DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI, VIETNAM
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR 1DAY
At 09.00 AM, pick you up the hotel, our city tour including visit Hochiminh President Complex(Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).
Visiting this site, you will understand more about the life of President Ho, a great leader, Hero of national liberation and a great man of world culture.
Our next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam. Before having lunch, we visit the fine art museum where different kinds of paintings of famous artists are on display.
Your lunch will be served at one of the best local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine.
After lunch, continue our visit to Museum of Ethnology, which exhibits the traditional culture of 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. You will take one hour of Cycling trip for sightseeing Hanoi old quarters. Taking this mean of transportation is the best way to have a close look at the 36 streets in Hanoi.
At late afternoon, we will see the water puppet show for one hour before having dinner at top local restaurant tonight, Overnight Hanoi (B/L/D)
DAY 3: HOA LU & TAM COC 1DAY
At 8.30 AM, We will pick you up at your Hotel for Hoalu in Ninh binh province, 100 km far away from south of Hanoi.
Hoa lu is the site of the tenth-century capital of an early, independent Vietnamese kingdom called Dai Co Viet. We will visit 2 temples dedicated to king Dinh Tien Hoang who seized power in 968 AD and King Le Dai Hanh in 980AD.
From here, we continue our journey to Tam Coc (Halong bay on land)
It is a place of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks. En route, you can freely enjoy the landscape nearby or take photos as you wish. After that, we will have lunch in a local restaurant before joining our sampan trip for 2 hours and half.
The sampan slithers through three limestone tunnel caves. Along the stream the enormous limestone karsts just out from the green rice fields. The scenery is spectacular, next is returned by sampan trip on the same way back up to our waiting vehicle. At very late afternoon will be arrival Hanoi at around 5.00PM. Overnight Hanoi (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES
At 8.30 in the morning, Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay.
Welcome on board of Bai Tho Junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat. Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 5: HALONG BAY- HANOI
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45.
Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping .
12h45 Transfer back to Hanoi by road and transfer to hotel on arrival, fresh up and ready for our dinner tonight. Overnight Hanoi (B/L/D)
DAY 6: HANOI HANDCRAFT VILLAGE TRIPS
At 9.00 in the morning, pick you up at the Hotel to commence the journey to Bat Trang Ceramic Village, which is famous for ceramics for a thousand years. You can visit galleries or workshops in the Village to buy or see process of making ceramics or do it on your own.
Next will be returned back to Hanoi for lunch at one of the best local restaurants.
After having lunch, travel south to Van Phuc Silk Village in Ha Tay Province, The village is renowned over centuries for its silk-making. We continue our trip by driving south to Duyen Thai lacquer village where the whole process of lacquer production can be seen from start to finish.
Nearby is Xam Duong Village where rattan products are made, following drive back to Hanoi admiring the charming scenery of the Red River Delta. At 4.30 PM, back to your hotel. Fresh up and ready to transfer to top local restaurant for dinner. Overnight Hanoi (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HANOI -SAIGON/ FLIGHT
Have breakfast in the hotel and you are free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for flying to Hochiminh city, Pick up on arrival Tan Son Nhat airport and depart for cu chi tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.
Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Return back to Saigon.
Check in the hotel and dinner is served at local restaurant (B/L/D)
DAY 8: SAIGON- MEKONG DELTA CRUISE1DAY
After breakfast, set out an excursion to My tho in the Mekong delta, enjoy a 2 hours scenic drive passing paddy fields and tributaries, on a arrival, board our private motorized boat for a river cruise on the upper part of the Mekong river for a taste of agriculture life on the mighty Mekong river.
Disembark the boat strolling around the colorful my tho wholesale fruit market to enjoy the bustle local daily life. Continue your ride upstream stopping en route at a boat building family factory and at thoi son 5 islands, walk through the lush orchards with tropical fruits, opportunity to taste diverse types of Mekong delta fruit while enjoying traditional music.
Shuttle back to the pier and enjoy lunch with Mekong delta specialties at Ngoc Gia Trang restaurant. Drive back to Saigon at late afternoon. Overnight in Saigon (B/L/D)
DAY 9: SAIGON-HANOI-DEPARTURE VIETNAM
Free at leisure until our driver will come to pick up you to transfer back the Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, there will be a connecting flight for Home. Tour ends at airport (B)