Grand Vietnam Tour With 07 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

 Grand Vietnam Tour With 07 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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The Grand Vietnam Tour 15 Days/14 Nights will offer you a chance to thoroughly and deeply understand Vietnam with a full picture of its nature, history, culture and people in various perspectives from North to South with 07 World UNESCO Heritage Sites. This itinerary can be used as a starting point and altered or extended to suite your requirements.

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Tour Name     :     GRAND VIETNAM TOUR with 07 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Highlights       :     Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Sapa – Halong – Phong Nha - Hue – Hoi An – Saigon – Mekong Delta

Duration         :     15 Days – 14 Nights

 

Day 1: Arrival – Ha Noi 

Welcome at the airport on arrival in Ha Noi (flight time to be advised) and transfer to the hotel for check-in (early check in subject to availability)

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 2: Hanoi 

Breakfast at hotel

Morning full day city tour to visit the historic Ba Dinh Square with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (if open), Ho Chi Minh Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda, then visit Hoa Lo Prison

Afternoon continue to visit the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (built in the 11th century and was recognized as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site) (closed on Mondays) and Temple of Literature (founded in early 11th century and considered as Vietnam’s first university)

Enjoy one-hour cyclo ride in the Old Quarters of Ha Noi with over one thousand years of history, follow by an spectacular Water Puppet Show in the evening

Overnight in Ha Noi

Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh - Lao Cai

Breakfast at hotel

Morning meet up with guide at the hotel for excursion to Ninh Binh to visit two temples dedicated on Dinh and Le Dynasties in Hoa Lu Ancient town.

After that enjoy hand –rowed sampan ride to visit Trang An Caves in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex - the World’s Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO.

Return to Hanoi and free time afterwards until transfer to the train station for night train to Lao Cai

Overnight on train

Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa 

Morning pick up at the train station and transfer to Sapa for breakfast and leave luggage at hotel

After that, excursion in Sapa to visit Muong Hoa Valley, a home to ethnic minorities such as H’mong, Dao, Zay and Xapho, and enjoy the beautiful scenery with terrace rice fields and local homes scattered on the mountain side. Walk to visit Ta Van Village of Zay people.

Then drive to the vicinity of Sapa and enjoy some more walk to visit Ta Phin Village of Zao and H’mong ethnic minority people.

Return to Sapa and hotel check in and free time afterwards

Overnight in Sapa

Day 5: Sapa – Hanoi

Breakfast at hotel

Early morning drive to Bac Ha (106 km away) which is approximately 2 hours by car and explore Bac Ha market, one of the most colourful and biggest markets of ethnic minority peoples, only opens on Sundays.

* If this day falls in Tuesdays or Saturdays, you can visit Coc Ly market and Can Cau market which are also ethnic minority people’s market

Then visit Ban Pho Village and H’mong King’s House (Hoang A Tuong) and drive back to Hanoi afterwards

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to Tuan Chau Marina in Halong (around 3 – 4 hours) where the wonderful Lan Ha Bay is situated.

Lan Ha Bay, a southern part of Ha Long Bay, still maintains the natural beauty and less crowded than Halong Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay. The beauty of Lan Ha Bay is as beautiful as Halong Bay which is a great choice for those who want to explore the limestone landscape yet immerse in the tranquil area of the Bay

Upon arrival in Tuan Chau, check in Peony Cruise and enjoy the cruise program on the beautiful Lan Ha Bay

As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Peony Cruise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service and facilities

After the lunch onboard, you will visit Dar and Bright Cave by bamboo boat and enjoy swimming in the clear emerald water

Return to the cruise and enjoy sunset on the top deck or relax in the mini pool with Jacuzzi

An elegant Gala set dinner will be served in the restaurant where you can enjoy the Lan Ha Bay charm at night.

Overnight on board in Lan Ha Bay

Day 7: Halong – Dong Hoi

Start the day with Taichi session on the sundeck at the break of dawn on Lan Ha Bay, later enjoy light breakfast with cookies, tea and coffee at the restaurant

After that, you will visit Frog Pond area where you can kayak and relax in the natural mini pool in Lan Ha Bay

Return to the cruise afterwards and enjoy the brunch in Peony Cruise while departing to Tuan Chau

Pick up at the dock and transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Dong Hoi (flight time to be advised)

Pick up at the airport in Dong Hoi and transfer to hotel afterwards

Overnight in Dong Hoi

Day 8: Dong Hoi - Phong Nha - Dong Hoi

Breakfast at hotel

Morning proceed to Phong Nha – Ke Bang which is recognized as UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. The famous biggest world cave, Son Doong Cave, is also located in the area.

Excursion to Phong Nha Cave and visit the famous cavern by boat. Continue to visit Heaven Cave to explore the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites before going back to Dong Hoi and free time for leisure on the beach

Overnight in Dong Hoi

Day 9: Dong Hoi - Hue

Breakfast at hotel

Morning transfer to Hue and on the way visit Vinh Moc Tunnel as well as the historic Hien Luong Bridge spanning Ben Hai River passing by the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during wartime with Quang Tri Citadel.

Hotel check in on arrival in Hue and relax

Overnight in Hue

Day 10: Hue

Breakfast at hotel

Full day sightseeing around the city and visit the former Imperial Citadel of Nguyen dynasty from 1805 to 1945 – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit majestic tomb of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc King, then visit Thien Mu Pagoda built in 1601 which is one of the oldest religious temples in Vietnam enjoying boat ride on Perfume River back to the pier

Pick up at the pier and transfer to hotel for relax

Overnight in Hue

Day 11: Hue - Hoi An

Breakfast at hotel

Morning drive to Hoi An (140 km/ 3 hours) - also known as Faifo and a former important seaport in the South-east Asia during 17th to 19th centuries - via Hai Van Tunnel

Hotel check-in on arrival in Hoi An

Afternoon stroll around the nice and peaceful Hoi An ancient town – another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vietnam – to visit old houses, local market, Chinese assembly halls and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 12: Hoi An

Breakfast at hotel

Morning cycle to Tra Que Vegetable village which is famous for the organic, fresh vegetables provided to Hoi An and Quang Nam Province for a long time enjoying the peaceful vibe of the countryside of Hoi An along the village paths and rice fields.

Upon arrival at local house in Tra Que Village, traditional welcome drink and cold towels will be served before heading to the farm to practice growing, planting and watering vegetable, help the local farmers with their vegetables as well as learn more about the local vegetables. After that, relax with herbal foot massage followed by a cooking class, cozy local lunch and ride back to the hotel afterwards.

Afternoon excursion to visit My Son Holy land of the former Champa Kingdom which is newly recognized as the World’s Cultural Heritage – this place was once the religious and intellectual centre of Champa Kingdom during its flourishing period from the 4th to 13th centuries. Visit the remaining temples to enjoy the skill of Cham people in building these structures and the carving decorations on them

Back to hotel and free time afterwards for own leisure

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 13: Hoi An - Saigon

Breakfast at hotel

Hotel check out then transfer to Danang airport for domestic flight to Saigon (flight time to be advised)

Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in (early check in subject to availability) and relax

Afternoon city tour to visit War Remnants Hall, Reunification Hall. Photo stops at Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office and City Hall.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 14: Saigon - Ben Tre - Saigon

Breakfast at hotel

Morning drive to the fertile Mekong Delta from which most of Vietnam’s rice is produced, thus this region is called the “rice basket” of Vietnam.

Arrive in Ben Tre city and get on the boat along the Ham Luong river visiting the coconut shell charcoal workshop, coconut processing workshop. Then, take the local tuk tuk to visit broom making workshop and enjoy the hand-rowed sampan along the small canal to visit local house with fruit tasting before having lunch with typical food in the Mekong region at local homestay

After lunch, take your time to walk around for more local life exploration before cruising back to the pier to drive back to Saigon

Overnight in Saigon

Day 15: Saigon - Departure

Breakfast at hotel

Free time in Saigon until transfer to the airport for flight back home (flight time to be advised) 

 

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