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WONDERS OF VIETNAM & HONG KONG

Validity: 10 January – 10 December 2019

10 nights/11 days  

Visiting: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon & Hong Kong

HIGHLIGHTS:
Hanoi: La Casa Hanoi
-Vietnam Military History Museum
-One Pillar Pagoda
-Walking foodie tour

Halong Bay: Bhaya Cruise
-Overnight cruise & sightseeing

Hue: Parkview Hotel
-Sightseeing in the Imperial Citadel
-Visit the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc

Hoi An: Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa
-Sa Huynh Museum
-Visit a lantern making workshop

Saigon: Harmony Saigon Hotel
-Cu Chi Tunnels
-Reunification Palace 

Hong Kong: Royal Pacific Hotel
-Funicular tram up To Victoria Peak
-Repulse Bay

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Itinerary

Day 1: Wonders of Vietnam & Hong Kong

Arrive in Hanoi, clear immigration and customs. Proceed towards the exit gate and look for our representative holding a placard in your name to assist and transfer you to the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.
OVERNIGHT: LA CASA HANOI (DELUXE ROOM)
MEALS: NONE

DAY 2: HANOI
Breakfast at the hotel.

Begin your day visiting the Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison) which was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War when it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton". Continue to explore the exhibitions of Vietnam Military History Museum (closed on Monday and Friday) presenting the Vietnamese military history from the first period of founding the country to the Ho Chi Minh era. The museum contains a remarkable collection of war relics and photographs from Vietnam's long struggles for freedom. Learn about guerrilla and communist troops and the history of the present Vietnam People's Army.  

In the afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex where the Vietnamese people honour the country Great Father. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside only) which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh; and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows. Next stop is to the miniature 11th century One Pillar Pagoda, which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. In the late afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda and enjoy the coffee at a small local coffee shop. THEN PROCEED FOR A FOODIE TOUR ON FOOT
Enjoy a taste of local Hanoian life as you explore a local market and some of the city's best street food stalls. Meet your guide at the bustling Hom market, one of the biggest and most popular markets in Hanoi. Wander through the narrow alleyways passing colourful stalls piled high with a vast array of fruit, vegetables, sweets, and elaborate temple offerings. Take photos of the vibrant colours and breathe in the aromas of the tropical fruits. If you're feeling brave, venture to the exotic section to see kicking frogs, silkworms and wriggling eels. The entire market is alive with the buzz and excitement of the locals bartering and haggling for the freshest ingredients at the best prices. Your guide will take you to popular street food stalls where you can sample some of the city's signature dishes. Stop at a local coffee shop to taste this rich and flavourful drink then continue your culinary exploration with a stroll through the maze of bustling streets that make up the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Join the locals and pull up a plastic stool at a pavement stall to try Vietnamese snacks and a cup of iced tea, followed by a sweet dessert of fresh fruit and condensed milk. End the tour with a cold draught beer at a sidewalk stall popular with locals.
OVERNIGHT: LA CASA HANOI (DELUXE ROOM)
MEALS: BREAKFAST
SPECIAL NOTE: The program Foodies afoot in Hanoi is at 17:00-20:00. Sample food and drink included.

DAY 3: HANOI / HALONG – DRIVE 160 KMS
Pick up from the hotel lobby and transfer to the Tuan Chau Marina Port to board your cruise on Halong. En route take a short stop for a break.

Arrive and proceed to board your tender to the comfortable cruise and enjoy a welcome drink aboard. Begin the cruise through majestic Halong Bay while lunch is served. Enjoy the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragon's teeth. The cruise continues cruising through a fishing village on the bay and passes the spectacular limestone caves dotted around the bay. Soak up the sun on the top deck with optional on-board activities: sunbathing, and photo opportunities. In the evening the chef will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes and other traditional dishes.
OVERNIGHT: BHAYA CRUISE (DELUXE CABIN)
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER
SPECIAL NOTE: The cruise will arrange the local English speaking guide on board. The itinerary is subject to change based on the confirmed cruise.

DAY 4: HALONG / HANOI - DRIVE HANOI / HUE FLIGHT

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise that offer a perfect opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Check out luggage and bid tidings to beautiful Halong Bay.
Disembark from the cruise and arrive at the port by tender. Meet your driver and transfer to the airport in Hanoi to board your flight for Hue.

Arrive in Hue and transfer to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: PARKVIEW HOTEL (DELUXE ROOM)
MEALS: BREAKFAST

DAY 5: HUE / HOI AN
Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Hue.
Sightseeing in the Imperial Citadel (3 Hours)

Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and stroll around the Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho Palace) where the Queen mother lived. Visit the Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites.
Visit the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc (1 Hours)
The Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc was designed and built by the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor,Tu Duc, during his lifetime, and was used as a retreat for meditation, reading and theatre performances. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, and wander among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds.
Later, proceed on your drive to Hoi An. Drive south from Hue along scenic mountain roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Highlights along the way include the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam; Lang Co, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea; and the large coastal city of Danang.

Arrive and check into the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: HOI AN TRAILS RESORT & SPA (SUPERIOR ROOM)
MEALS: BREAKFAST

DAY 6: HOI AN / DANANG – DRIVE DANANG / SAIGON FLIGHT

Morning proceed on a walking tour around Hoi An.
Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Now, this beautifully preserved historic city is best seen on foot.
See the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge - the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun. Visit the nearby Sa Huynh Museum, which contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Stroll to the Tran Family Chapel, a house for worshipping ancestors that was built about 200 years ago with donations from family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles. Visit the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen).
Finally, visit a lantern making workshop, one of many in Hoi An. The framework for the lanterns is made beforehand and clients can observe locals adorning silk cloth on the lantern.
Later, transfer to the Danang airport to board your flight for Saigon. Arrive Saigon, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
OVERNIGHT: HARMONY SAIGON HOTEL (PREMIER DELUXE ROOM)
MEALS: BREAKFAST

DAY 7: SAIGON
Proceed for a sightseeing tour in Saigon.
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels (5.5 Hours)

Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.
Sightseeing in Saigon (25 kms)
Saigon was called as the Pearl in the East because of the art deco French style buildings in the early of 20th Century. After bearing witness to the ups and downs of Saigon, nowadays this atmospheric relic from the past stands surrounded by the ever increasing modern high rise buildings and shopping malls, you will have a half day to visit the city's main sites.

Visit the Reunification Palace (1.5 Hours)
Reunification Palace, the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, was stormed by tanks on the 30th April 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state.
Visit Notre Dame Cathedral (30 Minutes)
The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and is set in the heart of Saigon's government quarter. It has a neo-Romanesque form and two high square towers tipped with iron spires. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Visit Central Post Office (30 Minutes)
The Central Post Office is a French-style building with a glass canopy and iron frame right next to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The structure was built between 1886 and 1891 and is by far the largest post office in Vietnam.
Visit the Opera House
The colonial-era Opera House is today one of the main places for cultural exchange. It may be viewed from the outside only.
Visit Ben Thanh Market (1 Hours)
The Ben Thanh Market is the central market of Saigon and the market and the surrounding streets make up one of the city's liveliest areas. Everything commonly eaten, worn or used by the average resident of Saigon is available here.
OVERNIGHT: HARMONY SAIGON HOTEL (PREMIER DELUXE ROOM)
MEALS: BREAKFAST

SPECIAL NOTE: The Notre Dame Cathedral has been under renovated until JUN2020. The clients will see this place only from outside.

DAY 8: SAIGON / HONG KONG FLIGHT (NOT INCLUDED)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight for Hong Kong.
Arrive Hong Kong, clear immigration and customs. Proceed towards the exit gate and proceed to the shuttle bus counter and transfer to the hotel by seat in coach shared service.
Rest of the day at leisure.
OVERNIGHT: ROYAL PACIFIC HOTEL (PREMIER ROOM)
MEALS: BREAKFAST

DAY 9: HONG KONG
Breakfast at the hotel.
Pick up from the hotel lobby and proceed for a half day Hong Kong sightseeing tour by seat in coach shared service.
Starting with a ride on the funicular tram up To Victoria Peak (About 1,305ft. above sea level) where you can view the magnificent panorama of the Victoria harbor spread out below. Drive by the Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay and Stanley Market where Bargain shopping are expected. A stop will be made at Aberdeen Fishing Village (home of the floating population) where an optional sampan ride can be organized upon request. Return to Happy Valley through our Aberdeen Tunnel then back to hotel with optional visits to Hong Kong's leading Jewelry factory and shopping outlet.

Rest of the day at leisure.
OVERNIGHT: ROYAL PACIFIC HOTEL (PREMIER ROOM)
MEALS: BREAKFAST

DAY 10: HONG KONG
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure.
OVERNIGHT: ROYAL PACIFIC HOTEL (PREMIER ROOM) MEALS: BREAKFAST

DAY 11: DEPART HONG KONG FLIGHT (NOT INCLUDED)
Breakfast at the hotel
12:00 noon, check-out and meet your airport shuttle bus driver in the hotel lobby and transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.

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