Panorama of Vietnam

Panorama of Vietnam Tour is an opportunity to experience the country as a land of stunning beauty and fascination. A tour designed for anyone interested in Vietnams’ history and culture. We visit important sites of the Vietnam War, Hanoi, Hue and Cu Chi in Saigon. However, this tour will show you amazing scenery, art, culture, not to mention its cuisine. Opportunities are created to understand the country and its people as never before.
The tour starts in Hanoi, a once forbidding city that is now completely transformed by nearly two decades of Capitalism. With over four million inhabitants Hanoi is the social capital of Vietnam.

Any individual who has ever gone by Hanoi will probably reveal that it is the most attractive city in all of Asia. People have put down roots here along the Red River for a thousand years. Settled along lush roads among the city’s two dozen lakes you will discover building left by all who conquered this incredible valley.

From the Chinese who initially came in first to later by the French. We visit the ancient city of Hue. Hue once filled in as the capital of Vietnam. However, the Vietnamese still rate the city as a focal point of bygone times and social respect. There are numerous pagodas, tombs and different kinds of structures that connection the past to present.

You have the great privilege to spend the day with a  local family home within a small farming village; just outside of Hoi An town. This tour is designed to give you, your friends and family, a spectacular overview of the life, culture, history, geography, religions and cuisine of this amazing country.

 

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel  Day 8 Short flight to Nha Trang.
Day 2 Hanoi City tour Day 9 Nha Trang: Day at leisure
Day 3 Drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay Day 10 Nha Trang: Day at leisure
Day 4 Visit Luon Return to Hanoi & flight to Hue  Day 11 Nha Trang – Saigon by Flight 
Day 5 Hue City Tour Day 12 Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 6 Set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An. Day 13 Full Day Cai Be Floating Market  & Mekong Delta
Day 7 Explore Hoi and Cooking Class  Day 14  Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport

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Day 1

Hanoi Arrival
* Upon your arrival; you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration. Transfer to the hotel; and check-in
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
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Day 2

Hanoi City Tour (B)
* This morning we embark on a an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming; yet bustling; 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’’s Quarter.
* Hanoi is well known for its history; architecture; charm; tranquility and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well respected site of Ho Chi Minh’’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace; One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
* We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature; Hanoi’s first University.
* After our exciting adventures we’’ve all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at famous Koto restaurant.
* Afternoon; we drive approximately 25minutes to the Ethnology Museum.
* Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles; stories; displays of traditional houses; costumes; hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life.
* Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
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Day 3

Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)
* Ha Long Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime.
* We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay; taking around 3.5 hours.
* The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination; takes us through local farming life and villages; providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs.
* Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!
* En route; we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam. Hong Ngoc Humanities centre in Sao Do town. This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam; creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people.
* You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.
* Arriving in Ha Long Bay; we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay; gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.
* After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.
* Throughout our cruise today; you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave; where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago.
* For beach lovers and swimmers; we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
* We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon; before setting anchor for the night.
* Once anchored; there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
* After dinner; why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambiance and gazing at the millions of stars.
* Overnight on board the cruise boat in Ha Long Bay.
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Day 4

Ha Long –Hanoi – Hue by Flight (B/ Brunch)
* This morning we take a small bamboo boat to visit Luon; a beautiful tunnel cave set within a lagoon.
* We re-board our boat and continue cruising the bay; through the old part of Ha Long City; known as the fishing town and the new built harbor bridge; whilst we enjoy our seafood brunch before heading back to the pier for our return to Hanoi.
* Return to Hanoi; with time to relax or grab a last minute bargain before our late afternoon flight to Hue. Arrival Hue; you will transfer to hotel for check-in.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hue.
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Day 5

Hue City Tour (B)
* We commence our exploration and head to one of the most serene and tranquil tombs in Hue; Minh Mang’s Tomb. Set back from the river bank and hidden within the luscious forest area; surrounded by a beautiful lake; this tomb has a peaceful ambiance like no other.
* A 20 minute drive takes us to the beautiful construction of Khai Dinh’s Tomb; where we see the intricate workmanship of the mosaic architecture within and gaze at the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
* En route we make a stop at a small workshop to see the interesting process of making traditional Hue Conical hats and incense sticks.
* We return to town and visit Hue’s oldest 19th Century Pagoda; ‘Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda; which is famous for it’s Buddhist Centre teachings.
* Boarding our dragon boat from the base of the Pagoda; we cruise down the Perfume River; watching local fisherman; whilst passing through the banks of Hue’s town.
* After disembarking our boat we enjoy a delicious lunch (pay yourself) at a nearby Garden Restaurant
* After lunch we visit the Citadel (Forbidden Purple City); located in Hues town. The Citadel is the former living place of the Royal family during the Nguyen dynasty; from 19th century to mid-20th century.
* Here you will discover the history of Vietnam during this period of time; as well as the daily life of the Royal family and the typical architecture of this Imperial construction.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hue.
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Day 6

Hue – Hoi An (B)
* After a relaxing morning we set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An.
* We pass through Lang Co fishing village; set within beautiful blue lagoons; before heading up and over the spectacular Hai Van Pass; where we stop at the highest point to immerse ourselves and gaze at the spectacular scenery at 980 meters above sea level.
* 20 minutes from the base of the pass we arrive in Da Nang where we visit Cham Museum; built in 1915; which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
* We continue driving to the stunning Marble Mountains; where we climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements; Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.
* We admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains; countryside and China Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’; an underground cave; which was a former hospital through the War.
* After stopping for lunch at China Beach; where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean we head to Hoi An.
* Upon arrival in Hoi An we stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An; visiting an Ancient Chinese Temple; The Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.
* The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure for you to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor made clothes; which Hoi An is renowned for.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.
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Day 7

Exploring Hoi An – Tra Que/ Cooking Class (B/L)
* Today’s incredible cultural experience will have you cropping a veggie patch in no time!
* We have the great privilege to be spending the day at a local family home within a small farming village; just outside of Hoi An town.
* Upon arrival we are welcomed by the family and enjoy a traditional herbal drink; before setting out on our guided walk through the local farmland. We learn about the history of the village; observe the processes of harvesting; and discover the many traditional uses; in both cooking and Vietnamese medicines; with the herbs and vegetables grown.
* For those who have a ‘green thumb’; you have the opportunity to join the farmers in preparing the land; seeding; watering; and picking the crops.
* After trying your hand in harvesting a crop; what better way then to take a rest; freshen up and soak your feet in a traditional lemongrass and rose petal foot bath; before sitting down for a delicious lunch of local delicacies; using the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
* The family also love showing off their skills in whipping up your lunch; giving you a very creative cooking demonstration.
* In the afternoon; we bid farewell to the family and head back to town.
* We then make a stop at a local fishing village; where we board a boat for a magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary and enjoy the scenic view of life along the river.
* Rest of the day is free at leisure.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.
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Day 8

Hoi An – Danang – Nha Trang by Flight (B)
* This morning we take a short flight to Nha Trang.
* We check into our hotel with a day of leisure for you to explore the town and enjoy the picturesque turquoise waters of the South China Sea; with its many restaurants and cafes dotted along the white sandy beach; sheltered by coconut trees.
* Overnight at your hotel in Nha Trang.
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Day 9

Nha Trang – Free & Easy (B)
* In these days you will have free time at leisure in Nha Trang for relaxing and unwinding at the resort overlooking beautiful Bay. Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters; hike nature trails; cool off in your private plunge pool; indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
* Overnight at your hotel in Nha Trang.
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Day 10

Nha Trang – Free & Easy (B)
* In these days you will have free time at leisure in Nha Trang for relaxing and unwinding at the resort overlooking beautiful Bay. Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters; hike nature trails; cool off in your private plunge pool; indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
* Overnight at your hotel in Nha Trang.
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Day 11

Nha Trang – Saigon by Flight (B)
* After a relaxing morning we take a flight to Saigon.
* Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport; you will be met by Tour guide and Driver and transferred to hotel for check-in
* Tonight is free at leisure to explore this bustling city of Saigon
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 12

Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)
* We set out this morning to explore Saigon City; from Central Saigon to Chinatown; providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.
* We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace; the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War; The War Remnants Museum; Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office.
* Before our drive to Cu Chi; we stop for bite and a ‘slurp’; to experience eating Vietnam’s most traditional noodle soup dish ‘pho’.
* Our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas; kitchens; storage; weapons factories; field hospitals; command centers etc and in certain areas; housed up to 10;000 people; who virtually lived underground for years.
* After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds; you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war; with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 13

Cai Be Floating Market Full day / Mekong Delta (B/L)
* Today we head to Cai Be floating market; to explore the typical Vietnamese life of the Mekong Delta
* Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to discover the beautiful landscapers and immerse in the local people’s life market with the real trading going on; such as selling; buying; exchanging the fruits; vegetables and other wares from their boats.
* We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees; experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet.
* Arrive in Tan Phong Island; where we experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees. A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music; called Tai Tu music.
* Back to the restaurant; join to a cooking class. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes; with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden
* We disembark and take a short cycling walking through the traditional villages with many ancient traditional houses; set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees; bonsai garden and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy; the bang conical hat and rice paper in the making.
* It is the typical and cultural lifestyle of South – Western region.
* You will embark the boat to leave Tan Phong Island for the pier to come back to Saigon and enjoy your free time
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 14

Saigon Departure (B)
* After breakfast you have free time at your leisure until we depart for Saigon airport.
* On arrival at the airport you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Saigon airport.
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* Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter (Invitation Letter)
* Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off service.
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation shared in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast
* Boat trips
* Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
* All entrance fees
* Cycle & Trekking tours
* Water Puppets show
* Tra Que & Cooking Class
* Water & tissue during sightseeing
* 24/7 support 
* Domestic flights – subject to change

* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* Vietnam visa stamp fee on Arrival (25 USD & 02 passport photos per person)
* Tipping
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge (if any)
* Services not stated in the itinerary

* The above rate is LAND ONLY and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS – departure & fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Vietnam people watering the vegetable garden by hand in Tra Que Village
Vietnam shopping centre in Saigon
Vietnam floating market at Cai Be with people selling fruit and flowers
Vietnam Cu Chi tunnels with guide showing how to enter
Vietnam View of the Saigon City Hall at night
Vietnam view of Nha Trang with the ocean in the background
Vietnam view of ruins in Nha Trang
Vietnam view of the beach at Nha Trang with grass umbrellas and sun loungers
Vietnam people watering the vegetable garden by hand in Tra Que Village
Vietnam view of ancient temple in Hoi An
Vietnam entrance to the citadel in Hue
Vietnam tomb of Minh Mang in Hue
Vietnam view of Ha Long Bay with traditional boat between the rock outcrops
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh mausoleum entrance with soldiers standing guard
Vietnam lady walking with fruit and vegetables to sell