We have designed this journey for people keen to experience the diversity of Vietnam but with limited time to spare. We take in Vietnamís two key cities as well as the historical and cultural depth of Hoi An and Hue in central Vietnam and, finally, Halong Bay. The superior option also provides an opportunity to experience some of Vietnamís beautiful colonial hotels.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Pick up and transfer to a hotel. In the afternoon, go round Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, features the History Museum, the Binh Tay Market in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple and a lacquer workshop. Overnight in Hochiminh city
DAY 2: EXCURSION TO CU CHI (B/L)
In the morning, have an excursion to Cu Chi, famed for its 200-kilometre-long tunnels. In the afternoon, at leisure or shopping in downtown Saigon. Overnight in Saigon
DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY – HUE (B/L)
Early in the morning, transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for a
short flight to Hue, widely known for its magnificent monuments built under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945).
After arrival, visit the Imperial Citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with the principles of geomancy. In the afternoon, visit the tombs of King Tu Duc (ruled 1848 – 1883) and King Khai Dinh (ruled 1916 – 1925).
The monuments, designed by the kings themselves, were also used as holiday retreats during their lifetime. In the evening, enjoy a Hue folk show on a barge on the Perfume River. Overnight in Hue
DAY 4: HUE - HOI AN (B/L)
Boating on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda with a 21-metre-high octagonal tower regarded as the symbol of Hue. Then overland to the Dong Ba Market, famous for its best conical hats in Vietnam. In the afternoon, transfer to Hoi An with a stop-over on the Hai Van Pass overlooking the scenic Lang Co lagoon. Hotel check in upon arrival. Free at night in Hoian.
DAY 5: HOI AN - DANANG – HANOI (B/L)
Enjoy a morning tour of Hoi An, a trading post of seafaring Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese merchants several centuries ago. In the afternoon, before leaving Danang,
visit the stone-carving village of Non Nuoc and the Cham Sculpture Museum. Take a short flight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s
capital city of tree-lined streets and centuries-old temples. Pick up and transfer upon arrival in Hanoi. Free at night in Hanoi.
DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L)
A city tour features both cultural and historical of highlights, comprising the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-Pillared Pagoda, the Ethnology Museum and the Temple Literature. Transfer to Halong Bay. Overnight in Halong.
DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/L)
Boarding a private boat for a cruise in Halong Bay, a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1994. Visit some magical grottoes and relax in the best scenic beauty of Vietnam. Lunch of fresh seafood is served on board. Return to Hanoi with stop-overs at ceramic and hand embroidery workshops en route. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI (B)
Spend last minutes for downtown shopping or at leisure before Transfer to the airport for your onward departure.