DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI, 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. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR 1DAY
At 8.30 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour including visit Hochiminh President Complex(Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).Visiting this site, you will understand more about the life of President Ho, a great leader, Hero of national liberation and a great man of world culture. Our next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam. Before having lunch, we visit the fine art museum where different kinds of paintings of famous artists are on display.
Your lunch will be served at one of the best local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine. After lunch, continue our visit to Museum of Ethnology, which exhibits the traditional culture of 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. You will take 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 transfer back to your hotel at 4.30 Pm.(B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES
At 8.30 in the morning, Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay.
Welcome on board of Bai Tho Junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat. Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY- HANOI
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. 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 transfer to hotel on arrival. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 5: HOA LU-TAM COC 1DAY
At 8.30 AM, We will pick you up at your Hotel for Hoalu in Ninh binh province, 100 km far away from south of Hanoi. Hoa lu is the site of the tenth-century capital of an early, independent Vietnamese kingdom called Dai Co Viet. we will visit 2 temples dedicated to king Dinh Tien Hoang who seized power in 968 AD and King Le Dai Hanh in 980AD. From here, we continue our journey to Tam Coc “Halong bay on land” . It is a place of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks. En route, you can freely enjoy the landscape nearby or take photos as you wish. After that, we will have lunch in a local restaurant before joining our sampan trip for 2 hours and half. The sampan slithers through three limestone tunnel caves. Along the stream the enormous limestone karsts just out from the green rice fields. The scenery is spectacular, next is returned by sampan trip on the same way back up to our waiting vehicle. At very late afternoon will be arrival Hanoi at around 5.00PM. (B/L)
DAY 6: HANOI- HUE ANCIENT CITY/ FLY
Have breakfast at hotel and next transfer back to Noi Bai airport for flying to Hue, some 750km away from Hanoi. Pick you up at Phu Bai airport and transfer to hotel, free at leisure on your own of exploration Hue. Overnight at the hotel.(B)
DAY 7: HUE SIGHTSEEING TOUR
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 in hue including to visit the Imperial Citadel and the King tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh,
This afternoon you will be free on your own of exploration the city of go shopping. Dinner in town is on your own too. Overnight in hotel in Hue (B/L)
DAY 8: HUE- HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Drive from Hue for two and half hours to Danang, we will pass the fishing village of Lang co, upon arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in The ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures and visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
Check in the hotel on arrival and free time for shopping and dinner. Overnight in Hoi An. (B/L)
DAY 9: HOIAN WALKING TOUR HALF DAY
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. Some 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, free time for dinner. Overnight Hoian (B)
DAY 10: HOI AN -DANANG- NHATRANG/ FLY
After breakfast, Free at leisure and next will be transferred to the airport for flying to Nha Trang, on arrival Cam Ranh airport, transfer to hotel and next is free time for swimming on beach. Overnight Nha Trang beach city (B)
DAY 11: NHA TRANG FREE DAY FOR SWIMMING
Have breakfast in the hotel and free entire day for swimming and relaxing. Overnight in Nha Trang (B)
DAY 12: NHA TRANG FREE DAY
Have breakfast in the hotel and free entire day for swimming and relaxing. Overnight in Nha Trang (B)
DAY 13: NHA TRANG- DALAT
After a hearty breakfast we will drive for the Da Lat Mountains, which are about four hours from Nha Trang. The road descends to the arid coastal city of Phan Rang with a stop to visit the 13th century Poklong Jarai Cham Towers perched on a rocky hill surrounded by prickly pear cactus…a very unusual place in tropical Vietnam. After lunch we will visit the Bao Dai Summer Palace and the old Trai Mat Train Station. You will see some of the world famous Vietnamese art-embroidery. Overnight in Dalat (B)
DAY 14: DALAT SIGHTSEEING TOURS
After breakfast in the hotel and will start our guided sightseeing tour to Visit Tiger (or Datanla) waterfall, Love Valley or Lake of Sighs, the former palace of King Bao Dai, Truc Lam Meditation and City Flower Garden. Tour ends at 4 pm at your hotel. Overnight in Da Lat (B)
DAY 15: DALAT- SAIGON/FLIGHT
Free on your own till Transfer you to the Da Lat airport for your flying to Saigon, on arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, meet our guide to transfer to Hotel in downtown, free time for dinner. Overnight Saigon (B)
DAY 16: CU CHI TUNNELS & SAIGON CITY 1DAY
This morning, we will 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 Notre Dame Cathedral. At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM. (B/L)
DAY 17: SAIGON-CAI BE - CAN THO (ABOARD)
Depart from your hotel in Saigon this morning and Heading for Mekong delta to the City of Cai Be some 2hours away from Saigon, there is plenty time for your stop en route for photography and seeing the daily life of people in Mekong delta of Vietnam.
Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.
Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river.
Lunch while on route. Rest on the deck.
The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.
The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night (B/L/D)
DAY 18: CAN THO CRUISES AND SIGHTSEEING
You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier, check-out and Pick up to transfer to your hotel in Can Tho. Free time on your own of exploration the city later. Overnight Can tho (B/L/D)
DAY 19: CAN THO- SAIGON
Have breakfast in the hotel and check out the hotel, heading back Saigon, there is plenty picture stop en route today. on arrival Saigon, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Saigon (B)
DAY 20: FREE DAY FOR RELAXING
Have breakfast in the hotel and free on your own of relaxing today. Overnight Saigon (B)
DAY 21: DEPARTURE VIETNAM
Free at leisure until our driver will come to pick up you to transfer back the airport for flight onwards. your family trips in Vietnam of 21 days 20 nights ends at airport, say good bye our guide and driver. Tam Biet and all the best!