DAY 1: ARRIVAL SAIGON- CITY TOUR
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and Start our half day city tour included of visiting to the Unification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Today this building is a museum and venue for official receptions. there will be over 1 hour of sightseeing entire the building from the private rooms of the president, the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and under-ground head quarter.
Next will be the Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam.
We continue to the War Remains Museum, where you can learn a lot about the Vietnam War and then we will return hotel. Overnight Saigon (D)
DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS - SAIGON
This Morning, we will 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 and free time this afternoon for your own shopping in town. lunch and dinner included. Overnight Saigon (B/L/D)
DAY 3: SAIGON- 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/D)
DAY 4: SAIGON - HANOI / FLIGHT
Transfer back the airport for flying to Hanoi, some 2 and half hours away, meet at Noibai airport on arrival and transfer to the hotel, if there is time permits, we will star the visit to some 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).
After that, we will 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 and Overnight Hanoi (B/D)
DAY 5: HANOI - HOA LU- TAM COC
At 8.00 AM, We will pick you up at your Hotel for Hoalu in Ninh binh province, 100 km far away from south of Hanoi.
Hoa lu is the site of the tenth-century capital of an early, independent Vietnamese kingdom called Dai Co Viet. we will visit 2 temples dedicated to king Dinh Tien Hoang who seized power in 968 AD and King Le Dai Hanh in 980AD.
From here, we continue our journey to Tam Coc “Halong bay on land” .
It is a place of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks. En route, you can freely enjoy the landscape nearby or take photos as you wish. After that, we will have lunch in a local restaurant before joining our sampan trip for 2 hours and half.
The sampan slithers through three limestone tunnel caves. Along the stream the enormous limestone karsts just out from the green rice fields. The scenery is spectacular, next is returned by sampan trip on the same way back up to our waiting vehicle.
At very late afternoon will be arrival Hanoi at around 5.00PM. Overnight Hanoi. (B/L/D)
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISES
In the morning, you will take a 3 hours drive from Ha Noi to Ha long. Stop en route for relaxing at a handcraft center at Sao do town. Carry on our driving for one and half hours more.
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 boat.(B/L/D)
DAY 7: 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 Meet our car and drive back to Ha Noi. We will arrive to the hotel at around 3.00 PM. Free time for walking at the old quarter or shopping until picking up for dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.(B/L/D)
DAY 8: HANOI DEPARTURE
Free on your own of exploration the city or shopping before transfer back the airport for flight onwards. tour ends at airport (B)