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This tour is designed to give you full of cultural intrigue and fascinating historical sites in Vietnam. You'll begin in the buzzing city of Ho Chi Minh City where we visit local neighborhoods on foot and spend time in a nearby monastery to learn about spiritual beliefs. While in Hoi An you will explore the city on a cyclo tour and learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site with visits to many of the city's famous landmarks including the 400 year old Japanese covered bridge and its colorful markets. After discovering all Hoi An has to offer we depart for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Later you are taken to the picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, from here it is just 700meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. The tour finishes with an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. Witness the stunning limestone karsts that rise from the emerald sea in this breathtaking bay in northern Vietnam.
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Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Enjoy a full day to tour Saigon’s diverse attractions. Start with a visit to Saigon’s China Town and then browse through the amazing array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. Stop for lunch then continue on the city tour with a visit to the War Remnants museum and former Presidential Palace. You conclude the day exploring the city’s French colonial architecture, stopping at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the short flight to the central port city of Danang. On arrival in Danang transfer to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years.
Take a cycle tour of the ancient town, pass by the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. This is a great way to see the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Guests are picked up from their hotel for a short transfer to the Lifestart Foundation in the centre of Hoi An.
The class is taught by the local artist Mr. Sinh Trong who has been sponsored and helped by the Lifestart Foundation. The Foundation helped Sinh to realize his passion for painting and turn it into a vocation. At the end of this lively session, guests will be able to keep their own handmade card as a souvenir.
Afterwards, enjoy an hour-long lantern making class. Hoi An’s traditional lanterns are very famous and bring a beautiful charm to houses and streets.

In the afternoon, leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.
Drive through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.
Overnight in Hue.

Spend the morning exploring the garden houses of Hue or visit quiet and peaceful pagoda (choose one of the two options below).

Option 1:
Depart your hotel at 0900 for the garden houses of Hue. The typical house is made with a timber frame and roofed with brick tiles. The whole house stands on big pillars placed on a round or square stone base, which is sometimes decorated. The altar of the family’s ancestors occupies the central room. Some of the more famous garden houses of Hue are Lac Tinh Vien built by the Poet Hong Khang in 1889, Ngoc Son which was the former residence of the Princess Ngoc Son, daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh and lovely Tha Om Garden house.
Then visit the home of Mr. Phan Thuan An, born in Hue in 1940 to an aristocratic family. He is a respected historian who has devoted his life to researching the former imperial capital of Vietnam. As well as his deep knowledge of history, he is well versed at the spiritual reasoning behind fung shei.

Option 2:
Transfer by vehicle to the beautiful pagoda which dates back to 1843. Located in a forest of pine trees this monastery was once the home of Zen master. One of the most interesting parts of the pagoda is the eunuch tombs from the former Royal Court which in the whole city of Hue are only found here. If in Hue on Thursday or Sunday mornings between 0900-1000 join up to 20 Buddhist monks and nuns who gather together to pray and read aloud scriptures. This is highly recommended.
In the afternoon, explore the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.

From here transfer to Airport for the 1-hour flight to Hanoi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Hanoi’s sights including the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Continue on to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here, transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which is dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.
In the afternoon, visit a traditional Vietnamese doctor. Based in Hanoi, Dr Huong is an expert in Traditional Eastern Methods through Acupuncture, Acupressure and Cagut Implantation in Hanoi. She has been a practitioner of Traditional Eastern Methods for over 20 years all over the world including France, China, Italy, North Korea and Vietnam. Following visit ‘traditional medicine street’, your senses will come alive with the variety of traditional medicinal herbs and spices on offer.
Overnight in Hanoi.

After breakfast leave Hanoi for an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. Journey there through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on bicycles and plough the fields with their water buffaloes.
Arrive in Halong City late morning and board your traditional wooden junk or The Emeraude, a classic replica steamship of the colonial era for the overnight journey into the Bay. En-route lunch will be served. Following cruise by rock formations with such names as Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot). Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits.
Overnight on Halong Bay.
This morning enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi.
*As an optional extra and according to your flight schedule visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam ‘But Thap’ on the way back to Hanoi.
At leisure for shopping until your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.

Private tours with local English speaking guide
Accommodation as mentioned
A/C transport throughout the tours
Domestic flight tickets: HCMC - Danang, Hue - Hanoi
Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
Meals as indicated
Boat cruise as mentioned
Cold water and towel during the trip
Government tax & Service charge
International flight ticket
Visa stamps upon arrival
Other meals not mentioned
Tips & personal expenses
Other not stated above
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