Ideal Vietnam Holiday

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TOUR SUMMARY

This 13 days holiday will give you the greatest chance to relax and freely lie on the most wonderful beaches of Vietnam. The slow pace of the holiday and off the beaten track routine will bring you a memorable vacation. Apart from sunning beach, in addition you will be amazed by culture and historical attractions in Hanoi, Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh.

 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival

 Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnel - Street Food Tour

 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Mekong Delta

 Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City

 Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City- Fight to Nha Trang

 Day 6- 7: Explore Nha Trang Island

Day 8: Nha Trang - Flight to Hanoi

 Day 9 - 10: Hanoi - Mai Chau Valley -Trekking & Biking

 Day 11: Mai Chau - Hanoi

 Day 12: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

 Day 13: Ha Long Bay

 Day 14: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Day 15: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival - Dining on River Cruise (Meals: Dinner)
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to hotel in center of Ho Chi Minh city. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day.

In the everning, enjoy an unforgettable night sailing down the beautiful Saigon River, and delight in the spectacular views of Ho Chi Minh City by night.Around 18:00 - 18:30 driver will come to your hotel pick up & transfer to the pier check in cruise.The delicious dinner will be served while cruising along the Saigon River & seeing the skyline, bustling rivers lives.

Continue enjoy your evening with variety of traditional performances aboard the ship. Unique music program combination between Western & Eastern style; traditional & model performed by our 6-member house orchestra “Hoa Mai” and special with Pilipino band on upper deck. You will return pier around 21:30 and transfer back hotel.

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnel - Street Food Tour (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Free at leisure on the whole morning.

Around 01.00 Pm, our guide and car will pick you up from your hotel and depart to visit Cu Chi - a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface.

Around 05:30, Join in our street food tour on motorbike to experience local culinary culture by the street. Make you sure are hungry before the tour because we will stop by many local street food stores and try all the sample of those delicious foods. Transfer back to hotel and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city. 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Mekong Delta (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Leaving the town, we start the journey to Mekong Delta – a prosperous and rich culture land of Vietnam. As arriving at the first destination in My Tho, you will embark a boat and go down stream to Dragon Island. Being there, you will have chance to witness the daily activities of locals like catching and raising fish on farm. Your trip will continue to some typical villages of Mekong Delta for exploring interesting local industries, tasting some fresh fruits in orchard and honey bee and listening to traditional music. Especially, you will have chance to take a horse cart before changing to a small rowing boat to the river where you will have lunch in a restaurant nearby. After a delicious meal, you will keep on exploring a coconut candies factory and taste some soft and sweet candies here before going to My Tho on the large river. At last, you will transfer to Can Tho in the late afternoon. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day we take a boat trip exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang and Phong Dien, which the trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it will be pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort you back to the hotel through myriad canals. Lunch at local restaurant before return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, you'll discover the Reunification Palace - a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, served as the presidential palace of South Vietnam until reunification in 1975. Then, you'll also visit the War Remnants Museum - one of the most sobering, yet popular, museums in the city. You’ll find a collection of weapons, machinery, aircraft, tanks, artifacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction.

Then you will transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport and take your flight to Nha Trang, the most beautiful beach city of Vietnam. Upon arrival at airport, you will transfer to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure. Overnight in Nha Trang. 

Day 6: Nha Trang (Meals: Breakfast)
Today is your absolute free day. Enjoy your day relaxing on the white sand beach or have fun with water sports and swimming. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7: Explore Nha Trang Island (Breakfas, Lunch)

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Nha Trang Port to board the Cruises .Start cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay. Cruising past the Tam, Mot, and Mun Islands in Nha Trang Bay. Your destination is Bai Cau in Dam Bay Lagoon, near the famous diving Mun Island site where you can opt for some scuba diving (additional charge).You arrive at our Cruises’ Secret Beach in Bai Cau where you can either go snorkeling, swimming, fishing, walking, kayaking in either a normal or glass-bottomed kayak, or try a basket boat. Alternatively, just relax at our Mango Bar under the big tree, enjoying the stunning views of the Cruises’ sails against the clear blue waters of the bay. You will be served a sumptuous set lunch on board.

The next destination of this afternoon is Mieu Island for a walking tour to visit the local fishing villages. Learn about the way of life away from the mainland and interact with the friendly locals while learning a little about the daily lives of the villagers. You then transfer back to the mother by speedboat. Welcome back to the boat and enjoy a refreshing coconut milk, which is the specialty of the region.Cruise back to Nha Trang Harbor, catching a glimpse of the Bao Dai Villas as we return to the mainland. At the port your Emperor Cruises Van will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Day 8: Nha Trang - Flight to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to Nha Trang airport, take your flight to Hanoi city. Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport, our car and guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi. 
In the afternoon, you will start the city tour by visiting Hoa Lo prison or the Hanoi Hilton. The prison was built by the French administration in 1896. During the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo Prison achieved notoriety as a place of incarceration for dowed US pilots, who ironically nick-named it the Hanoi Hilton. The tour to this historical relic gives you a unique sight at Vietnam History and learn more about Vietnamese people in war. Transfer to Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, built in 1076 and at first used for education of royal children only. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this university.

Day 9: Hanoi - Mai Chau (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer on 3.5 hour ride to reach Mai Chau, a small green valley in highland mountain area, home of many ethnic villages including Thai minority. Arrive at noon time, enjoy traditional lunch in local village. In the afternoon, enjoy a bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages. The green peaceful valley will bring you serenity and peace for your stay.
In the afternoon enjoy the outdoor BBQ party in the garden and watch the Thai’s traditional danceand drink the traiditional wine “ruou can” Overnight in the rural village.

Day 10: Mai Chau – Pu Luong (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wake up with the peaceful atmosphere and enjoy breakfast. We then drive 35km to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Arrive Pu Luong Nature Reserve, we will explore surounding area as well as a cave. Enjoy Lunch in the village and enjoy the riding back to Mai Chau by taking another road through the beautiful rural villages. Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 11: Mai Chau - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Spend the rest of morning for relaxing and enjoy serenity of the green valley. Enjoy lunch and transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in hanoi.

Day 12: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Around 08.00 to 08.30 Am, our tour bus and guide will come to your hotel and pick you up for Ha Long tour. After 4 hours ride (including 30 minute break) you will arrive Hon Gai harbor. We will go on board with welcome drink and welcome briefing from Cruise Manager. Enjoy Vietnamese set menu lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and into Ha Long Bay. Start to discover the floating Vung Vieng fishing village while sitting on rowing boats with local people. Arrive at Ban Chan Beach, you will spend your time for swimming, sunbathing or enjoy kayaking around the area.

In the afternoon, relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising and docking for overnight. Around 07.30, Enjoy romantic dinning with Vietnamese cuisines. After dinner, it is free time to joining movies in the restaurant, board’s game or squid fishing. Overnight on Cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 13: Ha Long Bay – Kayaking  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a light breakfast will be served in restaurant. After breakfast, you will transfer to our Day Boat, a smaller boat we use to explore the Cong Do – Cap La area on day trip. You will then hop on a local fishing boat and learn the fishing technique from local people. The fishing experience with locals provides you further ideas about local lifestyle of people in Ha Long Bay. You will spend your rest of afternoon for more relaxing time or swimming and kayaking around the area. By late afternoon, we will return to main Garden Bay Cruise. Relaxing and Enjoy the rest of the day on board. Enjoy dinning with dinner and Vietnamese cuisines

Day 14: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

If you are a morning person then today you can rise early for our morning tai chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and admire the tranquil atmosphere of Ha Long Bay in early morning. Light breakfast will be served in restaurant. Around 08.00, you will transfer to Island nearby, climb up small steps to explore the Thien Canh Son Cave. This is one of the most impressive of Ha long Bay with rich history and geology value but still very wild and untouched by human. After 1-hour cave tour, we are back to the boat for check out, put your luggage out to corridor and settle your bill at restaurant. Lunch will be served in restaurant while the boat is cruising back to harbor. We will transfer back to Hanoi and tour ends at your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. 


Day 15: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to Noi Bai international airport take your flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with A/C private vehicle in tour
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus transfer Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
  • Water and Tissues in car
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • 2 Domestic flights HoChiMinh-Nha Trang & Nha Trang - Hanoi

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival & stamp fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

Following hotels are your accommodations arranged accordingly for each standard. Our travel experts have inspected hundred hotels but only choose the best for you.
City Economic Group Private Deluxe Primary Luxury
Hanoi Hanoi Legacy Hotel Essence Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole
Ha Long Rosa Cruise Paloma Cruise Signature Cruise
Ho Chi Minh Beautiful Saigon Hotel Paragon Saigon Hotel Lottle Legend
Can Tho West Hotel Kim Tho Hotel Victoria Can Tho
Nha Trang SeaSing Boutique Star City Hotel InterContinential

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