DAY 1 : Arrival Hanoi ( D /Guide )
Upon arrival, meet at airport and transfer to hotel.
PM : Cyclo tour and walking around Hanoi old quarter .
Welcome dinner !
DAY 2 : Hanoi City Tour (B ,L,D/Guide )
Morning program: See landmarks such as Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays) and Presidential Gardens, Temple of Literature, West lake and Tran Quoc pagoda .
All visitors to the mausoleum are required to wear clothes covering your knees and shoulders. This applies to both men and women.
PM : Cooking Class at ….. Cooking Class & Restaurant .Visit a local Market.
Enjoy Water-puppet show
DAY 3 :Ha Noi – Mai Chau (B,L/ Guide )
Isolated Mai Chau town and the nearby villages are in a valley around 139km from Hanoi and only 150 meters above sea level. Nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies, it is an enchanting sight as you approach down the windy cliff side road and the villages and surrounding countryside present an idyllic rural scene that could easily charm you into staying longer than intended.
In spring Mai Chau is a bright, almost parrot-green and by autumn this green transforms into golden hues as the rice approaches harvest. Taking the time to watch these transitions of colour seems like a perfectly useful way to spend your time while there .We will bicycle around White Thai villages in the afternoon.
DAY 4 : Mai Chau - Ninh Binh (B,L /Guide)
AM : Drive to Trang An – Ninh Binh, situated in an area full of vast rice fields, limestone rock formations and caves. Upon arrival you make a trip on small rowing boats through the spectacular area, followed by lunch in a local restaurant .
PM : Bicycle Tour around rice fields in Tam Coc village . Visit Bich Dong pagoda
DAY 5: NINH BINH – Halong (B,L,D /Guide)
AM: transfer to Halong Bay from your hotel in NINH BINH
The boat sets sail to cruise into the Bay. Find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities onboard. A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices is served in the restaurant. Savour your first hours in Halong Bay on the sun deck by simply let your eyes wander around the scenery.
We arrive at the area of Cua Van floating fishing village. From here we start to explore a cave, named Tien Ong, and the floating fishing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave. It shows evidences of human civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just 5 meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1000 square meters. Our guide takes you on a loop though the cave and explains about the historical findings and the cave’s particularities.
The voyage continues to the fishing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people we move around in the calm sea of this secluded area and gain an insight into the village life.
After returning to the boat we sail to the overnight mooring area Luom Bo. During this time Halong Bay reveals its most magnificent beauty - we call it the “blue hour”. Rewind on the sun deck with a drink of your choice and let the moment sink in. During the sailing time our Chef demonstrates as well the preparation of particular Vietnamese dishes. Feel free to join and practice by yourself.
Dinner is served in the restaurant either à la carte or buffet style. Afterwards the night is yours to kick-back and abundantly enjoy these unique moment amidst a surreal landscape. A presentation in our dining area with more interesting facts and insights on Halong Bay is also offered after dinner. We wish you a good night in Halong Bay where once upon a time Dragons played with sparkling jewels.
DAY 6: Ha Long – Hanoi airport – Da Nang (B,L/ Guide)
For early risers (~6.30 o’clock) tea, coffee and pastries are available at the restaurant area. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sundeck again to ease mind and muscles.
The boat continues to sail to Titop Island. We set over by tender to this little landmass in the bay. Prepare yourself for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath high rock formations. If you prefer to be more active climb up to the hill top of Titop Island from where you have stunning views over Halong Bay (it is 400 stone steps up which takes about 20 minutes to the top, minimal fitness and proper footwear is required). There is also a viewing platform about half-way up with great panoramic views.
Back on board (around 8:45 o’clock) you may like to shower and freshen up. Now it is time to enjoy the last sailing time back to the harbor. A full breakfast is served in the dining room. Relax on the sun deck or dine in the restaurant while savoring the last cruise moments of this iconic site before arriving back on shore.
Our crew bids farewells and helps with your belongings. Heritage Line and all the crew members thank you very much for having you on board.
Return to Hanoi late in the afternoon and transfer to the airport for your departure flight to DANANG
DAY 7: Da Nang (B)
EXCURSION TOUR TO HOI AN
AM: walking tour visit the pedestrian part of the town of Hoi An on foot. The Japanese covered bridge was the link between the Japanese and the Chinese communities and is now the main attraction in Hoi An. A visit to the old merchant’s house Phung Hung is also on the program: it was built 200 years ago and is still inhabited today by the eighth generation of the merchant family. The Chinese have always played an important role in Hoi An: the many Chinese community houses bear witness to this. You visit one of the many community houses.
PM: Bicycle Tour around Hoi An city to visit villages and see how people grow vegetable as well as their daily life.
DAY 8: Da Nang- Hue
Breakfast in hotel
Proceed to Danang by car on a trip that is a highlight of central Vietnam. The town- hour drive hugs the ocean coastline, winds through emerald- green paddy fields and climbs over the dramatic Hai Van Mountain pass. Lang Co beach. Arrival in Hue and free to relax on the swimming pool.
DAY 9: Hue
EXCURSION TOUR TO HUE
Transfer 40km to Hue centre and then Your guide will lead you on a city tour by bicycle to visit Thanh Toan village, local market and old bridge. Small museum. Continue bicycle to Thien Mu Pagoda, the Imperial Citadel. Your local guide will show you Hue city before return to your hotel.
DAY 10: Hue
DAY 11: Hoi An- Da Nang airport- Sai Gon- Me Kong Delta
Transfer to Hue airport for fly to Sai Gon . Pick up airport and depart Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic morning drive through the Mekong Delta. At My Tho take a boat to Coconut Island. Enjoy a brief walk on the island, trying native fruits and viewing local handicraft production. Continue by boat to Tan Thach commune to visit a family- run enterprise making coconut candies. Take a bicycle to Quoi Son to visit a bee farm and to enjoy tea and candies. Float on a sampan through the narrow, tree- lined canals of the Mekong Delta.
PM: Return by boat to My Tho. Visit VINH TRANG Pagoda. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.
DAY 12: Sai Gon- Cu Chi tunnels- City Tour by Vespa
AM: Drive to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, just outside Ho Chi Minh City. During the war for independence, “Viet Cong” guerillas built the labyrinth of narrow tunnels virtually underneath U.S bases, using them to hide during bombing raids and to stage surprise attacks. Depending on the season, visitors can see harvesting or planting of rice fields en route. View occupations such as cashew nut farming and production of rice paper, a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine
PM: Vespa tour to visit 10 places around Ho Chi Minh city
THE INSIDER’S SAIGON ITINERARY
Our Vespa tour of modern- day Ho Chi Minh City will give you a view of greater Saigon unlike anything you’ll see from the hot, crowded interior of a tour bus, and much more of the city than you could see on your own. (Note: tour will not take guest inside the buildings)
Starting point of the tour
Bird lover club (morning only)
Saigon life style, bird lovers
Thich Quang Duc Memorial
Saigon during 1960s: Diem regime
Ho Thi Ky flower market
Saigon whole sale, distribution system
Tailor accessory market
Small business setting, cash economy
Chinese community Temple
Chinese herbal medicine business
Chinese medicine, VN health care
Ten thousand Buddha pagoda
Religion briefing, Vietnamese customs
District 2 river front
Watching the rising Saigon, real estate
Post office- Notre Dame
Briefing of French influences
Vietnam history during 1970s
DAY 13: Sai Gon- airport- Departure
Free relax on the pool
Transfer to Sai Gon airport for flight out. End of service
- Accommodations with breakfast.
- Land transportation (including airport transfers) in air- conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees to museums, temples ect
- Flight ticket HANDAS& HUISGN (economy class)
- Boat for overnight in Halong Bay (S. I. C)
- Meals as indicated in program (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Regional English speaking guides
- Authorization letter for Visa on arrival service
- International ticket reconfirmation
- Alcoholic beverages
- Meals not indicated in program
- Personal expenses and tips
- Camera and videos fees (if any)
- Insurance of all kinds