Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, pick up and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. The rest of the day is free. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing Tour – Halong Bay (B/L)
After breakfast, start exploring Hanoi by visiting the Ho Chi Minh complex, starting at the late-President’s Mausoleum. The excursion continues on to his humble “stilt house” before visiting the French colonial Governor’s Palace and the 11th century One-Pillar Pagoda.
Then take a short drive to visit the Temple of Literature, dating from 1070, the first university in Vietnam and older than the English language. Have lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, take a Cyclo ride through the “Guild streets” of Hanoi Old Quarter, passing the Opera House and the Saint Joseph Cathedral.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi( Calypso grand hotel)
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay With Alova Cruise (B/L/D)
07:45 Picking up guests from hotel/stay
08:15 Starting to drive to Ha Long Bay
10:30 Stopping over to stretch the legs on the way
12:30 Arriving in Ha Long Bay harbor
12:45 Boarding Alova Gold Cruise I & welcome drink
13:00 Safety briefing & check in cabin
13:30 Lunch with Vietnamese Cuisine
15:30 Kayaking & swimming and relaxing
18:00 Cooking class
19:30 Dinner with Vietnamese Cuisine & enjoying a romantic night at bar or doing squid fishing
Day 4 : Halong bay on Alova Cruise ( second day cruising ) ( B/ L)
06:00 – 07:00 Get up to see the beautiful sunrise on Halong bay
07:30 Captain Breakfast
08:15 Visiting Sung Sot cave
09:30 Check out
11:00 Time to say good bye to Alova crew
11:30 Lunch with Vietnamese Cuisine
12:30 Let’s get on shuttle bus to go back to Hanoi
14:00 Short stop to stretch the legs
16:30 Saying goodbye to you at your hotel/stay in Hanoi . Overnight in Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi- Hue by Night Train Hue ( soft sleeper with A/C, express train, 4 persons/cabine)
Early morning arrival in Hue, we will be met at the railway station for transfer to a restaurant for breakfast.
After breakfast, visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Then take a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River. Stop off at the Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the river to see the 7-storey Stupa.Transfer to the hotel to check-in.
After lunch, take a short drive to the outskirts of Hue to visit the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang (1791-1841), built between 1841 and 1843.
End the day with a visit to Dong Ba market in downtown Hue City. Overnight at hotel in Hue( Mondial 4 star hotel, deluxe room)
Day 6: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L)
After breakfast, travel down the coast road passing over the spectacular Hai Van pass to Danang, and visit the Cham Museum and local market in Danang city. Then transfer to the ancient trading port town of Hoi An. On the way, visit the Non Nuoc stone mason’s village and Marble Mountain. On arrival in Hoi An, check-into hotel. This evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An( Vinh Hung Hotel or Similar standard)
Day 7: Hoi An Tour- Cooking Class
In the morning, enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow streets of the ancient town, visiting the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful local market. Afternoon, join Cooking Class tour.
Take a late flight from Danang to Saigon . Overnight in Saigon
Day 8: Hoi An- Da Nang- Saigon by flight – Mekong delta trip full day (B/L)
Morning : Have breakfast at hotel . Then Departure for My Tho. On arrival we cross Rach Mieu ferry to reach Ben Tre and start cycling back country road, feeling lost on winding road under the green coconut canopy. Coconut palms make Ben Tre famous in Vietnam.
On arrival in Ben Tre at noon time, cruise down the busy branches of Mekong and into a peaceful canal. Visit an island orchard.
Stop for lunch break with traditional meal, see the daily life of farmers and try exotic seasonal fruits unique to the region. Afternoon: Hammock siesta, then cycle to explore.
This quiet area, call on coconut-candy workshop and other handicraft workshop (if time permitting) before coming back to our bus. Return to Saigon at 18:30
Day 9: Depart Saigon (B)
After breakfast, free until transfer to the airport for departure flight. End of trip.
• 6-nights hotel accommodation on a twin/double-share room with daily breakfast
• 01-overnight on the train Hanoi to Hue (soft sleeper bed, air-conditioned cabin, 4 beds/cabin)
• Flights as specific (economy class): Danang – Saigon
• Meals as described in the itineraries: 7 Breakfasts, 06 Lunches( B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at airports on arrival and departure days (without guide).
• Boat trips in Halong Bay and Hue
• All entrance and sightseeing fees
• English or French speaking guides (other languages available upon request)
• International airfare and airport tax in Vietnam
• Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
• Visa fees to Vietnam
• Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)
• Tipping/ Gratuities
• Single room
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.