Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city arrival (no meal)
Pick up at the airport upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at 4 stars hotel in HCMC.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour (B,L)
After the breakfast at the hotel, Our tour guide and our driver pick you up at around 08h15 - 08h30am and start a full day trip to discover the City with almost famous sites such as: Reunification Palace - the formally known as the Presidential Office; Museum of Vietnamese History for hearing about the country history; Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office to look around and take some photos; War Museum, very famous with lots of pictures about Vietnamese - American War. Finally, heading to China Town in Saigon, which is the biggest Chinese community in Vietnam before visit Binh Tay Market (Big Market) the biggest wholesale market in Sai Gon.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Mekong delta tour- Cai be floating market (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
7h30 a.m., our tour guide welcome you at your hotel, then transfer to the City of My Tho by bus. During 2hours bus drive to My Tho you will have chance to see many activities of local people while travel along the road and enjoy nice scenery of green rice paddy fields. We stop at Ben Luc in Long An province to visit a Cao Dai temple- the unique religion of Vietnam, taking pictures, listen to the guide explain about the temple architecture and Cao Dai religion philosophy.
Continue going to My Tho, where we take a boat trip along Mekong River by motor-boat. During a boat cruise along Mekong River you will have a chance to see fish cages, floating house and the activities on the River.
The boat take you to Xep canal, where is the place you totally escape from the busy town. The boat cruise in the coconut trees canal takes you to a small islet. We disembark and have a walk around the village. Stop at a local family to enjoy tropical fruit, taste honey tea, honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music, performance by the villagers.
Continue walking on the village’s road and have a horse cart trip along village road. Get off for a rowing boat in the small canal to the motor-boat and then head to the restaurant on the other islet. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food at a local family.
Enjoy lunch under tree shadow you will feel the life is so beautiful.
After lunch we get back to the boat and cruise back to My Tho. Then transit to the bus and drive back to Saigon, arriving in Saigon at around 5:00pm. Tour ends with the sweet memories.
Day 4: Cu Chi tunnels- Ha Noi by flight (B,L)
After breakfast we depart at 8:00 am for Cu Chi Tunnel. Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti - American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its tunnels system of over 220 km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreigner.
The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers along the side of road. You will find it hard to imagine the destructions, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines, when Cu Chi was "A Free Target Zone ". The remnants you will see that Cu Chi still has her evidence to prove the fierce battleground that took place there. Ever wonder what it feels like to fire an AK-47. Visit Cu chi tunnels, you have a chance to find out!
Afternoon: after lunch, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Ha Noi.
Arrive in Hanoi, our driver will meet you and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 5: Ha Noi city tour (B,L)
We start the day tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex (except Monday and Friday) and one pillar pagoda. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
Afternoon city tour to visit the Temple of Literature - the first college of Vietnam and the place dedicating to Confucian. Then we continue our tour to visit the Vietnam Ethnology Museum and then return to the center for experience sitting on a cyclo, enjoying views of what is happening on the streets of the Old Quarter, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple and then enjoy a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and an interesting, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). Overnight in Ha Noi
Day 6: Ha Noi- Halong Group tour on 4 stars cruise(B,L,D)
8:00am, pick up at your hotel and transfer to Halong, short break midway for relaxe (20mins). Arrive in Ha Long at around 11:50am. Embarkation at Tuan Chau Marina pier (Tuan Chau island, Halong city) and then transfer by tender to the Gray Line Halong cruise boat – welcome drink. Cruise briefings and check in your cabins.
13:00 Enjoy set lunch. Cruise to Vung Vieng Floating village, one of furthest fishing village in Ha Long bay. With peaceful and beautiful ambience.
14:30 After arriving Vung Vieng fishing village, you will have 02 options to choose the way to go visiting the village: by joining rowing bamboo boats or kayaking by yourself. You will have chance to see the how the locals live. You will pass through floating houses of 65 families, a floating school & floating information centre. Also visit the exporting pearl workshop, you will know steps how they make a pearl.
15:45 Back to the cruise and continue cruising to Drum cave.
16:45 - 17:30 Relaxing on the sundeck for fantastic views and sunset photo opportunities. Enjoy our personal charged-service such as: nail, massage…
18:30 Cooking demonstration will be showed to you on the sundeck. Let’s see how to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce. Or how to make a flower from carrot…by our Chef’s carving skill.
19:30 Dinner is served with a variety of Vietnamese cuisine on sundeck.
21:00 Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 21:00. Board and card games are available or join the squid fishing on boat with our crew. You also can enjoy the squid with our cook chef after catching them. Karaoke singing on Star bar – sundeck, with variety languages: English, Spanish, Russian, French....
Or simply, you can enjoy the Halong bay at night, it is now like a floating city, with twinkle of light from hundred Cruises, so great.
22:00 Overnight anchorage near Drum cave area. End of the program of Day 1.
Day 7: Ha Long – Ha Noi (B, L)
06:30 Greeting dawn on the Bay, join the Tai Chi class, if the weather condition allows or upon guest’s request.
07:30 Light breakfast with menu of: Bread, pastries, bacon, ham, egg, juice, tea or coffee, sausage…
08:30 Tender will send you to go to visit Amazing (Sung sot) cave that was discovered by the French in 1901 and opened to tourists since 1936 and symbol for geology value of Halong.
09:30 Check out of cabin and relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
11:00 cruise farewell Buffet brunch
11:30-11:45 Disembarkation at Tuan Chau Marina pier. Then transfer to Ha Noi, Arrival in Ha Noi around 4:30pm. Check in the hotel and free time in Ha Noi in the evening.
Stay overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 8: Ha Noi - Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu- Tam Coc (B,L)
7.45 - 8.30: We pick you up at your hotel, departure for Hoa Lu - Tam Coc, enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way
10.30: After arriving in Ninh Binh province, the guide takes you to visit Hoa Lu - the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. We will visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple.
in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu).
Have lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch you will get on bamboo boat - rowed by the local people - in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way. You pass through three enormous caves that provide a brief respite from the intense summer sun. It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river and along the way, you witness local fisher folk, village life along the river and, of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for.
If you like to go biking, it is a good idea. You will have chance to visit real villages and amazing landscapes by bicycle about one hour (from Restaurant).
Transfer back to Ha Noi. We arrive in Ha Noi at around 6:30pm. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 9: Ha Noi departure (B)
Free at leisure until airport transfer time. Our driver will pick you up from you hotel and transfer to Noi Bai airport for onward flight.
Say goodbye and see you soon.