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  1. 1. Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: 24 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: Email: Vietnam at a glance 8 Days (Code-VTS01) ----------- Itinerary Hanoi - Halong - Hue - Hoi An - HCM City Duration 8 days Tour Private type Price only from US$...../person Highlight Hanoi, Halong Bay, sea kayaking, charming Hoi An, Hue Imperial City, nice beaches, boat cruises, Ho Chi Minh City, Cao Dai Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels........This tour is specially designed for travelers with limited time to visit Vietnam. With 8 days only, wehave combined some must to see places in Vietnam including Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An and Ho ChiMinh city. You will have an overview of Vietnams culture, beautiful sites, history and great chance toexplore the nature while kayaking in Halong bay. What is more to expect than visiting the NaturalWord Heritage Site of Halong Bay, Cultural Word Heritage Site of Hoi An Ancient Town, historical siteof Cu Chi Tunnels and many pagodas, museums during the trip.Detailed Itinerary:Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)Hanoi is the second largest city of Vietnam with total population of over 6 million people. As thecapital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, the enchanting Hanoi is considered to be one ofcultural centers of Vietnam, where most of Vietnamese dynasties had left behind their imprint. Eventhough some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interestingcultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike.Your trip starts today with the warm welcome at the airport in Hanoi. We will have a guided half - daytour of Hanoi, visiting the Ngoc Son Temple and the legend Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake or the restoredsword). We will then enjoy the unique performance of Water Puppet show and have dinner at the localrestaurant.Overnight at hotel, Hanoi.Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B/L)As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, even when the nations capital moved to Hueunder the Nguyen dynasty in 1802, the city of Hanoi continued to flourish, especially after the French
  2. 2. took control in 1888 and modeled the citys architecture to their tastes, lending an important aestheticto the citys rich stylistic heritage. The city boasts more than 1,000 years of history, and that of thepast few hundred years has been well preserved.You are picked at the hotel for a guided full day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including theTemple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and paying a homage to Vietnams most famous revolutionary,Ho Chi Minh. After lunch, we visit Ethnology Museum, the miniature of Vietnam with 54 ethnic groups.Here carry out scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preservingthe cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s ethnic groups. The museum also serves to guideresearch, conservation, and technology that are specific to the work of an ethnographic museum. Wewill then visit the Tran Quoc pagoda. This pagoda is well located beside the dazzling West Lake inHanoi, and is a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. Tour ends at your hotel at about 5pm.Overnight at Hotel, Hanoi.Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)Halong Bay has twice been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Area for its exceptionalscenic beauty and outstanding geological and geomorphic values. Thousands of islands emerginguneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst theseislands, we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world.8:00: You are picked up at the hotel. You can leave your luggage behind at the hotel in Hanoi andpack an overnight bag.12.15 pm: Arrive in Halong city, board our traditional wooden junk boat for an overnight journey. Sipon a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin the cruise through the bay. Feast on adelicious lunch as you cruise among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet, Ga Choi – Fighting Cockislet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover untouched pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sotcave, which is situated in the centre of the UNESCO-declared World Heritage area and is one of themost imposing grottos of the Bay. You will then have chance to explore Halong bay on your own bykayaking from the Soi Sim beach to Luon Cave to enjoy the quite atmosphere of the bay. We will havedinner with fresh seafood on board then free time for squid fishing or relaxing and chatting with yourpartner, friends, family.Overnight on Halong Bay Junk.Day 4: Halong - Hanoi (B/L)7.00am: For early risers complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served. Enjoy Sunrise on theBay or practize Tai Chi lesson with our professional (this is not included with standard and superioroptions). Continue to explore the Bay.8.00am: Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet,Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on theway back to Halong city, etc. Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard at around 9.00 am.Enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.11.45am: Arrive back at Halong city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back toyour Hanoi, on the way call on a ceramic village to see craftsmen do their works. . Free time for yourpersonal activities and dinner.Overnight at Hotel, Hanoi.Day 5: Hanoi – Hue (B/L)
  3. 3. Hue is located in Thua Thien prefecture and is in the central part of Vietnam, 660 km from Ha Noi and1080 km from Saigon. Hue became the name of Vietnams most well known ancient capital because ofthe local mispronunciation of the word Hoá in Thuân Hoá. Here remains many historical buildings as acapital of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). Inside the city are the Royal Citadel, Flag Tower, RoyalPalace, and Royal Tombs. Hue’s Forbidden Purple City was once reserved for the royal family; it wasseverely damaged during the War. Outside the city is the religious site known as Nam Giao Hill, orHeaven’s Altar.We will take the flight to Hue in the morning for full day tour. Our visiting sites includes Old ImperialCity, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda, Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh. Our exciting day ends with romanticcruise on the Perfume River with Royal music on boat.Overnight at hotel, Hue.Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (B/L)Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad oftraders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assemblyhalls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by, beforethe river silted up.We travel by private vehicle from Hue to Da Nang - Journey south along Highway 1 past the Hai VanPass and Lang Co. We will visit Cham Museum, Marble Mountain. Upon arrival in Hoi An, an ancienttrading center, we have lunch.In the afternoon, we have a half day tour to see a historic house, the Japanese Covered Bridge, aChinese assembly hall. We enjoy a free afternoon to make the most of delightful Hoi An and itssurrounding areas. The market is a good place to buy silk that can be made up into fine garments, allwithin a day. Close to town is the Cua Dai beach, which can be reached easily by bicycle, is an idealplace to swim and relax.Overnight at Hotel, Hoi An.Day 7: Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)Ho Chi Minh City was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independentstate of South Vietnam from 1954 to 1975. Since then, the city merged with the surrounding provinceof Gia Định and was officially renamed Hồ Chí Minh City. This is the largest city in Vietnam and thenations economic capital. The metropolitan area Hồ Chí Minh City and surrounding towns, ispopulated by more than 9 million.We take a short city tour to the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre DameCathedral. You will also admire the many beautiful French colonial buildings such as the main postoffice and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). If time permits, we will visit the bustling Cho LonMarket (Chinatown). This trip helps you view the city from another perspective and to see theabundance of fresh local produce that is such an important feature of Vietnamese cuisine.Overnight at Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.Day 8: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels - departure (B/L)Today we will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network (approximately 200kilometers) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnelscontained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge andstorage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.
  4. 4. After the trip, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer directly to the airport for eveningdeparture flight for your next destination. Tour ends.Note*: 1. Packing list: See our suggested vacation packing tips 2. The itinerary for Halong bay tour would be a little different depending on the option you choose.Quotation: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us at to get the bestpossible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs. Net rate in US$/person in party of Sgl Category 2 - 3 pax 4 - 5 pax 6 pax up Sup 3* Hotels 4* Hotels 5* Hotels VIP Contact us for priceNote*: See our list of hotels for the above options. Early checkin or late checkout is subject to availability with/without additional charge (if any). Accommodation bases on ROH rooms. Higher room grade can be arranged with additional charge. Similar hotel of the same rate will be selected in case pointed one(s) is (are) full.Inclusion: Visa approval code Boat trip in Halong Bay and Hue. Twin-shared rooms at 3-5 star hotels. Admission fees for all sightseeing places Bottles of mineral water available on the car. Land transfer by private A/C vehicle for whole trip. English or French speaking guide. Other languages are available upon request. Meals as mentioned in the program. Special requirements (vegetarian, diet, Muslim food etc.) could be arranged upon prior notice.Exclusion: Travel insurances. Services not clearly mentioned above. Drinks and personal expenses (laundry, phone calls etc.). All flights and airport tax Day use at hotel (early checkin/late checkout)