Highlights of Vietnam - Independent Tour
Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue - Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
From glorious shopping, fresh exotic cuisine, beautiful beaches, French colonial history, natural wonders to the warmth and friendliness of the Vietnamese people, Vietnam is a treat for every traveller.
Hanoi shows an interesting combination of modern, French colonial and Vietnamese architecture. Explore UNESCO Heritage site Halong Bay on a traditional Junk. Historical city with Chinese influences of Hue to the most popular and charming town in Vietnam - Hoi An. Highlight of South Vietnam is its indigenous people living and earning their livelihood from Mekong River. Experience the diversity in locales, climates and cuisine on this trip
Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi (B)
This morning your guide will take you on a brief walking tour of the fascinating Old Quarter of Hanoi, and Hoan Kiem Lake, followed by a visit some of Hanoi’s historical sites, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh’s house, as well as One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Afternoon at leisure
Day 3: Hanoi-Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay. Board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch and a swim (weather permitting). Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. Overnight on a junk.
Day 4: Halong Bay-Hanoi-Hue (B)
Take a delightful morning cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi with a stop enroute at a ceramic factory. Transfer to Hanoi, train station for night train to Hue.
Day 5: Hue-Danang-Hoi An (B)
Arrive in Hue, have breakfast at local restaurant. Tour of Old Imperial City -Visit Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and Dong Ba Market. Excursion to Thien Mu Pagoda with Dragon boat ride and then drive to Hoi An enroute visiting Cham Museum and Marble Mountains.
Day 6: Hoi An (B)
Enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An visiting the Japanese Bridge, ancient houses, Phuc Kien Pagoda and the market. Also visit a Chinese Communal House or Hokkien Temple, ancient merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colourful local market. Travellers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.
Afternoon at leisure to explore Hoi An – Hoi An is an excellent place to purchase tailor-made clothes, and has many handicraft shops for souvenirs.
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang-Saigon (B)
This morning, transfer to airport for flight to Saigon. On arrival proceed for an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels.
One of the highlights of your Vietnamese holiday is bound to be your visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing complex of underground bunkers about 40kms northwest of Ho Chi Minh City and near the Cambodian Border. The tunnel system was commenced in the 1940′s. During the US War, at one time the tunnels spread out for 350kms and were up to 7 metres deep. They served as shelter, storage facilities and a secret means of communication for the guerrilla army. An ingenious system of concealed entrances kept the occupants safe despite air attacks and many efforts to penetrate the tunnel complex.
Afternoon Saigon city tour. Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) is a fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples. On this tour, you will take in the highlights of Ho Chi Minh starting with an exploration of Saigon’s turbulent past with visits to the Reunification Palace and the War Museum.
The tour continues to Ho Chi Minh’s finest examples of French colonial architecture with a visit to the Notre Dame cathedral and Post Office. Your Ho Chi Minh tour continues with a visit to Giac Lam Pagoda, the Cholon Chinese district. Tour concludes at the Ben Thanh market where you can try your bargaining skills for clothes, shoes, bags, sunglasses and souvenirs.
Day 8: Saigon (B/L)
Today enjoy a full day tour on the Mekong Delta.
Leave after breakfast for Cai Be, 120 km south-west of Saigon in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Arrive at Cai Be and take a boat to the floating market to practice the age-old art of bartering. You will be supplied with sweets, sugar, milk, etc. which they can then barter for different kinds of local fruits. Continue by river to see family-run businesses producing a local version of popcorn and rice paper. Lunch is in a local house on Binh Hoa Phuoc islet set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees. Late in the afternoon, drive back to Saigon to your Hotel.
Day 9: Saigon (B)
Transfer to airport to connect your onward flight.
Price from: $2595pp+ internal flights from: $236pp
Prices quoted are valid from 01 October 2018 - 30 September 2019. Cost above is indicative, based on Low Season in NZ Dollars and subject to change due to fluctuation in exchange rates
The tour can be priced on 3 star or 5 star accommodation to suit your requirements.
Independent program can be modified or operated in reverse.
Excluded: International and domestic flights, Visa, insurance, airport taxes, meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.
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- Accommodation for 8 nights in 4 star accommodation
- Breakfast daily plus meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Transfers & sightseeing using air-conditioned private car & driver who will give insights into local customs and ensure flexibility to create your own unique experience
- A local English speaking guide will escort you when you visit sights and attractions contributing historical knowledge with the personal touches only a local can provide
- Entrance fees at monuments, current taxes, 24-hours local contact number for emergencies.