On arriving at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in the city centre. Hotel check-in is available at 2 pm. Free time to discover the Old Quarter. Night at the hotel.
Starting the day trip with a visit to the Tran Quoc Pagoda. The pagoda, now nearly 1,500 years old, is located on a small peninsula on the east side of West Lake, situated among lush greenery. We will then visit the Temple of Literature, constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which also served as the first Royal National University in Vietnam. There are 82 stone steles, carried by tortoises, engraved with names, birthdates, and birthplaces of honoured doctorates from 1442 to 1779. Local people believed that touching the head of these tortoises would bring luck. The green and neatly maintained gardens and lotus ponds make this place a peaceful hideaway from the city’s hustle and heat.
Our afternoon exploration begins with the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative on this day being the History Museum). The museum offers a wide range of informative and well-documented displays of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, including colourful hill tribe costumes. The outdoor display is an impressive collection of traditional houses of various minorities from the north to the central Highlands.
Drive back to the Old Quarter for a 1.5-hour walking tour, specially designed for a deeper insight into Hanoian daily life. We will also visit the Ngoc Son temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain) which sits on a green islet in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, connected to the lakeside by a graceful scarlet bridge named The Huc (meaning the early sunlight welcoming place). The temple is dedicated to Tran Hung Dao - the General who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century and Van Xuong De Quan - the patron of literature and examinations. Ngoc Son temple and Hoan Kiem Lake are frequently visited by tourists and local people. Overnight at the hotel.
Early breakfast and we leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. On the way we pass through countryside indicative of the Red River Delta, with endless rice fields and winding rivers. Arriving at Halong tourist harbour around noon, you will board an elegant wooden junk. A delicious lunch is served on board while the boat gently navigates through countless islands and limestone structures arising from the turquoise water. In the evening, a fresh seafood dinner prepared by a skilful chef awaits you. Enjoy a peaceful night on board in the middle of the quiet sea.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change according to the cruise and weather conditions.
Nothing can be compared to waking up to a serene morning surrounded by karsts. You can have an early morning dip and then breakfast on board. We will continue to sail through the bay during the morning to explore hidden areas. The junk will stay close at all times serving as a backup vessel for those who need it. Around midday we will return to the main harbour and drive back to Hanoi’s Airport. Flight to Hue city and night at the hotel.
In the morning we transfer to discover the Complex of the Imperial City, which includes the Meridian Gate, Palace of Supreme Harmony, Royal Theatre, Khon Thai Palace, and The Mieu Palace. Then we will drive to visit the mausoleum of Tu Duc, the 4th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. The Tomb comprises 50 monuments arranged asymmetrically and has successfully maintained a perfect harmony between buildings and nature. Around 2 p.m., transfer to reach the Dam Chuon lagoon, little known to travellers. On the way, visit the village of Duong No with its communal house and a small house where Ho Chi Minh spent his childhood. Arrival in Dam Chuon and boarding a sampan to discover the life of fishermen. Stop at a small restaurant on the top of a hill to eat freshly caught seafood and watch the sunset. Return to the city centre and you will have free time to explore the peaceful streets of Hue.
Visit to the Minh Mang Mausoleum, one of Hue’s finest royal tombs. The complex, built from 1840 to 1843 by more than ten thousand workers and soldiers, comprises 40 buildings including palaces, temples, pavilion, etc. which are organized symmetrically on a vertical axis. After that we get on the car and take the Mandarin Road from Hue to Hoi An. The scenic journey offers views of seemingly endless stunning beach landscapes and dense tropical forest. Along the road we can stop to take photos of Da Nang Beach. We will visit the Marble Mountains and the Cham Museum before arriving in Hoi An. Night at the hotel.
At 8 am we will take a bicycle to ride from your hotel along the De Vong River to Cam An wharf. Board the boat to the Cua Dai sand dunes, enjoy net casting shows and learn how to cast them yourself with the local fisherman. Continue on to Cam Thanh Water coconut village, get a brief introduction to the history there. Then you will take a basket boat to traverse a tranquil waterway bordered by coconut-palms. The fishermen will teach you how to catch crabs (2 people/boat). We will divide the group into 2 teams for the basket boat racing and crabbing. A lovely present will go to the winner. You will be shown how to make funny stuff from water coconut leaves. Then we get back on the boat to go to Cam An wharf from where we will continue by bicycle to Tra Que village. Thanks to the special conditions of the rich soil and water, the village has long been known for growing many kinds of vegetables: lettuce, salad, houttuynia, flagrant knotweed, basil, coriander etc, with which the traditional specialities of Hoi An have gained their fame. Have lunch and participate in daily activities with local farmers there.
In the afternoon you will be taken on a half-day walking tour of Hoi An ancient town. In this UNESCO-recognised world heritage site you will visit Chua Ong Pagoda (dedicated to “Quan Thanh De Quan” - an ancient Chinese general), Chinese assembly halls, the 200-year-old Tan Ky house (with Japanese and Chinese influenced architecture), and the Japanese Covered Bridge (built by the Japanese then living in Hoi An to connect their quarter to that of the Chinese). Following is your own exploration of the legendary shopping scene; where handicrafts, jewellery, traditional apparel, and shoes are on sale. Night spent in Hoi An.
Free time to discover Hoi An city. In the afternoon, take the car to Da Nang airport (no guide) to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in the city centre. Night spent in the busy and colourful city.
In the morning, you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Ho Chi Minh City, constructed between 1877 and 1880 by the French. Only a few steps from the Cathedral is the General Post Office. People come here not for sending postcards or letters, but mostly to admire its interior with an arched roof and curved windows, reminiscent of early European railway stations. The city tour then continues along Dong Khoi Street heading to see the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee building, built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene. The 800 seat Opera House served as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. Visit the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, which was the residence of the president of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975.
In the afternoon, discover the Cho Lon district with the sites: Binh Tay market, Thien Hau temple and Ngoc Hoang temple. Night at the hotel.
Transfer (without guide) to the airport for a flight to Phu Quoc Island. Welcome by a driver (without guide) and transferred to your hotel.
Transfer to the Phu Quoc airport (no guide) for a flight to HCM City. End of our services.
With this Vietnam Vacation package, which includes the main attractions from the whole of Vietnam, North to South; tourists will be able to admire stunning landscapes and delve deeper into diverse cultures, all within a concise timeframe. Turn your holidays in Vietnam into a memorable vacation today with Greentours.
Get lost in the old streets of Hoi An, a World heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999.
Better understand the history of Hanoi, Vietnam's capital.
Learn about the Nguyen dynasty during the trip to Hue
Sail through hundreds of limestone islets emerging from the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Enjoy activities such as: stopping by a fishing village on a bamboo boat, visiting caves, kayaking, swimming…
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Accommodation with breakfast on a Double/Twin Basis in Hotels listed or similar
- 2 days/1 night cruise in Halong Bay
- All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
- Experienced English speaking tour guides except on free days (for other language guides supplements will be applied)
- Meals as mentioned in the program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles with driver
- Boat trips in the Mekong Delta as mentioned in the program
- Domestic flights Hanoi - Hue - Ho Chi Minh City in economy class
- Bottled water during the tour day
OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Rates and Hotels are subject to availability
- Domestic & International flights when not mentioned
- Drinks and meals other than those mentioned
- Gratuities to guides, drivers, boat crews, wait staff... We recommend you allow USD$3-6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.
- Personal expenses of any nature like, laundry, telephone calls, shopping, incidentals at hotels etc.
- Visa Stamping Fee for Vietnam
- Travel Insurance
- Peak season or Public holiday surcharges if any
- Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
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