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8-day holiday in Vietnam – Explore Northern and Central Vietnam include Hanoi city tour (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, Temple of Literature, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake), luxury cruise on Ha Long Bay, relax at Danang beaches, Hoi An city tour (Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Meeting Hall, Tan Ky House), Museum of Champa Sculpture, Tra Nhieu village with traditional cultures.
Itinerary: HANOI – HA LONG – HA NOI – DA NANG – HOI AN – TRA NHIEU VILLAGE - DA NANG.
Day 1: Ha Noi arrival - Free (Guide)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport in Ha Noi, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the city centre - a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, ancient temples, old pagodas and peaceful lakes. Check in hotel if available or free at your own convenience to explore the city. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Ha Noi city tour (B/-/- & guide)
Pick up from hotel and transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’; his house-on-stilts which was built in the style of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, where he lived for most of his remaining days and One-Pillar Pagoda, built of wood on a single stone pillar, designed to resemble a lotus blossom, the symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. Continue to visit Temple of Literature, which is a rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the temple is dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu) and honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment.
It became Vietnam’s first university in 1076. After lunch, you will visit one of the world's most popular museums - Vietnam's Museum of Ethnology, which gives an insight into Vietnam's diverse culture of the 54 ethnic groups. Enjoy a short visit to the historic Old Quarter of Hanoi with 36 streets named after the goods once sold there. Then head to Hoan Kiem Lake, an oasis of calm right in the heart of the city; nearby Ngoc Son Temple, which is reached via the red-painted, wooden The Huc Bridge. Free time for shopping.
Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long (B/L/D & guide)
Enjoy scenic 4-hour drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay and experience the spectacular scenery of Ha Long bay on a luxury cruise. Enjoy welcome drink and then, receive cruise briefing, check in cabin and begin your cruise. Have lunch while cruising through Hoa Cuong Fishing Village, Ti Top area and Bai Tu Long area. Enjoy a stop at Island, where you can go swimming, kayaking or explore the mysterious dark cave. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with the Chef as he prepares traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. Pre-dinner cocktail will be served along with complimentary nuts & canapes. Dinner is served on board. Overnight on cruise.
Day 4: Ha Long – Da Nang (B/BR/- & guide)
Enjoy a Tai chi session on the sundeck in the morning with a light breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries. Afterwards, set out to explore another Cave, and then head back to the ship for a full breakfast buffet. After check-out, you will visit Tuan Chau Island by vehicle from Halong to Hanoi. Catch a flight to Da Nang. You will arrive after 1.5-hour flight. Pick up at the airport, transfer to the hotel in Da Nang for relax.
Day 5: Hoi An city tour (B/-/- & guide)
Start a day by wandering around the charming Hoi An Town, following the narrow lanes, standing the ancient houses on both sides blending with Chinese, Japanese style and a bit of European. The 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Meeting Hall, Tan Ky House and the local fishing market are some quick suggestions for your plan to Hoi An.
Besides a numerous art galleries, museum and tailor shops, where you can get some quick made-to-measure clothes, are also the options to visit. The highlight for today is the Mable Mountain - Ngu Hanh Son, which is a large cluster consisting of five marble and limestone hills called after the five elements: Thuy Son (water), Kim Son (metal), Moc Son (wood), Tho Son (soil) and Hoa Son (fire). After that will be a visit to the typical ancient architecture of Cham Museum which is officially known as the Museum of Champa Sculpture. There remains over 300 original sandstones and terra-cotta objects on display, dated from 7th and 15th centuries, creating the world's best collection of Cham artifacts. In the afternoon, back to hotel in Da Nang for overnight.
Day 6: Tra Nhieu village (B/L/- & guide)
Travel to the bustling port town during 16th and 17th century. Until now, it remains an unspoiled peaceful picturesque Tra Nhieu village besides the alluvial river. The village's road is bound by the local garden shaded by scented betel-nut tree. Here you can wander around the village with a bicycle to discover the local's daily life. You can see some traditional handicrafts and agricultural group activities in farming, fishing and sleeping mat making for example. Afterward, you will be taken on a boat with local fisherman to try casting a net and go fishing. Take a rest and have lunch with Vietnamese dishes at a local house before riding to the wharf and back to hotel in Da Nang for overnight.
Day 7: Free day ai leisure (B/./-)
Free at your own leisure. Relax on the beautiful beach and enjoy excellent swimming pool or go shopping. Overnight in Da Nang.
Day 8: Da Nang departure (B/-/- & guide)
At leisure until transfer to Da Nang airport for your sweet home. End services.
- Hotel accommodation based on double/twin room with daily breakfast
- Traditional cruise on Ha Long Bay
- Private (A/C) transfers and transportation on tours
- Sightseeing & entrance fees on tour
- Meals as specified (no drink)
- English speaking local guide
- Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
- Vietnam visa on arrival processing service fee
- Domestic flight and airport taxes
- Drinks & Other personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam single entry visa on arrival
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary