Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check in.Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
You are met at 08:30 in the hotel lobby. There is a morning and afternoon schedule, as well as an organised lunch. Morning: Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; The Temple of Literature; A local Vietnamese lunch.
Afternoon: Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake; A one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter; A traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. After finishing city tour, you will come back hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
08:00 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Halong bay
11:30 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
12:15 Transfer by tender to the Indochina Sails boat - enjoy Welcome Drink. Receive cruise briefing and check in to cabins and begin cruise.
13:00 Lunch - deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu. Massage service is available beginning after lunch and throughout the cruise.
14:30 Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.
15:15 Transfer back to the boat and sail for approximately 45 minutes to our second destination - the Bat Cave area
16:15 Arrive at the Bat Cave area. There are two programs to choose from at this time. One option is a 40 minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surrounding waters. Kayaking is $10. per person unless already booked as part of your package. Water is supplied. The second option is to visit the largest floating fishing village in Halong Bay. We will travel to the village on the tender and tour the village for approximately 20 minutes.
18:30 Arrive at Luon Bo area - anchor for overnight.
19:00 Dinner - deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.
20:30 Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, board games and playing cards are available, join squid fishing from the boat with our crew, massage services are available. Also at this time we offer, when possible - depending on weather conditions, an excursion to a nearby squid fishing boat. We travel by tender and you will be able to board the squid boat and see how the local fishermen catch squid and other fish, the excursion lasts about 45 minutes.
21:00 - 23:00 Happy Hour! Buy one drink - get one free (wine excluded).
23:00 End of program for Day One. Overnight on boat.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (BR)
06:45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
07:00 Arrive at the Surprise Cave area, there is a small fishing village here. Relax onboard. You may join Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck at 7:00, duraion about 30 minutes.
08:00 Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up the 100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour on foot for approximately 45 minutes.
09:00 Upon return to the boat take time to freshen up and please check-out of cabins. Please leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.
09:30 Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after breakfast.
10:00 Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room and enjoy the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
10:45 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
11:00 Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation.
16:00 Arrival in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An (B) - by flight
After breakfast, our driver will pick you up at hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Da Nang (VN 1509 - 09:20 - 10:35). Upon arrival, our drive will pick you up and transfer to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An (B, L)
08:00 Begin the day with an excursion to My Son, Vietnam’s most evocative Cham site recently named by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The Cham people considered this area, in the shadow of Cat’s Tooth Peak, the domain of the Gods, and it served as the religious and intellectual center of the culture. Lunch at local restaurant in Hoian. Back Hoian town to discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Its sizeable community of foreign merchants resulted in a unique architectural style with Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. Walking tour in Hoi An to Chinese Assembly Hall & Temples, old houses & Japanese Covered Bridge. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An (B)
Free at leisure in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An - Hue (B, L)
The next destination is Hue, the Old Royal City in Vietnam in 17th century. Upon leaving Hoi An, we drive north to Hue. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Lang Co beach before reaching Hue city. As Vietnam’s last feudal capital, the small and quiet city of Hue is widely known for magnificent architectures, pagodas and royal tombs laid in many small villages and surrounding hills. Free and easy in the afternoon. Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue City Tour - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) - by flight
08:30: Our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel
09:00: Visit the Imperial Citadel - the grand complex of palaces built by Nguyen Dynasty (the last Dynasty of Vietnam feudalism).
10:00: Transfer to visit Thien Mu Pagoda - the symbol of Hue tourism
11:00: Experience local market in Hue at Dong Ba Market.
11:40: Transfer to restaurant for lunch.
12:00: Have lunch with Hue specialities.
13:30: Tranfer to visit two of the most beautiful royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty Kings: Khai Dinh and Tu Duc tombs.
16:00: Drop in an incense traditional village for photos stop.
16:30: Transfer to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city (VN 1375 - 19:05 - 20:25). Check in hotel upon arrival. Overnight in Ho Chi Minhh city.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
08:00 Pick you up at hotel. Transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels (75 km from downtown). Visit Cu Chi tunnels with watching documentary film, witness hand-made weapon gallery (gun, land mine, bamboo traps…), crawl into the real tunnels. Back to Ho Chi Minh city. Have lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Former Presidential Palace, the War Crime Museum, the central complex of architecture: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free and easy at the hotel then transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the your international flight. End of services.