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Vietnam Historical & Cultural Experience

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For those with limited time and a keen interest in history and culture, this 7 Night Vietnam itinerary was designed to provide you with some of the most significant historical and cultural highlights at an enjoyable pace!

HANOI – HUE – HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon) 8 Days / 7 Nights

DAY 1: EVENING ARRIVAL IN HANOI
After you collect your luggage you will clear custom and immigration formalities before making your way to the Arrivals Hall where you will meet your Tour Guide. You will then be transferred by Private Car to your hotel in the city where you will be assisted with check-in. Balance of evening at leisure.

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR – HU DEPARTURE
After breakfast, commence your day tour visit to the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside visit only if it is a on Monday & Friday when closed) and his former residence, One-Pillar Pagoda, Ethnology Museum and Hoa Lo prison. Afternoon Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, leisure walking tour in the Old Quarter, have a chance to stop for a coffee at the old house 28 Hang Gai, here you will find the coffee shop with full of antique collection.

After your tour, you will be transferred back to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue.

Fly: HANOI/HUE
Upon arrival at Hue, you will then be transferred by Private Car to your hotel in the city where you will be assisted with check-in. Balance of evening at leisure.

Huế is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.

DAY 3: HUE CITY TOUR – FOODIE TOUR WITH CYCLO
After breakfast, take a boat cruise along the romantic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue., continue to mausoleums of emperors Minh Mang, transfer to visit the splendid Imperial city from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 to 1945. Afternoon Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperor’s Tu Duc, a conical hat and incense stick-making workshop.

In the evening, Explore slow living through slow food and an evening slow tour on cyclo. Warm up with a welcome drink and light finger food at a charming bar. Your guide will give some basic introduction about Hue cuisine, as well as teach you some survival Vietnamese before moving to a vegetarian restaurant, where you can see Buddhist traditions imprinted in Hue’s food art. Farther and farther away from the tourist quarter, in a laidback cyclo, the night tranquility will show you the inner soul of Hue. Suddenly, the street food stalls come into sight and a crispy Hue styled pancake or lemongrass skewers will be worth a try with both your hands and your tongue. Sweet soups may not be your favorite desserts, but Hue’s varieties of colors and flavors, will be a promise of a sweet ending for a sweet night! Take it easy and make it funny.

DAY 4: HUE – DA NANG (BY TRAIN) – HOI AN DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the railway station.

Train: Hue/Danang
Upon arrival at railway station, collect your luggage and meet your Tour Guide. You will then be transferred by Private Car to Hoian ancient town, take a walking tour of Hoi An, discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit Hoi An colourful local market, Tan Ky old house, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Travelers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

DAY 5: DA NANG – SAIGON DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to the Da Nang Airport for the flight to Saigon.

Fly: DA NANG/SAIGON
Upon arrival at Saigon, collect your luggage and make your way through to the arrivals hall where you will meet your Tour Guide. You will then be transferred by Private Car to your hotel in the city where you will be assisted with check-in.

Afternoon, city tour to visit China town including Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau pagoda, Phuoc An Hoi Quan (Fujian Assembly Hall) and Father Tam (Fracis Xavier) Church which show a close relationship of Chinese communities and Colonial Government, also the architecture is intriguing mixed of Western and Eastern characteristic.

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial architecture, including Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the neoclassical Saigon Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market.

DAY 6: MEKONG DELTA – BEN TRE
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up for your full day tour to Ben Tre.

Ben Tre a small town, hidden within the Mekong Delta, has recently stepped out to be a destination in its own right. This peaceful retreat offers many charming surprises besides the lush vegetation, snaking canals, and enchanting smiles.

A day to Ben Tre is a day when you are no longer a tourist but a true resident embarking on a sensory voyage of discovery. Enjoy observing how bricks and grass mats are made with age-old traditional techniques as well as how products are extracted from coconuts. Admire stunning panoramic countryside pictures made of green coconut palms, yellow river streams and colourful local products. Feel the warmth of the tropical breeze and the coolness of water currents whilst exploring the earthy trails. Taste and smell local exotic fruits, “garden-made” cuisine or stop to observe and satisfy your palate with just-made wet rice paper or coco candies married with green tea. Complete your experience listening to the sounds of boat, and certainly the banter and laughter of local people, modest yet hospitable.

Balance of your evening is free at leisure.

DAY 7: SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNEL
After breakfast,you will drive 70 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City passing through picturesque rice fields, gardens, rubber plantations. Upon arrival in Cu Chi and after a short introduction to the tunnel network of more than 200km, you will have a chance to crawl into a short section of the tunnels to feel the oppressive narrowness and heat inside. Documentaries and displays of bloody traps will give you a vivid idea of the life and struggle in the tunnels. Drive back to Saigon for lunch at local restaurant.

Balance of your evening is free at leisure.

DAY 8: SAIGON –MORNING DEPARTURE
After having an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Saigon Airport for the departure flight to the USA.

Fly: SAIGON/USA

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