DAY 1 - HANOI
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel by the driver (without tour guide). Then check-in at the hotel.
Meeting with your tour guide at the lobby of the hotel at 19h00 for the “welcome” dinner in an old converted colonial house tastefully and delicately decorated, the Chef offers fine Vietnamese culinary discovery. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2 - HANOI
In the morning, enjoy the orientation tour including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his old residence, where the remains of the national hero and the Father of the nation is resting. Then visit the One-Pillar Pagoda, a remnant of the 11th century, and Tran Quoc Pagoda, regarded as the most ancient pagoda of the city and a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. Then visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in the history of Vietnam.
At noon, lunch at a local restaurant, an ideal place for tasting the traditional Vietnamese cuisine of the three regions, in a cozy atmosphere.
In the afternoon, depart by rickshaw and spend some time wandering in the old quarters and its antique shops. Then visit the Ngoc Son Temple built in the 19th century, beautifully situated on Hoan Kiem Lake and can be reached through a charming wooden bridge.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a water puppet show by the local artists and discover the beauty of this unique Vietnamese traditional art.
Dinner "Cha Ca" grilled fish, a famous specialty of Hanoi with flavors that will delight every palate in a modest local Vietnamese restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3 - HANOI | HALONG BAY
After breakfast, travel by road to the majestic Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Arrive in Halong by midday and board on a junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Halong Bay. Lunch on the junk.
In the afternoon, navigate between karts, some of which display extraordinary shapes, if time and weather allow, stop for a swim in the jade-colored waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The day concludes with a cooking demonstration and the preparation of tasty spring rolls. At night, fishing for squid is an option, an opportunity to learn the Vietnamese fishing techniques!
Dinner and overnight on the junk.
DAY 4 - HALONG | HUE
After the breakfast, the junk resumes its course. During the morning, it crosses the bay and stops to visit a natural cave.
A snack will be served on board before returning to the coast at around 11h00. Transfer by road to Hanoi.
On the way, visit a pottery. Then, the time is at leisure until the transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue.
Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
DAY 5 - HUE
After breakfast, depart for the exploration of Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty. Discover the Imperial City before visiting the Celestial Lady Pagoda.
Then, enjoy a typical family lunch of Hue in the heart of a lush garden.
In the afternoon, visit the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the buildings and gardens have been shaped according to the dictates of geomancy (Feng Shui). The entirety of the place forms a huge park where nature is omnipresent. After visiting the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, a quick stop at a family workshop making incense sticks and conical hats. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 6 - HUE | DANANG | HOI AN
After breakfast, depart to Hoi An, the ancient Chinese and Japanese trading port of the seventeenth century. Check-in at the hotel on arrival.
For lunch, stop at a local restaurant to enjoy delicious food and a great view of the city.
Afternoon, explore the old town of Hoi An and its fabulous treasures, its narrow streets lined with traditional houses and the harbor, now classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The morning concludes with a visit to a lantern making shop and an introduction to this ancient and delicate art technique.
In the evening, dine at the “Street Restaurant”, managed by Streets International, a non-profit organization, training underprivileged street youth on skills in catering and hospitality. So by practicing responsible tourism, participants can support this association to save troubled youth and help them attain a brighter future. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 7 - HOI AN – DANANG | HO CHI MINH CITY
After breakfast, transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, welcome by a local guide and depart to Thien Hau Pagoda. This Pagoda was built in honor of the protective Goddess of the sailors. Then, depart for a stroll in Binh Tay famous market. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the old colonial residential quarter, including the elegant 19th century Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, a neoclassical architectural style, built in the early 20th century by Eiffel, the contemporary Independence Palace (inside), Opera House, built in 1897 by French Architect Eugene Ferret and the City Hall, built from 1902-1908 in a French colonial style. Then, visit Ben Thanh market. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 8 - HO CHI MINH CITY | CAI BE
After breakfast, depart to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where the river is divided into multiple channels and arroyos.
On arrival, board a sampan for a cruise on the Mekong River and its myriad of canals. Visit an old colonial house and a rice popcorn factory.
Taste local specialties for lunch. In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for the departure flight.
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