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Fascinating Vietnam

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Highlights: Hanoi - Halong - Danang - Hoian - Hue - Saigon – Cai Be floating market
  • Enjoy  9 Days in Vietnam to explore its beauty from the North to the South with the beautiful landscape in Halong bay, ancient town in Hanoi, Hoi an and the heaven shopping in Hochiminh before finishing your tour at Cai Be floating market.


Day 1 – Welcome to Vietnam – Arrive Hanoi ( D )

Upon
arrival at Hanoi International airport, our tour guide & driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in town.
Welcome dinner in a fine restaurant hosted
Evening highlight will be a Water Puppet Performance – the unique form of Vietnamese art derived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 2 – Hanoi City tour ( B/L )

At 8am, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and begin the full day city tour with Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and “House on stilt” at the same area with the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam.

Enjoy lunch with authentic delicious Vietnamese cuisines, then we continue our day to the Ethnology Museum. It contains more than 10,000 objects, 15,000 black and white photos and hundreds of video tapes and cassettes, which depict all aspects of life, activities, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. After that, the trip will be followed by one –hour cyclo tour through the busy Hanoi Old Quarter where you can see peddlers are selling wares as if they have done that for centuries!

End of the trip, we will stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake with a stop over at Ngoc Son Temple.

Note: The Ho Chi Minh complex is closed on Monday and Friday. Visitors are advised to wear formally.

20.00: Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Hanoi train station to get overnight train to Laocai. O/N on deluxe cabin 4 berths soft sleeper with AC.

 

Day 3 - Hanoi – Halong ( B/L/D )
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay.  Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way. 12h00 – 12h30 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing 13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic Cruises among the limestone islands… 15h30 – 16h30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the  Luon Cave area. 16h30 Back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise 16h30 – 17h30 Cruise to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climp up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay 17h30 Return to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set   19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around   Overnight on board.

 

Day 4 – Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Fly to Danang ( B/L )
06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt 07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast at sunrise. 08h30 – 09h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay. 09h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin. 09h30 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and more… 10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. 12h00 Disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruise 12h30 Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center.

16h30 – 17h00 Trip finishes at your hotel in Hanoi and then other driver picks up and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Danang.

On arrival in Danang, our driver will welcome you and take you to your hotel in Hoian

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

 

Day 5 – Hoian city ( B/L )
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, and Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
Today, HoiAn is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. We enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
After lunch we take a short boat trip to a nearby island to visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics, and also the boat building yards. Hoi An is now one of UNESCO's fifth World Heritage designated sites in Vietnam. Then, back to your hotel. Evening free at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 6 – Hoian – Hue ( B/L )
Meet the driver at the lobby of the hotel and leave Hoi An in the morning, drive to Hue over the 500m high Hai Van pass with a stop at the scenic beach of Lang Co for a drink before proceeding to Hue. This afternoon we embark on a tour of Hue City including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba market.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 7 – Hue – Saigon ( B/L )
Free until transfer to airport for flight to Saigon.
Arrival Saigon, pick up and transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon you will have a city tour visiting the central post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh market.
Rest of the day we suggest you tour Saigon’s down town with it’s many gift shops and galleries.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 8 – Saigon – Day trip to Mekong delta ( B/L )
Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and we will drive to Cai Be. The program will start with the visit of Cai Be’s colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how rice paste, coconut candy, and pop-rice pop-corn is made.
Visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce and Soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage proof.
A delicious lunch will be served at an ancient house over 170 years old or under the shade of local orchards on An Binh Island
After lunch, a traditional rowboat will take you deeper into the countryside on small canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. You’ll see the traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and the activities of the local farmers to see how they catch fish or pick up fruits using the ancient customs of the Mekong Delta.
Another stop can be made at a nursery garden where you will discover how the growers of the Mekong Delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables.  You can meet Mr Tiger and his son who are successful in Vietnam agriculture. We will enjoy different types fruit from his garden and homemade rice wine while listening to traditional music.
The cruise will end at around 3.30 PM in Vinh Long town. Then we will drive back to Saigon.

 

Day 9 – Departure from Ho Chi Minh city ( B )

Free on your own until time to transfer to the airport for departure flight..

Tour cost: Price is in USD and per person – private tour and apply for group of 02 people booking

Price/option 3* hotel 4* hotel
Price/one person in USD 1078,00 1185,00

Hotel list:

Destination 3* hotel 4* hotel
Hanoi Boss hotel/Quoc Hoa hotel/Skylark hotel or equivalent Chalcedony/ Maison’D Hanoi or equivalent
Halong Cruise V’Spirit Cruise/ Phoneix Cruise/ Oriental Sails or equivalent Calypso Cruise/Paloma Cruise/ Pelican Cruise or equivalent
Hoi An Thuy Duong 3 hotel/ Hoi An Lantern hotel/ Thanh Binh 3 hotel or equivalent Hoi An hotel/ Hoi An riverside/ Vinh Hung riverside resort or equivalent
Hue Asia hotel/New Star hotel/ Ngoc Huong hotel or equivalent Romance hotel/ Mondial hotel or equivalent
Saigon Tan Hai Long hotel & Spa/ Elios hotel/ Lavender hotel or equivalent Grand Silverland Saigon hotel/ Palace Saigon hotel or equivalent

 

Included:

- Domestic Flights Hanoi – Danang; Hue – Saigon/Vietnam airline
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- Transportation by A/C car as itinerary
- English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees, boat trips & excursions

- Halong tour 2 days/ one night – sharing cruise & shuttle bus

- Approval of letter for Vietnam visa on arrival


Excluded:
Meals and drinks, except those mentioned
International flights, airport tax, tipping, and other personal expenses


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