Indo 03: Vietnam Highlights: Short Program (8 days/ 7 nights)

Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive at NoiBai airport. Transfer to hotel. After checking in hotel, take a rickshaw ride through the French colonial quarter, the administrative quarter and the Old Quarter. Welcome dinner at Season of Hanoi restaurant in a deluxe French colonial villa. Overnight in Hanoi (D).

Day 2: Hanoi
Breakfast, full day to visit handicraft villages: Bat Trang- famous for pottery, Dong Ho village – with traditional woodblock prints near But Thap Pagoda- one of the most important Buddhist pagodas, where a picnic lunch will be served. Afternoon, drive to Ha Khe and Dong Ky villages where hand-carved wooden furniture is made. Return to Hanoi. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Hanoi – Hue (Air)
Morning is free for leisure. Afternoon transfer to airport for afternoon flight Hanoi – Hue. Checking in hotel, the balance of the day is free for leisure. Dinner at Hue restaurant. Overnight in Hue. (B, D)

Day 4: Hue – Ancient Capital

Breakfast, morning sightseeing of old capital city which acknowledged as World Cultural Heritage, visiting the Royal Tombs of Emperor Khai Dinh and Tu Duc. Lunch at restaurant where Hue special pan-cake is served. Afternoon, take a dragon boat across the triangle of the Perfume River, enjoy the tranquility of Perfume River, stop to visit Con Hen island, Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to Phu Cat Quarter to enjoy the final special glutinous cakes of Hue: Banh Me, Banh Nam, Banh Uot at restaurant. Return to hotel and dinner on your own. Overnight in Hue. (B, L).

Day5: Hue – Hoi An

Breakfast, visit to Holly Bowl Temple by car, visit the Imperial Citadel. Return to hotel for lunch. PM, drive to Danang, visit Cham Museum, Marble Mountain and continue to HoiAn. Check in hotel. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An. (B, L, D)

Day 6: HoiAn
After breakfast, you will take a cycle or go for walk to visit former merchants’ house, pagodas, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall of Cantonese Chinese Congregation – built in 1855 by members of the local Cantonese community, It was later restored in 1915 and again in 1990, Quan Cong Temple, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in HoiAn.

Day 7: HoiAn – Lantern making
Our local guide will pick you up to explore the back- roads and around the rice paddies of Hoi An by bicycle. Ride through the picturesque surrounds to visit home of a craftsman on the old street. Here you will have a brief introduction to the history, shape, and color of the lanterns as well as the many stages of making them. Try your hand at the handicraft and keep it as a souvenir. Afternoon, free for shopping. Overnight at hotel in HoiAn.

Day 8: Departure
Morning flight leaves Hue for Saigon, free time until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure.

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