Hanoi arrival & visit (L,D)
Arrival at Hanoi airport. Welcome by your guide, transfer to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has retained the ancient charm of the French colonial era. Hanoi's face has not changed much in decades. This is probably the most charming city of Vietnam with all its authenticity, large shady avenues, numerous lakes and manicured gardens.
Transfer to the hotel. Lunch during visits. Depending on your arrival, you are doing the Hanoi city tour with the best sights: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from outside, his house on stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature. Welcome dinner at the restaurant local. Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi - Halong bay on land (Ninh Binh) (B,L,D)
Morning, you visit the Museum of Ethnology and then road to Ninh Binh also called Halong Bay on land (about 2h = 110km). Once arrived, you make a very pretty ride by rowing sampan to visit Thien Ha Cave to Thung Nham which isn't yet touched by the mass tourists.
Lunch at a local restaurant and then take a bike ride to discover this beautiful region surrounded by authentic villages nestled inside. Visit the Bich Dong Pagoda and the Temple of Thai Vi. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.
Ninh Binh - legendary Halong (B,L,D)
Depart from Ninh Binh in the early morning for Halong Bay, we cross the traditional Vietnamese countryside in the Red River Delta: villages, markets, rice fields, all is complemented by the daily life of peasants. Arrive in Halong at noon, boarding a boat cruise of 5 hours.
Lunch on board. An extraordinary landscape, "one of the wonders of the world", nearly three miles limestone small islands and fantastic types: turtle, sailing, etc ... sampan scattered emerald water with an area of 1500 km².
Stop at the Suprise Cave, we were thrown into a mysterious atmosphere by thousands stalagmites and stalactites, ascension the top of the Titov island or beach swimming if time permits. Admire the sunset on the upper deck of the Junk. Seafood dinner with chapels and overnight on board.
Halong bay - Hanoi - Hue (B,L,D)
After breakfast, the cruise continue to pass beautiful places in the bay in return direction, and before landing, we take early Brunch on board.
Return to Hanoi and go directly the airport for your flight to Hue. Stopover to visit a workshop of ceramics factory and a school for the training of traditional artisan crafts of Vietnam.
Arrive in Hue, welcome by local guide and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Hue/Visits and walks (B,L,D)
Morning, we start the city tour by boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River. Our cruise takes us to Minh Mang tomb, this majestic tomb reflects the oriental philosophy: the harmony between man and nature. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we visit a village of making conical hats and incense fighting and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc amidst frangipani trees and pines, this isn't a simple tomb, we talk the advantage idea of eternal life than death. Visit the Imperial Citadel, built between 1805 and 1832 under the model of the Chinese imperial palace.
At the end of the day, walk to Dong Ba market where we will find the most beautiful conical hats in Vietnam.
Enjoy the Royal Diner: we are in the costumes of the emperors, queens, princes, and princesses, imperial taste the dishes accompanied by traditional music (for groups from 10 people, you take this royal dinner with the disguise).
Hue - Hai Van (Clouds) pass - Hoi an (B,L,D)
Drive to Danang via the famous road, we will have a beautiful view of 12 km of Lang Co beach. In Danang, we visit the Cham Museum (built-in 1916) famous civilization of the Champa kingdom. And the Marble Mountain, next to the most beautiful beach in Vietnam.
Continue to Hoi An, which previous called Faifo, was among the most active commercial ports of the 17th and 18th centuries from all over Asia: Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Indonesian, French and Dutch. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999, this charming city fascinates us not only by the authenticity of architecture, romantic landscapes of the river and the beach but especially by the amazing light lanterns after sunset.
We visit the old and traditional Vietnamese house, an Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, Japanese bridge in the old neighborhood. Dinner at local restaurant in town and overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Hoi an - Da nang - Saigon (B,L,D)
In the morning, use the bike ride to see the people working and then back to the hotel to check-out before going to local restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Saigon. Arrive in Saigon, greeted by the local team and then transfer to the hotel to rest and then dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.
Saigon - Mekong - Ben Tre (B,L,D)
Morning we drive to Ben Tre via the town of My Tho for a private sampan day excursion in the Mekong arroyos, visit orchards, bee farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, see round a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp.Have lunch on the island with delicious local dishes.
Afternoon, enjoy bike ride around village. Overnight at homestay or hostel.
Ben Tre - Sadec - Can Tho (B,L,D)
Morning ride rowing sampan in arroyos and then the road to Sa Dec - a beautiful city, well known by the life of Mrs. Marguerite Duras - Visit the Lover's house, the 125-year-old house, that combines French and Chinese architectural styles, belonged to Huynh Thuy Le, a rich Chinese-Vietnamese trader who was the inspiration of the male protagonist in the famous novel "The Lover" (L'Amant) by Marguerite Duras; visit the typical local market.
Afternoon, the road to Can Tho
with stop to visit and take pictures along the way.
Dinner and overnight in Can Tho.
Can Tho floating market - Saigon (B,L,D)
Morning, private sampan to visit the most genuine market in the region - Cai Rang floating markets and enjoy life among fishermen along the Mekong. Lunch at local restaurant on the way.
Continue cruise to a beautiful ecological garden to visit the exotic fruit, you make a tasting of these exotic fruits and then landing the local market on the banks before making the return journey on Saigon. Overnight in Saigon
Saigon - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Saigon (B,L,D)
We drive to Tay Ninh, where there is the largest Cao Dai temple, an amazing religion, unique and pure in Vietnam. With more than two million followers, mostly in the South. We have the opportunity to attend the noon Mass on the altar and find all the great men of the world: Kumauni, Confucius, Jesus Christ, Lao Tseu even Jeanne d'Arc, Victor Hugo, Lenin, etc ... symbolizes the philosophy "all religions are moving towards the same path".
After lunch, we continue towards the Cu Chi tunnels. Known by the name "Iron Triangle" and the "Free Fire Zone", these tunnels allowed the zone controlled by Viet Cong to communicate among them when they were isolated by the Americans and their South Vietnamese ally. They also provided shelter to the population during air attacks. The Vietcong soldiers lived there under extremely harsh conditions, they are the living witnesses of the patriotism of Vietnamese people. Then back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Saigon/City tour - Departure (B,L)
Morning, you visit and discover the city: The Cathedral of Notre Dame, red brick building in neo-Romanesque style, which was consecrated in 1880. The station was built by Gustave Eiffel, the Opera House and City Hall with beautiful architecture and then departure for a walk in Chinatown Cho Lon.
A multitude of small family businesses thrives today in this "China town" dedicated to trading and money. The richly decorated pagodas and Chinese temples are very different in style of Vietnamese sanctuaries.
Visit the Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market wholesalers. Free time for last-minute shopping before transfer to the airport for departure flight.