- Exploring vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, the dynamic heart of Vietnam
- Wandering the charming streets of Hoi An town –lined with centuries old houses and quiet boutiques
- Touring the former imperial capital Hue, home to succesions of imperial dynasties
- Cruising aboard a traditional junk amidst the magestic limestone cliffs and emerald green waters of magnificent Halong Bay
- Traveling by cyclo through the old quarter of Hanoi - absorbing the endless bustle of activity
Day 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (B)
A full day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, takes in the city’s bustling Chinatown and begins with a visit to the Thien Hau Temple, from where you will take a cyclo ride; the most appropriate and unusual way to explore Cholon, literally meaning ‘big market’. The ride will take you to the lively Binh Tay Market. Then visit a lacquerware factory to witness workers continuing a Vietnamese ancestral tradition. After lunch visit the War Museum and the former Presidential Palace, from there on you will go on foot (the car will be available at all times) to visit the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit, enjoy some wonderful ice cream at Fanny’s, a quaint little parlour with a French atmosphere, before exploring the trendy boutiques on Ton That Thiep Street. Overnight in HCMC.
DAY 3: HO CHI MINH- MEKONG DELTA(MY THO-BEN TRE)(B,L)
A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong.
Take a motorboat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Then pay a visit to My Tho's colorful street fruit market alongside the canal to soak up the lively atmosphere and watch the locals trade their produce.
The Mekong Delta Tours take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to Tortoise Island. End route, view the fishing port, the traditional stilt houses and boat building workshops, and the other three evocatively named Islands - Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn islands. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch served right in the heart of the orchard to the accompaniment of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by the islanders.
After visiting the coconut candy mill, take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal. Then continue to Ben Tre province, "the country of coconuts", to see a typical agricultural model known as "Garden - Pond - Cage". Enjoy a relaxing cup of honey tea before returning to My Tho via Tan Thach natural canal, cruising under the shadows of water coconut palms. Return to Ho Chi Minh City by car, on the way stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda.
Day 4: HO CHI MINH- DA NANG- HOI AN (B)
After breakfast transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. In the afternoon take a three-hour cruise on the Thu Bon River with stops at Thanh Ha pottery village, Kim Bong carpenters’ village and the shipbuilding yard. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5: HOI AN - HUE(B)
Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: HUE- HA NOI(B)
A boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. After lunch transfer to Hue Airport for the short flight to Hanoi.Overnight in Ha Noi
Day 7:HA NOI- HA LONG BAY- HA NOI (B, L)
Departure to Ha Long Bay.Board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Disembark at the dock at Halong City. Drive back to Hanoi with a stop en route at But Thap Pagoda in Thuan Thanh Province, known for its four-storey stone stupa and referred to as Vietnam’s first Buddhist centre. The pagoda, built in the 13th century and rebuilt in 1647 by the Buddhist monk Chuyet Chuyet, is a complex of ten buildings over an area of 100 metres that houses ancient statues and artefacts. Arrival in late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8 : HA NOI CITY TOUR(B)
A full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Quanh Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the edge of West Lake. Afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology and visit to the Lake of the Restored Sword and a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: HA NOI- DEPARTURE(B)
Departure day. At leisure for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.