The trip to Central Vietnam will bring you to the World Heritage Sites include the Imperial Citadel in Hue, the Holy Land of Champa Kingdom in My Son and the ancient town of Hoi An.
Day 1: Danang Arrival – Hue
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.
Take a 2.5-hour drive to Hue, used to be served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords from the 17th to the 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm.
Transfer to your hotel and spend your rest of time to adjust jetlag.
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant to begin your food experience, starting with Spring Rolls and other local dishes.
Accommodation: La Residence Hotel & Spa (5-star)
Deluxe Riverview Room
Address: 5 Le Lai Street, Hue
Tel: (+84 54) 383 7475
Step back in time. Indulge serenity. A member of the MGallery collection of memorable hotels by Accor, La Résidence Hue Hotel & 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 modern school of art deco architecture.
Day 2: Exploring Hue
This morning, you will step out and explore the delicious world of Hue food with a royal gastronomy artisan, Ms. Ton Nu Thi Ha. She had an honor to observe the royal cooks prepare the royal menus for the King. Now, she is one the Vietnamese cook who introduces the Vietnamese cuisine to the world.
Start off with a visit to the local market to see the sights and sounds of daily life. You will be guided how to select the freshest products and ingredients necessary for Hue food.
Later, you will be transferred to Tinh Gia Vien Restaurant to enjoy the private cooking class with your professional chef. The menu includes the Dance of the Phoenix, Pin-apple Lantern of Assorted Appetizers, and Vietnamese Spring Roll in the form of a peacock. Enjoy your own culinary creation.
In the afternoon, 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.
Continue with a boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered as the symbol of Hue.
Dinner will be on your own.
Day 3: Hue – My Son – Hoi An
After breakfast, drive to My Son over the scenic Hai Van Pass – meaning Pass of the Ocean Clouds – which boasts a spectacular panoramic view of the central coastline from the summit.
My Son Ruins, UNESCO world heritage site, a holy Champa City, built in the fourth century, and recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999.
Drive to Danang after the visit and enjoy seafood lunch at 4U Beach Restaurant.
After lunch, visit Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc Fine Art Village,
Then drive to Hoi An, with more than 2,000 years history, was the principal port of the Cham Kingdom, which controlled the strategic spice trade with Indonesia from the 7th to the 10th century and was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries - and the foreign influences are discernible to this day.
Dinner will be at Morning Glory Restaurant for Hoi An specialties.
Accommodation: The Nam Hai (5- star)
Address: Hamlet 1 Dien Duong Village, Dien Ban District
Tel: (+84 510) 394 0000
The stunning all villa resort located on pristine Hoi An Beach features sixty one-bedroom retreats as well as forty privately owned two-to-five bedroom residences each with a private infinity pool. Resort guests and residence owners at this award winning property enjoy impeccable service amid lush landscaping and unobstructed views of the sea. The unique and gracious culture of Central Vietnam combines with The Nam Hai’s unprecedented splendor to deliver one of the world’s foremost luxury experiences.
Day 4: Hoi An
In the morning, take a guided walking tour through Hoi An Ancient Town.
Visit Phung Hung Ancient House, which used to be a shop-house of the formers merchants as well as 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.
Continue to visit Japanese Covered Bridge, which was built in the 16th century, consisting a Japanese pagoda to protect the sailors on the northern side, the statues of two dogs at the western end, and two monkeys at the eastern end; Hoi An Market, and Workshop of Traditional Handicrafts.
End of the tour at a Lantern Workshop, the most famous lantern workshop in the town. Under instruction of the artisans, try to make a lantern yourselves and bring it home.
Lunch is served at Ancient Faifo Restaurant, which is set in an ancient house that once inhabited and inspired two generations of prominent Hoi An artisans.The restaurant offers sensational Vietnamese cuisine in a delightful presentation. Combining elements of art, music and history, it is an ideal choice for dining or just sipping a cocktail.
This afternoon, drive to discover Hoi An countryside by a fun buffalo cart ride passing by rice paddies and vegetable farms at Cam Thanh Village.
Your guide will explain the methods of farming in the area and the produce grown before getting your hands dirty and venturing into the rice fields – you may like to borrow the farmers’ clothing provided by the villagers. Join the friendly farmers to learn the traditional farming methods including ploughing, ranking soil, transplanting rice and scooping water.
Sip a cup of tea with the farmers before returning to your hotel.
Dinner is on your own.
Day 5: Danang Departure
Breakfast at hotel
Today, you are free until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight home (air ticket is on your own).