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Days 15
Private Tour
All year around
Classic & Culture Tour
City Tours, River boat ride, Bay Cruise...
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15
Private Tour
All year around
Classic & Culture Tour
City Tours, River boat ride, Bay Cruise...
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LUANG PRABANG

Welcome to Luang Prabang, Laos! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and welcomed by the tour guide and driver. Getting transferred to the downtown for hotel check-in. After that, you will be escorted by your personal guide to visit the National Museum, once a king's palace. Displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries. The remainder of the day is yours to relax. Overnight at a hotel in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Not available

DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG & THE SURROUNDINGS

Situated where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong River lies the fabled city of Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its lantern lit streets lined with a mix of faded colonial mansions and sparking mosaic temples; this city is known to enchant its visitors. After breakfast in the hotel, start your day with a trip by private long boat on Mekong River to the well-known Pak Ou caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Nam Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Upon return, visit Por Sa Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong. Enjoy lunch in town with an afternoon visit to magnificent Wat Xiengthong - representative of classic Laotian architecture, before seeing the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Rest of the day is spent at your leisure, relaxing in one of the city’s many quirky cafés or strolling along the beautiful riverbank. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – XIENG KHOUANG (PLAIN OF JARS) - PHONSAVAN

Today you will drive from Luang Prabang to Xieng Khuang, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive with spectacular views of Laos’ rain forest and mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages. Upon arrival in Phonsavan, check-in at your hotel and relax. Overnight at a hotel in Phonsavan.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: THE PLAIN OF JARS

In the 18th and at the beginning of the 19th century, Xieng Khouang was the center of a kingdom of the Hmong (Meo). In 1832, it was conquered by the Vietnamese, annexing the entire region. The town of Xieng Khouang was badly destroyed by US air force during the Vietnam War. Even though it has been rebuilt in 1975, the name Xieng Khouang is now primarily used in reference to the province of the same name. The highlight of your visit here is the "Plain of Jars." Scattered over the plain are hundreds of enormous limestone jars, each about 1 to 2.5 meters high, with a diameter of about 1 meter. There is still no explanation as how the jars found their way onto the plain, nor what purpose they served. Archaeologists have come up with the wildest theories, among them a claim declaring them brewery cauldrons. More likely, the jars are enormous urns. Overnight in Phonsavan.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: PHONSAVAN – FLY TO VIENTIANE

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and be ready for the flight to Vientiane - Laos’ eccentric capital, visiting all the city’s key attractions. Start the tour with a stop at Vientiane’s oldest temple, Wat Si Saket, filled with over 2000 Buddha images. Next we visit Haw Pha Kaew - the royal temple that once housed the famous Emerald Buddha, before continuing on to Laos’ most significant national monument: Pha That Luang. You conclude your tour at Patuxai, known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight at a hotel in Vientiane.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: VIENTIANE – FLY TO HANOI (VIETNAM)

Today you will take a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and welcomed by your Vietnamese guide and driver. Transferring to the downtown for hotel check-in. Late in the afternoon, take a walking food tour in the Old Quarter. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7: TOUR OF HANOI CITY

As usual, you will have breakfast at the hotel to start your day. At 8:30 AM, you will set out with your private tour guide and driver for the full-day tour of the capital city. Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. The first place is the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Next we visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which are both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. A Vietnamese lunch is served at a restaurant by the museum garden. In the afternoon, continue to Ba Dinh Square where you will view the Mausoleum (outside) and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. On walking here, you will call at the famous One Pillar Pagoda, dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Followed by a short transfer to Hoan Kiem Lake for you to cross a wooden red bridge to give a look at a Taoist temple, situated on a small island. End the day with 30-minute cyclo ride (a kind of local rickshaw) to view the narrow lanes and traditional shops houses in the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi​.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: HANOI – HALONG BAY CRUISE

Today you will leave Hanoi and drive North-east (approx. 4hours) to the well-known Halong Bay. Halong Bay is one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders and listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at the pier, you will board a boat for exploring the bay, the views that you get while navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are incredible. Lunch and dinner are served on board. The activities of today include a swim in the bay in warmer months. You may have chance to do some kayaking (Optional and extra cost involved, depends on different boats) as well. Overnight on board​.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: HALONG BAY CRUISE – FLY TO HUE

This morning get up early this morning for some fresh-air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take about 4-hour drive to Noi Bai airport for the short flight to Hue City in Central Vietnam. Get picked up at the airport and check into your hotel in Hue City for the night. Overnight in Hue
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: TOUR OF HUE

Start your day with a cyclo ride (local rickshaw) through a part of the city of Hue to observe the excitement of Vietnam’s last capital. Get dropped off and walk to visit the UNESCO listed Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your tour guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily during the Tet Offensive, there are some well-preserved sections still intact and others which are being restored. After visiting the complex of Hue Monuments, you will move on to visit Ming Mang Royal Tomb which is a few minutes to drive from the city. Minh Mang was the second Nguyen Emperor whose interest in architecture brought major new construction to the Imperial City of Hue. His tomb is set in a large garden on the west bank of the Perfume River, with lakes and pavilions built in the old Chinese traditional style. Followed by another stop at Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument, which stands on the riverbank with its impressive seven-storey tower. Thence, take a boat trip along the romantically named Perfume River for the way back to town. Overnight in Hue
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11: HUE – HOI AN

Packing up and have the breakfast at the hotel before checking out for the morning drive to Hoi An ancient city. When you get out of the city, the scenery gets beautiful along the drive, especially while you are getting over Hai Van Pass - a scenic mountainous stretch of highway with views across Lang Co beach. You are able to have some stops for taking photographs. Arrive at your hotel in Hoi An, check in and take a short rest. After lunch, accompany your tour guide for a walking tour to visit the ancient town with major sites of Hoi An. including an historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. You will notice a distinctly Chinese appearance to the pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12: HOI AN – FLY TO SAIGON (FROM DANANG CITY)

Have breakfast at the hotel then drive to the airport to catch your flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choice then set out on a guided city tour. In the afternoon you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Saigon
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA (CAI BE & CAN THO)

Today you leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Be. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the river by motorized boat to visit some fluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. Your driver will meet you at Vinh Long pier and take you to Can Tho City for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON

Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motorboat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the countryside, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to Saigon, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Saigon
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15: DEPARTURE FROM SAIGON

Have breakfast at the hotel then enjoy a free morning. Your driver will transfer you to Tan Son Nhat International airport for your departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast

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