Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Arrive at Hanoi by….. Upon your arrival, welcome with guide at the airport in Hanoi and then transfer to your hotel for check in. Room is at your disposal from 14h00. Free at leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour (B/L)
Full day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Monday and Friday), the traditional stilt house, One pillar pagoda and the thousand-year-old Temple of literature also known as the “First University of Vietnam”. Lunch in local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum ( close on Monday) where you can discover how the daily life of 54 ethnic groups will be. And then climb into a traditional cyclo (pedicab) for a 60 minute tour of the colonial city’s traditional “36 streets of 36 wares” in the old Quarter and Hoan Kiem lake vicinity. You will visit Ngoc Son Temple (Jade Mount), located on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake.
In the late afternoon , enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 (Tue, 01/01/2013): Hanoi - Halong (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will leave for Halong Bay and pass through the large rice fields of the Red River Delta. Arrive in Halong in the late morning
12.00 – 12.30 : Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.
12.30 – 13.00 : Check-in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.
13.30 – 15.00 : Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay; admire the fascinating formations on the way.
15.15 – 15.40 : Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.
15.45 – 18.00 : Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island, swimming or kayaking.
18.00 – 19.00 : Back to junk for refreshing before having dinner on board.
20.00 – 21.00 : Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board
*** Please note that times are approximate and may vary. Itinerary may change when necessary.
Day 4 (Wed, 02/01/2013): Halong – Hanoi – Hue (B)
07.30 – 08.00 : Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air.
08.30 – 09.30 : Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms.
09.30 – 10.00 : More time for swimming in the middle of the bay.
10.00 – 11.30 : Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.
11.45 – 12.00 : Disembark.
On the way back to Hanoi, visit But Thap pagoda. Built in the 17th century, is one of the most famous pagodas in Vietnam due to its architecture and statues.
Transfer to airport for flight Hanoi – Hue by flight …….. Welcome (with guide) at the airport and transfer to Hoian. Check in at the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 (Thu, 03/01/2013): Hue City Tour (B/L)
8:30: The visit starts with Hue Citadel, which was built from 1804 under the orders of the First Emperor Gia Long.
You will take bicycle or cyclo to stroll through the narrow streets and along the river.
We'll take you then visit Dong Ba market, which is located outside of the citadel on the banks of the Perfume River.
Lunch at a local restaurant
You will visit the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Located 7 km from Hue, the tomb of Tu Duc is one of the most beautiful sights of Hue. He breathes tranquility and is a model of traditional Vietnamese art. This is also an opportunity to learn about the history of the dynasty Nguyen and French colonial invasion. You will visit Tu Hieu Pagoda. Located 5 km from Hue and close to the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc Tu Hieu Pagoda serenity. In the shelter of a pine forest, it was built in 1843 by the monk Nhat Dinh. Built on a hillside, this pagoda has a very quiet location. It also houses a community of monks who remains very active. In the garden you can see the graves of some royal mandarins. Visit this pagoda is interesting because it shows how the monastic life continues to be important in Hue, which remains the most important Buddhist center of Vietnam.
16h00: Return to hotel.
Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel
Day 6 (Fri, 04/01/2013): Hue – Hoian (B)
In the morning, departure with guide for Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass to view one of the most beautiful panoramas in Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline. You will also stop at the quiet, white sandy beach of Lang Co. Arrive in Hoi An late in the morning. Check in at the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 (Sat, 05/01/2013): Hoian City Tour (B)
8:30: In the morning, you will stroll to the market.
Day tour of the old city of Faifo: visit of a Chinese temple, the Tan Ky house, the Japanese bridge and ceramics museum.
You will discover the famous handicraft silk lanterns, symbols of the city.
You will attend a folklore show in an old house.
Then, you will make a boat trip on the Thu Bon River.
17.00: Return to your hotel.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 (Sun, 06/01/2013): Hoian – Danang – Saigon (B,L)
Depart with guide to Danang Airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome at the airport and transfer to city.
Departure to visit the historic sites of the city: President Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, Ben Thanh Market. Check in at the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 :Saigon- Mekong delta (B)
After breakfast. Full day tour to Mekong Delta with boat trip along Mekong River, visit the farm houses, the orchid. Discover the normal life of local people in Mekong Delta and try to ride the sampan through the Channels. Lunch at local house. After lunch back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 : Saigon city - Departure (B)
Breakfast and transfer to Saigon airport for your flight. Check out time: 12h00
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