From the bustling city of Saigon to the Parisian charm and grace of Hanoi, travel the length of Vietnam and savor its natural, cultural and historical delights. This 8 days trip offers the real essence of Vietnam and the real local experiences as you will enjoy the Halong Bay from your luxury of your traditional junk, stroll through the narrow streets in the historic town of Hoian, discover the bustling city of Saigon.
The quality of accommodation is a real highlight of this trip. Hotels are centrally located with private, western style bathrooms and air-conditioning. You will also have a lot of flexibility on this tour as you have your own private tour guide and driver who will be handy to assist you with any special travel need & interest.
Destination: Ho Chi Minh city– Cu Chi – Danang – Hoian – Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu chi Tunnel
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Hoian
Day 4: Hoi An at leisure
Day 5: Hoi An at leisure
Day 6: Hoian at leisure
Day 7: Hoian – Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong
Day 9: Halong – Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi city tour
Day 11: Hanoi Departure
Welcome to Vietnam! On arrival at the airport, you will be picked up and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your free time or stroll around the local stores for shopping and tailoring. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
This morning, enjoy guided tour to the Re-unification palace and the War remnant museum. You may also want to take a leisurely walk along Dong Khoi, or ‘People’s Revolution’ Street where the iconic photograph was taken of the helicopter lifting people out during the ‘Fall of Saigon’.
We will make a stop to visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and the former Opera House which tells tales of the history of the city. Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence.
The complex system of underground tunnels contained innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens
This morning you will take a short flight to Danang then travel south to Hoian. Enjoy your free time in Hoian for your own exploration and here below is our activitie suggestions:
Take a guided walking tour in the ancient town of Hoian to the Japanese Covered Bridge, Phung Hung Ancient House, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and Chua Ong Pagoda. In the afternoon, enjoy a peaceful boat ride along the Thu Bon River to Thanh Ha Ceramic village. Overnight in Hoian
Hoian is a very charming little town with its exotic color and many old historical sites. Today you spend your free time for your own exploration in this charming little town or discover Hoian’s surrounding countryside by bicycle or just relax at Cua Dai beach, a long beach which stretches from Danang to Hoi An, marked by palm-fringed white sands, local seafood restaurants. Overnight in Hoi An.
Take a short flight in the morning to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met by your guide & driver then transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 8Hanoi – Halong Bay overnight cruise(B,L,D)
This morning, enjoys a drive to Halong city though rural areas with scenic views of rice paddy fields and local people at work along the Red River Delta.
Upon arrival, check in to your wooden Junk and cruise zigzag through the spectacular limestone islands and floating villages whilst having a delicious seafood lunch, then disembark to visit a Ba Hang village where you can see the local people live their floating life. Late in the afternoon, you can join in a fun-filled cooking demonstration.
Tonight, you will be delighted by a candle light seafood dinner on board. Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, board games, playing cards and massage services are available. You can also try your luck with squid fishing from the boat. Overnight on board in Halong bay
Enjoy the fresh air of the bay in the morning and start your day with a Tai Chi lesson upon a sun-deck; tea or coffee and the hearty breakfast will be served on board.
Afterward, we will get into a smaller cruise for the day trip to Lan Ha bay where you can explore some untouched parts of the bay on your own kayak.
We will make a visit to a “Sung Sot” or Surprising cave and then having our Brunch on board before disembarkation at around noon time. Our driver and tour guide will be await at the dock to transfer you back to Hanoi
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided tour to Hochiminh Complex which includes Hochiminh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Hochiminh’s House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda, then visit the Temple of Literature. Next is Vietnam National Museum of Ethnology, the attractive collection of 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
Enjoy lunch at Cha Ca La Vong restaurant which is listed as a famous local fish restaurant in Hanoi. You might also want to make a visit to the infamous Hanoi Hilton which is home to US pilot during the Vietnam War. Our guide & driver will drop you off
at the Fanny Ice Cream at 51 Ly Thuong Kiet str if you wish to try some of the best ice-cream in Vietnam. Tonight you have reserved seats for an unforgettable show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Overnight in Hanoi