Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
4 Days / 3 Nights Program of Hanoi & Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 1 Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, One Pillar Pagoda & Hoan Kiem Lake
On arrival at HANOI Airport (Morning flight) you will be met and transferred to Your Hanoi Hotel, where your reservation here is for tonight and includes Breakfast. We commence our sightseeing by visit to the Museum of Ethnology, which contain detailed descriptions of 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. As well as the reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings, which are located outside the museum.
From here we continue to Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh; and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.
After lunch, we visit to the miniature 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954, and then to the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university.
We can also visit to Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. En route back to the Hotel, we will pass by other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (may be seen from the outside only) and St Joseph's Cathedral..
DAY 2 Ho Chi Minh City
After checkout, we transfer to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at HO CHI MINH CITY Airport you will be met and transferred to Your Saigon Hotel, where your reservation here is for the next 2 Nights and includes Breakfast.
In the afternoon we commence our sightseeing by driving through the old colonial Saigon, passing by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and make a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. From here we visit to Reunification Palace - Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, before continue to the War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War
DAY 3 Cu Chi Tunnels
Today we travel by a speed boat from central Saigon to Cu Chi, past tranquil countryside pastures that offer a glimpse into life along the river. On arrival we visit the Cu Chi tunnels, which stretch for over 200 km. This incredible underground network, was dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. You can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the Vietcong, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. On completion, we travel back to the city at approx. lunchtime.
After lunch, we can visit to a secret bunker-hidden in the quiet alley of central Saigon, it is a historic national site where the soldiers were hiding more than 2 tons of weapons and were preparing for the battle of the 1968 Tet offensive at the Independence Palace (now called Reunification Assembly Hall). Our final visit here is the Emperor Of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas.
DAY 4 Departure
Today is at your leisure or available for local sightseeing until we transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your International Departure Flight.
This would include:
- Private Transfers, Touring, Transportation, Entrance Fees, etc. with Qualified, English-speaking Guides & Road Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles in Vietnam on DAY 1-4
- Lunch taken at Local Restaurants (or as indicated) on DAY 1 & 3
- 1 Night including Breakfast at Your Hanoi Hotel on DAY 1-2
- 2 Nights including Breakfast at Your Saigon Hotel on DAY 2-4
- Bottled Water, Soft Drinks & Cool Towels in Vehicles
- P.A. Insurance (Local Cover) while on Tour
- Domestic Air Ticket (Economy Class) for:
- Hanoi>Ho Chi Minh City DAY 2
- Air Tickets (other than above)
- Vietnam Visa fees & Arrangements
- Hotel "Extra" Accounts, Late Check-out Arrangements, etc.
- Gratuities (Guides, Drivers, Porters, etc.)
- Other Meals Items & Services not indicated in the program
This is the EXAMPLE of the type of Private Program that we can offer – While this can be booked directly as it is, it could also be used as Guideline to help you prepare an individual Program that we can arrange and finalize for you.
Please remember, the very nature of these private trips makes them quite flexible and wherever possible we do try to cater directly to your interests.
Specific costs will vary dependent on Dates of Travel, International Arrival & Departure Flight Times, Number of Clients in the Party, Availability of Hotel Accommodation & Room Category, etc.