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 CRUISES (aboard)- SHUTTLE BUS
Have breakfast at hotel.
Our Shuttle bus and tour guide will pick you up at hotel lobby at around 08.30 Am and depart for Halong Bay, 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 and ready for Halong Bay Cruises
. 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.
Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on boat(B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY CRUSIE- HANOI -SHUTTLE BUS
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route, the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose!
A quick early lunch will be served before disembark at the dock at Halong City by noon time.
Meet back the shuttle bus and driver back Hanoi on the same road.
Arrival Hanoi around 04.00 Pm and check in the hotel, free time for your own shopping in Old quarter Hanoi. Overnight 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)