16-20 July 2012
Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh timezone

Post-conference tour

POST CONFERENCE TOUR PROGRAMME
July  21 – 29, 2012
 
 
A post conference tour has been programmed.   It will last 9 days and 8 nights (July 21st to 29th, 2012).
 
The price will be:  700 USD for  shared room occupancy
                               900 USD for single room occupancy.
This price includes hotels (mostly 4****), meals, air and coach travel, tour guide and various entrance fees during the tour.
 
As time is limited, the tour will focus on the Central and Northern parts of Vietnam.
 
The tour will begin in Qui Nhon and end in Hanoi.
 
Please note:
1:  Since the last stop of the tour is Hanoi, you will need to buy an open-jaw ticket if you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and leave for your home country from Hanoi.
2:  Buy a ONE WAY domestic ticket to Qui Nhon, as the tour will go from Qui Nhon to Hoi An by road.
 
 
Summary of the tour itinerary
 
1: We will travel north, first by road from Qui Nhon to Hoi An, a well preserved  coastal city of considerable historical interest;  UNESCO has designated it as a World Heritage Site.
 
2: After spending the night at Hoi An, we will continue north by coach to  Hue;  if there is sufficient time, we will stop for brief visits  of Danang and other interesting sites.   Hue was the imperial capital under the  Nguyen Dynasty, which dominated Southern Vietnam from the 17th to the 19th century, and it is also a World Heritage site.
 
3: From Hue, we will continue to the beautiful and unique  Halong Bay;   we will first fly to Hanoi, and from there go directly to Halong by road.  We will visit the bay on a cruiseboat, on which we will spend the night;  in this way, we will experience the unforgettable sight of sunset and sunrise over the limestone islands scattered over the whole bay.
 
4: The next stop will be Ninh Binh, known as the “celestial Halong”. We will then continue to the city of Hanoi, the current capital of Vietnam, and spend some time  exploring its interesting  monuments and also participating in its life.  The tour will end in Hanoi.
 
Detailed schedule
 
Day 1: July 21
12:00 am : Meeting at the lobby of the hotel.
 

 
 We leave for Hoi An – the UNESCO world heritage site -  about 350 km away.
Arrival at the Hotel at around 7pm. Check in, Dinner at the hotel.
 
Day 2:  July 22  -  Park View hotel****
After  breakfast, you will leave on the coach, and with your tour guide you will explore Hoi An’s many unique attractions related to the town’s legacy as a commercial cross-roads in South East Asia:  these attractions include  a Japanese bridge,  Chinese temples, the  Old House, the Hoi An museum, the Hoi An market etc.
Return to the hotel at about 1:00. Check out.
 
Lunch  at a local restaurant in Danang. After lunch we will visit the Cham museum, which houses many relics of the ancient Cham civilization.
The distance from Danang to Hue is about 110 km, which we will cover in about 3 hours. We will pass through one of  the longest tunnels in Vietnam, which connects the provinces of Danang and Thua Thien Hue.   We will stop at Lang Co beach, one of the best beaches in Vietnam:   we will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee (or indeed anything else!) in full view of the Pacific Ocean.
 
At about 6:00 PM we will check in at the Park View Hotel in Hue.
At 7:00 pm a coach will take us for dinner in Hue.
 
Day 3: July 23  
After breakfast, we will take a private boat to visit the Thien Mu ( Heavenly Lady) temple .
We will then continue our tour on the “Perfumed river” to visit the Minh Mang tomb.
At about 12:00 the coach will take us for lunch at a local restaurant.
After  lunch we will visit the Tu Duc tomb and the Thuy Xuan Street Children’s Centre. Return to the hotel at about 6:00 pm.
7:00 PM pick up for dinner at a local restaurant.
 
Day 4: July 24
 

 
After  breakfast at the hotel,  visit to the Inner Citadel of Hue followed by the Dong Ba market.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: free time or optional visit to the University.
7:00 pm:  dinner at a local restaurant.
 
Day 5 July 25 Bai Tho boat.
Early morning call, 6:00 am pick up and transfer to Hue airport for the flight to Hanoi.
Pick up at Noi Bai air port and transfer to Halong Bay – the UNESCO World Heritage Site – one of the 7 modern Wonders of the World.
At the quay in  Halong, a tender will pick us up and transfer us to the  Bai Tho boat.    Lunch (based on local sea food) will be served as the boat sails into the bay. We will visit the Luon cave, which is reached on  small boats.   The cave is remarkable:  it is surrounded by mountains, it is full of stalactites, and the water is surprisingly calm.
Dinner will be served on the boat.
 
Day 6: July 26
 

 
Early morning wake up call to photograph the sun rising over the water, have breakfast and then explore the amazing cave; it takes  about one hour to visit, and your imagination will not be disappointed as you pass from stalactite to stalacmite, whose shapes call up visions of animals, both real and fabulous. Lunch on board.
After lunch, overland trip to Ninh Binh, about 250 kmaway..  We will cross the Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh provinces.  The road passes through beautiful agricultural terrain.
 
In Ninh Binh, before the checking in, we pay a visit to the Non Nuoc mountain and a Buddhist temple close to the Thuy Van River.
At about 6:00 pm check in at the Legend hotel;  dinner at the hotel at 7:30 PM.
 
Day 7: July 27
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Tam Coc caves in small bamboo boats piloted by the local people. A large variety of stalactites in three caves;  often referred to as the inland Halong Bay.
Lunch  at 12:00 at a restaurant  on the quayside.
At 1:30 pm trip  to Dinh and the Le temples .
At about 5:00 PM, return to Hanoi for check in at the Hoa Binh hotel***.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
 
Day 8:July 28
After breakfast , visits to the Van Mieu temple,  the Ho Tay lake (the West lake), the old part of Hanoi, the Dong Xuan market and the Ngoc Son temple.
Lunch at a local restaurant at 12:00 .
In the afternoon, we will visit the Minorities Museum,  and … leisure time.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
 
Day 9: July 29
Breakfast at the hotel . Leisure, shopping, souvenir hunting … .
End of the tour.
 
We hope you enjoy the tour!
 
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