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Classic Vietnam 13D12N

CLASSIC VIETNAM 13 DAYS 12 NIGHTS 

View of Khai Dinh Tomb from street level

This really is “Classic Vietnam”. Saigon and the Mekong Delta; World Heritages listed Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An; Boat cruises on the Perfume Pagoda; Historic Hanoi and its Old Quarters, plus markets; rice paddies and traditional villages. The trip has the lot!

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

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

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tours (B/L)

Today sightseeing tours start to visit the city’s landmarks such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, The Temple of Literature (First University built in the 11 Century), Hanoi Hilton Museum. Afternoon, continue city tour to visit HOAN KIEM LAKE, NGOC SON TEMPLE: located in the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake, it was founded in the 18th century. Surrounded by water and shaded by trees, it’s a delightfully quiet place to rest. The temple is dedicated to the scholar Van Xuong, General Tran Hung Dao and La To, patron saint of physicians, Visit Hanoi’s Ethnology Museum and its fascinating exhibitions about the diverse hilltribes in Vietnam.Enjoy 1 hour cyclo tours around the Hanoi City’s old quarters and WATER PUPPET SHOW at Thang Long theatre .Free walking around Hanoi old quarter for shopping and short visit Dong Xuan market.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Morning depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous 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 Cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay.Visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.where the bus will pick you up and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village on the way. Arrive in Hanoi at 04:00 pm. Free at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi – Hue (B/L)

Transferring to the airport to catch morning 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. Free shopping in Dong Ba market.

Overnight in Hue

Day 6: 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.

Overnight at hotel in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/L)

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 en route to charming 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. Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter.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. TRAN FAMILY CHAPEL 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 .

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Morning tour to visit local market and take a river boat trip and you will enjoy the scenery along the Thu Bon River and the general view of Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit ceramic village of Thanh Ha, carpentry village of Kim Bong and Dai Chiem Estuary. you will be free at leisure on the beach or wandering around the town for the rest of day.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An – Saigon (B/D)

Free at leisure until transferring to Danang airport to take 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. End of the day with a 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 10: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho (B/L/D)

In the morning, leave Ho Chi Minh City for the Mekong Delta town of Cai Be, where you will board for a tour of the Delta. Proceed to visit some local cottage industries before continuing to Dong Phu, Binh Hoa Phuong and Anh Binh; these evergreen islands on the Mekong River combine large networks of meandering rivers, crossed with countless arroyos.

Lunch will await you at a superb colonial style villa located in a quaint village before boarding the boat once again for a tour of the landscapes along the river. After crossing the Co Chien, the boat will dock and from where you continue driving to Can Tho.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 11 Can Tho – Saigon (B, L)

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 with a lunch stop en route

Overnight in Saigon

Day 12: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh (B/L/D)

Morning start with 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. Continue to drive another an hour and half from Cu Chi towards Tay Ninh to visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, and attend the noon time service,photo opportunities during the ceremony. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Drive back to Saigon and arrive at 4 pm. Free at leisure for the rest of day.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 13: Saigon Departure (B)

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

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