Vietnam Panorama Private Tour    *alt*

18 days
Wendy Wu
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Travel overland through the verdant south of Vietnam ' from the riverside life of the Mekong to lush and fresh Dalat, up the beautiful coastline to ancient Hue. Finish off by exploring colonial Hanoi and cruising on tranquil Halong Bay.

What's Included?
all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
meals as stated
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders


 Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon

Fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 Day 3 Discover Saigon

Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels. The cramped tunnels were central to a few of the war's strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive, and they did not escape damage. American B52 bombers dropped hundreds of missiles leaving huge tell-tale craters behind. The Cu Chi experience can be emotional for some visitors, but it offers a fascinating window into the hardship and traumas of war. This afternoon explore modern day Saigon with its heady mix of local culture and colonial influences. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Later visit Ben Thanh Market. (B,L)

 Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise

Drive down to the picturesque province of Ben Tre situated along the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam', because its Visit Call 0800 630 0888 to speak to a Reservations Consultant rich and fertile lands produce large amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Spend the day cruising and exploring these waterways before travelling to Can Tho for an overnight stay. (B,L)

 Day 5 Can Tho Floating Markets

Can Tho is the largest city along the Mekong Delta and central for trade. Visit the Cai Rang floating markets and soak up its vibrant atmosphere. Observe a demonstration on how vermicelli rice noodles are made before returning to Saigon. (B,L)

 Day 6 Saigon to Dalat

Depart the bustling city of Saigon for the cooler climate and picturesque scenery of Dalat. Sample some locally grown tea from one of the many plantations in the region at Bao Loc. Arriving into Dalat, this afternoon the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

 Day 7 Dalat

A full day of sightseeing in Dalat today, firstly with a visit to Domain de Marie Church built in 1943 followed by a visit to the Flower Gardens. Next stop is an embroidery workshop. Here you will gain an understanding of this special handicraft, kept alive for generations in Dalat. After lunch visit the former railway station, where you will enjoy an open-air train ride to Trai Mat hamlet (one way only). Disembark the train and drive to the colourful Dalat market where we can stroll through and witness the daily life of the locals. (B,L)

 Day 8 Dalat to Nha Trang

This morning leave the highlands of Dalat behind and drive to the coastal city of Nha Trang. Upon arrival at the port, board a boat for an afternoon cruise on the turquoise waters. You will have the opportunity to stop at one of the many islands where you can enjoy a swim in the balmy water before returning to Nha Trang. (B,L)

 Day 9 Nha Trang to Qui Nhon

This morning visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, a complex of granite temples before continuing to the coastal city of Qui Nhon (B,L)

 Day 10 Son My and Hoi An

Leave Qui Nhon and travel to Hoi An, stopping en route at My Son to pay homage to the victims of the My Lai massacre. Arriving into Hoi An, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. (B,L)

 Day 11 Hoi An

Enjoy a walking tour this morning of this laid back and wilfully traditional UNESCO listed town to see the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese temple, a traditional house occupied by the same family for over 200 years and lastly a trip to the bustling markets. After lunch, the rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore Hoi An's narrow and ancient streets, or go to the beach. (B,L)

 Day 12 Hoi An to Hue

This morning leave Hoi An for Hue, this journey will take you over the scenic Hai Van Pass. Hue is the epitome of Vietnam's dynamic past, and considered a scholarly city. Upon arrival, explore the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. (B,L)

 Day 13 Hue

This morning enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's oldest and most beautiful pagoda. Afterwards you will drive to the outskirts of Hue to visit An Thien House, which was the original residence of Emperor Tu Duc's 18th daughter. After lunch, visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang ' a UNSECO world heritage site (B,L)

 Day 14 Hue to Hanoi

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will visit the Fine Arts Museum for an overview of art and its development in Vietnam. After lunch, experience an exhilarating cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter. (B,L)

 Day 15 Hanoi

Discover the sights of Hanoi today. First stop will be the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and view Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum from the outside only, followed by the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening you will watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years. (B,L,D)

 Day 16 Halong Bay

Depart Hanoi today and board your traditionally designed junk boat. Cruise amongst the magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay whilst spending the night on board the boat. (B,L,D)

 Day 17 Halong Bay to Hanoi

Spend the morning sailing through Halong Bay. Disembark your cruise and return to Hanoi this afternoon where the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (B)

 Day 18 Depart Hanoi

Any time before your flight is free is at your leisure today. You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. (B)