Best of Vietnam
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Best of Vietnam

Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Prices: $998
Start: Daily from Saigon, Vietnam
End: Hanoi, Vietnam
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Explore the Best of Vietnam from Saigon to Hanoi: Saigon famed as the “Pearl of Far East” with Cuchi tunnels during the Vietnam War, amazing cruise in Mekong Delta, funny cooking class in Hoian. A collection of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites awaits you: walking around in Hoian Old Town, historic citadel of Hue, incredible cruise in Halong Bay…Relax with a meditation zen at pure atmosphere in Hue or unwind on sun deck of the junk in Halong Bay.

Highlights:

  • Walking tour in Saigon, Hoian old town, Hanoi old quarter
  • Discovery to Cuchi tunnels
  • Amazing cruise on Mekong River and sample tropical fruits in Mekong Delta
  • Funny cooking class and cruise in Hoian
  • Peaceful inner with zen class in Hue
  • Unforgettable moments with cruise in Halong Bay

Itinerary:
Day 1: Saigon – Arrival
Day 2: Saigon – Cuchi tunnels
Day 3: Saigon – Caibe – Can Tho
Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon – Danang – Hoian
Day 5: Hoian – Cooking Class – Thu Bon River Cruise
Day 6: Hoian - Hue
Day 7: Hue Discovery
Day 8: Hue – Cycling – ZEN & Meditation - Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi – Departure

Day 1: Saigon – Arrival (-/-/-)
Welcome to Saigon, Vietnam !
You will be met and greeted by our local tour guide at Saigon International Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Saigon. Check - in time: 02:00 PM.

Day 2: Saigon – Cuchi tunnels (B/L/-)
AM: Drive to Cu Chi Tunnels, 60 km from Saigon city centre. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to Cambodian border and was three levels deep. There are more than 200km of underground tunnels, consisting of a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. The remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the war must have been like. 
Back to Saigon for lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest economic center in the country: visit Opera house, Notre Dame cathedral, Post Office, China town, War Remnants Museum, a lacquer workshop. Leisure time for your relaxation. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta - Can Tho (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel,
We leave behind the bustling city of Saigon for Cai Be to explore Mekong Delta today. On arrival in Cai Be, enjoy an amazing cruise to visit tropical orchards, local family industries, taste tropical fruit, traditional music, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp.
Lunch at local restaurant.

Afterwards, our boat leads you to Vinh Long. Continue our journey by car to Can Tho. Upon arrival, check – in at the hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon – Danang – Hoian (B/L/-)
Morning explore Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale floating market in Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday. The market is about six kilometers from Can Tho, or about a 30-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you will glimpse life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water. Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in Mekong Delta looks like. Your guide on the boat will usually give you tidbits of information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with some of these floating merchants; most commonly this happens when a small boat selling drinks latches onto the tour boat’s side.
Afterwards, head out to Binh Thuy ancient house where the décor for the movie “lover” was used by French filmmakers.
Drive back to Saigon Airport. Lunch on the way.
Upon arrival at Saigon Airport, take the flight to Danang.
Meet on arrival at Danang Airport, transfer to Hoian for check in at the hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 5: Hoian – Cooking Class – Thu Bon River Cruise (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel
08:15 AM We start the day with a welcome drink at Hai Café (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town) - our meeting point.
Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).
After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked. 
01:00 Enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Hoian old town.

In the afternoon, discover Hoian ancient town, known to early Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading centers of South East Asia in the 16th century. Hoian has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit historic merchants and community houses, places of worship and Japanese covered bridge, Hoian central market. Accommodation in Hoian.

Day 6: Hoian – Danang – Hue (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel
We leave Hoian for Hue by passing Danang. The scenic 2 hours and half drive via Hai Van (Cloud pass) offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages.
Upon arrival, visit  the mausoleum of Tu Duc King. Lunch at local restaurant
Enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the Perfume River to discover Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.
Check in at the hotel. Leisure time for your rest. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Hue – Cycling – ZEN & Meditation B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel
08:30AM we ride a bike from the hotel for a special zen and meditation day to immerge and indulge into local atmosphere.
09:00 AM You will find “Bliss in mind and body”, learn how to meditate and practice yoga:
Greetings and Qigong performance
- Introductions of architecture and the spiritual meaning 
- Instruction of 4 movements of qigong
- Enjoy brown-rice tea, dried ginger jam after qigong lesson
- Watch instruction of meditation and experience meditation
- Discuss culture, meditation etc. with the owner
- Spiritual retreat before lunch, enjoy lunch
- Wash hands with herb cream and do walking meditation
14: 00 farewell to the zen house.
Continue our cycling in the rural area of Hue before returning to your hotel.
Accommodation in Hue.

Day 8: Hue  – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Today, we explore the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden city and Dong Ba market. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afterward, transfer to Hue Airport for flight to Hanoi.
Meet on arrival at Hanoi Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi – Discovery (B/L/-)
We discover Hanoi - the charming capital of Vietnam today:
We start the day with Museum of Ethnography to have an overview on 54 ethnic minorities living together in Vietnam, Tran Quoc pagoda, French colonial quarter, Temple of Literature. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afterwards, we visit Hoa Lo central prision named "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, Saint Joseph Cathedral.
Then explore Hoan Kiem lake and a short walk in the Hanoi Old quarter to observe the daily life of local people.
Attend a performance of water puppet show. Back to the hotel for refreshment. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel. 
08:00am depart for Halong bay, 160km east of Hanoi, listed as World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1994. 
12:30 we board a traditional junk to discover the 8th World Wonder where the movie "Indochine" was realized with Catherine Deneuve, French star in the 1990's. Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. It is time to relax on the deck through the most beautiful landscapes with more than 2,000 islands and islets limestone, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave, the most picturesque grotto in the bay. Swimming (if the weather permits) and relaxing on the deck. Dinner & Overnight on board.

Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/-/-) 
Continue our excursion in the bay while taking last photos in the miraculous bay.
11:00 Disembark at Tuan Chau pier, then drive back to Hanoi.Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12: Hanoi – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel
Leisure time until transfer to Hanoi International Airport for flight to go home. Tour ends. Check-out time: before 12h00.

Note: You can go further to Sapa or Siem Reap. Please check with our Tour Managers to book today
4 Days Tour to Sapa hill tribe
4 Days Discovery at Angkor Wat temples, Siem Reap

Including

  • Accommodation in DOUBLE or TWIN room at selected hotels with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise aboard junk (NON - PRIVATE BOAT) in Halong Bay, 
  • Entrance fees and permits, 
  • Boat trips in Halong Bay, the Perfume River, Hoian, Mekong Delta
  • Private transfers by AC vehicles
  • ENGLISH Speaking Guides in each region, 
  • 02 bottles mineral water + 02 towels/ pax/ day whilst touring
  • Zen class in Hue from 09:00AM to 02:00PM
  • Cooking class in Hoian (non - private class)
  • Meals (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner) as mentioned in program 

Excluding:  

  • Vietnam visa fees, 
  • International airfares & airport’s taxes to /from Vietnam, 
  • Domestic airfares & airport taxes Saigon – Danang/ Hue –Hanoi 
  • Tips, drinks, 
  • Travel insurances
  • Other personal expenses...

1, Prices: from US$ 998 per person. Please contact our Tour Managers to book Best of Vietnam Tour today

Hotels:
1. AQUARI Hotel ROH (***) in Saigon or Hochiminh city 
2. TTC Hotel DELUXE (****) in Can Tho
3. ALTAS Hotel SUPERIOR (****) in Hoian
4. ROMANCE Hotel DELUXE (****) in Hue
5. ANISE Hotel DELUXE (***) in Hanoi
6. SYRENA Cruise DELUXE (****) in Halong Bay
 
2, Prices: from US$ 1,298 per person. Please contact our Tour Managers to book Best of Vietnam Tour today

Hotels:
1. EDEN STAR Hotel DELUXE (****) in Hochiminh city 
2. TTC Hotel DELUXE (****) in Can Tho
3. ALTAS Hotel SUPERIOR (****) in Hoian
4. ELDORA Hotel DELUXE (****) in Hue
5. CHALCEDONY Hotel DELUXE (****) in Hanoi
6. VICTORY Cruise SUPERIOR (****) in Halong Bay 


3, Prices: from US$ 1,468 per person. Please contact our Tour Managers to book Best of Vietnam Tour today

Hotels:
1. GRAND Hotel DELUXE (*****) in Hochiminh city 
2. TTC Hotel DELUXE (****) in Can Tho
3. PALM GARDEN Resort & Spa SUPERIOR Garden View (****) in Hoian
4. INDOCHINE Hotel DELUXE (*****) in Hue
5. SHERATON Hotel DELUXE (*****) in Hanoi
6. VICTORY STAR Cruise DELUXE (****) in Halong Bay 

Airfares (Subject to change by the carrier without prior notice)
Domestic airfares & airport taxes Saigon – Danang/ Hue –Hanoi: US$ 230/ person Economy Class on Vietnam Airlines

Best of Vietnam Tour covers the best sightseeing in Vietnam: Saigon, Mekong Delta, cooking class and cruise in Hoian, mediation in Hue, amazing cruise in Halong Bay. We design this journey in balancing quality of services at best prices to our customers. We strongly believe that you will get lasting travel experiences of a lifetime.



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Hochiminh city

Hoian

Dear Pham Thanh

We just come home after 12 days journey throughout Vietnam. How wonderful are your staff tour guides and drivers! Thank you for your perfect arrangement and services which made our holiday BEST of the best we never had before. We wish you all the best and continue to improve your services in the upcoming time.

- Micheal John Adley ,LA, USA

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