HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM STARTS HO CHI MINH CITY/ 10 DAYS
Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
On arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Welcome by the local guide and driver then transfer to the hotel. Take an orientation tour in the afternoon (if have available time). Welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Start sightseeing tour at the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of the war in April 1975. Then visit some impressive French colonial structures including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Lunch at the local restaurant. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum, we end the city tour at Ben Thanh market where everything is for sale. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels
Breakfast at the hotel. Heading west to Tay Ninh, headquarters of Cao Dai region. On arrival, attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. On the way back, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese troops during the civil war. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Drive back to HCMC. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be Floating market
Breakfast at the hotel depart to Cai Be. Breakfast at the hotel depart to Cai Be. Arrive at Cai Be and go by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the vendors trading fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Then Visit some small family-run businesses to see how products such as coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made, walk through the small villages to visit the orchards and fruit plantations. After enjoying the traditional folk music, take the rowing boat to cruise through a series of small canals. Then boat to Tan Phong island for joining the cooking class to learn how to make the special Vietnamese food. Continue the tour with cycling around the village. Boat back to Cai be, meet bus for return to HCMC. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for boarding flight to Da Nang. Driver pick up and transfer to Hoi An Ancient town. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, roam around Hoi An town and visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Pottery Museum, Old House of Tan Ky. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An – Hue
Breakfast at the hotel and depart for Hue. On the way, visit the Marble Mountains and the Cham Museum. Arriving at Hue City, visit the Dong Ba Market and the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City, from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. Enjoy the folk music in the evening. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 7: Hue City Tour – Ha Noi
After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a morning boat trip on the Perfume River. Visit the Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang. Lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, before transfer to the airport for departing to Hanoi. Arriving at Noi Bai international Airport in Hanoi, Pick up and transfer to the hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi City. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 8: Ha Noi City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next head to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university (Almost 1000 years old). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a 1 hour cyclo tour of the old quarter of Hanoi with its busy streets full of shops offering bargains. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 9: Ha Noi – Ha Long
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Halong through the Red River Delta. Arriving at Halong City, board a junk boat, visit the Thien Cung Cave which was opened for the public in 1998, Dau Go grotto where wooden stakes were set deep inside the cave prior to a battle with an invading Mongol army. After lunch on boat, ride back to Ha Long city. Road trip back to Hanoi. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 10: Ha Noi and Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Free for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for departure. End of services. Finish the Highlight tour of Vietnam 10 days.
A/c private car /Van/ Minibus for pick up, transfer & sightseeing as per program
Domestic flights: Hochiminh city – Danang ; Hue – Ha Noi (Economy class)
English speaking tour guide
Private boat trips in the Mekong Delta ; Hue ; Halong bay
All entrance fees , cyclo,cruise,Minaral water, Travel permit
Hotel accommodation based on 2 people sharing a Twin / Double room
Meals as indicated in the tour program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
Approved the invitation letter for Viet Nam visa
International flight to /from Vietnam
Tips for the guide and driver ( group 1-8 pax : 5$/day/pax – group 9-16 : 3$/day/pax)