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Day 1 : Arrival to Ha Noi (D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport you will be welcomed by your local tour guide and driver. Enjoy your dinner at Cha Ca La Vong restaurant. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ha Noi city.
Day 2 : Ha Noi city tour (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh temple. Enjoy a cyclo ride around the old quarter from Hang Dau to Hang Gai streets. Enjoy a water puppet show in the evening. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ha Noi city.
Day 3 : Ha Noi – Ha Long (B/L/D)
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 your cabin.
Day 4 : Ha Long – Ha Noi – Hue (Brunch)
Early risers can enjoy an energizing swim in the cool, calm and quiet waters of the overnight anchorage. A buffet brunch is served from 07:30 to 09:30. The cruise then continues, passing more interesting formations such as Ti Tot and Soi Sim Beaches, Ngon Tay (Finger) islet, Thien Nga (Swan) islet and Ga Choi (Fighting Cock) islet. Return to Halong City. Disembark at Halong Tourist Wharf for the return trip to Hanoi. Transfer to Noi Bai airport to board flight VN 1545 to Hue (20.10-21.20) . Pick up and transfer to your hotel. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hue city.
Day 5 : Hue (B/L)
Following breakfast at your hotel, take a morning cruise on the Perfume River to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a setting of gardens and lakes. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy a night boat trip on the Perfume River enlivened by a performance of Hue folk songs. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hue city.
Day 6 : Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Hoi An, stop for photos and sightseeing at the Hai Van pass, Lang Co beach, and Marble mountain. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, stroll around town and visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, silk street of Hoi An, and Danang-style temples and pagodas. Dinner at your expense. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hoi An
Day 7 : Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Danang airport for boarding flight VN 1309 to Ho Chi Minh City (9.30-10.40). Pick up and transfer to your hotel. A sightseeing tour to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Visit some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Lunch at the local restaurant. Take a tour of town and visit Thien Hau & Quan Am pagoda. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum we end the city tour with Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sale. Dinner on guests account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 8 : Ho Chi Minh city – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
After breakfast we drive west to Tay Ninh, headquarters of the Cao Dai religion which is a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. On arrival, attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when followers fill the hall wearing colored robes. On the way back, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 9 : Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be floating market (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Cai Be, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating markets and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into a small village to visit an orchard and fruit plantation. Continue cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals and experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of a garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through a bonsai garden. Meet the driver in Vinh Long. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 10 : Ho Chi Minh city – departure (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Free leisure time to explore before tour transfer to the airport for departure. End of services. Finish your Highlights of Vietnam starts Ha Noi.
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Highlight Vietnam from Hanoi city: Hanoi- Halong- Hue- Danang- Hoi An- HCM city- Tay Ninh- Cu Chi- Cai Be floating market- HCM City.
• A/c private car/van/minibus for pick up, transfer & sightseeing as per program.
• Domestic flights : Ha Noi – Hue; Da Nang – HCMC (Economy class).
• English speaking tour guide.
• Boat trips in Hue & the Mekong Delta.
• All entrance fees & cyclo tour.
• Hotel accommodation based Twin/Double share basis.
• Half board package meals indicated as : B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.
• Approved letter of arrival for Vietnamese visa.
• International flight to/from Vietnam
• Travel insurance.
• Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program.
• Personal expenses.