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Day 1: Sydney/Melbourne - Hanoi Arrival
Departure from Sydney/ Melbourne via Vietnam, upon arrival in Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. Meal included: None
Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Overnight on Cruise
After an early breakfast you will start with a transfer out to the internationally famous and stunningly beautiful Halong Bay, made world famous by James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies. Arriving just before lunch, you’ll embark on a traditional Vietnamese junk. Take lunch on board and enjoy the afternoon and overnight cruise as it provides you with fantastic views of the fabulous scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands which amazingly rise from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves, some of which you’ll visit. Overnight on board in Halong Bay. Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and Dinner on board (B / L / D)
*Details cruise program will be update upon confirmation. Anyway it still can change prior to departure date without notification due the weather or quay policy.
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi
The tour continues with a morning spent cruising on to the Man’s Head, Tortoise islands and then Luon Cave by small bamboo boat. After an brunch check out and continue to travel though Bai Tu Long to Bai Chay / Tuan Chau for disembark, meet the driver and guide to transfer you back to Hanoi. Then you are free. Overnight in Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast and brunch on cruise (B / Brunch)
Optional Activity: Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour
This tour into the Old Quarter will begin from your hotel in the early evening. Your English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walk through the maze of bustling streets that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and tempt your taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate to you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing onwards, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can discover how the local’s live in the old quarter. Afterwards you will stop at the barbeque stalls. Settle down with the locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. The search for dessert will bring you down to a small alley, here you will find fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi include Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee along with many other specialties. Follow these delicious meals with an ice cold local beer. Your trip ends in the middle of the old quarter and you will continue onwards to discover Hanoi by night at your own leisure, or the tour guide can arrange a taxi for you to go back to your hotel (taxi not included). Inclusions: English speaking tour guide, all food and drink as mentioned above
Day 4: Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to airport for your fight to Danang. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Hoian. Stop en route to visit the Marble Mountain and Stone village. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian. Meal included: Breakfast at hotel (B)
Day 5: Hoi An - Free Day
Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoian. Overnight in Hoian. Meals: Breakfast at hotel. (B)
Optional tour to My Son:
Depart early this morning and travel to My Son (approx. 1 hour), a UNESCO World Heritage site located 40km southwest of Hoi An. My Son was once the capital and religious centre of the Cham people, and is believed to be the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. The ruins of My Son were built between the 7th to 13th centuries BC and are located in a valley surrounded by mountains, the sides of which are covered in thick jungle. Hon Quap (Cat's Tooth Mountain) overlooks the site, its crooked peak mimicked by the architecture of some temples' roofs. These mountains are the source of the Thu Bon River, a holy river which flows through the site. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant and after the day’s tour, be transferred back to the hotel in Hoi An. Inclusions: Transfers to and from your hotel to My Son Holy Land, English speaking tour guide.
Day 6: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Da Nang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City - a bustling metropolis located in the south of the country. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: Breakfast at hotel (B)
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Once upon a time, the tunnel system stretched over 250km from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction providing visitors with a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S and Vietnam War. In the afternoon, you are free. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Meals: Breakfast at hotel (B)
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City - Free Day
Today you are free for your own exploration in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. Meals: Breakfast at hotel (B)
Optional tours: Mekong Delta Day tour:
This morning, after breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and travel to the city of My Tho (approx. 1.5 hours) on the banks of the Mekong. Upon arrival board a motor boat and cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you to Xep Canal, a lovely place where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. Stop at a local family's home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Afterwards continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family (included). In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City and your hotel accommodation. Inclusions: Transfers to and from your hotel, English speaking tour guide, Mekong River boat trip, lunch, honey tea and honey wine, seasonal fruits, traditional music performance.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure
After breakfast at hotel, you can enjoy free time at leisure untill transfering to airport for return flight back home. (B)
Day 10: Arrive in Sydney/Melbourne
We hope you have brought home fond memories of Vietnam!
* Conditions apply. Minimum 4 person travelling together. Price is based on twin share or double bedded room.