Amazing Vietnam 17days –AVT03

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This amazing 17 days traveling from North to South Vietnam to  experience local life up close as we explore the colorful hill-tribe villages in Mai Chau-peaceful valley, stay overnight on Halong Bay cruise, and surroundings and explore the waterways and lust fruit orchards of the Mekong Delta. The trip covers all highlights of Vietnam from Hanois colorful Old Quarter , Hue Ancient Capital to the beaches of Nha Trang, Peaceful Hoian Ancient Town  and the fantastic markets in Saigon. It absolutely offers great experience for those who want to discover Vietnam in depth.

Includes:
– Accommodations
– Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary
– Transport by private car with AC
– English-speaking guides
– 3 flight tickets (Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Nhatrang, Nha Trang – Saigon)
– Water & First Aid
– Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
Excludes:
– International Flights
– Travel insurance
– Vietnam Visa
– Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers
– Beverages & other personal expenses.
BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1:  Hanoi Arrival
Day 2:  Hanoi City Tour-Mai Chau
Day 3  Mai Chau easy walking
Day 4: Mai Chau  – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue
Day 7: Hue City Tour-Top Gear Motorbike
Day 8:  Hue – Danang – Hoian
Day 9 Hoian Cooking Class – Walking Tour
Day 10:  Hoian – Free at leisure
Day 11:  Hoian – Danang – Fly to Nhatrang
Day 12:  Nhatrang  Boat trip
Day 13: Fly to Saigon  -Saigon City Tour
Day 14: Saigon-  Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 15:  Saigon – My THO  – Can Tho
Day 16:  Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Saigon
Day 17:  Saigon Departure.

DEATILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk, visiting some of Hanois main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanois finest restaurants.
Meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour-Mai Chau 
Today you  explore Vietnams charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas; Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanois key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum the we drive to Mai Chau Valley

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Accommodation: : Ecolodge   in Mai Chau or similar 
Day 3:  Mai Chau Easy walking around villages 
After breakfast, enjoy Walking around  to visit the Thai tribe  through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Stop at a Thai family to observe real daily life, try some local products, having lunch with local food.

Free afternoon, chill out.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: in Mai Chau.
Day 4: Mai Chau -Hanoi.
Start the day with Buffet  breakfast, free or  relaxing and enjoy  the surrounding countryside, take the Bike ride down winding lanes to visit the local markets  . Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and enjoy yourself at one of the villages. In the afternoon, drive back to the bustle Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halongs many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bays 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.Enjoy  Kayaking to see closer to Limestone Islands and lagoon .
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue.
Simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bays towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Your driver will meet you at the Halong jetty and take you back to Hanoi to catch your in-country flight to Hue. Upon arrival to Hue airport, driver will be await for you and transfer you to hotel in Hue City.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 7: Hue City Tour.
Spend an entire day touring the Vietnam’s former ancient capital with Top Gear  tour with motorbike tour just relaxing  sitting on back side of Motorbike driver to enjoy peaceful Hue countryside, visitting  local market, conical hat and Incense Making villages ,Tiger Arena , Romantic View hill  down to Perfume river , discover the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City – once the Emperor’s private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century 1802-1945. The Imperial Enclosure houses many palaces and temples within its walls .

After Great Lunch at Pagoda we visit one of king tomb as second Citadel for next life of King , checking out oldest visit Thien Mu Pagoda on side of River ,beautiful peaceful Atmosphere , understand more Buddhism in Hue .Enjoy great Rivercruise on Perfume River  , if good weather , amazing Sunset .

Back to Hotel the rest of the evening free at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoian.
Spend the  lazy morning  before starting on your drive to Hoian. Pass over the 500m-high Hai Van pass and stop en route in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain. Arrive in the sleepy riverside town, Hoian, in the late afternoon, check in at the hotel and then enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 9: Hoian – Walking Tour- Cooking Class

This morning  We will be walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Relaxing ,Shopping …
Afternoon we take part in a cooking class atlocal restaurant… From there we will head to Hoian’s colorful market. Explore the market and interact with local vendors to purchase some fresh ingredients for todays cooking class. Learn to cook and help prepare five traditional dishes to enjoy for  dinner. You will also be entertained and taught some special techniques at the fruit and vegetable carving demonstration- WILL YOU BE A MASTER CHEF!?
Enjoy your free evening in colorful Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 10: Hoian – Free at leisure- Easy Biking
Today Morning  you are at leisure on beach or go shopping on your own interest.

Afternoon we cycle from Hotel  to Countryside in Hoian with local man, Visiting Vegetables  Villages, Farming  as  Locals, talking with people, continue biking tosee Buffalo and  Ridding on Water Buffalo,  visiting in Coconut Farm with  Round Bamboo Basket boat, lots of funnnn .After that we  keep cycling to take River Cruise back to Ancient town
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 11: Hoian – Danang – Nha Trang.
After breakfast, your driver will pick up and transfer you to Danang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang where 10km of white sandy beach awaits. Rest of the day, you are free at leisure (please contact us for optional excursions that can be arranged such as boat trips, village excursions or cyclo rides etc.).
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 12: Nha Trang Boat trip

After breakfast we drive to the Harbor to Get on traditional Boat to Mieu Island to visit local life of fisherman, daycare children centre ….get on FUN FERRY back to the boat  to Mun Island Area with Crystal water for Snorkeling with colorful coral… swimming,…..  colourful fish. Then, island hop to the white sandy beaches of Hon Tam Island. Have lunch on Boat  with cocktail.  and enjoy the afternoon swimming and soaking up the sun. Later in the afternoon you will cruise back to Nha Trang just in time for Sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Day 13:Nha Trang -Fly to Saigon.
After breakfast, we drive to Airport for onward flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Explore hustle modern Saigon with highlights Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or explore the city on your own.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 14: Saigon City Tour- Cu Chi Tunnels
Enjoy a full day to tour Ho Chi Minh Citys diverse attractions. Start with a visit to Saigons China Town, then learn about traditional Vietnamese medicine at the FITO Museum and browse through the amazing array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. Stop for lunch then continue on the city tour with a visit to the War Remnants Museum and former Presidential Palace. Conclude the day exploring the citys French colonial architecture, stopping at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Citys Post Office.

After lunch in a local restaurant explore the famous historic Cu Chi Tunnels on the way back to the city. The tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or American War as its referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 15: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho.

Today you leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town of My Tho –Ben Tre, visiting tropical fruit garden with Traditional Music, coconut candy factory Bee farm , rowing boat,…  lunch on one of the island with great local food

PM: Take Motor Cart along garden –  Great Fun Fun. Your driver will meet you at  pier and take you to the  centre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho City, for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho.
Day 16: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Saigon.
Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motor boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Deltas famous orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to Saigon, arriving in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 17: Saigon Departure.
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Good bye & safe travels!
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.