Day 1: Arrival – Ho Chi Minh
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Evening enjoy an water puppet show, a theatrical gene reflecting the agricultural civilization of thousand years ago. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive 70km to Cu Chi, famed for its elaborate network of over 200km of three-story underground tunnels hand-dug by local people during the Vietnam War. Crawl down a tunnel to feel the underground life, and then test your marksmanship with an AK rifle at a local rifle range (optional with surcharge). Drive back to Ho Chi Minh. Have an afternoon sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Buon Ma Thuot (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for a morning flight to Buon Ma Thuot. Pick up on arrival at Buon Ma Thuot Airport and visit to Ethnographic Museum, the Ede village of Tur. Afternoon transfer to Lak Lake. On arrival, enjoy a dugout canoe ride on the lake and an elephant ride through M’nong villages of Yun and M’lieng. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.
Day 4: Buon Ma Thuot – Da Nang – My Son – Hoi An (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Buon Me Thuot Airport for a morning flight to Da Nang. Pick up on arrival at Da Nang Airport. Enjoy a whole day to explore two World Cultural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 1999. First, travel 55km on rural roads to My Son Sanctuary, located in a lush green valley, where the architectural treasures and sculptures of Cham culture dating from the 7th to the 13th century can be discovered. Then drive back to Hoi An ancient town. On returning to Hoi An, have a walking tour of the ancient town center. Stroll around The Japanese and Chinese Quarters to visit a number of temples, pagodas, communal houses, traditional shops, local markets and other places of interest and watch local daily activities, handicraftsmen at work and a lively show of traditional dancing and music. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Hue by a scenic drive via the Pass of Ocean Clouds and the scenic village of Lang Co. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and panoramic views of the clouds, the sea and the mountains during the journey. On arrival in Da Nang, visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture (closed on Monday) with the the World’s finest collection of some 300 Cham sculpture exhibits dating from the 7th to the 15th centuries, the Marble Mountains (or Ngu Hanh Son) of the five sacred elements (metal, wood, water, fire and soil) with numerous caves and Buddhist shrines and the stone-carving village of Non Nuoc. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day tour of Hue, a former imperial city of Vietnam ruled by 13 Nguyen dynasties. Explore the Royal Citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with geomancy. The tour of Imperial Citadel features Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony), and Forbidden Purple City. Optional: royal music at Duyet Thi Duong Theater. Then, transfer to the lively Dong Ba Market by cyclo. In the afternoon, take a boat along Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Hon Chen Temple. The last stop is Minh Mang’s Mausoleum. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue – Dong Hoi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Dong Hoi. Arrive in Dong Hoi City. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon transfer 45km to Xuan Son ferry landing, and take a boat trip on the Son River to spectacular Phong Nha Cavern recognized as World Natural Heritage site. Overnight in Dong Hoi.
Day 8: Dong Hoi – Vinh (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free at leisure. In the afternoon travel 200km to Vinh leaving behind paddy fields, wild sand dunes and stunning passes. Overnight in Cua Lo.
Day 9: Vinh – Thanh Hoa – Ninh Binh (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit to President Hochiminh’s birth home in Kim Lien Village, where farm houses made of bamboo and palm leaves over 100 years ago are restored. Afternoon transfer to Vinh Loc and visit the Ho Dynasty Citadel, a World Cultural Heritage site listed by UNESCO in 2012. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 10: Ninh Binh – Ha Long (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to visit Ninh Binh. Take a sampan ride to Trang An, known as Vietnam’s “Inland Ha Long Bay”. Paddle through nine enormous caves. Then, visit the Dinh and Le dynasty temples in Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam (968 – 1009). Afternoon depart for Ha Long. Overnight on cruise in Ha Long.
Day 11: Ha Long – Hanoi (B, L)
Morning embark a traditional-style wooden boat for a 5-hour cruise around the wondrous Ha Long Bay, a World Natural Heritage site listed by UNESCO in 1994. Enjoy the spectacular sight of magical grottoes, marvel at odd-shaped island and relax in the best scenic beauty of Vietnam. Lunch of fresh seafood is served while cruising. Afternoon depart to Hanoi. Stay overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 12: Ha Noi – Bat Trang – Ha Noi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour which features Hanoi’s cultural and historical highlights. Take a photo stop in fornt of Hochiminh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, and Presidential Palace. Then, visit the Hochiminh President House and One-Pillared Pagoda. Continue to visit the Literature Temple (stop over at Flag Tower). Pay visits to the Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Retrun to Hanoi downtown through Ceramic Street. Stop at Dong Xuan Market for shopping. In the afternoon, visit to the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 13: Ha Noi – Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure for relax or go shopping until transfer to the airport for the departure flight. End of service.
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