DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport meet and transfer to centre of Hanoi (some 25 minutes of driving) 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 CITY FULL DAY
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. Before having lunch, we visit the Army museum where different kinds of US, Russian aircraft and tanks from Vietnam-US wars 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 Hoa Lo or Hanoi hilton prison.
Next, you will 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 and Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISES (aboard)
Have breakfast at hotel and at around from 08.30 Am by our bus will 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. 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 board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HALONG BAY- HANOI
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 Gaulles nose! After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City.
Transfer back to Hanoi airport by road, check in hotel and free time at leisure. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 5: HANOI -HUE CITY TOUR/ FLIGHT
Breakfast at hotel and free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for the flight to Hue (some 2 hours fly).
Upon arrival Phu Bai airport, pick up and transfer to hotel in Hue city.
This PM, we will drive to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, Imperial city and Minh Mang tomb, 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. Dinner and Overnight Hue.(B)
DAY 6: HUE- HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Breakfast at hotel.
Star our visit the Dong Ba Market then drive from Hue for two and half hours to Danang, 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.
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. 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.
Start our walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old, Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
Tour ends at 12.00am. free time on your own on beach at Cua Dai or shopping in old town (Hoian is a great place to tailor made clothes). Overnight Hoian (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HOIAN-DANANG-SAIGON/ FLIGHT
Have breakfast in the hotel and free at leisure your own sightseeing the ancient town.
This PM, will transfer back Danang airport for flying to Saigon, the biggest city in south Vietnam.
Pick up at Tan Son Nhat airport on arrival and transfer to Saigon city for and Overnight Saigon (B)
DAY 8: 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 Notre Dame Cathedral. At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 9: MEKONG DELTA 1DAY
Heading out of the town for one day trip to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl.
On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The most interesting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the most beautiful Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits.
Continue our trip to see fascinating local industries in Ben Tre Province. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Saigon with stop over at the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda. Tour ends, will transfer back Saigon for Overnight (B/L)
DAY 10: SAIGON DEPARTURE
Have breakfast at hotel and next will transfer back Tan Son Nhat International airport for flying onwards. tour ends at airport (B)