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12 Days in Length
  Trip Summary
Destination: Saigon, Mekong Delta, Hoian, Hue, Halong, Hanoi
Activity: Cultural & Historical Discovery
Starts in Saigon
Ends in Hanoi
Group size Minimum 02 pax
Tour type Private & Luxury
Trip code LPTLE11
Departure date All year round
Price info@vietnamluxetravel.com
  Trip Description
With an abundance of cultural treasures, great natural beauty and some of the kindest people in the world, Vietnam offers the traveller with an unsurpassed richness and diversity. This exciting trip that takes us right from south to northern Vietnam in a quick pace of 12 days , encapsulates the major highlights of this wonderful country. What a great way to discover the heart of Vietnam
  Trip Detail

Day 01: ARRIVAL - HO CHI MINH CITY
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This metropolis ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafe’s. ( If time permits) we stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life. Overnight at Caravelle Hotel*****  

 

Day 02: HO CHI MINH CITY  (Breakfast / - / - )
Today we spend a full day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town center. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous mansion was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. Upon leaving these landmarks we drive to see the crowded Saigon’s Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon, which is crammed with fascinating temples as well as mysterious and narrow lanes. We follow it with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts. The sightseeing ends up with a walk around the retail Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale! Overnight at Caravelle Hotel*****  

 

Day 03: HO CHI MINH - TAY NINH - CU CHI - HO CHI MINH  (Breakfast/ - / - )
The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filed hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. Today we have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. Upon leaving Cu Chi we drive a short distance to Tay Ninh, the headquarters of Cao Dai Sect . This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. We arrive in time to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes. These costumes are a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Overnight at Caravelle Hotel*****  

 

Day 04: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA - CAI BE MARKET - SAIGON (Breakfast/ Lunch / -)
Heading out of town we travel by roads to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival we embark a boat for a leisurely trip around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River, stopping en route to explore the vibrant floating market of Cai Be where each boat usually sells one particular item such as pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes and more. In order that customers know where to shop, the vendors hang that item from the highest part of the boat. We continue our exciting river trip to visit some local cottage industries including rice paper makers, sweet factory and bonsai nurseries. The boat will anchor at an island, giving us a chance to see various farmers at work and enjoy a huge lunch followed by many seasonal fruits. We weave our way through the intricate network of canals which are the lifeblood of the Mekong Delta. Once reaching Vinh Long Town we meet up with our vehicle for a return journey. Overnight at Caravelle Hotel*****  

 

Day 05: HO CHI MINH - DANANG - HOIAN (Breakfast/ - / - )
The following destination of our trip is Danang via a short flight from Ho Chi Minh #VN320 06:00/07:10. On arrival we are greeted by our guide and driven to Danang Center for a visit to the famous Cham Museum. This structure contains many exquisite limestone carvings from the vanquished Kingdom of Champa which has been the central coastal littoral prior to the march of the Vietnamese nation south. We make our way to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sights in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past. Overnight at hotel  in Palm Garden Resort*****

Day 06: HOIAN - MY SON - HUE  (Breakfast/ - / - )
The northbound journey continues to Hue which was once the feudal capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. Along the way we visit the China Beach and the sensational Marble Mountains, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. The winding road begins as we make our way up the spectacular Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. On arrival in Lang Co, we make a break by the beach for a leisurely swim. The impressive drive will deliver us to Hue by early afternoon. We start our sightseeing tour with the massive citadel consisting of the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Close to this masterpiece is Hue Imperial Museum which displays an interesting collections of bronzes, Chinaware, court robes and various emperors’ personal belongings. Overnight at Pilgrimage Villa Boutique Resort & Spa*****

Day 07: HUE ORIENTATION (Breakfast/ - / - )
The beautiful riverside Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious work ship in Hue. We include this in a half day cruise on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside and an enjoyable visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. This impressive landmark reflects the beautiful architecture, intricate decor and mysterious statues. We leave this site and ctach a short drive though the rolling hill to see the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the famous Tu Hieu Pagoda. The sightseeing tour of Hue also includes a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies. Overnight at Pilgrimage Villa Boutique Resort & Spa*****

 

Day 08: HUE - HA NOI -THO HA - HALONG BAY (Breakfast/ - / - )
Upon leaving Hue we set off on a short drive to airport for flight to Hanoi #VN240 08:10/09:10. On arrival you meet with our local guide and travel by roads along the Cau River towards Tho Ha village. This former craft center has remained detached from the world by a boat ride for hundreds of years. We stroll around this charming village to see various ancient style houses and home works such as rice paper making and rice wine distilling. This exciting walk gives us a chance to understand a little more about Dong Trieu pottery village to admire northern farmers’ culture and lifestyle. We continue travelling to Halong with stopover at Dong Trieu pottery village to stretch our legs and admire the craftsmen at work. The remainder of day will be free a well earned rest on a beach. Overnight at Novotel**** Hotel  

 

Day 09: HALONG - HANOI (Breakfast/ Lunch/ - )
The legendary Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. We board a traditional boat for a five hour trip around Halong Bay. This exciting cruise provides us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. We round off our excursion with a seafood lunch served on board and make our way back to Ha Noi. After checking into hotel we enjoy a short cyclo ride through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Overnight at InterContinental*****

Day 10: HANOI ( Breakfast/-/ - )
Today we commence our exploration of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow it with a visit to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam and the History Museum with an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history. The outlaying Ethnologic Museum is also a major part of our sightseeing. This gleaming mansion is dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. Upon leaving this masterwork we drive to the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. They are some major highlights set by the beautiful West Lake. We also visit the old quarters and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple. In front of this lake is the famous water puppet theatre where we will see a fantastic performance. Overnight at InterContinental*****

 

Day 11: HA NOI - PERFUME PAGODA - HA NOI ( Breakfast/-/ - )

The famous pilgrimage site in Vietnam is Perfume Pagoda. This complex is not just one pagoda but more Buddhist shrines and sanctuaries built into mountainsides. Heading out of town we make our way through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to the Perfume Pagoda. The relaxing pace begins as we board a boat for an excursion along the Yen River past the spectacular landscape of flooded rice fields and undulating mountains. On arrival at Thien Tru pier we embark on a walk uphill to explore some of the many pagodas and the sacred grotto of Huong Tich. By mid afternoon we drive back to Hanoi, stopping en route at Ha Dong Silk village. Here is a chance for shoppers to tray their hand at bargaining. Overnight at InterContinental*****


Day12:
 HANOI - DEPARTURE ( Breakfast/-/ - )
There is a free time to relax or further explore Ha Noi. The trip ends after your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure.

 

Our tour is included:

ü       Water puppet show & Cyclo trip in Hanoi old quarter

ü       Domestic flight Ho Chi Minh - Danang, Hue - Hanoi

ü       Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver

ü       Accommodation: twin sharing room at the below mentioned hotel or similar one

ü       Boat trip in Halong, Hue and Mekong Delta,Perfume Pagoda

ü       English or French speaking guide + Entrance fee to indicated sights

ü       Meal as mentioned: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


Our tour is excluded:

ü       Airport tax

ü       Other meals & drinks

ü       Tips and gratuities

ü       Single room supplement

ü       Personal expenses & Travel insurance

ü       Visa, flight in/ out Vietnam

ü       Any optional additional tours or activities during free time.


Luxury Accommodation

Location

Deluxe Hotel

No of Night

Saigon

Caravelle*****

04

Danang

Palm Garden Resort*****

01

Hue

Pilgrimage Village*****

02

Halong

Novotel****

01

Hanoi

InterContinental*****

03

       
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