HANOI ARRIVAL (D)
All guests are warmly welcomed upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport by our local guide then transfer to check in the hotel.
Afterward you will enjoy a performance of the famous water puppet show. The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater, it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the water line, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats before Impressive Welcome Dinner at SEN RESTAURANT. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
HANOI - HALONG (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning you will explore Hanoi city to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his former residence with Humble House on Stilts, One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago before lunch at local restaurant.
Note: During the closure of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on Every Monday & Friday and whole month of September, October, Tran Quoc Pagoda shall be replaced
After lunch you will drive through the countryside from Hanoi to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi) - a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty, you will experience a rural area dotted with villages, rice fields and farms providing the many parts of the nation with rice, fruits and vegetables. Short rest stop en route, you will reach Halong city after 3.5 hours
Arrival Halong, check in the hotel and free at your own leisure until dinner at local restaurant. After dinner, bus will drop you at night market for shopping, you will get back to your hotel by yourself. Overnight at hotel in Halong
HALONG – HANOI – HO CHI MINH (B/L/D) (DOMESTIC FLIGHT TICKET HAN - SGN IS INCLUDED)
After breakfast in the hotel (6 -7AM), you will be transferred to the port. Embark and start a relaxing in a wonderful cruise through Halong Bay, passing bizarre rock formations. You will discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea“. The picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes.
You will visit Thien Cung situated on the south-west side of the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung grotto is covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering narrow gate, the grotto’s 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in you will be more astonished in front of the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from the stalactites. On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters of tales. Going out of the Thien Cung grotto, you will have a sensation of just watching a unique, meticulous, interesting fine-art museum which is made by nature. This grotto is one of the most beautiful ones in Halong Bay. Legend has it, that beautiful young lady named May (cloud), caught the eye of the Dragon Prince and he fell in love with her. They were betrothed, and their wedding lasted seven days and seven nights in the very centre of the grotto. During the boat trip fresh seafood lunch will be served for your delights.
Disembark and return to Hanoi, short rest at Dai Viet or Hong Ngoc or ABC shopping en route back then transfer directly will be proceeding to Noi Bai Airport for a domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival Ho Chi Minh City – Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are warmly welcomed by our local guide then transfer to check enjoy the dinner at local restaurant before check in the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh.
HOCHIMINH – CUCHI TUNNELS (B/L/D)
Morning drive to Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels. For a more “thrilling” experience, you can even test your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge). Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon visit the people’s Committee Hall, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station. Tour continues to visit the War Remnants Museum. End the day at the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones. Dinner at Farewell dinner will be served on a floating restaurant on board while cruising along Saigon river. Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh
HANOI – DEPARTURE (B)
Free at your own leisure until transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your international flight home. We hope you had an exciting holiday with us. Making it an affair to remember!