Vietnam highlights 11 days

  • Duration:11 days
  • Destinations: Hanoi-Halong bay-Hoian-Ho Chi MInh-Cu Chi tunnels-mekong delta
964 USD

Some destinations evoke mental images the moment their names are mentioned, and Vietnam is one of them. A frenetic and fascinating country, it calls to mind conical-hatted street vendors, water buffalo plodding across rice fields, mopeds buzzing through cities and floating markets on the Mekong River.

The days when Vietnam was best known for its conflict with America are long gone. From the temples of Hanoi and the islands of Halong Bay to the beaches of Nha Trang and the palaces of Hue, it is a country now firmly etched in the travel psyche.

At times, Vietnam is an assault on the senses. Life in its feverish cities is conducted largely on the streets, among chattering bia hois (pavement pubs) and steaming pho (noodle soup) stands. The country’s two main cities – Hanoi in the north, Ho Chi Minh in the south – are different in many ways, but they share an intoxicating energy. Ancient pagodas and colonial houses jostle for space with new-build skyscrapers, while labyrinthine back-alleys hum with life. These narrow streets are atmospheric places to spend time, day or night.

The country’s long, thin shape, sometimes compared to two rice baskets at either end of a pole, means these two cities form natural start and end points to an itinerary. The highlights along the way, meanwhile, are as well packed as the spring rolls which adorn market stalls: nature-lovers, history buffs, beach bums and foodies are all catered for in singularly Vietnamese style.

Those heading into the countryside can expect not only glorious scenery, but a rich cultural web of different ethnic groups. The US wartime legacy can still be readily explored – perhaps most notably at the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh – but this is a country to enjoy for what it is today, whether you’re here for a few days or a month.

11 DAYS

Detail of program:

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Our car will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel,over night in Hanoi.

Accommodation: 1 deluxe room at Classic street  hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

8:00am we will the start of the tour journey visit by coach trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful waters, and visit Ngoc Son temple. Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho's final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh"s house on stilts.

Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi . Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple ( Taoist, dating from the Ly Dynasty ) and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake ( One of the oldest in Vietnam ). Lunch.

PM: After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum, continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. Vietnam"s first university constructed in 1070, it"s gardens and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam"s past, overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: 1 deluxe room  at Classic street  hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B / L / D), GROUP TOUR

8:00 to 8:30: Alova Gold Cruise’s bus and guide will pick you up at your hotel & start the 3 hour and a half drive to Halong Bay.

12:00 – 12:30: Board Alova Gold Cruise at the Bai Chay port, enjoy welcome drink, crew briefing before checking in cabin. Start cruising and enjoy a Special lunch with Vietnamese Traditional Dishes while the boat slowly slides on romantic waves of the sea to the legendary fishing village.

14:00: Spend one hour Kayaking on emerald water of the world heritage.

15:00: Set sails to head to the sandy beach where emotional feeling erupts at one of the most splendid water world; you can swim and enjoy the seascapes with photos shooting.

18:00: Return to the vessel for your own leisure at room or on Sun deck, boat anchors at Sung Sot area – the safest place for overnight.

18:30: Attend the Cooking Demonstration together with our Chief.

19:30: Enjoy dinner (designed only on Alova Gold) with Vietnamese typical foods.

21:00: Intermingle with activities on board such as Cuttle fish fishing, games on board, socializing with others. Our bartender serves you the best drink at bar, overnight on boat.

Accommodation: 1 deluxe cabin at Alova Gold cruise  or similar cruise.

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DAY 4: HALONG BAY - FLIGHT TO DANANG (B / L), GROUP TOUR

When the Dawn appears, a new day comes to bring you strange experience!

6:00: Wake up for swimming or photos hunt at dawn.

7:30: Have sunrise breakfast in the absolutely quiet lagoon.

8:30: Climb up the mountain to explore one of the most superb & beautiful Sung Sot cave.

9:15: Return to the Vessel, check out and settle the bill, take time to relax while the Vessel is cruising back to Bai Chay Port, leave your words in the Memory Book and have lunch.

12:30: Say goodbye to Halong bay and take shuttle bus back to Hanoi.

16:30: Arrive in Hanoi.then we will take another car to airport to take flight to Da nang,another car pick you up and transfer to hotel.Over night in Hoian.

Accommodation: 1 superior double room at Kim An hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 5: MYSON - HOIAN TOURS (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

7:30 AM: In the morning we will go to My Son Holy Land, a World Heritage, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries was built from the 7 to 13 centuries. We will have lunch in Hoian and then Discover the ancient town which was an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries and which nowadays is officially listed as an UNESCO world heritage site.

Visit Hoi An ancient town: the Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien Pagoda, Phung Hung old house, Quang Dong Assembly Hall… take the tour with Xich lo go around the old city. Have lunch then take a boat on Thu Bon river . Tour will finish at 5:30p.m. Over night in Hoian

Accommodation: 1 superior double room at Kim An hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 6: HOIAN - FREE (B) 

Free go to the beach for swimming,relax,over night in Hoian.

Accommodation: 1 superior double room at Kim An hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 7: HOIAN - HO CHI MINH CITY (B), PRIVATE TOUR

Free until 13:00 our car take you to airport to take flight to Ho Chi Minh,another car pick you up transfer to hotel.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Accommodation: 1 deluxe room at Signature Sai Gon hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 8: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR - CUCHI TUNNELS (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

Pick you up from hotel at 8.00 Am. We will visit to the Re Unification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Today this building is a museum and venue for official receptions. You can visit the private rooms of the president, the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and, most poignantly, the room where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in 1975.

Nearby is the Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. We continue to the War Remains Museum, where you can learn a lot about the Vietnam War. Lunch with Vietnamese delicacies.

PM: we will visit to Cu chi tunnel , it is about 70kms North West of down town Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. Be back at your hotel after 4 hours travel & visit.Overnight in Ho chi Minh.
Accommodation: 1 deluxe room at Signature Sai Gon hotel or similar hotel

DAY 9: HO CHI MINH CITY - CANTHO (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

8:00: Our Tour Guide & Driver pick you up at the hotel in Saigon, then depart to Caibe.

10:30: Arrive to Cai Be. Take boat trip to Tan Phong island. Stay away from tourist places.You will explore the island by rowing boat along the creek.
Proceed to An Binh island by motor boat. The next attraction is taking a motor boat deeper into the countryside in smaller canals and enjoy the peaceful time. Go for walk or ride bicycle to view the coutyside. Lunch at local house.

Visit lower pot and brick factory. Proceed to Vinh Long. Drive to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.

Accomodation: Superior room at Kim Tho hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 10: CANTHO - HO CHI MINH CITY (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

After breakfast, take a boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River), then visit the Cai Rang floating market, which are the best in the region. You will probably have tried Vietnamese vermicelli soup, so now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and talk with the local people. Learn how to cross a "monkey bridge" which is built from a single bamboo. Break for lunch and then get on the car back to Saigon.

Accommodation: 1 deluxe room at Signature Sai Gon hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPART (B)

Our car will transfer to arport to take flight back home, end of the tour.

Note:

B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner

Tour cost: All rates are quoted in USD

Price: 964 USD/person.

- Single suplement: 500 USD/person.

Include:

- Private car follow tour program (except Halong bay by bus with group).

- Meals follow program (local food).

- English speaking guide.

- Entrance fees.

- Accommodation in Hanoi, Halong, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh city.

- Kayaking in Halong.

- Cool water.

- Boat in Halong, Hoian, Mekong.

- Flight from Hanoi to Danang, Danang to Ho Chi Minh city.

- Vietnam visa on arrival(approval letter).

Exclude:

- Drinks, laundry, telephone and other private services.

- Tip for guide and driver.

- Visa stamp fee.

- Travel insurance.

- Vietnamese holiday and new year.

 

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