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Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Ninh Binh, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Saigon, Mekong delta

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Tour Information

Price: US$ (included taxes & service charge)
Routes: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Ninh Binh, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Saigon, Mekong delta .
Duration: 21 Days/20 Nights.
Depart from: Hanoi - Return to: Ho Chi Minh City.

Description

Summary: This unique journey through Vietnam links the fascinating cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh with the breathtaking countryside of the central highlands. Our routes take us into rural landscapes with emerald green rice paddies and remote villages. This trip visits Vietnam’s most breath taking waterways and mountain landscapes. You will be warmly embraced and greeted by smiling faces as you pass rural villages.
 
Tour Type: Land tour + well selected hotel + domestic flights/trains, private guided with your own English speaking guide ( unless otherwise specified), your own driver at your own pace and schedule.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Arrival in Hanoi airport. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel where your guide will offer advice and assistance as required. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour - Sapa (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. A full day tour included the Mausoleum of the nations founder Ho Chi Minh, a walking tour around Hanoi's vibrant, Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake by cyclo. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit the Temple of Literature - the first Vietnamese university and the impressive Museum of Ethnology. Enjoy the water puppet show during the visit. Transfer to the railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 3: Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B/L)

The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06: 00. Driving to Sapa is only 38 km but it takes around one hour to make our way up the mountains. Arrival in Sapa we will check into the hotel (if the room is available). After freshening up and having breakfast we are ready to explore Sapa town. We walk up to the Ham Rong Mountain to get overview of cloudy Sapa town. After lunch, we will visit the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home of the H'Mong hill tribe minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with families that live in the area. (Trekking distance 5 km). Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Hanoi (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit several hills tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Lunch at local restaurant. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai railway station by car to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight on Train.

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong (B/L)

Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning. Pick up & transfer to the local restaurant to relax and have breakfast. After having breakfast, leave Hanoi by road for Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the traditional sailing junk with a fantastic cruise in Halong bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave. Enjoy dinner on board. Spending a night on board.

Day 6: Halong - Ninh Binh (B/L)

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome supper meal before cruising back to Halong City. En route, the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! Arrange luggage and check out. Arrive Halong then transfer to Ninh Binh. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 7: Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi - Hue (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Take a sampan on a river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves. Enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields giving rise to this place's other name, 'Halong on Land'. Boat trip in Tam Coc along the paddy fields through the caves then lunch served by in the local restaurant. Back to land for visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel, leave Ninh Binh for Hanoi airport to get short flight to Hue. Arrival in Hue, pick up and transfer to hotel. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue Sightseeing Tour (B/L)

A full day tour with a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River, visit Hue's best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. Lunch in town. In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: Hue - Quang Tri - Dong Hoi (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Leave Hue for Dong Hoi. On the way see Quang Tri Citadel, Lavang Holy Land, Hien Luong Bridge & Vinh Moc tunnel, dug to accommodate an under ground village safe from American air raid in the north of DMZ. Lunch during the visit. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Dong Hoi town.

Day 10: Dong Hoi - Phong Nha - Ke Bang (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Leave Dong Hoi for Phong Nha cave, accessible by boat on clear water of Son river. Phong Nha is the most beautiful known cave in Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant. Back to hotel for relax. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Dong Hoi Town.

Day 11: Dong Hoi - Hoi An (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Leave Dong Hoi town for Hoi An. On the way you can see Vietnamese village lifestyle & landscape. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrival at hotel. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 12: Hoi An - My Son (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. A half-day trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km south west of Hoi An, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Continue to Hoi An for lunch and in the afternoon take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Rest of the day will be relaxed in Hoi An. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 13: Hoi An Tour To Countryside (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Full day for leisure by the beach or some optional tour as Kim Bong Village Bicycle Trail, Thanh Nam Fishing Village, Tra Que vegetable village & Cooking & make lantern … Over night in Hoi An.

Day 14: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. 08: 00 leave Hoi An for Danang airport to take the only morning flight to Nhatrang VN 335K 0940 1045 /E. Arrival at Camranh airport, meet your guide transfer to Nhatrang city for sightseeing tour includes Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue & Dam market Lunch in town. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Nha Trang

Day 15: Nha Trang - Vinpearl Land (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Cauda quay to enjoys return trips on cable car or ferry, all games in VAP, Vinpearl Water Park and visits Vinpearl Underwater World, enjoys one set menu at any restaurant located in VAP. 16: 00 Back to land then transfer back to hotel. Dinner on guest's account. Over night in Nha Trang.

Day 16: Nha Trang - Saigon (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. At leisure. Water sports abound including parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and relaxing boat trips to the outlying islands (Tickets on guest’s account). If you prefer to keep your feet dry then hop into a taxi or take a cyclo for an exploratory trip around Nha Trang. 12: 00 check out Lunch in town 13: 30 Transfer Camranh airport to get the short flight to Saigon. Arrival in Saigon, welcome and transfer to hotel. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 17: Saigon - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a morning drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the west of Vietnam. At Tay Ninh visit the incredible Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail. Lunch at local restaurant.In the afternoon visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 18: Saigon - Free at Leisure (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Full day at leisure by your own time. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 19: Saigon - Mekong Delta (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. 08: 00 leave Saigon for the Mekong Delta. After 100km drive we stard the visit of Cai Be colourfull floating market cruiseing among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage proof...Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how rices paste, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn are made.A delicious lunch will be served at an ancient house over 170 years old. After lunch, the rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an apportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta.. One more option for you if you like biking around the village on the narrow paths. The cruise will end at Cai Be boat station around 2: 30 pm. Where our vehicle is waiting for return to Saigon city. Dinner on guest's account. Overnigh in Saigon.

Day 20: Saigon City Tour (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. 08: 30 A full day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, takes in the Former President Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office & Catina street with the new name Dongkhoi…After lunch in town visit War Museum, a lacquer ware factory, Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market in the city's bustling China town. The last visit is Benthanh Market for shopping. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 21: Depart Saigon (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight back home. End of tour.

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Trip includes:

  • A/c private van for pick up, transfer & sightseeing as per program
  • Airtickets: Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Nha Trang, Nha Trang – Saigon - Train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4 berth soft sleepers)
  • French/English speaking tour guides (other languages upon request)
  • Entrance fees
  • Sharing boat trip in Halong
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Accomodation based on Twin/double sharring

Trip excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips