SPLENDOURS OF VIETNAM

Duration :
nights 9 days 10
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DAY 01

Hanoi - Arrival

 Upon your arrival in Hanoi, the capital and the largest  city in Vietnam, be met and taken to  the hotel.

 In the evening enjoy a unique and fascinating show of    Water Puppetry, a traditional    stage art of Vietnam.

 Overnight in Hanoi.



DAY 02

Halong Bay Cruise

 After breakfast, board the Halong Sails Golden Cruise to discover the  breathtaking Ha    Long Bay, Vietnam’s most wonderful scenic sight:  take a  fantastic view of the picturesque  scenery, skyline with over  3,000 limestone  islets rising amazingly from the clear and        emerald  water, with hundreds of  peerless karst formations and beautiful  grottoes and      caves.

 

 

 

 Have lunch with fresh seafood while the boat  passes by the islets of  Dinh  Huong (Incense  Urn), Cho Da (the Dog),  the fighting roosters  as well as a  Halong fishing village. Visit  Sung Sot (Cave of Surprise)    one of the most  beautiful caves in the bay.  You can climb    up Titop  mountain for a panoramic  view of Halong Bay and enjoy.

                                                                                       

 Overnight on  board the Cruise.

 

DAY 03

Halong Bay - Hanoi

 See sunrise on the deck and practice Tai Chi.

 After breakfast, visit the beautiful Luon cave by small  boat passing Tortoise  Island and  Man Head Island.

 Check out of Cabin and after lunch return to Hanoi.

 Overnight in Hanoi

 

DAY 04

Hanoi

 Stroll around downtown to explore the different local  ways of life and we will visit the  Vietnam’s thousand-  year-old capital city including One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan  Kiem    Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and Temple of Literature.  Quan Thanh Temple, Old Quarter  which is submitted to  UNESCO  to be recognized as World Culture Heritage.    

 Afternoon, transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Pick  up and transfer to the enchanting  town of Hoi An.  

 Overnight in Hoi An.


DAY 05

Hoi An

 After breakfast, your guide will take you on a stroll through the  ancient town for Sightseeing  tour in Hoi An. It’s friendly inhabitants,  narrow streets, old houses, temples and wooden    bridge still remains  its ancient character. Hoi An listed by UNESCO as a World Culture  Heritage was once a well-  known trading centre in Southeast Asia  from the 16th to    18th centuries. Its sizeable community of foreign  merchants resulted in a  unique    architectural style with Vietnamese,  Chinese and Japanese  influences.

 Overnight in Hoi An.

 

DAY 06

Hue

 After breakfast transfer to capital and religious center of  the  former Champa Kingdom,  My Son, which has been  designated as  a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautifully  it    situated in a lush  green valley, there are dozens of red  brick towers that are  dedicated to  the worship of the  god Shiva and sanctuaries dating  from between the 7th  and 13th  centuries one of the foremost  Hindu temple  complexes in Southeast Asias.

 

 

 

 Afterwards start the journey to Hue, the former  Imperial  City of  the last dynasty of  Vietnam. En  route take a  photo stop at  Marble Mountain, a  scenic spot with caves,  temples,  shrines,  pagodas  and a great view of the  surrounding area.

 Overnight in Hue

 

 

DAY 07

Hue

 Located in Central Vietnam, Hue is the only    place in the country where  many  historic,cultural,architectural as well as    artistic values have been  preserved. In the  morning, enjoy a scenic Boat Trip on the  Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu    Pagoda or Heavenly Lady pagoda, one of    the oldest ancient architectural structures    for religious worship in Hue. Situated 4 km    upstream on the banks of the Perfume River,  it is an active Buddhist monastery with its                                                                                                                                                                                      origins dating back to 1601. 
 
 

 After the boat trip visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue with the Purple  Forbidden City.    The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of  the Perfume River. It covers an area    500 ha and has a system of  three circles of ramparts: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital    Citadel),  Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).  The Hue    royal complex has been officially recognized by the  UNESCO as a World Heritage Site..

 Transfer to Phu Bai airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon  arrival, transfer to    the hotel for check-in. Your evening is at leisure  to explore the city.

 Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 08

Ho Chi Minh City

 After Breakfast, drive overland to Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground  network    constructed by Vietnamese guerrillas to protect the region against the  American attacks    during the Vietnam War. We can even crawl a part inside the  tunnel, visit their infirmary,    kitchen.... to discover how people had survived  hereby.

 

 

 

 

 

 In the afternoon our walking tour will take you from the Saigon River past the  Opera  House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and the old Post Office (all  magnificent    sights from the French colonial period). 

 

 

 

 

DAY 09

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta

 Your journey takes you to My Tho - the heart of the Mekong delta -  famous for its vast    rice fields and beautiful landscapes. Visit the Vinh  Trang pagoda en route and stop at the  banks of Tien Giang river.

 Take a boat trip on the Mekong River to a local workshop where  handicraft and sweets  from coconut are being produced. Take a short  ride on a horse carriage to one of the    many orchards to taste some  homemade honey-tea, savour fresh seasonal fruit and    enjoy a  traditional live music performance.

 Proceed by sampan boats through the small canals and side arms of  the river to observe  the daily life along the river banks.

DAY 10

Ho Chi Minh City - Departure  

 Morning free for relaxing and shopping at Ben Thanh Market, the city’s biggest  most    authentic market where you can find anything from basic supplies to  souvenirs and at    dozens of boutique shops.

 Afternoon transfer to airport for your departure flight.