13 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS
Day 1: Canada - Hanoi (Vietnam)
Flight with a good Itinerary.
Day 2: Hanoi
Arrival at the airport in Hanoi. You will be greeted by our local representatives after exiting the customs and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is free for you to relax or start your exploration of the night markets and bustling streets of Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy some free time to discover Hanoi at your own pace.
Departure in the late afternoon from your hotel to embark on a street food tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, where your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular dishes. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up the Old Quarter, tempt your taste buds with famed Hanoi dishes at local eateries. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how the tasty dishes are prepared. Continuing into the heart of the Old Quarter, you will wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has hardly changed since the colonial era. At the end of the tour, you will be free to continue your exploration of the area. Your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi if you are willing to go back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 4: Hanoi
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will meet with your local guide in the lobby of your hotel for a full day city tour of Hanoi. You will start with the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda founded in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then you will continue toward the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university founded in the 11th century.
After your lunch included at a local restaurant, you will visit the Hoa Lo Prison Museum which housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Afterward, you will enjoy a cyclo ride for about one hour, touring through the narrow, lively streets of the Old Quarter, heritage of the French colonial era in Hanoi. At the end of the day, you will see a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Hanoi. (Breakfast-Lunch)
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Mondays and Fridays, as well as from October 1st to November 30th (approx.) for annual conservation.
Day 5: Halong Bay
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. En route, you will enjoy a refreshment break. Continuation toward Halong Bay where you will meet the crew upon arrival and boarding the traditional wooden junk. You will have some free time to relax in your cabin before enjoying lunch on board while the boat heads toward the secluded islands.
In the afternoon, you will visit an ancient limestone cave and go sea kayaking and swimming (if weather permits). You will return to the junk refreshed and invigorated, just in time to relax on the deck with a drink to watch the sunset. For your evening dinner on board, enjoy a meal prepared with local products and seafood. Overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
Enjoy the fullness of a sunrise and a morning swim (if weather permits) before taking breakfast on board. Then, you will visit one of the famous caves in the middle of the bay before cruising back to the main harbor for the transfer back to Hanoi. In the afternoon, at the time scheduled with your guide, you will be picked up at your hotel for your transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the overnight train journey to Hue. Overnight on the train. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 7: Hue
Upon arrival in Hue, you will be picked up at the train station and transferred to your hotel for breakfast. Today you will discover Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. You will start your city tour with the ancient walled citadel including the former Imperial Palace, where ruins of the city’s regal past can still be seen. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City was modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. You will then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local products and specialties of Hue. You might do some great deals at the local Dong Ba market, especially if you are interested in a traditional Vietnamese conical hat.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the majestic royal tombs of King Ming Mang, King Khai Dinh and King Tu Duc, some of the most magnificent mausoleums in Vietnam located along the Perfume River. Dinner free and overnight in Hue. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 8: Hue - Hoi An
Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy some free time to continue your exploration of Hue at your own pace.
After lunch at leisure, you will drive southward to Hoi An via Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, you will visit the famous Marble Mountains, five marble and limestone hills named after the five elements of Nature. After your visit, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Dinner free and overnight in Hoi An. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Hoi An
After breakfast, you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel to start your exploration of Hoi An. On this walking tour, your guide will show you a number of interesting places around the old town of Hoi An including: the old Japanese Covered Bridge dating back to 1593, the Phuc Kien Temple (Fukian Assembly Hall), a city museum and the colorful local market. You will walk along tiny streets with houses and buildings influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. After the walking tour, enjoy some free time to continue your exploration of Hoi An.
Hoi An is a unique destination in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It's the only city in the country that has preserved this typical architecture of a trading port from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Stroll along the docks, wander around the local markets or have a silk dress or suit fitted with outstanding quality at an outrageously low price. You can easily explore the old town by foot. There is also a bevy of amazing restaurants, old houses, craft shops, and art galleries where local artists exhibit their works. If you are interested in a more relaxed afternoon, make your way to the beautiful Cua Dai beach, located just a few kilometers away from the bustling city. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 10: Hoi An
Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy some time free to continue your exploration of Hoi An and its surrounding or opt for an optional excursion ($) with your guide.
After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An, you might want to visit the majestic temples at My Son, a complex of Hindu temples built by the Cham people between the 4th and the 14th centuries. You might also want to attend a cooking class at a riverside restaurant in Hoi An old town, or get up close and personal with dairy farming and fishing life. For early risers, why not capture the real Hoi An by joining a 4-hour photography tour led by a local expert? If you want to discover the underwater life, hop on a boat tour to Cu Lao Cham Island for a fun and relaxing day exploring exotic coral reefs. (Breakfast)
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast at the hotel and time at leisure in the morning to take a last walk to re visit a local market in Hoi An. At the time scheduled with your guide, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport in Danang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be greeted by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to discover Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city and economic capital of Vietnam. Dinner free and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (Breakfast)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels
After breakfast, you will leave the city toward the Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels that was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US troops during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Ho Chi Minh City.
After lunch included at a local restaurant, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City for an afternoon guided city tour. You will start with the visit of the War Remnants Museum, which contains exhibits related to the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War. Then, you will see the Reunification Palace which was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Continuation toward the city center where you will notice a lot of buildings dating back to the French colonial era such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, the Municipal Theatre and the City Hall. After the visit, you will return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will head south to visit the Cai Be floating market, cruising on the Mekong River among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. After that, your local guide will offer you the option to stop at local workshops where you will see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice among other things. Later in the morning, a rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy the peacefulness of the Mekong Delta. You will also see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves.
After a tasty lunch included at a local restaurant, you will have some time to walk around and enjoy some fresh fruits while listening to traditional music. Your guide will also offer you the option to enjoy a leisurely bike ride along village paths to see local farms, real life in the countryside and observe the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in the Mekong Delta. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where you will be transferred to Can Tho, in the heart of the Mekong Delta, for your overnight stay. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 14: Can Tho - Cai Rang floating market - Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a boat cruise that will take you to the vibrant Cai Rang floating market. Here, you will experience a local type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships of different sizes. Then, you will continue through a small canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. After your return to Can Tho, you will have some time at leisure to observe rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Check-out from your hotel and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch included en-route. The rest of the afternoon and the evening are free. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City - Canada
After breakfast, greeting in the lobby of your hotel by our local representatives and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)
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