Tour of Vietnam
20 Hours (From Lagos)
24th Dec, 2017
1st Oct 2017 - 31st Dec 2017
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Welcome to Vietnam’s financial hub: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Saigon’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag and explore the city on your own.
In the morning, you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. After lunch, you travel outside of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Meals: Breakfast.
Today you spend a day away from the busy city of Saigon and drive to Ben Tre Province. On arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, board on your private boat for a glimpse at the delta scenery while enjoying coconut juice. Experience the unique lifestyle of the Mekong Delta as you visit fruit orchards, coconut groves, brick workshops, and home-made products such as coconut candies, rice cakes, handicrafts etc. After a short walk to visit a local family to learn how they make sedge mat and enjoy tea, tropical fruits, take “Xe Loi”, a kind of motorized rickshaw or you can hop onto your bicycle and peddle through picturesque villages (about 20 minutes). Stop at a riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling lunch. Then board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. The boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre where your car will take you to Saigon airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will take you to hotel in Hoi An for check-in. Afterwards, discover the town on your own.
After breakfast, take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Your afternoon is at leisure for beach relaxation or shopping on your own interest.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check-out and drive over the 500m-high Hai Van pass to Hue. Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a drink before continuing on to Hue - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s former capital. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through the ancient city. Visit the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu pagoda, as well as the Mausoleum of King tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king).
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Phu Bai Airport to catch your short flight to Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi. Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel in the city Centre. Free at your leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter’s narrow streets lined with French colonial buildings – followed by a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree- lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening, savor a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants before heading to the train station to catch your night train to Lao Cai.
Your train arrives at the Lao Cai station in the early morning. Lao Cai is a charming hilltop town near the Chinese border. Explore downtown and have breakfast at a local noodle house. After breakfast, your driver and guide will take you to Bac Ha market - one of the local markets - opened weekly on Sunday. Wander through the stalls packed with hand-crafted goods peddled by the various hill tribe peoples who come here to buy and sell their wares. In the afternoon, continue on your journey to Sapa: Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination, famous for its breathtaking views of cloud-woven mountaintops and gaping valleys.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~ 12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village then drive back to Lao Cai to catch your return night train to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi early morning. You will check-in at a mini hotel near the railway station for a short rest and breakfast before setting out on a 3.5 – 4 hour drive to Halong Bay. Leave Hanoi at 7:45 AM and arrive in Halong Bay around 12:00PM by private car 12.15 Upon arrival at Ha Long city, Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay. 12.30 Transfer to cruise ship. 12.45 Check in cabin, Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man's Head islet, Tortoise islet etc. 13.00 Lunch is served in the restaurant at the first deck. 15.30 Take in the charm and tranquility of the lagoon at Luon Cave onboard a traditional rowing boat. 16.15 Back onboard and continue cruising through limestone islets. 16.30 Visit Ti Top Island where you can enjoy swimming, kayaking1 or walking up to the summit and admire a fantastic view onto Halong Bay. 18.00 Onboard the vessel, surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, attend our chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. 19.30 Gala Elegant dinner served onboard. 21.00 Evening activities: relax at leisure; enjoy our Movie Night, Board Games or our Massage & Spa services2. Squid fishing and chatting with your partner, friends, family. Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Huong Hai Sealife Cruise.
6.30 Tai Chi session on the sundeck at the break of dawn. 6.30-7.30 Coffee & tea with cookies and pastries available. 8.00 Explore Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot), one of the largest and most famous grottoes in the entire Halong Bay 9.30 Check out your cabin and settle bills. 9.30- 10.30 International breakfast buffet served in the restaurant 11.00 Arrive back at Ha Long city for disembarkation. Car is awaiting for you there and transfers you directly to Hanoi airport for your flight to Saigon. Our driver and guide then will welcome you at Saigon airport and take you to hotel in Saigon for check-in. Spend your last night in Saigon and explore the city on your own interests.
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home. Good bye & Bon Voyage!