Glimpses of Vietnam
Best Season: November – March
Starting from USD 1100/- per person
We start our tour from Hanoi the capital and the second largest city of Vietnam and sometime also called the city of lakes. We visit the Old Quarters, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Jade Mountain Temple. We travel to Ninh Binh a slow paced destination with gorgeous countryside, rice fields, beautiful limestone formations and more. Tam Coc is named after the low caves through which the Ngo Dong River flows. We enjoy a boating and cycling experience here. At Halong we take a cruise in the bay past limestone cliffs emerging from the emerald waters of Halong bay.
At Ho Chi Minh City we take a boat cruise from Hung Voung pier on the Ben Tre River one of the tributaries of Mekong River. Post the cruise you are transferred to Can Tho where you will visit Cai Rang floating market the biggest and famous in the Mekong Delta. We end our tour with a visit to Ho Chi Minh City earlier known as Saigaon; a city known for its French Colonial Landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. The tour offers a complete experience with a little bit of walking, cycling, cruise, sightseeing, experiencing Vietnamese culture and much more!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft
Group Size Small Group
- Visit Hanoi, the capital, a city steeped in history.
- Visit Halong Bay – where thousands of limestone spire soar above the turquoise blue water of the bay.
- Visit Ho Chi Minh City.
- Type of Tour : Cultural Experience
- Grade : Soft
- Tour Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
- Best Season : Nov– Mar.
- Ex-Destination : Start – Hanoi; End – Ho Chi Minh City
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 06; Boat – 01
- Food Plan : All hotels Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Travel & Transport : Transfer & Sightseeing in private AC vehicle
- All transfers & sightseeing tours in private AC car.
- Entrance to sites as mentioned in the itinerary.
- English speaking guides during the tour.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- International Flights.
- Internal Flights
- Visa Fees
- Meals not specified.
- Porterage at hotels.
- Camera fees
- Any Expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, drivers, guides, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
Arrival in Hanoi (Meals: - / - / - )
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most charming cities, with its romantic tree-lined boulevards and colonial houses. The day is free for your own exploration and shopping. Overnight stay at hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi – City Tour (Meals: B / - / - )
A full day spent touring Hanoi, the political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam. Starting with the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays), which offers informative and well-documented information on the country’s 54 ethnic groups, including elaborate and colorful hill-tribe costumes. The display continues in the outside garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses from the Kinh’s to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. We will then visit the Temple of Literature, a temple built in honor of Confucius in 1070, and served as the first Royal National University in Vietnam founded in 1076. This temple and its beautiful garden provide an opportunity to learn more about the Mandarin education that has shaped Vietnam for 1000 years and to relax in this tranquil setting. The afternoon is spent exploring the alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple or the Jade Mountain Temple situated in the heart of Hanoi. A delightful water puppet show will perfectly wrap up our day Overnight stay at hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Tam Coc; Cycle to Bich Dong & back (Meals: B / L)
After breakfast, we will drive to Tam Coc also known as « Dry Halong Bay». On the way, we will stop to visit Hoa Lu, which used to be Vietnam’s capital during the 10th century. Arrive at Tam Coc, where we will embark a small rowing boat to discover the outstanding karst waterscape on Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc literally translates to « three caves» and is adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of all sizes shaped like gemstones. When rowing, enjoy the peaceful scenery of rice paddies lining the river bank. After lunch we will cycle along winding roads passing lotus ponds, temples and cottages, typical of Vietnamese countryside to visit Bich Dong Pagoda situated on a hillside. Overnight stay at hotel in Tam Coc.
Hanoi – Halong; Cruise on the Bay (Meals: B/L/D)
You will be picked up from hotel by your guide and vehicle. From there you start your three-hour drive through the Red River Delta to Halong, situated 180 km southeast of Hanoi. There will be various photo stops and coffee breaks en route before arriving at Halong’s pier. You then embark a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise past the limestone cliffs emerging from the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. On board you will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploration of some of the limestone caves in this area. At sunset we will anchor for the night nearby a remote island. Dinner and overnight stay on board the junk.
Halong – Hanoi; Fly to Ho Chi Minh (Meals: B/L/-)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay you have time for an early morning dip while the sun rises, followed by breakfast on board. You will continue to sail through the bay during the morning to explore more secluded areas. The junk will stay close at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. Around midday you will transfer to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh where you check into your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre; Cruise on Ben Tre River; Drive to Can Tho (Meals: B/L/-)
You will be picked up at your hotel at 8:30 am and driven to Ben Tre. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier you will embark a boat to cruise on Ben Tre River, one of the tributaries of the Mekong River. Enjoy the lively activities on the river like fishing and water transferring. You will stop at a brick-factory, to see how bricks are made by hand in a traditional way. Your next stop is one of numerous coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Take a bicycle-cart along a village path and stop at a farmer’s house for lunch. You then take a walk to a mat-weaving village before embarking small rowing-boats to travel along palm tree lined waterways back to Hung Vuong pier. You will then drive to Can Tho. Upon arrival, check into hotel and relax. Overnight stay at hotel in Can Tho.
Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: B/-/-)
In the early morning, you will visit Cai Rang floating market, the biggest and most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta. Get into a sampan to explore the complicated canal system of Can Tho. You then disembark to visit a beautiful old Binh Thuy house. In the afternoon you will return to Ho Chi Minh City. En route, you will visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, a beautiful pagoda in the Mekong Delta. Overnight stay at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City – Sightseeing; Final Departure (Meals: B/-/-)
Upon arrival, check into hotel. In the afternoon you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. The Saigon city tour then continues along Dong Khoi Street, where the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee building, built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, are situated. The 800 seat Opera House served as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. You will then visit The Reunification Palace, formerly known as Presidential Palace, which was the residence of the president of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.
End of arrangements…
Accommodation & Food:
|Ha Long||Aphrodites||Deluxe C0abin||01|
|Ho Chi Minh||Le Duy***||Deluxe||01|
|Can Tho||Anh Dao Mekong***||Deluxe||01|
Meals as indicated in the detailed program below (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).