Destinations: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoian – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which includes Mausoleum, Museum and his house on stilt to learn about his life during revolutionary activities in the past. Next, visit to the One Pillar Pagoda where was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 and it has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Ethnographic Museum where you can learn the various life aspects of 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. After lunch, visit to the Literature Temple–the first university of Vietnam, was built in 1070-it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will provide a relaxing insight into Vietnam’s past. Continue with a cyclo tour to visit the Old Quarter and the Lake of the Restored Sword then enjoy water puppet show–an unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Ninh Binh Tour (B, L)
You will embark on a journey south of about 100 kilometres to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh & Le dynasties dating back to the 11th century. After lunch, you will continue to nearby Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its outstanding natural beauty and the scenic karst formations which contribute to its reputation as being the “Halong Bay on land.” Board a small boat and meander lazily down the peaceful river while passing through a series of caves. While enjoying the sounds of soaring birds overhead and paddling along the crystal-clear waters of the river, jagged limestone hills jutting skyward out of electric green rice paddies will be sure to bring out the photographer in you. Finally, return to the pier then transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Depart for Halong Bay, enjoying the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields. Upon arrival, boarding a cruise and enjoying the drink and having lunch of savory local seafood. Check-in to your room and start cruising around the bay to see the amazing karts with the different formations: Lion, Tea Pot, Toad, Dau Nguoi (Human Head) islet and then stop for a walk through the Sung Sot cave “Amazing Cave”. There will be plenty of time for kayaking, swimming and sunbathing (if weather permitted) after the cruise anchors at a clean calm sea. Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner on the cruise before resting to the comfort of your room. Overnight on the cruise.
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B, L)
Breakfast, fruits, coffee and tea will be served. Continue to cruise farther before stopover at the pearl farm to see the actual cultured pearl of fishermen. Back to the cruise for checking out while the cruise will take you farther to discover the hidden beauty of the bay, taking photos many islets with striking shapes such as frogs islet, turtle islet…Cooking class opened right on the cruise for everyone who are interested in cooking, especially cooking Vietnamese food. Lunch will be served on the cruise before you arrive at the harbor. Drive back to the airport in Hanoi for a flight to Hue. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue City Tour (B, L)
Enjoy a boat trip on the romantic Perfume river to visit Hue’s best-known religious sites, Thien Mu Pagoda which was a hotbed of anti-government protest during the early 1960s. Then continue to discover Imperial Citadel from 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. After lunch, continues with a visit to the elaborate tombs of emperors Tu Duc & Khai Dinh. This guided tour gives you a deep understanding about King’s philosophy of geomancy and how this affected royal life. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue – Hoian & Sunset Cruise (B)
Leave Hue for Hoian. Visit the fascinating Cham museum and the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoian, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Upon arrival, check in at hotel and have a short rest. Late afternoon, transfer through the countryside to a dock then board a traditional boat to a local fishing village. Here, you can enjoy the river culture, bird life, local farming and the other daily activities of the local people. During cruising, you will also try some local foods & drinks on the boat. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 8: Hoian Tour & Tra Que Village – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
You will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the Japanese Bridge. Then you will visit to the home of a craftsman in the old street where you will discover the daily life of local people and see how they make a lantern. Later, take a short ride through the countryside to Tra Que village. Here, you will see a cooking demonstration for some local foods, enjoy a traditional foot massage then learn how to plant vegetables like local famers. Late afternoon, transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
Depart to Cu Chi Tunnels where are a maze of underground passages used by the Vietnamese Communists during the Vietnam War as protection against the American air raids. After lunch, drive back to the city to visit the War Remnants Museum-originally opened in September 1975, it exhibited the old military equipment and other related equipment from Vietnam War. Continue to visit the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace that was the sight of South Vietnam’s surrender in April 1975. Walk down to see Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period. Finish at the Ben Thanh market, where vendors display a wide range of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 10: Mekong Delta Tour (B, L)
You will travel to the Mekong River Delta with a day trip to explore the rich culture & lush fluvial landscape. Upon arrival, taking a boat trip to discover Cai Be floating market where local people sell, buy and exchange goods on their boats. Next, transfer to a workshop in a village where you can see how the locals make rice paper, coconut candy & pop rice. Here, you will also enjoy free local’s specialty products, discover daily activities of locals and enjoy Vietnamese traditional music then take a small sampan rowing by hand of local to feel the real Mekong river. After lunch, free for short rest then visit to a brick kiln before taking another boat to Vinh Long, the center of tropical fruits and stopping for a short visit at Vinh Long market then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
After breakfast, take free time for your own activities until transfer to the airport for your own departure flight.
Price per person & Validity until April 30, 2017 (US$/Pax)
|Number of Group||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||Sing-Sup|
|Hanoi||Maison Boutique Hotel – www.maisondhanoi.com||Deluxe|
|Halong Bay||Huong Hai Junk – www.huonghaihalong.com||Deluxe|
Rosaleen Boutique Hotel – www.rosaleenhotel.com
|Hoian||Aurora Riverside Hotel – www.aurorahoian.com||Superior|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Queen Ann Hotel – www.queenannhotelvn.com||Deluxe|
Hanoi Pearl Hotel – www.hanoipearlhotel.com
|Halong Bay||La Vela Cruise – www.lavelacruisehalong.com||Deluxe|
|Hue||Cherish Hotel – www.cherishhotel.com||City View Deluxe|
|Hoian||Hoian Beach Resort – www.hoianbeachresort.com.vn||Superior|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Royal Hotel – www.royalhotelsaigon.com||Super Deluxe|
|Hanoi||Apricot Hotel – www.apricothotels.com||Sketch|
|Halong Bay||Paradise Luxury Cruise – www.paradisecruises.vn||Deluxe|
|Hue||Indochine Palace Hotel – www.bwp-indochinepalace.com||Palace Deluxe|
|Hoian||Palm Garden Resort – www.palmgardenresort.com.vn||Superior Garden|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Majestic Hotel – www.majesticsaigon.com||C. City Deluxe|
Inclusions: Hotel accommodation as mentioned; Halong Bay overnight cruise; Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner; Flight tickets with Vietnam Airlines: Hanoi – Hue, Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City; Transport by private car with AC; English speaking guide (Other languages on request); All entrance and sightseeing fees; Boat trips; Services at Tra Que; Mineral water and wet towel; All taxes and service charges.
Exclusions: International flights to/from Vietnam; Visa fees; Early check-in & Late check-out at all hotels; Insurance; Personal expenses; Tipping/Gratuities; Other drinks; Surcharge on special days; Any other services not clearly mentioned above.