- Duration: 10 Days
- Location: Vietnam
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Discover culture Vietnam by meetting the local people and to get inside their local life. Travelling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, you will inspire the difference among the North, Central, and South of Vietnam.
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (D)
Arriving in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the tree-lined boulevards, French Indochinese architecture and tranquil lakes of this unique city. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI (B/L/D)
The capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites and our days’ tour will visit the highlights. See the grand and solemn mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov), the ‘icon of Hanoi’ – The One Pillar Pagoda, the beautiful Temple of Literature, West Lake’s Tran Quoc Temple and Quan Thanh Pagoda as well as the fascinating Ethnology Museum, the bustling Old Quarter and at the end of the day – a water puppet performance. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
After breakfast, enjoy the 3.5 hour ride Halong Bay and take in the lush scenery as you drive through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Upon arriving in Halong, board your boat. Lunch will be served as you cruise amongst the bay’s rock formations and unspoiled pockets. As the sun sets, enjoy dinner on board and your boat will anchor in the bay for the night. Overnight on Halong Bay.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY – NOI BAI AIRPORT – DANANG – HOI AN (B/L/D)
This morning, watch the sunrise from the deck and enjoy a full breakfast (or brunch) as your boat sails back to the harbor. Depending on the availability of time after disembarking, your guide will take you to Hanoi’s Old Quarter for you to enjoy some time at leisure or drive straight to Noi Bai Aiport for your short flight to Danang. Upon arrival a private vehicle will be waiting for you for the 40-minute drive to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 5: HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN (B/L/D)
Today will be spent discovering Vietnam’s rich cultural and historical heritage. The morning begins with a visit to My Son, the capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom, and Tra Kieu (formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel) to view the Cham ruins and artifacts. This afternoon, a walking tour of Hoi An’s ancient town centre will take you back in time to when its was a major trading port in Asia. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 6: HOI AN – HUE (B/L/D)
Enjoy this morning at leisure before leaving for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Driving through Danang, stop to visit the Cham Museum that houses the finest collection of Hindu-Cham sculptures in the world. Continue driving along the scenic coast of central Vietnam, first ascending the Pass of Ocean Clouds for panoramic views of the surroundings before descending to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 7: HUE (B/L/D)
Start your day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. This afternoon, visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Continue to former Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb and end the day at Khai Dinh’s Tomb which boasts a traditional Vietnamese design with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 8: HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/D)
Today, fly to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon. Begin your sightseeing tour of HCMC at the bustling Chinese district of Cholon, and continue to FITO Museum, Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum, and Ben Thanh Market to see the wide variety of goods for sale. This afternoon, depending on your preference, visit either the War Remnants Museum or History Museum, and the former Presidential Palace. Finish the day with a stroll around the city’s colonial architecture, including the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Note: History Museum is closed on Mondays. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 9: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/D)
Today, leave the bustle of the city behind for a day of exploring scenic rice fields, waterways and colorful markets of the Mekong Delta. Cruise along the Mekong tributaries to Cai Be Floating Market and visit cottage industries that make ‘pop’ rice, rice paper and coconut candies. Cruise deeper to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and discover the rural lifestyles and daily activities of the delta inhabitants. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late this afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport. Services end.
What are included ?
Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
What are not included ?
Other meals than mentioned
Other services than mentioned
International and Domestic Flights
Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
Tips, Travel insurance