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Highlights Of Vietnam
11 Days / 10 Nights
Starts In: Saigon
Ends In: Hanoi
Operates: Daily
Type Of Tour: Private
Meals: 10 Breakfasts / 1 Lunch

This comprehensive tour of Vietnam begins in Saigon, the economic heart of the country.

•Drive up the coast to the seaside town of Nha Trang, offering beautiful scenery and delectable seafood

•Fly to Da Nang and explore the ancient city of Hoi An, once one of the key port cities in all of Asia.

•Spend 2 nights in Hue, visit the ruins of the “Forbidden Purple City.”

•Enjoy a cruise through the blue-green waters of Halong Bay, dotted with thousands of small islands.

•Stroll down the tree lined boulevards of Hanoi, lined with colonial buildings, the remains of a bygone era.

mapTour Code: T-05M

Day 01, Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Arrive at Ho Chi Minh Airport on your own flight arrangements. Your entry visa may be secured upon arrival (fee is not included). Meet your guide after customs, transfer to your hotel.
Two nights’ accommodations in Saigon.
bike Day 02, Saigon Sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Today enjoy a sightseeing tour around Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown). Begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, along Dong Khoi street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon.

Drive pass the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall and the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Continue on to the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.

Also visit the War Remnants Museum, which documents the Vietnam War. Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagoda.

In the afternoon, explore Cholon (Chinatown). After a brief visit to Binh Tay Market, continue on to Thien Hau Pagoda then on to Ben Thanh Market, the busiest market in the city.

Day 03, Saigon to Phan Thiet to Nha Trang (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, meet your guide and travel overland to Nha Trang. En route you will visit the dramatic red sand dunes at Mui Ne. Continue north along the coast and arrive in Nha Trang in the late afternoon.
Overnight accommodations in Nha Trang at a beach resort.
harbor Day 04, Nha Trang Sightseeing / Fly Nha Trang to Da Nang / Transfer To Hoi An (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning enjoy a boat trip to various nearby islands. Highlights include a visit to the seawater aquarium at Mieu Island. The aquarium is actually an important fish-breeding farm where over forty species of fish, crustaceans and other marine life are raised in three separate compartments.

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Da Nang. After baggage claim, meet your local guide, overland transfer to Hoi An.
Two nights' accommodations in Hoi An.

Day 05, Hoi An Sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An Old Quarter. Highlights will include the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area.

Walk across the Japanese Covered Bridge, the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream.

Also visit the Tran Family Chapel, this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles.

This afternoon transfer to the city pier where you will board one of the colorful local boats. Enjoy a short cruse on the Thu Bon River. Along the way stop at a pottery village for a demonstration on pottery making. Also stop at Kim Bong village, famous for woodcarving and boat building.

Japanese Bridge
Mt. Day 06, Hoi An to Hue (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Today journey overland from Hoi An north to Da Nang. Visit Marble Mountains before driving past China Beach and visit the Cham museum in Da Nang. Continue over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Halfway between Da Nang and Hue lies the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam.

This afternoon your sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Imperial Citadel, located in the heart of Hue, the Imperial Citadel is a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. Most of it was destroyed during the war, what remains give a small glimpse into this once imperial city.
Two nights’ accommodations in Hue.

Day 07, Hue Sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Your sightseeing today includes a boat trip on the Perfume River, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument. Continue on to Tu Duc Tomb, Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, built his tomb when he was still alive and used it for meditation, reading and theater performances. There are pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Continue cruising into the countryside to the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful natural setting.

Hanoi Day 08, Fly Hue to Hanoi / Overland Transfer to Halong (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning flight to Hanoi. Overland transfer Hanoi to Halong Bay. Enroute visit Chua But Thap Pagoda, known for its four storey stone stupa dedicated to the monk Chuyet Cong. The pagoda was rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries
Overnight accommodations in Halong Bay.
Day 09, Halong Bay Cruise / Overland Transfer To Hanoi (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning cruise on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, stopping to explore one of the many caves in this area. Sail past picturesque islands, floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board. Return to Halong pier, overland transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.
Two nights’ accommodations in Hanoi.
temple Day 10, Hanoi Sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a day of sightseeing in and around Hanoi, begin the day visiting the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. Continue to the miniature One Pillar Pagoda, dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Today it stands near the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex. When open to the public, you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed in the afternoons, on Mondays and Fridays, and closes annually in October and November for restoration.

Continue through the park to Ho Chi Minh stilt house, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.

Also visit Hoan Kiem Lake, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. En route, pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (may be seen from the outside only) and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. From the lake, enjoy a cyclo tour (man-powered taxi) through the Old Quarter. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shophouses is also known as The 36 Streets, each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to tombstones. A handicraft-lover's paradise and a endlessly interesting place to explore local life.

This afternoon, visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, either the History Museum or the Museum of Ethnology. Return to your hotel.

This evening enjoy a Water Puppet performance at a local theater.

Day 11, Depart Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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