DAY 1: ARRIVAL SAIGON
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time. Overnight Saigon.
DAY 2: SAIGON CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS
This 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.
Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral. At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM and Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 3: SAIGON - DANANG - HOIAN/ flight
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight onwards to Danang city,
On arrival Danang Airport, you are greeted and driven to Hoian, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures.
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.
After check in your hotel, we will start our walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old, Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge and Overnight in Hoian (B)
DAY 4: HOI AN -HUE CITY TOUR
Have breakfast and check out the hotel, next will heading for Hue, some 120km away. check in Hue hotel on arrival and start with our sightseeing tour of Hue ancient, Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be the itinerary for today.
The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. You will enjoy a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam.
We will enjoy lunch at top local restaurant before continue our trip to visit Minh Mang King Tombs, also to visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. tour ends, transfer back hotel . Overnight Hue (B/L)
DAY 5: HUE -HANOI CAPITAL TOURS/ FLIGHT
Have breakfast in the hotel and next will transfer back Phu Bai airport for flying to Hanoi, welcome at Noi Bai airport and transfer to your hotel in downtown (some 45 minute from airport)
Check in the hotel, fresh up and next will start the city tour including of
visit Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda). 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 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. At late afternoon, we will see the water puppet show (1 hour). Overnight Hanoi. (B/L)
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY (ABOARD)
Have breakfast in the hotel, next we will be pick up by our private bus at 08.00 and heading for Halong bay, some 165 km away from Hanoi and takes some 3hours, as we will pass through the Red river delta, the second largest one in Vietnam.
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 a junk boat (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANOI - DEPARTURE
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 Meet back the bus and drive straight back to Hanoi and On arrival Hanoi, transfer to the airport for flight onwards. Tour ends at airport. (B/L)