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9 Days / 8 Nights - Tour
Vietnam Discovery

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Day 1 Arrival - Hanoi
Morning arrival at Hanoi Airport. The elegant capital of Vietnam is the so-called Paris of the Orient. Hanoi's center is an architectural museum with its old colonial buildings, the broad tree-lined boulevards and the beautiful lakes. Transfer to your hotel. Lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon we will enjoy a cyclo (bicycle trishaw) tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter, an intriguing and colorful maze of alleys where commercial life thrives. We will then visit Ngoc Son Temple on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Hanoi.
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Hanoi
Breakfast. This morning we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday & the whole October - November) and his former residence, a house built on stilts. Constructed in 1958, this is the house from which Ho Chi Minh directed the Vietnam War. Next we will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a tiny shrine where couples make offerings when they want to have a child, and the Ethnology Museum, which gives a very interesting overview over the many different tribes in Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon we will continue our discovery of Hanoi with the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest institution of higher education, founded in the 11th century. Next we will visit the Fine Art Museum where we can see some very intricate sculptures, paintings, lacquerware, ceramics and other traditional Vietnamese fine arts. This evening enjoy a Water Puppet Show, a unique Vietnamese traditional art. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, Hanoi.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Hanoi - Hue
Breakfast. This morning transfer to Hanoi Domestic Airport for departure flight to Hue. Hue is the ancient imperial city of Vietnam and has been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1993. Hue is famous for it's imperial architectural treasures from it's glorious days and is beautifully located on the shores of the Perfume River. This morning we will visit the Imperial Citadel, which dates back to the 18th century. Within the Citadel is the Imperial Enclosure all the official functions were taking place and the Forbidden Purple City which was for the personal use of the Emperor only. Vietnam was ruled from this city until 1945, unfortunately was most of the ancient city destroyed during the War but the remains are proof of the glorious past. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign and we will visit the most extravagant of the mausoleums. Late morning we will visit the Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh which has an unique European touch and Tu Duc Tomb, the largest and most impressive of all tombs. Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will make a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest place for religious worship in Hue. This 21m-high tower is one of the most famous structures in Vietnam. We will then continue by boat to the Minh Mang Tomb, which is renowned for its architecture. Late afternoon return to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Hue.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Hue - Danang - Hoi An
Breakfast. This morning we will travel by car along the coast to Danang & Hoi An. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views of the mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. In Danang we will visit the Cham Museum with a great collection of ancient sculptures from the Kingdom of Champa. We continue further south to the charming historic city of Hoi An. Lunch at local restaurant.
Early afternoon arrival in Hoi An and check in to your hotel. Known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. We will first enjoy a cyclo tour through the ancient city. After that we will make a leisurely walking tour on foot to visit some of the historic merchant houses and places of worship. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Hoi An.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Hoi An - Danang - Nha Trang
Breakfast. Transfer to Danang Airport and departure with domestic flight to Nha Trang. Transfer to hotel. Lunch at local restaurant.

Nha Trang is a fishing town and a popular beach destination. The rest of day at leisure to explore the city or to relax at the beach. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Nha Trang.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Nha Trang
Breakfast. This morning we will drive to Po Nagar Cham Tower, a sacred Hindu site dating back to the 2nd century AD. The town was built between the 7th and 12th centuries and is still used today as a place of pilgrimage for the Cham and Vietnamese Buddhists, drive to Cau Da pier and take a boat cruise to the offshore islands and a fishing village. Seafood lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Nha Trang.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast. Transfer to Nha Trang Airport. Departure with domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This bustling city is the largest town of Vietnam and the economic center of the country. The city has kept a French touch from the colonial days and has plenty to offer. Transfer to your hotel and lunch.

This afternoon we will discover the city and visit Thien Hau Pagoda, the War Museum and the former Presidential Palace. We will then walk through the old part of town and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the impressive Post Office. Our way back will take us trough the main commercial area and we can stop at one of the many Art Galleries or at other shops. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast. This morning we will make a walking tour through China Town, This is a great way to observe the daily life of the Vietnamese people and there are many shops with interesting merchandise on sale! Along the way we will visit an old Chinese Temple and after that continue by cyclo to the busy market in China Town. We will then visit Giam Lac Pagoda, the oldest Temple in Ho Chi Minh. It is a Buddhist pagoda with aspects of Taoism and Confucianism, a mix of religions very typical to Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure to further explore the city. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OPTIONAL AFTERNOON TOUR:
This afternoon we will drive out of the City to Cu Chi and visit the amazing complex of underground tunnels. There are more than 200 km of underground tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels.

Time permitting we will continue to Tay Ninh, the center of the Cao-Dai religion. This religion was founded in 1926, and is a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. We will visit the colorful temple and then return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City - Departure
Breakfast. Morning transfer to Ho Chi Minh Airport. Departure with international flight.
Breakfast

 

 
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