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HANOI – SAIGON – HIGHLIGHTS (14 days / 13 nights)

HANOI – SAIGON – HIGHLIGHTS
(14 days / 13 nights)
 
 
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be picked up at Noi Bai airport and transferred to hotel for check in. Free for your relax. Dinner and stay overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, start your city tour with the Temple of Literature – Vietnam's first university established in 1076, the Hanoi Old Citadel and the Museum of Ethnology. After lunch, you will take a visit to Military Museum, the West Lake, Long Bien Bridge then move on to visit the famous Hanoi Old Quarter, the Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. You’ll have time to experience Vietnamese coffee for a break and talk to local people. Then you’ll enjoy the Vietnamese traditional water puppet show. Dinner and stay overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out of the hotel at 8.00am and move to Halong city. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed on board a junk with a complimentary drink and check in your cabin. A seafood lunch will be served and cruise on Halong Bay to visit the famous karsts including Mat Qui (Monsters' face) islet, But Moc islet, and Cap De islet, as well as Trong (Drum) and Trinh Nu caves and a floating fishing village for insight into a unique way of life. Explore Luon cave with plenty of time for swimming and sun bathing. Enjoy a beautiful sunset dinner and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin. Stay overnight on board in the Bay.
 
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Train to Lao Cai (B/L/D)
Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Halong Bay's landscapes with a cup of tea or coffee and fresh fruit. From the upper deck of the junk you will be amazed at the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising up from the crystal-clear water. Explore the Sung Sot (Amazing) cave for an hour, then swim and relax at Titop beach before cruising back to the mainland at 9.30am while enjoying a brunch buffet from 10.30am to 11.30am. Disembark the harbor around noon then drive back to Hanoi, arriving around 4.00pm. Free to relax and have dinner before being escorted to railway station for a night train to Lao Cai. Stay overnight on train.
 
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B/L)
Train arrives at Lao Cai Railway Station early in the morning. You will be transferred to Sapa. Have breakfast at the hotel and relax. Then you will take a short trek to Cat Cat village, the village of H'mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generally uncorrupted outside forces. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H'mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A "White curtain "cascade appears, surrounded by flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather. Rest of the day is free for you to discover Sapa and see the ethnic people activities and life in Sapa. Stay overnight in Sapa.
 
Day 6: Sapa – Train to Hanoi (B/L)
You will be free to explore Sapa in the morning. Check out of hotel round noon time, then transferred for a trek to visit Ta Phin (Red Dao and Black Mong tribes) village for 1-2 hours. You will visit a local house of Red Dao ethnic where you have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Then you will be transferred to Lao Cai for a night train to Hanoi. Stay overnight on train.
 
Day 7: Hanoi – Flight to Hue (B)
Upon arrival in Hanoi around 5.30am, you will be transferred to a hotel for short shower then to restaurant for breakfast and enjoy free time until transferring to the airport for the flight to Hue. Between 1802 and 1945 Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Hue is well known for its historic monuments, which have earned it a place in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The seat of the Nguyen emperors was the Citadel, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. Inside the citadel was a forbidden city where only the emperors, concubines, and those close enough to them were granted access. Upon arrival in Hue, you will be transferred your hotel for check in. Free at your leisure. Stay overnight in Hue.
 
Day 8: Hue City tour (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Hue Royal Citadel, constructed by Emperor Gia Long in the first decades of the 19th century, and now recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. Visit the Imperial Museum containing many historic art effects from the Imperial city then travel to the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. In the afternoon, you will take a leisurely boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and the famous Dong Ba market. Evening is free for you to explore Hue. Stay overnight in Hue.
 
Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoian (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the ancient town of Hoian, take some stop at Lang Co Beach and the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain in Danang. Hoian, also Faifoo, is a city on the coast of the East Sea in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam. It is located in Quang Nam Province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hoian Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Check in hotel upon arrival. Late afternoon, you will take a walking tour of Hoian, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries, and enjoy the traditional architecture and relaxed lifestyle. Visit the centuries-old homes of merchants, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful, bustling market. Evening is free for you to explore the town. Stay overnight in Hoian.
 
Day 10: Hoian – Danang – Flight to Saigon (B)
You will be free in Hoian to relax, go shopping and enjoy the atmosphere of the town before transferred to the airport in Danang for a short flight to Saigon. Check in hotel upon arrival. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the city. Stay overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 11: Saigon City tour (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, take a full day tour of this historic city visiting the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and the famous architecture of the city center including Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater and Xa Loi pagoda, as well as Ben Thanh market and China town (Cholon). Evening is free. Stay overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 12: Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho (B/L)
8:00 pick up at your hotel after breakfast to transfer to My Tho where you will travel in a motorized boat along the Bao Dinh canal lined with stilt houses and fruit plantations. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market and Turtle Island and have lunch served in the heart of an orchard. Enjoy the continuing boat ride through the Tan Trach canal in Ben Tre, cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees, and visit family businesses to experience a taste of the agricultural lifestyle. Trek through the fruit plantations on Thoi Son Island and row among the numerous creeks before returning to My Tho by rowboat. Transfer to Can Tho and check in the hotel upon arrival. Evening is free for you to relax. Stay overnight in Can Tho.
 
Day 13: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Saigon (B/L)
After breakfast, you will take a visit to floating market at Cai Rang then break for lunch. Drive back to Saigon, stop to visit the bonsai garden in My Tho along the way. Upon arrival in Saigon, you will be free at your own leisure or go shopping. Stay overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 14: Saigon Departure (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you are free to enjoy the city until transferred to the airport for your flight back home sweet home.
 
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Package Price: From US$1,485 per person
Minimum 2 persons. Valid until 31/12/2014
Surcharge during Christmas, New Year and national holidays may be applied.
 
Inclusive:
- Hotel accommodation as indicated, twin/double (or triple) sharing room.
- Accommodation on board in Halong Bay.
- All land transport by air-conditioned vehicles.
- Local air-tickets and airport taxes (Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Saigon).
- Local train tickets.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).
- English speaking local guide (other languages on request).
- All entrance fees during guided time.
 
Exclusive:
- International air-tickets and airport taxes.
- Entry visa to Vietnam.
- Travel insurance.
- All other services, which are not mentioned above and personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drink etc.
- Tip for guides and drivers.
 
Note: Price is subject to change without prior notice.
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