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Family best of Vietnam

  • Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
  • Hightlights: Hanoi - Halong - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
  • This is a wonderful trip designed for families who want to experience the very best of Vietnam, but only have limited time. Brings you the charm of Hanoi, the scenic impressive sights of Halong Bay, the ancient capital of Hue, the charming Hoi An, Nha Trang, the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and the mighty Mekong Delta.
    Highly recommend to families with kids from 5 years.

Day 1:
Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour
Day 3, 4: Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi, fly to Hue
Day 6: Hue city tour
Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An free day
Day 9: Hoi An - Nha Trang
Day 10: Nha Trang 4 island
Day 11: Nha Trang - HCMC
Day 12: HCM city tour
Day 13: HCM - Mekong  
Day 14: HCM - Cu Chi 1/2 day tour
Day 15: Departure

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, car of Family Travel Vietnam will pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi for check in. Stay over night at the hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour ( B/L )
In the morning: 08:00 – 08:30 a.m: Our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel and start to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house – where Ho lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, then visit Ho Chi Minh’s museum where tourists will learn what he had done for Viet Nam and some other countries and a lot of information about President Ho Chi Minh. The next place is One Pillar Pagoda which is a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square pond. Leave One Pillar Pagoda for the Temple of Literature the first college of Vietnam dedicated to Confucian. Have lunch at a restaurant.
After lunch, we will visit Bat Trang Ceramics Village. Great time to explore how to make pottery and try making your own vase.
Option: After visting Ho Chi Minh complex, you and your family will drive to Museum of Ethnology to learn about 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. This place is highly recommended for children. Come back to Hanoi Old Quarter for lunch. Afternoon, you will visit Temple of Literature the first college of Viet Nam dedicated to Confucian and Ngoc Son Temple. Enjoy cyclo tour around Hoan Kiem lake and 36 streets.
Drop off at your hotel.

Day 3:  Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay.  Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way.
12h00 – 12h30 Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing
13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic Cruises among the limestone islands…
15h30 – 16h30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the  Luon Cave area.
16h30 Back to the Cruise
16h30 – 17h30 Cruise to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climp up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay
17h30 Return to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set   
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Halong - Hanoi (B/L)
06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08h30 – 09h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and more…
10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 Disembark the Cruise
12h30 Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center.
16h30 – 17h00  Trip finishes. O/N at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B)

Breakfast at hotel.
Arrival in Hue at noon, our driver will pick up and transfer to your hotel in Hue for check in. O/N at hotel in Hue.

Day 6: Hue city tour full day ( B/L )
Morning: Pick up at your hotel 7:30am – 8.15AM by car to visit:
1. Minh Mạng Tomb
2. Khai Dinh Tomb
3. Traditional Martial Art Van An
4. Tu Duc Tomb
5. Conicat Hat & Incense Making Village
Afternoon: Continue by bus.
6. The Citadel
7. Thien Mu Pagoda
Then get on the boat for a sight -seeing along the Perfume River to see fishing village and sampan on the way back. Do not miss the Sunset on the Perfume River!
Back to town at 4:30 pm. O/N at hotel in Hue.

Day 7:  Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B)
8.30AM: Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Hoi An.
Upon leaving Hue we drive south to Hoi An  which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang City, the MyKhe Beach and the Marble Mountain whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. Accommodation at your hotel in Hoi An.     

Day 8: Hoi An free day (B)
You have free day to discover Hoi An Town by yourself. The ancient architecture of Hoi An is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, like the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An - Nha Trang ( no guide )
Ready at the lobby of hotel to be picked up and transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Nha Trang
Up on arrival to Cam Ranh airport, our driver picks up and transfer to your hotel for check in.
Free and easy in the beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 10: Nha Trang 4 Islands tour (B, L)
In the morning you will transfer to Cau Da port for a cruise on the Nha Trang Bay to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island to enjoy hundreds of nice and precious marine creatures then continue the trip to Mun Island -the best island for snorkeling with lots of lives colorful corals and fish. Taking a fresh lunch at the Con Se Tre island and relax. Back to hotel. Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 11: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
12.00: Check out hotel.
12.30: Your driver pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the airport to get a short flight to Saigon at 14.35.
15.30: Up on arrival, you are picked up and transfer to your hotel for check in hotel and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Tour  (B/L)
Pick up at your hotel from 7.45 – 8.00AM:
In the morning, we start the trip by heading to China Town & visit Binh Tay Market, stopover at Thien Hau, a 150 year old Chinese Temple. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, followed by exploring Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office & XQ embroidery workshop. End the trip with a visit to Ben Thanh Market, time for shopping. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Mighty Mekong Delta (B/L)
Pick up at your hotel from 7.45 – 8.00AM:
Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields.  
On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.
Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to HCMC. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi ½ day tour ( B )
Pick up at your hotel from 7.45 – 8.00AM:
Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Sai Gon.

Day 15: Departure from Ho Chi Minh city ( B )
Free and easy at your hotel until transferring to the airport for departure flight back to your home. End of services.

Accommodation based on twin sharing room at locals with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
Boat trip as mention in tour program
All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
English speaking tour guide at places
Air tickets (Economy class with Vietnam airlines): Hanoi - Danang ; Da Nang - Nha Trang; Nha Trang – Saigon
Mineral water in day tour
Approval of letter for Vietnam Visa on arrival
A/C bus/car transfer as tour program

Visa stamping fee
Personal expenses
Early check in & late check out
Airport tax and departure tax
Tip for tour guide & driver
Extra charge on peak season: Chrismas; New Year, Vietnam holiday
Others not clearly mentioned in the program

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