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Vibrant Vietnam

Resort:Vibrant Vietnam
Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
Destination: Vietnam
Price From: £2590.00

Overview

15 Day Vibrant Vietnam Tour Itinerary


DAYS 1-2 FLY TO HANOI

Fly overnight to Hanoi, Vietnams elegant
capital city. Depending on your time of arrival,
the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up
the local culture.


DAY 3 EXPLORE HANOI

Start the day as the locals do with a sip of
coffee in a local coffee shop before heading
to visit the Ho Chi Minhs mausoleum, and
the Temple of Literature. Next, enjoy a cyclo
ride through the vibrant backstreets of the
Old Quarter. Later, explore the Museum of
Ethnology where you learn about 54 officially
recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Dinner
tonight will feature a cooking demonstration of
Hanois speciality dish, bun thang.


DAY 4 HALONG BAY

Transfer to Halong City, climb aboard your
ship and cruise out into the spectacular
Halong Bay. Youll spend the day sailing
amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green
waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a
vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isnt hard to
see why it is one of Vietnams most popular
destinations. Spend the night onboard.


DAY 5 TRAVEL TO HUE

Rise early to watch the sun rise over the
bay, and enjoy an invigorating session of Tai
Chi. Transfer back to Hanoi and fly to Hue,
Vietnams imperial capital.


DAY 6 PERFUME RIVER

This morning visit the imposing Imperial
Citadel and Forbidden Purple City at the heart
of Hue, once the home of Vietnams emperors.
Cruise on the picturesque Perfume River
and admire the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, see
the magnificent tomb of Minh Mang before
heading to Zen house where you learn about
architecture and spiritual meaning of this
beautiful place.


DAY 7 DRIVE TO HOI AN

Leave Hue for Hoi An, taking a scenic route
over the Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, take
a walking tour of this charming town. A
wonderfully laidback place, the streets are a
delight to wander visit the Japanese Bridge,
the colourful market and Chinese temple.
Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social
enterprise craft workshop, and watch the
artisans at work.


DAY 8 TRA QUE VILLAGE

Head out into Hoi Ans verdant surroundings
to Tra Que, where youll see the local farmers
at work, tending lush gardens of vegetables
and herbs. Join a local family for lunch and a
cooking demonstration. Back in Hoi An, the
rest of the day is free.


DAY 9 TRAVEL TO NHA TRANG

Transfer to Danang and fly to the sunny city of
Nha Trang, Vietnams beach capital. The rest
of the day is free.


DAY 10 COASTAL CRUISE

Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise
around the many little islands off Nha Trangs
coast. Therell be a stop at an island to enjoy
the balmy waters for yourself, and a visit to a
fishing village. Head up into the cooler climes
of the South Central Highlands to the lovely
town of Dalat.


DAY 11 EXPLORE DALAT

Spend today sightseeing with visits to the
Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower
Gardens and an embroidery workshop. Climb
aboard an open-air steam train from the old
railway station to journey out through the
fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. This
afternoon browse the stalls of Dalats busy
market, ending the day with a cup of locally
grown coffee as you take in the picturesque
views.


DAY 12 TRAVEL TO SAIGON

Journey across the scenic highlands to Saigon
with a stop en route at the Bao Loc tea
plantation. On arrival, the rest of the day is
free.


DAY 13 CU CHI TUNNELS

Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu
Chi Tunnels, a network of underground
passageways used by the Viet Cong during
the war. Return to Saigon and spend the
afternoon discovering the citys sights. See
the colonial architecture of Notre Dame
Cathedral and the Central Post Office, as well
as the Reunification Palace and chilling War
Remnants Museum.


DAY 14 MEKONG DELTA

Journey to Ben Tre to cruise on the mighty
Mekong. This area is called the Rice Basket
of Vietnam, the rich and fertile lands
producing a plethora of rice, coconuts,
vegetables and tropical fruits. Here youll
paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals,
taste local produce, visit a local family, lunch
on typical Mekong dishes and enjoy traditional
music. Return to Saigon and enjoy a farewell
dinner and the visually spectacular A O Show
this evening.


DAY 15 FLY SAIGON TO UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
following day.