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Highlights of Vietnam

£659 pp

 

This tour is designed to experience the authentic Vietnamese highlights while enjoying 4-star accommodation each night. You will explore amazing places of interest in Hanoi, Ha Long, Hue, Danang, Hoian and Saigon. The tour price is based on per person rate when a minimum of two passengers travelling together sharing accommodation on Double or Twin Room basis.

 

Price Includes ;

All described sightseeing as in program above

Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation in hotels with daily breakfast
English speaking guides (local guides)
Admission fees to indicated sights
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Meals: B=       breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
Domestic gov’t tax and service charge

 

Price Excludes;

International air tickets

Domestic Flights HAN – HUI & DAD - SGN

Travel Insurance in all kinds
Meals: if not mentioned in itinerary

Drinks during Meals
Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others not stated

Peak season surcharges

Compulsory meals

Early Check In and Late Check Out not mentioned


Please note-

Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be booked within the same hotel category without surcharge/reduction. If no hotel in same category available, we preserve the right to apply a surcharge for any higher category or a reduction for any lower category. All hotel ratings are according to the local accreditation authority.

 

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Hanoi. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

    Rest of the day is free at leisure.

    Overnight in Hanoi.

    4* Luxury - MK Premier Boutique Hotel or similar BB.

    Day 2

    Full day city

    Hanoi is one of the oldest and most charming cities in Asia, and apart from its traditional Vietnamese architecture, there is a French quarter with grand French colonial villas and broad boulevards lined with trees and coffee houses. On this tour you’ll visit Ngoc Son Temple inside Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (open for inside visit in mornings only, closed on Monday, Friday, and the whole months of September, October, and November), the One-Pillar Pagoda, the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday), the Temple of Literature, and the old quarters.

     

    Return to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

    4* Luxury - MK Premier Boutique Hotel or similar BB.

    Day 3

    Halong Bay is one of the most magnificent scenic spots in all of Vietnam and was recognized as a world natural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Halong is a picturesque bay with almost 2,000 islets rising from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Check in on board and cruise in the tranquility of Halong Bay and visit limestone caves with colorful stalagmites and stalactites, an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood, served on board.

    Dinner and overnight on board – 4* Pelican Cruise

    Day 4

    Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at sunrise and the view over the bay. As you leisurely cruise between the limestone formations and the junk slowly slides towards Halong city served aboard a tasty lunch or brunch. Disembark and transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue.

     

    Arrival in Hue, meet and greet by our guide and transfer to hotel in Hue.

    Overnight in Hue – 4* Eldora Hotel (Deluxe City View) or similar.

    Day 5

    You board a traditional 'Dragon Boat' for a 40 minutes ride on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. The Pagoda has two sections. The front of the Pagoda houses the seven-storey octagonal Phuoc Duyen tower, which has become the symbol of Hue. The other section of the pagoda is its rear portion, where the monks of the temple live and practice Buddhism. The Pagoda was the center of Buddhism in central Vietnam. In 1963, in an act of defiance against the Diem regime, Thich Quang Duc torched himself in downtown Saigon. Then you drive to visit the Citadel at the Imperial Palace. It was completed in 1833 and from here the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam till 1945. Entering the citadel via a stone bridge you can see the Thai Hoa Palace. The ostentatious columns supporting the roof are lacquered and inlaid with gold. A one hour pedicab ride gives you a chance to assess the size of the citadel.

     

    In the afternoon you visit the tomb of Tu Duc, which is one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty. In a sprawling lush pine forest 8 km (5 miles) from Hue, this tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Tu Duc (1848-83) who enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty. The construction of the tomb started in December 1864 and was completed in 1867. Your trip to Hue will be completed by a visit to the tomb of Khai Dinh, Emperor of Vietnam from 1916 to 1925. The tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence. The construction of the tomb began in 1920 and lasted 11 years. On the way back to your hotel you stop at a village that is well-known for its production of typical Vietnamese conical hats.

     

    You will depart Hue for Hoi An. The guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders.  Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

     

    Overnight in Hoian – 4* Little Central Boutique Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar

    Day 6

    We start the walking tour at the Museum of Folk Culture where you will learn about the history of this charming and peaceful town before you walk around the small market. Walk along the main street to the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese community. The hall, built in 1697, has been used as the worshipping place to dedicate to Thien Hau (the Goddess of the Sea or Holy Mother). Continue to the river bank along narrow streets - on both sides are old houses transformed into beautifully decorated shops with colorful lanterns in different shapes. Next we'll stop to see the Japanese covered bridge built in the early 17th century by Japanese traders who settled in the town. The special pagoda-shaped bridge is now the official symbol of Hoi An. We finish with a visit to a historic old house of this town.

     

    Drive to Danang airport. Flight to Saigon. Upon arrival pick up and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

     

    Depart from your hotel for a half day tour of Saigon, still called Saigon by many locals. This dynamic city has a unique life of its own.  Visit the former Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese resistance fighters tanks (Viet Cong) rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. From the palace you will visit the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City including the red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame, the nearby 19th century Empire-style Post Office.

     

    Overnight in Saigon – 4* Bay Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar

    Day 7

    Enjoy a full day excursion to My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of Mekong River. On arrival at My Tho visit Vinh Trang Pagoda. Then, cruise a boat trip along Mekong River and around fishing village and 4 islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix for sight-seeing. Cross Mekong River, proceed boat trip along a small canal, to see daily life of local inhabitants in Ben Tre province (called coconut village), visit a tourist spot for bee farm and handicraft workshop to enjoy some honey-tea and see how people make thing from coconut wood. Next on activities, take horse-carts along country road to visit fruit orchards, enjoy seasonal tropical fruits and listen to traditional music by local inhabitants. Then, take small sampans along small canal, to come back the big boat. Leave boat for coconut candy workshop and taste this speciality in coconut village. Return Saigon in the late afternoon.

     

    Overnight in Saigon – 4* Bay Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar

    Day 8

    At your leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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