Highlights of Vietnam

 Highlights of Vietnam

 

Hanoi – Halong – Hue – Hoi An – Saigon – Mekong Delta - Saigon

 

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Tour Type: Join in tour

Tour Start: Fridays

 

Highlights

This comprehensive trip explores the best sights of Vietnam; it is a journey across stunning landscapes, fascinating cultures, and exhilarating cities; all among friendly peoples.

Join our Seat-In-Coach tours and explore Vietnam in a group! Of course this tour can be booked on a private basis as well!

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Vietnam

Vietnam, has finally won its last battle, to capture the imagination of the travelling public. Elegant Hanoi now vies with its dynamic sister, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for the attention of visitors drawn by the eclectic mix of old and new.

More modern than other Vietnamese cities, Ho Chi Minh City has also retained its French colonial influences. Its vibrancy is maintained by the ever-entrepreneurial Saigonese and the streets are jam-packed with mopeds and scooters, often carrying whole families. The markets are chaotically busy

Elsewhere, the scenes are timeless. Early morning on the Mekong Delta brings the daily floating markets where fruit and vegetables are peddled.

Everywhere the green patchwork of rice paddies stretches into the distance, broken only by the silhouette of water buffalo and farm workers wearing conical hats bending down to tend the young plants. The soaring mountains in the north of the country tower over tiny villages where life continues much as it has done for centuries, with traditional costumes still proudly worn. The old French hill stations have survived throughout the country offering a welcomed respite from the heat. And, in the South China Sea, the 3000 chalk islands in Ha Long Bay are not to be missed. The ancient former imperial capital, Hue, takes you back to a time of concubines and eunuchs.

The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi Minh. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and Anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960’s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under the Communist rule.

Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies. However, since the enactment of Vietnam’s “doi moi” (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries which have resulted in rapid economic growth in the last decade.

The present constitution asserts the political supremacy of the Communist Party of Vietnam. In Jan 2011, the party chose a new Secretary General is Nguyen Phu Trong. Trong is one of the triumvirates that now govern Vietnam along with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President Truong Tan Sang.

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Day 1: Hanoi

 

• Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel

• Soon after, start the half day city tour in Hanoi, with a millennium-long history, Hanoi is a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks dotted with French-style buildings and historical monuments. The city center is an architectural museum piece, retaining the air of a quaint and peaceful provincial town, contrary to the fast-paced atmosphere of Saigon.

• During the half-day city tour, you’ll see cultural and historical highlights, comprising the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Mausoleum from the outside only), One Pillar Pagoda (under renovation until end of 2014), Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter.

The tour gives you time for shopping and socializing with local people.

• Overnight in Hanoi

Arrival should be in the morning 

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• After Breakfast start your transfer to magnificent Halong Bay

→ Halong Bay is one of the most magnificent scenic spots in all of Vietnam and was recognized as a world natural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Halong is a picturesque bay with almost 2,000 islets rising from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Cruise for four hours 2 days in the tranquility of Halong Bay

• Overnight on board

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Halong - Hanoi

 

• Breakfast on board

• Continue cruising through Halong Bay.

• Disembark in the late morning and transfer back to Hanoi

• Remaining day at leisure

• Overnight in Hanoi

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Hanoi - Hue

 

• Breakfast on board

• After Breakfast transfer to the airport and flight to Hue

• Upon arrival at the airport transfer to your hotel

• In the afternoon you will start your half day city tour of Hue.

→ Hue was Vietnam’s feudal capital from 1802 to 1945 under the Nguyen dynasty. It is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples set in a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. All were laid out in harmony with nature and in accordance with the principles of Geomancy or Feng Shui.

→ The Tomb of Tu Duc is one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. In a sprawling lush pine forest 8km (5 miles) from Hue, this tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Tu Duc (1848-83) who enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty. The construction of the tomb started in December 1864 and was completed in 1867.

• Visit the Old Imperial Citadel, which construction begun in 1805 on the northern bank of the Perfume River. Within the Imperial Enclosure is the Forbidden Purple City, which used to be the living quarters of the King. With more than 100 buildings such as palaces, temples and fortresses, the Citadel is one of the most interesting place to visit in Hue.

• Overnight in Hue

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Hue – Hoi An

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• In the early morning you will start with a relaxing boat ride on the perfume river to the Thien Mu Pagoda and then continue to the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.

→ The Thien Mu Pagoda was created in 1601 and is one of the most famous architectural structures in Vietnam. The most striking feature is the 21m-high octagonal tower, the 7-storeyed Phuoc Duyen Tower. The tower has become the unofficial symbol of Hue. The Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang is perhaps the most majestic of the Royal Tombs, built for Minh Mang who ruled from 1820-1840.

• On the way to Hoi An you’ll pass the Hai Van Pass. Hai Van pass means in Vietnamese the pass of ocean clouds. It is located on Highway 1 between Danang and Hue. One can see a spectacular stretch of scenery where mountains seem to fall into the sea.

→ In the past, Hai Van Pass was the site of the historic struggle between several nations in the region (Kingdoms of Champa, Vietnam, Laos, etc.).

• Stop en route for a visit of Danang’s Cham Museum. The museum houses probably the best collection of Cham art in the world. More than 300 artifacts, many dating to the 4th century are waiting to be explored.

• Overnight in Hoi An

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Hoi An

 

• Breakfast at hotel

→ Hoi An is an ancient trading post of seafaring Chinese, Japanese and European merchants. This picturesque town with colorful shops and temples was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999.

• Start your walking tour at the Culture and History Museum where you will learn about the history of this charming and peaceful town before walking around the Market regarded as more authentic than many other markets in Vietnam's big cities. Walk along the main street to the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese community. The hall, built in 1697, was used as the worship place dedicated to Thien Hau (the Goddess of the Sea or Holy Mother) and also the meeting place for the Fujien Chinese community.

• Continue to the riverbank along narrow streets - on both sides are old houses transformed into beautifully decorated shops with colorful lanterns in different shapes. Next stop is to see the Japanese Covered Bridge built in the early 17th century by Japanese traders who settled eventually in the town. The special pagoda-shaped bridge is now the official symbol of Hoi An. Finish with a visit to a historic old house.

• In the afternoon embark on a public boat for a visit of Cam Kim – a small carpentry village. One can watch the locals building fishing boats and furniture using techniques dating back to as early as the 18th century.

• Continue to the pottery village of Thanh Ha, where clay objects for the everyday use are produced.

• Return to Hoi An

• Overnight in Hoi An

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Hoi An - Saigon

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• After Breakfast transfer to Danang airport

• Upon arrival at Saigon airport proceed directly to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and revisit about Vietnam’s courageous past. CU CHI was part of the bitter battleground for many years during the Vietnam-American War.

→ Visitors cannot miss a visit to this 'underground village ', an intricate network of over 200km-long tunnels at Ben Duoc, 75km from Ho Chi Minh City. Enter a short segment of this labyrinth of interlaced tunnels and you will see the cunning and ingenuity of the local people.

• Overnight in Saigon

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Saigon – Mekong Delta - Saigon

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast proceed to the amazing Mekong Delta and experience life on the mighty Mekong River.

• On board a public boat, sail to the Cai Be Floating Market, in the heart of the Delta. Wholesalers on big boats moor here, each specializing in different types of fruit and vegetables. Continue through small canals and stop at Mekong river islands where you will visit fruit orchards and the local cottage industry.

• Afterwards return to Vinh Long and drive back to Saigon.

• Overnight in Saigon

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Saigon

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• Join a half day city tour after breakfast:

→ Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon is Vietnam's largest city with a growing population of around 8 million. This is a city on-the-go 24 hours a day, where everybody seems to be busy either buying, selling, studying, working or just enjoying themselves. Despite the fact that modern high-rise buildings have begun to dominate the skyline in recent years there are still many fine examples of French colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh City.

• The city tour will give you a general view of a developing city. You will get to know its history and culture with stops at the War Remnants Museum and at the Reunification Palace. See other places of interest such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Opera House and the City Hall.

• Take the rest of the time for shopping activities around Dong Khoi Street and Ben Thanh Market.

• In the afternoon transfer to the airport

Meals : Breakfast
Hotel List:
Deluxe Class

Hotel: Medallion Hanoi Hotel

Room Type: Deluxe

1 Deluxe Hanoi Medallion Hotel

Premium Class

Hotel: Pullman Hanoi Hotel

Room Type: Premium

1 Premium Hanoi Pullman Hanoi

Deluxe Class

Hotel: Bai Tho Day Cruises

Room Type: Deluxe

2 Deluxe Halong Bai Tho Cruise

Premium Class

Hotel: Aphrodite Cruises Halong

Room Type: Premium

2 Premium Halong Aphrodite Cruises

Deluxe Class

Hotel: Eldora Hotel

Room Type: Deluxe

3 Deluxe Hue Eldora Hotel

Premium Class

Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa

Room Type: Premium

3 Premium Hue Pilgrimage Village 2

Deluxe Class

Hotel: Hoi An Ancient House Resort & Spa

Room Type: Deluxe

4 Deluxe Hoi An Ancient House

Premium Class

Hotel: Sunrise Hoi An Resort

Room Type: Premium

4 Premium Hoi An Sunrise Hoi An

Deluxe Class

Hotel: Sonnet Saigon Hotel

Room Type: Deluxe

5 Deluxe Saigon Sonnet Hotel

Premium Class

Hotel: Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City

Room Type: Premium

5 Premium Saigon Equatorial Hotel

 

• Rates given are based on sharing Twin or Double and per person.
• Please add Single Supplement for any odd number of pax or pax requesting SGL rooms (except 1 pax)

• Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be booked within the same hotel category without surcharge/reduction.

• If no hotel in same category available, we preserve the right to apply a surcharge for any higher category or a reduction for any lower category.

• All hotel ratings are according to the local accreditation authority. Compulsory surcharges and meal options apply during peak holiday period such as Christmas, Mai 1st, New Years and Chinese New Year.

• These will be advised at the time of booking or at any time should the hotel apply on an ad hoc basis.

• Please note that this is an offer only and no reservations will be processed until we receive a written booking order.

Service included:

• All described sightseeing as in program above
• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
• Accommodation in hotels with daily breakfast
• French-speaking local guides
• Admission fees to indicated sights
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• Domestic government tax and service charge
• Domestic flights HAN-HUI and DAD-SGN

Service does NOT include:

• International air tickets
• Flights not mentioned
• Visa fee
• Travel Insurance in all kinds
• Meals: if not mentioned in itinerary
• Drinks during Meals
• Drinks, personal expenses and others not stated
• Early Check In and Late Check Out

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