Destinations: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa - Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 14 Days
Prices starting as low as $1,386.00 USD per person.
Inclusions: Accommodation as listed above, Meals as listed in the itinerary, English speaking local guides (one place = one guide), Tours and transfers as mentioned, Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
Exclusions: Travel insurance (compulsory), Fully escorted guide to accompany you throughout the country. This can be arranged for an additional fee, Visas, Spending money, Tips & gratuities, Activities not listed, Meals not listed, All drinks, International departure taxes, International flights
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B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (-/-/D)
You will be warmly greeted upon your arrival at Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon following your check-in at your hotel, you will be taking a private walking city tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to visit it's local markets. The Old Quarter is known for its 36 streets and former craft trades. During the evening, you will be delighted watching a water puppet performance in a local theater and later treated to a welcome dinner to Vietnam at a local restaurant. Your overnight stay is in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Tour - Lao Cai (B/L/-)
The capital city of Hanoi is a very unique Asian city adorned with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, and many lakes, temples and pagodas.Your full day tour of Hanoi will include many of Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilt House, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace. You will depart in the evening on your adventure trip to Sapa by overnight train from Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi to the border town of Lao Cai.
Day 3: Lao Cai (B/L/-)
Your overnight train from Hanoi arrives at Lao Cai train station at approximately 6:00 a.m. wherea vehicle will be waiting for you to transfer to Sapa. Travel distance to Sapa is only 33 km and travel time is estimated to be 1.5 hours from Lao Cai station to Sapa.
Upon your arrival in Sapa, you will arrive at your hotel with an early check-in requested if possible. Breakfast will be provided to you at the hotel restaurant and then you will be free to enjoy a morning to explore the town of Sapa. During the afternoon, you will engage in a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, which is the home to the H'mong hill tribe minority people. While you are walking to the villages which are situated in the valley below Sapa, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the local minority people andsharediverse cultural experiences together.
You will be spending the evening and overnight stay in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - Train returning to Hanoi (B/L/-)
After your morning breakfast, you will experience the Sapa Sunday market after which you will embark on a 3-4 hour journey, walking along water buffalo paths and trails and through the hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, which is home to H'mong and Dzay people. This is a fabulous walk and journey through amazing scenery and in an area which is inhabited by some of the friendliest people you may ever meet. A picnic lunch will be provided to you on your way to Ta Van village. Later in the day, you will be transferred to Lao Cai station and embark on the night train which will return back to Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
You will arrive back in Hanoi from Lao Cai station around 5 a.m. at which time you will be met by our driver and taken to a local restaurant for breakfast and morning coffee. You will then leave Hanoi for beautiful Halong Bay. Arrival time at the jetty in Halong Bay is estimated at 12:30 p.m. Upon your arrival, you will depart on a junk cruise where you will be served lunch. Halong Bay is a majestic place to visit and explore. There are thousands of sculpted limestone islands which dramatically rise above the water. It is a breathtaking experience to witness and one which you will always remember. Following lunch, you will embark on a short hike to a nearby summit where you will witness a beautiful panoramic view of the bay, or have the option to take a swim on a quiet beach or enjoy sunbathing on the sundeck. You will stay on board overnight.
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B/-/-)
When you arise in the morning on the peaceful and picturesque bay, you will have time for an early morning swim followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck of the vessel, you can relax while taking in the wonder of the rocky islands which arise from the pristine and calm waters of the bay. Following your breakfast on board, you will explore Sung Sot cave (from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.), and then swim and relax at Soi Sim beach. At 9:30 a.m., you will return to your vessel and brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You will continue cruising through the bay, and witness more of the fascinating formations which encompass Halong Bay. Cabin check-out is at 11:45 am. Your vessel arrives back at the harbor around noon. Upon harbor arrival, you will drive directly from Halong Bay to Hanoi airport to embark on your short flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport in Hue, you will be transferred to your local hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7: Hue (B/L/-)
You will begin your day in Hue with a tour of the city, which will include the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba market. You will spend overnight in your local hotel in Hue.
Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)
Your day will begin with breakfast at your hotel then board a private boat for cruising on the very romantic Perfume River, visit Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), and the ornate Minh Mang's tomb, all located in Hue. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Upon departing Hue for Hoi An, your travels will take you over the famous Hai Van pass. We will stop in Da Nang so that we can visit the Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An. Once in Hoi An, you will be checking into your hotel and have the rest of the day and evening to explore the town before your overnight stay.
Day 9: Hoi An (B/L/-)
Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders between the 16th and 18th centuries. These early traders came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as in ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint and peaceful riverside town which is popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and many cafes. Some of the buildings in the heart of Hoi An have remained unchanged for over 100 years. You will embark on a half-day walking tour through the narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter. You will visit such popular sites as the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Upon completion of your tour, there will be ample time for you to shop or relax. Your overnight stay will be in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/-)
You will begin your day traveling to Da Nang Airport to take a one hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). In the afternoon following your arrival, you will take a city tour including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and the very busy Ben Thanh Market. Your overnight stay will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho (B/L/-)
This morning, you will depart Ho Chi Minh City by car and travel to lush My Tho the Mekong Delta. You will cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you will receive a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong Delta, along with local tropical fruits. You will also have the opportunity to visit the snake farm Dong Tam. This farm breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine, which is popular in the Mekong Delta. You will also visit the Vinh Trang pagoda. Following your day in the Mekong Delta, you will then travel to the town of Can Tho, situated in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Your overnight stay will be in Can Tho.
Day 12: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/-)
Your new day in Can Tho begins with boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market. This market is one of the most bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Here you will find hundreds of small boats engaging each other and seeking suitable space in order for the vendors to sell their goods. After sampling some local fruit, your guide will escort you back to the hotel through a maze of canals. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant before you return to Ho Chi Minh City for your overnight stay.
Cao Dai Temple - Cu Chi Tunnels(B/L/-)
You will begin this day with a drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy See Temple is a cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this unique religion. The Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. While ay Cao Dai, you will also be able to observe the midday service.
Following your lunch, you will travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of more than 200 km of underground tunnels. This tunnel system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included a large number of trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. The remaining tunnels have today become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a very unique experience and understanding of what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War also known as the American War. Your overnight stay will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City(B/L/-)
There are no activities planned for today. You are free to use and enjoy your free time souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.This will conclude our services.