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8 Day Essential Vietnam

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Vietnam
Depart for Vietnam.

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Ho Chi Minh
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam. 


DAY 3, Friday - Full Day in Hoi Chi Minh
Enjoy the full day at leisure or, join the optional morning half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. They were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. In the afternoon, choose to participate in an optional half day tour of Ho Chi Minh City, which includes the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market - where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thorougfare in the center of the city. Early in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager. Remainder of the evening is at leisure. Be sure to check out the diversified dining scene in this culinary rich city. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels (AM)
Optional: Half Day Hoi Chi Minh City Tour (PM)


DAY 4, Saturday - Flight to Hanoi, Transfer to Halong Bay
Depart Ho Chi Minh on a flight to sparkling Hanoi, cultural center of the country. Upon arrival, travel overland and through the lush Vietnamese countryside to picturesque Halong Bay, considered one of Vietnam's most celebrated attractions. As you approach, you'll see thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea creating a truly magical scene. Arrive at your hotel in Halong Bay for overnight. (
Breakfast)

DAY 5, Sunday - Cruise Halong Bay, Travel to Hanoi
Incredible views await you today! Halong Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Natural Wonders of the World". There are over 3,000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1,000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board. Visit one of the caves and afterwards, travel to Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant capital and check into your hotel. This city's history is tied to French colonialism - its architecture, cuisine and local culture still bear evidence of the French influence. (
Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hanoi independently, or, enjoy an optional half day tour of Hanoi including a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Later in the afternoon, join an optional Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet show with dinner. Take a cyclo ride around the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam. Afterwards, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. Enjoy a delightful dinner of Vietnamese delicacies before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Hanoi City Tour (AM)
Optional: Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show with Dinner


DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering Hanoi on your own, or, take the optional tour to the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village, including lunch, also known as the "Pagoda of the Master". Nestled against the hillside in Sai Go Village, it shares its compound with the smaller Ca pagoda. Here, you'll also see Thuy Dinh Stage, a water palace on Long Tri Pond, where the ancient form of water puppetry is performed. Continue to So Village, a well-preserved ancient village. Walking tour around the village with its traditional layout and small alleyways in-between the houses. Stop at one of the communal houses to meet villagers who earn their living from making noodles. Tonight, your journey to Vietnam ends with many lasting memories. (Breakfast)

Optional: Thay Pagoda & So Village with Lunch


DAY 8, Wednesday - Depart Vietnam
Your vacation ends after breakfast today. (
Breakfast)
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All This Included
  • Intra-flight: Ho Chi Minh-Hanoi
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 7 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Leisure time to enjoy Hoi Chi Minh former Saigon with its magnificent French colonial architecture
  • View the thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea during the Halong Bay Excursion
  • Time to explore the capital city of Hanoi, a fascinating blend of East and West, at your own pace
Accommodations
Ho Chi Minh City: Northern Hotel Saigon
Halong Bay: Halong Palace Hotel
Hanoi: May De Ville City Centre
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Ho Chi Minh-Hanoi. Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 3 am on Day 3.
  • This program is minimally active, unless all optional tours are selected. If so, this moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. The pace is moderate, however the majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs and steps.
  • Visas required for Vietnam.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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