Day 1: ARRIVING IN HANOI (-/-/D)
Landing at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel. A welcome dinner at the local restaurant followed by an evening performance of the water puppet theater. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 2: HANOI – HANOIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE (B/L/D)
Discover the charm of fascinating Old Quarter and hundreds of its specialized stores selling silk clothes, embroidered tablecloths, furniture, bamboo products, kitchenware, art objects and more. You will visit also the main cultural monuments of Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, House on Stilts, One Pillar pagoda, Museum of Fine Arts, Literature Temple, Thang Long Imperial Citadel (UNESCO Heritage), and Ethnological Museum. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY / WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B/L/D)
In the morning, departure from Hanoi at 8:30 for a 3.5-hour journey along the delta of the “Red River” to the harbour of Ha Long. The journey is with one stop for relaxation. After arriving at Ha Long harbour, the trip continues with a ship cruise across the Ha Long bay. Lunch served directly aboard the ship. As you sail through the magic bay, you can notice thousands of “carved” limestone islands rising from the waves of the sea like dragon teeth. Later in the afternoon, a visit of fishermen village with the ability to interact with local people who have been living in the area for nearly three generations. Return to the ship. Enjoy of cocktails or cooking school during sunset and later relax in the restaurant with a rich dinner. At the end of the day before bedtime and overnight stay aboard the ship, you can enjoy evening activities like movie nights, party games, or ladies’ cosmetic treatment.
Day 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI – HUE (B/L/D)
You wake up with the peaceful sound of the ocean, enjoy Tai Chi breakfast and exercise while watching sunrise over the bay (if you decide to get up sooner
).You can visit the beautiful limestone cave. Then return to the ship and watch the Ha Long Bay until the ship returns to the dock. Boarding off at Cruise Café Lounge, private car transfer to the airport and 1.5-hour flight to Hue. After arriving at Phu Bai Airport, direct transfer to the hotel. Dinner with traditional music and folklore songs. Overnight stay in Hue.
Day 5: HUE(B/L/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, boarding on a private traditional boat and sailing through the romantic Perfume River. Hue – an ancient capital city surrounded by tombs of ancient emperors; a planned visit of these tombs. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop. Later, visit of the tombs of Minh Mang and Tu Duc. Lunch at the local restaurant and sightseeing tour: Hue Citadel, Imperial City – Forgotten Purple City and Imperial Museum. Overnight stay in Hue.
Day 6: HUE – HOI AN (B/L/-)
Today, journey through the Hai Van ridge to the city of Hoi An. From 16th to 18th century the city of Hoi An was a thriving international business port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. These people came primarily from the high-quality silk business (which is still produced in this area) as well as ceramics. Today, the city of Hoi An is a picturesque port city, popular for tourists for their eclectic architecture, tailoring shops and numerous cafes. Some buildings in narrow aisles have remained unchanged for more than a century. You can also enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Aula, 200 years old house of Tam Ky and Japanese bridge. After the tours, you can take advance of the free time and go shopping; e.g., order a quick dressing service in the tailor shop or simply just relax. Overnight stay in Hoi An.
Day 7: HOI AN – DANANG – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/D)
In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Saigon. Afternoon tour in Saigon, a business center of the country, and a home of increasing number of restaurants and shops. Visit of the Presidential Palace, Opera and Hotel de Ville. If you wish, you can visit Military Museum. Later, explore the colorful exterior market and Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping mall in the city, with trendy shops and accessories made by young Vietnamese designers. You will also find products of mountain trunks, high quality lingerie and household goods. Overnight stay in Saigon.
Day 8: HO CHI MINH CITY – DELTA OF MEKONG (B/L/-)
After breakfast, leaving the noise of the city and taking a drive along the fields of rice to My Tho, one of the Mekong Delta provinces. Upon arriving in My Tho, boat sailing around the small canals in the delta region that passes through the fruit market. Linking the daily activities of local people and enjoying the atmosphere of the water world along the canals and along the River Tien. The exciting cruise continues to Unicorn Island, where you can taste a lot of seasonal fruit and enjoy local traditional music featuring islanders. Lunch in the garden, which is typical for this country. Further stops are: coconut sweets factory and other local plants in Ben Tre province. Return to HCMC – overnight stay.
Day 9: CU CHI TUNNELS (B/L/-)
In the morning, leaving the hotel for a half-day tour of Cu Chi tunnels. Originally, the underground tunnel system had a length of more than 200 km (now, about 120 km are remained). The main axle system consists of several branches connected by underground shelters, shelters and entrances to other tunnels. The network includes countless paddock doors, specially designed habitable rooms, warehouses, weapons stores, field hospitals, command center and kitchens. Today, remains of the tunnels have become a major tourist attraction and offer visitors unique experience and a sense of what underground life was during the US-Vietnam war. Free time for shopping in the afternoon. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 10: HCMC – SIEM REAP (B/-/D)
There is no activity scheduled for today – a free day to buy souvenirs until transfer to the airport for departure to Cambodia. After the afternoon flight, arrive at Siem Reap International Airport, meeting with a guide and transfer to the hotel. Here begins the visit of the large Tonlesap lake – sailing by a boat and visiting the “floating” village. Visit of the temple and watching the sunset at the top of the Phnom Bkheng Mountain. It is the best place in Angkor to watch the sunset, on the top of 65 meters. Overnight stay in Siem Reap.
Day 11: SIEM REAP (B/L/D)
After the breakfast in the hotel, a trip to the nearby unique Banteay Srei temple built from rose holystone also known as the “gem of Khmer art”, with its perfect decorations. Surprisingly, this with a patience perfectly decorated temple tells us that the building was made by women of that period. It is preserved with its name called Banteay Srei and in the meaning of “The Citadel of Women”. After visiting the beautiful rose church, return to King Jayavarman VII’s old town – a famous and powerful king in the late 12th century. The city is called Krong Angkor Thom – the city of Khmers, including temples such as: Angkor Thom South Gate, Bayon Temple Complex, Elephant Terrace, King Leper’s Terrace, and former Presidential Palace. In the afternoon, the visit continues with Ta Prohm sightseeing, the only temple that has been preserved since its inception. It is an example of how most of the temples in Angkor would look at the time of their discovery. After seeing Angkor Wat Temple, it is eligible to include it to the list of the seven wonders of the World as a world heritage. The world-class masterpiece of Angkor Wat Temple, built by King Suryavarman II in the middle of the 12th century during the 30-year period has about 2,000 carved Apsaras on the wall with various gestures, clothes and hairstyles. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12: SIEM REAP – LUANG PRABANG – (LAOS) (B/-/D)
Breakfast in the hotel, individual program and departure to Luang Prabang in Laos. After arriving at the airport, meeting with a guide and transfer to the hotel. Luang Prabang is probably the most preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The peace and charm of the city with its beautiful natural scenery and cultural monuments makes this city one of the most beautiful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, visit of the impressive Wat Visoun, Wat Aham and Wat Mai sanctuaries; hiking to the top of the Phousi Mountain for a pleasant exploration of a hallowed golden stamping mill, as well as a beautiful sunset overlooking the city and the Mekong River. From here right into the nightlife streets where you can find a collection of handmade fabrics from local and mountain people of Luang Prabang. Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.
Day 13: LUANG PRABANG – VIENTIANE (B/L/D)
A visit of the must see National Museum at the Royal Palace, which features a beautiful collection of artifacts reflecting rich Laos culture dating from the days of early royal law over the last monarch and the Central Market. Departure to Vientiane. Upon arrival, you will see the main temples, including the oldest Wat Sisaket temple, temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and Wat Prakeo, the former royal temple inhabited by the famous Emerald Buddha. On the way to the famous That Luang Stupa, you will stop at the impressive Patuxay Monument, owned by the Arc de Triumph of Vientiane. Sunset at the Mekong River. Overnight stay in Vientiane.
Day 14: FLIGHT FROM VIENTIANE (B/-/-)
After the breakfast, visit of the “early morning market” and the bustling village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time allows). Transfer to Wattay Airport. End of the program.