ArchiTeam visited Vietnam for the first time in May 2018.
This trip was different, an experience between the urban adventure and the nature living.
People joined us to Hanoi, the capital of the country, with the colonial architecture and the picturesque pagodas. In Hoi An, we felt the atmospheric experience of the old city. In Hue we visited the 19th-century Imperial Citadel and in Ho Chi Minh we experienced the most contemporary and commercial part of the country along with the historical path of the city.
VIETNAM PROGRAM 2018
10/05/2018 Day 1: Departure from Athens/ Thessaloniki
Gather at Athens/Thessaloniki airport and departure to Hanoi.
11/05/2018 Day 2: ARRIVE IN HANOI (D)
We arrive in Hanoi and then transfer to the hotel. Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital, a stylish and gracious city that retains a unique old world charm and some of Asia’s most striking colonial architecture, many peaceful lakes, parks and oriental temples making for a relaxing atmosphere. Overnight in Hanoi.
12/05/2018 Day 3: HANOI (B, L)
We will explore this one thousand year old capital city in an all day architectural city tour. Then we’ll enjoy an evening traditional water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
13/05/2018 Day 4: HANOI – HOA LU – TAM COC (B, L)
We drive to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam, which is called “the terrestrial Ha Long Bay” as its towering limestone cliffs and mountains spring up from the green, lush paddy field instead of blue water. We will take a boat trip on a river through the quiet and peaceful landscape to Tam Coc caves. Then we’ll transfer back to Hanoi for further exploration of the city. Overnight in Hanoi.
14/05/2018 Day 5: HANOI – HALONG (B, L, D)
We overland to Ha Long Bay, the most wonderful scenic sight of Vietnam, the World Natural Heritage Site with over 3000 limestone islands and islets rising fantastically from the clear and emerald water. We board on a traditional-style wooden junk to travel around this magnificent landscape visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea. Overnight on board.
15/05/2018 Day 6: HALONG – HANOI – DANANG – HOIAN (BRUNCH)
In the morning we continue our cruise exploring the natural beauty of the World Heritage. In the afternoon we return to Hanoi, transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Danang then transfer to Hoian for check in. Overnight in Hoian.
16/05/2018 Day 7: HOIAN CITY (B, L)
All day architectural tour. Then you are free at leisure for shopping in Hoian town. Overnight in Hoian.
17/05/2018 Day 8: HOIAN – DANANG – HUE (B, L)
In the morning we drive to Danang, where we visit the Museum of Cham, then continue to drive to Hue. We visit the Imperial Citadel, the Purple Forbidden City and the bustling Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
18/05/2018 Day 9: HUE – HO CHI MINH (B, L)
We will enjoy a morning cruise on the romantic Perfume River to visit Hue’s oldest and most revered site Thien Mu Pagoda, then the Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang. Then we transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
19 /05/2018 Day 10: HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS (B, L)
Excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels (60 km), where we will visit the incredible underground tunnel network of over 200 kilometers hand-constructed by Vietnam Communist guerrillas, virtually underneath the U.S. bases, to stage surprise attacks. Then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh for city tour. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
20/05/2018 Day 11: MEKONG DELTA (B, L)
We drive to Mekong Delta. On arrival we will take a boat trip on Mekong river, a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view dotted by many islands. We reach the Unicorn island, stroll around an orchard, enjoy a wonderful show of Mekong Delta’s traditional music and songs, taste many seasonal fruits, tea mixed with bee’s honey. We return to Ho Chi Minh city to continue our city tour. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
21/05/2018 Day 12: HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE (B)
In the morning we continue our architectural tour. Then free at leisure and transfer to airport for flight departure.
22/05/2018 Day 13: Arrival in Athens / Thessaloniki
Arrival in Athens/Thessaloniki.