This is one of ZiZ Inspire’s most popular Vietnam Vacation Packages as it gets beneath the skin of this fascinating country and takes you to the parts so often missed by lesser Vietnam Vacation Packages. So often visitors to Vietnam fly from North to South visiting Hanoi and Saigon whilst missing the towns and beaches of central Vietnam which are some of the country’s most alluring facets.
During this Vietnam Holiday you kick off with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for a Saigon Tour. The itinerary then ventures northwards to Hue, Hoi An, Danang and onwards to the final destination, Hanoi where you are treated to a Hanoi Tour to glean real insight into this fascinatingly historic city, the capital of Vietnam.
We pick you up from the airport for a transfer to your hotel. You have the rest of the day to wander the city streets, taking in your first breath of Vietnam.
We drive out to the tunnels of Cu Chi, the underground network that was home and hideout to the Vietcong during the war. You get the chance to crawl through the narrow confines of the tunnels and right into a tumultuous period of Vietnam’s past.
In the afternoon, we head back to Saigon where we tour the city and its sights. Staring off at the French inspired Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office, we then head out to the War Remnants Museum and Presidential Palace for a dose of the past. The Palace is left standing as it was on the day the Northern forces took over, complete with the tank that broke through the gates, still parked on the palace lawn.
Saigon’s different districts each have their own flavour and you get to experience some of it as we end the evening in Cholon, the local Chinatown.
Today we journey to the imperial city that was capital throughout the rule of thirteen generations of the mighty Ngyuen Dynasty. Within the walls of the Forbidden City, you are transported to a different era. You will get to enjoy this trip to the past as we explore the hidden tombs of royals, visit intricately designed temples and the iconic Imperial Citadel. We then take a boat ride down the Perfume River to the Thein Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest religious structures in all of Asia.
We start the day visiting the royal tomb of the Tu Duc, the poet emperor; the burial ground is extensive, complete with a lake and pavilion. In contrast to this opulence is the simplicity of Khai Dinh’s tomb which is a structure that combines Eastern and Western design elements. From tomb raiding we then head on to Danang via the Hai Van Pass, a road that meanders through the mountain. It’s a picturesque journey all the way to Hoi An.
At Hoi An, prepare to be charmed by the simple beauty of this city. Its streets are lined with architectural gems that draw influence from the many cultures that passed through the port. After getting a chance to take in the quaint city, we journey across the river to rediscover some of the traditional industries that are still much alive today. This includes pottery and brink making, woodcarving and boat building. These are the trades that built up this port city and allowed it to flourish.
On our way back to Danang we stop off at the majestic Marble Mountains. The five limestone peaks pay homage to the five elements that were traditionally regarded as essential; fire, water, wood, earth and metal. Once you’ve taken in the view we head to the airport and it’s straight to Hanoi.
A few hours’ drive out of Hanoi, takes us to the spectacular Halong Bay. This geological wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site just takes your breath away. As the boat makes its way into the bay and the brilliant rock formations come into view, it is simply awe inspiring.
The cruise takes us through the hidden marvels in the bay, its intricate caves and secluded coves. The waters of the bay are perfect for a swim or kayaking to explore the various nooks and crannies. End off the day on the deck, watching the brilliant blend of colours as the sun sets on Halong Bay. This trip allows you to take in the full experience of Halong Bay and the changes in atmosphere from morning to day and into the dark of night.
Today, the morning is yours to spend as you wish on the waters of Halong Bay. In the afternoon, we head back on the road to Hanoi.
Once there we delve right into the capital city, visiting the oldest university in the land, the Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology which brings together the various cultures from across Vietnam. Join the locals escaping from the busy city, by the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, its central oasis.
You then get the chance to journey on cyclo through the magical streets of the Old Quarter. Here time seems to have turned back as the Asia of old comes to life in the peddlers, corner shops and commerce of the winding, narrow streets.
On your last day in Vietnam, you have the day to spend at liberty. Go shopping, wander through the streets or just sit down at one of the sidewalk cafes and strike up a conversation with the locals. It’s the best way to really get to know a place. After that you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your return flight.
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