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Vietnam Free and Easy Tour - 9 Nights

Vietnam 2018 - 3* Vietnam Free and Easy
Officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam , is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 92.7 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the world's 14th-most-populous country, and the ninth-most-populous Asian country. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, with Ho Chi Minh City as a historical city as well.

*Private Tour - 2017 Vietnam Holiday Package, 10 days/9 nights Vietnam Free and Easy holiday tour. Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh with meals as listed below, tours and transfers, all internal and regional flights + local english speaking guide.

Departure Days
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

What's Included

Inclusions:
• International and Domestic Airfare ex Jnb
• Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
• Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
• Halong Bay Cruise Package (01 night cruise on Ha Long Bay  with non – private cruise)
• All internal and regional flights as mentioned in the itinerary: Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Ho Chi Minh City
• Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
• Local English speaking guide
• Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
• Entrance fees
• Visa letter to Vietnam
• Shuttle bus Hanoi  - Halong – Hanoi (for group from 2 – 6 pax)

Exclusions
• Vietnam visa fee
• Single supplement surcharge
• Other meals than mentioned
• Other services than mentioned
• Drinks, other than water on activity days
• Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
• Travel insurance

Itinerary:
 

DAY 1:   HANOI ARRIVAL
Welcome to Hanoi, our guide will pick you up at Hanoi Airport and take you to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Balance the day as your leisure. Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2:   HANOI – HALONG BAY BY SHUTTLE BUS – NO GUIDE (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi without guide for a 180-km journey to Halong Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery. You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Halong Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.
You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.
Remark:
 - From 2- 6 pax, there is no private local English speaking guide from Hanoi and clients will transfer by shuttle bus
 - From 7 – 10 pax, there is private local English speaking guide from Hanoi and clients will transfer by private van

DAY 3:   HALONG BAY – HANOI BY SHUTTLE BUS – NO GUIDE (B)
 You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Enjoy the tea break while the boat cruising through impressive limestone surrounding the bay.
 Return to the Harbour, we will transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 4:   HANOI – HALF DAY CITY TOUR – FLIGHT TO HUE (B)
 Half day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Firday, outside visit will be arranged), his traditional stilt house and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. After that, visit Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature.
 Transfer to Hanoi Airport where you will take a short flight to Hue. Welcome by local guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Hue for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5:  HUE HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING (B)
 In the morning , depart to the famous Hue Citadel. Situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long, the Citadel was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The whole complex is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Then visit the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Back to your hotel and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
 DAY6:   HUE – HOI AN – SIGHTSEEING (B)
 Today, we will transfer to Danang via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Here gives you a unique time to contemplate one in many fantastic picturesque sceneries of Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline.

 Arriving in Hoian, check in your hotel and enjoy a walking tour in Hoi An town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Set out to explore the quaint cobblestone streets of the town with more than two-century-old Chinese houses. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, and Phung Hung Chinese-style trading house. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7:   HOI AN – MY SON – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH (B)
 Today we drive westward toward the foothills of the mountain spine of Indochina. From here we’ll hike into the sacred valley of Vietnam’s most spectacular historic and religious site. Dating back to the fourth century, My Son was the holiest site of the Champa kingdom where over a period of 900 years, 68 significant Hindu temples, most dedicated to Shiva, were built. The towers are built of a combination of perfectly fitted, mortarless, fired brick and elaborately carved sandstone bas-relief panels. Only 25 survived the centuries of pillaging by Chinese and Khmer invaders as well as U.S. bombings.
 In the afternoon transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
 
DAY 8:   HO CHI MINH – HALF DAY CITY TOUR (B)
 After breakfast, depart for some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. Thien Hau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
 DAY 9:   HO CHI MINH – BEN TRE – HO CHI MINH (B,L)
 Today we depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta (130km - 2.5 - 3 hour driving). Pick up at the Phong Nam pier. Get on boat and will cruise along the Chet Say river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including coconut activated charcoal factory where coconut shell is put into high heat kiln to produce coconut charcoal; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products. Then the boat will cruise through the small canal, discover the local life. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, visit  a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or biking into the village where you can see farm, rice field and vegetable plan before stopping at a local house for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers.
 
 It’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. Take boat back to Pier. Back to the main road for a transfer back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
 DAY 10: HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE (B) – No guide
 Free at your leisure. You could do some shopping on your own or just relax until being transferred to the airport without guide for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon only. Meals on your own.
 
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