Promotion: Summer in Vietnam
Vietnam is an incredibly varied place to explore. Take a tour from north to south to explore a myriad of cultural influences in cuisine and customs, socially fun and energetic people, dramatic natural environments and booming cities.
Visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi to meet and see the homes of local people and watch a story told with water puppets. Climb aboard an iconic “junk” sailing ship for a cruise around Ha Long Bay to see the surreal-looking limestone karst islands.
In Central Vietnam, Hue has royal tombs, the Citadel fortress and imperial cuisine. Nearby, visit the historic charm of Hoi An seaport in a walking tour of narrow streets lined with centuries old shops and houses.
Ho Chi Minh City is home to stately museums, colorful temples, and traditional markets bursting with exotic food stalls and exquisite handicrafts. Broad, tree-lined boulevards compliment the French colonial architecture.
The adventure culminates in the beguiling backwaters of the Mekong Delta to join a farm family celebrating a sacred religious ceremony.
Day 1 | Hanoi Arrival | Meals: None
Arrival at Hanoi airport. Your tour guide will welcome you in the arrivals area at Noi Bai airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in.
Day 2 | Hanoi – Old Quarter undiscovered | Meals: B
After breakfast, start your day with a visit to the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You will meet a local family and discover the tradition of Northern Vietnam. Take a walking tour along graceful boulevards with French architecture. Chinese cultural connections are everywhere. Visit some typical communal homes restored by UNESCO. On the way taste some local spring rolls and other specialties of Hanoi in the Old Quarter. Visit Quan Thanh Temple, West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda and one pillar pagoda. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Literature. Drive back to your hotel. In the evening enjoy the famous Vietnamese traditional water puppet show.
Day 3 | Hanoi – Ha Long Bay | Meals: B, L, D
Depart from your hotel to Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the world’s largest marine limestone karst landscape. On arrival you will board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels. With square sails, elevated stern and a rectangular superstructure, this vessel will take you to the World Heritage Site. All meals will be provided on board with overnight stay on the boat.
Day 4 | Ha Long – Hanoi | Meals: B, D
Enjoy the views of the bay and surrounding islands. Your cruise will continue around the bay while the brunch is served. The vessel will cruise back to the harbor for disembarkation. Transfer back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Option: Dinner in a traditional Vietnamese house that belongs to Colonel Ban, a military leader in Vietnam, whose career began at the battle of Dien Bien Phu during the war against the French in 1954, throughout the American conflict and up until the withdrawal of Vietnamese soldiers from Cambodia in 1975. In his house you will experience homemade meals with fresh ingredients that you can’t find anywhere else.
Day 5 | Hanoi – Hue | Meals: B
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Transfer by cyclo to visit the Forbidden Purple City, constructed under Emperor Gia Long’s reign in the early 19th century. It is located inside the Citadel of Hue, which was badly damaged during the Tet Offensive in 1968. On completion of the tour you will visit Dong Ba market for shopping and to experience the local culture.
Day 6 | Hoi An | Meals: B
After breakfast, board a local train to reach Danang and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Spend an afternoon walking around Hoi An town with the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old shop houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architecture. Visit Hoi An’s numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market. Around the town, you can see numerous art galleries and tailor shops. If you like, order some custom-made clothes.
Day 7 | Danang – Ho Chi Minh City | Meals: B
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Start the visit at the Catholic Museum and discover the life of the Catholic nuns who arrived during the 19th century in Ho Chi Minh City to help street children. A donation for the disadvantaged children can be organized. Visit their church’s library where you can see some old books from 19th century written in Chu-Nom language. A specialist will explain to you this unique language, which is no longer used in Vietnam.
Visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the presidents of South Vietnam, before 1975. Then visit the War Remnants Museum and the Benh Thanh market. In the afternoon, visit the French-colonial Central Post Office building. Also discover Fito Museum, which explains the traditional medicines of Vietnam. Finally visit Thien Hau Pagoda, followed by Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda with its impressive woodcarvings.
Evening food tour by motorbike.
Sunset cruise on Saigon River
Day 8 | Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta | Meals: B, L
After breakfast, transfer to Hùng vương Pier (Bến Tre town). You will take a boat ride on Cái Cối, a small canal. Then change to a rowing boat to visit a farmhouse (Bac Ba‘s house) to see and take part in the renowned death anniversary that is celebrated there. Enjoy lunch in a local farmhouse. In the afternoon, take a bike and ride through a coconut jungle. You will stop at a workshop making rice paper cake and coconut candy, and continue to observe the locals weaving mats.
After this you will take a boat on a different canal to visit a coconut processing workshop and handy brick workshop, before returning back to the pier by boat and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9 | Ho Chi Minh City – departure | Meals: B
After breakfast, free time before your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your international flight.
– All transfers and transport as per the program (except shuttle bus Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi)
– Cruise on Halong Bay
– All accommodation as per program (based on twin sharing)
– All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
– English-speaking station guide.
– All entrance fees
Not Including :
– Air tickets both domestic and international
– Personal expenses
– All drinks
– Visa fees and/or visa authorization
– Late Check Out
– Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
– Meals not mentioned in the program
– Optional tours mentioned on the itinerary
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