DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport meet and transfer to centre of Hanoi ( some 30 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 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.
Next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Next will 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 see the water puppet show for one hour before transfer back the hotel. 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-SAIGON/ FLIGHT
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 airport for flying to Saigon, pick up at Tan Son Nhat airport on arrival and transfer to your hotel.Overnight in Saigon.(B/L)
DAY 5: CUCHI TUNNLES AND SAIGON SIGHTSEEING TOUR
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.
Tour ends, we will drive back to Saigon for lunch and next will be sightseeing tour included of War museum, thien hau Pagoda, Binh Tay market, Cathedral Notre Dame, tour ends, transfer back to your hotel and free time for dinner. Overnight Saigon (B/ L)
DAY 6: SAIGON-CAI BE CRUISES/ Overnight Cruise Mekong
On arrival Cai Be, 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 en 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. Overnight on boat ( B/L/D)
DAY 7: CAN THO CRUISES- SAIGON
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.
End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cần Thơ. Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit.
Meet back our car and driver and transfer back Saigon, check the hotel on arrival and free time for dinner. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 8: SAIGON- VUNG TAU
Have breakfast in the hotel before we will check out and driving for Vung Tau, some 2 and half hours away from Saigon on the tropical beach, away from cold winnter season in the north parts of Vietnam.
On arrival, check in the hotel and free time for swimming and relaxing Vung Tau. Overnight in Vung Tau Beach city (B)
DAY 9: VUNG TAU FREE DAY
Have breakfast in the hotel and free one more day for shopping and relaxing Vung Tau. Overnight in Vung Tau (B)
DAY 10: VUNG TAU-SAIGON DEPARTURE
Free time at leisure until transfer back to Tan Son Nhat airport in Saigon airport for flight onwards. tour ends at airport. (B)