Details itinerary day by day:
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) ARRIVAL (MEALS: NO MEAL)
Arrive in Saigon, greeted by your GREENCANAL TRAVEL tour guide and transfer to the hotel. After noontime, let’s start the city tour at the central Square, surrounded by the Notre Dame Cathedral, old Post Office, and historical Reunification Palace; go on to Ngoc Hoang Pagoda and experience daily life of Saigon people at Ben Thanh Market in the centre of district I, the most bustling one amongst the districts of Saigon.
Dinner on own arrangement with delicious Saigon cuisines and overnight in Saigon.
DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNELS (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH)
In the morning, depart for Cu Chi Tunnels 25kms outskirt of Saigon; visit an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. Explore amazing system of tunnels and see how human create unexpected man-made wonder. Return to Saigon.
Enjoy lunch served at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, free on your own arrangement for shopping and relax. There are multiple choice for you. Walking around Ben Thanh market and district 1 is a great opportunity for local souvenir shopping.
Dinner own arrangement, spend the night in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY – CAIBE – MEKONG DELTA (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH)
Depart for Cai Be district, the journey via Ben Luc and the countryside, arrive at boat quay. Take a boat trip to explore the ordinary life of local people at the Floating market, see people exchanging the goods from boats to boats, this tiny market gathering quite early of the day until mid-day. More boat cruise on Mekong river and canals to visit the Bonsai garden, enjoy the local fruit.
Your lunch will be served on the Island.
In the afternoon, visit the family running workshops where produce the Noodle, rice paper. This is an amazing handy work of work shop where supply southern country large amount of rice paper. The top secret of best Vietnamese dish spring-roll kept in magic hand of rice paper maker. Return to Saigon late of the day.
Dinner on your own arrangement, spend the night in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 4: HO CHI MINH CITY – FLY TO DA NANG – HOI AN (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH)
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to the airport for departure flight to Da Nang. Meeting up with our tour guide and driver around 10AM. Take half day excursion to visit Da Nang, visit Cham Museum – the houses of the most complete collection if Cham Artifacts anywhere in the world. This museum bring us back to date of over a thousand year ago, during the time, Cham Dynasty Champa Kingdom was ruling the whole wild central and central highland.
Enjoy your lunch server at local restaurant in Da Nang.
In the afternoon, visit Non Nuoc Beach – where the American named and used to have their Rest and Relaxation; and the Marble Mountain – the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, air, fire and earth). This is a great place to learn about Vietnamese nature and Asian Fengshui. Drive to Hoi An along marvelous beaches, check in the hotel upon arrival. Spend the rest of the day free at own leisure.
Dinner on own arrangement, overnight in Hoian.
DAY 5: HOI AN CITY TOUR & RELAX (MEALS: BREAKFAST)
Being one of the five World Heritages of Vietnam as designated by UNESCO, Hoian ancient town is maintaining lots of characters of a former central seaport, before Danang took this role. This morning we can stroll around the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visiting taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, ancient houses and trading houses of Hoian to understand how the Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese architectural styles have mixed up here after the presence of traders from all these countries.
Lunch with Hoian “Cao Lau” and other Hoian specialties on your own account.
Afternoon spend the rest time of the day free at leisure for shopping. There are number of amazing tailors who is specially tailoring best dresses for lady and great clothes for the men. Being a part of Silk Road, Hoian brings traveler a huge selection of fabric and tailoring products.
Dinner on own arrangement and spend the night in Hoian.
DAY 6: HOI AN – DA NANG – HUE CITY (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH)
In the morning, drive early northward to Hue via Hai Van (the “Ocean Cloudy”) mountain pass, with stopover to visit the Lang Co beach to enjoy miraculous seascape. The 1st accredited Cultural World Heritage of Vietnam, Hue is highlighted by the old royal architectural works and the most traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. Upon our arrival in Hue, visit the Tomb of King Minh Mang or King Tu Duc. This is a memorial site of Emperor when passed away.
Lunch in local restaurant.
In the afternoon, the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City and Hue Royal Museum. This grand heritage dated back since 20th century under Nguyen Dynasty, the rest time of the day visit bustling Dong Ba market.
Dinner in a garden restaurant and overnight in Hue.
DAY 7: HUE CITY TOUR – FLY TO HANOI (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH)
After breakfast at the hotel, take a boat trip on Perfume River. This this is a really romantic river crossing Hue city. The dragon boat takes you along riverside. During cruise, there are opportunities to take great pictures. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda then continue drive straight to the airport for flight to Hanoi.
Lunch on own account.
On arrival at Hanoi airport, After BF at the hotel, drive for Hue airport, tour guide and car up pick up and transfer to the hotel in central Hanoi for check in. Spend your rest time of the day for relax.
Dinner on own arrangement, overnight in Hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 8: HANOI CITY TOUR (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH)
Full day city tour includes Ho Chi Minh Complex with the mausoleum, the stilt house and One Pillar pagoda; continue to the temple of Literature the foundation of Vietnam Education. Visit the Fine Art Museum.
Enjoy lunch In one of Practice Vocational restaurant Koto.
In the afternoon, visit Ngoc Son temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, History Museum then take a cyclo trip to explore the bustling Old quarter. Enjoy an evening water puppet show at late of the day.
Dinner on own arrangement and overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 9: HANOI – MAI CHAU VALLEY (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH, DINNER)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Mai Chau via Hoa Binh town, this drive distance is 130kms, passing by great green land of here there vast rice paddy, and green carpet of sugar cane farm. Mai Chau Valley appears after some high pass drive. Arrival at the hotel, check in and to be free.
Your lunch is served at local family with local dishes.
In the afternoon, take short biking tour around the village of Pom Coong, Lac Village, Pom Kinh Village. A cycling trip take you through local country side, during the tme, we can see and meet local friendly Thai traibe. Discover amazing awat women making their unique Thai traditional wears. Stop at any time, any places you like to take pictures…. Be back to the hotel and relax.
Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Mai Chau.
DAY 10: MAI CHAU VALLEY – HANOI (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH)
After breakfast at the hotel, take more short walking excursion around to small hamlets near by to the hotel. Or visit lime stone cave next to the hotel. The itinerary is flexible as well. You also can take a morning bike tour villages further from the hotel.
Lunch at Mai Chau Lodge Hotel.
Depart from Mai Chau back to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, check in the hotel and free at own arrangement for shopping and relax.
Dinner on own arrangement. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 11: HANOI – HALONG BAY CRUISE (MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH, DINNER)
Morning arrive in Hanoi. Transfer to the hotel for BF then, drive from Hanoi for Halong Bay. It takes about 3hours overland. Stop along the way for photos are the best opportunities to meet & see local people farming countryside. Otherwise it is a way to discover the best cultural hints of Vietnamese behind the villages. On arrival, boarding to the Junk, enjoy the welcome drink.
Enjoy seafood lunch on board.
In the afternoon, spend time for relax on sun deck; visit a lime stone cave named Sung Sot (Amazing grotto). Walk up Ti Top Island to view panorama of the bay. Rest of the day is free at leisure and swimming.
Dinner on board & overnight on the Junk Cruise SIC cabin.
DAY 12: HALONG BAY CRUISE – DEPARTURE (MEALS: BREAKFAST & BRUNCH)
After morning sunrise & BF, take more cruise to further of the bay by a sampan boat to explore Luon Cave, enjoy picturesque of Bai Tu Long Bay. Check out of your cabin and then enjoy a brunch meal, docking at quay.
Lunch is own your own arrangement.
Drive straight to the airport. En route visit the Dong Trieu Ceramic factory to explore how local people make ceramics products. Arrive at the airport, services end.
Vietnam highlight tour is special designed tour itinerary by Ms. Tam, our top awarded product manager. This tour starts from Ho Chi Minh city (formerly named as Saigon) southern land of Vietnam. It ends in Hanoi the capital of the country. If you prefer to see the north of Vietnam first, tour can start reverse from Hanoi as well.
The tour is covering all destinations country wide. Ho Chi Minh city is an exciting destination with recent history in war. This destination is a perfect tropical city deserve for all travelers. Next destination of traveling to Mekong Delta is a great time to discover amazing water life of local people. In the central of Vietnam we arrange you time for both sightseeing, relax and visit Hoian, it is ancient merchant town during five century ago. Hue Citadel should not be missed during traveling in Vietnam. The tour continuing to Hanoi capital, this is an amazing place to see impression of thousand year history. Mai Chau valley is a typical northern west Vietnam places to see Thai Hill tribe. Your trip ending after visit Halong Bay, a world class destination listed as World wonder and world’s natural heritage by UNESCO since 1994.
Brief tour program:
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) arrival day.
Day 2: Saigon city tour/ Cu Chi Tunnel day excursion
Day 3: Mekong Delta/ boat cruise and local water-life visit
Day 4: Saigon to Hoian by flight/ Hoian ancient town walking tour
Day 5: Hoian relax and shopping/ Boat trip on Thu Bon River
Day 7: Hue top Hanoi by flight/ Hanoi relax
Day 8: Hanoi city tour
Day 9: Hanoi drive trip to Mai Chau Valley/ Sightseeing at Thai Hiltribe Village
Day 10: Mai Chau more sightseeing drive back to Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi drive overland to Ha Long Bay/ Cruise on and overnight on Junk cruise
Day 12: Halong Bay departure.