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IMPRESSIVE VIETNAM - 15 Day 14 Night

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    IMPRESSIVE Vietnam
     15 Day 14 Night 
     
    (SAIGON-CUCHI TUNNELS-MEKONG DELTA -DANANG/HOIAN -HUE - HANOI-SAPA-HALONG BAY)

     

     
    Day 1: Arrival Saigon
    Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a representative of Indochina Travelland and transferred to your hotel
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Saigon
     
    Day 2: Saigon city tour & Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
    We set out this morning to explore Saigon City, providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.
     
    We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace, the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, The War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office, often mistaken by tourists as a railway station.
     
    Afternoon, our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers etc and in certain areas, housed up to 10,000 people, who virtually lived underground for years.
     
    After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds, you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war, with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Saigon
     
    Day 3:  Cai Be Floating Market Full day / Mekong Delta (B/L)
    Today we head to Cai Be floating market, to explore the typical Vietnamese life of the Mekong Delta
     
    Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to discover the beautiful landscapers and immerse in the local people’s life market with the real trading going on, such as selling, buying, exchanging the fruits, vegetables and other wares from their boats.
     
    We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees, experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, where we experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees. A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music, called Tai Tu music.
     
    Back to the restaurant, join to a cooking class. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes, with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden
     
    We disembark and take a short cycling walking through the traditional villages with many ancient traditional houses, set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees, bonsai garden and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy, the bang conical hat and rice paper in the making.
     It is the typical and cultural lifestyle of South – Western region.
     
    You will embark the boat to leave Tan Phong Island for the pier to come back to Saigon and enjoy your free time
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
     
    Day 4: Saigon – Danang by FLIGHT – Hoi An (B)
    This morning we take a flight to Danang.
     
    The drive from Danang to Hoi An would take around 45minutes.
     
    We check into our hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free at leisure.
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hoian.
     
    Day 5: Hoi An City Tour (B)
    This morning we stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An, visiting the local market, an Ancient Chinese Temple, The Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.
     
    After our leisurely walk, we board for a magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary and enjoy the scenic view of life along the river.
     
    We return by midday for you to enjoy the peaceful ambience of this quaint ancient town at leisure or spend some time with the skillful tailors, treating yourself to tailor made clothes, which Hoi An is renowned for.
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hoian.
     
    Day 6: Hoi An Local for a day (B/L)
    After a relaxing morning we check out of our hotel and meet our bus.
     
    We make a short drive out of Hoi An town to a local farming family’s home where we have the great privilege to be spending lunch eating lunch within their home.
     
    Upon arrival we are welcomed by the family and enjoy a traditional herbal drink, before setting out on a stroll through the local farmland. We learn about the history of the village, observe the processes of harvesting, and discover the many traditional uses, in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines, with the herbs and vegetables grown.
     
    We relax back at the home, before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies, using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
     
    The family also love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch, giving you a very creative cooking demonstration. Back to Hoi An town in late afternoon and free at your leisure
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hoian
     
    Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (B/L)
    This morning we drive to Hue.
    En route we visit Cham Museum, built in 1915, which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
    We continue driving to the stunning Marble Mountains, where we climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements, Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.
    We pass through Lang Co fishing village, set within beautiful blue lagoons, before heading up and over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, where we stop at the highest point to immerse ourselves and gaze at the spectacular scenery at 980 meters above sea level.

    We admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, countryside and China Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’, an underground cave, which was a former hospital through the War.
     
    After stopping for lunch at Da Nang Beach, where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean
     
    Afternoon, continue our drive to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, transfer to hotel for check in
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hue.
     
    Day 8: Hue City tour – Hanoi by FLIGHT (B)
    Today we have a full day to explore Hue, then former capital of Vietnam. We commence our exploration and head to one of the most serene and tranquil tombs in Hue, Minh Mang’s Tomb. Set back from the river bank and hidden within the luscious forest area, surrounded by a beautiful lake, this tomb has a peaceful ambience like no other.
     
    A 20 minute drive takes us to the beautiful construction of Khai Dinh’s Tomb, where we see the intricate workmanship of the mosaic architecture within and gaze at the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
     
    On route we make a stop at a small workshop to see the interesting process of making traditional Hue Conical hats and incense sticks. 
    We return to town and visit Hues oldest 19th Century Pagoda, ‘Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, which is famous for it’s Buddhist Centre teachings.
    Boarding our dragon boat from the base of the Pagoda, we cruise down the Perfume River, watching local fisherman, whilst passing through the banks of Hue’s town.
    After disembarking our boat we enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby Garden Restaurant
     
    After lunch we visit the Citadel (Forbidden Purple City), located in Hues town. The Citadel is the former living place of the Royal family during the Nguyen dynasty, from 19th century to mid 20th century.
     
    Here you will discover the history of Vietnam during this period of time, as well as the daily life of the Royal family and the typical architecture of this Imperial construction.
     
    This late afternoon, we take flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will get welcomed by our team and transfer to hotel for check in.
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
     
    Day 9: Hanoi - City Tour - Lao Cai by TRAIN (B)
    This morning we embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming, yet bustling, 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter.
     
    We visit the Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
     
    We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first University.
     
    After our exciting adventures we’ve all worked up a hunger!
    We head to a quaint hidden little treasure for lunch (pay yourself), where we relax and rest our feet, enjoying the beautiful ambience, where you can enjoy tasting some of Hanoi’s Specialties including the traditional northern fish dish ‘Cha Ca’.
    After lunch we drive around 25 minutes to the Ethnology Museum.
     
    Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles, stories, displays of traditional houses, costumes, hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life. Enjoy traditional water puppets show before dinner at local restaurant
    After dinner, transfer to train station for train trip to Sapa
     
    Overnight on train
     
    Day 10: Lao Cai - Sapa (B)
    We arrive in Lao Cai around 5 am, where we are met by our transport for a spectacular hour’s journey up the impressive mountains to Sapa.
     
    Seeing is believing! The imagination could not visualize, nor appreciate the beauty of the stunning vistas and breathtaking mountainous rice terraces until you observe in true form.
     
    Upon arrival at our hotel, we have some breakfast, freshen up and some free time of leisure before our exciting exploration.
     
    We start our trek visiting Ta Van villages, continuing down the valley, along local trails and across rice paddies to visit Dzay ethnic minorities and Black H’mong communities, experiencing the contrasts of culture and daily life between the groups.
     
    The interaction and closeness we experience with the local minority groups is an absolutely incredible experience.
     
    We return to the hotel for some free time at leisure to enjoy this beautiful place.
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.
     
    Day 11: Sapa Villages (B)
    After a relaxing morning we check out of our hotel and commence our exciting journey from Sapa Township.
     
    We trek downhill from Sapa town to Cat Cat Village. Our 2 hours trek takes us through rice paddies passing by different ethnic minority villages hard at work and flower and vegetable gardens until we reach a magnificent waterfall set within the lush mountains.
     
    We take a rest and continue to Cat Cat village where the village is eagerly awaiting our arrival. With the children’s glee and excitement and a village full of big smiling faces, we are welcomed by a local Black Hmong people.
     
    After a welcoming and a rest, we stroll around the village, learning about the traditional way of life of the Black Hmong. We return to Sapa and free at your leisure
    Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.
     
    Day 12: Sapa – Lao Cai Train Station – Hanoi Overnight on train (B)
    Whole free morning for exploring Sapa on your own
    Afternoon time, transfer back to Lao Cai for the train trip back to Hanoi
    Overnight on train
     
    Day 13: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Overnight (B/L/D)
    This morning we arrive in Hanoi around 5:30 AM. Welcomed by our team and transfer to City centre for breakfast and refreshment. After breakfast we transfer to Ha Long. Ha Long Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay, will become a memory to last a lifetime.
     
    We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, taking around 3.5 hours. The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination, takes us through local farming life and villages, providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs. Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!!
     
    Arriving in Ha Long Bay, we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay, gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.
     
    After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.
     
    Throughout our cruise today, you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave, where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago.
     
    For beach lovers and swimmers, we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
     
    We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon, before setting anchor for the night.
     
    Once anchored, there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
     
    After dinner, why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambience and gazing at the millions of stars.
     
    Overnight on Boat
     
    Day 14: Ha Long – Hanoi (B/BRUNCH)
    This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon, a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.
    We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay, through the old part of Halong City, known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge, whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.
    Visit the famous Ceramic village at Dong Trieu town
     
    Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
     
    Day 15: Hanoi Departure (B)
    Free at leisure until transfer to Airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.
     
    Price for the PRIVATE trip (USD/per person):
    Options 2 paxs 3 paxs 4 – 6 paxs 7 – 9 paxs 10 – 15 paxs Single Supplement
    Hotel 3* 1,228 1,046 923 821 739 339
    Hotel 4* 1,433 1,252 1,127 1,025 943 543
    Hotel 5* 2,010 1,828 1,705 1,603 1,521 1,121
    (Valid until Apr 2016)
    Inclusions Exclusions
     • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
    • Excellent English speaking guide
    • Private air-conditioned transportation
    • Accommodation shared in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast
    • Boat trips
    • Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
    • All entrance fees
    • Cyclo & Trekking tours
    • Water Puppets show
    • Water & tissue
    • No extra charge after services confirmation
    • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
     
    • International/Domestic flights
    • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
    • Travel insurance
    • Vietnam visa
    • Tipping
    • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
    • Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
    •  Services not stated in the itinerary
     
     
    Policy for children
    • Child under 6 years old sharing room with two (2) adults without extra bed: Free of charge.
    • Child from 6 - under 12 years old sharing room with two (2) adults without extra bed: 50% of charge
    • Child from 6 - under 12 years old sharing room with two (2) adults with extra bed: 85% of charge
    • Child under 12 years old sharing room with one (1) adult: 100% of charge
    • Child from 12 years old and above: 100% of charge
     
    Accommodation list:
    Destinations Duration of stay Hotel 3* Hotel 4* Hotel 5*
    Saigon 3 nights Asian Ruby 3 Hotel or Similar
    (Deluxe City View)
    Eden Saigon Hotel or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
    Sofitel Plaza or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Hoi An 3 nights Golf Hoian Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Vinh Hung Resort or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa or Similar
    (Superior Ocean view)
    Hue 1 night Gold Hue or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Camellia Hue or Similar
    (Deluxe City View)
    Best Western Premier Indochine Palace or Similar
    (Palace Deluxe)
    Hanoi 2 nights Medallion Hanoi Boutique Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Chalcedony Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Hilton Hotel or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
    Train 2 nights 4-berth soft sleeper wooden cabin or Similar
    (Sharing Cabin)
    Sapa 2 nights Sunny Mountain Hotel or Similar
    (Superior room)
    Chau Long Sapa Hotel ( New Wing) or Similar
    (ROH room)
    Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa or Similar
    (Superior room)
     
    Ha Long 1 night Oriental Sails or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
    Calypso Cruiser or Similar
    (Deluxe room)
     
    Bhaya Cruises or Similar
    (Bhaya Classic Deluxe Cabin)
     
    SPECIAL NOTE:
    • With the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you’ve always wanted to do. We can tailor or custom design a Vietnam tour to your unique and individual specifications
    • There might be Surcharge on Holidays, please contact us for more details
    • List of above accommodation is recommended by Indochina Travelland. Please do feel free to let us know the accommodation you prefer in each category or combine accommodation category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)
    • Sequence of itinerary subject to local arrangement (It depends to traffic jam/ weather or flight details)

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