Can Tho Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 348

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Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 1: Saigon

Welcome to sizzling Saigon. Arriving at the airport our local team awaits to transfer you to your hotel. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the city. We would recommend to head out and explore on foot, shop at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace, with its secret bunker and military command centre beneath! Evening at leisure.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon

Today we visit the tunnels used by the Viet-Cong in their struggle to keep control of the region during the 1960’s. As we walk the bush trails you’ll see trapdoors, booby traps, living areas, weapon factories and the highlight a firing range, where you can have a go. We return to Saigon at around 2pm, stop for lunch before visiting some of the city's major attractions including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 3: Saigon - Can Tho

This morning we transfer to Vinh Long where we will begin our cruise of the Mekong Delta. Boarding our boat, we cruise amongst the local sampans selling their fruit and vegetables at the Cai Be floating market, with buyers and sellers travelling from provinces all over the delta. The cruise continues along the river, past beautiful landscapes with scenes of typical Mekong Delta rural life. A stop is made at Dong Hoa Hiep island for lunch. As the boat resumes its course, we pass the beautiful church of Cai Be before stopping at some home factories where you can sample local sweets and see how they are made.

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 4: Can Tho - Saigon

Rise early for a morning boat trip to the extraordinary floating market at Cai Rang. Observe boats jostling for position as the locals engage in frenetic trading and be sure to have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. We then head back to Saigon for a free afternoon.

A street trader in Saigon by William Cho

Day 5: Saigon

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 6: Saigon - Hoi An

Taking to the sky this morning you fly to Danang. Arriving here our local driver will transfer you to Hoi An. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge. OVERNIGHT STAYING AT THE Hoi An Beach resort (Superior garden view)

A bridge in Hoi An

Days 7-9: Hoi An

Enjoy the next days at your leisure to explore Hoi An. OVERNIGHT STAYING AT THE Hoi An Beach resort (Superior garden view)

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 10: Hoi An - Hue

This morning we drive to Imperial city of Hue enjoying the scenery en-route. Your tour begins with a cruise on the Perfume River that makes stop to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. After you will see the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Spend the morning wandering through the enclosure before lunch and a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperors at two of the most impressive Royal Tombs.

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 11: Hue - Hanoi

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the mausoleums of the Emperors Tu Duc (1829-1883) and Khai Dinh (1885-1925). On the way to down to Danang, stop in for a refreshment break at Lang Co beach. Later you fly from Danang to Hanoi. Arriving here meet your local driver whom will assist you to your hotel.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 12: Hanoi

This morning enjoy a visit to the Temple of Literature, followed with a visit to the Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina) Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda. In the afternoon we visit Vietnam History museums, We then enjoy leisurely walk to nearby Hanoi Opera House an through the Old Quarter. Our day concludes with atttending a thousand year old Water puppet Show.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 13: Hanoi - Mai Chau

This morning early we head out to see a slice of rural Vietnam to Mai Chau. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Palm trees, green mountain range, paddy fields, and beautiful houses-on-stilts. In the afternoon, we stroll around the village and learn more about local lifestyle and as well their culture.

Ladies enjoying a bike ride in Mai Chau

Day 14: Mai Chau - Hanoi

Wake up early and experience the village coming to life. On the way back to Hanoi, we will stop at the ''Culture space of Muong” This a wonderful private museum where you will learn all about the Muong people. Arriving back in Hanoi in the evening enjoy some down time.

Halong Bay at sunset

Day 15: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Early this morning journey north to Halong Bay (approx 4 hours drive), stopping for refreshments en route. UNESCO Listed Halong Bay is undoubtedly one of Vietnam's most spectacular regions. Thousands of karst limestone and jungle covered peaks and isles, rise dramatically out of the emerald waters of the bay. Spend the day cruising around the islands onboard a traditional Junk boat. Stopping to explore caves and coves and to swim in the emerald waters. You can also take a row boat to visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng - where you'll gain a fascinating insight into the daily life of the local people. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and set dinner whilst on board.

One of Halong Bays beautifully illuminated caves

Day 16: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Enjoy fresh air and the gentle breeze of the bay this morning as you relax on board the Junk. There will be more opportunities to swim and explore hidden caves before returning to port. Transfer back to Hanoi in the evening.

Day 17: Hanoi

Enjoy a free day to explore. Alternately you can extend your Halong Bay cruise see applicable supplement in the price section.

Day 18: Hanoi

Regardless of staying in Hanoi or if you choose to extend the cruise. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.