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Best Of Vietnam 14D13N

BEST OF VN 14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS

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This well paced tour encompasses all the must see sights of Vietnam – Historic Hanoi, light adventure to the colorful land of hill tribes – Sapa, a cruise around spectacular Halong Bay, the ancient capital Hue, multicultural Hoi An, the mystical Mekong Delta and the bustling metropolis of Saigon.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Our representative/tour guide will meet and greet you at the airport. Drive to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tours – Sapa (B,L,D)

Enjoy sightseeing tours to the city’s landmarks such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, The Temple of Literature (First University built in the 11 Century),visit Hanoi’s Ethnology Museum and its fascinating exhibitions about the diverse hilltribes in Vietnam.and Hanoi Hilton Museum.Take cyclo tours around the Hanoi City’s old quarters, water puppetry show: A fantastic art from originating in the Northern Vietnam, best seen in Hanoi. Free walking around Hanoi old quarter for shopping and short visit Dong Xuan market.Catch night train to Sapa.

Overnight on the train.

Day 3: Sapa (B)

Arriving in Lao Cai station in the early morning, drive uphill to Sapa. Sapa is situated in the country’s northwest at an altitude of 1,600 meters. In the early 20th century the French took advantage of Sapa’s cool climate, developing it into a summer retreat from the heat and humidity of Hanoi. Today, Sapa town still retains its European feel, largely due to the French architecture and gardens and today is a popular destination due to its beautiful scenery and colorful ethnic people.In the afternoon, we trek to Cat Cat village (2 km from Sapa town) where you will visit the village of Black H’mong hill tribes. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Sapa Valley. Back to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi (B,L)

This morning, trekking to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van villages inhabited by Black H’mong and Dzay ethnic minorities. Enjoy amazing and breath-taking landscapes of terraced paddies, green valleys and meet with friendly local people. Back to the hotel and free at leisure. In the afternoon, we transfer you back to Lao Cai station to take night train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Arrive in Hanoi railways station in the morning, we will transfer to Halong Bay through the scenic countryside. Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.

Overnight on the Junk. 

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B,L)

Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat. Having brunch before disembarking and van will pick you up at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village on the way back.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi – Hue (B,D)

Transferring to the airport to take flight to Hue. Located in the heart of Hue is Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and model after forbidden city of Peiking. The original Walls stretched for 10 km and was surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam – American War, but the monuments that remains provide a fascinating glimpse in to the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese Flag waves proudly over head, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyard and serene LOTUS POND, and visit DIEN THO RESIDENCE( Dien Tho Palace) is where the Queen Mother lived, visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception Hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDERINES , the original Nine Dynastic URNS, among the other sites.

Overnight in Hue

Day 8: Hue (B,L)

Enjoy a leisurely boat ride, down the PERFUME RIVER, stopping first at the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, and elegant seven tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue’s most widely recognizable monuments. Continue cruising into the countryside to the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in the beautiful nature setting. Free shopping in Dong Ba market.

Overnight in Hue 

Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B,L,D)

This morning we drive to Hoi An, we will cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the China Sea. Stop at Lang Co to have break. Visit the fascinating Cham Museum, famous China Beach and the Marble Mountains,five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe.

Then, you will reach Hoi An known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia’s major international ports and today it still retains that special old-world feel.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An (B,L)

Enjoy a walking tours. Visit JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE PAGODA: the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun. SA HUYNH MUSEUM: located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. TRAN FAMILY CHAPEL: this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles. PHUOC KIEN ASSEMBLY HALL: Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen). LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP: Visit one of the lantern workshop in Hoi An. The framework of lantern will be made by the industry itself and clients with opportunity of making silk cloth on the lantern. Around the town we can see a numerous art galleries and tailor shops, get some made-to-order clothes if you like.Back to hotel and you will be free at leisure on the beach or wandering around the town for the rest of day.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An – Saigon (B,D)

Transfer to Danang airport to take morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business. The tour guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel to refresh for a while and today you will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Saigon City. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral and short visit to French built Post Office nearby, and then we will proceed to see the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace governed by the US-pro government of Republic of Vietnam and then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon City

Day 12: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Cai Be Market – Can Tho (B,L)

Leave Saigon for a 3-hour drive to Cai Be with stop en route at Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break. Upon arrival, board a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be. Then continue by boat towards Vinh Long province to see the diverse fish traps in order to learn a kind of fishing. After cruising along small shady canals, we step ashore and take a chance to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. Lunch is at the home/ bonsai garden. Afternoon, take a walk for about half an hour to enjoy the rural peaceful atmosphere of the countryside life, on the way we can also stop en route to learn more about fruit trees.Continue driving to Can Tho.

Check-in hotel and stay overnight in Can Tho.

Day 13 Can Tho – Saigon(B,L,D)

Early morning board for a 3-hour cruise to Cai Rang and Phong Dien, 2 big floating markets with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a short trek before arriving at a rice-husking mill. At the floating markets, you will discover a typical way of displaying and advertising farm products of local people gathering on the Mekong river to trade their goods. Drive back to Saigon

Ovenight in Sai Gon

Day 14: Saigon Departure

Free at leisure until transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport to take departure flight onward. HOME SWEET HOME. End of service.