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Vietnamese Discovery


     

Learn about this vibrant countrys fascinating history and exciting culture.  Covering all the main attractions of this historical and once turbulent land, the Vietnamese Discovery tour rewards with informative and fascinating glimpses of this delightful country. Enjoy views from the seat of a traditional cyclo (three wheeled bicycle), from a cruise boat sailing along Halong Bay as well as more usual methods of transport! An ideal introductory tour for the first-time visitor, offering the choice of Four or Five Star hotels throughout.

 

 

Tour Highlights

Explore Hanois Old Quarter and see famous landmarks

Cruise around breathtaking Halong Bay

Discover the ancient imperial city of Hue

See the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An

Tour Ho Chi Minh Citys monuments

 

 

Our Opinion 

A superb tour that takes in the best of Vietnam.  Perhaps extend your stay at the end in Phan Thiet for some relaxation on the beach.

 

 

Itinerary in Brief

Hanoi: 2 nights

Halong Bay: 1 night

Hue: 2 nights

Hoi An: 2 nights

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): 2 nights

Mekong Delta: Day Trip

 

 

Full Itinerary

  

Day 1 - Hanoi

Upon early morning arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a relaxing late afternoon tour of the fascinating shops and alleyways within the Old Quarter of Hanoi by traditional cyclo. This three-wheeled bicycle with a unique seating arrangement at the front has been a form of transport within Vietnam for many years. This evening relax with a cocktail and an informative talk on Vietnams remarkable history by a local historian. Later, enjoy dinner and a traditional water puppet show before retiring to your hotel.

 

 

 

Day 2 – Hanoi
This morning continue your tour of Hanoi with a visit to the One Pillar Pagoda and the monumental marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (closed Mondays, Fridays and October to November). See the simple house where he lived and learn about his fight for the independence of this beautiful country. Your morning tour concludes at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, which was established in 1076. The afternoon is at leisure, or you can join an optional visit to the Museum of Ethnology.

 

Day 3 - Hanoi to Halong Bay
Depart for an overnight cruise around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, a picturesque landscape of over 3000 limestone islets dotted throughout warm emerald waters and be welcomed on board with a refreshing cocktail. Set sail following a Vietnamese buffet lunch and over the next afternoon and morning explore the caves and grottoes that once offered shelter and a hideout to pirates that sailed the South China Sea. Hear myths and legends connected with these grottoes while relaxing on deck. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, with an opportunity for swimming and kayaking when your traditional junk sets anchor within the Bay
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Day 4 - Halong Bay

This morning enjoy tai chi on the sundeck before breakfast. Disembark for the drive back to Hanoi before transferring to the airport for your flight to Hue where you will spend two nights.

  

Day 5 - Halong Bay to Hue

Situated on the Perfume River, the ancient imperial city of Hue was once home to Vietnams last ruling dynasty. An important cultural centre of Vietnam, Hue has many historical and religious monuments. Today visit the citys sights, beginning with a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Later, seek out some incredible bargains at Dong Ba Market and take an informative tour of Hue's Imperial Citadel. Despite heavy war damage this important and historical collection of buildings still stands proud within the city. Dine later at a local restaurant.

 

 

Day 6 - Hue to Hoi An

Depart Hue via the Hai Van Pass. This scenic journey passes pretty villages and fruit orchards as you hug the coastline on your journey to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An. Stop by in Danang and visit the Cham Museum, take a stroll on China Beach, where the Americans first landed back in 1965, and visit the Marble Mountain. Upon arriving in Hoi An, rest a while before a relaxing walking tour of the central market, Japanese Bridge, Fukien Assembly Hall and Tan Ky Old House.

 

Day 7 - Hoi An

Today is at leisure. Choose to browse the many tailors or handicraft shops or relax on the beach just outside of town. Alternatively, join a popular cookery class in the morning which includes a visit to the market to choose your ingredients and lunch. Later, an optional tour to the 7th to 13th Century Champa ruins of My Son reveals a little more of Vietnam's varied history.

 

 

 

Day 8 - Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

Leave Hoi An this morning for your flight to the commercial hub of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, this beautiful city has inspired many writers and artists. Its wide tree lined boulevards are home to street hawkers selling traditional Vietnamese food and strong iced coffees. See touches of colonial architecture in the buildings and watch the streets throng with a million mopeds. On arrival, take a short tour of the city, visiting the thought provoking War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, former Presidential Palace and Ben Thanh Market.

 

 

 

Day 9 - Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta

Drive two hours to My Tho which is nestled deep within the ricebowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta and is famous for its extensive orchards and rice fields. Enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River to a fruit orchard to see a rural cottage industry at work and take a horse and cart ride through the village. Following lunch return to Ho Chi Minh City. Your final evening includes a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. 

 

Day 10 - Mekong Delta

Enjoy a day at leisure for additional sightseeing or shopping with an optional tour to the tunnels at Cu Chi. Drive through scenic areas of paddy fields and fruit farms that provide produce to local markets and traders bound for the city. Explore this underground network that was once a hideout and home for scores of Vietnamese insurgents during the Vietnam War. Early evening transfer to the airport for your onward journey or alternatively you could choose to extend your stay. 

 

 

Extensions
Perhaps extend your stay in Phan Thiet or if you prefer something different we are happy to tailor fit this tour into an itinerary to see more of Southeast Asia.


Need to Know

Accommodation on tour - 4 or 5 star accommodation as described.
On occasion it may be necessary to use alternative accommodation due to local availability, weather and road conditions.
Meals on tour - Breakfast is included throughout, lunch is included on Days 2-6, 8 and 9 and dinner is included on Days 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9.
Tour Guide - The Vietnamese Discovery tour is escorted from Days 1-10 by a local tour guide.  Extensions are not escorted but assistance is provided in each destination by our local representative.

 

Clare has visited Vietnam so can offer her expert, first hand knowledge and advise.

Please call us to find out more, on 01928 246 243.