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Historical and Cultural Heritage Tour Of Vietnam For 14 Days 13 Nights

TOURS PRICE: $ 1610/pax

Historical and Cultural Heritage Tour Of Vietnam For 14 Days 13 Nights.

Starting Ha Noi Capital of Vietnam and majestic Halong Bay, before heading south to Imperial Hue. Having absorbed some culture, it's time to relaxing in Hoi An, where the magnificent Cua Dai Beach and the mesmerising UNESCO protected old town combine to create a magical coastal atmosphere. Finally, end your trip with three nights in Ho Chi Minh city cosmopolitan area. Green Horizon Tours is the perfect holiday for those wanting to knowledge  the very best of Vietnam while ensuring you have a relaxing two-week vacation. With all your transport, activity and Hotels requirements pre-booked, on Historical and Cultural Heritage Tour of Vietnam for 14 Days 13 Nights,  you will have memories of Vietnam with Green Horizon Tours.

Day 1: Arriving Ha Noi.

Green Horizon Tours’ guide will pick up and transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, ranks amongst the world's most attractive and interesting cities. It was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010, and though the nation's capital moved to Hue under the Nguyen dynasty in 1802, the city continued to flourish after the French took control in 1888. In 1954, after the French departed, Hanoi was declared Vietnam's capital once again. The remnants of over 1,000 years of history are still visible here, with that of the past few hundred years wonderfully preserved.  You will spent overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Ha Noi, 'Old & New' City Tour -  B,L,D.

After breakfast, Green Horizon Tours’ guide & Driver will transfer you to West Lake where bicycles will be waiting for a morning of cycling. Saddle up and set off around the lake at around 17km(about 10.6 miles). Also known as Tay Ho Lake, this large expanse of freshwater and its lakeside gardens attract locals looking for a quiet spot away from the busy streets of central Hanoi. Various historical places of interest are scattered around the perimeter including Vietnam’s oldest pagoda, Tran Quoc and Quan Thanh Temple, one of Vietnam’s four sacred temples. Stops will be made to visit one of the ancient pagodas that dot the route and enjoy a drink local coffee. Then, transfer by car to the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam's first national university. Built in 1070, this complex of atmospheric halls, pavilions and courtyards is dedicated to Confucius and scholars. Stop at Trang Tien Street near the Opera House for lunch. Popular with students and office workers, this narrow alley fills with street side stalls at lunchtime selling everything from pho and fried rice to sticky sweet treats. Pull up a plastic stool and tuck into lunch, Vietnamese-style. After lunch, it’s time to explore Hanoi’s contemporary culture. Throughout the capital there are rumblings of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, a step away from traditionalism and the rise of fresh and fashionable places. Manzi Art Café is one of Hanoi’s increasingly popular part café, part art gallery ventures. Set in a French Colonial villa in a relatively quiet Hanoi street, it’s the sort of place where you could easily while away a couple of hours drinking Vietnamese coffee and browsing the artwork. Sadly you won’t have so much time to spare, but there will certainly be time for coffee before walking to the Old Quarter. In contrast to your tranquil cycle ride around West Lake, a stroll through this historical area is an assault on the senses; its maze of narrow alleys are packed with motorbikes and street vendors, lined with restaurants, traditional workshops, souvenir shops and pagodas. The best way to absorb the atmosphere is with a local fresh beer at one of the Bia Hoi  on Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Street. Having enjoyed a beer and thoroughly explored Hanoi or return to your hotel. You will spent overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long Paloma Cruise 4*, 165km distance -  B,L,D.

After breakfast, Depart for Ha Long Bay at around three hour drive from the capital, passing through a number of typical North Vietnamese towns and villages. On arrival you will be welcomed aboard your traditional junk; the same style that have sailed the bay for 100’s of years. A natural wonder of the world and one of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the creation of Halong Bay is shrouded in myth. Local legend tells us how the gods sent a family of dragons to defend the country from the invading Chinese. The dragons spat out gemstones that turned into islands, linking together to create a wall against the enemy. The truth is almost as evocative as the legend and upon setting out into the bay you are met by one of the most beguiling natural scenes you will ever witness. We have lunch time on the way.  

About 12h30: Arrive at Paloma office, Ha Long City. Transferred by tender to Paloma Cruise – enjoy welcome drink. Receive cruise briefing, check into cabins and begin your cruise. 

13h15 – 14h30 Have lunch – delicious Vietnamese set menu (Massage service is available after lunch and thoughout the cruise). 

15h00:  Head to Bai Tu Long Bay, pass the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.

Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) or Kayak into the village then return to the vessel for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc. 

17h00:  Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets near Hang Trong

Happy Hour (sunset party) 

18h30:  Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat. 

19h15:  Sumptuous Set-dinner onboard. 

21h00:  Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.  Happy Hour! Buy two drink - get one free (wine by the bottle excluded) 

Overnight on The Paloma Cruise 4*

Day 4: Ha Long Cruise on Paloma – Ha Noi – Hue(Train), 600km distance – B,L,D.

06h15: Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served 

07h00: Have breakfast in the dinning room. 

08h00: Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). 

08h15: Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat. 

10h00: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier). 

10h30: Enjoy Set Menu for lunch in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier. 

11h30-12h00: Arrive at Hon Gai Habour. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the Paloma Office while waiting for return to Ha Noi in late afternoon then aerly dinner. After that, transfer to the train station for overnight ride to Hue (Sleeper Train-Quad Share). Hue remained Vietnam’s capital until 1945, when Bao Dai, the last of the Nguyen emperors, abdicated. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the Perfume River that flows through the centre of town. The cuisine is Hue is spicy hot, with lots of chilli. Reflecting its Imperial roots, it is often served in beautifully presented, taster portions, a kind of oriental nouvelle cuisine!   You will spent overnight on Train.

Day 5: Hue - Cycle tour of Imperial Citadel, Mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc & Khai Dinh – B,L,D.

A perfect way to see many of Hue’s highlights without getting caught up with the crowds. After breakfast, depart to cycle from your hotel to the area formerly known as the ‘New City’, before crossing the famous Truong Tien Bridge, built by Gustave Eiffel, over to the “Old City”. Visit the heavily bombed remains of the Imperial Citadel, built along the lines of Beijing’s Forbidden City and from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Continue cycling along the banks of the Perfume River as far as Thien Mu Pagoda, via Kim Long village, where you can stop to visit a very pretty garden house. Once at the pagoda - perhaps Hue’s most famous religious site - explore the gardens and the distinctive seven-storey octagonal tower. In the late morning, return to Hue by our vehicle stopping at Dong Ba market to see how a local people run business producing. After lunch, continue to visit the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, two of the eight Nguyen dynasty tombs to be found along the banks of the Perfume River. Considered the most impressive of the bunch, both are extravagant complexes of pavilions, temples, courtyards and lotus-filled lakes. You will spent overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue -  Da Nang -  Hoi An, 130km distance – B,L,D.

After breakfast at your hotel, departure for Hoi An, driving the stunning route via Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass) and the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before reaching Danang. Visit the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Cham Museum containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. You will also stop at the sacred hills known as the Marble Mountains, which contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. After checking in to your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure.Once known as Faifo, the UNESCO designated World Heritage town of Hoi An was one of the Orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. Despite the passing of the years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it did in its heyday. The town is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit to Vietnam with the laid-back atmosphere and the fine Colonial architecture lining cobbled streets offering a glimpse of times gone-by. Explore the former merchants’ homes, the 450 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. Hoi An is one of the best places in Asia to shop for silks, handicrafts, antiques and art. The local tailors are also famous, for their high standards of work and can create anything to order in just 24 hours. A short distance from the town centre is Cua Dai Beach, popular with both locals and visitors for its sandy beach, warm sea and seafood stalls. Hoi An is famed throughout Vietnam for its fine cuisine and there are any number of sensational restaurants and cafes to choose from. You will spent overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An -  My Son & Cruise, 70km distance – B,L.

After breakfast, Green Horizon Tours’ guide will meet you at your hotel for a tour of the countryside beyond Hoi An. Your exploration will take in the UNESCO World Heritage site of My Son Sanctuary (pronounced 'Mee'), an impressive temple complex built by the Cham civilization between the 4th and 13th centuries AD. My Son was both the religious and political centre of the Champa Kingdom, for most of the Cham culture's predominance in the region. Its ruins include all manner of carved stone devotional monuments and over 70 remarkable red brick temples, 25 of which still stand in tact amongst American bomb craters, with a great deal more of the complex lying on or below the ground. The Champa Kingdom roughly corresponded with what was later South Vietnam and, at its peak, controlled the spice and silk routes between the Middle East, China, India and Indonesia. With this income, the Cham developed a distinctive artistic culture, and My Son's temples are so emblematic of their aesthetic that the civilisation's primary architectural style is named after the site. Before you reach My Son, your journey will take in the considerably less spiritual but no less intriguing sights of Thanh Ha fishing market and the Ba Ren market, which is full of little piglets. Drive along country roads (which can be bumpy at times) through rural scenery, peaceful villages and bustling markets, before arriving at My Son in time for a morning performance of traditional Cham dance and music. Having explored the ancient site on foot, and absorbed some of its history from your guide, you'll be driven to another fishing village, Tra Nhieu, where you can watch local mat-weaving techniques before climbing aboard a private boat to continue your tour by river. A traditional Vietnamese cooked lunch will be served on board, and you can relax and enjoy the passing sights of fishing villages and riverside markets as you slide back downstream to Hoi An. Disembark at Nguyen Hoang dock in Hoi An then transfer back to your hotel.

You will spent overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An – B.

Your day is at leisure. You will spent overnight in Hoi An.   

Day 9: Hoi An – Da Lat (flight), 630km distance – B,L,D.

Morning transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Da Lat City. The City is located 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands region. In Vietnam, Da Lat is a popular tourist destination. The city’s temperate weather stands in contrast to Vietnam's otherwise tropical climate. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads to its name "City of Eternal Spring". With its year-round cool weather, Da Lat supplies temperate agriculture products for all over Vietnam, for example: cabbage and cauliflower. Its flower industry produces two typical flowers: hydrangea and golden everlasting. The confectionery industry offers a wide range of mứt, a kind of fruit preserve that closely resembles varenie, made from strawberry, mulberry, sweet potato, and/or rose. Upon arrival visit: Flower & Vegetable farm, Mushroom farm, Silk factory, Elephant waterfall, Coffee platation and Weasel coffee farm. Lunch is served in the local restaurant. After lunch, continue to sighseeing around the city as Crazy House, Lang Bian mountain(2196m above sea level).

18:30 Green Horizon Tours’guide will take you to Lat minority village to enjoy “Ethnic Gong Music Show” . Meet and talk with friendly native K’ho tribes to learn about their culture. Drinking “ Can-wine “ special wine of ethnic and taste roasted meet while enjoying the show performed by local artists in the imposing mountain scenery.

20:30 back your hotel for Free to explore. You will spent overnight in Da Lat.

Day 10: Da Lat – Cat Tien National Park, 170km distance – B,L,D.

After breakfast, you leave Da Lat for Cat Tien National Park at 7:30 am. On the way, you stop to see Truc Lam pagoda, Tuyen Lam Lake and green tea plantation. We go to Bao Loc Town and stop at Tram Anh shop where you will drink some coffee, tea and cakes, etc. We  arrive at Cat Tien National Park at 12:30. Covering an area of 71.920 ha, Ca Tien National Park, which locates in the three provinces of Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc, is estimated as the reserve of natural resources in Vietnam and as plentiful sites for scientists, domestic and foreign tourists.  With a program for three days, we are sure that you will have very enjoyable experiences. You have lunch here. After lunch, you will have a 2-hour walk to a bird-watching tower where you can see many kinds of birds then hike back to the park headquarters in the late afternoon.

18:30  A jeep with spot light will take a night drive into the park using a spotlight to view nocturnal wildlife. After an hour watching animals tours you will come back for dinner and relaxing.  You will spent  overnight in Cat Tien National Park.         

Day 11: Cat Tien National Park – Ho Chi Minh City, 160km distance – B,L,D.

Early morning depart for an 8 km drive then hike to crocodile lake with plenty of opportunities to see many varieties of bird life and if you are lucky the Siamese crocodile. These crocodiles are critically endangered and this is one of the last places in the world that you can still see them in the wild. 11:45am Return  the park headquarters then check out the National Park then  and lunch time. After that, depart for Ho Chi Minh City. Arriving Ho Chi Minh City, check-in hotel and relaxing. You will spent overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels, 70km distance – B,L.

After breakfast at your hotel, Green Horizon Tours’guide and driver will bring you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels - an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels, over 250km in length and up to three levels deep in places, played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City. Today, some of the remaining tunnels have been opened to tourists, offering a unique insight into what underground life must have been like during the ‘American’ war. Continue on to Ho Chi Minh City where the remainder of your day is at leisure. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta. It was originally Cambodian territory before being conquered by the Vietnamese in the 16th century and named Saigon. The city was then renamed once again, after the North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam in 1975, becoming Ho Chi Minh City (named after the North Vietnamese leader). Today the city centre is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French buildings. However, as the undoubted economic centre of Vietnam, high rise office towers are starting to take their place amongst this wonderful colonial architecture. After lunch, continue to visit The Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office The Reunification Palace, The War Remmants Museum and Ben Thank market. You will spent overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh -  Mekong Delta( Cai Be – Ben Tre), 180km distance – B,L.

Sightseeing the Mekong Delta as Cai Be and Ben Tre island, enjoy sightseeing on your trip along the river and walk around local fruit gardens. Green Horizon Tours’guide will show you a popular tour with many attractive destinations as Cai Be floating market…After your breakfast, Green Horizon Tours’guide and driver will take you to Cai Be. Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at Cai Be, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, visit the Cai Be floating market. view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then reaching in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. Transfer back to your hotel. You will spent overnight in Sai Gon.

Day 14: Depart Ho Chi Minh City – B.

Your day is at leisure until your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your onward flight.

    Group Size

     Solo

    2-5 Peson

 6-9 Person

 10-20 Person

Tour Price/person

   

    $ 1610

 $ 1540

   $ 1386

Depart From:

Ha Noi

End At:

Ho Chi Minh City.

Start Time:

7:30 am

Finish Time:

3:00 pm or 4:00 pm

Duration:

14 Days 13 Nights

Departure Days:

Depend on Group.

Activities:

Sightseeing, boat trip, Swimming, Hiking.

Accommodation: 13 nights.

 11 nights in 3* hotel, 1 night in Sleeper Train, 1 night in Paloma Cruise 4*

Transportation: Pick up&Drop \ off  at Airport During the Trip

Air conditioned  bus, Sleeper Train Hanoi to Hue, Flight from Daanang to Dalat.

Meals:  as mentioned in the itinerary ( B=Breakfast,   L=Lunch,   D=Dinner)  

Fruit snack, purified drinking water, picnic lunch, hot meals in local restaurants with mostly Vietnamese food (rice, vegetables, meat). Simple but good. Please note one day in advance if you have special dietary requirements.

What to Bring:

Hat, sunscreen, repellent, camera, rain jacket, good shoes for hiking.

What is Included:

English speaking guides, all necessary forest and tourist permits, first aid kit, vehicles and drivers, all activities lited above , drinking water throughout the trip, Meals as list Above. Train Tickets Hanoi-Hue and Flight Tickets Danang - Dalat. Boat trip in Mekong Delta and Halong Bay, entrance fee any. Accommodation 13 nights.

 

What is not Included:

·         Soft drinks, hard alcohol and beer.  Individual international medical insurance (should be purchased before arrival in Vietnam). 

·         Tips for Our Guides and Drivers .

Important Notes:

·   We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.

·    Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.

·    The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.

·    Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.

·    Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

·   Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so. If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

Schedule

             Destinations 

Accommodations for 13 Nights

Day 1

Ha Noi

Classic Street Hotel 3*

Day 2

Ha Noi

Classic Street Hotel 3*

Day 3

Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay

Paloma Cruise 4*

Day 4

Ha Long – Ha Noi t -  Hue(by Train)

Overnight on Train

Day 5

Hue

Riverview Hotel 3*

Day 6

Hue – Hoi An

Thanh Binh 3  Serene  Hotel 3*

Day 7

Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An

Thanh Binh 3  Serene  Hotel 3*

Day 8

Hoi An

Thanh Binh 3  Serene  Hotel 3*

Day 9

Hoi An – Da Lat (by Flight)    

Du Parc 3*

Day 10

Da Lat  - Cat Tien National Park

Bungallow *2

Day 11

Cat Tien – Ho Chi Minh

Asian Ruby Hotel 3*

Day 12

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong

Asian Ruby Hotel 3*

Day 13

Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels

Asian Ruby Hotel 3*

Day 14

Ho Chi Minh Departure

 

 

TOURS PRICE: $ 1610/pax