Discovery Vietnam on Splendor

VIETNAM
Price in $ /Pax $1019

Trip Overview


day 1 : Hanoi arrival & sightseeing (D)
day 2 : Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - Mai Chau (B,L,D)
day 3 : Mai Chau - Ninh Binh (Halong on land) - Trang An (B,L,D)
day 4 : Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
day 5 : Halong Bay - Hanoi (B,L,D)
day 6 : Hanoi - Hue (B,L,D)
day 7 : Hue - Hai Van Pass - Hoi An (B,L)
day 8 : Hoian visits - Beach extension (B)
day 9 : Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An (B,L)
day 10 : Hoian - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,)
day 11 : Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B,L,D)
day 12 : Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
day 13 : Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
day 14 : Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

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Activities Highlights

  • Walk around HanoiCity
  • Amble in the Mai Chau Valley
  • Cruise on Ha Long Bay 
  • Visit the famous monuments of Hue
  • Discover the ancient city Hoi An
  • Enjoy the bustling city of Saigon
  • Sampan ride along the Mekong River
  • Visit of the Cu Chi tunnels
  • Tasting typical Vietnamese dishes
  • Meet warmly the locals

Program in details (14 day)

1

Hanoi arrival & sightseeing (D)

Arrival at Hanoi airport, warmly welcomed by our guide and transfer to the Hanoi center. The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has retained the old world charm of the French colonial era. The face of Hanoi hasn't changed much through decennium. This is probably the most charming city of Vietnam with its authenticity, large shady avenues, numerous lakes, and pruned gardens.
Transfer to the hotel, we begin the tour of the capital by the Ho Chi Minh Complex Mausoleum, which dominates the Ba Dinh Square, and his house on stilts to understand a great man whose life has been very modest life. The One Pillar Pagoda is famous for its original construction connected to an interesting legend from the 11th century.
Then visit the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius and his disciples. As you visit the first university, we understand more feudal education in Vietnam. And one hour of cyclo ride in the old quarter with its narrow shopping streets allows us to discover the main interests of the Vietnamese capital. 

Welcome dinner at the local restaurant.

Meals included: Welcome dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

The room is available from 14.00

Arrival flight: To be advised

2

Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - Mai Chau (B,L,D)

Morning, we visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the largest museum and also the most complete of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam and then depart to Mai Chau - a beautiful valley of the White Thai via the provincial town of Hoa Binh and Thung Khe pass - 1200m.
Stops for a photo along the route. A bike rides and walks on arrival to discover more about the daily life of locals and admire the scenery around.
Evening dance shows, dinner at homestay and traditional music presented by the White Thai.
 
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Mai Chau
Distance: 150km - 4 hours

3

Mai Chau - Ninh Binh (Halong on land) - Trang An (B,L,D)

We take the mountain road and part of the Ho Chi Minh trail, beautiful landscapes: rice paddies, vegetable fields, and sugar cane are a romantic picture of the 150km long nature.
After about 3,5 hours of driving, we go to Ninh Binh to enjoy lunch of local specialties in a restaurant.

Afternoon, we take a sampan ride to visit the carved by erosion, Trang An grottoes which are also called the "Halong bay on land" with many limestone peaks covered with lush vegetation.
Visiting Bich Dong Pagoda (Jade Cave and 3 temples of the 17th century), we have a panoramic view of this magical region. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on boat

Distance: 200km - 3 hours

4

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Depart to Halong Bay, we cross the Red River Delta - a beautiful traditional Vietnamese countryside with villages, markets, rice paddies, all complemented by the daily lives of peasants. Arrival in Ha Long around noon, boarding a boat for cruising 17h00.
Lunch on the boat seafood sprinkled with white wine. An extraordinary landscape, "one of the wonders of the world", nearly three miles of limestone islands and fantastic shapes: turtle, sailing sampan, etc ... scattered in the emerald water with a surface of 1,500km².
Visite the Surprise cave, we projected in a mysterious atmosphere by thousands stalagmites and stalactites, ascension the top of the Titov island or beach for swimming if time allows you. Admiring the Sunset on the sundeck of the Junk. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on boat

5

Halong Bay - Hanoi (B,L,D)

After breakfast, continue the cruise through the Bay passing still very beautiful places in the bay return direction, and before landing, we take brunch on board early.
On the way back to Hanoi. Stops to visiting a workshop manufacturing ceramics and a school of training of all traditional artisan crafts of Vietnam.
Visit Hoan Kiem lake (Lake Flaming Sword returned) and attend the evening water puppet show.
 
Meals included: Breakfast, brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

6

Hanoi - Hue (B,L,D)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Arrival in Hue, Home of the guide and the driver and the beginning of the discovery of the ancient capital of the dynasty Nguyens 1802-1945, declared world heritage site by UNESCO since 1993, Hue offers its visitors a perfect picture of harmony between many historical sites still well preserved the milieu of the charm of nature. We begin the city tour by boat to Thien Mu Pagoda, located along the Perfume River.

Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel with architecture Vauban style, built in the style 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 best conical hats in Vietnam.
Royal Dinner: we are in the costumes of emperors, queens, princes, and princesses, imperial taste the dishes accompanied by traditional music. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Suggested flight: HAN - HUI in the morning

7

Hue - Hai Van Pass - Hoi An (B,L)

The morning we visit a village of making conical hats and incense and the tomb of Tu Duc Emperor amidst frangipani and pine trees, this isn't a simple tomb advantage is mentioned the idea of eternal life than death.  

Lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Danang via the famous road to the Hai Van Pass, we will have a beautiful view over dozens of kilometers of beaches of the peninsula of Lang Co.
In Danang, we visit the Cham Museum (built-in 1916), the famous collection of the civilization of the Champa kingdom and the Marble mountain, next to the most beautiful beach of Vietnam.
Continue to Hoi An, or called Faifo in the past, one of the busiest commercial ports from the 17th to the 18th centuries throughout Asia: Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Indonesian and French and Dutch are not skirted. Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999, this charming city fascinates not only the authenticity of the architecture, the romantic scenery of the river and the beach but especially by the light of lanterns spooky after sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Distance: 150km - 3 hours

8

Hoian visits - Beach extension (B)

Morning, we visit this beautiful ancient city: the old houses a traditional Vietnamese house, an Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, Japanese bridge in the old neighborhood.
Free lunch in town and in the afternoon at your leisure to discover the beautiful city. Possible to rent bicycles for exploring the surrounding area and relax on the beach. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

9

Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An (B,L)

Morning departs to My Son, 70km from Hoi An which was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO along Hoi An, all temples and shrines weren't only the religious capital but also the last houses of emperors of the Cham kingdom of the 5th to 13th centuries. They tell us the most glorious of this kingdom ruined through architectures and sculptures but how to make bricks there is still a mystery scientists time.
Back to Hoi An for lunch. Afternoon free to explore at your leisure the beautiful city. Possible to rent bicycles for exploring the surrounding area and relax on the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

10

Hoian - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,)

Transfer to Danang airport for flight to Saigon. Meet on arrival by our guide then transfer to the city. Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon), the economic center of Vietnam, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta, is also the largest city, the population of more than 8 million.
Full day visit: Notre Dame Cathedral, red brick building in neo-Romanesque style, which was consecrated in 1880. Post office built by Gustave Eiffel, Opera House and City Hall with beautiful architecture

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

11

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B,L,D)

Road to My Tho, a vast network of thousands of channels characterizes the life of the Mekong Delta, the largest rice granary of Vietnam. We are in the middle of the green fields and orchards, immense rice fields dotted with lotus ponds.
Boarding for a cruise on the Mekong River to Thoi Son islet or island of the Unicorn: the large tropical garden of 11km². Tropical fruit tasting and good fresh honey out of the hives in orchards.
Lunch on the island of specialties including the famous with elephant ears fish. In the afternoon, boat trip on small channels, which grows on both sides, lush vegetation. We continue to drive to Can Tho, the region considered the most fertile of the delta. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho                                                

12

Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

Two beautiful floating markets Cai Rang and Phong Dien are the specific features of Mekong table, we take a cruise along canals to discover the life that animates the delta: the fishermen, boatmen carrying all kinds of food.
During the cruise, the crew will serve you a complimentary fresh coconut, hot green tea, and seasonal fruit. Following the cruise, we take a walk in the orchards and taste fresh fruit. Back to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch.  Overnight in Saigon.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

13

Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

We started to Tay Ninh where there is the greatest Cao Dai Temple, an amazing religion, unique and clean in Vietnam with more than two millions 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: Cakyamauni, Confucius, Jesus Christ, Laos Tseu even Joanne d' Arc, Victor Hugo, Lenin, etc ... the eye symbolizes divine philosophy "all religions are moving toward the same path".
After lunch, we continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Known by the name "Iron Triangle" and the "free fire Zone" allows these tunnels are controlled by the Viet Cong areas communicate with each other when they were isolated from American or South Vietnamese areas. They also provided shelter to the population during air attacks. The Vietcong soldiers lived there in harsh conditions, they are also living witnesses of patriotism of the Vietnamese. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Distance: 75 kilometers - 1hr 55 min

Note: Cu Chi Tunnels is not recommended for people with claustrophobia

14

Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Free time for your shopping or at leisure before the transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

The room is disposal until noontime only

Departure flight: To be advised


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Included / Excluded Prestations

  • Accommodation as mentioned 
  • Private vehicle, the air-conditioned and qualified driver for transfer on land as mentioned in the program
  • Domestic flights and Taxes according to the program
  • Boats and Sampan for the excursions mentioned 
  • English-speaking guides to the route by stage as mentioned
  • Fees for visits to the mentioned sites
  • Meals mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch and D = Dinner)