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10 Days 9 Nights
Hanoi
Max People : 50
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Itinerary

DAY 1HA NOI ARRIVAL

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and Spanish – speaking guide. The driving distance is approximately 45 minutes. Your visa should be pre-arranged, or be sure that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. Please go to custom desk as your first point of entry into the country and present these documents for visa upon arrival. Fast track service can be booked in advance.

Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Meal: None

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

DAY 2HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR

The city tour begins with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October – November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History or the Museum of Ethnology. Next, head for Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

DAY3HANOI – HA LONG OVERNIGHT ON BOAT

Morning, the guide pick you up at 8:00 from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. You will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields and you may stop on the way to admire the local scenery. Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2.

After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy the bay view at sunset. Spend a night on board.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on cruises in Ha Long Bay

DAY 4HA LONG – HANOI – HUE ARRIVAL

In the morning, refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Have tea and coffee onboard and continue exploring Ha Long Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Normally, check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Hanoi capital.

Free at leisure until meet our guide then transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Arrival Hue international airport, you are transferred to town by private car & guide. The transfer from airport to hotel is approximately 20 minutes. Check in & relax

Meal: Brunch

Overnight at hotel in Hue

DAY 5HUE CITY TOUR WITH RIVER CRUISE – DA NANG – HOI AN

Morning, take full day tour of Hue City, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 period and the last refuge of Vietnamese feudalism. The city’s beauty is characterized by a natural scenic landscape and an extensive variety of historical relics. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Continue to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Next, visit Tu Duc Tomb, one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s finest architectural works nested in a pine forest where the 4th emperor of the Nguyen family was laid to rest.

We continue to take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to enjoy the open view of the river and its surroundings. Stop along the way and land on shore to visit two prominent historical landmarks namely the Minh Mang Tomb, where the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery overlooking the river from a vantage point with its origin dating back to 1601. Afterwards, transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Arrival Hoi An, check in hotel for overnight

Meal: Breakfast

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

DAY 6HOI AN FULL DAY ANCIENT TOWN & MY SON

Today, transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayutthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java.

In the afternoon, discover the charm of Hoi An recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Your sightseeing will include the iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities. Return to your hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

DAY 7HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CHI MINH HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and guide. The transfer distance is approximately 30 minutes

Afternoon, we start the tour with a visit to the War Remnants Museum which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans and the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Last, stop for shopping at the French-built Ben Thanh Market which dates back to 1870 and whose main entrance clock tower has become a city’s symbol.

Meal: Breakfast

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 8HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS

Morning, meet your guide and transfer about 75 km North-west of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. Return to the city at noon time for a rest

Afternoon, tour in the city starting with Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres. Next, visit Saigon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven. It’s filled with smoky incense and fantastic carved figurines and still buzzing with worshipers, many lounging in the front gardens.

Meal: Breakfast

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 9HO CHI MINH – FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA (MY THO)

Today, you will be picked up and travel past miles of flat rice fields, along a bustling road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam’s largest rice bowl.

On arrival in My Tho City, board a motorboat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on Thoi Son Island where you can listen to Southern traditional music performed by native artists. Next, you will change to a paddle boat to cruise through the narrow canals and visit households with traditional occupations of home-based coconut candy and rice-wine making. Continue travel by motorized boat to another island to visit a bee farm and taste tea with fresh honey from the beehives and enjoy fresh fruits. On the return to My Tho, stop to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure built in 1850 with a unique architectural mixture of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese and Cambodian styles characterized by a highly ornate façade. You might enjoy a lovely lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant. At the end of the tour, you will find the way back to Ho Chi Minh.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 10HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE

Meet our guide & driver at the hotel lobby then transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for flight.
Meal : Breakfast

PRICE IN USD PER PAX
BASED ON TWIN OR DOUBLE SHARING
Date: NOV-2017 TO 31st MARCH-2018
Description 2 Pax 3-5 Pax 6-8 Pax 9-11 Pax 12-15 Pax 16-19 Pax 20-24 Pax 25-30 Pax Single Supplement
3 Stars Hotel $903 $750 $570 $548 $523 $532 $499 $473 $+242
4 Stars Hotel $1056 $903 $723 $701 $675 $695 $660 $633 $+382
5 Stars Hotel $1346 $1194 $1013 $991 $966 $1005 $966 $935 $+661
5 Stars Luxury $2576 $2493 $2443 $2221 $2196 $2317 $2261 $2217 $+1834

Date: APR-2018 TO SEP-2018
Description 2 Pax 3-5 Pax 6-8 Pax 9-11 Pax 12-15 Pax 16-19 Pax 20-24 Pax 25-30 Pax Single Supplement
3 Stars Hotel $893 $740 $560 $538 $513 $521 $490 $463 $+232
4 Stars Hotel $1035 $882 $702 $680 $655 $673 $638 $611 $+361
5 Stars Hotel $1340 $1187 $1007 $985 $959 $998 $959 $928 $+655
5 Stars Luxury $2712 $2560 $2378 $2356 $2332 $2462 $2404 $2357 $+1966

Inclusions & Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D=Dinner)
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English - speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival as complementary
  • Private boat for sightseeing as mentioned in the program, Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary

Tour Exclusions

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (25US$ in Vietnam paid by cash at the airport)
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant staff, boat rider, etc.
  • Surcharge for Peak season, Tet Lunar New year holidays, and compulsory dinner at some hotel & resort on Xmas and New year’s Eve
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).

LIST OF HOTELS USED

Destination First Class Superior packages Deluxe packages Luxury packages
Hanoi LAROSA HOTEL

www.hanoilarosahotel.com

LA CASA HANOI HOTEL

www.lacasahanoi.vn

PAN PACIFIC HOTEL

www.panpacific.com

SOFITEL METROPOLE HANOI

www.sofitel-legend.com

Ha Long V'SPIRIT CRUISE

www.vspiritcruises.com

PELICAN CRUISE

www.pelicancruise.com

STARLIGHT CRUISE

www.starlightcruises.vn

PARADISE LUXURY CRUISE

www.paradisecruises.vn

Hue ASIA HUE HOTEL

www.asiahotel.com.vn

ELDORA HUE

www.eldorahotel.com

INDOCHINE PALACE

www.bwp-indochinepalace.com

PILGRIMAGE VILLAGE

www.pilgrimagevillage.com

Hoi An LOTUS HOI AN BOUTIQUE

www.hoianlotushotel.com

HOI AN SILK MARINA

www.hoiansilkmarina.com

PALM GARDEN RESORT

www.palmgardenresort.com.vn

THE NAM HAI

www.thenamhaihoian.com

Ho Chi Minh BONG SEN HOTEL SAIGON

www.bongsenhotel.com

ARISTO SAIGON HOTEL

www.aristosaigonhotel.com

MAJESTIC SAIGON HOTEL

www.majesticsaigon.com.vn

PARK HYATT HOTEL

www.saigon.park.hyatt.com

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