Vietnam Trails Tour
|Resort:||Vietnam Trails Tour|
|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
|Destination:||Asia, South East Asia, Vietnam|
16 Day Vietnam Trails Tour Tour Itinerary
Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnams most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels afterwards returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a bright future. See Vietnams colonial past at Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office. Also visit the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
Day 5 Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of charming Hoi An a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchants house, Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
Day 6 Hoi An Cooking Class
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure to further explore this delightful town.
Day 7 Hoi An Free Day
Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps savour a relaxing coffee, pop into the town for a stroll or even head to the beach.
Day 8 Imperial Hue
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnams dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River.
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi this morning. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start your explorations of Vietnam’s capital.
Day 10 Explore Hanoi
Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where youll visit Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year) and the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the days explorations with a thrilling cyclo tour through Phan Dinh Phung street and the Old Quarter. Wrap up your ride with a strong Vietnamese coffee at a caf overlooking St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Board your overnight train to Lao Cai.
Days 11-12 Sapa
On arrival in Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa. Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces with some light walking through the surrounding valleys and villages, and visits to ethnic minority communities including those of the Hmong people.
Day 13 Mount Fansipan
Take a cable car ride up Mt Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina, arriving at the summit to enjoy incredible views from a breathtaking 3,143 metres. Also visit Sapa museum and Sapa church. Board the overnight train to Hanoi.
Days 14-15 Cruise Halong Bay
Spend two days aboard a traditionally-designed boat cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. You’ll even explore one of the bay’s many caves. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day. On your last evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.
Day 16 Fly Hanoi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.