VIETNAM DISCOVER TOUR 12 DAYS
This newly designed trip is packed full of variety covering the major sights in both the north and south of Vietnam in 12days. From the capital city of Hanoi to cruise in Ha Long Bay, from the historical and cultural centers of Hue and Hoi An to the modern metropolis of Saigon, this tour has it all. There’s even time to relax on the beaches of Hoi An.
BRIEF ITINERARY :
- Day 1 : Arrival in Hanoi
- Day 2 : Hanoi City tour
- Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on boat)
- Day 4 : Halong - Hanoi
- Day 5 : Hanoi – Fly to Hue – Half day tour
- Day 6 : Hue City tour
- Day 7 : Hue – Hoi An
- Day 8 : Hoi An half day walking tour
- Day 9 : Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Saigon
- Day 10: Saigon City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel – Saigon
- Day 11 : Saigon – Mekong Delta - Saigon
- Day 12 : Saigon - Departure
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI (D)
Up on arrival in Hanoi, we will be greeted at the airport and transferred to hotel in Hanoi. We check in hotel and if the time permits we take part in welcome dinner at the local restaurant in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: HANOI – CITY TOUR (B, L)
This trip is started at around 08:00AM and ended at around 07:00PM. We will visit Ho Chi Minh complex with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, The Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and outside Ho Chi Minh Museum; the Temple of Literature then we stop for our lunch at a local fine restaurant. This afternoon, we visit the Ethnology Museum, West Lake area with Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. We have one hour traveling around the Ancient city to see the daily Life of Hanoian by cyclo and one more hour to watch The Water Puppet show in the Theater on the bank of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Day 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel we transfer to Halong Bay. On the way, we will have a few minutes to stop at a place in Sao Do Town where we can take some tea and relax. Arrive in Halong city we transfer to our deluxe junk and enjoy the welcome drink, check in cabin. Our delicious lunch will be served after that. Roam around the labyrinth of the Bay through the Fighting Cock, Canh Buom, and stop for swimming then go for visiting Sung Sot cave (The Sudden Surprise). Kayak to Luon cave, Dau Nguoi Mountain, Titop beach. At 18.30 the cruise will dock for overnight. Our dinner will come at around 19:30. We spend our night today on the boat.
Day 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B, L)
This morning we have buffet breakfast while cruising back to Halong wharf and visit Fire Island, Dinh Huong Island, floating village. At 10.30, we check out the cabin and our junk will sail back to the Pier at around 12:00. Back Hanoi at around 4pm. Check in hotel and relaxing.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 5: HANOI - FLY TO HUE - HUE HALF DAY TOUR (B)
At 8am our driver will pick up and transfer you to the Noi Bai arport to take a short flight to Hue at 10:10am. Up on arrival in Hue, we will meet a local guide and we transfer to hotel then.
In the afternoon, we visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: HUE - CITY TOUR (B, L)
The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu, which now becomes the symbol of Hue, and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed.We include these in a huided cruise on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic cuountryside as well as an enjoyavle visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. After an impressive boat trip we return to the town and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass by many fantastic eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
Overnight in Hue
Day 7: HUE – HOI AN (B, L)
As we bid Hue farewell this morning we continue our south bound journey. This time in the comfort of an air-conditioned car. The destination for today is the old trading town of Hoi An. Along the way though we will first stop at Lang Co beach, for coffee and refreshments, then onto the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Continuing on our way down the other side and into Danang, where we will stop at the Cham Museum, and Marble Mountains. Arriving in Hoi An we check into our hotel before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring and shopping.
Day 8: HOI AN HALF DAY WALKING TOUR (B)
City tour in Hoian, an ancient Japanese port of trade. Much of Hoi An’s rare wooden architecture remains in this small, pleasant town. There are plenty to see in this delightful and tranquil town, some of which are the famous Japannese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. We wisit these on our morning walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls, which reflect the twon’s multi-cultural past. Free in the afternoon for shopping or doing other thing you are interested in or take part in Vietnamamese Demonstration cooking class.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 9: HOI AN - FLY TO SAIGON (B)
We transfer to Da Nang for the short internal flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 7 million people. In the afternoon we are free at our leisure.
Day 10: SAIGON - CITY TOUR AND CU CHI TUNNEL (B, L)
We will be met at the Reception Hall of the hotel at 08:30 and transfer to the highlights of the biggest city in Vietnam. The first destination is the Reunification Palace where Vietnam Liberation Army got Victory from the American War in 1975. The second place is the War Remnant Museum. This is a place that you can see countless of artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting American war crimes. The Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office and Ben Thanh market are the last places we will visit before transferring to our hotel.
At 14:00 we leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the 'Iron Triangle' or 'Iron Land'. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short, introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. We are back to hotel at around 18:00.
Day 11: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON (B, L)
The trip to Mekong Delta offers a glimpse into the agrarian life of the vibrant southern Delta region as we wind our way through the tributaries of the Mekong Delta. From our boats, we are able to closely observe the daily rituals of river life and participate in the bustling commercial activities as we buy our fruits from the floating market. Along the way, we will visit an orchard farm, handicraft village, and a land market with an abundance of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables.
This morning pick up from your hotel at 8am, we set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for it's floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. Visit Orchards farms, handicraft village,. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of 'Elephant ear fish', before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day we drive back to Saigon. Stay overnight at hotel in Saigon
Day 12: SAIGON – DEPARTURE (B)
Free time until transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home.
- Private tour
- English speaking guide (other language upon your request)
- All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfasts.
- Additional meals as indicated in the itinerary (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
- All A/C private for transfers and transport.
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time.
- Boat trip in Halong Bay, Hue, Mekong Delta
- Vietnam Airline (tax & service charge included):
+ Hanoi – Hue
+ Danang - Saigon
- Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Visas and visa fees.
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).-
- Personal expenses such as Bar, Telephone and Laundry bills.
- Tips and gratuities
- Other services were not made on written form