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North to South Essence of Vietnam Adventure

North to South Essence of Vietnam Adventure

8 Days / 7 Nights

from Ho Chi Minh City / to Hanoi

Tour Highlights
• 8 days and 7 nights
• Visit various temples and ancient places of Vietnam
• Take a cruise along Halong Bay
• Explore the sites and sights of Ho Chi Minh City
• Take a river cruise to Cai Be floating market
Explore Vietnam in this amazing and exciting 8-day journey from the north of the country down to the south. Visit ancient monuments and temples as well as historical sites. Meet the locals and know more about their lifestyle and trade.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel for check in. The rest of day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi (B)

After breakfast, visit the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Vietnam’s first university Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Next, visit The One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples, the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, and the former Presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov) Continue on to West Lake, the Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda and the Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. This afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), a research centre and public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. or, visit the Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed on Mondays) to learn about the traditions of births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more. Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Visit some of the thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. This evening, enjoy a Water Puppet show, a unique art form depicting scenes from rural life and national history. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong City jetty, board for an overnight cruise along Halong Bay. Enjoy lunch onboard. This afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities or spend some time relaxing on board. This evening, enjoy dinner and the spectacular scenery. Overnight on Halong Bay.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)

This morning, enjoy breakfast as the vessels cruises back to port. Disembark and transfer to Haiphong for a flight onward to Danang International airport. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Time permitting, visit the Cham Museum in Danang en route. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An (B)

After breafast take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Danang Airport for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, choose to visit the War Remnants Museum, History Museum (closed Mondays) or the former Presidential Palace. You may also visit the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City including  the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall (a vehicle will be available at all times). The evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

This morning, embark upon a 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. Upon arrival, board a boat for a cruise to Cai Be floating market. Watch traders work the river and sell there produce which is hung on tall poles so as to be see from afar. After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where pop-rice, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island to learn about daily life along the river. Enjoy a lunch of local Mekong specialties. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. .

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today, depart for a half-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City, to Cholon, the Chinatown district and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. Visit Vietnam’s traditional medicine museum, FITO Museum, to view a collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Then, visit Ben Thanh Market to peruse the fresh produce and a variety of goods for sale. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward flight.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.05. 2015 – 30.09.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 1.043 1.920 236
Hotel Category Superior 1.271 2.448 518
Hotel Category First Class 1.748 3.299 898
Supplement for domestic flights in Vietnam: 258  USD per person *
Note: During certain dates seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and the Tet Festival (February 2016). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.
* Price-Tip: If you buy the long-haul flights with Vietnam Airlines about us, we can offer the domestic flights in Vietnam in combination with long-haul routes to a less expensive price than above mentioned offer. Should you opt for a different airline or booking flights on their own, the costs listed for the domestic flights are in addition to the prices indicated in the table for the round trip.

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• domestic flights (Haiphong / Danang & Danang / Ho Chi Minh City )
• travel insurance • meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Hanoi: Golden Rice Hotel *** (Deluxe Room)
Halong Bay: Bhai Tho Dchunke (Deluxe Cabin)
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Emeralda Resort *** (Superior Room)
Ho Chi Minh City: Signature Saigon *** (Deluxe Room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Hanoi: Golden Silk Hotel **** (Deluxe Room)
Halong Bay: Indochina Sails (Superior Cabin)
Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An **** (Superior Room)
Ho Chi Minh City: Grand Hotel Saigon**** (Premium Deluxe Room)
Hotel Category First Class:
Hanoi: Intercontinental West Lake ***** (Superior Room)
Halong Bay: Paradise Cruise (Deluxe Cabin)
Hoi An: Victoria Beach Resort ****(*) (Deluxe Room)
Ho Chi Minh City: Renaissance ***** (Deluxe River View Room)

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