Classic Vietnam - From North To South & Transfer to Phnom Penh - Departure on Monday

Huong River - Hue
Huong River - Hue

General information

DurationDestinationDeparture
8 days and 7 nights
Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Long, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh, Chau Doc)
Cambodia (Phnom Penh)
Vietnam (Hanoi)

Description

Guaranteed departures on Monday (minimum 2 passengers) with English speaking guide.

Category

 
Smart (Scheduled Tour)
Half Board 3 & 4 Stars
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First Category (Scheduled Tour)
Half Board 3 & 4 Stars
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Superior (Scheduled Tour)
Half Board 4 & 5 Stars
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Deluxe (Scheduled Tour)
Half Board 4 & 5 Stars
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Program

Day 1:
Hanoi (Dinner)
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Half-day excursion to experience the classic places of the cultural capital of Vietnam. Passing in front of the imposing mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh we enter the Governor General of Indochina's residence, where the President's house is located. Not far away is the famous One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049, opposite the Dien Huu Pagoda. We visit Van Mieu, the Confucian Temple of Literature, which is the oldest Asian university dating back to 1070. In the heart of the city lies the Lake of the Returned Sword, with the tiny island of the Jade Mountain Temple at its center. The day ends with an hour of fun at the Water Puppet Show: a show unique in the world, where the actors are puppets that revive ancient folk legends and scenes of everyday life on a stage made of water. Dinner in a typical restaurant. Return to the hotel.

Day 2:
Hanoi - Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay. After a brief stop in an exhibition center displaying the best of local silk, ceramic and stone sculptures we proceed to the port, ready to embark on one of the most beautiful cruises in Asia. The visit to the spectacular Halong Bay takes place on a beautifully restored traditional Chinese junk, which will take you through a myriad of islands, islets and pinnacles emerging from the sea in weird shapes. Covered with pristine jungle and often punctured by caves and cracks, the karst formation of Halong has been for centuries in legends of pirates and demons. Lunch on board. Dinner on board.

Day 3:
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (Breakfast, Brunch)
The cruise continues throughout the morning, allowing plenty of time to relax while sailing surrounded by spectacular natural scenery. Brunch on board. Return to the port and disembark. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Danang. Transfer to Hoi An. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 4:
Hoi An - Danang - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
Half-day was dedicated to the visit of Hoi An in Cyclo. Following the crowded streets with a high density of shops, boutiques and art galleries, we reach the refined Japanese Bridge. We visit a nearby temple, belonging to the rich Chinese community, then we continue paying a visit to the classic house of a powerful merchant of the past. The next stop is a silk factory, where elegant and refined tailor-made clothes can be ordered. Transfer to Danang and visit of the rocky cliffs of Ngu Hanh Son, the Five Marble Mountains, among which Thuy Son is the most revered. At his feet, in the village of Dong Hai, hundreds of families are still devoted to the old art of stone carving. We reach the Linh Ung Pagoda, one of the most revered places of worship in the region. Afterward, we visit the interesting Cham museum, built in 1916 and dedicated to the ancient Cham culture, which developed from the 2nd to the 14th century in present-day central Vietnam. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Transfer to Hue. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 5:
Hue - Saigon (Breakfast, Lunch)
Half-day visit to the most important sites of Hue. It starts with Thien Mu, the Pagoda of the Heavenly Lady, on the left bank of the famous Perfume River. We continue with a visit to the imperial mausoleum of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Lunch in a typical restaurant. The Nguyen emperors began building the mighty City of Citadela (Prohibited City) at the center of the magnificent imperial city in 1802. The city contains the Hall of the Five Phoenixes, the Peace Palace Supreme and the Dynastic Temple: The Mieu. The grand buildings are arranged in a harmonic succession, according to geomantic principles enshrined in Chinese science, and end the day with a pleasant walk in the big market of Dong Ba. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Saigon. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 6:
Saigon (Breakfast, Lunch)
Departure to reach the famous Cu Chi tunnels, the Vietcong's underground network of warehouses, dormitories, armories, kitchens, infirmaries and command posts resistant to US bombardments and symbol of Vietnamese resistance. In the nearby bushes some structures are made accessible to the public and evocative mannequins mount the guard at strategic points. On the way back to Saigon we stop to taste the famous rice flour focaccia and explore a rubber tree plantation dating back to the years of French colonization at the beginning of the last century. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon we visit the heart of Saigon, starting from the War Remnants Museum, sad reminder of all wars in which Vietnam has been involved. After a brief stop at the central square to admire the Post Office building, designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the neo-Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame, we visit Ngoc Hoang, the Jade Emperor's pagoda, dedicated to the Taoist cult. The interiors are surprisingly rich and fascinating. Afterwards we proceed to the bustling shopping area that runs from the Dong Khoi Street, the "Rue Catinat" of the French settlers, to the large Ben Thanh market square. Return to the hotel.

Day 7:
Saigon - Chau Doc (Breakfast, Lunch)
Transfer towards Cai Be. During this varied journey, one can admire the photogenic scenarios of the Mekong Delta, a unique ecosystem. We arrive at Cai Be River port to board a smaller local boat more suitable to navigate the narrow canals. Passing through crowded shores, full of life and commerce, we reach the local fresh market, where a myriad of people on boats convey fruits, vegetables and handicrafts from various areas of the delta. We visit a family-run business specializing in the traditional production of rice cakes, palm sugar candies and a variety of local desserts. Lunch in a typical restaurant. We continue to Chau Doc. Arrival in Chau Doc and transfer to the hotel.

Day 8:
Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (Breakfast)
Departure after breakfast by speedboat along the lower Mekong to reach the border with Cambodia. After crossing into Cambodia, the river reveals a different landscape, with villages, farms and forests on the banks. Arrival in Phnom Penh about 5 hours after departure.

Price includes

- Hotel with breakfast
- Meals as per program
- Transfers and excursions as per program
- English Speaking guide
- Assistance during your entire stay
- Phone Number "URGENCY" 24 hours
- During long trips water and refreshing towels

Price does not include

- Flights, if not stated in the program
- Hotels peak season special supplements and policies such as Christmas and new year dinner new year minimum stay etc..
- Everything not indicated in "The price includes"

Itinerary

Day Overnight Itinerary highlights
1 La Casa Hanoi - Deluxe room or similarHanoi   Hanoi, Vietnam - Airport
2 Junk Deluxe - Deluxe Cabin or similarHa Long
3 Emm Hotel Hoi An - Superior roo or similarHoi An   Da Nang, Vietnam
4 Moonlight Hue - Superior room or similarHue
5 Muong Thanh Sai Gon - Deluxe room or similarHo Chi Minh City
6 Muong Thanh Sai Gon - Deluxe room or similarHo Chi Minh City
7 Victoria Nui Sam Lodge - Superior room or similarChau Doc
8   Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Accommodations provided in each place

PlaceSmartFirst CategorySuperiorDeluxe
HanoiLa Casa Hanoi - Deluxe room or similarThe Ann Hanoi - Deluxe room or similarPullman Hanoi - Superior room or similarMgallery Hotel del L'opera - Deluxe room or similar
Ha LongJunk Deluxe - Deluxe Cabin or similarLuxury Junk or similarParadise Elegance - Deluxe Balcony Cabin or similar
Hoi AnEmm Hotel Hoi An - Superior roo or similarRoyal Riverside - ROH room or similarHoi An Historic Hotel - Classic room or similarAlmanity Hoi An Resort - My Spirit Superior room or similar
HueMoonlight Hue - Superior room or similarIndochine Palce - Palace Deluxe room or similarMelia Vinpearl Hue - Deluxe room or similar
Ho Chi Minh CityMuong Thanh Sai Gon - Deluxe room or similarEastin Grand Hotel Saigon - ROH (Superior, Deluxe) room or similarNew World Saigon - Deluxe room or similar
Chau DocVictoria Nui Sam Lodge - Superior room or similarVictoria Chau Doc Hotel - Superior room or similar