9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Discover Vietnam

Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An - Hue - Saigon
Starting from $1,850 (Land Only)

Discover Vietnam

This 9-day program visits Vietnam’s highlight cities, traveling from north, to the central region, and then south. Begin in Hanoi, the modern-day capital of Vietnam that still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Beautiful public spaces, lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments all combine to give Hanoi an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals. Venturing outside the capital, a day excursion takes you to scenic Halong Bay; home to beautiful limestone islands and floating fishing villages. Highlights in Central Vietnam are the former Imperial Capital of Hue; and Hoi An, a beautifully preserved port town with a colorful history and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the vibrant metropolis of Saigon the French influence is readily seen in the old colonial buildings, such as the Opera House and City Hall, which serve as a contrast to the luxury hotels, shopping malls, and gourmet restaurants springing up across the city. During your time here embark on an excursion to the lush Mekong Delta; famous for its orchards and known as Vietnam’s “Fruit Bowl.”

INCLUDES
  • Hotel accommodations for eight nights, including hotel taxes and service charges.
  • 3 Nights accommodations at the Sunway Hotel Hanoi in Hanoi
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Hotel Saigon Morin in Hue
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An
  • 3 Nights accommodations at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza in Saigon
  • Eight full American breakfasts and one lunch.
  • Flights within the itinerary: from Hanoi to Hue and Danang to Saigon.
  • Transportation in a private A/C vehicle with English-speaking guide.
  • Full-day tour of Hanoi including a Water Puppet Show.
  • Excursion to Halong Bay with a cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk boat.
  • Visits to the Imperial Citadel, boat ride on the Perfume River, and visit to the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang in Hue.
  • Scenic drive from Hue to Hoi An via Danang, with walking tour of Hoi An.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Saigon.
  • Excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Excursion to the Mekong River Delta.
  • Round-trip airport to hotel transfers in each city.
EXCLUDES
  • Any optional tours mentioned.
  • Tips & Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa fees
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for details)
  • International airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Airport User Fee (Approx. $16 for Intl flights)
ITINERARY
Day 1 - Hanoi.

Arrive at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to your hotel.


Day 2 - Hanoi.

Embark on a full-day private tour of Hanoi City. Sights include the Temple of Literature, which served as Vietnam's first university dating back to 1076, One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple considered one of Vietnam's famous, and Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex*, site of the mausoleum where the body of the famous president lies in state.  Continue touring Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, Hoan Kiem Lake, and view colonial landmarks such as the Opera House and St. Joseph's Cathedral. In the afternoon visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, either the History Museum, including exhibits spanning the entirety of Vietnam's history, or the Museum of Ethnology that brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam. Finish the day by seeing a Water Puppet Show, a fantastic art form where puppets appear to "dance on water."

*Note:  Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, and during the months of October and November for yearly maintenance.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 3 - Halong Bay.

Departing Hanoi we enjoy a day trip to scenic Halong Bay; located on the South China Sea, it is home to beautiful limestone islands and floating fishing villages. Upon arrival at the pier at midday begin a cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk boat, passing craggy limestone cliffs, and stopping at different islands to explore some of the areas many caves. Lunch will be served aboard the boat. Late afternoon depart for your return to Hanoi and your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast – Lunch
 


Day 4 - Hue.

Transfer to the airport and fly to Hue in Central Vietnam.  Upon arrival we tour the Old Imperial City. Visits include the Imperial Citadel; a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Beijing. Sights here are the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Dien Tho Residence where the Queen mother lived, Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 5 - Hoi An.

We begin today with a leisurely boat ride down the Perfume River, stopping first at the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower and Hue's most widely recognizable monument. Afterwards continue cruising into the countryside to visit the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful, natural setting.  Afterwards depart for Hoi An, traveling over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views of the coastline. Halfway between the two lies the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the dividing line between the climate zones of north and south.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 6 - Saigon.

This morning tour the exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An; declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Best seen on foot, sights include the Japanese Covered Bridge, built originally in 1593 by the Japanese community to link the town with the Chinese quarters; and Sa Huynh Museum, featuring exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history.  Later transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Saigon.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 7 - Saigon.

Experience the sights and sounds of Saigon today on a morning tour. Begin with a visit to the Reunification Palace; the 1960’s-style building famously stormed by tanks on April 30, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. Afterwards visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, followed by quick visits to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall, and old Opera House, and arrive at Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of good and handicrafts appealing to every taste. This afternoon embark on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an important Vietcong base during the war. Walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the Vietcong, and even venture inside the tunnel if you choose.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 8 - Saigon.

Depart this morning for an excursion to the lush Mekong Delta region. Travel to Ben Luc and Tan An, and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to Ben Tre, where local handicrafts and sweets derived from coconut are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Afterwards proceed by a small sampan boat through the canals to see daily life unfold along the riverbanks.

Meals
Breakfast
 


Day 9 - Depart Saigon.

Transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your onward flight.

Meals
Breakfast
 


DEPARTURE & RATES

Gold Plan

Land Only
Dates Price
From March 31 2017 to November 30 2017 $1850
Single Supplement
Dates Price
From March 31 2017 to November 30 2017 $550

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