VIE-03(15days-14nights):Charming Vietnam from Hanoi to Hochiminh

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Charming Vietnam

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival in Hanoi, Altour Indochina’s guide welcome you at the airport then escort to your hotel in city center. Overnight at proposed hotel

Day 2: Hanoi city tour with Rickshaw in Old quarter (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, King Ly Thai To statue and enjoy riding in a rickshaw for 1 hour in the Old quater of Hanoi and its teeming streets filled with fascinating shops. Overnight at your chosen hotel.

Day 3: Mai Chau Trek (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Depart Hanoi for Mai Chau and begin trekking. The verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes this on unforgettable experience. We stay overnight as the guests of an H' mong family in a traditional long house.

Day 4: Mai Chau Trek (B/L/D)
Breakfast is served at homestay. Today we get well and truly off the beaten track as we trek through tropical rain forest, using the local tracks and passing through cornfields as we descend in to Mai Chau Valley. The trek usually takes around 7 hours and is quite steep in places. Overnight with Thai family in stilt house.

Day 5: Mai Chau - Hanoi (B/L)
We trek for a couple hours passing through several more Thai hamlets on the valley before we return to Hanoi. Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay & Overnight On Cruise (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Ha Long city - 170km east of Hanoi. Ha Long Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1994. 
Arrive the boat station in Halong, board your junk boat followed by Welcome drink and lunch. 
Cruise to explore "the bay of Dragon" with it most typical highlights: Sung Sot cave, Dog islet, fighting cock.... Hiking to Titov island for panorama view of Halong Bay, swming at sandy beach- a favorite place for swim 
Later in the afternoon, admire sunset, join cooking class 
Dinner on boat, go fishing and relax. Overnight on boat.

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B/L)
Breakfast at sunrise. Continue the cruise through the stone forest on the water, row basket boat to Luon grotto Seafood lunch before cruising back to the pier. 
After lunch, disembark and return by car to Hanoi. Car may stop on the way for a short break at th workshop - where you can find the traditional products like embroidery, silk clothes and Jewry... made by the disabled children. 
16:00 Arrive your hotel Hanoi. In the evening we board the famous. Transfer to the Airport for flight to Hue. Pick up on arrivel and transfer hotel in Hue city. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Hue Imperial city tour (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend you full day to visit the city: the Citadel of Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda, the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.  Overnight at Hue.

Day 9: Hue - Hoi An ancient town (B)
Breakfast at hotel. We drive up the spectacular Hai Van Pass and down to Hoi An, check in hotel in Hoi An. Discover the charming of Hoi An ancient town by walking to visit a traditional Chinese Communal House, Hoi Kien Temple, ancient Merchants' Houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge & spending time in colorful local market. Evening is free to enjoy in the town by your way. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An – My Son Holy land – Hoi AN (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Pick up from your hotel in Hoi An. Before arriving to My Son, stop by Phuoc Kieu Village, a 500 year old village specialized in bronze crafting. Some of the products made by this village are bells, gongs, gong-like music instruments, incense burners, lamp holders, ancient vases, and other bronze musical instruments which are normally used in festivals, ceremonies and daily life. Walk around the interesting alleys, visit a workshop and a temple where locals worship ancestors.

Continue on to the cultural highlight of Central Vietnam, the temple complex at My Son. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999 the tower-temples were the seat of the Champa Kingdom for the majority of its existence between the 4th and 13th centuries. The sanctuary is situated in an impressive location surrounded by hills, around 35 km inland from the coast at Hoi An. Whilst not as spectacular as the great Angkor complexes in Cambodia, the remaining structures are atmospheric enough to conjure images of the majesty of the Champa Kingdom.

Wander through the ruins then visit the small museum at the entrance to My Son before heading back to Hoi An. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure till transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Greet at airport & transfer to hotel. 
Afternoon: transfer to the main section of the old city, short stop at the classic Post Office, the Catholic Church called Notre Dame De Paris, visit to the former Presidential Palace, then shopping at Binh Tay whole sales market or Ben Thanh market Accommodation at hotel in Hochiminh city .

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh (B)
Breakfast at hotels. Morning: we start 2 hours drive to Tay Ninh, the headquarters for the Cao Dai Sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill. Attend a midday ceremony at Cao Dai Church.
Afternoon: continue to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels - an amazing network of tunnels which stretched for over 250 kilometers, were three levels deep, give the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war was like. Late afternoon: return to Ho Chi Minh City. Accommodation at hotel in Hochiminh city


Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Vinh Long - Mekong Delta (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive southward to Vinh Long - a vivid town of Mekong delta. 
Upon arrival, visit some typical workshops, experience daily life of the local residence. Tonight we will be accommodated with a local family in their house on stilts. Mattresses, mosquito nets and pillows are provided. This is a unique opportunity to closely observe life in the Delta.

Day 14: Vinh Long - Ho Chi Minh City (B/D)
Breakfast at home followed by a boat ride on the Mekong river which will offer you a glimpse into the agrarian life of the vibrant southern Delta region. From your boats, you are able to closely observe the daily rituals of river life and participate in the bustling commerce activities as we buy our fruits from the floating market. Along the way, we will visit an orchard farm, handicraft village, and the land market abundant in colorful fresh fruits and vegetables. 
Afternoon: return to Ho Chi Minh city for overnight. where the remainder of the day is free. In the evening we have a farewell dinner. Accommodation at hotel in Hochiminh city.

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Tour Cost

LAND COST: Please contact us for best quotation

Surcharge for Domestic Flights:

Hanoi – Hue:

Da Nang – Hochiminh city:

Tour Package includes: 
- Accommodation based on twin sharing with daily breakfast at specified hotels
- 01 night on luxury cruise in Halong Bay
- 01 night home stay in Mekong delta
- Pick up and transfer and sightseeing as tour program
- Boat cruise on Hue & Mekong Delta
- Entrance fee for all sightseeing as mentioned
- Meals at the restaurants as stated in the program ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- English speaking guide the whole trip
- Travel insurance

Tour Package excludes: 
- Int'l air tickets & airport tax 
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
- Visa stamping fee, tips & Personal expenses. 

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