Overland Tours in Vietnam
Vietnam 40 - 7 Days / 6 Nights A Vietnamese Adventure (private tour)
Daily departure from Hanoi, but only as a private tour.
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi (L,D)
Arrive in Hanoi. Meet your guide and transfer to hotel in air-conditioned coach while luggage is taken care of by porters and transported separately. Welcome banner on arrival at hotel and welcome cocktail while checking-in. Buffet lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon a treasure hunt, with a difference. Each participant will be transported in that most Vietnamese mode of transport, the cyclo, Vietnam's version of the rickshaw. The treasure hunt will take place in the atmospheric streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Each team must follow a series of clues to discover nine different Old Quarter street names. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team at the end. In the evening, dinner is at Hanoi Press Club, one of the capital's top dining venues. During dinner a small welcome gift is left in each guest's room. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Gia Lam Heliport for a 50-minute flight by chartered helicopter to Halong Bay. (Each helicopter can carry from 20 to 24 passengers.) Arrive at Halong Heliport and transfer to a private boat for a five-hour cruise on the magnificent Halong Bay with a seafood lunch. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 3,000 spectacular limestone islands rising dramatically from the emerald green waters of the bay. Transfer back to Halong Heliport and board the helicopters for a different but just as spectacular view of the bay. After a 15-minute fly over the bay head back to Hanoi. Transfer to the hotel on arrival at Gia Lam Heliport. In the evening transfer to Truong Chinh National Theatre for a very special farewell dinner. A troupe of traditional musicians will welcome the group on arrival. Thousands of fairy lights lead the way to the artificial lake where there is a 30-minute performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets. The show is followed by cocktails and a gala dinner. During dinner guests can enjoy a traditional Vietnamese musical and dance performance. While guests are enjoying dinner a model helicopter ingeniously made from soft drinks cans is placed in each room. Transfer to hotel after dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3 Hanoi-Danang-Hoi An-Danang (B,L,D)
After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Noi Bai Airport for the short flight to Danang in the centre of Vietnam. Guests are welcomed by Nature Dream guides on arrival in Danang and transferred directly to the Cham Museum. The luggage is taken care of by porters and transferred separately to the hotel. After visiting the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world, transfer to the Furama Resort, one of Vietnam's premier beach resorts. Lunch is served on the Ocean Terrace. In the afternoon visit the charming historic town and former trading port of Hoi An. In the evening, China Beach is the venue for a Pirate Night Party. Fishing boats, wooden crates with rum bottles and an exciting pirate show create an unforgettable evening. To add to the fun guests dress up in colorful pirate costumes provided by the resort. A local pop group entertains with popular music and guests can dance the night away. Overnight in Danang.
Day 4 Danang (B,L,D)
After breakfast, another uniquely Vietnamese experience, a basket boat race. The boats are rraditional basket-woven Vietnamese fishing boats similar to the coracles found in Wales and parts of South America. Each race is for 10 boats and each boat has three paddles, two for the guests and one for the boatman. The race is over a distance of 500 metres starting out to sea and ending on the beach and the route of the course is marked by buoys. The race will be supervised by two staff from the resort and there will one boatman in every boat for to assist participants. A rescue jet ski and physician will be on hand just in case of any problems. At the end of the race the first three teams will be awarded gold, silver or bronze medals. In addition the first team home will receive a special gift from the Furama Resort. The awards ceremony will take place in the water sports house where the winners will be able to celebrate with a bottle of champagne. In the evening, the Indochine Party takes you back in time to the romantic, exotic days of a bygone area. This elegant soiree recreates the French colonial period with an elegant gala dinner served buffet-style and entertainment by a Vietnamese band. Overnight in Danang.
Day 5 Danang-Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,D)
After breakfast transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The luggage is taken care of by porters and transferred separately to the airport. Guests are welcomed by Nature Dream guides on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City and transferred directly to the hotel. A morning city tour visits two fine examples of French colonial architecture, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. After lunch at the excellent Mandarin Restaurant the city tour continues to Cholon, the city's chinatown, with a visit to Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market. At Binh Tay Market, the largest in Ho Chi Minh City, there is 30 minutes free time for shopping. Leaving chinatown, visit a lacquerware factory and finish the afternoon with a visit to the restored city theatre and a stroll down Dong Khoi Street, the fashionable Rue Catinat of old Saigon. Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner at the famous Rex Hotel on the roof terrace. After dinner, all guests are invited to join a "Saigon by night bar hopping" tour taking in some of the city's liveliest bars such as the Underground, the Rainforest Disco and finishing up at the famous Apocalypse Now where guests can dance till the early hours of the morning. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City-Mekong Delta-Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Cai Be 80km to the south, and board private river boats to cruise on the Mekong River visiting Cai Be Floating Market. Continue cruising to Vinh Long. Vinh Long, the capital of Vinh Long Province, is a medium-sized town on the banks of the Mekong River. What makes a trip to Vinh Long worthwhile is not the town itself but the beautiful small islands in the river. The islands are totally given to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Binh Hoa Phuoc Island where one of the fascinating things to be seen are the "monkey bridges". These are makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs about 30 to 80 cm wide and from 2m to 10m above the canals. For lunch sample the local delicacy, the "Elephant's Ear Fish" on Binh Hoa Phuoc Island. After lunch cruise to Vinh Long to visit some cottage industries producing tofu, husking rice, roof thatching and others. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon. In the evening transfer to Binh An Village for a very special farewell dinner. The Binh An Village has been built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese village and is set in beautiful tropical gardens on the banks of the Saigon River. Dinner is alfresco in the large gardens with entertainment provided by a jazz or pop band. After dinner, the music continues with a private performance by the owner, who is a well-known singer. During the evening guests are welcome to sing, play or dance with the band. A farewell gift of a traditional oriental marble stamp engraved with the guest’s initials is left in each hotel room during the evening. Transfer back to the hotel after dinner. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7 Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast a fleet of microbuses and guides will be available outside the hotel for guests who would like to do some last minute shopping. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward flight by air-conditioned coach while luggage is taken care of by porters and transported separately to the airport for check-in.
Tour Includes: Accommodation in shared twin room with daily breakfast, 06 lunches and 06 Dinners, Land transportation by air-conditioned vehicles with driver, English or French speaking local guides and Entrance fees for mentioned visits. The tour does not include any Beverages, Domestic flights in Vietnam and Personal expenses.
Vietnam 40 - 7 Days / 6 Nights A Vietnamese Adventure (private tour)