After breakfast at hotel, we enjoy a full day city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda & the Temple of Literature.
After lunch at local restaurant, visit the impressive Museum of Ethnology which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and the Ngoc Son temple. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Around 8:00 a.m.: Depart for one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. Halong covers 577 square miles, this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone “peaks” or karsts that jut from the deep blue water as far as the eye can see. We’ll spend a day and a half, including an overnight with dinner and breakfast onboard, exploring this overwhelming seascape from the decks of a traditional Vietnamese boat. Comfortable and intimate, your boat features hand-crafted wooden interiors including a dining room and pleasant air-conditioned cabins with private baths. Since we’re overnight on the water, we’ll be able to explore Ha Long Bay’s most beautiful spots with time to swim and even visit some of the largest rock formations and caves. This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Stay overnight on cruise.
Distance: Hanoi central - Halong Bay: 180 km (~ 3.5 hour drive).
Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.
After breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave, swim and relax. Cruises back to the jetty while brunch is served while you are cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations. Cruise check-out. Turn back to Hanoi for the evening flight to Hue, the last capital of Vietnam feudality. On arrival, pick up & transfer to hotel for check in. Stay overnight in Hue.
Distance: Phu Bai airport - Hue City: 18 km (~ 30 minute drive).
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Hoi An town, a recognized World Heritage Site. Stop in Da Nang to visit the famous My Khe Beach and Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.
On arrival in Hoi An, visit the 200 year-old Tan Ky house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, the Assembly Hall, the former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful riverside market. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
After breakfast at hotel, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel to transfer to My Son Sanctuary – once the capital city of Champa Kingdom (around the 4th to 12th century). My Son is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers connecting to each other with complicated red brick designs. The major structure of Cham architecture is tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king. Drive back to Hoi An at noon.
Then free for shopping or relaxing on Cua Dai Beach. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Distance: Hoi An town - My Son: 50 km (~ 1 hour drive).
After breakfast at hotel, we will visit Cu Chi tunnels - an immense network of connecting underground tunnels during American War. Back to the city for lunch.
After lunch at local restaurant, we will visit Notre Dame Cathedral, in the heart of Saigon’s government quarter, is of neo- Romanesque architecture with two high square tower and iron spires. The Central Post Office is French-style and City Hall, known as “Hotel de Ville,” is typical of the French architecture that would be seen in any village in France. Visit the War Remnants Museum, featuring collections of weapons and photographs from the two Indochina wars. Our last stop is Ben Thanh market, the biggest whole sales market in Saigon. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Distance: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnel: 75 km (~ 1.5 hour drive)
7:30 am: Depart for Cai Be, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, take a motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the driver again in Vinh Long. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Accommodation: (3 nights in twin-share rooms at the 3-star Liberty Parkview Hotel + 2 nights in twin-share rooms at the 4-star Phu Thinh Resort + 2 nights in a twin-share room in the 3-star Cherish Hue Hotel + 2 nights in twin-share rooms at the 3-star Pomihoa Hotel Hanoi + 1 night in a twin-share cabin on board the 3-star Garden Bay Cruise Boat)
Internal Flights: Hanoi - Hue, Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City (economy class, airport taxes and service charges included). Packed Luggage: 20kg + Handing Luggage: 7kg.
Experienced English-speaking driver and guide throughout tour.
Meals: 10 Breakfasts + 5 Lunches + 1 Dinner.
Air-conditioned coach throughout tour.
Garden Bay Cruises on Halong Bay.
Arrival and departure transfers.
Vietnam Visa Approval Letter (single entry, one month valid)
Entrance fees and Sightseeing tickets.
Boat trips in the Mekong Delta, Hue and Hoi An.
Kayaking in Halong Bay.
Water Puppet Show & Cyclo Tour in Hanoi Old Quarter.