Vietnam Discovery 12 days 11 nights

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Start : Ha Noi
Finish : Ho Chi Minh
Destinations: Ha Noi - Ha Long - Ninh Binh - Tam Coc - Danang - Hoian - Hue - Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Can Tho


Day 1: HANOI - Arrival
  • Welcome at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel.
  • Meals on your own.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: HANOI city (B/L)
  • After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital and visiting such sites as
  • the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside),a large memorial in Hanoi, located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945.
  • his former residence,stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.
  • One Pillar Pagoda, the emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city,originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years. With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction. The sunset views from the temple grounds are renown.
  • Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first national university where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông, tt is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • Discover Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword" , where emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths.
  • Ngoc Son Temple, being built on the Jade Islet and dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Trần Hưng Đạo
  • and enjoy a rickshaw tour in the Ancient Quarter with its antique shops.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 3: HANOI / HALONG (B/L/D) (160km – 3h30)
  • In the morning, after breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay.
  • Arrive around 12h30 and take a junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Halong Bay.
  • Be delighted with food on board and spend your day admiring one of the natural marvels of Vietnam.
  • Visit islets &  Surprising cave in Halong, is on Bo Hon Island and is one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps.
  • If the weather is nice, enjoy a swim in the cool blue water of the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • Dinner and overnight on the junk.
 
Day 4:  HALONG / NINH BINH / TAM COC  (B/L) (190km – 4h30)
  • 7h30: Breakfast.
  • Discover Man’s Head Island, Tortoise Island, Luon cave, Bai Tu Long bay, Ton Island and Bai Tho Mountain.
  • 11h00: Enjoy an early lunch on board.
  • 12h00: End of the cruise, then drive to Ninh Binh.
  • On the way, stop to taste green been cakes.
  • Arrive in the afternoon and check in hotel.
  • Dinner on your own .
  • Overnight in Tam Coc.
 
Day 5:  TAM COC / NINH COC HAI NHAM / HOA LU / HANOI (B/L)
  • After breakfast, take a small sampan for a spectacular 2-hour cruise through numerous waterways, admiring a beautiful rural landscape of limestone cliffs and rice fields to the stunning Linh Coc Hai Nham (at 05 km from Tam Coc, with  three cave Hang Chua, Hang Nge, Hang But)
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • In the afternoon, visit the Hoa Lu citadel -was the capital as well as the economic, political and cultural center of Đại Cồ Việt, an independent Vietnamese polity founded in 968 A.D. by the local warlord Đinh Bộ Lĩnh. Today, the ancient citadel no longer exists, and few vestiges of the 10th century remain. Visitors can see temples built in honor of the emperors Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh, their sons, and Queen Duong Van Nga, who was married first to Dinh Tien Hoang and then to Le Dai Hanh. The tomb of Dinh Tien Hoang is located on nearby Mã Yên mountain, while the tomb of Le Dai Hanh lies at the foot of the mountain.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Ha Noi.
 
Day 6:  HANOI / DANANG / HOIAN   (B/L)
  • Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Danang.
  • When arriving in Danang, visit the Cham Museum and Ngu Hanh Son (The Marble Mountains), is about 8km southeast of Da Nang City. This is a cluster of five marble mountains lying close to the sea. That is why, it is dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, which means Mountain and Water in Vietnamese.
  • Continue to the riverside town of Hoi An, an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries officially listed as a World Heritage Site.
  • Check in hotel and lunch in a local restaurant
  • In the afternoon, walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures :
  • Quan Cong temple – the brave and loyal Chinese General.
  • Phuc Kien pagoda, This is the most well-known assembly hall in the ancient town.Fukjianese were Chinese traders who first came to Hoi An in great number, at least in the XVII century. That was the reason why all above mentioned gods were worshipped in this pagoda after the collapse of the old pagoda.
  • The Japanese Bridge, Hoi An’s signature landmark used widely as an emblem of the town. It was built by Japanese merchants in the 16the century
  • Tan Ky ancient house, the most popular of Hoi An’s old houses.
  • Hoi An port, the World Heritage listed by Unesco.
  • Dinner on your own .
  • Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Day 7:  HOIAN / DANANG / HUE (B)
  • After breakfast, the whole morning is at leisure before transferring to Hue through Hai Van Pass and the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co.
  • Meals on your own .
  • Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 8:  HUE (B/L)
  • After breakfast, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River (Perfume River) and Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank and Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb, reminiscent of the Ming tombs in Chinese pavilions, ponds and gardens is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel,city of the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), Visit some of the most highly revered site in this World Heritage area; The Flag Tower, South Door, Edict Pavilion, Supreme Harmony Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.
  • the mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh, is unique among the royal tombs in Hue, Vietnam. Where other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution.
  • and the Dong Ba market.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 9:  HUE / SAIGON (B/L)
  • After an early breakfast, transfer to Hue Airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh city ,under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, name of Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).
  • When arriving in Saigon, transfer to your selected hotel.
  • In the same morning, discover a busy Saigon: enjoy a tour in the Old Colonial Residential Quarter and visit the City’s old Hotel, a palace built by the French architect Paul Gardès of 1902-19081 in the center of Saigon in Indochina at the time.
  • the Opera House, inspired by the architecture of the Opera Garnier in Paris, which was built in 1900. The facade of the opera is a replica of the Petit Palais in Paris
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral, The famous central Saigon Cathedral, built in 1877, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels, built with materials imported from France.
  • Post Office signed by Gustave Eiffel.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • End the day with a visit to a lacquer ware factory.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Saigon.

Day 10 : HO CHI MINH CITY / MY THO / MEKONG / CAN THO (B/L/D) (175 km – 3h30)
  • In the morning, depart from Ho Chi Minh City and drive to My Tho,  is the capital city, center of economics, education and technology of Tien Giang province, located in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries, life revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road.
  • When arriving in My Tho, take a boat for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Ben Tre.
  • Visit a coco candy factory where you can taste local specialties.
  • Take a coach to visit a garden house and enjoy tea with honey and fresh tropical fruits.
  • Lunch in a local house.
  • Then continue to Can Tho, the main town of the Mekong Delta.
  • Drive to Ba Hung homestay - 10 km from Can Tho city. You can make a beautiful walk or bike around the village, visit a craft village.
  • Dinner at this homestay.
  • Overnight at Ba Hung homestay.
 
Day 11 : CAN THO / CAI RANG market / HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L) (175 km – 4h00)
  • After breakfast, take a sampan to visit Cai Rang floating market and a family-run noodle-making factory.
  • Witness the rural life and the beautiful vegetation along the riverbanks.
  • Discover the Ba Cong garden by tasting its fresh fruits, a craft factory of noodles before returning to Saigon.
  • On the way, lunch at Mekong restop – a romatic place.
  • Arrive in Saigon late in the afternoon.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Saigon.

Day 12  SAIGON (B)
  • Free time until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for the departure flight.

End of our travel services!

Price include

  1. English speaking guide
  2. Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  3. Accommodation in twin or double shared rooms including breakfasts
  4. Private boat for cruises
  5. Entrance fees for all sightseeings as mentioned on the program
  6. Lunches and dinners (L/D) mentioned
  7. Government taxes (VAT…)
  8. Flights (Hanoi - Danang / Hue – Saigon) including airport taxes

Price exclude

  1. International flights and airport taxes
  2. Visa for Vietnam Insurance of traveler (obligatory)
  3. Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned, etc.
  4. Beverage, tips, etc.