08D/07N - ENCHANTING CENTRAL VIETNAM: FROM DALAT TO HUE
Dalat, Buon Me Thuat, Hoian, Hue
French-Asian fusion is a rare cultural find but comes to life in charming Dalat. Be a coffee connoisseur as you sample what has been named the world’s best coffee. This 8-day luxurious Vietnam vacation takes you through both historical fortresses and stunning natural sites such as the Dray Nur Waterfalls and Dray Sap.
Highlights: • Sip the best coffee in the world in the famous Trung Nguyen coffee village • Explore the ancient walled fortress and palace in the Imperial City of Hue • Sail by dragon boat to the sacred Thien Mu Pagoda and some Royal Tombs • Be captivated by the scenic beauty of the Dray Sap and Dray Nur waterfalls
Day by Day Itinerary: Day 01: Arrival Dalat After breakfast, depart from Ho Chi Minh City and visit the gorgeous Dambri Waterfall. Next, journey to Dalat and experience a unique city that shares both French and Vietnamese roots. After settling in to your comfortable hotel, feel free to explore Dalat on your own. Take a stroll through the city and admire the many hotels and houses built in European style. Pine-covered hills and lakes also surround the metropolis, making it a scenic destination that differs from the rest of the country. Overnight at Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Day 02: Buon Me Thuot Start the day off with a scenic drive to Buon Me Thuot and stop along the way to enjoy a delicious local lunch. Continue to the Krong Ana River and be mesmerized by the beauty of the Dray Sap and Dray Nur waterfalls. Next, trek through the riverside and get an even better view of the majestic falls. Overnight at Dakruco Hotel
Day 03: Kon Tum Head deep into the lush green countryside and discover the best coffee in the world at the Trung Nguyen coffee village. Trung Nguyen is famous for coffees that are deep-roasted and rich in flavour. Here, you’ll sip an unforgettable cup and take in the beautiful highland scenery that surrounds you. Next, you’ll visit the rustic town of Kon Tum. Experience Kon Tum on your own for the remainder of the day. Consider hiring a guide and visiting the villages of indigenous hill tribes located on the outskirts of town.
Day 04: Hoi An Begin the day with a stop at the sacred town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Take this opportunity to learn about Vietnamese culture at the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture. We also recommend enrolling in a private cooking class offered by many restaurants to learn the art of Vietnamese cuisine. Overnight at Nam Hai Resort
Day 05: Hoi An In the morning, tour the local market and see fresh produce bursting with colour. Next, sail on the Thu Bon River and visit the island of Cam Nam. Continue by boat to the estuary and see where the river meets the ocean. After taking in the breathtaking views, we head back to Hoi An and embark on a walking or biking tour of the ancient town. Don’t miss the beautiful gardens and intricate architecture of the Fukien Assembly Hall. End the exciting day with a stop at the Japanese Covered Bridge, a famous landmark built in the early 1600’s by a small Japanese community. Overnight at Nam Hai Resort
Day 06: Hue Pack your bags and take a scenic drive to the Imperial City of Hue first thing in the morning. You’ll spend the day gazing at the stunning landscapes of Vietnam as we pass the beautiful Son Tra Mountain and the Marble Mountains. Continue to the fishing village of Lang Co and stop to eat a hearty lunch. After a delicious meal, we hit the road again until we arrive in Hue. Overnight at La Residence de Hue
Day 07: Hue Spend the day sailing in a dragon boat and cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest religious sites in the country. Next, uncover the Imperial Citadel and walk through the walled fortress and palace. Continue your exploration and tour the decorative tombs of emperors and learn the ancient philosophies of Vietnamese kings. Overnight at La Residence de Hue Day 08: Hue Make the most of your last free day in Hue. We recommend taking refuge in the relaxing hot springs located in My An and Thanh Tan. Feel rejuvenated by the soothing waters and leave refreshed. You could also take a beach day and travel a few miles outside Hue to Thuan An beach for crystal blue water and white sandy beaches. In the afternoon we depart to Phu Bai International Airport where say farewell. End of our service