This tour will discover the beauty of Vietnam with Hanoi, Halong & Ho Chi Minh City.
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DAY 01 – ARRIVAL TO HANOI
Welcome to Hanoi – your driver will meet you just outside the exit gates and assist with your luggage.
“Ancient traditions and modern life harmoniously coexist in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Culture, leisure, gastronomy: Hanoi offers countless exciting experiences and immerses you into the Vietnamese heritage. Walk through the bustling shopping streets of the famous Old Quarter and enjoy typical Vietnamese cuisine. Make sure to visit the peaceful and enchanting Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ho Chi Minh Complex, a strong symbol of Vietnam’s fight for independence.” Hotel Check in is from 2pm and you may enjoy the rest of your day and evening relaxing in the hotel facilities or venturing out into the City.
Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00. Early check in is subject to availability of the hotel
DAY 02 – FULL DAY HANOI – HALONG, JOIN IN GROUP
“Translated as the “Bay of Descending Dragons”, the legend says that dragons came to protect the people against the invaders and created the stunning limestone rocks rising from the sea. Set off on the adventure of a lifetime, sailing through the wonderful rocky islands and natural caves of this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
8:00 – 8:30am you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi to enjoy the picturesque countryside during the drive to Halong Bay (Approx. 2.5 hours). A toilet/refreshment stop will be made along the way. Upon arrival, embark for a 4hour boat trip on a traditional Vietnamese junk and cruise through the huge limestone rocks on the Bay’s emerald water.
After lunch, visit one of the most beautiful caves of the Bay called Thien Cung Cave. The tiny islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and caves that make an excellent backdrop for swimming or just lazing about on the boat deck.
At the end of the afternoon the boat takes you back to the harbor where your minibus will be waiting to take you back to Hanoi (arrival around 20:30).
DAY 03 – FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR, JOIN IN GROUP
Breakfast at hotel. 8:00 – 8:30AM meet up at your hotel in Hanoi starts this wonderful day of exploration. First you visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum* and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Next door to here is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the Presidential Place and the One Pillar Pagoda (Mot Cot) which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. According to legend, the pagoda’s shape was inspired by the lotus flower and this structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam). Then visit Bat Trang, a local pottery village (Monday, Wednesday & Friday only) before enjoying a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the Ethnology Museum (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday only), the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) which is Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070. You will enjoy its well-preserved architecture and a relaxing walk in its gardens. Then continue to the wonderful Hoan Kiem Lake and walk across the famous red wooden bridge to visit Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island. For the last part of the tour explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also called the “36 streets” referring to the different categories of products which used to be sold in each street.
The tour ends around 15:30 – 16:00 with a return transfer your hotel.
* The Mausoleum opens only in the morning, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It closes annually in September – December for restoration.
DAY 04 – HANOI – [Flight] – HO CHI MINH
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, our driver will assist with your luggage as you check-out and head to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh citt. Flight on request.
Welcome to Tan Son Nhat airport (HCM city) – your driver will meet you just outside the exit gates and assist with your luggage to city Centre (approx 30 min) ‘Today Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon is the heart of Vietnamese business and entrepreneurs. Incomes here are typically twice that of Hanoi and the city’s skyline is rapidly changing, reflecting the sharp influx of foreign trade within the last decade. And yet for all this modernity, the city still retains its connections to the past, particularly so in Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown. Here dozens of elegant temples and pagodas can be seen. The French too left their mark here – the city has many street cafes and patisseries where fresh croissants can be purchased.’
Hotel Check in is from 2 PM and you may enjoy the rest of your day and evening relaxing in the hotel facilities or venturing out into the City.
DAY 05 – FULL DAY CU CHI TUNNELS – CITY (JOIN IN GROUP)
Breakfast at hotel. 7:45-8:00 Pick up at your hotel lobby to start the tour in downtown Ho Chi Minh touring along the famous Dong Khoi street, passing by the Opera House: one of the City’s most prominent landmarks custom built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret, City Hall: although this elegant colonial building is not open to public it is a great photo opportunity, Notre Dame Cathedral: one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam, currently being renovated entry is not possible, General Post Office: constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century and Independent Palace: also known as Reunification Palace was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the ‘Fall of Saigon’ on April 30, 1975. A traditional lunch at a local restaurant will set you up for the afternoons’ tour.
Heading to Hoc Mon District the Cu Chi Tunnels are 70 kilometers North West of down town Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnels were pivotal to the Communist’s victory over the Americans and the South Vietnamese Armies as they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area around Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system, parts of which were several levels deep, stretched over 200kms from Saigon to the Cambodian border. You will learn about the clever design of the tunnels and the strategic use of trap doors. Even with B-52 bombers dropping 30-ton loads of explosive, turning the jungle into a pockmarked moonscape, 30 thousand American troops failed to conquered the area! You will have a chance to crawl around a portion of the 121 km long, multiple-layered tunnel and also learn how thousands of guerillas managed to stay underground many days at a time, also their great technique to conceal smoke from their cooking. There’re a lot more to enjoy and even a chance to fire with real weapons like AK47 for an additional fee. Return back to your hotel in HCMC is in the late afternoon.
Day 06 – HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE
Enjoy your final breakfast at your hotel, take a walk or get some last-minute souvenirs before your check out, when your driver will meet you to assist with luggage and take you to the airport for your departure flight.
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