DAY 1: ARRIVAL SAIGON
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city.
DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS - SAIGON CITY TOUR 1DAY
Early in the 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.(B/L)
DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA 1DAY
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads 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. And then we 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. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 4: SAIGON DANANG-HOIAN
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight onwards to Danang city,
On arrival Danang Airport, you are greeted and driven to Hoian, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. Stay overnight in Hoian.(B)
DAY 5: HOI AN WALKING TOUR - HANOI/ FLIGHT
The ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence.
There are plenty to see in this delightful and tranquil town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. We visit these on our morning walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.
Next will transfer back Danang airport for flying to Hanoi. meet our guide at Noi Bai airport and transfer to the hotel.
Stay overnight in Hanoi.(B)
DAY 6: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR
At 08.00 AM, pick you up from your hotel, then start the half-day tour to visit the most interesting places in Hanoi, We first visit the complex of 4 spots reflecting the simple life of the great leader, beloved Hochiminh President of Vietnam, Hero of national liberation and a great man of world culture. This complex comprises of the Hochiminh mausoleum where the remains of The Hochiminh President is kept, then the house on stilts, at the heart of the capital, where he lived and worked Next is Presidential Palace, which was built in 1906 where the president of Vietnam works. Our next stop is the One Pillar pagoda (built in 1049).
Continue to visit the Temple of literature (the first university of Vietnam built in 1070) and we will head for the fine art museum to see the paintings of Vietnamese well-known artists. En route around these places, you can enjoy the landscape and view Hanoi ancient streets.
Drive back to the hotel at 11.30 Am at noon.
Free afternoon and Overnight Hanoi (B)
DAY 7: HALONG BAY-HANOI 1DAY
At 07.30 in the morning, will leave Hanoi, today’s trip is Halong Bay Cruises
, some 165 km away from Hanoi, one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. we drive along the second largest rice delta in Vietnam named the Red river delta, enjoy our three and half hour driving and sightseeing the delta scenery, rice fields ,villages and people’s daily activities.
On arrival, embark on our wooden boat for an exploration of the Bay. This exciting 4-hours cruise will provide you a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 1,969 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and very beautiful caves. We will 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 Thien Cung Cave.
We will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.
Seafood lunch will be served on board before cruise back the dock, meet back our car and drive one the same road back Ha Noi captal city.
On arrival Hanoi, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Hanoi (B/L)
DAY 8: HANOI DEPARTURE
Free on your own of exploration the city or shopping before transfer back the airport for flight onwards and this Vietnam Guided Tours
ends, Tam Biet and goodbye (B)