Luxury travel Vietnam heritages - 15 days

 

Highlight: Discover Vietnam World Heritages in central – Hanoi capital on cyclo – Halong bay on junk cruise – relaxation, eco trip & cooking class in Hoian ancient town – relaxation private beach in Nhatrang – discover Mekong delta floating market by boat – shopping in Saigon (Hochiminh city)

Departure: Daily 

Price per person:

  • Deluxe class: US$ 2.360/person
  • Luxury class: US$ 3.940/person

Day 01: Arrival Hanoi

Today is arrival day. There is no activity planned for today but being greeted at the airport and a transfer to Hanoi city for hotel check-in. The rest of the day is free for the leisure

Day 02: Hanoi (B, L, D)

Hanoi, its historical emphasis on the arts and learning stipulates that buildings in Hanoi remain small, simple and in harmony with nature. Enjoy a morning city tour of Hanoi on cyclo ride through the Old Quarter of “36 streets and 36 wares” where each street is dedicated to a different business or trade. Here we’ll see of Vietnam’s finest examples of contemporary art and handmade crafts browsing through the textiles, silk embroidery, baskets, and more… and to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument made of generous amount of marble and granite. This is where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” may be viewed, continue visiting the Ho Chi Minh House and the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, known as the Temple of Love. In the form of a lotus, it emerges from the water and rests on a single stone pillar. It contains a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and a thousand eyes”. Then, head to visit the Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam built in 11th century. Lunch at restaurant. In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional performance of the water puppet show

Day 03: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

08.30-13.00: Pick up by car at your hotel about 8.30. Spend 3 hours sight seeing country Vietnam on the way to Halong city. Arrive at boat station just before 12.00 noon. Welcome by Junk staff and embark. Welcome cocktail and check-in on junk boat

13.00-16.00: Cruise on the Junk on Halong Bay passing by some of the most scenic location including Yen Ngua, Con Coc Mountains and a floating village. Vietnamese buffet lunch is served in the restaurant from 13.00-14.30. Being followed by an excursion to a real fishing village known as "Cua Van". See the local houses carefully numbared one after another, as we cruise through what we would normally call a lane, experience their lifestyles, marvel at modern amenities. Continue cruising on Halong bay

16.00-18.30: Anchor near Trinh Nu & Hang Trong caves. Swimming, Kayaking if weather permitted (Kayaking is optional, so not included in our service)

19.00-21.00: Vietnamese dinner is served in the dinning room

Day 04: Junk Cruise - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

Early moring-07.00: Enjoy fresh air to relax yourself in the early morning of Orient or wake up early to see Sunrise

07.00-09.00: Once again through the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay heading for Halong city, it is your time to take breakfast with buffet breakfast at the restaurant

09.00-09.30: Check out of cabin

Pick-up by our car and transfer back Hanoi

Day 05: Hanoi - Hue (B, L, D)

Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for the noon flight to Hue, which was once the religious, economic, and cultural epicenter of Vietnam. During the Tet Offensive of 1968 it was reduced to ruins, but today it has regained its royal demeanor and French colonial garden houses and villas, quiet streets, beautiful riverbanks, and tombs and pagodas all give Hue a unique atmosphere of tranquility. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. Lunch on own. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Dan Nam Giao (Temple of Heaven) and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with traditional architecture, paved walkways, resting pavilions overlooking tranquil lotus ponds, and a small forest for hunting. In the evening, we enjoy home hosted dinner at the restored Royal home, the Vinh Tu’s home or similar

Day 06: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B, L)

We’ll begin with a cruise on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, an octagonal tower of seven tiers that rises majestically over the tranquil river as robed monks chanting their mantra and novices carefully tending the bonsai garden. Our next stop will be the old Imperial City, which encompasses the Forbidden Purple City and the emperors’ personal quarters, the tour of the Citadel. After that join a panaromic driving to Hoian – the unique ancient town in the central of Vietnam that was recognized UNESCO as a World Heritage

Day 07: Hoi An (B, L) - cooking class

We’ll tour Hoi An, a town untouched by war and frozen in time, because of its isolated location. We’ll see architecture influence by generations of Japanese, French, Chinese, and Indian traders, as well as beautifully preserved ancient houses. Enjoy a cooking class to learn about Vietnamese art of culinary. Later, there will be free time to shop at the numerous galleries and enjoy the riverside ambience

Day 08: Hoi An beach relaxation (B)

Day 09: Hoi An - Saigon (B)

Free until transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Relaxation

Day 10: Saigon (B, L, D)

Spend a day to explore the famous city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) including the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the newly restored Central Post Office, and the Opera House, the Reunification palace, the War Remnants Museum (optional). Dinner will be at one of the restaurant named Vietnam House along old Rue Catinat, now known as Dong Khoi Street. Old Saigon comes alive at night and you’ll quickly see why it is called the Paris of the East

Day 11: Cu Chi tunnels (B, L)

Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi district. Upon arrival in Cu Chi, we will start to experience ourselves the underground village of Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, the remain of a real bloody battle field which is simply a network of tunnels built during the long years of wars. The visit will be led by a VC veteran. On the way back we will stop to have lunch at local restaurant. Later we will take an opportunity to visit and observe the workshop of finely crafted lacquer ware. Tonight is on your own

Day 12: saigon - My Tho - Can Tho (Mekong Delta) (B, L, D)

Enjoy a driving to My Tho and cruise on the Mekong River, a visit to local homes & orchards, a sampan ride on palm-shaded creeks, a taste of seasonal fruit & honey tea and a performance of traditional southern singing. Lunch of Mekong specialties is arranged

Continue to Can Tho for overnight.

Day 13: Can Tho (B, L, D)

After breakfast, board the Vo Lai boat for a 2 ½ hour cruise to visit Cai Rang floating market with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a rice husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals. Back to hotel for relaxation

Enjoy dinner on board cruise on Hau river

Day 14: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

After breakfast, check out hotel and transfer back to Sai Gon

Lunch en route

In the afternoon, free at leisure or shopping

Day 15: Departure (B)

You’ll have the morning free to explore Saigon one last time, do a little shopping, or just enjoy a leisurely stroll and cup of tea. Transfer to the airport for departure flight

End of services

Includes of:

  • Excellent English speaking tourist guides
  • Accommodation: see below, at accommodation details (based on twin/double share)
  • 3nights in Hanoi, 1night on Junk on Ha Long bay, 1night in Hue, 2nights in Hoian, 4nights in Saigon, 2nights in Cantho
  • Private vehicle
  • Meals as indicated
  • Boat trip in Mekong
  • Full admission fees

Excludes of:

  • International airfares & airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities

Accommodation details:

  • Luxury: the 'crème de la crème' of Viet Nam accommodation
  • First Class: hotels in Vietnam providing international services and facilities
  • Deluxe: high quality four and five-star Vietnam hotels close to First Class standard

Deluxe:

  • Hanoi: Sofitel Plaza, Daewoo, Nikko
  • Halong: Halong Plaza hotel, maybe up to Huong Hai junk boat
  • Hue: Saigon Morin hotel
  • Hoian: Hoian RiverSide
  • Saigon: New World hotel, Majestic hotel, Sofitel, Renaissance hotel, Legend hotel
  • Cantho: Victoria Cantho Resort (Superior)

First Class:

  • Hanoi: Sheraton, Hilton
  • Halong: Huong Hai Junk boat
  • Hue: Pilgrimage Village
  • Hoian: Life Resort, Golden Sand Resort
  • Saigon: Sheraton hotel, Caravelle hotel
  • Cantho: Victoria Cantho Resort (Deluxe River View)

Luxury:

  • Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole
  • Halong: Emeraude Junk boat
  • Hue: La Residence hotel
  • Hoian: Victoria Hoian Resort (Option: Change to The Nam Hai Resort, surcharge US$ 700/room/night)
  • Saigon: Park Hyatt hotel
  • Cantho: Victoria Cantho Resort (Suite).  
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