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Vietnam Portrait

  • Saigon - Cu Chi tunnels - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong bay
  • COVN15
  • US$682
A colorful picture of Vietnam across South, Central and North is going to open up before your eyes.It is filled with natural scenery as well as historical and cultural footprints many of which are classified as world heritages. Observe the interesting mixture of old and new of fast-moving Saigon Cityand learn about the Vietnam War there from the local war museum as well as the unimaginable underground tunnels of Cu Chi. Watch a lively floating market and interact with warm-hearted villagers in the canal-ridden Mekong Delta. Feel the souls of the ancient cities ofHoi An, Hue and Hanoi through stories of a long mystic past and the uniquearchitecture of houses, bridges, citadels, temples, pagodas andtombs. A boat ride on Perfume River in Hue and a water puppet show in Hanoi will add to your impressions of Vietnam’sformer and current capitals.Last but not least, blend in the heavenly sight ofthousands of karst islets in Ha Long Bay while cruising, swimming and relaxing on board of a junk boat. Not only seeing the picture of Vietnam, you are part of it.

SUMMARY
DAY 1:  SAIGON ARRIVAL
DAY 2:  SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS 
DAY 3:  SAIGON – VINH LONG MEKONG DELTA
DAY 4:  SAIGON – DA NANG – HOI AN 
DAY 5:  HOI AN – FREE DAY 
DAY 6:  HOI AN – HUE  
DAY 7:  HUE - HANOI CITY TOUR     
DAY 8:  HANOI – HA LONG
DAY 9:  HA LONG – HANOI - VAN PHUC VILLAGE
DAY 10:  HANOI – DEPARTURE 

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Cu Chi Tunnels – Historical site
  • Full day Saigon tour includes: Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, City Hall, War Remnants Museum, Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), Ben Thanh Market
  • Cai Be floating market  in Vinh Long Mekong Delta
  • Hoi An ancient town - 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hue - Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital
  • Overnight on Wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Full day Hanoi city tour to visit: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Hanoi Old Quarter. Thang Long Royal Citadel. Water cultural puppet show, Van Phuc Silk village.
What you should bring:
Walking shoes, hat, sun glasses, insect repellent, personal medicine.
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Day1: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) Arrival

Arrival Saigon / Tan Son Nhat international airport,  meet with our guide & driver then transfer to hotel for check in. Hochiminh still called Saigon by many locals, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés.
 

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)

Morning, drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an important base during the American War because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon, we will take a Saigon city tour: Visit to War Remnants Museum which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans; Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the Saigon Central Post Office, former US Embassy, Cholon including the Quan Am Pagoda. During our tour we will also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda (Phuoc Hai), one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam. 
 

Day 3: Saigon – Vinh Long Mekong Delta (B/L)

Morning, pick up at your hotel and transfer about 136km to Vinh Long, a riverside town located in the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a boat cruise to the Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchangeing goods from their boats, and then to Hoa Binh Phuoc islet where the maze o shady creeks will surely fascinate you. You will have a chance to mingle with local peasants, learn the secrets of their bonsai gardening. Visit local homes where the families produce tiles and ceramics; drop into rice-paper kiln and coconut-candy kiln; and observe daily country life.
 
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Day 4: Saigon – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/-/D)

In the morning, transfer to airport for one hour flight to Da Nang.

Arrival Da Nang, meet with our guide and driver then transfer to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. We stop en route to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang City, the China Beach and the Marble Mountains, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe.

Afternoon, visit Hoi An Ancient Town - was declared a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in late 1999. It is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, the Museum of Trade Ceramics, the 200 year old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and vibrant market. Concluding the day by a walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past. Dinner at local restaurant.
 

Day 5: Hoi An – Free Day (B)

Afternoon, free at leisure for shopping in the central of town (Hoi An is famous for speed tailor-made clothes for tourist), free at leisure for relax on Cua Dai Beach, at your resort or take our optional tour.

OPTION 1: HALF DAY MY SON US$

Morning, transfer to visit My Son Sanctuary - Vietnam's most important Cham’s site. My Son becomes a religious center in the late 4th century and lasts till 14th century – a long period of development of any monument in Southeast Asia. My Son is considered to be Champa’s counterpart to the grand cities of Southeast Asia’s other Indian – influenced civilizations: Angkor (Cambodia), Ayuthaya (Thailand) or Borobudur (Java).

OPTION 2: FISHING ON RIVER (Ecological tour)

Duration: 4hrs / Departure time: 8:00 am or 15:00 pm
Tour itinerary:
– Welcome guest(s) at local wharf in Phuoc Hai, Cua Dai, Hoi An
– Get on boat
– Enjoy welcome fruit juice
– Boat to fishing point
– Start to fish with fishing rods (2 types of fishing rod available: normal fishing rod and modern one)
– Return home by car with tour guide

Day 6: Hoi An – Hue (B/L)

Morning, transfer to Hue. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes.

Arrival Hue, visit Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel) and Khai Dinh Tomb _ In comparison with those of the preceding emperors, it is very elaborate. It is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern. Stop at Dong Ba market for shopping.

Late afternoon, we cruise along the Perfume River. Being the former royal capital, Hue's surrounding countryside contains several of the tombs of the former Nguyen Emperors including Minh Mang Tomb. Back to the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601.
 

Day 7 : Hue – Hanoi (B/-/D)

Morning, transfer to airport for morning domestic flight to Hanoi.
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, meet our guide and transfer to visit visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole months of October-November),  the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. This complex  also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070. Lunch at local restaurant.
Check in hotel for relax

Late afternoon, explore West Lake, which is steeped in legend and is bordered by several significant pagodas.  We will view Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnam's oldest pagoda, built in the 6th century and located on Cayang Island in the middle of the lake.  We visit these sights before continuing to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with Ngoc Son Temple, take 1-hour cyclo ride to visit Hanoi Old Quarter and enjoy the performance of the famous Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long theatre.
 
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Day 8: Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)

08:00



 
Our guide and driver pick you up from hotel, transfer to Ha Long via vehicle  (160km driving one way - 3.5hrs drive). On the way you have chance to see some of the rural areas of Vietnam. The drive goes through the Red River delta, so we'll have plenty of chance for taking photo of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy field. At half way, we will have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes and embroidered paintings. With a quick rest stop en route, you will reach Ha Long City. Arrival in Halong at 11:30 (Depending on your choice of junk)
12.30
 
Transfer via tender to your junk. Welcome drink - Cruise briefing, safety instructions,  Check-in cabins - Depart for Ha Long Bay
13.00
 
 Enjoy local sea food lunch while the junk sails to Ha Long Bay passing by Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster head) and Am tich (Teapot) islets.
15.00Visit Surprise Cave - Explore the most famous grotto in entire Ha Long Bay
16.30
 
Visit Titop Beach –   You can clim up to the top of the island getting the whole view of Ha Long Bay or swimming on the very descent beach.
18.00Overnight anchorage near Titop and enjoy the sunset
19.30Savor our Set-dinner in dinning room
21.00Activities: Relax on sundeck or night time fishing. Overnight on your junk
 

Day 9: Ha Long – Hanoi - Van Phuc Silk Village (B/L)

06:30Watching sunrise over the Bay
07:00Enjoy light breakfast
08:00Cruise through Ha Long Bay  and contemplate Man’s head islet, Tortoise islet
08:30Arrive at Tunnel Cave - Have a tour in a lovely lagoon  by local rowing boat.
09:30Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection.  Having international buffet brunch served while cruising through Bai Tu Long bay, Bai Tho mountain and Ha Long market.. Disembark in Ha Long City around 11am

Visit Van Phuc silk village on the way back to Hanoi. Check in hotel. Free at leisure for dinner.
 

Day 10: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Today, free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast
 
 

 
QUOTATION: All rates are per person sharing DBL/BB Basis, in US dolar, net and non commissionable. Validity is from 01May 2014 – 30September, 2015.

ALL RATES ARE NET IN US$ PER PERSON
Category123–5Single Supplement
Valid from 1 April.2014 to 30 Sep.2014
First class1,438791682187
Valid from 1 Oct.2014 to 31 Dec.2014 & 1 Jan.2015 to 30 April.2015
First class1,501824715217
Valid from 1 May.2015 to 30 Sep.2015
First class1,459802693197

Supplement for flight by Vietnam airline: Subject to be changed without prior notice.
  • From Saigon (SGN) – Danang (DAN): US$110 per way
  • Hue (HUI) - Hanoi (HAN): US$ 110 per way

Price Include:
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (Based on Twin Sharing)
  • (Tour price for 1pax travelling based on single room already)  
  • Private transportation and tours with English, Frenchspeaking guide. Supplement US$ 20 per day/ group for Spanish, German speaking guide.
  • Package 2D1N Overnight on Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated.
  • Meals (Vietnamese food) at local restaurant as specified in the program.
  • Bottle of water available on coach (01 bottle/ pax/ day)
  • Visa service (approval letter) as complementary

Price Exclude:
  • Vietnam stamping fees currently US$45 / pax payable upon arrival
  • Personal expenses such as drinks at meals, laundry, camera fees, vacation insurance to tour sites.
  • All other accounts are not mentioned in the above inclusion.
  • Tipping for guide and driver

Child Policy & Notes:
• Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
• Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
• Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with parents with extra bed: is charged for 65%.
• Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with parents without extra bed: is charged for 55%.
• Tipping for guide and driver (suggestion):
• Group from 2 – 4 pax:  US$ 5/ pax/ day
• Group from 5 – 9 pax:  US$ 4/ pax/ day
• Group from 10 – 15 pax: US$ 3/ pax/ day
• Group above 15pax:  US$ 2/ pax/ day

IMPORTANT NOTES
1. SURCHARGE FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR DURING (18FEB – 25FEB 2015): 20% TOUR PRICE.
2. SURCHARGE FOR X’MAS (24DEC 2014), NEW YEAR (31DEC 2014). TBA upon make reservation


Note: Please refer the list of extension tours in case you wish to extend holiday in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
CityHotel
SaigonFamily Inn Hotel
HoianHoi An Lantern Hotel
HueAsia Hue Hotel
HanoiLarosa Hanoi Hotel
Ha Long Bai Tho Junks

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