South to the north Vietnam tour

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Duration: 12 Days - 11 Nights
Route: Sai Gon- Mekong Delta - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong bay
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Itineraries

DAY 01:          Hochiminh city Arrival                                                        (D)

Upon on arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, the group will be met & transferred to hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free to unwind (Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon, it is now a modern seaport and the country's largest city).Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

DAY 02:          Sai gon –Cai Be-  Vinh Long – Can Tho                            (B,L)

Leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Be. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where tourists have an opportunity to listen to traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the Mekong by motorized boat to visit some fluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. The driver will meet the group at Vinh Long jetty and take you to Can Tho City for the night

DAY 03:          Sai gon – Cai Rang Floating Market – Sai Gon                (B,L)

Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motor boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as the group observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to Saigon, arriving in the late afternoon. Hotel check in and then free for leisure. Overnight in Hochiminh city.

DAY 04:          Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi Tunnels  - Fly to Hoi An       (B,L)

Today take a tour outside Saigon. Visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and partake in the noontime prayer service. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. Have lunch at local restaurant. Continuing to Visit Cu Chi Tunnels  which were never discovered by American Force. These tunnels are stretching over 200 km and were important Viet Cong base during the American War. This underground network, dug by hand connected command posts hospital shelter and weapon factories. Take a drive back to Hochiminh city for short fligh to Da Nang. Arrive in Da Nang airport, you will be meet up and transit to Hoi An ancient city, hotel check in & free for discovering the city.Overnight in Hoi An. 

DAY 05:          Hoi An ancient city                                                                           (B,L)

Spend a full day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hoi An independently. Walk through the Old City, stopping at one of the city's many museums, or see artisans using age-old techniques to fashion a variety of crafts. Of special interest are the colorful and elaborate paper lanterns created by lantern artisans for which Hoi An is well known. Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 06:          Hoi An – My Son Holly Land – Hue                                                (B,L)

Take a road trip to My Son. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant before continuing to drive to Hue acnient city. Hotel check in and then free at leisure for the city night discovering. Overnight in Hue.

DAY 07:          Hue Ancient City                                                                  (B,L)

After our breakfast at the hotel, we explore Hue -  the former imperial capital, built by the first king of the Nguyen Dynasty during a time recognized as the golden age of Vietnam. For centuries, Hue has been a main cultural, religious, and educational center of Vietnam—and the reputation continues with the many students who live there today. The older section of Hue is a moated, walled citadel surrounded by eleven stone gates. We'll take a boat ride along the Perfume River to visit the unofficial symbol of Hue—the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. We'll also tour the citadel, find the Imperial Enclosure, and see its inner Forbidden City, a private area reserved for the emperor.Then we share a delicious lunch with the Buddhist nuns at the Dieu Thanh Pagoda before returning to our hotel for some time at leisure. Have a Royal Dinner ( Wear Royal Costume)  at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hue.

DAY 08:          Hue – Fly to Hanoi                                                                (B,L)

Hotel check out and leave to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, Guide and driver will meet the group and transfer to the center of the city. Hotel check in . The day is free to unwind. Hanoi offers a beguiling combination of tranquillity and chaos, from the elegance of its crumbling colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards, to the boisterous cacophony of street vendors and motorcycles. Much can be absorbed of daily life by wandering the streets of the old quarter, tasting local market food, and people-watching around the pretty Hoan Kiem Lake ( Returned sword lake) . For the culture buffs there are museums, temples and tombs which offer insight into a city rich in history and character. Overnight stay at Hanoi.

DAY 09:          Hanoi – Halong Bay                                                               (B,L,D)

After breakfast drive through Red River Delta to beautiful Halong Bay - the scenic drive will pass through rural landscapes before arriving at this World Heritage site. Upon arrival board the boat where you will enjoy a welcome drink and a delicious freshly caught seafood lunch whilst sailing out of the bay passing amazing shaped mountains. Later you will visit Sung Sot Cave then sail on to Titop Beach and Mountain. Weather permitting, you may wish to partake in a 400 steps climb up the mountain to enjoy a picturesque view of Halong Bay whilst viewing the sunset. Overnight on board

DAY 10:          Halong bay – Hanoi                                                               (B,L)

Enjoy early morning view of the bay’s landscape, breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the water of the bay before taking a small boat to visit Hang Luon. We have some time to swim before sailing back to the Harbour. After check out have early lunch and then drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, hotel check in and free for the city night discovering. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 11:          Hanoi city tour                                                                       (B,L)

A day for exploring Hanoi. Your first stop will be the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where the father of modern-day Vietnam declared the nation’s independence in 1945. Discover the reverence with which the Vietnamese treat their “Uncle Ho” at this pilgrimage site. Continue your tour at sites such as the Stilt House, Presidential Palace, and One Pillar Pagoda. Later drive to the Temple of Literature, built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, which is also used to be the first university of Vietnam in the 11th century.

Attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. Overnight in Hanoi.

Option 2: SHOW TU PHU (a stunning performance recreating a Vietnamese traditional ritual with music, dance and cosplay) at Cong Nhan Theatre after dinner (additional charge 15USD/pax) 

DAY 12 :         Hanoi - Departure                                                                 (B)     

After breakfast, free at leisure till transfer to airport for departure flight. End of services!

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