Vietnamese culture is complex, diverse and represents something of a history lesson. The nation's labyrinthine, teeming trading quarters are rich in indigenous crafts and reflect centuries-old mercantile influences. Ancient temples display distinctly Chinese influences in the north and Hindu origins in the south. Meanwhile the broad, tree-lined boulevards and grand state buildings that grace the capital date from the French colonial period.
Arrival to Hanoi (C)
Reception at the International Airport and transfer to the hotel in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, where we will make a shocking tour "tricycle", which was the most traditional means of local transport and we will have free time. Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation.
Program of visits in Hanoi (b/A/-)
Full day of visits in the city that includes the most interesting places of this city, including the Ba Dinh square, the pagoda of a pillar, the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the presidential house on pillars, the Tran Quoc pagoda, the Temple of literature and the Ethnological Museum. At the end of the afternoon we attended a show of water puppets, an interesting and unique folk art from Vietnam.
Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (b/l/D)
We depart by road to Ha Long bay and after a little less than 2 hours we arrived at the Pearl factory of Ha Long. Here is like a technical stop where there are clean bathrooms, a good cafeteria and they will also explain everything about types of oysters, cultivation techniques, ... pearls inside the Bay. After observing one of the products of the Bay we continue until we reach the port where we embark on our cruise. The ship's crew welcomes us and leads us to our cabins. We immediately started sailing through this UNESCO-declared “World Heritage " Bay, touring its impressive landscapes formed by a capricious and varied combination of stone, water and vegetation, while enjoying a lunch at the panoramic restaurant of the boat. During the navigation we will have the opportunity to visit some of the impressive caves that the water and the wind have pierced through the millennia, in the stone colossus that rise everywhere. If time goes by, we'll also have a dip in this Gulf of Tonkin water. The day's sailing will end in a beautiful cove where we will dine and spend the night.
Note: there are several routes established and each boat must have one chosen previously. It depends on the climatic condition that the program can be modified without prior notice.
Only the English-speaking guide is available on the boat (if a Spanish-speaking guide is required a separate supplement will apply)
Ha Long bay – departure (B/Brunch/-)
Those who want to get up early will have the opportunity to see the sunrise, looking out behind the rocks and painting them with a thousand new lights and shadows at every moment. After breakfast, we start again the navigation that will show us new landscapes of this impressive complex. In the middle of the morning we will reach the port. Transfer by road to Hanoi to take the plane out of Vietnam to the next destination Da Nang
Reception at the International Airport and transfer to the hotel in Hoi An.
Hoi An is one of the oldest historical cities in Vietnam, and in the roast one of the most important commercial ports in Asia, and a charming place of forced stop on a trip to Vietnam. Overnight in Hoi An Hotel.
Program of visits in Hoi An (b//-)
Half a day of city visits. We leave the hotel and take a walk through the historical center will bring us closer to one of the best preserved urban centers of all Southeast Asia, composed by the beauty of the facades of the picturesque colonial houses, the smell of the smoking incense of their Buddhist temples, by the tailors shops where only one day, they will make us the costume to dream.... Today we will visit the Old Quarter of Hoi An, World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1999. Here we will visit the most outstanding sites of this village: the Ancient House Tan Ky, the Chinese congregation of Phuc Kien, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Museum of ceramics of the city, the handicraft center and the colorful market...after lunch, in the afternoon they will take the free time to buy and explore villages of Hoi An, if the weather is good, the beach of Hoi An is a good choice to be. Overnight in Hoi An.
Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (B//-)
Leaving Hoi An, we head to Da Nang. During the road we stopped in the whole of the Marble Mountains, each mountain corresponds to an element: mountain of Land, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal. Here we climb the mountain of water, the largest visiting pagodas, caves, viewpoints...once the visit is over we go to Linh Ung, the largest and most beautiful pagoda in the center of the country with numerous figures of Buddhas, houses, bonsai...among the figures above comes that of the Buddha Kuan Yin (Buddha of Mercy) with 67 meters of height looking towards the sea. After lunch, we continue visiting the museum of the arts, sculpture Cham, market Have and the free time to explore the city with the photos of the bridge of the Dragon and the Han river, transfer to the city Hue, Chick-In Hotel, overnight in Hue.
Visit city-Hue (b//-)
After breakfast, we leave the hotel to explore a full day of the Hue city tour.
Hue was the capital of the last Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, in the ancient part of the city called The Citadel, was the capital city of the Nguyen dynasty, surrounding by a huge walled with more than 10km of length, the capital city was protected during the past period, inside the Citadel there are two cities called the imperial City and the Forbidden purple city. They are the complexes of many palaces, Imperial residences, temples, gardens, lagos.....es the centre of worship, political, and religious of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 to 945. Around the city are the monuments well preserved, are the royal tombs, pagodas and temples.... In 1993, the UNESCO recognized heritage of humanity by the historical monuments of Hue.
We start the tour by an excursion on the perfume River to the Thien Mu pagoda, during the sailing boat you can enjoy many beautiful photographs of nature, the time you arrive at the Thien Mu Pagoda, we visit the same Thien Mu pagoda, it is the first pagoda that was built in the city. The Thien Mu pagoda is the most important Buddhist religious center in the region from 1601 to today. The pagoda is a complex of many buildings, we have the tower, Phuoc Duyen, temples dedicated to the Buddha, the library, the gardens......then transfer to the historic center of the city to visit the citadel, we had a walk in the imperial city and the city, purple forbidden, but is destroyed strong during the Vietnam war, but within these cities can visit the complex and very well preserved still, we started at the plaza of the citadel for photos of the column of the flag and the door in the middle of the day, then visit the complex of temples, The Mieu, where it is the center of the ancestral cult of the imperial family Nguyen, then walking to the Supreme Harmony Palace, it is the most important political center of the Nguyen dynasty in the past. Before finishing this visit, we took a free time to walk with the photographs inside the Forbidden purple city, it is beautiful to see the gardens, lakes, and especially on the routes that link between the residences of the concubines, the eunuchs with the official wife and the emperor.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we will visit the Tomb of emperor Tu Duc. He was Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty from 1848 to 1883, his tomb was built for 3 years (1964 to 1867), is a complex of lakes, gardens, palaces, temples and the Tomb of the emperor himself. It is a very strong construction influences the architecture and the laws of Chinese Fan-Shi. Even before emperor died he had the time to enjoy it as the summer residence.Transfer to hotel and overnight in Hue.
Hue - Departure to Ho Chi Minh city (b//-)
After breakfast, Chick-Out of the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the country. Our vehicle is waiting at the airport to take us to the hotel.
We will dedicate the morning to visit the city, including the most interesting places, such as the Museum of Wars, The Temple Of The Jade Emperor, The Cathedral of Notre Damme, The Post Office, the Opera House, the City Hall... lunch at the local restaurant.In the afternoon visit to the Central Market of the city and we will have free time and accommodation.
Landscapes and Islands of the Mekong (b//-)
Early departure by road to the Mekong Delta and after just under three hours we will arrive at Cai Be, a place we will use as a base for our exploration of the Mekong. We took a motor boat to the North Bank of the main riverbed. We will stop to learn about some of the cottage industry of the area, like the manufacture of rice paper, candy, cane sugar, popcorn rice... We'll walk around and get to know one of the old houses in the area. In the middle of the morning we will cross the river to Tan Phong island. There we will take a rowboat in which, by the hand of a local, you will travel a narrow canal that is shaking for moments surrounded by lush vegetation.
We will then continue to the island of An Binh for lunch in a local house. In the afternoon we will take a walk in the middle of fruit trees to a small snack bar where we can hear an example of Don Ca Tai Tu, traditional music of the area, recently declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity by UNESCO. After tasting some of the seasonal fruits and having a tea, we will take some bikes to tour the island to the embarcadero, from where we start the return to Ho Chi Minh.
End of Journey (D/-/-)
We will have free time for personal activities until we go to the airport to take the departure flight.
Programme conditions and prices
Accommodation in hotels / cruise according to the category taken.
Transport (car, Van, Minibus, Bus.....) with good quality
Guide speaks Spanish very well
All Tour Entries mentioned in itinerary
Meals as mentioned on the itineraries: d = breakfast; a = lunch; C = dinner.
Drinks: 2 bottles of cold water per day.
All boats, bicycles, tricycles as mentioned in the itinerary
Visits not mentioned in the itineraries
Flights (if you need to help to book, we can make them)
Other personal expenses.