AC-05: Vietnam Central

Destination: Hanoi- Halong – Hue – Danang - Hoian – Saigon – Mytho
Duration: 09 days/ 08 nights

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi: (Dinner)

Arrival at Noi Bai international airport. Welcome with local guide and private driver. Transfer to the city. Visit the Temple of Literature - the first University in Vietnam and a vestige of the Confucian Cultural centre, Ngoc Son temple located on Ngoc island in Hoan Kiem Lake. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Half-day city tour: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (opened only in the morning and closed on Monday and Friday) and his former residence, One Pillar pagoda built of wood on a single stone pillar and designed to resemble a lotus blossom, the West Lake. Lunch at restaurant. After lunch, depart for Halong Bay - the World Heritage Site recognized by Unesco in 1994. Arrive in Halong city, check in hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Free discovering the city by night or shopping at night market. Overnight at hotel in Halong.

Day 3: Halong – Hanoi: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Halong pier to take a 05 hour-boat trip on Halong bay to explore Thien Cung Cave and Dau Go grotto. Seafood-lunch on board. In the afternoon return to Hanoi. Visit Hanoi Old Quarter established under the Ly and Tran Dynasty, stretching from the east of Hanoi untill the Red River. Enjoy water puppet show in 01 hour. Free for Dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 4 : Hanoi – Hue: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning flight to Hue city - Imperial Capital of Vietnam under Nguyen Dynasty, recognized by Unesco as the World Heritage Site. Visit Royal Palace - a walled fortress and palace in Hue city including the Imperial City (a perimeter wall some 2.5 kilometers in length. Within the Imperial City is the Purple Forbidden City, a term similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Access to the innermost enclosure is restricted to the Nguyen imperial family. Lunch at local restaurant. Enjoy a boat trip on Huong River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and King Minh Mang's tomb. Shopping at Dong Ba market.. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 5 : Hue - Danang - Hoian: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Leave Hue for Hoian ancient town. Sightseeing and photographing on the way. Arrive in Danang city, visit Cham Museum - was first proposed in 1902 by the Department of Archaeology of EFEO. Henri Parmentier, a prominent archaeologist of the department, made great contributions to the campaign for its construction. Marble Mountains - a series of large marble outcrops which acquired mythical significance over the centuries. The caves of the Marble Mountains have many sacred Buddhist shrines. Travelers can enjoy the lovely beach and great views from the Marble Mountains across the arounding countryside in Danang city. Lunch at local restaurant in Danang. After lunch, proceed to Hoian to explore the ancient town: Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien pagoda, Viet Old House,...Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Day 6: Hoian - Myson - Hoian: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for domestic flight to Phu Quoc Beach. Arrive in Phu Quoc, check in hotel. FREE AT LEISURE. No Meals, sightseeing, guide and transportation. Overnight at hotel in Phu Quoc.

Day 7: Hoian - Danang - Saigon: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Take a morning flight to Saigon city - the trading and economy centre in Vietnam. Pick up at Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to the city. Visit The Independence Palace, declared to be a National Cultural and Historical Relic in 1976, is a unique architectural work by Architect Ngo Viet Thu. The construction was begun in 1962 and completed in 1966. Historical museum and the War Remnants Museum primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War, but also includes many exhibits relating to the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, continue to visit Notre Dame Cathedral - established by French colonists and was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet). Central post-office - constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century (between 1886-1891). It counts with Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, designed by Auguste Henri Vildieu and Alfred Foulhoux, as well as Gustave Eiffel. Saigon Opera House - is an example of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam, built in 1897 by French architect Eugene Ferret as the Opėra de Saigon, the 800 seat building was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. China town and Thien Hau pagoda - is a Chinese style temple, dedicated to the Lady of the Sea Thien Hau who is also known as "Mazu". Free for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 8: Sai Gon – My Tho - Saigon: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to My Tho. Boat ride on the Mekong river and visit Thoi Son islet with enjoying the tropical fruits, fruit garden, local houses producing pancakes. Back shore for a visit to Dong Tam snake farm and Vinh Trang pagoda before returning to Saigon. Lunch at local restaurant in Mytho. Free for dinner in Saigon. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 9: Saigon – Departure: (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Free untill transfer to airport for departure.