DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport meet and transfer to centre of Hanoi for check in to Hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure and explore the city on your own. free time for dinner and overnight Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEING TOURS
At 9.00 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). Our next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Next will visit 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.
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 where all US pilots was captured during the war years to the north Vietnam from 1964-1972.
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- HALONG BAY ABOARD
Have our breakfast and check out the hotel. Today journey is to Halong bay, some160km away from Hanoi. As we will pass through the Red river delta, the second largest one in Vietnam. Stop over for relax and have a coffee at the Sao Do handicraft village.
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 a junk boat ( Cruise trip of 2days 1night in Halong bay is always a best choice for family tours in Vietnam and should not be missed). (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 From here, we drive straight back to Hanoi for check in hotel.Overnight in Hanoi.(B/L)
DAY 5: HANOI-HUE CITY TOUR/ FLIGHT
After breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for the flight to Hue. Upon arrival Phu Bai airport, pick up and transfer to hotel in Hue.
PM: Drive to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a Hue’s most preserved religious monument, and then continue to visit the imperial citadel from where the Nguyen emperors ruled Viet Nam for 143 years. Overnight Hue.(B)
DAY 6: HUE- HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
After breakfast, you will visit the two elaborate mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc before driving for Hoian ancient town, some 120 km away.
Upon arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures and visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
This Pm will be free your own and Overnight Hoian (B)
DAY 7: HOI AN- WALKING TOURS HALF DAY
Breakfast at hotel and free time for shopping in Hoian ancient town.
This afternoon will start a walking tour visiting ancient town center, former merchant’ homes, Chinese temples and the 400years old Japanese covered bridge and the colorful local market. Overnight in Hoi an.(B/L)
DAY 8: HOIAN- DANANG-HOCHIMINH CITY/ FLIGHT
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon.
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Next will be visiting to the old Saigon post office, Notre dame cathedral, former presidential palace, war remnant museum and the Chinese district of Cho lon to enjoy the bustling wholesale quarter of Saigon. Overnight in Saigon (B)
DAY 9: SAIGON--CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY
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.
Free time this afternoon for relaxing and shopping in Saigon downtown. Overnight Saigon (B)
DAY 10: HOCHIMINH DEPARTURE
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your onward flights, end of your family tours in Vietnam from Saigon (B)