Highlights of Vietnam Overview

A perfect holiday for those with limited time in Vietnam. The tour takes you to the top destinations in the country. From Hanoi to a cruise in Halong Bay, ending in Saigon. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last you a lifetime and is the highlight of the trip.

At a GlanceHighlights of Vietnam picture showing the one pillar pagoda, Ha Long bay and ancient temple
Day 1     Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2    City tour of Hanoi.
Day 3    Drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay
Day 4    Visit Luon: head back to the pier and return to Hanoi
Day 5    Flight to Da Nang. Arrive in Hoi An
Day 6    Cua Dai estuary cruise & Cooking class
Day 7    Return flight to Hanoi
Day 8    Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels visit
Day 9    Full Day Cai Be Floating Market & Mekong Delta
Day 10  Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport.

Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of Hoi An a quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor-made clothes; which Hoi An is renowned for.

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. Cruise along the Mekong river and shop in Saigon. Do not miss this opportunity to discover the best highlights of Vietnam

This tour includes all the highlights of the “Great Ocean Road”. Acclimatize in Hanoi, see the sights, experience the Xich Lo ride around the Old Quarters to see the street life.

Ha Long Bay

Stay overnight in Halong Bay aboard a boat, go fishing and swimming in jade green water and soak up its natural beauty. From the atmospheric charms of Hoi An to modern day life of Saigon, you can feel the diverse cultures and the energy of Vietnam.
Take part in a unique experience of guerrillas living underground during the war in Saigon. Experience a crawl through one of the tunnels. And the food bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is the place for those longing for a taste of the local life far from fellow travelers. Its all about the experience and not just the sightseeing. Immerse yourself in the local life!

 

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Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star
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Day 1

Hanoi Arrival
* Upon your arrival; you will be greeted at the airport by a tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi
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Day 2

City tour Hanoi (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 have all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at famous KOTO restaurant.
* In the afternoon; we drive approximately 25 minutes 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 Bay (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; the 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 boat.
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Day 4

Ha Long – Hanoi (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.
* We will visit the famous Ceramic workshop in Dong Trieu town; you can also join the local handicraft men and helping them to make beautiful ceramic products
* Back to Hanoi in late afternoon; check in hotel and free time at your leisure for the rest of the evening
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
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Day 5

Hanoi – Da Nang by Flight – Hoi An (B)
* This morning we take a flight to Da Nang.
* On our way to Hoi An; stop in Da Nang and visit Cham Museum built in 1915; which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
* After stopping for lunch at Da Nang Beach; where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean we take a short drive to the stunning Marble Mountains.
* 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 Da Nang Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’; an underground cave; which was a former hospital through the War.
* After our scenic climb we continue on a further 20 minutes; reaching 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 late 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 6

Hoi An – Tra Que / Cooking Class (B/L)
* What a fantastic day we have planned for you today!
* After breakfast; you will be met at your hotel by our tour guide and Xich Lo’s to start our adventure.
* We take a slow leisurely ride through the local areas; tourists do not venture through; passing through tiny lanes of the Hoi An town and countryside; family homes; fields of corn; sweet potatoes; beautiful local fruit-gardens; just to name a few.
* We make a stop at a local fishing village; where we board a boat for a 1 hour magical cruise down the Cua Dai estuary to Hoi An town.
* Arriving at our local families home we say goodbye to our Xich Lo’s and are warmly welcomed by the family. We sit down 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.
* We return to town mid-afternoon
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.
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Day 7

Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon by Flight (B)
* After a relaxing morning we take a flight to Saigon.
* Tonight is free at leisure to explore this bustling city of Saigon
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 8

Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
* 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.
* In the afternoon; we drive about 70 kms to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
* 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 guerrillas 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 9

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.
* We return to the restaurant; and join 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
* Free time for the rest of the day to continue exploring Saigon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
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Day 10

Saigon Departure (B)
* Have breakfast at your hotel and then enjoy some free time until your transfer to the Airport for departure
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Vietnam experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.
* Services end at Saigon airport.
* After breakfast you will check out of your hotel (late check-out on request).
* You have free time at your leisure until we depart for Cairo International Airport in the evening.
* On arrival at the airport you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Cairo International Airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Vietnam experience. We value your patronage & look forward to seeing you again ion one of our tours

* Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter (Invitation Letter)
* Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast
* Boat trips
* Meals as mentioned (B-Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
* All entrance fees
* Cycle tours
* Domestic flights – subject to change
* Water Puppets show
* Tra Que & Cooking Class
* Water & tissue
* 24/7 support 

* 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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Rates valid for travel between 01 FEB and 30 APR 2018
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Vietnam floating market with people selling fruits and vegetables from boats
Vietnam floating market with people selling fruits and vegetables from boats
Vietnam view of Notre Dame cathederal in Saigon with statue of Mary in the foreground
Vietnam Saigon city hall exterior with statue in foreground
Vietnam view of a street with shops in Hoi An old town
Vietnam view of Marble Mountain
Vietnam view of the Luon caves in ha Long Bay with people in a row boat
Vietnam view of Ha Long Bay with speed boat on the water
Vietnam the one pillar pergoda in Hanoi
Vietnam Hanoi Xich-lo ride