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Tour code: ESSENTIAL VIETNAM TOURS FROM SAIGON TO HANOI  
TOURS IN VIETNAM
 
Experience the cultural essence of “the Land of the Ascending Dragon”. If you are visiting Vietnam for the first time, “Essential Vietnam” will give you a great taste of the country. Many of our past travellers have started with a journey like this and are enticed to return to explore this captivating land more deeply. This 10-day journey introduces you to the vibrancy of South Vietnam, the historic charm of Central Vietnam and the beauty and majesty of the north.
 

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: SAIGON ARRIVAL (D)
Welcome to Vietnam on arrival at Saigon international airport. Drive to hotel for check in and resting.
Late afternoon, touring with our guide to the War Remnants Museum which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American Was, as it is known in Vietnam; Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975 and the Notre Dame Cathedral, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city. Evening coming, enjoy dinner on Bonsai Cruise on Saigon River. Overnight in Saigon.
Enter the replica of the emperors’ dragon boat – Bonsai Cruise for a magnificent and memorable dining and entertainment spectacle on the Saigon River. All star delicacies of European & Asian buffet will be delight in your choice by executive chefs and show-cooks at the best. Bonsai Cruise sets off 2 hours hourney on Saigon River with some light traditional Vietnamese back ground music or Philipino band, a magical sound-journey performed.
DAY 2: MEKONG DELTA on MEKONG QUEEN CRUISE (B/L)
- 07:30 am: Depart from Saigon for about 2 hours driving.
- 09:30 am: Arrive at Cai Be pier and start boarding the Mekong Queen
- 09:15 am: Sightsee Cai Be floating market
- 10:00 am: Disembark and walk to visit the old church and crafting factories
- 11:00 am: Board the cruise and head toward the village entrance
- 11:15 am: Leave your cruise for a short walk to a local home for lunch
- 11:45 am: Have lunch
- 13:00 pm: Take the sampan ride back to your cruise
- 13:15 pm: Cruise upstream the Nine – Dragon river (Mekong river) toward Vinh Long town
- 14:15pm: Stop to visit a local fruit garden of Mr. Tam Ho
- 14:50 pm: Continue your cruising
- 15:00 pm: Stop to visit a local brick factory
- 15:20 pm: Cruise to Vinh Long pier
- 15:30 pm: Disembark and bid farewell to your crew for the drive back to Saigon.
Road journey: 120km by 2.5 hours driving
DAY 3: CUCHI TUNNEL by speedboat - SAIGON/HUE (B/L)
Have breakfast at hotel. You will be picked at hotel for an hour scenic speedboat trip to Cu Chi tunnel which are 70 kilometers North West of Saigon, created since 1948 to assist the Viet Minh to combat the French. This is an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon shops, field hospitals, command centers. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a fire free zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of the tunnels have been open for visitors. Back Saigon, having lunch at the local restaurant before your short flight heading to Hue. Pick up and hotel check in on arrival. Overnight in Hue.
Boat journey: 1 hour by speedboat
Air journey: SAIGON HUE on VN airlines by 1 hour & 10minutes
DAY 4: HUE – DANANG - HOIAN TOWN (B/L)
Driving to visit the Imperial Citadel - situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River, with an area of 500 ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). The Citadel stared in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Ming Mang. Under Nguyen’s reign, Kings have ordered to build ramparts, palaces and constructional works of royal. Over 200 years to now, it is still original with nearly 140 small and large constructions. Our visit continued to Thien Mu pagoda - built in 1601 between a river and a pine forest, the Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. Move the steps to Minh Mang’s, this tomb is well known for its harmonious blend of architecture and natural landscape. We take a driving via Hai Van Pass, passing through many pretty red-tiled villages with fruit orchards, enjoying spectacular views of sky and sea .....to get Hoian. Hoian check in on arrival. Overnight in Hoian.
Road journey: 145km ~ 3 hours driving
DAY 5: HOIAN – DANANG - HANOI (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Take a walk to discover Hoi An Ancient town, that was a prosperous trading port between 17th & 19th centuries. Today, this world Heritage –listed town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrian streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. Visit the old merchant’s house with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings. Enjoy lunch and continue for the flight to Hanoi. Drive to hotel on arrival and overnight in Hanoi.
Air journey: DANANG HANOI on VN airlines by 1 hour & 10minutes
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we leave Hanoi for the World’s Heritage of Halong Bay. Upon arrival, welcome aboard and set sail through bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth.
After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quite beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board and enjoy cocktails while watching sunset and later unwind at restaurant for a lavish dinner.
Road journey: 200km ~ 3.5hours driving
DAY 7: HALONG - HANOI (B/L)
Morning enjoy the sunrise, that would be great picture as it is raising up from the ocean and through the peaks of the limestone islands. Cruise back to Ha Long City. Brunch on boat while cruising. Disembark and drive back Hanoi. Hotel check in and the rest is at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 8: HANOI CITY/DEPARTURE (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Getting out to visit our Hanoi which including: the Temple of Literature – known as the country’s first national university; the macabre Hoa Lo Prison, the French built this prison near the turn of the century, with construction completed in 1901. The name Hoa Lo, means "portable earthen stove," and originates from the families who used to live on the land before the French built on it; Vietnam Women’s Museum – which is focused on the contribution of women to Vietnam's history and culture, this museum highlights their roles in Vietnam's many military conflicts as well as in commerce, including features on female street vendors, women's role in the family, and more recently, single mothers in Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to the airport for departure.

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