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Legend of Vietnam 13 days 12 nights

Overview

Vietnam is beautiful country, a long, hourglass of land, stretching over 900 miles up the eastern coast of the Indochinese Peninsula. Vietnamese people describe their country as a bamboo shoulder pole slung with two baskets of rice – the fertile southern Mekong Delta and the northern Red River Delta. From these lowland paddy Fields stretch vast rubber plantations, rolling hills covered with thick jungle, and jagged mountains rising more than 10,000 feet in height. Vietnam is an incredibly exotic Asian jewel, with over 1900 miles of coastline features the endless stretches of empty, serene white sand beaches. And Vietnam can accommodate the seasoned world traveler in everything from five star Vietnamese resorts and Asian expats can find even the most modest of Vietnam housing for long term stays

ITINERARY BY DAY

Brief Itinerary:

    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

    Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

    Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

    Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi

    Day 5: Hanoi - Hue

    Day 6: Hue

    Day 7: Hue - Danang - Hoi An

    Day 8: Hoi An

    Day 9: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh city (HCMC)

    Day 10: HCMC - Mekong Delta

    Day 11: Mekong Delta – back to HCMC

    Day 12: HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels - Caodaism

    Day 13: HCMC - Departure

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Our tour guide and driver will meet and greet you at the airport. Drive to your hotel. Welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Meal: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Have breakfast in the hotel and enjoy a full day City Tour.

The visit includes most of the City’s outstanding historical and cultural sites.

- Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake

- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University

- The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.

- HCM’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda

- Visit Museum of Ethnology

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

- Morning depart for Halong Bay,  This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: On boat

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat. Having brunch before disembarking and van will pick you up at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village on the way. Arrive in Hanoi at 04:00 pm. Free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi - Hue

- Have breakfast at hotel

- Transferring to the airport to catch morning flight to Hue.

- Check-in hotel upon arrival and take refresh for a while.

- This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty. We visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City like in Beijing.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 6: Hue city

- Morning boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda.

- Going on to visit to the elaborate tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai  Dinh. Your tour guide will give you a deep understanding about King’s philosophy of geomancy and how this affected royal life. Free shopping in Dong Ba market.

- Evening: Free and Overnight in Hue

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 7: Hue - Danang - Hoi An

- Leave Hue in the morning, drive Southward to Hoi An (140km) with a stop at scenic beach of Lang Co for a drink then drive over the 500m high Hai Van pass.

- Visit Mable Mountain before proceeding to Hoi An. Check in your hotel.

- Take a walk tour through the Old Quarter and try some of the local specialties. Hoi An is also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to have a new wardrobe made up, this is the time to do it.

- Evening free and Overnight in Hoi An

Meal: Breakfast. Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 8: Hoi An

-In the morning, we visit local market and boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit handicraft villages.

- Back to hotel and 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.

- Evening free and Overnight in Hoi An

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 9: Hoi An -  Ho Chi Minh city

Free at leisure until transferring to Danang airport to take flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam's largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business. We'll see

  • The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30, 1975, what the Vietnamese refer to as the ‘American War' officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time, the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
  • War Remnants Museum: Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem' exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The exhibit includes the last shots these photographers had taken before their deaths. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machine.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country's largest post office.
  • Ben Thanh Market: This bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.

-Evening Free and Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 10:  Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong Delta - Can Tho

-Leaving Saigon for My Tho. My Tho is located on the northern banks of the Mekong river and is the closest town in the Delta area to Ho Chi Minh City, about 2 hours drive away.

- Visit My Tho where  you will find a maze of small canals that can be explored on one of the many organized boat tours. Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit an orchard on an island, with lunch en route.

- Continue with a visit to a snake farm and then continue driving to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

Day 11: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city

-Early morning board for a 3-hour cruise to Cai Rang floating markets with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a short trek before arriving at a rice-husking mill. At the floating markets, you will discover a typical way of displaying and advertising farm products of local people gathering on the Mekong River to trade their goods. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh city with a lunch stop at My Tho.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi Tunnels - Caodaism

- Morning transfer to Cu Chi Tunnel and Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh province.

- Arrival in Cu Chi district, make a couple of stops for photo opportunities. Experience ourselves the underground village of Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, which is simply a network of tunnels constructed by the local people and guerillas to survive the war against the American explosive attacks. We can even crawl a part inside the tunnel to understand the living of Vietnamese shoulders during the wartime.

- Lunch at restaurant.

- Afternoon, transfer to  Tay Ninh to visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, and attend the noon time service with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail: photo opportunities during the ceremony. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh city and arrive at 4 pm.

- Free at leisure for the rest of day.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh city Departure

Free at leisure until transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport to take departure flight onward. HOME SWEET HOME.

Meal: Breakfast

*Tour Includes:

  • Accommodations (double/twin sharing) with daily breakfast
  • Transportation by A/C car as itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flight tickets (Vietnam Airline – economy class)
  • Boat trips specified the tour program
  • All entrance, permission and visiting fees
  • Purified water and wet towel.

*Tour Excludes:

  • Visa stampinto Vietnam
  • Personal travel insurance
  • International flightsAll personal expenses
  • All gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide.