DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
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 9.00 AM, pick you up the hotel and start our Hanoi Capital
city tour with all best highlights such as:
Visit the Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda).
Visit the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Next will visit the Museum of National Fine Arts. It has received many high ranking delegations of different countries, the Museum has sent many traveling thematic exhibitions to other nations to introduce to international friends the typical culture, heroic history of Vietnam. At the same time, it has linked local people with painting, photograph, and sculpture collections of international artists. The Museum has created chances for local art lovers to enjoy and learn about different fine arts school and tendencies of the world.
Next will visit the Army Museum (large collection of weaponry at the front, the Military Museum displays Soviet and Chinese equipment alongside French- and US-made weapons captured during years of warfare. The centrepiece is a Soviet-built MiG-21 jet fighter, triumphant amid the wreckage of French aircraft downed at Dien Bien Phu, and a US F-111).
or other option (if not visit the Fine art museum) with the The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum has over 15,000 artefacts including photographs and other multi-media such as audiotapes. Its indoor exhibition space can be viewed via a virtual tour which includes the Viet, Muong, Tho, Chut, Tav, Thai, Ka Dai, H’Mong-Dao, Tang, San Dui, Ngai, Mon-Khmer, Nam-Dao, Cham, Hoa and Khmer ethnic groups. There are priceless antiques on display alongside everyday objects such as pipes, baskets and knives.
Your lunch will be served at finest local restaurants with special of Hanoi cuisine.
Pm will continue our visit to Hoa Lo or Hanoi Hilton prison where all US pilots was captured during the war years to the north Vietnam from 1964-1972.
Enjoy 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, the oldest record mentioning water puppetry is the inscription on a stone stele dating from 1121. The stele called Sùng Thiện Diên Linh is located in Đọi Sơn Pagoda in Hà Nam Province (This is a must to see show when you are in Hanoi, recommended), transfer back hotel and Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 3: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES
At 8.30 in the morning, Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay Cruises
Arriving at the jetty around 12:30 pm.
Welcome on board of Boat 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 4: HALONG BAY- HANOI- DANANG ( Flight)
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 get in bus for the drive back to Hanoi
Transfer back Hanoi airport by road for flying to Danang City
Pick up at Danang airport and transfer to your hotel in Hoi an ancient town. Overnight Hoian (B/L)
DAY 5: HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN- MY SON HOLYLAND
Breakfast at Hotel in Hoian.
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
In the morning will visit My Son by coach 60 km away from Hoi An. My Son was discovered by the French in 1885. It was the ancient capital of Cham pa from 7th century, now it is in the list of world cultural heritage site of Vietnam. Lunch.
Early afternoon, drive back to Hoi An for lunch at one of the finest local restaurant.
Pm continue a walking tour visiting ancient town center, former merchant homes, Chinese temples and the 400 years old Japanese covered bridge and the colourful local market.
Overnight in Hoi an. (B/L/D)
DAY 6: HOI AN -DANANG- SAION ( Flight)
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to the Airport for flight to Saigon, some 2 hours from Danang airport.
Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport in HCM city, transfer to hotel for check in (no early check in included today).
Start our sightseeing to the old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, former Presidential Palace, War Remnant Museum and the Chinese District of Cho Lon to enjoy the bustling wholesale quarters of Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon. (B)
DAY 7: CU CHI TUNNELS-MEKONG DELTA 1DAY
Pick you up at your Hotel at 7.00 am and depart for Cu Chi Tunnels
,we will drive through a typical Southern Vietnamese countryside to cu chi district, upon arrival in Cu chi.
We experience ourselves the underground village built by Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, remain of a real bloody battle field which is simply a network of tunnels built during the long years of wars . 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.
Continue onto the Hau nghia, Duc Hoa route to take a shortcut to highway1 to My tho in the Mekong delta, driving past paddy fields and tributaries.
lunch will be served at Ngoc Gia Trang restaurant.
After lunch, take our private motorized boat for a river cruise on the upper part of 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 end at Thoi Son5 Island, walk through the lush orchards with tropical fruits, have an opportunity to taste diverse types of Mekong delta fruit while enjoying traditional music.
Shuttle back to the pier, drive back to Saigon and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Saigon. (B/L)
DAY 8: DEPARTURE SAIGON
Free at leisure until our driver will come to pick up you to transfer back the Tan Son Nhat airport for flight onwardsand and this Vietnam Guided Tours
ends, Tam Biet and goodbye (B/ L)