Day 01: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh City
Pick up you from airport then transfer to hotel, check in hotel, free time
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
After breakfast we travel by roads to Tay Ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism
Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 03: Ho Chi Minh City - MeKong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
Transfer to My Tho province
On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music
The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre Province to visit some fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh City
, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown, which is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 04: Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoian (B)
Make a half day city tour: visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale.
Transfer to airport for the flight to Da Nang
On arrival you are greeted and driven to Hoian, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures.
Stay overnight in Hoian.
Day 05: Hoian - Hue (B,D)
Visit ancient Hoi An which is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful and tranquil town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, the vibrant market. We visit these on our morning walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past.
Drive to Hue .Along the way, we make stopover at the sensational Marble Mountains, the China Beach and Danang City for a visit to the Cham Museum. We then follow the road crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass before arriving in Hue, Vietnam's last imperial capital of Vietnam. Stay overnight in Hue.
Day 06: Hue (B,L)
After breakfast we embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to the beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu. Upon leaving this symbol of Hue we continue navigating to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. The next stop of our trip is the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the famous pagoda of Tu Hieu.
On return to the city, we then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Stay overnight at in Hue.
Day 07: Hue - Hanoi - Halong (B,L,D)
We continue visit this masterpiece and have free time to explore the town.
Fly to Ha Noi
We embark on a three and half hour drive to Halong, truly one of Vietnam's most scenic impressive sights. Along the way we will have chance to make stop as you please, to stretch your legs and take pictures. Stay overnight in Halong.
Day 08: Halong - Hanoi (B,L)
Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay
. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs
After a seafood lunch on board we return to Ha Noi, stopping en route at Dong Trieu pottery village. Stay overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 09: Hanoi (B/L)
Today we enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam and the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. The beautiful West Lake and the History Museum with an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnamese history are also highlight of our trip. We visit these sights before continuing to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem. In front of this lake is the famous water puppet theatre where we will see a fantastic performance.
Stay overnight in Ha Noi
Day 10: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Have breakfast, check out hotel
Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure. End of the tour.