Treasures of Vietnam
Itinerary: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoian - Cuchi tunnels - Saigon
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival (-/-/-)
Meet upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Time at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B/L/-)
We discover Hanoi-the charming capital of Vietnam today: Hochiminh’s mausoleum and his residence, Tran Quoc pagoda, One pillar pagoda, French colonial quarter, Temple of Literature, Cathedral Saint Joseph,Hanoi Opera, Museum of Ethnology.
Then explore Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem lake and a short walk in the Hanoi Old quarter.
Attend a performance of water puppets show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/-)
8:00am depart for Halong bay, 180km east of Hanoi, listed as World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1994.
12:00 we board a traditional junk to discover the 8th World Wonder where the movie "Indochine" was realized with Catherine Deneuve, French star in the 1990’s. Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. It is time to relax on the deck through the most beautiful landscapes with more than 2,000 islands and limestone islets, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave, the most picturesque grotto in the bay. Swimming if possible and relaxing on the deck. Disembark at Bai Chay wharf and transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight in Halong.
Day 4: Halong - Hue (B/-/-)
Drive to Hanoi domestic airport. Visit a workshop of potteries en route.
Take the flight to Hue. Meet our guide at Hue airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. Leisure time. Overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue city tour (B/L/-)
Full day to explore Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden city, Tu Duc king’ mausoleum and a local market Dong Ba. Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to discover Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue - Hoian (B/-/-)
Depart for Danang. The scenic 4 hours drive via Hai Van (Clouds) pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit Cham museum on the way. We continue further south to the charming historic city of Hoian.Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight in Hoian
Day 7: Hoian (B/-/-)
After breakfast, discover Hoian ancient town, known to early Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century.Hoian has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit historic merchants and community houses,places of worship and Japanese bridge, market Hoian.
Afternoon, time at leisure (no guide, no car, no tour).Accommodation in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoian - Danang – Hochiminh (B/-/-)
Transfer to Danang domestic airport for flight to Hochiminh city. Drive to hotel for check-in. Leisure time. Overnight in Hochiminh.
Day 9: Hochiminh - Cuchi tunnels (B/L/-)
AM: Drive to Cu Chi tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to Cambodian border and was three levels deep. There are more than 200km of underground tunnels, consisting of a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels.The remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the war must have been like.On the way back to Hochiminh city, stopover at local homes producing rice papers& rice wine. Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest economic center in the country: visit Opera house, cathedral Notre Dame, Post Office, China town, Thien Hau pagoda, Ben Thanh market, the former presidential Palace. Overnight in Hochiminh city.
Day 10: Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to HCM/Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure flight. End of services.
Trip cost: from US$898 per person. Please contact our Travel Consultant to get BEST AVAILABLE prices.
- Double/Twin room at selected hotels
- Entrance fees and permits
- Boat trips in Halong bay & on Perfume River
- Private air-conditioning transfer with English/French speaking guides
- Meals (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner) as mentioned in program
- Vietnam visa and visa fees
- International airfares & airport’s taxes to/from Vietnam
- Domestic airfares & airport taxes
- Tips, drinks
- Travel insurances
- Other personal expenses...
- Prestige hotel SUP (****) in Hanoi
- Halong Plaza hotel SUP (****) in Halong
- Huong Giang hotel Riverview (****) in Hue
- Hoian hotel DLX (****) in Hoian
- Grand hotel SUP (****) in Hochiminh city