Recalling Viet Nam

Tour Hanoi before flying to Hue; visit the DMZ and the Vinh Moc tunnels, Khe Sanh, FB Doc Mieu before travelling through the Hai Van Pass to Danang, China Beach and Hoi An. Travel to the Cham people's pilgrimage site of My Son before flying to Saigon from

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Arrival day. People will be arriving throughout the day to join the tour. There are no arranged activities planned today, but we will have a group meeting in the evening. Your group leader will leave a note at reception advising the time of the meeting (around 6:00pm). Then we set out to explore the city and enjoy our first taste of Vietnam's wonderful cuisines. (D)(OVERNIGHT IN HANOI)

Day 2: Hanoi
Hanoi city tour. This morning we take you to the streets of Hanoi to explore some of the city's fascinating sites. We delve into the Old Quarter traveling through narrow meandering lanes packed with all manner of curios, textiles and household goods. We also take a trip to the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, the Hanoi Hilton Prison and in the evening we take in a performance of Vietnam's famous water puppet troupe. (B)(OVERNIGHT IN HANOI)

Day 3: Hanoi- Hue
We take an early flight to Hue.Transfer to the hotel for check in. In the afternoon is our city tour around Hue.Cruise on the Perfume river to visit the famous site of the Thien Mu pagoda then walk up to visit the Tu Duc tomb and stroll to the outskirts of Hue for stunning views and friendly locals. Back to our hotel and relax. (B,L)
(OVERNIGHT IN HUE)

Day 4: DMZ
A short ride takes us through the former D.M.Z. (Demilitarized Zone) toward the Vinh MocTunnels. 
Local villagers built these tunnels to escape the aerial bombing  during the 1960's and were the birthplace of some 30 children.
This afternoon we visit the site of one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War - the infamous Marine base of Khe Sanh. Situated on a raised plateau and surrounded by mountains, this former airfield is still littered with shrapnel and craters some 30 years on. Along the way we pass by Doc Mieu firebase and remote hill tribe villages where the lifestyle has changed little since the end of the war. Our expert local guide will describe the battles that took place in these areas, remnants of which can be viewed along the way. (B)
(OVERNIGHT IN HUE)

Day 5: Hue - Hoi An
A beautiful drive over the Hai Van pass, the original point of division between north and south Vietnam, 
will take us to Danang where we will visit the intriguing Cham museum,  Danang Army Museum and the famed GI R & R resort of China Beach. Passing Marble Mountain we make our way to the ancient port town of Hoi An. Check into hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.(B) (OVERNIGHT IN HOI AN)

Day 6: Hoi An
Hoi An is laden with art galleries, historic buildings and fine restaurants all of which you'll have ample time to enjoy. Whether it be a stroll around the old quarter or embark on a bike ride through scenic rice field down to the beach or have your clothes made at Hoi An's many tailor-shops, Hoi An has it all.(B)
(OVERNIGHT IN HOI AN)

Day 7: My Son
Am: We embark on a journey out to My Son, the former pilgrimage site of the Cham people who once inhabited much of what is today modern Vietnam. Pm: At leisure.(B) (OVERNIGHT IN HOI AN)

Day 8: Danang - Saigon
A short flight takes us into Saigon - the bustling city where we will visit Independence Palace and War Remnants Museum. Balance of the day at leisure.(B)
(OVERNIGHT IN SAI GON)

Day 9: Vung Tau / Saigon
This morning we travel to Vung Tau, home of the Australian Task Force during the VietnamWar. 
After touring the city and Back Beach we pick up a specialist local guide to visit Nui Dat. We have time to climb SAS Hill and view the areas of  former Australian operations before moving to the site of the Long Tan Cross.
After lunch we visit Long Phuoc tunnels and have an opportunity to talk to the local people about their memories and experiences living in this area during the conflict. Late afternoon we return to Saigon. (B)
(OVERNIGHT IN SAI GON)

Day 10: Cu Chi & City Tour
The Cu Chi tunnels are today's activitities, once home to VC guerillas during the Vietnam War. We then move on to Tay Ninh, the site of Vietnam's largest Cao Dai temple. Returning to Saigon mid-afternoon there is plenty of time for a cyclo ride calling in on Ben Thanh Market and the War Remnants Museum. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner. (B)
(OVERNIGHT IN SAIGON)

Day 11: Departure
At leisure until the departure transfer to airport for your flight home (B)

Note : The intinerary above can be changed at the time you book the tour

Inclusion

Trip includes:

  • English speaking guides
  • All accommodation twin share & daily buffet breakfast
  • All meals as indicated on itinerary. ( B : Breakfast ; L : Lunch ; D : Dinner )
  • All private transfers & transport
  • All entrance fees & permits during guided time
  • All boat trips mentioned above

Trip excludes:

  • International airfares & airport taxes.
  • Visa & visa arrangements
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities

Recommended Hotels

Hotel Category STANDARD FIRST CLASS DELUXE
Hanoi Mini hotel Golden Key Hotel Ha Noi Hilton
Hue Mini hotel Dong Da Hotel Sai Gon Morin
Hoi An Mini hotel Cua Dai Hotel Hoi An Riverside
Saigon Mini hotel Empress Hotel Rex Hotel