- Duration: 12 Days
- Location: Vietnam
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Vietnam hidden charm in 12 Days: A classic discovery of 12 days visiting the key sites of the country starting from Hanoi, following to Ha Long and Ho Chi Minh City as well as the Mekong Delta
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome and transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi. The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration – just catch a sight of Hoan Kiem Lake or explore the maze of streets in the city’s fascinating Old Quarter where you are certain to find something unique to buy.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)
On the morning of day 2 we take a city tour to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, his house on stilts and the museum and One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, which is now dedicated to Confucian worship and “Hanoi Hilton” – a nickname given by US pilots during the war. In the afternoon, we attend a performance of traditional water puppetry.
Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise on Cruise (Join group) (B/L/D)
08:00 – 08:30 AM Pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi by shuttle bus.
12:00 PM Embark at Hon Gai International Harbour.
13:00 PM Check-in, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing.
13:30 PM Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.
15:00 PM Cruise to Cap La.
16:30 PM Enjoy paddling around Cap La and Tra San by kayak.
17:45 PM Back to junk for swimming or relaxation.
19:00 PM Have dinner and stay overnight on board.
Overnight on board .
Day 4: Halong Cruise – Hanoi – Overnight train to Hue (B/L)
07:30 AM Enjoy the fresh air and gentle breezes of the bay in the morning while having breakfast on board.
08:30 AM Visit Thien Canh Son Cave followed by swimming.
10:30 AM Cruise towards the harbour while an a la carte lunch is served.
11:45 AM Disembark. Farewell.
16:45 PM Arrive in Hanoi. Drop-off at hotel.
Arriving at Hanoi in the afternoon we are free to have dinner before boarding our overnight train to Hue departing at 19:30 PM. We travel in air-conditioned comfort in our soft sleeper cabins!
Day 5: Hue (B)
Arriving in Hue at 8:30 AM in the morning, we are picked up at the train station and transferred to the hotel.
Founded as a royal city in 1687, Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past. Today, Hue remains one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty in a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. Overnight hotel stay in Hue.
Day 6: Hue Tour – Drive to Hoi An (B/L)
On day 6, we have the opportunity to tour around town – a great way to see Vietnam close-up. On this action packed day you will see the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City, Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the king’s tombs and Bunker Hill. You will feast on a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a pagoda, see the making of incense and conical hats, visit the ruined Tiger Arena and also enjoy a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River. If time permits, we will take a short walk to visit Dong Ba Market. This truly is a fabulous day full of outstanding photographic opportunities. In the afternoon, we jump in our private car for a 3-hour scenic drive to Hoi An. Overnight hotel stay Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary (B)
Once a thriving river port, the town’s architecture has been preserved and restored. This small town is a favourite with Australian travellers, and wandering the streets and narrow alleyways brings hours of pleasure and discovery. Today’s trade is in ceramics, wood-ware, paintings and tailoring. There is something here for everyone and it is the perfect place to pick up gifts for those at home. There are options here for a visit to the traditional handicraft villages of Kim Bong carpentry, Thanh Ha ceramics or simply lazing the day away on a nearby beach. Also, we take a half day tour to My Son Sanctuary, a large complex of religious monuments comprised of more than 70 architectural works built by the nobility of the Champa Kingdom from the 4th Century.
Day 8: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
A short flight brings us to the emerging economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Our hotel is located close to Ben Thanh Market and the city’s main shopping district, so there is much for you to discover on your own and you will have plenty of interesting and fun ideas. How about scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City for a spot of temple hopping? Or perhaps you’d like to visit the Vietnamese version of a department store for some shopping – the choice is yours! Afternoon follows the journey to Cu Chi Tunnels – 50km West of Saigon. It used to be the basement of Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The tunnel created from French war increasingly became famous in Vietnam War. Upon arrival, we have a short documentary film about Cu Chi before enjoying a trip around the revolutionary base. The local tour guide will show you how people live, struggle, produce, and learn during the war time here. You will also have chance to head to the real tunnel. The tunnel now is opened for tourists but they still keep some original parts for sightseeing. Back to Saigon in the late afternoon.
Day 9: Saigon Tour (B/L)
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of just over eight million people. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives gives Ho Chi Minh City a dynamic atmosphere.
Today, we take a tour around the city, going to visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Municipal Theatre, Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office. Overnight hotel stay in Saigon.
Day 10: Mekong Delta Cycling and Homestay (B/L/D)
On day 10, we travel south to Cai Be (approximately 3 hours), we board our waiting boats to cross the upper Mekong River and explore its intricate waterways. This is our introduction to a world where life depends on the river. We take a 2-hour cycling trip along the country road with beautiful landscapes and rural communities, visit a fruit orchard where we can sample tropical fruits, before continuing on to visit some local cottage industries. Around sunset we make our way up one of the many canals to our homestay. Our treat this evening is a wonderful meal of Delta specialities before settling down under our mosquito nets for the night. Homestay in Vinh Long.
Day 11: Mekong River Floating Market (B)
Wake up early with the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day and have breakfast to start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of the mighty Mekong River to visit a floating market. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters. Leaving the market, you will re-board our car for the drive back to Saigon. We return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.
Day 12: Saigon Departure
End of the trip, transfer to the airport, departure and flight back home.
What are included ?
- Hotel accommodation of your choice with daily breakfast
- 2 Days / 1 Night in Halong Bay
- Meals as mentioned above
- Transport services by private vehicle
- Admission fees
- English speaking guide
What are not included ?
- International and domestic airline ticket
- Visa stamping fee
- International Departure Tax
- Insurance services
- Tips and personal plans