Hanoi arrival & visit (L,D)
Arrival at Hanoi's airport. Welcome by our 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: Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh 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 Ethnography and then the road to 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 you take a bike ride to discover this beautiful region surrounded by the authentic villages nestled inside. Visite the Bich Dong Pagoda and the Temple of Thai Vi. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Ninh Binh - legendary Halong (B,L,D)
Depart from Ninh Binh in the early morning to 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 Surprise cave, we were thrown into a mysterious atmosphere by thousands stalagmites and stalactites, ascension the top of the Titov island or beach for swimming if time allows you. Admire the sunset solei the upper deck of the Junk. Seafood dinner with chapels and overnight on board.
Halong bay - Hanoi - Hue (B,L,D)
After breakfast, the continuation of the cruise still passing very beautiful places in the bay in return direction, and before landing, we take early Brunch on board.
Return to Hanoi and go to directly the airport for the flight to Hue. Stops visit a workshop of ceramics factory and a school for the training of all traditional artisan crafts of Vietnam.
Arrive in Hue, welcome by the local guide and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hue.
Hue/Visits and walks (B,L,D)
Morning, we start the tour in city by boat trip up to Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River. Our cruise takes us to the 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 of advantage the idea of eternal life than death. Visit the Imperial Citadel, built under the model of the Chinese imperial palace between 1805 and 1832.
At the end of the day, the 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 is called Faifo, among the most active commercial ports of the 17th to the 18th centuries from all over Asia: Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Indonesian, French and Dutch and it coated. 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 spooky 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 the local restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for the flight of 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, beekeeping 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 local delicious dishes.
Afternoon, enjoy bike ride round 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 is very well known by the life of Mrs. Marguerite Duras - Visit the Lover's house, the 119-year-old house, that combines French and Chinese architectural styles, belonged to Huynh Thuy Le, a rich Chinese-Vietnamese trader who was the inspiration behind the male protagonist of the famous novel "The Lover" (L'Amant) by Marguerite Duras; visit the typical local market.
Afternoon, the road to Can Tho
with stops to visit and 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 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 Free zone", these tunnels allowed the zones controlled by the Viet Cong to communicate with each other when they were isolated in American or South Vietnamese areas. They also provided shelter to the population during air attacks. The Vietcong soldiers lived there under extremely harsh conditions, they are also living witnesses of patriotism of the Vietnamese. Then back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Saigon/City tour - Departure (B,L)
Morning, your visits and discovery of 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.