Day 1. Welcome to Hanoi
Warmly welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you an overall information about the city of Hanoi. Free. At leisure. Overnight stay in Sofitel Metropole – Grand Luxury room. Vietnamese food suggestion:+ Spies Garden Restaurant at the hotel + Ly Club restaurant
Day 2.Hanoi city tour (B)
This full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, House-on-Stilts, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. After that you will visit the Quan Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest pagoda originally constructed in the sixth century. Afternoon you can select to visit one of the city Vietnam History Museum, Vietnam Ethnology Museum and the Temple of Literature before having a walk around the Lake of the Restored Sword, visit the Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a street-pub. You will overnight stay in Sofitel Metropole – Grand Luxury room.
Vietnamese food suggestion:+ Enjoy Hanoi special dish Cha Ca at Cha Ca La Vong restaurant, one of the most unique, over a hundred years old restaurants located in the Hanoi Old Quarter + Enjoy “Pho”, a worldwide famous dish from Hanoi at “ Pho 24”
Day 3.Hanoi – Halong Bay – Traditional Junk (B/L/D)
In the morning you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (a World Natural Heritage site) via the Red River Delta. Upon arrival you will have a short break at the Café Lounge. Welcome on board. You will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while seafood lunch is served. After lunch, you will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. In the late afternoon, you will take a take a bamboo row boat to visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. You also take a kayak to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board to enjoy watching the peaceful sunset, joining a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant. Tonight you stay overnight on the Paradise Luxury Cruise-Terrace suite.
Day 4. Halong Bay – Hanoi (Brunch)
Early bird will have a chance to join in the Taichi lesson on the sundeck and view the sunrise over the bay with a cup of coffee or tea. After brunch you will take a tender to visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos – Sung Sot cave. Your junk set sail while cruising back to the dock while you are enjoy a final glimpse of Halong Bay. On the journey back to Hanoi you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village – one of the most famous ceramic brand dated from 17th – 19th century in the North of Vietnam. Then you will drive back to Hanoi for stay overnight. You will overnight stay in Sofitel Metropole – Grand Luxury room. Vietnamese food suggestion: + Cooking Class at Hanoi Old Quarter
Day 5. Fly Hue on VN 1543. 13:30 -14:40 (B)
Today you have your free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Located in the central Vietnam, Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945 and is recognized the the World Cultural Heritage by UNESSCO. After hotel check-in you are at leisure or you may have an oriental drive to have a fisrt look of Hue city with stop at the local Dong Ba market built in 1899 on a bank of the Perfume river – a paradise for snapshots of daily activities. You will stay overnight in the La Residence Hue. Deluxe Riverview room. Vietnamese food suggestion: + Les Jardins De La Carambole
Day 6. Hue (B)
Breakfast at hotel then you will have a private trip on the Dragon boat cruising on the Perfume river to visit the Thien Mu pagoda-built in 1601 and is one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. From there you rejoin your car to visit the Nguyen Dynasty king Minh Mang’s tomb and king Tu Duc’s tomb. In the afternoon you will explore the Hue Citadel. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts, Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. You will stay overnight in the La Residence Hue. Deluxe Riverview room. Vietnamese food suggestion:+ Lunch at Y Thao restaurant + Royal style dinner tasting some Royal cuisines at local restaurant.
Day 7. Hue – Hoi An (B)
In the morning you will leave Hue Citadel for Hoi An Ancient town, another World Heritage site in the Central Vietnam. Your trip will pass over the Hai Van pass where you have a stop for the panorama view over the Lang Co beach before getting to your hotel in Hoi An.Afternoon is your free time at leisure and enjoy the resort services have to offer or explore the Hoi An town by night. Tonight you will stay overnight in in The Nam Hai – One bedroom Villa Beachfront Vietnamese food suggestion: + Try The Beach restaurant at the Nam Hai resort at the sun set with Vietnamese traditional musician accompany local delicacies like Cao Lau Hoi An.
Day 8.Hoi An (B/-/D)
Hoi An used to be an international trade center by sea on the east area in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the busiest trading port during the reign of Nguyen as merchants from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Holland…often stopped over to exchange and purchase commodities. This morning you will have a walking tour wandering to explore the old houses, narrow streets, moss-grown walls, lanterns makers. You will stop to visit some of the most interesting of the town including Japanese Covered Bridge, House of Tụy Tiên Đường, Quan Công Temple, Old houses, Chinese Assembly Halls and Handicraft workshop and traditional arts performance. In the afternoon you will have a “Taste of Hoi An Food Tour” to give you a safe opportunity to try the foods of the local Hoi An people and provide a comfortable venue for the tastings. You start your walking tour visiting the colorful local Tan An Markets where you meet and chat with stall holders about their food. Continues walking along both high streets and back streets, discovering out-of-the-way producers and street vendors making and selling a wide variety of exotic foods. Our final destination is The Ancient House of Gia Dinh where guests enjoy refreshments and taste a wide selection of these local delicacies bought directly from the vendors – most of whom you have met on the tour. You will stay overnight in in The Nam Hai – One bedroom Villa Beachfront
Day 9. Fly to Saigon (B)
Again you take an one-hour flight to Saigon or HCM City. Unlike almost cities you have visited, Saigon is the most dynamic. Everyone seems busy for riding, buying, selling, studying, and building. However, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. In the afternoon you will have a private tour visiting some of its famous attractions such as the Municipal Theatre, the City Post Office, the Notre-Dame Cathedral. You also can have a walk through the city’s main shopping boulevard with fashionable boutiques and hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and house-wares and end at the Ben Thanh market, one of the city biggest markets. You stay overnight in Saigon. Vietnamese food suggestion:+ Dinner at Square One at The Park Hyatt: an atmospheric Ho Chi Minh City restaurant featuring simple and authentic Vietnamese and Western cuisine + This Sqare One offeres from an impressive display of integrated show kitchens to serve guests sitting in five different dining areas.
Day 10. Saigon (B)
Today you will drive out toward the South-Western Vietnam to Mekong Delta or “Nine Dragon River Delta”. Surrounding by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Upon arrival you will take a sampan motor-boat on the Tien river to the Thoi Son (Unicorn) islet, one of the four famous islets (Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). From here you follow a village path passing local houses, visiting some family-run coconut candy mill, take a horse-cat from village to village or enjoy a sampan rowing along small canals. You also have a chance to experience a “ Southern Vietnamese folk music “, a common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people. Rejoin your car transfer back to your hotel in Saigon. You stay overnight in Saigon. Vietnamese food suggestion:+ Lunch with local dishes will be served right in the garden restaurant.+ Dinner on the Bonsai Cruise dinner
Day 11. Departure (B)
Today is the last day of your Vietnam trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do your last minute souvenir shopping before transfer to airport for your home-sweet-home flight. Thanks for joining with us and hope to serve your next trip.