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GLANCE OF VIETNAM - 9 days

(Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh city)

Welcome to beautiful Vietnam! Wander through an ancient land filled with an unforgettable history, kicking off Saigon in Southern Vietnam and ending in Hanoi or vice versa. Within 8 days of travel with Vietcam Holidays, our most compact program that invites you to experience Vietnam's geography, rich culture and history then experience the hospitality of local people then strike a bargain in Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling markets, glance at Mekong Delta, don't miss Hue’s Ancient Citadel with its ancient tombs and temples, Hoian’s tranquility as well as the chaotic Old Quarter of Hanoi and the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay...

Tour route: Saigon | Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish
Start/End:  Saigon/Hanoi or Vice versa 
Tour customizable: You can change anything which match your wish by email to us | Contact Us  
Group size: From 1 person up
Group tour: Available – Upon request
Tour Category: Vietnam Classic Tours

HIGHLIGHTS

- Glance daily life of Mekong River Delta. 
- Short discover Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon
- Enjoy romantic & ancient beauty in Hue - Vietnam’s ancient capital city.
- Enjoy the amazing view from Hai Van pass.
- Wander through the peaceful street of Hoian Ancient Town.
- Visit Hanoi's colonial charm.
- Explore mythical Halong Bay on a day cruise.

Private Tour RATE: This rate is quoted in US Dollars (US$) per person based on Double/Twin occupancy.
Special notes:     
Surcharge 10% for Christmas & New Year (From 20 Dec 2019 to 10 Jan 2020)
Surcharge 20% for Vietnamese lunar New Year (From 23 Jan – 29 Jan, 2020)
Please be aware that flight times, hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered. All hotels are rated according to local standards. All itineraries are flexible and can easily be altered to suit your needs and interests. Contact one of our travel consultants for more information.
Hotel list:

Includes:
-    Accommodations shared in Double/Twin room (3 star in average) with daily breakfasts 
-    Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
-    Transportations by private car with A/C
-    Experienced English-speaking guides
-    All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions
-    2 domestic flights (Saigon – Hue, Danang - Hanoi)
-    Mineral water & towel on trip (Not beverages at restaurants)
-    Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
-    Vietnam visa approval letter
-    No extra charge after services confirmation
-    24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Excludes:
-    International flights
-    Travel insurance
-    Vietnam Visa fees
-    Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
-    Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
-    Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
-    Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers
-    Beverages & other personal expenses
-    Others are not mentioned as the above includes

Trip Overview
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: City Tour Of Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hue
Day 5: Tour Of Hue
Day 6: Hue - Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An Rural Bike - Fly To Ho Chi Minh City
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 9: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City


Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
Meals: No
Welcome to Vietnam!
Upon arrival to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel in the downtown. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

     




DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR​
Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre.
In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Start the city tour with Ba Dinh Square, including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view of the presidential palace, Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts, One Pillar PagodaTemple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. Set menu lunch at a restaurant in the city.
In the afternoon, Hoa Lo Prison (A add-on if you are interested in); Ethnology Museum (about Vietnamese ethnic minorities) with water puppet show. An interesting walk along the train tracks through a part of the city residence.

 

      


DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Halong Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk.
In the morning, after breakfast at hote, get picked up for the morning transfer to Halong Bay pier. (The pick-up times are a bit various between the different boats. You'll be provided the detail cruise program  by your private travel specialist)
In the afternoon: ​Around noon - Board your boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard. Some interesting activities are available include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck. Overnight at a ensuite cabin on boat.


DAY 4: HALONG BAY & FLYING TO HUE
Meals: Brunch
This morning get up early this morning for some fresh-air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take nearly 4-hour drive to Noi Bai airport for taking the flight to Hue.
On arrival, get picked up and transferred to the hotel for the night. Overnight in Hue


DAY 5: HISTORICAL TOUR OF HUE
Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Take a journey through Hue’s eventful past as you explore its ancient imperial architecture including; a boat trip along the Perfume River, the Emperor's Private Residence, Thien Mu Pagoda and a royal tomb.
In the morning, breakfast in hotel as usual. Drive to visit King Minh Mang's tomb & King Khai Dinh tomb. Return to the city for lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon, discover the Ancient Citadel. The walk through the complex is very interesting and informative. Followed by a short transfer to visit the charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda). Setting on the bank of rivers, it gives you a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. Ending the day by boarding on a private boat, cruising on the romantic Perfume River back to the city center.


DAY  6: DRIVE TO HOI AN
Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Ancient and peaceful, Hoi An has to this days well preserved its most sacred treasure, the centuries-old architecture. The town used to harbor foreign traders back in the 17-18th, and once is an important heavily-frequented trading port in Southeast Asia.
In the morning, the morning drive to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass will occupy half of your day. There are a few stops for photo opportunities such as at Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass you may want to take. Arrive at Hoi An ancient town. Check into your hotel for a short rest, then go for lunch at a nice restaurant.
In the afternoon, embark on a walking tour to visit feature sites of Hoi An Old Quarter: Hoi An wet market; Japanese Covered Bridge; Phuoc Kien, a Chinese Assembly; Tan Ky ancient house; Watch the art of handicraft making at a Hoi An workshop.


DAY 7: COUNTRYSIDE CYCLING & FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After the breakfast at your hotel, the tour guide will meet you again at the lobby at 8:00 a.m. Get your bike and then cycle a short distance to Tra Que village where you will meet the locals working on their herb and vegetable gardens, watch and learn how the Vietnamese farm organically. Continue on the cycle ride through the rice fields, meeting local farmers along the way and seeing how friendly their water buffaloes are. If you wish, there is a chance to take a ride on the back.
Later, you will stop at a beautiful water palm area and pay a visit to a fisherman family for snacks and chat to them about their lives. You then experience a ride on the traditional bamboo basket boat amidst the lush coconut palms where the Viet Cong used to hide during the War. Finally, enjoy a leisurely cycle back to your hotel.
This afternoon take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Get picked up and free at leisure in the evening.


DAY 8: CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS
Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch
After the first night relaxing, today you will be ready for your Vietnam Tour with a full day to visit the featured sites of Saigon and the famous underground tunnel network in Cu Chi.
In the morning, 8:00 Start with 1.5hour drive to Cu Chi tunnels. Get the overview of Cu Chi by watching a documentary. Your guide walks you around to witness the traps, bunkers, trenches and experience crawling a piece of the underground tunnels. Drive back to the city for a set menu lunch at a restaurant
In the afternoon, Continue on visiting the War Remnants Museum; The former Presidential Palace; The Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Post Office


DAY 9: DEPARTURE FROM HO CHI MINH CITY
Meals: Breakfast
Today is your last day of the trip in Ho Chi Minh City. You are free at leisure or go to do some last shopping before getting picked up and take the private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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