Beside the beautiful landscapes in three main regions in Vietnam (the North, the Central and the South), the trip will bring you to the pagodas and centers that to be home for disable and homeless children. Talk and play with them, feed them is a good way to show your care of unlucky people. A trip of 10 days / 9 nights is ideal to combine travel with charity.
Phuc Tue Caring Center, Hanoi
Nguyen Dinh Chieu Blind School, Hanoi
Yen Tu Mount in Quang Ninh
Minh Tu Orphanage, Hue
Tu Hieu Pagoda, Hue
27 / 7 Handicraft Workshop in Saigon
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrival flight information (own ticket, flight information to be advised)
Upon arrival, when you leave the airport terminal please look for 4U Tours’ guide displaying a welcome signboard with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel.
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and the second largest city, is a fascinating blend which combines traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair, of the East and West. The fact that it was largely unscathed in the decades of war and is now going through a building boom makes it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant to begin your food experience, starting with Spring Rolls and other local dishes
Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Metropole (5-star)
Grand Luxury Room
Address: 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (+84 4) 3826 6919
Step back into history at Hanoi’s most storied 5-star hotel. A Grand Dame of Southeast Asia Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoï welcomes guests to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoï's French Quarter, this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Surround yourself in heritage as you stroll by stately corridors and explore a dramatic past.
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing
After breakfast, start to explore Vietnam’s Capital – Hanoi.
This morning visit Ngoc Son Temple, walking along Sword Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda.
Temple of Literature is Vietnam’s first university and the very first stop-over of any foreign tourist in Hanoi. It reveals the Hanoians’ spirit of studying in the past. It is also a famous historical and cultural relic nowadays.
Lunch will be served at KOTO, “Know One Teach One” center for homeless children, where the service is caterd and provided by the street-teenagers.
After lunch, proceed to Phuc Tue Caring Center, a non-profit, nongovernment day care organization based in Hanoi for the care of mentally and physically impaired children.
Dinner is on your own.
Day 3: The Bind School
In the morning, visit Nguyen Dinh Chieu School which is a school for blind children and a center for blind adults. This center aims to provide vocational training, cultural education exchange programs and organize cultural performances from blind people.
Spend your morning here, watching the children studying in the class, playing with them in the school yard and listening to their wishes while making conversations with them.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant for street food.
The afternoon is your free time for exploration the Old Quarter or for shopping opportunities.
Dinner should be on your own.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 4: The Mysterious Yen Tu Mountain
After breakfast, depart for Yen Tu which is 3-hour drive from Hanoi.
Upon arrive at Yen Tu, you will visit the Truc Lam Yen Tu Buddhist Zen Monastery, where Buddhism in Vietnam originated.
Enjoy the Vegetarian lunch at a local restaurant under the Yen Tu Mountain.
After lunch, take a rest and then we will start the journey to explore the mysterious of Yen Tu Mountain. You will take the cable car to visit Ancient Tower Garden and Hoa Yen Pagoda which is half-way up the mountain. There, you will see 500-year-old pine trees, a frangipani forest, the Pear Island Tower Garden and the One Roof Pagoda.
The excursion will continue to the top of Yen Tu Mountain at 1,100m above sea level to visit the Bronze Pagoda and enjoy a panoramic view that stretches as far as Halong Bay.
After the tour, take the cable car and go down the before 1-hour drive to Halong and check-in hotel.
The seafood dinner will be arranged at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Halong
Accommodation:Novotel Halong Bay (4-star)
Superior Bayview Room
Address: Halong road, Bai Chay, Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
Tel: (+84 33) 384 8108
Day 6: Hanoi – Hue
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to Hue.
Domestic flight Hanoi – Hue is on Vietnam Airlines (economy class)
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by 4U Tours guide and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
This afternoon, you will visit the Citadel Complex of Hue, set up by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945, is now one amongst the relics of the Hue ancient Capital – the World Cultural Heritage, capturing much of tourists’ attention. They are Hue Capital Citadel, Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel.
Continue to visit Duc Son Pagoda, orphanage and school founded by the head nun, Thich Nu Minh Tu. Duc Son Pagoda has adopted 200 underprivileged children, aging from 3 months until 18 years. Aside from running this orphanage, the nun Minh Tu and the other nuns also pay regular visit to a leper’s hospital in the neighboring Nghe An, assist flood victims in the region and support local HIV patients.
Dinner is on your own.
Overnight in Hue
Accommodation: La Residence Hotel & Spa (5-star)
Deluxe Riverview Room
Address: 5 Le Loi Street – Hue City, Vietnam
Tel: (+84 54) 3837 475
Step back in time. Indulge serenity. A member of the MGallery collection of memorable hotels by Accor, La Résidence Hue Hotel & Spa is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930’s streamline modern school of art deco architecture.
Day 7: Hue – Saigon
At Tu Hieu Pagoda, former home of the Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh, we are welcome to discuss pagoda life with the young monks here. Relax by the tranquil crescent lake and note the stone stele houses engraved with stories of the pagoda’s long history.
An opportunity to have your portrait drawn by the Students from Fine Arts in Hue University will be arranged at a nice local coffee shop on the riverbank of Perfume River. During the production time, talk to them about their studying, their normal life…
Light lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to airport for a domestic flight to Saigon.
Upon arrival, take an orientation trip to see Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, a guided walking on Dong Khoi Street with photo stop at City Hall and Opera House. Shopping opportunities are available with lacquer-ware, silk, linen and other handmade items.
Transfer back to hotel after the sightseeing and dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Saigon
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon (5- star)
Address: Address: 2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Saigon
Day 8: Saigon Sightseeing and Handicraft Factories
Breakfast at your hotel
This morning, drive to visit the 300-year-old Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest Vietnamese pagoda in Saigon
We also go to visit Chinatown (Cho Lon), an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants. It is also a place with historical and cultural importance.
Then take a cyclo ride to Thien Hau Temple (the Temple of the Lady Thien Hau), a Chinese style temple located on Nguyen Trai Street in the Chinatown. It is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea. Thien Hau is worshipped in the seafaring Chinese communities of Fujian, Guangzhou, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. She is not specifically a deity of Taoism or Buddhism, though she has been brought into connection with figures and themes from Taoism and Buddhism.
Lunch is at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit to the 27/7 Handicraft and Handicap Lacquer-ware Factory.
Dinner today is on your own.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels and the Holy See of Caodaism
Breakfast at your hotel.
This morning, drive to Tay Ninh Province, to visit the Holy See of Caodaism, Vietnam's most unique indigenous religion, using religious and philosophical traditions from the West and the East, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, native Vietnamese spiritism, Christianity and Islam.
Every day at noon, Caodaism followers hold their colorful mass accompanied with mystical chant and music.
After the visit, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant for local specialties – Banh canh Trang Bang.
After lunch, head to Cu Chi Tunnels to see the underground world of Vietnamese guerillas during the war against the defense of the U.S.
Drive back to Saigon, en-route stop at Thanh Dat House, was established in 1994, offering vocational and job opportunities for people with disabilities and mental-disorder children.
Dinner today is on your own.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 10: Saigon Departure
Your days in Vietnam end when your guide transfers you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your flight home. Bring home a peace mind for a new start.
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
9-night accommodation as indicated in the program
4 nights at Sofitel Legend Metropole – Grand Luxury Room
1 night at Novotel Halong Bay – Superior Bayview Room
1 night at La Residence Hue – Deluxe Riverview Room
3 nights at Park Hyatt Saigon – Park Room
Meals as indicated in the program: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 3 dinners
Admission fees as per itinerary
Arrangement to visit the social centers and organizations as indicated in the program
Cyclo ride to Thien Hau Temple
Private air-conditioned transportation
Regional English speaking guides during the program
Bottled water and wet tissues during transfers
TOUR PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
Visa to Vietnam
Airport Assistance Service
International flights & Airport tax
Domestic flights & Airport tax
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary and drinks during meals
Drinks / water at included lunches and dinners
Hotel early check-in / Late check-out
Travel & Trip insurance
Other expenses which are not clearly mentioned in inclusive services
Gratuities to guides and drivers (suggested USD 10 / person / day)
Airfare Hanoi – Hue; Hue – Saigon: USD 240 / ticket (on Economy class, inclusive of airport tax)
**Airfare is subject to change by the airlines without prior notice.