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Essential Vietnam Tour – 15 Days From HN

ESSENTIAL VIETNAM TOUR – 15 DAYS FROM HN

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This amazing Essential tour package offers its visitors a great diversity of beautiful landscapes in Halong, Tam Coc, as well as a vibrant traditional culture and lifestyle in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong and ended with relaxing laid-back beach resort of Mui Ne.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Cruise

Day 5: Halong Cruise – Hanoi & Flight to Hue

Day 6: Hue City Tour

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An Free Day

Day 9: Hoi An – Danang & Flight to Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong (Can Tho)

Day 11: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Phan Thiet (Mui ne Beach)

Day 13 Phan Thiet (Mui ne Beach

Day 14:Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh Departure

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Arrive in Vietnam’s Ha Noi City, where your LV travel tour guide will accompany you from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day you are free to enjoy at your leisure

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

Hanoi is choice for any Vietnam Tours. Today we enjoy a full day Hanoi city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword.

Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places.We end Hanoi city tour with a fantastic traditional water puppet show.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu –Tam Coc– Hanoi (B/L)

After breakfast, we continue our tour heading south for the two hour drive along Highway One. We spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty.

We then move on to Tam Coc – Poetically penned ‘Halong Bay on land’, the area around Tam Coc boasts stunning scenery. While Halong Bay has rugged rock formations jutting out of the sea, here they soar skywards from a sea of green. After two hour boat trip along the Boi River, we do beautiful bicycle trip to Bich Dong pagoda for visit to a very nice pagoda and cave.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours. Upon arrival, board your traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset. Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood.

Overnight on board.

Day 5: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Hue (Brunch)

Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature. It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. Back to Halong city, where our guide and driver are waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue. Pick up on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue Tour (B/L)

Take a Dragon boat trip along the Perfume River visiting Thien Mu pagoda, before continuing on to the Royal Mausoleum’s of Tu Duc. Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, built his tomb when he was still alive and used it for meditation, reading and theater performances. There are pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life.Your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in town

Overnight in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we drive to Hoi An. The scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before crossing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in Viet Nam. Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town ,shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Hoi An Ancient Town,an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Morning tour of the ancient town centre to visit the homes of former merchants, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, 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 and the exotic local market.Free in afternoon for your own leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – HCMC (B)

After breakfast,Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City’s domestic airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to the hotel in Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam.

In afternoon drive to Cu Chi to visit the incredible underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometres hand-constructed by Vietnamese guerillas during the long struggle for independence. Back to Ho Chi Minh in late afternoon.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B/L/D)

Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere

Pick up by our driver and guide at your hotel and drive to Can Tho. Boarding on Bassac cruise at Can Tho pier. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route. Tour near Tra On floating market.Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers. Rest on the upper deck in a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks.Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her anchorage point for the night.

Overnight on Bassac on river Mang Thit.

Day 11: Mekong Delta- Ho Chi Minh City (B/L))

06:30 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks.

The Bassac crosses Co Chien river then branches into Cho Lach canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards.

Arrival in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.

Leaving the board at Cai Be where your car and guide are waiting you for additional sightseeing and exploration in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Phan Thiet (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Phan Thiet (5 hours), once a part of the Cham Kingdom, an unremarkable town with a reasonable beach, some decent hotels, and a very good golf course. In a nice setting with white sand beaches and coconut trees, the beach resort of Phan Thiet is also endowed with amazing spots such as sand dunes, natural lakes and astonishing red canyons. Phan Thiet still has sizeable populations of Cham and Raglai ethnic minority groups. The former are a part of the area’s Cham heritage. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure.

Overnight Phan Thiet.

Day 13: Phan Thiet (B)

Days are free at leisure to explore the area including the fishing village of Mui Ne which locates at the far end of the beach, the village and several hectares of massive rolling sand dunes make a pleasant diversion from relaxing on the beach, swimming and windsurfing.

Overnight Phan Thiet

Day 14: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Morning free by your own exploration

Afternoon transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh,

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh Departure(B)

Today is departure day. Enjoy some free time for last purchases or simply relax before the transfer to Sai Gon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport and your onward flight.