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Vietnam Amazing Travel
Vietnam Overland - 14days/15nights
Our excellent guide to Vietnam will take you on a culture packed tour of Vietnam, which takes you through the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and into the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
This is a small group tour – there will never be more than 15 persons per group – and we don’t just show you the sights in famous cities in Vietnam but you will get to know the Vietnamese people and take away a feeling for the warmth of welcome from Vietnamese local people, for whom a smile is never far away.
 
In brief:
 
Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Sightseeing
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Boat Cruise - Homestayh 
Day 4: Ben Tre - Cai Be Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat
Day 6: Da Lat - Nha Trang
Day 7: Nha Trang - Boat Cruise
Day 8:  Nha Trang - Qui Nhon
Day 9: Qui Nhon - Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An - Sightseeing
Day 11: Hoi An - Hue sightseeing
Day 12: Hue - Boat Cruise - Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi - Halong Bay Tour
Day 14: Halong - Boat Cruise - Hanoi
Day 15: Hanoi - Departure
 
Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival   ( D )

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxation. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
 
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Sightseeing ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, just outside Ho Chi Minh City. During the war for independence, "Viet Cong" guerillas built the labyrinth of narrow tunnels virtually underneath U.S. bases, using them to hide during bombing raids and to stage surprise attacks. Optional side trips en route to Cu Chi include visits to see how rural people live and work. View occupations such as cashew nut farming, duck breeding, rice farming and production of rice paper, a  key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine.
Return to HoChi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour. Visit the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Temple. A relaxing "Health and Beauty" package is optional. Participants can enjoy 30 minutes of one of the following: shampoo and head massage; manicure; foot massage or facial massage. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Boat Cruise - Homestay  ( B, L, D )

Drive to Ben Tre. Here,  take a boat to Coconut Island. Enjoy a brief walk on the island, trying native fruits and viewing local handicraft productions. Continue by boat to Tan Thach commune to visit a family-run enterprise making coconut candies. Take a horse-drawn cart to Quoi Son to visit a bee farm and to enjoy tea and candies.
Float on a sampan through the narrow,  tree-lined canals of the Mekong Delta.
Enjoy lunch at Qui Island. After lunch continue by boat to Phu Tuc village for an overnight stay. Enjoy fishing and sightseeing during a late-afternoon rowboat trip along the Tien River. Visit a local family home and have a dinner of traditional Mekong Delta foods. After dinner take in a performance of traditional rural music. Spend the night in a homestay in Ben Tre. Overnight local house in Ben Tre.

Day 4: Ben Tre - Cai Be Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City  ( B, L )

After breakfast depart for Cai Be. Take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of theMekong Delta.
Vietnam Amazing Travel's trip includes a visit to the unique "floating" market at Cai Be and to a family-run business producing rice paper. A key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Visit a fruit wholesale market, a local school and a French-influenced Catholic Church. Return to Ho Chi Minh City . Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat ( B )

Scenic drive from Ho Chi Minh City to the central highland resort of Dalat. En route stop at rubber, tea and coffee plantations. A visit to a silk-making business is optional. Upon arrival in Dalat, visit Prenn waterfall and enjoy a brief view of the city by horse-drawn cart.  Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 6: Da Lat - Nha Trang  ( B, L )

In the morning, tour the summer residence of Vietnam's last emperor, Bao Dai. Drop by the colorful Da Lat Market to see a variety of flowers, vegetables, and fruits available in Da Lat's temperate climate. The drive to Nha Trang begins with a series of mountainside switchbacks affording spectacular views of the arid lowlands and the sea. Stop near the seaside town of Phan Rang to visit Po Klong Garai, a well-preserved 14th century Cham Tower. Follow the coastal road to Nha Trang, stopping at a vineyard along the way. Upon arrival in Nha Trang, hotel check-in then rest of day free to enjoy this beach town .Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7: Nha Trang - Boat Cruise ( B, L )

Enjoy Nha Trang's turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Take a morning boat cruise to offshore islands in Nha Trang Bay. Afternoon visit  the Ponagar Cham Towers, the Long Son Pagoda, the Cathedral of Nha Trang. A visit to a local fish and food market is optional .Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang - Qui Nhon ( B, L  )

The drive from Nha Trang to Qui Nhon passes through perhaps the most beautiful stretches of coastline in all of Vietnam. The range of colours and vistas seen along this coastal and mountainous drive are unparalleled in South East Asia. Stop en route at Dai Lanh Beach to enjoy the transparent, turquoise waters, and at a Cham ruin near Tuy Hoa. A visit to the tomb of Han Mac Tu - a famous Vietnamese poet - and the rocky outcrops at Hoang Hau is optional. Overnight in Quy Nhon.

Day 9: Qui Nhon - Hoi An  ( B, L )

In the morning, visit the Thap Doi Cham Tower before continuing north to Hoi An. Stop en route at Sa Huynh Beach and at Tam Quan for some refreshing coconut juice. Along the rest of the drive, view the daily life of rural villagers processing cassava, farming rice and weaving grass. Arrive in Hoi An late in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An - Sightseeing ( B, L )

Take a full-day tour of this quaint town, visiting ancient merchants' houses, a Phuc Kien temple, the 400-years-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colourful riverside market. Visit a workshop where artisans make Hoi An's famous lanterns. Guests learn how the lanterns are made then have a chance to create their own lanterns,  from designing the frame to gluing the cloth. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An - Hue sightseeing ( B, L )

Drive from Hoi An to Hue. Stop en route at the Marble Mountains, famed for its stonecutters and for being a "Viet Cong" guerilla hideout during the Vietnam War. Continue on to Hue, passing over a spectacular mountain pass and by a seaside fishing village. Upon arrival in Hue visit the Imperial Citadel. Drive to the outskirts of Hue to visit the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Stop en route at local families to learn how Vietnam's famous conical hats and colourful incense are made. Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue - Boat Cruise - Hanoi ( B, L, D )

Morning boat cruise through the centre of Hue on the romantic Perfume River. Visit the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda along the riverbank. Check out and transfer to airport for the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. See the beautiful colors of Hanoi during a late afternoon. Cyclo ride through the city's old quarter. In the evening enjoy a water puppet show - a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13: Hanoi - Halong Bay Tour ( B, L, D )

Pick up at your hotel or residence in Hanoi by Vietnam Amazing Travel's car and driving to Halong City. We go through the scenic countryside. Stopover on the way to refresh. Arriving in Halong boat pier at around 12: 30.
- 12h30: Welcome on Luxury Cruise and set sails through the Bay while lunch is serverd. Passage into the magical Bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a spectacular view of the Bay dotted with the Luxury Cruise golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck.
Later afternoon, other choices for kayaking or simply taking a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on the Luxury Cruise, enjoy cocktails while watching sunset and later, unwind at fantastic restaurant.
If the weather permits a short night cruise could bring you a nice discovery of the sea life by night.
 
Day 14: Halong - Boat Cruise - Hanoi ( B, L )
 
 6h30: Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay or enjoy a morning view of the Bay’s landscapes with a cup of Tea, Coffee, fresh Fruits. Sitting on the upper deck, we can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie, we can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. A tasty breakfast served at 7:30. After that, take an opportunity to visit beautiful limestone grotto
- 9h30: Return on board for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Vietnam Amazing Travel's car will pick up and Transfer back to Hanoi  Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: Hanoi - Departure ( B, L)
The morning is free for shopping before transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for departure. (B)
Vietnam Amazing Travel can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations
 
 

Class
Tour cost per Person (in $US) from 1st Oct, 2010 to 31st Sept, 2011
2 3 - 5 6 - 8 9 - 12
Superior 3* 1588 1328 1098 998
 Fist Class 4* 1968 1668 1478 1368
 Deluxe 5* 2368 2168 1868 1760

Accommodation Superior (3+*)  First Class(4*) Deluxe (5*) Premium (5+*)
Ho Chi Minh city Hotels Palace, Metropole,  Rex, Kim Do, First Hotel New World, Renaissance Riverside Caravelle, Sofitel Plaza
Hoi An Hotels Hoi An Hotel, Ancient House Vinhhung Resort, Hoi An Beach Life Resort, Golden Sand Victoria Hoi An
Hue Hotels Heritage Hue, Hue Asia,    Century Riverside, Pilgrimage Saigon Morin, Huong Giang La Residence
Hanoi hotels NamHai1hotel, Hanoi View, Medallino , Boss Hotel Sunway, Guoman, Garden Flower Sofitel Plaza, intercontinental, Horison Sofitel Metropole,Hilton
Halong bay Cruise Bai Tu Long Junk,Phoenix Cruise Victory Cruise, Paloma Cruise Jasmine Cruise, Ginger Cruise

Trip Included :
 
  • English speaking guides
  • Domestic flight with airport tax
  • All accommodation twin share & daily buffet breakfast
  • All meals as indicated on itinerary. ( B : Breakfast ; L : Lunch ; D : Dinner )
  • All private transfers & transport
  • All Junk Cruise
  • All entrance fees & permits during guided time
 
Trip Excluded :
 
  • International airfares & airport taxes.
  • Visa & visa arrangements
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
Additional Information:
 
  • Prices are per person (US$), based on double occupancy
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays from Mid-September to Mid-November.
  • Price excludes Personal expenses, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Vietnam & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (subject to change).
  • Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners apply between Dec. 23 - Jan. 02 and during period of Lunar New Year.
  • Vietnam visa required. Not included in package and can be arranged in two days.
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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