Vietnam Discovery

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€2499 per person
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14 days
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20
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Departure Location
Malta International Airport
Return Location
Dubai Airport

Vietnam Discovery

Visiting: Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Saigon & Mekong Delta

Dates: 1st October-14th October

SATURDAY, 1ST OCTOBER/SUNDAY, 2ND OCTOBER

We meet at Malta International Airport at 12.30 pm for our Emirates flight to Hanoi. The flight leaves at 3.35 pm and arrives in Dubai at 1.05 am (on the 2nd Oct). Our next flight departs at 3.30 am and we arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam at 1.15 pm. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel – Oriental Suite Hotel & Spa (or similar) in Hanoi. We check-in and have some free time after the long flight.

MONDAY, 3RD OCTOBER

Today after breakfast we start with a visit to the complex dedicated to Ho Chi Minh- the nation’s founder, containing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (viewed from outside), and house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of the city. Then we visit Tran Quoc Pagoda- Hanoi’s oldest pagoda on the bank of West Lake. In the afternoon, visit Van Mieu[1]Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university). Constructed in the 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. We stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about the legend of the lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple, followed by the Water Puppet show- a uniquely Northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Overnight in Hanoi.

TUESDAY, 4TH OCTOBER

Breakfast and we leave our hotel in Hanoi for 2-hour drive to Ninh Binh Province. Our first visit is to Hoa Lu – Vietnam’s former capital before it was moved to Thang Long- Hanoi in 1,010 and the remains of Dinh & Le Kings’ Temples. In the afternoon, we get on small rowing boats to travel along the canals amongst local villages, and green fields. Enjoy the beauty of Tam Coc (3 caves) which is also called “Ha Long Bay on land”. Go through the caves and then row back. Upon disembarking, visit Thai Vi Temple, and then take an ox-cart ride through the countryside, rice fields and green mountain scenery to Tam Coc. Overnight in Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel in Ninh Binh (or similar).

WEDNESDAY, 5TH OCTOBER

Breakfast and we depart from our hotel to Halong Bay, one of the World Natural Heritages recognized by UNESCO with over 3,000 spectacular limestone islands rising from the clear, emerald sea in the Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, we board the ship where we will enjoy a welcome drink before checking into our cabins. While we pass by many rocky islets, caves, floating villages and beaches, our fresh seafood lunch will be served on board. We then explore one of the most beautiful caves in the bay. Some free time for swimming or relaxing on the sundeck. Later the cruise ship will move to a quiet area to dock for the night. Typical Vietnamese dinner will be served on board. Overnight on board.

THURSDAY, 6TH OCTOBER

Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Breakfast is served while we continue exploring Halong Bay by sailing across its 2000 islets. Arriving at the dock we disembark and are transferred back to Hanoi. We make our way to the airport for our flight to Danang. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel – Vinh hung Riverside Resort (or similar) in Hoi An.

FRIDAY, 7TH OCTOBER

Breakfast and today we go for a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town. We visit the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, one of the interesting museums and the local market. There are numerous art galleries, souvenirs and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-measure clothes if you like. We then visit a craftsman’s home in the old streets where we have a brief introduction to the history of the lanterns and will go through the stages of making them. We will make a lantern of our own, decorate it and keep it as a souvenir of our time in Hoi An. The rest of the afternoon is free for leisure.

SATURDAY, 8TH OCTOBER

This full-day excursion offers an unbeatable chance to discover the worldwide famous Golden Bridge with its unique design and breathtaking views and Ba Na Hills – the complex including touristic sites, European Architecture Villas, a huge indoor game world, and French Wine Cellar, flower yards and pagodas. After breakfast, we make our way to Danang and transfer to Ba Na Hills cable starting station where we take the cable car to the main cable station to enjoy the time in the Golden Bridge. It has a walkway of 150 meters long and compromises of eight spans, each of which is lined with purple chrysanthemums, the bridge serves as a transit between a replica of a French village and Le Jardin d’Amour flower garden in Ba Na Hills. Free time on Ba Na Hills for a nice walk or a visit to the cellar. In the afternoon, we have the journey downhill by cable car and then transfer to Hue. Overnight in Hue at the Eldora Hotel (or similar).

SUNDAY, 9TH OCTOBER

After breakfast, pick up from our hotel and together with our guide and driver, we make our way to the pier for a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River – is a river that crosses the city of Hue. Here we visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous landmarks of Hue. We then continue driving on a scenic road to Tombs of King Minh Mang & King Tu Duc. The tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex. In the afternoon, we visit the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, including Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, Forbidden Purple City, etc. Overnight in Hue

MONDAY, 10TH OCTOBER

Breakfast – Today we have an excursion that takes us to a special place, a historic pagoda that sits on a hill. Dong Thien is a very green, peaceful and quiet pagoda with a great view from the top. Here we meet our host – the master nun who is a master of Zen. We join Buddhist chanting & praying with nuns and then experience a typical vegetarian meal (included) of the nuns in Hue. After lunch, one can enjoy dessert and interact with the nuns to get to know more about their lives in the pagoda, the practice of Buddhism, and how they became nuns. We return to our hotel and later proceed to the airport for our flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, we make our way to the hotel – Central Palace Hotel (or similar).

TUESDAY, 11TH OCTOBER

Breakfast and check out from our hotel to visit the incredible network of the underground Cu Chi Tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence and reunification. This network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960s when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities. Then we head back to the city for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the War Remnants Museum which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam. We then continue to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the Indochina Governor-General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975. The day ends with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the bustling Ben Thanh Market for shopping.

WEDNESDAY, 12TH OCTOBER

Today we start off with breakfast and then depart for a 2-hour pleasant drive to Ben Tre province, crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, we hop on a motorized boat where we cruise Ben Tre river – one of the tributaries of Mekong river. Our first stop is at a brick factory to learn how traditional bricks are made and baked. We then visit one of the many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. We return to the boat and go through the natural creeks to a village where we see some locals making sleeping mats. Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains and get in touch with life and tropical culture from the local people. Lunch at a riverside restaurant, afterwards we take a rowing boat along the beautiful water palm creek before boarding the boat to go back to the pier. Transfer to Can Tho – Capital of Mekong Delta after a memorable day experiencing local living. The rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight at TTC Premium Can Tho (or similar).

THURSDAY, 13TH OF OCTOBER

Breakfast and today we have an early morning cruise along the small and picturesque tributaries by boat where we will see the Cai Rang Floating Market – the busiest but nicest one with loads of rowing boats. See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. We disembark at Ninh Kieu quay and then visit Binh Thuy Ancient house before heading back Saigon. Later we are transferred to the airport for our flight back home. We depart at 11.55 pm and arrive in Dubai at 04.00 (14th October), followed by the next flight that leaves at 08.00 am and arrives in Malta at 2.05 pm. *Mini-hotel to refresh before departure to the airport is included.

PRICE PER PERSON

Adult in Twin €2499

Adult in Single €2899

Visa Authorisation Letter €10

Note: A Maltese passport with a validity date of 6 months beyond the departure date.

Visa: Please ask at the desk for requirements.

Vaccines: Kindly check with the National Immunisation Service at Floriana Health centre.

PRICE INCLUDES:

Emirates Airlines flights to Hanoi / from Saigon via Dubai Internal flights from Hanoi to Danang & from Hue to Saigon

11 nights of accommodation in 4-star hotels

11 buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches and a dinner

Meals (except for breakfasts) are taken in typical local restaurants based on local food

All transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle

All excursions are guided by English speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary

Entrance fees and boat fees where applicable as shown on the itinerary

Fresh water and wet wipes during day tour (two bottles per person per day)

Services of Tour Leader

All taxes

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Vietnam Discovery

Price
€2499 per person
Duration
14 days
Travellers
20

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