Classic Vietnam: Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City 7 Days

Classic Vietnam: Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: A perfect journey for travelers have limited time but want to cover the highlights of both north and south of Vietnam. This tour is a great introduction to Vietnamese heritage, culture, wonder, cuisine, its people and much more.

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour Full day with water puppet show
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)
Day 4: Halong Bay - Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 6: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi
When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own.

Meals: None
Overnight in Hanoi 


Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
This city tour of Hanoi takes in essential sites which will commence from your hotel lobby at 08.30 am. In the morning, you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070.

After lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you'll continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples; Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake - the Ngoc Son Temple is set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century; a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.

Note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi  


Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)
After breakfast, you'll leave for Halong Bay with a refreshment break en route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and invigorated and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on a traditional junk in Halong Bay


Day 4: Halong Bay - Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. The tour then visit one of the famous caves in the middle of the bay before cruising back to the main harbor for the 4 hour drive straight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel in the downtown.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration
Embark on a half day guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opener to a part of  Vietnam's proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam.

After lunch at a local restaurant, a 1,5-hour will take you to Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. Returns to Saigon, arriving at around 18.00.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


Day 6: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
Start from hotel at 07.00 and drive straight to visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn ...

It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & Soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof...The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional  houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta. Lunch can be served at Ut Trinh home.

After lunch, we can walk around and then we will enjoy some kinds of fruits when listening to the traditional music. One more thing to do in this trip is biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where you will drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


Day 7: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Your time will be your own until being picked up to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward journey or departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 427 per person
All prices are per person, valid till December 31, 2017
Prices Include:
- All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers.
- 5-night accommodation in Twin/Double share basis, and 1 night on a traditional wooden junk in Halong Bay.
- Experienced local English speaking guide and guide on board in Halong Bay
- Meals as indicated in the programme
- All entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
- VAT and all other taxes
Prices Exclude:
- Entry visa to Vietnam
- Domestic flight ticket: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City (airfare is quoted upon request)
- International flights and airport taxes
- Travel Insurances
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program
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