Vietnam - Cultural and Coastal Highlights (14 days/ 13 nights)
Transport: Road - Air - Water
Region: Trans-Vietnam
Itinerary: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Hue - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc Island
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Update: 07/13/2018
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The journey begins from Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city which takes in the highlights from the North to the South. You will enjoy a cyclo ride of Hanoi's Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; experience the uniquely northern Vietnamese water puppet performance; spend a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk; visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot; tread in the footsteps of emperors from the Forbidden City to the imperial tombs of Hue; explore the engrossing underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels; visit the Mekong Delta - Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, cruise the watery through sleepy villages and green fields. Your holiday rounds off with 3 nights in a secluded beach resort on unspoiled tropical island of Phu Quoc.


Detailed itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be welcome by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own. 

Meals: None
Overnight in Hanoi 

Day 2: A Day in Hanoi - Vietnam's Capital
After a truly scrumptious breakfast, you'll jump head-first into Hanoi's sights and sounds on a tour that covers all the essentials. You'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Mausoleum, Uncle Ho's former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and The Temple of Literature, which, dating back to 1070, is Vietnam’s oldest university.

Your lunch today will be at a one-stop-shop for street food of every variety and region of Vietnam. Sit around the restaurant's giant central tree, and take your pick from the food stalls on all four sides busily cooking spectacularly lip-smacking delicacies to order. In the afternoon, explore the enthralling Museum of Ethnology, which contains an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities. Next, enjoy an hour-long cyclo ride winding through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.

Note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi   

Day 3: Off to Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)
After breakfast, you'll leave for Halong Bay with a refreshment break en route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and invigorated and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on a wooden junk in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay Cruising - Hanoi 
Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. The tour then visit one of the famous caves in the middle of the bay before cruising back to the main harbor where your private car/shuttle bus will be waiting for you and transfer you back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 5: Morning Flight to Danang, Transfer to Hoi An – Afternoon Guided Walking Tour
Morning transfer to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a short flight to Danang. On arrival, met and transferred to your selected hotel in Hoi An.

Afternoon your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and show you around the old town. You'll start a walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, a museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you walk along tiny streets with houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures.

After your walking tour, your time will be at leisure to wander around or go shopping. Your lunch will be at a local restaurant. The remainder of the day will be your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An – Free Day of Leisure
A free day at leisure in Hoi An.

Note: There are various optional activities for your free time in Hoi An such as joining a cooking class, visiting rural villages around Hoi An by bicycle, take a day trip to My Son Ruins. Those options can be added at additional cost.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7: Morning Drive North to Hue
Morning drive north to the Royal City of Hue with en-route stop to visit either the Cham Museum in the city centre OR the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature. Continue the scenic route to Hue, enjoy the view of the coast line and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds) makes your journey interesting and have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities.

In the afternoon, you will cruise the Perfume River by a dragon boat to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and drive to visit the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang or King Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel by road just before sunset.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch

Overnight in Hue

Day 8: Hue - Imperial Citadel & Dong Ba Market – Afternoon Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, you'll spend the full day for a city tour of Imperial City of Hue, firstly with the ancient walled Citadel including the former Imperial Palace. You'll then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue. You might get some great deals done at the local Dong Ba Market. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

After lunch, drive to Phu Bai airport in Hue for an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you will be met by another local expert guide who will escort you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration & City Tour
After breakfast, you will drive to Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide.

After lunch, return to Ho Chi Minh City for a guided city tour, starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opening part of Vietnam's proud history; followed by the Reunification Palace; the former South Vietnam Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, as you get your camera working overtime peeking into the past of Vietnam's biggest, most energetically progressive city. Return to your hotel at around 18.00.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Explore the Mekong Delta by Boat & Bicycle
At 8.00am, depart for a 2 hour drive to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city. On arrival, take a boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River to witness lively activities along river such as fishing, water transferring. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in traditional style by printing and baking. You will visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to village. Take a walk to family workshop making sleep mats and enjoying some fruits. Later, take a moto-cart on shady village paths, passing by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, enjoy rowing-boat along water palm creek, and boat trip back to pier where you will be taken by your private car to Can Tho for overnight accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Can Tho

Day 11: Cai Rang Floating Market – Flight to Phu Quoc
Today an half hour boat cruise will take you to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market to experience a special type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships. Then continue to small a canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. Return to Can Tho and observing the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Drive to Can Tho for an early lunch before driving to Can Tho airport for a short flight to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by resort’s shuttle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

Day 12 to Day 13: Phu Quoc - Free Days of Leisure
Free days at leisure on Phu Quoc Island!

Meals: Breakfast 
Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

Day 14: Returning Home
Your time will be your own until being picked up the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport in good time to connect with you departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast



Prices Include:
- All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers.
- 12 night accommodation in chosen hotels – Twin/Double share basis and 1 night on a traditional wooden junk on Halong Bay.
- Domestic flight tickets in Vietnam: Hanoi – Danang, Hue – Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho – Phu Quoc and Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City (economy class)
- Experienced English speaking local guides
- Private boat cruise in Hue and in the Mekong Delta
- Meals as indicated in the programme
- All entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
- 1 hour cyclo ride & First class water puppet tickets
- All VAT and other government taxes

Prices Exclude:
- Entry visa to Vietnam
- International flights and airport taxes
- Travel Insurances
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program
- Bank transfer fees

Contact to
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