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08 Days - Vietnam Impressions

This tour has been designed for those who are short of time; it aims to give you a wonderful introduction to the vibrant country of Vietnam. Explore the capital, Hanoi, where you can discover the story behind Ho Chi Minh. A magical and relaxing moment for many will be the cruise on Halong Bay. Travel to Hoi An, a charming town where you will learn the secrets of preparing Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class. Saigon is the cultural heart and the industrial powerhouse of the nation. In this fast-paced city you will learn more about Vietnam’s turbulent war history. Further south, your camera will work overtime as you explore the fascinating Mekong Delta by boat. This tour offers a glorious mix of sightseeing in a concise, yet impressive programme.

DAY 01: ARRIVE HANOI
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi for a three night stay Welcome by our guide and driver.

DAY 02: HANOI
Discover the city this morning, visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you pass by Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and tour Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Drive to the serene Temple of Literature and enjoy a walking tour of the bustling Old Quarter. This evening you will watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets.

DAY 03: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Rise early and travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Board a junk boat for a relaxing cruise through the emerald waters and around the limestone islets of the Gulf of Tonkin. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you have lunch on board. After your cruise you will travel back to Hanoi.

DAY 04: HANOI TO HOI AN
Fly to Danang. Upon arrival transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. This evening partake in a cooking class where you will learn how to cook several local dishes, which you will sample at dinner.

DAY 05: HOI AN
Tour the charming town of Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. This afternoon is free at your leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Hoi An.

DAY 06: HOI AN TO SAIGON
This morning you will fly to the vibrant city of Saigon. Upon arrival you will explore the city with a visit to the French-style Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the emotionally charged War Remnants Museum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market where you can haggle for a bargain.

DAY 07: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA
This morning travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Life in the Mekong Delta mainly revolves around the river and many of the villages are only accessible via the canals. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea and coconut candy. Return to Saigon.

DAY 08: CU CHI & TAY NINH – DEPART SAIGON
Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. The tunnels were used by the Viet Cong guerrillas for concealment and storage as well as living quarters. You can even crawl through the tunnels if you are feeling brave! Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. Return to Saigon this afternoon where you will be transferred to Saigon airport to board your overnight departure flight

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