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Culture Tour Vietnam Voyage, Vietnam - 8 Days

DAY 1: HANOI

Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Rest and relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 2: HANOI (B-L)

After breakfast, spend a day touring the capital, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. End the morning with a visit to the Museum of Women.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins. Followed by a walking tour through the old quarter of Hanoi, Ngoc Son Temple nearby Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy a one-hour rickshaw sight-seeing tour followed by a water puppet show in the early evening.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Note: please note Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday. The Temple of Literature is closed on Monday.

DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG - HANOI (B-L)

After breakfast, depart for the stunning Halong Bay (3 ½ hour drive) located in the Gulf of Tonkin, a must see in Vietnam with over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited. Board a private junk for a 4-hour excursion through breathtaking views. The junk passes by numerous islets and stops at a natural cave.

Seafood lunch will be served on board before your return to Hanoi in the evening.

Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 4: HANOI - DANANG - HOI AN (B-L)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, visit the Cham Museum, probably the best museum in the world focusing on the ancient kingdom of Champa. Continue on to the charming old town of Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port during the 15th to 19th centuries. Many of the buildings in the town reflect historical architectural styles and the whole town is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Check-in to the hotel, have lunch and then enjoy a walking tour in the old town. Visit Phuc Kien Pagoda and the Japanese wooden bridge. End of the day with a visit to a lantern making cottage and learn how to make this handicraft yourself.

Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 5: HOI AN - DANANG - HUE (B-L)

After breakfast, journey to Hue via the spectacular Hai Van Pass (2 ½ hour drive). Upon arrival, take a boat for a short cruise on the Huong river. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda which is located on the river bank.

In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel, a complex covering an area of 520 hectares comprising three circles; the Hue Capital Citadel, the Royal Citadel and the Forbidden Citadel. Continue on to Emperor Tu Duc's Mausoleum, built according to the mystical laws of geomancy.

Overnight in Hue.

DAY 6: HUE - HO CHI MINH CITY (B-L)

After breakfast, transfer to Hue Airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). On arrival, proceed to your hotel and check in. Then enjoy a tour of the former Presidential Palace (Reunification Palace), which is now preserved as a museum. Continue to the 19th century ‘Notre-Dame’ Cathedral, the beautiful Central Post Office and then the central historical district with its well-preserved Hotel de Ville and Opera House.

In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum and China town with its the bustling Binh Tay Market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 7: HO CHI MINH CITY - BEN TRE - HO CHI MINH CITY (B-L)

After breakfast, depart from Ho Chi Minh City and drive to My Tho in the Mekong Delta.

On arrival, enjoy a boat cruise on the Mekong river, through the Long, Lan, Qui and Phung Islands. Stop on the way to visit a fish farm, My Tho’s Floating Market and then continue the cruise on through the Xep Canal. Disembark and see a traditional local house made of coconut wood and leaves. Enjoy delicious, fresh, local fruit and traditional live music.

In the afternoon, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 8: HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

After breakfast, relax until departure to Tan Son Nhat airport.

Country: Vietnam
Transfer: Included
Food: Included
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Vietnam
Guide Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Saffron Travel
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 20
Duration: 8
Provided Accommodation: Hotel
Included in service: see itinerary
Not included in Service: see itinerary
Equipment to bring: see itinerary
Recommended Season:
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Listing created May 29, 2015

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