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Crossing Saigon to Hanoi 13D12N

OVERVIEW
Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong
 Bay - Duong Lam - Hanoi
The best place to start is at the beginning, so our first stop is Ho Chi Minh City (formally Saigon, 1974). Not only has the city become the economic center of Vietnam you will soon learn that the traditions of the past and the vibrant growth exist side by side.  You will be invited to visit the iconic sites that have made Vietnam famous throughout the world and will also be invited to dine with a Vietnamese family in their home.

From Ho Chi Minh City we venture to the Mekong Delta region and cruise the Mekong on the elegant Song Xanh craft. The boat allows us to wander the delta's hundreds of tributaries and canals while experiencing superb on-board amenities including a candle-lit dinner and comfortable lodgings while aboard.

As we travel to the center of Vietnam, we will discover more deeply the culture and history which is exemplified in the trading port of Hoi An. A visit to a rural vegetable-growing village and dinner in a historian's home further immerses you in the local culture.

ITINERARY
Day 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (D)
Once you have arrived at Ho Chi Minh City airport, your AWS guides will take you to your accommodations and help with the check-in process.  The "new" economic capital of Ho Chi Minh City (formally Saigon, 1974) has also become the center of a vibrant and exciting city life experience. A mixture of the traditional and the 21st century, you will welcome that relaxing spa treatment at the end of the day followed by a grand dining experience at the city's best restaurant.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,D)
We will spend the morning hours visiting some of the more famous places in the city.  The Presidential Palace and the the old Saigon Post Office are classics not to be missed.  We also suggest that today's tour be experienced on a Vespa motorbike (with our help, of course!). We will meander the old quarter of the city where seemingly hundreds of tiny streets and passageways are filled with merchants selling exotic products. Many Ho Chi Minh residents live in this area as well. Dine this evening in a Vietnamese family's home for an authentic taste of the local culture and  friendly citizens.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B,L,D)
Today we head for the famous Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. When we arrive at the Delta, we will board a private craft, the 'Song Xanh' which is modeled after a traditional 'sampan'. As we sail through the tributaries and small canals, we will enjoy the countryside, a floating market and enjoy a traditional lunch in a charming French Colonial home.  We spend the night moored in the Delta region.

Overnight aboard the Song Xanh Boat.

Day 4 - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An (B)
This morning we visit a very famous and bustling floating market at Cai Rang.  We then return to Ho Chi Minh City for our flight to the central area of Vietnam.  Upon arrival, we will motor to the charming town of Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5 - Hoi An (B,L,D)
Today is our day to become authentic Vietnamese chefs!  Led by our chef, we will do the marketing and then prepare a meal with the local folk of the area. In the afternoon, we will explore the delightful 'heritage town' of Hoi An where you will discover the traditions and lifestyles that have been preserved for hundreds of years.  There are numerous shopping markets and art galleries to explore. Be prepared for an 'Asian fusion' dining experience this evening in the town center.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6 - Hoi An - Hue (B,D)
A scenic drive takes you along the coastline from Hoi An to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. En route we will stop at the Cham Museum in Danang which houses an impressive collection of Cham art and artifacts from the 5th-15th centuries. This evening you will have the unique experience of dining in a traditional 'garden house' with one of Hue's most famous architects.

Overnight in Hue

Day 7 - Hue (B,L)
A full day tour of Hue's main sites introduces you to the intriguing past of the city. Learn about the lives of the emperors and their dynasties as you visit places such as the Citadel and royal mausoleums. You'll step off the beaten path with a visit to Hue's local market and the arts' museum.

Overnight in Hue

Day 8 - Hue - Hanoi (B,L,D)
Today, after a few hours of leisure, we fly to Hanoi, the charming capital of Vietnam. With a local history professor at our side, we will take a walking tour of the city's more iconic sites such as the Long Bien Bridge, lovely West Lake and many temples that are famous landmarks of Hanoi.  Tonight we dine at one of Hanoi's' more famous eateries.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9 - Hanoi (B,L)
Today we will enjoy the expertise of a Vietnamese chef and culinary expert.  We will shop for fresh produce in the markets and prepare our very own culinary delight. After he have had our meal, we will visit Hanoi's Ethnology Museum and learn of the fascinating and diverse hill tribes of the country.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10 - Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Arriving midday, you'll cast off from the pier for an overnight cruise. Relax as the boat weaves around the bay amid towering limestone formations and spectacular scenery.  In the evening you will certainly enjoy a lovely dinner prepared especially for you on deck as you experience the lovely sunset over the Bay

Overnight on Halong Bay

Day 11 - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
Return to shore midday for the drive back to Hanoi. En route, there is an option to stop at But Thap, one of Vietnam's oldest pagodas. You'll reach Hanoi in the middle of the afternoon with time for shopping or sightseeing.

Overnight in Hanoi.



Day 12 - Hanoi - Duong Lam - Hanoi (B,L,D)
Visiting the various towns and villages that surround Hanoi you will come to a clear understanding of this country's rich culture and various tradition.  We will visit Duong Lam where old laterite homes line the narrow streets and then lunch in a 100-year old home.  We will experience many unusual Buddhist temples and then have a farewell diner held in the home of a local (and famous!) chef.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13 - Hanoi Departure (B)
Our AWS's car and expert guide is at your disposal today.  Last minute shopping or sightseeing to be done?  Now is the time to indulge before returning to Hanoi's Noi Bai airport for your onward flight.





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Tour Rates: Available upon Request
Tour Duration: 4Days/3Nights
Tour Operation: all Year Round / On Demand

Our Crossing Saigon to Hanoi Tour includes:

Accommodation as mentioned in the program
Meals as per mentioned (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) 
Local English speaking guides
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private luxury air-condition vehicles
Entrance fee for mentioned visit

Our Crossing Saigon to Hanoi Tour does NOT include the following:
Services and meals not mentioned
Vietnam visa
International and additional domestic flights incl. Taxes
Drinks, mini bar, and personal expenses
Travel insurance.
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Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Vietnam has to offer.  We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary.  We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. 
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