HOI AN FULLMOON FESTIVAL & HUE TOUR

ADVENTURE HOI AN TO CENTRAL (6)
Daily Tour 5 days
Central Tour Tour Guide: Viet Nam

Highlights

Hoi An was a major oriental port for trading ships from Japan, China and the West during the16th and 17th centuries and became the meeting place for a wide range of merchant traders. As a result, the old town inHoi An has a diverse mixture of architectural styles and today is considered a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle.

Built in approximately 200AD to 1700AD, My Son was once the spiritual heart of the Kingdom of Champa peoples who occupied what is now the central area of Vietnam for over a thousand years. The builders of My Son gained their cultural and spiritual influences almost exclusively from India in the form of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Shiva was the central figure of worship and his images are common in what remains of the Cham monuments.

Full Moon Night is a magical festival and gives you a glimpse of what life may have been like.
Join us to hold an unforgettable Festival in the charming riverside town – Hoi An, where thousands of locals release beautiful lanterns into the night sky or on the river  filled with their hopes and wishes for the future.

On the 14th day of every lunar month, the old town of Hoi An switches off its lights and closes to motorised traffic, the old town is transformed by flickering candlelight, multi-coloured lanterns and hoards of visitors who’ve come to see the full moon lantern festival.

Full Moon Festival 2014: 9Aug, 7Sep, 7Oct, 6Nov, 5Dec

My Son is situated in an attractive valley, well away from any other buildings in a clearing surrounded by tropical jungle. The peaceful surroundings give you a feeling of stepping back to the time when then area was a major religious complex and even in their current state, the towers are impressive, and the scale of building makes its religious significance obvious.

Hue is the home of several wonderfully interesting world heritage listed sites and the area has a lot to offer visitors. Hue is located near the centre of the country, approximately half way between HCMC and Hanoi and only 100kms North of Da NangHue is the ancient capital of Vietnam and although many historical sites were damaged in the recent war with America, it is still a fascinating place to visit and should not be missed. Many of the ancient attractions found in and around Hue were constructed in the 17th and 19th centuries. Among these is the Thien Mu Pagoda which is considered the symbol of Hue and was built in the early 1600s

Tour cost includes:

  • Accommodation  twin share including daily breakfast.
  • Transfers to and from Da Nang airport or train station in air conditioned private vehicle.
  • Cooking Class
  • Entrance fees
  • Pick up ,drop off to the airport
  • English speaking tour guide as / itinerary
  • Meals as shown on itinerary.

Tour price excludes:

  • Flight
  • Visa arrangements,
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks – Laundry,
  • Telephone,
  • Tips and all other requirements and services not clearly included in your itinerary.

Day 1 – Arrival – Hoi An

Arrive to Da Nang and be met by our driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An .

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 2 – Hoi An Ancient Town –My Son (B/L)

0800h – Your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a two hour walking tour of Hoi An Old Town. Famous for its quant mixture of Chinese, Japanese and European architecture, the old town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. You will visit, the Japanese bridge built in the 16th century and famous for being the only covered bridge known to incorporate a Buddhist pagoda, the 200 year old Tan Ky house, museum of trade ceramics and several other historical sites.

You will then have free time to continue exploring the old town or to go shopping for those special items.

Lunch will be in town

After luches we will travel from your hotel and travel 50km from Hoi An to My Son holy land in a private air conditioned vehicle with your English speaking guide. My Son was a major religious site for the people of the ancient Champa Kingdom which flourished between the 4th and 13th centuries The Champa people ruled Central Vietnam until it was finally annexed by the Vietnamese in the 19th Century.

The Champa King lived in the political capital of Tra Kieu (whose commercial capital was the port of Hoi An) and so the My Son complex became the most important temples of the Champa Kingdom. Bricks were used to build the temples without the aid of mortar and sculptures of gods, priests, animals, and scenes of mythical battles adorned the walls. The temples were places of worship to the Hindu God Vishnu.

 

My Son was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

After exploring the ruins and history of My Son and viewing a short traditional Champa Peoples music concert, you will start your journey back to Hoi An arriving at approximately 16.00h.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 3 – Hoi An – Cooking Class – Sunset Cruise – Fullmoon Festival (B – L – D)

08.00h – Driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to your Vietnamese cooking class at a well known venue in Hoi An. After you have practiced your new skills, you will get to enjoy what you have cooked for your lunch.

Enjoy the rest of the day to yourself to self sitting around the pool, walking along the beach or catch the hotel shuttle bus into town to check on your new clothes.

12.00h – 18.00h – Please refer to your confirmation slip to arrange your 60 min Spa appointment.

17.00h– Transport will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to your 60 minute  Sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River. Your cruise boat has an on board kitchen and bar and you can sit back and enjoy views of the old town while enjoying a set menu of local delights.

 

In the evening, you will spend a night with splendid full-moon, hundreds of locals to release our lanterns and enjoy the spellbinding spectacle of hundreds of sparkling lights sailing down river and lighting up the night sky.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 4 Hoi An – Marble Mountain -Hai Van Pass -Hue (B/L)

08.00h – Your driver will meet you at your hotel and you will begin your road transfer to Hue by air conditioned private vehicle.

08.30h – Stop for a visit at Marble Mountains and take the glass elevator to the top where you can enjoy the view and visit one of the larger temples which has been built inside a cave on the mountain.

10.30h – continue your journey to Hue travelling via Da Nang, Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach.

Hai Van Pass once formed the boundary between the kingdoms of Dai Viet and Champa, also forms a boundary between the climates of northern and southern Vietnam, sheltering the city of Da Nang from the winds that blow in from the northwest.

After stopping to take some spectacular photos, your driver will take you slowly down the winding road toward Lang Co Beach on the way to Hue.

Lang Co Beach is an attractive narrow peninsular with a stretch of white sand and palm trees, with a deep blue lagoon on one side and 10 kms of beach front on the other.

1330h – Arrive in Hue and check into your hotel.

Enjoy some time to explore the area around your hotel, take a walk along the river or catch a taxi to the central market.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 5 : Hue City tour –  Departure  (B/L)

07.30h – Your day of discovering the wonders of Hue will begin when your English speaking meets you at the Hotel.

As part of your Hue city tour you will visit the impressive complex of the Imperial Citadel. Built in the 19th Century and surrounded by high stone walls and moat, the Citadel was once the exclusive home of the Nguyen Imperial Family. It is similar to the famous Forbidden City in Beijing and is not to be missed.

11.30h – A delicious set menu lunch will be served at a local restaurant and after lunch you will take a cruise on the famous Perfume River and visit Tu Duc and Minh Mang tomp.

Tu Duc Tomb is one of the most beautifully designed tombs of the Nguyen dynasty. Embedded in a lush pine forest, the tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Tu Duc (1848-83) who had the longest reign of all emperors of the Nguyen dynasty.

14.00h –back to your hotel take the rest before departure to the airport .

Tour the end

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