Discovering Vietnam - 13 days & 12 nights

From Halong Bay to the Mekong Delta, via Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), this great journey will be an exciting discovery. You will sail between the amazing karstic hills of Halong Bay, dive into the hectic life of Hanoi, admire the imperial city of Hue and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. In Hoi An you will stroll about the pretty alleys and then you will visit the big tropical city of Saigon. Finally, you will discover the Mekong Delta where rice fields, canals and lush gardens stretch.

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Arrival at Hanoi airport and transfer to your hotel by private car.
On the way, you will visit to the Museum of Ethnography which is certainly one of the most interesting in Vietnam.
Then you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum , including the stilted house and the unique pillar pagoda.
Stroll by trishaw to discover the colonial side of the city and its old quarter of the guild of trades. Visits of the ancient house � Ma May� built at the end of the 19th century, and the Ngoc Son pagoda on Hoan Kiem lake.
Lunch in a nice restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste the traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
Then you will visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam, which is a right example of Vietnamese architecture.
In the morning you will drive by private car to reach Halong around noon.
Immediate embarkation on the junk. Welcome drink and presentation of the cruise program.
Then you will ensconce yourself in your cabin.
Lunch is served on board while the junk heads for Bai Tu Long Bay. After the meal, you can relax on the deck, admiring the amazing shapes of islands and islets.
In the middle of the afternoon, you will discover the cave of Thien Canh Son.
Continue your cruise to Hon Co Island where you can relax on the beach, bathe or kayaking.
Return on board; free time until dinner. Overnight on board.
After breakfast, the junk will head towards the fishing village of Vung Vieng.
You will meet the villagers to discover their daily life.
A light lunch will be served before getting back to the port.
Return to Hanoi by car through the great expanses of rice fields of the Red River Delta.
Arrival to Hanoi in the afternoon, then free time.
Transfer to Hanoi airport; flight to Hue. Welcome by your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Your visit will start with the Imperial City, built from 1804 under the first Emperor Gia Long. It is composed of three parts: the capital city (Kinh Thanh), the imperial city (Hoang Thanh) and the forbidden city (Cam Thanh).
Then stroll by trishaw through the picturesque streets of Hue.
In the morning, we suggest you to discover Hue and its surroundings. You will first visit the Thien Mu pagoda before cruising to Ho village where you will ride bicycle through the beautiful countryside until Thuy Bieu village.
On the way, you will stop to an inhabitant�s and you will share tea and some anecdotes about the region.
In the afternoon, you will visit the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, one of the most beautiful sites in Hue.
It is also an opportunity to know the history of the Ngyuen dynasty.
Continuation by the visit of the Tu Hieu pagoda, near the tomb of the Emperor Tu Duc.
Departure to Danang by car. You will go by the famous pass of the clouds "Hai Van" which offers a superb panorama over the coastline. On the way, a stop to Lang Co beach is scheduled.
In Danang you will visit the museum of the ancient and prestigious Cham civilization.
Arrival in Hoi An just before noon.
After lunch you will visit the small village of Hoi An, which has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Next, a walk through the small streets of the city to discover the old Chinese dwellings, the Japanese bridge, a nice temple and Phung Hun House.
The morning is devoted to the visit of My Son, a 1-hour drive from Hoi An, which is one of the largest archaeological sites in Vietnam. From the 7th to the 12th century this site was the Cham mystical center.
Return to Hoi An around noon, then free time.
Flight Danang-Saigon in the morning.
Your tour will start with the former Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and Dong Khoi Street. Then you will visit Cho Lon quarter in Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda.
In the late afternoon, at Kim Lien pagoda, you will meet a Buddhist nun who will introduce you to calligraphy.
Free time. You can visit Saigon at your leisure.
Departure from Saigon to Ben Tre, in the Mekong Delta, from where you will embark on a privatized boat. You will discover the brick making process as well as the fibers made from coconuts. Continuation to the coves of Cai Son and Nhon Thanh where people are skilled in mats making. Next, you will ride bicycle through rice fields and vegetable crops.
Lunch in an inhabitant�s home.
Then, you will discover Cai Coi Creek by boat before a drive to Mo Cay. Arrival at a local's house in late afternnoom. After a rest you can participate in the preparation of the family dinner. Accommodation in a guest room.
Departure after breakfast to An Thanh for a bike ride to discover the incredible vegetation of the Delta and the warm welcome of children.
Finally you will take the road to Can Tho.
Boat trip to discover the Can Tho floating market. It is an astonishing show: the small boats clump together against the potbellied boats overflowing with bananas, rice, mangoes, pineapples and potatoes...
Continue to the arroyos with fringed banks of coconut palms. In an orchard you will taste a selection of succulent fruit in the shade of the large palm trees.
Departure to Binh Thuy to visit an antique family house dating back to the 19th century.
Transfer in the afternoon to Saigon airport.