Tour

from$949

Best Of Vietnam

Trip Code

BOV

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

8 days

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429

Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

Start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the In-depth Cultural tour Best Of Vietnam, you have a 8 days tour package taking you through Hanoi, Vietnam and 4 other destinations in Vietnam. Best Of Vietnam includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

On arrival at Hanoi International Airport make your own way (transfer not included) to your hotel. Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite exploration, while its many beautiful public spaces; lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards, and monuments give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.
Day 2

Day 2: HANOI (B)

Begin your day by a one-hour CYCLO RIDE to explore the capital city. The city is a blend of long-established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. Tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings give the city a touch of Western elegance, while crowded blocks of tiny old houses and narrow lanes bear the charm of past centuries. Afterwards visit the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, a lovely park setting home to Ho Chi Minh's final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. Visit the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM (closed on Mondays & Fridays) where one can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. Continue through the park to Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through windows only. Visit the miniature One Pillar Pagoda dating from the 11th century but rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Today it stands near the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. Then visit the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. Afternoon visit HOAN KIEM LAKE which means "Lake of the Returned", which is a lake in the historical centre of the capital of Hanoi. The lake serves as a focal point for locals. Legend has it that King Le Loi handed a magic sword called Heaven's Will which brought him victory in his revolt against the Chinese Ming dynasty back to the Golden Turtle God in the lake. The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua) standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend. Then visit NGOC SON Temple and the Rising Sun Bridge. The temple was erected in the 18th century. It honours the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan (Mongol invaders), Van Xuong, a scholar and Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master and famous writer in charge of repairs made to the temple in 1864. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted Huc Bridge (The Huc, means Morning Sunlight Bridge). Visit THE NEO-GOTHIC ST. JOSEPH'S CATHEDRAL inaugurated in 1886. Visiting this cathedral is like being instantly transported to medieval Europe. The cathedral is noteworthy for its square towers, elaborate altar and stained-glass windows. The first Catholic mission in Hanoi was founded in 1679. Visit to TRAN QUOC PAGODA, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, located on West Lake. The pagoda is quite beautiful and done in a traditional Vietnamese style. An 11 floor Buddhist tower makes this pagoda a sacred spot for pilgrims from all over the country. Afterwards visit HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM more famously known by American prisoner of war as the Hanoi Hilton. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 3

Day 3: HANOI - HALONG (EMBARKATION) (B/L/D)

If you wish to see how the locals rise and shine in the morning, wake up early and join an exciting scene of hundreds of locals, passionately attentive in their morning exercises of Tai Chi Quan, jogging, martial arts, classical dance and so on. After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994. En-route you will pass by the Red River Delta with many rural villages, fascinating towns, and paddy fields. On arrival at Halong Bay Tuan Chau International Marina, a tender boat will take you Halong Phoenix Cruise. A refreshing welcome drink is served followed by check-in into your cabin. Enjoy lunch. A delicious set menu lunch is served in the restaurant while you can enjoy the amazing scenery. Cruise amongst the hundreds of islands. You will pass by a several islands and islets on the Bay. This afternoon stop at Luon cave for Kayaking to visit the small cave and beautiful lagoons. Kayaking provides the opportunity to explore the beautiful lagoons and get closer to the island. (A bamboo boat will be arranged for people who cannot Kayak). The boat will take you to Titop Island for you to enjoy the beach. You can enjoy a swim or climb up to the top to get an overview of a corner of the bay. As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise. Relax with Coffee, tea and fruits on the sundeck or order your favorite drink while your boat cruise to the night’s anchorage area. Dinner will be server with local seafood. After dinner you may choose to spend time on the top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring to your cabin. Overnight on-board cruise
Day 4

Day 4: HALONG (DISEMBARKATION) - HANOI (BY FLIGHT) – DANANG – HOI AN (B)

njoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea. You will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay – Surprising Cave (Sung Sot) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience. As the boat begins cruising back to the harbor, experience more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands. After disembarkation, you will then be transferred back to Hanoi to catch a flight to Danang where you will be met and transferred to Hoi an. The exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colorful shop houses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shopper’s paradise, best explored on foot. Overnight in Hoi An
Day 5

Day 5: HOI AN (B)

Wander along cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the small harbor where colorfully painted boats are moored. The walking tour will include visits to a private house, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; to one of the family chapels built by prominent merchant or official families as centers for ancestor worship; and to a typical Chinese-style pagoda. Continue to Sa Huynh museum located near the Japanese covered bridge with exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Visit handicraft workshops in Hoi An where local products are being made. Finally, continue to the famous Japanese covered bridge pagoda, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Overnight in Hoi An
Day 6

Day 6: HOI AN - DANANG - SAIGON (BY FLIGHT) (B)

This morning travel back to Danang to the domestic airport for a flight to Saigon. On arrival you will be met and enjoy a tour of the vibrant metropolis. Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorcycles, chatting on cell phones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense. Begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside) and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60’s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. End the tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts. Overnight in Saigon
Day 7

Day 7: SAIGON (B)

Enjoy your day at leisure, or perhaps book our optional tours. Overnight in Saigon
Day 8

Day 8: SAIGON (B)

Today make your own way (transfer not included) to Saigon International Airport to check in for your onward flight.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1249 USD 949  USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 1449 USD 1049 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

*All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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