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HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM STARTS HA NOI/ 10 DAYS
Day 1: Arrival in Ha Noi
On arrival at Noi Bai international airport, welcome by the guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in the city center. Leisure time for relaxing after the flight. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi City.
Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next head to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university (Almost 1000 years old). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a 1 hour cyclo tour of the old quarter of Hanoi with its busy streets full of shops offering bargains. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Halong through the Red River Delta. Transfer to Dragon Pearl’s junk and enjoy a welcome drink and a splendid lunch of local seafood. Then begin a 4-hour cruise of the bay to see amazing limestone karsts with different formations such as Lion,Tea Pot, Toad, Dau Nguoi (Human Head) islets. Take a walk through Sung Sot, the “Amazing Cave“. There is ample time for swimming and sunbathing (weather permitting), as the Dragon Pearl anchors for a night on the Bay. Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner in the beautiful restaurant before retiring to the comfort of the cabin.
Day 4: Ha Long – Ha Noi – Hue
Early risers can enjoy a refreshing swim in the calm and cool waters. A brunch buffet is served from 7.30 AM to 9.30AM as the cruise then continues back towards Halong City. Upon disembarking the cruise, back to Hanoi City and transfer to Noi Bai airport to board flight to Hue.Pick up and transfer to thehotel. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Hue city.
Day 5: Hue City Tour
After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a morning boat trip on the Perfume River. Visit the Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, set in gardens and lakes. In the afternoon, visit Dong Ba market and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy a night boat trip on the Perfume River, highlighted by a performance of Hue folk music. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at hotel in Hue city.
Day 6: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An
Breakfast at hotel before departing for Hoi An. Stop for sightseeing at Hai Van pass, Lang Co beach and Marble mountain. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, roam around town and visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Pottery Museum, Old House of Tan Ky, the Cantonese congregation, silk street of Hoi An and Danang-style temples and pagodas. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Danang airport to board flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, pick up and transfer to hotel. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, pick up and transfer to hotel. Take a sightseeing tour to Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the until the end of April 1975. Visit some fantastic French colonial structures including the Notre Dame cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. After lunch at the local restaurant visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels
Breakfast at the hotel. Heading west to Tay Ninh, headquarters of Cao Dai region. On arrival, attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. On the way back, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese troops during the civil war. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Drive back to HCMC. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be Floating market
Breakfast at the hotel depart to Cai Be. Arrive at Cai Be and go by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the vendors trading fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Then visit some small family-run businesses to see how products such as coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made, walk through the small villages to visit the orchards and fruit plantations. After enjoying the traditional folk music, take the rowing boat to cruise through a series of small canals. Then boat to Tan Phong island for joining the cooking class to learn how to make the special Vietnamese food. Enjoy lunch with you have cooked. Continue the tour with cycling around the village. Boat back to Cai be, meet bus for the trip to Can Tho city.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Free for shopping until transfer to Tan son Nhat International Airport for departure. End of services. Finish the Highlight tour of Vietnam 10 days.
A/c private car /van/Minibus for pick up, transfer & sightseeing as per program
Domestic flights: Ha noi –Hue ; Danang –Hochiminh city (Economy class)
English speaking tour guide
Dragon Pearl shuttle bus Ha Noi – Halong – Ha Noi
Share the cruise in Halong
Private boat trips in Hue ; the Mekong Delta
All entrance fees, cyclo, puppet water show ,Minaral water, Travel permit
Hotel accommodation based on 2 people sharing a Twin / Double room
Meals as indicated in the tour program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
Approved the invitation letter for Viet Nam visa
International flight to /from Vietnam
Tips for the guide and driver ( group 1-8 pax : 5$/day/pax – group 9-16 : 3$/day/pax)