Day 1 – Hanoi Arrival.
Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. Check in at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, an award-winning French colonial-style located in the heart of Hanoi. In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter’s narrow streets lined with French colonial buildings – followed by a gourmet dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.
Day 2 – Hanoi City Tour.
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). Later in the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.
Day 3 – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
This morning, luxury limousine van will pick up you at hotel for trasferring to Ha Long.
12.15: Guests are transferred by speedboat/tender from Indochina Sails’s Tuan Chau Pier to Indochine Cruise – enjoy welcome drink, listen cruise briefing and safety instructions.
13.15 – 14.00: Passengers enjoy the International Buffet Lunch.
Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.
14.45 – 16.30: We arrive at a quiet area Lan Ha Bay and from here we got 2 options will be organized depending on the weather conditions:
Option 1: Passengers take the quick transfer by speedboat Cat Ba Island and we do short excursion to Viet Hai village where we take a stroll around the idyllic enclave and see the fabulously rustic homes of the locals. We then take our bicycles onto village paths and head into some of the lush greenery for which Cat Ba Island is known.
Option 2: We sail over to Van Boi floating fishing village; one of the few remaining floating communes in the whole Lan Ha area. Guests can experience the kayaking activities around this area or take sightseeing the impressive view the area by speedboat/tender.
17.30: Depart and sail to anchor overnight.
18.30 – 19.00: Attend the Cooking Demostration led by our Head Chef. During the lesson, the chef showing the guests how we decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese foods.
19.30 Set Menu Dinner is served.
20.45 Evening activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi are available, as well as massage service (massage service is available throughout the cruise). Also, everyone
can try their luck at Squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Overnight on cruise
Day 4 – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian
06.30: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
06.45: Enjoy Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck.
07.45 – 08.30: The crew take passengers visit the Dark and Bright (also known as Bat Cave) grotto is not only known for the stunning limestone structure at every turn but also for the interesting natural habitat. The best way to explore this cave is doing kayaking or bamboo sampan drive by local people through the tunnel so you will spend mostly your time relaxing and enjoy the quiet and natural place (This is the UNESCO Heritage site and also the nature reserve area of Cat Ba National Park)
09.00: Return to the Indochine Cruise. Guests will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please collect all of your belongings from the cabins and leave heavy luggage outside the cabins.
09.30: Enjoy the breakfast buffet in the dining room, consisting of both Vietnamese and international dishes. Bills are settled after breakfast.
We approach the harbour while we cruise, giving you the opportunity to soak up the last of the magical atmosphere of Lan Ha from the sundeck.
11.15: Arrive at Indochina Sails’s Pier at Tuan Chau Port.
From here, our driver will pick you up and transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in Hoi An.
Accommodation: Four Season The Nam Hai Resort
Day 5 – Hoian Walking Tour.
Immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm of this sleepy riverside town. From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk still produced in the region. Today, Hoian is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Return to the hotel and enjoy a free afternoon at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: The Nam Hai Hotel.
Day 6 – Hoian – Drive to Hue.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check-out and drive northward to Hue over the 500m-high Hai Van pass. Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a drink before continuing on to Hue – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city, visiting the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king), before exploring the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba Market.
Accommodation: Azerai Hue
Day 7 – Hue – Fly to HCM City
Have breakfast at the hotel then drive to the airport to catch your flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon. Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choosing then set out on a guided city tour. In the afternoon you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Hotel.
Day 8 – Cu Chi Tunnels & City Tour or Mekong Day trip.
You have options for today ‘s visit: A day trip to Mekong Delta or the morning visit to Cu Chi Tunnels plus afternoon visit the City’s most attractions. (Please let us know which option you would like to choose in advance to arrange services).
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Hotel.
Day 9 – Ho Chi Minh City Departure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then drive to the airport for your departure flight home.
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