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At a Glance

  • 10 days
    • Explore the less know areas of Hanoi & traditional performance
    • Cruise in the World Natural Heritage Site – Halong Bay
    • Visit local life and Ancient town of Hoi An
    • Get to know local food, Citadel & king tomb
    • Wandering around the highlight of Ho Chi Minh city
    • Floating market in Mekong delta

Visting Countries
Vietnam,

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 HANOI arrival
  • Day 2 HANOI CITY
  • Day 3 HANOI - HALONG BAY cruise
  • Day 4 HALONG BAY - HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN
  • Day 5 HOI AN
  • Day 6 HOI AN – DANANG - HUE
  • Day 7 HUE
  • Day 8 HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY
  • Day 9 HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY
  • Day 10 HO CHI MINH CTY – Departure

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    HANOI - Arrival

     Upon arrival in Hanoi - a thousand years Capital, you are met and transfer to hotel in the city centre.

     
    Have free time at leisure, overnight in Hanoi
  • Day 2

    HANOI CITY INSIDE (B/L)

     8:30am depart from your hotel

     
    Enjoy the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. We first visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (close on Monday & Friday afternoon), his modest stilt house where he chose to live and work and also the museum dedicated to his memory. We continue visit to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century. Sample taste Northern style food for lunch in a restaurant.
     
    In the afternoon, visit the largest and most interesting Museum of Vietnam Ethnology. Return to city down town, discover the famed Old Quarter on foot. We walk through the hidden alleys, amaze at the old style tube houses, and visit the lively local market and lovely peaceful temple Bach Ma. Next, we hop on a traditional bicycle rickshaws move at leisure pace that’s perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Seat back and relax while your driver weaves through the busy streets, dodging speeding motorbikes and rolling past French colonial houses.
     
    The evening, enjoy the traditional Vietnamese music performance ‘CA TRU’ in an Ancient House.
     
    Overnight in Hanoi.
     
    Note: Shorts and tank tops are not allowed in Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & pagodas.
  • Day 3

    HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

     Make an early morning departure from Hanoi and drive 3.5hours through the Red River Delta on our way to Halong city. Upon arrival, the crew will greet us abroad the traditional style junk with a refreshing welcome drink and then the cruise begins! While navigating the way through the emerald waters and limestone islands, lunch is served with delicious fresh seafood (vegetarians are also catered for). As cruising through the bay, marvel at the amazing karst scenery with different formations. Halong Bay is littered with hidden caves and grottoes and we’ll take some time to explore one of these. For those felling active you then can explore the bay by sea kayak. After the dinner, night fishing is available on the main deck. Overnight onboard on the bay.

     
    Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change according to weather condition
  • Day 4

    HALONG BAY – HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN (B)

     Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of Halong Bay’s landscape. Continue cruising to explore more of the bay and enjoy the brunch breakfast before returning to the Jetty at noon time. Drive transfer directly to Noi Bai airport for 1 hour flight to Danang city.

     
    Land in Danang airport and make a 40 minutes drive to the charming town of Hoi An.
  • Day 5

    HOI AN (B)

     Get up in the early morning to walk along the sleepy streets of charming Hoi An. While most other visitors are still in bed, you can see the quiet side of Vietnam’s best-preserved old town. Take a boat across the historic Thu Bon River and visit the tranquil Duy Hai Village. Enjoy a fabulously clear sunrise (weather permitting!) as the rising sun paints the sky a rainbow of color and the snaking river makes its way to the sea.

     
    Hop onto a bicycle and cycle to see the Local Countryside Market- feel free to take part in some haggling if you feel confident enough! Explore the countryside lanes of this traditional village, where farming is still the most important source of income, and makes for fabulous photo opportunities in the early morning sun. Head back by boat to your hotel and well-deserved breakfast. Relax in the morning
     
    In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour around the gorgeous Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, and the local market, which buzzes on the riverside. Hoi An is a shopper paradise with plenty of art galleries, souvenir shops and an excellent express tailor scene- the afternoon is for you to enjoy all of this at your own pace! Continue to visit Ky Son Martial Arts School, interact with the masters, and learn to write calligraphy (or practice Taichi or Vietnamese Martial Art for health).
     
    Overnight in Hoi An.
  • Day 6

    HOI AN – DANANG - HUE (B)

     Free morning at your leisure.

     
    The afternoon, you travel to the ancient capital of Hue along one of the most beautiful coastal stretches of Vietnam and over the glorious Hai Van Pass (or the Pass of Ocean Cloud). Make a stop at the small fishing village of Lang Co, often referred to as one of the most beautiful bays in the world, then continue to Hue city. Overnight in Hue
  • Day 7

    HUE CITY & FOOD TOUR BY CYCLO (B)

     This interesting morning food tour by Cyclo will take you to the colorful Dong Ba market where you can see a lot of ingredients for making Hue local foods and explore the business life of the local. Then, continue getting cyclo along busy streets to explore the daily life. During the tour, we will stop at many famous street stalls to enjoy a lot of Hue local foods, such as: Hue Pancake (banh khoai), Hue beef vermicelli soup (bun bo Hue), Filtered tapioca dumplings (banh bot loc), steamed shrimp rice cake ( ban nam ) and Sticky rice dumplings on a fried dumpling (banh ram it).

     
    In the afternoon, visit the Citadel, seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. Construction began in 1804 under the orders of the first Emperor Gia Long after the site had been selected using principles of geomancy (Feng Shui). The citadel was inspired by Vauban fortifications and is composed of three sections; the capital city (Thanh Kinh), the Imperial city (Hoang Thanh) and the Forbidden City (Cam Thanh). It was largely destroyed in 1968 during the fighting that engulfed Hue following the Tet Offensive. Today, efforts are being made to restore and preserve this invaluable piece of heritage. Continue to visit Minh Mang king’s mausoleum located on the left bank of the Huong River, which represents the perfect harmony between nature and architecture. Take boat trip along the romantic Perfume River to view the sun set (depends on the weather condition).
     
    Overnight in Hue.
  • Day 8

    HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

     Take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City – an important economic central in Vietnam. It also has some very imposing colonial architecture which belies in fascinating past. Almost a hundred years of French rule bestowed the Central Post Office, a pearl of colonial architecture designed by Gustave Eiffel.

     
    Begin exploring the sights of the city. Get far off of the tourist track with a unique walking excursion by foot through Ho Chi Minh City's Cho Lon District, or "big market". Sometimes referred to as Saigon's Chinatown district, explore the vivid and distinct charm of this little-explored corner of the city - and learn the local secrets behind one of the world's oldest and largest Chinatowns.
     
    Return to city downtown, visit the War Remnant Museum and take a stroll around the impressive old French-built post office and Notre Dame Cathedral before continuing to the City Hall area, another grand old colonial-era relic. Then leave guests free to explore the famous Dong Khoi area, home to the legendary Continental Hotel, made famous by Graham Greene in the Quiet American, and lots of popular restaurants, bars and boutiques. Overnight in HCMC.
  • Day 9

    HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)

     After breakfast, leave behind the hustle and bustle of HCMC as we delve into the Mekong Delta, a patchwork of emerald greens and the rice bowl of southern Vietnam. After 2 hour drive, arrive in Cai Be town. Boarding a luxury wooden boat, the Mekong Queen, with a visit of the colorful Cai Be floating market, where you can observe all of busy trading activities of local traders with several kinds of agricultural product from one boat to another. You then continue the cruise to a local factory to visit and learn how pop rice, pop corn, rice paper and coconut candies are made. You also have an opportunity to taste these products served with hot green tea. Returning to the boat to take a 50 minute excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and discover the beautiful and peaceful sceneries together with the typical life of the region a long the Mekong River. Stops and visits can be made during the excursion.

     
    A 10 minute walk through a local village and fruit gardens, you will be able to stop at a local family scaled Longan process factory, where you have another opportunity to take photo of and interact with the so friendly and hard working local people before coming to an old Mandarin house, built hundred years ago and it is where at least four generations of the family have been living. A so delicious Vietnamese lunch will be served by the owner, Mrs. Kiet. One of the highlights after lunch is to walk around the orchard to get to know what the main contribution to the economy of her family is based on.
     
    Returning to the Mekong Queen by walking or taking a small rowing sampan for another one hour and a half cruise through Dong Phu canal, Binh Hoa Phuoc, An Binh to Vinh Long, the capital town of Cuu Long (nine Dragon) province. Stops along the way for photos taken and visits can be made along the way. You then visit Mr. Muoi Huong or Mr. Tam Ho (No 8 Tiger), where you have a short walk through his nursery garden and enjoy several kinds of tropical fruit in the Mekong Delta and taste snake wine while listening to traditional music (subject to availability), called Tai Tu and performed by the local people. Getting back to the boat to cross the Co Chien River, one of the 2 branches of the Mekong, called the upper one to Vinh Long Pier where you get on board your vehicle for a drive back to Saigon or to another part of the Mekong Delta. The excursion will end at the Vinh Long pier around 15:30 pm. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
     
    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Day 10

    HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B)

     Free day to enjoy time at leisure and last shopping in the city central before driver transfers you back to airport. Depart Ho Chi Minh City.

The price of tours base on accommodation category, travel period, and number of tourists. Please contact us for more information about prices.

Services Include:

  •     Accommodation with daily breakfast as mention or similar
  •     Transfer services in a private air conditioned vehicle
  •     Entrance fees, other boat fees where applicable
  •     Meals as listed in the program B= Breakfast; L= Lunch & D = Dinner: pre-arranged at local restaurants based on local food with set    menu.
  •     Tours with local English speaking guide (Other languages with supplemental charge)
  •     Boat trip as mentioned

 
Services Exclude:

  •     Dinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  •     Surcharge for special request on food, and meals.
  •     Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  •     Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  •     Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
  •     Internal airfares in the tour (please refer to the supplement quotation)
  •     International airfare from/to Vietnam
  •     International airport departure tax
  •     Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  •     Personal expenses such as Bar, telephone & Laundry bills
  •     All other service not stated in the program

A. IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Please note that this document is a quoted program only and that no reservations have been made at this stage.

All rates are net and valid for trips from 1 Jan 2013 till 30 September 2013. This proposal and these rates are proposed for your information only and valid 30 days (unless otherwise mentioned) from the date of offer.  We will not launch any reservation before we receive your confirmation. After 30 days the proposed rates and the accompanying offer are not valid anymore and rates may be revised. 

During holiday and special occasions, surcharge may be applied –Xmas, New Year and peak seasons - and these will be designated as surcharges subject to our notifying you and your agreement on these surcharges.

Transfers – non arrival on booked day will mean any extra transfer services will result in extra charges being applied. 


B. CANCELLATION POLICY:
The cancellation charges below refer to the non-transferable fee that is charged to the group member who has cancelled their tour:

More than 45 days before departure: No cancellation charge
Between 45 and 30 days before departure: 10% of total tour cost 
Between 30 days and 15 days before departure: 25% of total tour cost
Between 15 days and 7 days before departure: 50% of total tour cost
Less than 7 days before departure: 90% of total tour cost
No-show at the airport on the day of arrival/departure: 100% of total tour cost


C. CHILDREN POLICY (land service only)

Child from 1- 4 yrs:  Free of charge if sharing bed with parents 
Child from 5 – 6 yrs: charge 30% of adult price if sharing existing bed(s) with parents
Child from 5 – 6 yrs: charge 50% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents’ room
Child from 7 – 11 yrs: charge 75% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents’ room
Child from 12 yrs up: pay as adult rate

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