DAY 01: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Upon on arrival at Noi Bai airport, tourists will be picked-up & transferred to hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free. 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. 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 02: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L)
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 03: 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. On the way, stop at Vegetable or Rice Farm for exploring how the Vietnamese Farmer do.
Evening highlight will be a Water Puppet Performance - the unique form of Vietnamese art derived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia, 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
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)
Overnight stay at Hanoi.
DAY 04: Hanoi city tour – Fly to Hue (B,L)
In the morning, start your half day city. 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. Your leisure until your transfer to Noi Bai to Hue. Arrive in Phu Bai Airport, drive to the center of Hue for hotel check in. Free time for discovering the city. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: Hue Ancient City (B,L)
After our breakfast at the hotel, the group will 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. Tourists'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 06: Hue – Hoi An (B,L)
Leave for the ancient town of Hoi An, a World Heritage Site, was the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia in the 15th century. On the way stop at Danang city for visiting Cham Museum. Lun at local restaurant. Continue to drive to Hoi An.Walking tour of this artistic jewel, with its century's old architecture includes the gorgeous Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the 400 year old bright-red Japanese Covered Bridge and the Ancient Houses. Hotel check in and free at leisure for Hoi An night discovering.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 07: Hoi An – My Son Holly Land (B,L)
Take a road trip to My Son. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the ancient 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.
Afternoon, Free at leisure in Hoi An ancient town. Overnight in the town.
DAY 08: Hoi An – Fly to Ho Chi Minh city (B,L)
After breakfast, we head to the airport for our short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, it is now a modern seaport and the country's largest city. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to visit Hochiminh city, still called Saigon by many locals. Visit: Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Then visit OLD Sai Gon Post Office and visit shopping centers. Dinner at local restaurant.Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 09: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh city (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.Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 10: 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 you 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 11: 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 you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to Saigon, arriving in the late afternoon.
DAY 12 : Ho Chi Minh city - Departure (B)
After breakfast, free at leisure till transfer to airport for departure flight. End of services!