Romantic Vietnam 14 Days

Romantic Vietnam
Highlights: Enjoy a cyclo ride of Hanoi's Old Quarter and the uniquely northern Vietnamese water puppet performance Spend a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional Junk Visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot Explore the engrossing underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels Visit the Mekong Delta - Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, cruise the watery through sleepy villages and green fields Enjoy beach break at a secluded beach resort on Phu Quoc Island

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be welcome by one of our representative and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own. Overnight in Hanoi  

Day 2: Full Day Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

This city tour of Hanoi takes in essential sites which will commence from your hotel lobby at 09.00 a.m. or later if you wish to. In the morning, you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070.

After lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you'll continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples; followed by a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. Overnight in Hanoi

Note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation. 

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay [Join with other travelers on the cruise]  (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you'll leave for Halong Bay with a refreshment break en route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and invigorated and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars. Overnight on a wooden junk in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay Cruising - Hanoi - Flight to Danang thence Hoi An  (B, L)

Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. The tour then visit one of the famous caves in the middle of the bay before cruising back to the main harbor for the 4 hour drive straight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon flight to Danang. On arrival, met and transferred to your selected hotel in Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An - Guided Walking Tour 1/2 Day  (B, L)

8:30 a.m., your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and show you around the old town. You'll start a walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, a museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you walk along tiny streets with houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. After your walking tour, your time will be at leisure to wander around or go shopping. Your lunch will be at a local restaurant. The remainder of the day will be your own. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Free day in Hoi An (B)

A free day at leisure in Hoi An.

Note: There are various optional activities for your free time in Hoi An such as joining a cooking class, visiting rural villages around Hoi An by bicycle, take a day trip to My Son Ruins. These options can be added at additional cost.

Day 7: Hoi An - Flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration  (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to Danang airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. 
An 1,5 hour drive will take you to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)

Embark on a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opener to a part of Vietnam’s proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam. 
After lunch, you will continue by heading to Chinatown with walking tour through back streets of China town near Cho Lon to view the local daily life. Stop off for a visit of Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers. We delve deeper into Chinatown visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where locals shop. Then you'll be back to hotel at around 17:00. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Introduction to the Mekong Delta (B, L)

This morning you'll head south to visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn ...Visit a handicraft village where you can see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof. Later, a rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy peacefulness of the Delta. You will also see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to interact with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta. A tasty lunch will be served at a local restaurant. 

Afternoon walk around and then enjoy some fresh fruits while listening to the traditional music. The trip today also takes in some gentle cycling along village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where you will drive to Can Tho for overnight stay.

Day 10: Can Tho - Flight to Phu Quoc Island  (B)

Today an half hour boat cruise will take you to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market to experience a special type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships. Then continue to small a canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. Return to Can Tho and observing the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. The afternoon will be your own to explore the city. Overnight in Phu Quoc Island.

Notes: Cai Rang market is one of the three biggest markets (Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Cai Rang) in the Mekong Delta. You can visit the market at any time of the day but it is most crowded and busy from sunrise to 9:00 am.
 

Day 11: Can Tho - Flight to Phu Quoc Island (B)

After breakfast, you will be taken to to Can Tho airport for a short flight to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by shared shuttle to your resort. Overnight in Phu Quoc Island.

Day 12 to Day 13: Phu Quoc - Free Days of Leisure (B)

Free days at leisure on Phu Quoc Island! Overnight in Phu Quoc Island.

Phu Quoc Island is now becoming the paradise resort in Vietnam. It is not only the perfect destination for leisure beach vacations but also popular for weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City. Besides relaxing on the white sandy beach, you can also explore villages to see the local life or many famous fish sauce factories located around this peaceful island. Tour starts and ends in Saigon. On this 4 days relaxing escape visit Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf Of Thailand, a perfect relaxation spot with forested mountains and white sandy beaches.

Day 14: Phu Quoc - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure  (B)

Your time will be your own until being picked up to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward journey or departure flight.

Prices & Hotels

Price is from~US$ 1459 per person
All prices are per person, valid till October 31, 2018. 
Prices Include:
- Accommodation in chosen hotels - Double room
- 1 night on a traditional wooden junk/cruise ship on Halong Bay.
- All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers and shared pick-up and transfers on Phu Quoc Island.
- Domestic flight tickets Hanoi - Danang, Danang - Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho - Phu Quoc and Phu Quoc - Ho Chi Minh City (economy class by Vietnam Airlines) 
- Experienced local English speaking guide and guide on board in Halong Bay
- Private boat cruise in the Mekong Delta
- Meals as indicated in the programme 
- All entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
- 1 hour cyclo ride & First class water puppet tickets
- All VAT and other government taxes 
Prices Exclude:
- Entry visa to Vietnam 
- International flights and airport taxes
- Travel Insurances
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program
- Supplement for peak season surcharge (between Dec 20, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016) and Gala Dinner on Dec 24 and Dec 31, 2015