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13 Days / 12 Nights
From Your Nearest Airport
Dubai International Airport
Min Age : 3
Tour Details

Explore Dubai’s traditional and modern highlights, including Bastakiya, an Abra boat ride, dinner cruise at Dubai Marina, then venture to Abu Dhabi to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Museum before enjoying a desert safari, concluding with a journey to Hanoi, Vietnam for sightseeing tours, an overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay, and explorations of Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.

Departure & Return Location

Dubai International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as mentioned or similar
  • Dubai Classic city tour
  • Marina Dhow Cruise with Dinner
  • Abu Dhabi city tour with Louvre Museum
  • Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
  • Entrance fees, and administration fees where applicable
  • Cycle ride, train ride tour in Hanoi, boat tours where applicable
  • Martial Art in Hoi An
  • Private boat trip in Mekong delta
  • Meals: Half board, pre-arranged at local restaurants based on the Vietnamese set menu
  • English-speaking local guide in each city
  • Bottled water on the coach during the transfer
  • Government tax

Price Excludes

  • Internal & International flights
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Dinks at meals and minibar in a hotel room.
  • Insurance, gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Surcharge for public holidays, compulsory gala dinner on Christmas or New Year Eves (if any)
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee
  • Domestic flight: Hanoi-Danang, Danang-Saigon
  • Personal expenses such as Bar, telephone, and laundry bills
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival-Dubai International Airport

Welcome to Dubai the land of dreams, upon arrival in Dubai you will be met and greeted by our representative. From the moment you arrive till you say bye to the city, we will be with you at every stage of your Dubai vacation. Our driver will escort you to your pre-booked hotel and your Overnight stay will be in Dubai.

Day 2Dubai Traditional Tour (4 Hours)

After breakfast (Pick up 08:15 to 09:00) you will be accompanied by your guide for A fabulous day discovering the history of Dubai traces of the historic town that existed 40 years ago can still be found in some parts. This traditional Dubai city tour will take you on a cultural journey through time from the wind-towered buildings, narrow lanes, and meandering pathways of the lively souks to a scenic ride on the traditional local water taxis. Enjoy an open discussion and learn more about Emirati culture and local traditions with your tour guide. Return to the hotel for a special afternoon.

(Pick up from 19:00 to 19:45) A very special evening with a chance to see the Dubai marina and Palm Jumeirah. Dhows have been the traditional ships used in the UAE for many centuries and tonight you have the chance to board one of these vessels and enjoy a sumptuous buffet while you quietly cruise by the landmarks of this city. Overnight: Dubai.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner on the Cruise

Highlights:

  • A visit to the heritage area of Bastakiya and 225-year-old Fort Al Fahidi which houses the Dubai Museum
  • A ride on the traditional Abra boat across scenic Dubai Creek
  • A visit to the Spice and Gold Souks, with tantalizing scents and shimmering jewelry
  • A photo stop next to Jumeirah Mosque, an architectural landmark

Day 3Discover Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Louver Museum

Breakfast at the hotel, and then head to the next stop in your Dubai Trip; the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Explore the wonders of the Arabian Jewel and discover how this majestic Emirati city artfully blends the ancient past with the modern present.

This Abu Dhabi City Tour is an integrating introductory excursion of the distinctly Arabian sibling of the city of Dubai. From one of the world’s largest mosques to the wonderful Corniche, there is a lot to take in within this fascinating city of Abu Dhabi. Return to Dubai. Overnight at the hotel.

Highlights:

  • A visit to the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an architectural wonder and one of the biggest mosques in the world
  • A stop at the Corniche, the impressive eight-kilometer stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafés, and restaurants
  • A visit to the Heritage Village, specifically designed to continually remind the younger Emiratis of their rich and colorful past
  • A visit to Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to hundreds of luxury shops as well as souvenir stores where you can pick up mementos of your day out in the capital
  • A Visit to the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi
  • Photo Stop at Emirates Palace from Outside

 Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Desert Safari - Dune Bashing - BBQ Dinner

Delicious breakfast at your hotel, a morning at leisure for further exploration of this vibrant city. Or, participate in the optional excursion.

Afternoon (Pick up 14:30 to 15:15), enjoy a thrilling safari in a 4×4 vehicle and go to some of the most amazing dunes of the surrounding desert. A unique adventurous activity yet provides a cultural experience, Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner will ensure you have an unforgettable evening amongst a scenic desert landscape. Overnight at hotel.

Highlights:

  • Dune bashing on some of the highest dunes in the region, in a 4×4 air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breathtaking views of the sun from the charming desert
  • Camel Ride (3-5 Minutes)
  • An opportunity to enjoy activities such as sandboarding and camel rides at the authentic
  • Bedouin campsite where there is also a henna designer, local attire for trial, and refreshments.
  • A delicious barbecue dinner under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, BBQ Dinner

Day 5Depart Dubai – Fly to Vietnam

It is the end of your Dubai Travel Package.

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and the free time before being taken to the airport for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6HA NOI ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi, welcomed by a guide and transferred to your hotel in the city center to check-in. Relax after a long journey.

In the evening, a welcome dinner will be at one of the most authentic Vietnamese restaurants in the city.

Stay overnight in Ha Noi.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 7HANOI FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING WITH TRAIN RIDE

The capital of Vietnam, Ha Noi is a perfect blend of old and new, Asian and European, a dynamic unification of tradition and progressive 21st-century thinking. Despite recent rapid development, the city has retained much of its traditional identity.

Visit the complex dedicated to Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder and affectionately known to the Vietnamese as “Uncle Ho”. Make the first stop at the historic Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, an imposing monument built to serve as the final resting place of Uncle Ho. Continue walking through the beautiful botanical garden of the Presidential Palace to visit Uncle Ho’s humble house, built based on a rural Vietnamese stilt house with a simple design in a tranquil setting, reflecting his simple, pure, and noble lifestyle. Tour the One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049 of wood on a single stone pillar, designed to resemble a lotus blossom, a symbol of purity.

Continue to the Tran Quoc pagoda, Hanoi’s oldest pagoda, located on the small island of West Lake.

 

At lunch, we try tasty local food in a restaurant.

 

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. Constructed in the 11th Century, this stunning temple constitutes a rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese Dong banknote.

It’s time to unwind with a drink in the local train station’s waiting lounge before joining the locals for a brief train ride across the century-old Long Bien railway bridge – a historical witness to Hanoi’s resilience over the two resistance wars as well as the city’s dramatic changes in the new epoch.

Take a cycle (rickshaw) ride which is an excellent way to experience Ha Noi at close hand as the atmosphere is lively, hectic, and sociable. Your local driver will pedal you off, behind your guide, into the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, known simply as the 36 Streets, which is a must-see for anyone traveling to Vietnam.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 8HA NOI – HA LONG BAY – Overnight cruise

After breakfast, board the bus and head for Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site known for thousands of magnificent limestone islets and grottoes rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink after boarding the cruise. Relax and avail yourself of a delicious seafood lunch, while you are passing a variety of picturesque stone islands and secluded beaches. In the afternoon, we’ll stop by a floating fishing village to have a chat with the locals and learn about their daily lives before swimming or relaxing on the sundeck. When the boat is anchored at the tranquil overnight spot, a delicious dinner will be served.

 

Notes:

  • The Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice in case of adverse weather alerts or any emergency.
  • Use an in-house English-speaking tour guide on the boat, no private tour guide on the bus.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 9HA LONG BAY – FLY TO DA NANG – HOI AN.

For early risers, a Tai Chi lesson is available on the sundeck, or you can just relax and take in the breathtaking views of Ha Long Bay as the boat sails leisurely through stunning karst mountains named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger Depending on the itinerary, you may see magnificent limestone caverns this morning or the day before. Return to the boat to freshen up before checking out of your room, then enjoy an amazing brunch while cruising toward the pier and disembarking around noon. Your vehicle is ready and waiting for you for a direct transfer from Ha Long to the Airport in Hai Phong City or Ha Noi for a domestic flight to Da Nang, from where we drive 45 minutes further to the charming city of Hoian.

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Brunch.

DAY 10HOI AN WALKING TOUR WITH MARTIAL ART HALF DAY.

Known as a prosperous trading port between the 15th and 19th Century, the riverside town of Hoi A still retains many remnants of its glorious time as evident in the bustling market and abundance of souvenirs and tailor shops. What makes Hoi remarkable is that its Old Quarter has been beautifully preserved. The streets are still lined with old tile-roofed shophouses, shady pagodas, and colorful communal halls that contribute to its status as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Today, enjoy a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town, which is recognized for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets, and typical local cuisine. During this leisurely exploration on foot, observe some of the historic merchant and community houses, ancient pagodas, and traditional places of worship with influences from Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese architecture. Make a stop at the iconic over 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge first built by the Japanese community in the 1590s as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water. Visit the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation and notice its gorgeous woodcarvings on the beams, walls, and altar while unraveling with your guide some untold stories about the Chinese community during their time in Hoi An. Continue strolling around Hoi An’s back street and feel the soft, clattering hum which is the sound of sewing machines. This little charming town is also home to hundreds of tailor shops, and nobody can explain exactly when, how, or why it became sewing central. Visit a tailor shop where you can get some express made-to-order clothes.

Step into a back alley to visit a Martial Art club to witness spectacular martial arts performances with strong, lissome, and perfect moves. You are encouraged to stand in line to learn basic moves of martial arts under the guidance of a martial arts instructor.

Have lunch with a cooking demonstration in an herb garden in Tra Que village. 

Free time in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 11HOIAN – DANANG - HO CHI MINH CITY BY FLIGHT - VISIT CU CHI TUNNELS

Transfer to Danang airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps. On arrival, transfer to Cu Chi and have lunch in the restaurant.

To avoid detection by American and South Vietnamese forces, the Viet Cong built the Cu Chi network of underground tunnels. Today, learn more about the history of the Cu Chi tunnels, what life was like for the Vietnamese underground, and how the Vietnamese people survived the war by engaging in a fascinating conversation with a VC veteran who once lived there. Learn about his time in the underground hamlets, where he suffered from a lack of oxygen, food, and water.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.          

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 12HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA WITH APRICOT CRUISE.

The fertile Mekong Delta, known as “the rice bowl of Vietnam,” has many canals, beautiful paddy fields, tropical fruit plantations, and fish farms. Rural life here reflects the lifestyle of the past. This day trip takes you to Ben Tre, which is one of the gateways to the Mekong Delta. As you make your way out of the bustling central business district, take in the rice paddies and fruit farms that are located along the route. Join us on a relaxing cruise down the Mekong River aboard the lovely Apricot boat, which is a newly designed river barge inspired by local traditions. Observe the landscapes of the countryside and the riverside communities. Shore excursions include visiting a tropical fruit farmer’s home and tasting special rural flavors, along with a family-run business to learn how coconuts are processed and to enjoy country hospitality. Don’t miss a tuk-tuk or bicycle ride through the sleeping village, as well as a sampan ride through the maze of small canals lined with water coconut trees. Locals will greet you with “Xin Chao” or “hi” as you pass.

Enjoy a peaceful lunch featuring authentic dishes from the Mekong Delta at the tranquil Apricot Riverside restaurant to round out your unforgettable trip.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 13SAIGON HALF DAY CITY TOUR & OLD AND NEW SAIGON – DEPARTURE.

Today, get ready to embark on an exciting journey exploring how Saigon has changed over the years and how its history, culture, and urbanization have shaped the city.  Meander through the alleys giving you a glimpse into local life. Wind your way through a slum area and stop to talk to the residents, many of whom have spent their entire lives in the same tiny houses.

Get lost in Saigon’s alleyways and relax at Saigon’s oldest café, now in its 80th year of operation. Attend a talk with the owner to find out how she prepares coffee using a long stocking-like fabric filter, a charcoal stove, and traditional clay pots to create a style of coffee that was originally used by Chinese coffee vendors. Walk through the corridors of a French colonial apartment building and listen to your guide’s stories of the building’s mysterious past.

Cap off your memorable exploration of new urban areas of the city where the striking contrasts between old and new will astound you. Stunning historical landmarks and modern skyscrapers provide a stunning backdrop for the sunset over the Saigon River.

Have lunch in the restaurant.

You will be free until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

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