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7 DAY VIETNAM HIGHTLIGHT TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1: Danang Arrival - Hoi An - 12 Feb 23

Day 2: Danang - Bana Hills - Golden Bridge - 13 Feb 23

Day 3: Danang - Hoi an - Marble Mountain - 14 Feb 23

Day 4: Danang - Hanoi - 15 Feb 23

Day 5: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hanoi - 16 Feb 23

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight cruise - 17 Feb 2023

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - departure - 18 Feb 2023

Itineraries

Day 1

Danang arrival - Hoi An ancient town

Be enchanted by the historic wonders and sleepy charm of UNESCO-heritage Hoi An. Spend a half day with a local guide, exploring the ancient town. Explore former merchants’ homes, colourful communal halls, narrow lanes lined with traditional houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.

Up on arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for drop of your luggage.

Enjoy a half day walking tour of the ancient town center to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market. Overnight in Danang.

Day 2

Danang - Bana Hills & Golden Bridge

Spend the day on the beautiful mountainous theme park. Marvel at the exquisite architecture of the Linh Ung Pagoda, Golden Bridge. Feeling refreshingly cool weather and gorgeous countryside views, and enjoy exciting games at Fantasy theme park on top of Ba Na hill.

Your experience today starts at 08:30 for 1 hour and 30 minutes transfer from your hotel in Hoi An to Ba Na Hills. Start to spend a day to visit this mountainous theme park perched 1,500m high on a mountain, a hill resort inherited from the French. The site was first developed by the French in the 1920s, who escaped the summer heat for its cool, mountain air.
This day trip will bring you to the scenic sights and destinations of the local, and give you a healthy dose of much needed mountain air. You’ll first head to the Ba Na Hills cable car station where you ascend one of the world’s longest and highest cable car rides, giving you panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. At the station, get to see the Linh Ung Pagoda, Loc Uyen Garden and Quan Am Pavilion. Next, your guide will bring you the Monkey garden and finally to God Mountain, the highest peak in central Vietnam. Stroll through the Golden Bridge amid the foggy hills of the mountain, enjoy the gorgeous view of Da Nang city. After lunch, head into Fantasy Park for enjoy some games later.

Back to hotel at about 18:00. Overnight in Danang.

Day 3

Danang - Dragon Bridge - Marble Mountain - Buddha’s lady

Discover the fascinating history and legendary beauty on this introductory day tour of Danang. Start with a visit to the vibrant Han Market, Dragon Bridge and the colourful Danang Cathedral. Head to the top of Marble Mountain for sweeping views of the coast before learning about Central Vietnam’s rich culture at the Cham Museum.

Today’s tour will begin at 8:30. Set off early this morning for an introductory tour of Danang, Vietnam’s fastest growing city. Start with a visit to the Han Market and browse the stalls of this sprawling compound, seeing fresh produce and dried goods unique to the area. This is also a great place to get a glimpse of local life, watching the shoppers and vendors as they negotiate deals.

Stop for photo at the Dragon Bridge, then continue to Danang Cathedral. Admire the unique Gothic architecture and detailed paintings while learning about the history of Christianity in Central Vietnam.

Take a drive south to Marble Mountain, a group of limestone and marble hills filled with caves. Travel to the top and gaze upon the city, seeing new high rise buildings standing alongside traditional wooden houses. Then explore the mountain’s main cave to see a beautiful Buddha statue built in the Cham style. And, discover Buddhist pilgrimage sites and sanctuaries, such as Tam Thai Pagoda and Linh Ung Pagoda. Head down to the foot of the mountain and meet the skilled artisans of Non-Nuoc Stone Sculpture Village.

Return to your hotel and overnight in Overnight in Danang/ Hoi An.

Day 4

Danang - flight to Hanoi

Vietnam’s quaint capital is a city of wide tree lined boulevards with tranquil lakes and colonial villa’s and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Hanoi offers something for everyone and will leave on wishing that there was more time to explore this enthralling capital.

You are at leisure until pick up and transfer to Danang for your domestic flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, be met by the guide and private vehicle and be transferred to the city center and start for a full day tour of Hanoi. Begin with a visit to West Lake to admire the sixth-century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.Next up is a short drive to visit the famed Temple of Literature. Wander around this incredible compound which was constructed in 1076. Become fascinated with the stories of the building and get a glimpse of the past when it served as a university and temple.

Afterwards, head over to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday). Here, browse informative exhibitions displaying artifacts and infographics that portray the remarkable diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic communities. Meanwhile, take a look at view traditional costumes on display which represent each of the ethnic groups. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly-acclaimed Vietnamese Women’s Museum.

The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives and heritage of Vietnamese women. Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.

Continue your visit Ho Chi Minh complex and see the famous Mausoleum from a viewing point. (Note: it is closed Monday & Friday weekly). Then, take a short walk to Ho Chi Minh’s former house (closed on Monday Afternoon). Built on stilts, this was where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 to 1969 as he orchestrated the movement that eventually leads to Vietnam’s independence. Walk around the serene grounds while learning about Ho Chi Minh’s life and legacy. There is an option to take a tour of the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Built in 1049, it’s one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples.

Finish the day by embarking on a walking tour through Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. This area of 36 narrow streets is a lively place to walk around while seeing and learning about Vietnam’s traditional ways of life. Continue through the busy Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Snap photos and chat with the locals on the way. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hanoi

Delve deeper into Vietnam's past with this picturesque Ninh Binh day tour. Explore the atmospheric ruins of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital, before taking a scenic sampan journey past 'Halong Bay on Land'. Admire stunning limestone karsts and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside before returning to Hanoi.

Today’s tour will begin at 8:00. Escape from Hanoi this morning, leaving the busy streets of the capital behind and entering the quieter countryside.

After around 2 hours of driving, reach Hoa Lu. Join the guide for an in-depth exploration of the ruins of Vietnam’s first capital. Learn about the Dinh (968-980) and Le (980-1009) Dynasties and about the history of the site. See ancient tombs and the ruins of the once-imposing Citadel.

If feeling fit, there is an option to climb into the limestone karst hills. The half-hour walk is rewarded with spectacular views over Hoa Lu and its surroundings.

Return to the vehicle and drive to Tam Coc, crossing through local villages and stunning landscapes, then continuing to the Tam Coc River. Board a private sampan for a journey through ‘Halong Bay on Land’. Admire the views of enormous limestone karsts jutting out of the green rice fields while the boat cruises along the calm waters. (Please note: other optional tours can be done in place of the Tam Coc sampan trip. Please see below)

There is an option for another adventurous climb, this one to Ngu Nhac Mountain. The path leads to three cave pagodas dating back to 1428 and offers more stunning views over the countryside.

After the boat journey, drive back to Hanoi arriving late this afternoon.

Option 1: Trang An
Situated near Tam Coc, Trang An is a nature reserve similar to Tam Coc, however far less visited. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). An ‘eco-tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal-clear river.

Option 2: Thung Nang
Similar to Tam Coc though not as spectacular, Thung Nang is off the tourist trail and a pleasant alternative. Pass through a cave, fields of lotus flowers (in summer) and reach a quaint pagoda before returning on the same route.

Day 6

Hanoi - Halong Bay overnight cruise

Escape from the buzz of Hanoi with an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. Be surrounded by stunning views of limestone karsts rising dramatically from the Bay’s deep blue waters. Watch the sun set from the ship’s deck and fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the boat.

Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3-hour drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at the jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After the welcome onboard, be served with lunch while cruising towards the bay.

In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.
Overnight on Halong Bay.

Day 7

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Breakfast, and brunch included
Enjoy a fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Rest of the day you are at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8

Hanoi - Departure flight

You are at leisure until transfer to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight. Tour ends. Thank you for your choosing us and wish to see you again in our next trip.

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