VF312: Travel Around Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong, Saigon, Cu Chi, Mekong River) 9 Days

Travel Around Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong, Saigon, Cu Chi, Mekong River) 9 Days
Cat Ba Cao Dai Ha Noi Cu Chi Ha Long
Group tour price from: $580.00
Duration: 9 Days
Participants: Optional

Detail Itinerary for Travel Around Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong, Saigon, Cu Chi, Mekong River) 9 Days

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI - TRAVEL AROUND VIETNAM

  • Meeting & greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer to hotel for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will take an orientation tour around central Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Included: Airport transfer and accommodation in Hanoi.

Excluded: Meals, guide, travel insurance, tips, drinks and personal expenses.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)

  • 08:00am - 08:30am: Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and start Hanoi City Tour.
     
  • Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho's final resting-place.
     
  • Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
     
  • Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist dating from the Ly Dynasty) and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake (One of the oldest in Vietnam). Have a lunch at local restaurant.
     
  • PM: After lunch proceed to visit Bat Trang Pottery Village continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. Vietnam's first university constructed in 1070 it's gardens and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past.  We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake see the peaceful waters and visit Ngoc Son temple. For the end of the tour journey visit by coach trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter.  Free for shopping.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.
Note:
1. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Visit the Ethnology Museum instead of Bat Trang Pottery Village
2. On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: Visit Bat Trang Pottery Village instead of the Ethnology Museum
3. 
From 5th September, 2016 to 5th December, 2016: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will close to do the maintainance 

Included: Air con tourist bus, breakfast at hotel, lunch, 01 water bottle, entrance fees, English speaking tour guide, water puppet ticket and accommodation in Hanoi.

Excluded: dinner, travel insurance, tips, drinks and personal expenses.

DAY 3: HANOI - HA LONG BAY (BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER)

  • 08:00am – 8:30am: Pick up service at your hotel and depart for Ha Long City. Start Imperial Legend Cruise HaLong Bay Vietnam .
     
  • 11:45am – 12:00pm: At Halong City, you will board your Imperial Legend Cruise, check into your cabin and enjoy first class lunch while you are cruising through thousand amazing islands and islet passing by Stone Dog islet, floating fishing village, Incense Burner islet, Fighting Cocks islet,…
     
  • 14:45pm: Enjoy an hour or more kayaking through slide rock cliffs before swimming and relaxing on white sandy beach (weather permitted).
     
  • 15:45pm: Visit Surprising Cave (the most beautiful one in Halong Bay).
     
  • 18:30pm: Board back the cruise, take shower and relax on upper deck bar.
     
  • 19:00pm – 20:30pm: Have dinner on the Cruise (set menu ) in romantic atmosphere.
     
  •  21:00pm: Evening activities – enjoy movie night, board games, squid fishing or relax at leisure.

Included: Transport, boat trip, English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast at hotel, lunch, dinner, 01 water bottle, hotel (Superior type (3*): Imperial Legend Cruise), Kayaking.

Excluded: Travel insurance, tip and personal expenses..

DAY 4: HALONG BAY - CAT BA ISLAND (BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER)

 OPTION 1: Hotel or Bungalow

  • 07:45am: Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served.
  • 08:30am: Start cruising to visit Van Gia floating village and passing by Halong Pearl Farm.
  •  09:30am: Take a local boat  to Lan Ha bay.
  • 10:30am: Biking at Catba national park, to visit VietHai village, in the valley of the heart of Cat Ba National Park.
     
  • 13:30pm: Visit Nam Cat Island. Lunch.
  • 14.00pm: Swimming or kayaking activities to explore the untouched area in LanHa bay.
  • 15:00pm: Visit Monkey island.
  • 15:30pm: Check in the Deluxe Bungalow on Nam Cat island (Catba Sandy Beach resort) if staying in bungalow.  Free time for kayaking and swimming in private island.
  • 16:00pm: Boat trip to Catba Island for checking in the hotel. Free to explore the town or swimming at the beach.
  • 18.30pm: Dinner and overnight in bungalow/ hotel.

* OPTION 2: Sleeping on the cruise one more night

  •  08:30am: Arrive at Van Gia floating Village, swimming or kayaking activities to explore the untouched area in the entire Halong bay
  • 12:30pm: Return to the day boat and then enjoy a lunch. Continue cruise through HaLong Bay.
  •  14:00pm: Arrive at Hang Toi (Dark cave) for kayaking.
  •  16:30pm: Return to Cruiser .Relax at leisure.

Included: Transport, boat trip, English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast at hotel, lunch, dinner, 01 water bottle and hotel (Superior type (3*): Holiday View hotel).

Excluded: Travel insurance, tip and personal expenses.

DAY 5: HA LONG - CAT BA - SAIGON (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)

  • 07:15am: Cakes, fruits, tea and coffee will be served. Continue cruise through Halong Bay.
     
  • 10:30am – 11:00amEnjoy the cooking course after you pack your things and leave the cabin.
     
  •  11:30am – 12:00pm: Sail back Halong pier and take a van or private transport back to Hanoi and board an evening flight to Saigon. Upon arrival  transfer to the hotel.

Included: Air con tourist bus, joining group cruise in Halong Bay, car pick-up and transfers to airport in Hanoi and Saigon, breakfast at hotel, lunch, 01 water bottle, English speaking tour guide and accommodation in Saigon.

Excluded: Dinner, travel insurance, tips, drinks, personal expenses and air ticket: Hanoi - Saigon.

DAY 6: SAIGON –CAO DAI TEMPLE - CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)

  • 08.45am - 09.00am you will start from Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh - a province 95 kms South East of HCMC, close to Cambodia border. The Cao Dai Temple is like a Walt Disney fantasia ofthe East. Its exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of swastikas. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eyethe symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus ChristBuddha and the Hindu godBrahma, stand side by side.
  • Cao Dai Temple is the eclectic mix of colours and the amazing use of architecture create a space of beauty, spirituality with a somewhat surreal flavour to western palates!
     
  • For the midday service which was unbelievable in Cao Dai Temple  - do not miss this!
  • 13.00 pm, after you have a lunch, we will leave Tay Ninh and travel to Cu Chi Tunnel. Once in Vietnam, you must visit this spot. This is where guerilla warfare optimized and exemplified. You’ll learn the clever design ofthe tunnels and the strategic use of trap doors. Even with B-52 bombers dropping 30-ton loads of explosive, turning the jungle into a pockmarked moonscape, 30 thousand American troops failed to conquered the area! You’ll have a chance to crawl around a portion of the 121 km long, multiple-layered tunnel. You’ll learn how thousands of guerillas managed to stay underground many days at a time, also their great technique to conceal smoke from their cooking. There’re a lot more to enjoy, even a chance to fire real AK bullets

Included: Air con tourist bus, breakfast at hotel, lunch, English speaking tour guide, 01 water bottle, entrance fees and accommodation in Saigon.

Excluded: Dinner, travel insurance, tips, drinks, gun shooting and personal expenses.

DAY 7: SAIGON CITY TOUR (BREAKFAST/DINNER)

  • 08.30am - 09.00am we will visit War Crime Museum (This museum tells the story of war from the Vietnamese perspective. Exhibits include photographs, machinery, and weapons that depict the harsh realities of war).
  • Thien Hau Temple (One of the most important pagodas in the city, this richly decorated temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Goddess of the Sea and patron of sailors. She is said to travel over the oceans on a mat and ride the clouds to wherever she desires).
  • China town (Settled in the late 18th century, this labyrinthine section of Ho Chi Minh City bustles with restaurants, temples, exotic stores, and markets) and Binh Tay market (This is the main marketplace in China Town, where a great deal of wholesale trading occurs. Experience the commotion of this integral part of the city's daily business). Then we have a lunch at restaurant.
  • Afternoon:We visit Reunification Hall which was the residence of the President Ngo Dinh Diem of the former South Vietnam until 1975 (1960s - Apr 1975s). You will see many interesting things: formal meeting rooms, private bedrooms, war situation rooms 10 meter beneath earth’s level.
     
  • This address today still holds many important functions in Ho Chi Minh City. We have guide who speaks your language (English speaking tour guide) to tell you important historical facts about this building and someFrench colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral (Located in the heart of the city, this cathedral was built by the French in the late 1877s. A large statue of the Virgin Mary greets you as you walk into this neo-Romanesque cathedral, adorned by two tall spires flanking either side).
     
  • General Post Office (Designed by Gustav Eiffel, the Post Office is a testament to the French presence in the late 1800s. The look and feel of this grand building is like an elegant railway station).
     
  • City Hall (Find out why this is one of the most photographed buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. Constructed in the early 1900sCity Hall is a beautiful example of French colonial architecture)
  •  
  • Evening – driver will transfer you to the Dinner Cruise on Saigon River.
     
  • Overnight in Saigon.

Included: Air con tourist bus, breakfast at hotel, English speaking tour guide, dinner cruise, 01 water bottle, entrance fees and accommodation in Saigon.

Excluded: Lunch, travel insurance, tips, drinks and personal expenses.

DAY 8: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA TOUR (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)

  • 07.30am: this morning we will start to visit one day Mekong Delta tour (Cai Be - Vinh Long) around 3 hrs driving. On our dedicated bus/car you can see the green paddy fields stretching towards the horizontal.
  • 10.30am: Arrive in Cai Be, you’ll board a motorized boat that takes you to the floating market and spend time there for an interaction that you’ll see no where else in the world.
  • Next, then on foot to reach a coconut candy, a crispy rice cake factories (served free with premium hot tea) and you might buy coconut candy and handcrafted items from coconut trees of Mekong Delta for souvenir.
  • When you feel it's enough for the serenity, let's get back to the large motor boat for something different in An Binh Island. It is well-known fresh fruits whole year. On the way , we have a chance to look the sightseeing 2 long sides river and find out the life of rural people in Mekong Delta.
  • The time now should be around 12 noon. Time for lunch! Let's go to the local people's house for that (in the seasonable fruits garden).
  • After the rest, we are divided into many small groups and get on small row boats. During this 20 minutes trip, your boat will zigzag through a maze of shadow canals to enjoy the fresh air along the canal and wonderful water coconut tree landscape. After that, we will ride bicycles and roaming through a village about 20 minutes to visit our natural view with quiet and peaceful villages or we can relax on a hammock for a short rest in Mekong Delta.
     
  • The next stop is Vinh Long City from An Binh Island (35 minutes by boat), we will land on a marketplace and walk around to have a good opportunity for seeing how and what the poor rural people of Vietnam sell in Vinh Long City. You are encouraged to interact with the merchants and see how loving and respectful they are. It takes about ½ hr here to find a lot of interesting things for little amount of money.
     
  • The stop will be brief, ensuring that we come back to SG before 7 PM,

Included: Air con tourist bus, boat trips in Mekong delta, breakfast at hotel, lunch, English speaking tour guide, 01 water bottle, entrance fees and accommodation in Saigon.

Excluded: Travel insurance, dinner, tips, drinks and personal expenses.

DAY 9: SAIGON - FINISH TRAVEL AROUND VIETNAM (BREAKFAST)

Included: Breakfast at hotel and airport transfer.

Excluded: Lunch, dinner, guide, travel insurance, tips, drinks and personal expenses.

Group tour price
  Price
Type  
Adult Cost (per person/9 - 99 Ages) Child Cost (Per person/5 - <9 Ages) Single Supplement (Per room)
Standard Type-2*
Superior Type - 3*
Deluxe Type - 4*
$580.00
$694.00
$968.00
$290.00
$347.00
$484.00
$170.00
$240.00
$435.00
Air ticket
  Price
Type  
Air Ticket Hanoi - Saigon
12 Ages to up
Over 2 ages -> less 12 ages
Less 2 ages
$167.00
$125.00
$16.70

Hotel for tour

Place Tour Type Hotel Name
Saigon Superior Type (3*) Blue Diamond, Kingston... ...
Ha Noi Superior Type (3*) Gondola, Majestic Salute, May De Ville Old Quater... ...
Hai Phong Superior Type (3*) Holiday View 3*, Hung Long... ...
Ha Long Superior Type (3*) Luxury Imperial Cruise ...

Detail price for tour

Group tour price
  Price
Type  
Adult Cost (per person/9 - 99 Ages) Child Cost (Per person/5 - <9 Ages) Single Supplement (Per room)
Standard Type-2*
Superior Type - 3*
Deluxe Type - 4*
$580.00
$694.00
$968.00
$290.00
$347.00
$484.00
$170.00
$240.00
$435.00
Air ticket
  Price
Type  
Air Ticket Hanoi - Saigon
12 Ages to up
Over 2 ages -> less 12 ages
Less 2 ages
$167.00
$125.00
$16.70

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