VIVID VIETNAM (VCT03)

Tour duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Destinations: VietNam

This tour takes your trip to Vietnam to the fullest. It allows you to fully enjoy all the contrasts of modern cities and natural landscapes, rivers and bays, citadels and temples that can be found throughout Vietnam. Stay overnight on Halong Bay and inland at Hoa Lu / Ninh Binh in the north, as well as in Can Tho, the capital of the fertile Mekong Delta in the South. In between discover the imperial city of Hue and the ancient port town of Hoi An in the centre.

STANDARD CATEGORY
City Accommodation Star Category Room category
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Pomihoa
Stilt House
***
***
Deluxe
Deluxe
Basic accommodation
Ninh Binh Thuy Anh Hotel  *** Deluxe
Halong Glory Legend Cruise ***  Deluxe
Hue Em Hue
Gold Hue
***
***
Deluxe
Deluxe
Hoian Like Hotel 
Hoi An Emerald Waters Hotel & Spa
***
***
Deluxe
Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh Vien Dong  *** Deluxe
Can Tho Holiday One *** Deluxe
SUPERIOR CATEGORY
City Accommodation Star Category Room category
Hanoi MK Boutique 
La Casa
****
****
Luxury Room
Deluxe
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh Legend 
****
****
Deluxe
Deluxe
Halong Royal Lotus **** Premium
Hue Eldora  **** Deluxe City View
Hoian Little Hoi An Boutique Central Hotel
The Beach Little Bouique Hotel & Spa
****
****
Deluxe
Little Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh Liberty Riverside
Central Palace
****
****
Superior
Deluxe 
Can Tho Iris  **** Deluxe Premier
DELUXE CATEGORY
City Accommodation Star Category Room category
Hanoi Apricot
Pan Pacific
*****
*****
Sletch Room
Deluxe
Ninh Binh Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa ***** Deluxe
Halong Paradise Junk  ***** Superior
Hue Pilgrimage
La Residence 
*****
*****
Honeymoon Suite
Deluxe
Hoian Royal Hotel
Anantara Hoi An
*****
*****
Deluxe 
Deluxe Balcony
Ho Chi Minh Le Meridien ***** Classic Room
Can Tho Victoria Can Tho  ***** Deluxe River View

Day 1: HANOI

Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Rest and relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: HANOI (B-L)

After breakfast, spend a day touring the capital, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. End the morning with a visit to the Museum of Women.
In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins. Followed by a walking tour through the old quarter of Hanoi, Ngoc Son Temple nearby Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy a one-hour rickshaw sight-seeing tour followed by a water puppet show in the early evening.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: please note Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday. The Temple of Literature is closed on Monday.

Day 3: HANOI - NINH BINH (B-L)

After breakfast, drive to Hoa Lu (2 hour drive), the ancient royal capital of Vietnam. On the way, visit temples dedicated to the Dinh and Le dynasty kings. Continue your trip to Tam Coc and take a bicycle ride along picturesque roads amidst beautiful green paddy fields. End the bicycle tour at a local restaurant and stop for lunch.
In the afternoon, board a small sampan for a spectacular 2-hour trip through caves, waterways and beautiful rural landscape consisting of limestone cliffs and rice paddies.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 4: NINH BINH - HAIPHONG - HALONG (B-L-D)

After breakfast, depart for the stunning Halong Bay located in the Gulf of Tonkin. On the way, stop for a sigh seeing tour in Hai Phong city including a visit to the Du Hang Buddhist Temple, Hang Kenh Communal House and the French influenced Municipal Theatre.
Arrive at Halong City, check in and board a junk. Lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay.
In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and activities or just spend some time relaxing on board (Possibility to swim in the bay if weather permits). Dinner is served on board.
Overnight on Halong Bay.

Note: Visits or activities will be slightly different depending on each junk’s itinerary. Your tour guide will be replaced by a local guide on board during your cruise.

Day 5: HALONG - HANOI - HUE (B-L)

Breakfast on board and enjoy the fresh morning in the bay. The cruise ends around 11h00 am. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi airport. On the way, visit But Thap Pagoda.
Arrive at Noi Bai airport in the late afternoon and take the flight to Hue. Welcome upon arrival at Hue airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Hue.

Note: Breakfast, lunch or brunch will be served on board depend each junk‘s service.

Day 6: HUE (B-L)

After breakfast, take a boat cruise on the Huong river. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda located on the river bank, followed by a visit to the tomb of Minh Mang.
In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel, a complex covering an area of 520 hectares comprising three circles; the Hue Capital Citadel, the Royal Citadel and the Forbidden Citadel. Continue on to Emperor Tu Duc's Mausoleum, built according to the mystical laws of geomancy. Before returning to the hotel, take a walk through Dong Ba Market
Overnight in Hue.

Day 7: HUE - DANANG - HOI AN (B-L)

After breakfast, drive to Danang via the spectacular Hai Van Pass, visit the Cham Museum, probably best museum in the world focusing on the ancient kingdom of Champa. Continue on to the charming old town of Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port during the 15th to 19th centuries. Many of the buildings in the town reflect historical architectural styles and the whole town is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Check-in to the hotel, have lunch and then enjoy a walking tour in the old town. Visit Phuc Kien Pagoda and the Japanese wooden bridge. End the day with a visit to a lantern making cottage and learn how to make this handicraft yourself.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: HOI AN (B-L)

After breakfast, take a half day trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son (1 hour drive) located to the southwest of Hoi An. In a lush green valley stand dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries. On the way back to Hoi An visit Tra Kieu, formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel, the capital of Champa between the 4th and 8th centuries.
In the afternoon, go on an excursion by boat on the Thu Bon River with a stop along the way at a traditional ceramic and carpentry village. Relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: HOI AN - DANANG - HO CHI MINH CITY (B-L)

After breakfast, transfer to Danang Airport fora morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). On arrival, proceed to the hotel and check in. Then enjoy a tour of the former Presidential Palace (Reunification Palace), now preserved as a museum. Continue on to the 19th century ‘Notre-Dame’ Cathedral, the beautiful Central Post Office and then the central historical district with its well-preserved Hotel de Ville and Opera House.
In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum and China town with its bustling Binh Tay Market.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE - VINH LONG - CAN THO (B-L)

After breakfast, drive to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Visit a Cao Dai Temple on the way. In Cai Be, board a sampan for a cruise on the Mekong River and its numerous canals. Visit an old colonial house and a rice popcorn factory along the way.
In the afternoon continue on to Vinh Long and then drive to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta.
Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 11: CAN THO - MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY (B-L)

After breakfast, board a sampan to visit the Cai Rang floating market and a local fruit farm. Then visit the charming, colonial style Binh Thuy House (over 100 years old). Explore Can Tho’s local market before heading back towards Ho Chi Minh City. On the way have lunch at Phuoc Long pagoda (vegetarian), in the centre of My Tho. This pagoda is famous for its collection of antiques and for the excellent vegetarian food prepared by the monks. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

After breakfast, relax until departure to Tan Son Nhat airport.

Our prices include:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels.
  • Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English speaking guides for tours.
  • Entry fees for sightseeing.
  • Private cabin on sharing Junk in Halong bay 
  • Private boat for trips in Hoalu, Hue, Hoian and Mekong Delta
  • Meals as mentioned: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, (D) for dinner.
  • Taxes: V.A.T.

 

Our prices do not include:

  • Visa for Vietnam.
  • Flights Hanoi – Hue/Danang - Ho Chi Minh City.
  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not note specifically mentioned in the program.

 

Note:

  • Hotel room will be available from 13h00 only.
  • Program is subject to change without prior notice due to unexpected changes in airline schedule or flight cancellations.
  • We reserve the right to adjust prices at any time in the event of an increase in fuel surcharges.
  • Visa to Vietnam is available upon arrival at the airport with prior arrangement for authorisation letter. 
  • In general most venues are closed throughout the period of the Lunar New Year in Vietnam.

VIVID VIETNAM (VCT03), 12 Days / 11 Nights

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