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Immerse yourself in the real Vietnam, with unique guided excursion highlighting the country’s architecture and traditional cultures.
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9 nights’ accommodation, activities and entrances fees as per the itinerary, meals as per the itinerary, services of a private car and driver, internal flights, local English speaking guides.
Culture & Heritage
Capture the real essence and spirit of Vietnam on this fascinating ten day journey which highlights the best this country has to offer. Unique guided excursions provide you with an insight into the country’s architecture, history and traditional cultures while also introducing you to the friendly local people, spectacular landscapes, amazing cuisine and presenting you with unforgettable experiences.
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Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind.
Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it.
Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town.
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You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West.
Experience the hustle and bustle of old Saigon on a city tour and explore some of the city's more interesting sights, including the War Remnants Museum, the GPO, Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace. Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, as well as a unique sense of what underground life was like during the American War. (B, L)
Travel to the Saigon airport for your late afternoon flight to Danang. Transfer to Hoi An on arrival. Built on the site of an ancient Cham village, Hoi An was a prosperous port from the 16th to 19th centuries trading with merchants from China, Japan, India, Indonesia and Europe who came to buy silk, spices and porcelain. There is plenty to see and do in Hoi An, but many visitors find themselves relaxing by the beach, browsing the markets and boutique shops, or visiting one of the many tailors in town. (B).
Experience the charm of Hoi An on a walking tour with your guide. Wander along the narrow lanes and gain an insight into Hoi An’s illustrious past as you explore this heritage listed town. Take in the old merchant houses and see the 400 year old Japanese Bridge, a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, and the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to the side. Visit the Assembly Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day. (B)
Travelling by private van, head south through coastal rice paddies before traversing the spectacularly mountainous Hai Van Pass. After a brief visit to the beautiful China Beach, arrive at Hue. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Today you’ll enjoy a morning cyclo ride around the city of Hue and visit the UNESCO listed Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. You will then enjoy a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River and visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, before heading back to Hue. (B, L)
Fly from Hue to Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam is a charming city with a population of 9 million people. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. On arrival, tour this lovely, laidback capital. Stroll the tree-lined boulevards to get a sense of the old days, wander the Old Quarter to uncover ancient temples and a rich, religious culture or head to the Temple of Literature, an oasis of calm right at the heart of Hanoi. Later, enjoy a meal in a boutique restaurant. (B,D).
Accompanied by your guide, the day starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. See the lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda, explore the Temple of Literature and visit the Museum of Ethnology which offers a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda located beside the dazzling West Lake, visit Quan Thanh Temple and enjoy a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter. (B)
Travel by private minibus to the spectacular World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board our private boat and cruise among the dramatic limestone peaks. There's an opportunity to swim in the famed South China Sea as well as to explore caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a night sky alive with stars. (B,L,D)
Why not begin the day with a Tai Chi class on the top deck? Or just admire the beautiful scenery as the sun rises over the azure waters. Choose between an excursion to a secluded island with a sandy beach for a morning swim. Depart your boat at 11am and visit a pottery workshop on the trip back to Hanoi. Free time on arrival to explore more of Hanoi. (B,L)
Transfer to the Hanoi airport for your flight home. (B)
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