. After feasting on a scrumptious lunch of fresh local foods, we return to Ho Chi Minh City to visit Ving Trang Pagoda and Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown, which is crammed with sacred temples, many shops and mysterious, winding narrow lanes. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, tour guide, entrance fees, boat trip, breakfast and lunch.

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

Free time to relax after breakfast at your hotel or further explore Ho Chi Minh City before transferring to Tan San Nhat International Airport for departure.
Includes: Transportation, breakfast
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