Nha Trang Holidays

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam. Our driver picks you up at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Grand Hotel (DELUXE ROOM – LUXURY WING)

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

In the morning travel north-west of the city to visit the historic Cu Chi Tunnels which were a key battleground in the Vietnam War. The vast expanse of underground tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas, as a communication and supply route into Saigon, they also served as living quarters for the fighters. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City early afternoon and enjoy lunch before embarking on a city tour. Major attractions include the The City’s Hall, The Opera House, Notre-Dame Cathedral built in the 19th century dazzling near the French-style beautiful Post Office signed by Gustave Eiffel. Discover the Chinese quarter “Cho Lon” and its impressive Binh Tay market. Overnight at Grand Hotel (DELUXE ROOM – LUXURY WING)

The Huc Bridge

Day 3: Hanoi

Morning departure from Ho Chi Minh City and drive to My Tho, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta. When arriving in My Tho, take a boat for a cruise on the Mekong River for sightseeing in fish floating market. Landing on Unicorn Island to visit abundant orchards of tropical fruits. Enjoy honey-tea in a beefarm and different kinds of seasonal fruit in Mekong Delta. Listen to Southern traditional music played by the local amateur musician and singers. Visiting coconut candy workshop and try fresh candies. Later on we getting on a horse-cart on the countryside road and having lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight at Grand Hotel (DELUXE ROOM – LUXURY WING)

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Day 4: Hanoi - Dalat

Early morning, our driver takes you to the airport for short flight to Da Lat. Established as a hill station at the beginning of the century, Da Lat reminds us of an alpine town with its French chalets and pine forests. Lunch in a local restaurant. Later a sightseeing tour in Da Lat takes in The art deco of the former summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai, the old Da Lat Railway Station, Xuan Huong Lake, Central Market Lam Ty Ni Pagoda where a Buddhist monk, Vien Thuc, produced his abstract paintings and wrote poems. Join a Christmas Gala Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at NGOC LAN HOTEL (SUPERIOR CITY VIEW)

Day 5: Dalat - Nha Trang

After breakfast we leave for Nha Trang. Lunch in a local restaurant. An afternoon city tour includes the Po Nagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue, and Stone Church built in French colony time. Overnight at MICHELIA HOTEL (SUPERIOR)

Day 6: Nha Trang

Start from your hotel to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. We will then head out to Mun Island where you have the chance for swimming and optional snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. You can see lots of lives colourful corals and fish. Then relaxing, swimming & doing water sports as optional or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling “Mini beach”.Taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will visit a fishing village before going to the shore. Overnight at MICHELIA HOTEL (SUPERIOR)

Day 7: Nha Trang - Hoi An

A free day to relax on the beach in Nha Trang. Afternoon, our driver transfers to the airport for short flight to Danang. Arrive in Danang, guide pick you up and continue 40 km to small town Hoi An. remaining day free. Overnight at VINH HUNG RESORT (SUPERIOR GARDEN VIEW)

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 8: Hoi An - Hue

After breakfast, taking a walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures including: The Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Phung Hung Old Merchant House. Lunch in a local restaurant. Leave Hoi An early in the afternoon for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The route is direct Danang after climbing over Hai Van Pass and dropping down to the wonderful photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. Arrive in Hue in late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Overnight at HUONG GIANG HOTEL (DELUXE GARDEN VIEW)

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 9: Hue

Morning, take a boat trip on the romantically named Huong River (Perfume River) to visit Hue's best-known religious site such as Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of former Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the elaborate the mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel in which the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Overnight at HUONG GIANG HOTEL (DELUXE GARDEN VIEW)

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 10: Hue

Today we drive to Toa Kham wharf for cruising Visit the iconic Thien Mu pagoda – the symbol of Hue city. Back to the boat for a scenic cruise to Thuy Bieu Village – famous for Thanh Tra fruit. Arrive Thuy Bieu, enjoy a nice walking or biking around village. Visit the garden – house, ancient ancestral temple and communicate with local people. Have lunch at local house with Hue traditional specialties. Relax by steeping your foot in medicinal herb water – a traditional therapeutic practice. Enjoy excellent massage by blind people. Back to Hue and remaining day free. Overnight at HUONG GIANG HOTEL (DELUXE GARDEN VIEW)

Hue Citadel

Day 11: Hue - Hanoi

After breakfast, our driver transfers to the airport to take your morning flight to Hanoi. When arriving, check in hotel. Have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a tour around Hanoi by visiting: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside), his former residence, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple . Then we enjoy The Ancient Quarter by 1-hour cyclo tour. Join a water puppet show. Overnight at LAN VIEN HOTEL (DELUXE)

Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we take scenic three-hour drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Check-in at Tuan Chau Marina. Embark on Bhaya Classic boat. Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village. Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure. Later on Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck. Sumptuous set-menu seafood dinner onboard. Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 13: Halong Bay

Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served. Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Explore Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave. Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor. Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. Drive to Ninh Binh. On the way, stop to taste green bean cakes. Arrive in the afternoon and check in hotel. Overnight at NINH BINH LEGEND HOTEL (SUPERIOR)

Halong Bay at sunset

Day 14: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Today we take a small sampan for a spectacular 2-hour cruise through numerous waterways, admiring a beautiful rural landscape of limestone cliffs in Trang An. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Dinh & Le Temples in Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th & 11th century, then come back to Hanoi

Day 15: Hanoi

After breakfast, free time before your transfer to the airport.