- Duration: 13 Days
- Location: Vietnam
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An ancient and beautiful land now recovering from its turbulent past, welcomes visitors through its bustling gateway cities of Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as “Saigon”). Through this South & Center Vietnam trip, You’ll visit the modern Vietnam metropolis, Saigon, and continue to the Central part of the land to visit Hue and Hoi An.
Day 01: HCMC ARRIVAL (D)
Upon arrival, our guide will be holding a sign with your name to welcome you at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, then transfer to city centre and check in at your hotel. The rest of the day, you can stroll around the Old Town to get used to the city or just relax to recover from the jet lag. Overnight stay in HCMC.
Leave Saigon for My Tho, located on the northern banks of the Mekong River to visit a large market that sells just about anything that can be eaten including a variety of fruits. Around the My Tho area you will find a maze of small canals that can be explored on one of the many organized boat tours. Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit an orchard on an island, with lunch en route. Continue with a visit to a snake farm and then continue driving to Can Tho. Check-in hotel and Overnight stay on cruise.
Start the day with an early breakfast to get our energy up for an exciting day. After, we will take a boat trip to the Floating Market and watch the locals sit on board their small boats selling and exchanging goods. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, we will visit Dong Tam Snakes Farm – the largest snake farm in Viet Nam. We will have a delicious lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 04: Excursion to Cu Chi with Saigon City Tour (B/L/D)
This morning, we drive 60km west to visit the underground tunnels in Cu Chi which were used by Vietnamese troops during the American war, explore the area and have lunch, then we’ll drive back to Saigon for a city tour to visit the Neo-Catholic Notre Dame Cathedral, in the heart of Saigon’s busy streets, after we visit the nearby Saigon Great Post Office which has been duplicated by French architecture, afterward, we visit the War-Remnant Palace and Museum to get familiar with 1975’s story of Southern Vietnamese troops, having time to explore the palace on a guided tour.
Pick up at your hotel to transfer to airport for a short flight to the central coast of Hue, arrive and check in at your hotel, short rest, then we take a leisure walk around the Old Town of Hue, Overnight stay in Hue.
This morning, take a boat cruise on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (one of the most beautiful Pagodas in Vietnam built at the end of the 16th century) and Kinh Minh Mang’s Tomb. Take the afternoon visit to the Imperial Palace: a citadel surrounded by large moats. Then continue to visit King Tu Duc’s Tomb. Enjoy traditional music on the Perfume River in the evening. Overnight stay in Hue.
Day 07: Hue – Demilitarized Zone including Vinh Moc Tunnels (B/L)
7:00 AM – Pick up at your hotel. The bus will take you to Quang Tri Province on Route 9 to visit:
* Rock pile: a base for American long range artillery nearby.
* Dakrong Bridge: crossing the Dakrong River
* Ho Chi Minh Trail: was a logistical system that ran from North Vietnam to South Vietnam through the neighboring kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia.
* Khe Sanh Combat Base: is a valley surrounded entirely by rolling mountains and forests. Was one of the most controversial battles – of the American War.
After lunch, we will drive on High Way 1A to see:
* Dong Ha Town: it was the location on a strategically important U.S. Marine Combat Base, an outpost to provide surveillance of troops movements across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
* Hien Luong Bridge, known as the “Peace Bridge”, a beam bridge built from steel by the French in 1950.
* Ben Hai River, an important landmark in the partition of the country into a northern and a southern zone along the 17th Parallel by the Geneva Accords 1954.
* Vinh Moc Tunnels: The complex of tunnel, located deep in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone, grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare.
Stay at a hotel in Phong Nha
Day 08: Phong Nha Ke Bang and Paradise Cave (B/L/D)
In the morning: Take a boat trip along Son River to explore the Phong Nha Cave. Among 300 caves and grottos in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, only 20 have been surveyed. Notably, Phong Nha, is the most beautiful cave which holds several records for the highest and longest cave, the longest underground river, finest beaches inside and the most splendid stalagmites and stalactites. These amazing natural art works have been given beautiful names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.
In the afternoon: Our car and tour guide will pick you up at Phong Nha Town, start a dreamy trip to stunning scenery with thousands of limestone mountains through Phong Nha National Park and Ho Chi Minh Trails (the trails were built during the “American War” to get troops and material to the south to help in fighting on the southern side of the DMZ line).
Visit Paradise cave – the Cave was labeled the World’s Most Beautiful and Magnificent. It has the length of 31.4 kms and is the longest dry cave in Asia. With naturally primitive features, Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting, making it very attractive to visitors.
12:30 PM: Bus picks up to go to Dark Cave and have lunch at Dark Cave Restaurant with Vietnamese traditional dishes. Explore the amazing Dark Cave where you can experience many adventurous activities such as zip lining, mud bathing, kayaking on Chay River and swimming. After that, back to Phong Nha Town and you will be transferred to Da Nang.
8:30 AM Pick up from your hotel in Da Nang, then transfer to the Han Market, an ideal place for those looking for Da Nang’s specials. Continue your journey to the 5th Military Zone Museum, where you will peek into the past of Vietnam during war time. With a large collection covering national revolutions, Vietnam War and newer military equipment, this museum is a must see in Da Nang. A short ride will lead you to the top of Marble Mountain, where you will be rewarded by great city views and amazed by the main cave which houses a beautiful Cham Buddha sitting under a natural shaft of light. Relax and enjoy lunch in a restaurant with a stunning view to the beach.
In the afternoon, visit Linh Ung Pagoda, the serene place protected by Guinyin, the goddess of mercy. The pagoda offers stunning views of Da Nang Beach and Cham Islands in the distance. Pay a visit to the French & Spanish Cemetery, to the memory of soldiers in a joint expedition led by French Admiral Rigault de Genouillly in 1858. Before heading back to your hotel, end your trip with a visit to the Cham Museum, the world’s largest collection of Cham sculptures and artifacts from the 7th to 15th century.
Day 10: Da Nang to Hoi An (B/L/D)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Hoi An (140km), the most attractive ancient town in the Southeast. Arrive in Hoi Am and explore the ancient narrow lanes. On the way to Hoi An, stop over at Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach.
Arrival in Hoi An, visit the Old House of Tan Ky, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Thu Bon River and Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and then have free time at your leisure for relaxing or swimming on Cua Dai Beach.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An Tra Que Village (B/L/D)
8:00 AM local guide picks up you at the hotel’s lobby. Bike to downtown and stop by Hoi An’s colorful Central Market. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients used in the cooking lesson later. So make sure your camera is handy.
10:00 AM bike to Tra Que Vegetable Village. Welcome and drink with short rest to then walk through the vegetable gardens where local farmers work on their fields using the traditional methods hundreds of years ago, no electrical machinery here.
11:00 AM work together with the chef. Learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked.
Tra Que Vegetable Salad Tam Huu Dish
Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake)
Hoi An Spring Rolls
Day 12: Hoi An – My Son (B/L/D)
Hoi An & My Son: Pick up to drive out of Hoi An for a visit to My Son Holy Land, where we will have chance to get familiar with the Cham people, the site has been registered as a UNESCO heritage site for many years. After visiting, we will head back to Hoi An and have lunch in local restaurant, after, we start our sightseeing in the historic city and we will visit an old Japanese covered bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market and then we head to the local handicraft market to have a stroll and get to know the local handicrafts such as the lanterns. Shopping is optional. End the trip back to your hotel in Hoi An.
Day 13: Hoi An – HCMC – Depart (B)
After breakfast is free for leisure until our drive to pick you up at hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City, arrive and transfer directly to the international hall for your departure flight, end of the service.
What are included ?
6 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
Meals as stated B – L – D
Transport services by private vehicle
English speaking guide
What are not included ?
International and domestic airline ticket
Visa stamping fee
International Departure Tax
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