Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi-Ho Chi Minh City (B)
A morning city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, takes in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, a lacquerware factory and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city's bustling chinatown. In the afternoon visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
A full day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta, just a couple of hours by road from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City's streets. Take a boat trip along narrow waterways overhung with dense vegetation and try exotic fruits in one of the many orchards. For lunch sample the local delicacy, Elephant's Ear Fish. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat (B)
Leave Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast for a scenic drive through rubber and tea plantations en route to the cooler climes of Dalat, 300km from Ho Chi Minh City. Established as a hill station at the beginning of the century, Dalat is reminiscent of an alpine town with its French chalets and pine forests. An afternoon of sightseeing in Dalat takes in the art deco former summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai, the old Dalat Railway Station, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda where a Buddhist monk, Vien Thuc, produces his abstract paintings and writes poetry. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 5: Dalat - NhaTrang (B)
Leaving for Nha Trang after breakfast, the road descends to the arid coastal city of Phan Rang. Break the journey here to visit the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers perched high on a rocky hill surrounded by prickly pear cacti. After Phan Rang Highway One turns north and follows the coast past salt ponds and vivid green rice fields to Nha Trang. On arrival in Nha Trang transfer to hotel. An afternoon city tour includes the Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 6: Nha Trang - Quy Nhon (B,L)
A morning boat trip on Nha Trang bay visits some of the nearby islands and there are opportunities to swim and snorkel in the clear warm waters. After a fresh seafood lunch return to shore to check out of the hotel for the scenic drive to Quy Nhon, 240km up Highway One. Transfer to hotel on arrival. Overnight in Quy Nhon.
Day 7: Quy Nhon - Hoi An (B)
Leaving Quy Nhon after breakfast continue northwards up Highway One to Hoi An, breaking the journey to visit My Lai Massacre Memorial near to Quang Ngai. Arrive in Hoi An early in the afternoon. Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries and its architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An - Hue (B)
The morning is free to browse for souvenirs in Hoi An or perhaps hire a bicycle to ride to the nearby Cua Dai Beach. Leave Hoi An early in the afternoon for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. Arrive in Hue late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue (B)
A boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue's best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue - Hanoi - Halong (B)
Transfer to Hue Airport after breakfast for the short flight to Hanoi, the modern day capital of Vietnam. Tour guide and car pick up and transfer to Halong,
Visit Tuan Chau island at Evening. Overnight in Halong
Day 11: Halong - Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast take 6 hours boat cruise among of the 3,000 limestone islands that are scattered throughout this spectacular bay, explore natural caves Thiencung and Daugo. The cruise includes a fresh seafood lunch. Return to Halong in the afternoon. Transfer to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi (B)
A full day city tour of Vietnam's capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh?s Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature. After lunch in town continue to the Museum of Ethnology and end the afternoon with a visit to the Lake of the Restored Sword and the Old Quarter. In the evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Depart Hanoi (B)
Departure day. At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.
car transport for Itinerary, boat trips, Air tickets Hue - Hanoi, entrance fee, local English speaking guide, meals as indicated, twin sharing room.
Tips, personal expenses, emergency transfers, all drink,
Meals as indicated: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner Ho Chi Minh`s mausoleum and museum,* closed on every afternoon, Monday, Friday and November, December.
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