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GLIMPSE OF VIETNAM
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Vietnam
Escorted tour of vietnam
Vietnam is a beautiful lush country offering a rich variety of historical sites, sounds, cultural traditions and friendly people for its visitors. From the French Colonial architecture to the intriguing scent of the Perfume River, from to the hustle and bustle of the markets in Saigon to the war memorials, Vietnam has much to be discovered.


Tour Summary
Map
Day
Place
01
Saigon
02
Saigon
03 Saigon/My Tho/Saigon
04
Saigon/Danang/Hoi An
05
Hoi An/Tra Que/Hoi An
06
Hoi An/Hue
07
Hue
08
Hue/Hanoi
09
Hanoi/Ha Long Bay
10
Ha Long Bay/Hanoi
11
Depart Hanoi

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Vietnam covered on this tour
Complex of Hue Monuments (1993) Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and Inner City, adding natural beauty to this unique feudal capital.
Ha Long Bay (1994, 2000) Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by man. The exceptional esthetic values of this site are complimented by its great biological interest.
Hoi An Ancient Town (1999) Hoi An constitutes an exceptionally well preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port from the period of the 15th to 19th centuries. Its buildings and its street pattern reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Saigon
Chào ban! (Welcome in Vietnamese) Upon arrival to one of Vietnam’s largest cities we are met and transferred to our hotel. Check in time starts from 1500 hrs.
Overnight: Grand Hotel, Saigon (3 nights)

Day 02: Saigon
We have a whole day to explore some of the most interesting sites, including the beautiful neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Opera House also known as “Saigon Concert Hall’, the Jade Emperor Pagoda with its colorful and mysterious ambiance, the Reunification Palace and Ben Thanh Market. We also visit Binh Tay Market, and finally Thien Hau Pagoda, one of the most active in Cholon. (B)

Day 03 Saigon/My Tho/Saigon
Today we take an interesting excursion to My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province. The town of My Tho lies on the left side of the Mekong River and just a two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. You will enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River and then ride on a hand-rowed sampan through small inlets under a green canopy of water-coconut trees to catch a glimpse of the daily activities of the local people. A visit to an orchard to observe the rural life style while sipping coconut juice & enjoying seasonal fruit before returning to Saigon. (B)

Day 04: Saigon/Danang/Hoi An (Flight/Drive)
We are transferred to the airport for a short flight to Danang where we start our tour with the Cham Museum. Founded in 1915 by the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient, it has the finest open-air collection of Cham sculptures in the world. China Beach, made famous in the American TV series of the same name, stretches north and south of the Marble Mountains. The Marble Mountains consist of 5 stone hillocks made of marble and each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy Son, has a number of natural caves, in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries. We continue to Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Overnight:Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An (2 nights) (B)

Day 05: Hoi An/Tra Que/Hoi An
One of the keys to the flavor of Cao Lau, the famous dish of Hoi An is fresh vegetables grown from Tra Que village, located on the banks of a lagoon.  Here we will have a chance to become a local farmer joining the farm works among the villagers in Tra Que vegetable garden, learning how they grow and prepare vegetables. Then visit a local home for a cooking demonstration. Learn how to cook and prepare some of Hoi An specialty dishes such as Bánh Xèo (crepe filled with shrimp, meat and bean sprouts), Cao Lầu (a local specialty of noodle soup), and Tam Hửu (rice rolls filled with salad, steamed shrimp and pork).   Of course, the best part is that we get to savor the dishes we have made.  Afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the enchanting port town of Hoi An to visit the ancient structures comprising the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, residential houses, assembly halls, historic and ancient pagodas, shops offering silk lanterns, paintings and high quality ready to wear clothing. (B, L)

Day 06: Hoi An/Hue (Drive)
A scenic drive to Hue begins this morning. Upon arrival, our afternoon tour includes the 19th Century Imperial City that was for a long time the cultural and intellectual center of Vietnam. Our tour includes the Citadel that was built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City in Peking. Ngo Mon Gate is the principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure and faces the Flag Tower. The Forbidden Purple City was reserved for the personal use of the emperor and the only servants allowed into the compound were eunuchs. Evening is free to mix and mingle with the local Hue people.
Overnight: Gerbera Hotel, Hue (2 nights) (B)

Day 07: Hue
A jaunt to Tu Duc Tomb, once the Royal Palace of Tu Duc, begins today’s tour. Constructed between 1864 and 1867, its pavilions are framed in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The Khai Dinh Tomb, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty, sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village and houses a long staircase flanked by dragons and decorated with stunning ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes. Located just outside of Hue on the bank of the Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda was a hotbed of anti-government protests during the early 1960s. The Emperor Minh Mang Tomb complex built in 1840, is known for its magnificent architecture, military statuaries and elaborate decorations. It is perhaps the most beautiful of Hue's pagodas and tombs, a fitting end to a spectacular day. (B)

Day 08: Hue/Hanoi (Flight)
We are transferred for our short flight to Hanoi, a city of lakes. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a charming city of peaceful shaded boulevards, French style buildings and public parks. Enjoy the afternoon of Hanoi city tour. Visit to the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday). Return to Hanoi downtown. Stop at Hanoi Opera House. Take a walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. Take photos at Hanoi Post Office, City Hall, Flower Garden & Ly Thai To Statue.  Visit St. Joseph Cathedral, a striking neo-Gothic cathedral noteworthy for its square towers, elaborate altar and colorful stained-glass windows. Take one-hour pedicab ride around the Old Quarters of Ha Noi. Visit Bach Ma Temple and Ma May Ancient House. Last stop at Hang Da Market before checking in the hotel.
Overnight: Sunway Hotel, Hanoi (1 night) (B)

Day 09: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay (Drive)
This morning we depart for Ha Long Bay. Boarding and check-in with welcome drink at noon, then the cruise starts through Cho Da, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi and Hoa Cuong limestone islets while a lunch is  being served on board. Then visit Sung Sot Grotto, the “Cave of Surprises”, before taking a swim in Titov Beach or Soi Sim Beach’s pristine waters. The vessel then cruises further to reach its overnight anchorage location near Ho Dong Tien or Luon Cave. Enjoy the magnificent sunset from the sundeck or while swimming.  In the evening enjoy a scrumptious dinner on board while soaking in the peaceful setting of the bay.
Overnight: Pelican Junk, Ha Long Bay (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi (Drive)
This morning we board a small boat, which will be taking us to visit Luon Cave. Back on board for lunch before arriving at the pier.   Return drive back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Sunway Hotel, Hanoi (1 night) (B, L)

Day 11: Depart Hanoi
This morning we depart Vietnam with pleasant memories of this historic and artistically rich country.   Transfer to the airport for the departure flight out. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016/2017
This is a suggested program for private tours. Please contact us for details


Prices
Departures Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016/2017

This is a suggested program for private tours. Please contact us for details

Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
• Hotel accommodation as mentioned or similar
• Domestic airfares
• Meal plan as mentioned
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All sightseeing and transfers
• Entrance Fees to Museums and Sites
• Services of local English speaking guides
• International Airfare / Departure Taxes
• Insurances
• Visa Fees
• Drinks / Beverages with meals
• Tips / Gratuities to Drivers & Guides

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1300
West Coast US $ 1100
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 06 participants.

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In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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