Explore Vietnam’s key sites and get a taste for the rich culture and history. Discover Hanoi’s colonial elegance and charm, Hue’s Ancient Citadel, wander the ancient street of of tranquil Hoi An, explore the beautiful water-world and landscape of the Mekong delta, experience the fast pace and bustle of modern Saigon and top it off with an overnight
cruise on mystical UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Experience Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine and the renowned friendliness of the Vietnamese people on this 8-day journey that takes you from north to south or vice versa
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Danang, Hoi An, Hue, Saigon & Mekong Delta (7n / 8d)
Day 1 : Hanoi
Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, take a walk around the center, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – followed by a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants. Overnight at Hanoi.
Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour – Halong
Enjoy a half day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital, before driving through the countryside of the Red River Delta to the magical Halong Bay. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature, the Fine Arts Museum. In the afternoon, leave the bustle of the big city and drive to Halong Bay (3 to 4 hours drive). Overnight at Halong City.
Day 3 : Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoi An
Today you enjoy a day cruise on Halong Bay: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters, located in the Gulf of Tonkin. After breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred to the Halong harbor to board your private junk cruise for a 4-hour journey. Cruise along the calm waters, between looming, limestone outcrops to visit Dau Go Cave “Grotto of the Wooden Stakes”, where, in 1288, one of Vietnam’s most famous generals, Tran Hung Dao, stored hundreds of stakes before battling the invading Mongolian army. A short walk away, visit the newly discovered Thien Cung Cave (“Grotto of the Heavenly Palace”), famous for its stalagmites and stalactites. Savor a fresh seafood lunch, served on board before sailing back to Halong City, where your car will be waiting to take you to Hanoi for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight at Hoi An.
Day 4: Hoi An Walking Tour – Boat trip
Immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm of this sleepy riverside town. From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoi An was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk still produced in the region. Today, Hoi An is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town center, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. After lunch, take a short boat trip to a nearby island and visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening at your leisure. Overnight at Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An – Danang – Hue
Depart Hoi An for the scenic mountainous drive to Hue. Stop at the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam, to admire the spectacular views and at the fishing village of Lang Co for a drink. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city, visiting the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king), before exploring the Imperial Museum. Overnight at Hue.
Day 6 : Hue – Fly to Saigon
Have breakfast at the hotel then drive to Phu Bai Airport of Hue to catch your flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon. Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s ( Saigon ) bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choosing then set out on a guided city tour. Visit the War Remnants Museum, learn about Vietnam’s recent history at Reunification Palace, visit the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral and the City’s Centre Post Office before passing by the ornate Opera Theater and the City Hall. Finally, end up at the Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7 : Saigon – Mekong Delta day trip
Today you travel to the Mekong River Delta on a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape. After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Cai Be. Start your tour with a visit to Cai Be’s colorful floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 3:30 PM in Vinh Long. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Saigon. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon ).
Day 8 : Saigon – Departure
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
– Spot one horned rhinos riding on elephant back at Kaziranga National Park
– Trek across forest and streams to the double decker root bridge at Cheerapunjee
– Explore stalagmite caves in Cheerapunjee
– Visit to Dawki on the Bangladesh border
– See Nohkalikai Falls, the tallest plunge waterfall in India
– Ferry ride to Majuli island, the largest river island in India
– Visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia
COST Spoiler content INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
5 Nights stay at home stay / resort with breakfast, 1 Night stay at houseboat with all meals, All transfers and excursions in private vehicle including all vehicle charges – driver cost, toll, parking etc. , service charges and taxes, Wildlife Safari Charges.
Other than mentioned, Entry tickets and camera charges at sightseeing places ( if applicable )
STAY & TRANSPORT
As this is a customised tour, you can choose the accommodation and transport as per your preference . Accommodation types available – Resorts, Cottages, Home stay, Houseboat. Transport – Private Vehicle ( SUV or Car )
COST MENTIONED IS INDICATIVE.
This is a customized trip. Cost might vary depending on your group size and type of accommodation required. Please contact us for details
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