10 DAYS - VIETNAM PORTRAIT

  • Product Code: ACVN10D-2
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  • Route: Hochiminh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Vinh Long – Danang – Hoian – Myson – Hue – Hanoi - Halong
  • Travel style: History & Culture
  • Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
  • Tour Code: ACVN10D-2
  • Start: Hochiminh
  • Finish: Hanoi

 

OVERVIEW

A colorful portrait 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 recognized as world heritages. Observe the interesting mixture of old and new of fast-moving Ho Chi Minh City and learn about the Vietnam War there from the War Remnant Museum as well as the unimaginable underground tunnels of Cu Chi. Watch a lively floating market, experience the local life and interact with warm-hearted villagers in the canal-ridden Mekong Delta. Feel the souls of the ancient cities of Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi through stories of a long mystic past and the unique architecture of houses, bridges, citadels, temples, pagodas and tombs. A boat ride on Perfume River in Hue and a water puppet show in Hanoi will add to your impressions of Vietnam’s former and current capitals. Last but not least, blend in the heavenly sight of thousands of karst islets in Halong bay while cruising, swimming and relaxing on board of a junk boat. Not only seeing the picture, you will be a part of it. 

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: HOCHIMINH ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNELS
  • DAY 3: HOCHIMINH – VINHLONG (MEKONG DELTA)
  • DAY 4: HOCHIMINH – DANANG – HOIAN – CITY TOUR
  • DAY 5: HOIAN – MY SON SANCTUARY
  • DAY 6: HOIAN – HUE – WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • DAY 7: HUE – HANOI
  • DAY 8: HANOI – HALONG – WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • DAY 9: HALONG – HANOI
  • DAY 10: HANOI DEPARTURE

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wander through French colonial boulevards to ancient pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit the renowned Cu Chi tunnels
  • Board a boat to lively floating markets in the Mekong region
  • Lunch in a local house with typical Vietnamese flavors
  • Catch a glimpse of Da Nang city
  • Feel the serenity of Hoi An ancient town with its intact architectures and lifestyle
  • Discover enigmatic ruins of My Son
  • Witness royal relics of the Nguyen Dynasty in the former capital of Hue
  • Go shopping at Dong Ba market in Hue
  • Refresh your mind with a traditional water puppet show
  • Cruise through Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Visit Van Phuc silk village in Hanoi

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy.
  • Private services & daily departure
  • Supplement for standard Vietnamese menu meals
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
  • Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:
    • Flight from Hochiminh – Danang: US$ 108/ person
    • Flight from Hue – Hanoi: US$ 108/ person
  • Surcharge for peak season at some hotels & Resorts on: Xmas, New Year, Chinese New Year

SPECIAL OFFER

  • [Free] Mineral water is available.
  • [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
  • [Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing in My Tho
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary

HOTEL CATEGORY

Place

Standard (3*)

First class (4*)

Deluxe (5*)

Luxury (5*)

Hanoi

Adamas Hanoi hotel

Superior Room

www.adamashanoihotel.com

The Ann Hanoi Hotel

Superior room

www.theann.com.vn

Movenpick Hotel

Superior Deluxe room

www.moevenpick-hanoi.com

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Legend room

www.sofitel.com

Halong

V' Spirit Cruises

Superior cabin

www.vspiritcruises.com

Pelican Cruise

Deluxe cabin

www.pelicancruise.com

Starlight Cruise

Deluxe Cabin

www.starlightcruiseshalong.com

Paradise Luxury Cruises

Superior cabin

www.paradisecruises.vn

Hoian

Hoian Lantern Hotel

Standard room

www.hoianlanternhotel.com

Thanh Binh Riverside

Superior  room

www.thanhbinhriverside.com

Palm Garden Resort

Superior Garden room

www.palmgardenresort.com.vn 

Anantara HoiAn Resort

Deluxe room

www.hoi-an.anantara.com

Hue

Asia Hue Hotel

Deluxe room

www.asiahotel.com.vn

Muong Thanh Hotel

Deluxe cityview

www.muongthanh.vn

Indochine Palace

Deluxe room

www.bwp-indochinepalace.com

La Residence Hotel

Superior room

www.la-residence-hue.com

Hochiminh

Thien Tung Saigon Hotel

Superior Room

www.thientunghotel.com.vn 

Aristo Saigon Hotel

Premier Deluxe Room

www.aristosaigonhotel.com

Majestic Saigon Hotel

Colonial Deluxe

www.majesticsaigon.com.vn

Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Deluxe Room

www.caravellehotel.com

All other alternative hotels will be used in case the above mentioned hotels are fully booked

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: HOCHIMINH ARRIVAL

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor.

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNELS

Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer about 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

Afternoon, tour in the city starting first with the Reunification Palace, which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Next, stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Call in Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 3: HOCHIMINH – VINHLONG (MEKONG DELTA)

Morning, pickup at your hotel to transfer about 136 km to Vinh Long, a riverside town in the vast Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta. Take a boat cruise to lively Cai Be floating market where sellers and buyers bargain and exchange goods from their boats. Proceed through a fascinating maze of shady canals to HoaBinhPhuoc Island. Beautiful landscape of zigzag canals, lush vegetation, peaceful villages and activities of rural life will make you a delightful sight. There on the island, visit some local farmers’ homes, interact with warm-hearted hosts and learn about their trades of bonsai gardening, tile and ceramic production and rice paper and coconut candy making.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 4: HOCHIMINH – DANANG – HOIAN – CITY TOUR

Morning, transfer to airport for one-hour flight to Da Nang.

Arrive in Da Nang, welcome by our guide and take a quick tour of Da Nang City including the Museum of Cham Sculpture, Marble Mountains before transferring to Hoi An. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.

Afternoon, take a town tour of Hoi An to see its beauty up close. Included for your sightseeing will be the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, Chua Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Enjoy strolling the small streets of antique low tile-roofed houses, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoian

DAY 5: HOIAN – MY SON SANCTUARY

Morning, transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Century in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java.

Afternoon, free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoian

DAY 6: HOIAN – HUE – WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Morning, transfer to Hue via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Arrive in Hue, start a sightseeing tour of Hue City beginning with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely KinhThanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Stop for shopping for shopping atat Dong Ba market, the city’s traditional commercial center. Late afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Perfume River for sightseeing and visiting two prominent historical landmarks namely Minh Mang Tomb, where Minh Mang, the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery still in use with its origin dating back to 1601.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hue

DAY 7: HUE – HANOI

Morning, transfer to Phu Bai International Airport for flight to Hanoi.

Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer in town for a city tour. Begin with a visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

Late afternoon, come to West Lake, the largest lake of Hanoi and visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda of Hanoi, built in the 6th Century and located on an islet in the lake. Head back to the city’s central area to visit HoanKiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

DAY 8: HANOI – HALONG

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on Junk in Halong

DAY 9: HALONG – HANOI

Early risers can enjoy the splendid yet tranquil view of the bay at the crack of dawn. Breathe the sea’s fresh air, feel the morning breeze and hear the sounds of birds above. Have breakfast and cruise to visit Human head shaped island and Tortoise Island. Continue to cruise into Bai Tu Long Bay to discover the adjacent bay of “The Little Dragon Bowing to His Mother” as it is named. Check out and have lunch on board while heading to shore. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Van Phuc silk village on the outskirt of Hanoi before going into town for hotel check-in. Evening at leisure.

Meals: Brunch

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

DAY 10: HANOI DEPARTURE

At leisure until transfer to airport for departure

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