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GRAND TOUR OF VIETNAM/ 19 DAYS
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIALS
Pick-up from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Transfer to the Hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Take a sightseeing tour to Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Visit some fantastic French constructions:Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Have lunch at local restaurant. Visit Thien Hau & Quan Am pagoda, the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum. Go shopping on Ben Thanh market. Transfer back the hotel.
DAY 3: HO CHI MINH – TAY NINH – CU CHI – HO CHI MINH
Pick-up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and transfer to Cao Dai Headquarters. On arrival, attend the fantastic mid-day temple service where followers fill the hall wearing colorful robes, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Transfer back your hotel
DAY 4: HO CHI MINH CITY – CAI BE – VINH LONG – CAN THO
Pick-up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and transfer to Cai Be. On arrival, go by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the vendors trading fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Visit some small family-run businesses to see how products such as coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made, walk through the small villages to visit the orchards and fruit plantations. Enjoy the traditional folk music, take the rowing boat to cruise through a series of small canals. Then boat to Tan Phong island for joining the cooking class to learn how to make the special Vietnamese food. Enjoy lunch with you have cooked. Continue the tour with cycling around the village. Boat back to Cai be, meet bus for the trip to Can Tho city. Transfer by motor boat to a small village in Cai Rang district. Time for a self-cooked dinner and enjoy it together with the local host. Overnight in your riverside cottage.
DAY 5: PHONG DIEN – CAI RANG
Pick-up from your hotel and take the morning boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market which is at its busiest at this time of day. Keep cruising through the small channels system and visit a rice noodle making village. Visit a second floating market (Cai Rang). Break for lunch. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 6: HO CHI MINH CITY – DA LAT
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Da Lat city via National highway 2. Enjoy the smooth drive and the beautiful landscapes. Stop for photos at the La Nga lake and the floating village. Visit the Datanla waterfall. Lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Da Lat. At leisure in the late afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Da Lat city.
DAY 7: DA LAT CITY TOUR
Pick-up from your hotel and visit Truc Lam meditation Monastery in Vietnamese architecture, Tuyen Lam Lake, Cock Church – a Church with beautiful French architecture. Continue the trip to Valley of love, XQ Historical embroidery art Village- which creates delicate and refined embroidered pictures. Stop over at Dalat jam workshop where can buy some special food from Da Lat or visit the strawberry garden. Have lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to the Summer Palace, which used to be the retreat for our last emperor – Bao Dai during summers. Back to the hotel. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Da Lat.
DAY 8: DA LAT – NHA TRANG
Pick-up from your hotel and depart to Nha Trang. Lunch during the route. Stop for photos at the Polongiarai Cham tower, the Ngoan Muc pass andC anh Ranh bay on the way to Nha Trang.At leisure in the afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.
DAY 9: NHA TRANG AND ITS OFF SHORE ISLAND
Pick-up from your hotel and take the morning boat trip to visit the offshore islands including Hon Mun, Hon Mot Island. Visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Have lunch on Hon Tam island. Free time for swimming. Returning to Nha Trang city. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.
DAY 10: NHA TRANG – DA NANG – HOI AN
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Cam Ranh airport for boarding flight to Da Nang. Pick-up and transfer to Hoi An Ancient town.Free in the afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 11: HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to My Son to visit the Cham Holy Land, a World Heritage site. Transfer back Hoi An and have lunch at local restaurant. Explore Hoi An ancient town: visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An and the Hoi Quan Phuc Kien Pagoda with style building of Chinese people. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
DAY 12: HOI AN – DA NANG – HUE
Pick-up from your hotel and depart for Hue via Da Nang, visit the Marble mountain, the Cham museum. Stop for photos at the Hai Van passand Lang Co beach. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy night boat trip accompanied by a performance of Hue folk songs. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
DAY 13: HUE – HA NOI
Pick-up from your hotel and cruise on the Perfume River to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a setting of gardens and lakes. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Phu Bai Airport for boarding flight to Hanoi. Pick up at Noi Bai airport and transfer to hotel. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in HaNoi.
DAY 14: HA NOI CITY TOUR – LAO CAI
Pick-up from your hotel and visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing theHo Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh temple. Cyclo riding around the old quarter streets from Hang Dau to Hang Gai. Dinner on guest’s account. Pick up at hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi railway station for boarding the Express Train to Lao Cai. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin. (4 pax/cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).
DAY 15: LAO CAI – CATCAT – SINCHAI
Pick-up from Lao Cai train station in early morning and transfer to the hotel for breakfast and shower. Do trekking about 12 km to visit two villages of the Black H’mong (Cat Cat and SinChai). Enjoy a picnic lunch by a waterfall and see the hydroelectric power station established by the French. Transport from Cat Cat back toSapa at around 4 pm. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Sapa.
DAY 16: SAPA – GIANG TACHAI – SAPA
Pick-up from your hotel and head for the valley by jeep to visit two villages of the H’mong and the Dzay. Picnic lunch on the route (or with a local family). Visit the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village, stopping off to see a picturesque waterfall and suspension bridge. Walk up to the road and take the jeep back to Sapa. Dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer to Lao Cai train station for boarding the Express train to Ha Noi.
DAY 17: HA NOI – HA LONG
Arrive in Hanoi in early morning. Pick up at the train station and leave for Ha Long through the Red River Delta. Arrive in Halong Bay and board the junk. Have lunch, then visit Ha Long Bay, Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Sail island and Ti Top Beach. Have dinner on the junk, whilst enjoying the sunset. Drinks and overnight on the junk. (Optional: Kayaking)
DAY 18: HA LONG – HA NOI
Have breakfast. Visit man’s head island, Tortoise island, Toad island, Bai Tho mountain. Return and have lunch on the junk. Back to Ha Long wharf. Coach trip back to Hanoi. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 19: HA NOI – DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Free for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for departure. End of services. Finish the Grand Tour of Vietnam.