Heritage sites of Vietnam 12 days 11 nights

This trip is perfect for anyone who wants to visit the main highlights of Vietnam but whose time is limited. It gives you the chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of Vietnam and discover the most famous heritage sites. Having the chance to sample the delicious regional foods is an added bonus.

Tour code: AOT02E
Duration:
12 days 11 nights
Route:
Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Sai Gon – Cu Chi Tunnel -  Mekong Delta

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and driver and taken to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to discover the magic of the capital of Vietnam. You will stay overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Hanoi full day city tour (B/L/-)
The city tour will take in the highlights of the capital city. Start with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, his stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. After that, you will visit the Temple of Literature – the first University of Vietnam which was constructed in the 17th century. The morning will finish at the Vietnam Ethnology Museum where you can discover the many ethnic groups that make up the Vietnamese population. After lunch in a restaurant, you will visit the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, followed by a 1-hour cycling to explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of speciality shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. The evening will end with some traditional entertainment in the form of a water puppet show. You will stay overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Ninh Binh (B/L/-)
A 90km drive south of Hanoi will lead you to Ninh Binh. As well as the impressive karst-studded scenery, the are is rich in history. Ninh Binh was once the site of the first capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi took its leading role in the 11th century. The visit in Ninh Binh starts with a boat trip through the stunning Van Long Reserve where the river winds past spectacular limestone karsts and fertile green paddy fields. After the relaxing boat ride, you will discover the site which once housed the palace of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century. Now you walk amongst the wooden temples which have been dedicated to the kings. You will drive back to Hanoi in the late afternoon and where you will stay overnight.

Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Overnight onboard (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will go to Halong Bay, an iconic beauty spot and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lunch of fresh of fresh seafood will be served on board as you float around the stunning bay. The cruise will take in picturesque rocks and islets, beaches and hollow islands which rear out of the crystal blue waters. Whether you want to visit the karst grottoes, go swimming or relax on the soft white sand, Halong Bay won't fail to impress. Dinner will be served on the boat where you will also spend the night.

Day 5: Halong – Hanoi – Hue (B/L/-)
The early risers can enjoy watching the miraculous sunrise over the bay, the sun lighting up the karst peak islands and reflecting off the water. Today you will visit some of the many islands and islets, many named for likeness to other objects such as Sail Island, Fisherman’s Head Rock, Butterfly Rock and Turtle Islet. After another delicious seafood lunch, you will be taken back to dry land where you will drive to Hanoi Airport for your flight Hue. In Hue, you will be met by your driver and guide who take you to your hotel where you will stay overnight.

Day 6: Hue city (B/L/-)
Today you will visit Hue which was once the political, cultural and religious capital of Vietnam. It famed for its unique, ancient architecture which tells the story of the City's turbulent past. Hue was also the first site in Vietnam to be recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The tour will take you to the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum and Dong Ba Market. After a traditional Hue style lunch, you will visit Thien Mu pagoda and the Tombs of King Minh Mang and Tu Duc, two extremely well-preserved tombs which paint a picture of the Vietnamese royalty of the past. After the tour, you will be free to have dinner at your own arrangement and enjoy the evening as you please. You will stay overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L/-)
After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, you will depart from Hue, passing Danang with stops along the road to visit the Cham Museum, Marble Mountains, enjoy the landscape of Hai Van Pass (the “Ocean Cloudy Mountain Pass”) and Lang Co Beach before reaching Hoi An shortly after midday. During the afternoon you will discover the charm of Hoi An's ancient town. You will cross the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls and Trading Houses, Pagodas, and stroll around the market located by Thu Bon river. Hoi An has a unique charm with many artists seeing Hoi An as a magical old world of Oriental scenes and a source of inspiration. After the tour you will be free for the evening you can have dinner by your own arrangement. You will stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An – Sai Gon (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Saigon. Saigon is one of the best-known cities in Vietnam, known for its dizzying pace and fusion of traditional and modern Vietnamese style. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up by our tour guide and driver. You will be taken on a tour of the iconic sights in Saigon starting with Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce ending of the Vietnam War 1975. Next, you will experience the lasting influence of the French colonial era at the Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral which were built between 1877 and 1883. Our visit will end in China Town, a unique aspect of Saigon. You will visit Thien Hau Pagoda whose dramatic architecture sits in a cloud of incense smoke and the lively Binh Tay Market. After the tour, you are free for the evening, and with plenty of delicious Saigon specialities to choose from you will have no problems finding something for dinner. You will stay overnight in Saigon.

Day 9: Sai Gon – Cu Chi tunnel (B/L/-)
In the morning you will enjoy a half-day private excursion to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels which were used by the Viet Cong and played a pivotal role in winning the war. The tunnels consist of more than 200 kilometres of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. This is your chance to experience the tunnels for yourself and get a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S. Vietnam War. You will have free time in the afternoon and stay overnight in Saigon.

Day 10: Sai Gon – Can Tho – Mekong delta (B/L/-)
Today you will head south to green waterways of the Mekong Delta. You will visit My Tho and Ben Tre, the homeland of all things coconut and other family-run factories specialising in local products. You will stop en route to visit Dong Tam Snake Farm and Vinh Trang pagoda. Upon arrival in My Tho, you will board a small boat and travel down the canals into gardens and rural houses, where a lot of families produce coconut candy, keep bees for honey, or plant fruit. You will be able to discover this unique culture as you visit some families and their small factories. You will stop for lunch en route and will have dinner and stay overnight in Can Tho.

Day 11: Can Tho – Sai Gon (B/L/-)
A highlight of any trip to the Mekong delta is visiting one of the floating markets. You will wake up early to catch the colourful and lively market in full swing either in Cai Rang or Phong Dien. Here you will see the local people of the Mekong who come to the markets each day, their boats laden with fruits, foodstuff and other consumer goods ready for trading and selling. You will visit some farms in Can Tho on the way back to Saigon. Once back in Saigon, you are free for the evening. You will have dinner at your own arrangement and stay overnight in Saigon.

Day 12: Sai Gon art tour (B/-/-)
View a private collection of works housed in a traditional Saigon villa created by students who studied at the first French founded School of Fine Arts. After, you will drive to a private home converted into a gallery to see a remarkable collection of Vietnamese Combat Art and Propaganda Art. Then, continue to the impressive HCMC Fine Arts Museum, a stunning example of Sino-French architecture, to learn how artists have been tools of the government during the resistance, revolution and reconstruction of a nation. You will discover how the artworks from Northern and Southern artists before and after reunification demonstrate how politics lead to Vietnam’s 90’s art market boom.
The last stop is a contemporary art gallery which works with Vietnamese and international artists nurturing experimentation and creating opportunities for emerging artists. You will meet with the director and talk about the current exhibition. End the tour with a final discussion about the future of Vietnamese art in an international context and what that means for the next generation of Vietnamese artists.

Day 13: Sai Gon – Departure (B/-/-)
This is the final day of your adventure in Vietnam. You can relax until it is time to be driven to the airport for your return flight.
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RATE: This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Applied for the – Private Tour. Valid from 30 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2017
Group size
Price/pp
1p
2525
2p
1436
3p
1291
4p
1157
5p
1147
6p
1074
7p
1,054
8p
1021
Single Supp’
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ACCOMMODATION LIST

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.

Destination Accommodation Star Night
Ha Noi Quoc Hoa / Bao Khanh 2
Ninh Binh Nam Duong Hotel
1
Ha Long Bay Orient / Marguerite 1
Hue Polite/ Festival 2
Hoi An Sea and Sand / Indochine 1
Sai Gon New Epoch / May Flower
3
Can Tho Sai Gon – Can Tho / Ninh Kieu
1

Services included   

•    English speaking tour guides as mentioned
•    Land transfer by air-con vehicles
•    Accommodation at hotels, resorts as stated
•    All Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks) 
•    Boat trip
•    All admission fees and permission.
•    Support 24/24h
•    No extra charge after confirmation.    

Services not included

•    All airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
•    Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
•    Personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
•    Any services not mentioned in the program.
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