1 Arrival in Hanoi
& greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer to hotel
for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will take an
orientation tour around central Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
2: Hanoi (B)
full day tour includes Ho Chi Minh Memorial complex, taking
in his mausoleum, the Presidential Palace and his idyllic
wooden home built on stilts. Next we continue to the One Pillar
Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, and become acquainted
with Vietnam's two major religions, Buddhism and Confucianism. In
the afternoon we visit the fascinating museum of Ethnology,
which includes full size replicas of amazing ethnic minority tribal
buildings found across Vietnam.
we explore downtown Hanoi including Ngoc Son Pagoda on Hoan Kiem
lake and Ma May Street in Hanoi's Old Quarter to see
a classic example of late 19th-century architecture. Afterwards
we proceed to West Lake to see the beautiful Tao Sach
Pagoda and enjoy coffee on a floating café. Free time in the
evening allows you to walk along the historic French colonial
Old Quarter of Hanoi. The Old Quarter provides a wonderful shopping
experience and has a choice of many excellent restaurants. Overnight
evening tour to see the famed water puppet theatre, a
traditional art form created by village farmers around the Red River
Delta region. Ask for prices & details at time of booking).
3: Hanoi-Halong (B, L, D)
After breakfast we journey east to Vietnam's greatest natural wonder,
Halong Bay. We board our beautiful traditional wooden
junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay's 3000
magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored
in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood
meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from
the side of the boat. Kayaks are also available if specified
at time of booking. Overnight on luxurious boat.
4: Halong - Saigon (Brunch)
up to fresh coffee and take a small boat to a nearby sandy cove
beach for an opportunity to relax and have a morning swim.
For a great photo opportunity it is well worth walking up to the
hill top pagoda which overlooks the entire Halong bay. Afterwards
we return for a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong
City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations
that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to mystical dragons!
and drive to Hanoi airport for flight to Saigon (about 2.5 hours
drive). on the way, we will visit some interesting handcraft places
such as ceramic village to break up the journey. Upon arrival you
will receive warm welcome from your local English speaking guide
and transfer to the Hotel.
5 Saigon (B)
tour today includes visiting the legendary network of underground
combat tunnels in Cu Chi, where our guide will explain
how the Vietcong survived and fought during the Vietnam war.
we visit the Saigon colonial Post Office, Reunification
Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral - the best of Saigon's
architectural landmarks. Overnight in Saigon.
6 Saigon (B)
day to explore the vibrant city at your leisure and a good opportunity
to buy your holiday souvenirs in downtown Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
tour: travel to the opulent Holy See Temple in Tay Ninh
to see the noon service of Cao dai Sect adherents. Cao dai
is a fascinating Vietnamese religion combining aspects of Christian,
Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism and Confucius into a single religion.
7: Saigon-Mekong Delta (B, L)
morning we continue our journey to the prosperous town of Vinh Long
in the heart of the Mekong Delta, a world that lives and
works on the water. We'll have an exciting boat trip to experience
the floating market of Cai Be. Next we continue by
sampan along small canals and narrow side arms of the Mekong
River to observe the daily life along the river banks, visiting
fascinating workshops where villages produce coconut sweets and
final destination is the beautiful Binh Hoa Phuoc Island.
On the island we visit orchards of tropical fruits and for lunch
we sample delicacies of the region, such as Elephant Ear fish. After
lunch we return to Vinh Long Town for our transfer back to Saigon.
arrival in Ho Chi Minh, we drive to Saigon's China Town where we
visit Thien Hau pagoda. Overnight in Saigon.
8: Saigon - UK (B)
to the airport for your flight home.
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As stated in itinerary, B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner
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itinerary is designed according to the most updated information
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cities are visited and duration of time spent in each city can change
due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above
itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited
each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your
stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping
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