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Beach to Heritage Package

Tour code: 20180531-40

Start: 10-08-2018

Location starting: Vietnam

Time: 17 Day(s) - 16 Night(s)

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Beach to Heritage Package

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (L, D)

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up and drive to hotel. Half day city tour to glimpse the restless city with its highlights including: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Historic post office and bustling Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Cai Be floating market (B, L, D) 

Breakfast at the hotel and then a coach trip to Cai Be. On arrival, visit the Cai Be floating market by boat to see the sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging goods in their boats. Transfer to row boats to go to the shady canals and visit the orchard garden and to enjoy local fruit in Tan Phong islet. Continue boat trip to Cai May village. Stroll around the village to visit traditional workshops: rice paper, logan drying, candy. Drive back and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Thiet - Mui Ne (B, L, D)  

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a drive to Phan Thiet and Mui Ne Beach, a long ribbon of glorious sand, turquoise water, and thick groves of coco palms. Visit the Dragon fruit farm on the way. On arrival, check in resort. Overnight in Mui Ne.

Day 4: Phan Thiet (B, D)

All day free for leisure such as sunbathing and swimming. In the late afternoon, take a short excursion to visit golden sand dunes and to see the sunset on the fishing village. Overnight in Mui Ne.

Day 5: Phan Thiet - Nha trang (B, L, D)

After breakfast, drive to Nha Trang. Enjoy the breathtaking scenes of farmers on rice paddies and surprising white salt-evaporation fields on the way. Stop at Ca Na beach for a coffee break or other refreshments. Nha Trang - a little pocket of sunshine where rain clouds seldom venture, has developed into Vietnam’s best seaside resort. White sand beaches, deserted bay, numerous islands and coral reef provide us opportunities to swim, snorkel and scuba dive (at your own cost) or simply sunbathing. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 6: Nha Trang (B, L, D)

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day boat trip to go around islands, visit the fishing village and Tri Nguyen aquarium. Have lunch at Con Se Tre restaurant in the Tre Island. Take a city tour to visit Ponagar Cham Towers, Hon Chong Promontory, Oceanographic Institute and Long Son pagoda with its giant Buddhist Statue on the hill top. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7: Nha Trang - Qui Nhon (B, L, D) 

Breakfast at the resort and drive to Quy Nhon - a quiet seaside town and the home town of Tay Son martial art. Pass through many stunning sceneries: the charming curving passes, lush rice paddies and tranquil beaches. Arrive in Qui Nhon in the afternoon. Spend time to visit the two Cham towers and the Qui Nhon Municipal beach. Stroll around the city. Overnight in Qui Nhon.

Day 8: Qui Nhon - Hoi An (B, L, D) 

Drive to Hoi An. Visiting Banh It Tower on the way. Stop over at the site of the My Lai Massacre. Continue proceeding to Hoi An - the alluring seaport town of many foreign influences. The evening is free for shopping and strolling around the ancient town and local market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: My Son Sanctuary (B, L, D)

Departure for the Cham ruins of My Son. Set in a beautiful green valley My Son- the former religious center of Cham Pa’s Kingdom is well known as a UNESCO World heritage. Transfer by Jeep to discover the Cham ruins at My Son that were built in the fourth century. Back to Hoi An for a excursion to visit some major highlights of the ancient town including the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue (B, L, D) 

Drive to Hue via Da Nang city. Along the way, stopover at the sensational Marble Mountains, the Da Nang beach and Cham Museum. Stop over at the top of Hai Van pass for photos. In the afternoon, a short excursion to visit Imperial Citadel including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and Forbidden Purple City. A royal dinner including a royal music show is optional. Overnight in Hue.

Day 11: Hue (B, L, D)

Spend all day to explore Hue city including visiting the tombs of King Tu Duc and King Khai Dinh. The rest of the time of the day is for visiting Thien Mu pagoda - symbol of Hue. Embark on a boat cruise downstream on the Perfume River to Trang Tien Bridge. Enjoy the spectacular scene of sunset on Perfume River. Overnight in Hue.

Day 12: Hue - Quang Binh - Phong Nha Cave (B, L, D) 

Departing for Quang Binh. Visit the former demilitarized zone (DMZ Tour) along the Ben Hai River, where vestiges of fierce battles can be seen comprising the ruins of the old Quang Tri Citadel, Dong Ha Town, the Hien Luong Bridge and the Vinh Moc Tunnels. Arriving in Phong Nha, take a boat ride along the Son River to visit spectacular Phong Nha Cave, comprising of Tien Son Cave and Cung Dinh Cave. Drive back and overnight in Dong Hoi.

Day 13: Quang Binh - Vinh (B, L, D)  

Before leaving for Vinh, wander around the Nhat Le fish Market, an ideal photo spot with sellers and buyers invariably wearing the ubiquitous conical hat. The road running along the coastal plains offers idyllic views of sand dunes, rice fields and villages and crosses the imposing Ngang Pass. Overnight in Vinh.

Day 14: Vinh - Ninh Binh - Ha Noi (B, L, D) 

Driving ahead to Ninh Binh. Cross Ham Rong Bridge, famous in Vietnam War as the crash place of many US Army planes. The highlight in Ninh Binh is a sampan ride to Tam Coc Cave, known as Vietnam’s “inland Ha Long Bay”. Then onward to visit Hoa Lu, the ancient citadel from the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) and the early Le Dynasty (980-1009). Continue proceeding to Ha Noi. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 15: Ha Noi - Ha Long (B, L, D)

After breakfast, take a half days city tour including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and museum and the One Pillar Pagoda whose origins date back to the foundation of Ha Noi. Visit also the Temple of Literature, the first University of Vietnam and built in 1070. Drive ahead to Ha Long with a short stop to visit Bat Trang ceramic village. Overnight in Ha Long.

Day 16: Ha Long - Ha Noi (B, L, D) 

Take a 4 hours boat cruise to explore Ha Long Bay. The boat trip includes visiting Hang Dau Go (Grottos of Wooden Stackers) and Thien Cung (Heaven Palace). Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. Back to Ha Noi to enjoy the spectacular performance of Water Puppet show - remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, and underwater puppeteers and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 17: Ha Noi - Departure (B)

A half day city tour including visiting Ha Noi Old Quarter by Pedi cab, Ngoc Son temple and The Huc bridge. Then wander around the trading area in the Old Quarter for souvenir shopping. Back to the hotel and then free leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure. End of Service.

* The package price includes:
 - Accommodation with daily breakfast on twin- sharing basis
 - Private transportation by air-conditioned and high quality cars or coaches
 - Well-experienced English speaking guide
 - Vietnamese meals as stated in the itinerary (B for Breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner)
 - Sightseeing admission fees

* The package excludes:
 - Airfare
 - Entry visa fee at arrival
 - Personal expenses
 - Travel insurance
 - Compulsory Gala Dinner, New Year Eve, Lunar New Year Eve, Christmas Eve etc. 

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