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Best of North & South Vietnam:

Start your adventure in Hanoi, Vietnam's modern capital, an exotic city that offers the traveler a fusion of cultures from old French to traditional Chinese. Take a 'Cyclo' tour and get lost in its frantic downtown French Quarters. Leave bustling Hanoi behind and join us on a tranquil cruise in Halong Bay, Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonder. Off to the ancient town of Hue that still resonates with the glories of Imperial Vietnam. Onto Hoi An, one of the most unique cities in all of Southeast Asia. From its busy markets to its peaceful natural setting, this is a definite highlight. Take a local flight to Ho Chi Minh, discover its busy markets and the nearby Cu Chi tunnels. Spend time exploring the floating markets of the Meakong and spend time with a local family, a great way to end this trip.

Day-01 Arrival at Hanoi
Arrive at NoiBai International Airport Hanoi, where our guide will assist you with your transfer to your hotel. Time permitting you can always go walk along the streets of the old French Quarter and get yourself oriented with this busy and yet very romantic part of town.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day-02 Hanoi - Halong Bay
After breakfast you will join our exciting overnight adventure to the famous Halong Bay. At Halong pier we will board our cruise to head east towardsthe Gulf of Tonkin. Here in the heart of the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay (where dragons descend into the sea) are its hundreds of limestone islands, together they create one of nature’s most breathtaking vistas. The bay and its mystical islets are all part of UNESCO's world heritage site as a natural wonder. Our boat will slowly cruise around its many islands till it finally arrives at a pristine spot, where we anchor for the night. Later this afternoon we will visit a mysterious yet intriguing Sung Sot Caves. These caves hold the secret of its natural formation that has been going on for thousands of years. The cave walls are about 30 meters in height and show many dramatic formations that tease the imagination. On board, before dinner, you can take part in a short cooking course on making Vietnamese spring rolls. Enjoy watching the sunset and later the star-filled night. Lunch and dinner are both served on board the cruise. Evening activities like night squid finishing, karaoke and dancing are all possible.
Overnight on board.
Day-03 Halong Bay - Hanoi
You could start your morning with an early morning session of TaiChi. After a sumptuous breakfast you have the option to climb up the top of the Titop Island to enjoy a panoramic view of the bay or take your kayaks to paddle in the bay to discover its beauty. After your morning activities the cruise will start heading back to the port. Enjoy your final views from the deck. After you arrive back to the port, your guide will assist you intransferring back to Hanoi. You arrive late in the afternoon. If you are up to it, there are some interesting activities to choose from. As an option we strongly suggest that you visit Hanoi's French Quarters at night and watch the water puppet show. The tradition of this puppet show goes back to Vietnam’s rice farmers. Standing knee deep, the farmers and their puppets transformed the flooded rice paddies into a stage for this unique form of entertainment.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day-04 Hanoi
Today we embark on an exciting tour of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and a truly exotic city. Today's Hanoi is an infusion of old and new, with a touch of its Parisian past and its modern day Viet-Chinese influences, unique is the best wordto describe this city. The narrow streets of its old quarter are swarmed with people and almost as many motorbikes with an assortment of other traffic. The streets are lined with a variety of vendors from fruit sellers to chic brand name outlets. We start our tour with its most revered landmark the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam and the Chairman of the Communist Party from 1951 till 1969. The mausoleum is inspired by Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow. Nearby is the Presidential Palace, with its typical colonial style architecture, constructed in the early nineteen hundreds for the French Governor General of Indo-China. Ho Chi Minh built a stilt house within the Palace gardens where he lived until his final days. Next we visit the One Pillar Pagoda, built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong in 1028. The temple resembles a Lotus flower bloom and is a symbol of purity and peace. Unfortunately, the original was destroyed by French forces before they left Vietnam. Luckily it was rebuilt by the Vietnamese people after their independence. Our next stop is The Temple of Literature. Built in the eleventh century AD and dedicated to Confucius, the Temple of Literature is probably the oldest university of this part of the world. Next we visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, originally built in the sixth century AD, considered to be the oldest in Hanoi. Nearby is the QuanThanh, a Taoist Temple, dedicated to the Xuan Wu, the mysterious warrior and a high ranking Taoist Deity. Later this afternoon you have the option to take a Cyclo (cycle rickshaw) tour of Old Hanoi. Once you are done your tour you can take a walk around the HoanKiemlake and visit the Jade Mountain Temple-Ngoc Son Temple. There are lots of places to dine here around the lake. The lake is lit up at night giving Hanoi's best views of the night.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day-05 Hanoi - Hue - Danang - Hoi An
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue, the ancient capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Arrive and head out to visit the imperial city. Start off with a boat ride down the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, probably the most mentioned monument in Vietnamese literature. Next, pay a visit to the Imperial Citadel.After lunch, relax and enjoy the scenic drive to Da Nang via the Hai Van Pass. Have your camera ready for the view from the top of the pass. Lang Co's immaculate beaches give us an opportunity to stretch our legs and take in some sea air before we continue on to our final destination: Hoi An. After checking in at our hotel, the time is yours to enjoy the beach at your leisure.
Overnight in hotel.
Day-06 Hoi An - My Son
40 km outside of Hoi An is a place of architectural gems left to us by the Cham people. You will see why My Son earned its World Cultural Heritage status. The Towers are a marvel of Cham design and ingenuity. This sacred temple to Shiva emerged from the clutches of the jungle to amaze tourists who marvel at the engineering of the people of long-forgotten Champa. In the afternoon, step back in time in Hoi An, where the ancient streets and buildings of this Cham city are preserved for you today as a World Heritage site. Even theCovered Japanese Bridge, which marked ethnic divisions in the multicultural city, is left to show you the path to the past. Merchants thrived on the spice trade and left as their legacy the Chinese Temple and the Tan Ky Chinese-style trading house.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day-07 Hoi An - Saigon (AM flight)
Breakfast this morning, then transfer to Danang airport for your flight to SaiGon (Ho Chi Minh City). You will be picked up on arrival in Saigon and then you are free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Hotel.
Day-08 Saigon City Tour
Welcome to the biggest, busiest city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. Often still called Saigon, once a humble fishing village is now a metropolis of around 9 million people. Look for the place where a tank stormed the gates at the Reunification Palace. This spot has served as a palace to Kings, French colonists and presidents. The War Remnants Museum displays the remains of machinery and munitions that have attacked Vietnam. It is a sobering experience to see the effects of war on average citizens. For more peaceful contemplation, see the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, built with materials imported from France in the 19th century, including glass from Chartres. Across from the Basilica we can see the Central Post Office, exquisitely designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel. After lunch at a local restaurant we will continue on to Giac Lam Pagoda. Enjoy the relative calm and tranquility in the grounds of this place of worship within the bustling city. The walls protect the eighteenth century pagoda, a modern stupa, and a distant relation of the Bodhi tree under which Gautama Buddha experienced enlightenment. Explore the Chinese-influenced area of Saigon, called "Cholon" ("Big Market"). This is where you will find the ThienHau Pagoda. Dedicated to a Chinese goddess that early settlers thanked for safe passage to Saigon, the Pagoda draws people in for its beauty and the scent of its incense. Since the early 17th century, vendors have been meeting at the site of the Ben Thanh Market to entice customers with their goods. Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day-09 Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai
In the morning we drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. They are a testament to the Cu Chi people's will to survive. During the French occupation, Cu Chi's citizens dug the tunnels by hand and then expanded them during the Vietnam War in order to carry on life underground, away from the attacks from above. Next, on toTayNinh to listen to the sweet sounds of the midday service at Cao Dai Temple. Following lunch, we visit, we will drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, arrive Ho Chi Minh late afternoon.
Overnight in Hotel
Day-10 Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long
Drive to Vinh Long (around 3 hours) for today's adventure. First we will stretch our legs with a stroll to Vinh Long Market. Then it's time to explore the mighty Mekong River. We board our private boat and cruise along the many canals and tributaries of the Mekong, stopping to visit Tien Chau Pagoda, brick and pottery workshops, and to see a fish-raft village. After eating "Elephant Ear Fish" from the Delta, we continue to explore the waterways. On An Binh Island, see the biggest nursery garden. Tonight you have the unique opportunity of staying with a local farming family. After you arrive at their home, you may wish to take in your surroundings, by going for a walk or a bike ride. You will be able to transform yourself from a tourist observer to an actual participant in Vietnamese family life, as you help the family prepare dinner.
Dinner and overnight in their house.
Day-11 Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
We set off early this morning on foot, so we can listen closely to the sounds of the delta and witness local farmers beginning their day. On board, we arrive at the home of a former landlord, Mr. CaiCuong. There you will have the chance to taste the fruits of the delta, while enjoying a performance of traditional South Vietnamese music. In the Nursery Garden, you can see where the Delta fruit trees begin life. Finally, experience the Cai Be floating market, where customers arrive in boats and select choice fruits and vegetables from their favourite floating vendors. Your driver will take you back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Hotel.
Day-12 Departure
Free until transfer to airport for your flight back home or to the next destination.

• Accommodation in friendly, clean, local style hotels. 

• Tours: Guided Tours with an English Speaking Guide.

• Transportation: For sightseeing and intercity transportation as per the program. (Local flights may be extra).

• Meals: Breakfast every day, all meals during the cruise, rest as per program.

 

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Hanoi and its French Quarters

Ha Long Bay

Hoi An

Ancient Capital Hue

Local markets

Dip in the culture

Short walks in the markets

Cruise in the Ha Long Bay

Kayaking and Cave Explorations

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