Tour:

8 days Impression of Vietnam (Saigon to Hanoi)

Ho Chi Minh City | 8 days | from $ 1407,-
You travel from Saigon in the South to Hanoi in the North. Start with recent history in Cu Chi and the contempory world of today in energetic Saigon. In Central Vietnam you visit the former royal city of Hue and the charming historic city of Hoi An. Enjoy a cruise with an overnight in Halong Bay and finish your tour in the old capital of Hanoi.
  • Day 1: arrival Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Hue
  • Day 4: Hue - Danang - Hoi An
  • Day 5: Hoi An
  • Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay
  • Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • Day 8: Hanoi - departure

Price (2 people)
$ 1539,- p.p.
Price (3-5 people)
$ 1407,- p.p.
Departure
daily from Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer from/to hotel
yes
Included
  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the program
  • Airport Transfers without guide
  • Tours with local English speaking guides 
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and/or cyclo fees as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles

Excluding:
International airfare to/from Vietnam (quoted separately)
Domestic airfare(quoted separately)
Optional tours
Kayaking
Beauty and spa services on Halong Bay cruise
Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
Personal travel insurance
Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Drinks with meals
Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
Visa 
Prices mentioned are valid until 31.10.2020
Discount from May to September.


Duration

Day 1: arrival Ho Chi Minh City

Meet on arrival at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport. Transfer to the hotel (no guide). The rest of the day at leisure.
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel (Deluxe room)
Meals: None

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

08:00 hours: Discover why Ho Chi Minh City is a must-see destination as you visit the city's diverse landmarks.
Formerly known as Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling economic centre of the south. For centuries, Saigon has been the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for the Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River. On this tour, you'll immerse yourself in the city with a visit to fast-paced Cholon, the main enclave of the Chinese immigrants in Saigon also known as the Chinatown, Thien Hau pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas of the Chinese in the area, and colourful Ben Thanh Market. You'll marvel at the colonial time landmarks, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient and the Central Post Office that resembles a grand railway station. You'll have a photo stop in front of the former Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975, and visit the War Remnants Museum, that contains exhibits relating to the successive wars in Vietnam.

13:30 hours: Take a stunning speed boat ride to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, a truly unique way to observe a different side of this historical vestige.
Start this amazing tour by transferring to the pier for an unforgettable tour by speed boat to the Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City). This is a truly unique way to observe a different side of Vietnam. You will be introduced to life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slips through knots of floating water hyacinths on this scenic boat trip. You will also have a chance to enjoy a window into traditional Mekong river life and wonderful photo opportunities.
At the famed tunnel complex where you'll see an enormous network of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. The more than 200 km of tunnels are made up of a main axis system with many branches that connect to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You'll have the opportunity to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels to get a real feel for the life of a Viet Cong soldier during the war. Return to the hotel around 18:45 hours.
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel (Deluxe room)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Hue

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue (no guide), the former royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
13:00 hours
Starting your Vespa tour with Hue’s majestic Royal Palace, you take in the history of Vietnam’s ancient dynasties, imagine the daily life of the old Kings, and understand Hue’s interesting and turbulent past. It’s back on the Vespas to visit a traditional bronze casting village before reaching the incredible and ancient Tiger Arena and Elephant Temple on the outskirts of the city. You will combine this incredible history with a beautiful countryside ride to visit a local craftsman in his home, zoom over a floating bridge and then through the rolling hills & pine forests where you can take in the magnificent river views from up high. This captivating adventure continues with a ride to a stunning ancient regal tomb in a secluded and peaceful setting. Enjoy a few local snacks overlooking an enormous lotus filled pond before heading back into the city around 5 pm.
Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village (Deluxe Room), Hue
Meals : Breakfast

Day 4: Hue - Danang - Hoi An

Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Visit Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc Royal Tombs, considered to be the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue.
After lunch you start the spectacular drive over Hai Van Pass to Danang and continue to the charming historic city of Hoi An (± 3 hrs). Arrival and check-in.
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort (Superior room)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant

Day 5: Hoi An

Explore the Ancient Town of Hoi An and its surroundings. Known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses are constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs.
Take a short boat ride across the river to a boat builder’s yard and woodcarvers. You will also visit a pottery and brick-making village. Return to the town for a discovery tour on foot through Hoi An Ancient Town which has been enlisted as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1999. You will visit some of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and famous bridges.
In the afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Hanoi (no guide). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (no guide).
Accommodation: La Siesta Classic Hotel (Deluxe room), Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay

9:30 h: Pick-up at your hotel and transfer to Halong City (± 3 hrs.). Upon arrival, embark on a memorable cruise with an overnight in Halong Bay. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO listed World Natural Heritage with wonderful caves, tiny islets and beaches as well as floating villages scattering around. You may opt for activities, like kayaking (at surcharge) and swimming (if the weather permits).
Accommodation: on board of Red Dragon Cruise (Deluxe cabin) in Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, buffet lunch on board, dinner on board
Note: Excursions in Halong Bay will be conducted by an on-board English-speaking resident guide. Your private guide can accompany you on board at surcharge.

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise (at request and not available on all boats). View the sunrise over the bay. Have breakfast while cruising through the bay. Upon disembarkation, transfer back to Hanoi.
14:00hour: Enjoy a two-hour cyclo tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter to experience the hustle and bustle, the real lifestyle of Hanoians and the busyness of this bizarre labyrinth of 36 streets.
Accommodation: La Siesta Classic Hotel (Deluxe room), Hanoi
Meals: light Breakfast on board

Day 8: Hanoi - departure

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his former residence (closed on Monday and Friday), One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago. Afterwards, continue to Hoan Kiem Lake and visit the Ngoc Son Temple.
In the afternoon, transfer to Hanoi International Airport for your departure flight (no guide).
Meals: Breakfast

Hotels:
Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint (Deluxe room)
Hue: Pilgrimage Village (Deluxe room)
Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort (Superior room)
Halong Bay: Red Dragon Cruise (Deluxe cabin)
Hanoi: La Siesta Classic Hotel (Deluxe room)

note:
- This is an example journey. Details and pricing may vary slightly
- Hotels offered depending on availability. If not available we will do our best to find a hotel in a similar category. Costs may be slightly different.