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Discovering Vietnam in Style 15 Days

Discovering Vietnam in Style 15 Days

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Come to discover Vietnam on this 15-day program. From the twisting narrow streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay, travel through the heart of Vietnam’s vibrant past to majestic Hue and quaint Hoi An. Feast on seafood in Nha Trang and relax in the cool French mountain resort of Dalat before arriving in bustling Saigon. End your journey in the fertile Mekong Delta, where the traditional lifestyle of Vietnamese farmers lives on into the 21st century
Come to discover Vietnam on this 15-day program. From the twisting narrow streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay, travel through the heart of Vietnam’s vibrant past to majestic Hue and quaint Hoi An. Feast on seafood in Nha Trang and relax in the cool French mountain resort of Dalat before arriving in bustling Saigon. End your journey in the fertile Mekong Delta, where the traditional lifestyle of Vietnamese farmers lives on into the 21st century

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Discovering Vietnam in style 15 DaysCome to discover Vietnam on this 15-day program. From the twisting narrow streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay, travel through the heart of  Vietnam’s vibrant past to majestic Hue and quaint Hoi An. Feast on seafood in Nha Trangand relax in the cool French mountain resort of Dalat before arriving in bustling Saigon.End your journey in the fertile Mekong Delta, where the traditional lifestyle of Vietnamesefarmers lives on into the 21st centuryBRIEF ITINERARY 
Day 1: Hanoi ArrivalDay 2: Full day Hanoi city tour (B)Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch)Day 5: Hanoi – Hue (B)Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (B)Day 7: Hoi An (B)Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (B)Day 9: Nha Trang – Islands tour (B/L)Day 10: Nha Trang – Da Lat (B)Day 11: Da Lat – Saigon (B)Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh city tour (B)Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (B/L)Day 14: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)Day 15: Saigon Departure (B)
FULL ITINERARY 
 
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
 You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. The rest of day is free at yourleisure.Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Full day Hanoi city tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel.Today, we commence our exploration of Hanoi by visiting the Ho Chi Minh complex, starting at thePresident’s Mausoleum. We continue to his humble “house on stilts”, see the French colonial PresidentialPalace and the 11th century One-Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards we visit the Temple of Literature - one of the most interesting shrines in Hanoi, called “LePagoda des Corbeaux” by the French, because of the huge flocks of crows gathering in the mango treesnear the entrance. Built in 1070, the complex consists of five courtyards dedicated to Confucius and thepursuit of Confucian thought and behavior. It is here that Vietnam’s first university was founded. After lunch (by guest’s account), we go to the Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museumcontaining the ethnic costumes of the various minorities of VN, as well as relics, tools and even full sizereplicas of their homes and buildings.We head to the downtown and enjoy a Cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Here many tiny streets jointo sell a huge diversity of products. In the old days, each street bore the name of the product sold – “Shoe street”, “Noodle street” and the like. Today, the streets sometimes sell a variety of items, butoften the names are accurate. The Old Quarter also houses some of the most interesting art galleriesand fashion houses.Leaving the cyclo, you will walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake before attending a famous Water Puppetshow.Free evening at leisure and dinner on your own.Overnight in Hanoi
Note: Ho Chi Minh complex closes on Monday, Friday and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes in every afternoon. All Museums in Hanoi closes on Monday.
 
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/ L/ D)
 After breakfast, we leave Hanoi for 3-hour drive to the Halong Bay, a natural wonder with thousands of islands rising out of the water, creating an unique and beautiful landscape. On arrival, we board ourtraditional junk for a journey through the 3,000 limestone islands dotted with caves and grottoes. You will savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch while have a cool drink. The cruise heads to Bai Tu
 
Long Bay passing the town of Hon Gai, Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich(Teapot) islets and Vung Vieng fishing village. Continue enjoy a fantastic cruise on Halong Bay to seeamazing karsts with different formations.There is time for exploring the Bay at a leisure pace: swimming, sunbathing, relaxing and experiencingthe magic of falling asleep on board in this beautiful part of the world. Sumptious Seafoo Set-Dinner onboard and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.Overnight on Junk 
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch)
Early risers can enjoy a morning swim in a quite firth. Start your day with Tai Chi Class on the sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served. You will continue enjoy cruising through the Baypassing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin), Mekong Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) islets…explore the Sung Sot cave (Surprise cave), one of the highlights of the bay. Buffet brunch is served onboard before the vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor.We drive back Hanoi with a stop at Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village. Lunch enroute.Overnight in Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Hue (B)
 After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for the a morning flight to Hue, the last Imperial City of  Vietnam. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.In the afternoon we begin to see the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, created in the 19th centuryfor the Emperors under Nguyen Dynasty. We then drive outskirts of Hue to the impressive tomb of KingKhai Dinh. Our last stop today is the Dong Ba Market.Overnight in Hue
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (B)
This morning we take a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River. We stop at Thien Mu Pagoda tosee the 7-storey octagonal tower and an old Austin car which transported the bonze Thich Quang toSaigon in 1963 for his self-immolation. Continue tour by boat to Minh Mang Tomb built between 1841and 1843. The Emperor’s tomb complex consists of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions etc)designed on a symmetric axis. After lunch (by guest’s account) we travel southward to the enchanting port town of Hoi An, passing thescenic fishing villages of Lang Co and the Hai Van tunnel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.Overnight in Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An (B)
In the morning, we will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the AncientQuarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house,the Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful local markets.The afternoon is free at leisure to get some tailor-made clothes, relax at riverside restaurants or take ashort journey to the nearby beach.Overnight in Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (B)
This morning, we transfer to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Nha Trang, a coastal town being listedas the member of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club. Upon arrival, pick up at the airport andtransfer to your hotel.This afternoon, we start our city tour to the Po Nagar temple, a sacred Hindu site dating back to the 7thcentury and the rest of the day is free at leisure.Overnight in Nha Trang
Day 9: Nha Trang – Islands tour (B/L)
 A day of leisure and indulgence as we cruise through the blue clear waters amongst the islands of NhaTrang. Our first stop at Mieu Island is to visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium, a small world of many seaspecies. We then spend time for some snorkeling, fishing and swimming at Islands. Enjoy a fresh localseafood lunch. Return to the Nha Trang in mid afternoon to explore the town by your own way or swimat the main beach.Overnight in Nha Trang
Day 10: Nha Trang – Da Lat (B)
Morning we take a road journey to Da Lat (250km) - a beautiful town in the Central Highlandsdeveloped by the French colonialists as a health resort and hunting center. Stop for refreshment in Phan
 
Rang and visit the Pokong Garai tower, the historical relic of Cham Kingdom occupied most of thecentral parts of Vietnam for several centuries.In the afternoon, our sightseeing in Da Lat includes Xuan Huong Lake, which is located at the center of Da Lat. Continue to Central Market where you will be bewildered with a riot of multi-colored flowers aswell as various kinds of fresh vegetable and mouthwatering fruit. We then visit Linh Son Pagoda – theoldest active monastery in the city. This pagoda was built in 1938 on a hill overlooking the centre of Dalat and we end of the day for visiting City flower garden.Overnight in Da Lat
Day 11: Da Lat – Saigon (B)
We travel overland from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh city (315 km), crossing many rubber plantations. On theway we stop at Dambri waterfall and Bao Loc tea farm to taste the local Green tea. On arrival Ho ChiMinh city, check in hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh city tour (B)
This morning, we leave Ho Chi Minh city to Cu Chi tunnels, an incredible underground system coveringnearly 250km, was shelter to over 16,000 communist guerillas during the war. Come back the City atnoon for lunch (by guest’s account).We spend the rest of the day to explore city’s grand boulevards, passing famous sites such as the Re-Unification Palace, the Old Saigon Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral and end of the day forshopping at Ben Thanh market.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (B/L)
We travel overland through beautiful countryside of Mekong Delta to Vinh Long province. On arrival, wetake a boat ride to visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market, a famous place in Mekong Delta.Everyday, approximately 400-500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other local products anchoralong the banks of the River, waiting for traders and customers. Here we can see local people beingselling, buying, and exchanging goods from their boats. Leave Cai Be, we visit a local family producingcoconut candy and girdle cake shop, a specialty of the region.Lunch with local delicacies served in a bonsai garden. We then transfer to Can Tho.Overnight in Can Tho
Day 14: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
We spend this morning for a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang Floating market, one the busiest floatingmarkets in the South East Asia. After the boat trip, we drive back to Saigon.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 15: Saigon Departure (B)
 You are free at leisure until the time transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight.Trip concludes./.
PRICE INCLUSIONS
• All land transportation by private air conditioned vehicle• Tour arrival and departure airport transfers• 13 night twin-share accommodation in comfortable hotels• 1 night twin-share accommodation in air-conditioned carbin on junk in Halong Bay• 13 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 1 Dinner (D), 1 Brunch as shown in the itinerary• 02 domestic flights (economy class): Hanoi- Hue, Danang – Nha Trang• Local English speaking guides• Private boat trips on Perfume River, Nha Trang and Mekong Delta• All sightseeing fees
PRICE EXCLUSIONS
• International airfare and airport tax in & out Vietnam• Drinks and other meals do not indicate in the program• Visa to Vietnam, if any• Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels• Kayak, Massage, Tai Chi Class

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