PASSION OF VIETNAM
Route: SAIGON – MY THO – CAN THO – NHA TRANG – DANANG – HOIAN – HUE – HANOI – HALONG
Tour code: VNOO4
Duration: 12 days 11 nights
Day 1: Arrival Saigon
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel for a welcome dinner at restaurant and a relaxing free evening.
Includes: Airport pick up and transportation, hotel in Saigon, tour guide, welcome dinner
Day 2: Saigon City tour
Full day city tour from 8AM visiting the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and the famous architecture and buildings in the city center including Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, the Municipal Theater, and Xa Loi pagoda, ending with stops at Ben Thanh market and China town, Cholon.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Can Tho
8:00 Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer by car to My Tho to board a motorboat and travel along the Bao Dinh canal lined with stilt-houses and fruit plantations. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market and Turtle Island then eat lunch served in the heart of an orchard. Relax and enjoy the boat ride through Tan Tach canal in Ben Tre, cruising under the shadows of water coconut trees. Visit family businesses and learn about the agricultural lifestyle. Walk through the fruit plantations on Thoi Son island and take rowboats along the various creeks before returning to My Tho by rowboat. Car transfer to Can Tho and check in to your hotel.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Can Tho, tour guide, entrance fees, boat trips, breakfast and lunch
Day 4: Cai Rang – Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang
After breakfast, take a morning boat to visit the bustling Phong Dien floating market and cruise through the intricate network of small channels to a village specializing in making rice noodles;, see the Delta’s delicate “monkey bridges” and visit another floating market in Cai Rang. Break for lunch in Cai Rang then drive back to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City to catch the late afternoon flight to Nha Trang. Our representative will meet you when you arrive in Nha Trang to take you to your hotel for a free evening.
Includes: Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, ground transportation, hotel in Nha Trang, tour guide, boat trips; breakfast and lunch.
Day 5: Nha Trang city and boat trip to Islands
AM: City tour of Nha Trang including the Po Nagar Cham tower and Long Son Pagoda. Have lunch at restaurant.
PM: Boat trip to visit Tam and Mun Islands.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Nha Trang, tour guide, entrance fees, private boat trip, breakfast and lunch
Day 6: Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An
Depart Nha Trang on the morning flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Da Nang you will be met at the airport by our representative and driven in a private car to Hoi An, stopping at the Cham Museum in Da Nang and Marble Mountain along the way. Check in at your hotel in Hoi An and have lunch at rétaurant, then take a walking tour of the ancient town center and visit historic merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese covered bridge and the colorful, bustling market.
Includes: Flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang, ground transportation, hotel in Hoi An, tour guide, entrance fees; breakfast and lunch.
Day 7: Hoi An – Hue
AM: Drive from Hoi An to Hue across the famous Hai Van pass and stopping to visit Lang Co beach. Have lunch after checking in hotel in Hue
PM: Visit the Hue Royal Citadel constructed by Emperor Gia Long after the style of French military architect Vauban in the first decades of the 19th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Imperial Museum that houses many valuable artefacts related to the Imperial city before leaving to see the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hue, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch
Day 8: Hue tour – Hanoi
AM: Enjoy a boat trip along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb and Hue’s famous Dong Ba market. Lunch at local restaurant
PM: Take afternoon flight to Hanoi, upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel for a relaxing free evening.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, river boat trip, flight from Hue to Hanoi, breakfast and lunch
Day 9: Hanoi City tour
AM: Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One-pillar pagoda near historic Ba Dinh Square, then move on to the Temple of Literature UNESCO World Heritage site, the first University in Vietnam established in 1076. Have lunch in one of Hanoi’s famous restaurants then visit the Museum of Ethnology and take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter, visiting Dong Xuan market. Enjoy the fascinating and uniquely Vietnamese art of water puppetry later in the afternoon.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch.
Day 10: Hanoi – Ha Long
Our car and driver will pick you up at 8.00am at your hotel in Hanoi and take you to scenic Ha Long Bay, arriving around 12:00 noon. At the port of Ha Long, our crew will welcome you on board the Dragon Pearl Junk to enjoy a welcome drink and check into your cabin. A seafood lunch will be served and at 13:00 a 3.5 hour cruise in Halong Bay will begin, visiting the amazing limestone karsts including the Mat Qui (monster’s face), But Moc, and Cap De islets; the Trong (Drum) and Trinh Nu caves, and the unique way of life in a floating fishing village, ending with the chance to explore the Luon cave from 16:40 to 17:30. There will be plenty of time for swimming and sun bathing as well as enjoying a great sunset dinner and relaxing under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Includes: Transportation, accommodation on boat, tour guide, package services on the boat, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 11: Ha Long – Hanoi
Early risers can enjoy the serene morning view of the bay’s landscapes with a cup of tea or coffee and fresh fruit. From the upper deck of the boat, the beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the bay is breathtaking. The quiet is almost eerie; the birds singing and cicadas chirping onshore, along with the gentle lapping of the waves against the boat, provide the perfect soundtrack to accompany the sense of calm and the fresh, gentle breezes. Explore the Sung Sot (Amazing) cave from 8.00 to 9:00 then swim and relax at Titop beach. A brunch buffet will be served on the return cruise from 10:30 to 11:30, arriving back at the harbor by noon for the drive back to Hanoi. Check in at the hotel and have the evening free.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, breakfast and lunch.
Day 12: Hanoi Departure
Our car and guide will accompany you for shopping or other activities until we transfer you to the airport for your outgoing flight