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Vietnam Cultural Highlights – 13nights 14days

Vietnam Cultural Highlights – 13nights 14days

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    Vietnam Cultural Highlights – 13nights 14days

    DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL

    Arrive at Noibai Airport. You will be greeted by our guide and driver and transfer to hotel. Check in and have a restful overnight stay at the hotel.

    Meal: None

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 02: HANOI CITY TOUR

    The full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s highlights sites including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his stilt house, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. You also have chance to visit historic University – The Temple of Literature, that dates back to the 11th century; learn about Buddhist practices in a serene lakeside pagoda. Visit the famous Ethnology Museum. Back to the Old Quarter to walk through the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds, the guild streets are named for their product or location and still bear such names nowadays; and then join in an unique water puppet show that features the Viet folklores and culture. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 03: THO HA VILLAGE

    After breakfast, depart from your hotel at 9.00. A big morning is in store today as you will experience an unforgettable visit to the scenic rural village of Tho Ha; discover the vestiges of an ancient miniature coffin-making village and rice paper producing town; board one of the few remaining ferries to cross Cau river and observe a sharing technique for making rice paper from your friendly locals. Return to Hanoi for lunch and balance of the day is at own leisure.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 04: HANOI – HALONG BAY

    At 08:00, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay after 3.5 hours drive and board a boat, enjoying lunch while cruise through the bay. The magical bay is home to thousands of limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you will enjoy cocktails or cooking classes while watching the sunset, before indulging in a lavish dinner onshore. Afterwards, you can choose to do anything from joining movie night, playing board games, or relaxing at the beauty spa before retiring for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Tour guide: English speaking guide on board

     

    DAY 05: HALONG BAY – HANOI – TRAIN TO LAO CAI

    Wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves, fresh air, and breeze welcoming the new day. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. The boat arrives at the harbor by 11.30am and your driver is waiting to take you back to Hanoi for dinner before heading to Lao Cai – Sapa by night train. Overnight is on the train.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Tour guide: English speaking guide on board

     

    DAY 06: LAO CAI – SAPA/LAO CHAI – TA VAN

    Arrive at Lao Cai train station at around 6am. Pick up and transfer to hotel in Sapa (1 hour drive). Once in Sapa, have breakfast. Then you will explore Sapa daily wet market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek down to Muong Hoa valley, travel though the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong, and Dzay people. Amazing view from the walk with a lot of local hill tribespeople on the way make your experiences here. Lunch is along the way at a local restaurant. Back to the main road where your vehicle is waiting to take you back to Sapa town. Rest of the day is free time at your leisure.Overnight in Sapa.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 07: SAPA/MATRA – TA PHIN – TRAIN TO HANOI

    After having breakfast at your hotel, have free time to explore the Sapa town. At noon, check out your hotel then take a car ride 5 km to the North East of Sapa. From here, take off car to visit Matra village of the H’mong people. After this village, do a trek through the mountain and reach Ta Phin village – a handy craft traditional village of 2 different minorities: the Red Dzao and the Black H’mong. The Ta Phin village is surrounded by mountains and the landscapes are beautiful. Back to the main road where your vehicle is waiting to take you take you to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

    *If today is Tuesday, Thursday, Sat or Sunday, we will recommend visiting some of the most beautiful markets in North West Vietnam

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 08: HANOI – FLY TO HUE

    This morning, arrive at Hanoi Train station and see our driver who transfers you to the airport to catch the morning flight to Hue Airport. You are picked up by our guide and driver then transfer to your hotel in Hue. Check in and relax until our guide and driver come back to pick you up to a royal style dinner to show off the nice and sophisticated cuisine of Hue. Overnight at your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 09: HUE CITY TOUR

    Breakfast in hotel and meet up with our local guide again to start a day exploring the charms of The Citadel in this former Imperial City with many well-preserved royal monuments in Hue. Board a dragon boat cruising the Huong River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda and then back to the car to visit the most famous Tu Duc’s tomb. In the afternoon, visit the Citadel, Forbidden Purple City and the Dong Ba Market. Overnight in Hue.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 10: DA NANG – HOI AN

    Follow by the ancient citadel is an ancient town – Hoian. After a rewarding drive through the scenic Ocean Clouds Mountain Pass (Hai Van pass) with a stop in Cham Museum and Marble Mountain in Danang, you will arrive to the well-known Hoian ancient town. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant then check in hotel and leisure time. Afternoon we take a walking tour into the Old Quarter to visit the Chinese Embassy Halls, Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Pagoda & Tan Ky House. Early evening will be free time for shopping or relax. Overnight in Hoi An.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 11: HOI AN – MY SON

    After breakfast, you take the half day private tour to My Son – the sanctuary of Cham culture. You will walk into the ruins of ancient My Son holy land to recall the Champa people’s glory days dating from the 4th to the 13th century. Afternoon, balance your leisure time between lounging at the beach or happily emptying your wallet while browsing the world of handicrafts and souvenirs that Hoian has to offer or simply stroll along the riverside to get a feel for the olden days of the busy Faifo merchant port. Overnight in Hoi An.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 12: HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CHI MINH

    This morning, our driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to airport for the morning flight to Saigon. On arrival, welcome by our guide and driver, then drive to downtown and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, we start our half-day city tour of Ho Chi Minh City including The Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Hall, War Remnants Museum and the bustling Ben Thanh Market. Evening is at leisure and overnight in HCMC.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 13: HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA

    After breakfast, we take a smooth ride to southern Saigon and reach the land that is home to friendly Mekong farmers and fishermen; walk across their lush orchards and sample a variety of seasonal tropical fruits; venture out in a small sampan and glide through the narrow canals and enjoy the tasty food of the Mekong, which is interestingly garnished and offered by these hospitable locals. Transfer back to Saigon in the afternoon.
    *Itinerary is verified depending on which Mekong program you choose

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Tour guide: English speaking guide

     

    DAY 14: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE

    This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and you may take a walk to the central Ben Thanh market area for some last minute shopping. Be packed and ready for your flight home or onward for an extension to the next destination or back home.

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