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AMT5: Vietnam explorer 8 days / 7 nights

Destination: Hanoi – Halong bay – Hoian – Hue - Ho chi minh – Cu chi – Ho chi minh
Starts in: Ha Noi
Ends in: Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: AMT5

Vietnam explorer 8 days / 7 nights

Itinerary in Brief:
 
Day 1: Hanoi arrival ( D )
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong bay (B, L,D)
Day 3: Halong bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Day 4: Hanoi – Danang flight - Hoian (B, L)
Day 5: Hoian – Hue ( B, L )
Day 6: Hue – Ho chi minh ( B, L,D )
Day 7: Ho chi minh city – Cu chi tunnel ( B, L )
Day 8: Ho chi minh departure ( B ) 
 
Itinerary in Details:
 
Day 1: Hanoi arrival ( D )
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred  to city center.
We then do a short city tour to 11th century Temple of Literature - the first University of Vietnam, the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple. Do a cyclo tour around   around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show-a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Free for shopping in the Old Quarter, Dong xuan Market.
Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Halong Bay (B, L,D)
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour  with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the Ba Dinh Square, Ho chi minh mausoleum (Close on every Monday, Friday,October & November for annual maintenance ), the Ho chi minh former Residence which called Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the biggest Lake in Hanoi – the West lake and the Tran Quoc Pagoda.  Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, transfer to Halong. Arrive in Halong late afternoon, check in, relax. This evening free and easy to discover the beautiful Halong city. Dinner at local restaurant and vernight at hotel in Halong city.
 
Day 3: Halong bay – Hanoi back (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. We then transfer to the sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. Cruising around the Bay with famous sites such as: Fighting cock's islet, Stone dog or Joss stick bowl islet. Round walking to visit beautiful stalactites which have been formed millions of years ago, exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Back to the Junk boat and keep cruising to view fabulous scenery of Halong bay. While on board we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch. After lunch, we drive back to Hanoi. We arrive back hotel in Hanoi at around 4:00 PM, check in, relax. Free for shopping and relax.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 4: Hanoi – Danang flight – Hoian ( B, L, )
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for short flight to Danang. Arrive in Danang, we will transfer by road to Hoian ( around 35km from Danang ) Arriving in Hoi An, check in, relax. We spend the rest of the day to afternoon to explore  Hoian ancient town, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders.  Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
 
Day 5: Hoian – Hue ( B, L )
After breakfast at hotel, say good bye Hoian and embark on northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Stop en route at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. In Danang you will visit the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. The guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds.
Arrival Hue in Hue at noon time, check in, relax. This afternoon we visit the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
 
Day 6: Hue – Ho chi minh ( B, L,D )
Breakfast at hotel, we embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam.  One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors final resting place. Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh city. This evening we spend the first night in HO chi minh city.
 
Day 7: Ho chi minh city – Cu chi tunnel ( B, L )
Pick up at hotel, travel by roads to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong control a huge rural area. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was several stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth, and going to schools.
Transfer back Ho chi minh city for lunch. Afternoon do the city tour with the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some beautiful French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office, Opera house. We also visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 8: Ho chi minh departure ( B ) 
we’ll head to Cholon or Chinatown to experience first-hand Chinese influence on Vietnamese society. Light some incense at the Thien Hau Pagoda, visit traditional Chinese herbalists and famous silk shops. Transfer to the airport for your home flight. End of tour.
 
Accommodation Options
 
Location Standard 3* Superior 3* First class 4* Deluxe 5*
Hanoi Le Carnot 3* Le Carnot 3* Hanoi Pearl 4* De L’ Opera 5*
Halong Halong bay 3* Starcity suoimo 4* Starcity suoimo 4* Novotel 4*
Hue Hue Serene 3* Asia hotel 3* Moonlight 4* Imperial 5*
Hoian Vinh hung II 3* Vinh Hung Emerald 3* Vinh hung riverside resort  4* Sunrise Hoian 5*
Saigon Ruby River 3* Tan Hai long hotel &spa 3* Grand Silverland 4* Majestic 5*
 
Tour includes:
  • All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Domestic flight Hanoi –  Danang, Hue - Ho chi minh
  • Boat cruise as stated
  • Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
  • Mineral water & towel
  • Government taxes & Service charges
 
Tour excludes:
  • International flights to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills
  • Tips and gratuities
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