Highlights of Vietnam 8 Days

Highlights of Vietnam
Highlights: This is the perfect option for those who want all of Vietnam's world-class highlights. Enjoy a cyclo ride of Hanoi's Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; spend a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional Junk; visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot; and then explore the engrossing underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels. It's all here for you.

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi 
Day 2: Hanoi - Sights, Soul and Flavors
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruising
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Danang - Transfer to Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An Free Day at Leisure
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration
Day 7: Sights & Sounds of the Bustling City
Day 8: Depart Ho Chi Minh City


Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi 
When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be smilingly met and transferred to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day will be all yours to stroll around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and its raucous streets full of traditional vendors and artisans, or if you prefer, simply relax and recover for your adventure ahead.

Meals: None
Overnight in Hanoi    

Day 2: Hanoi - Sights, Soul and Flavors
After a breakfast worth writing home about, you'll jump head-first into Hanoi's sights and sounds on a tour that covers all the essentials. You'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Mausoleum, Uncle Ho's former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Temple of Literature, which, dating back to 1070, is Vietnam’s oldest university.
After lunch, explore the enthralling Museum of Ethnology, which contains an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities. Next, enjoy an hour-long cyclo ride winding 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) 
At 08.00, you will be picked up at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short 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 a fishing village by a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and pearl farms. Return to the junk refreshed and and relax on sundeck 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 boat in Halong Bay  

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Danang - to Hoi An
Enjoy an early morning swim/Taichi (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. You will visit a famous ancient limestone cave in the middle of the bay where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour. Enjoy a tasty brunch while cruising back to the main harbor Pier where your private car will be waiting for you and drive straight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon flight to Danang. On arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel in the downtown. 

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An Free Day at Leisure - Optional Guided Walking Tour
Free day at leisure in Hoi An.

Hoi An is a charming little town, with all its key attractions within walking distance, making it easy to explore traditional Vietnam in Hoi An's World Heritage architecture and colorful local market all by yourself. The most popular attractions include the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, a museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you walk along tiny streets with houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. If you wish, a guided tour can be arranged for half the day.

Meals: Breakfast 
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration
First up, you head to Danang airport for your morning dash to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you'll be met by another local expert who will escort you for your drive to the stupefying Cu Chi Tunnels.
After a light lunch at a local restaurant [today at your own cost], visit the amazing network of underground tunnels that was used by the Viet Cong throughout the War. This huge construction was a war-time home for many villagers. With three different levels and despite its proximity to Saigon, it was never discovered by the US. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide, before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 7: Sights & Sounds of the Bustling City
Today you'll embark on a guided city tour, starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opening part of Vietnam's proud history; followed by the Reunification Palace; the former South Vietnam Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, as you  get your camera working overtime peeking into the past of Vietnam's biggest, most energetically progressive city.

After a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, continue with a Chinatown walking tour through the back streets to be part of the local daily life. Stop off for a visit to Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century in tribute to the goddess of seafarers. Delve deeper into Chinatown by visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where the locals actually shop. Then you'll be back at your hotel in time to have a bit of a stroll around the city centre, or simply relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Your time will be your own until being picked up to head to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport for your onward journey or departure flight. 

Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 675 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.
- 6-night accommodation in Twin/Double share basis, and 1 night on a traditional wooden junk in Halong Bay.
- Domestic flight ticket: Hanoi - Danang and Danang Ho Chi Minh City (economy class by Vietnam Airlines)
- Experienced English speaking local guides 
- 4 lunches and 1 dinner as indicated in the programme 
- All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
- 1 hour cyclo ride & water puppet tickets
- VAT and all other taxes
- Free visa processing fee for visa on arrival to Vietnam
Prices Exclude:
- Entry visa to Vietnam 
- International flights and airport taxes
- Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program. 
- Travel Insurances
- Gala Dinner on Dec 24 & Dec 31, 2016