IN THE HEART OF VIETNAM: LEGENDARY MARBLE MOUNTAINS AND CHARMING HOI AN
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
The mysterious charm of the Marble Mountains with their evocative peaks emerging from the surrounding rice fields between incredible views and intriguing legends followed by a visit to the splendour of ancient Hoi An and its historical monuments with a typical restaurant lunch and some time for shopping.
What we will see
- Marble Mountains
- Walk to the top
- Ancient town of Hoi An
- Museum of History and Culture in Hoi An
- Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation
- Japanese Covered Bridge
- Visit to an old house in Hoi An
- Hoi An Market
- Lunch in a typical Vietnamese restaurant
- Free time for shopping
What we will do
- We travel by coach on provincial road 603 to the legendary Marble Mountains sheltering monuments and amazing corners between caves, sanctuaries and steep paths.
- We walk along the trail to the top of one of the mountains commanding a wonderful view of the city of Da Nang. [eliminato, non presente nel timing]
- We thus reach Hoi An, an ancient town in the Quang Nam province located on the banks of the river Thu Bon and featuring intriguing combination of Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese temples, sanctuaries, homes of local clans, shops and homes.
- We then move on to visit the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture where we can admire a collection of objects illustrating the founding, development and decline of the ancient town.
- Our next stop is at the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation, founded in 1697 by the Chinese merchants of Fujian who had settled in Hoi An as an assembly hall for members of the congregation. The building was later turned into a temple and is characterised by a unique architectural style with a wealth of artistic decorations and magnificent statues.
- We resume our tour with a visit to the Covered Japanese Bridge, built in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the quarter with the Chinese district on the other side of the river. Covered with a roof to provide shelter from the sun and rain, it still features decorations faithful to the original Japanese design.
- After the bridge, we visit one of the oldest houses in Hoi An, built almost two centuries ago for a Vietnamese merchant in a style that is heavily influenced by Chinese and Japanese architecture.
- The last stop on our excursion is Hoi An market, on the banks of the river and selling both food and manufacts including jewellery, clothes and handicrafts.
- As we start to feel a little peckish, we stop for a restaurant lunch to enjoy some typical Vietnamese dishes.
- After lunch, we have some free time for shopping looking for the perfect souvenir to take home with us.
- We get back on the coach and, on the way to the ship, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Da Nang , the fourth largest city in the country boasting many cultural and historical attractions.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Comfortable shoes and casual clothing are recommended.
- To reach the top of the Marble Mountain it is necessary to climb a flight of 150 steps.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
- Do not forget to bring insect repellent with you.