Highlight: Hanoi capital on cyclo – Halong bay on junk cruise – relaxation, eco trip & cooking class in Hoian ancient town – relaxation private beach in Nhatrang – discover Mekong delta floating market by boat – shopping in Saigon (Hochiminh city) – visit Cuchi tunnel
Price per person:
Deluxe class: US$ 1.980/person
Luxury class: US$ 3.360/person
Driving to hotel from the Airport. Dinner on Saigon river.
Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi district. Upon arrival in Cu Chi, we will start to experience ourselves the underground village of Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, the remain of a real bloody battle field which is simply a network of tunnels built during the long years of wars. The visit will be led by a VC veteran
An afternoon tour round Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, Reunification hall, the Binh Tay Market in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple and a lacquer workshop. O/N in Saigon
Enjoy a driving to Vinh Long city – the world of tropical fruits. Board our private sampan for a river cruise on the upper part of the Mekong River passing many islands. Continue the boat trip to visit some island with fruit gardens, bonsai gardens… Continue to Can Tho for the night
After breakfast, check out hotel and board the Vo Lai boat for a 2 ½ hour cruise to visit Cai Rang floating market with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a rice husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals. After lunch in Cantho. Back to Ho Chi Minh City
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for the noon flight to Hue, which was once the religious, economic, and cultural epicenter of Vietnam. During the Tet Offensive of 1968 it was reduced to ruins, but today it has regained its royal demeanor and French colonial garden houses and villas, quiet streets, beautiful riverbanks, and tombs and pagodas all give Hue a unique atmosphere of tranquility. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. Lunch on own. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Dan Nam Giao (Temple of Heaven) and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with traditional architecture, paved walkways, resting pavilions overlooking tranquil lotus ponds, and a small forest for hunting. In the evening, we enjoy home hosted dinner at the restored Royal home, the Vinh Tu’s home or similar
We’ll begin with a cruise on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, an octagonal tower of seven tiers that rises majestically over the tranquil river as robed monks chanting their mantra and novices carefully tending the bonsai garden. Our next stop will be the old Imperial City, which encompasses the Forbidden Purple City and the emperors’ personal quarters, the tour of the Citadel. After that join a panaromic driving to Hoi An – the unique ancient town in the central of Vietnam that was recognized UNESCO as a World Heritage.
We’ll tour Hoi An, a town untouched by war and frozen in time, because of its isolated location. We’ll see architecture influence by generations of Japanese, French, Chinese, and Indian traders, as well as beautifully preserved ancient houses
Enjoy a cooking class to learn about Vietnamese art of culinary. Later, there will be free time to shop at the numerous galleries and enjoy the riverside ambience
Free at leisure and seabath
Early flight to Hanoi. Hanoi, its historical emphasis on the arts and learning stipulates that buildings in Hanoi remain small, simple and in harmony with nature. Enjoy a morning city tour of Hanoi on cyclo ride through the Old Quarter of “36 streets and 36 wares” where each street is dedicated to a different business or trade. Here we’ll see of Vietnam’s finest examples of contemporary art and handmade crafts browsing through the textiles, silk embroidery, baskets, and more… and to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument made of generous amount of marble and granite. This is where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” may be viewed, continue visiting the Ho Chi Minh House and the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, known as the Temple of Love. In the form of a lotus, it emerges from the water and rests on a single stone pillar. It contains a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and a thousand eyes”. Then, head to visit the Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam Built in 11th century. Lunch at restaurant. In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional performance of the water puppet show
Today we leave Hanoi to Halong Bay. Upon arrival, we will embark to Junk boat. Enjoy the spectacular of Halong bay while cruising. Stop for a while for an excursing to Surprise Caves (Grotto of Surprises), and swimming, kayaking if weather permitted. Overnight on board.
After breakfast, you are embark and the car will transfer you back to Hanoi. Leisure time in the afternoon. Overnight in Ha Noi
You’ll have the morning free to explore Hanoi one last time, do a little shopping, or just enjoy a leisurely stroll and cup of tea. Transfer to the airport for departure flight
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Excellent English speaking tourist guides (3 guides in North, Central and South).
Internal flight tickets: Saigon – Hue; Danang - Hanoi
Accommodation: see below, at accommodation details (based on twin/double share)
3 nights in Saigon, 1 night in Cantho, 1 night in Hue, 3 nights in Hoian, 2 nights in Hanoi, 1 night on junk cruise on Halong bay
Meals as indicated
Full admission fees
International airfares & airport taxes
Meals not indicated on itinerary
Other personal expenses
Tips & gratuities
• Luxury: the 'crème de la crème' of Viet Nam accommodation
• First Class: hotels in Vietnam providing international services and facilities
• Deluxe: high quality four and five-star Vietnam hotels close to First Class standard
Hanoi: Sofitel Plaza, Daewoo, Nikko
Hue: Saigon Morin hotel
Hoian: Hoian RiverSide
Saigon: New World hotel, Majestic hotel, Sofitel, Renaissance hotel, Legend hotel
Cantho: Victoria Cantho Resort (Superior)
Hanoi: Sheraton, Hilton
Hue: Pilgrimage Village
Hoian: Life Resort, Golden Sand Resort
Saigon: Sheraton hotel, Caravelle hotel
Cantho: Victoria Cantho Resort (Deluxe River View)
Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole
Hue: La Residence hotel
Hoian: Victoria Hoian Resort
Saigon: Park Hyatt hotel
Cantho: Victoria Cantho Resort (Suite).