Sai Gon, Cu Chi, Mekong delta, Hoian, Hue, Hanoi, Halong
In Brief: Our “Vietnam Highlight” is planned for you who wish to explore the most fascinating destinations of Vietnam from North – Central - South. During 9 day itinerary you will have opportunities to experience with impressing highlights:
_____ We travel not to escape life, BUT for life not to escape us _____
Day 1: Saigon arrival.
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, presently is the largest commercial city of Vietnam, commonly known with very nice “nicknames” as Sai Gon capital of the southern region of Cochinchina or “Pearl of Far East”. Upon landing on Tan Son Nhat airport, you will have very first window tour through the exciting city and bustling streets on the way to your hotel. After checking in the hotel, you will have almost time of the remaining day to take the rest or use at your disposal to explore the city.
Included: Airport pickup car, English speaking guide, Hotel in Saigon
Day 2: Saigon Cu Chi – City Tour.
After breakfast, your day will start with one hour and a half drive to Cu Chi Tunnel, a heroic exploit as well as a legend of the 20th century. The Tunnel system has become the famous underground relic in the world with about 200km length and in shaped of a spider-web which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war against both French and American troops. After having visited Cu Chi Tunnel, return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. In the afternoon, continue the itinerary by a sightseeing tour visiting War Museum, The Hundred Years Red Cathedral (Notre Dame Cathedral) , The Old Post Office and The People’s Committee Hall.
Included: Breakfast, City car, Entrance tickets, English speaking guide, Hotel in Saigon
Day 3: Saigon – Cai Be – Mekong Delta – Saigon.
Today, the driver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive to Mekong River Delta here you will have chance to explore its vast fluvial beauty. Cai Be floating market is the first stop in your itinerary and is one of the most featured floating markets in the Mekong River Delta region. Getting on the boat and cruise around the market to see the local people hang their selling products on the erecting poles of their boats and barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. After that, visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served in the cool shade of orchards in An Binh Island. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and cruise deeper into the countryside through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful landscapes. Stop at a nursery garden to explore how local farmers produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 3:30 PM in Vinh Long. The driver will be waiting at the wharf then transfer you back to Saigon.
Included: Breakfast & Lunch, Transportation, Boat, English speaking guide, Hotel in Sai Gon
Day 4: Saigon – Danang – Hoian.
After having breakfast and checking out the hotel, you will take in-country flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang. Another guide and driver will be ready to pick you up at the airport and take you to Hotel in Hoi An, an ancient town which used to be a busy commercial port from 17th century. You will have a half-day walking tour around the ancient town passing non-vehicle streets, visiting Japanese Bridge (Chùa Cầu), Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall and the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house.
Included: Breakfast, Transportation, Domestic air ticket, Entrance tickets, English speaking guide, Hotel in Hoi An
Day 5: Hoian – Danang – Hue.
After having breakfast and then checking out the hotel. The driver will take you to Hue, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the way stop at Hai Van Pass where you can zoom your vision to enjoy panorama sight of underneath spectacular nature, immense valley, blue sea and entire Da Nang City. Then the driver continues taking you to another stopover at Lang Co beach for drinking or bathing before heading to Hue. Checking in the hotel, having quick refresh, then in the afternoon you will have a relax walk for sightseeing the entire former ancient capital, visit Royal Citadel, the Imperial Museum as well as the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc, one of the most beautiful works in the complex of ancient capital Hue. During the visit, you will have chance to explore the architecture art as well as understand why they choose different places for building a magic system of mausoleum and tomb.
Included: Breakfast, Transportation, Entrance tickets, English speaking guide, Hotel in Hue
Day 6: Hue – Fly to Hanoi.
In the morning, enjoy the romantic and peaceful beauty of Perfume River by a cruise excursion on dragon shaped boat with stopover at Thien Mu pagoda then visiting Minh Mang’s tomb and shopping at Dong Ba market. In the afternoon, the driver takes you to the airport to catch the flight to Ha Noi capital. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide at the airport then get transferred to the Hotel in the downtown to have a rest at your leisure.
Included: Breakfast, Transportation, Boat, Entrance tickets, English speaking guide, domestic flight, Hotel in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi City Tour.
Today, you will explore the charming beauty of the Capital by French architecture in Hanoi with many buildings and houses bearing unique Gothic style (Opera Theatre, State Bank), ancient pagodas and peaceful lakes. Your itinerary will be taken to some tourist attractions such as: Temple of Literature, HCMC complex (Mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, Stilt house, Presidential Palace, One pillar pagoda, Hanoi Railway station…), Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc pagoda, West Lake and optional 1 among 2 museums: History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. In the evening, you will enjoy the traditional Water Puppet show, an unique performance of wet-rice civilization, simulate many Vietnamese folktales combined with folksongs “Chèo” for about 45 minutes.
Included: Breakfast, City car, Entrance tickets, English speaking guide, Hotel in Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
After having breakfast, leave the bustling city to continue taking 3 or 4 hour drive to Ha Long Bay, a well-known UNESCO World Heritage with breathtaking natural beauty, geological & geomorphological value of stalagmite and stalactite caves. Arrive the dock at the noon time then board the Cruise Junk, a delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served while sailing out into the bay. Enjoying the immense sea landscape decorated with numerous limestone islands and islets wouldn’t be more fantastic, the cruise will go through Dinh Huong and Go Choi islet. The excursion route will allow you to choose one of 3 largest caves of the bay (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). If the weather permits, the cruise will stop at an island giving you chance for bathing at a white-sand beach. Spending overnight on the cruise making you experience to enjoy nice sky of twinkled stars then fall into tight sleep by sound of gentle waves and windy cool.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Transportation, English speaking guide, Overnight on cruise
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.
Waking up early for joining Tai Chi exercise on the cruise deck or relax and enjoy a tranquilly fresh morning as well as beautiful sunrise on sea, slowly sipping a cup of tea or coffee before rowing boat to visit some nearby islands. After that, return to the cruise for having light breakfast then enjoy amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay on the way back to Ha Long City. Have brunch on board then returning to Ha Long wharf. Driver and guide will meet you at the dock and transfer you to the airport in Hanoi to catch your flight home with sweet memories about Vietnam
Included: Breakfast & Brunch, Transportation, English speaking guide
|Hotel||3 star||4 Star||5 star|
|Sai Gon||Thien Tung or Similar||Park Royal or Similar||Sofitel Plaza Saigon or Similar|
|Hoi An||Salute Hoi An or Similar||Historic Hoi An or Similar||Palm Garden or Similar|
|Hue||Gold Hue or Similar||Eldora or Similar||Indochine Palace or Similar|
|Hanoi||Golden Lake or Similar||Golden Silk or Similar||Golden Silk or Similar|
|Ha Long Cruise||V-spirit or Similar||Pelican or Similar||Paradise or Similar|