Central Vietnam is packed with historic sights and cultural interest, and blessed with ravishing beaches and outstanding national parks. Marvel at Hue and its Imperial Citadel, royal tombs and excellent street food. Savour the unique heritage grace of riverside jewel Hoi An, and tour the military sites of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). Check out Danang, fast emerging as one of the nation’s most dynamic cities. Also emerging as a must-visit destination is the extraordinary Phong Nha region, home to three gargantuan cave systems (including the world’s largest cave), and a fascinating war history concealed amid stunning scenery. Enjoy well-earned downtime on the golden sands of An Bang Beach or learn to cook central Vietnamese cuisine, the nation’s most complex. With improving highways, and upgraded international airports at Hue and Danang, access to this compelling and diverse part of Vietnam has never been easier.
City: Ho Chi Minh
Tour Duration: 7 Days /6 Nights
Ho Chi Minh City (Hanoi) arrival – Hue
On arrival into Ho Chi Minh City you can overnight or take a flight straight to Hue to commence your tour of Central Vietnam.
On arrival into Hue, students and teachers will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel for your first nights stay and dinner at a local restaurant.
Hue’s Riverboat and Royal Tombs
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will board the Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside.
Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today.
The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. You will enjoy a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area.
You will visit Thien Mu Pagoda considered as the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. After this visit you will we rejoin your private vehicle and visit Emperor Khai Dinh's Tomb and Emperor Tu Duc's Tomb.
In the afternoon, you will visit The Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, after exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument you will then depart to the Hue Royal Fine Art Museum, which is housed within the former Dien Long An Royal Palace.
You will then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before spending the night in Hue.
Hue – Danang – Hoi An Walking Tour
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel in Hue you will travel by your private vehicle to Hoi An along the beautiful scenic highway 1A.
Along the way, you will stop to contemplate the stunning views north, to Lang Co Beach and South to Danang city.
On arrival in Danang, you will enjoy a brief visit at Cham Museum – the houses of the most complete collection of Cham Artifacts anywhere in the world; China Beach – where the American named and used to have their Rest and Relaxation; and the Marble Mountain – the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, air, fire and earth).
After this visit you will arrive into Hoi An in the afternoon. You will check in to your hotel and then start your walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An and the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance.
You will then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to your hotel.
Hoi An Farming & Fishing & Cooking Class in the afternoon. After enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will cycle to a local farming village to experience and help with the daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty.
Afterwards you will , board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea.
You will also learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets, and learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.
You will explore the now tranquil coconut palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. You will also have great fun catching beautiful purple crabs on bamboo basket boat.
Afterwards visit a local water coconut palm village, you will take a walk around the village, have some tea, and snack with and chat to the locals. Back on-board your Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy your lunch and cold soft drink then head back to the town centre.
In the afternoon, you will join the fantastic Cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant, but first you will visit a Hoi An colourful market to experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market; and also purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking classes lesson later.
After buying your ingredients you will board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School; explore the cooking school's herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An's and Vietnam's well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chef’s first demonstrates each dish, before you prepare the same dish yourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what you have cooked!
Hoi An – My Son Holy Land – Afternoon Free
You will be picked-up at hotel at 8AM by local tour guide and driver then depart for the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. My Son, located 69 km southwest of Danang, was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, and 75km far from Hoi An. My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs. The main component of the Cham architectural design is the tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king.
Once there, you will visit the Tra Kieu capital which was the former administration center of Champa Kingdom. Discover the majestic ancient ruins at My Son including ancient towers which were built from the fourth century. In the afternoon, you will return to our hotel for overnight accommodation and dinner at a local restaurant.
Hoi An –Lantern Making Tour (2,5 hours) - Afternoon Free. One of the great pleasures of any visit to Hoi An is strolling along the beautiful streets of the old town at night under the flickering lights of the many beautiful lanterns. These simple yet colourful lanterns are both part of Hoi An culture and Hoi An today. You can enjoy a tour to a traditional Hoi An handicraft village to make some lanterns. At 09:00AM, we meet tour guide and ride your bicycle along the town to home of a craftsman in the village. Here we will have a brief introduction to the history, shape, and color of the lanterns as well as the many stages of making them. You can make our own lantern and keep it as a souvenir. After 1 – 1,5 hour learning and practicing you head back to the town by a gentle bicycle ride.
The rest of the day will be at your leisure before enjoying dinner and staying over night in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (or Hanoi) Departure. Today being your last day you will have some free time until your driver and guide collect you form your hotel for your flight from Danong to Ho Chi Minh City and then onwards to the UAE.
Return airport/ hotel trsnsfers
6 nights accommodation
Daily breakfast , Lunch and Dinner
Sight seeing tour
English speaking tour guide
Fully Comprehensive group travel insurance
All current tax
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