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VIETNAM HIGHLIGHS TOUR 15D/14N

VIETNAM HIGHLIGHS TOUR 15D/14N

Tour Code: VP15DC01
Price from: $US
Duration: 15 days
Tour route: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An town (Charming World Heritage site) Saigon – Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta

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This tour takes you to the quintessential destinations from north to south of Vietnam. Within 15 days, this tour will give you a moderate schedule enabling an in-depth visit at each site. The stately Hanoi, the magnificent Halong Bay, the former capital city of Hue, the charming Hoi An ancient town, the bustle & hustle Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the waterway of the Mekong Delta are all packed up into your ideal Vietnam vacation.

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1 Arrival Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi City tour
Day 3 Hanoi Halong Bay
Day 4 Halong bay – Hanoi
Day 5 Hanoi fly to Hue
Day 6 Hue
Day 7 Hue – Hoi An
Day 8 Hoi An
Day 9 Hoi An
Day 10 Hoi An - Da Nang fly to Saigon
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh tour
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Cao Dai Temple
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh– Mekong
Day 14 Mekong – Ho Chi Minh
Day 15 Departure

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi (D)
Transfer via: International flight - your arrangement
Accommodations: Sheraton Hanoi hotel
Upon our arrival at the Noi Bai (Hanoi) airport, our local guide will meet us and escort us to our hotel. The rest of the day is ours to relax and recover from jetlag. Tonight we will have dinner at one of the finest restaurant in Hanoi

Day 2 Hanoi (B, L)
Accommodations: Sheraton Hanoi hotel
Sites visited: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ba Dinh square, Temple of Literature, Museum of Ethnology, Cyclo in Hanoi Old quarter, Water puppet show
On this day we will first visit Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh complex followed by the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon we will visit Museum of Ethnology and explore Hanoi Old quarter by cyclo (paddle rickshaw). In the evening we will enjoy the Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Accommodations: Paradise Junk Cruise – Luxury cruise in Halong Bay
Sites visited: Halong Bay
Special Meals: Sea Food on Junk cruise
We meet the tour guide again today at around 08:00AM today then depart for Halong Bay. Along the way we will have a coffee break at a humanity center. Arriving at Tuan Chau private wharf at noontime (11:45), we transfer to our Luxury Paradise Cruise. On the cruise we will have a welcome cocktail and having a briefing, safety instructions then check in our luxury cabins.
We then set sail and to explore Halong Bay. Our Asian Buffet lunch will be severed from 13.00 – 14.30 as the vessel sails to Halong Bay passing numerous of limestone islands and islets like: the Cocks fighting islets, the Elephant leg islet, the Castle islet…and the TITOP Island. At around 14.30 we arrive at Luon Cave (Hallow cave). We will have chance to explore most famous grotto in the entire Halong Bay by local rowing boat or we can enjoy kayaking activities ( If weather permitted) or Discover the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay, the Surprising Cave.
After the excursion at 15.30 we transfer back to cruise ship and continue cruising through the bay.
At 16.30 we arrive at Fairy Male cave and visit the Cua Vạn Floating Village – experience the daily life of local people – Optional: kayaking
At 17.15 we keep on to cruise to explore Halong Bay.
17.30 Enjoy the open-air cooking demonstration on the sundeck (weather permitting) and discover the secrets of the Vietnamese cuisine.
At 18.00 we arrive at Pearl farm area where once again we have chance to do swimming or kayaking, then anchor for stay overnight.
At dawn we can enjoy the open-air cocktail bar located on the sundeck then savor a delicious five course Set-dinner will be severed at 7:00 PM. Follow by is the happy hour and night activities including: enjoy Movie Night, Board Games or Beauty Spa services or relax at leisure. Overnight in luxury Paradise junk cruise.

Day 4 Halong bay – Hanoi (B)
Accommodations: Sheraton Hanoi hotel
Sunrise on this seclude Bay will be a wonderful experience; we then have chance for a Tai Chi Lesson at 06:45 on the sundeck. After that, we enjoy our Continental Buffet breakfast from 07.00 – 09.00. During breakfast the cruise keeps moving to explore other areas in Halong Bay. At around 07.45 we arrive at Ti Top Island where we can enjoy the Ti Top Beach or get up to the top of the island for a fabulous bird eyes view of Halong Bay. We have option of : swimming or kayaking activities (subject to weather permission).
At 08.30 we depart Ti Top Island to continue cruise through Halong Bay. We check out our cabin at 09.30 & our settle bills – Luggage collection. At 10.30 we will disembark the Warf at Tuan Chau Island. We then transfer to our vehicles to go back to Hanoi.
Arriving in Hanoi, we check in hotel and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5 Hanoi – Hue (B, L)
Transfer via: Vietnam Airlines
Accommodation: La Residence hotel & Spa
Site visited: Imperial city, Forbidden Purple City, Dong Ba market
This morning, we will be transferred to the airport to take flight to Hue at 11:50. Welcome upon arrival in Hue, we then transfer to directly to a local restaurant for our lunch.
After that, we transfer to hotel for checking in. Relaxing until 3PM, we will visit Imperial city, Forbidden Purple City, Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.

Hoian - Vietnam Thien Mu Pagoda Hue - Vietnam

Day 6 Hue (B)
Accommodation: La Residence hotel & Spa
Sites visited: Thien Mu pagoda, Tu Duc tomb, Perfume River
Today, we take a dragon boat to cruise along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda; then take our vehicle to the majestic and scenic Emperor Tu Duc tomb.
After that, we are back to the city for our leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7 Hue - Hoi An (B)
Accommodations: Palm Garden Hoi An Resort & Spa
Sites visited: Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum, Marble Mountain, Danang Beach,
After breakfast, we depart Hue for Hoi An travel through the high pass of Hai Van with its spectacular views of the East Sea en route to Da Nang. We will visit Cham Museum, Marble Mountain, My Khe beach and then going to Cua Dai Beach for our resort.
Relax at beach in the rest of the day. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8 Hoi An (B)
Accommodations: Palm Garden Hoi An Resort & Spa
Sites visited: Hoi An town
Today, we have a morning walking tour in Hoi An town – one of the World Culture Heritages of Vietnam. This quaint riverside town still boasts a wealth of century’s old traditional architecture. The influences of several Asian cultures can be seen in the old houses and waterside buildings. It is also famous as a place to be instantly created inexpensive tailored outfits. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.

Hue city tours Hoi An vacation My Son - Vietnam

Day 9 Hoi An (B)
Accommodations: Palm Garden Hoi An Resort & Spa
Free at leisure day and enjoy shopping in Hoi An town or swimming at the beach. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Transfer via: Vietnam Airlines
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Saigon
In the morning, we transfer to Da Nang airport to take the flight to Saigon. After 1 hour flight, we are welcome at the airport by tour guide then we transfer to hotel. Check in and relax in the rest of the day. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 11 (Saigon) Ho Chi Minh City tour(B, L)
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Saigon
Sites visited: Former Presidential Palace, North Dame Cathedral, General Post office, War Museum, Ben Thanh Market
This morning, we visit the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that, we will visit War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. Before our lunch, we stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post.
In the afternoon we will visit: Ben Thanh market, and also  the sprawling commercial hub of China town(Cholon) including the chaotic Binh Tay market area and  Thien Hau pagoda.

Mekong river cruise Ho Chi Minh city Tour Cu Chi Tunnel

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Cao Dai temple (B, L)
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Saigon
In the morning we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will explore the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that we will drive to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai temple. This religion is an odd mix of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianism and Christianity. Join Cao Dai worshippers for their daily noontide ceremony. Then we return to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B, L)
Accommodation: Victoria Can Tho Resort
Sites visited: Island, workshops, farmer houses
Today we drive from Sai Gon to Cai Be  for about 2 hours. Vivid farming activities and the riverine life of the Mekong Delta can be seen en route. Take a boat trip from Cai Be along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the riverine of local people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. It would be a miss if we do not visit floating market at Cai Be, and a family-run workshop making popcorn, pop-rice. A taste of these local products with green tea brings you a great feeling in tropical weather. Lunch will be set up in a local house that located on an island, which is fertile place for different fruits and trees. After lunch, taking a short nap on a hammock under the shady garden or you also can do cycling  along the village paths to enjoy the  beautiful of country side..Lastly, the cruise will transfer us  to Vinh Long city where we take our vehicle to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 14: Can Tho - Cai Rang – Saigon (B)
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Saigon
Sites visited: Cai Rang floating market
Early morning today, we will take the boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market with the busy sense right at the time. This is a biggest floating market in Mekong Delta where you can see the daily life and local people selling their products on boats.  After that, we are back to hotel for breakfast & relaxing by the pool of the hotel.
In the afternoon, we transfer back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 15: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Departure (B)
Transfer via: International flight - your arrangement
Today our vehicle will transfer us back to the airport for our flight to home. Trip ends.