Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
You arrive Tan Son Nhat (Saigon) International Airport from flights from Australia the flight would arrive in Saigon about 4.30pm in the afternoon. Transfer from Airport to Ho Chi Minh City at any time then transfer to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City for check in. Free for leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Nui Dat Tour full day. (B)
Our Vietnam military tour starts from Ho Chi Minh City with a drive to Vung Tau, stopping en route to see some famous battle sites such as the Long Tan Cross, the Horseshoe and the Long Phuoc Tunnels. Visit Nui Dat (SAS Hill) and the Ba Ria Orphanage.
We always try to find some of the local Vietnamese veterans who fought in the remarkable battle of Long Tan. Although extensively documented by the survivors of Australia's heaviest engagement of the war, little is known of the Viet Cong's actions and ultimate defeat at the hands of an enemy which heavily outnumbered them.
Our clients find that bringing the former protagonists together with a good interpreter and plenty of rice wine is an unforgettable experience for both sides! Having breakfast at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City until 8:00 am Pick up at your hotel in Saigon and depart for Vung Tau. Stop off at Ba Ria to pick up your travel permit to the sites. Visit the Long Tan Cross, the Horse Shoe and the Long Phuoc Tunnels. Visit Nui Dat (SAS Hill). Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Finish your trip at the hotel around 5:00 pm. Check in hotel & overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Full day Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels. (B)
This morning enjoy a city tour that includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. The tour also includes the Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Chinatown and Binh Tay Market – the central market for the city and one of the liveliest areas. Next we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the incredible network of tunnels that once stretched for 210 miles. This underground complex was built by guerilla fighters beginning in 1940 and construction continued throughout the Vietnam War. We return to our hotel where the evening is free.
Day 4: Full day to Mekong Delta/River Boat Trip. (B)
Today takes you to My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province. Situated on the Mekong River, 75 kilometers southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the city is surrounded by orchards and rice fields, which produce grain for the entire country. Visit one or two of the islands that produce traditional handcrafts, coconut candy and bee farms. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, the oldest one in the delta on your boat trip on the Mekong River. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in hotel & stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5: Free for leisure in Ho Chi Minh City. (B)
Today you are free for leisure, sightseeing & shopping in Ho Chi Minh City full day. Overnight in Saigon City.
Day 6: Leave Ho Chi Minh City – Danang - Hoi An. (B)
You have breakfast in the hotel then transfer to Airport departure for Danang City in Vietnam’s Central Region. You visit Cham Museum, an open air collection of some of the finest sandstone carvings in the world, My Khe Beach, and the Marble Mountain, before you continue on to picturesque Hoi An Vietnam’s largest port. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of Southeast Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Hoi An was inhabited by Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese traders; the city is remarkable for its collection of original Chinese temples and glorious homes built by wealthy merchants of earlier times. Overnight in Hoi An Ancient Town.
Day 7: Full day Explore Hoi An & My Son Sanctuary. (B)
A full-day tour here includes the Japanese Covered Bridge, the beautiful Chinese Assembly Halls, the Phuok Kien Pagoda, and the local market. You’ll also take a boat trip on the Thu Bon River to a village of woodworkers and boat building families on Cam Kim Island. Later visit My Son Sanctuary. Drive to My Son, a World Heritage, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries was built from the 7 to 13 centuries The evening is free. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Free time in Hoi An (B)
Today you have full day free to go sightseeing, shopping in Hoi An. Time belongs to you. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Leave Hoi An for Hanoi (B)
Enjoy the time in Hoi An - heaven of shopping place in Vietnam until noon time. You leave Hoi An transfer to Danang Airport in the afternoon fly to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi airport, pick up & transfer to hotel for check in. Free for leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi - Sightseeing full day. (B)
Having breakfast at hotel then start sightseeing Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French-style architecture. You have a full day of sightseeing ahead, including a visit to One Pillar Pagoda, which was built by Ly Thai Tong and the Temple of Literature, founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Stop in the heart of Hanoi at Hoan Kiem Lake, which contains an islet with a tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Opera House and St. Joseph Cathedral. Conclude with a visit to Bao Tang Lich, once the museum of l'Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient, which includes artifacts from Vietnam's turbulent history. Water Puppet Show, Cyclo visiting Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 11: Excursion to Halong Bay and Stay overnight on Board. (B, L, D)
Early this morning, we’ll drive from Hanoi to one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. Covering 577 square miles, this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone “peaks” or karsts that jut from the deep blue water as far as the eye can see. We’ll spend a day and a half, including an overnight with dinner and breakfast onboard, exploring this overwhelming seascape from the decks of a traditional Vietnamese boat. Comfortable and intimate, your boat features hand-crafted wooden interiors including a dining room and pleasant air-conditioned cabins with private baths. Since we’re overnight on the water, we’ll be able to explore Ha Long Bay’s most beautiful spots with time to swim and even visit some of the largest rock formations and caves. This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Stay overnight on Boat. Halong Emotion Cruise.
Day 12: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi. (B)
Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. After breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave, swim and relax. Cruises back to the jetty while brunch is served while you are cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations. Cruise check-out. Rejoin car drive back to Hanoi for overnight. Arrive Hanoi at 3:00pm. Check in hotel & free time to go sightseeing in the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Free time in Hanoi (B)
Today you have full day free to go sightseeing, shopping in Hanoi. Time belongs to you. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi Conclude/ Departure. (B)
You have the morning free to relax before your return flight home. Finish your unforgettable Vietnam History arranged with ALTOURINDOCHINA! Good bye & see you in the next times!
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