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VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

 

Situated in South-eastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, lies the ancient and incredible country of Vietnam. This magical tour takes you through the highlights of Vietnam, from Halong Bay to the historical town of Hoi-an to Saigon and the Mekong.

 

Vietnam Highlights Tour Itinerary

 

Day 1:  Arrival Vietnam

After Vietnam. We start with the Vietnam museum of Ethnology where you can get an idea about the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam and visit some typical rebuilt houses at the outdoor museum. Next we will visit the Temple of Literature. Then transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi

  

Day 2:  Hanoi – Hue (B-L)

This morning, we fly to Hue.

We explore Hue by enjoying a morning boat cruise on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, a symbol of the city. Hue is also very famous for its historical relics including King’s tomb. Your boat will stop by Minh Mang tomb, one of the nicest King’s tombs which is set in harmony of Earth, Heaven, Green trees, Water and monuments. Your driver will pick up you at Minh Mang for lunch at a garden restaurant of Biet Phu Thao Nhi.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Forbidden Purple City, the former home of the Royal family during the Nguyen dynasty from 19th century to mid 20th century. Although most palaces were destroyed during the American War (Vietnamese War) especially in Tet offensive (1968), this place is still worth a visit with many palaces and temples.

Overnight in Hue 

 

Day 3:  Hue – Hoi An (B)

In the morning, you will take a 4-hour drive to Hoian, a charming old town which was recognized as a World Natural Heritage site. On the way, we will stop at Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass, Cham sculpture museum and Marble mountain. We then check-in at our hotel in Hoi An.

In the afternoon, we take a tour of the historic pagodas, houses and bridges of Hoi An. This is Vietnam’s most enchanting town, an ancient trading port of narrow streets, historic buildings, fine food and abundant shops. The influence of many countries can be seen as you wander the streets, including the Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese and of course Vietnamese. Great efforts are being made to preserve the town for  new generations and cars have been banned from the most popular streets. There are many important sights in compact Hoi An and all can be explored on foot.

Overnight in Hoi An 

 

Day 4:   Hoi An – Hochiminh City (B)

AM: Morning at your leisure.

PM: Flight to Hochiminh city. Free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hochiminh city.

 

Day 5: Saigon- Cu Chi (B)

In the morning, we take a drive to visit the Cu Chi- a fabulous tunnel. These tunnels are a symbol of Vietnam’s continual fight against foreign oppression and imperialism. The tunnel system covers close to 200 km including under what was once a US air base. The tunnels once spanned an area stretching from close to the Cambodian border to the city limits of Hochiminh  City. They were originally constructed to fight against the French in the 1940s, to give a peasant army a means of communication between villages whilst remaining undetected. In 1960 the Viet Cong repaired and added to the tunnels to fight against the South Vietnamese and American forces. The Commander of the American forces in the region held the opinion that the Viet Cong who were responsible for digging them were like human moles.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Hochiminh city .

 

Day 6: Saigon- Cai Be- Can Tho (B, L)

In the morning we drive south to Cai Be. Upon arrival, start our private cruise excursion, departing from our own pier in Phu An hamlet at around 10.00 am. Upon embarkation, you are welcomed with fresh cotton towels. The tour will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables... Cruising further, your sampan will bring you to see some local home factories to discover traditional rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying process.

A delicious lunch will await you at a superb Indochinese villa, Le Longanier, located in a luxuriant garden by the river…

After lunch, your sampan will proceed the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep. On the way, you will be able observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Visit an ancient mandarin house dating from the 19th century where the family will welcome you with a cup a tea.

We will proceed to Vinh Long, passing beautiful landscapes along Dong Phu canal, Binh Hoa Phuoc and An Binh islands famous for their fruit orchards. After crossing the Co Chien River, the excursion will end at Vinh Long pier around 4pm.

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 7: Can Tho - Hochiminh City – Hanoi (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early boat trip to the bustling wholesale Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating markets where the farmers exchange their products.  A walk on a peaceful country road provides magnificent sceneries of local houses, orchard gardens and fields. Don’t be surprised if you are invited by a local family to join them for a cup of tea!  We will have lunch at a local restaurant before driving back directly to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.

You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi

 

Day 8:   Hanoi- Halong (B-L-D)

8.00am - Depart Ha Noi for a 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long City through the Red River Delta with a break stop on the way. We arrive at Halong City at about 11h30 and you will then be transferred by tender to the luxury Junk  and enjoy a welcome cocktail. We will start cruising at 12h15 while you check in your cabin. A deluxe Vietnamese Set menu lunch with fresh local seafood will be served on board (vegetarians catered for) while you embark on a cruise into the Holy bay to see the incredible karst formations.

We arrive by boat at Bat Cave (Hang Doi) where you will choose from optional tour program: visit local fishing village by tender OR visit cave by rowing sampan or kayak (kayak is at additional charge) OR relax with beauty services onboard. Enjoy a stunning Vietnamese dinner on board.

Overnight in your room

***Kayaking is available with extra charge.

 

Day 9:  Halong – Hanoi (B)

06.00 At leisure or practice Meditation and Yoga Session on the Sun Deck and enjoy the sunrise.

07.00: Depart by boat to Surprise Cave (Sung Sot) to visit this famous cave. Another option is to go swimming or kayaking (kayak is at additional charge). An International Breakfast set menu (or buffet) will be served from 8h30 to 10h00  in the morning. We will then start cruising in Halong Bay while you relax and take pictures. The cruise returns to Hon Gai/ Halong at about 10h30.

10h00: Check out from the Junk- farewell until next time. Depart from Hon Gai/ Halong towards Hanoi. You will arrive at your hotel at about 15.30pm.

Overnight in Hanoi

 

Day 10:   Hanoi – Free day (B)

A free day at your leisure.

This evening, we will attend a traditional Water Puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form designed to depict scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Overnight in Hanoi

 

Day 11 :  Departure (B)

Have more free time in Hanoi until taking a transfer to the airport for your flight home. Trip ends.

 

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For details of costs, or to send an enquiry, click on the e-mail link telephone and email link on the right

 

 

 

Location: Vietnam

Total Tour Duration: 11 Days

Accommodation: Hotel

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: All Year

Best : March to September

 

 

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Vietnam Highlights Tour

 

 

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