Fragrances of Vietnam - 9 days

Fragrances of Vietnam - 9 days
Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi / Halong
Day 03: Halong / Hanoi
Day 04: Hanoi / Ninh Binh / Hanoi / Hue
Day 05: Hue
Day 06: Hue / Danang / Hoian
Day 07: Hoian / Danang / Saigon
Day 08: Saigon / Ben Tre / Saigon
Day 09: Saigon Departure



DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Arrival in Hanoi – transfer to your hotel. Orientation tour: The Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son Pagoda, dedicated to the genius of Literature. Visit the Quan Thanh Pagoda, dedicated to the Tran Vu genius. Strolling in the old quarters of 36 corporations, the heart of the Old Hanoi. Visit of the temple of Literature. Dinner, back to your hotel.


DAY 02: HANOI / HA LONG

Visit Hanoi before coach to Ha Long: Have a glance at the marble Mausoleum, the One Pillar pagoda. Proceeding to Ha Long, one of the World Heritage recognized by UNESCO since 1994. Cruising on a traditional junk, and visit Ha Long Bay through the wonderful sceneries. Lunch with a variety of seafood. Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 03: HA LONG / HANOI

Landing after lunch. Get back to Hanoi. On the way, we visit the But Thap Pagoda. Water Puppet show in Hanoi, dinner in town and back to your hotel.

DAY 04: HANOI / NINH BINH / HANOI / HUE

Depart to Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province, the old capital of Vietnam. Go to the Thung Nang site. Boat trip through the peaceful landscapes: canals and rice fields to reach a magnificent cave. Lunch at Hoa Lu. Bicycle rides through the country side. Drive back to Hanoi. Transfer to the railway station to take the night train S1. Overnight on board.

DAY 05: HUE

Arrival in Hue the next morning. Transfer to your hotel to enjoy breakfast. We start to visit Hue, that still keeps the imperial charm. Boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest and most beautiful religious construction of Hue, the Imperial City, surrounded by large moats, with the South Gate, the palace of Supreme Harmony, the Forbidden City, where the Emperor used to live with his close family. In the afternoon, we visit Minh Mang’s Mausoleum. Dinner with local specialties.

DAY 06: HUE / DANANG/ HOI AN

Coach to Hoi An, passing through the “Pass of the clouds”, Arrive in Danang, visit to CHAM Museum, where gathers the most beautiful collection of CHAM sculptures. Our journey continues to Hoi An. Lunch, visit to Hoi An City, previously called Faifo, classified at the world heritage by UNESCO. HoiAn is a perfect example of Vietnamese classic architecture, with the covered bridge, the houses in precious wood, dating from the 17th century, the communal houses of the congregations of Canton and Phuc Kien, and the numerous silk shops; bicycle rides thru the cozy old little streets. Dinner in town. Overnight in our hotel.

DAY 07: HOI AN / DANANG /SAIGON

Proceed to Danang airport, to take the flight to Saigon, Pearl of Far East . HoChiMinh city or Saigon has numerous architectural works, worth of interest: The Central Post Office, colonial construction in 1886, the “Notre-Dame” Cathedral, with neo-roman inspiration, and red bricks imported from Marseille (France), the Reunification Palace, former residence of the General governor of Cochin China, the Municipal theatre, the lively Ben Thanh Market and the busy Chinese quarters with shop and stalls, selling all kinds of goods.

DAY 08: SAIGON / BEN TRE / SAIGON

Day excursion in the luxuriant scene of the Mekong delta. Boat trip in small yawl, through the riverside of the Mekong, its canals, villages, orchards. Short trip on horse cart. Tasting local products, tropical fruits and tea with honey and a small glass of “Happy Water” – rice alcohol style Vietnamese. Lunch on a typical island restaurant of the delta, back to Saigon.

DAY 09: SAIGON CITY

Free at leisure. Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
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