On this tour you will visit both Japan and Vietnam.In Tokyo you wil visit the magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Meiji Emperor. End of the day visiting Asakusa, home of the grand temple of Senso-ji.In Kyoto join a tea ceremony at "machiya," a restored traditional wooden house. And visit Ryoanji, famous for its UNESCO-protected World Heritage zen gardens.Vietnam is attracting travelers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches.
There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history. Long, sandy beaches are home to luxurious resorts and fine-dining venues, making them ideal romantic getaways, while expansive rice terraces on the hills make for excellent hiking excursions. Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travelers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches. Whether you’re planning a historical tour of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, a relaxing beach break or simply want to escape the bustling city life, our Vietnam travel guide caters to just about any holiday preference Despite rapid modernization in Vietnam’s urban centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honoured traditions remain intact amongst the locals. Buddhist shrines can be found next to towering skyscrapers, where you can experience vibrant festivals and ceremonies dating back hundreds of years.
On arrival in Tokyo, our representative will meet you and help you transfer to the hotel by shared shuttle.
(Optional: transfer by train or private vehicle depending on your choice and your expenses)
Time to relax or walk around Japanese-style restaurants in the area of your hotel, if you're still full of energy! Try local sake, Japanese beers, sashimi, dried fish and fried foods in a traditional atmosphere that has persisted for three hundred years.
Evening foodie tour: our professional and friendly guide will take you to non-touristy Izakaya in Ginza where you can feel like a local. This is a perfect opportunity to learn local tradition, culture, and food, and will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
- Airport transfer on shared shuttle, customer assistant
Day 2: TOKYO – FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B)
After a traditional Japanese breakfast, your private guide takes you on a tour using the inner-city public transit system to visit the magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Meiji Emperor, and the most popular place in the city for weddings and end-of-year "Hatsu-mode." And then stroll at the peaceful Hamariyku garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period Lord. Here you will stop for a Japanese green tea. What a way to start the day and relaxing ride on the Sumida river bus to have a different view of Tokyo and its futuristic buildings, including an 18-meter tall Gundam robot statue.
Followed by a journey to Harajuku and Omote-Sando, also known as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance
End of the day by visiting Asakusa - home of the grand temple of Senso-ji. This bright red temple is central to an area famous for kimono, geisha, performing arts and old-fashioned souvenirs for more than 300 years
Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel and city traffic.
- English speaking guide for 8 hours
- Entrance fee
- Public transportation on tour
Day 3: TOKYO – FREE DAY
Self-guided day. Explore the city on your own.
- Visit the Tsukji Fish Market and surrounding restaurants in Tsukushima.
- Visit the Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza, and see a performance while there - a must-see for any visitor to Japan
- Visit the electronics district of Akihabara
- Discover Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries.
Optional day tour:
1 day Nikko world heritage tour: This tour takes you to the highlights of Nikko, including World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu Shrine, beautiful Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy experiencing the nature and long history of Nikko.
1 day hidden Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Drive Tour: Visit famous sights of hidden Kamakura such as the Great Buddha statue at Kotoku-in Temple, and take in the beautiful ocean scenery of Enoshima on this bus tour.
Day 4: TOKYO – KYOTO (B)
After breakfast, take a short shinkansen bullet-train ride to Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. This city stands as it did for hundreds of years, and the older part of town is actually protected to prevent it from turning into another shrine to modernity.
Make your own way from train station to the hotel. Our company representative meets you at your hotel to provide you with the information about your tour in Kyoto and how to make most out of your stay during self-guided days.
In the afternoon, join a tea ceremony at "machiya," a restored traditional wooden house that is typical to Kyoto and many parts of Japan. If you wish, try on Japanese traditional dress, kimono (on your expense). There are many styles and colors, and see how the outfit works on you
Free evening to enjoy at your leisure to walk through Gion, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, walking through the narrow alley. With 17 Unesco World Heritage sights to be seen, the town is still quaint and walkable enough to be explored at leisure.
- Bullet train Tokyo - Kyoto
- English speaking assistant.
- joined tea ceremony
Day 5: KYOTO – FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B)
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up at the hotel for a full day city tour using the public transportation. You start with the grand Nijo Castle, a sprawling, breath-taking example of comfortable luxury in Japanese nature. History has changed the face of this complex many times - see the footprints of each of its iconic owners, and walk the "chirping" nightingale floors that were so popular in construction during this building's heyday.
We then visit Ryoanji, famous for its UNESCO-protected World Heritage zen gardens. You may find it nostalgic, as it has been featured in many movies and cited often for inspiration by creators and entrepreneurs alike. The Zen rock gardens are quintessential for posters and calendars of Japan - you may even feel a sense of nostalgia as you view it while sipping green tea.
We then take you to Kinkakuji. The location of many films and novels, this pavilion which is completely coated in gold was originally built as a summer house for a shogun. It has become a symbol of luxury, beauty, and excess in literature and films throughout the ages.
Transfer on bus to Sagano, and start walking through the lush bamboo grove, admiring the amazing views of the mountains and imposing valleys. It is around 3 km gentle walk. Head to Tenryu- Ji temple, which dates to 1339 and it still stands in the original design. Next, continue to the Jajakko- Ju temple, nestled in the wooded hill. Finish your walk by crossing over the famous Togetsukyo Bridge, overlooking at the stunning views of the hozu river.
- 8 hours English speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Public transportation on tour
Day 6: KYOTO – FREE DAY. OPTIONAL TOUR TO NARA (B)
Optional half day trip to Nara: You can visit the very nearby Nara, which is a capital of Japan even older than Kyoto. This 8th century town is filled with wabi-sabi and quiet streets that lead from shrine to shrine. Visit the outstanding Todaiji - a "power spot" claiming responsibility for inciting many of historical figures to action. It's the largest wooden building in the world, and is quite an impressive site. Also visit KasugaTaisha, Nara's most celebrated shinto shrine, which is populated by pretty, friendly deer whose presence only improves the tranquility of the area.
Day 7: KYOTO – HANOI (B)
Free time to go shopping for souvenirs until transfer to Kansai Airport for your flight to Hanoi.. Warmly welcome on arrival at Noi Bai airport. Transfer to hotel.
Afternoon, you will take the cyclo tour to explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Enjoy the evening water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: HANOI - HA LONG (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour to some of the city’s attractions including the fascinating Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (close on Monday & Friday) and Quan Thanh pagoda on the shores of Truc Bach lake. This pagoda dates from the 11th century and is said to protect this region from outside invaders. Next, visit the temple of Literature, then Ngoc Son temple in the center of modern Hanoi. After lunch, we shall proceed to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s greatest natural wonders and was recognized as World’s Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 2000. Overnight in Ha Long bay.
After breakfast at hotel, take a 4-hour cruise on the emerald green waters of Halong among the 3,000 spectacular limestone Islands, visit grottoes and floating village. The cruise ends with a fresh seafood lunch on board. Back to Hanoi after lunch time, transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue, Vietnam's last feudal capital where Nguyen Dynasty once ruled Vietnam during period 1802 - 1945. This small and quiet city is well-known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills.
Hue is Vietnam’s former royal capital and its cuisine is considered by many Vietnamese as the best in the country. Hue’s cuisine is influenced both by its imperial heritage (small dishes and a focus on aesthetic presentation) as well as its strong Buddhist heritage, reflected in the high proportion of vegetarian restaurants in the region. Overnight in Hue.
Morning boat trip on the romantic Perfume River visiting Hue’s oldest and most revered site, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes.
In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel, the Purple Forbidden City, the mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the bustling Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
Drive south to Hoi An town, a recognized World Heritage Site, which famous by its ancient architecture of mixed Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese style from the 16th century, with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets. Stop-over at Da Nang’s Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.
Upon arrival, we walk around this ancient town of 600-year old visiting the 200 year-old Tan Ky house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, the Assembly Hall, the former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful riverside market. Overnight in Hoi An.
Leave Hoi An for Ho Chi Minh city. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafes. Upon arrival, we spend time for seeing some major sights of the city such as the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
After breakfast at hotel, leave for Cu Chi tunnels. On your way, you will pass by paddy fields. Here you will have the opportunity to meet villagers and witness how rice paper is made. Explore the amazing labyrinth of tunnels used by the guerrillas during the war. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City, free time for shopping.
Day 14: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – DEPARTURE (B)
Morning, we will take a full day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta.
Upon arrival, take a boat trip along narrow waterways overhung with dense vegetation visiting the fish wharf, the 4 famous islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix. Visit candy workshop then journey by sampan through the canals and mangrove forests where we watch the fishermen lay their fish traps. Enjoy time on the Unicorn Island visiting the local fruit, tea mixed with bee’s honey, and enjoy a locally produced folk show of traditional Mekong Delta music. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight.
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