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tour
Highlights: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Ninhbinh – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Saigon – Vinhlong – Cantho
Duration: 13 days/ 12 nights
Trip start: Hanoi
Trip end: Saigon
Price range: from US$ 1220 per person
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
DAY 2: HANOI
DAY 3: HANOI - HA LONG
DAY 4: HA LONG - HANOI
DAY 5: HANOI – NINHBINH
DAY 6: HANOI – HUE
DAY 7: HUE - DANANG - HOIAN
DAY 8: HOIAN
DAY 9: HOIAN - DANANG - SAIGON
DAY 10: SAIGON - CUCHI TUNNELS
DAY 11: SAIGON - VINHLONG - CANTHO
DAY 12: CANTHO - SAIGON
DAY 13: SAIGON –DEPARTURE

Tour price:
-    Group of 2 persons: US$ per person
-    Group of 3 - 4 persons: US$ per person
-    Single supplement: US$

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

 

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

 On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, welcome to Vietnam by our guide and transferred to hotel for check in. Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia ‘s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. Depending on arrival time optional activities can be arranged on this day.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hanoi

 

DAY 2: HANOI (B/L/-)

Morning, city tour to visit Hochiminh Complex, this complex  comprises the Mausoleum of the nation’s founder Hochiminh (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole months of October-November), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 and Vietnam museum of ethnology.

Afternoon, visit Thang Long Royal Citadel (NEW) has been recognized as a world Cultural  heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Dynasty.  You will explore West Lake, which is steeped in legend and is bordered by several significant pagodas. We will view Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnam's oldest pagoda, built in the 6th century and located on Cayang Island in the middle of the lake.  We visit these sights before continuing to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with Ngoc Son Temple, take 1-hour cyclo ride to visit Hanoi Old Quarter and enjoy the performance of the famous Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long theatre.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Hanoi

 

DAY 3: HANOI – HA LONG (B/L/D)

 08:00     Our guide and driver pick you up from hotel, transfer to Ha Long via vehicle  (160km driving one way - 3.5hrs drive). This will be your first opportunity to see some of the rural areas of Vietnam. The drive goes through the Red River delta, so we'll have plenty of chance for taking photo of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy field. At half way, we will have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes and embroidered paintings. With a quick rest stop en route, you will reach Ha Long City. Arrival in Ha Long at 11:30 (Depending on your choice of junk)

12h15:     Check-in registration, Boarding on Junk. Welcome drink is served

13h00:     Have lunch board

13h30:     A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island,

Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave and a swim at Titop beach.
17h30:     Relax and enjoy sunset

19h30:     Enjoy dinner on board.

21h00:     Fishing or relax and spending a night on board.


Overnight Stay on Huong Hai Junk or similar in Halong

 

 DAY 4: HA LONG – HANOI (B/L/-)

Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Bay's landscapes. Sitting on the upper desk we can enjoy the breath - taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the Bay. We can hear the birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and  gentle breeze.

7:00     Have breakfast

7:30     A morning cruise to visit Man's head island. Tortoise island. Visit to Bai Tu Long bay.

10:00     Arrange luggage and check out then have lunch on boat.
11:45     Arrive at the pier and drive back Hanoi

Arrival Hanoi, check in hotel and free at leisure.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hanoi

 

DAY 5: HANOI – NINH BINH (B/L/-)

Morning, meet our guide and transfer to Ninh Binh provice - located 110km from Hanoi to the South, Tam Coc cave may be one of the most spectacular sights in Vietnam.  Along the Hoang Long river, vast limestone cliffs rise out of the rice paddies make Tam Coc somehow similar to Ha Long Bay, thus Tam Coc is also called Ha Long Bay-on-land.
A river trip to Tam Coc and through three caves of Tam Coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local residents come to harvest the rice planted along the river or when they transplant seeding for the next crop. Next to Tam Coc is Hoa Lu, the relics of the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century . What remains are temples dedicated to the two heroes: King Dinh and King Le whom chosen Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city. Though the temples are not wholly maintained, some precious antiques are still preserved well like: the whole-stone dragon thrones; wooden has-relieves and lacquered statues of King Dinh, Kinh Le and Queen Duong Van Nga who in turn got married to both of the Kings.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hanoi

 

DAY 6: HANOI – HUE (B/L/-)

  Morning, our guide and driver pick you up and transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue by …..

After 1 hour flight, we arrive at Phu Bai airport-Hue. You will be welcomes by our tour guide and driver. Transfer to Hue city center for check-in.
Then, transfer to visit Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel) and Khai Dinh Tomb _ In comparison with those of the preceding emperors, it is very elaborate. It is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern. Stop at Dong Ba market for shopping.
Later afternoon come back Hue city and enjoy one more activity flykites contest .Our guide will prepare each person a flykite and transfer  to Ngo Mon for flying a kite, you manage kite by solid string and balance it on the sky. That is fantastic emotion to experience. If any person control  flykite highest they are winners.

 

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hue

 

DAY 7: HUE – DANANG – HOIAN (B/L/-)

Morning, we cruise along the Perfume River. Being the former royal capital, Hue's surrounding countryside contains several of the tombs of the former Nguyen Emperors to visit Minh Mang Tomb. Back to the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, It is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601.

Then, leave Hue we drive south to Hoian which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes.
Afternoon, take city tour to visit  the ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are  plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are  the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. Today we include these on a walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hoian

 

DAY 8: HOI AN – MAKING LANTERN (B/L/-)

Morning, meet with our guide at your hotel and go to a family making lanterns by Bicycle. Spending halfday together with families making lanterns, guests can see with their eyes and themselves make all work stages: from sharpening bamboo, bending into frame, cutting cloth, sticking and completing lanterns under the guidance of enthusiastic craftmen. After saying goodbye, they will have meaningful souvernirs.

Afternoon, free at leisure for sightseeing, sunbathing & swimming at Cua Dai Beach.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hoian

 

DAY 9: HOIAN – DANANG – SAIGON (FLIGHT 1HOUR) (B/L/-)

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Hochiminh by ...
Arrival Hochiminh, meet our guide at airport and transfer to hotel for check in.
Afternoon, we will take a halfday Sai Gon city tour: Visit Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975 and War Remnant Museum – contains countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting American war crimes Such documents illustrate the killing of civilians, speading of chemicals, torturing of prisisoners, and the effects of the war on the north.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Saigon

 

DAY 10: SAIGON – CUCHI TUNNELS (B/L/-)

Morning, drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered.

Drive back Hochiminh to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office , former US Embassy, City Hall, China Town and the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam. End of the day we concludes with a stroll through the famous Ben Thanh Market, whose clock tower over the main entrance to what was formerly known as Les Halles Centrale is the symbol of Saigon. It features one-way aisles loaded with people clamoring to sell you cheap goods and postcards.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Saigon

 

DAY 11: SAIGON – VINH LONG – CAN THO (B/L/-)

Morning, pick up at your hotel and transfer about 136km toVinh Long, a riverside town located in the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a boat cruise to the Caibe floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchangeing goods from their boats, and then to Hoa Binh Phuoc islet where the maze o shady creeks will surely fascinate you. You will have a change to mighle with local peasants, learn the secrets of their bonsai gardening. Visit local homes where the famillies produce tiles and ceramics; drop into rice-paper kiln and coconut-candy kiln; and observe daily country life. Enjoy a typical Vietnamese lunch at a local .Afternoon, drive to Can Tho & check in and free at leisure.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Cantho

 

DAY 12: CANTHO – HOCHIMINH (B/L/-)

Morning, depart Ninh Kieu wharf by shuttle-boat, you can see bustling activities along Can Tho riverbanks. Particularly, you may know how local people go fishing with plenty of fish traps  and how they transport passengers as well as products by the waterway. Approaching Cai Rang floating market, you can reappear the selling activities in the past using a traditional “offering pole” exchanging consumer goods hanging on the pole for Mekong fruit and vegetables with local sellers. To understand more about lifestyle over here, keep on going into the small creeks called Rach Nho in which the Southern countryside can be seen clearly before cruising back to Ninh Kieu Wharf.Afternoon, drive back Hochiminh city and free at leisure.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Saigon

 

DAY 13: HANOI – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Today, free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight… 


Price Include:

  • 11 nights accommodations at 3 stars standard hotel with daily breakfast based on twin sharing
  • One night accommodation on board in Halong based on twin sharing
  • Domestic airfare for flight from Hanoi – Hue // Danang - Saigon
  • Private transportation with English speaking guide.
  • Private boat for sightseeing as stated in the program.
  • Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated.
  • Vietnamese food as mentioned in the program
  • Gov’t tax and service charge.
  • Mineral water is available (free)
  • Vietnam Visa Approval letter (free)
  • Vietnam Traditional Gift (free)


Price Exclude:

  • Visa, Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!
  • Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Years from 20 – 30 Jan 2012: US$ 15/ pax/ day
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve