Transport: Car, flight
City & around
HCMC - Long tan battle field tour - Mekong Delta -Cu Chi tunnels - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
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DAY 1: HCMC ARRIVAL: Welcome and transfer to the hotel for check in. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office to view the French Colonial architecture. Learn more about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market, where you can enjoy some shopping.
DAY 2: SAIGON - LONG TAN BATTFIELD TOUR 8h00, pick up at the hotel then we drive to Long Tan – Nui Dat Battlefield - is arguably the most famous battle fought by the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. It was fought in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tần, about 40 km north-east of Vung Tau, South Vietnam on August 18–19, 1966. Time to visit Long Tan Cross, Horse Shoe then to Long Phuoc Tunnels en-route. After lunch, visit Nui Dat (SAS Hill). Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and trip ends around 18:00 pm.
Note: Copy your passport to do entrance permission
DAY 3: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA Travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea. Later this afternoon you will return to Saigon.
DAY 4: SAIGON – CU CHI & TAY NINH Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels led by a War Veteran who lived in the tunnels for years. Later you will travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. DAY 5: SAIGON TO HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. An important trading route during the 15th to19th centuries, Hoi An displays a unique blend of culture, cuisine and architecture.
DAY 6: HOI AN Tour Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to wander through the town or relax at one of the many cafés along the picturesque Thu Bon River.
DAY 7: HOI AN TO HUE Drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue, which was the imperial capital of the Ngyuen Dynasty between 1802 and 1995. Take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Continue by coach to Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise along the Perfume River.
DAY 8: HUE TO HANOI This morning you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang before flying to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Here you will find a blend of French and Vietnamese architecture alongside lakes and tree-lined boulevards.
DAY 9: HANOI Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the serene Temple of Literature. Built in the 11th Century by King Lý Nhân Tông, it became Vietnam’s first university. Later, enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. This evening watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years.
DAY 10: HANOI – HALONG BAY Early this morning you will travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Board a junk boat for a relaxing cruise through the emerald waters and around the limestone islets of the Gulf of Tonkin. After lunch on board you will travel back to Hanoi.
DAY 11: DEPART HANOI This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.