Dicovere a ne "pearl" of Asia, unspoiled and magnificant Vietnam.
From the colonial Hanoi, a playgrounf of rich and famous European aristocracy,
to amazing Islands of Halong Bay with cruise through crystal clear water of Limestone Islands
Then explore colonial city of Hue, and continue to Hoi Han, stronghold of Nguyen Dinasty.
End the tour with flight to Ho Chi Min known as Saigon to visit the main suites including the
Chu-Chi Tunnels a network of over 200 km. tunnels fro the war led by Viet Cong.
Then some fun on Mekong River cruise, visiting the floating market and the Dragon, Turtle and Phoenix Islands
Day-1. DEPARTURE CANADA.
Day 2: HANOI: Your guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi. We will then arrange a cyclo to take you go around the Old Quarter in about one hour; this is an unique traditional mean of transport that you might hardly find outside Vietnam, take your time to get to know the city and stop sometimes for photo shooting or shopping. After that, you will be dropped off at Water Puppet Theatre for another 1 hour puppet show. This art show is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large bamboo rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water.
Day 3: HANOI-HALONG BAY: Morning departure for Halong Bay. Upon arrival the dock, a ferry will be waiting to transfer you to the boat. Enjoy your welcome drink from the boat crew while listening a briefing about itinerary and safety onboard. After checking in your cabin, savor a delectable lunch as the junk cruises further along the Bay passing many limestone islands formed in different shapes emerging unevenly from emerald green water. Having fun with kayak to visit Ba Hang or Luon cave, then continue to visit Amazing cave - one of the most beautiful caves on the Bay. Dinner is served with multiple courses at around 19.00. After that you can join squid fishing or take your own time to socialize with other guests or just laze around. Overnight on board.
Day 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI– NIGHT TRAIN: Start your new day with a Tai Chi lesson on sun deck. After breakfast, transferred by ferry to Ti Top Island for swimming or climbing the highest peak to get panorama view over the Bay. Back to the main boat to attend a short cooking class before lunch is served. Enjoy peaceful moment while the boat glides on the Bay till reaching the dock for the trip back to Hanoi. You will be dropped at Hanoi Railway Station for a night train trip to Hue. Stay overnight on train.
Day 5: HUE: After breakfast at your hotel your guide will transfer you to the dock for a nice boat cruise on Perfume river. The boat will stop in front of Thien Mu pagoda, a historic architecture that is considered the symbol of Hue. Take your time to make a visit into the pagoda then continue by car to discover Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen’s Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. After lunch at local restaurant, we will visit royal tombs of Emperor Tu Duc or Khai Dinh, given a deep understanding about King’s philosophy of geomancy and how this affected Royal life. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: HUE - HOI AN: Say goodbye to Hue, and we leave for Hoi An via Da Nang. Stop at Cham Museum and Marble Mountain for short visits. Then continue the trip through Hai Van Pass, the highest and one of the most scenic hillside road in Vietnam. On nice days, you can enjoy the whole vista of Da Nang city, the Tien Sa sea port, Son Tra peninsula, Cham island and long sandy beaches from the pass. Arrival Hoi An, check-in hotel then take a short tour to visit this charming old town including Ong pagoda, ancient houses, Assembly Hall of Cantonese Chinese Congregation, Japanese Covered Bridge, handicraft shops.
Day 7: HOI AN – HCMC: Free morning in Hoi An and then a transfer to the airport for departure flight to Ho Chi Minh city, also called Saigon. This is the largest city in Vietnam and the nation's economic capital. The metropolitan area Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding towns. Upon arrival, your English speaking guide will take you to main attractions in the city including Reunification Palace, War Remnants museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor temple, Thien Hau pagoda, China Town and many French styled colonial buildings along the way such as centre Post Office, City Hall (Hotel De Ville).
Day 8: HCMC – CAO DAI – CU CHI: Today, we head out to Cao Dai Holy See, attend the noontide service ceremony and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is actually the name of the district which covers an extensive underground network (approximately 200 kilometers) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon. The 1968 Tet Offensive was launched from Cu Chi with surprising effect. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what the life underground must have been like (please note that this will be hot and sweaty and also a bit claustrophobic!). Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: MEKONG DELTA TOUR: Pick up at the hotel at 8:00. Take 2 hour drive to Tien Giang Province (around 75km west of Saigon). Upon arrival, take a private boat on the upper part of the Mekong River to visit a fish market and enjoy the view of Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, Unicorn Island and Turtle Island. Then land to the island to discover the real life of people in Mekong Delta by walking on local paths, visit Coconut candy making family. Continue to a bee farm by horse cart and taste some special product from the garden. The rural sampan will take you into the small canal to enjoy the view of Water coconut tree, the typical of Mekong Delta. A big boat takes you back to the Dragon Island for lunch at a local family. After lunch, back to the city, continue to visit Vinh Trang Pagoda before coming back to HCMC. Free time in the evening to discover the city, stay overnight at hotel in the city center.
Day 10: HCMC 7 DEPARTURE: Morning city tour to visit Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also admire many beautiful French colonial buildings such as the Main Post Office, the formal Hotel De Ville (City Hall)… If time permit, we will visit Giac Lam pagoda, one of the oldest pagoda of the city before heading to the airport for departure flight.
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:
-Hanoi Old Quarter
-Water Puppet Thatre
-Halong Bay Cruise
-night train ride
-Cu Chi Tunnels
-Mekong Delta Cruise
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following:
-round trip airfafre
-airport taxes based on present fees
-6 nights accommodation in centrally located hotels
-1 night on cruise ship
-1 night sleeper train (4-bwerth cabins
-all transportation in Vietnam as per program
-Halong Bay cruise
-tours of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and HCMC
-Mekong Delta Cruise
-Englsh speaking guide
-bottle of water per person each day
tips (gratuities) US$ 8 per person/day