General


ITINERARY:

Day 1:

Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remains of the day offers free time for you to explore the wide tree lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagoda’s and thriving, historic old city, all easily navigated on foot.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2:

Hanoi City Tour 

After breakfast we embark on an exciting city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Kicking off with a visit to Uncle Ho himself (if open, closed Oct-Nov) before heading across the road to the beautiful Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s iconic House on Stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Later on we continue to the Ethnology Museum where we learn about Vietnam’s many diverse ethnic groups.

This afternoon we visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first 11th century university. Next we head to the oldest pagoda in Vietnam, Tran Quoc Pagoda before driving to the centre of Hanoi. We finish the day with a stroll across the red bridge over Sword Lake to the beautiful Ngoc Son Temple. This evening we host a welcome meeting at 17:00 where you will have the opportunity to meet other tour group members that have arrived today.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3:

Hanoi-Halong Bay 

This morning a scenic drive leads us to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Boarding our traditional wooden junk boat we cruise the emerald waters soaking up the panoramic vista of the thousand or so karst limestone islands that stud the bay.

Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to ‘Dark & Bright Lagoon’ Tonight, there’s a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served.

Overnight in Halong Bay .

Day 4:

Halong Bay-Hanoi-Hue

Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs, we sail back to port.

Arriving to Hanoi mid afternoon an hour or so is spent exploring the quixotic web of streets, known as the ‘36 streets of the old quarter’. The motorbike swarming narrow lanes are each named after various guilds of the city’s artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. There is Silver Street, Silk Street, Comb Street, Paper Street and more. The maze of rambling streets are framed by narrow front tube houses and we may have a chance to sample the exotic fruits, sizzling noodle dishes and delightfully sticky snacks being offers by he pavement vendors. Our tour of the area is undertaken by a quintessentially Vietnamese experience from aboard a cyclo(rickshaw).

A little time will be given to freshen up before boarding the our train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on he ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue.

Overnight in Sleeper Train.

Day 5:

Hue 

Upon arrival to Hue we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.

In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, here we’ll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. As the sun sets opt for a cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 6:

Hue-Hoi An 

Hue – Road of the Ocean Clouds – Hoi An. Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other. En route we stop for a walk along China beach. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea before continuing our journey south to Hoi An.

The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with it cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a by gone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here.

On a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town, we’ll visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7:

Tra Que Village 

A bicycle ride into the countryside, leads us to Tra Que village. Here, we discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8:

Hoi An 

A free day for you relax or further sightsee. You may wish to take a relaxing rowboat journey along the river or spend the day lazing by the beach or hotel pool. It’s also possible to take an optional excursion to the most holiest and evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites, My Son or to Quang Ngai, the site of the My Lai massacre memorial. The massacre was a significant turning point in the Vietnam War and the story is told through photo presentation on a walk through the village.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9:

Hoi An-Saigon 

Early morning flight to Saigon. Drive to the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as it fantastic views while boating along the canals. Taking our sampan from Vinh Long we’ll cruise downstream from Cai Be through the maze of waterways watching the hubbub of daily life on the river. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children swimming we stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 10:

Can Tho-Saigon 

Early today we visit the ever lively Cai Rang floating market and drive to Saigon. Once called the Pearl of the Orient, modern Saigon is a thriving metropolis on the move. Sleek sky scrapers, gourmet restaurants, designer malls and swanky bars and spas are scattered between ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks and lively street markets. Our walking tour of Saigon includes visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 11:

Saigon-Cu Chi Tunnel 

This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet-Cong in their struggle to keep control of the region during the 1960’s. After a short video presentation we take an exciting walk around the many bush trails and see trapdoors, booby traps, living areas, weapon factories and kitchens that were used and lived in during the war. We can also safely crawl through sections of the tunnels, that have been widened for the tourists and stand in the middle of bomb craters that are still just as defined as the day they were created. At the end of the visit you can opt to fire weapons of the era (including the M16 ‘s and AK47) on the firing range.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 12:

Saigon City Tour 

Today we head out to explore sizzling Saigon. Starting off with the Reunification Palace – former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on April 30th 1975. The building is now a museum and a popular wedding venue. We’ll take a look in the famous ‘War Room’ where the North Vietnamese army took control in 1975. Next we explore Giac Lam Pagoda, Saigon’s oldest and one of its most beautiful temples.

Later on we take a journey through Vietnam’s medical history at the FITO Museum. This is Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum with an amazing collection of over 3000 items. Our last stop of the day is Ben Thanh Market, where you can shop till you drop and master the art of haggling for just about anything!

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 13:

Saigon 

Today marks the end of our tour and after breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your onward departure flight.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Hanoi – Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ancient Quarter

Hue – ancient citadel, Imperial Purple City, Royal Tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda and monastery

Saigon – ‘Pearl of the Orient!. Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum

Cai Be waterways, cottage industries, mansion home and Dong Hoa Hiep Island

Halong Bay – UNESCO Listed region with thousands of beautiful limestone peaks and islets

Hoi An – UNESCO Listed ancient town, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches

Mekong Delta – a maze of waterways, fertile farm land and floating villages

Can Tho – lively market town in the Mekong Delta and nearby Cai Rang floating market

INCLUDED:

12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner

Economy class flight Danang – Saigon

Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration

Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 10

Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide.

Visa approval letter (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)

10 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin)

Halong Bay Junk boat cruise – opt to swim, kayak and explore caves

Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta

Guided sightseeing – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon

All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

NOT INCLUDED:

International flights and visa. Vietnam visa letter included – stamping fee required upon arrival

Entrance Fees: USD$45 -55, paid in USD

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 – 6 per day, per traveler Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

Tipping Kitty: USD$45 -55, paid in USD 

 

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Entrance Fees: USD$45 -55, paid in USD

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveler. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

Tipping Kitty: USD$45 -55, paid in USD