DAY 1: ARRIVAL VIETNAM
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY FULL DAY
At 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour Hanoi Capital
today with the visit to most city highlights and including of:
visit Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).
Next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Continue with visit to the Museum of National Fine Arts. It has received many high ranking delegations of different countries, the Museum has sent many traveling thematic exhibitions to other nations to introduce to international friends the typical culture, heroic history of Vietnam. At the same time, it has linked local people with painting, photograph, and sculpture collections of international artists. The Museum has created chances for local art lovers to enjoy and learn about different fine arts school and tendencies of the world.
Next will visit the Army Museum (large collection of weaponry at the front, the Military Museum displays Soviet and Chinese equipment alongside French- and US-made weapons captured during years of warfare. The centrepiece is a Soviet-built MiG-21 jet fighter, triumphant amid the wreckage of French aircraft downed at Dien Bien Phu, and a US F-111).
or other option (if not visit the Fine art museum) with the The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media such as audiotapes. Its indoor exhibition space can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer ethnic groups. There are priceless antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Your lunch will be served at finest local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine.
Pm will continue our visit to Hoa Lo or Hanoi Hilton prison before doing a "rickshaw", enjoy one hour of cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters, taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi.
At late afternoon, we will see the water puppet show for one hour, the oldest record mentioning water puppetry is the inscription on a stone stele dating from 1121. The stele called Sùng Thiện Diên Linh is located in Đọi Sơn Pagoda in Hà Nam Province (This is a must to see show when you are in Hanoi, recommended), transfer back hotel and Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI- BA BE NATIONAL PARK
Depart from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00 am this morning and heading to the north east for Ba Be National Park, some 240km away from Hanoi capital.
Ba Be Lake is a famous Nature World Heritage Site which also called “Halong Bay on mountain”.
En route, will have a stop for refreshment in Thai Nguyen, a quick visit to Thai Nguyen Museum of ethnology to learn about different ethnic minorities in northern Vietnam.
Continue our drive further north and stop over at Bac Can town for lunch.
This early PM, we will arrival Babe National park, check in the park hotel for overnight.
Dinner included and Overnight Babe park. (B/L/D)
DAY 4: BA BE CRUISES- DAU DANG WATERFALL
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the lake and start our boat trip to visit the Bat Caves, Dong Dang waterfall. If the Weather permitting we can have a swim in crystal clear waters.
A rustic lunch during trek at a Tay village of Pac Ngoi.
Pm will boat cruises back the dock.
Dinner included and Overnight Babe park. (B/L/D)
DAY 5: BA BE -HANOI
Have breakfast at hotel and free time your own exploration the jungle.
Lunch your own at local restaurant.
This Pm will drive on the same road back Hanoi, there is plenty of beautiful villages en route for taking pictures and sightseeing (you are welcome to visit local families here)
On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel and Overnight Hanoi (B)
DAY 6: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES (aboard)
Pick up at your hotel around from 07.30 to 08.00 Am by our shuttle bus and depart for Halong Bay Cruises
, some 170 km away from Hanoi and drive down to the biggest delta (the Red River delta), great opportunity for stopping along the way for taking pictures of local daily activities.
On Arrival, board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit.
Relax and Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HALONG -HANOI- NOI BAI AIRPORT-HUE CITY/ FLIGHT
After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45.
Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping .
12h45 Transfer back to Hanoi by road and straight to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue, pick up at Phu Bai airport and transfer to Hue. Overnight Hue (B/L)
DAY 8: HUE SIGHTSEEING CITY
Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty of Emperors from 1802-1945. There are many mausoleums to visit as well as the fascinating Dong Ba market, famous for selling the best conical hats in Vietnam.
This morning, we will start our sightseeing tour including of the boat trip cruise down the perfume river to the heavenly lady pagoda, visit the Imperial Citadel and the King tombs of Minh Mang.
Tour ends at this afternoon.
Free time in evening and Overnight in hotel in Hue (B)
DAY 9: HUE - HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Drive from Hue for two and half hours to Danang, we will pass the fishing village of Lang co before ascending the scenic Hai van pass (cloudy pass) where a spectacular panorama of the center coastline can be viewed at the summit.
Upon arrival in Da Nang city, we will visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in The ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures.
Continue to the marble mountains sightseeing trip before drive for Hoi an ancient town.
Check in the hotel on arrival and free time for shopping and dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.(B)
DAY 10: HOIAN WALKING TOUR HALF DAY
Have breakfast in the hotel.
Start our walking tour to visit Hoi an ancient town, From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century, the places that not to be missed in town are the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market.
Transfer back the hotel at 12.00 am, lunch on your own and Overnight Hoi an (B)
DAY 11: HOIAN- DANANG- SAIGON/ FLIGHT
Have free time at leisure until car come to pick up at hotel for flying to HCM city (former name Saigon)
Meet our guide and car at Tan Son Nhat airport for transferring to Hotel in town, free time on your own of exploration the city and Overnight Saigon (B)
DAY 12: CU CHI TUNNELS & SAIGON CITY 1DAY
This morning, we pick you up at your hotel and depart for Cu Chi Tunnels
. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace
, war Museum, China Town and the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM. (B/L)
DAY 13: DEPARTURE SAIGON
Free at leisure until our driver will come to pick up you to transfer back the airport for flight onwards. Tour ends at Tan Son Nhat airport (B)