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Highlights Of Vietnam 16 Days 15 Nights

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Day 01: Saigon Arrival (Meals: Welcome dinner).
You are welcomed by GVT guide at Tan Son Nhat airport and then be transferred to your hotel. After checking in the hotel, free time at leisure to recover from your journey. Tonight we will have welcome dinner to go through the trip plan together. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 02: Saigon City - Cu Chi Tunnels (Meals: B).
Breakfast at hotel. The tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and we will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Saigon city. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral and short visit to French built Post office nearby, and then we will proceed to see the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace governed by the US-pro government of Republic of Vietnam. Touring the building and then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam war. Break time for lunch at local restaurant.
PM: We drive to Cu Chi district, 50 km to the Northwest of Saigon City, The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. Touring the areas and then you will be transferred back to Saigon. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby. Have dinner at your own. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 03: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Can Tho (Meals: B, L).
Breakfast at hotel. We transfer to My Tho - located on the northern banks of the Mekong river and is the closest town in the Delta area to Ho Chi Minh City, about 2 hours drive away. In the center of the town close to the river there is a large market that sells just about anything that can be eaten or is used in day to day business. Around the My Tho area you will find a maze of small canals that can be explored on one of the many organized boat tours. Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit an orchard on an island, with lunch en route. Continue with a visit to a snake farm and then continue driving to Can Tho. Check-in hotel and stay overnight in Can Tho.
Day 04: Mekong Delta - Saigon (Meals: B, L).
Breakfast at hotel. Board for a 3-hour cruise to Cai Rang and Phong Dien, 2 big floating markets with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a short trek before arriving at a rice-husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals photo shot. At the floating markets, you will discover a typical way of displaying and advertising farm products of local people gathering on the Mekong river to trade their goods. Drive back to Saigon with a lunch stop at My Tho. Back to Saigon in late afternoon. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 05: Saigon - Dalat Highland (Meals: B).
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to aiport for a short domestic flight to Dalat City - The former French colonial hill station town of Dalat was founded over 100 years ago by a French scientist, Dr Alexander Yersin. In the afternoon, we will visit the Summer Palace of the last emperor of Vietnam - Bao Dai King, and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the ‘Crazy House’ to locals because of its bizarre architecture. You may also wish to pay a visit to one of Dalat’s most notable residents, Buddhist monk/artist. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 06: Dalat Sightseeing Tours (Meals: B).
Breakfast at hotel. Another sightseeing option is to take a trip out to ‘Lat Village’ - The nine hamlets of Lat village (pronounced 'lak') are 12km north of Dalat at the base of Lang Bian Mountain. Only five of the hamlets are actually Lat; the residents of the other four are members of the Chill, Ma and Koho tribes, each of which speaks a different dialect. Traditionally, Lat houses are built on piles with rough plank walls and a thatched roof. Coming back to Dalat we will take a scenic train ride to Trai Mat. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Dalat
Day 07: Dalat - Nha Trang (Meals: B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. We will head eastward, making our way towards the coast. We’ll pass through pine forests and small market garden communities before reaching the top of Ngoan Muc Pass where we begin our 18 kilometer descent down to the coastal plains below. If you look to the left from here you may see where the old rack and pinion railway made its way down the range. Looking forward, you may just be able to make out the coastline situated 50 kilometers in the distance. A little over midway on the drive we arrive at the twin towns of Thap Cham and Phan Rang. The literal translation of Thap Cham is ‘Cham Tower’ and there’s a fine example of one here in the form of 13th Century Po Klong Garai. We will reach to Nha Trang City in the afternoon. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 08: Nha Trang Boat Cruise (Meals: B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Experience the coast of Nha Trang aboard a boat as you set out in the morning for the first stop at the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. You will then head out to Hon Mun Island where you have the chance for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. From here, continue to Hon Tam Island where you have the choice of relaxing on the beach or for the energetic – there is a choice of water sports. Lunch stop is at the fishing village of Lang Chai where there is time to explore before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor. If time permits, we will visit the Po Nagar Towers, an outstanding of ancient Cham architecture and then touring around Dam Market before transfer you back to the hotel. Free time at leisure. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 09: Nha Trang - Hoian Ancient Town (Meals: B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free your time untill transfer to the Cam Ranh airport to take 1 hour flight to Danang City, famous for China Beach and the former R&R for US servicemen. Pick up upon arrival and transfer to Hoi An. Visit the fascinating Cham Museum, famous China Beach and the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoian. Hoi An - an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. At leisure for the rest of day and overnight in Hoian.
Day 10: Hoian - Tra Que Vegetable Village - Cooking Class (Meals: B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Hoian’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
Travel to Tra Que Village, and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago. Arriving at Tra Que’s Family House we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Family Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. We cook 4 famous dishes.
PM: Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarters to see the town's landmarks of Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Temple…Overnight in Hoian.
Day 11: Hoian - Hue (Meals: B)
Breakfast at hotel. We transfer to Hue, we will cross Hai Van pass where you will have magnificent view of the China sea. Have a stopover to Lang Co beach. Check-in hotel in Hue city and we will visit the former Imperial Citadel - World Cultural Heritage - located in the centre of the Citadel where established highest offices of Vietnam's feudalism and sanctums honouring the cult of decreased Emperors. Royal Citadel consists of more 100 beautiful constructional works divided many sectors. We will visit Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh)…The rest of time you will be free for shopping at Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue City.
Day 12: Hue - Hanoi (Meals: B)
Breakfast at hotel. We will have a “Imperial Day“. The beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. We include these in a guided cruise on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. On return to the city, we then take a walk to enjoy many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies.
PM: Fly to Hanoi. Pick up upon arrival and transfer to the city for hotel check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi City Tours (Meals: B)
Breakfast at hotel. Full day Hanoi city tour: Visit to HCM complex including Mausoleum & House, Ba Dinh Square, Governor’s Palace, the Temple of Literature - which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. We then visit Enthnology Museum, visit “Hilton Prison”, a Complex of The Hoan Kiem Lake. A one hour cyclo tour to visit the Hanoi Old Quarter giving you a chance to explore the different local ways of life. Enjoy water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. Have dinner at your own. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 14: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Junk Cruise (Meals: B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. ACT’s guide will meet you at the hotel and we depart from the capital at 8:30 AM for Halong Bay approximately three hours away. Upon arrival at Halong Bay we will be met by captain and cruise and transferred to Junk Cruise. Welcome on board and set sail through bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Opportunity to visit beautiful limestonegrotto, go swimming or sunbathing. Enjoy cocktails while watching sunset. If weather permits, a short night cruise could bring you a nice discovery of the sea life by night. Overnight on Junk cruise.
Day 15: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Meals: B,L,D-Farewell dinner)
Enjoy sunrise over the bay or take part in our morning yoga class (Tai Chi). Coffee and tea is served. Continue cruising around the bay. Visit Luon Cave, Visit splendid Sung Sot grotto. Brunch served while cruising through the bay to the pier. Arrive at the pier being picked up and transferred back to Hanoi. Visit Dong Trieu ceramic and pottery village on the way.
Arrive in Hanoi at 04:30 pm. Free at leisure. Farewell dinner at local restaurant, then review our trip experiences. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 16: Hanoi Departure (Meals: B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until transferring to Hanoi airport to take departure flight. End of service.

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