GLIMPSE OF VIETNAM

Trip Facts

Starts FromHanoi
Ends inSaigon
Country Visited Vietnam
Best Time Feb-Apr, Aug-Oct
Price (per person) $925
Single supplement $210
Internal airfare (per person) Included

Tour Overview

If you have limited time available but still want to see Vietnam then look no further and join our Glimpse of Vietnam scheduled departure tour…

Scheduled Departure  |  Scroll down for departure dates   |   Based on double occupancy

Day 1     Hanoi - Halong - cabin / onboard (Vietnam) (Lunch: Meals incl. in itinerary (Vietnam) Dinner: Meals incl. in itinerary (Vietnam) )

By vehicle from Hanoi (city) to Halong

Cruise aboard traditional junk through Halong Bay, Day 1 of 2 * No ICS guide *

Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay, en route we have a short stop for break. Transfer by tender to your comfortable junk and enjoy a welcome drink aboard. Begin your cruise through majestic Halong Bay while lunch is served. Enjoy the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragon’s teeth. The junk continues cruising through the fishing village on the bay and pass the spectacular limestone caves dotted around the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck with optional onboard activities: sunbathing, photo shooting.In the evening the chef will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes and other traditional dishes. Overnight onboard

Overnight in cabin / onboard (Vietnam).

Day 2     cabin / onboard (Vietnam) - Halong - Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel )

Cruise aboard traditional junk through Halong Bay, Day 2 of 2 * No ICS guide *

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Check out your luggage and say good bye Halong Bay.

By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi (city)

Sightseeing in Hanoi with Electric car (possible to make some quick stops few minutes en route to take photo)

Capital of Vietnam, HANOI is a blend of long established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. Tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings give the city a touch of Western elegance, while crowded blocks of tiny old houses and narrow lanes full of daily life bear the charms of the past centuries. Take 60 minutes ride on an electric car through HOAN KIEM LAKE, QUAN SU PAGODA, SILK ROAD, HANOI RAILWAY STATION and HOA LO PRISON then HANOI OPERA HOUSE.

Visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Rising Sun bridge

HOAN KIEM LAKE: Hoan Kiem means Lake of the Returned, which is a lake in the historical centre of Hanoi capital. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life. Legend has it that King Le Loi handed a magic sword called Heaven’s Will which brought him victory in his revolt against the Chinese Ming dynasty back to the Golden Turtle God in the lake. The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua)standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend. NGOC SON TEMPLE: The temple was erected in the 18th century. It honours the 13th -century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan – Mongol invaders, Van Xuong, a scholar and Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master and famous writer in charge of repairs made to the temple in 1864. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted Huc Bridge (The Huc, means Morning Sunlight Bridge).

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3     Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer

Flight from Hanoi to Hue.

Transfer

Sightseeing in Hue

Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.

Visit the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh

Venture into the countryside around Hue to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF TU DUC. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime, using it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theater performances. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds. Afterwards visit the IMPERIAL TOMB OF KHAI DINH, dramatically located on a hillside. The last of the monumental tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, completed in 1931, this tomb incorporates distinct European elements into the traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Visit the Old Imperial City

Located in the heart of Hue is the IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit DIEN THO Residence (Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS, and the original NINE DYNASTIC URNS, among other sites, including visit HUE ROYAL ANTIQUITIES MUSEUM.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 4     Hue - Hoi An (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion to Thuy Bieu village with lunch at local house

Around 9.00 am, embark on boat at Toa KHam wharf and start a cruise on Perfume River. Visit the iconic THIEN MU PAGODA. Back to the boat for a scenic cruise to Thuy Bieu Village. Arrive in THUY BIEU VILLAGE, enjoy a nice walking or biking around village. Visit the garden house, ancient ancestral temple and communicate with local people. Visit incense making family and discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm. Have a lunch at local house with Hue traditional specialties. Relax by steeping your foot in with medicinal herbs water
a traditional therapeutically practices. Enjoy excellent massage by blind people. End of this tour at Thuy Bieu Village.

By vehicle from Hue to Hoi An with sightseeing in Danang

Journey from Hue over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Halfway between Danang and Hue lies the dramatic HAI VAN PASS, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam. Continue southwards passing LANG CO, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea. After arriving in DANANG, tour the CHAM MUSEUM, an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world and briefly pass NON NUOC BEACH, a famous spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam-American War. Continue south to Hoi An, stopping enroute to visit the MARBLE MOUNTAINS, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5     Hoi An - Danang - Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Hoi An

Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Now, this beautifully preserved historic city is best seen on foot. The walking tour includes: JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE PAGODA: the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun.
SA HUYNH MUSEUM: located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. TRAN FAMILY CHAPEL: this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles.
PHUOC KIEN ASSEMBLY HALL: Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen).
LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP: Visit one of the lantern workshop in Hoi An. The framework of lantern will be made by the industry itself and clients can observe locals making silk cloth on the lantern.

By vehicle from Hoi An to Danang

 

Flight from Danang to Saigon.

 

Transfer

 

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 6     Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Saigon

A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorbikes, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.
Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit EMPEROR OF JADE PAGODA, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate CITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

DayCityHotels
1Halong BayCabin / Onboard cruise
(Suite)
2HanoiRosaliza Hotel
(ROH)
3HueMidtown Hotel Hue
(ROH)
4Hoi AnLotus Hoian Boutique Hotel & Spa
(Superior)
5Saigon La Duy Grand Hotel
(Deluxe)

  • – Accommodation as described in the itinerary

    – Daily breakfast

    – All transfers within the journey

    – Economy class internal/domestic flights

    – All entrance fees

    – English speaking guides

    – Vietnam: Visa-approval letter

     

  • – International airfare (we will be glad to book your international flights)

    – Airport transfers

    – Visa fees,

    – Personal expenses

Fixed Departures