Vietnam | Set Departures
|Travel time||From January 2015 to December 2015|
|Route||Hanoi - Halong Bay - Bat Trang village - Saigon - My Tho|
|Duration||7 days/ 6 nights|
|Feature||10 nights / 11 days|
|Route||Vietnam is becoming so hot destination. You must have heard not only once but twice or more from your friends or colleagues about this beautiful & charming country of South East Asia. It’s your turn now to explore and give experiences to others by joining this special summer holiday.|
|Departure Dates||Every Tuesday from January to December 2015 (Except Feb 18-22 2015)|
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
|DAY 1||ARRIVE in HANOI||(-/-/-)|
|DAY 2||HANOI CITY TOUR - BAT TRANG VILALGE||(B/L/-)|
|DAY 3||HANOI - HALONGBAY - HANOI||(B/L/-)|
|DAY 4||HANOI - SAIGON||(B/-/-) - morning flight|
|DAY 5||SAIGON CITY TOUR - CU CHI TUNNEL||(B/L/-)|
|DAY 6||SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA TOUR - SAIGON||(B/L/-)|
|DAY 7||SAIGON DEPARTURE||(B)|
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
DAY 1: ARRIVE in HANOI (-)
Welcome to Vietnam!
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred by our driver to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi. Dinner on your own arrangement.
Hotel check-in time is around 14.00
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR - BAT TRANG VILALGE (B/L/-) - Seat in coach tour
Morning pick up at your hotel. Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside) to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho's final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh?s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. We then continue on to the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist - dating from the Ly Dynasty) and the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam). Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch we?ll proceed to visit Bat Trang village. Just 20km from the center of Hanoi, Bat Trang provides outstanding products. It has been famous for its ceramics for a thousand years, particularly dinnerware and ornamental ware. Bat Trang is an ideal place for going shopping for ceramics or watching the progress of making pottery or making terra-cotta products yourself.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG - HANOI (B/L/-) - Seat in coach tour
|07:45||Picking up guest from hotel/stay|
|08:45||Starting to drive to Halong Bay|
|10:30||Stopping over to stretch the legs on the way|
|12:15||Arriving in Ha long bay harbor|
|12:30||Boarding Alova Day Cruise with Welcome Drink|
|13:15||Safety briefing and Lunch with Vietnamese Cuisine|
|14:00||Visiting fishing village|
|14:15||Kayaking or bamboo boat rowing or relaxing|
|15:00||Visiting Thien Cung cave (Heaven Cave)|
|15:45||Enjoying fresh fruits on boat|
|16:45||Let’s get on Shuttle bus|
|18:00||Short stop to stretch your legs|
|20:30||Saying goodbye to you at your hotel/stay. Dinner at your own arrangement for your flexibility. Overnight in Hanoi.|
DAY 4: HANOI - SAIGON (B/-/-) - morning flight
Relax till transfer without guide to Noi Bai Airport to take the morning flight to Saigon.
You will be welcomed at the Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer without guide to the hotel to check-in.
Overnight in Saigon.
Lunch and dinner on your own account.
DAY 5: SAIGON CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNEL (B/L/-) - Seat in coach tour
After breakfast at hotel, we start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon, we will move on to Cu Chi tunnel. The place is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war).
Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 6: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA TOUR - SAIGON (B/L/-) - Seat in coach tour
Breakfast at hotel. Picked up from your hotel for our day trip to Mekong delta - Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields.
On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction 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.
Lunch en route and Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 7: SAIGON DEPARTURE (B)
At leisure this morning. Your tour guide will see you at the hotel on time to transfer you to the Tan Son Nhat Airport for the flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.
HOTEL LIST (or similar) 2 - 3 star
|Hanoi||Ngoc Mai hotel
- Complimentary Vietnam Visa arrangement services - Tour guide: Shared English-speaking tour guides on touring days. No guide escort during airport transfer. - Accommodation on twin/double sharing basic. - Daily breakfast at hotels. - 04 lunches with local food indicated in Detailed Program - Land transfer Air-con vehicle Private airport transfer Shared bus transfer while on tour - Shared boat trip on Halong Bay - Shared boat trip on Mekong Delta - Water puppet show ticket - Entrance fees as per program
SERVICES NOT INCLUDEDPls Contact us for more details on the rates
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
- International, domestic flights and airport departure tax. (Airline prices and taxes may vary at the time of purchasing) - Meals not mentioned in Detailed Program. - Vietnam Visa stamp fee (USD 45/pax, one month single entry) - Single Supplement - Non-commissionable - Early check-in, late check-out surcharge - Tipping for Guides, Drivers, Restaurants - Other expense not mentioned in the program
REQUIRED VIETNAM VISA ARRANGEMENT DOCUMENT:
- Passport scan, valid at least 6 months from departure date - Returned International flight tickets - 02 passport-size photos taken against a white or light blue background (40 x 60 mm) - Document must be submitted to Sparton Travels at least 10 days prior arrival date (not included weekend) - Visa stamp fee to Vietnam, USD 45 per person, paid directly to Immigration Officer at the airport upon arrival