This exciting 7-days itinerary covers Hue – the Imperial Citadel with visit to Royal Tombs and boating in the Perfume River. It also includes an Eco Fishing and Farming tour in Hoi An, a cooking class at the Red Bridge Restaurant and specially, an amazing 2-day camping at Cham Island, that will surely be a trip of a lifetime for all students and teachers.
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Start/End: Hoi An/Hoi An
Tour Route: Memorable Central Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City (or Hanoi) – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Eco Farming Tour – Cu Lao Cham Camping – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (or Hanoi)
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Hanoi) arrival – Hue (D)
Arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City (or Noi Bai airport in Hanoi), we will be at the Terminal in good time to connect a domestic flight to Hue.
On arrival, students and teachers will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to hotel to check in. After that, we will take a cyclo ride to visit The Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, after exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument. We will then depart to the Hue Royal Fine Art Museum, which is housed within the former Dien Long An Royal Palace. We will spend the night in Hue.
Day 2: Hue’s Riverboat and Royal Tombs (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we 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. We will enjoy a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. From here, we rejoin our van and go visit Emperor Khai Dinh’s Tomb and Emperor Tu Duc’s Tomb.
Day 3: Hue – Danang – Hoi An Walking Tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we travel by vehicle to Hoi An along scenic highway 1A. Along the way, we will stop to contemplate the stunning views north, to Lang Co Beach and South to Danang city.
On arrival in Danang, we will have a brief visit at Cham Museum – the houses of the most complete collection if 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). We will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon.
Day 4: Hoi An Farming & Fishing & Cooking Class in the afternoon (B, L, D)
This morning, we cycle to a local farming village to join 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. After that, board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea.
We also learn and try our hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets, learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats. Explore the now tranquil coconut palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Have a relaxed fun with catching beautiful purple crabs on bamboo basket boat. After visit a local water coconut palm village, we take a walk around the village, have some tea, and snack with local talks…
Day 5: Hoi An – Cham Island Camping (B, L, D)
This 2-day itinerary will be a truly memorable experience for all students and teachers exciting outdoor and team activities.
After breakfast at hotel, we will be driven to the pier where we will board our wooden boat and head for the Marine Protected Areas of Cham Island. On arrival, students and teacher will enjoy snorkelling under supervision of our guide with full equipment provided. Surface interval with water, coffee, tea and snack will be served onboard before reaching the second spot for snorkelling.
We will then leave for Bai Chong tropical beach for a delicious Vietnamese seafood lunch on the beach. After lunch, students will have hammocks, swimming or extra snorkelling on the beach, of course, with supervision from teachers and our guides.
Day 6: Cham Island – Hoi An (B, L, D)
Get up early in the morning to enjoy fresh air of the sea and have a morning exercise by the beach. After breakfast on the beach, we will visit a local fishing village of Cham Island and then do more snorkelling. After a fresh seafood lunch on the beach, we will have free time for team building like football playing, beach volleyball and any activities that you wish. At around 4 PM, we will get on our boat and back to the mainland where our car is waiting at the Pier and take us to our hotel in Hoi An where we will spend the night.
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (or Hanoi) Departure (B)
Time will be free until our car arrives to take students and teachers to the airport in Danang for a domestic flight Ho Chi Minh City (or Hanoi) in good time to connect with the departure flight. Tour ends.
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