Day 1 Arrive Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, warmly welcome by our tour guide and private transfer to the hotel in centre for check-in and relax. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, our guide and car pick you up at your hotel and begin our city tour of Saigon – dubbed “pearl of the far east”: first visit Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Continue to War Museum where exhibition halls displaying imagery of both the French and ‘American’ wars. Pass by classic European-landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and pay a visit to the Central Post Office designed by famous architect Gustave Eiffel. Our visits will end at the China Town, which makes Saigon differ from other cities of Vietnam, with Thien Hau pagoda and Binh Tay market hereby. Have dinner at local restaurant.
Stay overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 2 Saigon – Cai Be Floating Market – Mekong Delta (B/L/D)
After breakfast, guide and car take you south of Saigon to Cai Be, on the way you will see green paddy fields stretching like a patchwork towards the horizon and make a stop at Tan An town, overlooking the picturesque rice fields. Once at Cai Be floating market, immerse yourself in a world of lush vegetation from the Mekong Delta as you pick through the fascinating and lively market, watching buyers bargaining for produce. Next, take a rowing boat along the maze of shady canals. Head for a local orchard to enjoy the local tropical fruits, and visit artisan workshops to see the handicraft producers of the village at work. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant in an orchard garden.
In the afternoon, take a short walk around the island and near-by villages see how the people here make their living and enjoying their life. We carry on to a Nursery garden, where you can see most of the Delta fruits seedlings. The final point of visit will be a Brick & pottery workshop. Return to Saigon late afternoon. Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda on the way back. Have dinner at Sai Gon Cruise Restaurant.
Stay overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 3 Saigon – Cuchi - Saigon (B/L/D)
Pick-up at hotel by the tourguide and driver, we will visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the fierce Vietnam War. A lot of exhibits and real evidence here will tell us about the conditions of the war, and we can even crawl a part of the tunnel to experience the real life of the Vietnamese guerrillas, who used to survive and use this system during the wartime.
Have lunch in Cu Chi. Return to Saigon in the afternoon. Free at your leisure for shopping at Ben Thanh market. Have local dinner at restaurant and overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 4 Saigon – Hanoi (Flight) - Halong (B/L/D)
After breakfast, free at leisure until private transfer to airport for flight to Ha Noi.
Upon arrival at airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to Halong Bay- or bay of “Descending-dragon”, an UNESCO World Heritage site (3.5 hour transfer). En route make a stop to visit Dong Trieu's ceramic villages and observe the local craftsmen making famous ceramic handicrafts. Have lunch at local restaurant en route.
Afternoon, free at leisure to enjoy the beach or water activities of Ha Long (own arrangement). Late afternoon have dinner at local restaurant before heading to lively Night Market with more than a hundred stalls which sell diverse types of souvenirs such as necklaces, wooden products, etc. Stay overnight at hotel in Ha Long.
Day 5 Halong – Ninh Binh (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, pick up by our guide and transfer to the pier to embark on private sightseeing boat. We cruise further into the Bay and discover the thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karts grottoes; such as Fighting Cocks islets, Incense Urn islet; Human Head islet, Duck islet… Make a stop to visit Heaven Palace Cave- one of most beautiful cave in Halong. You’ll also have the chance to observe the daily life of fishermen and their families in a floating village. A delicious lunch of fresh seafood will be served onboard while our boat cruises through the emerald water between the limestone outcrops and long corridors of Halong.
After sightseeing, the cruise backs to the pier, where our car will be waiting to transfer you to Ninh Binh. Upon arrival, have dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 6 Ninh Binh – Bai Dinh – Trang An (B/L/D)
After breakfast, our guide and car pick you up at hotel and transfer to Bai Dinh Pagoda-the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight… After visiting, have lunch in local restaurant.
After lunch time, depart to visit Trang An, take boat trip to explore the spectacular scenery of huge rocks standing along the river and scattered and velvety green rice fields. Visit amazing cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness… Get back to our car and return to Ninh Binh late afternoon. Have dinner, overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 7 Ninh Binh – Perfume Pagoda - Hanoi (B/L)
Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel then transfer to Perfume Pagoda. After about 2hrs traveling by bus, we will arrive Ben Duc boat harbor then we take one hour boat trip - rowed by local people on the stream named Yen. We will deeply enjoy the attractive mountain views mirror-image in the crystal water mirror of the stream en route and the nice rice paddies on sides, visit Huong Tich Grotto. We get to the main Pagoda - Cave on the top of the highest mountain in the range by cable car to visit a beautiful cave in Huong pagoda's complex.
After visiting the cave, we go down to a local restaurant for lunch. Then climb up a little bit to visit the largest and most beautiful pagoda in the complex nearby. We get on the boat and go back to the harbor and then drive back to Hanoi.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 8 Hanoi City Tour (B/L/D)
After breakfast, our guide and car will pick you up at your hotel for full day city tour of Hanoi. Begin the morning with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh complex, inclusive of Ba Dinh square, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, One Pillar Pagoda & Presidential Palace (outside). Continue to visit Tran Quoc pagoda -Vietnam’s oldest pagoda on the eastern bank of the Westlake. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon visit Temple of Literature- the temple of Confucius and also Vietnam’s first national university dated from 11st century. Then explore Hanoi's famous Old Quarter of 36 old streets and guilds; with stop at local Dong Xuan market for shopping and photo shooting opportunity.
Next, go to theater and enjoy 1 hour of Water Puppet show -an authentic North Vietnam cultural experience.
Have pizza dinner at restaurant; return to your hotel and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9 Hanoi - Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and visit Kim Lien pagoda before transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your departure flights.