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Classical Vietnam (10 Day Package)
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   Day 01
Hanoi
In the late afternoon, meet your tour guide at your hotel. Enjoy a cool drink whilst your guide introduces you to Vietnam and the exciting journey your about to embark on. This evening we experience the spectacular and most colorful performance of traditional Water Puppetry. This amazing art form originated in North Vietnam and is still performed in its original form.

After the 1 hour performance, join your guide and tantalize your tastebuds with the traditional flavors of Vietnamese food and enjoy a complimentary dinner . Overnight at your hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)
   Day 02
City tour Hanoi
This morning we embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming, yet bustling, 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter. Hanoi is well known for its history, architecture, charm, tranquility and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first University. After our exciting adventures we’ve all worked up a hunger! We head to a quaint hidden little treasure for lunch, where we relax and rest our feet, enjoying the beautiful ambience, where you can enjoy tasting some of Hanoi’s Specialties, including the traditional northern fish dish ‘Cha Ca’. After lunch we drive approximately 25minutes to the Ethnology Museum. Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles, stories, displays of traditional houses, costumes, hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life. Overnight at your hotel (Breakfast included)
   Day 03
Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay, will become a memory to last a lifetime. We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay, taking around 3.5 hours. The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination, takes us through local farming life and villages, providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs. Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!! On-route, we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam. Hong Ngoc Humanities centre in Sao Do Town.

This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam, creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people. You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production. Arriving in Ha Long Bay, we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay, gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.

After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.

Throughout our cruise today, you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave, where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago. For beach lovers and swimmers, we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing. We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon, before setting anchor for the night. Once anchored, there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.

After dinner, why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambience and gazing at the millions of stars. Overnight onboard (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
   Day 04
Hanoi
Ha Long – Hanoi This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon, a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.

We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay, through the old part of Ha Long City, known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge, whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.

Return to Hanoi, with time to relax or grab a last minute bargain. Overnight at your hotel (Brunch included)
   Day 05
Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi
This morning we take a flight to Da Nang. On our drive to Hoi An, we make a stop in Da Nang to visit Cham Museum, built in 1915, which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.

After stopping for lunch at China Beach, where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean we take a short drive to the stunning Marble Mountains. We climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements, Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.

We admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, countryside and China Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’, an underground cave, which was a former hospital through the War. After our scenic climb we continue on a further 20minutes, reaching Hoi An. Upon arrival in Hoi An we stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An, visiting an Ancient Chinese Temple, The Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.

The rest of the late afternoon is free at leisure for you to enjoy the peaceful ambience of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors, treating yourself to tailor made clothes, which Hoi An is renowned for. Overnight at your hotel (Breakfast included)
   Day 06
Hoi An
What a fantastic day we have planned for you today! After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by our tour guide and Xich Lo’s to start our adventure.

We take a slow leisurely ride through the local areas, tourists do not venture through, passing through tiny lanes of the Hoi An town and countryside, family homes, fields of corn, sweet potatoes, beautiful local fruit-gardens, just to name a few.

We make a stop at a local fishing village, where we board a boat for a 1 hour magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary to Hoi An town.

Arriving at our local families home we say goodbye to our Xich Lo’s and are warmly welcomed by the family. We sit down and enjoy a traditional herbal drink, before setting out on our guided walk through the local farmland. We learn about the history of the village, observe the processes of harvesting, and discover the many traditional uses, in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines, with the herbs and vegetables grown. For those who have a ‘green thumb’, you have the opportunity to join the farmers in preparing the land, seeding, watering, and picking the crops.

After trying your hand in harvesting a crop, what better way then to take a rest, freshen up and soak your feet in a traditional lemongrass and rose petal foot bath, before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies, using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden. The family also love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch, giving you a very creative cooking demonstration. We return to town mid afternoon Overnight at hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)
   Day 07
Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon
After a relaxing morning we take a flight to Saigon. Tonight is free at leisure to explore this bustling city Overnight at your hotel (Breakfast included)
   Day 08
Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels
We set out this morning to explore Saigon City, from Central Saigon to Chinatown, providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture. We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace, the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, The War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office.

Before our drive to Cu Chi, we stop for bite and a ‘slurp’, to experience eating Vietnam’s most traditional noodle soup dish ‘pho’.

Our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers etc and in certain areas, housed up to 10,000 people, who virtually lived underground for years.

After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds, you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war, with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system. Overnight at your hotel (Breakfast included)
   Day 09
Full day to Mekong Delta
Today we head to My Tho, to explore part of the Mekong River. Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to observe the local fishing port, where hundreds of fishing boats anchor to unload fresh fish.

We disembark on Unicorn Island, where we experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees. A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music, called Tai Tu music.

We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees, experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet. We disembark and take a short walk through a local village set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy in the making.

After filling up on Coconut candy, we stroll through a local village to a family home and tantalize our tastebuds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family, with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine. We return to Saigon by the mid afternoon to enjoy some free time.

This evening we say ‘Cam On, Tam biet!’ and would like to invite you to join your guide in a farewell celebration dinner, courtesy of Indochina Travelland. Overnight at your hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)
   Day 10
Departure
Trip ends. (Breakfast included)
 
What’s included?
  • Tour guide
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Boat trip in Ha Long Bay
  • Meals as mentioned: 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 1 brunch
  • All entrance fees
  • Internal flight:
Not included:
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee to Laos
 

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