Wonders of Vietnam Tour

Category: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours
Duration: 15 Days
Depart From: Ho Chi Minh City
Return From: Hanoi City
Destinations: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Mekong Delta - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Ha Noi - Ha ...
From: $US 759 To US$ 1975

Day 1: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh City

On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel . 
The afternoon we stroll around Saigon’s downtown. 
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour + Cu Chi Tunnels

Morning: A half-day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City , still called Saigon by many locals, includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Sai Gon Post Office, the Chinatown, the former Presidential Palace
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along. 
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. 
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho

In the morning, transfer to My Tho , take a boat trip downstream to Ben Tre , where you have the opportunity to discover the local people life in Mekong Delta with popcorn and pop-rice workshop, rice paper mill, coconut candy mill, fruit gardens… Biking or transfer by horse carriage on village road. 
After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to Can Tho . 
Arrive in Can Tho, the city located on Mekong Delta bank. 
O/N in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ninh Kieu wharf for a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market . Time for taking part to the local activities and taking pictures. Then continue by boat to Phong Dien Islands . The car picks up at Phong Dien and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. 
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh - Da Lat

After breakfast, The northbound journey begins as we depart Ho Chi Minh and pass through the many tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Da Lat (about 6-hour drive), sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The drive is long but views are fantastic all along the way. Once arriving in Da Lat we enjoy a walk to catch our first glimpse of this town. The influence of the French is evident in local culture and architecture since Da Lat was founded in early last century as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat in the coastal plains and the chaos of Saigon. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside 
Later on, we take the visits to Linh Phuoc Pagoda . Then time for strolling in Center Market and around Xuan Huong Lake. 
O/N in Da Lat.

Day 6: Da Lat - Nha Trang

In the morning, we embark on a drive through the charming pine hill to the summer residence of Vietnam's last Emperor Bao Dai . He was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. This mansion displays a lovely collection of Vietnam treasures. We follow it with a trip to the sacred Truc Lam Zen Monastery and the Hang Nga Guesthouse . This construction is well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. The lively central market and the old rail station are also visited before we travel by roads passing through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Nha Trang . En route we make stopover at the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers . These amazing structures represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people in central coast areas. 
O/N in Nha Trang.

Day 7: Nha Trang

In the morning, pick up at hotel and visit the Institute of Oceanology , then step up the boat to see Hon Tam Island . Here, we have time for relaxation by bathing in private beach with transparent cool water & participating sporting activities in water (Pay by yourself). 
Keep on heading to Tri Nguyen Aquarium to explore the Ghost Ship & learn more about organisms in Ocean. Lastly, we will be back to the Boat Harbour & transferred by car to hotel. Seafood lunch. 
Afternoon, free time for leisure on the beach. 
O/N in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoi An

After a visit to the Cham Ponagar Towers and Linh Son Pagoda , we board a flight to Da Nang. On arrival at Da Nang Airport, you are met and transferred to Hoi An, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges , the Pottery Museum , the 200-year-old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sights in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past 
O/N in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An - Hue

n the morning, Depart for Hue via Danang from Hoi An . The scenic 4-hour drive will be getting over Hai Van Pass known as one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes offering spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). However, on the way we will stop by one very famous Cham Museum in Da Nang city. This structure contains many exquisite limestone carvings from the vanquished Kingdom of Champa which has been the central coastal littoral prior to the march of the Vietnamese nation south. 
In the afternoon, the Imperial Citadel including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Purple Forbidden City . This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Close to this masterpiece is Hue Imperial Museum which displays an interesting collections of bronzes, Chinaware, court robes and various emperors’ personal belongings. 
Later on, we come back to Hue center &l stop by the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies. 
O/N in Hue.

Day 10: Full Day Hue City Tour

In the morning, we keep on exploring the hidden charm of Hue by enjoying a boat trip on Perfumes River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and time for discovering the typical lifestyle of Vietnamese people at Kim Long Village . 
Afternoon: We continue a car- trip to visit the Royal Mausoleum of Tu Duc and Royal Mausoleum of Khai Dinh . 
O/N in Hue.

Day 11: Hue - HaNoi

After breakfast at hotel, flight to Hanoi. 
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, transfer to Hanoi Center for an orientation tour via Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, French Colonial Quarter and West Lake. 
In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university and The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple and the bustling Hang Be or Dong Xuan Marketare also visited. Lastly, a cyclo tour in the old quarter streets to discover the local people life. 
O/N in Hanoi.

Day 12: Hue - Ha noi

Today we commence our sightseeing of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex , containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda , whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We follow this with another visit to the Ethnology Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnam’s ethnic minorities with their own traditions, cultures & life-styles before driving straight to Ha Long Bay. 
O/N in Ha Long.

Day 13: HaLongBay - HaNoi

The legendary Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. We board a traditional boat for a 5- hour trip around Halong Bay. This exciting cruise provides us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. We round off our excursion with a seafood lunch served on board 
Finally, we will driver back to Hanoi. 
Evening: Water puppets show , the unique Vietnam traditional art. 
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 14: Full Day To Hoa Lu + Tam Coc

The country capital during the Dinh and early Le Dynastie s is Hoa Lu , which however has left its legacy in the form of two small temples, each one nearly a thousand years old. Today we will depart our hotel at 8h00 for Ninh Binh to visit these two remaining structures. The first one is dedicated to the Dinh Dynasty. The second one commemorates the Le Rulers. In front of these temples is the rugged Ma Yen mount; it involves a walk over 200 steps for a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. The following sight is Tam Coc which is surnamed “Halong Bay on land” . We board a sampan for a leisurely trip through the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by towering limestone cliffs to the grottoes of Tam Coc. The trip ends after arrival in Ha Noi 
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 15: HaNoi - Departure

At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00) 



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Dear Mr. Thang, Happy New Year!! We have now returned back to Australia and the chores of work! – We have very pleasant memories of the sights, sounds, food and people of Vietnam….. We shall treasure for a lifetime I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our
Robert Mariotti