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VIETNAM ESSENTIAL - 12 DAYS / 09 NIGHTS (VI-ES01)

  • Theme’s program

Visits of the most popular sites, Halong Bay cruise, highlights of Vietnam.

 

  • The Must-Sees

In the South, you will enjoy discovering the colonial district, the historic buildings in Saigon and the exotic atmosphere of Cho Lon district. Then, get to know the daily life of the Mekong Delta’s inhabitants throughout its villages.

In the Centre, you will visit the charming old town of Hoi An and the imperial monuments of Hue. You will walk in beautiful villages known for their traditional handcraft.

In the North, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh (terrestrial Halong Bay) are well complemented by the small paths to meet locals in the villages along the way.

You will have the chance to venture to places away from mass tourism, full of authenticity, such as Phong Nha Caves, the old village of Phuoc Tich, the 17th historic parallel, the littoral coast and exotic local markets.

 

  • What will you do during your trip?

During the trip, you will have the opportunity to taste local delicacies, meals made by your Vietnamese hosts (homestay). You will attend a costume and musical dinner as well as a welcome dinner in Hanoi, a tai-chi lesson on the junk’s deck, and you will be initiated to Vietnamese cuisine.

 

  • Useful information

For you, we have chosen nice hotels downtown as well as a wonderful traditional junk where you will spend a night. During the tour, you will experience the rickshaw, a domestic flight, the coach, the small boats and a cruise in a junk.

We provide a national tour guide skilled in group management.

DAY 1: YOUR CITY flight HANOI

Departure at your own expense from the airport of your choice; registration formalities for the flight to Hanoï. Dinner and night on board.

 

DAY 2 : HANOI

At your arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and transferred to the city to do some sightseeing around Ba Dinh square, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum from outside, and the one pillar Pagoda. You will go on a walking tour around the old quarter to see the Opera colonial style, the Ly Thai To park, and the Hoan Kiem lake.

Welcome dinner. Night at the hotel.

DAY 3 : HANOI / HALONG BAY

Rickshaw tour around the old quarter, in order to visit the temple of Literature. 
Possibility to stop for a walking tour in Dong Trieu village while road to Halong. On the way, lunch at local restaurant. 

Check-in and departure for a fantastic cruise through the beautiful areas of the Bay that will give you unforgettable images. Karstic rocks will tickle your imagination along with the floating fishermen homes in harmony with the nature of the bay. Visit one of the most beautiful rocks caves. Seafood dinner aboard. For those who wish, opportunity to try squid fishing.

Night on board.

DAY 4 : HALONG BAY / NINH BINH

Tai Chi lessons on the deck in the natural environment in the morning. Breakfast on board.

Small boat ride to discover the "Hang Luon" water-tunnel caves overlooking a large amazing bowl. Pursuit of your cruise  throughout the magnificent bay. Brunch on board. Disembarkation.

Road to Ninh Binh through the Red River DeltaWalk in a peaceful village to discover farm life and its intact structure since ancient times. Then enjoy a water puppet show presented by the artists of the village.

Night at hotel in Ninh Binh.

DAY 5 : NINH BINH / VINH

Boarding on a small boat called "Thung Nang" for a stroll in the magnificent rice fields. Bike ride or walk on the way to the village with superb karstic mountains landscapes. Lunch during the excursion. 


Drive to Vinh following the center national road. Visit local market. Arrival in Vinh late in the afternoon.

Dinner and night at the hotel.

DAY 6 : VINH / DONG HOI / HUE

Morning departure to Phong Nha, world heritage site of UNESCO. Boat ride on the river and visit of Phong Nha caves. Lunch in local restaurant.

Passing of the 17th parallel. Enjoy a walk to explore Phuoc Tich village, classified "national heritage" for its well-preserved traditions. Visiting one of the houses, opportunity to discover the local way of life, their job, their ancestors worship. Arrival in Hue. Check-in at the hotel.

For dinner, you will taste the specialty of Hue "bun bo" at local restaurant.  Night at hotel.

DAY 7 : HUE

Visit of the Citadel: explore the Imperial city, Palace of Supreme Harmony. Road towards the Thien Mu pagoda recognizable by its high octagonal tour.  Boat ride on the Perfume River and discovery of local life on the river bank. Lunch of Hue’s specialties in a family restaurant on the banks of the Perfume River.
Back to Hue and on the way visit to of an incense and conical hats factory. Visiting the Emperor Tu Duc Tomb. Imperial costumed dinner with music and traditional music of Hue. Night at the hotel.

DAY 8 : HUE / HOI AN

Departure to Hoi An, via the famous Hai Van Pass. Visit a typical village where locals live of gardening: salad, aromatic leafs… Lunch in the village.  

Walking tour around Hoi An old town: The Fujian sanctuary, Japanese covered bridge, the symbol of the city. Chinese Phuoc Kien Communal House, Traditional Tan Ky house. Visit of a lantern and silk factory.

Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Night at the hotel

DAY 9 : HOI AN / DANANG Flight HO CHI MINH

Transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines.

At your arrival to Ho Chi Minh, you will be transfered downtown to have a lunch (according to the flight schedule) and discover colonial districts of the city and its monuments : The central post office designed in Gustave Eiffel’s workshop, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace.

Walking tour in the lively Dong Khoi Street to the Municipal Theatre, the historic Continental Hotel, City Hall, Ben Thanh Market

Tour in the Chinese district also known as Cholon. Visit of the local market Binh Tay, pass through the street of traditional medicinal products and discover Thien Hau Pagoda.

Farewell dinner in Saigon - choice between cruise or barbecue depending on weather.

Night at the hotel downtown (convenient for night walks !)

DAY 10 : HO CHI MINH / CAI BE / CAN THO (MEKONG DELTA)

Visit a traditional lacquer factory, possibility to buy some souvenirs.

Road towards Cai Be in the Mekong Delta, a large network of canals on a huge area of 40 000 km². On the way, visit of a Cao Dai temple, crusing through the river along the canals surround by a luxuriant vegetation and passing by a wholesale floating market where you will enjoy local fruits on the boat. Stop during the way to discover the making of rice cake, coconut candy and rice wine. Lunch on an island to taste the local specialty : the elephant ear fish. Pursuit by road to Can Tho.

Check-in at hotel. Dinner at restaurant next to banks of Mekong’s arm. Night at the hotel.

DAY 11 : CAN THO / HO CHI MINH Flight YOUR CITY

Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure for a small cruise on the river: boating towards Cai Rang floating market, hooking of a smaller boat selling fruits, tasting fresh pineapple in an exotic atmosphere.  

Road back to Ho Chi Minh City and lunch at local restaurant.

According to the flight schedule, transfer to airport. Assistance for registration formalities and flight to your city on a regular airline flight... Dinner and night on board.

DAY 12 : YOUR CITY

Breakfast on board. Arrival to your city.


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