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Vietnam in style 12 days 11 nights

Overview

This is all these things and more, a country with a past as rich as the Soil in the blazing green deltas. This past reads like a romantic legend full of heroic struggles and astounding victories, whereby this small country retained its culture, absorbing and adapting the strengths of its foes but never losing its traditions or its sense of history. In Vietnam, traditions carry real meaning. Ancient heroes are still venerated at colorful temple festivals, people honor their ancestors, and village elders teach values of hard work, hospitality, and filial loyalty. With 54 ethnic groups, most of whom live in remote areas and follow age-old customs, Vietnam offers unparalleled opportunities for cultural exploration in Asia. It 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.

ITINERARY BY DAY

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Hue

Day 5: Hue city tour

Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An city - Boat Trip.

Day 8: My Son Sanctuary half day Tour

Day 9: Hoi an - Danang- Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi - Halong

Day 11: Halong - Hanoi

Day 12: Hanoi departure

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

-Arrival in Ho Chi Minh city (HCMC) , Indochina Today Travel’s tour guide and driver Welcome you at Tan Son Nhat  International Airport.

- Transfer to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City for check in. Free for leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city

Meals: N/A

Accommodation: Hotel in HCMC

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City  tour & Cu Chi Tunnels.

-Having breakfast at hotel.

- Taking a morning trip to visit Cu Chi Tunnel – which is 70km far from HCMC central. Cu Chi Tunnel was called ‘Iron Triangle’ by American during the war and actually it stood as a stronghold of V(Vietnamese Army  for almost 30 years despite of many American bombs and military actions.

- Trying to  walk underground the tunnels ( some very narrow tunnels) will help you understand how the Vietnamese people had fought and won the war.

- Have lunch when you transfer back to HCMC. Then have a short-break there.

- Afternoon, we go on to visit some famous sites in HCMC central:

  • The Reunification Palace - one of the most important buildings in the city.

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: This was welknown as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war.
  • 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.

- Back to hotel and Free at leisure in the evening. Overnight in HCMC

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in HCMC

 Day 3:  HCMC  – visit Mekong Delta

-Have breakfast at hotel before transfer to the Mekong Delta for a whole day interesting trip.

- Morning, you will spend time to visit My Tho , the capital of Tien Giang Province. Situated on the Mekong River, 75 kilometers southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the city is surrounded by orchards and rice fields, which produce grain for the entire country.

- We visit one or two of the islands that produce traditional handcrafts, coconut candy and bee farms. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, the oldest one in the delta on your boat trip on the Mekong River.

- Return to Ho Chi Minh City.

- Evening: Free and Overnight in HCMC

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in HCMC

 Day 4: HCMC -  fly to visit Hue city

- Take a buffet breakfast at hotel before transfer to the airport to take a flight to the central of Vietnam, visit the Hue city.

- In Hue, we have last day to visit all ancient sites of Hue:  the Imperial City – which was built in the early 19th century,  located in the Citadel. Modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing,  spending time to explore the Thai Hoa Palace, with its spacious hall and ornate roof of huge timbers supported by 80 carved and lacquered columns. See the Halls of the Mandarins, the Nine Dynastic Urns and the site where the Forbidden Purple City once stood.

- Back to hotel for check-in, free and Overnight in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 5: Hue City Tour

- After breakfast, go out together to join in a whole day trip visit Hue city.

- We visit: the Thien Mu Pagoda on the bank of the Perfume River, which was a hotbed of anti-government protest during the early 1960s.

- Visit the complex of the Tomb of Tu Duc, which was built for meditation, reading and theater performances in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes.

-Visit the King Tomb - KhaiDinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. It has a remarkably long staircase flanked by dragons, ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes. Return to your hotel on the riverbank where your Art Deco inspired rooms are reminiscent of the 1920s and 1950s.

- Back to hotel. Free and Overnight in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 6: Hue -  transfer to visit Danang – Hoi An.

- Today, journey south past the Hai Van Pass and Lang Co, over a spur of the Truong Son Mountain Range that juts into the South China Sea, with spectacular views along the way.

- Upon arrival in Danang, visit the Cham Museum, which features a fine collection of open air sandstone carvings.

- visit The Marble Mountains surrounding the area are five stone hillocks - once islands made of marble - and each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. There are many natural caves in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries.

- Going on to visit  Hoi An Town, check in hotel and free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 7: Hoi An City and Boat Trip.

- Enjoy a full-day excursion to Hoi An, a major trading center, once known as "Faifo" to the earliest Western traders. It was also an important port for the Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and other merchant vessels from the Far East.

- We visit a temple with partially gilded statues in the center, a pagoda dedicated to sailors and fishermen and a chapel with origins in the 1700s that reflects the influences of Chinese and Japanese - - - Visit the Sa Huynh Museum, located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, which contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history.

- Have Lunch with special food oian at restaurant

- Afternoon, take a boat trip on the Thu Bon River to Kim Bing Village on Cam Kim Island to see the wood workers and shipbuilding families. Return to your haven on world-famous "Cua Dai Beach," with the evening at your leisure.

- Back to hotel in Hoi An for free and Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 8: My Son Sanctuary & free for shopping

- Breakfast at hotel.

- 8:00am drive to My Son, a World Heritage, 50 km southwest of Hoi An which was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries.

- Return to Hoi An Town for lunch and free shopping.

- Back to hotel. Free and Overnight in Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 9: Hoian – Danang – fly to Hanoi

- Free and easy in the morning .

- Then transfer to Danang to get a flight to Hanoi.

- Arrival Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. Welcome airport then transfer to hotel in the Old Quarter area.

- Have a lunch at Hanoi restaurant.

- Afternoon, take a half day tour to visit :

  • The Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, which was founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong.
  • The heart of Hanoi – HoanK iem Lake, which contains an islet with a tiny Tortoise Pagoda.
  • Taking one hour around Hanoi Old Quarter by cycle.
  • Enjoy a Traditional show – water puppet show.

-Back to hotel, free and Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi – visit Halong bay

-Having breakfast at hotel

-08.00 am: Driver will meet at your hotel to transfer to Halong bay.

-Have a short-break at the middle way.

-12.00: Arrival Halong bay, boarding to a traditional luxury boat for a fantastic two days cruise through Ha Long Bay.

-We will enjoy lunch, dinner with fresh caught sea food while having a cool drink.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: On boat

Day 11 : Halong – Hanoi

-Early wake up with doing Taichi excise

-Visit Sung Sot (Suprising) Cave.

- Back to cruise , have a light lunch

- Transfer to the wharf then drive back to Hanoi.

-Free and easy in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 12: Hanoi -Departure.

Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your flight departure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: N/A

 

*Tour includes:

  • Accommodation on a twin-share basic with daily breakfast
  • Boat trip on Halong Bay
  • Domestic flight tickets: HCMC – Hue, Danang - Hanoi (economy class) Vietnam
  • Airlines including fuel charge & Airport taxes.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itineraries
  • Transportation: air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at airports on arrival and departure days
  • English Speaking guide. Other languages on request
  • Boat trips in the Mekong Delta, Hue.
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Approval letter for landing visa to Vietnam: single entry, one month valid
  • All taxes & services charge.

*Tour Excludes:

  • International airfare and airport taxes in Vietnam
  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Visa fees to Vietnam
  • Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
  • Kayak, Massage onboard
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Single supplement
  • Any additional expenses