Hanoi (2) – Halong Bay (1) – Hue (2) – Hoi An (2) – Saigon (2)
Flight Canada to Vietnam
Arrival in Hanoi
We were waiting for this and there it is – a total different world.
On our way from the airport into Hanoi we watch water buffaloes pulling the plough through rice fields, women with wide conic shaped hats planting new crop, children jumping into the ponds. After crossing the mighty Red River dotted with wooden sampans we get surrounded by thousands of motor bikes as we enter the little alleys of Old Hanoi. The locals are sitting on tiny chairs enjoying a noodle soup at the food carts set up on the sidewalks – Welcome to Hanoi!
Alleys, mausoleums and water puppets
Let’s start our full day sightseeing in the oldest and for many the most beautiful capital in Southeast Asia by getting lost – in the alley’s of the wonderful old city. We stroll through the 36 narrow, winding alleys where the colourful everyday life of the locals enfolds in front of our eyes. Afterwards we visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the founding father of Vietnam. From the Temple of Literature we reach the French Quarter with iconic reminders of the colonial past like the opera and the Gouverneur’s house. We finish our day with another highlight. Watching a show at the famous Water Puppet Theatre.
A drive through the rural backcountry get’s us to the world famous Halong Bay. Like giant shadows over 2.000 limestone pillars rise from the blue waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. This is our home for the next day as we board a traditional Asian vessel and set sail to explore this breathtaking beauty. For the next 24 hours just relax and enjoy the scenery, jump in the turquoise water or kayak through this marine wonderland.
Halong Bay – Hue
The early risers will be rewarded for their efforts with a yoga session on the deck of our boat surrounded by the fresh air, the chirping of the birds and the rising of the sun – magical. After a few more hours of sailing we head back to Hanoi to catch the flight to Hue.
In the footsteps of the kings
Romantically located at the banks of the Huong Giang River and surrounded by picturesque hills, the former capital of the Vietnamese kings combines natural beauty with imperial pride.
The impressive Citadel, home of the Vietnamese kings for 150 years until 1945 is the Vietnamese version of the Forbidden City. During our extended tour we hear both fascinating and horrifying stories of the royal past as well as from the Vietnam War when Hue was one of the major battleground. Afterwards we visit the Thien Mu-Pagoda and the romantic tomb of king Minh Mang. On our way back to Hue we travel back in style by embarking by boat sailing down the Huong Giang river enjoying the scenic countryside.
Vietnam’s most romantic city
Let’s start early for one of the most scenic drives in all of Vietnam from Hue to Hoi An. Along lush rice paddies and the deep blue waters of the Andaman See we reach the beautiful fishing village of Lang Co where we enjoy the wide sandy beach. From here the road climbs up to the often-cloudy Hai Van Pass from where we have a wonderful panoramic view down to the white beaches of South Vietnam. Early afternoon we reach the most romantic town of Vietnam – Hoi An. We wander through the pedestrian only streets lined with Chinese temples and Japanese merchant houses from the 18. Century. We end the day in style by watching the sunset from one of the many cafes along the Thu Bon River.
Fishermen, bikes and tailors
In the morning we watch the fisher unloading their catch at the always busy Central Market. Afterwards we hop on our bikes to explore the traditional villages and scenic countryside around Hoi An. In the afternoon we have some free time to enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this beautiful village or go shopping. How about a shirt or a fancy dress from one of the famous tailors of Hoi An?
From caves to trains
On our way to Da Nang we climb the scenic Marble Mountains from where we visit the romantically lid caves and enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean. Afterwards we board our overnight train to Ho Chi Minh City.
Rush hour in Saigon
Culture shock – that’s what comes to your mind after arriving from idyllic Hoi An into the chaotic frenzy of Ho Chi Minh-City. Vietnam’s boomtown and economic powerhouse is one of the most dynamic cities in Asia which energy captivates every visitor. We roll along by walking through the Colonial Quarter between the Saigon River and the Cathedral Notre-Dame. A visit to the War Remnants Museum reminds us of the still very present memories of the Vietnam War. Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown is brimming with life while the Chinese pagodas are places of worship and tranquility. We finish our day at the beautiful Ben Thanh Market – shop till you drop or just enjoy the sights and sounds.
Bye Bye Vietnam
Flight from Saigon to Canada
All international and domestic flights according to the itinerary
Collection and greeting in Hanoi Airport by FRF tour leader who will be with the group until they fl y out of Saigon Airport
Airport transfer as well as departure with FRF tour guide
Overnight train from Danang to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Transport in modern coach with toilet and aircondition
Coach available exclusively for the group inclusive excursions within the route described
Road toll and parking fees
FRF tour guide for the entire tour
Information material for all participants
24 hour emergency call
Complimentary trip with single room for the bus driver and the FRF tour guide
Complimentary trip with single room for two chaperones (up to 29 participants) or 4 chaperones (from 30 participants)
2 nights in Hanoi/half board
Entrance Temple of Literature
Admission Water Puppet Theatre
1 night on board of vessel in Halong Bay/half board