If you have just a short time but you don’t want to let escape the opportunity to visit Vietnam highlights, this is your tour! The tour starts in Hanoi, the heart of the nation, and we will visit Halong Bay and its stunning natural sceneries, cataloged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; Hue and its historical character, in fact this is called the Imperial City. The visit wil head you to Hoi An, a charming place where traditional Vietnamese architecture shows to your eyes in all its splendour! The tour finishes with a short but intense visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, and the nearby Mekong Delta. Are you ready to visit Vietnam at a Glance?
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City|
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi full day sightseeing (B)
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi to Halong (BL)
Overnight in Halong.
Day 4: Halong to Hue (B)
This afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel, a vast 400-hectare complex built in 1800’s, it was modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, with a 9.6 km wall and surrounding moat. Though it was destroyed through war, today you can still see the monuments to life during the 19th century Nguyen Dynasty. View the Flag Tower and the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, one of the tenentrances to the complex. In the spacious courtyard area, see the Dien Tho Palace (the Palace of Supreme Harmony) and Thai Hoa Palace (throne hall) where the Emperor would meet foreign rulers and other high-ranking dignitaries. Explore the heart of the Imperial City, site of the ‘Tu Cam Thanh’ (Forbidden Purple City). Only members of the royal family, the Emperor’s concubines, and trusted senior mandarins were allowed inside to these various palaces and the Emperor’s private apartments. Then see the Thai Hoa Palace, Hall of Mandarins and see the original Nine Dynastic Urns. Your sightseeing tour ends with a visit to the large and popular local Dong Ba market, that sells local food dishes and the symbolic Vietnamese bamboo Phu Cam conic hats, called Non.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue-Hoian (BL)
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoian at leisure (B)
Overnight in Hoian.
Day 7: Hoian to Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta (B)
Back to Ho Chi Minh City. Take a brief sightseeing tour to discover a city where colonial buildings and traditional temples stand beside the emerging modern skyline. See Chinatown and the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the sea goddess, and the 19th century Emperor of Jade (Taoist) Pagoda, full of elaborate deity carvings. Learn about Vietnam’s recent history at Reunification Palace, formerly the South Vietnam’s Independence Palace, until stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975. Drive along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), into heart of old colonial Saigon to reach the colorful Ben Thanh Market where you have time to explore the hundreds of stalls teeming with silks, spices and assorted souvenirs.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.