Across Vietnam: 11 Days Trip Overland Vietnam
Transport: Flight, Private van
Hotel: Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Luxury
Itinerary:Ho Chi Minh City ( Sai Gon) – Cu Chi tunnels – Mekong Delta – Hoi An ancient – Hue citadel – Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay
Day 1: Arrive Sai Gon
Driving to hotel from the Airport. Free at leisure.
Day 2: Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City) (B, L,D)
Spend a day to explore the famous city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) including the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the newly restored Central Post Office, and the Opera House, the Reunification palace, the WarRemnantsMuseum (optional). Dinner. Old Saigon comes alive at night and you’ll quickly see why it is called the Paris of the East.
Day 3: Cu Chi tunnels(B)
Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi district. Upon arrival in Cu Chi, we will start to experience ourselves the underground village of Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, the remain of a real bloody battle field which is simply a network of tunnels built during the long years of wars. The visit will be led by a VC veteran. Later we will take an opportunity to visit and observe the workshop of finely crafted lacquer ware. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Tonight is on your own.
Day 4: Sai Gon – Vinh Long – Can Tho (Mekong Delta) (B, L)
Enjoy a driving to Vinh Long city – the world of tropical fruits. Board our private sampan for a river cruise on the upper part of the MekongRiver passing many islands. Continue the boat trip to visit some island with fruit gardens, bonsai gardens… Continue to Can Tho for the night.
Day 5: Can Tho – Saigon (B, L)
After breakfast, check out hotel and board the Vo Lai boat for a 2 ½ hour cruise to visit Cai Rang floating market with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a rice husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals. After lunch in Cantho. Back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6: Saigon – Hue (B, L)
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for the noon flight to Hue, which was once the religious, economic, and cultural epicenter of Vietnam. During the Tet Offensive of 1968 it was reduced to ruins, but today it has regained its royal demeanor and French colonial garden houses and villas, quiet streets, beautiful riverbanks, and tombs and pagodas all give Hue a unique atmosphere of tranquility. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Dan Nam Giao (Temple of Heaven) and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with traditional architecture, paved walkways, resting pavilions overlooking tranquil lotus ponds, and a small forest for hunting.
Day 7: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B, L,D)
We’ll begin with a cruise on the PerfumeRiver to Thien Mu Pagoda, an octagonal tower of seven tiers that rises majestically over the tranquil river as robed monks chanting their mantra and novices carefully tending the bonsai garden. Our next stop will be the old ImperialCity, which encompasses the ForbiddenPurpleCity and the emperors’ personal quarters, the tour of the Citadel. After that join a panaromic driving to Hoian – the unique ancient town in the central of Vietnam that was recognized UNESCO as a World Heritage.
Day 8: Hoi An (B, L)
We’ll tour Hoi An, a town untouched by war and frozen in time, because of its isolated location. We’ll see architecture influence by generations of Japanese, French, Chinese, and Indian traders, as well as beautifully preserved ancient houses.
Enjoy a cooking class to learn about Vietnamese art of culinary. Later, there will be free time to shop at the numerous galleries and enjoy the riverside ambience.
Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hanoi (B, L,D)
Early flight to Hanoi. Pick you up and transfer to hotel.
Hanoi, its historical emphasis on the arts and learning stipulates that buildings in Hanoi remain small, simple and in harmony with nature. Enjoy a morning city tour of Hanoi on cyclo ride through the Old Quarter of “36 streets and 36 wares” where each street is dedicated to a different business or trade. Here we’ll see of Vietnam’s finest examples of contemporary art and handmade crafts browsing through the textiles, silk embroidery, baskets, and more… and to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument made of generous amount of marble and granite. This is where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” may be viewed, continue visiting the Ho Chi Minh House and the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, known as the Temple of Love. In the form of a lotus, it emerges from the water and rests on a single stone pillar. It contains a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and a thousand eyes”. Then, head to visit the Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam Built in 11th century. Lunch at Koto restaurant (great for the food and fascinating aspect of helping former street kids). In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional performance of the water puppet show.
Day 10: Ha LongBay – The World Heritage (B, L)
Around 07:30 am, we’ll depart in the morning on a three-hour journey to HalongBay which contains over 3,000 islands and impressive chalk formations. Upon arrival, we’ll board a private junk for a four-hour excursion on HalongBay that includes a special onboard lunch (seafood). While cruising, we’ll stop for onshore visits at several of the magnificent grottoes dotting the bay. After returning to shore, we’ll journey back to Hanoi by road, stopping at several points (please try to avoid touristy places) of interest along the way. Arrive Hanoi around 0630pm and transfer to your hotel for relaxation. Dinner on own.
Day 11: Ha Noi – Departure (B)
You’ll have the morning free to explore Hanoi one last time, do a little shopping, or just enjoy a leisurely stroll and cup of tea. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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In the case you want to flight back to your country from Saigon, please inform us to book flight back to Saigon from Hanoi. Then you can get flight back to your country.
English speaking tourist guides (3 guides in North, Central and South)
Internal flight tickets: Saigon – Hue; Danang – Hanoi
Accommodation: based on twin/double share
4nights in Saigon, 1night in Cantho, 1night in Hue, 2nights in Hoian, 2nights in Hanoi
Meals as indicated
Full admission fees
International airfares & airport taxes.
Meals not indicated on itinerary
Other personal expenses
Tips & gratuities