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 FULL DAY CITY TOUR
At 9.00 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). 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 Army museum where different kinds of US, Russian aircraft and tanks from Vietnam-US wars 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 Hoa Lo or Hanoi hilton prison where all US pilots was captured during the bombing years to the north Vietnam from 1964-1972. Next, yo will 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 and have dinner at top local restaurant in town. Overnight Hanoi (B/L/D)
DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISES (aboard)/ shuttle bus
At 7.30 am in the morning, our shuttle bus will come to pick up and depart for Halong Bay, some 165 km from Hanoi and driving for over 3 hours.
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 4: HALONG BAY SHUTTLE BUS - HANOI - SAIGON / 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 Shuttle bus transfers back to Hanoi by road again and transfer back Noi Bai airport for flying to Saigon (some Over 2hours fly),
Pick up at Tan Son Nhat airport to transfer to Saigon Hotel for check in . Overnight in hotel in Saigon (B/L)
DAY 5: SAIGON- CU CHI TUNNELS- TAY NINH HOLYLAND
Early in the morning, we pick you up at your hotel 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.
Tour ends, we will drive for Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh (Have lunch in town of Tay Ninh), some 30km away from Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai is a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism.
The Cao Dai Temple (as it is more commonly known) was begun in 1933 in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions, drive back Saigon and drop off at your hotel around 5.00pm. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 6: SAIGON- CAN THO MEKONG DELTA
Pick up at hotel in Saigon, next will heading for My Tho. A full day trip to water world of the Mekong Delta. Take a boat trip along narrow waterways, you will enjoy a cruise on boats and viewing the daily activities of the local people along the Mekong River and taste fresh tropical fruits in the orchards, enjoy honey tea from bee hives with opera renovated or Local music shows. Lunch will be served with special dish named Fried Elephant’s Ear Fish. Cruise ends, continue our driving trip to Can Tho, check in hotel on arrival, free at leisure until dinner will be served at local restaurant. Overnight in Can Tho Hotel. (B/L/D)
DAY 7: CAN THO- CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET- SAIGON
Start our cruise trip early this morning ( best time is around 5.30 am) to visit the famous floating market Cai Rang, a great chance to see daily local life, all farming products are selling on boats. visit one of the local family and their orchard, taste tropical fruits, green tea. This floating market is just open very early in the morning and end around 8.00 am. the cruise trip ends, we will drive back the hotel for breakfast and fresh up, next will drive back Saigon, Transfer back your hotel on arrival Saigon. This afternoon, we will spend some time to explore the Saigon highlights such as: the Former Presidential Palace, the War Crime Museum, the central complex of architecture the Notre Dame Cathedral, old post office. tour ends, transfer back your hotel. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 8: SAIGON DEPARTURE
Free time at leisure for your own of sightseeing and shopping until our vehicle and driver come to pick up and transfer back Tan Son Nhat International airport for flight onwards, tour ends. (B)