Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrival flight information (own ticket, flight information to be advised)
Upon arrival, when you leave the airport terminal please look for 4U Tours’ guide displaying a welcome signboard with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel.
The regular check-in time is 2.00 PM and early check-in is not included and subjected to availability
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia Hanoi.
Dinner at Ly Club Restaurant
Accommodation: Hanoi Hilton Opera (5-star)
Address: 1 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Tel: (+84.4) 3938 0999
Stretch out in a spacious 387 sq. ft. Guest Room with separate sleeping and working areas at the Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel. Connecting rooms make a great option for groups and families. Upgrade to an Executive Room to enjoy panoramic views of Hanoi Opera House over complimentary buffet breakfast and evening canapés in the Clubroom.
Day 2: Hanoi full day sightseeing
After breakfast, start to explore Vietnam’s Capital Hanoi
This morning, we will drive to Ho Chi Minh’s Complex to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s House-on-Stilts and One Pillared Pagoda
The next stop will be Temple of Literature. This Viet Nam’s first university is always the very first stop-over of any foreign tourist in Ha Noi. It reveals the Hanoians’ spirit of study in the past and also is a famous historical and cultural relic nowadays.
After this visit, drive to visit Hoa Lo Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, was French built for housing Vietnamese political campaigners for independence and was completed in 1913.
Lunch is served at Wild Rice restaurant.
After lunch, inspect some luxury hotels in Hanoi: Hanoi de L’Opera, Sofitel Legend Metropole
Drive back to Hanoi to enjoy Cyclo riding around the Old French Quarters
Then, guide walking tour to walk along the 36 old streets for deeper-going into the normal Hanoian’s living. Exploring local markets, hundreds of Specialty Shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo…, hundreds of food stalls selling Hanoi specialties and so much more…
Drive back to your hotel
Dinner is on your own.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
In the early morning, guide and driver will pick you up and your hotel and depart from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay by road through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese village life on both side of the highway No.18
Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters.
Board your junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable buffet lunch on deck.
Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water.
While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you will attend our chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.
Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world (extra charge applied).
Accommodation: Paradise Luxury Cruise
Address: Tuan Chau Island, Halong
Tel: (+84.33) 3842 368
The concept of the cruise came along, to offer a unique cruising experience in the World Heritage site, blending Vietnamese traditions and multi-faceted culture with the highest standards of hospitality worthy of world-class grand hotels and, thanks to visionary ideas and unequalled customer services, standing out among the four or five hundred boats sailing across the bay every day.
The concept of the company came along, to offer a unique cruising experience in the World Heritage site, blending Vietnamese traditions and multi-faceted culture with the highest standards
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi and Hanoi – Hue by Air
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colorful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30 AM and 11.00 AM.
Drive back to Hanoi. Snack is provided en route.
Originating from the 10th century, water puppetry is a unique folk art that cannot be found anywhere in the world but Vietnam. Although water puppetry has gone on for over 300 years in Dao Thuc village (on the way to the Noi Bai Airport), it really made a comeback several years ago thanks to one of artisans, Mr. Phong.
Upon arrival, drop by a puppet making workshop and meet Mr. Phong to learn how he and his family bring this traditional art out to the world. Enjoy a private 30-min outdoor water puppet show on the village pond with live traditional orchestra music background accompanied. Admire the puppeteers standing chest-deep in the water to manipulate puppets.
Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.
Domestic flight Hanoi- Hue on Vietnam Airlines VN 1545 @ 7:15 PM / 8:25 PM (economy class)
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.
Dinner is on your own
Accommodation: La Residence Hotel & Spa (5- star)
Address: 5 Le Loi Street, Hue
Tel: (+84.54) 3837 475
Step back in time. Indulge serenity. A member of the MGallery collection of memorable hotels by Accor, La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930’s streamline moderne school of art deco architecture.
Day 5: Hue full day sightseeing
Hue originally rose to prominence as the capital of the Nguyen lords, a feudal dynasty which dominated much of southern Vietnam from the 17th to the 19th century. Located in the center of Vietnam, Hue was the capital city of Vietnam for approximately 150 years during and the royal lifestyle and customs have had a significant impact on the characteristics of the people of Hue, even long afterwards.
After breakfast, visit The Citadel Complex of Hue, set up by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945, is now one amongst the relics of the Hue ancient Capital – the World Cultural Heritage, capturing much of tourists’ attention. They are Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel.
Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered to the symbol of Hue. Built in 1844 by Emperor Thieu Tri, it features golden Buddha images at the base, along with a big bell cast in 1710, and a stone turtle holding a marble stele inscribed in the 17th century.
Then, visit the house of Princess Ngoc Son. Princess Ngoc Son was a daughter of Emperor Dong Khanh - when she married, her father granted her the land to build a home. Today, it is one of the best garden houses and has been maintained largely in its original form. The house is a classic structure with three bays and two wings. The highlight is a small artificial rock garden. The present owner also has a fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Hue specialties prepared by the family at their historical home while you unearth Hue’s fascinating past
This afternoon, visit King Khai Dinh’s Tomb, the last Mausoleum built during the Nguyen Dynasty. It is perhaps the most beautiful of all the royal tombs. Situated on one of the Chau Mountains, amidst pine, cassava and sugar cane, Khai Dinh's tomb is surrounded by natural beauty. Its architecture is a blend of East and West. It took eleven years to build and was completed in 1931.
Continue to Tu Duc tomb which is considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque and largest works of architecture of Nguyen Dynasty’s royal palaces and tombs.
It is also designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui .
Day 6: Hue – Danang
This morning, you will be transferred to Danang by private vehicle.
Check-in your hotel on arrival.
This afternoon, spend your time to inspect the some luxury hotel in Dannang and Hoian: The Nam Hai, Intercontinental Danang, Anantanra Hoian.
Accommodation: Vinpearl Luxury Danang
Garden View Room
Address: Truong Sa street, Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang
Tel: (+84.511) 396 8888
Day 7: Hoi An walking tour
This morning is free at leisure with the following optional tours:
Option 1: Farming tour to Tra Que Village
Take a bicycle and ride through green and scenic roads of Vietnam countryside to Tra Que Vegetable Village
After about 2 kilometer ride, you arrive the beautiful village and meet up with friendly people. Sip a welcome drink and then, the famers will take you around the vegetable garden. You can join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake.
Following steps are raking the ground, sowing, watering, and picking vegetables and many other gardening activities.
After all these activities, you will take a short rest and enjoy foot massage with herbs.
You will also have the local gift to bring home.
Option 2: Visit to My Son
My Son is one of the foremost Hindu temple sites in South East Asia. For the Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century, My Son was an important religious site and place of worship. A 1.5-hour drive from Hoi An will bring you to My Son where there are 20 monuments still standing today. The temples are set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by the impressive Cat Tooth Mountain. Stroll around this UNESCO listed temple complex to learn about the Cham culture, architecture and civilization before returning to Hoi An.
This afternoon, you will enjoy the walking tour through Hoian Ancient Quarter.
Visit Phung Hung Ancient House, which used to be a shop-house of the formers merchants, a city house of special value built in the middle of the 19th century; Museum of Hoi An, a harmonious cultures combination of Vietnam, Japan & China; Kwan Kung Temple, was built in the middle of the 17th century to worship Kwan Kung, the most famous general of the “Three States” time (in Chinese history) who is the resplendent symbol of morality: faith, loyalty, frankness, righteousness
Day 8: Danang – Saigon. Visit Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning, you will be transferred to Danang airport to take the flight to Saigon.
Domestic flight Hanoi- Hue on Vietnam Airlines VN 127 @ 09:05 AM / 10:20AM (economy class)
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by your private English speaking guide and transferred to Cu Chi tunnels.
Lunch is served at local restaurant near Cu Chi tunnels.
Cu Chi Tunnels are located about 25 miles from Ho Chi Minh City in an area that was controlled by the Vietcong through its now legendary system of tunnels. In Cu Chi District alone there were over 155 miles of tunnels, some several storey’s deep. The upper soil layer is between 3 to 4 metres thick and can support the weight of a 50 ton tank and the damage of light cannons and bombs.
The underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals, and other social rooms.
You will get inside an underground house and watch documentary films about Cu Chi in 30 minutes.
Then, you will be introduced with some tunnel entrances, kinds of traps and their usage in war, “Hoang Cam” kitchen invention, rice cake making show & enjoy typical local food “khoai mi” with Pandan leaves.
You also have chance to shoot with real gun and bullet (on own). Drive back to Saigon town and check-into your hotel.
Dinner is on your own.
Accommodation: Sofitel Saigon Plaza (5-star)
Address: 17 Le Duan, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (+84.8) 3824 1555
Day 9: Saigon City Tour
Saigon is the country’s commercial centre and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past.
This morning, drive to visit Reunification Conference Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, and General Post Office
Reunification Conference Hall (the Former Presidential Palace), was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. It was designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris.
Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel, before he had risen to fame for the Eiffel Tower. The former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, is a short drive away and reveals the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past
Enjoy your lunch with Pho, Vietnamese beef noodle, at Pho Hoa, the most famous restaurant with Pho in town.
This afternoon, drive to visit China Town with Binh Tay Market
China Town (Cho Lon) is an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants. It is also a place of great historical and cultural importance. Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son and subsequently had to rebuild the area twice following attack. Those who survived settled and began selling a variety of Chinese products.
Then drive to Thien Hau Pagoda by cyclo
Thien Hau Pagoda: (The Pagoda of the Lady Thien Hau) is a Chinese style temple located on Nguyen Trai Street in the Cho Lon (Chinatown). It is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea. Thien Hau is worshipped in the seafaring Chinese communities of Fujian, Guangzhou, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. She is not specifically a deity of Taoism or Buddhism, though she has been brought into connection with figures and themes from Taoism and Buddhism.
With all its hustle & bustle, Saigon is a city on the move! Discover what this thriving and exciting metropolis can offer in terms of street food, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.
Early this evening, meet your vespa driver at the hotel lobby. Then be driven to the local Zoom coffee shop for a welcome drink and briefing about the trip. Start the journey with en-route stops include dinner and drinks at Saigon's best authentic street food, and a Vietnamese-style coffee shop. Drive to District 4 to taste various snail dishes which are very popular in Saigon. Then it’s back to District 3 to sample a southern Vietnamese specialty – Banh Xeo (rice pancake with pork and prawns). Finally, head to a local Vietnamese style coffee shop and enjoy a local coffee.
Day 10: Day trip Mekong Delta & A O Show
Breakfast at your hotel
This morning depart for 2.5 hour drive to Cai Be located in Tien Giang province. Upon arrival, boarding a luxury wooden boat to visit the colorful Cai Be floating market, where you can witness all of trading activities of local traders with several kinds of agricultural product from one boat to another.
Then, continue the cruise to a local factory to visit and learn how pop rice, pop corn, rice paper and coconut candies are made. You also have an opportunity to taste these products served with hot green tea.
Returning to the boat to take a 50 minute excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and discover the beautiful and peaceful sceneries together with the typical life of the region along the Mekong River.
Stops and visits can be made during the excursion.
A 10 minute walk through a local village and fruit gardens, you will be able to stop to visit the local family scaled Longan process factory, where you have another opportunity to take photo of and interact with several friendly and hardworking local people before coming to an old Mandarin house, built hundred years ago and it is where at least four generations of this family have been living.
Lunch at a local restaurant with the famous dish in Mekong Delta – Elephant Ear Fish
After lunch, boarding the wooden boat back to the wharf and transferred back to Saigon.
In the evening, enjoy A O show, a combination of arts highlighting the peaceful country life and poetic scenery of Vietnam is currently scheduled in Saigon. “A O Show” is special in the way it contains episodes of Vietnamese traditional folk games, dances and circus acts performed against the background of traditional and modern music combined with artistic lighting. Bamboo pipes and baskets are used throughout the performance as set decorations and traditional daily activities of villagers and festive celebrations are demonstrated by performers and musicians in farmers’ clothing.
Day 11: Saigon – Siem Reap
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to town by private vehicle.
International flight on Vietnam Airlines VN 3823 @ 12:00 PM / 1:00 PM (economy class)
Upon arrival in Siem Reap, meet up by your guide & then transfer for lunch at Angkor Café restaurant
In the afternoon, visit the epic Angkor Wat, viewing its well-known architecture and bas-reliefs.
Angkor Wat – Many people incorrectly believe that Angkor was a single temple. This is perhaps because Angkor Wat itself is the grandest and best known of the hundreds of Khmer temples scattered across the plains of north-western Cambodia. The Angkor period began in the 8th Century with the construction of the Wat Phou temple complex in southern Laos, and continued for well over 500 years until the fall of the mighty empire in 1431.
Then, transfer to hotel for check-in.
Dinner at local restaurant
Accommodation: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa (5-star)
Address: #0369 National Highway 6, Siem Reap, Campuchia
Tel: (855) 6396 4406
Day 12: Explore Siem Reap Temples
Breakfast at hotel
In the morning, we depart for Angkor Temples Complex by visiting the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, the extensive temple complex of soaring towers, elaborate carved murals, colonnades and courtyards that ushered in the classic age of Khmer art architecture.
Ride on an elephant to visit Bayon temple located in the center, this temple rises on three levels with galleries containing bas reliefs depicting daily life and historical Khmer battles won and lost, Phimean Akas, Leper King and Elephants Terrace, Baphuon temples.
Then, we will visit Taprohm Temple, where the famous film Tomb Raider was shot and brought the Angkor Wonders to the world
Lunch at Angkor Mondial restaurant
In the afternoon, visit Neak Pean, Preah Khan and Pre Rup
Neak Pean, means ‘coiled serpents’, from the encoiled nagas that encircled the temple. The temple is faced by a statue of the horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors
Preah Khan means 'sacred sword'. In harmony with Ta Prohm, which was dedicated to Jayavarman VII's mother
We visit to the temples of Pre Rup, traditionally believed to be a funerary temple, but in fact the state temple of Rajendravarman II
Dinner at a local restaurant
Day 13: Siem Reap Departure
Breakfast at hotel
Today, you are free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight (air ticket is on your own)
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