Relish Vietnam’s distinct and energetic character as you journey from Hanoi then north down to Saigon in the south. Explore the country’s turbulent past, meet the friendly, resilient locals, and get lost in spectacular panoramas on this one-week tour of discovery.
Day 1: Arrival into Hanoi (D)
You’ll be greeted at Hanoi airport and transferred to the hotel. If time permits, take an orientation tour and a chance to acclimatize ourselves. Enjoy a Vietnamese Welcome Dinner, an interesting introduction of Vietnam.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B)
Embark on a full day tour to discover the charming city of Hanoi, starting from the complex of memorials to Ho Chi Minh. Continue to the Single Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding of two of the driving forces in Vietnam culture. Visit the museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection of artifacts from the 54 ethnic groups in the country. Ride a rickshaw to explore the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade their wares the way they have done for centuries. Conclude a wonderful day with the famed water puppet theatre.
Day 3: Hanoi to Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Depart Hanoi and drive east to Halong Bay, one of the greatest natural wonders of Vietnam and all Asia. Board a junk and begin exploring the surreal-looking seascape of thousand rocks and islets jutting out of the opal waters. We can challenge ourselves with kayaking, swimming, and even fishing. Stay overnight on boat.
Day 4: Halong Bay to Saigon (B, L)
Wake up to fresh coffee and visit a nearby islet. Enjoy lunch while cruising back to the shore. En route the junk weaves through numerous formations that inspire comparisons from fighting cocks to mystical dragons! Disembark and return to Hanoi to catch a flight to Saigon, the capital of Southern Vietnam. Met upon arrival and transferred to the hotel.
Day 5: Saigon Centre & Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
Journey west to Cu Chi to visit the vast underground network of tunnels built as a defense in wartime. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The adventuresome may feel like to explore underground, the second and even third level of the system. In the afternoon, a tour of the very centre of Saigon will includes the Unification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the City Hall, the Opera House, and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy coffee and watch the city in rush hour.
Day 6: Mekong Delta Excursion (B, L)
Leave the hustle and bustle of Saigon behind and travel into Mekong Delta, a world that lives and works on the waters. Visit an insular village with family workshops, exuberant orchard, ox carts, bee farms, and folk music by amateurs. Row a local sampan through the small canals and side arms of the river to further experience river life. Sample delta specialties for lunch and relax by the river. Later, return to Saigon for the evening.
Day 7: Departure (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight
- Accommodation of the class quoted
- Land transfer by AC vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- Government tax and service charge
- Supply of bottled water & tissues on car on touring days
- Visa arrangement
- Any flight does not mentioned and international tax
- Travel insurance
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Hotel/Room upgrade
- Festivity surcharge & festivity compulsory service by hotel(s) if any
- Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others