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Day 01: Hanoi Arrival

Arriving in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the tree-lined boulevards, French Indochinese architecture and tranquil lakes of this unique city. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 02: Hanoi (B)

The capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated1.000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites andour days' tour will visit the highlights.  See the grand and solemn mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov), the 'icon of Hanoi' - The One Pillar Pagoda, the beautiful Temple of Literature, West Lake's Tran Quoc temple and Quan Thanh pagoda as well as the fascinating Ethnology Museum, the bustling Old Quarter and at the end of the day - a water puppet performance. Overnight in Hanoi 

Day 03: Hanoi- Hoa Lu - Hanoi(B,L)

Leave the city behind with a short drive through rural northern Vietnam to Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital. After visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancientcitadel, take a sampan boat ride through the rice paddies and enormous limestone karsts to reach the sacred Tam Coc Caves.(Note: In place of Tam Coc, you can opt to visit either Trang An, a nature reserve, or Thung Nang, a lush valley.) End your visit with a climb up to the Bich Dong Pagoda for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside before returning to Hanoiin the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 04: Hanoi- Halong Bay (B,L,D)

After breakfast, depart for Halong Bayand take in the lush scenery as you drive through the rich farmlands of the RedRiver DeltaUpon arriving in Halong, board your boat. Lunch willbe served as you cruise amongst the bay's rock formations and unspoiled pockets. As the sun sets, enjoy dinner onboard and your boat will anchor in thebay for the night. Overnight on Halong Bay.

Day 05: Halong Bay- Noi Bai Aiport - Danang - Hoi An (B)

This morning, watch the sunrise from the deck and enjoy a full breakfast (or brunch) as your boat sails back to the harbor. Depending on the availability of time after disembarking, your guide will take you to Hanoi's Old Quarter for you to enjoy some time at leisure or drive straight to Noi Bai Aiport for your short flight to Danang. Upon arrival a private vehicle will bewaiting for you for the 40-minute drive to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 06: Hoi An - My Son -Hoi An (B)

Today will be spent discovering Vietnam's rich cultural and historical heritage. The morning begins with a visit to My Son,the capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom, and Tra Kieu (formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel) to view the Chamruins and artifacts. This afternoon, a walking tour of Hoi An's ancient town centre will take you back in time to when its was a major trading port in Asia. Visit old shop houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market in this well-preserved town. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 07: Hoi An - Hue (B)

Enjoy this morning at leisure before leaving for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Driving through Danang, stop to visit the Cham Museumthat houses the finest collection of Hindu-Cham sculptures in the world. Continue driving along the scenic coast of central Vietnam, first ascending the Pass of Ocean Clouds for panoramic views of the surroundings before descending to the picturesque fishing villageof Lang Co. Overnight in Hue.

Day 08: Hue (B)

Start your day with a visit to the ImperialCitadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.  Afterexploring the ruins of this wonderful monument take a cyclo through the 'Old City' toTinh Tam Lakewhere the Emperors used to come to relax. This afternoon, visit Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River End the day at Khai Dinh's Tomb which boasts a traditional Vietnamese design with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs inHue. Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide.  Overnight in Hue 

Day 09: Hue- Ho Chi Minh City(B)

Today, fly to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerlyknown as Saigon. Begin your sightseeing tourof HCMC at the bustling Chinese district of Cholon, and continue to FITO Museum, Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, and Ben Thanh Market to see the wide variety of goods forsale. This afternoon, depending on your preference, visit either the War Remnants Museum or HistoryMuseum,and the former Presidential Palace. Finish the day with a stroll around the city's colonial architecture, including the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall.Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

Today, leave the bustle of the city behind for aday of exploring scenic rice fields, waterways and colorful markets of the Mekong Delta. Cruise along the Mekong tributaries to Cai Be floating market and visit cottage industries that make'pop' rice, rice paper and coconut candies. Cruise deeper to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and discover the rural lifestyles and daily activities of the delta inhabitants. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late this afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

The day is at your leisure for last minute sight-seeing or shopping until your transfer to Tan SonNhat Airport for your onward flight.

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