Vietnam in Depth

Vietnam in Depth

Culture program - Vietnam


DAY 1 : ARRIVAL TO HANOI ( - / Dinner)    
Airport pick up. Tour in Hanoi Old Quarter
The Old Quarter of Hanoi is referred to as the city of ancient 36 streets and districts. These streets represented professional guilds of the ancient Vietnam Capital that we can even find nowadays. Traveling from the hotel, we pass many French influences including Hanoi Opera House, the State Bank and the former Governor's palace. Afterwards, we journey around beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, tour the Hanoi Cathedral built in late 19th century. Finally, we wander the lively old streets filled with traditional crafts, having some great bargain before we return to the hotel.
Enjoy dinner with special cuisine in local restaurant
Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 2 : HANOI - NINH BINH (Breakfast / - )    
Depart Hanoi for Hoalu by car. The picturesque site of Hoa Lu was one the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh, Le (10th century) and Ly (11th century) dynasties. Upon arriving, we explore two temples, one dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang and the other to his successor Le Dai Hanh. It is also a chance to visit the scenic Bich Dong Pagoda from 1428 as we have a leisurely boat ride to the three magnificent grottoes of Tam Coc, a Ha Long on Land called by many travellers. 
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
DAY 3 : NINH BINH – HA LONG (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)    
Car transfer to Halong. Check in board. A cruise in a private junk on the emerald green waters among the 3,000 spectacular limestone islands begins with fresh seafood lunch on board. Return to Hanoi by road in the late afternoon with a stop at Dong Trieu ceramic village.
DAY 4 : HA LONG – HANOI / HUE (Brunch / - )  

Disembark around noon, transfer to Hanoi for flight to Hue in the evening. 
Overnight in Hue
DAY 5 : HUE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  

Taking a Dragon Boat, we travel along the serene Perfume River, visiting the sublime Thien Mu Pagoda built in 1601, which become symbolic of Hue’s peaceful beauty and was classified as the 14th on the list of the Imperial Capital’s 20 landmarks. 
Travelling through pine forest and lush hills about 7Km southwest of Hue, we reach the mausoleum of King Tu Duc, a miniature of the Royal Palace, which harmonizes perfectly with the nature surroundings. On the return, we visit the King Khai Dinh’s Tomb with completely different architectures from any of other Nguyen King’s Tombs. This burial place combines aspects of both Vietnamese and French influences, including the decorative styles of each culture.
Continue to visit Royal Citadel where the ruling Nguyen Dynasty and Royal Families used to live as we explore its many fascinating architectural remainders that survived after the wars.
Enjoy the royal dinner at local restaurant
Overnight in Hue

DAY 6 : HUE - DANANG - HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN (Breakfast / - )    
Departure from Hue to Da Nang. Arrive Da Nang, we visit the unique museum of Cham Sculpture, which houses the large collection of over 300 stone statues. Afterwards, we move on to Non Nuoc and climb up the steps of Marble Mountains, which are filled with mysterious caves and ancient altars dedicated to mythological deities.
Heading to Hoi An Town, recently recognized as a World Heritage Site, we walk its narrow streets with charmingly preserved 200 year old houses, combining the typical architectural styles of Vietnam, China and Japan. We also see the historical covered bridge, the famous Chinese Pagoda Phuc Kien and the vibrant market on the bank of the Thu Bon River.
Overnight in Hoian
DAY 7 : DANANG / NHA TRANG (Breakfast / - )    

Free at leisure to enjoy sun sea sand at Nhatrang Beach
Car transfer to check in hotel in nhatrang and free at leisure to enjoy Nha trang sandy beach.
Overnight in Nhatrang
DAY 8 : NHA TRANG (Breakfast / - )  

From the hotel in Nha Trang we drive to the Po Nagar Tower, being considered the most beautiful reminder of Cham architecture. We then visit the Pasteur Institute, see Dr. Yesin’s library and office that has been converted into a museum. Later we look at the impressive Long Son Pagoda, tour the famous Oceanographic Institute and admire the beautiful view of Nha Trang coastline from the Hon Chong Rock.
Overnight in Nhatrang
DAY 9 : NHA TRANG – DA LAT (Breakfast / - )  

Nestled in the majestic and temperate south central highlands of Vietnam, Da Lat has been known for years as the "City of Eternal Spring". We see the beautiful landscapes graced with pine trees , visit the famous Prenn Fall and explore the colorful fruit and vegetable market. The rest of the day is spent discovering French colonial villas, wandering the Love Valley and pausing at one of Da Lat’s many beautiful flower gardens.
Overnight in Dalat
DAY 10 : DA LAT / SAIGON (Breakfast / - )    

Flight to Ho Chi Minh city. 
Historical reminders of Viet Nam's past are abundant here and provide a striking backdrop to the rapid transformation of Viet Nam today. In Ho Chi Minh city we see charming colonial buildings along historic tree-lined boulevards, explore the Chinatown of Sai Gon and touring this exciting commercial district with its colorful markets as we discover a Chinese pagoda, which is distinctly different from those found in other part of Viet Nam.
Overnight in Saigon

DAY 11 : SAIGON – TAY NINH – CU CHI – SAIGON (Breakfast / - )    
Travelling to Tay Ninh, we find the bizarre Cao Dai religion, which combines various aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Confucianism, Taoism and Islam. We can observe the noon service, which is held daily from the cathedral balcony. On the way back, we stop at Cu Chi, famed for its elaborate network of tunnels and it is said to be approximately 215 Km in length. There is a chance to visit the underground shelters where the revolutionary cadres were living.
Overnight in Saigon

DAY 12 : SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – SAIGON (Breakfast / Lunch / - )    
We journey deep into the heart of the Mekong Delta, known as Vietnam’s rice bowl and arrive Vinh Long, the capital of this province. Passing a traditional floating market of Cai Be, we experience its excitement as we walk through orchards of mango, coconut and banana.
Continuing on, we paddle in a sampan to the beautiful Binh Hoa Phuoc Island and sample more exotic fruit of the region before driving back to Sai Gon.
Overnight in Saigon

DAY 13 : SAIGON DEPARTURE (Breakfast / - )    
Free at leisure until airport transfer for departure flight