Glimpse of Vietnam

Departure every Monday.
Validity: Rates upon request 2017
Duration: 6 days 5 nights

Land Only

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Lunch: Seafood Lunch on Boat Trip )
By vehicle from Hanoi (city) to Halong Bay
Excursion by boat through Halong Bay including lunch (4 hours, SIC)
Board your charming traditional wooden junk for cruising through the Bay. En-route lunch will be served. Following cruise by rock formations with such names as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong), Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, there are two wonderful caves and grottoes to visit as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto). Disembark at Halong pier.
Overnight in Halong Bay.

Day 2: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel )
By vehicle from Halong Bay to Hanoi (city)
Sightseeing in Hanoi with Electric car (possible to make some stops en route)
Capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is a blend of long established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. Tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings give the city a touch of Western elegance. Drive around to visit: Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake, a natural freshwater lake in the city. Quan Su Pagoda: the Pagoda was a small Buddhist Pagoda. Silk Road: Hang Gai street is known as the “Silk street” of Hanoi with shops selling silk products close together, to create a definition specific to Hanoi streets. Hanoi Railway Station: built by the French in 1902 and inaugurated. Hoa Lo Prison, more popularly known as the “Hanoi Hilton”, is a museum near the French Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was first built in the late 1890s by Vietnam’s French colonizers as a central prison (Maison Central) for Vietnamese criminals. The Hanoi Opera House is renowned for its unique architecture and good composition. It is furnished rationally and harmoniously.
Visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Rising Sun bridge
Hoan Kiem Lake: Hoan Kiem means Lake of the Returned. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life. Ngoc Son Temple: The temple honours the 13th -century military leader Tran Hung Dao. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted Huc Bridge (The Huc, means Morning Sunlight Bridge).
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast: Hotel )
Transfer to airport then take the flight from Hanoi to Hue.
Sightseeing in Hue
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices.
Visit the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh
Venture into the countryside around Hue to the Imperial Tomb Of Tu Duc. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime, using it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theater performances. Afterwards visit the Imperial Tomb Of Khai Dinh, dramatically located on a hillside. This tomb incorporates distinct European elements into the traditional Vietnamese architecture.
Visit the Old Imperial City
Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. 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 visit Dien Tho Residence, is where the Queen mother lived, visit Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls Of The Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites, including visit Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 4: Hue - Hoi An (Breakfast: Hotel )
Excursion to Thuy Bieu village with lunch at local house
Embark on boat at Toa KHam wharf and start a cruise on Perfume River. Visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda. Back to the boat for a scenic cruise to Thuy Bieu Village. Arrive in Thuy Bieu Village, enjoy a nice walking or biking around village. Visit incense making family and discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm. Have a lunch at local house with Hue traditional specialties. Relax by steeping your foot in with medicinal herbs water. Enjoy excellent massage by blind people. End of this tour at Thuy Bieu Village.
By vehicle from Hue to Hoi An with sightseeing in Danang
Journey from Hue over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Halfway between Danang and Hue lies the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam. Continue southwards passing Lang Co, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea. After arriving in Danang, tour the Cham Museum, an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world and briefly pass Non Nuoc Beach. Continue south to Hoi An, stopping enroute to visit the Marble Mountains, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast: Hotel )
Sightseeing in Hoi An
Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town. It was one of South East Asia’s major international ports from the 17th to 19th centuries. Now, this beautifully preserved historic city is best seen on foot. The walking tour includes: Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda: 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. Sa Huynh Museum: contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. Tran Family Chapel: this house for worshipping ancestors. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles. Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall: the temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen). Lantern Making Workshop: Visit one of the lantern workshop in Hoi An.
By vehicle from Hoi An to Danang, then take the flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast: Hotel )
Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City
A vibrant metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) bustles with energy, activity and motion. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit Emperor Of Jade Pagoda, one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

HotelTwin Share*Single Supplement
Halong - Halong Palace Hotel or similiar
Hanoi - Larosa Hotel or smiliar
Hue - Mondial Hotel or similiar
Hoi An - Thanh Binh Riverside Hoi An or similiar
Saigon - Ramada Saigon Hotel or similiar
Halong - Halong Palace Hotel or similiar 1
Hanoi - Larosa Hotel or smiliar 1
Hue - Mondial Hotel or similiar 1
Hoi An - Thanh Binh Riverside Hoi An or similiar 1
Saigon - Ramada Saigon Hotel or similiar 1

Price Includes:

• Dometic air tickets:
      From Hanoi to Hue;
      From Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
• Accommodation with twin share at local 4* hotels:
     Halong Bay – Ha Long Palace Hotel or Similar;
     Hanoi – Larosa Hotel or similar;
     Hue – Mondial Hue Hotel or similar;
     Hoi An – Thanh Binh Riverside Hoi An or similar;
     Ho Chi Minh City – Ramada Saigon Hotel or similar
• Daily breakfast at hotel and meals included in itinerary
• Sightseeing tour with English speaking guide

Price Excludes:

 • International air tickets
• Insurance and all other personal expenses
• Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and porters. Suggested at USD10 per passenger per day (To be paid in local)
• Vietnam Visa Fee

Price is based on per person twin share. Package prices are based on minimum TWO people traveling.  Prices and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.  Deviation/amendment Fee and restrictions will be applied.  Please contact Silk Holidays for details.

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*Prices are in CAD and based on minimum of 2 passengers travelling.

For bookings of roundtrip or module packages, we will confirm one of the hotels mentioned above according to the selected category. Please note that compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year and Lunar New Year (TET Festival) - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

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