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8 Day Vietnam At A Glance With Homestay Experience

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 8 days exploring Vietnam highlights from the North to the South
  • 3 Comfortable stays at 3-star hotels, 3 cozy homestay experiences, 1 cruise overnight
  • 2 Domestic flights: Ha Noi to Hue, Hue to Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Exploring ancient and hictoric city with cultural heritages site tour and stay in Hue
  • Stunning Mekong delta waterways of My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho and lively Cai Rang floating market
  • Cruising and one night on 3 star cruise ship in magnificent Halong Bay - a UNESCO natural heritage and current winner of New 7 Wonders of Nature
  • All transfers, pick-ups and drop offs, cruising in Mekong and Halong Bay
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Mineral water supplied to keep you refreshed
  • Meals noted in itinerary–daily breakfasts plus 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Chauffeured transfers to each sight in the comfort of an air-conditioned mini bus

OVERVIEW

 
Day
 
 
Destination
 
 
Activities
 
 
Meals
 
Day 1
Hanoi
Hanoi arrival. Overnight in Hanoi
No
Day 2
Halong Bay
Visit Halong Bay. Overnight on cruise
B, L, D
Day 3
Hanoi
Back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi
B, L
Day 4
Hue
Fly to Hue. Overnight in Hue
B
Day 5
Hue
Hue City Tour. Overnight in Hue
B, L
Day 6
Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
B
Day 7
Mekong Delta
Visit Mekong delta. Overnight in Can Tho province
B, L, D
Day 8
Ho Chi Minh City
Back to Ho Chi Minh City
B, L
Day 1 – Hanoi arrival
hanoi-vietnam-homestay-oriental-colours.jpgWe will pick you up at airport then transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is at your leisure. We recommend you to take a slow walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, which is very scenic, so remember to bring your camera. In walking distance from your hotel, you can go to Thang Long theatre where you can enjoy traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Another option is to do some shopping, you will find plenty of shops in the old town as well as street night market. Should you wish to taste famous Vietnamese coffee, you will find many coffee shops in French style with a view to the lake. 
Overnight in Hanoi.
  
Day 2 – Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
halong-2-vietnam-homestay-oriental-colours.jpgPick up at your hotel at 8.00 am then we will depart for Halong Bay. On the way we stop at a handicraft workshop for a short break. Enjoy the journey through Red River Delta with lush rice fields, water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese rural life. After we arrive in Halong, check-in on cruise and relax for a while. Then we lift anchor and sail to visit Sung Sot caves where we have one hour for kayaking. We will be cruising between the many lime stones and set anchor at beautiful spot. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. There will also be a cooking class on board, where you can learn to cook some basic Vietnamese dishes. Overnight in Ha Long Bay at the cruise ship.
 
Day 3 – Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
halong-3-vietnam-homestay-oriental-colours.jpgThe beautiful sunrise in Halong bay should never be missed, especially if you are into photography. The breaking of a new day could start with a Tai chi session (if you are keen on early morning excercise). Breakfast will be served on the boat around 7.30 am, you will then have time to enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through the magnificent limestone karst formations on your return towards Halong City. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi
 

Day 4 – Hanoi – Hue (B)
hue-ancient-vietnam-homestay-oriental-colours--1-.jpgAfter breakfast transfer to airport for the flight to Hue. 
The rest of the day is at your leisure to freely discover the city on your own.
Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 5 – Hue city tour (B, L)
You will be picked up at 8.00 am then transferred to visit the Imperial Citadel, this was the center of power for the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled between 1802 and 1945. Here, we will visit Flag Tower, NoonGate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. We will board a boat for a wonderful trip on Perfume River and a visit to Thien Mu pagoda where you will enjoy a vegetarian meal prepared by the local nuns. The afternoon continues with a visit to the fantastic tombs of the emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. Our guides will give you a deep understanding of the King’s philosophy of geomancy and how this affected royal life. You will be dropped off at hotel around 5.00pm. 
Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 6 – Hue – Ho Chi Minh city (B)
ho-chi-minh-city-vietnam-homestay-oriental-colours.jpgAfter breakfast transfer to airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival, our driver will meet you at the airport then transfer you to hotel. The rest of day is at your leisure. We recommend that you pay a visit to The Independence Palace. In walking distance from there you will find the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post which are well worth a visit. From there you can visit the War Remnants Museum or do shopping at Ben Thanh Market. The Ben Thanh market is the biggest in ho chi minh and you will find plenty choices of Vietnamese handicrafts, local delicacies, garments and small souvenirs. Other popular shopping places are Saigon Square 1 (Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street) or Saigon Square 2 (Ton Duc Thang Street). 
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 7 – Mekong delta (B, L, D)
mekogn-delta-2-vietnam-homestay-oriental-colours.jpg
You will be picked up at around 8.00 am from hotel then depart for My Tho where we will take a boat ride along the river and enjoy the houses on stilts and see fruit plantation along the river banks. We then proceed to Tortoise Island where we will have lunch in the fruit orchard. A beautiful boat ride through Tan Thach canal in Ben Tre, cruising under the shadow of the water coconut trees. We visit a family workshop making coconut candy which is a local delicacy. We will also enjoy rowing in a boat along the creeks. After taking a delightful walk through the fruit plantation and villages we proceed to Can Tho. We will transfer you by motor boat to a small village in Cai Rang district to check into your riverside cottage. You will join a local family as they prepare the dinner and then share the meal with them. Enjoy an evening listening to traditional folk music with your neighbors. Overnight in the riverside cottage.
 
Day 8 – Mekong delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
mekong-delta-1-vietnam-homestay-oriental-colours.jpg
After breakfast, we take the morning boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market, the river is at its busiest at this time of the day. Keep cruising through the small cannels system and visit a rice noodle making village. Then, you ride bicyle along trail in countryside (option) before the transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrival to Ho Chi Minh City, tour ends. Goodbye and see you again.
Pricing
  • Tour price: USD 530/pax
  • Single Supplement: USD 170
  • Tour duration: 8 days 7 nights (3 nights in 3 star hotel, 3 night in homestay, 1 night on cruise)
  • Tour route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong
Terms and Conditions
  • Booking must be made at least 5 days prior to departure
  • Tour starts every day in the mentioned periods (subject to availability)
  • Children at ages between 0 and 5 are free of charge for tour and accommodation (sharing beds with parents). Surcharge of 50% flight tickets is applied for children aged 4 to 5.
  • Children aged 6 to 9 require 50% of tour payment (sharing beds with parents, maximum 2 children per booking) and full fare for flight tickets.
  • Children above 10 require full booking
Tour includes
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Domestic flightHanoi - Hue, Hue - Ho Chi Minh city 
  • English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
Tour excludes
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Dinks and Tips
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